Machado rips RBI double after agreeing to $350M deal
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Manny Machado continues to be a very rich man. He also is still a very good hitter. Machado ripped an RBI double on the same day he agreed to a new $350 million, 11-year contract that will keep him with the San Diego Padres through 2033, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Machado must pass a physical before the deal is finalized. Machado got a big cheer from Padres fans on a chilly afternoon in Arizona before a spring training game against the Diamondbacks.
Bucks outlast Suns 104-101 for 14th consecutive victory
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jrue Holiday scored 33 points, Brook Lopez made a tiebreaking layup with 24.8 seconds left and the Milwaukee Bucks edged the Phoenix Suns 104-101 for their 14th consecutive victory. The nationally televised game Sunday didn’t include Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo or Phoenix’s Kevin Durant. Antetokounmpo was out with a bruised right quadriceps after leaving in the first quarter of the Bucks’ 128-99 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday. Durant has yet to appear in a game for the Suns and hasn’t played since Jan. 8 because of a sprained right medial collateral ligament.
Beyond Kane, much uncertainty ahead of NHL trade deadline
A handful of big moves already have been made well ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Plenty more are expected before Friday at 3 p.m. Eastern. Patrick Kane going from Chicago to the New York Rangers is the most predictable deal on the docket. Aside from that, there’s plenty of uncertainty and additional big-name players who could change places. St. Louis wasn’t done wheeling and dealing after sending Vladimir Tarasenko to the Rangers and Ryan O’Reilly to Toronto. And San Jose’s Timo Meier and Arizona’s Jakob Chychrun are likely to be traded, with bidders lining up.
Kaprizov caps hat trick in OT as Wild beat Blue Jackets 3-2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov scored with 20 seconds left in overtime, completing a natural hat trick and lifting the Minnesota Wild past the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 of 24 shots for the Wild, who trailed 2-0 heading into the third period. Mathieu Olivier and Liam Foudy scored for Columbus while Elvis Merzlikins made 42 saves. Merzlikins blanked the Wild through the first 40 minutes before Kaprizov scored twice in the first six minutes of the third to tie the game. Then, on the final shift of overtime, Wild defenseman Calen Addison feathered a pass across the crease and Kaprizov slammed it into the open net for the game winner.
Young’s buzzer-beating jumper lifts Hawks past Nets 129-127
ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young sank a buzzer-beating jumper over Spencer Dinwiddie to score 34 points and lift the Atlanta Hawks to a 129-127 win over the Brooklyn Nets. The Hawks recovered after blowing an 18-point lead to overcome four Nets scorers with at least 20 points. Cam Johnson scored 27 points for Brooklyn, including a 3-pointer from the corner to tie the game at 127-all with 7.8 seconds remaining. Mikal Bridges had 24 points for the Nets, who have lost four of five. Atlanta won its second consecutive game under interim coach Joe Prunty after coach Nate McMillan was fired on Tuesday.
Maryland rolls in 2nd half, beats No. 21 Northwestern 75-59
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Jahmir Young scored 18 points and Don Carey added 13 to help Maryland wrap up an undefeated home season in Big Ten play with a 75-59 win over No. 21 Northwestern. The Terrapins finished 16-1 overall at home in Kevin Willard’s first season as their coach, and they used unusually impressive 3-point shooting to turn back the Wildcats. Maryland’s win also clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title for No. 5 Purdue. Chase Audige led Northwestern with 16 points.
No. 10 Notre Dame overcomes Miles injury to clinch ACC
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Sonia Citron scored 27 points and No. 10 Notre Dame overcame the loss of star guard Olivia Miles to a knee injury to beat Louisville 68-65 and clinch the ACC regular season title. Miles, who leads the Irish in several categories, was hurt with 2:35 remaining before halftime Sunday while diving for a loose ball. The sophomore returned to the bench in the third quarter with the knee wrapped in ice and eventually a bandage before watching Notre Dame rally from a 33-24 halftime deficit and take the lead for good in the fourth quarter. Hailey Van Lith had 23 points for Louisville.
Marlins’ Sandy Alcantara gets typo-free Cy Young plaque
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara has received his NL Cy Young Award trophy for the second time, and this time he has no reason to give it back. When the Baseball Writers’ Association of America originally presented Alcantara with the trophy in January, the plaque that dubbed both Alcantara and AL winner Justin Verlander the most valuable pitchers in their leagues contained a typo, leaving out the second “a” in “valuable.” Alcantara was given a replacement award Sunday at home plate before Miami’s spring training home opener against St. Louis. The replacement contains the more up-to-date “most outstanding” phrasing — and it’s spelled correctly.
Man United targets more trophies after winning League Cup
LONDON (AP) — What else can Manchester United achieve in a season that is shaping up nicely for manager Erik ten Hag? United’s four-pronged challenge is still on after beating Newcastle 2-0 in the League Cup final on Sunday. A team that had become all too accustomed to failure in recent years is quickly getting a taste for success after the impressive turnaround overseen by Ten Hag. He needed just 10 months to deliver his first trophy as United manager and end a six-year silverware drought for the 20-time English champion. Now thoughts turn to more prizes this season. Tottenham beat Chelsea 2-0 in the only Premier League game on Sunday to put more pressure on Blues manager Graham Potter.
Nicklaus says PGA National will have stronger field in ’24
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jack Nicklaus thinks the Honda Classic, by whatever name it’ll be known as next year, should have a chance at a stronger field because of looming changes to the PGA Tour schedule. Nicklaus said the schedule will change in 2024 and give South Florida’s lone tour event a chance at attracting some higher-ranked players. None of the top 17 players in the current world rankings were in this year’s Honda field. Nicklaus said the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Genesis Invitational will be elevated tournaments next year, with the Phoenix Open losing that status. Honda is ending its title sponsorship of the tournament at PGA National.