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Marquette 71Miami 61
Syracuse 61Indiana 50
Ohio State 73Arizona 70
Wichita State 72La Salle 58
Coverage, Pages C1, C4
Milwaukee 113L.A. Lakers 103
Indiana 103Dallas 78
Sacramento at Phoenix(n)
Coverage, Page C2
N.Y. Islanders 4Phila. 3 (SO)
Pittsburgh 4Winnipeg 0
Toronto 6Carolina 3
Florida 5Buffalo 4 (SO)
Ottawa 3N.Y. Rangers 0
Phoenix 7Nashville 4
Los Angeles 4St. Louis 2
Columbus at Edmonton(n)
Colorado at Vancouver(n)
Detroit at San Jose(n)
Coverage, Page C2
n The Yankees may be hurting lately on the field, but according to Forbes, their financial portfolio is in robust health. The magazine released its annual rankings of Major League Baseball teams on Wednesday and the Yankees, at an estimated value of $2.3 billion, remained the sport's most valuable franchise for the 16th consecutive year.
Their hold on the crown, however, may be slipping. Coming in at second place were the Dodgers, who were tagged at $1.6 billion -- but sold a year ago for $2 billion. The reason for that gap has to do with the Dodgers' pending TV deal, which has yet to be approved by MLB.
The Mets, at a Forbes-rated value of $811 million, landed in the No. 6 spot, behind, in order, the Red Sox ($1.312 billion), Cubs ($1 billion) and Phillies ($893 million). The rankings also put the Mets' 2012 revenue at $232 million, slightly above the MLB-average of $227 million for each team. The Yankees, by comparison, came in at $471 million.
Overall, 2012 was a good one for the business of baseball. By Forbes' estimates, the average worth of an MLB team is now $744 million, up more than 23 percent from the previous year. It also was the largest jump since Forbes began tracking such statistics in 1998.
No doubt that was helped by the sport's new network TV package, which is worth a total of $12.4 billion for the next eight years.
n Late Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller is being honored by Major League Baseball with an annual award named for him.
The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award will be given each year to a major leaguer and Hall of Famer who displays good character, assists those less fortunate, supports U.S. servicemen and women and conducts himself with dignity on and off the field.
"It's almost the same situation that our football team runs into when teams are trying to get ready for them. They play so much faster and their team speed is different." -- Oregon men's basketball coach Dana Altman, on tonight's matchup with Louisville.
Look for more NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament coverage in Saturday's edition.