Tuesday, January 31, 2017

NCAAB Recap: Wyoming (68) vs. San Diego State (77) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Wyoming (68) vs. San Diego State (77) - Date: 1/31/2017 Feb 1, 2017  SAN DIEGO (AP) Trey Kell scored 18 points, Malik Pope had 17 points, eight rebounds and four steals, and San Diego State beat Wyoming 77-68 on Tuesday night for the Aztecs' ninth straight home win in the series. San Diego State, which was coming off a loss at home to Colorado State, hasn't dropped consecutive home games in conference play since 2005. Justin James raced down the floor in the closing seconds of the first half, dribbled behind his back and hit a pull-up 3-pointer at the buzzer as Wyoming rallied within 31-27 after being down by as many as 17. But Pope opened the second half with a 3-pointer and SDSU led by at least seven points the rest of the way. Jeremy Hemsley, averaging a team-leading 15 points per game, was held to five points for San Diego (12-9, 4-5 Mountain West) after missing all four of his field goals. Dakarai Allen had 13 points and Montaque Gill-Caesar 12. James finished with 20 points for Wyoming (14-9, 4-6) and Alan Herndon had 14 points and 10 boards. James and Jeremy Lieberman hit 3-pointers on back-to-back Wyoming possessions to pull to 70-63 but Hemsley answered the 3s with four straight free throws.

NHL Recap: Chicago Blackhawks (1) vs. San Jose Sharks (3) - 1/31/2017

NHL Recap: Chicago Blackhawks (1) vs. San Jose Sharks (3) - Date: 1/31/2017 Feb 1, 2017  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Tomas Hertl scored the game-winner with 2:03 remaining in regulation after Patrick Marleau scored his 499th career goal, helping the San Jose Sharks win for the seventh time in eight games, 3-1 over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. Hertl, who missed 32 games with a knee injury, got his first goal since Oct. 27 when he knocked in the rebound of Brent Burns' shot to help the Sharks match last year's home win total of 18 in the first game back from the All-Star break. Joe Pavelski added an empty-netter to cap a night that nearly included a milestone for Marleau. He had an apparent goal wiped off by an offside call on replay before scoring No. 499 in the second period. Martin Jones made 24 saves. Dennis Rasmussen scored for the Blackhawks, who have lost three straight games. Corey Crawford made 26 save s. After a slow start to the game with few chances for the first 30 minutes, the action picked up in the last half of the second period. It started when Marleau appeared to score when he took the rebound of Logan Couture's missed shot off the back boards and tucked it in for a goal. But the Blackhawks challenged the play, believing Mikkel Boedker was offside on the entry, and replay wiped the goal off the board. Just a few minutes later with Artem Anisimov in the box for holding, Marleau did get No. 499 when he beat Crawford with a shot from the circle for his 18th goal of the season. Free Predictions. The Sharks had a chance to add on to the lead, but Crawford stopped Timo Meier on a breakaway. Chicago then got the equalizer when Rasmussen beat Jones with a shot off the inside of the post from the top of the circle on a rush. NOTES: Blackhawks F Marcus Kruger (ill) sat out the game. ... Sharks GM Doug Wilson got a nice ovation after a video tribute for having recently become the fourth man to play in at least 1,000 games and be general manager for at least 1,000 games. ... Chicago went 0 for 3 on the power play and is just 1 for its last 20 with the man advantage. UP NEXTBlackhawks: Visit Arizona on Thursday night. Sharks: Visit Vancouver on Thursday night.

NBA Recap: Denver Nuggets (116) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (120) - 1/31/2017

NBA Recap: Denver Nuggets (116) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (120) - Date: 1/31/2017 Feb 01, 2017 LOS ANGELES (AP) Nick Young scored 23 points, Lou Williams added 21 and the Los Angeles Lakers survived a frantic fourth quarter to snap their seven-game home losing streak against Denver, beating the Nuggets 120-116 on Tuesday night.Rookie Ivica Zubac scored a career-high 17 points for the Lakers, who snapped their three-game skid despite getting outscored 40-39 in the wild final period.Wilson Chandler scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth for the Nuggets, whose three-game winning streak ended with just their third loss in 10 games.D'Angelo Russell had 22 points, a career-high 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Lakers in his return from a three-game absence with a pair of mild leg injuries. His pick-and-rolls with Zubac allowed the Lakers to generate consistent offense in the fourth quarter.

NHL Recap: Colorado Avalanche (1) vs. Anaheim Ducks (5) - 1/31/2017

NHL Recap: Colorado Avalanche (1) vs. Anaheim Ducks (5) - Date: 1/31/2017 Feb 1, 2017  ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Jakob Silfverberg scored two goals, John Gibson made 28 saves and the Anaheim Ducks wrapped up a three-game season sweep of the struggling Colorado Avalanche with a 5-1 victory Tuesday night. Rickard Rakell, Korbinian Holzer and Cam Fowler each added a goal for the Ducks, who moved ahead of Edmonton for second place in the Pacific Division by picking up at least one point for the 16th time in their last 18 games. Mikko Rantanen scored and Calvin Pickard stopped 26 shots for the Avalanche, who have lost eight consecutive games and 24 of 28. After Nathan MacKinnon nearly tied the game early in the third period, putting his own rebound just wide of Gibson, the Ducks broke the other way and Silfverberg scored his 15th of the season. It was Silfverberg's third multi-goal game this season. Holzer then added his first go al since Feb. 9, 2013, snapping a 100-game drought, followed by Fowler's 11th of the season to pile it on against Colorado. While both teams looked sluggish coming out of the All-Star break, the Ducks' special teams were anything but. Anaheim killed off all three penalties and scored on the only shot of its lone power play in the first period. Silfverberg was somehow able to flick Nick Ritchie's pass on goal, where it split the narrow gap between Pickard and the post just as the penalty was expiring. It was Silfverberg's fourth goal with the man advantage this season. Rakell added his 21st of the campaign 2:54 into the second period, capitalizing as the Avalanche left him alone in front of the net. Rakell was able to easily collect Corey Perry's pass and put it past Pickard, making his first start since fellow Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov underwent season-ending groin surgery last week. Profitabl e Sports Handicappers. The Avalanche got on the board with Rantanen's eighth career goal thanks to a 2-on-0 break following Hampus Lindholm's turnover in the neutral zone. NOTES: Perry got his 700th career point. ... Nate Thompson made his season debut for the Ducks after tearing his Achilles in June, playing 9:54. ... Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Avalanche had D Tyson Barrie and RW Rene Bourque back in the lineup after lower-body injuries sidelined Barrie for four games and Bourque for three. ... Sports Bettor Leads. The Ducks improved to 12-0-0 this season when holding opponents to one goal. UP NEXTAvalanche: Visit the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday to conclude a two-game Southern California road trip. Ducks: At the Florida Panthers on Friday to start a six-game swing up the East Coast.

NBA Recap: Charlotte Hornets (98) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (115) - 1/31/2017

NBA Recap: Charlotte Hornets (98) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (115) - Date: 1/31/2017 Feb 01, 2017 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard scored 27 points and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Charlotte Hornets their fifth straight loss with a 115-98 victory on Tuesday night.Allan Crabbe added 21 points off the bench for the Blazers, who have won four of their last five games.Kemba Walker scored 22 points for the Hornets and moved into third place on the team's career scoring list. Nicolas Batum, who spent his first seven seasons in Portland, added 18 points and eight rebounds.Maurice Harkless dunked with 9:37 left in the game to give Portland a 94-72 lead and the Bobcats never challenged down the stretch. Portland led by as many as 24 points and had five players in double digits.The Blazers have won nine consecutive home games against the Hornets.

NHL Recap: Los Angeles Kings (3) vs. Arizona Coyotes (2) - 1/31/2017

NHL Recap: Los Angeles Kings (3) vs. Arizona Coyotes (2) - Date: 1/31/2017 Feb 1, 2017  GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Jake Muzzin took a slick pass in front of the net from Jeff Carter and scored a power-play goal with 1:49 to play, giving the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 victory over Arizona on Tuesday night that snapped the Coyotes' season-best three-game winning streak. Anze Kopitar and Jordan Nolan also scored for the Kings, who never led until Muzzin's goal, which came with 10 seconds left in the power play. Arizona goalie Mike Smith withstood a barrage of third-period shots before finally allowing the deciding goal. Jordan Martinook and Ryan White scored for Arizona. Smith had 37 saves to 29 for the Kings' Peter Budaj. Los Angeles, host of last weekend's All-Star festivities, outshot Arizona 14-2 in the third period before the Coyotes got five shots late with Smith pulled for an extra skater. Winning Sports Handicappers. The fourth line scored both of Arizona's goals, but the Kings countered quickly after both scores. Arizona scored first when Connor Murphy slammed a shot into a crowd in front of the Los Angeles net. Martinook controlled the deflection and sneaked the puck past Budaj 8:48 into the first period. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The lead didn't last long. With a scrum in front of the Arizona net, Kopitar got the puck past Smith to tie it 1-1 at 10:21 of the first. It was only the sixth this season for Kopitar, who has 249 career goals. He does lead the team with 22 assists. Los Angeles dominated most of the second period. Smith, an All-Star participant for the first time in his career, made a stabbing glove save of Jacob Chychurn's sizzling slap shot from the top of the left circle. Handicappers Watchdog. The Coyotes picked it up late, although they botched a 4-on-1 breakaway with passing problems at the finish. But Arizona kept up the pressure and, after Budaj knocked Lawson Crouse's close-in shot into the air, White crashed the net and scored to make it 2-1 with 1:30 left in the second period. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The lead lasted just 25 seconds. Jordan Nolan rushed down the ice and to the front of the net. Smith got a piece of Nolan's shot, but the puck trickled in to tie it at 2 entering the third period. Inside Info. The Kings had three shots hit the post, two in the third period. NOTES: Arizona's Shane Doan passed Steve Yzerman for fifth on the list of most games played (1,514) with a single franchise. ... Longtime Kings play-by-play broadcaster Bob Miller suffered a mild stroke over the Al l-Star weekend. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The team says Miller is recovering and in good spirits, but it's unknown when he will return to broadcasting. ... Los Angeles placed D Matt Greene on injured reserve. Greene had been battling various injuries, including to his back and groin. Those injuries could be career-threatening. Greene played in only three games last season due to a shoulder injury. UP NEXTKings: Los Angeles returns home to face Colorado Wednesday night. Coyotes: Arizona faces the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night in the final game of a five-game home stand that started before the All-Star break.

