INDIANA SEMI-STATE SATURDAY SCORES
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 74 Lafayette Central Catholic 51
Barr-Reeve 65 Bloomfield 39
Andrean 73 Frankton 64 2OT
Linton-Stockton 73 Shenandoah 56
Culver Academy 56 Marion 44
Silver Creek 72 Indianapolis Attucks 69
Carmel 71 Penn 42
Ben Davis 67 Center Grove 61
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#8 Tennessee 82 #4 Kentucky 78
#5 Duke 73 #12 Florida State 63
#6 Michigan State 67 #19 Wisconsin 55
#10 Michigan 76 Minnesota 49
#11 Houston 61 Memphis 58
Iowa State 78 #17 Kansas 66
#18 Buffalo 87 Bowling Green 73
#22 Auburn 65 Florida 62
#24 Cincinnati 66 Wichita State 63
#25 Villanova 74 Seton Hall 72
St. Bonaventure 68 Rhode Island 51
St. Louis 67 Davidson 44
Georgia State 59 Texas State 46
Utah State 64 San Diego State 57
Old Dominion 62 Western Kentucky 56
Oregon 68 Washington 48
UC Irvine 92 Cal State Fullerton 64
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#21 Drake 65 Illinois State 54
#24 Rice 69 Middle Tennessee 54
Buffalo 77 Ohio 61
Missouri State 89 Northern Iowa 64
Boston 129 Atlanta 120
Phoenix 138 New Orleans 136 OT
Washington 135 Memphis 128
Dallas 121 Cleveland 116
San Antonio 108 Portland 103
Golden State 110 Oklahoma City 88
Denver 102 Indiana 100
Utah 114 Brooklyn 98
St. Louis 5 Pittsburgh 1
Detroit 2 NY Islanders 1
Florida 4 Los Angeles 3
Winnipeg 2 Calgary 1
Boston 2 Columbus 1
Chicago 2 Montréal 0
Ottawa 6 Toronto 2
Tampa Bay 6 Washington 3
Carolina 4 Buffalo 2
Minnesota 5 NY Rangers 2
Edmonton 3 Arizona 2
Nashville 4 San Jose 2
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Seattle 4 Chicago 2
Columbus 1 FC Dallas 0
Houston 3 Vancouver 2
New York 4 San Jose 1
Montréal 3 Orlando City SC 1
DC 5 Real Salt Lake 0
Los Angeles 3 Minnesota 2
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-SPRING TRAINING
LA Dodgers 2 Chicago White Sox 0
Kansas City 6 Milwaukee 2
Milwaukee 5 Colorado 4
Cincinnati 5 Texas 2
San Francisco 10 San Diego 3
Cleveland 7 LA Angels 2
San Diego 10 Kansas City 5
Chicago Cubs 7 Arizona 1
Boston 6 Atlanta 1
Detroit 6 Pittsburgh 3
NY Yankees 17 Toronto 7
St. Louis 8 Washington 5
Houston 13 Philadelphia 5
Miami 11 NY Mets 6
Minnesota – Tampa Bay canceled
Baltimore 4 Toronto 3
Indiana 5 Canisius 2
Indiana 16 Canisius 5
Purdue 9 Jacksonville State 5
Lipscomb 9 Ohio State 3
Illinois 5 Southern Illinois 4
East Carolina 2 Maryland 1
Clemson 5 Notre Dame 1
Connecticut 17 Michigan State 4
Connecticut 9 Michigan State 3
Cincinnati 5 Niagara 0
Ball State 11 Dayton 6
Miami Ohio 7 St. Bonaventure 6
St. Louis 7 Chicago State 5
Florida Gulf Coast 11 Rutgers 3
Western Michigan 2 Butler 1
Butler 10 Western Michigan 0
Evansville 11 Creighton 0
Grand Canyon 25 Xavier 18
St. John’s 3 Kansas 1
Cal State Northridge 8 Iowa 5
Long Beach State 6 Minnesota 4
Wright State 3 Milwaukee 0
Valparaiso 7 Northern Illinois 6
Northern Illinois 5 Valparaiso 2
Indiana State 4 Citadel 2
Northwestern 5 Indiana 0
Purdue 7 Seton Hall 0
Bradley 8 Valparaiso 3
Ball State 10 Cleveland State 3
Austin Peay 6 Dayton 0
Miami Ohio 6 Austin Peay 2
Illinois State 8 Evansville 1
Illinois State 11 Evansville 0
Notre Dame 7 Florida State 4
Illinois Chicago 10 Fort Wayne 3
Grand Canyon 8 Ohio State 7
Oklahoma 11 Illinois 1
Northern Iowa 10 Indiana State 3
Northern Iowa 6 Indiana State 3
Ohio State 12 Lehigh 3
Ball State 6 Mercer 5
Michigan State 9 Dayton 1
Michigan State 12 Miami Ohio 2
North Florida 2 Butler 1
Notre Dame 2 Minnesota 1 OT
St. Cloud State 6 Miami Ohio 3
INDIANA BASEBALL: Indiana Sweeps Saturday Doubleheader vs. Canisius
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana baseball (10-8) picked up a pair of wins over Canisius in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Hoosiers took the first game, 5-2, while winning the second game, 16-5.
GAME 1: INDIANA 5, CANISIUS 2
Behind a stellar eight-inning, 10 strikeout effort from junior Tanner Gordon, the Hoosiers strung together 15 hits, including two home runs from senior Matt Lloyd.
- The Hoosiers got on the board first in the bottom of the second. Sophomore Sam Crail singled in freshman Jake Skrine, who singled, with one out to give IU a 1-0 lead.
- A leadoff double by Jacob Victor set things up for Canisius in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Stephen Bennett grounded out to third to allow Victor to score, tying the game at one.
- Freshman Grant Richardson led off the bottom of the fourth and was hit by a pitch. Following a single by Crail, Richardson would score later in the frame on a double play groundout to break the tie.
- Lloyd led off the bottom of the fifth with a home run to right center, which was then followed by three-straight singles by junior Ryan Fineman, sophomore Cole Barr and freshman Tyler Van Pelt resulting in another run to make it 4-1.
- Lloyd tagged his second home run of a game in the bottom of the sixth to give Indiana its fifth run.
- The Golden Griffins added a run in the top of the ninth but that would be all resulting in a 5-2 final.
- Gordon set a career-high for strikeouts (10) and innings (8.0), as he allowed just four hits, one run and one walk.
- Lloyd finished the game going 4-for-4 with the two home runs and two RBI. The four hits for Lloyd match his career-high, which he has now reached six times.
- Crail went 3-for-4 with an RBI, as the three hits for him were a career-high.
- Van Pelt finished 2-for-2 with an RBI off the bench.
GAME 2: INDIANA 16, CANISIUS 5
Indiana’s bats opened up for 11 hits in the second stanza of the day’s double header, as the Hoosiers routed Canisius, 16-5.
- The Hoosiers started with a three-spot in the bottom of the first. Junior Matt Gorski hit a leadoff double and sophomore Drew Ashley singled to put runners on the corners. Then with the bases loaded, Crail was credited with two RBI on a single through the right side. A third run would score on the play on an errant throw.
- Indiana plated eight runs in the bottom of the third inning. It was highlighted by a Fineman solo home run, an RBI double by junior Jeremy Houston and an RBI double by Crail to make it an 11-0 game.
- Canisius broke the shutout in the bottom of the fourth with its first run before Indiana tacked on five more runs heading into the ninth inning.
- The Golden Griffins worked three final runs in the ninth frame for the 16-5 final score.
- Alex Franklin (1-0) picked up his first collegiate win following a three-inning, one-hit effort that included two strikeouts.
- Freshman Matt Litwicki also picked up his first milestone with the Hoosiers, as the Dyer, Ind., native picked up save number one from a three-inning close.
- Gorski added to his team-tying lead in home runs (5) with his two-run blast in the fifth inning.
- Sam Crail led the team with three RBI, setting a new season high for the sophomore.
The Hoosiers close out the series with the Golden Griffins at 12:05 p.m. on Sunday.
NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: Irish Fall to No. 12 Clemson, 5-1
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CLEMSON, S.C. – The University of Notre Dame baseball team couldn’t get the offense going Saturday afternoon and dropped the middle game of the series to No. 12 Clemson 5-1.
