Colborne scores twice, Flames beat Isles 4-3
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Joe Colborne scored twice during a furious third period comeback for the Calgary Flames, who got three goals in less than five minutes for a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night.
Colborne got the comeback started at 11:29 when Mark Giordano's point shot missed the net, but the puck caromed out sharply to Colborne. He fired it in the open side on rookie goaltender Anders Nilsson.
Rookie Sean Monahan tied it at 14:22. Taking a slick pass from behind the net from T.J. Galiardi, Monahan went forehand to backhand to tuck his team-leading 19th goal past Nilsson.
Colborne completed the comeback, deflecting in Giordano's slap shot at 15:41. It was the seventh goal of the season for the 2008 first-round pick acquired from Toronto at the start of the season.
Luongo gets shutout, 2-0 over Buffalo
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -Roberto Luongo made 25 saves in his return to Florida, while Dmitry Kulikov and Jesse Winchester each scored power-play goals to lead the Panthers over the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 on Friday night.
Luongo, acquired in a trade with Vancouver on Tuesday, was in net for the first time for Florida since April 18, 2006. Luongo previously played for Florida from 2000-2006.
It was the fourth shutout of the season for Luongo. His last was on Dec. 13, 2013, a 4-0 win for Vancouver over Edmonton in which he made 19 saves. It was the first regular-season shutout for the Panthers since a 2-0 win over Carolina on March 11, 2012 in which Jose Theodore had 34 saves.
Michal Neuvirth stopped 42 shots in his first start for Buffalo since being acquired from Washington last Wednesday.
The Panthers won for just the second time in seven games. The Sabres lost their second in six games.
Rondo's 20 points lead Celtics over Nets 91-84
BOSTON (AP) - Rajon Rondo scored 20 points and the Boston Celtics dominated the boards to beat Brooklyn 91-84 and stop the Nets' four-game winning streak Friday night.
Boston scored the first five points and never trailed, although Brooklyn used an 11-point run to cut the lead to 70-68 with 2:02 left in the third quarter. But the Celtics came back to take a 78-70 lead entering the final quarter and led by at least seven points the rest of the way.
The Celtics outrebounded the Nets 62-37, an important advantage since they turned the ball over 28 times, twice as many as Brooklyn. Rondo also had nine assists and seven rebounds.
The Nets were led by Joe Johnson with 21 points and Deron Williams with 20 as they fell back to .500 two days after going over it for the first time this season.
Anthony, Knicks enjoy easy 108-81 win over Jazz
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 18 of his 29 points in the first quarter, sending the New York Knicks to a rare easy night in a 108-81 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday.
Anthony added a season-high eight assists while playing just three quarters of a game that wasn't competitive for long after the opening tip. J.R. Smith had 17 points and Tyson Chandler finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who led by as many as 32.
With a long way to go to get back into playoff position, the Knicks won their second straight following a seven-game losing streak. They began a favorable portion of their schedule by opening an early double-digit lead and remaining comfortably ahead the rest of the way.
Rangers rally past Hurricanes 4-2
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Derek Stepan scored on a 5-on-3 power play with 2:45 left in the game to give the New York Rangers a 4-2 win over Carolina on Friday night.
Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh scored earlier for the Rangers, who beat Carolina for the 10th straight time, and Carl Hagelin added an empty-netter with 41 seconds to go.
Carolina took a pair of delay-of-game penalties in the final five minutes to give New York the two-man advantage. Stepan was set up for a short shot by Martin St. Louis, who played his second game with the Rangers since being acquired from Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Jeff Skinner scored on a penalty shot in the third period to give Carolina a 2-1 lead. Jordan Staal scored his 12th goal of the season for Carolina's 1-0 lead in the opening period, but McDonagh tied it with New York short-handed.
Wright, Taveras make spring debuts for Mets, Cards
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - New York Mets captain David Wright was 0 for 3 in his spring training debut and St. Louis Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras went 1 for 3 with a run in his first appearance of the exhibition season, a 5-5 tie Friday.
Matt Holliday and Kolten Wong each had three hits and drove in two runs. Holliday was 3 for 3 and Wong was 3 for 4 with a double and stolen base.
Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez allowed one hit in three scoreless innings.
Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up two runs and six hits in two innings and struck out two. John Lannan, competing with Matsuzaka to become New York's fifth starter, allowed two runs and three hits in two innings.
New York's Anthony Recker hit an opposite-field homer to right in the seventh against Alexander Reyes.
Pineda has strong outing, Yanks beat Tigers 3-2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Yankees fifth starter candidate Michael Pineda struck out four and gave up one hit over two shutout innings in his first spring training start, New York's 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Pineda missed the last two seasons due to a right shoulder injury that required surgery. He pitched the fifth and sixth innings, ending his outing by striking out Miguel Cabrera.
The right-hander faced 10 batters in a simulated game Sunday, allowing two hits, striking out one and walking his final two hitters.
Former Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain struck out two, walked one and gave up a hit during a scoreless seventh in his first appearance at Steinbrenner Field since signing a $2.5 million, one-year contract with Detroit. He got a mixed reaction from the fans.
