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#12 Houston 85 #20 Cincinnati 69

#21 Wisconsin 73 Ohio State 67 OT

#22 Wofford 81 Eastern Tennessee 72

Penn State 72 Illinois 56

Indiana 89 Rutgers 73

Bradley 57 Northern Iowa 54

Nebraska 93 Iowa 91 OT

Connecticut 82 E. Carolina 73

SMU 77 S. Florida 71

Northeastern 80 North Carolina Wilmington 59

Purdue Fort Wayne 96 South Dakota 70

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Baylor 88 Kansas State 60

#2 Connecticut 81 S. Florida 45

#4 Notre Dame 99 #3 Louisville 79

#5 Mississippi State 101 Arkansas 70

#7 Stanford 64 #6 Oregon 57

#10 Iowa 90 #8 Maryland 76

#17 Marquette 88 St. John’s 57

#19 Iowa State 75 #21 Texas 69

Georgetown 76 Villanova 67

Nevada 78 San Jose State 68

Central Florida 66 Cincinnati 58

DePaul 85 Providence 60

San Diego State 63 Air Force 55

Creighton 60 Butler 51

Utah State 62 Colorado State 59

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Detroit 131 Chicago 108

Toronto 125 Miami 104

Philadelphia 106 Indiana 89

Atlanta 128 New Orleans 116

Memphis 105 Orlando 97

Houston 94 Dallas 93

Minnesota 103 New York 92

San Antonio 121 Milwaukee 114

Phoenix 115 Golden State 111

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Florida 6 Detroit 1

Washington 3 Winnipeg 1

Pittsburgh 4 Boston 2

Calgary 6 Vegas 3

Los Angeles 3 Anaheim 2

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Sporting KC 2 Philadelphia 0

New York City FC 0 DC 0

Atlanta 1 FC Cincinnati 1

Los Angeles FC 4 Portland 1

 

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Coastal Carolina 6 Indiana 5

Michigan 4 Cal State Northridge 2

Cal State Northridge 5 Michigan 2

Connecticut 7 Illinois 4

Old Dominion 12 Rutgers 2

North Carolina State 5 Minnesota 4

Duke 9 Penn State 2

Arizona State 13 Michigan State 2

Ohio State 16 Bethune Cookman 9

Purdue vs. Oral Roberts canceled

Nebraska vs. Mississippi State canceled

Utah 12 Wright State 8

Ball State 2 Notre Dame 0

Kent State 5 Charlotte 3

Davidson 3 Toledo 2

Texas A&M CC 7 Eastern Michigan 2

Texas A&M CC 8 Eastern Michigan 2

Central Michigan 4 Pittsburgh 3

South Florida 10 Western Michigan 9

Valparaiso 10 NC Wilmington 8

Indiana State vs. Austin Peay canceled

 

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Belmont 10 IUPUI 1

Evansville 2 E. Tennessee State 1

Florida Atlantic 4 Purdue 0

Notre Dame 4 Florida A&M 1

Furman 5 Indiana 1

Kennesaw State 7 Wright State 1

Valparaiso 2 Lipscomb 1

Louisville 14 Mercer 0

Memphis 3 Indiana State 2

Miami Ohio 6 Green Bay 1

Ohio State 3 Northern Illinois 2

Purdue 8 Illinois State 0

Samford 5 Fort Wayne 2

Fort Wayne 8 Northern Iowa 2

Southern Illinois 16 Butler 0

Syracuse 7 Dayton 6

Valparaiso 2 Buffalo 0

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Oakland 7 Chicago White Sox 6

San Diego 11 Kansas City 6

Milwaukee 7 Chicago Cubs 5

Oakland 5 San Francisco 4

Arizona 3 Cincinnati 2

Texas 7 San Francisco 6

Seattle 9 Los Angeles Angels 9

Cleveland 16 Seattle 2

Los Angeles Dodgers 3 Colorado 1

Arizona 5 Colorado 2

Philadelphia 8 Baltimore 5

NY Yankees 2 Detroit 2

Toronto 10 Minnesota 1

NY Yankees 6 Pittsburgh 5

Washington 6 Houston 4

Miami 5 Atlanta 2

Tampa Bay 8 Boston 1

NY Mets 9 St. Louis 1

 

INDIANA ROUTS RUTGERS ON SENIOR DAY

(INDIANA RELEASE)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Juwan Morgan did everything but walk on water Sunday afternoon, and that was only because he didn’t try.

The last regular season home game of his career left the senior forward looking to dominate.

Did he ever.

At one point during the 89-73 victory over Rutgers at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Morgan was 10-for-10 from the field, 2-for-2 from the line, 1-for-1 from 3-point range, and had seven rebounds, all in just 15 foul-limited minutes. He finished with 25 points on 11-for-13 shooting and those seven rebounds in 22 minutes.

“It was as good as it could have been,” Morgan said.

He’s among IU’s career leaders in scoring (1,298 points), rebounding (729) and more, with the postseason to come.

“Juwan was unstoppable,” coach Archie Miller said. “He gave us a big cushion. He’s been one of the best players in the Big Ten for the last two years.”

Morgan lost a chance to set IU’s shooting perfection record when he missed a three-point attempt, thus keeping Will Sheehey’s 9-for-9 record intact.

That was never the point, of course.

Winning was.

“We have a good vibe about us in that we want to be in the gym,” Miller said. “That’s really important in March. We have a group of guys who want to be around each other. That’s how this team has operated in the last four weeks.”

Morgan was a big reason, but not the only one, for IU’s fourth straight victory and second straight blowout.

Guard Devonte Green came off the bench for 16 points. Guard Romeo Langford finished with 20 points and six rebounds. Guard Rob Phinisee had five points, four assists and one turnover, giving him 18 assists and two turnovers in his last four games.

The Hoosiers had 12 assists against six turnovers, were 23-for-29 from the line and shot 53.4 percent from the field.

“A lot of guys stepped up,” Miller said. “For the third straight game, Devonte played with a lot of confidence. He’s settled in. He knows we don’t need him to make flashy plays, we need him to make shots when he’s open and make plays for others. He’s been excellent in playing the game the right way.

“Rob continues to do a good job of commanding the floor.”

At 17-14 overall with a four-game winning streak, the Hoosiers are the hottest team entering this week’s Big Ten tourney in Chicago. They will open play on Thursday. To receive an automatic NCAA tourney bid, they’ll have to win four games in four days.

What’s the key to doing that?

“It’s toughness,” senior forward Evan Fitzner said. “Every team know what the other teams are running. Everybody is good.

“I think it’s toughness and the everyday approach as a collective unit. You can’t have a couple of guys who aren’t bought in. The whole team has bought in right now. I think we’re a dangerous team right now.”

Added Morgan: “It’s on us. Everything we want is in front of us. We’re focused on getting better and taking that to the Big Ten Tournament. All the guys are not taking any days lightly. Any day could be the last day. That’s how we’re playing.”

The Hoosiers have been a different team since last month’s 84-63 loss at Minnesota.

“One of the big things was we picked up our intensity in practice,” Fitzner said. “Every day we’re competing. The game seems easy. That’s a big thing. We felt our backs were against the wall. We responded the right way.”

Another reason for the improved play, Miller added, is having a healthier team. Phinisee and forward Race Thompson are back from concussions. Center DeRon Davis has battled back from illness, ankle and other injuries.

“We’re not so restricted with our lineup anymore,” Miller said. “That’s helped us. Our bench has been a good boost the last four to five games. That’s what you have to have to take the next step. We have more weapons and things we can do.”

IU’s offense has thrived as never before in Big Ten play under Miller, scoring 92 and 89 points in its last two games after struggling to score 60 for about a month.

“We’re doing a better job of running our offense,” Miller said. “Rob is doing a good job of setting the table for our guys. As a team we’re doing a better job of looking at film and seeing what’s going on. We’re not as robotic. There’s more movement. We’re starting to execute better. We have 13 turnovers (in two games) for the week. That’s big time.”

Morgan’s early surge — 6-for-6 from the field for 12 points – propelled Indiana to a 23-11 lead after the Hoosiers had spotted Rutgers (14-16) the game’s first five points.

The Hoosiers built first-half leads as large as 16. It was fueled by scoring balance, attack-the-basket accuracy (53.6 percent), 15-for-18 free throw shooting and lots of Green.

With Morgan limited to 11 minutes after picking up two fouls, Green delivered 12 points and lots of energy.

The result — IU took a 46-36 halftime lead.

Rutgers briefly hung around in the second half, before Morgan delivered a pair of three-point plays, and a three-pointer to boost the lead to 20.

The Scarlet Knights, who had beaten the Hoosiers two straight times, were finished.

IU certainly isn’t, and it has the Big Ten tourney to prove it.

“We have to win,” Miller said about NCAA tourney prospects. “We have to try to win as many games as we can. That’s how you control your own deal.

“It’s not about the NCAA tourney right now. Can we get better? Will anyone take the focus off? Do we get distracted?

“We haven’t been able to talk about anything except survival. We have got do it the right way. We have a good attitude right now. Take that to Chicago, and we’ll feel good about it.”

 

No. 12 Houston beats No. 20 Cincinnati 85-69 for AAC title

Galen Robinson Jr. raised his arms at midcourt as the buzzer sounded and red-clad Cincinnati fans headed glumly for the exits. No. 12 Houston has just drubbed the American Athletic Conference’s defending champion, leaving no doubt about who’s best this time around.

It’s the Cougars, and it’s not even close.

Corey Davis Jr. scored a career-high 31 points Sunday, and Houston dominated the second half for an 85-69 victory over No. 20 Cincinnati that clinched the AAC’s regular-season title outright.

The Cougars (29-2, 16-2) knocked off the defending champs and earned their first league title since 1992 in the Southwest Conference. Coach Kelvin Sampson got a celebratory dousing from his players afterward.

“At no point in time this year did I think we were a great team, but I thought we were a pretty good team and it showed on the road,” said Sampson, who had a white towel draped over the back of his soaked blue shirt.

