Anthony's 26 paces Knicks past Cavs, 107-97
CLEVELAND (AP) - Carmelo Anthony shook off a horrid shooting start and scored 26 points, leading the New York Knicks to their third straight victory, 107-97 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.
Amare Stoudemire added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, whose winning streak began after a seven-game slide and amid reports Phil Jackson may accept a job in New York's front office.
Anthony missed his first six shots, but found his touch in time to help the Knicks in their late-season run at the playoffs. J.R. Smith scored 17 and Tyson Chandler added 15 points and 11 boards for New York, which came in 3 ½ games out of the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference.
Kyrie Irving had 30 points, eight assists and eight rebounds for the Cavs, who retired center Zydrunas Ilgauskas' No. 11 jersey at halftime.
Anisimov, Bobrovsky lead Blue Jackets past Preds
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Artem Anisimov scored with 6:25 remaining in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
It was Bobrovsky's third shutout of the season for Columbus, which has won four of five.
With the game still scoreless, James Wisniewski sent a pass from the left circle to Anisimov at the left faceoff dot. Anisimov carried the puck to the goal line before cutting toward the Nashville net and sliding a backhander by Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne just inside the far post.
The Predators have lost four in a row and seven of their last eight.
Making his third consecutive start after being sidelined since late October with an infection in his hip, Rinne made 35 saves.
Nate Schierholtz's homer powers Cubs past Reds 9-0
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run homer and made a diving catch for the Chicago Cubs in their 9-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.
Schierholtz's drive off Alfredo Simon followed a walk to Donnie Murphy in the first inning. Schierholtz also singled and scored in the third. Ryan Kalish singled and scored twice for the Cubs.
Billy Hamilton walked leading off the game against Jason Hammel, who was making his first Cactus League start for the Cubs. The speedster stole second and third to give him six steals this spring.
Joey Votto doubled twice and walked in three trips for the Reds.
Schierholtz turned in a diving grab in right field to rob Kristopher Negron of a hit.
Brantley has 4 hits, Indians tie Padres 4-4 in 10
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Michael Brantley extended his strong start to the spring with four more hits, including two doubles, as the Cleveland Indians tied the San Diego Padres 4-4 in 10 innings Saturday.
In five Cactus League games, Brantley is hitting .615 (8 for 13) with three doubles.
Josh Johnson went three innings for the Padres. The right-hander had a rough first inning, giving up all three of his runs - one on a wild pitch. He allowed four hits, though one came when left fielder Seth Smith lost Jason Kipnis' fly ball in the sun, and walked one.
Johnson settled down after the first, giving up only one hit in his next two innings. He finished the day with three strikeouts.
Tyler Cloyd started for Cleveland, throwing two scoreless innings and giving up two hits.
Jackets' Murray to miss 4-6 weeks after surgery
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Columbus Blue Jackets rookie defenseman Ryan Murray will miss four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee.
The 20-year-old Murray, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NHL draft, has three goals and 17 assists and a +3 plus/minus rating in 61 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He ranks third among all league rookies in blocked shots (93), second in time on ice (1,207:37) and is tied for fifth in power-play points (6).
Murray is a 6-foot-1, 208-pounder who won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships and became the second-youngest player in Canadian history to compete at the IIHF World Championships that same year.
Kilpatrick has 24, No. 15 Cincinnati beats Rutgers
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Sean Kilpatrick scored 24 points and No. 15 Cincinnati clinched at least a share of the American Athletic Conference regular-season title with a tough 70-66 win over Rutgers on Saturday.
Kilpatrick converted a three-point play and drove the lane for a layup in the final 68 seconds as the Bearcats (26-5, 15-3) rallied from a late deficit against the Scarlet Knights (11-20, 5-13).
Justin Jackson had given Cincinnati a 65-64 lead with 1:46 to play, scoring underneath after Kadeem Jack blocked his original shot in the paint.
Kilpatrick pushed the lead to four points with his back-door layup and free throw. The senior closed out the scoring with 17 seconds to play after Kerwin Okoro scored on a goaltending call against Jackson.
No. 11 Louisville can tie Cincinnati for the conference title if it beats Connecticut.
Toledo tops Eastern Michigan 77-66
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Justin Drummond scored 22 points and Toledo took down Eastern Michigan 77-66 Saturday to capture a share of the Mid-American Conference regular season title.
