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Purdue-Michigan in Big Ten final...UVA, Xavier, ’Nova win...Rockets extend streak...Caps win outside

March 4, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Eighth-ranked Purdue and No. 15 Michigan had advanced to Sunday’s Big Ten title game at Madison Square Garden. Carson Edwards followed Friday’s 26-point performance by scoring 27 in the Boilermakers’ 78-70 victory against Penn State. Mo Wagner (VAHG’-nur), Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Zavier Simpson each scored 15 points as the Wolverines knocked off second-ranked Michigan State, 75-64.

UNDATED (AP) — Devon Hall dropped in 17 points and top-ranked Virginia completed a 17-1 season in the ACC by holding off Notre Dame, 62-57. Trevon Bluiett scored 22 points, and No. 3 Xavier wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Big East Tournament by holding off DePaul, 65-62. Fourth-ranked Villanova clobbered Georgetown, 97-73 as Mikal Bridges scored 24 points and Jalen Brunson chipped in 16 with seven assists.

HOUSTON (AP) — Eric Gordon scored 29 points off the bench and the Rockets earned their 15th straight win by rallying past the Celtics, 123-120. James Harden had 26 points and 10 assists for Houston, which trailed by six before going on a 10-2 run that put the Rockets ahead 117-115 with 1:16 remaining. The Rockets have tied their second-longest winning streak and moved a half-game ahead of the Golden State Warriors for the NBA’s best record.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin notched his 40th goal of the season and 598th of his career as the Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-2 in front of more than 29,000 at the U.S. Naval Academy. John Carlson added a goal and two assists for Washington, which leads the Metropolitan Division by two points over Philadelphia and three over Pittsburgh. A power surge caused the lights to go out during the third period at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, causing a 15-minute delay.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Shubhankar Sharma remains the leader through three rounds of the Mexico Championship. The 21-year-old holed a 15-foot par putt on the final hole for a 2-under 69 and a 13-under total, two strokes ahead of Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Tyrrell Hatton and Rafa Cabrera Bello. Sharma is 18 holes away from climbing into the top 25 in the World rankings, three months after being ranked No. 462.

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