Down by six early in the second half, Nate Hinton hit back-to-back 3s that started a 35-12 spurt. Davis’ back-to-back 3s put the Cougars up by 17 points and sent Cincinnati fans headed home with 4:22 to go.

“Corey Davis is the best two-way player in this league, plays both ends with the same voracity,” Sampson said. “Corey’s been consistently good. He never had a bad practice, never had a bad game.”

Hinton added 16 points and a career-high 11 rebounds as Houston scored at least 85 points for the fourth time in the past six games.

Last year, the Bearcats (25-6, 14-4) won the regular-season title and the AAC Tournament, beating Houston in the title game. This time, the Cougars swept the season series, winning in Cincinnati for the first time after 16 losses.

 

2019 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket Announced

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan and Wisconsin are the top four seeds in the 2019 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, the conference office announced on Sunday evening. The 22nd annual event will be played from March 13 — March 17 at the United Center in Chicago.
Michigan State and Purdue finished with a 16-4 conference record and shared the regular-season title on Saturday afternoon. Michigan State earned the No. 1 seed, while Purdue earned the No. 2 seed. The Spartans will play Friday at 11:30 a.m. CT and the Boilermakers will play at 6:00 p.m. on Friday.
Michigan earned the No. 3 seed finishing 15-5 in the regular-season standings, while Wisconsin earned the No. 4 seed and the final double-bye of the tournament finishing 14-6 in the regular season.
The tournament begins on Wednesday with two opening-round games of No. 13 Nebraska vs. No. 12 Rutgers at 5:30 p.m. CT followed by No. 11 Illinois vs. No. 14 Northwestern. BTN will broadcast games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with CBS set to televise the semifinals on Saturday and championship game on Sunday.
All-session tickets currently remain available at the United Center box office, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

MARCH 13

Nebraska vs. Rutgers 6:30

Northwestern vs. Illinois 9:00

March 14

Indiana vs. Ohio State 12:30

Maryland vs. Nebraska/Rutgers winner

Penn State vs. Minnesota 7:00

Iowa vs. Northwestern/Illinois winner

March 15

Michigan State vs. Indiana/Ohio State winner 12:30

Wisconsin vs. Maryland/Nebraska/Rutgers winner

Purdue vs. Minnesota/Penn State winner

Michigan vs. Iowa/Northwestern/Illinois winner

March 16

Semi-Final Game #1 1:00

Semi-Final Game #2 3:30

March 17

Championship 3:30

 

No. 21 Wisconsin survives Ohio State rally for 73-67 OT win

Wisconsin coach Greg Gard wasn’t sure whether to be mad at his players for blowing a 23-point second-half lead at Ohio State or happy they found a way to win.

Ultimately, Gard settled on a positive outlook after his 21st-ranked Badgers rallied for a 73-67 overtime win on Sunday.

“We’ll be fine,” Gard said. “This is a great lesson for us. It’s a better lesson than doing that and losing it. We have to look at how well we played for 33 or 35 minutes. We did some really good things, and we did some good things in overtime, too.”

Wisconsin (22-9, 14-6) snagged the No. 4 seed and a bye in the first two rounds of the Big Ten tournament, which starts Wednesday in Chicago.

“For this group, to do what they’ve done this year, given the predictions and prognostications, to finish fourth and get the double-bye is a heck of an accomplishment for our guys,” Gard said.

Wisconsin was up by 23 and appeared to be cruising to an easy win in the second half. But Ohio State (18-13, 8-12) went on a 27-5 run over the last seven minutes of regulation to force overtime. Wisconsin’s defense held tough as the Badgers outscored the Buckeyes 10-4 in the extra period.

 

2019 Air Force Reserve American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship Bracket Set 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With its win at No. 20/19 Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon, No. 12/12 Houston claimed the outright American Athletic Conference regular season title and will be the No. 1 seed in the 2019 Air Force Reserve American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship, held March 14-17 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.

No. 1 Houston (29-2, 16-2 American) won its first conference regular-season crown since 1992. The nationally-ranked Cougars are one of only three two-loss teams in the country and are tied with Gonzaga for the best record in the nation. Houston has been a top-three seed in The American Championship in each of the past three seasons and will take on the winner of No. 8 Tulsa and No. 9 UConn on Friday, March 15 at noon ET/11 a.m. CT.

Cincinnati (25-6, 14-4 American) earns the No. 2 seed as the Bearcats have won at least 14 conference games in five of their six years in the league. UC also posted its third-straight season with at least 25 wins and begins tournament play on Friday, March 15 at 2 p.m., ET/1 p.m. CT, against the winner of No. 5 Memphis and No. 12 Tulane.

Temple (23-8, 13-5 American) claimed the No. 3 seed with a win over No. 25/rv UCF in the Owls’ regular-season finale.  The Owls have posted their ninth 20-win season in 13 years under head Fran Dunphy are a top-three seed for the second time in The American. Temple awaits the winner of No. 6 Wichita State and No. 11 ECU on Friday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. CT.

No. 4 UCF (23-7, 13-5 American) clinched a bye earlier this week with a win over Cincinnati and matches its highest seed in American history as the Knights also were seeded No. 4 in 2017. The No. 25/rv Knights aim to advance to their second-ever semifinal appearance when they take on the winner of No. 5 Memphis and No. 12 Tulane on Friday, March 12 at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT.

No. 5 Memphis (19-12, 10-8 American) earned the fifth spot at the conference championship for the third-straight season, but this season will feature first-year head coach Penny Hardaway as well as the Tigers’ home court in FedExForum. The Tigers have won 19 games in each of the last three years and will look to reach 20 when they face No. 12 Tulane on Thursday, March 14 at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT.

No. 6 Wichita State (17-13, 10-8 American) enters the tournament as one of the hottest teams in the field as the Shockers have won nine of their last 11 games after starting conference play 1-6. Wichita State also has three wins on last second shots after its latest at Tulane in the regular-season finale. The Shockers take on No. 11 ECU in the first round on Thursday, March 14 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.

No. 7 Tulsa (18-13, 8-10 American) had a tune-up game at the FedExForum on Saturday and played the host Memphis Tigers to a three-point contest. The Golden Hurricane makes its return trip as the No. 7 seed against No. 10 SMU in a first-round matchup on Thursday, March 14 at 8 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CT. 

No. 8 USF (19-11, 8-10 American) boasts one the nation’s best turnarounds with nine more wins overall, five more in conference play compared to last season. The Bulls played their last two games without starting point guard Laquincy Rideau who should be ready to make his return on Thursday, March 14 when USF faces No. 9 UConn in first game of the 2019 Championship at 1 p.m. ET/noon CT.

No. 9 UConn (15-16, 6-12 American) suffered through an injury-plagued season but got a huge boost in the return of Jalen Adams, who dished out 12 assists against ECU Sunday to become just the fourth American player to reach 500 career dimes. With the Huskies’ regular-season finale victory against the Pirates, UConn will take on No. 8 USF in the tip-off game of the tournament on Thursday, March 14 at 1 p.m. ET/noon CT.

No. 10 SMU (13-16, 6-12 American) also battled through injuries this season but with Jarrey Foster in the lineup the Mustangs were 9-4 overall. He made a second return from injury two games ago and helped SMU to a win Sunday in its regular-season finale at USF. The Mustangs take on No. 7 Tulsa on Thursday, March 14 at 8 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CT.

No. 11 ECU (10-20, 3-15 American) battled all season long with a young squad under returning head coach Joe Dooley and boasts an early-season conference win over No. 2 Cincinnati. Freshman Jayden Gardner is the only player in The American to rank in the top-10 in scoring and rebounding. The Pirates take on Wichita State in the final first-round matchup on Thursday, March 14 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.

No. 12 Tulane (4-26, 0-18 American) nearly earned its first conference win of the season on Saturday but a corner 3-pointer off an in-bounds play with 0.5 seconds left by Wichita State, spoiled a 36-point performance from sophomore Caleb Daniels. The Green Wave plays No. 5 Memphis on Thursday March 14 at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT.

2019 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP – FEDEXFORUM – MEMPHIS, TENN.

Thursday, March 14 – First Round

No. 9 UConn vs. No. 8 USF, 1 p.m. ET/noon CT (ESPNU)

No. 12 Tulane vs. No. 5 Memphis, 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

No. 10 SMU vs. No. 7 Tulsa, 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

No. 11 ECU vs. No. 6 Wichita State, 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Friday, March 15 – Quarterfinals

8/9 winner vs. No. 1 Houston, noon ET/11 a.m. CT (ESPN2)

5/12 winner vs. No. 4 UCF, 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT (ESPN2)

7/10 winner vs. No. 2 Cincinnati, 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

6/11 winner vs. No. 3 Temple, 9 p.m./8 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Saturday, March 16 – Semifinals

Quarterfinal winners, 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT (ESPN2)

Quarterfinal winners, 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT (ESPN2)

Sunday, March 17 – Final

Semifinal winners, 3:15 p.m. ET/2:15 p.m. CT (ESPN)

 

NOTRE DAME WBB: Top-Seeded Irish Regain ACC Tournament Crown

(NOTRED AME RELEASE)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – For the fifth time in six years, Notre Dame women’s basketball is your ACC Tournament Champion. The No. 4 nationally ranked Irish downed No. 3 Louisville, 99-79, in Sunday’s title game.

ACC Tournament MVP Jackie Young notched a 21-point, 10-rebound, double-double. First Team All-Tournament selection Jessica Shepard supplied a double-double as well with 13 boards and a season high 30 points.

Brianna Turner added 20 points and seven boards. Marina Mabrey supplied 12 points and seven assists. Lastly, Second Team All-Tournament honoree Arike Ogunbowale rounded it out with 12 points and six rebounds.

“We came in with a goal of bringing the trophy back to South Bend and I thought we played really well in every game of the tournament. Offensively especially, with a lot of different weapons, a lot of different people scoring,” Karen & Kevin Keyes Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said. “That was a huge win for us and probably gets us to Chicago, which was another one of our goals.”