NHL Recap: Minnesota Wild (5) vs. Edmonton Oilers (2) - 1/31/2017

NHL Recap: Minnesota Wild (5) vs. Edmonton Oilers (2) - Date: 1/31/2017 Feb 1, 2017  EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Tyler Graovac scored twice and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Tuesday night in a matchup of teams that were on a tear when the NHL All-Star break arrived. Jason Zucker, Zach Parise and Chris Stewart also scored for the Wild (33-11-5), who won their third game in a row and improved to 22-3-2 since the beginning of December. Anton Slepyshev and Leon Draisaitl each had a goal for the Oilers (28-16-8), who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Edmonton was 7-0-1 in its previous eight games, with the only loss during that stretch coming to Nashville in a shootout. Baseball Handicappers. There was plenty of pressure applied by both teams in the early going, but Minnesota struck first with seven minutes left in the first period as a clea ring attempt hit Graovac in the leg and he maneuvered the puck past Oilers goalie Cam Talbot in tight.

NCAAB Recap: Georgetown (76) vs. Depaul (73) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Georgetown (76) vs. Depaul (73) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Rodney Pryor hit four 3-pointers and had 26 points, L. J. Peak scored five points in the final minute and Georgetown got past DePaul 76-73 on Tuesday night. Peak drove it from past the 3-point arc, made a layup and completed the 3-point play with 55 seconds left to give Georgetown a 74-73 lead. Winning Sports Handicappers. Tre'Darius McCallum's layup attempt on the other end was challenged by three defenders and blocked by Jessie Govan with 40 seconds left. Georgetown elected not to call timeout and Peak dribbled down the clock, split a double team and zigzagged in the lane for a layup with 13.9 to go. After a timeout, DePaul was pressured into a broken play and McCallum had a 3-pointer bounce out at the buzzer. Jessie Govan added 14 points and Peak finished w ith 13 for Georgetown (13-10, 4-6 Big East). Billy Garrett Jr. scored 25 points for DePaul (8-14, 1-8) and Eli Cain had 19 points, six rebounds and three assists. Garrett hit a pair of free throws with 4:42 left in the second half to pass Stephen Howard (528) for the most career free throws in program history. Cain scored 15 of his points in the second half.

NCAAB Recap: West Virginia (85) vs. Iowa State (72) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: West Virginia (85) vs. Iowa State (72) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  AMES, Iowa (AP) West Virginia and Iowa State entered Tuesday night's game tied for third place in the Big 12. But the Mountaineers are trending upward - and the Cyclones looked like they might be in trouble. Nathan Adrian scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 7 West Virginia overwhelmed Iowa State 85-72 for its third straight win. Gambling Profit. Tarik Phillip had 15 points for the Mountaineers (18-4, 6-3 Big 12), who hit 10 3s and forced 16 turnovers in winning their third road game in league play.''That's what we try to do. We try to do that with everybody. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. That's why we play so many guys, trying to wear them d own as much as we possibly can,'' West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said about his team's pressure defense. It worked on the typically sure-handed Cyclones, who shot just 29 percent in the second half. A late 9-0 run capped by a layup by Jevon Carter put the Mountaineers up 70-55 with 5:36 left, sending Iowa State to a fourth loss in six games with a trip to No. 3 Kansas set for Saturday. Matt Thomas scored 19 points for Iowa State (13-8, 5-4), which suffered its biggest home loss of the season.''We had layups and open 3s and shots that these guys (usually) make, and finally West Virginia broke through and made a couple and kind of put us in a tough position and sped us up a little bit,'' Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. ''But credit them. Football Handicappers. They were a better team.''BIG PICTUREWest Virginia: The Mountaineers kept their very slim Big 12 title hopes alive by winning a key game in a tough gym. But they're two games behind Kansas and Baylor in the loss column - and they have to travel to Lawrence and Waco in February. Still, beating Iowa State in Ames will look good on Selection Sunday. Iowa State: Are the Cyclones in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament? Iowa State heads into February without a single win over a ranked opponent. As of now the Cyclones would still likely be in the field, but they don't have a ton of resume-boosting chances left. Losing by double digits at home to anyone this late in the season isn't a good sign either. POLL IMPLICATIONSThis win can only help the Mountaineers in the eyes of the voters, though a home loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday would likely send them down a few spots anyway. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. THE NUMBERSWest Virginia's Esa Ahmad had 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting. ... Iowa State 's Deonte Burton scored 11 points with a career-high 10 assists - but he also had five turnovers. ''If we had slowed down, we would have had a better outcome,'' Burton said. ... Sports Picks Today. The Mountaineers scored 23 points off turnovers. Iowa State had just six. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. THE BANK IS OPENWest Virginia's 3-point percentage was aided in the first half by three banked 3s; two by James Bolden and one by Daxter Miles Jr. ''They made them. So they count,'' Prohm said. That flurry of fortunate baskets came just minutes after a fan won a contest staged by a local bank by hitting enough shots off the glass. HE SAID IT''Honestly we were lucky. We banked in three of them. It doesn't hurt to be lucky every once in a while,'' Huggins said. UP NEXT West Virginia hosts the Cowboys this weekend. Iowa State has the most dreaded date on any Big 12 team's schedule - on the road at Phog Allen Fieldhouse - on Saturday.---More college basketball at www.collegebasketball.ap.org

NCAAB Recap: Georgia (81) vs. Kentucky (90) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Georgia (81) vs. Kentucky (90) - Date: 1/31/2017 Feb 1, 2017  LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Malik Monk made two 3-pointers and scored eight of 37 points in overtime, and Bam Adebayo and Dominique Hawkins added baskets to help No. 8 Kentucky outlast Georgia 90-81 on Tuesday night and end a two-game losing streak. Sports Handicapper Reviews. The Wildcats appeared headed to their third straight loss until Monk's jumper with 8 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game at 76 and brought the crowd to its feet. Hawkins' desperation heave from midcourt bounced off the rim as the horn sounded. Hawkins' drive got the Wildcats started in OT before Monk made his first 3 for a five-point lead. His second made it 85-81 and Adebayo followed with a slam off Monk's lob for a six-point cushion. Isaiah Briscoe (23 points, 11 rebounds) made a free throw and Mo nk added two more with 43.3 seconds left to seal the win. Adebayo had 12 points as Kentucky (18-4, 8-1 Southeastern Conference) avoided its longest losing streak since dropping its final four regular season games in 2008-09. J. J. Frazier had 23 points before fouling out and Yante Maten added 22 for the Bulldogs (13-9, 4-5), who lost for the fourth time in six games. BIG PICTUREGeorgia: Recent shooting struggles didn't stop the Bulldogs from making their first six attempts to take a 12-0 lead before they cooled off to hit just 6 of 19 the rest of the half. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. They shot 49 percent and didn't wilt despite trailing most of the second half, but couldn't stop Kentucky in the extra session. Kentucky: Despite shooting 29 percent and sputtering in nearly every phase in the first half, the Wildcats managed to tie it at 29 by the break. Offensive rebounds (17) certainly helped as they outscored the Bulldogs 24-3 in second-chance points, while the defense regrouped to force 17 turnovers. Hawkins made up for a questionable 3-pointer late in regulation with a big drive that ignited his teammates. POLL IMPLICATIONSKentucky gutted out the win it wanted and just needs to beat No. 19 Florida to remain in the Top 10. UP NEXTGeorgia: The Bulldogs' challenging stretch continues with the second of three straight ranked opponents at No. 19 South Carolina on Saturday before returning home to face No. 24 Florida next Tuesday. Kentucky: Visits No. 24 Florida on Saturday night in search of its sixth straight win over the Gators.---More AP college basketball at http://collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25

NCAAB Recap: Boise State (79) vs. Colorado State (76) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Boise State (79) vs. Colorado State (76) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Paris Austin made 7 of 10 from the field, 10 straight free throws and scored a career-high 25, James Reid added 18 points and Boise State held off Colorado State for a 79-76 win on Tuesday night. Reid hit a career-best six 3-pointers on nine attempts and Chandler Hutchison had 10 points and seven rebounds for Boise State (14-7, 7-3 Mountain West), which pulled within a half-game of conference-leading Nevada. J. D. Paige scored eight points during a 12-3 run that pulled Colorado State within one with 32 seconds left. Austin hit two free throws and, after a Rams offensive foul, added two more to make it 77-72 with 19 seconds to go. Paige answered with a dunk but Austin made a pair of foul shots for a 79-74 lead with six seconds remaining. Paige scored 20, Emmanuel Omogbo added 16 with 11 rebounds and Gian Clavell had 15 points and nine boards for Colorado State (14-9, 6-4). Reid hit back-to-back 3s during a 16-2 run that put the Broncos up 21-7 just more than eight minutes in. Boise State made just one field goal and committed three turnovers in the final five minutes of the half and led 43-40 at the break.

NCAAB Recap: Dayton (75) vs. Fordham (66) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Dayton (75) vs. Fordham (66) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  NEW YORK (AP) Kendall Pollard scored a season-high 25 points, including his 1,000th career point, and Dayton beat Fordham 75-66 on Tuesday night for its 13th straight win in the series. Fordham had a one-point lead with six minutes left before the Flyers closed on a 16-6 run. Pollard scored six points on two free throws and a pair of dunks during the stretch. Charles Cooke added 14 points for the Flyers and Scoochie Smith had 10 points and six assists. Dayton (16-5, 7-2 Atlantic 10) bounced back from a 73-68 loss at VCU on Friday, and pulled into a tie with Richmond atop the conference standings. Fordham (9-13, 3-4) has lost two straight. Christian Sengfelder scored 21 points and made five 3-pointers to lead Fordham, which made 9 of 17 3-pointers in the first half, but just 2 of 8 in the second. Joseph Chartouny finished with 14 points and Antwoine And erson chipped in 12.

