Last Update on March 07, 2014 06:37 GMT
CHICAGO (AP) -- Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews had two goals apiece, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-1 on Thursday night.
Brandon Bollig and Bryan Bickell also scored as Chicago bounced back from a 4-2 home loss to Colorado on Tuesday night. Corey Crawford made 22 saves for his 10th consecutive victory against Columbus.
Ryan Johansen scored his 25th goal for the Blue Jackets, who had won three in a row. Sergei Bobrovsky made 14 stops before he was pulled during the Blackhawks' three-goal second period.
The Stanley Cup champions had managed just eight goals while dropping three of four, and five of those came against Pittsburgh at Soldier Field on Saturday. That prompted coach Joel Quenneville to shuffle his lines, putting Shaw with Toews and Saad in the top group and moving Patrick Sharp to the second line with Michal Handzus and Patrick Kane.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Travis Wood gave up one hit and struck out three in three scoreless innings Thursday as the Chicago Cubs fell to the Cleveland Indians 1-0.
Wood, an All-Star in 2013, had his first scheduled start rained out last Saturday.
Indians starter Justin Masterson gave up three hits and a walk, striking out three in three shutout innings.
Masterson worked himself into a bases-loaded jam in the first by giving up one-out hits to Donnie Murphy and Anthony Rizzo and walking Nate Schierholtz. He got out of it by striking out Welington Castillo and getting Mike Olt on a flyball.
Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth to score Nick Swisher for the game's only run.
Rizzo got two hits. He is 5 for 10 with two doubles in four games.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Tim Hudson extended his spring training scoreless streak to five innings, Pablo Sandoval homered to lead off a three-run fifth and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 Thursday.
Hudson gave up two hits in three innings, struck out three and walked two. He also started a double play on Ramon Santiago's first-inning comebacker after Roger Bernadina's leadoff walk.
Hudson had pitched a pair of shutout innings against Arizona on March 2, his first game action since breaking an ankle July 24 when the New York Mets' Eric Young Jr. inadvertently stepped on the back of the pitcher's lower right leg at first base.
Left-hander Tony Cingrani pitched three hitless innings for the Reds.
Chien-Ming Wang gave up Sandoval's homer and run-scoring hits by Juan Perez and Angel Pagan.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Browns extended a contract tender to starting inside linebacker Craig Robertson as an exclusive-rights free agent.
Robertson started 14 games last season, his second with Cleveland. The 6-foot-1, 234-pounder finished with 89 tackles -- 63 solos -- and had three sacks and an interception.
An exclusive-rights free agent doesn't have negotiating power and must stay with a team if he's tendered. Robertson will make $570,000 next season.
With captain D'Qwell Jackson's recent release, Robertson is expected to take on a larger role with the Browns. However, it's not yet known how he's viewed by Cleveland's new coaching staff and the team will likely target an inside linebacker in free agency.
Robertson missed two games with a knee injury. He started three games as a rookie in 2012 after he was signed to Cleveland's practice squad.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kicker Billy Cundiff has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Browns.
Cundiff was eligible to hit the free-agent market next week, but he'll stay with the Browns. Terms of the deal announced Thursday were not immediately available.
After Phil Dawson left for San Francisco before last season, the Browns signed Cundiff, who made 21 of 26 field-goal attempts and made 32 extra points in 16 games. Cundiff also set a franchise record with 42 touchbacks.
Cundiff made the Pro Bowl with Baltimore in 2010. He kicked in five games for the Browns in 2009 and has also played for Dallas, New Orleans and Washington. He was in training camp with the New York Jets last summer before he was waived on Aug. 28.
He has converted 76 percent of his career field-goal attempts.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Colts didn't even wait for the free-agent market to open before making their first signing.
On Thursday, they signed former Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
A second-round draft pick in 2006, the 6-foot, 240-pound linebacker has started 48 consecutive games and has 891 career tackles, 11 1/2 sacks, eight interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. Last year, he led the Browns with 143 tackles, had 1 1/2 sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery.
In Indianapolis, he will be reunited with former coach Rod Chudzinksi and running back Trent Richardson, both of whom began last season in Cleveland.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Sean Kilpatrick scored a season-high 34 points in his final home game, and a trio of senior starters steadied No. 15 Cincinnati to a 97-84 victory over No. 20 Memphis on Thursday night that left the American Athletic Conference race tied with a game to go.
The Bearcats (25-5, 14-3 AAC) remained tied atop the first-year league with No. 11 Louisville. The Cardinals won 84-71 at No. 18 Southern Methodist on Wednesday night and finish at home against No. 19 Connecticut. The Bearcats close the regular season at Rutgers.
