Update on the latest in sports:


More security at Final Four

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis will increase police presence downtown during this weekend's Final Four amid protests over a new state law that critics say could allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Al Larsen says that the city will have a "noticeably higher" police presence and will designate an area immediately south of Lucas Oil Stadium for protesters to gather.

The measure signed last week by Gov. Mike Pence prohibits any laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. Critics contend it is designed to shield businesses and individuals who don't want to serve gays and lesbians.

Lawmakers are working on language to address those concerns, but some college sports figures have already announced they are boycotting the Final Four.


Freshman Oubre heads to NBA

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas swingman Kelly Oubre (OO'-bray), Jr. says he is leaving for the NBA draft, skipping his final three seasons of eligibility after an up-and-down freshman year.

The 6-foot-7 Oubre started 27 games this past season, helping the Jayhawks win their 11th straight Big 12 title. He averaged 9.3 points and five rebounds, and showcased his potential when he poured in 25 points in a victory over TCU in the Big 12 Tournament.


Mullin to take over Red Storm

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Mullin says he considers trying to turn around the St. John's basketball program an "obligation."

Mullin said at his introductory news conference that he wasn't worrying about tarnishing his legacy as a player at his alma mater, where he still ranks as the school's all-time leading scorer.

The 51-year-old Mullin has no coaching experience, but he believes his experience in NBA front offices prepared him well because pro franchises now must develop rookies who come into the league as raw teenagers.

Mullin takes over from Steve Lavin, who departed last week after leading the Red Storm to the NCAA tournament in two of his five years.


Panthers Jacobson get lengthy extension

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson has been given a 10-year contract extension through the 2024-25 season. He led the Panthers to a school-record 31 wins and the Missouri Valley tournament title this past season.

Jacobson is 197-104 in nine seasons with Northern Iowa which has finished among the top three in the conference in five of the last six years.


Xavier's Mack gets extension

CINCINNATI (AP) — Xavier coach Chris Mack has received a one-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season after leading the Musketeers to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in his six years. The Musketeers are 134-71 under Mack, the third-most wins by a Xavier coach. They reached the Big East Tournament title game this season and the round of 16, where they lost to Arizona.


Nats Rendon to start on DL

UNDATED (AP) — Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') will start the season on the disabled list because of a sprained left knee

Rendon was hurt March 9 diving for a ball in the field. The Nationals expected Rendon to return within a week, but pain lingered.

Rendon hit .287 with 21 homers and 83 RBIs last year but has been limited to nine exhibition at-bats.


— Doctors have told Miami reliever Aaron Crow he needs season-ending elbow ligament-replacement surgery. Crow will get a second opinion but expects to have the procedure. The four-year veteran went 6-1 with a 4.12 ERA in 61 appearances last season for Kansas City but was left off the Royals postseason roster.

— The Mets are working to complete a new contract with Juan Lagares that would guarantee the center fielder $23 million from 2016-19, including a buyout of a $9.5 million option for 2020. Lagares has a $528,696 salary in the major leagues this season and would be eligible for salary arbitration next winter. The 26-year-old hit .281 with four homers, 47 RBIs and 13 stolen bases last year, when he won his first Gold Glove for outstanding defensive play.


Woman recants assault charge against Tide player

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The woman who said former Alabama football player Jonathan Taylor assaulted her has recanted the allegations. Tuscaloosa police say the 24-year-old woman, who has not been identified, has been arrested on a charge of False Reporting to Law Enforcement.

Taylor was arrested on Saturday and coach Nick Saban dismissed the defensive lineman from the team the following day.

Alabama did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Probe of former Vols player closed

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knoxville police say they are closing the rape case involving former Tennessee cornerback Riyahd Jones because the woman has decided not to prosecute. Authorities said on Feb. 9 that Jones was a suspect in a rape investigation, though no arrest was ever made and no charges were filed. The police report said that a woman had indicated the incident occurred on Feb. 5.

Jones announced via Twitter on Feb. 2 that he was leaving Tennessee's football program and intending to transfer. He didn't play any games for Tennessee in 2014 after appearing in two games in 2013.


Post-season positioning continues

UNDATED (AP) — The playoff picture in the NBA can get a little clearer tonight.

Portland can wrap up the outright Northwest Division title for the first time since 1991-92 when they host the Clippers. A Trail Blazers win, coupled with an Oklahoma City loss at home to Dallas, gives the division to Portland.

Defending NBA champ San Antonio can clinch a Western Conference playoff spot when they visit Orlando tonight. The Spurs have won four in a row.

The battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference continues to play out on two fronts. The Nets hold the position heading into a cross-town trip to take on the Knicks. Brooklyn has won four in a row and has a half-game lead over Boston.

The Celtics host Indiana in a showdown of playoff hopefuls. The Pacers have lost eight of ten and are a game-and-a-half out of the playoff picture.

The Bucks try to straighten themselves out when they host Chicago. Milwaukee holds sixth place in the East but has lost eight of its last ten.

Houston can pull into a first-place tie with idle Memphis for the Southwest Division lead with a home win over Sacramento.

There are 12 games on the NBA schedule.


Pennsylvania rivals meet in Pittsburgh

UNDATED (AP) — Pittsburgh hosts the Flyers as part of a four-game NHL schedule tonight. The Penguins skate into the game tied with the Islanders for second in the Metropolitan Division after winning their last two games. Philadelphia has won the previous two meetings this season.

The Penguins' Sidney Crosby is the front-runner for his second consecutive scoring title with 79 points heading into the game. That's two more than Washington's Alex Ovechkin and the Islanders John Tavares.

Anaheim can move closer to wrapping up the Western Conference title when it hosts Edmonton. The Ducks hold a two-point lead over Nashville for the conference lead. And Anaheim is two points up on the Predators and Rangers for the best record in the NHL.

Toronto skates at Buffalo and San Jose entertains Colorado.