Darvish misses out on perfect game
HOUSTON (AP) — Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher's legs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 7-0.
The Japanese right-hander struck out 14 and appeared to be in complete control before Gonzalez smacked the first pitch up the middle. Darvish was unable to get his glove down in time and the ball skittered into center field well beyond a desperate dive by shortstop Elvis Andrus (AN'-droos).
Darvish nearly picked up right where baseball left off last year, when there were a record three perfect games, thrown by Philip Humber, Matt Cain and Felix Hernandez.T
In other major league finals;
— Madison Bumbarger tossed two-hit ball over eight innings of San Francisco's 3-0 shutout of the Los Angeles Dodgers. L.A. starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (He-YUN Jin Ree-YOO) was reached for one earned run and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings of his major league debut.
— Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez each homered for the second straight game, leading Colorado to an 8-4 win over Milwaukee. Walt Weiss earned his first win as a major league manager.
— Matt Holliday, Pete Kozma (KAHZ'-mah) and Jon Jay homered as St. Louis whipped Arizona 6-1. Jaime (HY'-mee) Garcia allowed two hits over 5 2/3 innings to get the Cardinals' first win of the year.
— Chris Davis hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run seventh inning in Baltimore's 7-4 season opening win over Tampa Bay. Adam Jones got the winning rally going with a two-run double.
— Michael Morse hit a three-run homer and a solo shot in Seattle's 7-1 win at Oakland. Hisashi Iwakuma struck out seven while holding the Athletics to two hits in six innings.
— Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer off of NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to lead Cleveland to a 4-1 win over Toronto. Justin Masterson pitched six innings and the Indians ended their streak of opening day losses at four.
Reds outfielder to have shoulder surgery
CINCINNATI (AP) — Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick tore cartilage in his right shoulder while sliding into base during the season opener Monday and will need surgery. The team didn't project Tuesday how long Ludwick will be out.
Ludwick dislocated his right shoulder on a headfirst slide into third base. An MRI later detected the torn cartilage.
Ludwick is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday. He'll go on the 15-day disabled list.
Sabres stop Penguins streak
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins' run at a record-breaking streak is over. Playing without injured star Sidney Crosby, the Penguins fell to Buffalo 4-1 to end their 15-game winning streak.
Kevin Porter scored his first two goals of the season for the Sabres, who won for the first time in five games. Steve Ott and Cody Hodgson also scored as Buffalo sent Pittsburgh to its first loss in more than a month.
Jarome Iginla scored his first goal with the Penguins after coming over in a trade with Calgary last week but it wasn't nearly enough.
The loss left the Penguins two wins short of the NHL record for consecutive victories.
In other NHL play;
— Nathan Horton broke a tie midway through the third period with his fourth goal in four games as Boston topped Ottawa 3-2. The Bruins shook off their recent offensive woes by unloading 50 shots on goal to earn their second straight win after losing five of their previous seven games.
— Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist to lead Washington to a 5-3 comeback win over Carolina. Mike Green also scored twice for the Capitals who overcame a 2-0 deficit by scoring five goals on their first 11 shots. The Hurricanes wasted a three-goal performance by Jiri Tlusty.
—David Legwand scored the tie-breaking goal with 1:14 left, and Nashville went on to edge Colorado 3-1
— Frans Nielsen scored the go-ahead goal in the final minute of the second period and the Islanders went on to a 5-2 win over Winnipeg. The victory moved the Islanders past the Rangers into the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
— Keith Yandle scored twice and Jason LaBarbera handled 39 shots as Phoenix downed Los Angeles 3-2.
— Peter Mueller scored the only goal in the shootout to lead Florida past Tampa Bay 3-2.
NHL deals announced
UNDATED (AP) — Boston has acquired veteran Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-oh-meer YAH'-gur) from Dallas for a pair of prospects and a conditional second round pick in the draft. The NHL's 10th leading goal scorer leads the Stars in points this season with 14 goals and 12 assists.
In other trades;
— The New York Rangers have acquired forward Ryane Clowe (RY'-ihn kloh) from the San Jose Sharks for three draft picks.
— The Hurricanes have acquired defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron (BEHR'-zhehr-ahn) from Tampa Bay for forward Adam Hall and a draft pick.
— Vancouver has acquired center Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars. The Canucks sent defenseman Kevin Connauton and a second-round pick to Dallas.
Jackets give center a new deal
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets center Mark Letestu (luh-TEHS"-too) has signed a two-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season. The 28-year-old has 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points in 85 games since joining the Blue Jackets in a trade with the Penguins in November 2011. This season, he has nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points. He ranks second on the club in all three categories.
Anthony goes off against short-handed Heat
UNDATED (AP) — Carmelo Anthony tied his career high with 50 points to lead New York to a 102-90 win over Miami for the Knicks ninth straight victory.
Anthony finished 18 of 26 from the field, reaching 50 on a jumper with 16.9 seconds remaining. J.R. Smith scored 14 and Raymond Felton added 10 for New York.
