NEW YORK (AP) - The Brooklyn Nets overcame an injury to Paul Pierce in a 104-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings last night. Marcus Thornton scored 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter against his old team and Joe Johnson added 18 points. Alan Anderson had 11 points and Shaun Livingston and Deron Williams each scored 10 points as the Nets won for the fifth time in six games.
NEW YORK (AP) - Henrik Lundqvist earned his 300th NHL victory and 49th career shutout in the New York Rangers' 3-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings yesterday. Lundqvist made 30 saves in shutting out the Red Wings for the second time this season, as New York completed a three-game season-series sweep of its Original Six rival.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - David Phelps boosted his bid to be the New York Yankees' fifth starter, pitching five scoreless innings yesterday during a 3-3 tie with the Tampa Bay Rays in 10 innings. Phelps gave up three hits and struck out one. He's competing with Michael Pineda, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno for the final rotation spot behind CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Braves pitcher Kris Medlen left in the fourth inning with a strained forearm and the New York Mets went on to beat Atlanta 8-2 yesterday. The Mets scored seven unearned runs in the eighth inning to break open a tie game. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in attendance with his family while on vacation.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The Minnesota Twins and the Philadelphia Phillies tied 1-1 yesterday in exhibition baseball. Joe Mauer drove in the game's first run with a first-inning single and four Minnesota pitchers combined to two-hit. The Phillies fell to 2-8-1 this spring, among the worst records in the majors.
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Jets have released cornerback Antonio Cromartie, a decision that saves the team millions of dollars under its salary cap. Cromartie was entering the final year of his four-year deal and was scheduled to cost the Jets' cap $14.98 million this season - including a $5 million roster bonus that would kick in later this month.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - In women's college basketball, top-ranked UConn breezed into the finals of the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament with an 83-57 rout of Number 24 Rutgers yesterday. Breanna Stewart scored 22 points for UConn. Briyona Canty had 16 points to lead Rutgers, which fell to 22-9 and must wait to see whether it has done enough to earn an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament.
CHICAGO (AP) - Number 2 seed St. John's beat seventh-seeded Seton Hall 66-60 yesterday in the Big East women's tournament quarterfinal yesterday. Aliyyah Handford pumped in 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting for St. John's. Seton Hall twice closed to within two points in the final minutes, before St. John's put the game away from the free throw line.
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