Jordan Poole scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half to help No. 22 Michigan take the lead and it never trailed in the second half of a 74-62 win over No. 8 Ohio State on Sunday. The Wolverines (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten) beat a rival and helped out another rival, giving No. 2 Michigan State a one-game lead atop the conference standings with two games left in the regular season. The Buckeyes (22-7, 13-3) have fallen out of first place by losing consecutive Big Ten games for the first time this season. Michigan’s Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 17, Zavier Simpson had 13 points and Moe Wagner added 12. Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop had his second straight lackluster game, missing 12 of 17 shots and scoring 17 points. Jae’Sean had 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Buckeyes, who last lead was 18-17 midway through the first half.
Jessica Shepard and Jackie Young led five players in double figures with 18 points apiece and No. 5 Notre Dame cruised to its 10th consecutive victory, an 89-55 win over Boston College on Sunday. Kristina Nelson scored 16 points, Arike Ogunbowale had 15 and Marina Mabrey 11 as the Fighting Irish (25-2, 13-1 ACC) won for the 18th time in their past 19 games. Young and Kathryn Westbeld both grabbed eight rebounds. Taylor Ortlepp led the Eagles (7-20, 2-12) with a career-high 24 points
Auston Matthews scored with 30.2 seconds left to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night. James van Riemsdyk and Mitch Marner also scored for Toronto, and Curtis McElhinney made 27 saves. Anthony Mantha and Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit.
Devante Smith-Pelly says it wasn’t anything he hadn’t heard before, but the Capitals forward called it “disgusting.” Smith-Pelly was referring to racial taunts directed toward him while in the penalty box during Saturday’s loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago. Four fans were quickly ejected by United Center security after they taunted Smith-Pelly with chants of “basketball, basketball, basketball” One of the few blacks in the NHL, Smith-Pelly said, “You’d think there would be some sort of change or progression, but we’re still working toward it, I guess, and we’re going to keep working toward it.”
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' women's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 18, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 18, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:
Colin Cowherd credits Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James' effort Sunday night with saving the NBA All-Star Game. Colin: "LeBron took the All-Star Game seriously, therefore everybody late in the game yesterday did as well."