Chris Bosh scored 23 points for Miami, which played without LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers, all held out with injuries that are not believed to be serious. Miami had its 17-game home winning streak snapped.
The Knicks beat the Heat in three of their four regular-season matchups. They likely would not meet again before the Eastern Conference finals.
Elsewhere around the league;
— Dwight Howard's 24 points and 12 rebounds helped the Los Angeles Lakers slam Dallas 101-81. Kobe Bryant chipped in 23 points as the Lakers moved back into a tie with Utah for the final Western Conference playoff berth while dropping the Mavericks 1 ½ games back.
— John Wall had 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds to pace Washignton to 90-86 win over Chicago. Emeka Okafor scored the go-ahead dunk in the final minute to help Washington win for the eighth straight time at home. Wall was 8 for 17 from the field and 11 for 13 at the free throw line. He's averaging 23.7 points and 8.6 assists during the home winning streak.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEW MEXICO-NEAL
Lobos promote Neal to head coach
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has named Craig Neal as the new men's basketball coach, staying in house to replace Steve Alford.
Neal spent the past six seasons as the Alford's top assistant, helping the Lobos win consecutive Mountain West Conference titles and three NCAA tournament bids.
Players and fans had voiced their support for Neal as the top choice after Alford left last week for UCLA.
Video puts Rutgers coach under fire
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers said it would reconsider its decision to retain basketball coach Mike Rice after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs. ESPN broadcast the video prompting scores of outraged social media comments as well as sharp criticism from Gov. Chris Christie and NBA star LeBron James.
Athletic director Tim Pernetti was given a copy of the video in late November by a former employee. He suspended Rice for three games a month later, fined him $50,000 and ordered him to attend anger management classes.
Baylor, Iowa in finals
NEW YORK (AP) — Pierre Jackson had 24 points and 10 assists to lift Baylor back into the National Invitation Tournament title game for the second time in five years with a 76-70 win over BYU. Baylor's Cory Jefferson scored 21 points and Isaiah Austin had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears.
Baylor will face Iowa in the title game Thursday.
Devyn Marble had 21 points and nine rebounds to help Iowa reach the NIT championship for the first time with a 71-60 win over Maryland.
Asomugha joins Niners
UNDATED (AP) — Free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (NAHM'-dee AH'-suhm-wah) has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that could pay him as much as $3 million this year. The former All-Pro was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on March 12 after two disappointing seasons — and now he is ready to help the 49ers return to the Super Bowl and win after losing 34-31 to the Ravens on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.
In other NFL moves
— Oakland has traded quarterback Carson Palmer to Arizona. In return the Raiders are getting a conditional 2014 draft pick and swapped one of their sixth-round picks this year for Oakland's seventh-round selection. Palmer is expected to move into the starting quarterback role for new Arizona coach Bruce Arians, after agreeing to rework his contract.
— The Buffalo Bills have re-signed backup running back Tashard Choice, come to terms with free-agent defensive lineman Alan Branch and had tight end Dorin Dickerson accept the team's tendered contract offer.
Notre Dame advances
UNDATED (AP) — Shoni Schimmel scored 24 points and giant-slaying Louisville claimed another big upset, beating second-seeded Tennessee 86-78 and earning the school's second trip to the Final Four.
Two nights after taking down Brittney Griner and defending national champion Baylor, the fifth-seeded Cardinals (28-8) built a 20-point lead and then withstood a second-half comeback by the Lady Vols (27-8).
When it was over, the Cardinals huddled at center court and celebrated. Tennessee headed home with a third straight loss in the regional finals. Next up for Louisville will be California in the Final Four.
Louisville's win puts both of the school's basketball teams in the Final Four.
Skylar Diggins scored 24 points and Notre Dame rallied to beat Duke 87-76 to earn its third consecutive trip to the Final Four. Kayla McBride added 17 points while Jewell Loyd and Natalie Achonwa had 17 each as the Fighting Irish (35-1) won their school-record 30th consecutive game. Notre Dame will meet Connecticut in the national semifinals.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL-AP ALL AMERICA
Baylor star leads the AP team
UNDATED (AP) — Brittney Griner (GRY'-nurr) of Baylor is an All-America for the third straight season. She is just the fifth three-time Associated Press All-American, following Tennessee's Chamique (shuh-MEE'-kwuh) Holdsclaw, Duke's Alana Beard, Oklahoma's Courtney Paris and Connecticut's Maya (my-UH') Moore. Paris and Moore were the only two to earn the honor all four years.
Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins, Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike (ah-GWOO'-mih-kay), Delaware's Elena Delle Donne and Baylor's Odyssey Sims were also on the team announced Monday.
Ex-Sooners coach Fairbanks dies
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Former Oklahoma and New England Patriots head coach Chuck Fairbanks has died after battling brain cancer. He was 79.
Oklahoma said in a news release that Fairbanks died Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Fairbanks was 52-15-1 in six years with the Sooners, including an Orange Bowl victory his first season and consecutive Sugar Bowls wins in 1971-72 before taking over the Patriots. He won 46 games for New England, a franchise record at the time.