Thursday, March 5
THURSDAY, MARCH 5
St. Louis at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Philadelphia vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
Temple at East Carolina, 7 p.m.
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at Albany, N.Y.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
Atlantic Coast Conference at Greensboro, N.C.
Atlantic 10 Conference at Richmond, Va.
Big Ten Conference at Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at Springfield, Mass.
Landeskog leads Avs to 3-1 win over Penguins
DENVER (AP) — Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists, Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves, and the Colorado Avalanche beat Pittsburgh 3-1 on Wednesday night to halt the Penguins' four-game winning streak.
Jarome Iginla scored 13 seconds into the second period and Nathan MacKinnon, wearing a shield to protect his broken nose, added a goal with his skate for Colorado on a night when Alex Tanguay played in his 1,000th NHL game.
Evgeni Malkin scored the lone goal for the Penguins. The Avalanche are 16-5-6 against Pittsburgh since moving to Denver in 1995-96.
Varlamov played in his 20th straight game and improved to 10-8-2 during the streak. He stymied Sidney Crosby and Malkin — two of the NHL's top scorers — for most of the game, before allowing Malkin's goal off a rebound midway through the third period.
Westbrook has career-high 49, lifts Thunder past 76ers in OT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook set career highs with 49 points and 16 rebounds, and added 10 assists for his fourth consecutive triple-double, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 123-118 in overtime Wednesday night.
Westbrook became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to post at least four consecutive triple-doubles, according to STATS, and the first since Jordan that same year to post back-to-back triple-doubles with at least 40 points. It was the most points by any player with a triple-double since Larry Bird also scored 49 in 1992.
Westbrook wore a mask and a headband after having a bone in his right cheek fractured last Friday against Portland. He had surgery Saturday and missed Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Isaiah Canaan had career highs of 31 points and eight 3-pointers, and Jason Richardson added 29 points for the 76ers.
Westbrook 1st player since MJ with 4 straight triple-doubles
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to have four consecutive triple-doubles, according to STATS, and the first since Jordan that year to have back-to-back triple-doubles with at least 40 points.
Westbrook set career highs with 49 points and 16 rebounds, and added 10 assists, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Philadelphia 76ers 123-118 in overtime Wednesday night.
Jordan had seven straight triple-doubles and 10 in an 11-game span in 1989 for Chicago.
It was the most points by any player with a triple-double since Larry Bird also had 49 in 1992.
Westbrook wore a mask and a headband after fracturing a bone in his right cheek Friday night against Portland. He had surgery Saturday and missed a game Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
A-Rod 1 for 2 in return from drug ban as Phils top Yanks 3-1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez returned to the New York 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 in a 3-1 spring-training loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.
Greeted by a 10-second mix of boos and cheers from the crowd of 9,673 as he stepped into the batter's box for his first game following a one-year drug suspension, Rodriguez was wearing the Yankees' white uniform with pinstripes for the team's exhibition season home opener rather than the usual dark blue jersey used in exhibition games.
Rodriguez swung at the first four of 10 pitches he saw in three plate appearances. Batting second as New York's designated hitter, he swung past a pair of 91 mph pitches from Philadelphia's Kevin Slowey in the first inning.
He lined a soft single to left on an 89 mph 0-2 offering that was over the plate.
Pillar's RBI double leads Blue Jays past Pirates 4-1
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Marcus Stroman looked sharp in his first spring training outing and Kevin Pillar hit an RBI double Wednesday as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1.
Stroman worked the first 1 2-3 innings and allowed an unearned run on two hits. The right-hander struck out one and threw a wild pitch.
Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole allowed a run on one hit in two innings. Cole walked one batter and struck out three.
Vance Worley, who is vying for the No. 5 spot in the Pirates' rotation, gave up two runs over two innings.
Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison left the game in the first inning due to left ankle discomfort. Harrison tweaked the ankle while running the bases. The injury did not appear to be serious as Harrison walked off the field.
Eagles release linebacker Trent Cole
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have released linebacker Trent Cole.
A fifth-round draft choice of the Eagles in 2005 out of Cincinnati, the 32-year-old 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 (in 2007 and 2009) and an All-Pro pick in 2009, Cole appeared in 155 games with the Eagles. He had 795 tackles and 20 multi-sack games.
The Eagles also released longtime starting offensive lineman Todd Herremans and third-string tight end James Casey last week. They cut starting cornerback Cary Williams hours before the LeSean McCoy trade on Tuesday.
T25-OHIO STATE-PENN STATE
Matta ties school wins mark in 77-67 victory over Penn St
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — D'Angelo Russell scored 28 points and coach Thad Matta tied the school record for wins in No. 23 Ohio State's 77-67 victory over Penn State on Wednesday night.
Matta is 297-91 in 11 seasons at Ohio State, tied with Fred Taylor. Matta's next win would give him the Buckeyes mark as well as his 400th career victory overall.
Jae'Sean Tate and Shannon Scott each added 13 points for the Buckeyes (22-8, 11-6 Big Ten). Russell was 5 of 8 from 3-point range.
Seniors D.J. Newbill (17 points) and Ross Travis (14) led Penn State (15-15, 3-14) during their final home game for the Nittany Lions. Newbill eclipsed the 2,000-point mark for his career; he has 2,011 points.