The Tigers (14-4, 4-1 ACC) jumped out to a four-run lead in the second inning and it would be all they needed on the afternoon. The Irish (7-10, 3-2 ACC) could not get the bats going until the later innings but it was not enough to come all the way back.
How It Happened
Clemson opened up the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. They strung together a couple of hits and a few Irish miscues led to a 4-0 lead for the Tigers at the end of the second.
After recording 10 hits in the series opener, the Irish offense struggled to get going. Mat Clarke kept the Irish off balance at the plate and they were unable to a big inning going against him.
Outside of the second inning, Cameron Brown pitched well and kept the Irish in the game. He went a season-long seven innings and struck out six. It was his fourth straight start this season that he has recorded at least six strikeouts.
The Tigers went to their bullpen in the eighth and the Irish were able to get a couple of hits together. After a single from from Brooks Coetzee, a double from David LaManna and an Ethan Copeland walk, the Irish had the bases loaded for Jack Zyska.
He hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored Coetzee and the runners advanced a base due to an error on the throw. Daniel Jung came up with two runners in scoring position but he was unable to beat out the infield single and ended the inning.
Junior Cameron Brown went a season-high seven innings against the Tigers.
Brown totaled six strikeouts, his fourth-consecutive outing with six or more.
Brooks Coetzee tallied his first career multi-hit game with two singles.
Coetzee has recorded a hit in four straight games.
The series will be on the line when the two teams take the field for the last time in the final game of the series Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.
OHIO STATE COLLEGE BASEBALL: Buckeyes Fall vs. Lipscomb Saturday
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 9-3, against Lipscomb Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Cade Sorrells hit a grand slam in the top of the ninth to seal the win for the Bisons (10-7). Lipscomb reliever Max Habegger picked up the win after striking out six in three innings of relief. Ohio State falls to 8-10 on the year.
OHIO STATE ON THE BOARD
The Buckeyes scored first with a run in the bottom of the fourth on a sac fly by Nate Romans. Cherry led off the at-bat with a double to the gap in left center.
MIDDLE INNING SCORING PLAYS
Back-to-back doubles by Tevin Symonette and Zeke Dodson gave Lipscomb a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth.
Dominic Canzone made it a 3-2 deficit in the bottom half with a sac fly to score Noah West. The Bisons scored two more runs in the sixth on a wild pitch and bloop single. Canzone drove in his second run of the game in the bottom of the seventh on a RBI triple off the wall in center.
ON THE MOUND
Ohio State starting pitcher Griffan Smith threw five innings and gave up three runs on two hits with six walks and four strikeouts to drop to 3-1. Right-handed reliever TJ Brock had 2.1 innings of relief on two runs, two hits, three walks and one strikeout. Right-handed reliever Bayden Root allowed two runs on one hit with one walk and one strikeout in 0.2 innings. Right-handed reliever Thomas Waning allowed two runs on one hit with two walks and one strikeout.
Ohio State and Lipscomb conclude the series at 1 p.m. Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). Redshirt freshman left-handed pitcher Seth Lonsway (1-2, 7.27). is on the mound for the Scarlet and Gray.
- Hit streaks extended: Canzone (7), Pohl (6) and Cherry (5).
- Reached base streaks extended: Canzone (14), Pohl (6), Romans (6) and Cherry (5).
- Canzone drove in his 14th and 15th RBI of the year. He recorded his first triple of the year and fifth of his career.
NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL: Irish Rally Takes Down No. 3 Florida State
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The University of Notre Dame softball team (16-8, 1-1) gave up two runs in the first, then scored five unanswered runs in an eventual 7-4 victory at No. 3 Florida State (26-2, 1-0) on Saturday afternoon. The win marks Notre Dame’s second this season over the third-ranked team in the nation (3-2 over No. 3 Washington on February 9) and provides a key win in the second of a three-game series against the Seminoles.
Freshman Payton Tidd turned in an outstanding performance in the circle, tossing a complete game with nine strikeouts and four earned runs. After Florida State touched her for a two-run homer in the first inning, Tidd held the Seminoles powerful offense scoreless until a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.
Offensively, Cait Brooks provided the spark with a two-run home run in the top of the fourth, while Abby Sweet finished three-for-four with three runs batted in.
HOW IT HAPPENED
While FSU’s Sydney Sherrill was able to hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first, Tidd also displayed how strong her pitching would be in that same inning. She recorded all three outs via strikeout and eventually recorded five of Notre Dame’s first six outs of the game from her right arm.
In the top of the fourth, Katie Marino led off with a four-pitch walk and Brooks stepped to the plate. Fighting back from an 0-2 count, Brooks drilled a 2-2 pitch far over the left field fence to tie the game at 2-2.
Notre Dame tacked on three more runs in the top of the fifth. Emma Clark led off with a slap hit to second base and moved over on a Ali Wester sacrifice ground out. A passed ball moved Clark to third and FSU intentionally walked Brooks to put runners at the corners with two outs. Shelby Grimm stole second base to get in scoring position and for a moment it appeared that Notre Dame would get the go-ahead run on a wild pitch to Melissa Rochford.
The umpire decided that the pitch hit Rochford, but Florida State would uncork a wild pitch just two pitches later to give Notre Dame the lead. Sweet then put the Irish up three with a two-out, two-run single to centerfield.
Florida State threatened in the bottom of the fifth after a lead-off double, but Tidd rallied from a 3-0 count to strike out FSU’s lead-off hitter, then sandwiched two huge strikeouts around a walk to escape the inning and the heart of the Seminole batting order.
The Irish offense responded to tack on two insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Brooks reached on an infield single, Sweet rocketed a double over the leftfielder’s head for an RBI and M.K. Bonamy drilled a two-out single to drive in Notre Dame’s seventh and final run.
Florida State would add a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh, but a great running catch in foul territory by Wester put momentum back in Notre Dame’s favor before a line out to right field ended the contest.
The Irish will complete the Atlantic Coast Conference series against the Seminoles on Sunday, March 1, with game three at 12 p.m. ET. The game will air on ACC Network Extra. Fans can stay tuned to @NDSoftball on Twitter for the latest schedule updates, should changes occur.
IU EAST TRACK
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Indiana University East track and field teams established 10 school records on the final day of the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational on March 16.
Eight individual marks were set, while a pair of men’s relay squads entered the record book.
* IU East’s men finished third with 18 points in the Shamrock Invitational Mayor’s Relay Cup. Hampton University led the field of 21 teams with 21 points with St. Augustine’s University in second with 20. The relay races were the events scored.
* The men’s 400-meter relay team of Jamal Stephens, Jordan Maxwell, Will Mundy and Trent Herbert was third with a record time of 42.25 seconds.
* Stephens, Maxwell, Mundy and Justin Lowe formed the men’s 1,600-meter squad that was also third in 3:19.27, which is a new standard.
* Mundy had a pair of records as he was third in the 200 meters in a record time of 22.05 seconds and seventh in the 400 meters in 48.91.
* Jordan Maxwell was sixth in the 200 and Jamal Stephens was eighth. Along with Mundy, both surpassed in the old school record.
* Salvador Campos was third in men’s mile with a record time of 4:43.72.
* Kaniyah Rush in 200 meters (26.03) and in 400 meters (1:00.10).
* Savannah Hart in women’s mile (5:44.08).
* Abby Bittner in the 800 meters (2:23.19).
* Edmalie Cruz Sanchez in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (13:07.46).
The Red Wolves return to action at the Emory University Classic in Atlanta on March 29-30.
MEN’S COLLEGE GOLF: Boilers Second Through 2 Rounds at Augusta
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Purdue women’s golf team put together a pair of outstanding rounds at Forest Hills Golf Course on Saturday, shooting eight-under par, 568, through 36 holes to sit in second place at the Valspar Augusta Invitational. The Boilermakers tied the No. 3 team 18-hole team score in program history in round two, finishing nine-under par, 279, to record the top team mark of the second session and pull within six shots of the lead.
Senior Ida Ayu Indira Melati Putri is tied for the individual lead after 36 holes at six-under par, posting an opening-round score of two-under 70, and following up with a four-under 68 to share a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard. She did all her damage on the front nine in both rounds, shooting four-under 32 both times, and played the back nine with nine straight pars in the second round.
Rookie RuQin Guan is tied for fourth individually at three-under par, shooting a collegiate-best score of four-under 68 in the second round to vault her way up the leaderboard. She shot one-over 73 on the opening 18 holes, and was sitting at even par through 14 holes in the second round with two birdies and two bogeys before finishing with four straight birdies to close the day. Guan is now 1-of-5 Boilermakers to shoot 68 or better this season.
