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St. John’s pulls off another shocker at Villanova’s expense…Buckeyes outlast Boilermakers

UNDATED (AP) – The nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 men’s basketball teams were beaten at home on Wednesday.

St. John’s has followed Saturday’s 81-77 win over previously No. 4 Duke by stunning top-ranked Villanova, 79-75 at Philadelphia. The back-to-back upsets follow an 11-game losing streak that left the Red Storm 10-13 overall and 0-11 in the Big East.

Shamorie Ponds scored 26 points in leading St. John’s to its first victory over a No. 1 team since current head coach Chris Mullin helped them beat Georgetown in January 1985. Justin Simon finished with 16 points and Marvin Clark II added 15 while the Red Storm used just six players to send the Wildcats to their second loss.

Villanova got within 67-66 with 1:34 remaining before the Red Storm closed out the victory from the foul line. Jalen Brunson scored a game-high 28 points for the Wildcats.

Third-ranked Purdue saw its 19-game winning streak come to an end. Keita Bates-Diop scored 18 points, including the decisive putback with 2.8 seconds left, to give No. 14 Ohio State a 64-63 upset of the Boilermakers at West Lafayette. Purdue led 58-51 with 5:29 to go, but Ohio State closed the game on 13-5 run.

Carsen Edwards finished with a career-high 28 points to lead the Boilermakers, who dropped to 23-3 overall and fell into a first-place with the Buckeyes in the Big Ten at 12-1.

The No. 2 team came close to losing as well. Devon Hall scored 17 points and Virginia rallied from a 32-22 halftime deficit to beat Florida State, 59-55.

Kyle Guy scored 10 of his 13 points after halftime to help the Cavaliers improve to 12-0 in the ACC and 23-1 overall.

In other top-25 finals:

– Freshman guard Zhaire Smith scored a season-high 21 points and Jarrett Culver added 16 points as Texas Tech topped Iowa State 76-58. The Red Raiders improved to 20-4 overall with their fifth consecutive win.

– Auburn was the third top-10 team to lose as Duane Wilson made one of two free throws with four seconds left to lift Texas A&M to an 81-80 upset of the eighth-ranked Tigers. Freshman guard T.J. Starks scored a career-high 23 points for the Aggies, who blew a 17-point lead in the second half.

– Lonnie Walker IV dropped in 19 points and Ja’Quan Newton added 12 of his 16 points in the second half as 25th-rated Miami downed Wake Forest, 87-81. Walker’s 3-pointer with 5:01 remaining capped a 10-2 run and gave the Hurricanes a 66-56 lead.



Rockets, Heat continue their streaks

UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Rockets are within a half-game of the Golden State Warriors in the battle for the NBA’s top record.

James Harden poured in 41 points and the Rockets picked up their sixth straight win by holding off the Heat, 109-101 at Miami. Harden had 16 points in the first quarter and 13 in the fourth as Houston won for the 10th time in 11 games.

Chris Paul finished with 24 points, seven assists and seven rebounds to help the Rockets improve to 40-13.

Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson each had 30 points for the Heat, who have dropped a season-high five straight games.

Checking out other NBA action:

– LeBron James nailed a buzzer-beating jumper in overtime and finished with a triple double as the Cavaliers won for only the fifth time in their last 14 games, 140-138 against the Timberwolves. James had 37 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in 48 minutes for Cleveland, which had lost its eight previous network broadcast appearances. J.R. Smith added 20 points and Isaiah Thomas had 13 points with seven assists in one of his best games in weeks.

– Ricky Rubio delivered 29 points and eight rebounds as the Jazz won their seventh in a row, 92-88 at Memphis. Rodney Hood finished with 18 points and Utah continued its winning streak despite shooting just 42 percent.

– The Pistons picked up their fifth consecutive win as Andre Drummond contributed 17 points and 27 rebounds to lead Detroit past the Nets, 115-106. Blake Griffin scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter for the Pistons, who have not lost since acquiring him in a trade last week.

– The Pacers-Pelicans game at New Orleans had to be postponed following a nearly two-hour delay due to a leaky roof. No makeup date has been announced.



Knicks trade center Willy Hernangomez to Hornets

UNDATED (AP) – The New York Knicks have traded center Willy Hernangomez to the Charlotte Hornets for second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts, plus forward Johnny O’Bryant.

Hernangomez was an all-rookie selection last season and had been identified by team management during the summer as an important piece of the Knicks’ future until the Knicks acquired Enes Kanter in the Carmelo Anthony trade. Hernangomez fell to third in the center rotation behind Kanter and Kyle O’Quinn.

In other NBA news:

– Clippers guard Lou Williams has agreed to a contract extension. Williams is the NBA’s top scorer among back players, averaging 23.3 points in the best season of his career. He had been mentioned as a trade possibility in the final year of a contract that is paying him $7 million this season.



Colts say ‘rivalry on’ after McDaniels backs out of deal

UNDATED (AP) – Indianapolis Colts general manager Chis Ballard has a message for New England: The rivalry is “back on.” Ballard spoke to reporters for nearly half-hour Wednesday as he tried to explain why Josh McDaniels backed out of a deal to become the Colts’ new coach.

The questions came about 24 hours after team officials announced the hiring on its Twitter account and roughly 16 hours after McDaniels called to say he had changed his mind. Ballard says the Colts have a list of additional coaching candidates including some they couldn’t interview because their teams were in the playoffs.

