>>Illinois Ends Skid At Northwestern
(Evanston, IL) — Malcolm Hill compiled 14 points and nine rebounds as Illinois scored a 68-61 win at Northwestern. The Fighting Illini outscored the Wildcats 40-to-33 in the second half to snap a three-game skid. Illinois is 14-and-11, including 4-and-8 in the Big Ten. The Illini host Penn State on Saturday.
>>Alabama Outlasts South Carolina In Four Overtimes
(Columbia, SC) — A top-25 team is on the losing end of a four-overtime thriller. Alabama went on the road and outlasted 16th-ranked South Carolina in quadruple-OT 90-86. Sindarius Thornwell had 44 points and 21 rebounds in the loss.
>>Blues Blitz Senators With Six-Spot
(Ottawa, Ontario) — Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice as the Blues blitzed the Senators 6-0 in Ottawa. St. Louis put the game away with four goals in the third period. The Blues currently hold the top wild card in the Western Conference with 59 points. St. Louis is on the road tomorrow at Toronto.
>>Kings’ Cousins Suspended One Game
(New York, NY) — Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is being suspended for an accumulation of technical fouls. The All-Star will sit out of tonight’s game against the Celtics after picking up his 16th technical Monday night. Cousins was also fined for his actions following Saturday’s win over the Warriors.
>>Sarkisian Leaves Alabama For Atlanta
(Flowery Branch, GA) — Steve Sarkisian is leaving Alabama for Atlanta. Sarkisian is taking over as offensive coordinator for the Falcons. He replaces Kyle Shanahan, who was named head coach of the 49ers on Monday.
>>Patriots Celebrate Super Bowl With Parade
(Boston, MA) — The Patriots celebrated their fifth Super Bowl title with a parade in Boston yesterday. Players and coaches filled duck boats and flat-bed trucks and rode through downtown Boston on the way to City Hall. Hundreds of thousands of fans were on hand despite rain and snowy conditions.
>>Carter, Napoli Have New Teams
(Undated) — A pair of sluggers have new homes. Chris Carter has agreed to a one-year deal with the Yankees. Carter led the National League with 41 homers last year. Mike Napoli has also agreed to a one-year deal with the Rangers. It’s Napoli’s third stint with Texas.