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Dayton set to host opening round...Mexico eliminated at World Baseball Classic...Eight overtimes

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 13, 2017 at 7:42 a.m.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas, North Carolina and Gonzaga join 2016 champ Villanova as No. 1 seeds in this year's NCAA men's college basketball tournament. Action begins tomorrow in Dayton, Ohio, with opening-round games matching Mount St. Mary's against New Orleans and Kansas State versus Wake Forest. Providence takes on Southern California and North Carolina Central battles UC Davis on Wednesday.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers recent struggles continue. James Harden had a triple-double of 38 points, 11 assists and 10 boards to carry the Rockets past the Cavaliers, 117-112, last night in Houston. It was Cleveland's fourth loss in five games. The Cavs are now just two games ahead of Boston and Washington for the best record in the NBA's Eastern Conference.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Washington Capitals still have the best record in the NHL, but they've been struggling on a trip to the West Coast. The Caps absorbed their fourth straight loss Sunday in Anaheim. Corey Perry supplied two goals and an assist in the Ducks' 5-2 win. Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler each added a goal and two assists as the Ducks kept the Capitals just one point ahead of second-place Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Mexico has been eliminated at the World Baseball Classic despite beating Venezuela 11-9 early this morning. Mexico, Italy and Venezuela all finished 1-2 in the first round of pool play behind Puerto Rico, which went 3-0. Mexico was eliminated on a tiebreaker — runs allowed per inning played. Venezuela will play Italy in a one-game tiebreaker game tonight, with the winner advancing to the second round.

HAMAR, Norway (AP) — The Storhamar Dragons beat the Sparta Warriors, 2-1, early this morning in the Norwegian League playoffs, in what is believed to be the longest game in hockey history. Joakim Jensen ended the game with a goal in the eighth overtime, more than 8 1/2 hours after the game started. Of note, it was only game five of a best-of-seven series between Storhamar and Sparta, and only a quarterfinal matchup. The longest NHL game went to six overtimes. That was in the 1936 Stanley Cup finals.

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