Last Update on March 12, 2014 05:34 GMT
RED WINGS-BLUE JACKETS
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Rookie Boone Jenner and veteran Brandon Dubinsky scored 40 seconds apart in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky had 39 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Nick Foligno and Derek MacKenzie also had goals and Nathan Horton had two assists for the Blue Jackets, who have won five of six.
Columbus was playing one night after its game at Dallas was postponed in the first period when the Stars' Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench.
The Blue Jackets and Red Wings came in to this game tied with 71 points in the East and battling for playoff position.
Danny DeKeyser scored for the Red Wings, who went to third-string goalie Petr Mrazek when Jimmy Howard couldn't play because of the flu. Mrazek stopped 33 shots.
Detroit has dropped four of five (1-3-1).
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Cleveland's Justin Masterson threw four no-hit innings and Lonnie Chisenhall hit his first home run of spring training in the Indians' 7-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
Arizona starter Trevor Cahill left the game after jamming his right knee covering first base on a groundout with two outs in the fifth inning. Cahill is scheduled to start the second of the Diamondbacks' two-game season-opening series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia on March 23.
After the game, to no one's surprise, manager Terry Francona said Masterson would be the Indians' opening-day starter.
Masterson faced the minimum 12 batters, thanks to three Cleveland double plays.
Cahill had a shaky outing, allowing five runs on nine hits in 4 2-3 innings, including Chisenhall's two-run homer in the fourth.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Buster Posey had a three-run homer off Tony Cingrani among his three hits, leading the San Francisco Giants over the Cincinnati Reds 8-5 Tuesday.
Posey added an RBI double and a single as the Giants overcame a three-run deficit.
The Reds scored three quick runs off Tim Hudson.
Todd Frazier doubled home two runs in the first. Billy Hamilton doubled home Skip Schumaker, who started in left field, giving the Reds the lead after two innings.
Hunter Pence started his second game after resting a sore shoulder. He tripled after Posey's home run.
Ehire Adrianza hit his second home run of the spring, a two-run shot off Cingrani, who allowed six runs after pitching seven scoreless innings, including the first two innings of this appearance.
Schumaker, who signed a two-year deal with the Reds in November, doubled and hit a solo home run off Hudson. He is hitting .550 this spring.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Free agent safety Donte Whitner says he's agreed to a contract with the Browns, who have also reportedly signed inside linebacker Karlos Dansby.
A two-time Pro Bowler with San Francisco and a Cleveland native, Whitner posted on his Twitter account "that I must now embark on my intended journey and become a Cleveland Brown. A place that's very dear to my heart!"
Whitner, 28, spent the past three seasons with the 49ers after five with Buffalo, which drafted him with No. 8 overall in 2006. According to reports, Whitner is getting a four-year, $28 million deal. He'll replace Pro Bowler T.J. Ward, who signed with Denver on Tuesday.
According to multiple reports, the Browns have agreed to terms on a four-year, $24 million deal with Dansby. He had 122 tackles, 6 1-2 sacks and four interceptions for Arizona last season. He'll replace departed veteran D'Qwell Jackson.
The Browns have made no announcements.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals released center Kyle Cook, who started every game last season, and signed receiver Brandon Tate to a new contract on Tuesday.
Cook had been with the Bengals since 2007. He played in 73 games, starting 66. Offensive line coach Paul Alexander said the team hasn't decided who will start at center next season.
Tate would have become an unrestricted free agent if he didn't get a deal on Tuesday. His biggest impact has been on special teams during his three seasons with Cincinnati.
Tate is averaging 24.8 yards on kickoff returns, a franchise record. His average of 9.9 yards per punt return ranks second in team records. He is in position to set franchise records for punt and kickoff return yards next season.
DALLAS (AP) -- Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley is undergoing testing to determine what triggered his collapse during a game.
General manager Jim Nill said Tuesday that Peverley is in stable condition and has been communicating with teammates and friends since he was hospitalized Monday night. The Stars' game against Columbus was postponed in the first period after Peverley went down on the bench, stunning the crowd and players.