How It Happened

Tied at 6-6 at the 7:01 mark, Notre Dame recorded a 14-3 scoring spree over a four-minute stretch, in which all five starters found themselves on the scoreboard. Shepard went 4-for-4 from the floor in the period, leading the Irish with nine points to give her squad a 27-17 advantage after one.

Mabrey and Ogunbowale got the Irish going in the second with back-to-back three-pointers, but the Cardinals countered with a 7-0 run, cutting the deficit to 35-30. Turner ended the Irish scoring drought at 4:50 before Young went on to score seven more points before the half, including a big and-one with 35 seconds left.

Notre Dame took a 48-39 lead into half, in which 36 points came in the paint. Young nearly had a first half double-double with 13 points and nine boards. Shepard followed with 13 points and six rebounds.

The two sides traded punches into the five minute media, at which point the Irish were up only 10-8 in the quarter – six of which scored by Turner. Young produced yet another impactful and-one at the 4:04 mark, pushing Notre Dame up 64-49.

The Irish outscored the Cardinals 9-4 over the last 2:57 of the period, which included a Mikayla Vaughn buzzer beater, garnering a 73-56 lead in the process. In addition, both Shepard and Young had accomplished their respective double-doubles by the end of the third.

The Irish continued to pour it on in the fourth, scoring 26 points to bring it to the final score of 99-79. Notre Dame scored a season best 72 points in the paint and outrebounded Louisville, 44-29.

Notes

Irish move to 17-1 all-time in ACC Tournament play.

Notre Dame moves to 16-6 all-time vs Louisville with a 5-2 mark on neutral courts.

The Irish, who joined the ACC for the 2013-14 season, now rank fourth all-time with five ACC Tournament titles. Maryland (10), North Carolina (9) and Duke (8) hold the top three spots.

Five ACC Tournament titles in six years marks the second best stretch by a program. Duke won five in a row from 2000-04.

With four assists today, Shepard surpassed 100 assists on the season. She becomes the fourth Irish starter to do so this year, joining Ogunbowale, Mabrey and Young. Four 100-assist players marks a program first.

Louisville never led in today’s championship game.

For the eighth time this season, Shepard and Young recorded double-doubles in the same game

Shepard notched her 14th double-double on the year with 30 points and 13 rebounds. She tallied 15 with the Irish last season.

Shepard recorded the first 30-point, 10-rebound, double-double since Jackie Young vs UConn in the 2018 national semifinal (32p/11r).

Young earned her 10th double-double on the year, which continues to break the single season record for a guard at Notre Dame. Young tallied 21 points and 10 boards.

Young’s 15 career double-doubles ranks second all-time at Notre Dame by a guard and sits two back from the record holder Lindsay Schrader.

Shepard earned her 18th straight game with double-digit points. Her career high is 21.

All five starters finished in double figures for the 13th time this season.

2019 ACC Women’s Basketball All-Tournament Team

First Team

Jackie Young                      Notre Dame        MVP

Asia Durr                            Louisville

Jessica Shepard                 Notre Dame

Tiana Mangakahia           Syracuse

Elissa Cunane                    NC State

Second Team

Taylor Emery                     Virginia Tech

Arike Ogunbowale           Notre Dame

Aliyah Collier                     Clemson

Paris Kea                            North Carolina

Sam Fuehring                    Louisville

 

BANE EARNS SECOND TEAM ALL-BIG 12 HONORS

Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver earned the program’s first Player of the Year honor while Chris Beard was selected Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, headlining the 2018-19 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball awards.

Barry Brown, Jr. (K-State) was named Defensive Player of the Year while Dedric Lawson (Kansas) was voted Newcomer of the Year and Jaxson Hayes (Texas) captured Freshman of the Year. Lindell Wigginton (Iowa State) picked up the Sixth Man Award and Kristian Doolittle (Oklahoma) was voted as the Most Improved Player, a new award presented by the Conference.

Culver helped the Red Raiders to a share of their first Big 12 regular season title. The sophomore guard ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring (18.3 ppg), fifth in assists (3.6) and is 10th in rebounding (6.2).

 

FIRST TEAM

Marial Shayok, Iowa State G 6-6 198 Sr. Ottawa, Ontario/Blair Academy/Virginia

Dedric Lawson, Kansas** F 6-9 235 Jr. Memphis, Tenn./Hamilton/Memphis

Barry Brown, Jr., Kansas State** G 6-3 195 Sr. St. Petersburg, Fla./Gibbs

Dean Wade, Kansas State F 6-10 228 Sr. St. John, Kan./St. John

Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech** G 6-6 195 So. Lubbock, Texas/Coronado

SECOND TEAM

Makai Mason, Baylor G 6-1 185 Sr. Greenfield, Mass./Hotchkiss School/Yale

Jaxson Hayes, Texas F 6-11 220 Fr. Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Moeller

Desmond Bane,TCU G 6-5 215 Jr. Richmond, Ind./Seton Catholic

Matt Mooney, Texas Tech G 6-3 200 Sr. Wauconda, Ill./Notre Dame Prep/South Dakota

Derek Culver, West Virginia F 6-10 255 Fr. Youngstown, Ohio/Warren G. Harding

THIRD TEAM

Devon Dotson, Kansas G 6-2 185 Fr. Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day

Kristian Doolittle, Oklahoma F 6-7 232 Jr. Edmond, Okla./Edmond Memorial

Christian James, Oklahoma G 6-4 213 Sr. Houston, Texas/Bellaire

Alex Robinson, TCU G 6-1 180 Sr. Fort Worth, Texas/Timberview/Texas A&M

Davide Moretti, Texas Tech G 6-2 175 So. Bologna, Italy/Treviso Basket

 

Booker, Suns snap 18-game skid to Warriors with 115-111 win

Golden State’s topsy-turvy, three-peat quest took another ugly turn.

Devin Booker scored 13 straight Phoenix points during a decisive fourth-quarter stretch and finished with 37, and the Suns snapped the NBA’s longest active losing streak to one opponent at 18 games by beating the Warriors 115-111 on Sunday night.

The Suns defeated Golden State for the first time since a 107-95 victory on Nov. 9, 2014, and earned their first road win in 20 tries against the Western Conference this season. The Warriors followed a great win against Denver two nights earlier with a dud.

“Let’s not forget last year was way worse than this, way worse than this, with injuries and things like that. We have pretty much everybody healthy,” Stephen Curry said. “We talked about the things we need to get better at going into the playoffs and just haven’t done it. It’s an uncomfortable feeling, which I think we like right now.

“We’re getting challenged, we’re getting teams’ best shots.”

Klay Thompson’s two free throws with 1:04 to go made it 111-108. Andre Iguodala secured a rebound after two missed Suns shots but Curry missed on a 3 with 23 seconds left. Booker then converted two free throws.

Booker’s jumper with 5:01 to play put the Suns ahead, then he made it 102-98 on a 3-pointer at 4:45. Booker hit a fadeaway at the 4:04 mark then scored on a driving one-handed dunk after Phoenix pushed in transition after Curry’s turnover.

 

Gibson scores 25 as Wolves, without Towns, top Knicks 103-92

The Minnesota Timberwolves got virtually nothing from their top three scorers on Sunday night. Thanks to their depth, it wasn’t a problem.

Taj Gibson scored a season-high 25 points, Jeff Teague added 20 points and 10 assists, and the Timberwolves beat the New York Knicks 103-92 despite playing without All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns.

In all, five Timberwolves scored in double figures as they shared the scoring responsibilities in the absence of Towns, Derrick Rose and Andrew Wiggins. Towns missed the game with right knee inflammation, while Wiggins sat out with a thigh contusion.

Rose, the Wolves’ second-leading scorer, had four points and played just eight minutes, all in the first half, as coach Ryan Saunders chose to rest the veteran against the team with the NBA’s worst record

“We expect to do that because we have a good team. It may not show all the time but we have guys capable of having big nights,” Gibson said. “It’s part of being a professional basketball player. You just have to know your role and do whatever the team needs, and if given a night that you need to step up and play an even bigger role, just be prepared.”

Rookie Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 18 points, while Tyus Jones added 13 and Dario Saric 11 for Minnesota, which has won six straight home games.

Damyean Dotson led New York with 26 points on 10-for-19 shooting. Allonzo Trier added 15, Dennis Smith Jr. and Kevin Knox each had 13 and Mitchell Robinson had eight points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks.

 

Chiefs release veteran LB Justin Houston to free cap space

The Kansas City Chiefs released veteran linebacker Justin Houston on Sunday after they were unable to drum up enough trade interest, ending the tenure of one of the best pass rushers in club history.

The Chiefs had made it clear they would trade or release Houston this offseason, primarily because of his cost. He was due $15.25 million and carried a salary cap hit of $21.1 million, numbers that would have made it nearly impossible to make other much-needed upgrades to their defense.

The move means the Chiefs will free up $14 million and make the four-time Pro Bowl selection a free agent when the period begins Wednesday. The Chiefs will also take on $7.1 million in dead money.

“Justin has made a lasting impact on this franchise and I can’t thank him enough for his contributions over the years,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said in a statement.

“These decisions are never easy,” Veach said. “I have a great deal of respect for Justin as a player and person and I wish him and his family the best moving forward.”

The 30-year-old Houston was a third-round pick of the Chiefs out of Georgia who quickly became a fan-favorite, not to mention one of the team’s most visible leaders. He wound up starting 96 of the 102 games he appeared in over eight seasons, and his best season came in 2014, when Houston shattered the franchise record with 22 sacks and was voted a first-team All-Pro.

He parlayed that season into a $101 million, six-year deal in 2015 that was at the time a record for a defensive player. But he has been slowed by injuries the past four seasons, and despite continuing to pile up sacks, Houston has been unable to keep up the pace that landed him the lucrative deal.

 

AP sources: Jets agree on deal to acquire Raiders’ Osemele

The New York Jets made a big move to get a big man to bolster their offensive line.

Two people with direct knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press that the Jets agreed Sunday to acquire two-time Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele from the Oakland Raiders.

