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The Greek's Trifecta: Week 44

Each week here on CBS12 the Greek from Real Radio 94.3 joins us to give his Greek's Trifecta top picks for the weekend.The Greek's Trifecta: Week 44

Thursday, September 5 2013, 08:08 PM EDT

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NCAA TOURNAMENT-REGIONAL FINALS

UNDATED (AP) -- Michigan State has joined Kentucky and Wisconsin in the Final Four in Indianapolis.

The seventh-seeded Spartans continued their late season run with a 76-70 overtime win over Louisville in the East Regional final.

Bryn Forbes opened the overtime with a 3-pointer to snap a 65-all tie, and 27-11 Michigan State never surrendered the lead. Travis Trice paced the Spartans with 17 points, Denzel Valentine added 15 and Forbes wound up with 14 as the Spartans won for the 12th time in their last 15 games.

Wayne Blackshear scored 28 for Louisville which was trying for its third Final Four berth in four years. The Cardinals finish 28-9.

Duke and Gonzaga (gahn-ZA'-guh) battle for the last piece to the Final Four puzzle in the South Regional championship game.

The 35-2 Bulldogs play in a regional final for the first time in 16 years for coach Mark Few. They take a lot of experience into the showdown with a starting five that includes three seniors who have played more than 130 college games each, and two juniors.

Duke has a freshman-laden line-up that includes starters Jahlil Okafore, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones. The 32-4 Blue Devils are seeking their 16th Final Four appearance.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TEXAS-BARNES

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas confirms that basketball coach Rick Barnes is out after 17 seasons. The university says in a statement that Barnes and the school "mutually agreed" he would not return despite leading Texas to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances and three Big 12 titles.

Barnes claims athletic director Steve Patterson told him a week ago, that he'd be back next season. He says he was "shocked" by what he said were athletic department leaks in recent days that he was being pressured to fire his assistant coaches to save his job. Barnes says some staff members offered to quit, but he refused.

Despite a school best 402 wins and only one losing season, Barnes came under fire for failing to move past the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament since 2008.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-DEPAUL-LEITAO

CHICAGO (AP) -- Dave Leitao (LAY'-toh) returns as the men's basketball coach at DePaul. He was the Blue Demons coach from 2002-05 and led them to three post-season appearances. Leitao has an overall head coaching mark of 143-129. He replaces Oliver Purnell who resigned this month after leading the Blue Demons to a 54-105 record in his five seasons.

Leitao was an assistant to Frank Haith the past three seasons at Missouri and Tulsa.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-ALABAMA-TAYLOR ARRESTED

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama coach Nick Saban has dismissed Jonathan Taylor from the team following the second domestic violence arrest of the defensive lineman's college career.

Saban announced the decision a day after Taylor was arrested when a woman reported she was assaulted by her boyfriend. Taylor signed with the Crimson Tide about six months after his dismissal from Georgia following his arrest in a girlfriend's assault.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Washington had a chance to seal an NBA playoff spot but the Rockets wouldn't let them.

James Harden's 24 points paced Houston to a 99-91 win for playoff-bound Houston. A victory would have locked up a post-season spot for the Wizards. John Wall had 25 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds for Washington.

Memphis is already in the playoffs but is still in a battle for the Southwest Division title heading into its road game against San Antonio tonight. The Grizzlies are coming off consecutive one-sided losses to Cleveland and Golden State that have seen their division lead shrink to a half-game over Houston.

Cleveland tries to continue to close in on the Central Division title when they host the 76ers today. Cleveland has won eight of its last ten and holds a two game lead over Chicago for the division lead. Both the Cavs and Bulls have clinched playoff spots.

Boston is holding a half-game lead over Brooklyn for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with the Clippers coming to town. Playoff-bound Los Angeles has won six straight.

There are nine games on the schedule today and tonight.

MLB-SPRING TRAINING

UNDATED (AP) -- Zach McAllister and T.J. House have won the two open jobs in the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation.

Manager Terry Francona told the pitchers on Sunday before House started an exhibition against the Chicago White Sox. The left-handed House and McAllister will follow Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer in a rotation the Indians hope can keep them in contention this season.

Elsewhere;

-- Henderson Alvarez has been picked to start the Miami Marlins' opener against the Atlanta Braves on April 6. He went 12-7 with a 2.65 ERA for Miami last season.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Conference leads are up for grabs in the eight-game NHL schedule today and tonight.

The Rangers start the day a point behind Montreal in the Eastern Conference as New York gets ready to host Washington. Cam Talbot will be back in the nets for New York after Henrik Lundqvist returned from a seven-week layoff in a loss to Boston last night. Talbot sparked a Rangers surge into the playoffs in Lundqvist's absence.

Anaheim in a point up on Nashville for the top spot in the Western Conference. The Ducks play at New Jersey a day after wrapping up a playoff spot with a win against the Islanders.

The Predators skate into Calgary a day after beating Washington to secure a post-season berth.

The Islanders will looks to break out of their late season funk when they host Detroit. New York is winless in its last seven home games and is 2-6-2 overall.

GOLF-TEXAS OPEN

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- A Texas showdown is on tap at the Texas Open today. State native Jimmy Walker holds a three-shot lead in the final round over fellow Texan Jordan Spieth (speeth). Walker lives just 35-minutes away from the TPC San Antonio, and will be trying to add the title in the tournament to his win at the Sony Open earlier this year. Dallas-native Spieth scored a playoff win two weeks ago at Innisbrook.

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