Nill said doctors are focused on finding a long-term solution to Peverley's irregular heartbeat. The condition was diagnosed in training camp, and he underwent a procedure that sidelined him for the preseason and the season opener.
The 31-year-old Peverley also missed a game last week in Columbus because of the effects of the condition. He played in two games before Monday night.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Senior forward Kyle Kelm had a double-double and Milwaukee's front line dominated, and the Panthers led the whole way during a 69-63 victory over Wright State on Tuesday night for the Horizon League tournament title.
Milwaukee (21-13) is back in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006, when the Panthers knocked off Oklahoma in the first round before losing to Florida. They're 3-3 all-time in the tournament.
Kelm had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Jordan Aaron scored 18 points as Milwaukee went 9 of 18 from beyond the arc against the league's top defense and had a 35-28 edge in rebounds.
Wright State (20-14) has a season-high six-game winning streak snapped. The Raiders were trying to get back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007.
BOWLING GREEN-COACH FIRED
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -- Bowling Green State University has announced it will not renew the contract of seven-year men's basketball coach Louis Orr.
Athletic director D. Christopher Kingston announced the firing on Tuesday.
Orr was 101-121 in seven seasons, including a record of 54-60 in Mid-American Conference play. The Falcons lost at Northern Illinois 54-51 in overtime on Monday night to close out a 12-20 season.
After going 13-17 in his first season in 2007-08, he led the Falcons to a 19-14 mark the next year and was voted the MAC's coach of the year. His last three years, the team went 16-16, 13-19 and 12-20.
His teams never made the NCAA field, but did play in the NIT in 2009 and the CIT in 2012.
Last Update on March 12, 2014 07:52 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs kept their lead in the NBA's Western Conference by earning their seventh straight win.
Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) scored 22 points and Tony Parker had 20 in the Spurs' 104-96 triumph over Chicago. Ginobili shot 9-for-11 from the field, including four 3-pointers. Parker scored 18 while San Antonio was building a 61-33 halftime lead.
Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard added 16 points for San Antonio, which saw a 24-point, fourth-quarter lead shrink to eight before winning for the 10th time in 11 games.
D.J. Augustin (AW'-guhs-teen) had a team-high 24 points for the Bulls, who are 1-2 on their season-high, six-game homestand.
Oklahoma City remains a half-game behind the West-leading Spurs after Kevin Durant poured in 42 points to push the Thunder past the red-hot Rockets 106-98. Russell Westbrook scored 24 points, and Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) added 12 points and 16 rebounds to help the Thunder end a two-game skid.
The Rockets ended a five-game winning streak despite James Harden's 28 points.
The Indiana Pacers have ended a season-high, four-game losing streak with a little help from a newcomer.
Andrew Bynum scored eight points and grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds in his Pacers debut as Indiana downed Boston 94-83. Bynum played just 15 minutes, but his first basket put the Pacers ahead to stay at 16-14.
David West finished with 24 points as the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Miami.
In other NBA action:
-- Jordan Crawford scored 19 points and the Golden State Warriors picked up their fifth straight win by routing Dallas 108-85. Andrew Bogut (BOH'-gut) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who shot 51 percent while holding the Mavericks under 37 percent.
-- Memphis picked up its season-high seventh straight home win as Zach Randolph contributed 18 points and 12 rebounds to the Grizzlies' 109-99 decision over Portland. Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') added a team-high 19 points, nine boards and seven assists to help the Grizzlies earn their third consecutive win overall and open a one-game lead over Phoenix for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
-- Minnesota was a 112-101 winner over Milwaukee behind Kevin Love's 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Kevin Martin chipped in 26 points and Jose Barea added 19 to the victory.
-- Josh Smith scored 24 points and Rodney Stuckey added 23 in Detroit's 99-89 win against Sacramento. Andre Drummond added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Pistons, who took control by outscoring the Kings 20-11 in the third period.
UNDATED (AP) -- The NFL free-agency signing period began on Tuesday, and the Dallas Cowboys made room under the salary cap by releasing DeMarcus Ware. The franchise sack leader was due to make $16 million this season, his 10th in the NFL.
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he will attempt to re-sign Ware, who had a career-low six sacks last season and is recovering from offseason elbow surgery.