The deal includes the Jets sending their fifth-round draft pick to the Raiders for Oakland’s sixth-rounder, according to one of the people who spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because the trade can’t be completed until the new league year starts Wednesday.ESPN first reported the trade for Osemele, with Bay Area News Group first reporting the terms.

The deal is the second by the Raiders in less than 24 hours. They agreed Saturday to acquire receiver Antonio Brown in a trade with Pittsburgh.

The 6-foot-5, 330-pound Osemele fills a major need on the Jets’ offensive line in front of quarterback Sam Darnold. Starting left guard James Carpenter is scheduled to become a free agent after an injury-shortened season. Carpenter spent the past four seasons with New York after playing in Seattle for four and helping the Seahawks win the Super Bowl in 2014.

But the Jets appeared ready to move on from Carpenter, who turns 30 later this month and is coming off a shoulder injury that limited him to 10 games last season.

New York, which entered the offseason with question marks on its offensive line at center and left guard, is re-signing Jonotthan Harrison, who started the final seven games at center when Spencer Long struggled with injuries and consistency. But it’s uncertain whether Harrison is in new coach Adam Gase’s plans as the starter moving forward. Long was released last month after just one season with the Jets and has since signed with Buffalo.

Meanwhile, the Raiders save $10.2 million on their salary cap by dealing Osemele, who turns 30 in June. He is also due $11.7 million next season, but none of the remaining salary includes guaranteed money.

Osemele was a second-round pick of Baltimore in 2012 and he started every game at right tackle as a rookie before moving to left guard to replace the injured Jah Reid in the postseason. He was limited to seven games the following year because of a back injury, but started 28 games over the next two seasons for the Ravens.

 

Chargers release starting safety Jahleel Addae

he Los Angeles Chargers released safety Jahleel Addae, who had started 59 games over the past six seasons.

Coach Anthony Lynn said in a statement that Addae’s release was tough but had to be made because of salary cap reasons. Addae’s release saves $5 million against the cap with free agency set to begin Wednesday.

Addae started all 16 regular-season games last season and finished fourth on the team with 72 tackles along with one interception and a sack. He moved to free safety last year after the Chargers drafted Derwin James in the first round.

 

Former Wisconsin QB Hornibrook transferring to Florida State

Former Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook says he is transferring to Florida State.

Hornibrook posted a photo of himself with Seminoles coach Willie Taggart on his Instagram account Sunday to announce his plans. Hornibrook is a graduate transfer who will be eligible immediately.

The Seminoles are in need of depth at quarterback. James Blackman, a junior, was the only scholarship quarterback on the roster eligible as spring practice started. Another transfer, Jordan Travis from Louisville, must sit out next season because of NCAA rules but is attempting to get a waiver for immediate eligibility. Last year’s starter, Deondre Francois, was dismissed from the team last month.

Hornibrook started 32 games for Wisconsin and threw for 47 touchdowns and 5,438 yards. He missed four games last season with a concussion.

 

Embiid lifts 76ers past Pacers in return from knee injury

Joel Embiid had 33 points and 12 rebounds in his first game in nearly a month, leading the Philadelphia 76ers past the Indiana Pacers 106-89 on Sunday.

Embiid returned to the lineup after being sidelined by a sore left knee. The Sixers went 4-4 without the All-Star center as they battle for a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers moved into third place in the East with the win.

Embiid was greeted with a rousing standing ovation in his first game since he took a flying leap over actress Regina King on Feb. 13 in New York. Embiid hadn’t played since he was on the court for 23 minutes in the All-Star game, though the team has denied a link between playing in the game and his knee injury.

He showed the Sixers what they missed in his absence.

Early in the fourth, Embiid pump-faked from the top of the 3-point arc, drove the lane and was fouled as he tossed up a one-handed layup. Embiid extended his arms and pointed at himself, mouthing “I’m back” as Sixers fans went wild. He sank the free throw for an 83-74 lead and hit the bench to a standing ovation. Embiid cupped an ear toward the crowd, a signature move from former 76ers great Allen Iverson.

The Pacers missed their shot to knock the Sixers down to fifth in the East.

The Pacers missed 17 of 20 shots in the third and scored only 11 points while falling behind 72-70 after holding a 14-point lead. The Pacers went the final 6:55 of the third without scoring a basket and never got going in the fourth.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 18 points.

 

Raptors tie team record with 21 3s, top Heat 125-104

Kyle Lowry had 24 points and 10 assists, Pascal Siakam scored 20 and the Toronto Raptors tied a franchise record with 21 3-pointers on the way to beating the Miami Heat 125-104 on Sunday.

Toronto finished with eight players in double figures. Danny Green scored 15 points, all on 3-pointers. Norman Powell also scored 15, and OG Anunoby and Jeremy Lin each scored 11.

Toronto’s only other game with 21 3s was against Philadelphia in 2005. The Raptors were 21 of 40 from deep, and 21 of 34 from inside the arc – shooting 57 percent.

Bam Adebayo scored 19 for the Heat, who had won four in a row. Dion Waiters and Dwyane Wade each scored 15, and Rodney McGruder added 13.

The Heat were outscored 63-24 from 3-point land.

Kawhi Leonard missed the game – “load management” the cited reason – and hasn’t appeared in more than two consecutive Raptors games since playing in five straight from Jan. 25 through Feb. 5.

It hasn’t hurt Toronto: The Raptors are now 14-5 when Leonard doesn’t play, and he’ll sit a few more before the playoffs.

“We’ve kind of looked at it all the way through now, and I think there’s maybe a few games yet that he’s going to probably stay out,” coach Nick Nurse said. “We’re just super happy with where we are with it. We kind of feel like we’re ahead of the game.”

The Raptors set the tone early, going 7 for 10 from 3-point range in the opening quarter.

They cooled off, albeit only slightly.

 

Griffin scores 28, Pistons top Bulls for 5th straight win

The Detroit Pistons are playing one of the biggest games of their season on Monday in Brooklyn.

That’s why they were happy to get Sunday’s game out of the way as quickly as possible.

Playing at noon on the day after daylight saving time went into effect, the Pistons scored 42 third-quarter points en route to a 131-107 rout of the Chicago Bulls and their fifth straight win.

Detroit finished the quarter with a 103-80 lead, good enough to let coach Dwane Casey rest Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson rest for the entire fourth quarter.

Detroit has won 12 of 14 to take a half-game lead over the Nets for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.

“That was huge, because we’re playing in Brooklyn tomorrow and then we go to Miami,” Casey said. “We’re not in a position to use what they are calling load management to give our players a night off, so being able to sit them in the fourth is a bonus.”

Griffin (17 points), Drummond (nine) and Jackson (eight) combined for 34 of Detroit’s 42 points in the third. The Pistons outscored the Bulls by 17 points, hitting 57.7 percent of their shots including 6 of 12 on 3-pointers.

“We got into a good rhythm and we were hitting shots,” Drummond said. “We were making them make mistakes, because they were trying to blitz us and we were swinging the ball and taking the best shots possible.”

Griffin finished with 28 points in 27 minutes.

 

EARLHAM COLLEGE BASEBALL

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SCORE: G1-Earlham 2, Kalamazoo 1. G2-Earlham 11, Kalamazoo 7

LOCATION: Richmond, Ind. (Sadler Stadium)

RECORDS: Earlham 4-3, Kalamazoo 1-2

THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College baseball relied on solid pitching and flawless defense in game one and outlasted the Hornets in an error-laden slugfest in game two, on its way to a doubleheader sweep over Kalamazoo College, 2-1 and 11-7, on Sunday afternoon at Sadler Stadium

GAME 1 – HOW IT HAPPENED:

Earlham plated all its runs with two outs in the third inning. Isaiah Shake drew the two-out walk, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Addison Robertson got aboard and reached second courtesy a throwing error by the Kalamazoo second baseman, allowing Shake to score. Danny Dopp singled home Robertson, before being stranded on second on Austin Hatfield’s fly out to right field to end the inning.

Kalamazoo got one run back in the top of the sixth, when Chase Coselman reached on a leadoff single and eventually crossed for an unearned run on Noah Hecht’s grounder to short.

The Hornets actually outhit the Quakers in Saturday’s first game, but Earlham starter Kyle Gorman did an effective job of limiting Kalamazoo’s scoring opportunities. After a rough first inning, in which he allowed two hits and had runners on second and third before getting out of the frame, Gorman retired the side in the third and fourth innings and did not allow more than one hit in any inning over his remaining five-and-two-thirds innings of work.

Defensively, Earlham turned in its third error-free performance of the season – all of which have ended in Quaker victories.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Dopp, Brian Pincura, and Easton Embry all recorded singles for the Quakers to account for Earlham’s three hits.

Coselman and Austin Duff paced Kalamazoo at the plate with two hits each.

Gorman scattered six hits over his 6.2 innings on the mound, improving to 2-0 on the season and lowering his ERA to 1.15. Domanick Michael earned the save, his first of the season.

GAME 2 – HOW IT HAPPENED:

Earlham jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, thanks to a hit, an error, and two walks issued by Kalamazoo starter Parker Sisovsky. Robby Shondel doubled home Brian Pincura and Danny Dopp to cap the scoring in the first inning.

The Quakers blew a 4-1 game wide open with a seven-run uprising in the fifth behind five Earlham hits and two Kalamazoo errors. Cameron Wissel keyed the inning with a two-run single, while both Isaiah Shake and Brian Pincura tripled home runs for Earlham. Cameron McCabe and Addison Robertson each stroked RBI singles in the frame, which set a new benchmark for the Quakers for most runs in an innings this season.

Earlham held an 11-1 lead heading into the top of the ninth, but Kalamazoo rallied for six runs while forcing the Quakers to go deep into their bullpen to close out the game. The Hornets batted around with four hits, a walk, and a hit batsman, and took advantage of an Earlham error that allowed a pair of runs to score. Ben Johanski plated one run on a base hit, while Paul Pavliscak doubled home another Hornet run.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Earlham starter Colin Greve turned in a solid performance, scattering three hits and fanning six Hornet batters while walking four on his way to the victory. Zach Brake finished out the game in the ninth and picked up the save.

