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Associated Press

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 27 at 8:01 AM

Knicks dump Celts

UNDATED (AP) — It's now a five-game winning streak for the New York Knicks and a five-game losing skid for the Boston Celtics.

J.R. Smith poured in 32 points and Carmelo Anthony added 29 as the Knicks hammered the Celtics 100-85 in Boston. The game was tied at 35 until the Knicks scored 14 straight points to take control.

The Celtics committed 20 turnovers compared to eight for the Knicks.

New York moved into second place in the NBA's Eastern Conference by percentage points over Indiana while stretching its lead in the Atlantic Division to 2 1/2 games over Brooklyn.

Also in the NBA, Minnesota ripped Detroit 105-82 behind 18 points and 11 rebounds from Nikola Pekovic. J.J. Barea matched a season high with 21 points off the bench for the Timberwolves.


Penguins continue streak

UNDATED (AP) — The NHL's conference leaders were able to pad their leads with shutout victories Tuesday night.

Sidney Crosby scored the lone goal and the Pittsburgh Penguins picked up their 13th consecutive victory by downing the Canadiens 1-0. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 25 shots he faced but did not play in the third period following a collision in front of the Penguins' net. Tomas Vokoun (voh-KOON') made 12 stops to preserve the fourth combined shutout in team history.

Pittsburgh now leads the Eastern Conference by seven points over the Canadiens and Boston.

Chicago tops the West by five points over Anaheim after the Blackhawks ended a two-game skid.

Ray Emery claimed his first shutout in more than three years by stopping 16 shots in the Hawks' 2-0 triumph over Calgary. Defensemen Nick Leddy and Brent Seabrook providing the scoring as Chicago dealt the Flames their 10th straight road loss.

Elsewhere on ice, Sergei Bobrovsky and Cory Schneider each earned shutouts before Maxim Lapierre (lah-pee-EHR') scored the lone shootout goal to give Vancouver a 1-0 victory over Columbus. Bobrovsky allowed the Blue Jackets to earn a point after they were outshot 34-17 through regulation and overtime.

Evander Kane's one goal and three assists led Winnipeg's offense in a 4-1 triumph at Carolina. The Jets lead the Southeast Division by six points over the Hurricanes, who are 0-5-1 in their last six games.

Joffrey Lupul scored a pair of go-ahead goals early in the third period before Toronto held off Florida 3-2. Lupul has six goals in four games since returning from a broken forearm.

Rick Nash scored twice and set up Derek Stepan's (STEP'-ahnz) eventual game-winner as the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 5-2. Stepan had a goal and three assists for the Blueshirts, who are two points ahead of the New York Islanders in the battle for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

The Islanders blew a 2-0 lead in the second period before John Tavares scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:18 left to give the Isles a 3-2 win at Washington. The Islanders are 9-4-1 on the road but just 6-11-2 at Nassau Coliseum.

Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis each had a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay's 2-1 verdict over Buffalo. Stamkos has a league-high 23 goals for the Lightning, who allowed just 14 shots on net.

Nikolai Khabibulin (hah-bee-BOO'-lihn) made 21 of his 43 saves in the second period as Edmonton blanked the Blues 3-0 in St. Louis. The Oilers' line of Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins combined for all three goals and eight points.


LSU upsets third-seeded Penn State in lady's NCAA tournament

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Adrienne Webb scored a career-high 29 points, including two crucial free throws with 22 seconds left, and LSU upset third-seeded Penn State 71-66 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Tuesday night.

Bianca Lutley overcame foul trouble and scored 18 points, including a tough floater in traffic in the final minute to give LSU the lead and added another key free throw to make it a four-point game with 8.3 seconds to go.

Webb was 10 of 16 in what would have been her last game had No. 6 seed LSU (22-11) lost. Instead, she carried LSU to a Spokane Regional semifinal against California on a night when the Lady Tigers had only seven available players.

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WACO, Texas (AP) — Brittney Griner provided a most appropriate goodbye in her final home game for Baylor: a trio of dunks and another double-double. Griner had 33 points and a career-high 22 rebounds to go with her three highlight dunks to lead the defending national champions to an 85-47 victory over Florida State.

The top-seeded Lady Bears, who are 34-1, are in the round of 16 for the fourth year in a row. They play Louisville on Sunday in the semifinals of the Oklahoma City Regional


NASCAR: Let 'em race

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has declined to dole out any punishment for altercations that occurred during and after Sunday's race at Fontana, Calif.

Circuit chairman Brian France says that the contact between Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin as they battled for the win was just the kind of throwback racing he expects out of his drivers and the new Gen-6 car.

Hamlin will be sidelined at least six weeks because of a fractured vertebra sustained in the crash.

NASCAR said it won't penalize Tony Stewart for scuffling with Logano after the race, and series officials saw nothing to indicate Logano or Hamlin was trying to intentionally wreck each other as they raced for the win. In addition, NASCAR officials have given no thought to policing blocking, which is what Logano did to Stewart on the final restart to trigger the post-race confrontation.


