CLEVELAND—Like a massive, unstoppable blue wave, Kentucky hit quickly and just kept coming.
There was no escape for West Virginia; no place to hide.
The Wildcats were as advertised: too big, too strong, too everything. Just too good.
Perfect and pulverizing.
WINNIPEG—Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec earned the full support of the hometown crowd last night against Montreal.
Pavelec made 39 saves for his sixth-straight win as the Jets downed the Canadiens 5-2 at MTS Centre.
Fans already were chanting “Pavy, Pavy” after he stopped 20 shots in the first period alone to keep a 1-0 Winnipeg lead alive.
SAN ANTONIO—Charley Hoffman took advantage of calmer afternoon conditions to take the first-round lead in the wind-swept Texas Open, shooting a five-under 67 yesterday.
After wind gusts threatening 40 m.p.h. pummeled the morning starters, Hoffman faced a steady 15 m.p.h. wind in the afternoon at TPC San Antonio.
He had the lone bogey-free round while carding five birdies.
John Morris, Carter Rycroft, and Nolan Thiessen all are former world men’s curling champions.
They’re hoping to get their skip his first world title at this year’s tournament in Halifax.
Pat Simmons will guide the host Canadian squad at the competition, which begins tomorrow at the Scotiabank Centre.
CALGARY—The Dallas Stars need every point they can get.
They gladly took two last night.
Tyler Seguin had the only goal in the shootout, and Ales Hemsky scored twice in regulation, as the streaking Stars edged the Calgary Flames 4-3 for their seventh win in eight games.
TORONTO—On a night the Toronto Raptors lost to the Chicago Bulls, they clinched their second-straight playoff spot.
It took losses by Boston and Charlotte for Toronto to secure its post-season spot—a fitting turn of events for a Raptors’ team mired in a miserable slump.
“There are no moral victories in this league,” said coach Dwane Casey.
SALT LAKE CITY—The future of the Minnesota Timberwolves gave a glimpse of what might be last night.
Rookies Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins combined to score 49 points, leading their injury-ravaged team to a 106-104 overtime victory against the Utah Jazz.
It was the seventh road win of the season for Minnesota (16-54), which won for only the third time this month.
EDMONTON—The Winnipeg Jets are keeping pace in the wild-card race.
Lee Stempniak scored the winner while goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 33 stops as the Jets continued their work to solidify a playoff position with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers last night.
FONTANA, Calif.—While Kevin Harvick chased Kurt Busch down the stretch in a battle of the best cars in the Fontana field, Brad Keselowski was buried in 17th place—until the yellow flags started flying.
A caution for debris allowed Keselowski to move up to sixth.
When a second flag went up, he took four new tires while Harvick and Busch got only two.
GLENDALE, Ariz.—For the second-straight game, Arizona Coyotes’ goalie Mike Smith was the victim of a puck bouncing off the back of a player into his own net.
This time, it was his own back—no way to celebrate his 33rd birthday—and it allowed the Vancouver Canucks to avoid a second damaging loss to one of the NHL’s worst teams.