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Collinsworth leads BYU over No. 3 Gonzaga

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Kyle Collinsworth scored 20 points as BYU beat No. 3 Gonzaga 73-70 on Saturday night, ending the Bulldogs' school-record 22-game winning streak and perhaps costing them a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Byron Wesley scored 17 points to lead Gonzaga (29-2, 17-1 West Coast Conference), which also snapped its 41-game home winning streak - the longest in the nation.

Skyler Halford added 14 points and Chase Fischer 13 for BYU (23-8, 13-5), which has won six in a row to preserve its NCAA tournament hopes.

After trailing by 10 points earlier in the second half, Gonzaga used a 20-11 run to pull to 71-70 on Eric McClellan's free throws with 2.6 seconds remaining.

The Cougars inbounded the ball to Ryan Andrus, who was fouled immediately and made both free throws for a three-point lead with 1.5 seconds left.

Kyle Wiltjer's shot from beyond mid-court then bounced off the rim as time expired.

The win was BYU's first against an opponent ranked third or higher since beating No. 2 UCLA in November 1981.

Gonzaga was seeking to become the first team to go through the WCC regular season undefeated since the league's recent expansion to 10 schools. The Bulldogs hadn't lost since being beaten by Illinois on Dec. 8, 2012.

With the score tied 36-all at halftime, BYU opened the second half with a 9-4 run to build a 45-40 lead. The Cougars didn't trail again.

Gonzaga made only five of its first 15 shots in the second half, and Tyler Haws scored seven consecutive points for the Cougars to extend the lead to 60-50.

Wesley's basket cut BYU's lead to 66-61 with 3:32 left before Collinsworth replied with a three-point play to push the lead back to eight.

Gary Bell Jr. made a 3-pointer as Gonzaga pulled to 69-64 with 1:52 left.

After a BYU turnover, Wesley was fouled on a drive and made both free throws to cut BYU's lead to three. The Cougars ran down the clock and Collinsworth scored on a put-back to make it 71-66 with 14 seconds left.

In the first, BYU jumped to an 11-2 lead as Gonzaga made just one basket in the first 6 minutes.

After Domantas Sabonis scored three baskets to bring the Zags within three, Skyler Halford's 3-pointer pushed BYU's lead to 17-11 midway through the first.

Gonzaga found the range and Wiltjer's basket cut BYU's lead to 27-26. But the Cougars went up 33-28 behind two baskets by Collinsworth.

Gonzaga scored the final three baskets of the first half, with Kevin Pangos' short jumper tying the score at 36 at halftime.

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BYU: Tyler Haws, the defending WCC player of the year, leads the league in scoring at 22.3 points per game and is the career scoring leader at BYU. ... Coach Dave Rose has won 74.7 percent of his games in 10 seasons.

Gonzaga: This was senior night for the Zags, who honored Pangos, Bell and Wesley. ... Gonzaga has won the WCC regular season title for the 14th time in 15 seasons. ... Pangos has started 133 of the 134 games of his college career.

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BYU: West Coast Conference tournament in Las Vegas.

Gonzaga: West Coast Conference tournament in Las Vegas.

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:40:00 +0000
Blackhawks acquire Antoine Vermette from Coyotes

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks acquired center Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night for a first-round pick this year and defensive prospect Klas Dahlbeck.

The 32-year-old Vermette will help replace Patrick Kane, the star Chicago forward who broke his left collarbone Tuesday night and will be out at least until late May.

Vermette is in position to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. He has 13 goals and 22 assists in 62 games this season. In 11 NHL seasons, Vermette has 194 goals and 236 assists in 815 regular-season games with Ottawa, Columbus and Arizona.

"Antoine is the consummate professional and a class act and we wish him the best of luck in the future," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said in a statement.

The Coyotes have lost nine straight, falling 4-1 in Boston on Saturday night.

"I don't know what I am thinking. It's obviously a strange position, and it's not a fun one," Vermette said before the trade. "It's not the way you see it, you know as a group here. It's not the position you want to be. It's a little strange."

The 23-year-old Dahlbeck has a goal in four games for Chicago this season. The Swede has four goals and six assists in 49 games for Rockford in the American Hockey League.

"Klas Dahlback is a big, strong, two-way defenseman who skates well and competes hard," Maloney said.

