DePaul tops St. John's for Big East women's title
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Brittany Hrynko scored 15 points and Megan Rogowski added 14 on Tuesday and No. 23 DePaul beat St. John's 65-57 to capture its first Big East women's tournament championship.
Megan Podkowa had 12 points and Jasmine Penny added 11 as the host Blue Demons won their seventh straight and earned the league's automatic NCAA tournament berth.
Aliyyah Handford scored 13 points and Briana Brown added 12 for the Red Storm, making their first Big East title game appearance since 1988.
DePaul trailed in the second half after taking a 30-29 lead into halftime.
It was the first women's championship game for the realigned Big East since powerhouses Connecticut and Notre Dame departed last year for the American Athletic and Atlantic Coast conferences, respectively.
The championship tournament was also held for the first time in Chicago after Connecticut hosted the past 10 years.
DePaul also finished atop the regular season standings for the first time since joining in 2005-06.
Ginobili leads Spurs past Bulls 104-96
CHICAGO (AP) - Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and Tony Parker had 20 as the league-leading San Antonio Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 104-96 on Tuesday night.
Kawhi Leonard added 16 for San Antonio, which won its seventh straight and 10th in its last 11. The Spurs maintained their hold on the NBA's best record, staying ahead of Oklahoma City and Indiana, who both started play Tuesday a half-game behind the Spurs.
San Antonio jumped out to a big lead early, taking a 61-33 advantage into halftime, including 18 from Parker. That helped them improve to 24-6 on the road, the NBA's best mark away from home.
Benn scores OT winner, Stars beat Blues
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jamie Benn scored 3:42 into overtime, giving the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, one night after teammate Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench.
Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Roman Polak ended lengthy goal droughts for the Blues, who lost for the first time in five games with new goalie Ryan Miller.
Colton Sceviour, among two call-ups by the Stars with Peverley out indefinitely and teammate Alex Chiasson also hospitalized due to emotional distress after his teammate's "cardiac event," scored on a power play in the first period.
Miller robbed the other call-up, Chris Mueller, with a glove save from point-blank range with 2:16 to go in the third. But he couldn't corral a shot by Benn, the Stars captain, that gave Dallas its fourth win in five games.
Bears terminate Peppers' contract
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears released eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers on Tuesday.
The move was hardly a surprise given the way he struggled last year and the fact that his salary cap hit next season was for more than $18 million.
Peppers is the second high-profile player to part ways with the Bears this offseason, joining record returner Devin Hester. Those moves come after they split with Brian Urlacher following the 2012 season.
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 ½ with Carolina in 2007. Three times last year he failed to make a tackle, and the Bears' defense ranked among the worst in the NFL.
Arenado homers, De La Rosa sharp in Rockies' win
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Nolan Arenado and Kyle Parker each hit home runs and Jorge De La Rosa pitched three innings of two-hit ball Tuesday, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 13-0 win over the Chicago Cubs in front of a Cactus League-record 14,840 fans.
Arenado had three hits, including a sun-aided triple, and two RBIs to lead the Rockies' 16-hit attack, while Drew Stubbs added two singles and Parker hit a two-run shot off Cubs starter Travis Wood.
Kent Matthes and Ryan Wheeler also connected for Colorado.
Wood's final line - five earned runs in 2 2-3 innings with a walk and no strikeouts - could have been different. After getting through the first two innings without much trouble, he retired the first two in the third before Arenado sent a drive to center field that the Cubs' Junior Lake lost in the sun. It fell for a triple and the Rockies followed with five straight hits.
Abreu has 3 hits, Beckham homers to pace White Sox
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - John Danks pitched four-hit ball for five innings and Jose Abreu went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 7-6 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.
Danks, making his second start of the spring, struck out one and walked three as he continued his buildup to the regular season. Gordon Beckham hit a solo home run in support of Danks.
Paul Konerko and Dayan Viciedo each had an RBI as the White Sox got 12 hits, six off Rangers starter Joe Saunders.
Saunders, signed last week to compete for a spot in the Texas starting rotation, gave up three runs and six hits in three innings, striking out four. Tommy Hanson, another starting rotation candidate, pitched the next four innings.
Adam Rosales drove in a run with a sacrifice fly off Sox reliever Mitchell Boggs in the eighth as the Rangers rallied for five runs to take the lead.
Mets' Niese struggles in first start of spring
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Jon Niese struggled in his first spring start that was delayed by shoulder trouble, allowing four runs in two innings of the New York Mets' 9-8 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.
The Mets' opening-day starter last season, Niese pitched until June before being sidelined by a partially torn rotator cuff. He returned in August, going 5-2 with a 3.00 ERA the rest of the way. He allowed six hits and walked two Tuesday.
The Cardinals tagged Niese for four runs in the second. Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer in the inning, hours after manager Mike Matheny expressed his support for the struggling second baseman.
Fighting strep throat, Adam Wainwright made only one big mistake in 3 1-3 innings: Josh Satin hit a 2-1 pitch over the center field wall, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead in the second.
Cardinals to take replay ruling to New York
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals are going to replay school.
Manager Mike Matheny believes a contested play late in the Cardinals' 9-8 loss to the Mets would have been overturned had the new review process used the same video feed the team saw so he's planning on discussing the call with officials in the commissioner's office.
Matheny says he wants to get an idea of how the system will work under the established guidelines.
During the regular season, rulings under new expanded replay system will be made in New York. This spring, the league gas been testing it by using video trucks parked outside ballparks. Fewer television angles are being used for exhibition games.
Umpires in Jupiter needed about two minutes to uphold a call on a play at third base.
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