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CHARLOTTE, N.C.—For the first time in NCAA Tournament history, a No. 16 seed shocked a No. 1. The University of Maryland Baltimore County ousted Virginia 74-54 in round of 64 action Friday, March 16. The Cavaliers entered the tournament as one of the favorites to win it all but were stifled early and often by the America East Conference champions. Senior guard Jairus Lyles scored a game-high 28 points on 9 of 11 shooting as the Retrievers shot 54 percent from the field against the nation's top-ranked scoring defense.
Jordy Nelson was not a free agent for long. Days after being released by the Green Bay Packers, the veteran wide receiver visited with the Oakland Raiders and signed a two-year deal, the Raiders announced Thursday. According to multiple reports, Nelson's deal is worth $15 million over two years, with $13 million guaranteed.
Tiger Woods' latest comeback continues to look more like a reunion tour. On Friday he reunited with someone he hasn't seen in years. The clubhouse lead. Woods shot a 3-under 68 in the second round of the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., finishing his round in a four-way tie atop the leaderboard at 4-under par 138. Ryan Palmer fired a 66, and Paul Casey and Brandt Snedeker also shot 68s to finish at 4 under through two rounds, while Corey Connors, who shot a 4-under 67 on Thursday, had yet to tee off Friday.
ATLANTA — Rain may have delayed the start of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 25, but Kevin Harvick wasn't wasting any time. On a late restart with 21 laps to go, Harvick shot out to his final lead of the night, the only one he would need, and cruised to the win. He won at the place where he earned his first Cup win back in 2001, replacing the legendary Dale Earnhardt. And he had led so much of the race Sunday, it was seldom in doubt barring a late caution to throw a wrench into his day.
MADISON, Wis.—Sophomore guard Brevin Pritzl established career highs of 20 points and six 3-point baskets as Wisconsin rallied to notch a 73-63 overtime victory over Minnesota on Monday, Feb. 19, in Big Ten play at Kohl Center.
In addition to usual coverage from ESPN and NFL Network, the 2018 NFL Draft will be televised by Fox for the first time, according to multiple reports on Wednesday. Pro Football Talk reported that Fox is expected to carry a simulcast of the NFL Network feed, while ESPN will continue to run its own broadcast.
Hours after quarterback Alex Smith said he hoped to remain in Kansas City, the Chiefs reached an agreement to trade him to the Washington Redskins, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday night. Smith, 33, spent the past five seasons with the Chiefs. His deal to Washington can't be completed until the new NFL business year begins March 14, and there was no immediate word on Kansas City's return in the trade. The Kansas City Star reported that the trade of Smith, who has a $20.6 million salary-cap figure for 2018, to the Redskins would save the Chiefs $17 million.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Vinny Curry walked through Mall of America on the lookout for a store selling Philadelphia Eagles team gear ahead of the arrival of friends and family on Thursday. The Eagles defensive lineman happened upon the NFL Shop on the second floor of the mall near the J.W. Marriott, the hotel Curry and his Philadelphia teammates are calling home for this week ahead of Super Bowl LII on Sunday.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—Tom Brady capped a game-winning drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining to send the New England Patriots back to the Super Bowl with a 24-20 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. Brady, who was questionable for the game with a right hand injury, showed no ill effects and completed 26 of 38 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns, including the big one on the Pats' five-play, 30-yard drive in the final minutes.
ATLANTA—Tua Tagovailoa hit DeVonta Smith with a 41-yard touchdown pass in overtime early Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, giving Alabama a dramatic 26-23 win over Georgia in the championship game of the College Football Playoff at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. "The resiliency of this team to come through in the second half ... I'm so proud of our players to come back after the first half we played wasn't very good," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said.