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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — New Orleans (20-11) is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1996, when it opens the tournament this evening in Dayton, Ohio, facing Mount St. Mary's (19-15),. The winner faces No. 1 Villanova on Thursday in Buffalo. Later tonight, Kansas State takes on Wake Forest, which has written a bracing comeback story in late season with three consecutive come-from-behind wins.

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Rafael Nadal defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 7-5 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open for his 50th career victory at the desert tournament. Nadal closed out the 1 1/2-hour match in 95-degree (35 C) heat with a forehand winner on Tuesday. The three-time tournament champion could next face Roger Federer, who played American Steve Johnson later.

UNDATED (AP) — There are five NBA games scheduled for this evening. Cleveland hosts Detroit; Indiana visits New York; Oklahoma City travels to Brooklyn to face the Nets; it's Portland in New Orleans; and Philadelphia goes up against Golden State.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The winter storm in the Northeast has forced postponement of an NHL and an NIT game and the cancellation of most flights in and out Buffalo as several college basketball teams head in for the start of the NCAA Tournament. Tonight's game between the Winnipeg Jets and New Jersey Devils was postponed and rescheduled for March 28. And the NIT game between UNC-Greensboro and Syracuse also was postponed and rescheduled for Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox say left-hander David Price is likely to start the season on the disabled list because of his sore pitching elbow. Starting the second season of a $217 million, seven-year contract, Price has not yet appeared in an exhibition game. Manager John Farrell says "it would be hard to see him ready to go at the start of the season."

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