Sports – Monday, March 18th

| March 18, 2013 | 7:22 am
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The 68-team NCAA tournament starts tomorrow with a pair of first-round games.  No. 1 seed Kansas will face 16th-seeded Western Kentucky on Friday in the NCAA tournament’s South region. The Jayhawks topped Kansas State in the Big 12 tournament title game on Saturday. Western Kentucky is making its fourth tournament appearance in the last six years.  Top overall seed Louisville, Indiana, and Gonzaga also earned No. 1 seeds for the tournament.  Defending national champion Kentucky won’t even get a chance to defend its title as the 21-11 Wildcats are the 20th national champion to not make the NCAA field the next season.  The Wildcats and Crimson Tide are No. 1 seeds in the NIT, along with Southern Mississippi and Virginia.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Missouri opens NCAA tournament play on Thursday against Colorado State. Ninth-seeded Mizzou is hoping to avenge the results from last year’s tournament, when the then-No. 2 seed Tigers lost in its opener against No. 15 seed Norfolk State. Colorado State got an at-large bid after finishing second in the Mountain West.

BOSTON (AP) — The Miami Heat take their 22-game winning streak, which ties the 2007-2008 Houston Rockets for second-longest in NBA history, into Boston tonight. Even with a victory tonight, the Heat would be 10 shy of the NBA record for most consecutive wins — 33 set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kasey Kahne (kayn) took the checkered flag at Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time. It was the first short-track race of the Sprint Cup season. It’s Kahne’s 15th career win in NASCAR’s top circuit.  Kyle Busch finished second in the Food City 500. Brad Keselowski was third and takes over the series points lead as the only driver to open the season with four top-five finishes.  Tempers flared after the race when Joey Logano leaned inside the car window of former teammate Denny Hamlin to complain about Hamlin spinning him during the race. At the time, Logano was racing Jeff Gordon for the lead.

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