’Nova takes down third top five team
Men’s college basketball: JayVaughn Pinkston scored 20 points to help Villanova (19-12, 10-8 Big East) beat a top-five team for the third time this season, 67-57 over No. 5 Georgetown (23-5, 13-4) at Philadelphia. The loss snapped Georgetown’s 11-game win streak.
The Wildcats also beat then-No. 5 Louisville and then-No. 3 Syracuse.
• Georgia Tech upsets No. 6 Miami: Marcus Georges-Hunt followed his own miss to tip in the winning basket at the buzzer, and visiting Georgia Tech (16-13, 6-11) rallied past No. 6 Miami (23-6, 14-3) 71-69 to prevent the Hurricanes from clinching the outright Atlantic Coast Conference title.
• Michigan rallies: Trey Burke had 26 points and five rebounds to lead No. 7 Michigan (25-5, 12-5 Big Ten) to an 80-75 comeback victory over Purdue (14-16, 7-10) in West Lafayette, Ind.
• Florida clinches SEC title: Kenny Boynton scored 15 points, Pat Young added 14 and No. 11 Florida (24-5, 14-3 SEC) routed Vanderbilt (13-16, 7-10) 66-40 to clinch the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship at Gainsville, Fla.
• Cyclones knock off No. 13 Cowboys: Senior Will Clyburn scored 20 points and Iowa State (20-10, 10-7 Big 12) beat No. 13 Oklahoma State (22-7, 12-5) 87-76 at Ames, Iowa, to bolster its NCAA tournament hopes.
• Xavier beats No. 16 St. Louis: Travis Taylor had 19 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, and Xavier (17-12, 9-6 Atlantic 10) never trailed in the overtime, beating No. 16 Saint Louis (23-6, 12-3) 77-66 to end the Billikens’ 11-game winning streak.
Heat’s streak hits 16 on LeBron’s basket
NBA: LeBron James scored 26 points, including a go-ahead layup with 3.2 seconds left, and the Miami Heat scrambled late to beat the visiting Orlando Magic 97-96 and extend their franchise-record winning streak to 16 games.
• Memphis downs Portland: Marc Gasol had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Jerryd Bayless scored all 13 of his points in the final 13 minutes, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 91-85. Memphis has won 10 of its last 11 games.
• Bryant sparks Lakers: Kobe Bryant scored 13 of his 42 points during a 20-0 run in the last 6:22 of the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 25-point deficit to fend off the host New Orleans Hornets, 108-102.
• Celtics edge Pacers: Kevin Garnett found Jeff Green all alone under the basket for a layup with 0.5 seconds remaining to finish off a fourth-quarter comeback from 14 points down, and the visiting Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 83-81.
Blackhawks roll on Carcillo’s late goal
NHL: Daniel Carcillo scored the tiebreaking goal with 49.3 seconds left in regulation and the Chicago Blackhawks won their 11th consecutive game, beating the visiting Colorado Avalanche 3-2 to extend the best start in NHL history – earning at least one point in 24 straight games.
Chicago (21-0-3) reached the halfway point of a lockout-shortened season without losing in regulation.
Wambach scores in U.S. soccer win
Soccer: Abby Wambach scored her 154th career goal, leaving her four shy of tying Mia Hamm’s all-time record, and the U.S. women opened the Algarve Cup with a 3-0 victory over Iceland at Faro, Portugal.
• Juventus, Paris Saint-German advance: Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain protected their leads from the first legs to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Juventus avoided any slip-ups against Celtic, finishing off the Scottish team with a 2-0 win to advance 5-0 on aggregate. PSG faced a tougher challenge against Valencia, but Ezequiel Lavezzi equalized in the second half for a 1-1 tie that was enough to put the French team into the quarterfinals for the first time since 1995.
Kearney wins gold in freestyle moguls
Miscellany: Olympic and World Cup champion Hannah Kearney of the United States won the women’s gold medal in moguls at the freestyle skiing world championships in Voss, Norway
• Cuba beats Japan: Alfredo Despaigne hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, helping Cuba defeat two-time defending champion Japan 6-3 to finish first in Group A of the World Baseball Classic at Fukuoka, Japan.
• Mackey leads: Four-time consecutive winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Lance Mackey is leading the 1,000-mile race to Nome.
Mackey had the lead as teams near the halfway mark at Ophir, Alaska.