Top-25 College Basketball

Deshaun  Thomas  had 18  points  and  the  14th-  ranked Ohio  State  Buckeyes
prevented  the second-ranked  Indiana Hoosiers from clinching the outright Big
Ten  Conference  regular-season title with  a 67-58 decision on Tuesday. Aaron
Craft  added 15 points  and four steals for the Buckeyes (22-7, 12-5 Big Ten),
who  now sit  one game  behind Indiana  and  can still  claim a  share of  the
conference  crown.  Cody Zeller ended  with 17  points for the Hoosiers (25-5,
13-4),  who were  trying  to  claim their  first  outright  title since  1993.
Christian Watford donated 12 points.

Elsewhere in the top-25:

(3) Duke 85, Wirginia Tech 57
(9) Kansas State 79, TCU 68
(15) Marquette 60, Rutgers 54
(24) Notre Dame 66, St. John's 40
(25) Memphis 56, UTEP 54

National Basketball Association

Kevin Durant is usually the Lakers' biggest problem, but Tuesday they couldn't
contain  Russell  Westbrook either.  And the Oklahoma  City Thunder matched an
all-time  mark  in efficiency. Westbrook  had 37  points, 10 rebounds and five
assists  in the  Oklahoma City  Thunder's  wire-to-wire 122-105  win over  the
Lakers.  Durant, who  came in  averaging  37.7 points  per game  in the  three
meetings with Los Angeles this season, netted 20 of his 26 points in the first
half  for the Thunder,  who have won five of their last six games on the heels
of a three-game slide. The Thunder turned the ball over just twice, which tied
them with the 2006 Milwaukee Bucks and 2009 Cleveland Cavaliers for the fewest
giveaways in a game -- the stat only dates back to 1985.

Elsewhere in the NBA:

Boston Celtics 109, Philadelphia 76ers 101
Denver Nuggets 120, Sacramento Kings 113

National Hockey League

Bryan  Bickell scored twice in a four-goal first period and Patrick Kane added
an  insurance  goal in  the third,  as the  Chicago Blackhawks stretched their
streak  to 23 games  with at least a point in a 5-3 decision over Minnesota at
United  Center. Brandon Saad added a score and two assists, while Marian Hossa
lit  the lamp for the Blackhawks (20-0-3), who also set a new franchise record
with  their  10th consecutive win. Chicago's  previous mark was nine, set from
Dec. 7-28, 2008.

Elsewhere in the NHL:

Tampa Bay Lightning 5, New Jersey Devils 2
New York Islanders 6, Montreal Canadiens 3
Washington Capitals 4, Boston Bruins 3 (OT)
Carolina Hurricanes 4, Buffalo Sabres 3
Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Edmonton Oilers 3 (SO)
New York Rangers 4, Philadelphia Flyers 2
Florida Panthers 4, Winnipeg Jets 1
Detroit Red Wings 2, Colorado Avalanche 1
San Jose Sharks 3, Vancouver Canucks 2 (SO)
Los Angeles Kings 6, St. Louis Blues 4


Former   Buffalo  Bills  defensive  end  Shawne  Merriman  has  announced  his
retirement  on his personal website, thanking friends and family and saying he
wanted  to  leave the game knowing  he could still play. Merriman was selected
12th  overall by  the San Diego Chargers  in the 2005 NFL Draft. He earned NFL
Defensive  Rookie  of the Year  honors in his  first season after recording 57
tackles  and  10 sacks. The  Maryland product racked up  39 1/2 sacks over his
first  three years in the NFL. He was hampered by injuries the following three
seasons,  and  the Buffalo Bills claimed  him off waivers from the Chargers in
the  middle of  the 2010  season. Merriman's  career with  the Bills  was also
plagued  by injuries. He was released by the club prior to the 2012 season but
Buffalo  brought him back  in October. Merriman had 17 tackles and one sack in
10  games last season. In 75 career games with San Diego and Buffalo, Merriman
recorded 257 tackles, 45 1/2 sacks and one interception.

The  Minnesota Vikings  have released veteran wide receiver Michael Jenkins. A
former  first-round pick  in 2004, Jenkins was due a $2.4 million roster bonus
on  March 16. He  had 40 catches for 449 yards and two touchdowns in 2012, his
ninth  NFL season.  The Ohio State product  spent the first seven years of his
career in Atlanta and has 354 career receptions for 4,427 yards and 25 TDs.

The  Cleveland Browns hired Ray Farmer as assistant General Manager on Tuesday
and  named Vice President-Player Personnel Michael Lombardi the team's General
Manager.  Farmer  will work closely  with Lombardi  in helping manage both the
professional  and  college scouting  departments. Farmer  spent the last seven
seasons  in  Kansas City, where he  was the Chiefs' Director of Pro Personnel.
Prior  to joining  the Chiefs, Farmer was  a pro scout for the Atlanta Falcons
from  2002-05. Farmer  played three seasons at linebacker for the Philadelphia
Eagles  (1996-98) and appeared in just 32 games, including 16 starts, before a
knee injury ended his career.


The  Houston Rockets have brought back guard Aaron Brooks, who spent the first
3 1/2 years of his career with the club and was the NBA's Most Improved Player
during  his first go-round.  Brooks became a free agent on March 1 after being
waived  by  Sacramento. He  averaged 8.0  points and 2.3  assists in 46 games,
including  20  starts, for  the Kings.  Selected by the  Rockets with the 26th
overall  pick of  the 2007  NBA  Draft, Brooks  averaged 12.8  points and  3.6
assists in 247 games with the franchise. He won the Most Improved Player award
in  2009-10 after averaging  career highs of 19.6 points and 5.3 assists in 82

The New York Knicks announced that  forward  Carmelo  Anthony  is questionable
for  Wednesday's road  tilt  against  the Detroit  Pistons  with a  stiff/sore
right  knee.  Anthony  left  New  York's 102-97  victory  over  the  Cleveland
Cavaliers  on Monday  in the second quarter  when he tripped over his own feet
and  bent his knee  awkwardly as he fell to the floor. He got up under his own
power, but immediately went to the locker room and did not return.


Florida  Panthers  center Stephen Weiss will  miss the remainder of the season
because  of  wrist surgery.  Weiss has just  one goal and  three assists in 17
games  this  season. It had already  been a difficult year for the 29-year-old
veteran,  who was  benched  briefly and  missed time  recently  to attend  the
funeral  of his  grandmother. Selected by Florida with the fourth overall pick
of  the 2001 draft, Weiss has 145 goals and 394 points in 654 NHL games -- all
with  the  Panthers. He  is  a  four-time 20-goal  scorer  and  can become  an
unrestricted free agent this summer.


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