Providence shocks Xavier
UNDATED (AP) — Providence has pulled off Friday’s biggest upset in men’s basketball by knocking off the nation’s No. 3 team.
Alpha Diallo hit a go-ahead jumper with 2:22 remaining in overtime and Kyron Cartwright added a clutch basket with 55 seconds to go as the Friars stunned Xavier, 75-72 in the Big East semifinals Friday night.
Rodney Bullock and Diallo each had 17 points, while Cartwright finished with 15. Bullock also blocked a game winning layup attempt by J.P. Macura at the end of regulation to help Providence earn a shot to play second-ranked Villanova in the conference title game.
The Wildcats had no trouble advancing as Mikal Bridges finished with 18 points and Jalen Brunson had 17 in an 87-68 rout of Butler. Omari Spellman had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Villanova, which opened on a 19-0 run and led by 25 midway through the second half of its 29th win.
It will be Virginia taking on North Carolina in the ACC final:
— The top-ranked Cavaliers improved to 30-2 and reached the ACC title game by getting past No. 19 Clemson, 64-58. Kyle Guy contributed 15 points and the Cavs held Tigers leading scorer Marcquise Reed to six points on 2 of 14 shooting.
— The 12th-ranked Tar Heels earned the right to face Virginia as Luke Maye scored 17 points in a 74-69 triumph over No. 5 Duke. Maye hit North Carolina’s last field goal as the Heels withstood a 13-0 run by the Blue Devils over the final 5 ½ minutes.
Checking out the American Athletic Conference tourney:
— Eighth-ranked Cincinnati has advanced to the semifinals by grinding out a 61-51 win over SMU. The Bearcats missed their first 10 shots from 3-point range and trailed 38-32 with 15 minutes left before improving to 28-4. Kyle Washington scored 15 points and Gary Clark had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Cincinnati.
— No. 11 Wichita State has reached the American Athletic Conference semifinals as Landry Shamat scored 24 points and Rashard Kelly added 16 in an 89-81 victory against Temple. Kelly, Austin Reaves and fellow backup Markis McDuffie combined for 11 points in a 13-3 run that put the Shockers ahead by 12 with about four minutes to play.
— No. 21 Houston rolled into the American Athletic Conference semifinals as Galen Robinson scored 18 points and Rob Gray added 17 with six assists and five rebounds in an 84-56 dismantling of UCF. That sets up a matchup between the Cougars and Wichita State.
The Big 12 Tournament title game will have Kansas against West Virginia:
— Malik Newman poured in 22 points and No. 9 Kansas moved into the championship game by whipping Kansas State, 83-67. Devonte Graham added 15 points and Svi Mykhailiuk (svee mih-KAH’-lehk) had 12 for the Jayhawks, who took control with a 19-4 run midway through the opening half.
— No. 18 West Virginia was three points better than 14th-rated Texas Tech as Daxter Miles Jr. contributed 22 points in a 66-63 win for the Mountaineers. Jevon Carter added 17 points and Sagaba Konate had 11 for WVU.
In the SEC Tournament:
— Lamonte Turner dropped in 15 points and No. 13 Tennessee made it into the semifinals by beating Mississippi State, 62-59. The Vols outrebounded the Bulldogs 50-33 to make up for their 17-for-28 shooting from the free-throw line.
— Alabama pulled off a mild stunner as Collin Sexton poured in 31 points to lead an 81-63 win against No. 16 Auburn in the SEC quarterfinals. The Crimson Tide opened the second half on a 28-3 spurt to erase a 10-point deficit. The Tigers shot just 24 percent in the second half and 1-for-14 from 3-point range.
— Jaylen Barford scored 27 points and matched his career high with 10 rebounds in Arkansas’ 80-72 victory against No. 23 Florida. Freshman Daniel Gafford added 16 points and also matched his career-best with 12 boards to help the Razorbacks advance to face the Volunteers.
Checking out other ranked teams in the conference tourneys:
— Deandre Ayton scored seven of his 32 points in overtime and grabbed 14 rebounds in guiding No. 15 Arizona to a 78-67 victory over UCLA in the Pac-12 semifinals. Ayton dominated overtime and made 13 of 16 shots overall after struggling in the quarterfinals against Colorado.
— Devin Watson scored 20 points and San Diego State moved into the Mountain West title game by blowing out No. 22 Nevada, 90-73.
— No. 25 Rhode Island moved into the Atlantic 10 semifinals as Jeff Dowtin provided 18 points and Jared Terrell added 16 to lift the Rams over VCU, 76-67.
Raptors end Rockets’ streak
UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have put an end to the Houston Rockets’ 17-game winning streak and regained a 2 ½-game lead over the Boston Celtics for first place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.
