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March 15, 2018
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Last-in Syracuse rallies for 60-56 win over Arizona State

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Freshman Oshae Brissett had a double-double and led Syracuse’s second-half comeback, and the Orange – the last team to make the NCAA Tournament – held on for a 60-56 victory over Arizona State on Wednesday night in the First Four.

The 11th-seeded Orange plays No. 6 seed TCU on Friday in Detroit in the Midwest Region.

Syracuse had to sweat out Selection Sunday and wound up as the last one to make the bracket, sent to the First Four. The Orange prevailed in a matchup of teams that started fast and then faded onto the tournament bubble.


Texas Southern routs NC Central for first tournament win

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Texas Southern got its first ever NCAA Tournament win, a 64-46 rout of North Carolina Central in a First Four game on Wednesday night.

Demontrae Jefferson, a 5-foot-7 guard, scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lift No. 16 seed Texas Southern, which became the first team with a losing record to win a tournament game. The Tigers started the season 0-13 against a rough schedule and didn’t win a game until Jan. 1. Now they move on face No. 1 seed Xavier on Friday.


Simmons, Augustin power Magic over Bucks, 126-117

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Jonathon Simmons scored a career-high 35 points, D.J. Augustin added 32 and the Orlando Magic bounced back from an embarrassing defeat to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 126-117 on Wednesday night.

Simmons was 7 of 12 from 3-point range and Augustin hit 6 of 9, three of them in the fourth quarter to help Orlando pull away.

Nikola Vucevic (VOOCH’-uh-vihch) had 22 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Magic, who were routed 108-72 Tuesday night in San Antonio, their fifth straight loss.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 38 points for Milwaukee, which has lost seven of 10.

In other NBA action:

– De’Aaron Fox made a layup at the buzzer to force overtime, Zach Randolph scored the first three points of the extra period and finished with 22, and the Sacramento Kings recovered after blowing a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Miami Heat 123-119. Randolph added a key block on Justise Winslow with 1:19 remaining in OT as Sacramento swept Miami for the first time since 2001-02.

– Kevin Durant scored 26 points and the injury-plagued Golden State Warriors pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 117-106 while missing Stephen Curry on his 30th birthday and their two other All-Stars. Zaza Pachulia returned to the starting lineup for the first time since the All-Star break and had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for the banged-up defending champions, who already had clinched a sixth straight playoff berth this week without playing.

– Bradley Beal scored 34 points, including a three-point play with 1:25 left in the second overtime, and the Washington Wizards beat the short-handed Boston Celtics 125-124. Jayson Tatum missed a 3-pointer just before the buzzer that could have won it for the Celtics, who were without six players and missed several opportunities to put away the Wizards.

In NBA news:

– The Atlanta Hawks have signed guard Antonius Cleveland to a multiyear contract.

-The Los Angeles Clippers have signed guard Sean Kilpatrick to a second 10-day contract.


Marner gets winner in SO, Maple Leafs beat Stars 6-5

TORONTO (AP) – Mitch Marner scored the winner in the shootout to lift Toronto to a 6-5 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night, extending the Maple Leafs’ franchise-record home winning streak to 11 games.

Marner beat Kari Lehtonen (LAY’-tuh-nehn) in the third round of the shootout, completing Toronto’s comebacks from 4-2 and 5-4 deficits in the third period.

James van Riemsdyk (van-REEMZ’-dyk) had his third career hat trick, and Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau also scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs.

Elsewhere on the ice:

– Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kah zih-BAH’-neh-zhahd) scored the tying goal late in the third period and then got the winner 2:53 into overtime to rally the New York Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Chris Kreider had a goal and three assists for his first career four-point night, and Jesper Fast also scored to help the Rangers get their second straight win after a three-game skid.

– Jason Chimera got his first goal and assist with Anaheim, and defenseman Brandon Montour scored twice to lead the Ducks over slumping Vancouver 3-0, extending the Canucks’ scoreless streak to 10 periods. The victory left the Ducks tied with Los Angeles for third place in the Pacific Division at 82 points. Anaheim has played one more game than the Kings.

-Tomas Hertl had a pair of goals, including the overtime winner, as the San Jose Sharks pulled out a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. Logan Couture and Brenden Dillon also scored for the Sharks, who have won two straight.

– Blake Coleman scored twice, Michael Grabner and Nico Hischier each had a goal and an assist, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Vegas Golden Knights 8-3. Taylor Hall, Travis Zajac, Stefan Noesen and Kyle Palmieri also scored for the Devils, who improved to 9-6-0 in their last 15 and moved one point ahead of idle Columbus for the top wild card in the Eastern Conference. Keith Kinkaid stopped 39 shots.


Wild lose Spurgeon for at least a month to hamstring tear

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon will miss a minimum of four weeks due to a partial tear of his right hamstring, a big blow to a team trying to maintain control of a playoff spot.

