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Last Update on March 28, 2015 05:34 GMT


CHICAGO (AP) -- Cam Atkinson scored twice in Columbus' four-goal first period and added an empty-net goal in the final minute for his second career hat trick to help the Blue Jackets win their fifth straight game, 5-2 over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Ryan Johansen and Kevin Connauton also connected for the Blue Jackets. They set a team record with their seventh consecutive road victory and have won eight of nine overall.

Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews scored for Chicago, which dropped its second straight.

Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves.

Chicago goalie Corey Crawford was pulled with 3:14 left in the first period after allowing four goals on 13 shots. Scott Darling finished, and stopped all 13 shots he faced.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez each scored 20 points, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped the Cleveland Cavaliers' four-game winning streak with a 106-98 victory on Friday night.

Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 points for the Nets, who held LeBron James to two baskets in the second half and won for the sixth time in eight games as they chase a playoff berth. They came in tied for ninth in the East, a half-game behind Boston for the final spot.

James finished with 24 points and nine assists for Cleveland, while Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 26 points, and Kevin Love had 18 points and seven rebounds.

The Cavaliers had won the first three meetings this season, outscoring the Nets by about 17 points per game. But Brooklyn turned up its defense in the second half to cool off what had been the NBA's hottest team for more than two months.


GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- The Indians have optioned Danny Salazar to Triple-A Columbus.

Salazar had been in the running to win one of the two open spots in Cleveland's starting rotation, but the right-hander has struggled this spring and the Indians sent him back to the minors.

With Salazar out of the running, left-hander T.J. House, Zach McAllister and Josh Tomlin are vying for the starting jobs.

Salazar got roughed up Thursday against Cincinnati, allowing six earned runs -- two homers -- and six hits in 3 1-3 innings. His fastball was high in the strike zone down the middle. In four spring outings, Salazar is 1-2 with an 8.18 ERA. He has allowed 14 hits and 10 runs in 11 innings.

Salazar bounced between Columbus and Cleveland last season. He went 6-8 with a 4.25 ERA in 20 starts. In 2013, he started the Indians' wild-card game against Tampa Bay.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Cleveland ace Corey Kluber tuned up for the regular season, striking out nine over six effective innings Friday in the Indians' 3-2 loss to Josh Collmenter and the split-squad Arizona Diamondbacks.

In a matchup between pitchers set to start on opening day, Kluber gave up one run and six hits. The AL Cy Young Award winner walked two.

Collmenter threw three-hit ball in seven shutout innings. He struck out three and walked two.

Arizona scored off Kluber in the first inning on doubles by Chris Owings and David Peralta.

Owings also tripled. Jake Lamb hit two doubles for the Diamondbacks.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- If there's one school unafraid to take on Kentucky, it's Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish have a history of taking down college basketball Goliaths. There's none bigger or more intimidating right now than the undefeated Wildcats, who are 37-0 and can earn a trip to the Final Four on Saturday with a win over Notre Dame in the Midwest Regional final.

Kentucky demolished West Virginia by 39 points in the semifinals, while Notre Dame outlasted Wichita State.

The Fighting Irish have beaten the AP's top-ranked teams eight times and may be best known for ending UCLA's 88-game winning streak in 1974.

Notre Dame's players don't see themselves as underdogs and are confident they can compete with Kentucky, a team some feel is invincible. Notre Dame coach Mike Brey believes he has the more tested team after playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

National Sports News

Last Update on March 29, 2015 00:55 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Top seed Wisconsin is the first to advance to the Final Four in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

The Badgers are in the national semifinals for the second straight year following an 85-78 triumph over No. 2 Arizona. Frank Kaminsky poured in 29 points and Sam Dekker added 27 to set a career high for the second straight game.

The Badgers denied the Wildcats a Final Four berth for the second straight year, having beaten them by one point in overtime in Anaheim a year ago.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley scored 17 points each for Arizona.

No. 1 overall seed Kentucky has taken the court against third seed Notre Dame in the Midwest regional final at Cleveland. The Wildcats enter the game 37-0 as they try to become the first time in 39 years to post a perfect season in Division I men's hoops. Kentucky doubled up West Virginia in Thursday's action, beating the Mountaineers 78-39.

The Irish have advanced with wins over Northeastern and Butler by a combined seven points.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas will begin a search for a new men's basketball coach.

People with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press that Rick Barnes will be released after the team's first-round exit in the NCAA tournament.

