Heat reaches All-Star break at .500. Takeaways from a Jimmy Butler-led win over Pelicans
Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 103-93 win over the New Orleans Pelicans (15-21) on Thursday night at Smoothie King Center in the final game before the All-Star break. The Heat, which resumes its schedule with a March 11 home game against the Orlando Magic, enters the break at 18-18 after a 7-14 start to the season: \-- Jimmy Butler returned from a two-game absence, and the Heat’s offense looked better because of it. But there were some bumps along the way. After the Butler-less Heat scored a season-low 80 points on 37.3 percent shooting in Tuesday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks, Miami’s off...
Kansas rallies, edges UTEP 67-62 at Allen Fieldhouse to close out regular season
LAWRENCE, Kan. — No. 13-ranked Kansas, which defeated then-No. 2-ranked Baylor by 13 points on Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse, entered Thursday’s add-on home game against unheralded UTEP as 17-point favorites. In a shocking development, the Jayhawks (18-9) came out flat. They trailed by 11 points early, 12 points at the final TV time out of the first half and 34-20 at halftime before rallying to claim a 67-62 victory in the regular-season finale for both teams. The Jayhawks actually trailed by as many as 15 points with 14 1/2 minutes to go. Ochai Agbaji scored 19 points and David McCormack...
The Kansas City Star
Knicks continue positive trend with 114-104 victory against Pistons
NEW YORK — The hallmark of a good team is consistently beating the not-so good teams. After all the pump-faking they’ve done over the years, it’s too early to crown the Knicks a good team, but they sure looked like one in their 114-104 win over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday. It’s a result that has been consistent over what could be the Knicks’ first winning season since 2013. The Knicks (19-18), for the most part, have beaten the teams they’re supposed to beat. With the win over the Pistons (10-26) on Thursday night, the Knicks were 12-5 against teams firmly outside the playoff hunt, while e...
New York Daily News
Giroux goal gives Flyers 4-3 comeback victory over Penguins
Claude Giroux scored with a little more than two minutes left Thursday night, and the visiting Flyers erased an early deficit to beat the Penguins, 4-3. It’s a huge two points that didn’t look likely after the Flyers allowed three goals in the first four minutes. Giroux came in without a goal in his last nine games. He scored the Flyers’ second goal, as well, and also had an assist when Scott Laughton deflected in a Giroux shot with his thigh to finally get the Flyers even with seven minutes left in the third period. A three-goal blast by Pittsburgh in the first four minutes had the Flyers ree...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Michigan powers past Michigan State, 69-50, clinches Big Ten regular-season crown
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan wasn’t going to waste another chance to secure the Big Ten crown. Not after getting run over by Illinois. Not on Senior Night. And especially not against rival Michigan State. The No. 2 Wolverines refused to be denied as they dominated the second half to bury the Spartans, 69-50, in a foul-filled, wire-to-wire victory Thursday at Crisler Center. With the win, Michigan clinched its first regular-season conference title since 2013-14 and 15th in program history. The Wolverines also locked down the No. 1 seed for next week’s Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. Sophomor...
The Detroit News
TCU basketball can’t overcome dreadful first half, falling 76-67 at No. 6 West Virginia
TCU basketball is reeling toward the finish line. The Horned Frogs suffered another loss to a ranked team as No. 6 West Virginia pulled away for a 76-67 victory on Thursday night at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. TCU (12-12, 5-10 Big 12) scored a season-low 18 points in the first half en route to dropping to 0-9 all-time in Morgantown. The Frogs are also now 0-8 vs. ranked opponents this season and have lost five of their last six. This is a team that opened the week as a possible NIT team. The silver lining for TCU was showing some life in the second half. The Frogs made it interesting by pullin...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Kevin Durant’s early absence should provide context on Derrick Rose’s situation
NEW YORK — If Knicks fans are looking for some clarity on why Derrick Rose did not play against the Pistons on Thursday, they can look across the bridge to the league’s handling of Nets star Kevin Durant. Rose was first held out of the team’s Tuesday loss to the San Antonio Spurs due to an inconclusive COVID-19 test result. He subsequently returned multiple negative coronavirus tests after that inconclusive test and was later permitted to fly back to New York with his teammates. The league, however, ruled Rose ineligible for Thursday’s matchup against the Pistons, citing COVID-19 health and sa...
New York Daily News
Gators use spring football to develop QB depth behind Emory Jones
Emory Jones has the inside track to become the Florida Gators’ next starting quarterback, but he will not be able to handle the job alone. Spending the past two seasons behind Kyle Trask taught Jones to be prepared to step in, just in case. Redshirt freshman Anthony Richardson is bringing a similar mentality and an abundance of confidence to the backup role this spring. “I know what I’m capable of doing,” Richardson said this week. “I feel like I’m ready.” Ideally, Richardson will not have to test his belief for some time. But by the time the 2021 Gators kick off their season Sept. 4 against F...
Phillies’ Odubel Herrera apologizes again, continues to build case for starting job
Was it more impressive, Joe Girardi asked himself Thursday afternoon, that Odubel Herrera homered or that he drove a full-count curveball for a single? “I’m going to say hitting a 3-2 breaking ball the other way,” Girardi said after a 15-0 Grapefruit League win over the Yankees. “He had a great day today.” Herrera had two hits, scored twice, and made a nice play in right field to trigger a relay that ended with a runner out at home. For the second time in three days, Herrera kept himself in the conversation for a spot on the Phillies’ opening-day roster. But perhaps it was what Herrera did bef...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Michael Cunningham: Will Bryse Wilson’s big moment for Braves carry over to this season?
Bryse Wilson will long be remembered for that night no matter how his major league career turns out. Braves backers know which one I mean. It was supposed to be a pitching mismatch in Game 4 of last year’s National League Championship Series. The Braves had right-hander Wilson, who’d proved little in the majors. The Dodgers had left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who already has a Hall of Fame resume. And it was lopsided ... in Wilson’s favor. He held the Dodgers to a run and a hit over six innings. The Braves scored four runs off Kershaw on the way to a 10-2 victory that put them ahead 3-1 in the se...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution