Friday, February 28
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) —
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Pittsburgh vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Detroit (ss) vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
Brown at Penn, 7:30 p.m.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
Penn at Brown, 7 p.m.
MEN'S COLLEGE HOCKEY:
Robert Morris at Mercyhurst, 7:05 p.m.
Penn State at Minnesota, 9 p.m.
Canadiens top Penguins 6-5 in shootout
PITTSBURGH (AP) — David Desharnais scored the lone goal in the shootout, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a wild 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.
Canadiens goaltender Peter Budaj, in his second straight start for injured starter Carey Price, stopped Penguins shooters James Neal and Sidney Crosby before denying Evgeni Malkin's slap shot for the win.
Desharnais, the third shooter for Montreal, slammed on the brakes at the top of the crease before sliding the puck by Marc-Andre Fleury.
Daniel Briere scored twice, once on the power play, and Max Pacioretty also scored with the man advantage, his 27th of the year. Brendan Gallagher netted his 15th for the Canadiens and Alexei Emelin also scored his second of the season.
Crosby, who leads the NHL with 80 points, scored his 29th and added an assist.
Pavelski's hat trick lifts Sharks past Flyers 7-3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joe Pavelski had a hat trick to move into a tie for second in the NHL in goals scored, and Raffi Torres and Logan Couture each tallied twice in their return to the lineup following injuries as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3 Thursday night in the first game for both teams following the Olympic break.
Pavelski, one of four Sharks Olympians, scored all three of his goals in a dominating second period when San Jose outscored the Flyers 5-0.
Andrej Meszaros had a highlight-reel tally, and Matt Read and Brayden Schenn also scored for the Flyers, who had won four straight before the Olympic break.
Bautista strikes again, Blue Jays beat Phillies
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Jose Bautista kept up his torrid start to the spring, hitting two doubles and driving in two runs Thursday that sent the Toronto Blue Jays over the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5.
A day after hitting a long home run against the Phillies in his first at-bat of exhibition play, Bautista had an RBI double in the first inning off Philadelphia ace Cliff Lee.
Bautista finished 2 for 2 with a walk. The former two-time major league homer champion missed the final six weeks last year because of a hip injury.
Jose Reyes, Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera also drove in runs for Toronto.
Philadelphia's offense was powered by a pair of home runs from bench hopefuls: Darin Ruf hit a two-run shot in the third and John Mayberry Jr. had a solo drive in the sixth.
Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey allowed one unearned run in two innings.
Jeter goes hitless in first exhibition game
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Derek Jeter got a partial standing ovation Thursday before going hitless in two at-bats in the first spring training game of his final season, a New York Yankees' 8-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Yankees captain, who turns 40 in June, hit a double-play grounder to second off Pittsburgh right-hander Charlie Morton in the first and grounded out to third during the fourth against left-hander Jeff Locke.
Limited to 17 games last season due to leg injuries, Jeter was at shortstop in his first exhibition season appearance. He broke his left ankle in the 2012 AL championship series and did not appear at shortstop last spring training until March 13.
Jeter had just 11 at-bats in five games during spring training last year, stayed behind for rehabilitation at New York's minor league complex and broke the ankle again. He returned to the Yankees on July 11 but wound up on the disabled list three more times.
Eagles agree to deals with WR Cooper, C Kelce
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a five-year contract with wide receiver Riley Cooper and a seven-year deal with center Jason Kelce.
Cooper would've become a free agent next month after a breakout season in which he set career highs in receptions (47), yards receiving (835) and touchdowns (eight). Kelce was signed through 2016, and the new deal adds four years to his contract. He was part of an offensive line that helped the Eagles lead the NFL in rushing while setting a franchise record for points (442).
The moves were announced Thursday, a day after All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters signed a new five-year contract.
The Eagles were 10-6 and won the NFC East title in Chip Kelly's first season as coach after going 4-12 in 2012.
Smith scores 24 as No. 7 Louisville tops Temple
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Russ Smith had 24 points, moving into eighth place on Louisville's career scoring list, and the seventh-ranked Cardinals throttled Temple 88-66 on Thursday night.
Montrezl Harrell added 21 points and freshman Terry Rozier scored a career-high 19 as Louisville capped a perfect February with its seventh straight victory. The trio combined to shoot 25 of 34 from the field and nearly outscored Temple all by themselves.
Five days after drawing within a half-game of first-place Cincinnati with a road win over the Bearcats, the Cardinals (24-4, 13-2 American Athletic Conference) followed up by completing a season sweep of the outmanned Owls (7-20, 2-13).
Will Cummings scored 18 points and Quenton DeCosey added 17 for the Owls. Temple has lost 15 of 17 since New Year's Day, including an eight-game losing streak to start 2014.
