Toews lifts Blackhawks to 2-1 win over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Jonathan Toews scored the go-ahead goal 1:34 into the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks snapped a two-game road skid with a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night.
Patrick Kane celebrated his trip home to Buffalo by also scoring in helping the Blackhawks beat the Sabres for a fifth consecutive time. Cory Crawford made 20 saves in making his 12 straight start.
By improving to 3-3 since the end of the Olympic break, Chicago avoided its longest road losing streak since a six-game drought from Feb. 2-14, 2012.
Drew Stafford scored for the league-worst Sabres, who had a three-game home winning streak snapped.
Oshie, Steen score in shootout, Blues top Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen scored shootout goals and the St. Louis Blues took over the top spot in the NHL standings with a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night.
In his first shootout since his memorable Olympic performance against Russia, Oshie beat Ilya Bryzgalov - a Russian - through the five-hole in the first round. Steen sealed the win in the following round after the Blues' Brian Elliott turned away Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu.
The Wild fell behind 2-0 early, but tied it with second-period goals from Jason Pominville and Matt Moulson.
Oshie and Carlo Colaiacovo scored on the second and third shots of the game for St. Louis. It was Colaiacovo's first goal since Feb. 11, 2012, a span of 42 games.
Bryzgalov had 21 saves in his first start for Minnesota since coming over in a trade with Edmonton on Tuesday.
SUMMIT-W ILLINOIS-S DAKOTA ST
S. Dakota St. makes semis; 71-50 over W. Illinois
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Brayden Carlson scored 13 points as No. 3 seed South Dakota State beat sixth-seeded Western Illinois 71-50 on Sunday in the Summit League quarterfinals.
Jordan Dykstra added 12 points and 10 rebounds for South Dakota State. Chad White and Marcus Heemstra had 10 apiece.
South Dakota State held a 26-23 lead at halftime. Zach Horstman's dunk gave the Jackrabbits their first double-digit lead of the game, which they held for the remainder. A 10-0 run, all scored by Carlson and Dykstra, made in 51-31.
Western Illinois was led by Garret Covington with 14 points. Jabari Sandifer had 13 and Michael Ochereobia 10.
The Jackrabbits outrebounded Western Illinois 38-26 and went to the free throw line 31 times, making 23 of them, compared to 16 attempts.
South Dakota State advances to play No. 2 seed Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne in the semifinals on Monday.
No. 25 DePaul women cruise past Georgetown 78-54
CHICAGO (AP) - Megan Rogowski and Megan Podkowa scored 17 points apiece as top-seeded DePaul beat No. 8 seed Georgetown in a Big East tournament quarterfinal matchup on Sunday.
Rogowski made three 3-pointers and Podkowa hit 5 of 8 shots for DePaul. Jessica January added 11 points.
Georgetown held an early 18-14 lead before DePaul went on an 11-0 run, seven by Podkowa, for a 25-18 lead. DePaul scored the final six points of the half to lead 33-22.
Then Rogowski started and capped a 10-0 run with 3-pointers for a 43-22 advantage and DePaul led by double-digits the entire second half.
Logan Battle paced Georgetown with 20 points. Natalie Butler added eight points and 11 rebounds.
DePaul converted 24 of 24 free throws, while Georgetown hit just five of their 10 attempts.
The Blue Demons move on to face No. 5 seed Marquette on Monday.
Burling scores winner as Chivas USA beats Fire 3-2
CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Bobby Burling headed home Mauro Rosales' corner kick in the 88th minute, and Chivas USA pulled out a 3-2 victory over the visiting Chicago Fire in a Major League Soccer opener Sunday.
Chivas, playing its first game since MLS last month purchased the franchise rights from Club Deportivo Guadalajara owner Jorge Vergara, had conceded a two-goal advantage before the 6-foot-4 Burling outleapt Chicago's defense for the winner.
Erick Torres provided a 56th-minute lead on a penalty kick after drawing a foul from Fire defender Gonzalo Segares, and rookie Thomas McNamara finished Leandro Barrera's near-post cross three minutes later.
Benji Joya and Quincy Amarikwa scored goals off the bench as Chicago rallied to tie the score with about 20 minutes to go.
Joya, a rookie, scored on his first touch of the game in the 64th minute, finishing Alex's feed at the right post about 30 seconds after coming on.
Ruggiano homers, extends sizzling start for Cubs
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Justin Ruggiano went 3 for 3 with a two-run homer and three RBIs, raising his spring training batting average to .583 as the Chicago Cubs outlasted a Milwaukee Brewers split squad 10-8 Sunday.
Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was 1 for 2 with a double, lowering his average to .636.
Tyler Thornburg, who has an outside chance to win a spot in Milwaukee's rotation, gave up the home run to Ruggiano but then settled down and blanked the Cubs for the next three innings.
Chicago prospect Kyle Hendricks allowed two runs in three innings while walking two and striking out four.
Milwaukee scored five times in the seventh, aided by an error on third baseman Kris Bryant.
Donaldson homers for A's in 2-2 tie with White Sox
PHOENIX (AP) - Josh Donaldson hit his first home run of the spring and the Oakland Athletics tied the Chicago White Sox 2-2 in a game stopped after nine innings Sunday.
Dan Straily and three Oakland relievers held the White Sox to three hits.
Straily went 3 1-3 innings, walking three and striking out two. He gave up two hits - one was Matt Davidson's deep fly to left that Yoenis Cespedes misjudged. Cespedes came in on the ball but it landed well behind him and bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double.
Cespedes' woes weren't over. He struck out three times, and in the sixth he was charged with a three-base error for failing to catch Gordon Beckham's fly to the warning track in left-center. That led to Chicago's first run.
Strasburg settles down, Nats rout Cardinals 11-1
VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Stephen Strasburg overcame a shaky first inning and the Washington Nationals' offense came up big again in an 11-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
Making his second start of the spring, Strasburg walked two and gave up an RBI single to his first three batters before settling down. He went three innings, allowing two hits while throwing 28 of 48 pitches for strikes.
Anthony Rendon homered and Wilson Ramos had two hits and three RBIs for the Nationals, who have scored 27 runs in their last three games.
Allen Craig had two of St. Louis' three hits, including an RBI single. Cardinals starter Joe Kelly gave up five runs and seven hits in 2 1-3 innings.
Bears agree to 1-year deals with Collins, Palmer
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears have agreed to one-year contracts with defensive tackle Nate Collins and backup quarterback Jordan Palmer.
Collins appeared in five games last season and made two starts before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He had a career-high 13 tackles. Collins is entering his fifth season in the NFL and third with the Bears.
Palmer signed with Chicago in 2013 and spent the last nine weeks on the active roster, but he did not play in a regular-season game. He made two preseason appearances.
The Bears announced the moves Sunday night.
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