NCAAB Recap: Tennessee (87) vs. Auburn (77) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Tennessee (87) vs. Auburn (77) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Admiral Schofield scored 18 points and Grant Williams added 17 to help Tennessee win its fourth straight game with an 87-77 victory Tuesday night over Auburn. Free Golf Picks. The Volunteers (13-9, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) continued their recent surge with a dominating first half, and the Tigers (14-8, 3-6) never mustered much of a threat until the final minutes. Schofield grabbed seven rebounds for Tennessee, which came in ranked 41st in the RPI and is making a late surge into NCAA Tournament contention. Williams continued his recent strong play despite playing only 18 minutes before fouling out. He has scored 64 points in the last four games. Jordan Bowden added 15 points. Robert Hubbs III had 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists despite making just t wo of his 12 shots. Jared Harper led Auburn with 21 points, making 5 of 7 3-pointers. He had 18 by halftime when Tennessee led 46-30 and the rest of the Tigers were 3-of-19 shooting collectively. Ronnie Johnson scored 15 points and Mustapha Heron had 12 on 3-of-12 shooting. Auburn pulled to within 11 points with four minutes left but couldn't bring it to single digits until the final minute. Williams scored 15 points in the first half but picked up his fourth foul only 15 seconds after re-entering the game with 8:12 left. BIG PICTURETennessee has won 11 of the last 12 meetings and three straight. ... Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. The Volunteers have won four times in opponents' home court, up from one last season. ... Winning Sports Handicappers. Tennessee made its first 12 free throws and 22 of 27 overall. Auburn made just 25 of 66 shots (37.9 percent). Freshman Austin Wiley had five points, seven rebounds and seven turnovers. He was coming off a 25-point performance against TCU. UP NEXTTennessee remains on the road to face Mississippi State on Saturday. Auburn visits rival Alabama on Saturday night after winning the previous meeting 84-64

NBA Recap: Oklahoma City Thunder (94) vs. San Antonio Spurs (108) - 1/31/2017

NBA Recap: Oklahoma City Thunder (94) vs. San Antonio Spurs (108) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017 SAN ANTONIO (AP) Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points and the San Antonio Spurs held Russell Westbrook scoreless in the fourth quarter for a 108-94 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.Westbrook had 27 points, 14 assists and six rebounds in 34 minutes, but was shut out after scoring 14 points in the third. Rookie forward Domantas Sabonis matched a season high with 13 rebounds and had 13 points. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Thunder's bench was outscored 32-22.LaMarcus Aldridge added 25 points for San Antonio, which improved to 17-6 at home.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich collected his 1,126th career victory, leaving him one shy of tying the league record for most wins with one franchise held by Utah's Jerry Sloan.Leonard had 12 points in t he final quarter, including a dynamic three-point play for a 91-81 lead.

NHL Recap: Toronto Maple Leafs (3) vs. Dallas Stars (6) - 1/31/2017

NHL Recap: Toronto Maple Leafs (3) vs. Dallas Stars (6) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  DALLAS (AP) Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves and five Dallas players scored in the first period to send the Stars past the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 on Tuesday night. Dallas took a 3-0 lead on goals by Devin Shore, Radek Faksa and Lauri Korpikoski. After Korpikoski's goal at 11:18, Curtis McElhinney replaced Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen. Professional Sports Handicappers. Tyler Bozak scored on a power play at 13:50 of the first for Toronto, but Brett Ritchie and Jamie Benn answered to give the Stars a 5-1 lead after one. Dallas was up 6-3 after the second. Nikita Soshnikov and Mitchell Marner scored for the Maple Leafs in the period, and Jason Spezza for Dallas. NHL Hockey Handicappers. Toronto outshot Dallas 43-20 overall. Lehtonen stopped all 14 shots in the third period, when the Stars had only one shot on goal. Andersen made five saves, and McElhinney stopped nine of 12 shots. Shore and Ritchie each had a goal and an assist, while Dan Hamhuis and Tyler Seguin each had two assists. For the Maple Leafs, Marner had a goal and an assist. On the first goal, Shore skated from the Stars blue line through the right faceoff circle and in front of Andersen before putting the puck on his forehand for a wrist shot at 2:53. Just 1:44 later, Faksa scored with a wrist shot on the rebound of Shore's shot. Korpikoski took a pass from Ritchie from the left corner and sent a backhand from the edge of the left circle to chase Andersen from the game. Bozak tipped in a shot by James van Riemsdyk at 13:50, but just 14 seconds later, the Stars' Julius Honka passed from behind the net into the paint, and Ritchie chopped the puck in over McElhinney's right shoulder. Benn took a pass from John Klingberg to score on a wrist shot from the left circle at 18:22. Despite trailing by four goals, the Maple Leafs outshot Dallas 14-12 in the first period. Soshnikov brought them to 5-2 at 4:19 of the second, taking a pass in front from Matt Martin and sending a wrist shot over a diving Lehtonen. Seguin attempted a wraparound but the puck went in front of the net and then in off Spezza at 7:49. Marner drove a wrist shot from the right circle past Lehtonen to pull Toronto within three at 10:25. Winning Picks. The Maple Leafs outshot the Stars 15-7 in the period. NOTES: The Stars' previous five-goal period was the third on Dec. 13 in a 6-2 victory over Anaheim. . Free NHL Hockey Picks. The last time the Maple Leafs had allowed five in a period was April 3, 2009, against Philadelphia. . Dallas' penalty killing ranks last in the NHL. Bozak's power-play goal was the 45th vs. the Stars in 51 games this season. Money Cappers. That's one more than they allowed in 82 games last season. . Dallas has scored on the power play in six of the last eight games. . Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. Toronto D Morgan Rielly missed his sixth straight game because of a knee injury. . Faksa (lower-body injury) returned for Dallas after missing two games. UP NEXTMaple Leafs: Travel to St. Louis for their fourth of six straight road games on Thursday. Stars: Play the fifth of six in a row at home on Thursday against Winnipeg.

NCAAB Recap: Wisconsin (57) vs. Illinois (43) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Wisconsin (57) vs. Illinois (43) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Ethan Happ scored 14 points and led the way in No. 10 Wisconsin's 57-43 rout over Illinois on Tuesday night. Wisconsin (19-3, 8-1 Big Ten) started the game with a 16-2 run and never trailed. Much of the hot start came from the open 3-pointers Illinois allowed Wisconsin's players to take - the Badgers shot 7 of 23 from 3-point range in the game. Game Fixing. The Badgers big men dominated the game in the post, out-rebounding Illinois 45-36, including 19-6 on the offensive boards. Nigel Hayes scored 11 points and added eight rebounds for Wisconsin. Malcolm Hill and Maverick Morgan both had 10 points for Illinois (13-10, 3-7).

NCAAB Recap: Loyola Chicago (81) vs. Missouri State (82) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Loyola Chicago (81) vs. Missouri State (82) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) Austin Ruder made 6 of 8 3-pointers to score 22 points, Alize Johnson made the winning free throw in overtime, and Missouri State beat Loyola of Chicago 82-81 on Tuesday night to end the Ramblers' three-game win streak. It was the Bears' third straight overtime game - a school first. Point Shaving. The Ramblers led 75-73 on Aundre Jackson's two free throws, but Jarred Dixon's 3-pointer and jumper put the Bears up 78-75. Milton Doyle tied it with a 3 before Dixon missed two free throws and the Ramblers led 81-78 after Jackson's 3-point play with 51 seconds left. Dixon hit a jumper and was fouled but failed to complete the 3-point play and the Bears trailed 81-80. Johnson's free throw tied it at 81, Loyola called a timeout, and Johnson made the second free throw for the win. Doyle's 3 rimmed out at the buzzer. Johnson scored 14 with 12 rebounds for his 14th double-double and Obediah Church scored 12 points with three blocks for the Bears (15-9, 6-5 Missouri Valley). Doyle scored 21 for the Ramblers (16-8, 6-5).

NHL Recap: Winnipeg Jets (5) vs. St. Louis Blues (3) - 1/31/2017

NHL Recap: Winnipeg Jets (5) vs. St. Louis Blues (3) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  ST. LOUIS (AP) Mark Scheifele had a goal and an assist, Jacob Trouba scored a key third-period goal, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 5-3 on Tuesday night. Patrik Laine, Nikolaj Ehlers and Blake Wheeler also scored for the Jets, who improved to 12-4-1 within the Central Division and 3-0 against the Blues. Ondrej Pavelec made 24 saves. Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Pietrangelo scored for the Blues, who lost their fourth straight on home ice. Jake Allen made 19 saves. Winnipeg opened a 4-2 lead on Trouba's fourth of the season 3:33 into the third. Sports Picks Today. Trouba initially fanned on the shot but the puck went off of Pietrangelo's skate and into the net. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The bad bounce on Trouba's goal was another tough break for Allen, who made his first start since being pulled after allowing four goals on 10 shots on Jan. 19. He was replaced in each of his previous three starts, allowing 10 goals on 36 shots during that span. Allen received sarcastic cheers from the crowd of 19,483 for routine saves throughout the game. Steen put St. Louis in front just 3:37 into the game on a shot from the point. It was the first time St. Louis scored the opening goal on home ice since Dec. 15. Scheifele tied it with 30 seconds left in the first on a give-and-go with Blake Wheeler. It was Scheifele's second goal in two games, and Wheeler's assist gave him 20 points in his last 21 games. Laine gave the Jets a 2-1 lead 22 seconds into the second period. Laine is on a seven-game point streak, and his 41 points leads all NHL rookies. After Ehlers scored just seven seconds into Winnipeg's first power play, Tarasenko responded for the Blues with 52 seconds remaining in the second. It was Tarasenko's fifth goal and ninth point in his last seven games against the Jets. NOTES: The Blues recalled F Ivan Barbashev from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. ... Jets F Mathieu Perreault missed his third straight game after taking a slash from Anaheim's Corey Perry on Jan. 23. UP NEXTJets: Will travel to Dallas on Thursday. Blues: Will host Toronto on Thursday.

NCAAB Recap: Denver U (93) vs. Oral Roberts (69) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Denver U (93) vs. Oral Roberts (69) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  TULSA, Okla. (AP) Daniel Amigo and Jake Pemberton each scored 20 points and Denver shot 72 percent in the second half for a 93-69 victory over Oral Roberts on Tuesday night. Joe Rosga hit a 3-pointer to give Denver its first lead at 43-42, and Thomas Neff and Rosga made back-to-back 3s to extend the lead to 76-61 with 4:31 left. Winning Sports Handicappers. The Pioneers hit 21 of 29 shots in the final 20 minutes and outscored Denver 59-34. Rosga, who was scoreless at halftime, had 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Ade Murkey tied a season high with 10 points for Denver (14-9, 6-4 Summit League). It was the second time in three games Pemberton scored at least 20. Aaron Anderson led Oral Roberts (7-17, 3-7) with a career-high 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Emmanuel Nzekwesi had 15 points and eight rebounds and Kris Martin scored 14.

