Sam Gagner bags hat trick as Red Wings overpower Predators, 5-2
DETROIT — Sam Gagner didn't score a goal in his first 13 games but made up for lost time Thursday — with a bit of help from Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne. Gagner scored two seeing-eye goals, then ended things with an empty-net goal, lifting the Red Wings to a 5-2 victory over Nashville — the five goals, a season-high for the offensively-starved Wings. Gagner scored the tiebreaker — his second goal — midway in the third period. Gagner had the puck between the goal line and circle, went to his forehand and beat Rinne through the legs at 9:58. Adam Erne gave the Wings (6-13-3) some insurance w...
The Detroit News
As COVID-19 vaccine in Kansas City remains scarce, Missouri town of 69 gets 2,000 doses
A mass vaccination event on Wednesday in Leopold — population 69 — had 2,000 doses available, enough for anyone who showed up at the Knights of Columbus facility in the small southeast Missouri town. "ANYONE can go get the COVID vaccine at the Knights of Columbus. The health department has opened it up to anyone to avoid wasting the vaccine," KFVS-TV reporter Alayna Chapie wrote on Facebook. "A mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic is happening right now in Bollinger County at the Knights of Columbus in Leopold. Officials say they still have over 1,000 doses to give out. No appointment is necessary...
The Kansas City Star
Derrick Rose gets start at point guard as Knicks rout Kings, 140-121
NEW YORK — A forced lineup change helped boost the Knicks' offense. Starting point guard Elfrid Payton was scratched because of a hamstring strain, prompting Tom Thibodeau to start Derrick Rose and adjust the rotation. The response was immediate in the Knicks’ 140-121 victory over the Kings on Thursday — a victory that, given the jumbled nature of the standings, pushed the Knicks (16-17) from 10th in the conference to tied for fifth. Rose was efficient with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Immanuel Quickley detonated off the bench with 25 points in just 19 minutes. Frank Ntilikina played for the...
New York Daily News
Illinois beats Nebraska 86-70 without Ayo Dosunmu and honors their injured star — and potential NBA prospect — on senior night
Injured Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu touched the court Thursday against Nebraska — but only before the game. Dosunmu missed the game because of a facial injury suffered in Tuesday’s loss to Michigan State, but the No. 5 Illini figured this is the junior’s last game at the State Farm Center. With his potential plans to enter the NBA draft in mind, the team honored Dosunmu during senior night. Illinois managed to win without its star, beating the Cornhuskers 86-70 for a season sweep and moving to 17-6 on the year. Adam Miller found his shooting touch at the perfect time and finished with 18 points...
Nets dig out of early hole to cruise past Magic, 129-92
NEW YORK — The Nets unleashed the full force of their power on the Magic at Barclays Center on Thursday. James Harden, Joe Harris and the Nets blew the Magic out of the water with a 129-92 win at home, scoring 41 points in the second quarter alone. The win is the eighth straight victory for the team playing its best basketball of the season. The Nets remained without Kevin Durant, who missed his sixth straight game with a hamstring strain. They also played without Spencer Dinwiddie, who suffered a partial ACL tear in the third game of the season. Every Net who played on Thursday night scored, ...
New York Daily News
Ben Simmons’ defense, Joel Embiid’s 23 points lead Sixers to 111-97 win over Mavericks
PHILADELPHIA — Danny Green is proud of the position the 76ers are in. The small forward thinks the team fought through COVID-19 related issues, scheduling issues, and all types of injuries during the first half of the season. “You know guys have to come play every day,” he said. “So I’m proud of that. “But we can grow in many areas. For us, the sky is the limit.” Thursday night’s 111-97 victory over the Dallas Mavericks marked their fourth win in their last five games. It also kept the Sixers (22-11) in first place in the Eastern Conference. They entered the night a half-game ahead of the Broo...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
No. 3 Wolverines wallop No. 9 Hawkeyes 79-57, win sixth straight straight
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan’s defense has passed its share of tests throughout the Big Ten season. On Thursday night, the Wolverines faced their biggest one of all in a top-10 matchup against national player of the year candidate Luka Garza and Iowa’s high-scoring offense. Once again, No. 3 Michigan rose to the occasion and made another statement in its quest for the regular-season conference crown by stifling No. 10 Iowa, 79-57, at Crisler Center. Sophomore wing Franz Wagner finished with 21 points, senior forward Isaiah Livers had 16 points and six rebounds and freshman center Hunter Dickins...
The Detroit News
Benjamin Hochman: How mad will March make Mizzou and SLU fans? Both teams inconsistent heading into huge month.
The other months of the basketball season talk about March behind its back. “March is sooooo judgmental,” the forgiving February whispered, peeking around the calendar page to make sure March couldn’t hear. “If March doesn’t think you belong, it’ll let you know real quick.” “No room for error with March,” the gentle January replied. “I don’t like the way it treats teams so harshly.” “But that’s what makes March March,” the decent December said. “We might have lower temperatures, but March can be the coldest month.” March is just a few days away. And with its late-season games, conference tourn...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dominic Smith and Brandon Nimmo don’t want you to worry about their defense
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — As is typically the case with any tortured fan base, despite all the improvements the Mets made to their roster this offseason, all eyes will still be on the outfield — arguably the team’s weakest defensive area. Dominic Smith, who is a natural first baseman, is expected to be the Mets’ starting leftfielder. Brandon Nimmo, who had the worst advanced metrics among the team’s qualified outfielders last year, will be the centerfielder. Both players, though, have high confidence in their abilities and don’t want fans to worry about them in the outfield in 2021. Their thinkin...
New York Daily News
Hawks still can surge to All-Star break, despite ‘ups and downs’
The Hawks blew a game at draft lottery-bound Cleveland on Tuesday before coming home Wednesday and blowing out playoff-contending Boston. The Hawks, especially Danilo Gallinari, seemingly made all their open shots, but it wasn’t a case of great shooting covering up ills. The Hawks simply dominated the Celtics, who had handled them in Boston six nights earlier. “It’s big for all of our guys that we are capable of putting a performance like that together,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. “How do we back it up is the question.” We’ll get some answers before the NBA All-Star break. The Hawks (14-18...
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