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ST. PAUL — Jason Zucker assisted on the tiebreaking goal and later added his 30th goal of the season Saturday night as the Minnesota Wild dumped the Nashville Predators 4-1 at Xcel Energy Center. It was Minnesota's third home win this season against Nashville, which despite losing its second straight game is tied for the overall points lead in the NHL with Tampa Bay at 106 points. The Wild have 92 points for the season, two ahead of Colorado for third place in the Central Division.
PHILADELPHIA — Rookie Ben Simmons recorded his 10th triple-double with 15 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers dominated the third quarter and defeated the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves 120-108 on Saturday. The 76ers won their sixth straight by outscoring Minnesota 39-19 in the third quarter. They shot 55.6 percent (15-of-27) in the period while getting 13 assists and holding Minnesota to 15.8 percent (3-of-19).
HARRISON, N.J. — Bradley Wright-Phillips scored two goals as the New York Red Bulls blanked Minnesota United 3-0 on Saturday night, March 24. Wright-Phillips scored in the 42nd and 78th minutes as the Red Bulls posted their second straight home shutout, two weeks after rolling to a 4-0 victory over Portland. Wright-Phillips didn't start two weeks ago when he scored his first goal of the season and his two goals increased his career regular-season total to 89 since joining MLS with the Red Bulls in 2013.
ATLANTA — Senior guard Ben Richardson scored a season-high 23 points as Loyola Chicago pummeled Kansas State, 78-62, Saturday in the Midwest Regional final of the NCAA Tournament at Atlanta, Ga. The 11th-seeded Ramblers (32-5), making their first tournament appearance since 1985, advanced to the Final Four for just the second time. Their previous appearance resulted in an NCAA title in 1963, the only Division I basketball championship ever captured by an Illinois school.
OMAHA, Neb.—Sophomore guard Malik Newman scored a team-high 17 points Friday, March 23, as Kansas edged Clemson 80-76 in a Midwest Regional semifinal game of the NCAA Tournament. The performance by Newman marked the fifth time in six postseason games he has led the Jayhawks in scoring after doing so in all three games of the Big 12 tournament. Kansas will next face the winner of the Syracuse-Duke matchup later Friday night. The Jayhawks (30-7) cruised to a 13-point halftime lead and then canned four 3-pointers to begin the second half, including two by Newman.
NEW YORK— Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins added 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 108-104 win over the host New York Knicks on Friday, March 23, at Madison Square Garden. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 39 points and Trey Burke added 16 points off the bench to lead the Knicks, who lost their second consecutive game.
ATLANTA—Junior guard Marques Townes scored 18 points to help 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago advance to the Elite Eight with a 69-68 victory over seventh-seeded Nevada on Thursday in NCAA Tournament South Region play at Atlanta. Senior forward Aundre Jackson scored seven of his 15 points in the final three minutes of the Sweet 16 contest as the Ramblers (31-5) won their 13th straight game and 20th in their past 21. Junior point guard Clayton Custer also scored 15 points for Loyola-Chicago, which shot 75 percent from the field in the second half and 55.8 percent overall.
While the NFL continues to evolve the definition of a catch, players trying to prevent them will be working with the usual pass interference rules. Defensive pass interference is expected to remain a spot foul, meaning the ball is placed at the location where the infraction occurred, which is different than the "DPI" application in the college game. In college football, pass interference is a stock 15-yard penalty.
West Coast teams are asking the NFL to schedule them for fewer early starts in regular-season road games beginning with the upcoming season, MMQB.com reported Wednesday. The report said the Los Angeles Chargers, San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals are behind a proposal that would limit teams to three games per season "with a scheduled kickoff time prior to 1 p.m. in the time zone of their home stadium (without consent)." Instead, teams coming to the Eastern or Central time zones would play more of their away games in the 3:05 p.m. CT or 3:25 p.m. CT slots.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Zay Jones was being held at USC Medical Center on Tuesday after an arrest the previous night on suspicion of felony vandalism in Los Angeles. TMZ posted video that purportedly showed a naked Isaiah "Zay" Jones struggling with his brother, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cayleb Jones, in the hallway of a building. The clothed man is trying to control the naked man, who is heard saying, "I'm going to fight for Jesus." Broken windows and blood-covered walls are subsequently seen in the video.