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Gillon's 3 at buzzer lifts Syracuse past No. 10 Duke 78-75
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- John Gillon had done it before, just not quite on such a grand stage....

NBA returns for a break-neck finish to regular season
LeBron James, Steph Curry and the rest of the NBA have had a chance to catch their collective breath, kick their feet up for a few days and rest up after a frenetic first three-and-a-half months of the season....

As trade rumors swirl, George gets back to work with Pacers
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Paul George showed up to work Wednesday wearing the same Indiana Pacers uniform he has all season....

In Lebanon gyms, playtime and escape for Syrian children
BEIRUT (AP) -- Every Sunday, the gymnasium along Beirut's airport highway echoes with the shouting and laughter of dozens of Syrian children enjoying a rare escape from a grim and confined life in exile....

No. 8 Tar Heels top No. 7 Cardinals 74-63, stretch ACC lead
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- No. 8 North Carolina kept hitting the glass, making its free throws and hitting its outside shots....

UNC: fan ejected after exchange with Louisville's Pitino
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina coach Roy Williams apologized to Louisville's Rick Pitino after the Cardinals coach had a heated verbal exchange with a fan as he came off the court for halftime during Wednesday night's game....

Truex forced to relive closest 2nd in Daytona 500 history
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Martin Truex Jr. saw his Daytona 500 victory vanish in just a blink of an eye....

D-League getting respect as legit NBA minor league system
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Joel Bolomboy has been back and forth between the NBA Development League's Salt Lake City Stars and the Utah Jazz 15 times since November....

MLB players' union agrees to pitchless intentional walks
NEW YORK (AP) -- There won't be any wild pitches on intentional walks this season....

Brooks' 3 leads No. 6 Oregon past Cal 68-65
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Game-winning shots are becoming old hat for Oregon's Dillon Brooks. Doing it on the road to silence a partisan crowd was a bit of a change....

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