Weekend Sports in Brief

The Associated Press Published:

Kentucky, Syracuse and North Carolina all earned No. 1 seeds for the NCAA tournament Sunday despite weekend losses that brought even more intrigue to the three-week, 67-game tournament.

Michigan State earned the other No. 1 seed and was the only one of the four top-billed teams to win its conference tournament.

Bubble teams Drexel, Seton Hall, Mississippi State and Pac-12 regular-season champion Washington were left wondering why they didn't make the field and how teams like Iona, California, North Carolina State and South Florida got in.

The 68-team free-for-all starts with first-round games Tuesday, the first step en route to the Final Four that begins March 31 in New Orleans.


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Peyton Manning had another marathon session during the second stop in his search for a new team.

The free-agent quarterback spent nearly 6½ hours at the Arizona Cardinals' headquarters and training facility on Sunday.

The session was even longer than the nearly six hours Manning spent at the Broncos' facility in Denver on Friday night.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Wide receiver Randy Moss was set to work out Monday for the San Francisco 49ers, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

Moss is attempting to make an NFL comeback after a year out of pro football. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday night because it wasn't made public that the veteran wideout would hold a session for the NFC West champion Niners a day before the start of the free agency period.


DORAL, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Rose was steady down the stretch at the Cadillac Championship on Sunday, closing with a 2-under 70 to finish at 12-under 272 and beat Bubba Watson by a stroke.

Even after the biggest win of his career, Rose had to share the stage with two stars who appear headed in opposite directions.

Rory McIlroy took another leap forward by nearly pulling off a remarkable rally.

Tiger Woods took a disturbing step back when a sore left Achilles tendon became too painful for him to continue. He withdrew from the final round Sunday, the second time in 10 months that he couldn't finish a tournament because of his Achilles.

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) -- George McNeill birdied the last three holes for a 3-under 69 to rally past Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa and win the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday.


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Defending Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart made a bold move to take the lead on a late restart and held off Jimmie Johnson for a redemptive win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday.

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Defending Nationwide champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led the final 54 laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday for his first victory of the season.

Stenhouse had a strong car all day and dominated the end of the 200-mile race, pulling away from Mark Martin on a pair restarts on the 1.5-mile tri-oval in the desert


ISTANBUL (AP) -- Ashton Eaton of the United States set his third heptathlon world record in as many years to win gold Saturday at the world indoor championships, and Justin Gatlin highlighted an all-American day by taking the 60-meter dash.

Gatlin earned his first gold since serving a four-year doping suspension, chasing down Nesta Carter of Jamaica to win in 6.46 seconds.

Sanya Richards-Ross of the United States won 400 gold in 50.79 seconds, beating Russian Aleksandra Fedoriva by 0.97 seconds.

Aries Merritt added gold in the 60-meter hurdles, beating the heavily favored Liu Xiang off China to cement a record gold medal haul for the U.S. team.

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Yelena Isinbayeva ended a three-year gold medal drought by winning the pole vault Sunday at the world indoor championships with just two jumps.

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) -- Omar Craddoc won the triple jump, Jeff Demps took the 60 meters, and Tony McQuay topped the 400 field Saturday night to lead Florida to its third straight men's title in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, while the Oregon women also won for the third year in a row.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Russia's Ilya Frolov and Lena Schoneborn of Germany won gold at the World Cup modern pentathlon at Charlotte's Memorial Stadium, solidifying their spots in the upcoming London Games.


GENEVA (AP) -- Canadian racer Nick Zoricic died of head injuries after crashing in a World Cup skicross event at Grindelwald on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Canadian went wide over the final jump and landed in safety nets lining the side of the course. Television pictures showed Zoricic tumbling through the nets as his skis and poles were thrown clear.

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) -- Ted Ligety of the United States won the season's next-to-last World Cup giant slalom Saturday.

The giant slalom champion in 2008, '10 and '11 trails leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who finished third, by 92 points with one race remaining this week in Schladming, Austria.

ARE, Sweden (AP) -- Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany won a World Cup slalom on Saturday, while overall champion Lindsey Vonn skied out during her second run.

ARE, Sweden (AP) -- Olympic champion Hannah Kearney won her second World Cup race in two days with a victory in the dual moguls on Saturday.

STRATTON MOUNTAIN, Vt. (AP) -- Olympic gold medalist Hannah Teter sustained a concussion after a hard fall in the halfpipe at the U.S. Open.


AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- American skipper Ken Read produced a tactical masterstroke to leave the Volvo Ocean Race wide open again Sunday by taking his Puma team past pacesetting Telefonica into second place in the fourth leg won by French boat Groupama.


COL D'EZE, France (AP) -- Bradley Wiggins beat Lieuwe Westra by 2 seconds in the decisive mountain time trial to win the Paris-Nice race for the first time Sunday.

PRATI DI TIVO, Italy (AP) -- Italy's Vincenzo Nibali won the toughest stage of the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico race Sunday with an impressive solo breakaway on the uphill finish, while 40-year-old American Chris Horner retained his overall lead.


INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- American teenager Christina McHale stunned Wimbledon champion and 2011 WTA player of the year Petra Kvitova with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory in the night session Sunday at a BNP Paribas Open that has seen several withdrawals because of illness.

Gael Monfils of France, Jurgen Melzer of Austria and American Vania King each battled an intestinal virus that has sidelined at least a half-dozen players.

Roger Federer also admitted to not feeling well after his 6-4, 6-1 victory over American wild card Denis Kudla in the second round.

Rafael Nadal also advanced to the third round with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Argentina's Leonardo Mayer.


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Lionel Messi scored twice to reach 50 goals for the second straight season and lead Barcelona to a 2-0 win at Racing Santander in the Spanish league on Sunday night.