Kansas, Virginia, North Carolina win...Red Sox keeping World Series MVP...Orioles hire Elias to rebuild
UNDATED (AP) — Lagerald Vick hit seven 3-pointers and had a career-high 33 points, Dedric Lawson and Udoka Azubuike came alive late and second-ranked Kansas beat pesky Louisiana-Lafayette 89-76 on Friday night. No. 4 Virginia coasted past Coppin State 97-40. De’Andre Hunter scored 20 points. And Luke Maye had 15 points to help No. 7 North Carolina beat Tennessee Tech 108-58.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have made a deal to keep World Series MVP Steve Pearce. The journeyman first baseman agreed to a $6.25 million, one-year contract with Boston on Friday. The 35-year-old Pearce was a free agent after completing a $12.5 million, two-year deal that he got from Toronto in December 2016. He earned an additional $150,000 bonus for his selection as World Series MVP. His new deal also includes award bonuses.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Houston Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias has been hired to rebuild the Baltimore Orioles, who traded many of their star players last season before finishing with the worst record in the majors. Elias will carry the title of executive vice president and general manager. The 35-year-old heads to Baltimore after working as scouting director and assistant GM in Houston, where he helped transform a last-place team into 2017 World Series champions.
DALLAS (AP) — Jason Dickinson buried a rebound 1:34 into overtime, Ben Bishop made 23 saves and the Dallas Stars beat the Boston Bruins 1-0 on Friday night. Dickinson and Mattias Janmark led a 2-on-1 against goalie Tuukka Rask. Janmark shot from the left side, and the rebound slid to Dickinson right in front. He lifted the puck in for his fourth goal. Rask made 36 saves in his return from a week-long leave of absence for a personal matter. The Bruins have not elaborated on the reason for Rask’s leave.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Conor Sheary scored in the seventh round of a shootout to lift Buffalo past Winnipeg for its fourth straight victory. Sheary beat Laurent Brossoit with a shot over the goalie’s glove. Carter Hutton stopped 25 shots to help Buffalo improve to 11-6-2.