Deal done with Lohse

UNDATED (AP) — Kyle Lohse (lohsh) and the Milwaukee Brewers have put the finishing touches on their three-year, $33 million contract. The last big-name free agent to sign with a team, Lohse joins a club that has had a suspect rotation. A year ago with the Cardinals, Lohse was 16-3 with a 2.86 earned run average.

Milwaukee gave up the 17th overall pick in this year's amateur draft to land Lohse, who made 33 starts last year for the Cardinals, one of Milwaukee's division rivals in the NL Central.

Elsewhere around spring training;

— Detroit is rounding out its pitching staff. Rick Porcello has earned the No. 5 starter's job in the Tigers' rotation, and Drew Smyly will start the season in the bullpen.

— Boston Red Sox right-hander John Lackey has passed another test in his comeback from Tommy John surgery, pitching into the sixth inning against Tampa Bay minor leaguers. Lackey gave up three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings against players from Triple-A Durham.

— The St. Louis Cardinals have placed third baseman David Freese on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain. He hopes to return in time for the home opener against the Reds on April 8.

— Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is resigned to starting the season on the disabled list for the first time since 2001. He continues to undergo treatment for his sore left ankle following surgery last October.

—The trade sending outfielder Vernon Wells to the Yankees from the Angels has been completed, with Los Angeles picking up about $28.5 million of the $42 million Wells is owed over the last two years of his contract. In exchange for Wells the Angels are getting minor league outfielder Exircado Cayones and pitching prospect Kramer Sneed.

— Baltimore Orioles infielder Wilson Betemit estimates he'll be out for six to eight weeks because of a torn ligament in his right knee. He was injured while running the bases in an exhibition game Monday.

— The White Sox put left-hander John Danks has been put on the 15-day disabled list as he recovers from rotator cuff and biceps surgery last August. Danks was 3-4 with a 5.70 ERA in nine starts, all before mid-May.

— Derek Lowe has earned a job with the Texas Rangers and will start the season in the bullpen as a long reliever and spot starter.

— Right-hander Aaron Cook has been released by the Phillies after going 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts and three relief appearances during spring training.

— Daisuke Matsuzaka (DYS'-kay maht-soo-ZAH'-kah) and Matt Capps are staying with the Cleveland organization after accepting minor league contracts.


U.S. gets tie at Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Goalkeeper Brad Guzan allowed the U.S. men's soccer team to earn a scoreless draw against Mexico.

The Americans earned only their second point in a World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium and moved into third place in the North And Central American region, one point behind Panama and behind Costa Rica on goal difference.


World champs secure new defensive end

UNDATED (AP) — Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Elvis Dumervil (DOO'-mur-vihl) says he left the Denver Broncos for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens because he was looking to play for a winner in a different city. Dumervil passed his physical and signed a five-year contract with the Ravens today. The addition of the big defensive end comes after the team lost free agents Ed Reed, Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe and Cary Williams.

Also in the NFL, the New England Patriots have re-signed offensive tackle and unrestricted Sebastian Vollmer.

And the Chicago Bears agreed to a one-year contract with veteran cornerback Kelvin Hayden.


Serena advances, U.S. men are out

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Five-time champion Serena Williams has advanced to the Sony Open semifinals and tied the women's record for career victories in the tournament by beating No. 5-seeded Li Na 6-3, 7-6.

Sam Querrey (KWEER'-ee) has lost his fourth-round match, and for the first time the tournament will have no American in the men's quarterfinals.


Terps advance to NIT semis

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Maryland is the first team to reach the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden.

Alex Len had 15 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and had a huge block with three seconds left in the Terrapins' 58-57 win at Alabama.

The Terps next face the winner of Wednesday's game between ACC rival Virginia and Iowa.


New, old Big East has new TV deal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The new-look Big East conference has signed a TV deal with CBS. The pact calls for games to be broadcast through the end of the 2020 season. CBS will have the first selection from conference and nonconference games, including those played at neutral sites.

Starting in 2014, the league's basketball lineup will include Connecticut, Cincinnati, Temple, South Florida, Central Florida, Houston, Memphis, SMU and Tulane.


Buffalo, Pacific have new hoops coaches

UNDATED (AP) — Former Duke standout Bobby Hurley has been hired as the new men's basketball coach at the University at Buffalo. He's spent the past three seasons as an assistant on his brother Dan's staffs at Wagner and Rhode Island.

Hurley replaces Reggie Witherspoon, who was let go two weeks ago after 14 seasons, following a 14-20 record.

And Pacific has promoted top assistant Ron Verlin to be its new basketball coach. He replaces Bob Thomason, who spent 25 years coaching his alma mater and took the Tigers to the NCAA tournament this season.


You're in for a urinal game in Allentown

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies' top minor league affiliate is set to debut what it calls a "urinal gaming system" at its ballpark in Allentown. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs tapped a British company to install the system in men's restrooms at the ballpark.

It consists of a video display mounted above each urinal. When a fan approaches, the video console will sense his presence and switch into gaming mode. The guy aims left or right to control the play on the screen.

The general manager of the team, Kurt Landes, says the game is "sure to make a huge splash."