1st teams to reach Elite 8 using painful memories as lessons

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Losing in the NCAA Tournament is downright painful. Several teams still in the hunt for the title are using the unpleasant memories of the past as good lessons that have helped them move into the Elite Eight.

  • Written by TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer

Oregon drops defending champ Duke 82-68 in Sweet 16

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Oregon Ducks took a double-digit lead early in the second half against the defending national champions, and they never flinched down the stretch.

  • Written by GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer

With Saints, Laurinaitis aims to rebound from being 'fired'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Veteran NFL linebacker James Laurinaitis is taking his release by the Rams this offseason as a personal affront. Doing so, he figures, can only help his career, as well as his new club, the New Orleans Saints.

  • Written by BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer

Act II for RG3: Griffin's shot to reboot career with Browns

CLEVELAND (AP) — Back before he rocketed into the NFL as a freakish touchdown-maker, before the knee injury and his downfall in Washington, Robert Griffin III was convinced he'd play for the Browns.

  • Written by TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer