J. Staal, Tlusty lead Hurricanes over Rangers
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Jordan Staal and Jiri Tlusty both had a goal and an assist, and the Carolina Hurricanes snapped a 10-game losing streak against the New York Rangers with a 3-1 win on Tuesday night.
Elias Lindholm added an insurance goal for Carolina late in the third period. Cam Ward made 24 saves for his first win since Dec. 31.
Kevin Klein had the Rangers' goal, scoring for the first time since being acquired from Nashville on Jan. 22. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 shots.
Coming into the game, the Rangers had outscored the Hurricanes 40-19 in the teams' last 10 meetings, including a 4-2 road victory on Friday. Carolina also snapped New York's six-game winning streak in Raleigh.
The Rangers, 8-4-1 in their past 13 games, remained one point ahead of Philadelphia for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
Jagr's 3rd-period goal lifts Devils over Flyers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jaromir Jagr scored the winning goal to snap a third-period tie and led the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
Travis Zajac had the other goal for New Jersey (29-24-13), which won for the fifth in seven games to move within two points of the third-place Flyers in the tightly bunched Metropolitan Division.
Nicklas Grossman scored for the Flyers (33-25-7), who are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. Philadelphia had a potential tying goal by Scott Hartnell disallowed by officials with 40.1 seconds remaining because it was determined that Hartnell pushed goalie Martin Brodeur into the net.
Marek Zidlicky set up Jagr for the decisive goal with a backhanded pass from behind the net. Jagr lifted it off goalie Steve Mason and just inside the near post from close range to put New Jersey ahead 2-1 with 12:18 left.
Predators too much for Sabres 4-1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Shea Weber had a goal and an assist and the Nashville Predators won their second straight road game with a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
Nick Spaling, Craig Smith and Paul Gaustad also scored for Nashville, which got 24 saves from Carter Hutton.
Drew Stafford scored for Buffalo, which has lost three in a row.
Hutton staved off a Buffalo attack that controlled possession and outshot Nashville 11-5 in the second period on the way to a 25-24 advantage for the game.
The Predators arrived in Buffalo after 2 a.m. after Monday's game at Ottawa and skipped their morning skate before having to fight off a slow start to Tuesday's game.
Zimmermann perfect against Sabathia, Yankees
VIERA, Fla. (AP) - While CC Sabathia gave up three runs in three innings testing a new pitch, Jordan Zimmermann had everything working just the way he wanted in a perfect four-inning performance as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Yankees 3-2 Tuesday.
Zimmermann struck out four and retired all 12 men he faced against a Yankees lineup that included Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann.
Sabathia tested the cutter, throwing eight or nine of the pitch taught to him by former teammate Andy Pettitte. Overall, Sabathia gave up four hits and two walks. He struck out two.
Anthony Rendon hit a hanging slider from Sabathia into the left field corner for a two-run double that gave Washington a 3-0 lead.
Yankees' Tanaka throws in simulated game
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka has made his third start for the New York Yankees in a simulated game.
Tanaka, who signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January, struck out nine of 18 batters he faced in four innings Tuesday. He gave up three hits, including a solo homer, to a pair of minor leaguers.
Tanaka said through an interpreter that he worked on his split-finger pitch during the outing.
This is the first time that Tanaka has pitched in the Yankees' simulated game format, which uses only a pitcher, catcher and hitter.
In two spring training games, Tanaka has allowed one run, four hits and struck out four over five innings.
He is expected to start the Yankees third or fourth regular-season game.
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.
Giants sign Schwartz, Jennings, Schofield as Fas
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New York Giants started rebuilding their offensive line and found a little security at running back on the opening day of free agency in the NFL.
The Giants reached agreements with former Kansas City guard Geoff Schwartz and Oakland running back Rashad Jennings on Tuesday, the players announced in tweets. Seattle Seahawks linebacker O'Brien Schofield also agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal.
All three players were on their way to New Jersey to sign the deals.
A person close to the negotiations also said the Giants re-signed four players from last year's team. The person, who requested anonymity because they team had not announced the re-signings, said placekicker Josh Brown, cornerback Trumaine McBride, safety Stevie Brown and running back Peyton Hillis will be back next season.
Jets re-sign K Folk to multiyear deal
NEW YORK (AP) - 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.
The team announced the deal Tuesday, shortly after the NFL's free agency period began. The Jets did not release terms.
Folk, coming off perhaps the best season of his seven-year NFL career, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. Folk had said late last season he believed he had earned a potential long-term deal after making 33 of 36 field-goal attempts, including three winning kicks. He also broke the franchise records for most consecutive field goals from the start of a season (23) and most consecutive home field goals (20). Folk also had a career-high 30 touchbacks on his kickoffs.
Buffalo Bills re-sign K Carpenter to 4-year deal
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Bills have re-signed kicker Dan Carpenter to a four-year contract.
The deal was reached shortly after the NFL's free agency period opened Tuesday, and after Carpenter arrived at the team's headquarters after traveling from his home in Florida. Under NFL rules, Carpenter was not allowed to re-sign with Buffalo before free agency began because he had signed a one-year deal at the league veteran minimum.
