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Associated Press

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 4:33 AM


Blues rally past Lightning 4-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alexander Steen got the go-ahead goal early in the third period and goalie Ryan Miller won his first home start in the St. Louis Blues' 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

T.J. Oshie's short-handed goal tied it in the second period and he assisted on Steen's 29th of the season for the Central Division leaders. Patrik Berglund started the comeback with his third goal in two games and Vladimir Tarasenko's empty-net score cinched it with a half-minute to go.

Alex Killorn and Tyler Johnson gave Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, a St. Louis native and former Blue, an early cushion against an opponent that's had to come from behind in all four games since the Olympic break.


Hosmer, Perez homer in Royals' 9-5 win over Reds

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez each homered off Johnny Cueto and drove in three runs, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-5 Tuesday.

Hosmer hit a three-run homer as the Royals batted around in a five-run third that included consecutive triples by Billy Butler and Alex Gordon. Perez went 3 for 3, with a home run in the second, RBI double in the third and a run-scoring single in the fifth.

Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier hit for back-to-back homers as the Reds batted in a four-run first off left-hander Danny Duffy. The Royals committed two errors in the inning, and Duffy had a wild pitch and hit a batter.


No. 7 WVU women beat Kansas 67-60

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Bria Holmes scored 16 points to lead No. 7 West Virginia to a 67-60 victory over Kansas on Tuesday night for at least a share of the Big 12 women's championship.

The title for West Virginia is its first since 1991-92 when it was in the Atlantic 10.

No. 9 Baylor needed a win later Tuesday at Iowa State for a piece of its fourth consecutive conference title.

Asya Bussie and Crystal Caldwell added 14 points apiece for the Mountaineers.

CeCe Harper scored 19 points and Natalie Knight added 17 for Kansas.

After the game, West Virginia's players gathered arm-in-arm and joined fans in singing John Denver's "Country Roads," the school's unofficial anthem. A trophy presentation was held afterward and the players took turns cutting down the nets.


Jayhawks bidding adieu to seniors — and Wiggins

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — When eighth-ranked Kansas steps onto the floor at Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday night, it will be the final home game for seniors Tarik Black, Niko Roberts and Justin Wesley.

Barely heard of them? Maybe you've heard of Andrew Wiggins.

It also figures to be the last home game for the Jayhawks' talented freshman, who has already declared his intention to head to the NBA after this season. But in homage to the tradition that is senior night, the spotlight will be reserved for Black, Roberts and Wesley.

The Jayhawks, who have already wrapped up their 10th straight Big 12 title, play Texas Tech.


No. 2 Wichita State dominates Valley awards

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Wichita State sophomore Fred VanVleet has been voted the Missouri Valley player of the year, leading a strong showing by the unbeaten Shockers in the league's postseason awards.

VanVleet received 22 of a possible 36 votes cast by coaches, athletic department officials and the media on Tuesday, easily outdistancing teammates Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker.

It's the first time in the award's history that a school swept the top three spots.

VanVleet, Baker and Early were joined on the all-Missouri Valley first team by Evansville's D.J. Balentine, Jake Odum of Indiana State and Seth Tuttle of Northern Iowa.

Wichita State's Tekele Cotton was voted second-team all-conference, while Darius Carter made the all-newcomer team. Cotton and VanVleet were picked for the all-defensive team.


Jayhawks' QB race open as spring football begins

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — There will not be an anointed quarterback at Kansas this spring.

Sure, there's still a high-profile transfer competing for the quarterback job, and sure, there's a good chance that T.J. Millweard will ultimately earn it. But for the first time in two years in charge, Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis is letting the competition play out.

So, Millweard will find himself competing with Jake Heaps, the starter early last season, and Montell Cozart, the talented sophomore who eventually took over the starting job. The Jayhawks take the field Thursday for their first practice of spring.