College basketball: Greivis Vasquez scored 20 points, including a clutch basket with 37 seconds left, and No. 22 Maryland beat fourth-ranked Duke 79-72 Wednesday night in College Park, Md., to move the Terrapins (22-7, 12-3) into a tie with the Blue Devils (25-5, 12-3) atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.
Jordan Williams had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (22-7, 12-3), who have won six straight since losing by 21 at Duke on Feb. 13. It was Maryland’s first win over Duke in the past seven tries.
•Jayhawks handle Wildcats: Sherron Collins had 17 points in his final game at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., and No. 2 Kansas (28-2, 14-1) beat No. 5 Kansas State (24-5, 11-4) 82-65 to clinch its sixth straight Big 12 regular-season title outright.
Kansas extended the nation’s longest home winning streak to 59 games.
•Wall sparks Kentucky: John Wall had 24 points and No. 3 Kentucky (28-2, 13-2) clinched at least a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship by beating Georgia (13-15, 5-10) 80-68 in Athens, Ga.
Kentucky moved one game ahead of Vanderbilt in the race for the SEC’s best record. The Wildcats, who swept Vanderbilt, already own the tiebreaker and the top seed in the SEC tournament.
•Lobos clinch conference title: Darington Hobson had 20 points and 14 rebounds while Roman Martinez added 19 points in his final game at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M., leading No. 8 New Mexico (28-3, 14-2 Mountain West) to a 73-66 win over TCU (13-17, 5-10) to secure the Lobos’ first outright conference title in 16 years.
Dairese Gary added 14 points for the Lobos, who won their 14th straight game and clinched their first outright season title since winning the Western Athletic Conference in 1994.
•Purdue stays in Big Ten hunt: E’Twaun Moore scored 21 points and Chris Kramer added a season-high 18 in his final home game as No. 7 Purdue (25-4, 13-4 Big Ten) rolled to a 74-55 win over Indiana (9-20, 3-14) in West Lafayette, Ind.
If Purdue wins at Penn State on Saturday, the Boilermakers will earn a share of the Big Ten championship. It would be Purdue’s first conference title since 1996.
Nebraska women stay unbeaten
Women’s basketball: Kelsey Griffin scored 18 points as third-ranked Nebraska (28-0, 15-0 Big 12) cruised to a 77-52 win over Kansas (15-13, 5-10) in Lincoln, Neb.
Nebraska would become the second team in the conference’s 13-year history to go unbeaten in league play if it wins Saturday at Kansas State. Oklahoma did it first in 2005-06.
•Baylor’s Griner punches opponent: Brittney Griner scored 21 points before getting ejected from the game to lead No. 14 Baylor (22-7, 8-6 Big 12) to a 9-60 win over Texas Tech (17-12, 5-10) in Lubbock, Texas.
Officials tossed the freshman with 9:01 left after she punched Tech sophomore forward Jordan Barncastle in the face after being fouled by Barncastle.
U.S. women win seventh Algarve Cup
Soccer: The United States beat Germany 3-2 in Faro, Portugal, to capture the women’s Algarve Cup for the seventh time.
Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer fumbled the ball in the 70th minute and Lauren Cheney tapped it in for the win.
•U.S. men lose: The United States fell flat in Europe once again, losing to the Netherlands 2-1 in Amsterdam in the Americans’ last match before coach Bob Bradley picks his World Cup roster.
Dirk Kuyt converted a penalty kick in the 40th minute for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra scored in the 88th minute to prevent a shutout.
Canucks top Wings behind Olympians
NHL: U.S. Olympian Ryan Kesler scored twice, and gold-medal winning Canadian goalie Roberto Luongo made 28 saves to help the Vancouver Canucks beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-3 in Detroit.
•No blockbuster trades at deadline: The trade deadline came and went with a thud instead of a bang.
It did, however, produce a couple of records.
There were a deadline-high 31 deals, mostly of the smaller variety, involving a record 55 players and 25 draft picks. But big-name players such as Toronto’s Tomas Kaberle, Carolina forward and former Spokane Chief Ray Whitney, and New York Islanders goalies Dwayne Roloson and Martin Biron stayed with their clubs.
Roy, Aldridge propel Trail Blazers to win
NBA: Brandon Roy scored 22 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and seven rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers cruised to a 102-79 win over the Indiana Pacers in Portland.
Rudy Fernandez had 16 points, including five 3-pointers for Portland. The Blazers have scored more than 100 points in six straight games for the first time since Feb. 4-17, 1998.
•Anthony outduels Durant: Carmelo Anthony outplayed Kevin Durant, scoring 30 points, and the Denver Nuggets took control with a big third quarter to rout the Oklahoma City Thunder 119-90 in Denver.
Durant scored 19 points.
•James has double-double: LeBron James had 26 points and 14 assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers opened a 20-point first-quarter lead and cruised to a 111-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets in East Rutherford, N.J.
•Noah sidelined: Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will miss three weeks because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot that has been bothering him since mid-January.
Chiefs release former Cougar Darling
Miscellany: The Kansas City Chiefs have released wide receiver Devard Darling, who played at Washington State University.
Darling, 27, played for Kansas City in 2008 and spent the 2009 season on injured reserve. He previously spent four seasons with Baltimore and has 37 career receptions for 578 yards and four touchdowns.
•Upton signs six-year deal: Outfielder Justin Upton signed a $51.25 million, six-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the second- largest deal in franchise history.
The only bigger contract in Diamondbacks’ history was the $52.4 million, four-year deal Randy Johnson signed in 1999.
•Toney signs with UFC: Boxer James Toney, 41, is taking a crack at mixed martial arts, signing a multifight deal with UFC.
Toney is a former super middleweight and cruiser- weight champion, but he hasn’t had a significant title shot since March 2006, and he also tested positive for steroids twice.
•Russian Olympic Committee head resigns: Leonid Tyagachev, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee resigned in the wake of the nation’s worst performance at the Winter Games, news agencies said, citing the committee’s spokesman.