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No. 22 Michigan St. upsets No. 8 Michigan 69-55 PDF Print E-mail
Written by MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 17 March 2014 06:32
INDIANAPOLIS — John Beilein and No. 8 Michigan have bigger aspirations than winning a Big Ten tournament title or pulling off a three-game sweep of their in-state rival.
Last year’s NCAA tournament runner-up has already honed in on completing its next quest — winning a national championship.
Adreian Payne finished with 18 points and nine rebounds and Branden Dawson had 15 points and six rebounds, leading No. 22 Michigan State to a 69-55 upset Sunday to win their fourth conference tournament title. Less than an hour later, the Big Ten regular season champs were already moving on.
“Our bracket is pretty tough, but this is what we’ve lived for,” Big Ten player of the year Nik Stauskas said after scoring 17 points and being named to the all-tournament team. “We’ve been worked all year to put ourselves in this position, now it’s just time to play.”
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Blackhawks topple Red Wings 4-1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by MATT CARLSON Associated Press   
Monday, 17 March 2014 06:31
CHICAGO — Marian Hossa skated as if he had been recharged during a five-game vacation — not sidelined for five games with an upper-body injury.
The Blackhawks’ 35-year-old forward celebrated his return to the lineup with plenty of energy — resulting in a key goal and two assists — and Chicago defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Sunday night to snap a two-game losing streak.
“It’s great to come back and try to help the team,” Hossa said. “It’s five games, so I don’t know how much fresher I’ll be than the other guys. But there’s some benefit, maybe.”
Hossa was back in action for the first time in two weeks. He was knocked out in the Blackhawks’ 5-1 victory over Pittsburgh at Soldier Field on March 1.
On Sunday, Chicago lead 2-1 after 40 minutes, then Hossa put the game away with two big plays in the third period.
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Western Michigan downs Toledo for MAC men's title PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer   
Sunday, 16 March 2014 14:18
CLEVELAND (AP) — David Brown pushed his team to the brink of a championship, and as the final seconds ticked off the clock, Western Michigan’s star senior guard reflected on everything he’d been through.
The ups and downs, good times and bad. The serious knee injury that ended one season and threatened his career.
And as he stood near half-court, Brown looked at his celebrating teammates and knew it had all been worth it
He and the Broncos were champions.
“Finally,” he said. “I’ve been here for five long, frustrating years and it’s finally here and I can’t believe that with this group of guys we were able to overcome so many negative things.”
Brown scored 32 points, freshman Tucker Haymond added 21 and Western Michigan earned its first trip to the NCAA tournament in 10 years by beating Toledo 98-77 on Saturday night in the Mid-American Conference championship.
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Griffin leads Clips past Cavs to 11th straight win PDF Print E-mail
Written by GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 17 March 2014 06:29
LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin entered the back half of his 20s with a birthday serenade from the crowd and another dynamic demonstration of why he’s only getting better with age.
The Los Angeles Clippers’ winning streak also gets a whole lot more impressive with every passing week.
Griffin had 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists on his 25th birthday, and the Clippers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-80 Sunday night for their 11th consecutive victory.
The Clippers’ high-flying forward threw himself a nice little party: Griffin has scored at least 20 points in 26 consecutive games, a mark exceeded only by Kevin Durant this season.
“This stretch of games that we’ve played and we’ve been successful has been a huge team effort,” Griffin said. “Guys have stepped up and really done their part. With our team, I don’t think it’s one guy that’s making us go. I genuinely believe it’s been a total team effort.”
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Disputed shootout goal leads Jackets over Wild 2-1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Sunday, 16 March 2014 01:50
ST. PAUL, Minn. — On a night when each goalie was at the top of his game, it took a video review to decide the winner.
Ryan Johansen scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.
Johansen’s shot initially was ruled a rebound, but a video review showed that Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper did not touch the puck, making it a legal shootout goal.
“Good job, Toronto,” Johansen said, referring to the video review team in the NHL offices. “I knew I scored. I just didn’t know what they were talking about at first.”
The shootout capped a night of brilliant goaltending from the Blue Jackets’ Sergei Bobrovsky and Minnesota’s Kuemper. Bobrovsky, last year’s Vezina Trophy winner, stopped 32 of 33 shots through overtime, while Kuemper finished with 28 saves.
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