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AGENCIES

■BASKETBALL

Louisville hold off Siena

Louisville held off a potential upset to advance to the round of 16 at the NCAA championship tournament with a 79-72 victory over Siena on Sunday. Forward Terrence Williams had 24 points and 15 rebounds to help the Cardinals, the top seeds in the Midwest, secure the win over the ninth-seeded Saints in Dayton, Ohio and progress to a matchup against Arizona. Pittsburgh, top seeds in the East, escaped with a tight 84-76 victory over eighth-seeded Oklahoma State in their game in Dayton. Sam Young led Pittsburgh with 32 points to help set up a clash with Xavier on Thursday. Missouri and Syracuse also advanced. Missouri defeated Marquette 83-79 in the West and Syracuse beat Arizona State 78-67 in the South. The tournament, now down to 16 teams, resumes on Thursday. The championship game will be played in Detroit, Michigan, on April 6.

■BASEBALL

Tsao becomes an Elephant

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Tsao Chin-huei (曹錦輝) officially become a member of the Brother Elephants yesterday. The team agreed to recruit him with an annual salary of NT$4.2 million. Tsao will bear No.71 on the back of his uniform and is expected to garner 20 wins this season, team president Hong Ruei-he (洪瑞河) said. The salary package does not include a bonus of NT$1 million that will be given to Tsao if he meets expectations, Hong said. Tsao said he was prepared and ready to play any time. The Elephants picked Tsao last year at the tryout and the parties engaged in negotiations for about three months until the contract was signed on Saturday. However, team manager Wang Kuang-huei (王光輝) did not say yesterday whether Tsao would be the starter in the opening game on Saturday.

■BASEBALL

Floyd signs with White Sox

Pitcher Gavin Floyd has agreed to a four-year, US$15.5-million contract with the Chicago White Sox, the club said on Sunday. Under the terms of the deal, the 26-year-old right-hander will receive US$750,000 this year, US$2.75 million next year, US$5 million in 2011 and US$7 million in 2012. The White Sox hold a US$9.5 million club option for 2013. Floyd went 17-8 with a 3.84 ERA for Chicago last season, ranking sixth in the American League for wins and seventh for opponents average (.241).

■NASCAR RACING

Bush dominates at Bristol

Kyle Busch led 378 of 502 laps on Sunday to win at Bristol, Tennessee, his second victory of the season. It was redemption for Busch, who lost his power steering while leading last spring and was bumped from the front in August by Carl Edwards after leading 415 laps. And he was well on his way to victory in the Nationwide Series race on Saturday, leading a race-high 157 laps before his crew let a tire slip away on the final pit stop. The ensuing penalty knocked him out of contention and he finished sixth. He was untouchable in his Toyota on Sunday, even to teammate Denny Hamlin, who followed him across the finish line. “Man, it’s great to get a 1-2,” Hamlin said of the Joe Gibbs Racing dominance. Hamlin has had his own heartbreak at Bristol — he led 98 laps last spring and was headed to the win when a fuel pickup problem cost him the victory. He finished third, again behind Busch, in August. Defending three-time series champion Jimmie Johnson was third in a Chevrolet to tie his career-best Bristol finish, back in 2004. Jeff Gordon, his teammate at Hendrick Motorsports, was fourth. Kasey Kahne was fifth in a Dodge.

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