Day 2 of Big Dance complete...Wolfpack get a coach...Giants ink JPP...Hoffman leads Palmer

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UNDATED (AP) — Three of the four No. 11 seeds have advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, as have all four No. 1 seeds. Southern California beat SMU, 66-65 before Rhode Island earned an 84-72 victory over Creighton, putting the Trojans and Rams in Round 2 with fellow eleventh seed Xavier. Top seed North Carolina ripped Texas Southern, 103-64, and No. 1 Kansas rolled to a 100-62 rout of UC Davis.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision says North Carolina State has reached an agreement with UNC Wilmington's Kevin Keatts to take over as head coach. The two-time Colonial Athletic Association coach of the year led UNC Wilmington to a 72-28 record and two NCAA Tournaments in three seasons there. The 44-year-old Keatts replaces Mark Gottfried, who was fired over the winter but stayed on to finish the season.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have signed defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to a four-year pact that is theoretically worth about $68 million. Pierre-Paul had seven sacks last season with 53 tackles, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery despite missing the final four games with a core muscle injury that required surgery. The signing comes less than two years after his right hand was severely damaged in a fireworks accident.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Charley Hoffman had seven birdies in a 6-under 66 that gives him a one-shot lead heading into the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Hoffman sits at 10-under through 36 holes, just ahead of Emiliano Grillo (GREE'-oh) of Argentina. England's Matt Fitzpatrick is two strokes back.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Fred Couples shot an 8-under 65 for the first-round lead in the Tucson Conquistadores Classic.The 57-year-old Couples birdied five of the first seven holes and added four more on the back nine before bogeying the par-4 18th. Steve Stricker is two strokes back in his PGA Tour Champions debut.

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