Last Update on March 11, 2014 05:37 GMT
DALLAS (AP) -- The game between Dallas and the Columbus Blue Jackets was called off in the first period after Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench.
Play was halted 6:23 into the game Monday night as Peverley was carried from the bench. A public address announcement was made several minutes later that the 31-year-old Peverley was conscious and taken to the hospital.
"They're shaken and they want to reschedule. We understand that," John Davidson, the Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, told Fox Sports Ohio. "They were shaken to the core."
There was no immediate announcement of when the game would be made up. Columbus was leading 1-0.
Peverley missed the start of the season because of a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, a condition diagnosed during a training camp physical.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Collin Cowgill's two-run homer off Trevor Bauer highlighted a three-run fifth inning that carried the Los Angeles Angels over the Cleveland Indians 8-3 Monday.
Cowgill played in 50 games last season for the Angels after coming from the New York Mets in a midseason trade.
Grant Green, competing for a job as the Angels' utility infielder, had two hits.
The outing was a setback for Bauer, who is trying for the Indians' fifth spot in the rotation. He had allowed just two runs in five innings coming into the game.
Danny Salazar, who impressed the Indians late in the season, made his first start of the spring. He gave up one run on two hits and two runs in 1 2-3 innings.
Michael Bourn made a running catch of Green's long drive to straightaway center field with the bases loaded to save Salazar from being charged with more runs.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Yu Darvish pitched five positive innings and Jurickson Profar homered as the Texas Rangers beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 Monday.
Darvish allowed two runs and five hits, striking out one without a walk. He yielded RBI doubles to Jay Bruce in the fourth and Ramon Santiago in the fifth.
Profar homered off Reds starter Homer Bailey in the third and ranks second in the Cactus League with 11 RBIs.
Bailey gave up two runs on three hits, while striking out five and walking none.
The Rangers seized the lead in the fifth on Elvis Andrus' two-out, two-run single.
Adam Rosales contributed a two-run single in the Rangers' four-run fourth off Curtis Patch.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers rookie forward Anthony Bennett is expected to miss at least three weeks with a strained left knee.
The No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft, Bennett underwent an MRI on Sunday that showed an injury to his left patellar tendon. Bennett played eight minutes in Saturday's home loss to the New York Knicks.
The Cavs will likely take a cautious approach with Bennett, and it's possible he could be done for the year.
His injury is the latest setback in what has been a disappointing first season for Bennett, averaging only 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13 minutes per game.
Also, Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was sick and missed practice Monday.
Running out of time to make the playoffs, the Cavs open a three-game road trip on Wednesday in Phoenix.
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings have recalled center Cory Emmerton from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL.
The 25-year-old Emmerton has appeared in 43 games with the Griffins this season, scoring 14 goals with 21 assists. He has two assists in 11 games for the Red Wings.
Emmerton has played in 132 NHL games since 2010-11, scoring 12 goals with nine assists.
The Red Wings play at Columbus on Tuesday night and host Edmonton on Friday.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A person familiar with the discussions has told The Associated Press the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams have expressed interest in signing three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd once the NFL's free agency period opens.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because talks have not been made public. The person revealed those three teams specifically as having contacted Byrd's representatives since the NFL allowed discussions with prospective free agents Saturday.
The signing period opens Tuesday.
Byrd is among the top defensive backs set to hit the market after a solid five-year stint with the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo chose not to apply its franchise tag and retain Byrd's rights for a second consecutive year.
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- Nick Kellogg scored 17 points as No. 5 seed Ohio beat 12th-seeded Ball State 76-64 in the first round of the Mid-American Conference tournament on Monday.
Ohio led by as many as 18 in the second half until Ball State cut it to 10 points with 4:24 left. Then Kellogg made a 3-pointer during a 7-0 run to put the game out of reach.
Javarez Willis had 15 for Ohio (22-10) and Travis Wilkins hit 4 of 5 3-pointers.
Ohio built a 38-26 advantage at halftime as the Bobcats made seven 3-pointers and hit 50 percent of its 26 field goals. Wilkins and Willis combined to make 8 of 11 shots, 6 of 8 3-pointers and had 11 points each.