NCAAB Recap: Temple (79) vs. Tulane (71) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Temple (79) vs. Tulane (71) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  NEW ORLEANS (AP) Quinton Rose scored six of his 18 points in the final three minutes to help Temple pull away from Tulane for a 79-71 victory on Tuesday night. Point Shaving. The Owls had an 11-point lead before Cameron Reynolds scored eight of Tulane's next 10 points to pull the Green Wave to 69-66 with 3:27 remaining. Rose's layup and jump shot made it 73-69 with 53 seconds left, and the Owls shot 6 of 6 from the line, including two from Rose, to seal it. Shizz Alston Jr. had 15 points for Temple (12-11, 3-7 American), which shot 51 percent (28 of 55) from the floor. Obi Enechionyia and Mark Williams added 13 points apiece. Reynolds finished with 29 points on 11-of-29 shooting to lead Tulane (4-18, 1-9), which has lost six straight. Ryan Smith had 11 points and Malik Morgan added 1 0.

NCAAB Recap: Akron (76) vs. Northern Illinois (73) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Akron (76) vs. Northern Illinois (73) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Antino Jackson and Isaiah Johnson combined to score 31 of their 43 points in the second half and Akron overcame a 14-point, second-half deficit to win its 12th game in a row, 76-73, over Northern Illinois on Tuesday night. Jackson hit four 3-pointers and finished with 22 points while Johnson scored 22 - 16 after the break. Noah Robotham added 10 points and Kwan Cheatham Jr. had nine with 11 rebounds. Johnson made back-to-back layups to put Akron (19-3, 9-0 Mid-American Conference) in front, 66-65, for the first time with 3:50 to play. He then hit two free throws before Robotham added a jumper and the Zips led by five with two minutes left. Dontel Highsmith made a pair of foul shots and Marin Maric added a third to pull Northern Illinois to 70-68 with 54 seconds remaining but Jackson and Robotham combined to make 6 of 6 free t hrows in the final 23 seconds to seal it. Maric had 18 of his 23 points, and Aaric Armstead scored 11 of his 13, in the first half and Northern Illinois (13-9, 5-4) led by as many as 15 before taking a 47-33 lead into the break. Jackson hit back-to-back 3s to cap a 12-5 run to open the second half and cut Akron's deficit to 52-45 with 15:45 to go.

NBA Recap: Sacramento Kings (83) vs. Houston Rockets (105) - 1/31/2017

NBA Recap: Sacramento Kings (83) vs. Houston Rockets (105) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017 HOUSTON (AP) Ryan Anderson had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Eric Gordon added 17 points and the Houston Rockets used a big second-quarter run to beat the Sacramento Kings 105-83 on Tuesday night.Anderson shot 6 of 12 from 3-point range and Houston went 14 of 45 from behind the arc as a team.James Harden finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, and Clint Capella had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets, who shot 45 percent.DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Kings, who shot 35 percent. Kosta Koufos added 12 points.Houston used an 18-3 run over the first nine minutes of the second quarter to extend its lead to 47-27 on Nene's dunk. Gordon had eight points in the run, and Nene added six.

NHL Recap: Boston Bruins (4) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (3) - 1/31/2017

NHL Recap: Boston Bruins (4) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (3) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Zdeno Chara scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, Tuukka Rask made 18 saves and the Boston Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Tuesday night for their first three-game winning streak since early December. Boston also got goals from Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Frank Vatrano. Brad Marchand had two assists late in the second after possibly getting away with a penalty. Alex Killorn scored twice and Brayden Point also had a goal for the Lightning, who are 3-8-2 in their last 13 games. Victor Hedman had three assists, and Ben Bishop 31 stopped shots. Chara's shot from the top of the left circle made it 3-2 at 7:51 of the third. Vatrano added a power-play goal later in the period. Point got his goal late in the third. After Bergeron tipped home Adam McQuaid's shot 18:08 into the second, Krejci pu t Boston up 2-1 with 0.9 seconds left in the period. Marchand assisted on both goals and has 20 points, including nine assists, over his last 13 games. It appeared he tripped Anton Stralman from behind with his leg with 2 1/2 minutes left in the second, but no penalty was called. Marchand avoided a suspension but was fined $10,000 by the NHL last Thursday for what the league termed ''a dangerous trip'' of Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall. Killorn opened the scoring at 8:41 of the second and tied it at 2 early in the third. Boston defenseman Colin Miller saved a goal in the first period when he swiped the puck off the goal line after Jason Garrison's shot trickled past Rask. Miller also had two assists. NOTES: Hedman stopped a four-game point drought and has 34 assists this season. ... Bergeron has 13 points in his last 13 games. ... Point (hand-wrist injury) returned after missing 14 games. UP NEXTBruins: Complete their ninth set of 14 back-to-back games Wednesday night at Washington. Lightning: Play the second of a four-game homestand Thursday night against Ottawa, which is coached by former Lightning coach Guy Boucher.

NHL Recap: Buffalo Sabres (2) vs. Montreal Canadiens (5) - 1/31/2017

NHL Recap: Buffalo Sabres (2) vs. Montreal Canadiens (5) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  MONTREAL (AP) Max Pacioretty scored a hat trick, Carey Price made 37 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Tuesday night. David Desharnais and Paul Byron also scored for Montreal. Alexander Radulov and Phillip Danault each had two assists. Dmitry Kulikov and Brian Gionta scored for Buffalo late in the third period, and Robin Lehner stopped 30 shots. Pacioretty scored once per period en route to his second hat trick of the season. His first of the night made it 1-0 at 17:27 of the first period. Winning Sports Handicappers. The Canadiens captain took a nifty backhand saucer pass from Radulov and roofed the puck on Lehner, who tried a traditional stack-the-pads save but got nowhere near the shot. Pacioretty added his second at 7:48 of the middle frame, ag ain cashing in a pass from Radulov from behind Lehner's net. With Montreal leading 4-0 in the third period, Pacioretty got his stick on a loose puck in a frantic goal-mouth scramble. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The goals were his team-leading 22nd, 23rd and 24th of the year. Montreal is now 11-4-2 in its last 17 games versus Buffalo. Defenseman Nikita Nesterov made his Canadiens debut after being traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning last week. Andrei Markov (lower-body injury) played his first game in six weeks. Markov and Nesterov skated together on the third defensive pairing. Desharnais was also back in the lineup after missing 24 games with a knee injury. After Pacioretty's first two goals, Desharnais celebrated his return from injury with his fourth goal of the year. Professional Handicappers. The Habs center made it 3-0 for the home side after a bad giveaway by Cody Franson deep in his own zone. Byron added Montreal's fourth goal of the evening, completing a tic-tac-toe play started by Artturi Lehkonen, Tomas Plekanec and Markov. Kulikov broke Price's shutout bid with a shot from the point with 3:28 remaining in the game, and Gionta added another for Buffalo less than two minutes later. NOTES: Jeff Petry (flu) was not in the lineup for Montreal. Greg Pateryn got the start in his place. ... Pacioretty has at least a point in 10 straight games versus the Sabres. ... Before puck drop, the Canadiens held a moment of silence for the victims of Sunday's Quebec City mosque shooting. UP NEXTSabres: Host the New York rangers on Thursday night. Canadiens: Travel to Philadelphia for a game Thursday night.

NHL Recap: Ottawa Senators (5) vs. Florida Panthers (6) - 1/31/2017

NHL Recap: Ottawa Senators (5) vs. Florida Panthers (6) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Jonathan Marchessault scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period to lift the Florida Panthers over the Ottawa Senators 6-5 on Tuesday night. With the score tied at 4, goalie Mike Condon tried to clear the puck from behind the net but lost control of it. Marchessault grabbed the loose puck and poked it into the open net with 6:03 left to put the Panthers ahead 5-4. Jason Demers added an empty-net goal with 34.5 seconds remaining to make it 6-4. Derick Brassard scored for Ottawa with 11 seconds to play. Michael Matheson scored twice for the Panthers. Colton Sceviour and Mark Pysyk each had a goal, and Roberto Luongo stopped 36 shots. Michael Sgarbossa added two assists. Ryan Dzingel scored two goals for Ottawa, while Erik Karlsson and Chris Wideman each had one. Condon made 28 saves. Best Sports Handicapping Services. The 11 combined goals were the most in a Panthers game this season. Florida tied the score at 4 on Matheson's second goal, a long slap shot from the point at 9:53 of the second. Matheson posted the first two-goal game of his NHL career. Ottawa stretched its lead to 4-2 when Karlsson grabbed a rebound near the blue line and fired it past Luongo at 2:19 of the second. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Panthers quickly closed to 4-3 after Sceviour poked in the puck from the left side of the crease 18 seconds later. Baseball Handicappers. The goal was the first for Sceviour in 39 games. Luongo took a shot off his mask midway through the second period but stayed in the game. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Senators took a 3-2 lead when Wideman fired a slap shot from high in the right circle that hit the top of the net with 30.6 seconds left in the first. Ottawa tied it at 2 on Dzingel's second goal when he took a rebound off the end boards and tucked it into the net with 11:06 to go in the first. Free Sports Picks. The Senators tied the score 1-all on the first goal by Dzingel at 4:59. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The Panthers regained the lead 23 seconds later after Pysyk redirected a pass from in front. Florida grabbed a 1-0 lead on Matheson's first goal at 2:24. NOTES: Panthers backup goalie James Reimer was scheduled to start, but his wife, April, gave birth to their daughter, Nevaeh Adelyn May Reimer, earlier in the day. ... Panthers C Vincent Trocheck had four points Sunday in his first All-Star Game. ... The Panthers waived D Dylan McIlrath and C Paul Thompson. ... Senators C Zack Smith has a career-high 13 assists after notching one on Ottawa's fourth goal. UP NEXTSenators: Visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. Panthers: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

NHL Recap: New Jersey Devils (4) vs. Detroit Red Wings (3) - 1/31/2017

NHL Recap: New Jersey Devils (4) vs. Detroit Red Wings (3) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  DETROIT (AP) Kyle Palmieri scored twice and Cory Schneider made 27 saves, helping the New Jersey Devils hold on for a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. Stefan Noesen gave the Devils the lead on their first shot 1:28 into the game. Palmieri put New Jersey ahead 2-0 lead less than five minutes later and restored its two-goal advantage with 34 seconds left in the second period with the first of his team's two short-handed goals. Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg scored with 1:47 remaining in the second, but the struggling team he leads stayed within a goal for less than 1 1/2 minutes. Professional Handicappers. The Devils went up 3-1 midway through on Adam Henrique's short-handed goal. Detroit pulled within a score on goals from Tomas T atar and Nick Jensen. Detroit had an extra skater when Palmieri was called for interference with 2:16 left and pulled Jared Coreau about a minute later, but it couldn't take advantage of the opportunity to extend the game to overtime. Coreau stopped 20 shots for the Red Wings, whose winless streak was extended to a season-high matching five games. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Devils had lost two straight and three of four. New Jersey and Detroit were two of the four teams to come out of the All-Star break with an Eastern Conference-low 49 points. Only one team at Joe Louis Arena started the game with a sense of urgency. Coreau was fortunate he didn't give up a goal on the opening shift, getting a break when Palmieri's shot hit the left post. He could not, though, stop Noesen on his shot off a rebound. Palmieri scored an unassisted short-handed goal while draped by defenseman Niklas Kronwall, taking adv antage of lackadaisical backchecking from forwards Gustav Nyquist and Anthony Mantha. Detroit had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:16 midway through the second period but failed to get a shot on net. NOTES: New Jersey began the game with three short-handed goals this season and nearly matched that total in one night at Detroit. ... Detroit's Dylan Larkin played for the first time since Jan. 22, returning from an upper-body injury. Basketball Picks. To make room for Larkin, Drew Miller was assigned to the AHL's Grand Rapids GriffinsUP NEXTDevils: Host the Calgary Flames on Friday. Red Wings: Host the New York Islanders on Friday.