Duquesne stuns No. 10 Saint Louis 71-64 on road
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Micah Mason had 22 points, Jerry Jones added 19 and Duquesne surprised No. 10 Saint Louis 71-64 on Thursday night to snap the Billikens' school-record, 19-game winning streak.
Saint Louis (25-3, 12-1 Atlantic 10) had not lost since dropping a 70-65 decision on Dec. 1 to unbeaten Wichita State, now ranked No. 2 in the country.
Mason, who entered leading the nation in 3-point shooting percentage (.554), hit four of five from behind the arc for Duquesne (12-15, 4-10), which beat a top-10 opponent on the road for the fifth time (5-28). The Dukes, who were 14-point underdogs, improved to 25-55 against teams ranked in the top 10.
Dwayne Evans had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Saint Louis. Mike McCall Jr. led the Billikens with 18 points, while Jordair Jett (13 points) and Rob Loe (12 points) also were in double digits.
T25-OHIO ST-PENN ST
Penn St holds off No. 22 Ohio St 65-63 for sweep
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — D.J. Newbill scored 23 points, Tim Frazier added 16 and Penn State held off a late rally by No. 22 Ohio State for a 65-63 win Thursday on Senior Night.
The Buckeyes (22-7, 9-7 Big Ten) had a chance to win at the end. Coming out of a timeout with 6.8 seconds left, Lenzelle Smith Jr.'s 3-pointer rimmed out. The Nittany Lions (14-14, 5-10) grabbed the rebound and time expired.
Ohio State was led by LaQuinton Ross, who scored 19 points. Aaron Craft, plagued by foul trouble most of the game, added 10.
Penn State swept the season series from Ohio State. The Nittany Lions upset the then-No. 23 Buckeyes 71-70 in overtime on Jan. 29 in Columbus, Ohio.
ST FRANCIS (PA)-WAGNER
Moody leads Wagner over St. Francis (Pa) 74-55
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Mario Moody tied a career-high with 19 points and Kenneth Ortiz added 15 as Wagner won its seventh straight with a 74-55 victory over St. Francis (Pa) on Thursday night.
Moody scored 16 points in the first half as Wagner took a 35-22 lead into halftime and never trailed. Moody was 8 of 10 from the field, including 2-for-2 shooting from beyond the arc. Ortiz made 7 of 11 shots and Latif Rivers added 10 points.
With the win, Wagner (17-11, 11-4 Northeast) clinched the No. 2 seed for the NEC Tournament. The Seahawks are three games back of conference leader Robert Morris.
Ronnie Drinnon scored 12 points and Ben Millaud-Meunier added 11 to lead St. Francis (9-19, 7-8), which has not won back-to-back games since winning its third straight February 1.
ROBERT MORRIS-FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON
Robert Morris defeats Fairleigh Dickinson 69-64
TEANECK, N.J. (AP) — Karvel Anderson scored 22 points as Robert Morris overcame a 15-point second-half deficit to defeat Fairleigh Dickinson 69-64 on Thursday, keeping its three-game lead in the Northeast Conference.
Robert Morris (19-11, 14-1) trailed 62-47 with 8:34 left in the game after a Fairleigh Dickinson (10-19, 6-9 Northeast) 15-1 run. Anthony Myers-Pate responded with a 3-pointer, which primed a 22-2 run by Robert Morris to finish the game, including hitting 10 of its last 11 free throw attempts.
Lucky Jones had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Robert Morris. Myers-Pate finished with 12.
Fairleigh Dickinson trailed 26-24 after Anderson's trey and a free throw by Aaron Tate for Robert Morris with 5:14 minutes left in the first half. But the Knights closed the half on a 15-4 run — including two 3-pointers by Matt McDonald — to lead 39-30 at the break.
Scooter Gillette led FDU with 14 points.
No. 13 NC State earns 800th win, tops Pitt, 79-68
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Markeisha Gatling scored 20 points and Len'Nique Brown added 19 points, including six straight free throws in the final 90 seconds of the game as No. 13 North Carolina State beat Pittsburgh, 79-68 for the 800th victory in the program's history.
In earning their first win at Pitt in the first meeting between the teams as Atlantic Coast Conference rivals, the Wolfpack (24-5, 11-4) picked up their 24th win of the season — the 12th time in program history they've reached that milestone, and their 11th ACC victory — a milestone they now have reached 10 times.
NC State shot 53.8 percent from the field (28 of 52) while its defense held the Panthers to 23 of 67 (34.3 percent).
Jennifer Mathurin had 10 points and 10 rebounds for NC State.
Chelsea Welch came off the bench to score 16 points for Pittsburgh (11-18, 3-12).