National Sports

Wheeler’s 4 goals power Jets over Blue Jackets 5-2

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Blake Wheeler scored four goals against Columbus, but it was the Winnipeg captain's prettiest of the evening — a well-placed shot on an odd-man rush late in the game — that really deflated the Blue Jackets. The goal off Patrik ...

No. 3 Duke falls to No. 20 Virginia Tech with Zion sidelined

By The Associated Press BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Ty Outlaw hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:28 left and No. 20 Virginia Tech beat No. 3 Duke 77-72 on Tuesday night while Blue Devils star freshman Zion Williamson sat out his second straight game with a sprained right knee. Kelly Blackshear ...

Herro’s 29 points rally No. 4 Kentucky past Arkansas 70-66

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Tyler Herro couldn't miss in the second half, and he didn't have much margin for error as he helped bail out No. 4 Kentucky against Arkansas. Herro had career highs of five 3-pointers and 29 points, including two free throws with ...

White’s 34 helps No. 5 North Carolina beat Syracuse 93-85

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The shots were falling again for North Carolina's Coby White. The freshman point guard shook off four games of shooting struggles to score a season-high 34 points, helping the fifth-ranked Tar Heels pull away late to beat ...

McCann scores twice, Penguins beat Blue Jackets 5-2

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After the Columbus Blue Jackets beefed up their roster at the NHL trade deadline for a Metropolitan Division playoff run, the injury-plagued Pittsburgh Penguins came to town looking more vulnerable than usual. Missing some top ...

Ohio State beats No. 22 Iowa behind freshman's 29 points COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Less than two weeks ago, Ohio State freshman Justin Ahrens didn't even play in a home loss to lowly Illinois. Had Ahrens not played against Iowa on Tuesday night, the Buckeyes would not have pulled off a ...

Top-ranked Duke beats Boeheim, Syracuse 75-65

By The Associated Press SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — No matter the outcome, Jim Boeheim needed this. Three days after the Hall of Fame coach of the Syracuse Orange struck and killed a pedestrian on a darkened highway that leads out of town, he returned to the bench Saturday night. Boeheim's first ...

Norvell, Hachimura lead No. 2 Gonzaga past BYU, 102-68

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Rui Hachimura had to think for a bit when asked how No. 2 Gonzaga was able to score with ease against BYU. Zach Norvell Jr. scored 25 points, Hachimura had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Josh Perkins added 21 points and seven ...

Giroux scores in overtime, Flyers beat Penguins 4-3

By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Claude Giroux scored 1:59 into overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers scored three straight goals in the rain to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on a soggy Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field. The Flyers and Penguins took one of the NHL's ...

Without ill James Harden, Rockets hold off Warriors 118-112

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Even without NBA scoring leader James Harden, the Houston Rockets took it to Golden State from the very start. Eric Gordon scored 25 points with four 3-pointers, Chris Paul converted two free throws with 1:08 left on the way to 23, ...