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(AP) - The first half of the Elite Eight was filled with upset picks. And more could be on the way in second half of the Sweet 16. Villanova and West Virginia headline the second slate of games on Friday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - This one was easy. After escaping by one point against Houston, Michigan shot 62 percent from the floor and routed Texas A&M 99-72 in the West Region semifinals to reach the Elite Eight for the third time in six years.
HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden scored 21, including 10 of Houston's 12 points in overtime, to shake off a tough four quarters and lift the Rockets to a 100-96 win over the Detroit Pistons. After going 2 of 16 in regulation, including missing a shot that would have won it, Harden warmed up in overtime. He put Houston up with a basket early in the period before making it 93-90 on a 3-point play after a basket by Andre Drummond.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Cameron Smith of Australia won his second straight match on the 18th hole, this time taking down Hideki Matsuyama. The second day of Match Play ended with Patrick Cantlay losing the lead for the first time all day on the 17th hole, only to drive near the green and get up-and-down for birdie to beat Yusaku Miyazato.
PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic (AP) - Tony Romo fell apart on the back nine and made his PGA Tour debut with a 5-over 77 in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship. Romo, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, shot even par on the front nine until a bad stretch of three bogeys and a double bogey toward the end of his round.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) - Free agent receiver Deonte Thompson has signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Thompson joined the Cowboys after veteran linebacker Joe Thomas was added on a two-year deal that was their first acquisition since NFL free agency opened last week. Thompson has played 53 games over six NFL seasons with Baltimore, Buffalo and Chicago. He finished last season with the Bills.
HOUSTON (AP) - The World Series champion Houston Astros will open the season with very much the same lineup that won the title last fall. Justin Verlander will start the March 29 opener against Texas and the rotation includes Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, new acquisition Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton. American League MVP Jose Altuve, World Series MVP George Springer and All-Star Carlos Correa return, too.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers rotation is leaning quite a bit to the left after a rare losing season. There were no high-prized pitching additions. The Rangers instead added two more lefty starters to go with Cole Hamels and Martin Perez. If the revamped rotation and bullpen come through, the Rangers could be in good shape. With Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus and Joey Gallo, they should be able to hit and score runs. The season opener is March 29 at home against Houston.
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