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Duke, UNC women out of ACC tourney

Sat., March 3, 2012

Women’s basketball: The Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball semifinals in Greensboro, N.C., have a different look without both Duke and North Carolina.

Both the Blue Devils and Tar Heels were beaten Friday in the quarterfinals. It’s the first time since 1991 that the semifinals will be without both schools.

Bonae Holston and Marissa Kastanek each scored 16 points to help ninth-seeded North Carolina State (18-14) notch a 75-73 upset win over top-seeded No. 5 Duke (24-5), while Tyaunna Marshall scored 21 points and had the go-ahead basket with 1:35 left to help No. 15 Georgia Tech (23-7) earn a 54-53 win over North Carolina (20-11).

Also in the quarterfinals, Secily Ray scored a season-high 21 points to help seventh-seeded Wake Forest roll to an 81-74 upset over second-seeded No. 7 Miami.

• Kentucky rallies to win: Bria Goss hit a layup with 1:22 left and Kentucky (25-5) rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half to post a 71-67 victory over Florida (19-12) in the SEC tournament in Nashville, Tenn.

Irish clinch No. 3 spot, two byes in Big East

Men’s basketball: Jack Cooley scored a career-high 27 points and had 17 rebounds as No. 20 Notre Dame beat Providence 75-69 in South Bend, Ind., to wrap up a double bye in next week’s Big East tournament.

Notre Dame (21-10, 13-5) locked up the No. 3 seed.

• Southern Illinois fires coach: Southern Illinois has fired coach Chris Lowery after back-to-back losing seasons.

Lowery was 145-116 in eight seasons as coach. His teams made three NCAA tournament appearances, including the Sweet 16 in 2007.

Jazz snap Heat’s nine-game win streak

NBA: Devin Harris converted a three-point play with 4.5 seconds left and the Utah Jazz snapped the Miami Heat’s nine-game win streak with a 99-98 win in Salt Lake City.

LeBron James had 35 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots for Miami.

• Celtics back over .500: Paul Pierce had 27 points and eight assists, and the Boston Celtics got back above .500 with their third straight win, beating the New Jersey Nets 107-94 in Boston.

• Hawks rally past Bucks: Vladimir Radmanovic made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.9 seconds left and the Atlanta Hawks rallied in the final period to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 99-94 in Atlanta.

• Bulls win fifth straight: Luol Deng scored a season-high 24 points and Derrick Rose added 19 as the Chicago Bulls won their fifth straight, 112-91 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Lightning beat Rangers in OT

NHL: Ryan Malone scored 1:58 into overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers 4-3 in Tampa, Fla.

Steven Stamkos scored his league-leading 45th goal for Tampa Bay.

• Blackhawks edge Senators: Marian Hossa scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period, and the Chicago Blackhawks held on to defeat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in Ottawa.

• Parise’s hat trick sparks Devils: Zach Parise notched a hat trick before a crunching hit from two players sent him to the locker room midway through the second period, and the New Jersey Devils snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Washington Capitals 5-0 in Washington.

• Leafs fire Wilson: The Maple Leafs have fired coach Ron Wilson and replaced him with Randy Carlyle.

Wilson was wrapping up his fourth season in Toronto.

Carlyle was coaching Anaheim before he was replaced by Bruce Boudreau in December.

Burnett expected to miss 2-3 months

Baseball: Newly acquired Pittsburgh pitcher A.J. Burnett is expected to miss two to three months while recovering from surgery for a facial fracture, forcing the Pirates to rearrange their plans for opening day.

Burnett had surgery Friday in Pittsburgh for a broken orbital bone near his right eye. He was injured when he fouled a ball off his face Wednesday during a bunting drill.

• Ex-Yankee prospect jailed: Former New York Yankees pitching prospect Brien Taylor, the overall No. 1 pick in the 1991 draft, is facing multiple drug charges after his arrest in Morehead City, N.C.

The 40-year-old Taylor was arrested after undercover narcotics agents bought a large quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine from him over several months.

U.S. women scoot past Norwegians

Miscellany: Sidney Leroux scored in the 81st minute, leading the U.S. women to a 2-1 victory over Norway in the Algarve Cup in Lagos, Portugal.

Abby Wambach also scored for the Americans, who play Japan on Monday. The U.S. needs a win or tie to qualify for the final of the Algarve Cup.

• Gillis takes lead: Tom Gillis shot a 6-under-par 64 to tie Justin Rose for the second-round lead in the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Rose shot his second straight 66 to tie Gillis at 8-under 132.

Tiger Woods finished with a 68 and is seven shots back.

• Ex-Bronco acquitted: A Castle Rock, Colo., jury has acquitted former Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox of sexual assault charges.

Cox was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Septem- ber 2010 after a night of partying.

• Cochran-Siegle wins downhill gold: American Ryan Cochran-Siegle won the downhill for the first U.S. medal at the Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in Roccaraso, Italy.

Cochran-Siegle finished ahead of two skiers from Switzerland: Ralph Weber was second, and Nils Mani was third.

• Russia’s Lipnitskaia leads: Thirteen-year-old Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia led after the women’s short program at the world junior figure skating championships in Minsk, Belarus. Gracie Gold of the U.S. was second.

• Rebensburg tops field: Olympic champion Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany mastered a melting course to win a women’s World Cup giant slalom at Ofterschwang, Germany, and take the standings lead in the discipline.

American Lindsey Vonn finished 10th and retained a massive lead in the overall standings.

• Murray snaps Djokovic’s streak: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic lost for the first time this season, beaten by Andy Murray 6-2, 7-5 in the semifinals of the tennis’ Dubai Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Djokovic had been on a 10-match win streak that included the Australian Open title.

In the final, Murray will play Roger Federer, who edged Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6).

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