Monday, March 25, 2019

NBA Game Recap: Brooklyn Nets (144) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (148) - 3/25/2019

NBA Game Recap: Brooklyn Nets (144) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (148) - Date: 3/25/2019 Mar 26, 2019PORTLAND, Ore. Jusuf Nurkic had 32 points and 16 rebounds before suffering a gruesome left leg injury in the second overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers outlasted the Brooklyn Nets 148-144 on Monday night.Nurkic was hurt when his leg bent awkwardly as he battled for an offensive rebound. His leg was immobilized and he was removed on a stretcher while surrounded by members of both teams.The Blazers pulled out the game without him to clinch a playoff berth, but the loss of its starting center having his best season could be devastating for a Portland team already playing without injured guard CJ McCollum.Damian Lillard finished with 31 points and 12 assists for Portland, while D'Angelo Russell had 39 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Brooklyn.Nurkic's basket made it 134-132 with 3:40 to go into the second overti me. With center Jarrett Allen and Ed Davis having fouled out and the Nets left without a big man, Nurkic had a huge advantage inside whenever he posted up or went for rebounds.But he was hurt while doing so, with bodies falling all around him. After he was taken off the court, Anfernee Simons made two free throws for Portland to put them up 136-132.A 3-pointer by Rodney Hood extended the lead to 139-132 forced the Nets to start fouling.There were 12 lead changes and 15 ties over the course of the game, with Portland leading 95-90 after three.The Nets, however, would storm back in the fourth thanks to the play of their bench. Brooklyn took multiple leads in the final period, with their biggest coming at 112-102 with 6:07 left after a jumper by Caris LeVert.Portland fought back and with the Nets up one with the ball, Seth Curry stole Russell's dribble and was fouled. He missed the first free throw but made the second to tie the game at 120 with 3.5 seconds left.Russell mis sed a deep 3-pointer to force overtime.Russell scored five early points in the extra period, but Portland took a 128-125 lead on Nurkic's basket before a 3-pointer by Spencer Dinwiddie tied the game again.It went to a second OT tied at 132 after Russell made a layup and Lillard missed a long final attempt.TIP-INSNets: Brooklyn had its two-game winning streak snapped and has one game left on its seven-game road trip, at Philadelphia on Thursday.Trail Blazers: Coach Terry Stotts said McCollum is doing well in his recovery from a knee strain he suffered on March 16, but that he will not join them for their four-game road trip. ''He's progressing fine,'' Stotts said. ''He will not go on the road trip. He will stay back and rehab and get some court work back here.'' The Blazers start the trip Wednesday at Chicago before coming back on April 3.UP NEXTNets: Thursday at Philadelphia 76ers.Trail Blazers: Wednesday at Chicago Bulls.

NHL Game Recap: Los Angeles Kings (3) vs. Calgary Flames (0) - 3/25/2019

NHL Game Recap: Los Angeles Kings (3) vs. Calgary Flames (0) - Date: 3/25/2019 / CALGARY, Alberta Backup goaltender Jack Campbell made 42 saves in his second shutout of the season as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Western Conference-leading Calgary Flames 3-0 Monday night. Jonny Brodzinski and defenseman Derek Forbort scored, and Tyler Toffoli added an empty-net goal for Los Angeles, which won its third straight. Campbell earned his first win since Feb. 5 for the Kings, who won't qualify for the postseason. Flames goaltender Mike Smith made 18 saves. Calgary (47-22-7) held on to the top spot in the Pacific Division, six points ahead of the San Jose Sharks, who faced Detroit later Monday. Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was booed whenever he touched the puck at the Saddledome. He told Sportsnet earlier in the day he had ''no respect'' for Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk. Todays Free Sports Picks. The players have history dating to Tkachuk elbowing Doughty in the head two years ago. Best Sports Picks Service. Tkachuk served a two-game suspension for the hit. Doughty and Tkachuk tangled early in the third period, with Doughty taking a slashing penalty. After a scoreless second period, Kings center Brodzinski beat Smith with a wrist shot from the top of the circle at 11:51 of the third for a 2-0 lead. Calgary trailed 1-0 after two periods despite outshooting the Kings 31-14. Los Angeles ended the first period and opened the second with a two-man advantage, but failed to score. Forbort threaded a soft wrist shot through traffic and beat Smith on the glove side 57 seconds after the opening faceoff. NOTES: A healthy scratch in three of the last four Kings games, forward Ilya Kovalchuk did not accompany the team on their three-game road swing through Calgary, Edmon ton and Vancouver. ... Kings coach Willie Desjardins dressed seven defensemen and 11 forwards for Monday's game. ... Flames forward Sam Bennett was scratched with an upper-body injury. ... Kings forward Kyle Clifford of Ayr, Ontario, played his 600th career game. UP NEXTKings: At Edmonton on Tuesday. Flames: Host the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NBA Game Recap: Phoenix Suns (92) vs. Utah Jazz (125) - 3/25/2019

NBA Game Recap: Phoenix Suns (92) vs. Utah Jazz (125) - Date: 3/25/2019 Mar 25, 2019SALT LAKE CITY Rudy Gobert scored a season-high 27 points and set the single-season NBA dunk record to fuel the Utah Jazz to a 125-92 victory Monday night over the Phoenix Suns, who got 59 points from Devin Booker.Booker topped his previous season high of 55, set in December in a triple-overtime loss to Washington. Sports Free Picks. The fourth-year guard made five 3-pointers and shot 19 for 34 despite drawing several double-teams as the Jazz sought to prevent him from reaching 60 points. He also made 16 of 17 free throws.Derrick Favors and Ricky Rubio each had 18 points and Joe Ingles added 14 as the Jazz won for the seventh time in their last eight games.Gobert's alley-oop off a lob from Donovan Mitchell in the second quarter was his 270th dunk of the season. Profitable Sports Handicappers. The 7-foot-1 center's 275 dunks are the most in the NBA since the statistic started being tracked in 2000, besting Dwight Howard's 269 slams in 2007-08.Gobert had six dunks in the game - he missed a no-look reverse attempt in the third period - and averages 3.7 per contest. Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo had 262 dunks entering the night.Thanks to Booker's shotmaking the Suns were only down 14 entering the final quarter, but Utah's dunk-fest continued, even though Gobert was on the bench. Favors had two jams around a rare dunk by Ingles and the Jazz cruised from there.Still, some of the loudest cheers of the night were for a Suns player. Jimmer Fredette, the Naismith Award winner at nearby BYU, went 1 for 10 for six points in 14 minutes in his second game back in the NBA after completing his season in China.After a tight first quarter, the Jazz scored 14 unanswered points, capped by Mitchell's 3-pointer, to open a 40-23 lead in the second quarter. Booker scored 18 second-quarter points but the balanced Jazz outscored Phoenix 36-22 in the period to take a 62-43 halftime advantage.The Jazz had the most difficult schedule in the NBA at one point but are now capitalizing on facing a host of teams outside the playoff race. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. This win was the first game of a four-game homestand against teams well below the .500 mark.The Suns have lost six of seven and four in a row.Beyond Booker, the Suns were missing most of their firepower due to injury. T. J. Warren (18.0 points), Kelly Oubre Jr. (15.2), Josh Jackson (11.0) and Tyler Johnson (10.9) forced some players to be more aggressive offensively and Booker to carry a heavy load despite a lot of defensive attention.TIP-INSSuns: Richaun Holmes got two quick technical fouls and was ejected after getting whistled for a rebound fo ul just before halftime. ... The Suns didn't run a complicated offensive system as they mostly screened for and passed to Booker but still committed 22 turnovers. ...Jazz: Utah outscored Phoenix in the paint, 70-32. ... Gobert's previous season best was 26 against Oklahoma City on Feb. 22. ... The Jazz had 31 assists and made 10 of 21 3-pointers.UP NEXTSuns: Return home to play Houston Wednesday, the first game of a five straight at home.Jazz: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.

