T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
No. 1 Virginia tops Louisville in ACC tourney
UNDATED (AP) — Kyle Guy and No. 1 Virginia looked like healthy favorites in their postseason debut, beating Louisville 75-58 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
Guy scored 19 points in his speedy return from a sprained left knee and the top-seeded Cavaliers weathered a second-half charge. They'll play 19th-ranked and fourth-seeded Clemson or No. 12 seed Boston College in the first semifinal Friday night in Brooklyn.
In other Top 25 action:
— Trevon Bluiett scored 27 points, Kaiser Gates had 16 and No. 3 Xavier looked every bit the top seed in the Big East Tournament in an 88-60 win over St. John's on Thursday. The Musketeers dominated in the second half on the Red Storm's home court at Madison Square Garden. The teams scuffled on the postgame handshake line and had to be separated as the crowd stood for the unexpected fracas. Xavier plays the winner of the Providence-Creighton game in a tourney semifinal Friday.
Pitt fires coach Kevin Stallings
UNDATED (AP) — The worst season in Pittsburgh basketball history has cost head coach Kevin Stallings his job.
Stallings was let go by the university on Thursday, just two days after the Panthers completed an 8-24 season that included an 0-19 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Stallings went just 24-41 in two season at Pitt after replacing Jamie Dixon in March 2016. The Panthers were a perennial NCAA Tournament team under Dixon but Stallings struggled from the outset.
Stallings is owed the final three years on his contract, which could make it difficult for Pitt to afford an experienced and established replacement.
In other college basketball news:
— G.G. Smith has resigned as head men's basketball coach at Loyola University Maryland, after a rocky five-year run. The Greyhounds went 56-98 under his guidance, never finishing above .500. Loyola was 9-22 this season, including 1-16 on the road.
— Reggie Theus (THEE'-us) is out as men's basketball coach and Brandon Martin has been let go as athletic director at Cal State Northridge. Campus police are investigating an alleged physical altercation between the men. University President Dianne Harrison says in a statement that the school is "parting ways" with both men. No reason was given.
Derrick Rose signs with Minnesota, reunites with Thibodeau
UNDATED (AP) — Derrick Rose has signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the remainder of the season. The move reunites Rose and Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau (THIH'-buh-doh), who were together in Chicago.
Minnesota technically becomes the 2011 NBA MVP's fourth team in the last 11 months. Rose spent his first eight NBA years in Chicago, five with Thibodeau as his coach. He was with New York last season and started this season with Cleveland, but appeared in only 16 games with the Cavaliers. Cleveland traded Rose to Utah, and the Jazz waived him before he played there. Rose joins a Timberwolves team bidding for its first postseason trip since 2004.
49ers sign WR Marquise Goodwin to 3-year extension
UNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have signed wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to a three-year contract extension.
Goodwin had a career year in 2017 after signing a two-year deal with San Francisco and the 49ers rewarded him with a new deal Thursday that keeps him under contract through the 2021 season.
NFL Network reported that the new contract is worth $20.3 million with $10 million in guarantees.
The 27-year-old set career highs last season with 56 catches for 962 yards and scored two touchdowns. He also won the team's Len Eshmont Award for inspirational and courageous play. The former Olympic long jumper has 105 catches for 1,702 yards and eight touchdowns in five NFL seasons with Buffalo and San Francisco.
In other NFL news:
— A person familiar with the situation says Miami Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry has signed his $16 million, one-year franchise tag, easing the path to a potential trade. The Dolphins have been shopping Landry, and the procedural move allows them to trade him as early as next Wednesday, when the NFL's new year begins. Miami gave Landry the franchise tag last month. He made $894,000 last season, when he led the NFL with 112 catches.
— The Bengals signed defensive tackle Chris Baker to a one-year deal. It's their first free agent acquisition on defense under new coordinator Teryl Austin. Baker played with Tampa Bay last season after spending six seasons with Washington and one each with Miami and Denver. The ninth-year veteran has started 53 games in the past four seasons. He has 12 career sacks.
— The NFL is investigating whether questions asked to LSU running back Derrius Guice at the combine were inappropriate. Guice, projected as one of the top running backs in this draft, told Sirius XM Radio that one team asked if he was gay and another club asked if his mother "sells herself." Without confirming that those questions were asked, the NFL released a statement saying that sort of questioning is "completely inappropriate and wholly contrary to league workplace policies."
Dustin McGowan released from minor league deal by Rays
UNDATED (AP) — Pitcher Dustin McGowan has been released from his minor league contract by the Tampa Bay Rays.
The 35-year-old right-hander did not allow a hit during three one-inning outings in exhibition games. He gave up two hits, struck out two and walked two.
If he had been added to the Rays' 40-man roster, he would have received a one-year deal with a salary of $1.5 million in the major leagues and $150,000 in the minors.
McGowan was 8-2 with a 4.75 ERA in 63 relief appearances for Miami last season. He has a 35-34 record with a 4.50 ERA in 10 major league seasons with Toronto, Philadelphia and the Marlins.
In other baseball news:
— Yankees slugger Aaron Judge says he is "right on track" to be ready for opening day, after having arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in November. He says the shoulder has been feeling good after a bit of soreness early in spring training. Judge also says he is strongly leaning toward not taking part in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game, but he's not completely ruling it out. The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year, who had 52 homers and 114 RBIs in his first full major league season, won the derby last season in Miami.
— YouTube TV has started carrying the MLB Network as part of a deal that makes the company presenting sponsor of the next two World Series. Major League Baseball announced the agreement Thursday. YouTube TV, an over-the-top service launched last year, also will carry the streaming service MLB.tv, available to consumers for an added fee.
NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-COLLEGE SIGNING
Golden Knights sign Whitecloud, NCAA free agent to join team
UNDATED (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights have signed Zach Whitecloud to a three-year, entry-level deal, and he is expected to join the NHL club Friday.
General manager George McPhee announced the contract Thursday after Whitecloud finished his sophomore season at Bemidji (behm-IHD'-jee) State. The 22-year-old had four goals and 14 assists in 36 games and was considered one of the top college free agents available. McPhee says scouts and assistant GM Kelly McCrimmon identified the well-rounded, mobile defenseman early and expect him to be a good fit.
MANNING-PAPA JOHN'S SALE
Peyton Manning has sold Denver-area Papa John's stores
DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning sold 31 Denver-area Papa John's stores last week, two days before the NFL dropped the chain as its official pizza sponsor.
The Denver Post reported Wednesday that Papa John's spokesman Peter Collins confirmed the former NFL quarterback sold his stake to an existing Papa John's franchisee.
Manning will remain Papa John's celebrity spokesman and brand ambassador. He wasn't immediately available for comment.
The NFL and Papa John's ended their deal Feb. 27, and the league announced a multiyear marketing deal with Pizza Hut the following day. The NFL's relationship with Papa John's was strained last year when company founder John Schnatter criticized the league's leadership over players who protested during the playing of the national anthem.