Kyle Lowry provided 30 points and DeMar DeRozan chipped in 23 as the Raptors won their seventh in a row, 108-105 against the Rockets. DeRozan nailed a jumper that put Toronto ahead 104-102 with 1:49 remaining. Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO’-nuhs) each added two free throws down the stretch to help the Raptors close out the victory.
Houston lost for the first time since Jan. 27 at New Orleans despite James Harden’s 40 points.
The Rockets still own the NBA’s best record following the Warriors’ 125-108 loss at Portland. C.J. McCollum poured in 30 points and Damian Lillard added 28 in sending the Trail Blazers to their ninth consecutive win.
Kevin Durant had a game-high 40 points for the Warriors, who were without Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry because of injury.
Checking out last night’s other NBA action:
— Jae Crowder scored a season-high 22 points and Ricky Rubio delivered 15 with 10 rebounds as the Jazz won their fifth straight, 95-78 against the Grizzlies. Utah sent Memphis to its 16th consecutive loss and won for the 17th time in 19 games since dropping to 19-28.
— Otto Porter scored 19 points and the Wizards took advantage of the absence of Anthony Davis to beat New Orleans 116-97 and end the Pelicans’ 10-game winning streak. Davis couldn’t play because of a sprained left ankle.
— Paul Millsap drained a big 3-pointer with 1:43 remaining as part of his 21-point performance in the Nuggets’ 125-116 downing of the Lakers. Jamal Murray had 22 points and Nikola Jokic also scored 21 to help Denver end a three-game home losing streak.
— DeAndre Jordan’s 20 points and 23 rebounds were among the Clippers’ highlights in a 116-102 win over the Cavaliers. Tobias Harris finished with 23 points as Los Angeles cut Cleveland’s lead in the Central Division to just a half-game over Indiana.
— Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points and the Pacers shot 67 percent in the first quarter of a 112-87 blowout against the Hawks. Cory Joseph scored 10 of his 18 points in the opening period, and Darren Collison came off the bench to score 17 in just 21 minutes of Indiana’s 12th victory in its last 15 home games.
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOOM’-poh) scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter as the Bucks held off the Knicks, 120-112. Khris Middleton had a game-high 30 points to help Milwaukee win for just the second time in eight games.
— The Pistons’ four-game skid is over after Blake Griffin’s 25 points, eight boards and eight assists led a 99-83 victory against the Bulls. Reggie Bullock added 21 points, while Andre Drummond had 17 rebounds for Detroit.
— The Kings were 94-88 winners against the Magic as Kosta Koufos had a season-high 18 points and 13 rebounds. Garrett Temple scored 23 points to help coach Dave Joerger (YAY’-gur) get his 200th career victory.
Browns get QB Taylor from Bills, WR Landry from Dolphins
UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have found themselves another quarterback and a wide receiver as they rebuild a team that went 0-16 last season.
Two people familiar with the trade have told The Associated Press the Browns have agreed to acquire quarterback Tyrod Taylor from the Bills for a third-round draft pick. Taylor has started at least 14 games each of the last three seasons and threw for 2,799 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions last year. He also rushed for 427 yards and four TDs in 2017, leaving him with 1,711 yards since entering the NFL in 2011.
The AP has also learned from two people familiar with another deal that the Dolphins have agreed to send Pro Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry to Cleveland for two draft picks. Landry signed a $16 million, one-year franchise tag Thursday with Miami, clearing the path for a trade.
Landry led the NFL with 112 receptions and finished with a career-high nine touchdowns and 987 yards.
With Taylor on his way to Cleveland, a person familiar with another deal says the Browns will send DeShone Kizer to the Packers for cornerback Damarious Randall. Kizer struggled as a rookie starter, going 0-15 and leading the NFL with 22 interceptions.
In other NFL news:
— Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans has accepted a five-year, $82.5 million contract extension that makes him the second highest-paid wideout in the NFL. The deal includes $55 million guaranteed and runs through 2023. He has topped 1,000 yards receiving in each of his four pro seasons, amassing 309 receptions for 4,579 yards and 32 touchdowns.
— The Seahawks are dropping another vital member of their 2013 Super Bowl team, releasing seven-year veteran cornerback Richard Sherman. Sherman was an overlooked fifth-round draft pick who went on to become a two-time All-Pro who helped anchor a defense that was the league’s best for several years. He was due $13 million for the upcoming season after missing half the 2017 schedule with an Achilles tendon injury.
— The Eagles have agreed to trade wide receiver Torrey Smith to the Panthers for cornerback Daryl Worley, according to two people familiar with the deal. Smith had 36 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns while starting 14 games in his first season in Philadelphia.
