Top-25 College Basketball

Jermaine  Marshall scored  a game-high 25 points and shot 6-of-10 from 3-point
range,  while D.J. Newbill  had 17 points and five assists as Penn State upset
No.  4  Michigan, 84-78, to  pick up  its first Big  Ten victory of the season
after a 14-game drought. Ross Travis registered a double-double with 15 points
and  12 rebounds  for the Nittany Lions  (9-18, 1-14 Big Ten), who had lost 18
straight  conference  games dating back  to last season  and won for the first
time since Dec. 29.

Elsewhere in the Top-25:

(5) Miami-Florida 76, Virginia Tech 58
(7) Georgetown 79, Connecticut 78 (2-OT)
(10) Louisville 79, DePaul 58
Southern California 89, (11) Arizona 78
(14) New Mexico 70, San Diego State 60
(15) Oklahoma State 64, TCU 47
(18) Saint Louis 70, Saint Joseph's 53
(23) Pittsburgh 64, South Florida 44

National Basketball Association

Stephen Curry put on quite a show just a few blocks away from Broadway, though
the  final  ending wasn't exactly  what the  Golden State Warriors' star hoped
for. Curry racked up a career-high 54 points in a dazzling individual display,
but the Warriors still wound up on the short end of a 109-105 decision against
the  New York  Knicks at  Madison  Square Garden.  The Knicks  received a  few
tremendous  performances  of their  own to prevail.  Carmelo Anthony scored 35
points,  J.R. Smith put  up 26 off the bench, and Tyson Chandler pulled down a
personal-best 28 rebounds while chipping in 16 points.

Elsewhere in the NBA:

Cleveland Cavaliers 103, Toronto Raptors 92
Sacramento Kings 125, Orlando Magic 101
Detroit Pistons 96, Washington Wizards 95
Milwaukee Bucks 110, Houston Rockets 107
Memphis Grizzlies 90, Dallas Mavericks 84
Oklahoma City Thunder 119, New Orleans Hornets 74
Phoenix Suns 105, San Antonio Spurs 101 (OT)
Atlanta Hawks 102, Utah Jazz 91
Denver Nuggets 111, Portland Trail Blazers 109

National Hockey League

Kyle  Palmieri posted  his first career hat trick on Wednesday, as the Anaheim
Ducks  earned their  seventh straight  home  victory with  a 5-1  rout of  the
Nashville  Predators at Honda Center. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf assisted on
all  three  of Palmieri's goals, while  Nick Bonino and Saku Koivu each scored
once  for the  Ducks, who finished February  with 11 wins to match a franchise
record for victories in a given month.

Elsewhere in the NHL:

Montreal Canadiens 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Philadelphia Flyers 4, Washington Capitals 1
Los Angeles Kings 2, Detroit Red Wings 1


The  San  Francisco 49ers have  agreed to trade  quarterback Alex Smith to the
Kansas  City Chiefs,  according to multiple reports. In return, the 49ers will
reportedly receive draft picks, with one likely being a second-round selection
in  2013. The deal can't be official until the league year starts on March 12.
Smith,  the  2005 No.  1 overall  draft pick,  lost his  starting job to Colin
Kaepernick  last season after suffering a concussion against St. Louis on Nov.
11. He finished the 2012 campaign by completing 70.2 percent of his passes for
1,737  yards  with 13 touchdowns  and five interceptions  in 10 games. The 28-
year-old  Smith  has  thrown  for  14,280 yards  with  81  touchdowns  and  63
interceptions  in  80 career games.  As a result of  the trade, the Chiefs are
expected to cut ties with former starting quarterback Matt Cassel.

The  New York Giants  retained one  of their  highest priority  potential free
agents on  Wednesday, with the team signing offensive tackle  Will Beatty to a
five-year contract.  Financial terms were  not disclosed,  though a New Jersey
newspaper reported the deal is worth $37.5 million  and contains an additional
$1.25  million  in  incentives.  Of  that total,  $19 million  will  be  fully
guaranteed,  with Beatty receiving  a $12.5 million  signing bonus.  Beatty, a
second-round  pick of the Giants  in the 2009 NFL Draft, has started 31 of the
50 games he's appeared in during his first four seasons.


Four  freshmen  from  Alabama's  BCS  national  championship  team  have  been
dismissed  from the program after their arrests stemming from a pair of recent
robberies  on campus.  Defensive lineman D.J. Pettway, linebacker Tyler Hayes,
cornerback  Eddie Williams and redshirt freshman H-back Brent Calloway are all
no  longer with the team, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban stated Wednesday.
Pettway,  Hayes  and Williams are  facing second-degree robbery charges, while
Williams  and  Calloway are charged with  fraudulent use of a credit card. The
robbery  charges were filed following an assault of two students, one of which
had  his backpack stolen that contained a laptop computer, earlier this month.
The other had his wallet taken.


Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert  and Golden State Warriors forward David Lee
were suspended  one game apiece  for their roles  in an  on-court  altercation
during Tuesday's  game between  the teams. Hibbert  and Lee got into a shoving
match underneath the basket with 6:10 remaining in the Pacers' 108-97  victory
at  Bankers  Life  Fieldhouse.  That led  to a  brief melee  involving several
players   that nearly spilled  into the stands,  with Hibbert tossing Warriors
guard Stephen Curry to the floor during the incident.  Curry and teammate Klay
Thompson  were each  fined $35,000  for  escalating the  brawl,  as was Pacers
guard Lance Stephenson. Lee sat out Wednesday's road matchup with the New York
Knicks, while Hibbert will miss Thursday's home outing against the Los Angeles


Vancouver  Canucks center  Ryan Kesler  will be  sidelined indefinitely  after
tests  taken Wednesday  revealed the  standout forward  has a  fractured right
foot.  Kesler originally suffered the injury while blocking a shot in a win at
Dallas  last Thursday, but initial x-rays came up negative and he participated
in  the  club's next  three games.  However, a CT  scan performed on Wednesday
discovered  the fracture. Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault told reporters he
did  not know how  much time Kesler would miss, though he said he expected the
nine-year  veteran to be out at least a month. Kesler, one of the league's top
two-way  centers  and a  41-goal scorer  in 2010-11,  also missed the Canucks'
first  12 contests  of  the  season while  recovering  from  surgeries to  his
shoulder  and wrist. He  had recorded one goal and four assists in seven games
since returning.


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