Thursday, March 5
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche beat Pittsburgh 3-1 last night to halt the Penguins' four-game winning streak. Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists, and Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves for the Avalanche. Evgeni Malkin scored the lone goal for the Penguins. The Avalanche are 16-5-6 against Pittsburgh since moving to Denver in 1995-96.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 123-118 in overtime last night. Russell Westbrook set career highs with 49 points and 16 rebounds, and added 10 assists for his fourth consecutive triple-double for the Thunder. Isaiah Canaan had career highs of 31 points and eight 3-pointers, and Jason Richardson added 29 points for the 76ers.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Yankees 3-1 yesterday in a spring training game. Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees after an absence of more than 17 months, lining a single into short left field in his first at-bat and going 1 for 2 with a walk. Rodriguez was greeted by a 10-second mix of boos and cheers from the crowd as he stepped into the batter's box.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 yesterday in an exhibition game. Marcus Stroman looked sharp in his first spring training outing, and Kevin Pillar hit an RBI double for the Blue Jays. Stroman worked the first 1 2-3 innings and allowed an unearned run on two hits. Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole allowed a run on one hit in two innings.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have released linebacker Trent Cole, a fifth-round draft choice of the Eagles in 2005 out of Cincinnati. Cole ranks second in Eagles history with 85½ sacks in 10 seasons, trailing only Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White. A two-time Pro Bowl selection and an All-Pro pick in 2009, Cole appeared in 155 games with the Eagles. He had 795 tackles and 20 multi-sack games.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — In men's college basketball, Number 23 Ohio State beat Penn State 77-67 last night. D'Angelo Russell scored 28 points for the Buckeyes, and coach Thad Matta tied the school record for wins. Matta is 297-91 in 11 seasons at Ohio State, tied with Fred Taylor. Seniors D.J. Newbill and Ross Travis led Penn State during their final home game for the Nittany Lions. Newbill scored 17 points and Travis had 14.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Miami kept its slim hopes of an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament alive with a 67-63 win over Pittsburgh last night. Sheldon McClellan scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half, and Davon Reed tied a career-high with 19 for Miami. Michael Young led Pitt with 22 points and seven rebounds, and Jamel Artis scored 14 but missed a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left that would have tied the game.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chris Wilson hit five 3-pointers and scored 22, and DeAndre Bembry made two late free throws to lead Saint Joseph's over La Salle 55-50 last night. Bembry finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and three steals of the Hawks' 10 steals. Jordan Price scored 17, including four 3-pointers, for the Explorers.
BRONX, N.Y. (AP) — Derrick Colter was one of four Duquesne players with 16 points as the Dukes beat Fordham 81-66 last night. Dominique McKoy, Micah Mason, L.G. Gill and Colter combined to make 22 of Duquesne's 26 field goals. Colter added seven assists and McKoy and Gill grabbed seven boards apiece for the Dukes.
EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) — Earl Brown scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help fifth-seeded St. Francis (Pa.) to a 73-58 upset win over Number 4 Mount St. Mary's in the Northeast Conference quarterfinal last night. Greg Brown contributed 24 points and Ronnie Drinnon had 11 rebounds for St. Francis, which plays St. Francis-Brooklyn in a semifinal game on Saturday.
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Number 2 seed Robert Morris beat Number 7 Wagner 91-68 in a quarterfinal game of the Northeast Conference tournament last night. Lucky Jones came off the bench to tie a career high with 27 points for Robert Morris, which faces Number 3 seed Bryant in the semifinal round of the tournament on Saturday.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — In women's college basketball, Freshman Amanda Cahill scored a season-high 20 points to lead Number 12 seed Indiana past 13th-seeded Penn State 68-63 last night in the first round of the Big Ten women's basketball tournament. Sierra Moore scored 18 with six assists for Penn State, and Kaliyah Mitchell added 13 points with 10 rebounds.