NHL Game Recap: Vegas Golden Knights (1) vs. St. Louis Blues (3) - 3/25/2019

NHL Game Recap: Vegas Golden Knights (1) vs. St. Louis Blues (3) - Date: 3/25/2019 / ST. LOUIS Ivan Barbashev, Zach Sanford and Ryan O'Reilly scored to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 on Monday night. Jordan Binnington made 24 saves for his 21st victory of the season. He is one win short of matching Jake Allen's record set in 2014-15 for the most by a Blues rookie goaltender. William Karlsson scored for Vegas, which could have clinched a playoff berth with a win. Sports Handicapping Software. The Golden Knights are in third place in the Pacific Division, 11 points ahead of Arizona. St. Louis sits third in the Central Division and also is closing in on a playoff spot. Free Picks for Today. The Blues remained two points behind second-place Nashville, which beat Minnesota 1-0. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. The Blues completed a sweep of their four-game homestand, outscoring the opposition 19-8. They won all three meetings with the Golden Knights this season and outscored them 12-5 overall. St. Louis is 4-0-2 all-time against Vegas, which reached the Stanley Cup Final as an expansion team last year. St. Louis struck first late in the opening period. Las Vegas goalie Malcolm Subban, making his fifth straight start, threw the puck behind the net but Sanford was there to control. He skated out and fed Barbashev in the bottom of the right circle. Barbashev threaded his wrist shot between Subban's arm and body with 1:19 left in the period. Barbashev has four goals and five points in his last three games. Alex Tuch got free on a breakaway at 8:20 of the second but Binnington made a solid save. Jay Bouwmeester was called for slashing at 13:14 and the Golden Knights capitalized . Karlsson scored with 2 seconds left on the power play when he put in a rebound of Colin Miller's shot at 15:12. St. Louis regained the lead on O'Reilly's 27th goal when he snapped a wrist shot from the left circle at 18:14 after taking a pass from Bouwmeester. O'Reilly had gone eight games without a goal. His career-best total of 28 came in 2013-14 with Colorado. Sanford scored to make it 3-1 at 6:27 of the third. Robert Bortuzzo fired a shot and Subban blocked it. The loose puck was airborne and hit Sanford in the chest as he was on his knees, but he got his stick on it in time to score. Alex Pietrangelo also got an assist - the 300th of his career. After a timeout with 1:13 to play, Subban was pulled for an extra skater. He finished with 19 saves. NOTES: Golden Knights G Marc-Andre Fleury and LW Max Pacioretty remain day-to-day with lower-body injuries. ... Vegas D Shea Theodore and C Pierre-Edouard Bellemare were late scratches. ... Blues D Carl Gunn arsson returned to the lineup after being out with an upper-body injury since Feb. 5. He missed 24 games. ... Ex-Blues player Paul Stastny was back on the ice in St. Louis for the first time since leaving. ... Blues RW Vladimir Tarasenko needs one goal for his fifth straight 30-goal season. ... The Blues improved to 11-2-0 in their last 13 home games after a 10-13-2 start. UP NEXTGolden Knights: At the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. Blues: At the New York Rangers on Friday night.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAB Game Recap: Norfolk State (60) vs. Colorado (76) - 3/25/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Norfolk State (60) vs. Colorado (76) - Date: 3/25/2019 Mar 25, 2019BOULDER, Colo. Evan Battey recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double to lift Colorado to a 76-60 win over Norfolk State in the second round of the NIT on Monday night.Tyler Bey had 17 points and nine rebounds for Colorado (23-12). Sports Handicapper Scams. The Buffaloes have their third-most wins in program history - with all four 23-plus win seasons coming under coach Tad Boyle. D'Shawn Schwartz added 11 points. Daylen Kountz had 10 points for the home team.Colorado will play at Texas on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.Mastadi Pitt had 14 points for the Spartans (22-14). Nic Thomas added 10 points and nine rebounds. Alex Long had 10 points. Norfolk State made just 10 of 21 free throws.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com /Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com

NHL Game Recap: Dallas Stars (5) vs. Winnipeg Jets (2) - 3/25/2019

NHL Game Recap: Dallas Stars (5) vs. Winnipeg Jets (2) - Date: 3/25/2019 / WINNIPEG, Manitoba Tyler Seguin and Radek Faksa each scored a pair of goals and the Dallas Stars snapped a two-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. Esa Lindell also scored and Alexander Radulov had two assists for the Stars (39-31-6), who maintained their hold on the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Dallas' Ben Bishop stopped 21 shots. Kyle Connor had a goal and an assist and Patrik Laine ended a 12-game scoring drought with his 30th goal of the season. Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves for the Jets (45-27-4), who are in first place in the Central Division, two points ahead of Nashville, with a game in hand. Dallas dominated the second period, scoring three goals in less than a five-minute span. NHL Handicappers. The Stars got their first power play of the game early in the second, but couldn't capitalize on five shots. However, a minute after the power play ended, Dallas hit its stride. Lindell's shot from the top of the circle went by Hellebuyck's blocker at 10:27. Faksa then went in alone and beat Hellebuyck high on the glove side at 12:23. Hockey Picks. The Stars then had a two-man advantage and Seguin notched his 30th goal of the season with a shot on the blocker side at 15:16. Seguin scored his second goal on the power play at 10:34, adding to a four-game point streak that includes four goals and four assists. Winnipeg responded with a burst 29 seconds later as Connor notched his 33rd goal of the season. Laine blasted a one-timer past Bishop at 15:10 that closed the gap to 4-2, but Faksa put the puck into an empty net with 40 seconds remaining for the final margin. NOTES: Seguin has scored 30 or more goals in five of his l ast six seasons. ... Bishop earned the 200th win of his career. UP NEXTStars: At Calgary on Wednesday. Jets: Host the New York Islanders on Thursday.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NHL Game Recap: Nashville Predators (1) vs. Minnesota Wild (0) - 3/25/2019