Ball State (5-25) was paced by Zavier Turner with 14 points and Majok Majok had 13.
Ohio will play eighth-seeded Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday in the second round.
MAC--KENT ST-MIAMI (OHIO)
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Willie Moore scored 17 points and eighth-seeded Miami (Ohio) held off ninth-seeded Kent State in the opening round of the Mid-American Conference tournament on Monday.
The Redhawks (13-17) advance to play fifth-seeded Ohio in the second round when the tournament resumes Wednesday in Cleveland.
The Golden Flashes (16-16) were within 63-61 after two Darren Goodson free throws at 1:58 but he only made one from the line in-between two Quinten Rollins baskets, giving Miami a 67-62 lead with 33 seconds to go. After Kris Brewer made two free throws for Kent State, the Redhawks iced it by making four in the final 25 seconds.
Will Sullivan and Rollins finished with 13 each for Miami, which went 24 of 31 from the foul line.
Brewer had 15 for Kent State, which was 14 of 17 from the line.
MAC-BOWLING GREEN-N ILLINOIS
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Jordan Threloff split a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left in overtime for the games' final point as seventh-seeded Northern Illinois beat No. 10 seed Bowling Green 54-51 in the first round of the Mid-American Conference tournament on Monday.
Jehvon Clarke's game-tying 3-point attempt was off the mark.
Clarke's trey to end regulation was Bowling Green's only field goal in the final 4 minutes of the second half. Aaric Armstead made the first of two free throws with 25 seconds left to set up Clarke's make.
Threloff had 13 points and nine rebounds for Northern Illinios (15-16). Armstead finished with 12 points and had four of Northern Illinois' 17 steals.
Clarke had 15 points for Bowling Green (12-20) and Richaun Holmes and Cameron Black had 10 apiece. Holmes had 14 rebounds and Black added nine.
Northern Illinois plays No. 6 Eastern Michigan on Wednesday in the second round.
BIG TEN EXPERIENCE
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- In a room on the ground floor of the conference's sparkling new headquarters, the Big Ten is putting the final touches on its version of Cooperstown or Canton.
Fans will be able to relive some of their favorite moments through a series of interactive exhibits at the Big Ten Experience touting the conference's successes on the field and away from it. The museum opens in the spring or summer, and Commissioner Jim Delany says it will allow "us to create a zone for capturing the past and telling our story."
It's a story that dates to January 11, 1895, when leaders from Purdue, the University of Chicago, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin gathered at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago to outline a blueprint for administering athletics.
Last Update on March 11, 2014 23:01 GMT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Associated Press has learned that NASCAR is making changes to qualifying after drivers expressed safety concerns.
During a conference call with crew chiefs, NASCAR banned drivers from making cool-down laps following their qualifying attempt. Teams will instead be allowed to hook up cooling units to their engines through hood flaps.
NASCAR this season moved to a new knockout qualifying format widely praised as more entertaining. Drivers say the new rules prohibit cooling the engines on pit road, forcing them to circle the track at slow speeds at the same time other drivers are speeding past during their qualifying attempt.
Brian Vickers called it "the most dangerous thing" he's ever done in racing.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys are releasing franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware to save salary cap room after the worst season of his career. Ware broke Harvey Martin's 30-year-old franchise record for sacks in 2013, but got to the quarterback a career-low six times and missed games for the first time in his nine-year career.
Ware was set to count $16 million against the salary cup. His release saves about $7.4 million and gives Dallas about $9 million to spend at the moment.
The 31-year-old Ware had 117 sacks in Dallas and went to seven Pro Bowls.
-- The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed kicker Adam Vinatieri (vihn-uh-TEHR'-ee), hours before he was to become an unrestricted free agent. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. The 41-year old finished with the second-highest point total of his career with 139 last season, made 35 of 40 field goals and became the seventh player in league history to top 2,000 career points.