Brian Pincura, Cameron McCabe, and Cameron Wissel each had a pair of hits for the Quakers, with Wissel also recording two RBI. Robby Shondel also finished with two runs batted in. Pincura, McCabe, and Isaiah Shake, each scored twice for the Quakers. Earlham outhit Kalamazoo, 9-8, in game two of Saturday’s twinbill, including three extra-base hits.

A total of 29 Kalamazoo players got into Saturday’s second game, including eight different pitchers.

NEXT UP:

Earlham opens its four-game Florida spring break trip on Tuesday, March 12, when the Quakers face Kenyon College. Game time in Fort Pierce, Fla., is slated for 1:30 p.m.

 

Blue Jays prospect Guerrero out 3 weeks with oblique strain

Highly touted Toronto Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will miss the next three weeks because of a strained left oblique.

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins announced the injury Sunday. He said the 19-year-old third baseman was hurt Friday in a spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The estimated three weeks of recovery would include the rest of the Grapefruit League schedule, the Blue Jays’ exhibition series against the Milwaukee Brewers in Montreal – where Guerrero was born – and opening day of the regular season. It had not been determined before the injury where Guerrero would start the season.

The son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero hit a combined .381 with 20 home runs and 78 RBIs in four levels of the minors last year.

 

AP source: Adam Jones, D-Backs agree to $3M, 1-year deal

Outfielder Adam Jones and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the agreement was subject to a successful physical.

Jones is likely to start in center field between Steven Souza Jr. in right and David Peralta in left, pushing Ketel Marte into a utility infield and outfield role.

A 33-year-old five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, Jones spent his first 13 big league seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.

Jones was an All-Star annually from 2012-15 and hit .265 with 29 homers and 83 RBIs in 2016. He batted .285 the following year but slipped to 26 homers and 73 RBIs, then dropped to .281 with 15 homers and 63 RBIs last year for an Orioles team that shed most veterans went a big league-worst 47-115. His streak of seven straight years of 20 or more homers ended last year.

He used his contractual right to block a proposed trade to Philadelphia at the July 31 trade deadline, saying he did not want to be a corner outfielder for the Phillies.

 

Babe Ruth’s last surviving daughter dies in Nevada at 102

Julia Ruth Stevens, the last surviving daughter of Hall of Fame baseball slugger Babe Ruth and a decades-long champion of his legacy, has died at age 102, her family has announced.

Tom Stevens said Sunday that his mother died Saturday morning at an assisted living facility in Henderson, Nevada, after a short illness.

In keeping with her wishes, her remains will be cremated with burial sometime this spring in Conway, New Hampshire, where she used to live, Tom Stevens said.

“She lived such a full, interesting life,” he said. “She was an ambassador for Babe Ruth.”

Tom Stevens said his mother moved from Florida to Arizona in 1992 after Hurricane Andrew and then to Nevada, where he lives.

Diane Murphy, a fellow resident at Prestige Senior Living at Mira Loma in Henderson, told The Associated Press that Julia Stevens had lost her sight but remained bright and vibrant.

Stevens was part of a circle of residents who read books aloud, according to Murphy.

“She was so sharp and laughed at the right moments,” Murphy said. “She was a lovely lady.”

Even well into her 90s, Stevens threw out first pitches at baseball games across the nation, attended Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, New York, and appeared at the annual Babe Ruth Little League World Series.

She authored three books about her famous father.

 

Boone says he isn’t worried about Tulowitzki’s plate numbers

Troy Tulowitzki is doing just fine, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone says, despite his slow start at the plate.

Tulowitzki was hitless in three at-bats in a 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. The five-time All-Star, who has not played in the major leagues since July 2017, is hitting just .176 (3 for 17) in seven games.

“I’m seeing enough encouraging things out of him,” Boone said. “He needs reps now is all.”

Tulowitzki missed last season because of surgery on April 2 for bone spurs in his right and left heels. He was released by the Toronto Blue Jays on Dec. 14, then signed with the Yankees on Jan. 4.

Tulowitzki homered on his first at-bat with the Yankees against his old team on Feb. 25. He is replacing Didi Gregorius, who is out until summer following Tommy John surgery.

Center fielder Aaron Hicks, who has been out since experiencing lower back soreness during batting practice March 1, ran, played catch and swung a bat.

“Hopefully on the upswing,” Boone said.

Hicks will be evaluated by team doctors Monday.

 

Another race and another Penske victory with IndyCar win

Team Penske’s hot start to the motorsports season continued Sunday with a Josef Newgarden victory in the IndyCar season opener – the fourth win for a Penske car in seven days spanning three series.

Newgarden crossed the finish line on the downtown streets of St. Petersburg at almost the exact same time Ryan Blaney, another Penske driver, led the field to green in the NASCAR race outside Phoenix. Team Penske won consecutive NASCAR races with Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano to lock both into the playoffs, two Supercars races in Australia in the new Ford Mustang and now one of the showcase events on the IndyCar schedule.

The organization is off to such a strong start that Penske acknowledged his three-driver IndyCar lineup arrived at the opening race feeling pressure to match their counterparts.

Will Power and Newgarden delivered in qualifying by sweeping the front row, then Newgarden used tire strategy to put his Chevrolet out front.

“So proud of our group, we have the best of the best working for Team Penske,” Newgarden said. “There’s a lot of pressure at Team Penske, everybody is rising up, and we joined the group today.”

It was the 204th victory in IndyCar for a Penske driver.

“To come out here and have a pole with Will, sweep the front row and win the race with Josef is a great way to start our season on the IndyCar side with Chevrolet,” Penske said. “Next week, we will be at Sebring and try to get our Acura Team Penske program in victory lane in the historic 12 hours race.

 

Kyle Busch completes weekend swept in Arizona desert

Kyle Busch made it a weekend sweep at ISM Raceway in the Arizona desert.

Just like he nearly did last week at Las Vegas.

Busch tracked down Ryan Blaney over a long green-flag run before passing his Team Penske rival for the lead with 16 laps to go, then made his fuel and tires last to the checkered flag to add a victory in the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday to his triumph in the Xfinity Series race.

“We were going to be right on the verge,” Busch said. “You have to go hard first and worry about fuel afterwards. After I got Blaney, I was able to save a little bit and take care of my tires for the rest of the lapped traffic I had to get through.”

Busch’s latest big weekend gives him 199 wins in NASCAR’s top three series, including 52 at the Cup level. He will go for the 200 milestone next weekend at Auto Club Speedway in California.

“It’s not for me to worry about. It’s for everybody else to discuss and talk about and debate over,” he said of its importance. “But for myself and the view I’ve had, I’ve been fortunate to be around a lot of great people and a lot of great sponsors.”

Busch also won the Xfinity race last weekend at Las Vegas, and he would have hit the 200-mark on Sunday if not for a speeding penalty in the Cup Series race that left him with a third-place finish.

Even after victory outside Phoenix, Busch was still ruing what might have been.

“This makes last weekend feel so much stupider,” he said. “I wish we would have swept last weekend, too, with two weekend sweeps in a row. But we’ll take what we got today.”

Martin Truex Jr. also got around Blaney to finish second, taking advantage of a No. 19 car that kept getting better on longer runs. Blaney wound up third after starting on the pole, and after having to make two stops during the final caution because of a lugnut that would have come loose.

 

Hall of Famer Howell, Rangers’ games leader, dies at 86

Harry Howell, the Hall of Fame defenseman who played the most games in New York Rangers’ history, has died. He was 86.

Howell died Saturday night. He had been living at an assisted care facility near his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario.

A seven-time All-Star, Howell played 1,160 games for the Rangers from 1952-69 and had his No. 3 retired by the team.

“One of the most iconic players in franchise history, Harry’s Hall of Fame accomplishments on the ice were exceeded only by the tremendous gentleman he was off the ice,” Rangers President Glen Sather said in a statement. “I was privileged to have worked with Harry for over a decade in both Edmonton and New York and treasure our memories together.”

Howell also played in the NHL for the Oakland/California Golden Seals and Los Angeles before finishing in the World Hockey Association with single seasons with New York/New Jersey, San Diego and Calgary.

Known for his smart, steady play, “Harry the Horse” won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman in 1966-67. He finished with 94 goals and 324 assists in the NHL and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979. He had seven goals and 36 assists in 170 games in the WHA.

Howell was a player-coach with New York-New Jersey and San Diego in the WHA and had an 11-game stint behind the bench in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars. He also scouted for Edmonton.

“The National Hockey League mourns the passing of legendary defenseman, consummate professional, and Hockey Hall of Famer Harry Howell,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

Howell helped the Guelph Biltmores wins the 1952 Memorial Cup junior championship.

The NHL said Howell’s wife, Marilyn, died last month.

 

Molinari charges to a 64 to win at Arnie’s place

British Open champion Francesco Molinari delivered another big moment on the 18th green at Bay Hill, without wearing a red shirt and leaving the flag stick in the cup. His 45-foot birdie putt capped off an 8-under 64 to come from five shots behind Sunday and win the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Molinari watched the birdie putt kiss off the pin and into the cup, and the normally reserved Italian raised his fist and hammered it down in celebration, knowing that would make him hard to beat.

He started so far back that Molinari finished nearly two hours before the round ended. It gave him a two-shot lead at 12-under 276, and no one got closer than two shots the rest of the way.

“To do it here at Arnie’s place, knowing my wife and kids are watching from home, it’s very special,” Molinari said.

He won for the fourth time in the last nine months, and in his first start since signing a new equipment deal.

Tiger Woods, who missed this week with a sore neck, has delivered so many birdie putts over the year on the 18th, usually to win and with Palmer on the side of the green waiting to congratulate him. Molinari’s was longer than anything Woods ever made, from a slightly different angle. But he knew the history from so many highlights.

“It’s a pretty iconic putt,” he said. “I’m pretty sure I’m the first guy to make it with the flag in, though, so that’s the real difference.”

