NCAA makes its picks…Niners ink Sherman…Source says Phils get Arrieta…Warriors fall to Wolves

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier have drawn the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Cavaliers, Cincinnati, Tennessee and Arizona are the top four seeds in the South Region, while the Wildcats, Purdue, Texas Tech and Wichita State head the East Region. The Jayhawks are followed by Duke, Michigan State and Auburn in the Midwest Region, and the West Region has the Musketeers just ahead of North Carolina, Michigan and Gonzaga.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have signed star cornerback Richard Sherman to a three-year deal, two days after being released by the rival Seattle Seahawks. The deal reportedly is worth up to $39.15 million. Sherman played an integral role in the fierce NFC West rivalry between Seattle and San Francisco earlier this decade. With the Seahawks retooling their defense, he became expendable.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press that free agent ace Jake Arrieta and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a three-year deal. The package is worth a reported $75 million. The 32-year-old righty was among several top free agents didn’t get a deal for six or seven years in a changing free-agent market. Arrieta won the 2015 NL Cy Young Award with the Cubs and helped them win the World Series the next season.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Golden State Warriors dropped their second in a row yesterday as Karl-Anthony Towns delivered 31 points and 16 rebounds in Minnesota’s 109-103 win over the defending NBA champs. Andrew Wiggins added 23 points for the Timberwolves, who lost twice on the road to the defending champion Warriors earlier this season by a combined 37 points. Golden State dropped its second straight despite Kevin Durant’s 39 points and 12 boards.

UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have taken over first place in the NBA’s Central Division, a half-game ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Victor Oladipo scored 27 points and Myles Turner added 19 with a team-high 10 rebounds in Indiana’s fifth win in six games, 99-97 at Boston. Julius Randle hit for 36 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Lakers handed the Cavaliers their fourth loss in six games, 127-113.

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