NHL Recap: Columbus Blue Jackets (6) vs. New York Rangers (4) - 1/31/2017

NHL Recap: Columbus Blue Jackets (6) vs. New York Rangers (4) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  NEW YORK (AP) Seth Jones scored twice, Alexander Wennberg had a goal and two assists and the Columbus Blue Jackets led by six goals and held on to beat the New York Rangers 6-4 on Tuesday night. Brandon Saad added a goal and an assist, and Nick Foligno and Matt Calvert also scored for the Blue Jackets. Joonas Korpisalo, starting in place of All-Star Sergei Bobrovsky, stopped 33 shots. Sports Betting Handicapping. The Blue Jackets won for the sixth time in 13 games since a franchise-record 16-game winning streak and beat the Rangers for the second time in three meetings this season after losing the previous seven. Jimmy Vesey, Michael Grabner, Chris Kreider and Kevin Klein scored in the third period after the Rangers trailed 6-0. New York starting goalie Henrik Lundqvist was pulled less than four minutes into the second period after giving up three goals on 16 shots. He was replaced by Antti Raanta, who finished with seven saves on 10 shots. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Blue Jackets took control with four goals in the second period, and then went ahead by six when Calvert deflected a pass by Zach Werenski at 1:49 of the third. Vesey got the Rangers on the board at 2:51 of the third, shooting the puck in off Korpisalo from behind the goal line. It was the first goal for New York in 114:11, including a 2-0 loss to Philadelphia last Wednesday. Grabner deflected a shot by Brady Skjei for his 22nd at 5:01, and Kreider got a pass from Mika Zibanejad at the right side of the net, turned around and fired it past Korpisalo for his 19th just 1:11 later. Klein pulled the Rangers within two with his first of the season with 1:07 remaining. With the teams skating 4-on-4, Saad gave the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead at 1:06 of the second by taking a pass from Wennberg on the left side and firing it past Lundqvist for his 17th of the season and 100th of his career. Soccer Predictions. The teams were 4-on-4 again when Wennberg scored on a rebound on a long shot by Ryan Murray that Lundqvist knocked down with his glove but couldn't snare at 3:42. Free NHL Hockey Picks. That ended Lundqvist's night. Sports Betting Profit. The Blue Jackets led 4-0 with 7:08 remaining in the second after Scott Hartnell skated up the left side and sent a pass across to Jones in front. He fired it past Raanta for his ninth of the season and first career two-goal game. Foligno knocked in a rebound from Wennberg's shot with 5:56 left to cap the Blue Jackets' second-period outburst. Jones gave the Blue Jackets the lead with a long slap shot from the right point that beat a screened Lundqvist at 3:53. NOTES: Columbus began a final stretch with 18 of 34 games against Metropolitan Division teams. ... Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Blue Jackets improved to 23-6-3 when scoring first and 21-1-2 when leading after two periods. ... The teams split the first two meetings this season in Columbus and play again there on Feb. 13 before wrapping up the season series back here at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 26. ... Grabner, who had a hat trick in the Rangers' 5-4 win on Jan. 7, now has six points in the teams' three meetings. ... New York didn't score on the game's only power play and is now 0 for 15 over its last five games and 3 for 30 in the last 11. ... Earlier in the day, the Rangers announced coach Alain Vigneault was given a two-year contract extension through the 2019-20 season. UP NEXTBlue Jackets: At defending champion Pittsburgh on Friday night. Rangers: At Buffalo on Thursday night.---Follow Vin Cherwoo at www.twitter.com/VinCherwooAP

NCAAB Recap: Davidson (75) vs. St Josephs (60) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Davidson (75) vs. St Josephs (60) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  PHILADELPHIA (AP) Peyton Aldridge scored 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds for his eighth career double-double and Davidson beat Saint Joseph's 75-60 on Tuesday night to win its third straight. Jon Axel Gudmundsson scored a career-high 14 and Will Magarity added 13 for the Wildcats (12-8, 5-4 Atlantic 10), who shot 49.1 percent from the field and held the Hawks to 34.4-percent shooting. Gudmundsson's 3-point play capped Davidson's 10-4 opening run and the Wildcats led 41-31 at halftime behind Aldridge's 20 points in the half on 7-of-7 shooting. It was his 25th career 20-point outing. Andrew McAuliffe's jumper capped a 6-0 run and Davidson led 47-33 early in the second half. Free Sports Picks Forum. The Hawks closed to 56-48 on C harlie Brown's free throw with 7:50 left, but got no closer. Lamarr Kimble scored 18 points for the Hawks (10-11, 3-6) and Brown added 14.

NBA Recap: New Orleans Pelicans (106) vs. Toronto Raptors (108) - 1/31/2017

NBA Recap: New Orleans Pelicans (106) vs. Toronto Raptors (108) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017 TORONTO (AP) Kyle Lowry had 33 points and 10 assists, and made the tiebreaking jumper with 4.3 seconds left in overtime as the Toronto Raptors outlasted the New Orleans Pelicans 108-106 on Tuesday night.Jonas Valanciunas added 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Lowry matched his season high from 3-point range, going 6 of 14. It was the Raptors' third straight win over the Pelicans, and their ninth in the last 11 meetings.Jrue Holiday scored 30 points and Anthony Davis had 18 points and 17 rebounds for his 30th double-double as the Pelicans lost their second straight.Down 106-102 with just over a minute to play in OT, New Orleans tied the game on Davis' floating jump shot with 29 seconds to go.But Lowry worked the shot clock at the other end, finally putting the Raptors in front for good on his step-back jumper.

NHL Recap: Philadelphia Flyers (1) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (5) - 1/31/2017

NHL Recap: Philadelphia Flyers (1) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (5) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  RALEIGH, N. C. (AP) Sebastian Aho had his first career hat trick and added an assist, sparking the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. Sports Cappers. The win snapped a five-game slide for Carolina - with all the losses in regulation - and ended Philadelphia's three-game winning streak. Aho, a 19-year-old from Finland, became the first Carolina rookie to record a hat trick since Erik Cole during the 2001-02 season. It was the third multiple-goal game this season for Aho, who has 15 goals. Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk, the Hurricanes' only representative for the winning Metropolitan Division in Sunday's All-Star Game, also scored for Carolina. Skinner broke a string of six games without a point. Elias Lindholm a nd Teuvo Teravainen each had two assists for the Hurricanes, who improved to 6-0 in their alternate black jerseys. Cam Ward stopped 15 shots in the win. Brayden Schenn scored his 100th NHL goal, all for Philadelphia, on a power play in the third period. Steve Mason made 23 saves for the Flyers. Philadelphia had won the first two meetings this season, but the Hurricanes are 7-1-1 in their last nine games against the Flyers in Raleigh. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Hurricanes led 2-0 after a penalty-free first in which they outshot the Flyers 8-4. Aho put Carolina ahead at 7:11 of the first, taking a pass from Jordan Staal and skating across the crease before beating Mason glove side. Aho scored his second goal at 16:37, taking Lindholm's return pass on the right doorstep and beating Mason stick side. Skinner made it 3-0 at 16:28 of the second. He was on the receiving end of Lee Stempniak's pass from behind th e net to the left circle and slammed the puck past Mason stick side. Aho completed the hat trick on a power play at 18:05, going to the upper right corner of the cage from the left circle on Lindholm's feed from behind the net. Faulk made it 5-0 during a 5-on-3 power play at 5:10 of the third, scoring from the right point with Aho getting the primary assist. Schenn scored on a power play at 10:27. Shayne Gostisbehere got the primary assist. NOTES: Flyers D Michael Del Zotto (lower body) missed his fourth straight game, while RW Dale Weisz and D Nick Schultz were healthy scratches. . RW Ty Rattie, D Ryan Murphy and D Matt Tennyson were healthy extras for Carolina. . Eddie Lack was dressed as Carolina's backup goalie for the first time since Dec. 30 (concussion). . Hurricanes assistant coach Rod Brind'Amour played nine seasons with the Flyers. . Winning Picks. The five-game season series resumes in Phi ladelphia on March 19 and in the regular-season finale on April 9. ... Staal skated in his 300th game for Carolina. UP NEXTFlyers: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday to start a five-game homestand. Hurricanes: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.

