March Madness, Week 2 on WJPA &!

March 25, 2023 4:01 am

WJPA-AM (1450) is your radio home for all the action, running right through the Women’s & Men’s National Championship Games April 2-3. You can also listen online through our partnership with Westwood One and the NCAA! Our Men’s coverage includes feature games each day with expanded coverage through the national semifinals.  And the Women’s Tournament returns to WJPA with Sweet 16, Regional Finals and Final Four action.  WJPA-AM (1450) Listen Here

Thursday, March 23 
Men’s Sweet 16
#3 Kansas State 98, #7 Michigan State 93 OT
#4 Connecticut 88,  #8 Arkansas 65
#9 Florida Atlantic 62, #4 Tennessee 55
#3 Gonzaga 79, #2 UCLA 76

Friday, March 24
Women’s Sweet 16
#9 Miami 70, #4 Villanova 65

Men’s Sweet 16, March 24

#5 San Diego State 71, #1 Alabama 64

#5 Miami 89, #1 Houston 75
#6 Creighton 86,  #15 Princeton 75
#2 Texas 83, #3 Xavier 71

Saturday, March 25
Women’s Sweet 16
11:15 am #2 Connecticut vs. #3 Ohio State
#1 South Carolina vs. #4 UCLA

Men’s Regional Finals
5:30 pm #3 Kansas State vs. #9 Florida Atlantic
8:45 pm #3 Gonzaga vs. #4 Connecticut

Sunday, March 26
Men’s Regional Finals
1:30 pm
5:00 pm

Women’s Regional Finals
6:45 pm Join in Progress
9:05 pm

Monday, March 27
Women’s Regional Finals
6:45 pm
9:05 pm

Crazy Eight: No Top Seeds Among Last 8 In March Madness

March 25, 2023 4:00 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — March has gone from madness to unprecedented. With Miami’s win over Houston and San Diego State’s takedown of Alabama, the men’s NCAA Tournament will not have a No. 1 seed in the Elite Eight for the first time since seeding began in 1979. Purdue, Kansas, Houston and Alabama are all gone, ensuring the Final Four will not have a No. 1 team for the first time since 2011 and the third overall. The four teams deemed by the NCAA to be the best in the country combined to win five tournament games this year. That’s the fewest by three among No. 1 seeds since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

Nola vs. deGrom, Ohtani Highlight MLB’s Opening-Day mMatchups

March 25, 2023 4:05 am

The Texas Rangers aren’t wasting any time in seeing what they have in Jacob deGrom. The two-time Cy Young Award winner will start for the Rangers when they open the 2023 season against Aaron Nola and the Philadelphia Phillies. Eight Cy Young award winners in all will start on opening day, as all 30 clubs will play on opening day for the first time since 1968. This will be the fourth career opening-day start for deGrom. He signed a five-year deal with the Rangers during the offseason that’s worth $185 million.

Penguins Fall To The Stars In Dallas

March 24, 2023 3:54 am

DALLAS (AP) — Joe Pavelski scored the tiebreaking goal on a third-period power play, and the Stars overcame Sidney Crosby’s first career goal in Dallas in a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Roope Hintz and Jamie Benn also scored as the Stars moved a point ahead of Minnesota atop the Central Division with the Wild’s 5-4 shootout loss in Philadelphia. Crosby’s 548th career goal was the 35-year-old’s first in 10 games at the home of the Stars and gave him at least one in all of the other 31 NHL arenas. Miro Heiskanen assisted on Pavelski’s goal for a 12-game point streak that set a franchise record for a Dallas defenseman.

Phillies Hoskins Tears Knee, Expected To Miss Significant Time

March 24, 2023 3:57 am

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins needs surgery for a torn ACL after injuring his left knee while fielding a grounder in a spring training game and is expected to miss a significant amount of time. The Phillies did not say when Hoskins would have the surgery or exactly how long the slugging first baseman might be sidelined. Hoskins hit 30 homers with 79 RBIs last season for the reigning National League champions. He was backing up to play a chopper on Thursday when the ball popped out of his glove. Hoskins, a free agent at the end of the season who turned 30 last week, hit six homers in Philadelphia’s playoff run last season. The Phillies lost to the Houston Astros in the World Series.

