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Florida, Dayton advance to Elite Eight PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 06:42
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Scottie “McBuckets” has Florida deep in the NCAA tournament once again. The Dayton Flyers are the latest mid-major upstart still in the bracket.
The Gators (35-2), the tournament’s top overall seed, will face No. 11 Dayton (26-10) on Saturday in the Elite Eight after both teams cruised to relatively easy victories in the South Regional on Thursday night.
Florida pushed past No. 4 UCLA 79-68 thanks to a stellar performance by Gators’ senior Scottie Wilbekin. The 6-foot-2 point guard hit several big shots in the second half to put away the pesky Bruins, finishing with 13 points.
“Scottie McBuckets, if you want to call him that,” Florida center Patric Young said. “He’s been performing as the go-to guy. He’s making the shots when they’re available and we know we can trust him and that he’s going to make it happen.”
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Sixers drop 26th straight, 120-98 to Rockets PDF Print E-mail
Written by KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 06:39
HOUSTON — Philadelphia coach Brett Brown was grasping for positives after his team tied an NBA record for futility by dropping its 26th straight game on Thursday night.
“We still don’t have the poorest record in the league,” said Brown, whose Sixers have won one more game than league-worst Milwaukee. “When you look at the realities of where we ended up, it’s not as painful and as shocking as it may seem to others.”
Regardless of the Bucks’ record, Philadelphia’s winless stretch has been matched in NBA history only by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.
James Harden had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in three quarters for his second career triple-double to lead the Houston Rockets to the 120-98 win — their fifth straight.
The 76ers (15-57) stuck around early before a big second-quarter run allowed the Rockets to pull away and roll to the win.
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Waiters lifts Cavs over Pistons at buzzer, 97-96 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 07:17
AUBURN HILLS — The Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t ready to throw in the towel.
With only 10 healthy players, the Cavaliers overcame a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons on Dion Waiters’ baseline jumper as time expired. With nine games left, Cleveland remains in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, three games behind No. 8 Atlanta and a half-game behind the Knicks.
The Pistons led 82-66 going into the fourth quarter, but the NBA’s worst fourth-quarter team collapsed once again down the stretch.
Jarrett Jack hit a 3-pointer to pull the Cavaliers within 96-90 with 2:49 left, and his short jumper made it a four-point game with 90 seconds to play. After a bad Brandon Jennings miss, Jack drove the lane and hit a floater while being fouled. His free throw made it 96-95 with 53.8 seconds left and completed a personal 8-0 run.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 07:18
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Plekanec, Vanek lead Canadiens over Red Wings 5-4 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Friday, 28 March 2014 06:37
DETROIT — The Montreal Canadiens started fast and finished strong to overcome a rough patch in between.
Max Pacioretty broke a third-period tie, Tomas Plekanec scored twice and Montreal beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 Thursday night.
The Canadiens jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and led 3-1 going into the third. But Detroit’s Tomas Tatar scored twice during a span of 3:06 early in the third period to tie it.
Pacioretty restored the Canadiens’ lead 5:48 into the third and Thomas Vanek added a goal with 8:45 left.
“The second and third periods weren’t good at all. We got lucky that we found a way to win,” Plekanec said.
Vanek added two assists and David Desharnais had a goal and an assist for Montreal. P.K. Subban had two assists and Carey Price made 26 saves.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 06:38
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Tigers still among AL favorites despite injuries PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 07:50
DETROIT  — When Justin Verlander takes the mound for Detroit on opening day, maybe then the Tigers will be able to enjoy a much-needed sense of normalcy.
As an offseason of drama gave way to spring training injuries, it was easy to forget the Tigers still have one of the most talented rosters in baseball. Sure, there have been some early problems for new manager Brad Ausmus to address, Detroit still figures to be the favorite to win its fourth consecutive AL Central title.
“We have a new look this year,” outfielder Torii Hunter said. “Little bit more speed and we’ll miss the big man, but we’ll score some runs.”
The “big man” is Prince Fielder, whom the Tigers traded to Texas in a blockbuster deal that brought second baseman Ian Kinsler to Detroit. That move gave the Tigers more financial flexibility, although they weren’t all that aggressive in pursuing free agents. Detroit did sign Joe Nathan to replace departed closer Joaquin Benoit.
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