-- The Washington Redskins have re-signed inside linebacker Perry Riley, keeping him off the open market hours before the start of free agency. The 2010 fourth-round pick from LSU was the Redskins' leading tackler last season. and has started 40 consecutive games. They also re-signed receiver Santana Moss to a one-year deal and agreed to terms with free agent guard Shawn Lauvao. The Redskins also re-signed inside linebacker Perry Riley on a busy first day of NFL free agency.
-- The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a new three-year contract with defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, keeping him from testing the free agent market. The nine-year veteran had 49 tackles, two fumble recoveries, a sack and a forced fumble last season. The Falcons also Falcons have released former Pro Bowl safety Thomas DeCoud.
-- A person familiar with the negotiations says the Detroit Lions and running back Joique (JOYK) Bell have agreed to a $9.3 million, three-year contract. The person, who says $4.3 million of the contract is guaranteed, spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Bell had a team-high eight touchdowns rushing last season. He was second on the team with 166 carries for 650 yards rushing.
---- A person familiar with the negotiations says the Detroit Lions and wide receiver Kevin Ogletree have agreed to a one-year contract. He had 13 receptions for 199 yards and a touchdown in 12 games last season for the Lions, who signed him after Tampa Bay cut him.Ogletree adds depth where Detroit needs it because Nate Burleson was released and Ryan Broyles has struggled to stay healthy.
---- The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a five-year contract with offensive lineman Rodger Saffold and have re-signed running back Darren McFadden to a one-year contract.
-- The Pittsburgh Steelers released linebacker LaMarr Woodley, with a post-June 1 designation to save money under the salary cap. By postponing the move until after June 1, the Steelers free up about $8 million in salary cap space.
-- Two people familiar with the negotiations say Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert is finalizing the details on a contract with the Miami Dolphins. It's the first step in the revamping of the team's troubled offensive line. Albert would move into the position played at the start of last season by Jonathan Martin, who left the team in October and alleged he was harassed persistently by teammates.
-- The Indianapolis Colts agreed to contract terms with free agent defensive end Arthur Jones. The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Jones started a career-best 13 games with Baltimore and finished with a career-high 53 tackles.
---- The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with Chiefs running back, receiver and kick returner Dexter McCluster. He caught a career-high 53 passes for 611 yards. He also had two punt returns for TDs, and made the Pro Bowl.
-- The San Francisco 49ers have released cornerback Carlos Rogers after three seasons, an expected cost-cutting move as the NFL's free agency period begins. The 32-year-old Rogers, who missed time late in the season with a strained right hamstring, had 47 tackles and two interceptions last season.
-- The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to acquire quarterback Blaine Gabbert from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a sixth-round draft pick, apparently finding a capable backup for Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk). The 24-year-old Gabbert was the 10th overall draft pick in 2011 out of Missouri. He has thrown for 22 touchdowns in three NFL seasons, completing 414 of 777 passes for 4,357 yards in 28 games and 27 starts.
----A person with knowledge of the situation says the Arizona Cardinals and free agent left tackle Jared Veldheer have agreed on a five-year contract. The deal is worth $35 million, with $17 million guaranteed.
---- The Denver Broncos have revamped their defensive secondary by agreeing to a deal with Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward. He's coming off a season in which he had 129 tackles and two interceptions for the Cleveland Browns.
-- The Buffalo Bills have re-signed kicker Dan Carpenter to a four-year contract. Carpenter's 33 field goals last year were a career high and tied Buffalo's single-season record. The Bills also have re-signed restricted free agent tight end Mike Caussin.
---- 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. Folk made his first 23 kicks last season and was 33 of 36 overall, including three game-winning kicks.
UNDATED (AP) -- San Antonio has put together a six-game winning streak that has helped vault them to the best record in the NBA. The Spurs put that run on the line in Chicago tonight against the surging Bulls. Chicago has won 11 of 13 to move solidly into the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Part of the reason the Spurs are now tops in the league is that Indiana is in a losing rut. The Eastern Conference-leading Pacers have dropped a season-high four in a row heading into their home game against Boston. After dropping three straight on the road, the Pacers are back home where they are a league-best 29-4 this season.
