A topsy-turvy season in college basketball delivered a few more twists when the brackets came out Sunday.
Exhibit A: Oregon and Virginia are No. 1 seeds, while Michigan State is not.
Exhibit B: Monmouth and Valparaiso aren't part of March Madness, but Michigan and Syracuse are.
As usual, the NCAA selection committee released a 68-team bracket with its fair share of surprises. This year, the debate started right away, when the committee named Pac-12 champion Oregon a top seed in the West, ACC runner-up Virginia a top seed in the Midwest and made Tom Izzo's Spartans, champs of the Big Ten, a ''2.''
They'll decide it on the court. The tournament starts Tuesday with a pair of opening-round games. The main draw begins Thursday at eight sites. The Final Four is April 2 and 4 in Houston.
NEW YORK (AP) The first blockbuster upset of March Madness: Twitter over CBS on Selection Sunday.
The NCAA said Sunday night it is looking into how a copy of this year's tournament bracket got leaked online during the network's extended selection show on Sunday.
The bracket was being shared on Twitter about 20 minutes after the start of the two-hour broadcast, generating thousands of retweets as Charles Barkley fumbled around with a touch screen monitor making picks.
NEW YORK (AP) – The top seeds in the National Invitation Tournament are Monmouth, St. Bonaventure, South Carolina and Valparaiso.
The first four teams left out of the NCAA Tournament automatically receive No. 1 seeds in the NIT, a practice that began last year. San Diego State and Saint Mary's were among other schools relegated to the NIT after their NCAA hopes were dashed Sunday.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) – Charl Schwartzel used two big birdies to close with a 4-under 67 and made up a five-shot deficit. All he needed was a par on the first hole of a playoff Sunday at Innisbrook to beat Bill Haas and win the Valspar Championship.
Schwartzel's two-putt par on the 18th hole in a playoff gave him his third victory worldwide in his last six starts dating to December.
Haas, who never trailed over the final 27 holes of regulation, hit his tee shot into the trees in the playoff, came up short into a bunker and blasted long out of the soft sand to 20 feet. He missed the par putt, and Schwartzel tapped in for his first victory in America since the 2011 Masters.
HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) – Scott Hend of Australia shot a final-round 68 to beat Piya Swangarunporn of Thailand by a stroke to win the Thailand Classic at the Black Mountain Golf Course on Sunday.
Hend rolled in five birdies against one bogey for an overall total of 18-under-par 270 to win his second European Tour event.
The win marked the 43-year-old golfer's second Asian Tour title in Thailand after the 2013 Chiang Mai Classic and the eighth on the Asian Tour.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards twice bumped on the final lap before Harvick inched over the finish line first in an overtime finish Sunday for his record eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at Phoenix International Raceway.
Harvick had the lead on the restart finish before the charging Edwards made it a side-by-side duel. After the cars banged a second time, Harvick nosed to the line 0.010 seconds ahead to continue his dominance at the mile oval. It's the same margin of victory as Denny Hamlin's thrilling win last month in the Daytona 500.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Juan Pablo Montoya won the IndyCar season-opening race for the second consecutive year to continue the Team Penske dominance on the streets of St. Petersburg.
The win Sunday by Montoya was the eighth in 12 tries for Penske drivers. Simon Pagenaud finished second to make it a 1-2 Penske finish, but Ryan Hunter-Reay spoiled the sweep by passing Helio Castroneves with three laps remaining. Penske now has 179 wins in open wheel racing, the most in history.
The day got off to a rocky start for the Penske organization, though, because pole-sitter Will Power was diagnosed with a concussion that sidelined him from the opener.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – San Francisco left-hander Madison Bumgarner was scratched from Sunday's spring start against San Diego due to tightness in his rib cage and a nerve condition in his left foot.
Bumgarner said both issues were minor but he wanted to take care of them now rather than let them linger. He said he would have pitched had it been a regular-season game. Bumgarner developed neuroma, a nerve condition affecting toes on his left foot, during the offseason and said it was under control following treatment.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) – Novak Djokovic opened his bid for a third straight BNP Paribas Open title Sunday night by surviving an unexpected challenge from American qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.
The 22-year-old Fratangelo was the French Open boys' champion in 2011 and turned pro in 2012, but has been playing almost exclusively on the satellite tours. He's ranked No. 149 and his first-round win Friday was his first in four matches on the ATP World Tour.
Djokovic, who has a 17-1 record this season, took the court after top-ranked Serena Williams moved into the women's fourth round with a ragged 7-6 (2), 6-0 victory over Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.
Later, fourth-seeded Rafael Nadal beat Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.
Simona Halep of Romania capped the night with a 64-minute 6-2, 6-4 win over Ekaterina Makarova of Russia.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A man suspected of intentionally driving a snowmobile into teams of two mushers near the front of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was arrested in a Yukon River village.
Arnold Demoski, 26, of Nulato, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and six counts of criminal mischief.
Demoski spoke to KTUU-TV (http://bit.ly/1QPO4MH ), saying he was returning home from a night of drinking when he struck Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King's teams early Saturday morning.
The crashes killed one of King's dogs and injured at least two others. One of Zirkle's dogs also was injured. Iditarod officials at first reported King had been injured. But the four-time champion said later the snowmobile had missed both him and his sled.