Ballard also said he doesn’t believe Andrew Luck will need additional surgery though he hasn’t started throwing yet.

In other NFL news:

– Indiana prosecutors are seeking a DNA sample from the Guatemalan man charged in a drunken-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and an Uber driver, 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe. Prosecutors say the request stems from the numerous aliases used by the suspect. Investigators say the suspect, 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala, has twice been deported from the U.S. and was illegally living in the country at the time of Sunday’s crash in Indianapolis.

– Philadelphia is gearing up for its first-ever Super Bowl parade. Universities, schools and city offices will be closed and mass transit shifted to serve the needs of parade-going Eagles fans. Museums, city courts and even the Philadelphia Zoo will also be closed as the city focuses on Thursday’s celebrations. Visitors, however, will still be able to visit Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

– The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed defensive lineman Cassius Marsh to a two-year contract. Marsh played six games for San Francisco and registered 10 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles.



B’s stay hot

UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Bruins are within one point of the NHL’s Atlantic Division lead after improving to 18-1-3 in their last 22 games.

Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhur-ahn) scored twice and Anton Khudobin (koo-DOH’-bihn) stopped 21 shots as the Bruins clobbered the Rangers, 6-1 in New York. Rick Nash put the Blueshirts ahead five minutes into the game, but goals by Riley Nash and Zdeno Chara (zuh-DAY’-noh CHAH’-rah) allowed the B’s to carry a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

Boston tied Vegas for the league’s second-best point total, just one behind Tampa Bay with one game in hand. The Bruins also have the fewest regular losses with 11, one better than Naashville.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

– James van Riemsdyk (REEMZ’-dyk) scored in regulation and again in the seventh round of a shootout to send the Maple Leafs past the Predators, 3-2. Kasperi Kapanen also scored in regulation and Frederik Andersen turned back 44 shots as Toront won for the sixth time in seven games while preventing Nashville from catching first-place Winnipeg in the Central Division.



Tony Romo to play PGA Tour event in Dominican Republic

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is making his PGA Tour playing debut next month in the Dominican Republic.

The lead NFL analyst for CBS Sports has received a sponsor exemption to play in the inaugural Puntacana Resort & Club Championship on March 22-25. The tournament is held the same week as the Dell Technologies Match Play and will not feature any of the top 64 players in the world.

Romo has tried to qualify for the U.S. Open three times. He advanced to the final stage of qualifying in 2010 but had to withdraw.



Mets finalize Frazier deal, go to arbitration with Wheeler

UNDATED (AP) – The New York Mets have finalized their two-year, $17 million contract with third baseman Todd Frazier after he passed his physical.

Frazier struck out 125 times while hitting .213 in 474 at-bats last season for the Yankees and White Sox, but he also hit 27 home runs and drove in 76 runs. He turns 32 next week.

The Mets also went to salary arbitration with oft-injured pitcher Zach Wheeler, who is seeking a raise from $800,000 to $1.9 million. The Mets countered with a $1.5 million offer to Wheeler, who was 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 17 starts after coming back from Tommy John surgery.

In other baseball news:

– Infielder Yolmer Sanchez has beaten the White Sox in salary arbitration and will get a raise from $546,000 to $2.35 million rather than the team’s $2.1 million offer. Sanchez set career bests last year with a .267 average, 12 homers and 59 RBIs and .319 on-base percentage.

– Washington catcher Raudy Read has been suspended for the first 80 games of the season following a positive test for Boldenone under Major League Baseball’s drug-testing program. Read signed with the Nationals in 2011 and made his debut last September. The 24-year-old hit .265 last year at Double-A Harrisburg and set career bests with 17 homers and 61 RBIs.

– Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi is joining the MLB Network as a studio analyst and was set to make his debut Wednesday night. Girardi was fired after 10 seasons as Yankees manager and replaced by Aaron Boone.



Fuller leaving Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – Clemson’s one-time starting running back C.J. Fuller is leaving the Tigers. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says Fuller would graduate this spring and then find a new school to finish his football career. Fuller, a redshirt junior, opened the year as the starter at tailback, but was passed on the depth chart by freshman Travis Etienne and junior Tavien Feaster. Fuller, a 5-foot-10, 205-pound runner finished the year with 217 yards and three touchdowns.



Georgia Tech assistant resigns

ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia Tech has confirmed that assistant men’s basketball coach Darryl LaBarrie has resigned during an ongoing NCAA investigation of an alleged rules violation. LaBarrie was placed on paid administrative leave in November while the school and the NCAA investigated the alleged violation during a recruiting visit.

Yellow Jackets players Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson were suspended for six and three games, respectively, early in the season for accepting benefits. Georgia Tech determined the players received apparel, meals and transportation.



Support for investigation of USOC grows

WASHINGTON (AP) – Six Republicans and 12 Democratic lawmakers have signed onto legislation to establish a special committee to investigate the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics handling of sexual abuse allegations against former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Nassar molested girls, including many gymnasts, who sought treatment for injuries. He is serving a 60-year prison sentence.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, says Nassar’s conviction doesn’t end the matter. She says lawmakers want to know why the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics didn’t remove Nassar when abuse allegations were reportedly first brought to their attention.

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