Last Update on March 10, 2014 05:35 GMT
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Josh Tomlin struck out five in four scoreless innings, helping the Cleveland Indians beat a Milwaukee Brewers split squad 4-2 on Sunday.
Tomlin struck out the side in his last inning, continuing his strong bid for the fifth spot in Cleveland's rotation.
Brewers starter Wily Peralta struggled with his control, giving up three runs and four hits in 3 1-3 innings. In the second inning, he walked two batters in a row and then hit Matt Carson with a pitch.
The Brewers scored two runs in the ninth inning off Travis Banwart on a Garrett Cooper single and a Hainley Statia groundout that brought Cooper home.
Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera started for the second day in a row. He had two hits and scored a run.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Johnny Cueto rebounded from a rough outing with four scoreless innings for the Cincinnati Reds in their 3-1 loss Sunday to the Los Angeles Angels.
Cueto, coming off an injury-plagued season, allowed two hits and struck out two. It was a big improvement over his second spring start, when he gave up six runs and seven hits to Kansas City in 2 2-3 innings.
A 19-game winner in 2012, Cueto struggled with a strained muscle on the right side of his back last year and was sidelined for 2 1/2 months. He finished 5-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 11 starts.
Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs also threw four shutout innings, allowing one hit and two walks with three strikeouts.
CHICAGO (AP) -- LeBron James says he simply wanted to support his friend, so the Miami Heat star found himself back in his old stomping grounds.
James couldn't pass up the opportunity to show his support for Zydrunas Ilgauskas. He was back in Cleveland as the Cavaliers retired his longtime teammate's jersey Saturday.
James says it was "a special time for Z" and he was "happy I was able to be a part of it."
The four-time MVP spoke before Sunday's game against the Bulls in Chicago.
James spent thousands to charter a plane for the ceremony and kept a rather low profile, staying close to the Cavaliers' bench and taking pictures with his phone. It was a surreal sight, given the circumstances surrounding his departure to Miami four years ago.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- LaQuinton Ross scored 22 points and Aaron Craft added 12, including a late free throw, to lead Ohio State past No. 22 Michigan State 69-67 on Sunday.
Keith Appling's jumper with 2 seconds left was off the mark for the Spartans, who failed to score over the final 4:30 as Ohio State scored the game's final four points.
Adreian Payne scored 23 points, Gary Harris had 12 and Denzel Valentine 11 for the Spartans (23-8, 12-6 Big Ten), who have lost seven of their last 11.
Much-maligned center Amir Williams hit a free throw with 37.2 seconds left to put Ohio State (23-8, 10-8) ahead for good. Craft then added a free throw with 20.9 seconds remaining.
Both teams were seeking some traction heading into the postseason. The Buckeyes had dropped their last two on the road to second-tier Big Ten teams.
Last Update on March 11, 2014 02:55 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- The Miami Heat ended their three-game losing streak, clinched an NBA playoff berth and pulled within one game of the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers.
Dwyane (dwayn) Wade scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Heat rallied late to beat Washington 99-90. Miami trailed by one midway through the final period before Wade sparked a 12-0 run with five points, three assists and a block at the rim.
LeBron James led all scorers with 23 points and Chris Bosh added 22 to help the Heat avoid their first four-game losing streak since 2011.
Also in the NBA:
-- Charlotte picked up its seventh straight home win as Al Jefferson scored 26 points and Kemba Walker added 24 in a 105-98 victory against Denver. Jefferson made 10 of his first 14 field-goal attempts and also had a game-high 12 rebounds.
-- Brandon Knight scored 24 points and Milwaukee rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Orlando 105-98.
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 underwent an MRI on Sunday that showed the injury.
His injury is the latest setback in what has been a disappointing first season for Bennett, who is averaging only 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13 minutes per game.
DALLAS (AP) -- Tonight's game between the Dallas Stars and the visiting 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 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.
Dr. Gil Salazar said Peverley was successfully treated for a cardiac event. The NHL issued a statement saying Peverley was in stable condition and doing well.
Peverley missed the start of the season because of a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, a condition diagnosed during a training camp physical.
There was no immediate announcement of when the game would be made up. Columbus was leading 1-0.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have ended the Boston Bruins' one-day stay atop the NHL's Eastern Conference standings.