The 60-year-old Barnes shaped Texas into a national basketball power with three Big 12 championships and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances in 17 years. But the Longhorns have struggled in the postseason in recent years despite rosters full of future NBA players.

Barnes won 402 games at Texas and is 604-314 in 28 seasons overall.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Paul George is still hopeful he can return to the Indiana Pacers' lineup this season.

The two-time all-star forward said he feels like he has passed all of the tests to play. He's still awaiting clearance from the team's medical staff before he makes his season debut.

George hasn't played in a game since he suffered gruesome broken right leg in a USA Basketball scrimmage last summer.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators were able to clinch Stanley Cup playoff berths this afternoon.

Filip Forsberg had a goal and two assists as Nashville dumped Washington 4-3 to reach the postseason for the first time in three years. Mattias Ekholm, Mike Fisher and Forsberg scored during a 3:45 span of the first period to put the Predators in control. Mike Ribeiro (rih-BEHR'-oh) added a goal and an assist in the Predators' fourth consecutive win.

Andrew Cogliano scored the game-winner and Frederik Andersen stopped 29 shots as the Ducks beat the New York Islanders 3-2 and stay atop the Western Conference, one point ahead of Nashville. Rickard Rakell (rah-KEHL') and Kyle Palmeiri also scored to help the Ducks deal the Isles their seventh consecutive home loss.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

-- Sidney Crosby scored the game-winner and had two assists as Pittsburgh rallied to beat Arizona 3-2 and move into a second-place tie with the Islanders in the Metropolitan Division. The Coyotes led 1-0 until Daniel Winnik, Steve Downie and Crosby scored 4:08 apart in the final period.

-- Boston ruined goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's return to action as Milan Lucic (LOO'-cheech) scored twice in the first 1- minutes of the Bruins' 4-2 win over the New York Rangers. The Bruins ended a six-game winless skid as they battle Ottawa for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

-- Petr Mrazek handled 23 shots and Gustav Nyquist had a goal and an assist as Detroit handed Tampa Bay its first shutout loss of the season, 4-0. Joakim Andersson and Justin Abdelkader (AB'-dul-kay-dur) scored 1:54 apart in the second period to put the Red Wings ahead 2-0.

San Jose coughed up a pair of one-goal leads before Brent Burns provided the winning margin in San Jose's 3-2 shootout win against Philadelphia. Steve Mason made 42 saves while the Flyers were outshot 44-18.


UNDATED (AP) -- No. 1 seeds Connecticut and Maryland have moved into the regional finals in the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

The Huskies clobbered Texas 105-54 as Breanna Stewart had 31 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. UConn took control with a 44-9 run in the first half and allowed Geno Auriemma (aw-ree-EH'-muh) to join Pat Summitt as the only coaches with 100 NCAA Tournament wins.

The Terrapins eliminated an old rival as Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 18 of her 24 points in the second half of a 65-55 triumph over Duke. Laurin Mincy scored all 15 of her points in the first half to help Maryland reach the Elite Eight for the sixth time under coach Brenda Frese (freez).

Also in the NCAA women's tourney:

-- Andrea Hoover scored 26 points and seventh-seeded Dayton provided the day's biggest surprise by trouncing No. 3 Louisville 82-66. Amber Deane added 15 points and Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova had 12 and 11 rebounds for the Flyers.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Jimmy Walker has a four-stroke lead over Jordan Spieth (speeth) through three rounds of the Texas Open. Walker fired a 3-under 69 for a 9-under total as he seeks his fifth title in two PGA seasons.

FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel birdied the final three holes for a 69 to move up to third place at minus-3.


SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) -- Kevin Sutherland has the lead after two rounds of the Champions Tour event in Mississippi. Sutherland is 9-under for the tournament following a 5-under 67, two shots clear of Tom Lehman (LAY'-muhn) and three in front of Tom Pernice (pur-NEES') Jr. and David Frost.


CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Lydia Ko and Brittan Lang have moved into the lead during the third round of the LPGA's Kia Classic in California. The world No. 1 and Lang are 11 shots under par after nine and 9 holes, respectively.


SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Texas Rangers have acquired reliever Sam Freeman from St. Louis for a player to be named or cash considerations. Freeman was 2-0 with a 2.61 in 44 appearances for the Cardinals last season.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Will Power will start from the pole for Sunday's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Power had a top lap of 106.767 mph to edge Simon Pagenaud (see-MOHN' PA'-zheh-noh) in Saturday's qualifying.


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