The third Boilermakers to finish under par Saturday was freshman Danielle du Toit as she sits tied for 10th individually at one-under par. The Purdue rookie was even par in the first round and shot one-under 71 in the second, marking her 10th and 11th rounds of par or better this season and pulling to within one round of Purdue’s freshman record. She made eight birdies on the day, four in each round, and now has 63 on the season.
Junior Micaela Farah and sophomore Inez Wanamarta shared the final team score in the opening round at two-over 74, while Farah logged the fourth team mark in round two at even-par 72.
Purdue’s score of nine-under 279 matched the No. 3 team round in program history, and is the Boilermakers’ eighth team round of the season under par in 2018-19. The Boilermakers are six shots behind team leader Texas Tech, which posted matching rounds of seven-under 281 on Saturday and sit at the top of the leaderboard at 14-under 562.
Putri is tied with Texas Tech’s Amy Taylor and Charlotte’s Ellinor Sudow at the top of the individual leaderboard, holding a three-shot edge on Guan and Texas Tech’s Sofia Garcia.
The Boilermakers will play the final round with Texas Tech and Charlotte tomorrow, teeing off on the first three holes at 9 a.m. ET.
MEN’S COLLEGE LACROSSE: Irish Win 10-9 Thriller at #5 Virginia
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Sophomore Andie Aldave netted the game-winner with 1:30 remaining and senior Samantha Giacolone stopped 10 shots as the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team improved to 8-0 overall (2-0 ACC) with a 10-9 road victory at #5 Virginia this afternoon at Klockner Stadium.
Aldave and sophomore Maddie Howe each recorded hat tricks for the Irish offensively, while junior Kathleen Roe collected two ground balls and caused three Virginia turnovers.
HOW IT HAPPENED
For the eighth straight game, the Irish got on the board first with a marker from Aldave 3:18 into play. Virginia evened the score at the 19:37 mark before two goals by Howe and a tally by sophomore Katie Enrietto put the Irish up 4-1 late in the frame.
Virginia scored in the final minute of the half to make it a 4-2 contest entering the break.
Seven of Giacolone’s 10 saves came in the first 30 minutes of play to buoy the Irish defense, which was stout throughout the the first stanza.
Aldave’s second goal put the Irish up 5-3 just 2:40 into the second half, but the Cavaliers rattled off five straight goals over the next 13 minutes to take a 8-5 advantage.
The resilient Irish answered back with a 4-0 scoring run of their own, which included goals by senior Samantha Lynch, Howe, Enrietto and junior Savannah Buchanan, to retake a 9-8 lead with 4:43 to go.
Virginia answered Buchanan’s tally just 16 seconds later to even the score at 9-9.
The two sides traded chances in the closing minutes before freshman Mollie Carr connected with Aldave for the game-winner with 1:30 to go.
The Irish blocked a shot in the final minute, and senior Hannah Proctor picked up a crucial ground ball with 44 seconds remaining to hold on for the victory.
As a team, the Irish went 20-for-20 on clears in the victory, and collected 19 ground balls to Virginia’s 11.
Kathleen Roe’s thoughts:
“We knew this would be a big game for us in the middle of our season, and we did our job. Defensively, Sam (Giacolone) is our quarterback and she really stepped up again today for us. Everyone had each other’s backs, even when Virginia when on a run in the second half, and that’s why we found a way to win.”
Coach Christine Halfpenny’s thoughts:
“I think this group knows who they are and what they want to be. We are a team that’s on a mission to be great and everyone believes in each other so much. We were fantastic with the ball on our stick, going 20-for-20 on clears, and we did a lot of things very well on both offense and defense to get this win. As a coaching staff, we’re really proud of the resilience this team showed today.”
This is the first 8-0 start for Notre Dame since 2013. The Irish also started 8-0 or better in 2012 and 2004.
The Irish have scored the first goal in each of their first eight contests.
Notre Dame improves to 3-1 in contests vs. Virginia at Klockner Stadium.
Maddie Howe has scored 3+ goals in three straight contests, and in six of eight games this season.
Notre Dame returns home to take on Vanderbilt on Wednesday, March 20 at 4 p.m. That contest is slated to be played at Arlotta Stadium and will be streamed live via ACC Network Extra.
INDIANA WOMEN’S SWIMMING: Hoosier Diving Qualifies Two More for NCAA Championships on Saturday
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Indiana University men’s and women’s diving teams wrapped up a successful NCAA Zone C Championships on Saturday, qualifying two more divers for the NCAA Championships. Over the last three days, Indiana qualified divers for 10 spots – seven for men and three for women.
Indiana’s Jessica Parratto won her second event of the week to qualify in the platform dive, while Andrew Capobianco also qualified for the platform dive at the NCAA Championships. Both will compete in all three diving events for IU at the NCAA Championships.
The top-8 finishers in the men’s 3-meter and the top-9 finishers in the women’s 1-meter earned automatic berths to the NCAA Championships in those events. Once a diver posts an auto-qualifying finish in an event, he or she only has to be among the top 12 to earn the NCAA Championships berth in the other events.
Parratto was stellar again on Saturday, winning the platform final with a score of 595.15. The Big Ten Champion in both the 1-meter and platform dive, the redshirt senior won both those events this week for Indiana.
Capobianco was solid throughout his list on the platform on Saturday, placing seventh overall with a total of 687.70 to earn his spot at the NCAA Championships.
The 2019 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships get started for the Hoosiers on Thursday, March 21 in Austin, Texas.
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Ramirez Fires Career Low, Buckeyes in Seventh at Linger Longer Invitational
GREENSBORO, Georgia—Senior Caleb Ramirez fired a career low 68, carding six birdies to finish four-under for the day, and six-under par in total after two rounds at the Linger Longer Invitational to place him in fourth. The team finished the day two-over par, moving them to one-under for the tournament and into seventh-place. Fellow senior Daniel Wetterich shot his second, 70, of the tournament, moving him to four-under for the tournament and into eighth-place. The next best Buckeye, Will Voetsch, turned in a three-over, 75, to move into a tie for 57th-place at six-over in total. Kevin Stone and Will Grimmer are tied for 60th and 74th-place, respectively, with one round left to play. Grant Engle, competing as an individual, fired the third par or better round of his career with an even par, 72, to move into a tie for 70th.
The final round of the Linger Longer Invitational begins at 9:15 AM tomorrow morning.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE GOLF: Buckeyes Earn Best Team Finish of 2018-19 in the Dominican Republic
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LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic – The Ohio State women’s golf team tallied its best team finish of the 2018-19 season, placing third at 3-over par at the Tar Heel Classic Saturday afternoon at the Casa de Campo Teeth of the Dog Course. The Buckeyes, who carded a one-under 287 in the final round, finished behind tournament champion 12th-ranked Wake Forest and 16th-ranked Virginia.
“I am so proud of the effort and mental toughness our team showed this week,” Therese Hession, Ohio State head coach and director of golf, said. “We were steady and patient. It was an amazing golf course and experience for our student-athletes.”
Freshman Aneka Seumanutafa notched her third-consecutive Top 10 finish, placing second at 5-under for the weekend after a final-round 1-over 73 while fellow freshman Lauren Peter recorded her best finish of her young career, tying for ninth at 1-over after carding an even-par 72 Saturday. Senior Niki Schroeder and junior Adeena Shears each tallied a 1-under par 71 in the final round with Schroeder tying for 20th at 5-over and Shears tying for 32nd at 8-over for the weekend. Sophomore Yukie Sasaki rounded out the Buckeye lineup with her best round of the tournament, a 2-over 74, to tie for 44th at 10-over.
As a team, Ohio State finished the tournament the best in par-3 scoring at 4-under while carding the third-most birdies with 42. Seumanutafa tied for first in par-5 scoring at 5-under while tying for third in par-3 scoring at 2-under, just behind Shears, who tied for the best at 3-under. Seumanutafa’s 14 birdies were the second-most in the 75-competitor field while Schroeder’s 41 pars tied for the second-most.
3rd Team 296-284-287-867 (+3)
2nd – Aneka Seumanutafa 71-67-73-211 (-5)
T-9th – Lauren Peter 74-71-72-217 (+1)
T-20th – Niki Schroeder 76-74-71-221 (+5)
T-32nd – Adeena Shears 81-72-71-224 (+8)
T-44th – Yukie Sasaki 75-77-74-226 (+10)
Next up, Ohio State travels to Greensboro, N.C. for the Bryan National Collegiate March 29-31.
