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Kaminsky, No. 5 Wisconsin beat Michigan State 68-61 (Yahoo Sports)  

Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky high-fives in the student section after Wisconsin beat Michigan State 68-61 in an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

''Who's that Kaminsky guy?'' the Wisconsin coach asked. Kaminsky scored 31 points, Nigel Hayes added 14 and Wisconsin clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with a 68-61 victory Sunday over Michigan State. Bryn Forbes' open 3 from the corner got Michigan State within 64-53 with about 2:30 left. Coach Tom Izzo's club had no answer for Kaminsky.


Ovechkin scores twice as Capitals blank Maple Leafs 4-0 (Yahoo Sports)  

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, celebrates his goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Alex Ovechkin's offensive performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night was impressive. Ovechkin scored his 40th and 41st goals of the season and added an assist, Braden Holtby made 32 saves, and the Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0, snapping a three-game losing streak. ''Shot me in the foot.'' Ovechkin scored in the second period, and Marcus Johansson and Joel Ward (empty net) added third-period goals for Washington. ''He made it look rather easy today,'' Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.


Curry scores 37, leads Warriors from 26 down to beat Celtics (Yahoo Sports)  

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 01: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates at the end of the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on March 1, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Warriors defeat the Celtics 106-101. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

When you're sitting on the NBA's best record like the Golden State Warriors, you don't have to stress over every single game. Stephen Curry scored 37 points on Sunday night, and the Warriors erased a 26-point deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 106-101. Golden State won for the seventh time in nine tries to improve its league-best record to 46-11. I was happy that we showed good poise.'' Klay Thompson scored 20 for the Warriors, Harrison Barnes had 17 and Draymond Green scored 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.


Arizona sends Keith Yandle to Rangers for 2 players, picks (Yahoo Sports)  

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle (3) controls the puck during an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The New York Rangers acquired a big piece in their push for another deep playoff run, picking up All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. The Rangers lost to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals last season didn't wait until Monday's trade deadline to make a big move for this year's run. The 28-year-old Yandle has been one of the NHL's best offensive-minded defensemen, a four-time All-Star who has led the Coyotes in scoring the past three seasons. He has 41 points in 63 games this season and has been the anchor of Arizona's power play unit.


Harden's 33 points leads Rockets over Cavs 105-103 in OT (Yahoo Sports)  

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 1: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets high fives teammates after the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game on March 1, 2015 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

James Harden has been putting up MVP-caliber numbers all season for the Houston Rockets. Given the chance to go head to head with one of his biggest competitors for the award, Harden and the Rockets came out on top. Harden scored 33 points and Cleveland star LeBron James missed a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left in overtime, helping the Rockets hold on for a 105-103 win over the Cavaliers on Sunday. Harden has led the Rockets to five straight wins, a 41-18 record and the third seed in the Western Conference with fellow star Dwight Howard out with a knee problem.


Jimmie Johnson pulls away for another Atlanta Sprint Cup win (Yahoo Sports)  

Jimmie Johnson (48) drives through Turn 4 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Hampton, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title. Quickly establishing he's one of the drivers to beat - boy, does that sound familiar - Johnson pulled away after the final restart with 13 laps remaining to win Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. By the end, the No. 48 Chevrolet left no doubt it was the fastest car on the track, cruising across the finish line a comfortable 1.803 seconds ahead of one of the race favorites, defending Cup champion Kevin Harvick. It was the 71st victory of his career, and his fourth at the 1.54-mile Atlanta track.


Poulter, Casey share lead at rain-delayed Honda Classic (Yahoo Sports)  

Ian Poulter, of England, lines up the ball at the third hole during the third round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Ian Poulter didn't realize he had a three-shot lead in the Honda Classic, only that he was playing well enough to feel like he was in control of his game and the tournament. What had been a marathon day at soggy PGA National suddenly turned into a sprint-to-the-finish on Monday morning when the final round was to resume. Poulter lost command of the Honda Classic, but he didn't lose his place atop the leaderboard. He was at 7-under par through seven holes, tied with Paul Casey, who went out in 31 and was in the left rough on the 10th hole when the final round was halted at sunset.


Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan lead Clippers past Bulls 96-86 (Yahoo Sports)  

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 01: Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers is trapped by Pau Gasol #16 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 1, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Clippers defeated the Bulls 96-86. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

DeAndre Jordan's rebounding was too much for the short-handed Chicago Bulls. Jordan continued his recent tear with 26 rebounds and Chris Paul had 28 points 12 assists and the Clippers earned a 96-86 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. Jordan had 17 rebounds in the first two periods, the most by an NBA player in one half this season. ''You look at the stat sheet, you don't see how many times (an opponent) didn't drive because D.J. was there, how many guys went up but didn't shoot because he was there,'' Paul said.


Rangers Darvish: "I didn't quit on team." (Yahoo Sports)  

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish throws during spring training baseball practice Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Yu Darvish saved his best stuff for after his inning on the mound. The Texas Rangers ace, who was shut down last August with elbow inflammation, threw 14 pitches without any discomfort on Sunday during an intrasquad game - his most extensive work since the injury ended his 2014 season. Darvish struck out two of three batters he faced as curious Rangers fans, the usual large Japanese media contingent that follows his every move and a touring college team from Japan watched through the fence on a back practice field behind Surprise Stadium. After making his last start on Aug. 9 Darvish was accused in some circles of quitting on the Rangers, an allegation he shut down with a choice English curse word.


Major league baseball's 1st black Latino star Minoso dies (Yahoo Sports)  

FILE - In a April 6, 2001 file photo, Chicago White Sox legend Orestes

CHICAGO (AP) -- When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the ''Cuban Comet'' was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By the time he played in his final game 35 years ago, he was a beloved figure with the Chicago White Sox.


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