Penguins Beat Avalanche; Crosby Hits 30-Goal Mark

March 23, 2023 3:43 am

DENVER (AP) — Jeff Carter had a pair of goals, Sidney Crosby scored on a nifty backhand shot in the second period to reach the 30-goal mark for an 11th season and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2. Crosby moved into a tie with Hall-of-Fame center Mario Lemieux for the most 30-goal seasons in Penguins history. Even more, Crosby’s the first player in league history to post a 30-goal campaign at 18 years old and again when he was 35-plus, according to NHL Stats. Jake Guentzel also scored and Bryan Rust added an empty-netter for the Penguins, who snapped a four-game slide. J.T. Compher and Devon Toews had goals for the Avalanche.

Notre Dame Finalizing Deal For Penn State’s Shrewsberry

March 23, 2023 3:46 am

Notre Dame is finalizing a deal to make Penn State’s Micah Shrewsberry its new men’s basketball coach, two people with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because contract details were still being completed and needed school approval. Shrewsberry, in his second season at Penn State, led the Nittany Lions to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011 and a tournament victory for the first time since 2001. He will replace Mike Brey at Notre Dame. Shrewsberry grew up in Indianapolis and his first head coaching job was at an NAIA school in South Bend, Indiana, where Notre Dame is located.

South Fayette Heads to Hershey!

March 22, 2023 2:23 am

The South Fayette girls have never played in a basketball state championship game. That will remain fact until Saturday night when the Lions take on District 12 champion Archbishop Wood for the 5A state title. South Fayette got 24 points from Maddie Webber, 14 more from Ava Leroux and held off Oakland Catholic late in the game to get the 58-54 win. The Lions were 10-of-11 at the foul line including Leroux’s 4-for-4 performance in the final period, sealing the win with a pair with just eight seconds to play.

South Fayette sprinted to leads of 8-0, 15-7 and 19-10 in the opening quarter. Oakland Catholic responded with runs of 8-2 and 10-4 to pull within two at halftime, and after three quarters. Oakland Catholic, which never led in the game, pulled even for the first (and only) time with 4:18 to play on Jill Gallo bucket in close.  Following the under-4 time out, Leroux hit two free throws, Lainey Yater added two more with 1:06 to play. Oakland Catholic got another bucket from Gallo and two points from Rachel Haver to pull within 56-54 with 13 seconds to play. Leroux’s two makes on a 1-and-1 set the game’s final margin. The Lions will ride a 22-game win streak into the final against Archbishop Wood, making an 11th title game appearance, all since 2010. PIAA Brackets

Saturday, March 25, State Championship Game
5A Girls South Fayette vs. Archbishop Wood, 5:45 pm at Giant Center, Hershey, WJPA-FM (95.3) Listen Here

Japan Tops U.S. For World Baseball Classic Championship

March 22, 2023 3:58 am

MIAMI (AP) – Shohei Ohtani emerged from the bullpen and fanned Los Angeles Angels teammate Mike Trout for the final out in a matchup the whole baseball world wanted to see, leading Japan over the defending champion United States 3-2 for its first World Baseball Classic title since 2009. Ohtani, the two-way star who has captivated fans across two continents, beat out an infield single in the seventh inning as a designated hitter, then walked down the left-field line to Japan’s bullpen to warm up for his third mound appearance of the tournament. Trout, the U.S. captain and a three-time MVP, struck out on a full-count pitch.

Steelers Sign Lineman Seumalo To 3-Year Deal

March 22, 2023 3:53 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed longtime Philadelphia Eagles guard Isaac Seumalo to a three-year, $24 million contract. Seumalo’s arrival fortifies the interior of the Steelers offensive line as Pittsburgh builds around second-year quarterback Kenny Pickett. The 29-year-old Seumalo started 60 games across seven seasons with the Eagles, who selected him in the third round of the 2016 draft. Seumalo appeared in 81 games in all for Philadelphia and won a Super Bowl with the Eagles following the 2017 season. Seumalo is considered an excellent run blocker, though he has improved in pass protection during his career. He allowed just one sack while playing 1,137 offensive snaps in 2022.