— A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Broncos have agreed to trade star cornerback Aqib Talib (a-KEEB’ tah-LEEB’) to the Rams for a mid-round draft pick, believed to be a fifth-rounder. The trade now gives the Broncos about $35 million in salary cap space to pursue free agents, including quarterback Kirk Cousins.
— Pro Bowl long snapper Jake McQuaide has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Rams.
— The 49ers will not pick up the contract option on pass rusher Elvis Dumervil (DOO’-mur-vihl).
— Former Chicago Bears tight end Chris Gedney has died at 47. His death Friday was announced by Syracuse University, where he was an All-American and did commentary for the school’s football games and was a senior associate athletic director. No cause of death was disclosed. Gedney played seven years in the NFL. He was the Bears’ third-round draft pick in 1993. He was plagued by injuries, including a broken collarbone and leg, during his four years with Chicago. In all, Gedney played in 28 games with the Bears. He caught 28 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns. After leaving the Bears, he played three years with the Arizona Cardinals.
Jackets win 4th in row
UNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have recovered nicely from a 3-9-0 stretch that left them just four games over .500 on Feb. 22.
The Blue Jackets picked up their fourth straight win as Seth Jones scored twice in the second period of a 3-2 victory over the Red Wings. Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHV’-skee) returned from an illness and made 22 saves as Columbus handed Detroit its sixth consecutive loss.
Matt Calvert also scored for the Jackets, who moved past New Jersey for the first Eastern Conference wild-card berth, Columbus also climbed within two points of the Flyers for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
Friday’s NHL schedule also had the Flames beating the Senators 2-1 to pull within one point of Los Angeles for the final Western Conference playoff berth. Sam Bennett and Matt Stajan (STAY’-jan) scored to support David Rittich, who handled 29 of 30 Ottawa shots.
The Stars nipped the Ducks, 2-1 behind power-play goals by Devin Shore and Jamie Benn in the third period. Benn notched the tiebreaker with 5:37 remaining and Kari Lehtonen (LEH’-toh-nehn) stopped 26 shots as Dallas moved three points ahead of the Kings for the first wild card in the West.
Eric Staal has 11 goals in his last nine games after delivering the go-ahead tally in the second period of the Wild’s 5-2 decision over the Canucks. Minnesota picked up its eighth win in 10 games and stayed three points ahead of the Stars for third place in the Central Division.
Stars center Hanzal set for season-ending back surgery
UNDATED (AP) — Dallas Stars center Martin Hanzal is slated for season-ending back surgery and is expected to need seven months to recover.
Hanzal signed a $14.25 million, three-year contract on the first day of free agency last July. The 31-year-old Czech already has missed 29 games with a variety of injuries, including the back.
Nill said the back injury occurred in late November, and Hanzal had three injections to try to play through the pain.
In other NHL news:
— Sabres forward Kyle Okposo (oh-POH’-soh) is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a concussion. Okposo was hurt when he and Senators forward Bobby Ryan collided during Buffalo’s 4-3 shootout win at Ottawa on Thursday.
— The Capitals have re-signed general manager Brian MacLellan to a contract extension. MacLellan’s deal casts a shadow over the situation of coach Barry Trotz, whose contract is up after this season.
Conners leads, Woods 2 back at midway point
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods owned a share of the lead late at the PGA’s Valspar Championship until PGA rookie Corey Conners completed a 2-under 69 to move two shots ahead at the midway point.
Woods had four birdies in a 3-under 68 that left him tied with Paul Casey, Brandt Snedeker, Kelly Kraft and Ryan Palmer at minus-4. Conners led heading into the second round and stayed on top after entering the tournament as an alternate.
Jordan Spieth (speeth), Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy were among those who missed the cut.
Truex takes Phoenix pole
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. has won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway near Phoenix.
The defending series champion turned a lap at 136.945 mph for his 16th career pole, about 0.3 mph faster than Kyle Larson.
Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman will start from the second row, just ahead of Joey Logan and Denny Hamlin.
WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S SLALOM
Shiffrin wins 5th slalom globe in 6 seasons
OFTERSCHWANG, Germany (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin has won her fifth slalom globe in the last six seasons.
The American wrapped up the title after victory in the penultimate women’s World Cup slalom on Saturday.
Shiffrin stretched her lead over the only remaining challenger, Petra Vlhova, to 225 points with just the season-ending race at the World Cup finals remaining. The Slovak skier finished the race in fourth.
Shiffrin only failed to win the slalom discipline in 2016 after missing five races due to a knee injury.
Shiffrin has won 11 races this season and has become the first skier with 42 World Cup wins in total before turning 23.
On Friday, Shiffrin secured her second straight overall title.