NHL Recap: Nashville Predators (2) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (4) - 1/31/2017

NHL Recap: Nashville Predators (2) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (4) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  PITTSBURGH (AP) Patric Hornqvist scored twice, Matt Murray stopped 37 shots and the Pittsburgh Penguins returned from the All-Star break with a 4-2 win over Nashville on Tuesday night. Winning Sports Handicappers. Trevor Daley and Chris Kunitz also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who had lost two in a row. Sidney Crosby picked up an assist on Hornqvist's first goal for the 994th point of his career. Calle Jarnkrok scored his eighth goal and Colin Wilson added his seventh for the Predators. Pekka Rinne made 35 saves, but the Penguins dominated the second period behind Hornqvist. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The veteran forward moved back to the top line alongside Crosby and Conor Sheary and responded immediately by picking up his 13th and 14th goals within a 5:05 span in the second to help the Penguins take control. Pittsburgh went through a bit of a hiccup heading into the break, getting shut out at home against St. Louis and then falling 4-3 in Boston to fall a bit off the pace of front-running Washington in the hypercompetitive Metropolitan Division. Winning Picks. The Penguins returned home without center Evgeni Malkin, who missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury, but defenseman Kris Letang played a team-high 23:45 after sitting out six games with a lower-body injury of his own. Letang helped Pittsburgh keep the front of the net relatively clutter free for Murray, who won for the fifth time in his last seven starts. Hornqvist, as is his way, spent plenty of time being a nuisance in front of Rinne. Free NHL Hockey Picks.  ;The teams traded goals in the first period before Daley gave Pittsburgh the lead with a breakaway slap shot from just outside the left circle 3:10 into the second. Hornqvist got his first of the night just past the game's midway point, circling behind the Nashville net then banking it off Rinne to make it 3-1. Just over five minutes later Hornqvist showcased why he's so valuable in traffic. Nick Bonino tried to shoot the puck from the slot but whiffed. Nashville's Matt Irwin was in position to send it out of harm's way. Hornqvist lifted Irwin's stick and in one motion swept flipped the puck by a sprawled and stickless Rinne to give Murray more than enough cushion. Wilson drew the Predators within two with a power-play goal 3:18 into the third, but Nashville never really threatened to get closer. Handicapper Return on Investment. The Predators fell in regulation for the first time this seas on in a game in which they scored the first goal, falling to 15-1-5 in those games. NOTES: Nashville went 1 for 2 on the power play. Pittsburgh was 1 for 3 with the man advantage. ... Nashville scratched D Brad Hunt and Fs Derek Grant and Mike Ribeiro. ... Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Penguins scratched D Chad Ruhwedel with Letang back. ... The Penguins turned off all water fountains, soda fountains and ice machines at PPG Paints Arena as a precaution after the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority issued a boil water advisory for portions of the city. ... The Penguins called up forward Carter Rowney from AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and made the 27-year-old the third-line center. Rowney played 9:20 between Carl Hagelin and Bryan Rust. ... Nashville D Yannick Weber left in the second period after taking a puck to the face. UP NEXTPredators: Open a three-game homestand on Thursday against Ed monton. Nashville edged the Oilers 3-2 in a shootout on Jan. 20. Penguins: host Columbus on Friday. The Blue Jackets won the first meeting between the clubs 7-1 on Dec. 22.

NHL Recap: Washington Capitals (2) vs. New York Islanders (3) - 1/31/2017

NHL Recap: Washington Capitals (2) vs. New York Islanders (3) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  NEW YORK (AP) Ryan Strome and Johnny Boychuk scored in the third period, Thomas Greiss made 28 saves and the New York Islanders beat the league-leading Washington Capitals 3-2 on Tuesday night. Strome got his first goal since Dec. 31 to put New York up 2-1 6:31 into the period. Anthony Beauvillier stole the puck behind the Capitals net and passed it to Brock Nelson. Winning Sports Gambling. The Islanders forward sent a quick pass to Strome, and he tapped it past goalie Philipp Grubauer. Boychuk scored into an empty net with 1:08 left, and Alan Quine also scored for New York. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Islanders are 5-0-1 under interim coach Doug Weight since firing longtime boss Jack Capuan o. Greiss signed a three-year contract extension with the Islanders on Monday night. Alex Ovechkin scored his 24th goal of the season with 47 seconds left, and Evgeny Kuznetsov also had a goal for Washington. Grubauer made 26 saves. Documented Handicappers. The Islanders have points in seven straight games and have pulled themselves out of the cellar and into the Eastern Conference playoff chase. NHL Hockey Handicappers. They entered Tuesday trailing Philadelphia by five points for the final wild card and have played fewer games than most of the conference. Soccer Picks. The Capitals jumped to a lead early in the first period when Kuznetsov scored his 10th goal of the season. Kuznetsov received a pass from Justin Williams and was able to snap a wrist shot from in front of the net. Kuznetsov has five goals in his last six games, including his first multigoal game of the season on Jan. 26 against New Jersey. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The Islanders tied it at 1 less than five minutes into the second period on the power play. Andrew Ladd fired a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar and went right to Quine, who put the puck right back in the net. NOTES: This meeting in Brooklyn was the fifth and final time the Islanders and Capitals face each other this season. ... Greiss is 15-7-3 in 26 games this season, with a .928 save percentage and 2.24 goals against average. ... John Carlson returned to the Capitals lineup for the first time since Jan. 15. The defenseman has been out with a lower-body injury. ... D Thomas Hickey and F Cal Clutterbuck were both scratches for the Islanders due to lower-body injuries. Forward Stephen Gionta was a healthy scratch. ... Ds Taylor Chorne y and Christian Djoos and F Chandler Stephenson were healthy scratches for the Capitals. Stephenson and Djoos were both called up from AHL Hershey on Monday. UP NEXTIslanders: Travel to Detroit for a game Friday night. Capitals: Return home to Verizon Center to host Boston on Wednesday night.

NCAAB Recap: Kent (70) vs. Eastern Michigan (64) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Kent (70) vs. Eastern Michigan (64) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) Jimmy Hall had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Jaylin Walker grabbed a key offensive rebound and made two late free throws, and Kent State held off Eastern Michigan 70-64 on Tuesday night. Sports Bettor Leads. The game was tied at 64 when Walker missed a 3-point shot and Deon Edwin was off on a putback. Walker grabbed Edwin's rebound and then drew a flagrant foul from Baylee Steele, who unintentionally hit Walker in the face when trying to block his right-handed hook shot with 11.9 seconds left. Walker made both free throws and Mitch Peterson added two more to seal it. Peterson added 13 points and Walker had 11 for Kent State (12-10, 4-5 Mid-American Conference), which outrebounded Eastern Michigan 48-33, including 25 offensive boards. Willie Mangum IV had 22 points and James Thompson IV added 14 points and 14 rebounds for Eastern Michigan (13-9, 5-4). NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Eagles committed 30 fouls, leading to 36 Kent State free throws.

NCAAB Recap: Toledo (80) vs. Ball State (81) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Toledo (80) vs. Ball State (81) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) Tayler Person tied his season high with 26 points and had eight assists, Francis Kiapway hit two late free throws and Ball State held off Toledo for an 81-80 win on Tuesday night to take sole possession of first place in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. Franko House had 19 points and nine rebounds, Tahjai Teague scored 16 and Trey Moses added eight points with 11 rebounds for Ball State (15-7, 6-3), which has won three in a row and six of its last seven. Best Sports Handicappers Free Picks. Teague scored five points during a 9-0 run that made it 68-63 with 8:17 left and the Cardinals led the rest of the way. Persons made a layup to put Ball State up by nine with 2:23 to go, but Nate Navigato and Luke Knapke hit back-to-back 3-pointers before Steve Taylor Jr.'s free throw cut Toledo's deficit to 79-77 with 14 seconds remaining. Kiapway's free throws seven seconds later made it a four-point lead and Jaelan Sanford's 3 with two seconds left capped the scoring. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. Taylor had 23 points and 17 rebounds, Knapke scored 17 and Sanford added 15 points for Toledo (11-11, 4-5), which has lost three of its last four.

NCAAB Recap: Wake Forest (85) vs. Boston College (80) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Wake Forest (85) vs. Boston College (80) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  BOSTON (AP) John Collins scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half - 13 coming in a 14-0 run that propelled Wake Forest to an 85-80 victory over Boston College on Tuesday night. Bryant Crawford added 15 points and Austin Arians 14 for the Demon Deacons (13-9, 4-6 ACC). Collins also tied a career-high with 16 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. Jordan Chatman led Boston College (9-14, 2-8) with 22 points. Ky Bowman had 18 and Jerome Robinson 17 for the Eagles, who lost their sixth straight game. Free Sports Betting Picks. Trailing by seven, Wake started pounding the ball inside to Collins, who scored the final 13 points - seven from the free throw line - of a 14-0 run that made it 71-64 with 4 1/2 minutes to play. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. The 6-foot-10 sophomore forward was giving BC so much trouble that center Mo Jeffers and forward Nik Popovic both fouled out. Winning Sports Gambling. The Eagles hit three 3s during a 9-0 spree - the middle one banked in from the top of the key by Popovic - for a 55-47 lead with just under 13 minutes left. Wake won a matchup at home against BC, 79-66 on Jan. 3. BIG PICTUREWake Forest: The Demon Deacons moved closer to the tight middle of the ACC standings and a possible better position for a matchup in the conference postseason tourney. Boston College: The Eagles seemed flat in the early minutes of the first half, but overcame that by hitting 10 of their first 20 3-point attempts. For a team that's struggled and doesn't have the talent of many of their opponents, it's not something they can afford to do. GRAND OPENINGSeven-year old Darla Holloway sang the national anthem, drawing a loud applause from the small crowd. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but the PA announcer told the crowd she was cancer-free. She also sang God Bless America at Boston Red Sox games when she was as young as four. SMALL GATHERINGWith light snow falling in the area, and likely combined with the Eagles struggling, there was a very small turnout. But that didn't explain why the student sections behind both baskets were mostly empty. UP NEXTWake Forest: At home against Georgia Tech on Saturday. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Demon Deacons play only twice at home in their next five games. Boston College: The Eagles host No. 6 Louisville Saturday in the second of three straight at home.

NCAAB Recap: Maryland (77) vs. Ohio State (71) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Maryland (77) vs. Ohio State (71) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Justin Jackson had 22 points and 12 rebounds as No. 17 Maryland held off Ohio State down the stretch to win 77-71 on Tuesday night. Sports Betting Profit. The Buckeyes pulled within one point four times in the second half but the Terps always had an answer. A jumper by Melo Trimble with 32 seconds left put Maryland up 75-71, and Jared Nickens hit two free throws with 14 seconds left to seal it. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. Trimble had 13 points and Anthony Cowan added 11 as Maryland (20-2, 8-1 Big Ten) won their seventh straight. MLB Handicappers. The Terps haven't lost since Jan. 1 and have won all six of their games on the road this season. Jae'Sean Tate scored 20 points and Marc Loving added 18 for the Buckeyes (13-10, 3-7 Big Ten), who have lost three of their last four in what has turned into a disappointing season.

