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Hoyas claim share of title in rout of Orange

Sun., March 10, 2013

College Basketball: On an afternoon that Otto Porter Jr. didn’t make a field goal until the second half, No. 5 Georgetown used stifling defense to close its Big East rivalry against No. 17 Syracuse with a 61-39 victory Saturday in Washington that gave the Hoyas a three-way share of the regular-season conference title.

Porter finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Louisville and Marquette also share the Big East title, with Saturday wins over Notre Dame and St. John’s, respectively.

• No. 6 Miami wins ACC title: Kadji scored a season-high 23 points to help the sixth-ranked Hurricanes win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship outright by beating Clemson 62-49 in Coral Gables, Fla.

Kadji also grabbed 12 rebounds and Miami.

• No. 3 Duke hammers North Carolina: Seth Curry hit his first seven shots during No. 3 Duke’s torrid start, helping the Blue Devils jump to a big lead and beat rival North Carolina 69-53 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Curry finished with 20 points, while Mason Plumlee turned in his best performance in a month with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

• Baylor keeps Kansas from outright title: Pierre Jackson had 28 points and 10 assists as Baylor finished the regular season with an 81-58 victory over Kansas in Waco, Texas, to keep the fourth-ranked Jayhawks from the outright Big 12 regular-season title.

Woods makes seven birdies, builds lead

Golf: Tiger Woods made seven more birdies in the Cadillac Championship in Doral, Fla., that gave him a 5-under 67 and a four-shot lead over Graeme McDowell heading into the final round.

Woods has made 24 birdies and taken only 74 putts through three rounds, both personal bests in his PGA Tour career.

Crosby lifts Penguins over Maple Leafs

NHL: Sidney Crosby and James Neal scored shootout goals, and the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4.

Neal opened the shootout with a goal against James Reimer before Crosby sealed the win on Pittsburgh’s second attempt.

• Columbus shuts out Detroit: Sergei Bobrovsky had 29 saves in his first career shutout, and Cam Atkinson and Nick Foligno took advantage of Detroit giveaways to score goals in leading the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-0 victory over the visiting Red Wings.

Smith, Novak lead Knicks in rout of Jazz

NBA: J.R. Smith scored 24 points and the New York Knicks shook off the absence of Carmelo Anthony to rout the visiting Utah Jazz 113-84.

The Knicks’ Steve Novak added a season-high 20 points.

• Lee has bruised right knee: David Lee sat out Golden State’s game against Milwaukee because of a bruised right knee.

Chavanel wins sixth stage of Paris-Nice

Cycling: Sylvain Chavanel of France won a bunch sprint to take the sixth stage of the Paris-Nice race in France, while Richie Porte of Australia retains the leader’s yellow jersey.

• Froome wins tough stage of Tirreno-Adriatico: Tour de France runner-up Chris Froome has won the difficult uphill finish of stage four of the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico race in Prati Di Tivo, Italy.

Hewitt upsets Isner at BNP Paribas Open

Miscellany: Lleyton Hewitt upset No. 15 seed John Isner 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-4, in a second-round match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis championships in Indian Wells, Calif. The 6-foot-9 Isner, the highest-ranked American, had 18 aces, but lost his serve twice and couldn’t convert any of his four break chances.

• Richardson wins speedskating title: American speedskater Heather Richardson has clinched the overall World Cup title by finishing 11th in the final 1,000-meter race in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

• Hopkins becomes oldest boxer to win major title: Bernard Hopkins, 48, became the oldest boxer to win a major title, scoring a 12-round unanimous decision over Tavoris Cloud to claim the IBF light heavyweight championship in New York.

• Man City in FA Cup semifinal: Carlos Tevez used a hat trick to lead Machester City to a 5-0 soccer rout of Barnsley, and put the team on the road to Wembley.

• Williams beats Whitman: Danny Rainer scored 22 points to help Williams beat Whitman 63-53 in an NCAA Division III women’s basketball begional final at Williamstown, Ma. Freshman Alyssa Maine (Freeman HS) scored three points for Whitman.

• Arkansas grabs 20th indoor track title: Arkansas won its record 20th title at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Oregon won the women’s championship.

• Verrazano, Hear the Ghost win: Verrazano easily beat the field at the Grade II $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby in Oldsmar, Fla.

Also, Hear the Ghost won the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes by a half-length at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.


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