Tuesday, March 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Toronto Raptors snapped a five-game losing streak with a 114-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers last night. DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 35 points, and Lou Williams had 21. Toronto coach Dwane Casey gave slumping All-Star and Philadelphia native Kyle Lowry another night off to rest. Nerlens Noel went 7 for 7 for 17 points for the Sixers.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired veteran defensemen Ben Lovejoy from Anaheim and Ian Cole from St. Louis. Lovejoy returns to Pittsburgh after spending two-plus seasons with the Ducks. Pittsburgh sent former first-round pick Simon Despres to Anaheim. Pittsburgh also sent Robert Bortuzzo and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 draft to the Blues in exchange for Cole.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have traded defenseman Braydon Coburn to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Radko Gudas and draft picks. The Flyers will also acquire first- and third-round picks in the 2015 draft.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have parted ways with wide receiver Lance Moore, and linebacker Jason Worilds could soon follow Moore out the door. The Steelers released Moore following an inconsistent season in which he struggled to find consistent playing time. Pittsburgh declined to place a franchise or transition tag on Worilds.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang will have to wait for his first hit as a big leaguer. The rookie had a weak groundout in his only plate appearance in three innings of work at shortstop in a six-inning intrasquad scrimmage yesterday. The Black team beat Kang and the Gold team 2-1.
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Second baseman Chase Utley will not play in the Philadelphia Phillies' Grapefruit League opener today. Utley says he isn't likely to see game action this week while coming back from a right ankle injury. He has participated in hitting and fielding practice during the Phillies' first week of full-squad workouts, but has not gone through any base-running drills.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Number 4 Villanova has clinched the top seed in the Big East tournament. The Wildcats have been the team to beat all season in one of the nation's toughest basketball conferences, top-to-bottom. There's still a lot at stake as the Big East opens the final week of the regular season.