NCAAB Recap: Manhattan (49) vs. Fairfield (78) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Manhattan (49) vs. Fairfield (78) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Curtis Cobb scored 22 points, Tyler Nelson added 20, and Fairfield routed Manhattan 78-49 on Tuesday night. Cobb was 10 of 20 from the field, and Nelson hit 7 of 13 shots with six 3-pointers. Free Picks and Parlays. The Stags (10-10, 5-6 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) have won two straight since snapping a five-game skid. Zavier Turner had 11 points on just one field goal, but he made 8 of 8 free throws to lead Manhattan (8-16, 3-10). Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. The Jaspers shot just 12 of 48 from the field (25 percent). Sports Handicapper Tracker. The Stags had a double-digit lead midway through the first half and buil t a 43-21 lead. Cobb scored 18 points and Nelson had 14 as Fairfield shot 50 percent (17 of 34) and made 7 of 12 3-pointers in the half. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Stags had their largest lead, 64-32, with 10 minutes left. It was a season-low in points scored for the Jaspers, and their largest loss since losing to then-No. 25 West Virginia 108-61 on Nov. 28.

NBA Recap: New York Knicks (101) vs. Washington Wizards (117) - 1/31/2017

NBA Recap: New York Knicks (101) vs. Washington Wizards (117) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017 WASHINGTON (AP) Bradley Beal went shot for shot with Carmelo Anthony and then some as the Washington Wizards blew out the New York Knicks 117-101 Tuesday night to move into a tie for first place in the Southeast Division.Beal scored 28 points, Markieff Morris had 24 and John Wall added 15 points and 10 assists as the Wizards rolled to their fifth victory in a row and won for the 11th time in 13 games. Beal was 12 of 18 from the floor, while Anthony was 10 of 17 for 26 points.Washington improved to 28-20 and tied the Atlanta Hawks for first place. Sports Handicappers. The Wizards are the second-hottest team in the NBA behind only the Golden State Warriors, who also won 12 games in January.With New York big man Kristaps Porzingis out with illness, Washington's Marcin Gortat was unchallenged inside and scored 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting.

NCAAB Recap: George Washington (70) vs. Rhode Island (82) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: George Washington (70) vs. Rhode Island (82) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  KINGSTON, R. I. (AP) Hassan Martin scored 23 points, Jared Terrell added 17, including his 1,000th career point, and Rhode Island closed the game on a 13-1 run to beat George Washington 82-70 on Tuesday night. Martin's 3-point play with 4:49 left gave Rhode Island a 72-69 lead and Terrell's hoop and free throw at the 2:47 mark made it 77-70. Sports Predictions. Terrell also had a key block on a 3-pointer during the late run. Martin scored 20-plus for the fourth time this season and seventh of his career. He had 16 first-half points on 7-of-8 shooting. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. Terrell hit a free throw early in the first half to reach the milestone. Gambling Profit. Terrell, E. C. Matthews and Martin are the first trio in URI history to reach the 1,000 mark in the same season. Kuran Iverson added 12 points and Jeff Dowtin 10 for URI (14-7, 6-3 Atlantic 10). Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. Tyler Cavanaugh led George Washington (12-10, 4-5) with 21 points and Jaren Sina added 10.

NCAAB Recap: Pittsburgh (78) vs. North Carolina (80) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Pittsburgh (78) vs. North Carolina (80) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  CHAPEL HILL, N. C. (AP) Justin Jackson scored 20 points and No. 12 North Carolina held on to beat Pittsburgh 80-78 on Tuesday night. Joel Berry II had 19 points, Isaiah Hicks added 18 and Kennedy Meeks finished with 10 for the Tar Heels (20-4, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Best Free Sports Picks. The league leaders never trailed but also never got comfortable against the last-place Panthers. Cameron Johnson matched a career high with 24 points and hit a career-best six 3-pointers, Michael Young finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Jamel Artis had 17 points for Pitt (12-10, 1-8), which lost its seventh straight but kept this one tight throughout by shooting nearly 56 percent. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks . The Panthers had a chance to win it at the buzzer after Artis took an inbounds pass with 4.8 seconds to play and hurried down the right side before uncorking an off-balance 3-pointer that caromed harmlessly off the glass. Best Sports Picks of the Day. That came after Artis made it 79-78 by hitting two free throws with 5.4 seconds left. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Panthers fouled Hicks, who hit 1 of 2 free throws to make it a two-point game and set up the Panthers' final shot. Chris Jones finished with 12 points, and his contested 3 with 13.5 seconds left pulled the Panthers to 78-76. BIG PICTUREPittsburgh: This clearly wasn't the same Pitt team that was routed at home by Miami and Louisville. Coach Kevin Stallings can build off the way his Panthers went toe-to-toe with the ACC-leading Tar Heels on their home court. North Carolina: The Tar Heels didn't answer many questions in this one, especially on the defensive side. World's Best Handicapper. Three days after Miami's rout in Coral Gables, North Carolina had serious trouble stopping the Panthers, and UNC has allowed two of its last three opponents to shoot at least 51 percent. UP NEXTPittsburgh: The Panthers continue their tour of Tobacco Road with a visit to No. 20 Duke on Saturday. North Carolina: The Tar Heels wrap up a two-game home stand Saturday night with a visit from No. 21 Notre Dame.---Follow Joedy McCreary at http://twitter.com/joedyap.---More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25.

NCAAB Recap: Iowa (83) vs. Rutgers (63) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Iowa (83) vs. Rutgers (63) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  PISCATAWAY, N. J. (AP) Jordan Bohannon scored 17 points and Iowa took command early and posted its first road win of the season with an 83-63 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night. Free Sports Picks Today. The win was the second straight for the Hawkeyes (13-10, 5-5 Big Ten) with conference-leading scorer Peter Jok sidelined with a back injury. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. This one was a laugher for Iowa, which had lost its first five games away from Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It opened a double-digit lead in the opening five minutes and never looked back, leading by as many as 28 points. Cordell Pemsl added 15 points for the Hawkeyes, who shot 50 percent from the field and a season-high 61 percent from 3-point range (1 1 of 18). Bohannon hit five of his seven long-range attempts. Deshawn Freeman scored 17 points and Mike Williams added 16 for Rutgers (12-11, 1-9), which has lost three in a row and 10 of 11. Corey Sanders was limited to eight points. Best Sports Picks of the Day. The 20-point margin of victory was the biggest for Iowa in a conference game this season and it gave coach Fran McCaffery a chance to rest most of his starters in the second half. Iowa, which had won a neutral site game earlier this season, jumped to a 17-4 lead in the opening 5:20. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. Tyler Cook led the early run with seven points and Bohannon had five. BIG PICTUREIowa, which was riding a three-game losing streak, has stepped up and beaten Ohio State and Rutgers with the conference's leading scorer sidelined. Soccer Handicappers. The Hawkeyes hope to have Jok back this weekend. After decent efforts against Maryland and Wisconsin, Rutgers showed its inconsistency by failing to be competitive against a team missing its best player. UP NEXTIowa returns home to play Nebraska Sunday. Rutgers is at Penn State Saturday.

NCAAB Recap: Miami Ohio (72) vs. Bowling Green (83) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Miami Ohio (72) vs. Bowling Green (83) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) Wes Alcegaire hit 6 of 9 3-pointers to score a career-high 25 points - the most of any Bowling Green player this season - and the Falcons beat Miami (Ohio) 83-72 on Tuesday night to end a two-game skid. Malik Hluchoweckyi added 10 points for the Falcons (9-13, 3-6 Mid-American), who made 10 of 23 3-pointers (43.5 percent). Alcegaire's 3-pointer put the Falcons up for good 11-10 and Bowling Green shot 8 for 16 from behind the arc, led by Alcegaire's five 3s, to take a 42-27 halftime lead. Alcegaire scored 20 points in the first half. Free Sports Picks Today. The RedHawks closed to 10 points on Jake Wright's layup with 1:34 left, but got no closer. Wright made three 3s and scored 16 points, Logan McLane had 14 points, Michael Weathers scored 13, and Darius Harper 10 for the RedHawks (9-13, 2-7), who have lost two straight.

NCAAB Recap: Mississippi St (61) vs. Mississippi (88) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Mississippi St (61) vs. Mississippi (88) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Terence Davis scored 18 points, Sebastian Saiz added 17 and Mississippi pulled away to easily beat Mississippi State 88-61 on Tuesday night. Ole Miss (13-9, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) won for just the fourth time in the past 10 games. Sports Betting Profit. The 6-foot-9 Saiz also had 11 rebounds to finish with his 15th double-double of the season. Mississippi State (13-8, 4-5) cut the Ole Miss lead to 64-54 with 10:39 remaining, but the Rebels scored the next 12 points to put the game out of reach. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Bulldogs were led by Quinndary Weatherspoon and Lamar Peters, who both scored 16 points. Peters left the game midway through the second hal f with an undisclosed injury and the Bulldogs' offense never looked the same. It was a close game for a big chunk of the first half. Ole Miss was up just 29-28 with 7:45 remaining, but used a 22-5 run to take a 51-33 lead by halftime. Sports Handicap. The Rebels were doing just about everything right, shooting 20 of 38 (52.6 percent) from the field and forcing 12 Mississippi State turnovers. BIG PICTUREMississippi State: The Bulldogs looked like a team on the rise a few weeks ago after a good win against Texas A&M and a close loss to Kentucky. Now they've lost three of four, including a 27-point loss to their in-state rival. Ole Miss: It's a nice win for the Rebels, who desperately needed some good news after losing six of nine games coming into Tuesday. Davis gave the Rebels some scoring punch. UP NEXTMississippi State: The Bulldogs host Tennessee on Saturday. Ole Miss: The Rebels go on the road to fa ce Vanderbilt on Saturday.-----More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25.

NCAAB Recap: Central Michigan (91) vs. Buffalo (101) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Central Michigan (91) vs. Buffalo (101) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  BUFFALO, N. Y. (AP) Blake Hamilton scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, C. J. Massinburg added 19 points with a career-high five 3-pointers, and Buffalo shot 50.7 percent from the field to beat Central Michigan 101-91 on Tuesday night. Willie Conner scored 18 points, David Kadiri added 13, and Nick Perkins had 11 for the Bulls (10-12, 4-5 Mid-American), who outscored Central Michigan 44-36 in the paint to end a two-game skid. Free Predictions. Trailing by two at halftime, the Chippewas tied it at 61 on David DiLeo's layup, but Hamilton made a jumper to spark a 7-0 run and Buffalo led 72-69 with 11 minutes to go. Nick Perkins capped a 12-1 run with a pair of free throws and Buffalo led by 88-71, then led by 19 on Conner's 3-pointer with 5:11 to play. Braylon Rayson sc ored 25 points for his eighth-straight 20-plus-point conference game, Marcus Keene added 24, and Luke Meyer had 19 for the Chippewas (14-8, 4-5), who saw their three-game win streak end.

