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March 8

1954 — The Milwaukee Hawks beat the Baltimore Bullets twice 64-54 and 65-54, in the only doubleheader in NBA history involving the same two teams.

1958 — Silky Sullivan, ridden by Bill Shoemaker, wins the Santa Anita Derby by three lengths after trailing by 40 early in the race and by 20 entering the final turn.

1971 — Joe Frazier wins the world heavyweight title with a unanimous 15-round decision over Muhammad Ali at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

1990 — Kurt Browning becomes the first Canadian to defend a title in the World Figure Skating Championships as he edges early leader

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Kenny Atkinson out as Nets coach in surprise split

NEW YORK (AP) — Kenny Atkinson won’t have the chance to coach Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together in Brooklyn. The Nets surprisingly split with their coach Saturday, even as they remain on track for a second consecutive playoff berth.

A day after Atkinson guided the Nets to a 139-120 rout of San Antonio, the Nets announced the decision to part with the fourth-year coach. General manager Sean Marks says it was a mutual decision.

Jacque Vaughn will serve as coach for the rest of the season.

The Nets are in seventh

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NBA-NETS-ATKINSON OUT

Kenny Atkinson out as Nets coach in surprise split

NEW YORK (AP) — Kenny Atkinson won’t have the chance to coach Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together in Brooklyn. The Nets surprisingly split with their coach Saturday, even as they remain on track for a second consecutive playoff berth.

A day after Atkinson guided the Nets to a 139-120 rout of San Antonio, the Nets announced the decision to part with the fourth-year coach. General manager Sean Marks says it was a mutual decision.

Jacque Vaughn will serve as coach for the rest of the season.

The Nets are in seventh

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NBA-NETS-ATKINSON OUT

Kenny Atkinson out as Nets coach in surprise split

NEW YORK (AP) — Kenny Atkinson won’t have the chance to coach Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together in Brooklyn. The Nets surprisingly split with their coach Saturday, even as they remain on track for a second consecutive playoff berth.

The morning after Atkinson guided the Nets to a 139-120 rout of San Antonio, the Nets announced the decision to part with the fourth-year coach.

In a statement, general manager Sean Marks said: “After discussions with Kenny about the progress of the season, we mutually agreed that a

W. Michigan, Toledo meet in MAC tourney

No. 10 seed Western Michigan (13-18, 6-12) vs. No. 7 seed Toledo (16-15, 8-10)

Mid-American Conference Tourney First Round, Savage Arena, Toledo, Ohio; Monday, 11 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Western Michigan and Toledo are set to do battle in the first round of the MAC tournament. Toledo won both of the regular season matchups earlier this season. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 22, when the Rockets shot 43.6 percent from the field while limiting Western Michigan to just 32.8 percent en route to a nine-point victory.

FAB FRESHMEN: Western Michigan’s Brandon Johnson, B. Artis White and

C. Michigan meets Ohio in MAC tourney

No. 9 seed Central Michigan (14-17, 7-11) vs. No. 8 seed Ohio (16-15, 8-10)

Mid-American Conference Tourney First Round, Convocation Center, Athens, Ohio; Monday, 11 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Central Michigan is set to face Ohio in the first round of the MAC tourney. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Feb. 18, when Central Michigan made just four 3-pointers on 22 attempts while the Bobcats hit 13 of 27 from deep en route to an eight-point victory.

SAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership could play a big role in the outcome of this game. . For Central Michigan, Kevin McKay, David

Miami, Buffalo meet in MAC tourney

No. 12 seed Miami (12-19, 5-13) vs. No. 5 seed Buffalo (20-11, 11-7)

Mid-American Conference Tourney First Round, Alumni Arena, Buffalo, New York; Monday, 11 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Miami is set to square off against Buffalo in the first round of the MAC tournament. Buffalo swept the two-game regular season series. The teams last faced each other on March 3, when the Bulls shot 40 percent from the field while limiting Miami to just 34.5 percent en route to a 75-69 victory.

SAVVY SENIORS: Buffalo’s Jayvon Graves, Davonta Jordan and Antwain Johnson have combined to account for 50 percent of the

No. 3 Oregon routs Utah in Pac 12 quarterfinals, 79-57

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Oregon coach Kelly Graves expects a masterpiece in every game.

“And when we don’t — and I think that’s why it is a testament to the greatness of these guys — we don’t feel well,” Graves said. “You know, we don’t feel good about that.”

Considering Graves wasn’t entirely pleased his third-ranked Ducks cruised to a 79-59 victory over Utah in the Pac-12 quarterfinals on Friday after a sluggish first quarter, the rest of the conference could be in deep trouble.

Sabrina Ionescu had 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to lead Oregon, which erased a six-point first-quarter

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NBA-NETS-ATKINSON OUT

Kenny Atkinson out as Nets coach in surprise split

NEW YORK (AP) — Kenny Atkinson won’t have the chance to coach Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together in Brooklyn. The Nets surprisingly split with their coach Saturday, even as they remain on track for a second consecutive playoff berth.

The morning after Atkinson guided the Nets to a 139-120 rout of San Antonio, the Nets announced the decision to part with the fourth-year coach.

In a statement, general manager Sean Marks said: “After discussions with Kenny about the progress of the season, we mutually agreed that a