The Wild announced the news Wednesday, after Spurgeon was hurt against Colorado Tuesday. They recalled forward Zack Mitchell and defenseman Ryan Murphy from the AHL, in advance of their game on Friday against Vegas.

The 28-year-old Spurgeon has nine goals and 28 assists in 61 games for Minnesota this season.


UNDATED (AP) – There was a flurry of free agent signings and trade announcements on Wednesday, the first day of the new NFL year. Among them:

– A person with knowledge of the deal says the Seattle Seahawks are turning to former first-round pick Barkevious Mingo to try to address a growing need on defense. The person said Mingo and the Seahawks agreed to a two-year deal worth up to $10.1 million on Wednesday.

– The Chicago Bears have agreed to contracts with linebacker Sam Acho and cornerback Prince Amukamara. Meanwhile, quarterback Mike Glennon, receiver Marcus Wheaton and defensive back Marcus Cooper were released on Wednesday. At the same time, quarterback Chase Daniel indicated on Twitter that he is headed to Chicago. Daniel played for Kansas City and has spent time with New Orleans and Philadelphia.

– A person with knowledge of the deal says the Minnesota Vikings are negotiating a trade with the Denver Broncos to acquire quarterback Trevor Siemian. He would give the Vikings a capable backup who started 24 games for the Broncos over the last two seasons.

– A person familiar with the negotiations says the New York Giants have an agreement with offensive tackle Nate Solder, who will be the NFL’s highest-paid lineman. The 29-year-old was considered the top offensive lineman available in free agency.

– The Cincinnati Bengals have confirmed that they swapped first-round draft picks with the Buffalo Bills to get offensive tackle Cordy Glenn.

-People with direct knowledge the decision confirm that the Buffalo Bills have agreed to sign free agent defensive end Trent Murphy to a three-year contract. He spent the past four seasons in Washington. Also, the Bills agreed to a two-year contract with quarterback A.J. McCarron, who backed up Andy Dalton in Cincinnati for the last four seasons.

– A person familiar with negotiations says the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to a contract with free-agent cornerback D.J. Hayden. The person says the Jags have also agreed to a contract with free-agent safety Don Carey. Carey spent the last seven years in Detroit.

– The Philadelphia Eagles and linebacker Nigel Bradham have agreed on a five-year contract.

– A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Browns are expected to sign free agent running back Carlos Hyde. Also, the Browns star left tackle Joe Thomas has retired after 11 seasons in the NFL. The 10-time Pro Bowler was injured last season.

– The Panthers announced they have re-signed free agent defensive end Julius Peppers to a one-year contract. The 38-year-old Peppers, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, will be entering his 17th NFL season, including his 10th with the Panthers. Peppers’ 154 1/2 sacks are the fourth-most in NFL history.

– Five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM’-uh-kehn soo) has been released by the Miami Dolphins and the team announced trades to acquire defensive end Robert Quinn and send Jarvis Landry to the Cleveland Browns. Miami also released tight end Julius Thomas.

– The Detroit Lions have released Eric Ebron on a quiet first day of free agency. Poor hands and inconsistent play made him a target for boos at Ford Field.

-The Washington Redskins say they’ve completed their trade for veteran quarterback Alex Smith. He joins the Skins from the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller. Smith replaces Kirk Cousins as the Redskins’ No. 1 quarterback.


De Leon 2nd Rays prospect to have Tommy John surgery

UNDATED (AP) – Right-hander Jose De Leon has become the second Tampa Bay Rays’ pitching prospect in less than a month to have Tommy John surgery.

De Leon’s torn ulnar collateral ligament was repaired Tuesday by Dr. James Andrews. The 25-year-old made a pair of one-inning appearances in spring training this year, on Feb. 26 and March 3.

Right-hander Brent Honeywell, the MVP of last year’s All-Star Futures Game, was hurt pitching batting practice on Feb. 22 and tweeted on Feb. 28 that he had undergone Tommy John surgery with Andrews.

In other baseball news:

– Kyle Schwarber gets a $604,500 salary in the major leagues as part of the one-year contract the Chicago Cubs announced last weekend.

– The Los Angeles Dodgers have renewed the contracts of 2017 NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger for $585,000 and of 2016 NL Rookie of the Year Corey Seager for $605,000.

– The Marlins say third baseman Martin Prado will begin the season on the disabled list while he recovers from right knee surgery.

– Milwaukee Brewer catcher Stephen Vogt will not be ready for the season opener because of a shoulder strain.

– Right-hander Dylan Bundy has agreed to a $1.64 million, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles.


Els, Furyk given exemptions to US Open

FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) – Ernie Els and Jim Furyk have received a special exemption to play in the U.S. Open this year at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island, New York.

Els is a two-time U.S. Open champion. He won the Open at Oakmont in 1994 and at Congressional in 1997. This will be his 29th consecutive U.S. Open.

Furyk won the 2003 U.S. Open at Olympia Fields.

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