The new Rules of Golf allow the flag to be left in for putts in the green, and most players leave it there on long putts.

 

Park wins 6th LPGA title with final-round 64 in Singapore

Sung Hyun Park made sure there were no anxious moments as she closed in on her sixth LPGA Tour victory on Sunday at the HSBC Women’s World Championship.

Four strokes behind No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn at the start of the final round, the world No. 2 birdied five of her first seven holes and added four more birdies on the back nine for an 8-under 64 and a two-stroke victory.

Over the first three rounds, Park was 3-over on the back nine. Park had a four-round total of 15-under 273 at Sentosa Golf Club’s Tanjong course.

Park has traditionally had a slow start to the new season.

“So last year, my shots and like overall thing was pretty unstable in the beginning of the season, and I think my training in the last winter really helped me a lot, and it also helped me to be stronger with my play,” she said.

“I didn’t think I would win this fast … I think I will play really comfortable the rest of my season.”

No. 3-ranked Minjee Lee, who led for part of the front nine Sunday, was second after a 69. Lee also finished second last week at the LPGA’s Thailand tournament, one stroke behind winner Amy Yang.

Amy Olson, who led after Friday’s second round, shot 70 and the American finished in a tie for fifth, five strokes behind.

Jutanuguran shot 75 and finished in a tie for eighth, seven strokes behind Park.

“Sung Hyun, she’s such a great golfer; I’m not surprised she shot 8-under because she’s the best to me, so just congrats to her,” said Jutanuguran. “She’s great.”

 

INDY ELEVEN RECAP | Indy Eleven Fall to Saint Louis FC 2-1

Indy Eleven fall in the club’s 2019 USL Championship season opener on the road against Saint Louis FC, 2-1. A lone goal from defender Neveal Hackshaw wasn’t enough to fend off back-to-back strikes late in the match.

“It’s one of those games where we actually played quite well for most of the game,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie. “We took the lead, but I think once we took the lead, we didn’t manage the game as well as we should have. We were a little bit too open, we gave away too many free kicks, we didn’t’ keep possession of the ball well at that point…it was really a five-ten minute spell from when we scored that we just kind of lost focus and that’s something we have to improve immediately.”

Saint Louis came out of the gate strong in the opening moments of the match. Saint Louis midfielder Lewis Hilton’s corner kick in the second minute found the head of captain Sam Fink inside Indy’s penalty box near the far post. The ball was ultimately kept from crossing the goal line by last-second heroics from Indy forward Dane Kelly. Hilton followed up with a secondary attack three minutes later with a strike near the top of the box, which fell straight into Eleven goalkeeper Evan Newton’s gloves for an effortless save.

Eleven returned fire in the seventh minute as a set-piece play created a chance for Hackshaw, but the new in Blue’s header fell to the right of the goal. Eighteen-year-old midfielder Josh Penn found the next chance in the 19th minute with a tight shot after charging in from the left edge of Saint Louis’ 18-yard box, which was saved in the corner by Saints keeper Jake Fenlason. A final look at goal in the first half came Kelly, but was blocked, keeping the match scoreless heading into halftime.

Indiana’s Team’s backline, comprised of defenders Paddy Barrett, Karl Ouimette and Hackshaw, worked in unison to keep Saint Louis’ chances in the first half at a minimum. At the final whistle, the trio accounted for a combined 12 clearances, eight interceptions and three tackles.

Indy’s entered the second half with high intensity, finding the first shot two minutes after the restart. Kelly smashed the left post with a header after Penn initiated the play with a cross from the left flank. Another strong opportunity was handed to Indy in the 60th minute when the Boys in Blue were awarded a penalty after Kelly was brought down in Saint Louis’ box. Kelly stepped up to the spot and struck the ball towards the left post, but was saved at extension by Fenlason. The resulting corner kick a minute later was fruitful for Indy, as midfielder Kenney Walker found Hackshaw at the far edge of the six-yard box for a headed goal, opening the defender’s scoring account.

Indy’s lead was cut short as Saint Louis found the equalizer in the 69th minute. A scramble in the center of Indy’s box led to STL defender Phanuel Kavita finding the unassisted goal. A level score line turned into Saint Louis’ lead seven minutes later when another scrum of players fought for the ball near the top of Indy’s six-yard box. Midfielder Russell Cicerone took his shot, finding the back of the net amongst the chaos. Kelly and substitute forward Eugene Starikov tried to rebound to re-level the score, but the final whistle blew before Indy had the could do so.

The Boys in Blue will have less than we week to regroup before hitting the road again to take on Charlotte Independence. Despite the quick turnaround, Coach Rennie looks to correct mistakes on the road early in the season.

“We have a lot of away games in the beginning of the season this year, so we’re going to have to have plenty of practice playing on the road,” Rennie said. “If we play like that and we manage the game better, I’m sure we’re going to do well in those games. We have to put this one behind us and look forward to the next one.”

Indy Eleven returns to regular-season action next Friday, March 15, as the Boys in Blue hit the road to Charlotte Independence. Fans can catch all the action this season on ESPN+. New users can start their seven-day free trial by visiting plus.espn.com.

 

INDIANA WRESTLING

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Three Hoosiers Earn Podium Spots at Big Ten Championships

MINNEAPOLIS – Senior Elijah Oliver led the way with a fourth-place finish as a trio of Hoosiers earned top-eight spots at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships on the campus of Minnesota.

Oliver finished in fourth-place at 125 pounds, senior Bryce Martin finished in seventh-place at 165 pounds and redshirt sophomore Jake Kleimola finished in eighth-place at 197 pounds.

Indiana finished in 12th place in the tournament with 31 team points. The 31 points represents an improvement on their 10 points at the 2018 Big Ten Championships. The 31 points is the most for Indiana at the Big Ten Championships since 2014 and best overall finish since 2016.

Oliver and Martin have automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships. Oliver is the Hoosiers seventh wrestler in program history to be a four-time NCAA qualifier. The last Indiana wrestle to accomplish the feat was IU head coach Angel Escobedo from 2007-10.

“It was a team effort,” IU head coach Angel Escobedo said. “I was really happy with how the guys competed. We saw a lot of positive things that we can build on. Right now we are going upwards and it’s going to be fun to continue to build this program up.”

Up next the Hoosiers will compete at the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships, March 21-23 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

 

PURDUE WRESTLING

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MINNEAPOLIS – Purdue placed six wrestlers and had just as many earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships as the Big Ten Championships ended Sunday at Williams Arena. The Boilermakers were led by Dylan Lydy and Christian Brunner, who placed fifth at 174 and 197 pounds, respectively. Two Purdue wrestlers placed seventh and a pair placed eighth.

Lydy recovered from a 174-pound consolation semifinals loss by beating Ohio State’s sixth-seeded Ethan Smith 5-3 in the fifth-place match. The redshirt junior capitalized where he excels, by scoring in a counter-scramble midway through the third period, a takedown that sealed the victory. His final win of the tournament pushed his record to 26-8.

It was the second time Lydy had defeated the Buckeye at the tournament. In Saturday’s quarterfinals, Lydy guaranteed his second trip to the NCAA Championships with a 5-1 decision.

Brunner (23-9) overpowered unseeded Beau Breske of Wisconsin, blanking the Badger 6-0, in the NCAA-clinching fifth-place match at 197. The win secured the Purdue junior his third trip to the NCAA Championships.

It was the third podium finish for Brunner in as many Big Ten Championships. In doing so he, along with three-time placer Ben Thornton, became Purdue’s first three-time Big Ten Championships placewinners since Braden Atwood (2012-15) and Brandon Nelsen (2012, 13, 15).

A quick takedown in sudden victory lifted Thornton past Illinois’ Dylan Duncan 3-1 in the seventh-place match at 133 pounds. Thornton qualified for his second NCAA Championships with a 4-2 win over No. 9 Anthony Tutolo of Michigan State in the second round of wrestlebacks Saturday. That win for the redshirt senior also earned his place on Purdue’s career wins list and the win over Duncan gave him sole possession of the No. 20 spot with 89 career victories. He stands at 21-9 in his final campaign for the Boilermakers.

Lyon went about his methodical way, taking Wisconsin’s sixth-seeded Mason Reinhardt down once in each of the three periods for an 8-1 decision in the seventh-place match at 184 pounds. The Dyersville, Iowa, native, became the first Purdue 184-pounder to place at the Big Ten Championships since Braden Atwood placed seventh as a redshirt freshman in 2012.

On Saturday, it was a second period rideout that lifted the eighth-seeded sophomore past No. 7 Jelani Embree of Michigan 6-5 to land an automatic berth to his first NCAA Championships. Lyon (23-12) also becomes the first 184-pounder to qualify for Purdue since Patrick Kissel in 2015.

Griffin Parriott became the Boilermakers’ fifth qualifier, clinching the ninth and final 157-pound automatic bid from the Big Ten to the NCAA Championships. Parriott, who was seeded ninth, was able to avenge a pair of losses Sunday while earning a trip to Pittsburgh. An escape and a takedown in the third period broke open a 2-2 match with Indiana’s 11th-seeded Jake Danishek on his way to a 6-2 victory.

In the must-win match against No. 8 Eric Barone of Illinois, the ninth-seeded Boilermaker got his revenge from a first-round loss when it mattered most. A takedown with just 10 seconds remaining sealed a 5-2 decision over Barone and locked Parriott (15-11) into his first NCAA Championships.

Devin Schroder and Jacob Aven both wrestled above paper projections, placing eighth at 125 and 285 pounds, respectively. Schroder will take a 19-11 record into his first NCAA Championships; he qualified Saturday with a 10-4 decision over Nebraska’s Zeke Moisey.

Aven (11-21) went from unseeded to placing in his first-ever Big Ten Championships. The redshirt senior, along with 10th-seeded Nate Limmex (141), finished one spot outside of earning an automatic bid. Limmex’s late rally fell short in the deciding match, losing to No. 9 Pete Lipari of Rutgers 8-6. The pair must wait for Tuesday’s announcement of 44 at-large selections.

