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Sweet 16 field to be filled out today...Huskies hire Hopkins...Indians' Anderson to miss 2017 season

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 19, 2017 at 12:10 p.m.



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UNDATED (AP) — The Sweet 16 field will be filled out in today's eight NCAA Tournament second-round games. No. 1 seed Kansas against No. 9 Michigan State features two top freshmen in the Jayhawks' Josh Jackson and the Spartans' Miles Bridges. No. 2 Kentucky against No. 10 Wichita State is a rematch of the 2014 game where the Wildcats ruined the Shockers' 35-0 season. No. 2 Louisville plays No. 7 Michigan for the first time since the 2013 title game won by the Cardinals. No. 11 Southern California, which meets No. 3 Baylor, tries to stay alive after starting in the First Four.

ATLANTA (AP) — Villanova's Josh Hart, Kansas' Frank Mason III, Purdue's Caleb Swanigan and UCLA's Lonzo Ball are the finalists for the Naismith Trophy as the top player in men's college basketball. The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the finalists today. They were chosen by a national voting panel made up of journalists, current and former head coaches, former Naismith winners and conference commissioners. Fans are invited to help pick the winner by voting online.

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington has hired longtime Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins to coach the Huskies, four days after firing Lorenzo Romar. Hopkins grew up in the Los Angeles area. He played at Syracuse from 1989-93 and returned to the staff there in 1996.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland Indians right-hander Cody Anderson will undergo reconstructive elbow surgery and miss the 2017 season. The AL champions say Anderson has elected to have the operation after being diagnosed with a ligament sprain. The 26-year-old made nine starts for Cleveland last season and was expected to begin this year at Triple-A Buffalo.

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRIHN'-ka) faces Roger Federer in an all-Swiss final at the BNP Paribas Open. Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova (svet-LAH'-nah kooz-NET'-so-vah) and Elena Vesnina (vehz-NEE'-nuh) play for the women's title.

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