Carpenter's 33 field goals last year were a career high and tied Buffalo's single-season record. Buffalo scrambled to sign Carpenter six days before the start of last season, after rookie sixth-round draft pick Dustin Hopkins hurt his groin.
The sixth-year player hit 33 of 36 attempts, including 29 of 30 from inside 50 yards last season.
Carpenter's return leaves Hopkins' future uncertain.
Buffalo Bills re-sign TE Mike Caussin
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Bills have re-signed restricted free agent tight end Mike Caussin.
The move was announced Tuesday, shortly before the start of the NFL's free-agency period.
Caussin missed the past two seasons because of injuries. He was sidelined last season with a hip injury sustained early in training camp. Caussin missed the 2012 season because of a knee injury.
Caussin had five catches for 41 yards in six games, including two starts, with Buffalo in 2011 after being promoted off the team's practice squad.
He broke into the NFL with Jacksonville in 2010 as an undrafted free agent, but did not play a game with the Jaguars.
The Bills have a need at tight end, with returning starter Scott Chandler becoming a free agent.
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 (27-6) 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 (22-10), 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.
Princeton finishes regular season, tops Penn 70-65
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) - T.J. Bray scored 18 points as Princeton won its fifth-straight game, 70-65 over Penn on Tuesday in the final Ivy League game of the season.
Steven Cook had 14 points and Clay Wilson added 12 for Princeton (20-8). Cook and Wilson came off the bench as Princeton's reserves outscored Penn 31-6. The Tigers made 43 percent of their shots and went to the line 27 times, compared to 14 for Penn.
Princeton's lead was trimmed to 58-54 until Bray's basket and after a Miles Jackson-Cartwright free throw for Penn, Wilson hit a 3-pointer for a 63-55 lead.
Fran Dougherty led Pennsylvania (8-20) with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Darien Nelson-Henry added 18 points. Tony Hicks, Penn's leading scorer at 15.5 points, played just 3 minutes because of disciplinary reasons. He was ejected from Friday's game against Columbia.
Penn women beat Princeton for Ivy League title
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) - Alyssa Baron scored 23 points and Sydney Stipanovich added 19 to lead Penn to an 80-64 win over rival Princeton on Tuesday night and give the Quakers the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
It's Penn's first title since the 2003-04 season and the Quakers ended the Tigers' stranglehold atop the conference. Princeton had won the previous four league championships.
Tuesday night's game marked only the second time in league history that the final game of the regular season decided the champion. The previous time came in 1995 when the championship came down to the final game between Harvard and Dartmouth.
The Ivy League is the only conference in the country that doesn't have a postseason tournament to decide its champion.
Kathleen Roche scored 17 points for Penn (22-6, 12-2 Ivy League).
Blake Dietrick had 14 points to lead Princeton (20-8, 11-3).
CAA commissioner: Baltimore fine for tourney
BALTIMORE (AP) - In searching for a home for the Colonial Athletic Association tournament, Commissioner Tom Yeager had one overriding priority: location.
The league settled on committing to Baltimore for three years, and Yeager expressed no regret after the CAA wrapped up its first tournament in Charm City on Monday night.
It got off to a slow start.
CAA officials said attendance over the weekend was just over 19,000, and an announced crowd of 5,414 watched Delaware beat William & Mary in the championship.
Those numbers pale compared to the 47,833 that came to Richmond in 2012, but that might be because this tournament had three fewer teams.
Yeager remains optimistic.
He says, "It's going to take some time to build it, but there isn't any criticism that we have about anything."
Inaugural American tourney up for grabs in Memphis
(AP) - The inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament is shaping up to be everything Commissioner Mike Aresco could have wanted.
No other league has as many ranked teams as the American with five, and either No. 5 Louisville, No. 13 Cincinnati, No. 19 Memphis, No. 21 UConn or No. 25 SMU could walk away with the title Saturday night. The American also features two of the last three national champs in Louisville (2013) and UConn (2011).
They're playing in Memphis, not at Madison Square Garden in New York. That doesn't guarantee Memphis the easy path of the past few years. The Tigers play Thursday night against UConn, which swept them in the regular season.
Memphis coach Josh Pastner says the league is loaded and each team better play its best to win.
Kilpatrick, Napier, Smith unanimous All-AAC picks
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick, UConn guard Shabazz Napier and Louisville guard Russ Smith all are unanimous selections for the 2014 American Athletic Conference's all-league team.
The American announced the team as voted on by coaches Tuesday.
Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell and SMU guard Nic Moore are the other members of the first-team.
The conference will announce the American's player of the year Wednesday with that award likely going to either Kilpatrick, Napier or Smith.
Kilpatrick is the league's leading scorer averaging 20.9 points a game as he helped Cincinnati win a share of the league's title. Napier is second in scoring and assists, while Smith helped Louisville go 26-5 and share the regular-season title with Cincinnati. All three are finalists for the Wooden Award.
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