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Forte leads Oklahoma State past Kansas State
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Phil Forte matched a season high with 23 points to help Oklahoma State defeat Kansas State 77-61 on Monday night.
Marcus Smart scored 18 points and Markel Brown added 15 for the Cowboys, who followed their victory over Kansas by winning their fourth straight. Brown, a senior, and Smart, a sophomore, played their final home games for the Cowboys. Smart will declare early for the NBA Draft.
Oklahoma State is unbeaten since Smart returned from a three-game suspension for shoving a Texas Tech fan. Smart was strong in the second half for the third straight game, scoring 16 points after halftime before checking out with 1:32 remaining.
Thomas Gipson had 10 points and 13 rebounds and Wesley Iwundu added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Kansas State, which had won three of four and was coming off a home win over Iowa State.
Wilkins' 3-run shot helps White Sox top Royals
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Andy Wilkins hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Hector Gimenez added a tiebreaking double in the sixth to lift the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals 9-7 on Monday.
The White Sox scored three in the first off starter Jeremy Guthrie, making his first appearance of the spring. Alejandro De Aza singled and moved to third on Marcus Simien's hit-and-run single to right. Wilkins, a first baseman making a rare start, homered over the bullpen in right field.
Guthrie allowed four hits and three runs in two innings. Chicago starter Jose Quintana gave up two runs and two hits in three innings. Johnny Giavotella tripled in one run and then scored on Jarrod Dyson's single.
Conor Gillaspie also had a two-run double for Chicago. Jorge Bonifacio drove in three runs for the Royals, two on an eighth-inning home run.
Peralta homers twice against former team
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Jhonny Peralta homered twice against his former team, going deep in his only plate appearances Monday in the St. Louis Cardinals' 8-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers.
Peralta played for the Tigers for three and a half seasons before signing with St. Louis as a free agent this offseason. He said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny asked a couple days earlier if he wanted to make the spring training trip to Lakeland to face Detroit. Peralta accepted that offer — then made his visit worthwhile with two solo homers off left-hander Drew Smyly.
Nick Castellanos homered for the Tigers. Castellanos, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Austin Jackson had two hits apiece.
Detroit, which played a 10-inning scoreless tie against Atlanta on Sunday, scored seven runs in the first three innings Monday.
Jayhawks' Embiid to sit rest of regular season
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Freshman center Joel Embiid will sit out the final two regular-season games for No. 8 Kansas so that he can rest a lower back strain that has already caused him to miss a game.
Kansas coach Bill Self said Monday that Embiid re-aggravated the injury and that experts have told the Jayhawks' staff that the best remedy is simply rest.
The Jayhawks, who have already wrapped up their 10th consecutive Big 12 championship, play host to Texas Tech on Wednesday night before finishing the regular season Saturday at West Virginia.
They'll have a first-round bye in the Big 12 tournament, which starts March 12.
The 7-foot Embiid has been a revelation this season, averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds despite only playing basketball for a few years.
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Lots left to play for in Big 12
UNDATED (AP) — The only certainties about the Big 12 are that Kansas will finish in first place and TCU will be last.
For everyone else, the final week of the regular season represents a chance to either improve their postseason positioning or win over the NCAA tournament selection committee.
Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas State were tied for second place at 10-6 on Monday. Baylor and Oklahoma State sit squarely on the at-large bubble. Even West Virginia has an outside shot at an NCAA tournament bids if it can get hot.
With so much on the line, the final week of the Big 12's regular season could also be the most competitive one.
Detroit's top brass play for Tigers, Cardinals
DETROIT (AP) — The Motor City's top brass have been on hand for an exhibition game between the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals.
A Detroit Symphony Orchestra brass quintet played the national anthem Monday afternoon before the game at Joker Marchant Stadium, the Tigers' winter home in Lakeland, Fla.
The ensemble consists of trumpeters Hunter Eberly and Bill Lucas, trombonist Randy Hawes, tubist Dennis Nulty and Dave Everson on horn.
The group's leader is orchestra Music Director Leonard Slatkin. He's also served as director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and was a regular on opening day in that city. He's also thrown the ceremonial first pitch for the Tigers.
As for where his loyalties lie, he says "it would be inappropriate" for him to divulge that information.