-- The Chicago Bears have released eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers, eliminating an $18 million salary cap hit. Peppers finished with just seven sacks, his lowest total in four seasons with Chicago and the fewest for him since he had a career-low 2 1/2 with Carolina in 2007.
-- Jonathan Martin, the offensive tackle at the center of the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal, has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers for an undisclosed draft pick. Martin's move cross country brings him back to the Bay Area to be reunited with his former Stanford coach, Jim Harbaugh.
-- The 49ers have released cornerback Carlos Rogers after three seasons. The Niners also have agreed to acquire quarterback Blaine Gabbert from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a sixth-round draft pick. And veteran place kicker Phil Dawson has received a new two-year contract after a sensational first season in San Francisco.
-- The Browns have agreed to terms with strong safety Donte Whitner and reportedly have struck a deal with inside linebacker Karlos Dansby.
-- The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed kicker Adam Vinatieri (vihn-uh-TEHR'-ee), hours before he was to become an unrestricted free agent. The Colts also have agreed to contract terms with free agent defensive end Arthur Jones
-- The Washington Redskins have re-signed inside linebacker Perry Riley, keeping him off the open market hours before the start of free agency.
-- The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a new three-year contract with defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, who had 49 tackles, two fumble recoveries, a sack and a forced fumble last season. The Falcons also released former Pro Bowl safety Thomas DeCoud.
-- A person familiar with the negotiations says the Detroit Lions and running back Joique (JOYK) Bell have agreed to a $9.3 million, three-year contract, with $4.3 million guaranteed.
-- A person familiar with the negotiations says Lions wide receiver Kevin Ogletree has agreed to a one-year contract.
-- The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a five-year contract with offensive lineman Rodger Saffold and have re-signed running back Darren McFadden to a one-year contract.
-- The Pittsburgh Steelers released linebacker LaMarr Woodley, with a post-June 1 designation to save money under the salary cap.
-- A person familiar with the negotiations says the Dolphins and Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert have agreed to a contract that could be worth more than $45 million over five years. The person also says former Houston Texans defensive tackle Earl Mitchell has agreed to terms on a $16 million, four-year deal with Miami.
-- The New York Giants have reached agreements with former Kansas City guard Geoff Schwartz and Oakland running back Rashad Jennings, according to the players. Former Seattle Seahawks linebacker O'Brien Schofield also agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal.
-- The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with Chiefs running back, receiver and kick returner Dexter McCluster, who caught a career-high 53 passes for 611 yards in a Pro Bowl season last year.
-- The Jaguars agreed to terms with former Denver Broncos guard Zane Beadles on a five-year contract worth $30 million.
-- Left tackle Jared Veldheer and the Arizona Cardinals have agreed to a five-year contract worth $35 million, with $17 million guaranteed.
-- Eugene Monroe is staying with the Baltimore Ravens after agreeing to a five-year contract.
-- The Denver Broncos have revamped their defensive secondary by agreeing to a deal with Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward.
-- The Buffalo Bills have re-signed kicker Dan Carpenter to a four-year contract.
-- The New York Jets have re-signed kicker Nick Folk to a multiyear contract, less than two weeks after placing the franchise tag on him.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Dallas Stars were winners in their first game since teammate Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench. And they did it against the NHL's best team.
Jamie Benn scored 3:42 into overtime to give the Stars a 3-2 triumph at St. Louis. Benn also assisted on Antoine Roussel's (roo-SEHLZ') goal early in the third period, giving Dallas a 2-1 lead. But the Western Conference-leading Blues were able to move two points ahead of Anaheim after Roman Polak forced OT.
The Stars' home game against Columbus was postponed Monday night after Peverley fell ill with a heart problem. He remained hospitalized in stable condition on Tuesday while undergoing tests.
Teammate Alex Chiasson (CHAY'-sahn) was being treated after becoming despondent about Peverley's plight. He didn't join the team for its trip to St. Louis.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have widened their lead in the Eastern Conference by continuing their recent domination of the Washington Capitals.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 of his 32 saves in the third period as the Pens blanked the Capitals 2-0 to complete a home-and-home sweep. Jussi Jokinen (YOO'-see-YOH'-kih-nehn) opened the scoring late in the first period before Sidney Crosby netted the insurance goal with 5:48 remaining. Crosby leads the NHL with 88 points after helping the Penguins earn their eighth straight win over the Caps.
