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Late FTs help Missouri St. beat Indiana St. 67-65
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Marcus Marshall capped a 19-point performance with two free throws with 8 seconds left, giving Missouri State a 67-65 victory over Indiana State on Tuesday night.
The Bears (8-18, 6-8 Missouri Valley) led the entire second half but saw conference co-leader Indiana State pull within 65-63 on Jake Odum's layup with 10 seconds left. Marshall was fouled and made both free throws to make it a two-possession game before ISU's R.J. Mahurin made a meaningless jumper just before the final buzzer.
Marshall's 19 points tied the career high he set in Saturday's 79-50 loss to Wichita State. Christian Kirk added 14 points and Keith Pickens had 11 for MSU.
Odum led the Sycamores (16-9, 9-5) with 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Manny Arop chipped in 15 points, including three 3-pointers.
The teams split their season series; Indiana State won 68-60 in Terre Haute, Ind., on Jan. 16.
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Kansas: Road to Big 12 title runs through Phog
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas needed all of two days to pull back into a tie for first in the Big 12.
The No. 14 Jayhawks (20-5, 8-3) had lost three straight games and fallen behind No. 10 Kansas State in the league race. But an emphatic 83-62 victory over their in-state rival Monday night proved that the road to a championship still runs through Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas has won at least a share of the last eight conference championships. And even though they've already lost three league games for the first time since 2007-08, they still control their own fate with seven games to go on the schedule.
The last time Kansas lost three Big 12 games, the Jayhawks went on to win their fifth national championship.
Road woes bump Tigers from poll
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Frank Haith believes Missouri has played a lot better its last two road games. The bottom line remains: zero wins.
The Tigers (17-6, 6-4 SEC) are 14-0 at Mizzou Arena this season, and are an outstanding 81-4 the last five seasons. They're 0-5 on the road and will be the visitors four of the next five games, starting Wednesday night at Mississippi State.
Missouri was No. 15 in the preseason poll, rose to No. 7 after beating Illinois in St. Louis in December, and still has an appealing No. 33 RPI rating. But it's out of the Top 25 this week after losses, better showing or not, in a span of three games at SEC also-rans LSU and Texas A&M.
Royals acquire Elliott Johnson from Rays
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Kansas City has acquired utility player Elliott Johnson from the Tampa Bay Rays as the player to be named in the Dec. 9 trade that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City for top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi along with two other minor leaguers.
The switch-hitting Johnson batted .242 with 10 doubles, six homers, 33 RBIs, and 18 steals last year with the Rays. The 29-year-old started 68 games at shortstop and also played second, third and the outfield.
To make room for Johnson on the 40-man big league roster, the Royals transferred right-hander Felipe Paulino to the 60-day disabled list. Paulino is rehabbing from elbow surgery and not expected to pitch before July.
Wainwright's value up for Carpenter-less Cardinals
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals have put contract talks on hold. Neither party expects many obstacles when they resume talking about a long-term deal.
The 31-year-old Wainwright is in the final year of a contact, plus extension that will have paid him $36 million over six years.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak says there is plenty of time before opening day. Wainwright's value increased in the last week after it was learned Chris Carpenter likely will miss the entire season with problems with his right arm.
MU wheelchair hoops coach to lead US team
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri's wheelchair basketball coach will lead the U.S. national team at the 2016 Paralympics Games in Brazil.
Ron Lykins previously coached the U.S. women's national team in three Paralympics. He led the team to gold medals in 2004 and 2008 and a fifth-place finish in 2000.
Lykins said he will continue to coach Missouri as well as the national team as it prepares to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro event.
Roddick returns to court with World Team Tennis
NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) — Andy Roddick is returning to the tennis courts this summer.
Roddick was the first pick by the Springfield, Mo., Lasers in the Mylan World Team Tennis draft on Tuesday.
Sloane Stephens, ranked No. 17 after defeating Serena Williams at the Australian Open, was selected by the Philadelphia Freedoms.
Roddick, who retired after the U.S. Open, says he looks forward to his seventh WTT season and "the fan energy. I love being on a team."
Venus Williams returns to the defending champion Washington Kastles.
The new WTT team, the Texas Wild, will retain the No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan. The former Kansas City squad has relocated to Irving, Texas.
The eight-team league starts July 7, with the winner of the Eastern and Western Conference facing off in the final July 28.