Alan Griffin's career-best 24 points push Illinois to 74-66 victory at Northwestern
EVANSTON, Ill. — Alan Griffin received a standing ovation in an opponent’s arena Thursday night.True, a majority of the fans at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Thursday night were dressed in orange. But the Illinois guard had a night any basketball fan could appreciate in a 74-66 victory at Northwestern.Griffin scored a career-high 24 points off the bench on 9-of-11 shooting, hitting three straight 3-pointers in the second half and bringing down the house with a spectacular dunk. Griffin was 6 of 8 from beyond the 3-point arc.Northwestern dropped its 12th straight game as Illinois (19-9, 11-6 Big Ten) had...
Kings let 19-point second-half lead slip away in 112-108 loss to Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Kings have found a variety of ways to win in recent weeks while thrusting themselves back into the playoff race. This time they almost did it without De’Aaron Fox.Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder rally from a 19-point second-half deficit to beat the Kings, 112-108, on Thursday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 20 points for the Thunder (37-22), which is fifth in the Western Conference.Harrison Barnes scored 21 points to lead the Kings (24-34), who had won three in a row and nine of 13. Harry ...
The Sacramento Bee
YouTube TV effectively drops the Cubs' Marquee network before ever carrying it
CHICAGO — If you’re wondering why streaming service YouTube TV has yet to cut a deal with Marquee Sports Network, now you have an answer.YouTube TV said Thursday its negotiations with Sinclair Broadcast Group to carry Sinclair’s regional sports networks are at an impasse, and it plans to drop the 20-plus channels it carries this weekend.With Sinclair being the Cubs’ partner in Marquee, the channel that launched last weekend effectively has been dumped before the subscription streaming service from Google parent Alphabet ever picked it up.These standoffs are rarely permanent, but they can stret...
Parayko's OT goal lifts Blues to 3-2 win over Islanders
ST. LOUIS — Colton Parayko’s wraparound goal with 1:37 remaining gave the Blues a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday at Enterprise Center.It came with 1:37 remaining in OT and was his eighth of the season. The Blues, winning their sixth consecutive game, improved to 38-17-10, for 86 points. The 21 games over .500 is the high-water mark for the Blues this season.Clinging to a 2-1 lead that they took in the first period, the New York Islanders were playing a good game of dump the puck, milk the clock and play defense.But with time running out, Vince Dun...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Wild roll out of Detroit with 7-1 victory against Red Wings
DETROIT — The Wild have more than twice as many wins as the Red Wings do, and 35 points separate them in the standings.But those weren’t the only examples of the gap between these two teams.So was a 7-1 rout by the Wild Thursday at Little Caesars Arena, a business-like dismantling of the Red Wings that captured the urgency of the Wild’s playoff push instead of the ho-hum vibe of a last-place squad.This was one of the Wild’s most well-rounded efforts of the season, with 13 different players tallying at least a point in the team’s fourth victory over its last five games.At the head of the class ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Florida Panthers' playoff hopes take major hit with home loss to Toronto Maple Leafs
MIAMI — Sergei Bobrovsky could only withstand the Toronto Maple Leafs for so long. When the Florida Panthers’ offense vanished after the first period Thursday, Bobrovsky was the only one keeping them alive going to the third period of their biggest game of the season. The goaltender didn’t crack when he faced 13 shots in the second period and didn’t crack on either of the Maple Leafs’ first two looks in the third.He finally cracked the same way he often has throughout his first season with the Panthers. Bobrovsky stopped the first shot by Martin Marincin and a scramble broke out in front of th...
Sixers top Knicks as Tobias Harris scores 34 points
PHILADELPHIA — The 76ers have played three straight games against teams that entered Thursday with 17 wins, and while now depleted by injury, they were still facing three of the bottom-feeders in the Eastern Conference.If the Sixers are going to hold the fort while All-Stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are out, they will have to show a better killer instinct.On Thursday they had enough to put away one of those 17-win teams, earning a 115-106 win over the New York Knicks at the Wells Fargo Center. Yet there was probably much more suspense than needed, especially since the Sixers owned a 20-poin...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
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With two-thirds of the season finished for the NHL, we’re in the final stretch until playoffs that start on April 8th.GET DEALS ON NHL TICKETS HERE! The Boston Bruins are first in the NHL standings with 39-13 record with a total of 90 points on the season. The Bruins are led this season by the six-year veteran, right-wing David Pastmak who has a total of 88 points this year. He has 45 goals and 43 assists. Trailing the Bruins are the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 40-18 record and 85 points on the season and the Washington Capitals right behind them with a 39-18 record and 84 total points. With an...
Zavier Simpson's career night can't save Michigan basketball in 81-74 loss to Wisconsin
Michigan basketball’s defense was the biggest factor behind the team’s recent turnaround.It was also the biggest reason why the Wolverines couldn’t defend their home court Thursday night.Michigan lost to Wisconsin, 81-74, in a high-scoring game that saw the Badgers put up 43 points by halftime. The loss ended Michigan’s five-game win streak.Zavier Simpson scored a career-high 32 points for the Wolverines (18-10, 9-8 Big Ten) in the loss.The Wolverines trailed for the entire game, and by double digits at multiple junctures. Still, they made a late run and cut Wisconsin’s lead to three with just...
Detroit Free Press
Clemson football signee to pass on college and play pro soccer instead
A Clemson football signee’s college career is over before ever stepping foot on campus.Two-sport athlete Tanner Tessmann, who signed with the Tigers in December, will instead begin a pro soccer career.Tessmann has signed a Homegrown contract with FC Dallas, according to a report. A Clemson official confirmed to The State Thursday afternoon that Tessmann is passing on college and plans to pursue a pro soccer career.Tessmann impressed during a recruit football camp at Clemson to earn a scholarship offer.He had been slated to play football and soccer for the Tigers, despite not playing high schoo...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)