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The spotlight of the NCAA Tournament shifts to Zion Williamson and No. 1 overall seed Duke. Along with the other 31 teams playing in first-round games Friday.

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Anriel Howard's relentless rebounding and scoring have helped Mississippi State remain among the nation's elite women's programs.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Nobody should ever say Nadi Beciri's biggest moment came in garbage time. For him, it was a bucket as beautiful as they come.

Already appearing drained by Michigan State's difficult victory over the upset seekers from Bradley , coach Tom Izzo winced a little more in his postgame interview on the court when the subject turned to the next opponent for the Spartans in the East Region.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Gregg Berhalter's vision for the U.S. national team started to unfold as the Americans passed the ball from side to side, played diagonal balls long and short.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — If you didn't know who Fletcher Magee was before, you should now. Magee set the Division I career record for 3-pointers, poured in 24 points and led seventh-seeded Wofford to an 84-68 victory over Seton Hall in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.

The Latest on the first round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 12:25 a.m. Time to catch your breath after the NCAA Tournament's first real day.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Villanova got off to a slow start in defense of its NCAA championship against a determined, defensive-minded Saint Mary's team that came in confident after a season-defining win.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper has been playing catch-up since his free agency carried over into spring training. With a week left until opening day, the Philadelphia Phillies' big-money addition looks ready to pay off.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Florida was cruising toward a surprisingly easy victory over Nevada in its opening NCAA Tournament game. Then Nevada furiously tried to stave off the upset with a frantic second-half push that fell just short.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The game was in hand for Murray State and sensational point guard Ja Morant, who dominated Marquette in every way.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kansas, with all its ups and downs this season, was a popular pick to be one of the NCAA Tournament's first big upsets.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — When fans settle in to watch the NCAA Tournament games at the Shark Tank this weekend they should have plenty of extra time to check their phones after baskets to see what's happening at other sites around the country.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A.J. Harris had an easy layup for the tie. He wanted a win for New Mexico State. It didn't work out, but boy-oh-boy, what a way for the Aggies to go down swinging Thursday against fifth-seeded Auburn in the NCAA Tournament.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Belmont proved it belonged. Maryland is moving on. The Terrapins survived a last-second upset at the NCAA Tournament when Eric Ayala deflected a pass, leading to a steal by Darryl Morsell that allowed Maryland to escape with a 79-77 victory in the East Region.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As LSU's comfortable lead started to disappear, most of the crowd at Veterans Memorial Arena turned on the Tigers.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Rapolas Ivanauskas looked forward to filling out his NCAA Tournament bracket every March, competing with his brother to see who had the better feel for college basketball's showcase.

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in a long time there's no clear-cut favorite to win the women's championship. There are a half-dozen teams, including defending champion Notre Dame, that could be cutting down the nets in Florida on April 7.

Don't let the brackets fool you. College football is in full swing, too. The latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast digs into some spring football story lines and takes an early look on which teams might fall short of expectations next season.

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey's two children were on the ladder with her when she cut down the net after the Lady Bears won their first national championship in 2005.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — College basketball fans lined up at casinos and racetracks or furiously tapped smartphone screens Thursday to get down bets on March Madness, many in states where it is legal for the first time.

TOKYO (AP) — At times, it seemed as if he'd go on hitting forever. But on Thursday night, a player who defined baseball at its very best on two continents for a generation, took his final swing.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The NCAA Selection Committee has spoken, seeding 64 teams for the tournament that starts Thursday. What if the Committee on Infractions had a say, too? Records would still matter — but not the sort compiled during the regular season.

TOKYO (AP) — The magnitude of the moment — of sharing the field with the towering Ichiro Suzuki in his farewell — left Seattle Mariners teammate Yusei Kikuchi in reverential silence.