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The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions have reached the second round of the playoffs. So has the first overall seed.

The Pittsburgh Penguins survived a wild series clincher as Jake Guentzel scored four straight goals in an 8-5 win over the Flyers in Game 6. Philadelphia led 4-3 until Guentzel began his scoring burst, beating Michal Neuvirth with 54 seconds left in the second period. He put the Pens ahead to stay 30 seconds into the third before adding his fifth and sixth goals of the series to make it 7-4.

The Flyers were eliminated despite Sean Couturier's hat trick and five points.

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Joel Embiid made a successful return to the Philadelphia 76ers after missing 10 games following surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone.

Embiid wore a face mask to protect his face as he scored 23 points in the Sixers' 128-108 thumping of the Heat in Miami. Embiid was listed as doubtful in the morning and was upgraded to probably hours later before taking the opening tip.

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Sidney Crosby became the Pittsburgh Penguins' all-time leader in playoff points while helping them take a three-games-to-one lead in their first-round series.

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The Toronto Raptors have a two-games-to-none lead in an NBA playoff series for the first time in team history.

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BOSTON MARATHON

Desiree Linden is the first American since 1985 to finish first among the women in the prestigious race. Linden pulled away at the end of Heartbreak Hill and ran alone through Brookline to finish in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds. That's the slowest time for a women's winner since 1978.

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Under investigation for alleged mistreatment of a student manager, Siena College men’s basketball coach Jimmy Patsos resigned Friday after five seasons with the Saints. Patsos had three more years and over $1 million remaining on his contract. 

NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

Nosed out for the top seed in the NHL's Eastern Conference playoffs on the final day of the regular season, the Boston Bruins took out their frustrations on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have opened its Stanley Cup playoff schedule by blasting the Philadelphia Flyers.

Sidney Crosby scored the last three goals and Matt Murray stopped 24 shots and the Pens crushed the Flyers, 7-0 in Pittsburgh. It was the the third career playoff hat trick for the Penguins' captain, and his first since 2013 against Ottawa.

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University at Albany women’s basketball coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee is leaving for the same position at Boston College. 

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The New York Mets have reeled off a six-game winning streak to match the best nine-game start in franchise history.

The Mets are a National League-best 8-1 after Noah Syndergaard allowed one earned run over six innings of a 4-2 victory at Miami. Syndergaard stranded four runners in scoring position before New York received three shutout innings from its bullpen.

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GOLF

Patrick Reed was able to fend off several outstanding competitors before donning a green jacket early Sunday evening.

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Jordan Spieth is the leader through one round of the Masters after opening with a 6-under 66, giving him a two-shot edge over Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar. Spieth birdied five straight holes and took just 10 putts on the back nine. Phil Mickelson opened with 2 under 70, world No. 1 Dustin Johnson fired a 1 over 73 and Tiger Woods stumbled late in his round for a 1-over 73.

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The Siena Saints men's basketball Coach Jimmy Patsos is reportedly under investigation by the college following reports that he taunted and verbally abused a team student-manager who has a mental disorder.  The Times Union reports Siena has retained outside counsel that has interviewed members of the team.

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The Marist College Athletics Department announced Tuesday it has hired a new head men's basketball coach. John Dunne joins the Red Foxes after 12 years with Saint Peter's University in New Jersey, which is in the same conference, the MAAC.

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The Alamodome became Donte's Inferno as Villanova captured the NCAA men's basketball championship for the second time in three seasons.

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NCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENT

The third-seeded Michigan Wolverines and No. 1 Villanova will meet Monday night for the NCAA men's basketball championship. The Wildcats will play for their second title in three years. Michigan was in the title game in 2013 but was beaten by Louisville. Villanova beat Kansas in the semi-final Saturday while Michigan ended Loyola-Chicago's dream run through the tournament.

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Penn State has earned its second NIT championship since 2009.

Lamar Stevens scored 28 points and Josh Reaves had 18 in leading the Nittany Lions to an 82-66 win over Utah at Madison Square Garden. Tony Carr had 15 points and 14 assists to help Penn State finish 28-13.  Sedrick Barefield hit six 3s and scored 22 points for the Utes, who end up 23-12.

#SportsReport: All MLB Teams Will Play On Opening Day

Mar 29, 2018
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For the first time since 1968, Major League Baseball will start the season with every one of its teams scheduled to play on Opening Day — weather permitting.

In the American League, Reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton makes his Yankees debut, in Toronto against the Blue Jays at 3:30.  J.D Martinez makes his Red Sox debut in Tampa against The Rays at 4. 

In the National League, The Mets face the Cardinals in their home opener at 1:10, and The Phillies will take on the Braves in Atlanta at 4:10.

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No. 3 Utah will face off against fourth-seeded Penn State in the NIT Championship Thursday.

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NCAA WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT

The women's Final Four is set in the NCAA Tournament, and there are a whole lot of No. 1s. UConn, Louisville, Mississippi State and Notre Dame all made it to Columbus, Ohio, marking the fourth time in tournament history that four No. 1 seeds made it to the national semifinals.

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Napheesa Collier had 16 points and 11 rebounds to help top-seed UConn beat No. 5 Duke 72-59 on Saturday and advance to the regional finals for the 13th consecutive season.  That game is Monday night.

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Four teams have moved into the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament by winning Thursday.

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The Big East has recommended replacing the NBA's so-called one-and-done rule with a "none-or-two" requirement in college basketball. The conference also seeks NCAA regulation of agents and the creation of an elite player unit to focus on "players with realistic aspirations of playing in the NBA."

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NIT-PENN ST-MARQUETTE

Lamar Stevens tied his career high with 30 points, Tony Carr added 25 and Penn State beat Marquette 85-80 on Tuesday night to advance to the NIT semifinals.

The Nittany Lions will face Mississippi State at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 27. They advanced to the NIT semis for the first time since winning the 2009 tournament.

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Top-seeded UConn defeated No. 9 Quinnipiac 71-46; UConn will face off against No. 5 Duke Saturday. 

11th- seeded Buffalo topped No. 3 Florida State 86-65. Buffalo will go against No. 2 South Carolina Saturday. 

Both games will be played at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.

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NCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENT

The Syracuse Orange were the last team selected to the NCAA Tournament and had to take on Arizona State in a First Four game just to make the field of 64. The 11th-seeded Orange now finds itself in the Sweet 16 following a 55-53 victory over No. 3 Michigan State at Detroit.

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL-NCAA TOURNAMENT

Connecticut has been given the first overall seed in the NCAA women's basketball tournament as the Huskies go for their 12th national championship. The 32-0 Huskies enter the NCAA Tournament as the lone unbeaten team and went wire-to-wire as the unanimous top team.

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Top-ranked Virginia has received the first overall seed in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, which begins with first-round games Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio.

The Cavaliers have the No. 1 seed in the South Region after going 31-2 while winning the ACC regular-season and tournament championships. Virginia will open against No. 16 UMBC Friday.

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Top-seeded Maine will go against No. 6 Hartford in the America East Championship Friday 4 p.m.

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Theo Pinson had 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists and Kenny Williams scored 17 points as No. 6 North Carolina beat No. 11 Syracuse, 78-59, on Thursday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

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