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Gill, Brogdon power No. 6 Virginia to 82-57 win

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Anthony Gill scored 16 points, Malcolm Brogdon had 13 and No. 6 Virginia bounced back from its first loss of the season with an 82-57 victory over Bradley at the Charleston Classic on Thursday night.

The Cavaliers (2-1) fell at George Washington on Monday and opened this one a bit sluggish as if still dealing with that loss and trailed 22-19 in the opening half. That's when Virginia took off on an 18-3 run to put the game away.

The demolition continued in the second half as the Cavaliers stretched the lead to 31 points.

Virginia will face Long Beach State here Friday night for a spot in Sunday's championship game.

The Braves (1-2) are one of the youngest teams in the country, starting four freshman against the ACC powerhouse. Eventually, the Cavaliers experience took control.

Luuk Van Bree had 16 points, off four 3-pointers to lead Bradley.


Tellinghuisen leads South Dakota St. over Illinois St. 83-67

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Reed Tellinghuisen had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead South Dakota State to an 83-67 victory over Illinois State on Thursday night.

Tellinghuisen made two 3-pointers, and was 3 of 11 from the floor for his first career double-double. George Marshall led all scorers with 18 points. Deondre Parks scored 15 points, Jake Bittle had 11 and Ian Theisen added 10 for South Dakota State (3-0).

DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell scored 15 points, Paris Lee 14 and MiKyle McIntosh 12 to lead Illinois State (1-2).

Akoon-Purcell made a 3-pointer to pull the Redbirds to 22-18 midway through the first half. But Mike Daum made a layup and Parks a 3-pointer to spark a 14-3 run that stretched the Jackrabbits lead to 36-21.

An 11-4 surge gave South Dakota State a 51-32 halftime lead. Tellinghuisen scored 7 points and Bittle added 5 points during the span.


No. 20 Northwestern women roll to 72-36 win over Idaho State

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Nia Coffee scored 16 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead No. 20 Northwestern to a 72-36 win over Idaho State on Thursday night.

Maggie Lyon and Ashley Deary backed Coffee's 23rd career double-double with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Deary had seven assists and seven steals.

The Wildcats (2-0) were never challenged, racing to a 20-5 lead over the Bengals (1-1) after one quarter.

Deary hit a 3-pointer to start a 15-0 run that Coffee ended for an 18-3 lead. Northwestern led 34-16 at the half, led by Lyons' 11 points, and 50-25 after three quarters.

Idaho State shot 27 percent, making just 1 of 15 shots from behind the arc, committed 23 turnovers and was out-rebounded 53-37.

Anna Policicchio and Apiphany Woods each had eight points for the Bengals.


Steen scores winner in shootout, Blues beat Sabres 3-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alexander Steen scored the shoutout winner and Jake Allen made 32 saves to lift the St. Louis Blues over the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Thursday night.

St. Louis has won seven straight games and 17 of its last 19 against Buffalo since 1999.

Kevin Shattenkirk and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in regulation for the Blues (13-6-1), who had lost three of four. Allen stopped four shots in the 3-on-3 overtime period.

Sam Reinhart and Ryan O'Reilly scored in regulation for the Sabres (8-9-2), who have lost three straight after a stretch of five wins in six games. Linus Ullmark stopped 27 shots, including three in overtime.


Cubs claim lefty Leathersich off waivers from Mets

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have claimed left-handed pitcher Jack Leathersich off waivers from the New York Mets.

The 25-year-old Leathersich had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in July. He was 0-1 with a 2.31 ERA with 17 relief appearances for New York last season, his first in the majors.

The Cubs also agreed to a contract for next season with right-hander Andury Acevedo on Thursday. He spent the past four years in the New York Yankees organization and reached Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season.

The moves put the Cubs' 40-man roster at 32.


Rams center Barnes passes concussion protocol

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Rams center Tim Barnes has been cleared from a concussion that limited him in practice earlier in the week.

The Rams had the day off Thursday, but said Barnes would have been a full participant.

Defensive end Chris Long (knee) also was listed as full for the second straight day. Rookie offensive tackle Rob Havenstein (calf) and defensive end Robert Quinn (hip) were listed as not practicing.


No Brock Osweiler jerseys for sale at Broncos pro shop

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — As Brock Osweiler prepares for his first career start, there are no No. 17 jerseys for sale at the Denver Broncos' pro shop at their indoor practice facility.

There are, however, still plenty of No. 18 Peyton Manning jerseys and shirts available for holiday shoppers.

Manning is dealing with a variety of ailments — foot, ribs, shoulder — and won't suit up Sunday when the Broncos (7-1) visit the Chicago Bears (4-5).

Manning had the worst performance of his career on the same day he became the league's all-time passing leader and was benched in the third quarter against Kansas City last week.

Coach Gary Kubiak decided Osweiler would start this weekend so Manning could focus on getting healthy.


Orlando, Seattle among 10 US cities hosting Copa Centenario

MIAMI (AP) — The Citrus Bowl in Orlando, CenturyLink Field in Seattle and Levi's Stadium in San Francisco are among the 10 venues for the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

The other venues and cities for the June 3-26 tournament announced Thursday by CONCACAF and local organizers: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California; Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts; Soldier Field in Chicago; NRG Stadium in Houston; Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia; and University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Organizers opted for bigger NFL stadiums instead of MLS stadiums available in some cities. Most venues will host at least three games. The cities and venues for the opening game and the final were not announced.


Dan Halldorson, Canadian who won on PGA Tour, dies at 63

OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Dan Halldorson, who won the 1980 Pensacola Open for his lone PGA Tour title and was one of Canada's most consistent golfers, has died. He was 63.

Golf Canada and the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada said Thursday he died Wednesday night. He had a stroke Monday at his home in Cambridge, Illinois.

At Pensacola, Halldorson finished with a 2-under 70 to beat Mike Sullivan and Gary Hallberg by two strokes. The Manitoba native also won the 1986 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic in Mississippi, an unofficial PGA Tour event played the same week as Jack Nicklaus' last Masters victory.

Halldorson helped Canada win two World Cup titles, teaming with Jim Nelford in 1980 in Bogota, Colombia, and Dave Barr in 1985 in La Quinta, California.

Halldorson won seven times on the Canadian tour and later served as the circuit's deputy director. He was elected to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

In 2013, he returned to Manitoba to become director of golf at Oak Island near his hometown of Brandon.