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DALLAS (AP) - Another NCAA Tournament prayer answered for Loyola-Chicago, and the Ramblers are set to bring Sister Jean to the Sweet 16. Clayton Custer's jumper took a friendly bounce off the rim and in with 3.6 seconds left, and 11th-seeded Loyola beat Tennessee 63-62 in a South Region second-round game. Custer's winner came two days after Donte Ingram's buzzer-beating 3 for Loyola against Miami, surely to the delight of Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the 98-year-old nun, team chaplain and primary booster

CHICAGO (AP) - LeBron James scored 33 points as part of a triple-double, Jordan Clarkson had a tiebreaking four-point play with 1:27 left and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Chicago Bulls 114-109. James had 12 rebounds and 12 assists for his 15th triple-double of the season, and Jeff Green added 21 points. Clarkson finished with 19 points to help the Cavaliers salvage a six-game split on their season-high six-game trip.

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Bulls are holding injured core players Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn out against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Coach Fred Hoiberg says Markkanen is "significantly better" but will miss his third straight game because of lower back spasms.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Nicholas Baptiste scored two goals in the third period to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Baptiste scored the game-winner with 1:56 remaining on a deflection. Following a faceoff win in the Chicago end, Marco Scandella's shot from the point was deflected by Baptiste in the slot for the forward's second goal of the game.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Doug Bruno and Gary Blair are good friends off the court. Their coaching styles at DePaul and Texas A&M are very different. Their two teams will meet on Sunday in the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament as the fourth-seeded Aggies host the No. 5 Blue Demons.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Ibson scored his first MLS goal in the second half, Sam Nicholson added another 11 minutes later and Minnesota United beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 in its home opener. Ibson gave Minnesota (2-1-0) a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute. After Chicago tied it four minutes later, Nicholson finished Ethan Finlay's well-placed cross with an open header to freeze Sanchez.

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