Williamson, No. 5 Duke beat No. 12 FSU 73-63 for ACC title
Zion Williamson remembers crying in his mother’s arms after suffering a knee sprain that would sideline him for nearly six full games and threaten fifth-ranked Duke’s title potential.
Less than a month later, Williamson was standing amid fallen confetti, raising an Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship trophy and cutting down a strand of net while sporting the widest of smiles.
This was a moment that Williamson fought so hard to make it back for.
Williamson had 21 points in Duke’s 73-63 victory over No. 12 Florida State on Saturday night in the championship game to complete his dominating three-game show. And with Williamson back and healthy, the Blue Devils are charging into the NCAA Tournament.
“For people who said I shouldn’t return,” Williamson said during the trophy presentation, “I couldn’t abandon my brothers and coaches like that.”
The Blue Devils (29-5) won their 21st tournament title for yet another trophy in an already-record haul. Williamson became only the sixth freshman in the event’s 66-year history to win MVP honors and the first in a dozen years after averaging 27 points and 10 rebounds while making 33 of 43 shots in the three games.
“My teammates and my coaches, they never rushed me back,” Williamson said. “I could’ve come back a few games ago, but I wouldn’t have been myself. So they sat me down and said `Get in better condition.’ That’s what I did. … I feel like I’m back to normal.”
No. 8 Tennessee rallies past No. 4 Kentucky 82-78
Tennessee’s Lamonte’ Turner picked a perfect time to snap out of his shooting slump.
Turner sank a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds left as No. 8 Tennessee rallied to beat No. 4 Kentucky 82-78 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinal thriller Saturday. Before making that shot, Turner had gone 8 of 52 from 3-point range over his last 10 games and 1 of 19 over his last five contests.
“Big moments like that, man, I thrive on those moments,” Turner said. “I always believe in myself. My teammates always believe in me. When it left my hands, I knew it was good.”
The third-seeded Volunteers (29-4) trailed by eight with less than three minutes left before rallying to advance to a championship matchup Sunday with No. 22 Auburn, the tournament’s third seed. Auburn beat Florida 65-62 in the other semifinal.
One way or another, this tournament will have an unfamiliar champion. Tennessee hasn’t won this event since 1979 and Auburn earned its lone SEC Tournament crown in 1985. The Vols also are chasing their first NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed in program history.
Kentucky’s chances for a fifth straight SEC Tournament title vanished when Tennessee closed the game on an 18-6 run.
Livers scores 21, No. 10 Michigan pounds Minnesota 76-49
No. 10 Michigan had just buried Minnesota when the focus shifted to the opportunity at hand.
The Wolverines didn’t just earn a shot at a record third straight Big Ten Tournament championship. They put themselves in position to get some payback against their archrival.
Isaiah Livers scored a career-high 21 points, and Michigan set up a Big Ten title game against No. 6 Michigan State with a 76-49 romp over Minnesota in the semifinals on Saturday.
The third-seeded Wolverines (28-5) took control with a big run in the first half and put the game away in the second. On Sunday, they will go for their first win in three tries this season over the Spartans, who beat Wisconsin 67-55 in the other semifinal.
“I’m so excited to get this opportunity again,” Ignas Brazdeikas said. “We’ve got to embrace this opportunity, because we might not get it again. We might not play them again. We’ve got to get our revenge.”
Michigan blew a chance to win the regular-season title by losing to its rival twice in the final four games. Michigan State wound up with the top seed in the conference tournament.
They’re set to meet again, with the Spartans trying to extend a record by winning their sixth championship and Michigan also trying to do something no other Big Ten team has done.
Winston, Goins lead No. 6 Michigan State into Big Ten final
Once Cassius Winston and Kenny Goins powered Michigan State to a fast start, Wisconsin was in deep trouble.
Tough to chase down the Spartans in March.
Winston scored 21 points and Goins had 13 points and 12 rebounds, helping No. 6 Michigan State beat No. 19 Wisconsin 67-55 in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals on Saturday.
Goins, Aaron Henry and Xavier Tillman led a dominant rebounding effort as the Spartans earned their seventh consecutive win in their series against the Badgers. Tillman finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, and Henry grabbed a career-high 11 boards to power Michigan State to a 44-30 advantage on the glass.
“All in all, a gritty performance by us,” coach Tom Izzo said.
Winston shook out his left ankle a bit after he accidentally kicked Wisconsin guard Brad Davison with about 4 minutes left in the first half. But the Big Ten Player of the Year stayed in the game and showed no sign of trouble while going 9 for 17 from the field and passing for six assists.
Winston said he was fine, but Izzo made it sound as if it was tenuous for a bit.
“Cassius was on adrenaline, he’s been on adrenaline for a while,” Izzo said. “At halftime, I really didn’t know what was going to happen. So adrenaline kicked in and it got him through parts of another half.”
The top-seeded Spartans (27-6) earned their ninth win in 10 games and will go for their sixth Big Ten tourney title on Sunday against Michigan. The 10th-ranked Wolverines advanced with a 76-49 victory over Minnesota.
No. 22 Auburn reaches SEC tourney final, downs Florida 65-62
The Auburn Tigers are stringing together some impressive accomplishments with coach Bruce Pearl. Now they have a chance at something particularly special before the NCAA Tournament.
Jared Harper hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left as No. 22 Auburn held off Florida 65-62 Saturday to reach the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship for the first time since 2000.
Auburn (25-9) came in as the fifth-seeded team after sharing the SEC regular-season title a year ago, and now the Tigers will play No. 8 Tennessee, an 82-78 winner over No. 4 Kentucky, on Sunday, looking for their second tournament championship and first since 1985. The title game also will give them a chance to burnish their NCAA Tournament seeding.
“There’s a difference between having a Top 25 team and having a Top 25 program,” Pearl said. “The more we win, the more we have both.”
Florida (19-15) may have needed one more upset after knocking off regular-season champ LSU in the quarterfinals to earn their at-large NCAA berth.
“We’re just trying to stay hopeful,” Gators senior Kevarrius Hayes said. “It’s up to the selection committee and what they decide.”
This game felt much more like a consolation prize and warm-up to the other semifinal, with some of the biggest cheers coming on a reminder that Kentucky-Tennessee was up next.
‘Nova edges Seton Hall 74-72 for 3rd straight Big East title
Phil Booth entered the New York Knicks’ locker room – only the best for the defending champs at Madison Square Garden – wearing a net around his neck. The senior guard stopped at every locker to give each Villanova teammate a hand clap and a bro hug.
Booth has been at Villanova for five years and won two national titles. The Wildcats have played in the last five Big East Tournament championship games, winning four, and Booth has been around for all of it.
This certainly isn’t the best team he’s been a part of, but it can boast an unprecedented accomplishment.
With Booth and fellow senior Eric Paschall leading the way, the 25th-ranked and top-seeded Wildcats became the first school to win three consecutive Big East Tournaments, holding off Seton Hall 74-72 on Saturday night.
Seton Hall star Myles Powell, guarded closely by Booth, missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds that could have won it. Booth was called for traveling as he tried to corral the rebound, however, and the Pirates got one more chance with 0.4 seconds left. Anthony Nelson’s long inbounds lob bounced off the backboard and was slapped away by the Wildcats (25-9), who got to party at the Garden yet again.
“This one is special, very special. This team has taught me so much,” Booth said during the postgame ceremonies at center court. “These young dudes are like a fresh breath of air for me, being around them.”
The young dudes, such as sophomores Jermaine Samuels and Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and freshman Saddiq Bey, have had to fill big roles this season. Villanova had four players drafted into the NBA off last year’s national championship team. Wildcats coach Jay Wright said he has asked as much of Booth and Paschall as any senior leaders he’s had at Villanova.
Iowa State romps past KU 78-66 to win Big 12 tourney title
Lindell Wigginton found his way to Iowa State from Canada, Marial Shayok took a detour through the University of Virginia, and Michael Jacobson started his career at the University of Nebraska.
Three players from three very different backgrounds now have something in common: a title.
The trio helped the fifth-seeded Cyclones race to a big early lead against No. 17 Kansas on Saturday night, then contributed to enough crucial stops down the stretch, preserving a 78-66 victory over the Jayhawks in the Big 12 Tournament finale at Sprint Center.