With a chance to break the race open, the Tigers (22-8, 11-6) fell apart in the opening minutes and never fully recovered. Cincinnati's seniors kept the Bearcats ahead the whole game.
Forward Titus Rubles had a career-high 24 points, and forward Justin Jackson added 13 points and nine rebounds.
Joe Jackson scored 21 points for Memphis.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points and No. 6 Villanova clinched the outright Big East championship for the first time in 32 years by holding off undermanned Xavier 77-70 on Thursday night.
JayVaughn Pinkston added 15 points -- eight in the last 3:20 -- James Bell finished with 12 and Ryan Arcidiacono chipped in with 11 as the Wildcats (27-3, 15-2 Big East) extended their school record for regular-season wins with their fifth straight and 11th in their last 12 games.
The Wildcats went into the night with a 1 1-2 game lead over No. 13 Creighton in the Big East and two games remaining. The Bluejays have one game to play.
Villanova, which last won the title alone in 1981-82, is scheduled to wrap up its regular season Saturday at home against Georgetown.
Justin Martin had 20 points for Xavier (20-11, 10-8) while Semaj Christon added 18 points and Isaiah Philmore finished with 15.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Ameryst Alston scored 30 points and Darryce Moore and Martina Ellerbe had double-doubles as eighth-seeded Ohio State pulled away in the closing minutes on Thursday to defeat ninth-seeded Northwestern 86-77 in the opening game of the Big Ten Tournament.
Alston, who finished one point shy of matching her career-high, broke a 73-73 tie with a layup with 1:53 to play. Ellerbe followed with a steal that was turned into her 3-pointer at the 1:24 mark and, after a Northwestern miss, Alston made two free throws for an 80-72 lead with 51 seconds remaining.
Ellerbe finished with 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Buckeyes (16-17), who face top-seeded and 11th-ranked Penn State (22-6) on Friday. Moore added 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Maggie Lyon led Northwestern (15-15) with 25 points, Nia Coffey had 19 with 11 rebounds, Lauren Douglas had 15 points.
Last Update on March 07, 2014 15:56 GMT
STL. LOUIS (AP) -- The 31-0 Wichita State Shockers start play in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament today with a quarterfinal game against Evansville. The Purple Aces advanced with a first-round win over Drake. The championship game is being played Sunday in St. Louis.
The Wichita State-Evansville game is the only game on the men's Top-25 schedule today.
UNDATED (AP) -- One of the better match-ups in the NBA tonight is being played in Houston as the Rockets entertain the Pacers. The Rockets, who have won three straight and eight of their last 10, start the night 3 1/2 games back of Oklahoma City in the Western Conference standings along with Portland and the Clippers.
This evening Portland, which is 42-19, is in Dallas while the Clippers have the night off. The Mavericks hold the eighth and final playoff berth in the West right now.
The Pacers have the best overall record in the league at 46-15 and they lead Miami by two games in the Eastern Conference standings.
Toronto has built up a three-game lead in the Atlantic Division with a record of 33-26. Tonight the Raptors are home to visiting Sacramento.
Your remaining games this evening feature Chicago at home to Memphis, Cleveland at Charlotte, the Celtics at home to Brooklyn, the Knicks hosting the Jazz, Detroit at Minnesota, the Pelicans at home to Milwaukee, the Lakers visiting Denver and Atlanta at Golden State.
The Hawks enter the night with the final playoff berth in hand in the Eastern Conference.
UNDATED (AP) -- The two conference leaders in the NHL are facing off tonight in Anaheim as the Ducks play host to the Penguins. Anaheim has 92 points to lead the Western Conference and all of hockey while Pittsburgh has 86 to lead the Eastern Conference.
This is the second and final meeting of the season for these clubs. Pittsburgh won the first encounter 3-1 back on Nov. 18 when the teams combined for four goals over a 4:04 span in the third period.
The Penguins have had a sluggish start since the end of the Olympic break, going 1-2-1 with 16 goals allowed. The Ducks have earned points in their three games, all at home, since returning from the Sochi (SOH'-chee) break.
That game is by far the best of the night. The rest of the short schedule has Carolina hosting the Rangers, New Jersey at Detroit, Buffalo at Florida and Calgary at home to the Islanders.
PARIS (AP) -- A spokeswoman for seven-time Formula One driving champion Michael Schumacher says he is "still in the wake-up phase" of his medically induced coma. It's been more than two months since Schumacher suffered severe head injuries in a skiing crash.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) -- The first round of the Cadillac Championship wasn't completed yesterday because of rain and darkness in Doral, Fla. When play was stopped the clubhouse lead was held by Harris English at 3-under-par.
As play resumes today Phil Mickelson is even par through 14 holes and Tiger Woods is five back at 2-over through 10.