Chicago acquired defenseman Kimmo Timonen from Philadelphia on Friday for a second-round draft pick this year and a conditional 2016 fourth-rounder.

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 03:58:00 +0000
York leads No. 7 Arizona past No. 13 Utah, 63-57

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Gabe York scored five of his 12 points in the final 2 minutes as No. 7 Arizona scored the last eight points to rally past No. 13 Utah 63-57 on Saturday night.

Brandon Taylor made a 3-pointer with 1:57 remaining to give Utah a 57-55. York then drew Jakob Poeltl's fifth foul and made one free throw and then rebounded his miss on the second attempt and put it in to give the Wildcats a 58-57 lead with 1:39 to play.

Hollis-Jefferson, who had 10 points, made 3 of 4 free throws in the final minute and York hit two more to clinch the Wildcats' 13th straight win over Utah (22-6, 12-4 Pac-12).

Kaleb Taczewski led Arizona (26-3, 14-2) with 13 points while Stanley Johnson had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:07:00 +0000
Blackhawks' Kane has surgery for broken left clavicle

CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks star Patrick Kane had surgery Wednesday to repair a broken left collarbone, likely sidelining the dynamic forward for the rest of the season unless Chicago makes another deep run in the playoffs.

Team physician Dr. Michael Terry and Dr. Bradley Merk performed the surgery, and Terry said a full recovery will take "approximately 12 weeks."

Kane, who leads Chicago with 27 goals and 37 assists, lost his balance and crashed into the boards after he was cross-checked by Florida defenseman Alex Petrovic with 12:11 left in the first period of Tuesday night's 3-2 shootout victory over the Panthers.

He stayed down on the ice for a short time and was hunched over as he skated to the bench and went straight to the locker room.

The three-month timeline means Kane would be out until the Western Conference finals. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2013 and lost to eventual champion Los Angeles in the conference finals a year ago, but it will be quite difficult to make a similar run without Kane, who was working on one of his best seasons.

"You miss a valuable guy, a buddy," coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday night. "He's having one of those years that are very noticeable. But the guys still got to stick with it. Playing the right way will be emphasized as we go along."

The 26-year-old Kane led Chicago with 20 points in last year's postseason. He had the winning goal against Philadelphia when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, and won the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP when they won the title again two years ago.

"I don't think you replace the things that he does with the puck, the attention he gets," teammate Patrick Sharp said. "But one of the strengths of our organization is depth. When a player goes down, you try to collectively try to fill in for him. But you know, as well, as you can't replace Kaner."

The Blackhawks began preparing for the rest of the season when they placed Kane on long-term injured reserve Wednesday and recalled forward Teuvo Teravainen from Rockford of the American Hockey League. The 20-year-old Teravainen, who has two goals and two assists in 15 games with Chicago, is regarded as one of the NHL's top prospects.

The Blackhawks also assigned Trevor van Riemsdyk to their top minor league affiliate. The rookie defenseman, who had left knee surgery in November, likely will return after a conditioning stint with the IceHogs.

Kane's move to long-term injured reserve also creates some room with the salary cap ahead of Monday's trade deadline. But a couple of possible targets for the Blackhawks were on the move on Wednesday, and it's unclear what direction general manager Stan Bowman will take after the massive loss.

Chicago visits Florida on Thursday and Tampa Bay on Friday, and then returns to for a three-game homestand beginning Monday against Carolina.

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Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:49:00 +0000
Angels' Hamilton meeting with MLB about disciplinary issue

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is meeting with Major League Baseball officials about a disciplinary issue.

Angels spokesman Tim Mead confirmed the Los Angeles Times' initial report Wednesday that Hamilton went to New York to meet with baseball officials. The team declined to give any more specific information.

Hamilton hasn't reported to spring training in Arizona after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder earlier this month. He is expected to be out until after the regular season begins.

The 2010 AL MVP is entering the third season of a five-year, $125 million contract. Hamilton has been a disappointment for the Angels, batting just .255 with 31 homers and 123 RBIs in two seasons.

Hamilton also has a well-chronicled history of drug addiction and alcohol abuse, leading to previous suspensions.

MLB declined comment on Hamilton.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:27:00 +0000

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