“When you do something special, you win a championship, you got a connection for the rest of your life,” said Cyclones coach Steve Prohm, who brought together his team from far and wide.
“Hopefully this is just step one. We’ll enjoy this for a while, figure out where we’re going for the NCAA Tournament and then we’ll focus on that.”
Wigginton finished with 17 points, Shayok had 15 on his way to winning tournament MVP, and Jacobson finished with 14 for the Cyclones (23-11), who became the lowest-seeded team ever to win the conference tournament. They also improved to 2-0 against Kansas (25-9) in the finals.
“I think it was our best team win of the year because it was gritty,” said Shayok, who like Jacobson sat out last season after transferring. “Everybody stepped up.”
Dedric Lawson had 18 points and Devon Dotson added 17 for the third-seeded Jayhawks, whose last chance to win some hardware will be the NCAA Tournament. Their run of 14 consecutive regular-season crowns ended last weekend, and they failed to defend their Big 12 Tournament title.
Davis, defense help No. 11 Houston hold off Memphis 61-58
The Houston defense stifled Memphis for the bulk of its semifinal game of the American Athletic Conference tournament. But the final seven minutes almost made the Cougars’ effort for naught.
Corey Davis Jr. scored 17 points and No. 11 Houston weathered a late Memphis rally to defeat the Tigers 61-58 in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday.
Jeremiah Martin led Memphis with 23 points, most of them from the free throw line, as he made only 5 of 24 shots, including going 1 of 7 from outside the arc. He did make 12 of 14 free throws.
“I thought our defense was outstanding for most of the game,” Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. “Our biggest challenge was keeping Martin off the free throw line. . 12 for 14 was problematic for us.”
Houston, the tournament’s top seed, moves on to Sunday’s championship game against the winner of Saturday’s second semifinal between No. 24 Cincinnati and sixth-seed Wichita State.
From the start, Houston smothered the Memphis offense. Cougar defenders were blocking shots, deflecting passes, cutting off drives and basically gumming up the Tigers offensive flow, leaving them to launch 3-point attempts – unsuccessfully.
By halftime, Memphis was shooting less than 23 percent, including missing 9 of 11 from outside the arc. The Tigers missed 11 of their final 12 shots in the half.
Oregon rolls over Washington 68-48 to win Pac-12 title
Oregon was the Pac-12’s preseason favorite, yet did not play like it through most of the season. The Ducks were inconsistent, lost their star freshman, had some ugly losses.
After four days of dominating defense, the Ducks are going dancing again.
Sparked by do-everything point guard Payton Pritchard, Oregon shut down Washington 68-48 Saturday night to become the second team to win four games in four days at the Pac-12 tournament.
“In my 39 years in coaching, I’ve never seen a team grow up that much that fast,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said.
The Ducks (23-12) had some dark days during the regular season, notably a home loss to Texas Southern and an epic meltdown at home against UCLA. Freshman Bol Bol also went down with a season-ending foot injury, leaving Oregon without one of its best players.
Instead of playing as the favorites, the Ducks arrived in Las Vegas needing to win four games in four days to clinch an NCAA Tournament berth.
Sparked by a lineup change late in the regular season, Oregon was clearly the best team on the floor all four days in Sin City, returning the NCAA Tournament after missing the field of 68 a last season.
The Ducks (23-12) capped it by holding Washington to the lowest point total in championship game history and join Colorado in 2012 only team to win four Pac-12 tournament games in four days.
Millsap’s floater leads Nuggets to 102-100 win over Pacers
Nikola Jokic has made a habit of bailing the Denver Nuggets out of bad situations.
His teammates returned the favor.
Paul Millsap hit a left-handed layup with 7 seconds remaining after Jokic was ejected late in the fourth quarter for arguing and the Nuggets moved to the verge of their first playoff spot since 2012-13 with a 102-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
The magic number for the Nuggets dropped to one as they remained in the No. 2 spot behind Golden State. Denver ran its home record to a Western Conference-leading 30-6.
The Nuggets were up 96-89 with 2:56 remaining when Jokic was called for a foul while jostling with Myles Turner. Jokic was incensed at the call and kept barking at official Tony Brothers, who tossed Jokic. Indiana later tied the game at 100, before Millsap hit the winner over Turner. Bojan Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer bounced off the rim in the final seconds.
“We won,” said Jokic, who had a team-high 26 points. “That’s the most important thing.”
Jokic watched Millsap take over on the big screen in the locker room. Millsap finished with 15 points – nine in the fourth quarter – and 13 rebounds for Denver, which overcame an 18-point, first-half deficit.
“When Nikola got ejected, I went to Paul time and time again,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “That’s what you want from your guy who’s been there and done that. That was a playoff-type game. Paul came through in a big way down the stretch.”
Thaddeus Young led Indiana with 18 points and 10 boards. The magic number for earning their fourth straight playoff spot stays at one for a Pacers team that hasn’t won in Denver since Nov. 27, 2007.
Curry’s 33 lead Warriors past Thunder 110-88 without Durant
One of Golden State’s former MVPs was out, so the other stepped forward.
Stephen Curry picked up the slack for the injured Kevin Durant, scoring 33 points to help Golden State roll past the Oklahoma City Thunder, 110-88 on Saturday night and clinch a playoff spot.
Many Oklahoma City fans hoped for the chance to boo Durant, but the league’s No. 4 scorer sat out his second straight game with a sprained right ankle.
Golden State also made up for Durant’s absence with defense. Oklahoma City shot 32 percent from the field, its worst percentage of the season, and made just 13 of 41 3-pointers.
“Our intensity and our focus for 48 minutes – we were trying to force them into tough shots,” Curry said. “Over the course of the game – especially early in the first quarter – we imposed our will. We did our best to take care of the basketball so they didn’t have easy transition opportunities. And we rebounded the ball well. So all things considered, really solid effort, knowing that if you give them momentum in this building, they are tough.”
Klay Thompson scored 23 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Warriors.
Paul George had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and Dennis Schroder added 15 points for the Thunder.
Russell Westbrook scored just seven points on 2-for-16 shooting and missed all seven of his 3-point attempts. He had nine assists and eight rebounds, but Thompson’s defense largely took him out of the game.
Raiders release OL Donald Penn
The Oakland Raiders released offensive lineman Donald Penn on Saturday, cutting ties with the longest-tenured player on their roster.
The Raiders said they came to a mutual decision to cut ties with Penn, who became expendable after Oakland signed Trent Brown to a four-year, $66 million contract this week that is the richest ever for an offensive lineman.
The Raiders drafted Kolton Miller in the first round and Brandon Parker in the third round last year, leaving little room for the 35-year-old Penn and his hefty salary.
The decision to cut ties with Penn clears nearly $5.5 million in salary cap room. The Raiders will carry a dead money charge of $1.75 million in salary that was guaranteed for this year.
“It is always hard to say goodbye to players that you respect and love both for their on-field efforts and the people that they are off the field,” owner Mark Davis said in a statement. “Donald Penn is another one of those great Raiders who have come into the organization and left an indelible mark on the franchise and the Raider Nation as a whole. He came to Oakland already with a deep passion for Raiders football and served as a leader and example for the team for five memorable seasons. Donald will always be a Raider and his presence will be missed by the entire Raiders family. I wish the absolute best for Donald and his family.”
Penn originally signed with Oakland as a free agent in March 2014 and was part of a roller-coaster ride during his five seasons with the team. The Raiders lost their first 10 games in Penn’s first season before turning into a playoff team with 12 wins in 2016.
Killorn scores 3 as Lightning beat Capitals 6-3
The Tampa Bay Lightning are focused on trying to win another championship, not records and milestones along the way.
Alex Killorn scored three goals for his first career hat trick, and the Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 6-3 Saturday night in the teams’ first meeting since last year’s Eastern Conference finals.
Tampa Bay set team records for wins (55) and points (114) in a season, becoming the 12th team in league history to get at least 55 victories in a season. They need five wins in the last 10 games to become the third team to win 60.
“We don’t look at records or anything like that, we are focusing on the end goal right now and doing whatever it takes to be ready for that,” said Tyler Johnson, who scored his 26th goal of the season. “That’s all those little things that we can work on and improve.”
Erik Cernak and Yanni Gourde also scored in the Lightning’s fourth straight win, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 shots.