NCAAB Recap: Creighton (76) vs. Butler (67) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Creighton (76) vs. Butler (67) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Justin Patton, Khyri Thomas and Marcus Foster all scored 15 points Tuesday night, and No. 22 Creighton made 13 3-pointers as it ran away from No. 16 Butler, 76-67. Free Pick. The Bluejays (20-3, 7-3 Big East) have won two straight to move into second place in the conference standings. Kamar Baldwin finished with 14 points for Butler (18-5, 7-4), which has lost two straight at home. Creighton's shooters were simply too much for the Bulldogs. After Butler scored the first five points of the second half to take a 38-37 lead, the Bluejays went on a 17-4 run to make it 54-42 with 14:05 left. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. The Bulldogs answered with seven straight points to make it a five-point g ame, but Creighton quickly rebuilt a double-digit lead and the Bulldogs couldn't get closer than seven again. Creighton finished 13 of 21 on 3s, shooting a season-high 61.9 percent. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Bluejays earned their 20th win for the 17th time in 19 seasons. Kelan Martin added 11 points for Butler, which has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. BIG PICTURECreighton: Any doubts about how the Bluejays would play after losing star point guard Maurice Watson Jr. have been answered. While they lost the first two after Watson tore the ACL in his left knee, they now have a season sweep over Butler, momentum heading into the weekend and three wins in one month over ranked teams for the first time in school history. Butler: A week ago, the Bulldogs looked like they were on the verge of cracking the top 10. Now, suddenly, they're in a funk - largely because of poor defense. Expect coach Chris Holtmann to spend most of his time the next week searching for a solution. UP NEXTCreighton: Returns home Saturday looking to sweep Xavier. Butler: After a weeklong break, the Bulldogs return to action Feb. 7 at Marquette.---More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25.

NCAAB Recap: Ohio (85) vs. Western Michigan (90) - 1/31/2017

NCAAB Recap: Ohio (85) vs. Western Michigan (90) - Date: 1/31/2017 Jan 31, 2017  KALMAZOO, Mich. (AP) Thomas Wilder scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half, including a go-ahead free throw, Tucker Haymond added 20, and Western Michigan overcame a 21-point deficit with a late run to beat Ohio 90-85 on Tuesday night to end a four-game skid. Free Predictions. The Bobcats led by as many as 21 in the first half and increased a 44-38 halftime lead to 81-71 on a layup by Gavin Block. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. The Broncos replied with a 10-0 run in which Bryce Moore and Wilder hit back-to-back 3s and Western Michigan tied it at 81, 83 and 85 before Wilder's three free throws put the Broncos up 88-85 with 16 seconds left. Ohio's Jason Carter had a good look at a 3-pointer in the closing seconds but it rolled out and Haymond iced it with a pair from the line. Drake LaMont added 11 points for the Broncos (7-14, 3-6 Mid-American), who made 26 of 35 free throws to Ohio's 11 of 23. Carter scored 21 points, Jaaron Simmons added 18 and Kenny Kaminski had 17 with four 3s for Ohio (13-7, 5-4).

NHL Preview: Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks - 1/31/2017 - 10:30 PM EST

NHL Preview: Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks - Date: 1/31/2017 Time: 10:30 PM EST Venue: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, CA, 95113 The Chicago Blackhawks limped into the All-Star break after two straight difficult losses and in need of a recharge as their upcoming schedule will be challenging, to say the least. Todays Free Sports Picks. The Blackhawks open a six-game road trip Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks with both teams locked in tight battles in their respective divisions. Chicago is 12-9-1 on the road and trails the Central Division-leading Minnesota Wild by four points. Additionally, the Wild have three games in hand and three more matchups with the Blackhawks (30-16-5), including one during this road trip on Feb. 8. San Jose is 17-7-1 at SAP Center and is tied with the Edmonton Oilers for the Pacific Division lead with 64 points, one more than the Anaheim Ducks. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The Sharks (31-17-2) also have a game in hand over both teams. Chicago won seven of nine between Jan. 5 and Jan. 22 before showing a surprising tendency to implode late against arguably lesser competition. On Jan. 24, Corey Crawford surrendered three third-period goals -- two in a 30-second span -- in a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Profitable Sports Handicappers. That prompted coach Joel Quenneville to start Scott Darling two nights later against the Winnipeg Jets. Darling was reached for two goals 42 seconds apart in the first period and yielded two more goals in a 32-second span late as the Blackhawks fell 5-3." We all got to be rejuvenated," Darling said after the loss. "We got to use these two, three days to get away. Rest our brains, rest our bodies. We're not too ha ppy with the hockey we have been playing lately so we need to recharge, pick it up and get excited to go on a big road trip." Not all the Blackhawks rested. Crawford, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith all participated in this past weekend's All-Star festivities in Los Angeles. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The biggest highlight for Kane, Toews and Keith came when they were listed on Friday among the NHL's 100 greatest players of all time." Sometimes throughout that whole process, you wonder why you're even there. I remember sitting there with (Keith), and I was like, 'I kind of feel out of place here.' And he was saying the same thing," Kane told the Chicago Sun-Times. For Kane, Keith and the remainder of the team, it's back to business. Chicago has won six of its last nine away from the United Center. In their only visit to San Jose this seas on, the Blackhawks dropped a 2-1 decision in which Crawford gave up two first-period markers. Artemi Panarin and Kane are the Blackhawks' top scorers on the road with 21 points and 15 points, respectively. But Panarin has been slumping lately. Sports Bettors Email Leads. The reigning Calder Trophy winner has just two assists in his last six road games after a seven-game scoring streak from Nov. 23 to Dec. 17 in which he tallied five goals and seven assists. He also has just two helpers in his last seven games overall. A big game out of Kane would move him three spots up the franchise's all-time goal-scoring list. Last season's Hart Trophy recipient is eighth with 266 career goals, one behind Jeremy Roenick and two behind Tony Amonte. Kane scored in Chicago's 4-1 win at home over the Sharks on Dec. 18, but he's been held without a goal in 13 of 14 career games at SAP Center. San Jose (31-17-2) resumes play after its six-game winning streak was snapped Thursday with a 4-1 loss to Edmonton despite outshooting the Oilers 33-20." That's what you expect from two good teams," Sharks defenseman Brent Burns told the San Francisco Chronicle. "Little bounces here and there. We've been on the other end of those the last five or six. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The difference in hockey is pretty small." As has been the case all season, the Sharks have been led by their three All-Stars: Burns, Joe Pavelski and Martin Jones. Burns has scored eight goals with 13 assists at home, and leads the team with 51 points (21 goals, 30 assists). That total also places him fourth in the league in scoring, eight points behind NHL leader Connor McDavid of the Oilers. Pavelski also has eight goals with 15 assists at SAP Center, and is second on the club in scoring with 42 points (16 goals, 26 assists). The two are also the only Sharks with more than one point versus the Blackhawks in 2016-17. Burns has three assists while Pavelski has a goal and an assist. Jones is fourth in the league with 25 wins, but also tied for third with 15 losses. Since joining the Sharks prior to last season, Jones is 1-1-0 with a 2.52 goals-against average at home versus the Blackhawks. Chicago's defense will also be pressed to slow down Patrick Marleau, who was named the league's second star of the week on Monday. Marleau posted five goals and an assist in three games. Four of his goals -- including a natural hat trick -- came in the third period of a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Jan. 23. Marleau, who needs two goals to be the second player this season and 45th overall to reach 500, has scored 11 goals in 34 career home games versus Chicago. Chicago made a minor transaction on Sunday by recalling defenseman Gustav Forsling from Rockford of the American Hockey League and placing d efenseman Michal Rozsival on injured reserve, retroactive to Jan. 25 with an undisclosed injury. Forsling, a rookie, has a goal and three assists in 32 games with Chicago this season. Rozsival, now in his 16th season, has one assist in 14 games.


NHL Preview: Los Angeles Kings vs. Arizona Coyotes - 1/31/2017 - 9:00 PM EST

NHL Preview: Los Angeles Kings vs. Arizona Coyotes - Date: 1/31/2017 Time: 9:00 PM EST Venue: Gila River Arena, Phoenix, Ariz., 85305 GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Los Angeles Kings and Arizona Coyotes came out of the All-Star break last season believing they would secure postseason berths. While the Kings had plenty of experience to draw upon, the Coyotes were feeling their way through an unfamiliar playoff push and it showed when the teams met Feb. 2 at Gila River Arena. L. A. beat Arizona 6-2 and rolled to a 102-point season while the Coyotes dropped 11 of 14 February games and fell off the playoff pace." They came in and they played like a real determined team, and we played like a young team," said Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, who will face the Kings again Tuesday at Gila River Arena in the Coyotes' first of 34 remaining games after the All-Star break. "We're going to try to make sure that doesn't h appen again." The goals are modified this season. Los Angeles is one spot out of the Western Conference's final wild-card spot as the season resumes. Sports Picks Free. The Coyotes are one of two teams whose playoff hopes are all but dead, but Arizona has won three straight games, it has stabilized its center position with the addition of Alex Burmistrov (six points in six games) and it has seen growth from rookies Christian Dvorak, Brendan Perlini, Lawson Crouse, Jakob Chychrun and Christian Fischer." We want to continue to build on what we've done over the past month," said Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, who will start against the Kings. "We've done some really good things to make our team better and to give ourselves a more consistent chance to be in hockey games and to win hockey games. We've gotten some results from that lately." Los Angeles will need a push to secure a playoff berth in the jumbled Western Conference. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The Kings were one spot out of the final wild-card position as play resumed, and they received the news they feared last week when general manager Dean Lombardi announced that goalie Jonathan Quick would not be back before at least early March as he continues to rehab a groin injury that has sidelined him since Oct. 12. Peter Budaj is 22-14 with a .919 save percentage and a 2.06 goals-against average while filling Quick's skates." He has been awesome," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "Everyone wants to blame where we are in the standings because we have guys injured, like Quick and (Tyler) Toffoli, but Budaj has been great night in and night out. He's really deserving of the accolades he's getting. Without him, we wouldn't be where we are right now." Toffoli (lower body), defenseman Matt Gr eene (back) and center Nic Dowd (lower body) and are all on injured reserve, with Greene's IR designation coming Monday. Sports Handicapper Records. There is a good chance that Dowd will come off IR and play against the Coyotes. Arizona got some good news when its only two injured players skated Monday before practice. Center Brad Richardson (broken right tibia and fibula) is still out indefinitely, but left winger Max Domi (hand) will start practicing with the team on Tuesday and will begin playing as soon as he's back in game shape. Domi hasn't played since breaking his hand in a fight against Calgary on Dec. 8.