Men’s College Basketball: Otto Porter scored a career-high 33 points and No. 11 Georgetown beat No. 8 Syracuse 57-46, putting an emphatic stamp on the impending end of an era before an imposing Orange crowd.
His incredible play stopped the Orange’s 38-game winning streak in the Carrier Dome, the longest in Division I, and it came in front of a disappointed record crowd of 35,012, the largest ever to see a college basketball game on campus.
• Villanova knocks off Marquette: Darrun Hilliard scored 22 points and Ryan Arcidiacono and JayVaughn Pinkston both scored 11 to lead host Villanova to a 60-56 victory over No. 17 Marquette.
• Kentucky outlasts Missouri: Julius Mays’ eight points in overtime, including four clinching free throws in the final 33 seconds, helped Kentucky get the important victory it needed to bolster its NCAA tournament chances, beating visiting Missouri 90-83.
Horford’s shot lifts Hawks over Bucks
NBA: Al Horford’s hook shot with 5.9 seconds left lifted the Atlanta Hawks a 103-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in a game that was close throughout.
Horford’s shot came after a driving layup by Monta Ellis had given the Bucks a 102-101 lead with 10.8 seconds left.
• Wizards fend off Rockets’ 3s for win: Bradley Beal scored 21 points, and Emeka Okafor had 17 points, 11 rebounds and made the go-ahead free throw with 5.2 seconds left to help the Washington Wizards overcome the Houston Rockets’ 3-point barrage for a 105-103 win.
Houston attempted 46 3-pointers, the most in the NBA this season, making 19.
• Back bothers Bogut: Golden State center Andrew Bogut isn’t traveling with the team for the beginning of a five-game road trip at Minnesota tonday because of a nagging back injury.
The team said an MRI revealed a protruding disk in Bogut’s back is causing spasms.
Ovechkin’s hat trick lifts Capitals to win
Hockey: Alex Ovechkin produced his first hat trick in more than two years, leading the struggling Washington Capitals to a 5-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Ovechkin entered the game with five goals this season, only good enough to be tied for third on his team, which began the day with 11 points, the fewest in the 30-team NHL.
• Eberle leads Oilers: Jordan Eberle scored in regulation and in the shootout as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a two-game slide with a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
• Malkin undergoing tests: Reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin was still undergoing tests following a scary crash into the boards during Friday night’s win over Florida. Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma ruled Malkin out for today’s game against Tampa Bay.
• DiPietro clears waivers: New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro has cleared waivers and been assigned to Bridgeport, the team’s AHL affiliate.
Poulter, Mahan on collision course
Golf: Ian Poulter added to his reputation as one tough customer when he beat Steve Stricker at the Match Play Championship with one big putt after another, raising his record in match play to 19-3-2 over the last four years.
Hunter Mahan outlasted U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson in 18 holes, leaving him two matches away from repeating as champion. They meet in the semifinals this morning.
• Jutanugarn leads LPGA Thailand by 3 shots: Thai teenager Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 2-under 70 to lead by three strokes after the third round of the LPGA Thailand despite finishing with two bogeys.
Giggs seals victory in his 999th game
Soccer: Ryan Giggs scored in his 999th match by collecting a goal in another age-defying, influential display to help Manchester United go 15 points clear at the top of the English Premier League.
The late goal from the Welsh midfielder followed a fine strike by defender Rafael da Silva in a 2-0 victory over last-place Queens Park Rangers in London.
• Gunners right ship: Arsenal managed to put its recent cup disappointments behind it with a 2-1 win over visiting Aston Villa to go a point back of fourth in the EPL.
Santi Cazorla scored twice for the Gunners against U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
• Bayern stays the course: Bayern Munich routed visiting Werder Bremen 6-1 to maintain its march to the German title and help Jupp Heynckes celebrate his 1,000th Bundesliga game as player or coach.
Ferrer to defend Buenos Aires title
Tennis: Going for his 20th career title, David Ferrer will defend his Copa Claro championship in the final against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.
Ferrer defeated fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-2 on the outdoor clay, and Wawrinka defeated Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-5 to reach his first final in the Argentine capital.
• Kvitova wins Dubai title: Petra Kvitova won her first title in six months when she defeated Sara Errani of Italy 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in the Dubai Championships final.
• Berdych reaches final: Top-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic beat qualifier Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-2, 6-1 to reach the final of the Open 13 in Marseille.
Risen Star Stakes comes down to wire
Miscellany: Long-shot Ive Struck A Nerve edged Code West at the wire in the $400,000 Grade II Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.
Ive Struck A Nerve, Code West and Palice Malice were nose to nose down the stretch in the final prep for the Louisiana Derby.
• Orb overcomes Violence: For the third straight outing, Orb came from way back in the pack to catch and then hold off heavily favored Violence by half a length to win the Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
• Palaniuk lurks at Bassmasters: A two-day catch of 43 pounds, 4 ounces took Cliff Pace to a 7-pound lead in the Bassmasters Classic in Tulsa. With one day left, Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum is second at 36-4.
• Italy’s Innerhofer wins downhill: In Germany, Christof Innerhofer of Italy won his third World Cup downhill of the season.