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BOISE, IDAHO—Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Kam Williams had a season-high 22 points, including seven in a row in the final 96 seconds, as the Buckeyes held off South Dakota State 81-73 on Thursday in a first-round game in the NCAA West Regional at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho.
Tiger Woods' resurgence continued at Bay Hill with an opening-round 68, and oddsmakers are taking notice. After his second-place finish at last weekend's Valspar Championship, Woods carded a 4-under-par 68 to pull within one shot of the lead as of the end of his opening round Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Woods' new life on the course has resulted in the 14-time major winner being bumped from 10-1 odds to win the Masters to 8-1 by Westgate SuperBook, putting him just ahead of world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and reigning FedExCup champion Justin Thomas (both 9-1).
A cocaine extortion plot led to former ESPN president John Skipper's abrupt resignation in December. Skipper announced he was stepping down after nearly six years as president to deal with a substance addiction. He revealed in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter published Thursday morning that cocaine was the substance and someone he bought it from the month of his resignation threatened to out his addiction.
ST. PAUL—J.T. Compher scored two goals Tuesday night while Semyon Varlamov stopped 33 shots as the Colorado Avalanche started a brief, critical late-season road trip with a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. Nikita Zadorov, Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Jost also lit the lamp for Colorado, which tied Dallas for the two Western Conference wild-card positions at 82 points apiece. The Avalanche and the Stars hold a two-point edge on the idle Anaheim Ducks for the last playoff spots.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Karl-Anthony Towns scored 37 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves to a come-from-behind, 116-111 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena. The Timberwolves trailed by eight points entering the fourth quarter. Nemanja Bjelica had 17 points and made a couple of key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter for Minnesota, which snapped a season-high three-game losing streak on Sunday with a 109-103 win over the Golden State Warriors.
The Minnesota Lynx have signed free-agent guard Tanisha Wright, the team announced Tuesday. Terms of Wright's contract were not disclosed per team policy. Wright, 34, is a 12-year WNBA veteran who last played with the New York Liberty in 2016. She spent last season as an assistant women's hoops coach at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. "We are very excited to welcome Tanisha back to the WNBA and specifically to the Minnesota Lynx," Lynx coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve said in a statement.
Aaron Rodgers has a new weapon, but he will also be saying goodbye to one of his favorite targets. Former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham is expected to sign a three-year deal with the Green Bay Packers when free agency officially opens on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. Additionally, the Packers are releasing longtime wideout Jordy Nelson, according to multiple reports. Nelson, 32, was set to count more than $12.5 million against the cap in 2018, the final year of his contract. His release saves Green Bay more than $10.2 million.
With three quarterbacks on their roster heading to the open market, the Minnesota Vikings reached out to the agent for free-agent quarterback Drew Brees on Monday, NFL Network reported. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network said the Vikings reached out to representatives for several quarterbacks as the NFL free-agent negotiating window began Monday afternoon.
Adrian Peterson is expected to be released by the Arizona Cardinals. Peterson joined the Cardinals via trade from the New Orleans Saints last season and led the team in rushing despite an erratic six-game stretch with the team. Peterson, who turns 33 on March 21, plans to continue playing and could come back at a reduced rate to be the primary backup to David Johnson. The former Vikings star had two games with at least 134 rushing yards and three games in which he failed to reach 30 yards with the Cardinals.
AVONDALE, Ariz.—There were 15 lead changes, nine different leaders, but, ultimately, the same result. Kevin Harvick rolled to his third victory in as many weeks in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, March 11, easily holding off Kyle Busch at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., to take the TicketGuardian 500. Final pit stops were critical on the 1-mile dogleg oval.