NHL Game Recap: Nashville Predators (1) vs. Minnesota Wild (0) - Date: 3/25/2019 / ST. PAUL, Minn. Ryan Donato's bid to tie the game caromed off the crossbar, and the Minnesota Wild were stuck with another agonizing defeat. Juuse Saros made 29 saves for his third shutout of the season and Ryan Johansen scored a short-handed goal as the Nashville Predators beat the Wild 1-0 Monday night. With 1:30 to play and an extra skater on the ice, Donato found himself 1-on-1 with Saros in the left faceoff circle. His wrist shot beat the goalie but hit the crossbar, leaving Donato inches from scoring the game-tying goal.''That sort of epitomizes the way it was going, and the season,'' Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said. ''Getting chances to score and not burying them.''Minnesota is 2-7-1 in its last 10 games and 2-8-4 in its last 14 home games. To p Rated Sports Handicappers. The Wild, who remain two points out of the last playoff spot in the West with five games to play, have scored just four goals in their last four games.''This is the most pivotal time of the year for us, and we can't have games where the pucks just don't find a way into the net,'' Donato said. ''You've got to find a way to force one in. We only needed one and we didn't do that.''Meanwhile, the Predators clinched a spot in the Western Conference playoffs with the win. Hockey Predictions. They are in second place in the Central Division, two points behind Winnipeg. It's the fifth playoff appearance in coach Peter Laviolette's five years with the Predators.''It's a credit to the guys in the room,'' Laviolette said. ''Everybody goes into the year with good intentions an d everybody has a plan in mind, and I'm sure they're all including the playoffs. So it's not an easy thing and should never be taken for granted. But our guys worked hard to get to this point.''The Wild put heavy pressure on Saros after pulling goalie Devan Dubnyk in the final 2 1/2 minutes. Aside from Donato's crossbar, Saros stood firm as Eric Staal deflected Donato's centering pass into the crease and made three other saves down the stretch.''There's a lot of players in front when the other team pulls the goalie,'' Saros said, ''so I try to find the puck and hope that the guys score on the other end.''Minnesota's power play came up empty on three opportunities and gave up the game's only goal as Johansen scored his 12th goal of the season short-handed, just 4:32 into the first period. With Craig Smith in the box for tripping, Viktor Arvidsson led a 3-on-2 Predators rush, dropping the puck for Johansen just over the Minnesota blue line. Johansen skated to the high slot and his wrist shot beat Dubnyk, who stopped 18 of 19 shots for Minnesota.''Getting the lead is always very important. We know that just from numbers, that first goal, what it can do in games,'' Johansen said. ''I had a bunch of time there in the middle of the ice. Good to see one go in.''Now, the Predators can concentrate on jockeying for postseason position the rest of the season while the Wild have to fight for their playoff lives.''It is a helpless position. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. There's not much we can do about it. Again, the dominos have got to fall in the right area,'' Boudreau said. ''As long as there's a breath in our body and we have an opportunity, we're going to go out and try to play like we did today.''N OTES: Minnesota played its second straight game without F Zach Parise (lower-body injury). ... Nashville forward Rem Pitlick made his NHL debut on Monday. He recently finished a three-year career at the University of Minnesota. Pitlick is the son of former Senators and Panthers defenseman Lance Pitlick. ... The Predators swept back-to-back games against the Wild in early March, both in shootouts. UP NEXTPredators: At Pittsburgh on Friday. Wild: At Vegas on Friday.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAB Game Recap: Longwood (89) vs. DePaul (97) - 3/25/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Longwood (89) vs. DePaul (97) - Date: 3/25/2019 Mar 25, 2019CHICAGO Max Strus had 38 points as DePaul topped Longwood 97-89 in the second round of the College Basketball Invitational on Monday night.Strus was 15 of 21 from the field, including 5 of 11 from 3-point range, to reach at least 30 points for the fourth time in six games.Paul Reed had 23 points and 12 rebounds for DePaul (17-15), which had scored 100-plus twice in the previous four games. Femi Olujobi added four points to go over 1,000 for his career.Lorenzo Phillips had 18 points for the Lancers (16-18). Juan Munoz added 15 points. Spencer Franklin had 14 points.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---Elements of this were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com