The victory gives Pittsburgh a three-point edge over Boston in the East.
Elsewhere on ice:
-- Joe Pavelski had two goals and an assist in San Jose's 6-2 pounding of Toronto, ending the Maple Leafs' three-game winning streak. Joe Thornton had three assists for the Sharks, who earned their third straight victory and climbed within four points of the West-leading Blues.
-- Carolina beat the Rangers for the first time in 11 tries as Jordan Staal and Jiri Tlusty both had a goal and an assist to lead a 3-1 victory over New York. The Blueshirts fell to 8-4-1 in their last 13 games and remain one point ahead of third-place Philadelphia in the Metropolitan Division.
--The Flyers were 2-1 losers against visiting New Jersey, with Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-roh-meer YAH'-gur) netting the game-winner with 12:18 left. Taravis Zajac (ZAY'-jak) also scored and Martin Brodeur (broh-DOOR') made 30 saves as the Devils won for the fifth time in seven games to pull within two points of the Flyers.
-- Taylor Hall scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lift Edmonton over Minnesota 4-3. Zach Parise, Jared Spurgeon, and Jason Pominville scored in 4-minute, 16-second span of the first period to put the Wild up 3-0, but the Oilers eventually tied it on third-perido goals by David Perron (peh-RAHN') and Jordan Eberle (EB'-ur-lee).
-- Rookie Boone Jenner and veteran Brandon Dubinsky scored 40 seconds apart in the third period to give Columbus a 3-1 lead in its fifth victory in six games, 4-1 over Detroit. Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF'-skee) stopped 40 shots against the Red Wings, who've won just one of their last five games.
-- Nashville posted a 4-1 victory in Buffalo behind Shea Weber's one goal and one assist. Nick Spaling, Craig Smith and Paul Gaustad also scored to back Carter Hutton's 24 saves.
-- Radim Vrbata (vur-BAH'-tah) had a goal and two assists as Phoenix dumped Florida 3-1. Mike Smith stopped 31 shots and blanked the Panthers until midway through the third period.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado coach Patrick Roy (WAH) says P.A. Parenteau (payr-ehn-TOH') will miss at least four weeks with a right knee injury. The right winger suffered a sprained MCL during Monday's win over Winnipeg. Parenteau has 14 goals and 19 assists this season.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Braves pitcher Kris Medlen has injured a ligament in his right elbow for the second time in less than four years, but the team says it is too early to determine the extent of the damage.
Braves general manager Frank Wren says Medlen had an MRI on Monday that revealed the injury. Wren added that the 28-year-old right-hander and the team will seek a second medical opinion.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NCAA BERTHS
UNDATED (AP) -- Gonzaga, Mount St. Mary's, Milwaukee and North Dakota State are the latest teams to earn automatic berths in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Gonzaga claimed its 13th West Coast Conference title as San Dower Jr. delivered 20 points and 13 rebounds in a 75-64 win against BYU. Gary Bell Jr. had 14 points and David Stockton dished out seven assists to send the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament for the 16th straight year.
Rashad Whack scored 20 points and Julian Norfleet had 17 as Mount St. Mary's earned an 88-71 victory against Robert Morris in the Northeast Conference title game. The fourth-seeded Mountaineers built a 20-point first-half lead, shot 60 percent from the field and earned their first conference title.
Senior forward Kyle Kelm had 20 points and nine rebounds as Milwaukee posted a 69-63 victory over Wright State for the Horizon League tournament title. Jordan Aaron scored 18 points as Milwaukee went 9 of 18 from beyond the arc against the league's top defense and had a 35-28 edge in rebounds.
Taylor Braun capped his 15-point night by converting a three-point play with 12 seconds left as North Dakota State downed Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne 60-57 for the Summit League championship. TrayVonn Wright had a team-high 19 points in the Bison's 25th win.