Alex Ovechkin scored twice to give him 48 on the season, John Carlson also scored and Braden Holtby finished with 29 saves for Washington. The Capitals remained two points ahead of the New York Islanders atop the Metropolitan Division.
“Disappointing to end up with a loss like that,” Washington coach Todd Reirden said. “I thought we did some decent things as the game went on but our first period we didn’t manage the puck well enough to give ourselves a chance.”
Killorn, who entered the game with 13 goals on the season, capped off the hat trick with an empty-netter with 47 seconds left. Gourde capped the scoring with another empty-netter 45 seconds later.
Rahm storms into lead at Players Championship
Jon Rahm felt like every shot would be good and most of them were as he posted an 8-under 64 on Saturday and built a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood in The Players Championship.
Five shots behind going into the third round, Rahm shot 30 on the back nine at the TPC Sawgrass and surged into the lead when McIlroy and Fleetwood couldn’t keep pace.
Rahm was at 15-under 201.
McIlroy opened bogey-bogey, settled down with four birdies but then hit a dry spell of pars down the stretch. Fleetwood took longer to recover from his double bogey on the opening hole and shot 32 on the back for a 70.
Tiger Woods made late birdies to salvage a 72 and was 12 shots behind.
Federer reaches Indian Wells final after Nadal’s withdrawal
Dominic Thiem outlasted Milos Raonic 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-4 on Saturday to reach the BNP Paribas Open final after Roger Federer advanced when Rafael Nadal withdrew because of a knee injury.
A somber Nadal announced his withdrawal a couple hours before he was scheduled to take the court at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
“I warm up today in the morning, and I felt that my knee was not enough good to compete at the level that I need to compete,” he said.
Federer was warming up on another court at the same time as Nadal and figured the match was on. However, Nadal soon texted him it wasn’t going to happen.
“It’s a big letdown,” said Federer, who came on court in khaki shorts and a gray cardigan to address fans. “I know the anticipation is there from the crowd and also us players. I’m excited to be in the finals but not this way.”
The 32-year-old Spaniard’s right knee flared up in the second set of his 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) victory over Karen Khachanov on Friday in the quarterfinals. He twice called for a trainer, who applied tape just below Nadal’s knee. It was obvious that Nadal’s movement was hampered.
Nadal said he won’t play again until the Monte-Carlo Masters on clay in mid-April.
“I don’t have doubts today that I will be ready for Monte Carlo,” he said.
It would have been the 39th career meeting between Nadal and Federer, who seeks a record sixth title at Indian Wells and the 101st in his career on Sunday.
Cole Custer wins Xfinity race at Fontana, denying Kyle Busch
Cole Custer postponed Kyle Busch’s historic 200th victory for at least one more day.
Custer held off Busch to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, preventing Busch from tying Richard Petty’s record with his 200th win across NASCAR’s three major series.
The 21-year-old Custer capitalized when a disastrous pit stop dropped Busch to 14th place with 33 laps to go in a race Busch had dominated up to that point. Although Busch charged back through the field, he couldn’t catch up to Custer, who drove his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to his third career Xfinity victory on his home track.
“You definitely look in the mirror and you see that black car, and you’re just hoping it doesn’t get bigger,” Custer said.
Custer is from Ladera Ranch, an affluent coastal community in Orange County about 55 miles south of Fontana. The son of veteran racing executive Joe Custer earned his fifth overall victory across NASCAR’s three major series – just 194 fewer than the 33-year-old Busch.
“I grew up racing about 20 minutes from here, (so) it means a lot to come back here and win,” Custer said. “Every driver wants to win here because of how cool the track is, but also because it’s a hometown track, it means a lot to me. … Kyle, he’s got to be one of the legends of our sport To keep him (waiting) one more race for that 200th win is pretty great. I know he’s probably pretty frustrated, though.”
Thanks to a pit stop that included a jack mistake and an uncontrolled tire penalty, Busch missed his first chance to match Petty’s hallowed mark despite leading 98 of the 150 laps. He’ll get another opportunity when he competes in the Cup Series race at Fontana on Sunday.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: MARCH 17, 1955
MONTREAL (AP) – Thousands of spectators took over the Forum tonight in a frenzied demonstration against Clarence Campbell, president of the National Hockey League. They were furious over the suspension of their idol, Maurice (Rocket) Richard. Campbell was assaulted and pelted with fruit and overshoes before the game between Montreal and Detroit was forfeited to the visiting Red Wings. Throughout the riot, Richard sat in a seat at the end of the Forum. The Montreal team’s high-scoring star was set down today for the rest of the regular league season and the post-season Stanley Cup playoffs.
Campbell arrived midway in the first period of the game. He was greeted by catcalls and assorted epithets by the crowd, which was getting out of hand even then. For the next quarter-hour the fans’ pent-up emotions grew louder until they reached a fever pitch. At the intermission, with the Red Wings ahead by 4-1, a smoke bomb exploded and hundreds of the spectators, along with Campbell, made their way to the exits. Many were coughing. It was at this point that Fire Chief Armand Pare ordered the game halted for the “protection of the people.” Fearful of a full-scale panic, Pare ordered his men from the building, explaining that the sight of firemen by the 14,000 persons might lead to a stampede.
Campbell was greeted with a barrage of programs, peanuts and eggs when he arrived at the home rink of the Canadiens’ sextet. But he kept his composure through violent threats until the bomb went off. He was pelted with overshoes, rubbers and oranges all through his stay and finally was assaulted by a man who slipped through police lines on the pretext of being a friend of the league head. Campbell did not appear to be injured, but he made his way from the arena. Police said the man walked up to Campbell and offered his hand before punching him.
Richard was suspended by the league president for a fight with Hal Laycoe of Boston last Sunday night. Laycoe suffered a cut on the head, as did Richard. The Montreal ace also punched Linesman Cliff Thompson twice. Tonight, the spectators poured from the Forum after the bomb went off. They fell over one another. Outside, demonstrators who were equally furious as the ones inside threw rocks, frozen snow and bottles at police, streetcars and automobiles. Some overhead wires of the trolley lines were pulled down, too. Even in the afternoon there were indications of trouble, for Campbell received many threatening telephone calls. But he announced he would be at the game.
Montreal is perhaps the most rabid hockey city in North America. The suspension of Richard would be the equivalent of Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick suspending Willie Mays of the New York Giants in the middle of the pennant drive and adding that he couldn’t play in the world series, either.
1871 – National Association of Professional Base-Ball players is organized.
1876 – First recorded high jump over 6 feet (Marshall Jones Brooks).
1877 – Bill Midwinter completes Test Crickets’ first 5-wicket haul, 5-78 versus England.
1897 – British boxer Robert James Fitzsimmons knocks out American James Corbett in 14 rounds for the world heavyweight championship.
1900 – Stanley Cup of hockey: Montréal Shamrocks sweep Halifax Crescents in 2.
1902 – Stanley Cup: Montréal AAA beat Winnipeg Victorias, 2 games to 1.
1906 – Stanley Cup: Montréal Wanderers beat Ottawa Silver Seven, although both winning a game, Montréal outscores Ottawa 12-10.
1908 – Quickest world heavyweight title fight (Tommy Burns knocks out Jem Roche in 88 seconds).
1917 – First exclusively women’s bowling tournament begins in Saint Louis, Missouri.
1918 – US Ladies’ Figure Skating Championship won by Rosemary Beresford.
1918 – US Men’s Figure Skating Championship won by Nathaniel Niles.
1951 – Test Cricket debut of Brian Statham, England versus New Zealand Christchurch.
1953 – Bill Veeck says he will sell his 80 percent of Saint Louis Browns for US$2.475 million.
1955 – NHL hockey player Maurice “Rocket” Richard is suspended, sparks 7-hour riot in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
1961 – New York district attorney arrests professional gamblers who implicate Seton Hall players.
1963 – Bob Cousy plays his last NBA game.
1968 – Kathie Whitworth wins LPGA Saint Petersburg Orange Blossom Golf Open.
1969 – Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Open.
1970 – Peter O’Malley becomes CEO of Los Angeles Dodgers.
1974 – Jane Blalock wins LPGA Bing Crosby Golf Classic International.
1975 – Valeri Muratov skates world record 1000 metre (1:16.92).
1976 – Malikov skates world record 1000 metre (1:15.76).
1977 – Australia wins cricket Centenary Test by 45 runs, same result as 1877.
1978 – Cincinnati Reds don green uniforms for Saint Patrick’s Day.