LB Mark Herzlich re-signs with New York Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Restricted free-agent linebacker Mark Herzlich has re-signed with the New York Giants.
The Giants announced the signing of the fourth-year player Friday without releasing terms.
In his first three years with the Giants, Herzlich played in 43 games with six starts. He has 57 tackles (44 solo) on defense and 33 special teams tackles.
The former Boston College product played in all 16 games for the second year in a row, with two starts. He had a career-high 32 tackles (26 solo) and a team-leading 14 special teams tackles (12 solo) playing mostly as a backup to Jon Beason at middle linebacker.
Princeton routs Cornell 91-51
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - Will Barrett and T.J. Bray each scored 21 points to lead Princeton in a 91-51 rout of Cornell for the Tigers third-straight win on Friday night.
Clay Wilson came off the bench to add 16 points for the Tigers, who shot 64.2 percent from the floor and 14 of 23 (60.9 percent) from behind the 3-point arc. Spencer Weisz added a team-high 12 rebounds.
Princeton (18-8, 6-6 Ivy) opened up the contest with 22-straight points, holding Cornell scoreless for the first 8:26 until Nolan Cressler made a 3-pointer. The Big Red (2-25, 1-12) outscored Princeton 23-21 during the remainder of the first half, but still trailed by 18 points at the break and were unable to close the gap in the second half.
Cressler led Cornell with 16 points, Devin Cherry added 13 and Dwight Tarwater chipped in 12. The Big Red shot just 33.3 percent from the floor.
Columbia routs Penn 74-55
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rosenberg scored 22 points as Columbia routed Penn 74-55 on Friday.
Rosenberg, the Ivy League's fifth leading scorer, made three 3-pointers and was 9 of 10 from the line.
Columbia (19-11, 8-5) shot 45 percent, including 12 of 25 beyond the arc. Cory Osetkowski had 14 points and nine rebounds. Maodo Lo and Steve Frankoski each added 12.
Fran Dougherty led Penn (7-19, 4-8) with 16 points and seven boards. Miles Jackson-Cartwright added 10 points.
Columbia raced out to a 13-6 lead less than 5 minutes in, and Lo's 3-pointer with 8:42 left in the half pushed the lead to 10, which stuck through intermission.
An 11-0 run early in the second half, punctuated by a pair of 3s by Frankoski, put Columbia up 58-35 and they cruised to the victory.
No. 14 NC State women beat Syracuse 79-63 in ACC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Markeisha Gatling scored a career-high 28 points before leaving with an injury, helping No. 14 North Carolina State beat Syracuse 79-63 in Friday's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals.
Kody Burke added 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (25-6), who trailed 48-39 before going on a 25-1 run fueled by Gatling's 14 points.
The 6-foot-5 senior left with 8:19 left after injuring her left knee and was helped to the locker room. It's unclear if she'll play in Saturday's semifinal against No. 2 Notre Dame.
Brittney Sykes scored 14 points for the fifth-seeded Orange (22-9), who missed 16 straight shots at one point during N.C. State's decisive run.
Syracuse, in its first ACC tournament, shot 10-for-38 (26 percent) after halftime.
The game was delayed three times in the second half due to lights and shot-clock outages amid a winter storm that caused numerous area power outages.
RACING HALL OF FAME
Gomez, Asmussen are Racing Hall of Fame finalists
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Jockey Garrett Gomez and trainer Steve Asmussen, along with two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, are among 10 finalists named to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame ballot.
The late Chris Antley, Craig Perret and Alex Solis are the other jockeys chosen as finalists. Trainer Gary Jones, and thoroughbreds Ashado, Kona Gold and Xtra Heat are the others on the ballot.
Voters may select as many candidates as they like, and the four with the highest vote totals will be elected. Results will be announced April 25 and the induction ceremony will be Aug. 8 in Saratoga Springs.
Antoine, Graybill win US skeleton titles
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) - Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine won the men's title and Savannah Graybill took the women's crown at the U.S. national skeleton championships that ended Friday.
Antoine won by an enormous margin, his four-run time of 3 minutes, 33.68 seconds topping Mike Rogals by 3.38 seconds. Olympian Kyle Tress was third, another 0.28 seconds back. Antoine's final run was 53.39 seconds, a course record at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
Antoine will be honored for his Olympic medal in his hometown of Prairie du Chien, Wis. on March 14.
Graybill also scored an easy win on the way to her first national title, her time of 3:42.74 topping the second-place time from Samantha Culiver by 4.03 seconds. Sherri Emery won the women's bronze.
Wife of longtime Yankee Yogi Berra dies at 85
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Carmen Berra, wife of New York Yankees great Yogi Berra, has died. She was 85.
The Yankees confirmed that she died Thursday night in New Jersey's Essex County. The team didn't say how she died.
The couple was married in January 1949 and had recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Berra, a catcher, was a 10-time World Series champion with the Yankees and later served as the team's manager.
In addition to her husband, Carmen Berra is survived by three sons including Dale, a former major league baseball player; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Her funeral will be private. Donations can be made to the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in Little Falls.
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