Top National Sports Stories: Trojans, Aggies move on...Martin leaves Cal for Mizzou...Pats keep Hightower...Anisimov shelved

Published on March 16, 2017 at 06:56AM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — UC Davis has won its first-ever NCAA Tournament game to advance to the first round. Chima Moneke (CHEE’-muh moh-NEH’-kee) scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Aggies beat North Carolina Central, 67-63. Southern Cal also won last night by turning a 17-point, second-half deficit into a 75-71 triumph over Providence.

UNDATED (AP) — Cuonzo (KWAHN’-zoh) Martin is the new men’s basketball coach at Missouri after three seasons at California. Martin was 62-39 overall and 29-25 in conference during his three seasons at Cal. Washington also begins a search for a men’s basketball coach after firing Lorenzo Romar (ROH’-mahr), who was 298-196 in 15 seasons with the Huskies.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The agent for Dont’a Hightower says the New England Patriots and the linebacker have agreed to a four-year, $43.5 million package. The 27-year-old Hightower had free agent visits with the Jets and Steelers before deciding to stay with New England. Hightower has helped New England win two Super Bowls in his five NFL seasons. He has 372 tackles and 17 sacks since being a first-round pick out of Alabama in 2012.

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (ah-NEE’-see-mahv) will be out three to four weeks with a left leg injury suffered in Tuesday night’s 4-2 win at Montreal. Rookie Nick Schmaltz likely will center Chicago’s second line with wingers Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn). Anisimov has 22 goals and a career-high 45 points in 64 games this season.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has declined to penalize Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and their crews for Sunday’s post-race scuffle at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. NASCAR says the sport was built on the kind of racing that Busch and Logano demonstrated on the final laps of the Monster Energy race. Busch confronted Logano after the race and threw a punch before being knocked to the ground by Team Penske crew members.