February 27, 2011 in Sports

In brief: St. John’s tops another ranked foe

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D.J. Kennedy of St. John’s battles for a rebound against Villanova in a game where the Red Storm upset the No. 15 Wildcats.
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Men’s basketball: Dwight Hardy scored a career-high 34 points and No. 23 St. John’s (19-9, 11-5 Big East) beat another ranked team with an 81-68 win over No. 15 Villanova (21-8, 9-7) in Philadelphia on Saturday.

The Red Storm have knocked off six ranked opponents this season with names like Georgetown, Notre Dame, Duke, Connecticut, Pittsburgh and now Villanova.

No. 1 Duke falls: Terrell Bell scored 12 points, including five straight to give Virginia Tech (19-8, 9-5 ACC) the lead for good, and the Hokies beat No. 1 Duke (26-3, 12-2) 64-60 in Blacksburg, Va.

• Colorado rallies to upset No. 5 Texas: Colorado (18-11, 7-7 Big 12) overcame a 22-point first-half deficit to notch a 91-89 upset over No. 5 Texas (24-5, 13-2) behind 33 points from Alec Burks and 21 from Levi Knutson in Boulder, Colo.

• Fredette leads BYU over San Diego State: Jimmer Fredette scored 25 points as No. 7 BYU (27-2, 13-1) took an 80-67 victory over No. 6 San Diego State (20-2, 12-2) to take a one-game lead in the Mountain West Conference.

• Calipari reaches 500 wins in Kentucky victory: Darius Miller scored a career-high 24 points and Brandon Knight added 16 points and six assists as No. 22 Kentucky (20-8, 8-6 SEC) surged to a 76-68 win over No. 13 Florida (22-6, 11-3) in Lexington, Ky.

The Wildcats won their 33rd straight home game and gave coach John Calipari his 500th career victory.

Red Wings slip by Sabres in shootout

NHL: Jiri Hudler tied it with 58 seconds remaining and Pavel Datsyuk also scored in regulation, then each had goals in the shootoout to lift the Detroit Red Wings over the Sabres 3-2 in Buffalo, N.Y.

Hudler’s goal in the final minute completed Detroit’s comeback from 2-0 down in the first period.

Short-handed Pistons hold off Jazz

NBA: Rodney Stuckey scored 28 points and made a big steal in the final minute, helping the Detroit Pistons bounce back from an embarrassing start to the weekend with a 120-116 win over the Utah Jazz in Auburn Hills, Mich.

One night earlier, Detroit used only six players in a lopsided loss at Philadelphia after seven Pistons missed at least part of a team shootaround. Stuckey and Austin Daye, who arrived late to the shootaround and didn’t play Friday, were back on the court against the Jazz. Daye scored 18 points, 11 in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, Ben Wallace was unavailable following the death of his brother earlier in the day, and Tayshaun Prince (illness) and Tracy McGrady (back) were held out. Richard Hamilton remained out with a sore groin. Coach John Kuester insists his team is ready to move forward.

Djokovic downs Federer in Dubai final

Tennis: Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer for the second time in a month, a 6-3, 6-3 victory for his third consecutive Dubai Championships title in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Djokovic extended his unbeaten streak in 2011 to 12 matches with his 20th title. The third-ranked Serb beat Federer in the semifinals on his way to winning the Australian Open.

• Zvonareva beats No. 1 Wozniacki: Vera Zvonareva defeated top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4 to win the Qatar Ladies Open final in Doha, Qatar.

Kaymer on to final, grabs No. 1 ranking

Golf: Martin Kaymer calmly rolled in an 8-foot par putt on the 18th hole for a 1-up victory over Bubba Watson to advance to the final of the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. The win was all he needed to move into the No. 1 spot in the next world ranking.

With his 1-up victory, the 26-year-old Kaymer advanced to the championship match today against Luke Donald of England, who set an Accenture Match Play Championship record by needing only 73 holes in five matches to get to the last match.

• Wagner atop Mayakoba Classic: Johnson Wagner moved into contention for his second PGA Tour title, shooting a 6-under 65 for a one-stroke lead over Chris Stroud after the third round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

• Arimura leads Webb at HSBC: Japan’s Chie Arimura shot a 1-under 71 for a one-stroke lead over Australia’s Karrie Webb after the third round of the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.

Wendy Ward (Edwall, Wash.) shot a 77.

Lagat snags 3,000m win at U.S. indoors

Miscellany: Veteran distance runner Bernard Lagat took off down the front stretch with about 200 meters to go, passing runner-up Galen Rupp, to win the 3,000 meters at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.

Lagat won with a time of 7 minutes, 57.17 seconds.

• Soldat continues rise at Gulfstream: Soldat solidified himself as a Kentucky Derby contender by romping to victory in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

The 7-5 favorite in the field of eight 3-year-olds returned $4.80, $3.00 and $2.20.

Rios wins title: Brandon Rios knocked out Miguel Acosta in the 10th round with a flurry of punches near the corner to win the WBA lightweight title in Las Vegas.

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