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Last Update on March 28, 2015 05:34 GMT

BLUE JACKETS-BLACKHAWKS

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.

CAVALIERS-NETS

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.

INDIANS-SALAZAR

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.

DIAMONDBACKS-INDIANS

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.

NCAA-NOTRE DAME-KENTUCKY

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.

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Last Update on March 28, 2015 07:49 GMT

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NCAA

UNDATED (AP) -- The NCAA men's basketball tournament is down to the Elite Eight. Top seed Duke will take on No. 2 Gonzaga in the South Regional final in Houston, and seventh-seeded Michigan State will take on No. 4 Louisville in the East Regional final at Syracuse.

Duke relied on its three freshman starters to lead a 63-57 triumph over No. 5 Utah. Justise Winslow 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Blue Devils advanced to the regional finals for the 14th time under coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEHF'-skee). Tyus Jones finished with 15 points, and fellow freshman Jahlil Okafor (jah-LIHL' OH'-kah-fohr) chipped in eight rebounds and six points.

Przemek Karnowski had 18 points and nine rebounds as Gonzaga knocked out No. 11 UCLA 74-62. The Bruins trailed just 35-34 early in the first half before the Bulldogs went on a 12-0 spurt to regain control. Kyle Wiltjer had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Michigan State is the lowest seed still alive after Denzel Valentine scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half of a 62-58 win over No. 3 Oklahoma. Travis Trice led the Spartans with 24 points, while Branden Dawson had 11 rebounds to help the Spartans get back to the Elite Eight for the second straight year.

Montrezl Harrell scored 24 points and Louisville kept its title hopes alive by downing North Carolina State 75-65 in Syracuse. Terry Rozier had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Cardinals, who trailed 33-31 at halftime before reserve Anton Gill keyed a late game charge.

Kentucky, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Arizona advanced to the Elite Eight by winning Thursday night. The Wildcats and Irish will play for the Midwest crown Saturday in Cleveland, and the Badgers will take on Arizona for West Region supremacy.

The South and East finals are Sunday.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-COACHES

UNDATED (AP) -- Steve Lavin is no longer the head basketball coach at St. John's. The school says the two sides mutually agreed to part ways with one year left on Lavin's contract.

He was the Red Storm's bench boss for five seasons, and the school's 21 wins this season matched the most under Lavin. The Red Storm were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by San Diego State in the first round.

And Donnie Tyndall (TIHN'-dihl) is out after just one season as men's basketball coach at Tennessee. The firing comes as the NCAA investigates his two-year stay at Southern Mississippi, where he coached before coming to Tennessee. Volunteers' athletic director Dave Hart said in a statement that it is "highly likely" Tyndall will face "significant penalties" after the NCAA completes its inquiry.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FLORIDA-FRAZIER

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida guard Michael Frazier has announced he's leaving school early and entering the NBA draft.

He was a two-year starter and one of the top 3-point shooters in the Southeastern Conference. Frazier was second on the team in scoring this season, averaging 12.1 points and 38 percent from behind the arc.

NBA SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors have tied the team victory record set 39 years ago.

Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry scored 38 points and and 10 assists as the Warriors ripped Memphis 107-85 for their 60th win. Klay Thompson finished with 28 points to help the Warriors pick up their eighth straight victory and move closer to clinching home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs.

The Grizzlies' lead in the Southwest Division is down to a half-game over Houston after James Harden had 33 points and eight assists to lead the Rockets to a 120-110 victory over Minnesota. Josh Smith added 16 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists for the Rockets, who shot 20 of 44 from beyond the arc in clinching a playoff berth.

In other NBA finals:

-- The Toronto Raptors have clinched their second straight Atlantic Division title by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 94-83 behind a balanced scoring attack. Jonas Valanciunas (YOH'-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO'-nuhs) finished with 19 points, Lou Williams had 18 and James Johnson added 17 in the Raptors' first win in three games.

-- Chris Paul scored 25 points and, DeAndre Jordan had a double-double as the Los Angeles Clippers earned their sixth consecutive win, 119-98 at Philadelphia. Jordan had 17 points and 20 rebounds for the Clippers, who opened the second half on an 8-0 run to go up by 16.

-- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 10 of his 27 points in the final 3 1/2 minutes to help Portland turn an eight-point deficit into an 87-81 win at Phoenix. Former Sun Robin Lopez added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Northwest Division leaders.

-- San Antonio was a 94-76 winner over Dallas behind Boris Diaw's (DEE'-owz) 19 points. Mavericks top scorer Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis had 10 points before injuring his right knee midway through the third quarter.

-- LeBron James finished with 24 points and nine assists but hit just two baskets in the second half of Cleveland's 106-98 loss to Brooklyn. Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez each scored 20 points in the Nets' sixth victory in eight games, keeping them within a half-game of Boston for the NBA's final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

-- Cleveland's loss allowed Atlanta to wrap up home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. DeMarre Carroll scored 24 points as the Hawks downed Miami 99-86. Paul Millsap had 21 points and Al Horford had 15 for the Hawks, who never trailed despite playing without injured guard Jeff Teague (teeg).

-- The Celtics held off New York 95-92 as Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points and Jae Crowder had 17 and nine rebounds. Brandon Bass had 16 points to help the Celtics climb within one game of Miami for seventh in the East.