1979 – World Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk and G Karponosov (USSR).
1979 – World Ice Pairs Figure Skating Championship at Vienna won by Tai Babilonia and R Gardner (USA).
1979 – World Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Linda Fratianne (USA).
1979 – World Men’s Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR).
1981 – FC Lisse, Dutch soccer team, forms.
1983 – 70th hat trick in New York Islanders’ history-Mike Bossy.
1985 – Jane Blalock wins LPGA Women’s Kemper Golf Open.
1985 – Matti Nykanen of Finland set a world ski jump record of 623 feet.
1987 – Sunil Gavaskar ends his Test career with an inning of 96 versus Pakistan.
1988 – Highest scoring NCAA basketball game: Loyola-Marymnt 119, Wyoming 115.
1990 – PBA National Championship Won by Jim Pencak.
1991 – Penny Hammel wins Desert Inn LPGA Golf International.
1996 – Aravinda De Silva gets 107 and 3-42 in cricket World Cup victory.
1996 – Liselotte Neumann wins LPGA Ping/Welch’s Golf Championship.
1996 – Mike Tyson beats Frank Bruno in third round to gain Heavyweight title.
1996 – Montreal Canadiens play first game in their new arena.
1996 – Sri Lanka wins the Cricket World Cup by storming to a Seven wicket victory against the tournament favourite Australia.
1998 – USA Women’s Hockey Team beats Canada for first Olympic Gold medal.
2005 – During over 11 hours of the Committee on Government Reform hearing concerning major league player use of steroids, Mark McGwire refuses to talk about the past and does not deny taking performance enhancing drugs.
2009 – Martin Brodeur, goalie for the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, wins his 552nd game, breaking the former NHL record.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1907 After yesterday’s vicious attack on the groundskeeper’s wife by his troubled outfielder, Tigers owner Frank Navin makes an all-out effort to trade Ty Cobb. Indian skipper Nap Lajoie turns down a straight swap for former league batting champ Elmer Flick, calling the ‘Georgia Peach’ a problem player, and Connie Mack of the A’s, given his already strong outfield, shows only a passing interest.
1936 Joe DiMaggio makes his Yankee debut in a big way. The 21 year-old future Hall of Fame outfielder collects four hits, including a triple, in an 8-7 exhibition loss to the Cardinals.
1940 At Plant Field in Tampa, a capacity crowd sees the National League beat the AL in an interleague exhibition all-star game. The charity contest, which is heard nationally on the Mutual Broadcasting System, raises over $20,000 to help feed, clothe, and house the non-combatant citizens of Finland, whose country was recently attacked in November by the Soviet Union.
1953 The Braves’ spring training game against the Yankees in Bradenton will prove to be the team’s last full one representing the city of Boston. During the sixth inning of tomorrow’s exhibition contest, the club learns the National League has approved its shift next month to Milwaukee, unlike the Junior Circuit’s decision two days ago that denied Bill Veeck permission to move his Browns to Baltimore due to the short amount of time left before Opening Day.
1953 The Milwaukee County Board, which oversees County Stadium, tears up their three-year deal with its minor league team and offers the use of the ballpark to the Boston Braves at the reduced rate of $1,000 for the first two years. In exchange, the city would receive five percent of the gate receipts and the majority of the concession sales for the initial three seasons.
1965 Jackie Robinson continues to break barriers, becoming the first black to be a member of a national network broadcasting team when he signs on to announce games with ABC. The Hall of Fame infielder will make his Game of the Week debut next month at Fenway Park, teaming with Merle Harmon, the radio voice of the Milwaukee Braves.
1966 Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale play hardball when negotiating with the Dodgers. The duo signs movie contracts, showing they are serious about retiring from baseball if Los Angeles doesn’t agree to their salary demands.
1969 The Braves trade Joe Torre, a spring training holdout publicly feuding with team GM Paul Richards, to the Cardinals for 1967 National League MVP Orlando Cepeda. The All-Star catcher/infielder will play six years in St. Louis, compiling a .308 batting average for the Redbirds that includes a major league-leading .363 in his 1971 MVP season.
1976 All clubs will comply within forty-eight hours to Commissioner Kuhn’s orders to open spring training camps as soon as possible, abruptly ending the 17-day work stoppage. The lockout, initiated by the owners over their concerns about free agency and the free-entry draft, will not impact the start of the regular season.
1977 In a decision seen as one of the most influential and precedent-setting cases in the history of American jurisprudence in regards to professional sports, a federal court rules in favor of Bowie Kuhn’s decision to void the 1976 sale of A’s players by Charlie Finley. The Oakland owner sued the commissioner for illegal restraint of trade when his deals to send Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers to the Red Sox for $2 million and Vida Blue to the Yankees for $1.5 million were invalidated “in the best interests of baseball.”
1986 During a Cactus League contest, Carney Lansford is credited with an unusual two-run inside-the-park homer in the A’s 5-3 victory over the Indians in Phoenix. The infielder circles the bases in the fourth inning when Mel Hall’s shirt gets stuck on the fence, preventing the outfielder from playing the ball, that is just barely out of reach, while his teammate, shortstop Julio Franco, closest to the play, is so incapacitated with laughter he is unable to help.
1999 In a rare dismissal of a manager in spring training, the Blue Jays, after deciding he has lost all his credibility, fire Tim Johnson, replacing him with Jim Fregosi. In the offseason, the former Toronto skipper, after claiming he had seen combat in Vietnam, reveals he lied about his military service, causing many players on his team to lose all respect for him as their field boss.
2001 Joe Randa agrees to a two-year contract extension keeping him in Kansas City until the 2003 season. The Royals’ third baseman batted .304 and knocked in 106 runs for the Royals in 155 games last season.
2005 During 11+ hours of the Committee on Government Reform hearing concerning the use of steroids in major leagues, Mark McGwire refuses to talk about the past and does not deny taking performance-enhancing drugs. Other players testifying included Curt Schilling, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, and former big leaguer Jose Canseco, whose recent book prompted the congressional hearing.
2008 The Dodgers lose to the Astros, 12-10, in their last game at Dodgertown, the team’s spring training home since 1948. Eighty-one year old Carl Erskine, who pitched the first game that occurred at Holman Stadium 55 years ago, plays the national anthem on his harmonica before the contest.
2010 In a rare spring training ruling, major league baseball suspends a player as a result of an incident that occurs in an exhibition game. Cliff Lee, the Mariners’ much-hyped acquisition, is fined and suspended for the first five games of the regular season after throwing a pitch over the head of Chris Snyder in a Cactus League contest against Arizona.
1872 – Birth of Billy Quaife; cricket player (England batsman 1899-1902).
1902 – Birth of Bobby Jones in Atlanta, Georgia, USA; PGA golfer (Grand Slam 1930).
1914 – Birth of Sammy Baugh in Temple, Texas, USA; NFL hall of famer quarterback (Washington Redskins).
1915 – Birth of William Roycroft in Austria; equestrian three day (Olympics-bronze-1976).
1919 – Birth of Hank Sauer; baseball player (National League Most Valuable Player 1952).
1921 – Birth of Mick Harvey; cricket player (in Newcastle Brother of Neil Test umpire).
1939 – Birth of Shahid Mahmoud; cricket player (opener scored 16 and 9 in only Pakistan Test).
1944 – Birth of Cito Gaston; Major League Baseball manager (Toronto Blue Jays).
1957 – Birth of Robin Cousins in Bristol, England; figure skater (Olympics-gold-1980).
1959 – Birth of Brian Douglas Jones in Auckland, New Zealand; tornado class yachter (Olympics-1996).
1959 – Birth of Danny Ainge; NBA coach (Phoenix Suns).
1962 – Birth of Patrick Thomas Burke in Hollywood, Florida, USA; PGA golfer (1992 BellSouth-6th).
1963 – Birth of Roger Harper; cricket player (Guyana and West Indies off-spinner Extraordinary field).
1964 – Birth of Alex Shoumidoub; NHL goaltender (Belarus, Olympics-1998).
1964 – Birth of Don Griffin; NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns).
1964 – Birth of Ron Warren Junior; jockey (Bay Meadows).
1965 – Birth of Caitlin Bilodeaux in Boston, Massachusetts, USA; US fencer (Olympics-1992).
1965 – Birth of John Smiley in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA; pitcher (Cincinnati Reds).
