Sports News-March 6, 2012

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Saint Mary's, Virginia Commonwealth, Loyola of Maryland and Davidson are the latest teams to earn automatic berths in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.  Saint Mary's downed 24th-ranked Gonzaga 78-74 in overtime to win the West Coast Conference Tournament, VCU nipped Drexel 59-56 in the Colonial Athletic Association title game, Loyola captured the MAAC crown with a 48-44 triumph over Fairfield and Davidson needed double overtime to beat Western Carolina and take the Southern Conference.

A New Orleans Saints official familiar with club owner Tom Benson's reaction to the NFL's bounty investigation says general manager Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton still have Benson's full support.  The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the investigation was still ongoing.  An NFL report says between 22-27 defensive players on the Saints, as well as a former assistant coach, maintained a bounty program for inflicting injuries on targeted opposing players during the past three seasons.  "The bond between Sean and Mickey and Mr. Benson could not be stronger," the team official said.  The official says Benson is "110% behind his guys," and wants them focused on improving the club for the upcoming season.

Local Schedule:  Kansas St. At Nebraska (Bsbl-2:05); Creighton at Univ. Of California at Berkeley, CA (Bsbl-4:30); WSC Vs. LeMoyne (NY)-10:30; Vs. Wayne State (MI)-2:30 (Bsbl at Savannah, GA).

Thursday:  The boys state basketball tournament gets underway in Lincoln.  We’ve got four games.  In games on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com, Norfolk High battles Omaha South at 2:00, Norfolk Catholic faces Bishop Neumann at 3:45, and Lutheran High Northeast tangles with Twin River at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 1:40.  In a game that can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 780 AM, 105.9 FM, & WJAG.com, Stanton goes head to head with Hartington Cedar Catholic at 3:45.

Local Scores:  WSC 14 Urbana (OH) 4 (Bsbl); WSC 12 Concordia (NY) 2; WSC 3 St. Joseph’s (IN) 0 (SB).

     NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
    
     Final     Golden State   120  Washington    100
     Final     Orlando         92  Toronto        88
     Final     Utah           109  Cleveland     100
     Final     Oklahoma City   95  Dallas         91
     Final     Chicago         92  Indiana        72
     Final     Minnesota       95  L-A Clippers   94
     Final     Milwaukee       97  Philadelphia   93
     Final OT  Denver         119  Sacramento    116
     Final     Portland        86  New Orleans    74
    
    
       NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
    
     Final  Pittsburgh   2  Phoenix    1
     Final  Winnipeg     3  Buffalo    1
     Final  Anaheim      4  Edmonton   2
    
    
      TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    
     Final  ( 3) Notre Dame   73  (25) West Virginia     45
     Final  ( 4) UConn        74  (13) St. John's        43
     Final       Dayton       56  (16) St. Bonaventure   53
     Final       BYU          78  (23) Gonzaga           66

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