T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Spartans, Wolverines to clash Saturday; Penn State advances to play Purdue
UNDATED (AP) — It will be second-ranked Michigan State against No. 15 Michigan and No. 8 Purdue versus Penn State in Saturday’s semifinal matchups in the Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
The Spartans picked up their 13th straight win by getting past Wisconsin, 63-60. Cassius Winston hit a go-ahead jumper with 7:17 to play and finished with 17 points to help Michigan State improve to 29-3. Miles Bridges had 20 points for the Spartans, who trailed by four before closing the first half on an 8-0 run.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 21 points and Moe Wagner (VAHG’-nur) had 20 in Michigan’s 77-58 win over Nebraska. Abdur-Rahkman and Wagner were able to dominate at times after both fouled out in yesterday’s overtime victory against Iowa. Isaiah Roby had a team-high 18 points for the Cornhuskers, who appear to be on the bubble for an NCAA Tournament bid.
Penn State took another major step toward an NCAA Tournament berth by beating No. 13 Ohio State, 69-68 in the Big Ten semis. Tony Carr poured in 25 points for the second straight night and found Josh Reaves for a game-winning layup with 3.1 seconds left.
The 21-12 Nittany Lions will take on eighth-ranked Purdue, which got 26 points apiece from Carsen Edwards and Vincent Edwards in an 82-75 downing of Rutgers. Both Edwardses made free throws in the final 30 seconds to lead the Boilermakers to their 27th victory.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-AMERICAN AWARDS
UConn’s Samuelson player of year in American Conference
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — UConn forward Katie Lou Samuelson has been selected the American Athletic Conference player of the year for the second straight season.
The junior, who received the award Saturday in advance of the conference tournament, helped the Huskies (29-0, 16-0 American) to a fifth straight regular-season conference championship by averaging 18.3 points. She also leads the nation 3-point field goal percentage, making 49 percent of her shots from behind the arc.
South Florida’s Jose Fernandez was chosen the AAC’s coach of the year, leading his team to a 24-6 record, his ninth 20-win season at USF.
Cincinnati’s IImar’I Thomas, who averages better than 10 points and six rebounds, was picked freshman of the year.
B-day boy Lundqvist sets NHL record with another 50-save win
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist has put together a two-game stretch unlike any since goaltenders began wearing facemasks full-time.
Lundqvist became the first goalie to stop 50 or more shots in consecutive victories since the NHL began tracking saves in 1955, lifting New York over the Calgary Flames 3-1 on Friday night.
Lundqvist tied a career high with 50 stops on his 36th birthday. He is only the third NHL goalie to post consecutive 50-save games, joining the Rangers’ Gump Worsley on Jan. 27 and 30, 1963, and Chicago’s Al Rollins on Oct. 9 and 15, 1955. Worsley lost both his 50-save games, and Rollins split his.
WORLD CUP-MEN’S GS
Hirscher locks up World Cup GS title with race to spare
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — Austria’s Marcel Hirscher locked up the men’s World Cup giant slalom title with a race to spare on Saturday.
The Olympic GS champion dominated the penultimate event of the season, giving him an insurmountable 125-point lead in the GS standings over Norwegian rival Henrik Kristoffersen. A win is worth 100 points.
Hirscher posted the fastest times in both runs and finished in 2 minutes, 20.76 seconds, beating runner-up Kristoffersen by 1.66 seconds. Alexis Pinturault of France was more than 2 ½ seconds off the pace in third.
It’s Hirscher’s fourth straight GS title and fifth in total, matching American Ted Ligety’s tally. Only Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark won the trophy more times — eight.
Hirscher is also on the brink of an unprecedented seventh overall championship.
WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S SUPER-G
Weirather leads race to super-G title after beating Gut
CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Tina Weirather won a women’s World Cup super-G on Saturday to go to the top of the discipline standings with one race remaining.
The Olympic bronze medalist from Liechtenstein overtook Lara Gut, who finished seventh, to lead her Swiss rival by 46 points going into the World Cup finals in Are, Sweden.
Weirather timed 1 minute, 2.17 seconds to lead Anna Veith of Austria by 0.36. Wendy Holdener of Switzerland trailed by 0.38 in third for her career best super-G result.
The surprise gold medalist from the Pyeongchang Olympics, Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic, didn’t compete as she started in a snowboard parallel giant slalom in Turkey. Also, overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin and her American teammate Lindsey Vonn both sat out the race.
FIFA panel adds video review to soccer laws ahead of WCup
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA’s rule-making panel has unanimously approved adding video review to the laws of soccer, clearing the way for its use at the World Cup.
The panel, known as IFAB, voted Saturday to begin updating the game’s written rules to include video assistant referees (VAR).
FIFA must take a further decision on using VAR at the World Cup in Russia, which kicks off June 14. That will likely come on March 16 when the FIFA Council meets in Bogota, Colombia.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has long said World Cup referees must get high-tech help to review key decisions at the 64-game tournament.
Video review can overturn a “clear and obvious error” by match officials involving goals, penalty awards, red cards, and mistaken identity.
Hialeah Park owner and breeder John Brunetti dies at 87
HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — John Brunetti, a horse breeder and the owner of historic Hialeah Park since 1977, has died at 87.
Hialeah says on its website that he died at his home Friday in Boca Raton.
As Hialeah’s owner, Brunetti feuded with nearby Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course for the best racing dates. When the state of Florida stopped assigning dates in 1989, Hialeah found itself unable to compete with the other tracks, and its prominence quickly faded.
Hialeah opened in 1925 and its heyday was a showplace for celebrities, pink flamingos and many of the sport’s greatest horses. A statue of Citation stands as a reminder of the track’s past.
Hialeah continued in recent years with quarter horse racing and a casino. Brunetti remained active in local business, and was active through his support of medical research and higher education.