New Padres pitcher Yu Darvish's secret weapon is having so many of them
PEORIA, Ariz. — Yu Darvish asked Chicago Cubs teammate Craig Kimbrel how to throw a knuckle-curve in August of 2019. A week later, he got a strikeout with the pitch. It still wasn't good enough for one of the game's premier pitchers. He's essentially always tinkering. "It's really fun to work on a lot of pitches," Darvish said recently. "He'll be practicing a new pitch, throwing and throwing," said Victor Caratini, the catcher who came to the Padres with Darvish as part of the December trade with the Cubs. "He'll come to me and say, 'Hey, I've got a new pitch.' " Not entirely pleased with how ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Aaron Henry carries Michigan State to 64-58 win over Indiana
EAST LANSING, Mich. — When Michigan State needed Aaron Henry most, he found Gabe Brown. Two assists on two big baskets at a critical moment to daze Indiana. Then Henry took over against the Hoosiers, just like he did a little over two weeks ago when the Spartans needed him most, once again breathing life into Tom Izzo’s quest for a 23rd straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The MSU junior scored 14 points in the final 4:34, including a 3-pointer with 2:10 to play and a jump-stop layup with 1:15 to go as part of a 10-1 run. That included a pair of Henry free throws with 45.2 seconds remaining to...
Detroit Free Press
Derrick Rose misses Knicks’ blowout loss to Spurs due to health and safety protocols
A late announcement that point guard Derrick Rose was unavailable threw the Knicks’ rotation further in flux, and the team responded with an absolute dud — a blowout defeat Tuesday night to the Spurs, 119-93, with a ho-hum defensive effort. It snapped a three-game winning for the Knicks (18-18), who’ve hit the halfway mark of the abbreviated season at .500. Rose had started the three previous games at point guard but was announced pregame as entering the league’s health and safety protocols. The Knicks did not say whether Rose tested positive for COVID-19 or came in contact with another infect...
New York Daily News
Arkansas stays hot, romps over South Carolina, 101-73
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Whatever spark the South Carolina men's basketball team found in its 21-point win at Georgia on Saturday didn't make it on the ride home. Of course, it didn't help that the Gamecocks hosted one of the hottest teams in the Southeastern Conference. Riding a streak of nine straight SEC wins, No. 12 Arkansas (20-5, 12-4 SEC) secured a 10th straight conference win at Colonial Life Arena on Tuesday, defeating the Gamecocks, 101-73. With the loss, Frank Martin's team fell to 6-13 (4-11) on the season with just one game — a Saturday trip to Kentucky — remaining on the regular season s...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
No. 15 Texas 81, Iowa State 67: One year after injury, Jase Febres ready to contribute again
When an athlete can’t play because of injury, it leads to some lonely days. The mind drifts as your team plays on. Texas guard Jase Febres had arthroscopic knee surgery one year ago. The road back was every bit as challenging mentally as it was physically. “From having to re-learn how to walk, to run, to moving on defense. It’s been a long journey,” Febres said. “This whole journey has been a good one, and it’s built a lot of character for me more than anything.” Tuesday night inside Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, was the first time since the injury that Febres looked like his old self. The UT...
Creighton coach Greg McDermott apologizes for asking players to ‘stay on the plantation’
Creighton basketball coach Greg McDermott apologized Tuesday for asking his team to “stay on the plantation” after a loss Saturday. “Specifically, I said: ‘Guys, we got to stick together. We need both feet in. I need everybody to stay on the plantation. I can’t have anybody leave the plantation,’” McDermott revealed in a statement. “I realize the pain that my words have caused. For that, I sincerely apologize.” McDermott said he was trying to encourage the Bluejays to stick together after a 77-69 loss to Xavier and that he immediately recognized his poor choice of words. Creighton called McDer...
New York Daily News
Sidney Crosby-less Penguins whip Flyers, 5-2
No Sidney Crosby. No problem for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite missing their superstar center Tuesday night, the Penguins defeated the Flyers, 5-2, in their first home game with fans in about a year. Kasperi Kapanen scored a pair of goals as the Penguins ended the Flyers’ three-game winning streak. Crosby was placed on the league’s COVID-19 protocol list Tuesday and might miss games against the visiting Flyers Thursday and Saturday. It is not known if Crosby has contracted the coronavirus. The Flyers notched wins recently against the New York Rangers, who were missing Artemi Panarin (person...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
No. 4 Illinois wallops No. 2 Michigan, 76-53, as Big Ten race tightens
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan had its sights set on clinching a Big Ten regular-season title and putting an end to the program’s six-year drought. Illinois had other plans. The No. 2 Wolverines had the celebration put on hold as they were suffocated from start to finish by the No. 4 Fighting Illini and turned in their worst offensive outing of the season in a 76-53 beatdown Tuesday night at Crisler Center. Senior guard Eli Brooks was the lone Wolverine to score in double figures and finished with 11 points for Michigan (18-2, 13-2 Big Ten), which lost for the first time at home this season and s...
The Detroit News
TCU has no answer for Kyler Edwards, Texas Tech’s defense in 69-49 loss
It wasn’t as bad as last year, but Lubbock, Texas, remains an unfavorable destination for TCU basketball. No. 18 Texas Tech showed why it’s the Big 12’s top defensive team in a dominant 69-49 victory over TCU on Tuesday night at the United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock. TCU had no answer for Tech’s defense, or a way to slow down junior guard Kyler Edwards, who had a game- and season-high 20 points. Edwards, who started his high school career at Arlington Bowie, made 4 of 5 3-pointers on the night. The Red Raiders (16-8, 8-7 Big 12) have now won six of the last seven meetings, including all of ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Nets’ Steve Nash named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for February; James Harden is Player of the Month
One day after defeating Gregg Popovich, Nets coach Steve Nash received a league-wide honor. The NBA named Nash, a Hall of Fame point guard and first-year head coach, its Eastern Conference Coach of the Month of February. Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder received the same honors out West for leading the Jazz to a 12-2 record in the month. Nets star James Harden was also named Eastern Conference Player of the Month, continuing his campaign for league Most Valuable Player in a month in which he posted three triple-doubles and averaged about 25.5 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds per game. It w...
New York Daily News