>>Rockets Hold Off Blazers
(Portland, OR) — Chris Paul hit two free throws with 1.3 seconds left to clinch the Rockets’ 115-111 win over the Trail Blazers in Portland. Houston ended the Blazers’ 13-game winning streak behind 42 points, seven assists and six rebounds from James Harden. C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard combined to shoot 9-of-32 from the field and missed all 12 of their three-point attempts for Portland.
>>Celtics Slip Past Thunder On Late Morris Three
(Boston, MA) — Marcus Morris drained a three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to lift the Celtics to a dramatic 100-99 win over the Thunder at TD Garden. Carmelo Anthony missed two free throws at the other end for OKC that left the door open for Boston. Morris finished with 21 points, and Jayson Tatum tallied 23 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in the win.
>>Bulls Host Nuggets
(Chicago, IL) — The Bulls welcome the Nuggets to the United Center tonight. Chicago has lost two in-a-row after a 110-92 loss to the Knicks on Monday. The Bulls are 24-and-46, giving them the eighth-worst record in the NBA. 38-and-33 Denver is fighting for a playoff spot in the West.
>>Loyola-Chicago Faces Nevada Tomorrow
(Chicago, IL) — 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago is two wins away from the Final Four. The Ramblers meet seventh-seeded Nevada in the Sweet 16 of the South Region tomorrow at 7:07 p.m. CBS has the coverage. The Regional Semifinals and Elite Eight are in Atlanta from Philips Arena. The winner advances to play fifth-seeded Kentucky or ninth-seeded Kansas State.
>>Trae Young Heading To NBA
(Norman, OK) — Trae Young is heading to the NBA. The sensational 19-year-old freshman announced he is leaving Oklahoma after only one season. He led Division One in scoring and assists, averaging 27.4 points and 8.7 dimes per game. Young, who has drawn Steph Curry comparisons because of his three-point prowess, is expected to be a lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
>>Avs Crush Blackhawks
(Chicago, IL) — The Blackhawks were officially eliminated from playoff contention with a 5-1 loss to the Avalanche at the United Center. Brent Seabrook gave Chicago a 1-0 lead in the first period before Colorado scored five unanswered goals. Anton Forsberg gave up four scores on 39 shots for the Blackhawks, who host the Canucks tomorrow night.
>>Blues Host Bruins Tonight
(St. Louis, MO) — The Blues begin a two-game homestand tonight against the Bruins. St. Louis will also host Vancouver on Friday before hitting the road again. The Blues have won consecutive overtime games and four of their last five games overall. They are three points out of the second wild card in the West with 10 games remaining.
>>Blues’ Tarasenko Doubtful For Tonight
(St. Louis, MO) — The Blues don’t expect to have Vladimir Tarasenko on the ice tonight against Boston. He did not practice yesterday and head coach Mike Yeo [[ Yoh ]] says he’s doubtful for tonight. Tarasenko took an elbow to the head Saturday against the Rangers. The Blues have not called it a concussion, but rather an upper-body injury.
>>Cardinals’ Comeback Against Mets Falls Short
(Jupiter, FL) — Bud Norris gave up a four-spot in the eighth inning and the Cardinals’ comeback fell short in an 8-7 loss to the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium. Trailing 8-4, St. Louis answered with three in the bottom half before New York closed it out. Paul DeJong [[ deh-YOUNG ]] homered for the Redbirds. The Cards visit the Marlins today.
>>Opening Day Just Over A Week Away
(Jupiter, FL) — The Cardinals will soon be breaking camp and getting ready for the start of the regular season. Opening Day is a week from tomorrow as the Cardinals begin a three-game series against the Mets at Citi Field. Carlos Martinez is in line to start for St. Louis. The Cardinals’ home opener is April 5th against the Diamondbacks.
>>White Sox’s Abreu Suffers Hamstring Injury
(Glendale, AZ) — White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu left yesterday’s 10-0 win against the Rangers due to a left hamstring tightness. Chicago announced that Abreu would be day-to-day, but they don’t think the injury is serious. The Sox continue spring play versus the Padres early this evening.
>>Cubs At Rangers Tonight
(Surprise, AZ) — The Cubs enjoyed their final off-day of spring training on Tuesday. They get back to work tonight as they resume their Cactus League scheduled against the Texas Rangers in Surprise. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m. Yu [[ Yoo ]] Darvish is set to face his former Rangers team as he makes his fourth start of the spring for the Cubs.
>>Tagovailoa Injured In First ‘Bama Spring Practice
(Tuscaloosa, AL) — Spring practice got off to a tough start for Alabama. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa [[ TOO-ah tag-oh-vy-LOH-ah ]] suffered a thumb injury yesterday. The problem is with his throwing hand. Head coach Nick Saban [[ SAY-bin ]] says it could “require some time for him to get back.” The Crimson Tide still have Jalen Hurts at the position.
>>Colts Sign Ryan Grant, Matt Slauson
(Indianapolis, IN) — The Colts continue to add free agents as the NFL draft gets closer. Indy signed wide receiver Ryan Grant and offensive lineman Matt Slauson. The Colts signed Grant to a one-year contract after a deal with the Ravens was voided following a failed physical with the teams medical staff. He has never missed a game in his four-year NFL career. Slauson has started 108 games over a 10-season career. The Colts also re-signed corner back Pierre Desir.
>>O’s Agree To Four-Year Deal With Cobb
(Sarasota, FL) — The Baltimore Orioles are beefing up their rotation with the addition of Alex Cobb. FanRag Sports reports the 30-year-old right-hander has agreed to a four-year deal worth nearly 60-million-dollars. Cobb went 12-and-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 29 starts last season for the Tampa Bay Rays. He had missed most of the previous two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery.
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