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Virginia finally gets easy NCAA win 63-51 over Oklahoma

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Virginia coach Tony Bennett made a last-minute change in his starting lineup and the top-seeded Cavaliers finally breezed through an NCAA Tournament game to make their first Sweet 16 in three years. Bennett opted for Mamadi Diakite to start instead of Jack Salt against Oklahoma and the junior scored 14 points and had nine rebounds to …

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The Latest: Trump claims vindication, goes on attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s response to the special counsel’s findings (all times local): 7:55 p.m. President Donald Trump was in his room at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, when he first learned details of a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report. That’s according to White House spokesman Hogan Gidley, who briefed …

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Asian shares sink, tracking Friday’s retreat on Wall Street

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were sharply lower in Asia on Monday after Wall Street ended last week with a broad retreat. Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index tumbled 3.2 percent to 20,930.27, while the Shanghai Composite index declined 1.1 percent to 3,072.06. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong lost 1.8 percent to 28,583.60 and South Korea’s Kospi declined 1.7 percent to …

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Houston moves into Sweet 16 for first time in 35 years

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Houston’s fans chanted “Sweet 16” in the final minute of the Cougars’ NCAA Tournament win over Ohio State. The celebration was long overdue — 35 years, to be exact — since the Cougars have made this trip. Corey Davis scored 21 points to help Houston defeat Ohio State 74-59 in a second-round Midwest Region game Sunday …

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NCAA Latest: Houston beats Ohio State in Midwest Region

The Latest on the second round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 11:20 p.m. Houston has beaten Ohio State 74-59 in the Midwest Region. And that has ensured that every No. 1, 2 and 3 seed will reach the Sweet 16 for first time in a decade. Corey Davis Jr. had 21 points for the Cougars, a No. 3 …

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Texas sheriff’s deputy shot during traffic stop dies

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A West Texas sheriff’s deputy, who was critically wounded Friday in a shooting during a traffic stop, has died. The El Paso County Sheriff’s office confirmed the death of Deputy Peter Herrera in a statement on Facebook. It gave no further details. Authorities had said on Friday that they expected Herrera to survive the shooting …

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Military-backed party leads Thailand’s post-coup election

BANGKOK (AP) — A military-backed party has taken the lead in Thailand’s first election since a 2014 coup, preliminary results showed, suggesting junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha could stay in power, helped by an electoral system tilted in the military’s favor. With 93 percent of votes counted late Sunday, the Palang Pracharat party was first with nearly 7.6 …

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Ardern says royal commission will investigate mosque attacks

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s prime minister has announced a top-level inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the massacre of 50 people in two Christchurch mosques. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the country’s highest form of investigation, a royal commission of inquiry, was appropriate for “matters of the gravest public importance.” Her Cabinet had previously agreed on holding an …

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Culver, stifling defense, lift Texas Tech over Buffalo 78-58

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Texas Tech’s dominant defense earned the Red Raiders a second consecutive trip to the Sweet 16. Jarrett Culver had 16 points and 10 rebounds as the third-seeded Red Raiders shut down Buffalo 78-58 on Sunday night. Norense Odiase had 14 points and 15 rebounds, both season highs, for Texas Tech (28-6). The Red Raiders have won …

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