Chris Kunitz (KOO'-nihts) scored twice and the Pens climbed one point ahead of the Bruins in the East by downing the Capitals 3-2 in Washington. Sidney Crosby added with his 30th goal and two assists to raise his NHL-leading point total to 87.
The Capitals lost for the fourth time in five games while also dropping their seventh consecutive meeting with the Penguins.
Elsewhere on ice:
-- Phoenix blew a 3-2 lead in the last minute of regulation before Radim Vrbata (vur-BAH'-tah) scored the lone shootout goal to give the Coyotes a 4-3 triumph over Tampa Bay. Ondrej Palat's (AHN'-dray pah-LAHTS') second goal of the night knotted the score for the Lightning with 38 seconds left in the third period.
-- Nashville beat Ottawa 4-3 on Seth Jones' goal at 3:49 of overtime. Jason Spezza (SPET'-suh) notched the game-tying goal and had two assists while the Senators were scoring three times in the third period to erase a 3-0 deficit.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- Changes in overtime and video review are expected to be on the agenda when NHL general managers meet this week in Boca Raton, Fla. The general managers want to reduce the number of shootouts that decide regular-season games. This year, 122 of 967 games have gone to a shootout.
Proposals include adding more time to the current four-on-four overtime, instituting a three-on-three element and having teams switch ends with the hope that the long line change leads to more mistakes and odd-man rushes.
Expanded video review became a bigger issue in January when the Detroit Red Wings scored a goal against the Los Angeles Kings that should not have counted because the puck hit the protective netting first.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL has suspended Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan for one game without pay for punching Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu (joh-EHN'-soo) in the jaw in front of the Kings' net. The incident occurred late in the second period of the Kings' 4-2 win at Edmonton yesterday. Joensuu's arms were tied up by a linesman when he was struck by Nolan.
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UNDATED (AP) -- Manhattan and Delaware have extended their basketball seasons by capturing their league tournaments.
Carl Baptiste scored a career-high 24 points, including a go-ahead layup with 10 seconds left to give Delaware a 75-74 win over William and Mary in the Colonial Athletic Association title game. The Blue Hens trailed 74-68 with 80 seconds left before closing on a 7-0 run to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in 15 years.
George Beamon scored 16 points as Manhattan held off rival Iona 71-68 for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and its first NCAA tournament in a decade. Beamon was one of four players to score in double figures for the Jaspers, who will enter the NCAAs with a 25-7 record.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Barry Bonds says he's earned a weekend trip to upstate New York.
Baseball's home run king thinks he's worthy of election to the Hall of Fame, saying "without a doubt" he deserves to be in Cooperstown, even though his final years were clouded by suspicions of performance-enhancing drug use. The 49-year-old Bonds spent his last 15 big league seasons with San Francisco, finishing in 2007 with 762 homers. He is a part-time spring training hitting instructor for the team.
Bonds didn't even come close to election to the Hall in his first two turns on the ballot. Asked for advice for the writers who have not voted for him he says: "You guys are all adults. I have no advice for you."
One topic he wouldn't discuss: Alex Rodriguez, who is serving a season-long drug suspension.
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UNDATED (AP) -- As expected Florida and Wichita State remain the top two teams in the new Associated Press men's basketball poll.
The Gators won two games last week to improve to 29-2 while the Shockers won all three games they played and captured the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title, upping their record to 34-0. The Gators, who received 50 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel, open play in the SEC tournament Friday. The Shockers got the other 15 No. 1 votes and are the first team to enter the NCAA tournament without a loss since UNLV in 1991.
Villanova moved from sixth to third, while Arizona dropped one spot to fourth with Louisville jumping from 11th to fifth. The second five this week are Virginia, Duke, San Diego State, Michigan and Kansas 10th.
Kentucky, which has lost three of four, dropped out from 25th, the fourth preseason No. 1 to fall out of the poll in the same season.
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UNDATED (AP) -- Connecticut continues to be the top-team in the women's Associated Press poll after three victories last week. The Huskies are 33-0 after routing Louisville, Cincinnati and Rutgers. UConn has won 39 games dating to last season, the third-longest streak in school history.
Notre Dame remains No. 2 after finishing an undefeated regular season by winning the ACC tournament championship with Louisville third, Tennessee fourth and West Virginia fifth.