ATLANTA (AP) --
FINAL FOUR-WOMEN'S SEMI'S
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The women's Final Four starts play tonight in New Orleans with the national semifinals. The opening game has Louisville taking on California while the nightcap has Notre Dame going up against Connecticut.
To get this far Louisville beat Tennessee while California got by Georgia in overtime, Connecticut stopped Kentucky and Notre Dame beat Duke.
Pitchers take center stage today
UNDATED (AP) -- There's an excellent pitching matchup this afternoon in Detroit as the Tigers are playing the Yankees. On the mound for the American League champion Tigers is Justin Verlander while the Yankees are countering with CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh).
Stephen Strasburg is back on the mound as well this afternoon, working his second game of the season for the Nationals who are playing the Reds.
Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, who now pitches for Toronto, is working his second game of the season. The opposition comes from the Red Sox, who are using Jon Lester.
Perhaps the top pitching matchup of the day will take place tonight as the Angels face the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Yu Darvish, who lost a bid for a perect game in his first appearance of the season in the ninth inning with two outs, is squaring off with L.A.'s Jered Weaver.
Braves lose first baseman
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves have placed first baseman Freddie Freeman on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. Freeman, who his hitting .417 with one homer and seven RBIs through the first five games, said he was upset that team management did not tell him before making the decision. The injury first occurred in a workout March 31, the day before the season started.
Some good day games
UNDATED (AP) -- There are two games being played this afternoon in the NBA with each game having a bearing on the standings.
In Oklahoma City, the Thunder are facing the Knicks. In the Western Conference, the Thunder are a half-game back of the Spurs, while in the East the Knicks are the hottest team around with an 11-game winning streak. The Thunder have a four game lead over Denver in the Northwest Division, while the Knicks top the Nets by six games in the Atlantic.
The other day game has the two L.A. teams squaring off with the Clippers serving as home team. In the Western Conference the Lakers start the day holding the 8th and final playoff berth by a half-game over the Jazz, while the Clippers are six games back of the Thunder in the conference standings and six games in front of the Warriors in the Pacific Division.
There are seven more games coming up tonight.
Wings and Blues in key game
UNDATED (AP) -- Just two day games are on the agenda in the NHL today. In the first contest St. Louis is skating in Detroit against the Red Wings, while in the second outing the Sharks are hosting Dallas.
The first game is important to each club as in the Western Conference standings as the Red Wings hold down the seventh playoff spot with 43 points, while the Blues are eighth with 42.
Six more games are taking place tonight.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Defending IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay (ray) has pole for today's IndyCar race in Birmingham, Ala. He grabbed the top starting spot for the race with a lap of 1:07.0871 around the 17-turn, 2.38-mile road course. He beat two-time defending race winner Will Power.
AJ Allmendinger will start 10th in his IndyCar debut. It was announced before yesterday that he will also drive for Penske at Long Beach before competing in the Indy 500.
Yanks, Serbia tied
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The reverse singles matches are being played today in the U.S.-Serbia Davis Cup quarterfinal. After yesterday's doubles play, the U.S. trailed 2-1 as the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, were beaten.
It was a rare Davis Cup defeat for the Bryans who are 20-4 in Davis Cup play.
Final round play
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Billy Horschel has the lead after three rounds of the PGA's Texas Open in San Antonio. He shot a third-round 2-under-70 and stands 10-under-par for the tournament, two shots in front of Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) and Charley Hoffman.
Rory McIlroy is four shots off the pace after a third-round 7-under-71.
Park on top
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) -- Inbee Park is the leader through three rounds of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Park fired her second straight 5-under-par 67 on Saturday to get to 12-under in the first LPGA major of the year. She's three shots ahead of Lizette Salas, who opened the round one stroke back before carding a 69.
Six players share third at 6-under.
Williams facing Jankovic in championship match
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Serena Williams is playing Jelena Jankovic (yeh-LAY'-nuh YANK'-oh-vihch) in today's final of the Family Circle tournament. Williams eliminated her sister Venus yesterday 6-1, 6-2 while Jankovic advanced with a win over Stefanie Voegele.
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