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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The dismantling of Iowa's underperforming roster began with announcements by reserves Brady Ellingson and Ahmad Wagner that they're leaving the program. The school says Ellingson, a redshirt junior, will graduate in May and seek to play a year as a graduate transfer at another school. Wagner says he wants to give football a shot after three seasons playing basketball for the Hawkeyes.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Justin Harley hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in overtime to give Graceland (Iowa) its first NAIA national championship with an 83-80 victory over LSU Alexandria. After a timeout with 13.4 seconds left in OT, LT Davis stumbled at the top of the 3-point arc, drawing the attention of two LSUA defenders and found Harley open on the wing for just his second 3-pointer of the game.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson has made this a make or miss NCAA Tournament. The Tigers' offensive efficiency has helped them make their first Sweet 16 appearance in 21 years. The Tigers have hit over 50 percent of their shots the first two games and posted one of the tournament's most stunning results with a 31-point victory over Southeastern Conference champion Auburn on Sunday night. Clemson will try and keep the run going on Friday in Omaha, Nebraska against No. 1 seed Kansas.

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Right-hander Clay Buchholz and the Kansas City Royals have finalized a minor league contract The two-time All-Star would get a $1.5 million, one-year deal if added to the 40-man roster. Buchholz made his debut in August 2007 and pitched a no-hitter against Baltimore in his second big league appearance. He was 81-61 in 10 seasons with the Red Sox and was traded to Philadelphia in December 2016. He made two starts last year, then needed surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Chiefs have a new quarterback, new middle linebacker and released some of their longest-tenured veterans. They've also signed Sammy Watkins and Anthony Hitchens as part of a major roster overhaul, one that is rare for a franchise that has won back-to-back division titles.

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - For several springs now, the Cardinals proclaimed plans to rest Yadier Molina during the season to keep him fresh for August, September and the postseason. Those plans always leave the star catching shaking his head.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - For years, Iowa didn't have much to worry about at linebacker. The Hawkeyes head into spring workouts with serious question marks at all three spots after losing a veteran trio keyed by All-American Josey Jewell. Iowa will look to replace starters Jewell, Ben Niemann and Bo Bower starting with spring workouts

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Kansas State has been disrespected since the start of the season, when the Wildcats were chosen to finish eighth in the Big 12. It hasn't changed in the NCAA Tournament, where many cynics say they're only in the Sweet 16 because upstart UMBC did the dirty work by knocking off Virginia, the top-seeded team in their region. K-State faces Kentucky on Thursday night.

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