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In brief: Kelly’s return sparks Duke past Miami

Sun., March 3, 2013, midnight

College Basketball: Ryan Kelly scored a career-high 36 points in his return from a foot injury that had sidelined him since January, helping third-ranked Duke beat fifth-ranked Miami 79-76 on Saturday night in Durham, N.C.

Kelly knocked down 10 of 14 shots – including 7 of 9 3-pointers – for the Blue Devils, who avenged a blowout road loss in January by grinding out a tough win in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Shane Larkin scored 25 points to lead the Hurricanes.

• Louisville edges Syracuse: Luke Hancock hit a 3-pointer from the corner to break a tie with 99 seconds left, and visiting No. 10 Louisville beat No. 12 Syracuse 58-53.

• VCU throttles No. 20 Butler: Troy Daniels scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half and VCU’s full-court pressure overwhelmed No. 20 Butler from the outset, leading the Rams to an 84-52 victory in Richmond, Va.

• Villanova tops No. 22 Syracuse women in three OTs: Laura Sweeny scored a season-high 29 points and Rachel Roberts added 20 to help visiting Villanova upset No. 22 Syracuse 77-75 in triple overtime.

Sutter’s goal gives Penguins’ OT win

NHL: Brandon Sutter’s second goal of the game 52 seconds into overtime lifted the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins to a wild 7-6 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

Sutter took a pass from Simon Despres on a rush, stepped around Max Pacioretty, and beat goalie Carey Price with a high shot to help Pittsburgh end a two-game skid and avoid being swept on a three-game road trip.

• Sullivan leads Coyotes: Steve Sullivan scored the tying goal with 6:28 remaining in regulation and then netted the lone goal in the shootout to lift the Phoenix Coyotes past the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 in Glendale, Ariz.

Noah, Boozer lead Bulls past Nets

NBA: Joakim Noah had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 20 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the visiting Brooklyn Nets 96-85.

The Bulls went on a 19-0 run that started in the second quarter, giving them an 18-point lead.

• Lillard leads Blazers: Damian Lillard scored 24 points, J.J. Hickson added 18 points and 16 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves 109-96.

White defends U.S. Open halfpipe title

Winter Sports: Shaun White has defended his title at the U.S. Open snowboarding championships, easily winning the event Saturday with a flawless performance through the halfpipe in Vail, Colo.

White turned in the high score of 95.58 points.

On the women’s side, Kelly Clark has won her sixth halfpipe title, the most in the history of the competition.

• Maze breaks 2,000-point mark: Tina Maze of Slovenia broke the record for points in a World Cup season by winning a downhill, which also made her only the third woman to win a race in all five disciplines in a single campaign.

• Theaux wins men’s downhill: Theaux of France earned his second career World Cup victory by narrowly beating home favorite Aksel Lund Svindal in a downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway.

Guthrie, Thompson tied at Honda Classic

Golf: PGA Tour rookie Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson survived the chilly, blustery conditions and shared the lead at 8-under 202 Saturday in the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Guthrie held on for a 1-over 71 in his first time playing in the last group on tour and closed with eight good pars. Thompson narrowly missed a 20-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole for a 70.

• Lewis shares lead in Singapore: Stacy Lewis shared the lead with Na Yeon Choi at the HSBC Women’s Champions after the South Korean birdied the 18th hole in a rain-delayed third round in Singapore.

Nadal blasts past Ferrer in Mexico

Tennis: Rafael Nadal blasted past top seed and defending champion David Ferrer 6-0, 6-2 in the final of the Mexican Open in Acapulco, in a performance that indicated he has returned to near his best after a long-term knee injury.

Ferrer was a three-time defending champion and had won 19 straight matches in this event, but he could find no answer to Nadal, losing in just one hour and five minutes.

• Djokovic beats Berdych: Novak Djokovic won his fourth Dubai Championships title by beating third-seeded Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-3.

The top-ranked Djokovic extended his unbeaten streak this year to 13 matches and has beaten Berdych in 13 of their last 14 meetings.

• Gulbis, Roger-Vasselin advance: Edouard Roger-Vasselin upset top-seeded John Isner 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Roger-Vasselin will play 109th-ranked qualifier Ernests Gulbis of Latvia in the final.

Gulbis upset second-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2) to reach the final.

Abril defends WBA lightweight belt

Miscellany: Richar Abril defended his WBA lightweight title with a unanimous decision against Sharif Bogere in Las Vegas.

Bogere turned the bout into a brawl early, pressing forward to get inside and frustrate the longer, taller fighter.

The judges scored the bout 115-111, 116-110 and 116-110.

• Offside rule changed to reduce confusion: Soccer’s rule-making body sought to clarify the sport’s offside definition in a bid to reduce widespread uncertainty for referees, players and fans.

In a change to take effect July 1, the change states that an attacker should be considered offside when “gaining an advantage by being in that position.” .

• Vyjack, Game On Dude collect wins: Vyjack remained unbeaten on his way to the Kentucky Derby, rallying for a 2 1/4 length victory in the $400,000 Gotham Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct in New York.

Also, Game On Dude romped to victory in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap by 7 3/4 lengths in Arcadia, Calif.


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