The at-large qualifiers, as selected by the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee, will be announced Tuesday. At-large selections will be made based on the following criteria: head-to-head competition; quality wins; coaches’ ranking; results against common opponents; RPI; qualifying event placement; and winning percentage.

On Wednesday, brackets and seeding for each of the 10 33-man brackets will be announced on NCAA.com at 6 p.m. ET.

The 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships takes place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 21 to 23.

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY- MARCH 11, 1995

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland – Before this season she had never won a World Cup race, but with a victory here today Picabo Street became the first American to clinch a World Cup downhill championship. Street, the 23-year-old native of Sun Valley, Idaho, and the Olympic silver medalist in the downhill last year, won her fourth straight race and fifth overall in a time of 1 minute 50.57 seconds.

The following article by Christopher Clarey appeared in The Times four days before Picabo Street won the title.

SAALBACH, Austria – Even if Picabo Street had not begun dominating the World Cup downhill circuit, she would have turned her share of Tyrolean heads. In a discipline where the difference between fabulous and fair is usually too small to be counted aloud, camaraderie is not always part of the tight-lipped proceedings. But Street, the free-spirited daughter of free spirits, has never been one for quietly toeing the party line. Seldom has she met a topic she didn’t want to exhaust, a stranger she didn’t want to befriend or a facade she didn’t want to bring crashing down. She has drawn a smile from the imperious Katja Seizinger by yanking on her ski jacket. She has moved young Austrian rivals to shout “morning!” at the top of their lungs from a passing chairlift. She has partied with fellow Norwegian speed demons until well after the midnight sun has called it an evening.

At the same time, she has wreaked havoc on the pecking order. Until Street burst onto the scene with her braided, red ponytail protruding from her crash helmet, no American had won four World Cup downhills in a career. Not Cindy Nelson. Not Hilary Lindh, Street’s current teammate and polar opposite. Not even Bill Johnson, the mouth that roared loudest in 1984. But little more than a year since her Olympic silver medal in Norway, Street has managed to win four downhills in a single season, including the last three in a row. She would have won another last month if Michaela Gerg-Leitner hadn’t come up with an improbable run from the 30th start position to snatch victory away in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

Five days before that, Florence Masnada conjured up the same sort of magic with bib No. 29 to keep Street from winning her first World Cup Super G. But that about sums up Street’s list of recent disappointments, unless you count breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, Mike Makar, and being separated from her new dog, Dugan, a Christmas gift from her parents, Stubby and Dee.

“The last couple years as my results got better, I got more hungry,” said Street, who earned few compliments for her work ethic before joining the World Cup circuit in 1992 and was sent home from a training camp in 1990 for burning the candle too much at one end. “I just started chomping at the bit a little bit more,” she said. “I started reaping and sowing, reaping and sowing. And I figured the more I sowed, the more I would reap. Now it’s got to the point where I want to go for the World Cup overall.”

Picabo Street won another World Cup downhill championship in 1996. She was the gold medalist in the Super G competition at the 1998 Winter Olympics at Nagano, Japan.

 

1882 – Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association organized in Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

1892 – First public basketball game (Springfield, Massachusetts, USA).

1904 – Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver Seven sweep Brandon Wheat Kings in two games.

1905 – Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver Seven beat Rat Portage Thisles, 2 games to 1.

1910 – Jack Hobbs makes first Test ton (187 versus South Africa), his only Test hit wicket.

1912 – First Stanley Cup hockey game to be played in three 20-minute periods, formerly played in 30-minute halfs, Québec Bulldogs beats Moncton Victorias 9-3.

1917 – First NHL championship game ever played, Toronto Arenas beats Montreal Canadiens 7-3 in first of two-game set.

1922 – Western Hockey Championship: Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA) sweep Regina Capitals, in two games.

1924 – NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens sweep Ottawa Senators in two games.

1927 – First golden gloves tournament.

1934 – Netherlands beats Belgium 9-3, in soccer.

1956 – Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship.

1958 – Starting this season, American League batters are required to wear batting helmets.

1961 – NHL record 40 penalties, Chicago Black Hawks and Toronto Maple Leafs (20 each).

1973 – Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA S&H Green Stamp Golf Classic.

1978 – University of San Francisco-led Bill Cartwright scores 23 points as the Dons oust North Carolina.

1979 – Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sunstar Golf Classic.

1979 – Randy Hold receives 67 minutes in penalties in a 60 minute NHL hockey game.

1980 – Rod Marsh bowls ten overs for 51 runs in dull Australia versus Pakistan cricket draw.

1981 – Johnny Mize and Rube Foster elected to baseball Hall of Fame.

1983 – World Ice Dance Championship in Helsinki Finland won by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean (Great Britain).

1983 – World Ice Pairs Figure Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Elena Valova and Oleg Vasiliev (USSR).

1983 – World Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Rosalynn Sumners (USA).

1983 – World Men’s Figure Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Scott Hamilton (USA).

1984 – Chris Johnson wins LPGA Samaritan Turquoise Golf Classic.

1986 – New York Islanders’ Mike Bossy is first NHL player to score 50 goals in nine straight seasons.

1986 – NFL adopts instant replay rule.

1987 – Wayne Gretzky scores 1,500th NHL point.

1990 – Maggie Will wins Desert Inn LPGA Golf International.

1991 – John Smith, amateur wrestler, wins James E Sullivan Award.

1991 – Monica Seles ends Steffi Graf’s streak of 186 weeks ranked as #1 in tennis.

1995 – Yolanda Chen hop-skip-jumps world indoor record 15.03 metre.

1996 – Chris Harris scores 130 in losing New Zealand side versus Australia, World Cup.

1996 – Mark Waugh scores 110 versus New Zealand for his third century of the World Cup.

1997 – San Francisco Giants’ player J T Snow suffers a fractured eye socket when hit by a pitch.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1901      John McGraw, manager of new American League’s Orioles, signs Charlie Grant, trying to pass off the black infielder as a Cherokee Indian named Tokohoma. The skipper’s scheme to secretly integrate the major leagues unravels in Chicago when White Sox president Charles Comiskey objects to Baltimore’s new player, after recognizing the true identity of the team’s second baseman.

1933      A significant earthquake during an exhibition game in L.A. sends the Cubs and Giants scurrying to second base until the tremors stop. The seismic event, which takes place along the 46-mile-long Newport-Inglewood Fault, is estimated at a magnitude of 6.3.

1933      Rogers Hornsby returns to the Cardinals as a player after being fired as the Cubs’ manager last August. The ‘Rajah’s’ return to the Redbirds, after a six-year absence, will be short-lived when he is claimed on waivers in July by the crosstown AL’s Browns, who make him the skipper of the last-place club, replacing the recently-resigned Bill Killefer.

1953      Braves’ owner Lou Perini proposes a ban on any major league franchise shift to an existing minor league city until October 1st. Boston, who owns the Milwaukee minor league franchise, had invoked its territorial privilege last week to block the Browns’ attempt to shift their franchise to Milwaukee.

1953      The Dodgers defeat the A’s, 4-2, in the first game played in Holman Stadium, their Grapefruit League ballpark at the team’s spring training complex in Vero Beach, better known as Dodgertown. Fifty-five years later, Carl Erskine, the game’s starting pitcher, will return to play the national anthem on his harmonica as an 81 year-old at the club’s last game at the storied facility.

1954      In the first game of a doubleheader, Giants right fielder Don Mueller hits for the cycle in team’s 13-7 victory over the Pirates at the Polo Grounds. ‘Mandrake the Magician,’ who homers in his final at-bat to complete the deed, will be the only major league player to accomplish the feat this season.

1957      Representative Emanuel Celler, whose congressional committee is investigating baseball, calls Commissioner Ford Frick a czar. The New York congressman takes exception when the baseball boss cautions the major league owners about commenting on the recent decision by the Supreme Court concerning pro football coming under antitrust rules.

1958      American League president Will Harridge informs the circuit’s umpires the wearing of a helmet is mandatory for batters this season, reinforcing the edict passed by a 7-1 vote of the owners at their December meeting in Colorado Springs. The Red Sox dissent, knowing their slugger Ted Williams adamantly is opposed to wearing headgear, asserting the protective equipment will interfere with the timing of their hitters.

1961      At Palm Springs, former president Dwight Eisenhower is a no-show at the Angels’ first-ever exhibition game, an 8-3 victory over the Cubs. Ike had been scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch but decided to go fishing instead.

1988      California Angels manager Gene Mauch, citing health issues, takes a leave of absence and is replaced by Cookie Rojas. The Halos’ skipper will officially announce his retirement in two weeks, leaving the game with a managerial record of 1,902 wins and 2,037 losses during his 26-year tenure in the dugout with the Phillies, Expos, Twins, and California.

2001      Preston Wilson, the franchise’s first 30-30 player, signs a $32 million five-year contract with Florida. The 26 year-old Marlin center fielder, who is the stepson and nephew of former major leaguer Mookie Wilson, was obtained from the Mets in the Mike Piazza deal in 1998.

2002      The Red Sox replace Joe Kerrigan, who was fired last week, with Grady Little, who will manage the team for two years, compiling a 188-136 (.580) record and making one appearance in the postseason as the AL wild card. The once-popular skipper’s contract will not be renewed for 2004 when he becomes the target of fans’ angst for not pulling out starter Pedro Martinez with a three-run lead in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the ALCS, a contest Boston will eventually lose in the eleventh on Aaron Boone’s walk-off home run.

2004      The first contest played at Petco Park, the Padres’ new home, establishes the record for the best-attended game in college baseball history when 40,106 fans watch Tony Gwynn’s San Diego State Aztecs beat the University of Hawaii, 4-0. The previous mark of 27,673 was established in 2002 when state rivals LSU and Tulane met in the Superdome in New Orleans.

2006      First baseman Nick Johnson (.289, 15, 74) and the Nationals agree to a $16.5 million, three-year contract extension. The 27 year-old first baseman, who signed a $3.2 million, one-year deal in January to avoid arbitration, has often been injured since making his big league debut with the Yankees five years ago.

