Villanova returns to competition after a 27-day hiatus, slips past Seton Hall, 76-74
For long stretches of Tuesday night’s return to competition by Villanova, it didn’t appear as if the Wildcats had been away from game action for 27 days. But just when it looked as if the third-ranked Wildcats might have had things under control, Seton Hall found a second wind that the Cats might have been lacking given their inactivity from two COVID-related pauses. Still, the Wildcats found a way to win. Cole Swider sank a free throw with 1.9 seconds to play and they survived, 76-74, at Finneran Pavilion. Villanova held a nine-point lead, 61-52, with just over seven minutes to play but could...
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Illinois ends a 2-game skid by dominating Penn State 79-65 for a season sweep
After consecutive losses, coach Brad Underwood vowed Illinois would figure out its issues. In a 79-65 victory against Penn State on Tuesday night in Champaign, the No. 22 Illini played with improved ball movement, stronger defense and greater hustle. Kofi Cockburn played one of his best games of the season, making an impact all over the court. The 7-foot sophomore center notched his nation-leading 11th double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. He added four blocks and made 9 of 13 free throws — an area in which he has struggled. Trent Frazier and Ayo Dosunmu added 13 points apiece for Illi...
WNBA's Atlanta Dream on verge of being sold
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Dream are on the verge on being sold. Co-owned by former U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the team has been embroiled in conflict over her remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement. Dream players were open in their support of the Rev. Raphael Warnock, who defeated Loeffler in a runoff election for her Senate seat earlier this month. Despite remarks that she did not plan to sell the WNBA franchise, co-owned with Mary Brock since 2011, the league expects an imminent sale. A WNBA spokesperson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we underst...
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Tyler Bertuzzi's game-winner sends Red Wings past Blue Jackets 3-2 in OT
DETROIT — Coach Jeff Blashill broke up the Red Wings' first line heading into Tuesday's game, but they played a big part still in the end. Tyler Bertuzzi banked in a pass from Dylan Larkin just 15 seconds into overtime, giving the Red Wings a 3-2 victory over Columbus. Larkin and Bertuzzi had a partial 2-on-1 rush, Larkin passed the puck, and it bounced off of Bertuzzi and past Columbus goalie Elvis Merzlikins. The Wings are 2-2 through the first four games, splitting each of two two-game series they've had thus far. And through four games, the Wings' Bobby Ryan has become the feel-good story ...
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Florida Panthers hold off desperate Chicago Blackhawks with overtime win
The Florida Panthers knew they were going to face a desperate Chicago Blackhawks team on Tuesday. Chicago had lost its first three games to open the season and never led in any of those contests. The Panthers, anticipating a scrappy performance from the Blackhawks, knew they couldn’t get complacent. They needed a third-period rally and a few minutes in overtime to avoid defeat. After Florida gave up three consecutive goals between the end of the second quarter and the start of the third period, Keith Yandle tied the game with a slap shot from the blue line to force overtime. Frank Vatrano scor...
Brian Elliott blanks Sabres, 3-0, as Flyers gut out win depsite losing Phil Myers and Morgan Frost to injuries
PHILADELPHIA — The Flyers, rebounding from a one-sided defeat the previous night, continued a remarkable, underpublicized streak Tuesday night. And they did it with a shortened bench because of injuries to defenseman Phil Myers and center Morgan Frost. They got outstanding goaltending from Brian Elliott and goals from Travis Konecny, Jake Voracek, and Kevin Hayes (empty-netter) as they outlasted the much-improved Buffalo Sabres, 3-0, at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers (3-1), who dropped a 6-1 decision to Buffalo on Monday, have not lost consecutive home games in regulation since 2019 (March...
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Missouri cruises past South Carolina for second straight win
COLUMBIA, Mo. — All it took was No. 19 Missouri to play its first home game of 2021 for Mark Smith to relocate his jump shot. The senior guard scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half of Tuesday’s 81-70 romp over South Carolina as the Tigers won two straight conference games for the first time since last February. Tigers center Jeremiah Tilmon continued his All-Southeastern Conference campaign with another strong showing in the paint, giving the Tigers a team-best 19 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and three steals in 33 minutes. The Tigers improved to 9-2 and 3-2 in the SEC, their first...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Michigan basketball bounces back by blowing out Maryland, 87-63
Michigan basketball was determined to bounce back after its first loss of the season. And the Wolverines did so in decisive fashion. U-M beat Maryland with relative ease on Tuesday night, 87-63, a few days after suffering its first loss at Minnesota on Saturday. Michigan led by 17 at halftime thanks to stellar 3-point shooting. The Wolverines made their first five 3s — three from point guard Mike Smith and two from forward Isaiah Livers — and shot 8 of 14 in the first half alone. They finished 12 of 23 from 3-point range. Livers scored a game-high 20 points on 5 of 8 shooting. Franz Wagner add...
Detroit Free Press
Mike Bianchi: One Tom Brady Super Bowl with Bucs would equal six he won with Patriots
As the rumors and rumblings mounted several months ago that the greatest quarterback in NFL history was about to sign a contract with the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I wrote that, “Putting Tom Brady on the Bucs would be like hanging the Mona Lisa in Room 217 of the Red Roof Inn.” Who knew then that Brady would instead turn the Red Roof Inn into the ornate main gallery at the Louvre? He has created an atmosphere of class and culture in a franchise where portraits of Velvet Elvis, Dogs Playing Poker and Jameis Winston Groping Female Uber Drivers once hung in the lobby. “His leadership is beyond ...
Ty Dillon gets a Daytona 500 shot with Gaunt Brothers Racing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ty Dillon will drive for Gaunt Brothers Racing in an attempt to qualify for this year’s Daytona 500, the team announced Tuesday. Dillon, 28, was out of a full-time Cup ride at the end of last season when Germain Racing closed its shop, but he will land in the No. 96 Toyota Camry for GBR, a single-car team, to start the 2021 season. GBR is not guaranteed entry into the main event and doesn’t have a Cup charter, so Dillon will be competing for one of four open spots in the Daytona 500 field. He’ll be able to enter the main race by finishing the highest of the open cars in eithe...
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