March 31, 2014 in Sports

Bruins win ninth straight road game

From Staff And Wire Reports
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Boston netminder Tuukka Rask stops a shot by Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek during the shootout.
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NHL: Patrice Bergeron scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and also tallied in the shootout to help the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

The Bruins have won nine straight road games, a single-season club record.

Reilly Smith, the fifth Boston shooter, clinched the victory in the shootout for the Bruins, who improved to 15-0-1 in their last 16 games.

Vincent Lecavalier scored twice for the Flyers, including the game-tying goal with 25 seconds left in regulation. Lecavalier’s first goal was the 400th of his career. Kimmo Timonen also scored for Philadelphia.

Andrej Meszaros and Zdeno Chara also scored for the Bruins, who ended March with a 15-1-1 mark.

Crosby paces Penguins: Sidney Crosby had two goals in the final five minutes, helping the host Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the injury-riddled Chicago Blackhawks.

Already playing without Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks lost captain Jonathan Toews to an upper-body injury in the second period. Toews was hit hard by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik and was holding his left arm on the bench before heading down the runway.

James Neal and Lee Stempniak also scored for the Penguins, who won their second straight and snapped a three-game home losing streak.

Durant scores 31 to lift Thunder over Jazz

NBA: Kevin Durant had 31 points and nine assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the visiting Utah Jazz 116-96.

Durant scored at least 25 points for the 38th consecutive game, the longest streak since Michael Jordan did it in 40 straight games for the Chicago Bulls during the 1986-87 season.

Nets win 13th in row at home: Paul Pierce scored 22 points after another sensational start, and the Brooklyn Nets moved to the brink of a playoff spot by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-99 for their franchise record-tying 13th straight home victory.

Brooklyn equaled the longest home winning streak in the NBA this season and the best in the history of the franchise.

Cavs add to Pacers’ woes: Dion Waiters scored 19 points, Luol Deng added 15 and the Cleveland Cavaliers kept their playoff push going with a 90-76 win over the visiting Indiana Pacers, who are losing their grip on the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Tristan Thompson had 16 rebounds as the Cavs snapped a nine-game losing streak against Indiana.

The Pacers lost their fifth straight road game and now lead Miami by one game for the East’s top record and home-court advantage.

Knicks edge Warriors: J.R. Smith scored 21 points, Carmelo Anthony added 19 points and nine rebounds and the New York Knicks moved within one game of the final playoff spot in the East by beating the Golden State Warriors 89-84 in Oakland, Calif.

Stephen Curry scored 32 points, but missed from long range in the final minute and also had a pass stolen by Raymond Felton on Golden State’s final possession.

Kansas’ Wiggins to declare for draft

College basketball: When Andrew Wiggins arrived at Kansas last summer, he was open about his list of goals for the coming year: He wanted to win a Big 12 championship, win the NCAA title and become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

One of those goals, of course, was crushed in a season-ending loss to Stanford in the NCAA tournament’s round of 32. But Wiggins is poised to take another step toward his last goal today when he will officially declare for the NBA draft at an afternoon news conference at Allen Fieldhouse.

Wiggins will leave college basketball at the same time as his older brother, Nick, a senior at Wichita State.

Dykes new Arkansas women’s coach: Arkansas announced the hiring of former ESPN analyst Jimmy Dykes as the school’s new women’s basketball coach.

Dykes replaces Tom Collen, who was fired earlier this month after going 132-90 in seven seasons and reaching the NCAA tournament just once in seven seasons.

Dykes hasn’t coached since serving as an assistant under Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State from 1990-91.

BC, Minnesota round out Frozen Four

Miscellany: Ian McCoshen scored with 8:44 left and top-seeded Boston College beat UMass-Lowell 4-3 in the NCAA Northeast Regional in Worcester, Mass., final to reach the Frozen Four for the 11th time in 17 years.

In Sunday’s other regional game, Justin Kloos scored twice and Adam Wilcox made 24 saves to help top-seeded Minnesota beat St. Cloud State 4-0 in St. Paul, Minn., in the NCAA West Regional final.

Minnesota (27-6-6) will face North Dakota in the Frozen Four semifinals in Philadelphia on April 10. Boston College will play Union in the other semifinal.

Rangers place Darvish on DL: Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish was put on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, the same day he threw a 32-pitch bullpen session without any issues.

Darvish had been set to be the Rangers starter in today’s opener against Philadelphia before having neck stiffness during camp. He last pitched in a game two weeks ago.

Texas also put left-hander Matt Harrison, last year’s opening-day starter, on the 15-day disabled list with neck and back stiffness.

Swedish match called off after death: A Swedish soccer league match was called off during the first half in Stockholm after a man died following fighting among fans before the game.

Police said the 43-year-old Djurgarden fan man was found “seriously injured” about 2:30 p.m. in central Helsingborg in southern Sweden. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

He reportedly had been hit in the head by an object after rival fans started fighting. Swedish media said Djurgarden fans stormed the field after word spread that the man had died.

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