March 16, 2014 in Sports

Pacers rally from 25 down to win in OT

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Indiana forward Paul George added 30 points to guide the Pacers.
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NBA: Paul George scored 30 points and the Indiana Pacers rallied from a 25-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 112-104 in overtime on Saturday night in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Evan Turner added 20 points for the Pacers, and David West scored six of his 15 points in overtime. Indiana leads Miami by 3 1/2 games in the race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Josh Smith scored 23 points and former EWU guard Rodney Stuckey added 19 off the bench for the Pistons, who lost star center Andre Drummond in the first quarter to a neck injury. Drummond was able to walk off with some assistance, but he was expected to have further testing.

Sixers losing streak reaches 20: The 76ers had a loss for the record book.

Mike Conley scored 19 points and Zach Randolph had 14 to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 103-77 win in Philadelphia, sending the 76ers to a franchise-tying 20th straight loss.

The Sixers can set the team mark with a loss Monday night at Indiana.

The Sixers also lost 20 straight games from Jan. 9, 1973-Feb. 11, 1973 in a 9-73 season. The NBA record for consecutive losses in a season is 26 set by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.

Nets sign Collins for remainder of season: Jason Collins has been signed for the rest of the season by the Brooklyn Nets.

The league’s first openly gay player had finished his second 10-day contract, which meant the Nets had to sign him for the remainder of the season if they wanted to keep him.

United States wins hockey gold in Sochi

Paralympics: The United States Paralympic hockey players have succeeded where the country’s Olympic men failed on ice – by collecting medals in Sochi, Russia. And they were gold.

The U.S. successfully defended its Paralympic ice sledge hockey title by beating host Russia 1-0 in the final.

Former U.S. Marine Josh Sweeney scored in the second period at Shayba Arena, which was close to its 7,000-seat capacity and packed with flag-waving, chanting Russians.

Oregon sweeps titles at indoor track

Track and field: Phyllis Francis had two record-setting runs and Edward Cheserek swept the distance races to help Oregon win the team titles Saturday night in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Francis sprinted down the backstretch in the 1,600-meter relay to catch Texas’ Ashley Spencer at the tape, giving the Ducks 44 points — a half-point better than the Longhorns for a fifth straight championship.

Earlier, Francis set the indoor record in the 400 at 50.46 seconds. She was even faster in the relay, finishing her leg in 50.44.

The Ducks won the men’s title with 62 points, eight more than Arkansas.

Columbus wins on disputed SO goal

NHL: Ryan Johansen scored a disputed goal in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minn.

Johansen’s shot initially was ruled a rebound, but a video review showed that Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper did not touch the puck, making it a legal shootout goal.

Betancur third in stage, leads overall

Cycling: Tom Jelte Slagter of the Netherlands won the seventh stage of the Paris-Nice, while Colombian rider Carlos Betancur retained the overall lead heading into the last day.

Slagter clinched his second stage win of the race after beating world champion Rui Costa of Portugal in a sprint to the line, with Betancur finishing in third place. All three clocked a time of 5 hours, 5 seconds over the 121-mile trek from Mougins to Biot Sophia Antipolis in the heart of the French Riviera.

Federer advances to final of BNP Paribas

Tennis: Roger Federer defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 6-1 to reach the final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., a title the former top-ranked player has won four times.

Novak Djokovic beat American John Isner 7-5, 6-7 (2), 6-1 in the other semifinal.

Fifth World Cup win for American Shiffrin

Skiing: American Mikaela Shiffrin completed her exceptional slalom season with a fifth World Cup win in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

The Olympic champion was 1.44 seconds faster than any rival in one of the longest women’s slaloms in World Cup history. She had a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 4.54 seconds.

Hirscher wins overall World Cup, Ligety wins GS: Marcel Hirscher clinched his third straight overall World Cup title but couldn’t prevent Ted Ligety from winning his fifth season-long giant slalom trophy.

Needing 19 points to overtake Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, Austria’s Hirscher scored 50 by placing fourth in the season’s last GS race at the World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Ligety seized his chance to take the discipline title by winning the race by just 0.03 seconds to tie Hirscher on points.


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