Toledo (26-5, 14-4) tied Western Michigan in the conference standings, but Western Michigan has a better division record and holds the top seed in the conference tournament.
Leading 35-32 at half, Toledo opened the second half on a 9-0 run. Eastern Michigan cut the lead to 56-53, but Drummond responded with nine straight points as the Rockets pulled away.
Rian Pearson had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Toledo while Julius Brown had 13 points and tied Drummond with seven assists. Jonathan Williams added 12 points.
Karrington Ward led Eastern Michigan (18-13, 10-8) with 20 points. Raven Lee added 14 and Mike Talley 12.
Toledo earned its school record 26th win of the year, and finished the season undefeated home for the first time since 1966-67.
Buffalo routs Bowling Green 88-65, wins MAC East
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Javon McCrea scored a career-high 34 points, hitting 13 of 18 from the field, as Buffalo routed Bowling Green 88-65 on Saturday to clinch its first outright Mid-American Conference East Division title.
Buffalo (19-9, 13-5 Mid-American) went on an 18-3 run in the second half to extend a nine-point lead to 66-42 with less than 10 minutes to play. The Bulls led by double digits for the rest of the game.
Jarryn Skeete added 11 points and Joshua Freelove had 10 as Buffalo avenged a 74-68 loss on Feb. 2 to Bowling Green (12-19, 6-12). The Bulls have now won eight of their last 10.
Buffalo committed just five turnovers while forcing 16, which the Bulls converted into 25 points.
Cameron Black had 19 points for Bowling Green, which has now lost eight of its last 10.
Ohio edges Miami (Ohio) 82-76 in overtime
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) - Maurice Ndour and Javarez Willis scored 15 points apiece as Ohio rallied for an 82-76 overtime win in the Battle of the Bricks against Miami (Ohio) Saturday.
Nick Kellogg added 14 points and Antonio Campbell 13 for Ohio (21-10, 11-7 Mid-American Conference). The Bobcats tied the game in the waning seconds on an acrobatic layup from Ndour and nearly stunned Miami (12-17, 8-10) in regulation before pulling away during overtime.
Following Ndour's make, Kellogg stole the ensuing inbounds pass but stepped out of bounds with .2 seconds remaining as he corralled the ball and drained a 3-pointer.
Kellogg hit a 3 for a 71-70 overtime lead and Willis added another with 2:07 left for a 74-70 advantage. The Bobcats hit 6 of 8 free throws in the final 40 seconds to hold on.
Willie Moore led the RedHawks with 24 points. Quinten Rollins and Will Sullivan each had 12.
Top-ranked UConn women rout Cincinnati 72-42
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - American Athletic Conference player of the year Breanna Stewart scored 22 points Saturday to lead top-ranked UConn to a 72-42 rout of eighth-seeded Cincinnati in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.
Bria Hartley added 17 points for the Huskies (32-0), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 12 and Stefanie Dolson had 10 points and nine rebounds.
UConn extended the school's third longest winning streak to 38 games. The Huskies, who won their regular-season conference games by an average of 37 points, will play No. 24 Rutgers in the semifinals. The Scarlet Knights beat SMU 68-49 earlier Saturday.
Jeanise Randolph had 14 points for Cincinnati, which finishes the season at 13-18.
No. 23 Iowa tops Ohio St. 77-73 in Big Ten semis
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Theairra Taylor scored 21 points and made a go-ahead layup with 1:32 left as fifth-seeded and No. 23-ranked Iowa held on for a 77-73 win over eighth-seeded Ohio State on Saturday in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.
After Taylor's go-ahead layup gave Iowa (26-7) a 75-73 lead, Ameryst Alston missed a layup on Ohio State's ensuing possession. Martina Ellerbe then missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer for Ohio State (17-18) with 10 seconds left and Melissa Dixon sunk two free throws for Iowa with a second remaining as the Hawkeyes advanced to the Big Ten title game for the first time since 2010.
Bethany Doolittle and Ally Disterhoft each added 18 points and Melissa Dixon scored 16 for Iowa, which never trailed the entire game.
Alston led Ohio State with 20 points while Ellerbe and Darryce Moore each added 15 for the Buckeyes.
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