Houston has won five in a row to keep the pressure on the Spurs for the Southwest Division lead. The Rockets enter tonight's road game at Oklahoma City just two and a-half games out of the conference lead. The Thunder have dropped five of their last eight including a shocking loss to the Lakers on Sunday night.
Memphis has won six in a row at home, which is where they are tonight against Portland.
There are seven games on the NBA schedule.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Andrew Bynum is expected to make his debut for the Pacers tonight against Boston, more than a month after signing with the team. The 7-footer averaged 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 24 games with Cleveland before being suspended indefinitely in December. He was eventually traded to the Bulls and released. Indiana then signed the former All-Star on Feb. 1.
DALLAS (AP) -- Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley is undergoing testing to determine what triggered his collapse during Monday night's game against Columbus.
General manager Jim Nill says Peverley is in stable condition and has been communicating with teammates and friends since he was hospitalized. The Stars' game against Columbus was postponed in the first period after Peverley went down on the bench, stunning the crowd and players.
Nill says doctors are focused on finding a long-term solution to Peverley's irregular heartbeat. The condition was diagnosed in training camp, and he underwent a procedure that sidelined him for the preseason and the season opener.
Teammate Alex Chiasson was being treated after becoming despondent about Peverley's plight. He didn't join the team for its trip to St. Louis.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado coach Patrick Roy (WAH) says P.A. Parenteau (payr-ehn-TOH') will miss at least four weeks with a right knee injury. The right winger suffered a sprained MCL during Monday's win over Winnipeg. Parenteau has 14 goals and 19 assists this season.
The Avalanche also are missing forward Paul Stastny because of a balky back. He's expected to miss the game against Chicago on Wednesday, but Roy remains hopeful Stastny can play Friday.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Dallas Stars are back on the ice tonight in St. Louis after a harrowing experience cut short their home game against Columbus last night.
Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench with a cardiac problem.
The Stars have to regroup against the top team in the NHL that has dominated its Central Division foes this season. St. Louis has an 18-0-1 record against division rivals.
Dallas holds a one-point lead over Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Coyotes are on the road at Florida.
Detroit is at Columbus in a showdown for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets have won four of five to pull into a tie with the Red Wings at 71 points. Detroit has lost three of four.
Washington is just a point back of the Red Wings and Blue Jackets. The Capitals look to avenge a 3-2 loss to the Penguins at home last night, when they skate into Pittsburgh. The Pens own a one-point lead over idle Boston for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
There are nine games scheduled in the NHL tonight.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Braves pitcher Kris Medlen has injured a ligament in his right elbow for the second time in less than four years. The team says it is too early to determine the extent of the damage.
Medlen felt the injury on Sunday while pitching against the New York Mets. He had an MRI on Monday that revealed the injury, according to general manager Frank Wren.
Wren says the 28-year-old right-hander and the team will seek a second medical opinion.
Medlen tore his right ulnar collateral ligament while pitching against the Mets on Aug. 4, 2010, and was operated on by Dr. James Andrews that Aug. 18. Medlen didn't pitch for the Braves again until Sept. 25 the following year.
UNDATED (AP) -- Four more automatic NCAA men's basketball tournament bids are up for grabs tonight.
West Coast Conference regular-season champ Gonzaga takes on BYU in the conference tournament title game. The two teams split their regular-season meetings. The Bulldogs are playing in the championship game for the 17th straight season. BYU has won nine of its last 10.
The Northeast Conference tournament title will go to either Mount St. Mary's or top seed Robert Morris.
Milwaukee and Wright State battle it out for the Horizon League tournament title.
Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne takes on North Dakota State in the Summit League tournament championship game.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-COACHES AXED
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -- Bowling Green has fired men's basketball coach Louis Orr after seven seasons. Orr went 101-121 including a 12-20 mark this season. He had a 54-60 record in Mid-American Conference play.
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- UNC Wilmington has fired basketball coach Buzz Peterson. Assistant Eddie Biedenbach has been promoted to interim head coach.
Peterson went 42-82 in four seasons with the Seahawks, never finished above .500 and went 30-53 in the Colonial Athletic Association.