2010      Todd Helton and the Rockies agree to a $9.9 million, two-year contract extension that takes the first baseman through the 2013 season. The 38 year-old fan favorite, who has played his entire career in Colorado, hit .325, with 15 home runs, and drove in 86 runs last season after undergoing back surgery in September of 2008.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1863 – Birth of Andrew Stoddart; cricket player (My Dear Victorious Stod).

1885 – Birth of Malcolm Campbell; first auto racer to travel five miles/minute (300 MPH, 8 km/minute).

1903 – Birth of George Dickinson; cricket player (bowled for New Zealand in their first three Tests).

1915 – Birth of Vijay Hazare; cricket player (prolific Indian batsman 1946-54).

1923 – Birth of Althea Louise Brough Clapp in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; tennis player (four-time Wimbledon champion).

1929 – Birth of Jackie McGlew; cricket player (dour South African opening bat of the 50 feet).

1934 – Birth of Sydney Burke; cricket player (South African quick, 11 wickets on Test debut versus New Zealand 1961).

1937 – Birth of John Ward in New Zealand; cricket wicket-keeper (8 Tests 1964-68).

1947 – Birth of Geoffrey Hunt in Australia; world-champion squash player.

1964 – Birth of Raimo Helminen in Tampere, Finland; hockey forward (Team Finland, Olympics-bronze-1998).

1966 – Birth of Ralph Tamm; NFL guard/center (Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs).

1966 – Birth of Steve Reed in Los Angeles, California, USA; pitcher (Colorado Rockies).

1967 – Birth of Andrew Zesers; cricket player (played for Australia in 1987 World Cup).

1967 – Birth of Bill Houlder in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada; NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning).

1969 – Birth of Dan Lacroix in Montréal, Quebec, Canada; NHL left wing (New York Rangers).

1969 – Birth of John Fina; NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills).

1970 – Birth of Brett Liddle in Boksburg, South Africa; Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Newcastle).

1970 – Birth of Evgeniy Koreshkov; hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan Olympics-1998).

1971 – Birth of Bob Kronenberg; WLAF corner (Rhein Fire).

1971 – Birth of Jiri Vykoukai in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia; hockey player (Team Czechoslovakia Republic, Olympics-gold-1998).

1971 – Birth of Martin Rucinsky in Most, Czechoslovakia; NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens, Olympics-Gold-1998).

1972 – Birth of Carl Greenwood; NFL cornerback (New York Jets).

1972 – Birth of Chris Shelling; WLAF cornerback (Rhein Fire).

1972 – Birth of Jamal Duff; NFL defensive end (New York Giants, Washington Redskins).

1973 – Birth of Kennedy Otieno in Kenya; cricket wicket-keeper (85 versus Australia 1996 World Cup).

1973 – Birth of Mike Mihelic; Canadian Football League offensive tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers).

1973 – Birth of Sammie Brennan; Canadian Football League defensive back (British Columbia Lions).

1973 – Birth of Tony Veland; NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32).

1974 – Birth of Billy Granville; linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals).

1974 – Birth of David Cameron; Australian rower (Olympics-1996).

1974 – Birth of Kevin Donovan in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA; figure skater (1997 Great Lakes-second).

1975 – Birth of Cedric Henderson, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers).

1975 – Birth of Shawn Springs; cornerback (Seattle Seahawks).

1982 – Birth of Hasan Raza; cricket player (Test cricket player at the age of 14).

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
1 x-Milwaukee 50 17 .746 27-5 23-12 13-1 34-8 7-3 1 L
2 x-Toronto 48 19 .716 2.0 27-7 21-12 9-4 29-12 7-3 2 W
Philadelphia 42 25 .627 8.0 26-9 16-16 6-8 24-16 6-4 1 W
Indiana 42 25 .627 8.0 25-9 17-16 9-5 29-15 4-6 2 L
Boston 41 26 .612 9.0 24-10 17-16 10-4 28-13 5-5 3 W
Detroit 34 31 .523 15.0 21-13 13-18 8-5 24-19 8-2 5 W
Brooklyn 35 33 .515 15.5 20-16 15-17 7-6 24-20 6-4 3 W
Miami 31 35 .470 18.5 15-19 16-16 5-8 18-22 5-5 1 L

Orlando 31 37 .456 19.5 18-16 13-21 6-5 21-19 5-5 1 L
10 Charlotte 30 36 .455 19.5 21-14 9-22 9-4 23-20 3-7 1 L
11 Washington 27 39 .409 22.5 19-12 8-27 6-7 18-27 3-7 2 L
12 Atlanta 23 45 .338 27.5 12-21 11-24 6-8 13-31 4-6 1 W
13 Chicago 19 49 .279 31.5 8-26 11-23 3-13 14-30 5-5 2 L
14 Cleveland 16 50 .242 33.5 10-24 6-26 2-11 12-32 5-5 2 L
15 New York 13 54 .194 37.0 6-26 7-28 2-12 8-35 3-7 6 L
Western Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Golden State 45 21 .682 24-10 21-11 11-3 27-13 4-6 1 L
Denver 43 22 .662 1.5 27-6 16-16 8-2 28-14 6-4 1 L
Houston 41 25 .621 4.0 23-9 18-16 8-5 23-17 8-2 8 W
Oklahoma City 40 26 .606 5.0 22-9 18-17 7-6 24-20 3-7 1 L
Portland 40 26 .606 5.0 25-9 15-17 4-9 21-21 7-3 1 W
Utah 37 28 .569 7.5 21-11 16-17 6-7 23-19 6-4 1 L
San Antonio 38 29 .567 7.5 26-7 12-22 8-5 26-19 6-4 5 W
LA Clippers 38 29 .567 7.5 19-12 19-17 11-3 25-20 7-3 4 W

Sacramento 33 32 .508 11.5 20-14 13-18 3-11 17-24 4-6 1 W
10 Minnesota 32 35 .478 13.5 23-10 9-25 5-6 19-22 5-5 2 W
11 LA Lakers 30 36 .455 15.0 18-16 12-20 7-6 21-23 2-8 5 L
12 New Orleans 30 39 .435 16.5 18-14 12-25 7-7 20-23 4-6 3 L
13 Memphis 28 40 .412 18.0 18-17 10-23 6-7 19-23 5-5 3 W
14 Dallas 27 39 .409 18.0 21-12 6-27 3-8 14-25 1-9 5 L
15 Phoenix 16 52 .235 30.0 10-23 6-29 3-12 9-33 5-5 1 W

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
1 x-Tampa Bay Lightning 69 52 13 4 108 46 266 181 29-6-2 23-7-2 8-2-0
Washington Capitals 69 41 21 7 89 37 237 212 21-9-5 20-12-2 9-1-0
Boston Bruins 69 42 18 9 93 40 207 173 27-7-3 15-11-6 8-1-1
Toronto Maple Leafs 68 42 21 5 89 42 244 193 21-12-1 21-9-4 6-2-2
New York Islanders 68 39 22 7 85 35 198 168 20-11-4 19-11-3 4-5-1
Pittsburgh Penguins 69 37 23 9 83 36 237 210 20-12-2 17-11-7 6-2-2
Carolina Hurricanes 68 37 24 7 81 36 205 191 18-11-4 19-13-3 7-2-1
Columbus Blue Jackets 68 38 27 3 79 37 209 202 18-16-2 20-11-1 5-5-0

Montreal Canadiens 69 36 26 7 79 34 208 207 19-11-4 17-15-3 5-5-0
10 Philadelphia Flyers 68 33 27 8 74 31 209 226 17-13-4 16-14-4 6-3-1
11 Florida Panthers 69 30 27 12 72 27 224 234 18-12-6 12-15-6 4-2-4
12 Buffalo Sabres 68 30 29 9 69 26 194 219 19-10-4 11-19-5 2-6-2
13 New York Rangers 68 28 28 12 68 22 196 224 17-11-8 11-17-4 3-3-4
14 New Jersey Devils 69 25 35 9 59 24 191 232 17-12-6 8-23-3 2-7-1
15 Detroit Red Wings 69 24 35 10 58 21 188 238 13-17-5 11-18-5 1-7-2
16 Ottawa Senators 69 23 40 6 52 23 203 258 14-16-4 9-24-2 1-8-1
Western Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Calgary Flames 69 42 20 7 91 42 241 199 21-7-5 21-13-2 6-4-0
Winnipeg Jets 68 40 24 4 84 38 233 202 22-8-4 18-16-0 4-5-1
San Jose Sharks 68 41 19 8 90 41 246 210 23-5-5 18-14-3 7-2-1
Nashville Predators 70 39 26 5 83 35 210 189 22-13-1 17-13-4 5-5-0
Vegas Golden Knights 70 38 27 5 81 35 212 196 21-10-4 17-17-1 6-3-1
St. Louis Blues 68 36 25 7 79 35 198 188 17-14-2 19-11-5 5-3-2
Dallas Stars 68 35 28 5 75 35 172 172 21-11-2 14-17-3 6-4-0
Minnesota Wild 69 33 28 8 74 32 191 202 14-13-6 19-15-2 6-2-2

Arizona Coyotes 68 34 29 5 73 30 183 188 17-15-3 17-14-2 8-2-0
10 Colorado Avalanche 69 30 27 12 72 29 223 215 15-12-6 15-15-6 6-3-1
11 Edmonton Oilers 68 30 31 7 67 27 192 221 15-16-2 15-15-5 6-2-2
12 Chicago Blackhawks 68 29 30 9 67 27 227 255 15-13-6 14-17-3 5-5-0
13 Vancouver Canucks 69 28 32 9 65 25 187 217 15-13-4 13-19-5 2-6-2
14 Anaheim Ducks 70 27 34 9 63 24 161 214 14-13-8 13-21-1 3-7-0
15 Los Angeles Kings 69 25 36 8 58 23 164 220 13-17-3 12-19-5 2-6-2