Friday Night High School Basketball Playoff Action
Bulls center Joakim Noah is apparently trying to recruit pending free agent Carmelo Anthony to join the Bulls. ESPN reports Noah approached Anthony during All-Star weekend in New Orleans last month about signing with Chicago. According to sources, Noah told Anthony he can go to Los Angeles, but if he really wants to win a ring and have a legacy about winning he should come to Chicago.
Villanova picked up a 77-70 win last night in Cincinnati against Xavier to lock up the regular season Big East championship. It's Villanova's first outright conference title since the 1981-82 season. The Wildcats will have the top-seed and a bye in the revamped Big East Tournament, which starts in New York on Wednesday.
The Atlantic Sun Tournament final is set. Top-seeded Florida Gulf Coast will host second-seeded Mercer on Sunday in Fort Myers. The Eagles snuck by East Tennessee State 69-64 last night and are looking for back-to-back tourney appearances. FGCU rolled into the Sweet 16 during last year's Big Dance, becoming the first-ever 15-seed to do so.
The U.S. Men's National Team announced a three-game, summer Send-Off Series yesterday. The Americans will host Azerbaijan May 27th in San Francisco, Turkey June 1st in the New York area and Nigeria in Jacksonville on June 7th. The United States starts the World Cup in Brazil on June 16th. Up next for the men is Mexico in Arizona on April 2nd.
The Tigers have extended the contract of head football coach Gary Pinkel. The new deal keeps him in the fold through 2020 and will see his guaranteed salary rise from 2.8-million-dollars annually to 3.1-million. Pinkel's assistant coaches are also seeing a nearly 600-thousand-dollar increase in their salary pool. Pinkel led Mizzou to a 12-and-2 record, including a Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma State.
NHL scores from yesterday:
Chicago Blackhawks 6, Columbus Blue Jackets 1
St. Louis Blues 2, Nashville Predators 1
NCAA Top-25 Men's Basketball scores from yesterday:
#6 Villanova Wildcats 77, Xavier Musketeers 70
#15 Cincinnati Bearcats 97, #20 Memphis Tigers 84
#22 Michigan State Spartans 86, #25 Iowa Hawkeyes 76
MLB scores from yesterday:
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Minnesota Twins (cancelled)
Chicago White Sox (ss) 6, Kansas City Royals 6
Cleveland Indians 1, Chicago Cubs 0
Seattle Mariners 7, Chicago White Sox (ss) 4
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