Here is the latest sports news: Sweet 16 tips off tonight. LeBron, Cavaliers rally past first-place Raptors. Howard goes off as Hornets drop Nets. Serena loses in first round at Miami Open. Bidding for Panthers reaches $2.5-billion-dollars.

>>Sweet 16 Tips Off Tonight

(Undated) — The NCAA Tournament resumes tonight as the Sweet 16 gets started. Four games are on tap, with four more set for tomorrow. Tonight, Loyola-Chicago faces Nevada and Kentucky meets Kansas State in Atlanta, and Texas A&M takes on Michigan and Florida State faces Gonzaga in Los Angeles. Tonight’s winners advance to the Elite Eight on Saturday.

>>LeBron, Cavaliers Rally Past Raptors

(Cleveland, OH) — LeBron James piled up 35 points and dished out 17 assists with no turnovers as the Cavaliers rallied past the Raptors 132-129 in Cleveland. The Cavs trailed by 15 points at halftime. They have won three straight to get to 42-and-29, which is good for third in the Eastern Conference. Toronto leads the East at 53-and-19, with Boston four-and-a-half games back.

>>Howard Goes Off Hornets Drop Nets

(Brooklyn, NY) — Dwight Howard turned back the clock, racking up 32 points and 30 rebounds as the Hornets dropped the Nets 111-105 in Brooklyn. Howard’s performance was the NBA’s first 30-30 game in eight seasons and just the second in the last 36 years. Howard had never recorded a 30-30 game in his career. The Hornets are six-and-a-half games out of a playoff spot.

>>Serena Loses In First Round At Miami Open

(Miami, FL) — Serena Williams is still rusty as she works her way back into form following last year’s pregnancy. Williams lost to Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-2 in the Miami Open on Wednesday for a first-round defeat. Williams has lost in the first round of a tournament just five times in her tennis career. The 23-time major champion gave birth to a baby girl last September.

>>Bidding Continues For Panthers

(Charlotte, NC) — Multiple reports say bids for the Carolina Panthers have reached 2.5-billion-dollars. Owner Jerry Richardson announced he was selling the team in December. ESPN reports a group including Steph Curry and Sean “Diddy” Combs are no longer in the running. The Houston Rockets sold for 2.2-billion last year, a record price for a pro sports team in the U.S.


Philadelphia 76ers 119, Memphis Grizzlies 105
Cleveland Cavaliers 132, Toronto Raptors 129
Charlotte Hornets 111, Brooklyn Nets 105
Miami Heat 119, New York Knicks 98
LA Clippers 127, Milwaukee Bucks 120
Denver Nuggets 135, Chicago Bulls 102
New Orleans Pelicans 96, Indiana Pacers 92
San Antonio Spurs 98, Washington Wizards 90

Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Montreal Canadiens 3
Arizona Coyotes 4, Buffalo Sabres 1
St. Louis Blues 2, Boston Bruins 1 (OT)
Anaheim Ducks 4, Calgary Flames 0

Top-25 College Basketball
Utah Runnin’ Utes 67, #23 Saint Mary’s Gaels 58 (OT) (NIT quarterfinals)

MLB Grapefruit League
Boston Red Sox 8, Tampa Bay Rays 3
St. Louis Cardinals 13, Miami Marlins 6
Houston Astros 8, Washington Nationals 3
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Toronto Blue Jays 7
Atlanta Braves 3, Detroit Tigers 2
Minnesota Twins 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
New York Yankees 9, Baltimore Orioles 4

MLB Cactus League
Chicago Cubs 5, Texas Rangers 1
Milwaukee Brewers 4, Oakland Athletics 3
San Diego Padres 4, Chicago White Sox 3
Kansas City Royals 12, Cleveland Indians 8
San Francisco Giants 14, Arizona Diamondbacks 0
Seattle Mariners 7, Milwaukee Brewers 4

>>THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

7:00 p.m. – Memphis Grizzlies at Charlotte Hornets
7:00 p.m. – Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando Magic
8:00 p.m. – Detroit Pistons at Houston Rockets
8:00 p.m. – Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans
8:30 p.m. – Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks
10:00 p.m. – Atlanta Hawks at Sacramento Kings

7:00 p.m. – Florida Panthers at Columbus Blue Jackets
7:00 p.m. – Arizona Coyotes at Carolina Hurricanes
7:00 p.m. – New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers
7:00 p.m. – Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders
7:30 p.m. – Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings
7:30 p.m. – Edmonton Oilers at Ottawa Senators
8:00 p.m. – Toronto Maple Leafs at Nashville Predators
8:30 p.m. – Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks
9:00 p.m. – Los Angeles Kings at Colorado Avalanche
10:00 p.m. – Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks

NCAA Tournament (Sweet 16)

South Region
7:07 p.m. – #7 Nevada Wolf Pack vs #11 Loyola Chicago Ramblers (at Atlanta, GA)
9:37 p.m. – #5 Kentucky Wildcats vs #9 Kansas State Wildcats (at Atlanta, GA)

West Region
7:37 p.m. – #3 Michigan Wolverines vs #7 Texas A&M Aggies (at Los Angeles, CA)
9:59 p.m. – #4 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs #9 Florida State Seminoles (at Los Angeles, CA)

East Region
No Games Scheduled

Midwest Region
No Games Scheduled

MLB Grapefruit League
1:05 p.m. – Atlanta Braves at St. Louis Cardinals (at Jupiter, FL)
1:05 p.m. – Detroit Tigers at Philadelphia Phillies (at Clearwater, FL)
1:05 p.m. – Miami Marlins at Houston Astros (at West Palm Beach, FL)
1:05 p.m. – New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins (at Fort Myers, FL)
1:05 p.m. – Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles (at Sarasota, FL)
1:07 p.m. – Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays (at Dunedin, FL)
6:05 p.m. – Toronto Blue Jays at Pittsburgh Pirates (at Bradenton, FL)
6:10 p.m. – Washington Nationals at New York Mets (at Port St. Lucie, FL)

MLB Cactus League
4:05 p.m. – Colorado Rockies at Oakland Athletics (at Mesa, AZ)
4:05 p.m. – Kansas City Royals at Milwaukee Brewers (at Maryvale, AZ)
4:05 p.m. – San Diego Padres at Cleveland Indians (at Goodyear, AZ)
9:05 p.m. – Cincinnati Reds at Texas Rangers (at Surprise, AZ)
9:40 p.m. – Chicago White Sox at Arizona Diamondbacks (at Scottsdale, AZ)
9:40 p.m. – Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners (at Peoria, AZ)
10:05 p.m. – Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants (at Scottsdale, AZ)
10:05 p.m. – Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers (at Glendale, AZ)

WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play (at Austin, TX)

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