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Thursday’s Sports In Brief

March 18, 2022 GMT

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tiny Saint Peter’s took down basketball royalty, getting 27 points from Daryl Banks III in an 85-79 overtime victory over second-seeded Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Peacocks became the 10th No. 15 seed to win a first-round game since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 and handed Kentucky its first opening-round loss under coach John Calipari.

Saint Peter’s, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion, kept it close throughout and Banks’ two free throws with 1:45 left in overtime gave the Peacocks the lead for good.

Saint Peter’s (20-11) moves on to face Murray State in Saturday’s second round in the East Region.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Matthew Mayer scored a career-high 22 points and defending national champion Baylor beat Norfolk State 85-49.

Freshman standout Jeremy Sochan added 15 points and seven rebounds for the top-seeded Bears (27-6), who will play eighth-seeded North Carolina on Saturday.

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The Spartans were one of the biggest underdogs in first-round games this year, at 20 1/2 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Despite some size up front, they couldn’t keep up with the Bears and never came close to an upset.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Freshman Frankie Collins provided the spark Michigan needed in a turbulent year for the Wolverines and coach Juwan Howard, helping the 11th-seeded Wolverines rally from a 15-point deficit to beat sixth-seeded Colorado State 75-63.

Collins, pressed into the starting lineup because starting point guard DeVante’ Jones was out with a concussion, had season highs of 14 points, six rebounds and 31 minutes.

Big man Hunter Dickinson led Michigan with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Eli Brooks had 16 points and Caleb Houstan added 13 for the Wolverines (18-14), who will face third-seeded Tennessee in the second round on Saturday.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jacob Gilyard scored 24 points, Tyler Burton added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 12 seed Richmond leaned on its experience to defeat Big Ten tournament champ Iowa 67-63.

Nathan Cayo also had 15 points, including a couple of big baskets down the stretch, as the Atlantic 10 Tournament champ Spiders (24-12) improved their NCAA tourney record against fifth-seeded teams to 4-0. They will next face the region’s No. 4 seed, Providence.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Teddy Allen scored 37 points and New Mexico State won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time almost three decades, upsetting fifth-seeded Connecticut 70-63 to become the second No. 12 seed to advance out of the first round.

The Aggies (27-6) will Arkansas in the second round. In their 23rd NCAA appearance, the Aggies won for the first time since beating Syracuse in the first round in 1993.

Allen made a rainbow 3 off the dribble with 1:40 to put New Mexico State up 61-58.

NFL

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders are making a blockbuster move to keep up in the AFC West, acquiring All-Pro receiver Davante Adams from the Green Bay Packers.

A person familiar with the move said the Raiders are sending the No. 22 overall pick in the April draft and additional compensation to the Packers to reunite Adams with his college quarterback, Derek Carr. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been announced.

NFL Network reported that Adams has agreed to a new five-year deal with the Raiders that will pay him $141.25 million in the richest deal ever for a wide receiver.

This was an aggressive move by the Raiders new regime led by coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler and the latest in an AFC West arms race as teams try to catch Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Denver traded for quarterback Russell Wilson and the Chargers acquired edge rusher Khalil Mack.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield wants out of Cleveland immediately. The Browns aren’t willing to let him go just yet.

And once again, a team with endless quarterback issues is dealing with another major mess.

Mayfield requested to be traded by the Browns after the team failed in its pursuit of controversial Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson, two people familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press.

Mayfield asked to be dealt shortly after the Browns were told by Watson and his representatives that the three-time Pro Bowler wasn’t waiving his no-trade clause to come to Cleveland, said the people who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

The team, in turn, denied Mayfield’s demand, said one person with knowledge of the Browns’ decision.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Cole Beasley can forget trying to negotiate a trade out of Buffalo now that he’s a free agent after being cut by the Bills.

The Bills made the move to cut their top slot receiver to free up salary cap space a day after making a huge splash in free agency by signing two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Von Miller to a six-year contract.

Beasley’s tenure in Buffalo was already in question with his release coming two weeks after the Bills granted the 10th-year player permission to negotiate a trade. Beasley had one year left on a four-year contract he signed with Buffalo as one of the team’s key free-agent additions in 2019 after spending his first seven seasons in Dallas.

BASEBALL

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona pitcher Zac Gallen already knew he was probably going to face Mookie Betts multiple times this season. Manny Machado, too. He also wasn’t particularly surprised when Freddie Freeman joined the Dodgers.

Such is life in the NL West, which has arguably solidified its status as baseball’s toughest division over the last 24 hours.

It’s a group of teams that want to win now and aren’t afraid to spend money. The Dodgers have been spending for years while the Padres and Giants haven’t been afraid to open their pocketbooks, either. Even the Rockies got into the act on Wednesday, nabbing Kris Bryant on a $182 million, seven-year deal.

Bryant was technically already in the division after being traded to the Giants from the Cubs in a midseason deal. But now the third baseman will be in the West for the foreseeable future.

The deals for Bryant and Freeman — who agreed to a $162 million, six-year deal — continued a frenzied free agent signing period following a 99-day lockout that froze player transactions through much of the offseason. The two deals increase nine-figure contracts to a dozen this offseason, totaling $1.75 billion.

GOLF

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Sam Burns shot a 7-under 64 to share of the lead with Adam Hadwin, David Lipsky and Jhonattan Vegas after the first round of the Valspar Championship.

Burns, playing as a defending champion for the first time, was closing in on the lead set earlier in the day by Vegas when his bunker shot from right of the 16th green came out soft and he missed the 10-foot par. He followed birdie-birdie. Hadwin, who won the Valspar Championship in 2017, finished with a birdie.

Danny Lee was among four players at 65, Justin Thomas was another shot back and Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka led the large group at 67.

TENNIS

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Rafael Nadal defeated Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (0), 5-7, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in a match featuring obscenities, underhand serves, a point penalty and smashed rackets.

Nadal improved to 19-0 this year, the third-best start to a season since 1990.

After the post-match handshake, Kyrgios walked to his seat and smashed his racket on the court. It bounced up and away, nearly striking a ball boy standing at the back of the court. Kyrgios walked off to a mix of boos and cheers.

Nadal was on his side of the court and said he didn’t see Kyrgios toss his racket after the match.