PHILADELPHIA—Best team in the Atlantic Division was a nice title for three months.
The Philadelphia 76ers wanted more.
A winning record for the first time in seven seasons. A top-four seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. All of those goals are slipping out of reach for the Sixers.
ST. LOUIS—Johan Franzen scored on consecutive shots in the third period to end Brian Elliott’s shutout streak after more than 3 1-2 games, and Todd Bertuzzi netted the lone goal in a shootout as the Detroit Red Wings rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 last night.
NEW ORLEANS—Won and Done, indeed. Maybe even Over and Out.
All that really matters is that Kentucky parlayed a roster full of NBA talent into a 67-59 victory last night over Kansas for the team’s eighth national NCAA basketball title—but its first since 1998.
TAMPA, Fla.—The Washington Capitals wasted a chance to enhance their push toward the playoffs.
Steven Stamkos scored two late goals, giving him a NHL-best 58 this season, as the Tampa Bay Lightning handed the playoff-hopeful Capitals a damaging 4-2 loss on last night.
DALLAS—Randy Foye kept knocking down shots for the L.A. Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks did nothing to stop him.
Foye tied a team record with a career-high eight three-pointers while scoring 28 points for the Clippers, who have their first six-game winning streak in two decades after a 94-75 victory over the Mavericks last night.
MARTINSVILLE, Va.—Ryan Newman needed help and was running out of time. Finally, Clint Bowyer provided an opening with two laps to go at Martinsville Speedway.
Bowyer’s aggressive move took out race leaders Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson entering the first turn, allowing Newman to slide into the lead.
TORONTO—DeMar DeRozan’s statistical contribution to the Toronto Raptors’ win last night wasn’t exactly all-star calibre—but his ability to get to the free-throw line certainly was.
DeRozan took charge in the second half, helping the Raptors avoid yet another fourth-quarter collapse on the way to a 99-92 triumph over the Washington Wizards.
BASEL, Switzerland—Canada’s Glenn Howard beat Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud 8-3 earlier today to remain unbeaten at the world men’s curling championship.
Howard scored a pair in the sixth end, then added two more points in the eighth before the teams shook hands.
Ulsrud, the 2010 Olympic silver-medallist, never got on track and made several uncharacteristic errors.
LOS ANGELES—Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant started slowly. But once the NBA’s highest scoring duo got going, they ran right through the LA. Lakers.
Westbrook scored 36 points and Durant added 21 as the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder won 102-93 last night for their fifth-straight victory in the match-up of division leaders.
Westbrook was just 2-of-6 in the opening quarter.
NEW YORK—Tiger Woods’ former swing coach thinks the 14-time major winner’s chances at the Masters next week depend on his putter.
Once a coach, always a coach for Hank Haney—even after writing a detailed book about his most famous student.