Miami edges Pittsburgh 67-63, keeps NCAA hopes alive
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sheldon McClellan scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half and Davon Reed tied a career-high with 19 as Miami kept its slim hopes of an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament alive with a 67-63 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
The Hurricanes (19-11, 9-8 ACC) relied on Reed early and McClellan late. McClellan shook off a 1-for-7 start to hit a pair of big jump shots after the Panthers twice cut Miami's lead to a basket in the final minutes.
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. Pitt (19-12, 8-9) has lost two straight and will likely need to make a deep run in next week's ACC tournament to have any hopes of going to the NCAAs for the 11th time in coach Jamie Dixon's 12 seasons.
LA SALLE-SAINT JOSEPH'S
Bembry, Wilson lead St. Joe's to 55-50 win over La Salle
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 on Wednesday 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 (15-15, 7-10 Atlantic 10), who had 12 assists on 17 field goals, but shot just 31.5 percent.
Bembry and James Demery combined to score 10-straight points, giving St. Joe's (13-16, 7-10) a 49-42 lead with 3:44 remaining.
Price scored six-straight points to pull La Salle within one, but Wilson hit a 3-pointer with 39 seconds to play and then 1 of 2 free throws 13 seconds later to make it 53-48.
A layup by Price made it a one-possession game, but Bembry's free throws with five seconds left sealed it.
Duquesne holds off Fordham 81-66
BRONX, N.Y. (AP) — Derrick Colter was one of four Duquesne players with 16 points as the Dukes beat Fordham 81-66 on Wednesday 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 (11-17, 6-11 Atlantic 10).
Bryan Smith had 17 points and Ryan Rhoomes had 15, on 7-of-8 shooting, and 13 rebounds for the Rams (9-19, 4-13), who shot a mere 19.4 percent from 3-point range on 31 attempts.
Gill, who scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half, hit back-to-back 3s to push the lead to 16 midway through the second half. The Dukes hit 12 of 12 free throws in the final 1:37.
Duquesne hit 19 of 25 attempts at the free throw line compared to 6 of 8 for Fordham.
NEC-ST FRANCIS (PA)-MOUNT ST MARY'S
St. Francis (Pa.) pulls away from Mount St. Mary's 73-58
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 No. 4 Mount St. Mary's in the Northeast Conference quarterfinal Wednesday night.
Greg Brown contributed 24 points and Ronnie Drinnon had 11 rebounds for St. Francis (16-14), which shot 52.4 percent from the field on 42 attempts and controlled the boards 35-17. It was Brown's 12th double-double of the season.
St. Francis closed out the first half with an 8-2 burst to take a 29-24 advantage. Mount St. Mary's (15-15) cut the gap early in the second to 33-31 on a 3-pointer from Charles Glover, but St. Francis responded with a 13-2 run that included 3s from Ollie Jackson and Dominique Major.
Will Miller led the Mountaineers with 14 points, Byron Ashe added 11 and Kristijan Krajina 10.
St. Francis plays St. Francis-Brooklyn in a semifinal game Saturday.
Lucky Jones has 27 as Robert Morris tops Wagner 91-68
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Lucky Jones came off the bench to tie a career high with 27 points, on 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point range, and powered No. 2 seed Robert Morris past No. 7 Wagner 91-68 in a quarterfinal game of the Northeast Conference tournament Wednesday night.
Jones was 8 of 12 from the floor overall and 6 of 6 from the line. Freshman Marcquise Reed, named the NEC Rookie of the Year Tuesday, scored 22 points. Overall the Colonials shot 30 of 56 from the field (53.6 percent), including 12 of 20 from beyond the arc.
Marcus Burton and Mike Aaman each scored 19 points to lead the Seahawks (10-20). Wagner was held to 41.4 percent shooting from the floor (24 of 58).
Robert Morris (17-14) faces No. 3 seed Bryant in the semifinal round of the tournament Saturday.
Cahill scores career-high; Indiana women beat Penn State
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Freshman Amanda Cahill scored a season-high 20 points to lead No. 12 seed Indiana past 13th-seeded Penn State 68-63 on Wednesday in the first round of the Big Ten women's basketball tournament.
Indiana led throughout for its first conference tournament win since 2009.
Jess Walter scored 15 points, Larryn Brooks added 13 and Tyra Buss had 12 points, seven rebounds and eight assists as Indiana (15-15) snapped a five-game losing streak.
Sierra Moore scored 18 with six assists for Penn State (6-24) and Kaliyah Mitchell added 13 points with 10 rebounds.
Lindsey Spann, Penn State's leading scorer at 13.6 points per game, was held to just three points. Her three-point play with 16 seconds remaining cut Penn State's deficit to 65-63. Cahill answered with two free throws a second later and Penn State missed two 3-pointers the rest of the way.
Indiana advances to play No. 5 seed and 23rd-ranked Rutgers on Thursday.
Notre Dame's Loyd named ACC women's hoops player of year
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Notre Dame's Jewell Loyd is the Atlantic Coast Conference's women's basketball player of the year.
The league on Wednesday announced its individual award winners as determined by a panel of media members and school representatives.
The panel selected Florida State's Sue Semrau as the coach of the year and Notre Dame's Brianna Turner as the freshman of the year.
Shot-blocking Duke center Elizabeth Williams was picked as the league's defensive player of the year for an unprecedented fourth straight year while the Seminoles' Shakayla Thomas was chosen as the top sixth player.
Loyd averages a league-leading 20.7 points while leading No. 2 Notre Dame to the top seed in this week's ACC tournament. Semrau guided Florida State to the No. 2 seed.