-- The New Orleans Pelicans snapped a four-game losing streak as Tyreke (ty-REEK') Evans delivered 25 points and 10 assists in a 102-88 victory over Sacramento. Anthony Davis had 24 points, nine rebounds and six blocks to help the Pelicans pull within three games of Oklahoma City for the final Western Conference playoff berth with 10 games remaining.

-- John Wall scored seven of his game-high 32 points in the second overtime to lift Washington past Charlotte 110-107. Drew Gooden finished with 15 points and 17 rebounds as the Wizards ended a four-game skid.

-- Reggie Jackson had a triple double of 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lift Detroit past Orlando 111-97. Tayshaun Prince scored 23 points and Andre Drummond had 16 and nine rebounds in the Pistons' fourth consecutive win.

-- Ty Lawson and Jameer Nelson each scored 18 points as Denver dumped Utah 107-91. The Nuggets are 8-6 since interim coach Melvin Hunt took over for Brian Shaw.

NBA-THUNDER

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant will have bone graft surgery in his right foot next week and will miss the rest of the season. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward had surgery on a broken bone in his right foot in October. He had been healing well, but in late February, had a procedure to replace a screw that was rubbing up against another bone and causing discomfort. However, the pain didn't subside.

The team expects Durant to return to basketball activities within the next four to six months.

NBA-HUNDLEY OBIT

PHOENIX (AP) -- Former NBA player and broadcaster Hot Rod Hundley has died Friday at age 80.

Hundley averaged 8.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in six seasons with the Lakers in Minneapolis and Los Angeles, playing in the 1960 and 1961 All-Star games. He later broadcast 3,051 Jazz games from 1974-2009 and was a color analyst for NBA games in CBS.

Hundley also was a broadcaster for four seasons with the Phoenix Suns and four with the Lakers.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The NHL's very tight Western Conference playoff race is even more interesting following Minnesota's victory and Chicago's loss.

Thomas Vanek, Mikko Koivu (MEE'-koh KOY'-voo) and Zach Parise (pah-REE'-say) scored in the first 12 minutes of the third period to put the Wild ahead 4-1 in a 4-2 win over Calgary. Devan Dubnyk (DOOB'-nihk) stopped 23 shots in his 34th consecutive start to help Minnesota move within one point of the Blackhawks for third place in the Central Division. Dubnyk is 25-6-1 with a 1.72 goals-against average since joining the Wild in mid-January.

The outcome keeps the Flames ninth in the West and one point behind Los Angeles for third place in the Pacific Division.

The Hawks were 5-2 losers to the Columbus Blue Jackets as Cam Atkinson recorded his second career hat trick. The Jackets have won five straight and eight of nine to climb back to .500.

And Edmonton crushed the Stars' fading playoff hopes as Richard Bachman stopped 29 shots in the Oilers' 4-0 shutout of Dallas. Andrew Miller scored on a penalty shot for the Oilers.

NFL-MOVES

UNDATED (AP) -- Minnesota and veteran cornerback Terence Newman have agreed to terms on a one-year contract. The move reunites Newman with Vikings' coach Mike Zimmer, who was his defensive coordinator for four seasons in Dallas and two in Cincinnati.

Elsewhere:

-- Carolina has claimed offensive tackle Jonathan Martin off waivers from San Francisco. The 6-foot-5, 315 Martin was the primary victim in the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal involving Richie Incognito in 2013.

MLB-SPRING TRAINING

UNDATED (AP) -- Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander left with cramping in his right triceps during the third inning of Friday's exhibition game against Toronto. Verlander will be evaluated Saturday but fully expects to make his next scheduled start. He walked off the field soon after he called team trainers to the mound.

In other spring training news;

-- Masahiro (mah-sah-HEE'-roh) Tanaka will start the New York Yankees' opener April 6 against Toronto. Tanaka was an All-Star last year during his first season in the majors, but the Japanese right-hander missed 2 1/2 months while rehabilitating a partially torn ligament in his elbow. CC Sabathia (suh-BA'-thee-uh) will have his streak of six straight opening-day starts for New York end.

-- Seattle Mariners reliever David Rollins has been suspended for 80 games for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball announced the suspension, saying Rollins tested positive for a synthetic anabolic steroid. Rollins will not appeal the suspension.

-- Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says agent Scott Boras should steer clear of the Chicago Cubs' plan on how to handle rookie Kris Bryant. The 23-year-old Bryant has hit a major league-leading nine home runs this spring, but the Cubs seem to be leaning toward having him open the season in the minors. Boras has brought up the "integrity" of baseball in lobbying for his client to begin the season in the majors, but the Cubs could gain an extra year until he's eligible for free agency by having Bryant open the year in the minors.

NASCAR-MARTINSVILLE

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Joey Logano has captured the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.

Logano had a lap of 98.461 mph as he seeks his first career victory at Martinsville. The reigning Daytona 500 champ also will be going for his second win of the year.

Ryan Newman was second in qualifying and will start alongside Logano, just in front of Martin Truex Jr. and Jeff Gordon.

Kevin Harvick qualified 17th as he tries to finish among the top two for the ninth consecutive race.

PGA-TEXAS OPEN

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Jimmy Walker shot a 5-under 67 in the PGA's Texas Open to take a one-stroke lead in his hometown event. Walker overtook first-round leader Charley Hoffman with three straight birdies late in his round.

Walker is 6-under at the midway point, one ahead of Hoffman and Aaron Baddeley (BAD'-eh-lee).

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