1966 – Birth of Andrew Hudson; cricket player (South Africa, 163 on debut versus West Indies 1992).
1967 – Birth of Chris Luongo in Detroit, Michigan, USA; NHL defenseman (New York Islanders).
1967 – Birth of Kim Cathrein in Salinas, California, USA; LPGA golfer (1994 Rochester International-24th).
1967 – Birth of Melissa Allen in Portland, Oregon, USA; WPVA volleyball player (Reebok National-13th-1994).
1968 – Birth of Judy Mosley McAfee; WNBA forward (Sacramento Monarchs).
1968 – Birth of Tyrone Hill; NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers).
1969 – Birth of Andrew McMarlin in Vienna, Virginia, USA; rower (Olympics-1996).
1969 – Birth of Domenic “Filane” Figliomeni in Terrace Bay, Ontario, Canada; boxer (Olympics-1996).
1970 – Birth of Shannan Mitchem in Decatur, Georgia, USA; female infielder (Colorado Silver Bullets).
1971 – Birth of Katrina Colleton; WNBA guard/forward (Los Angeles Sparks).
1971 – Birth of Tommy Thigpen; WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons).
1972 – Birth of Mia Hamm in Selma, Alabama, USA; soccer forward (Olympics-1996, US Women’s World Cup-1999).
1973 – Birth of Jerome Woods; safety (Kansas City Chiefs).
1974 – Birth of Eric Lane; running back (New York Giants).
1974 – Birth of John Hall; kicker (New York Jets).
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 x-Milwaukee||52||17||.754||—||27-5||25-12||13-1||35-8||7-3||2 W|
|2 x-Toronto||49||20||.710||3.0||28-7||21-13||9-4||29-13||6-4||1 W|
|3 Philadelphia||44||25||.638||8.0||28-9||16-16||6-8||25-16||6-4||3 W|
|4 Indiana||44||26||.629||8.5||27-9||17-17||9-5||30-15||4-6||1 L|
|5 Boston||43||27||.614||9.5||26-10||17-17||10-4||29-13||6-4||2 W|
|6 Detroit||35||33||.515||16.5||22-13||13-20||8-5||24-21||7-3||1 W|
|7 Brooklyn||36||35||.507||17.0||21-16||15-19||7-6||25-20||5-5||2 L|
|8 Miami||32||36||.471||19.5||16-20||16-16||5-8||19-23||6-4||1 L|
|9 Orlando||32||38||.457||20.5||19-16||13-22||6-6||22-20||5-5||1 W|
|10 Charlotte||31||37||.456||20.5||21-14||10-23||10-4||24-20||3-7||1 W|
|11 Washington||30||40||.429||22.5||22-13||8-27||7-8||19-28||6-4||1 W|
|12 Atlanta||24||46||.343||28.5||13-21||11-25||6-8||13-32||4-6||1 L|
|13 Chicago||19||51||.271||33.5||8-27||11-24||3-13||14-30||3-7||4 L|
|14 Cleveland||17||53||.243||35.5||11-24||6-29||2-11||13-34||3-7||3 L|
|15 New York||13||56||.188||39.0||6-26||7-30||2-12||8-36||2-8||8 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Golden State||47||21||.691||—||24-10||23-11||11-3||29-13||5-5||2 W|
|2 Denver||46||22||.676||1.0||30-6||16-16||9-2||30-14||6-4||3 W|
|3 Houston||43||26||.623||4.5||25-10||18-16||8-5||24-18||9-1||1 W|
|4 Portland||42||27||.609||5.5||25-9||17-18||4-9||23-22||6-4||1 L|
|5 Oklahoma City||42||28||.600||6.0||23-10||19-18||8-6||25-21||4-6||2 L|
|6 San Antonio||41||29||.586||7.0||28-7||13-22||9-5||28-19||8-2||8 W|
|7 Utah||40||29||.580||7.5||23-12||17-17||7-8||25-20||7-3||3 W|
|8 LA Clippers||40||30||.571||8.0||21-13||19-17||11-3||25-21||7-3||1 W|
|9 Sacramento||33||35||.485||14.0||20-14||13-21||3-11||17-24||3-7||3 L|
|10 Minnesota||32||37||.464||15.5||23-10||9-27||5-8||19-24||4-6||2 L|
|11 LA Lakers||31||38||.449||16.5||18-16||13-22||7-6||21-23||2-8||2 L|
|12 New Orleans||30||42||.417||19.0||18-17||12-25||7-7||20-25||3-7||6 L|
|13 Dallas||28||41||.406||19.5||22-13||6-28||3-9||14-27||2-8||1 W|
|14 Memphis||28||42||.400||20.0||18-17||10-25||6-7||19-23||5-5||2 L|
|15 Phoenix||17||54||.239||31.5||10-24||7-30||3-12||10-35||6-4||1 W|
|1 x-Tampa Bay Lightning||72||55||13||4||114||49||283||190||30-6-2||25-7-2||8-2-0|
|2 Washington Capitals||72||42||23||7||91||38||248||225||21-9-5||21-14-2||8-2-0|
|3 Boston Bruins||72||43||20||9||95||41||216||185||28-7-3||15-13-6||7-3-0|
|4 Toronto Maple Leafs||72||43||24||5||91||43||259||216||22-14-1||21-10-4||5-4-1|
|5 New York Islanders||71||41||23||7||89||37||203||171||22-11-4||19-12-3||5-5-0|
|6 Pittsburgh Penguins||72||39||24||9||87||38||248||218||21-13-2||18-11-7||7-2-1|
|7 Carolina Hurricanes||71||39||25||7||85||38||212||196||19-11-4||20-14-3||7-2-1|
|8 Columbus Blue Jackets||72||40||28||4||84||39||220||210||20-16-2||20-12-2||5-4-1|
|9 Montreal Canadiens||72||37||28||7||81||35||212||212||20-12-4||17-16-3||4-6-0|
|10 Philadelphia Flyers||71||34||29||8||76||32||220||240||18-14-4||16-15-4||6-3-1|
|11 Florida Panthers||71||32||27||12||76||29||232||239||18-12-6||14-15-6||4-2-4|
|12 Buffalo Sabres||71||30||32||9||69||26||196||230||19-12-4||11-20-5||1-8-1|
|13 New York Rangers||72||28||31||13||69||22||202||241||17-11-8||11-20-5||1-5-4|
|14 New Jersey Devils||72||27||36||9||63||25||204||246||17-12-6||10-24-3||3-6-1|
|15 Detroit Red Wings||72||25||37||10||60||22||195||247||14-18-5||11-19-5||2-7-1|
|16 Ottawa Senators||72||25||41||6||56||25||213||263||16-16-4||9-25-2||3-6-1|
|1 Calgary Flames||72||44||21||7||95||44||256||206||23-7-5||21-14-2||5-5-0|
|2 Winnipeg Jets||71||42||25||4||88||40||243||211||24-9-4||18-16-0||5-5-0|
|3 San Jose Sharks||72||43||21||8||94||43||258||222||23-7-5||20-14-3||7-3-0|
|4 Nashville Predators||73||41||27||5||87||37||219||195||22-13-1||19-14-4||5-5-0|
|5 Vegas Golden Knights||71||39||27||5||83||36||214||197||21-10-4||18-17-1||7-2-1|
|6 St. Louis Blues||71||37||27||7||81||36||204||194||17-15-2||20-12-5||4-4-2|
|7 Dallas Stars||71||37||29||5||79||37||179||175||21-12-2||16-17-3||7-3-0|
|8 Arizona Coyotes||72||36||30||6||78||32||195||200||18-15-4||18-15-2||7-2-1|
|9 Minnesota Wild||72||34||30||8||76||33||197||211||15-15-6||19-15-2||5-3-2|
|10 Chicago Blackhawks||71||32||30||9||73||30||241||260||16-13-6||16-17-3||6-4-0|
|11 Colorado Avalanche||71||30||29||12||72||29||226||223||15-14-6||15-15-6||4-5-1|
|12 Edmonton Oilers||71||32||32||7||71||29||201||231||16-17-2||16-15-5||6-3-1|
|13 Vancouver Canucks||71||29||32||10||68||26||193||221||16-13-5||13-19-5||3-5-2|
|14 Anaheim Ducks||73||29||35||9||67||26||170||225||15-13-8||14-22-1||5-5-0|
|15 Los Angeles Kings||71||25||38||8||58||23||168||227||13-19-3||12-19-5||2-6-2|