March 24th, 2010
12:01 PM ET

Sports Update: Soccer, NIT, NFL overtime rule change

You’ll have to wait one more day before your NCAA tournament jones is sated – Sweet 16 play begins Thursday - but here’s something to tide you over in the interim: SI.com photo editors culled 50 years of NCAA tournament photos, featuring some of the most iconic images from the sport. Of course, there’s still plenty of basketball on Wednesday. The highlights (all times Eastern)

-Chelsea at Portsmouth
(3:45 PM, Fox Soccer Channel) Chelsea's form has been brutal of late, including a loss to Manchester City, and draws at Portsmouth and Blackburn. Worst of all, they were knocked out by former coach Jose Mourinho and Inter Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League. It seems inconceivable that bottom-feeder Portsmouth could defeat the Blues but Chelsea has now slipped to third in the English standings after taking just four points from three games.

-NIT quarterfinals, Rhode Island at Virginia Tech (7 p.m., ESPN) Quality matchup here: Virginia Tech is playing for the second time in three years for a trip to the NIT's Final Four after advancing to this spot with a huge win over UConn while Rhode Island was the highest-rated team (No. 40) left out of the NCAA tournament, according to Jerry Palm's CollegeRPI.com site. Dayton plays at Illinois in the other quarterfinal, set for 9 p.m.

-Lakers at Spurs
(9:30 PM, ESPN) The Lakers have 12 games remaining in the regular season and are cruising to the top seed in the Western Conference. The fate of the Spurs is far more tenuous. San Antonio is in sixth place in the West, just a game ahead Portland who currently own the final playoff spot.  The aging Spurs need to avoid the Lakers or Nuggets if possible to get a more favorable first-round matchup.


BY THE  NUMBERS

36 - Victories this season for Charlotte, the most ever for the franchise after a 95-86 win last night over Washington.

28-4 –Vote of NFL team owners on Tuesday in favor of the proposal of changing overtime for playoff games. Minnesota, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Baltimore were against the change.

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