Nevada's big rally shocks Cincy...McIlroy wins at Bay Hill...Truex takes Fontana event...Polanco banned

March 19, 2018 - 5:31 am

UNDATED (AP) — Seventh-seeded Nevada pulled off an incredible comeback to advance to the regional semifinals in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Cody Martin scored 25 points and the Wolf Pack erased a 22-point deficit in the final 11 minutes of a 75-73 stunner against No. 2 Cincinnati. Texas A&M, Syracuse, Clemson and Purdue also advanced to the Sweet 16 yesterday, as did Kansas State, Florida State and West Virginia.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy birdied five of his final six holes to close with an 8-under 64 and for a two-stroke victory over Bryson DeChambeau at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. McIlroy capped his charge by sinking a 25-foot putt, giving him his first victory since September 2016. Tiger Woods was one shot off the lead until hitting out-of-bounds on the 16th hole to fall back into a tie for fifth.

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. easily held off defending Fontana champ Kyle Larson to win the Auto Club 400 at the California course. Truex dominated after Kevin Harvick's quest for a fourth consecutive victory essentially ended with an early smack into the wall. The defending Cup champion led 125 laps overall while winning both stages and finishing 11 seconds ahead of Larson.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Polanco tested positive for Stanozolol and became the sixth player to be banned this year under the major league drug program, one more than last year. Polanco hit .256 with 13 home runs and 74 RBIs last season while starting 127 games at shortstop.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Jimmy Butler says he could return to the court before the end of the regular season if he stays on track with his rehabilitation from knee surgery. Butler was expected to be out four to six weeks after suffering a meniscus injury during a Feb. 23 game at Houston. He said he's confident in both his ability to heal in time and the team's ability to hang on to a spot in the playoffs.

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