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  • Thursday’s College Basketball Scores

    EAST Bowie St. 87, Chowan 64 Bryant 77, CCSU 69 Delaware 58, Drexel 44 Endicott 87, E. Nazarene 80, OT Rider 63, Monmouth (NJ) 60 Robert Morris 91, Wagner 59 Sacred Heart 90, Fairleigh Dickinson…

  • Thursday’s Major College Basketball Scores

    EAST Bryant 77, CCSU 69 Delaware 58, Drexel 44 Rider 63, Monmouth (NJ) 60 Robert Morris 91, Wagner 59 Sacred Heart 90, Fairleigh Dickinson 85 St. Francis (NY) 74, LIU Brooklyn 69, OT St. Francis…

  • Top-seeded Maria Sharapova reaches Mexico Open semifinals

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday night to reach the Mexico Open semifinals. Sharapova will face third-seeded Caroline Garcia of France in…

  • Red Wings-Sharks Sum

    Detroit 0 1 2—3 San Jose 1 1 0—2 First Period_1, San Jose, Irwin 6 (Thornton, Hannan), 7:06. Second Period_2, Detroit, Pulkkinen 2 (Sheahan, Weiss), 3:53 (pp). 3, San Jose, Marleau 13 (Pavelski, Couture), 6:51…

  • Red Wings-Sharks Sums

    Detroit 0 1 2—3 San Jose 1 1 0—2 First Period_1, San Jose, Irwin 6 (Thornton, Hannan), 7:06. Penalties_Wingels, SJ (roughing), 8:51; Jurco, Det (hooking), 11:19; Helm, Det (goaltender interference), 16:05. Second Period_2, Detroit, Pulkkinen…

  • Abierto Mexicano Telcel Results

    Thursday At The Fairmont Acapulco Princess Acapulco, Mexico Purse: Men, $1.55 million (WT500); Women, $250,000 (Intl.) Surface: Hard-Outdoor Singles Men Quarterfinals Kevin Anderson (4), South Africa, def. Viktor Troicki, Serbia, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Kei Nishikori…

  • No. 13 Utah routs Arizona St 83-41 with dominant first half

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Delon Wright scored 12 points and did a little bit of everything as No. 13 Utah trounced Arizona State 83-41. The Utes put the game away in the first half…

  • No. 3 Gonzaga sluggish but gets past San Diego, 59-39

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Przemek Karnowski scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half, Domantas Sabonis added 11 off the bench, and No. 3 Gonzaga overcame a sluggish first half to beat San…

  • Thursday’s College Basketball

    EAST Bowie St. 87, Chowan 64 Bryant 77, CCSU 69 Delaware 58, Drexel 44 Endicott 87, E. Nazarene 80, OT Rider 63, Monmouth (NJ) 60 Robert Morris 91, Wagner 59 Sacred Heart 90, Fairleigh Dickinson…

  • Top 25 Capsules

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Przemek Karnowski scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half, Domantas Sabonis added 11 off the bench, and No. 3 Gonzaga overcame a sluggish first half to beat San…

  • Sens’ Andrew Hammond ends LA Kings’ 8-game win streak, 1-0

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Hammond made 35 saves to earn his second consecutive shutout in his fourth career start, and the Ottawa Senators snapped the Los Angeles Kings’ eight-game winning streak with a 1-0…

  • Senators-Kings Sum

    Ottawa 0 0 1—1 Los Angeles 0 0 0—0 First Period_None. Second Period_None. Third Period_1, Ottawa, Hoffman 21 (Zibanejad, Ryan), 1:40. Shots on Goal_Ottawa 6-16-6_28. Los Angeles 11-13-11_35. Goalies_Ottawa, Hammond. Los Angeles, Quick. A_18,230 (18,230).…

  • Senators-Kings Sums

    Ottawa 0 0 1—1 Los Angeles 0 0 0—0 First Period_None. Penalties_McNabb, LA (tripping), 11:32; Wiercioch, Ott (tripping), 17:18. Second Period_None. Penalties_Gryba, Ott (slashing), 1:26; McBain, LA (holding), 2:48; McBain, LA (slashing), 6:16. Third Period_1,…

  • Earl Lloyd, first black player in NBA, dies at 86

    Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday. He was 86. Lloyd’s alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. It did not provide details. Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950…

  • Saint Mary’s cruises at San Francisco 84-53

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Garrett Jackson went 10 for 13, with 4 of 5 from 3-point range and a career-high 26 points Thursday night as Saint Mary’s beat San Francisco 84-53. Brad Waldow and Kerry…