Kentucky stays undefeated with 7-3 win over Marshall
Make it 13 in a row for the Bat Cats.
Shortstop Matt Reida had a career-high three hits, third baseman Thomas McCarthy drove in two runs, and No. 23 Kentucky beat Marshall 7-3 at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Wednesday night to remain one of college baseball's two undefeated teams. Gonzaga (10-0) is the other.
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Kentucky (13-0) is off to the fourth-best start in program history. UK was 19-0 in 2007 and 2008, and 15-0 in 2000. The Cats open a three-game series at home against Canisius beginning Friday.
13 batters hit in TCU-Baylor game
Just a bit inside. TCU and Baylor pitchers combined for an NCAA single-game record by hitting 13 batters with pitches Tuesday night. Horned Frogs pitchers matched the record of 10 by one team in their 9-4 victory. Three TCU batters were also hit by pitches. There were more batters hit by pitches than hits (12). There were also a combined 11 walks in the game that took 3 hours, 53 minutes to play.
Kobe goes cold as Wizards upset Lakers
Roger Mason led a spirited fourth-quarter comeback with nine points in the period, Kobe Bryant lost his shooting touch down the stretch, and the host Washington Wizards rallied from a 21-point, third-quarter deficit Wednesday night to stun the Los Angeles Lakers 106-101. Mason hit three three-pointers in the fourth, turning what had been a pro-Lakers scene into an unusually raucous show of home support for a team that's 20 games below .500. Nick Young scored 19 points for the Wizards, who beat the Lakers for the first time since 2006. Bryant scored 30 but went 1-for-10 from the field in the fourth quarter. He is 12 points shy of 29,000 for his career. Former Kentucky star John Wall had nine assists for the Wizards but just four points on 1-of-8 shooting.
■ Evan Turner scored a career-best 26 points, helping the host Philadelphia 76ers rout the Boston Celtics 103-71 to maintain their lead in the Atlantic Division. Ex-Wildcat Rajon Rondo had just five points for the Celtics and Ray Allen had two. The Celtics were 0-for-8 from three-point range. Rondo had eight assists. "We just didn't have it," Celtics Coach Doc Rivers said. "We missed shot after shot and nothing was working."
■ LeBron James had 31 points and 11 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 18 points and set up Udonis Haslem for an alley-oop dunk with 12 seconds left, and the Miami Heat rallied to beat the Atlanta Hawks 89-86. Miami won its 11th straight at home and had to come from 10 points down in the third quarter to extend the streak. The Heat were 0-for-10 from beyond the arc, their first game without a three-pointer since April 6, 2006 — a span that included 455 regular-season games and 60 more in the playoffs.
■ Derrick Rose hit a jumper from just inside the three-point line at the buzzer, powering the Chicago Bulls to a 106-104 victory over the host Milwaukee Bucks. Rose scored 30 and Joakim Noah added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won eight straight. Ersan Ilyasova had a career-high 32 points for the Bucks.
■ Wes Johnson scored 19 points to back Kevin Love's 29 points and 16 rebounds in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 106-94 victory over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers. Johnson went 3-for-4 on three-pointers and Luke Ridnour added 22 points for the Timberwolves. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points for the Blazers.
■ DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points as the host Toronto Raptors used a rare offensive outburst to beat the Houston Rockets 116-98.
Manning bids tearful goodbye to Colts
Four-time MVP Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts ended their 14-year partnership with a tearful goodbye Wednesday, when team owner Jim Irsay released the star quarterback rather than pay a whopping $28 million bonus while there are lingering questions about his health. "We all know that nothing lasts forever," Manning said. "Times change, circumstances change, and that's the reality of playing in the NFL." Manning is sure to command plenty of offers on the open market as one of the most coveted free agents in league history — assuming he shows he is fine after a series of neck operations that forced him to miss all of last season. Arizona, Miami, Seattle, Tennessee, Washington and the New York Jets all have been rumored as possible destinations. "I'm throwing it pretty well. I've still got some work to do; I've got some progress to make," Manning said. The Colts are widely expected to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft.
Arroyo pitches 3 innings in Reds loss
Bronson Arroyo pitched three innings in his spring debut and gave up a homer by Jeremy Hermida that helped split-squad San Diego beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 in Goodyear, Ariz., on Wednesday. Hermida hit a solo shot in the first off Arroyo, who allowed a club-record 46 homers last season. "I feel good," said Arroyo, who spent the off-season getting fully recovered from mononucleosis. "My body feels more lively and less achy than my first time out in years past. I felt the ball was coming out of my hand better than it has in a couple years." Cincinnati had three hits off seven Padres pitchers. Jay Bruce and Scott Rolen had doubles, but Bruce and Zack Cozart each were picked off base during the game.
■ Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish struck out three in two scoreless innings in his spring training debut, and the Texas Rangers beat a split squad of San Diego Padres 6-2 in Peoria, Ariz. The 6-foot-5 Darvish's highly anticipated debut was chronicled by more than 150 reporters, most of them from Japan. Twenty-six of his 36 pitches were strikes.
■ Jamie Moyer pitched two innings of scoreless ball in his first outing in 18 months, and the Colorado Rockies tagged Tim Lincecum for five runs before the San Francisco Giants rallied for an 8-6 victory in Scottsdale, Ariz. The 49-year-old Moyer last pitched July 20, 2010, when he was with Philadelphia. Soon after, he had Tommy John surgery.
Temple returning to Big East
Temple will join the Big East Conference for football next season and all other sports in 2013. The Owls football program played in the Mid-American Conference last season, while all other Temple programs, including men's basketball, are in the Atlantic 10. The MAC confirmed the move Wednesday and said the Owls will pay an exit fee of $6 million. Temple played in the Big East in football only from 1991-2004, but was forced out of the league because the program was one of the worst in major college football.
Morgan's hat trick leads U.S. to win
Alex Morgan scored her first career hat trick and Abby Wambach added her 134th goal, leading the United States over Sweden 4-0 Wednesday in the third-place match of the Algarve Cup. Germany won the title for the second time, beating world champion Japan 4-3 on a goal in stoppage time.
The last word
San Diego Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson on the expectations facing Japanese star and Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish:
"Every start, eyes on him. You give up one home run, it's going to be like, 'What's going on?' The first time he goes (only) three innings, it'll be like, 'What happened?' That's a lot of pressure."