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Wednesday Mar. 8, 2017

 

Ionia 68 Lakewood 37

Portland 44 Hastings 36 OT

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Purestock/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) – Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker scored 70 points in a loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday night, the most by an NBA player this season.

Booker becomes only the sixth player in NBA history to score 70, joining Wilt Chamberlain, David Robinson, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor and Kobe Bryant.

Booker shot 21-of-40 from the floor, hit four three pointers and sank 24 free throws on the night.

"This doesn't happen very often," Booker said after the game. "Especially against a really good defensive team like the Boston Celtics. I knew I was going to have to come in, lock in mentally tonight -- playing at Boston isn't easy all the time. They made it tough for me in the first half, and I tried to get it going. I was ultra-aggressive, my teammates started finding me, they started setting really good screens for me and the rest is history."

The Suns fell to the Celtics 130-120.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Bill Murray was seen cheering on No. 11-seed Xavier University in the team's victory over No. 2-seed University of Arizona in Thursday's NCAA tournament matchup.

Murray's son Luke Murray is in his second year as an assistant coach for Xavier's basketball team.

When the team pulled off the shocking 73-71 win over Arizona, Murray went crazy in the stands, high-fiving those around him and rubbing the head of Sister Rose Ann Fleming, the now-famous 77-year-old nun who makes sure all of Xavier's student-athletes meet the school's academic standards.

Murray, 66, hasn't missed a single tournament game, which has some suggesting he could be behind the team's winning streak.

"Tons of credit to Bill Murray," Entourage actor Jerry Ferrara tweeted after the win.

Murray is having a stellar sports year. Not only is his son's team on a roll, but last year, his favorite major league baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, clinched the World Series title for the first time in 108 years.

You can bet the actor will be in the stands when Xavier takes on No. 1-seed Gonzaga on Saturday for a chance to go to the Final Four.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Pat Kelsey has backed out of his contract to coach at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, just two days after signing the deal.

"For personal reasons, I have asked the University of Massachusetts to allow me to be released from the offer I accepted to be the head men's basketball coach," Kelsey said in a statement Thursday. "To be clear, this decision is entirely personal and in no way an assessment of the commitment UMass made to me personally or to the resources available at UMass to have a nationally-recognized program."

"I apologize to Chancellor [Kumble] Subbaswamy, Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford, members of the basketball program and the UMass community who embraced my appointment this week and made me feel welcome since arriving on campus yesterday," he added.

Kelsey, 41, announced later Thursday that he will instead head back to Winthrop University, where he has been the head coach since 2012.

"I realized that at this point in my career Winthrop and Rock Hill is the best place for my family and me," he said in a news release.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — Three of Thursday night’s Sweet 16 games came down to the final shot, but it was 11th seeded Xavier’s David and Goliath upset over no. 2 seed University of Arizona that had people talking Friday morning. The Muskateers beat the Wildcats 73-71.

Meanwhile, Oregon topped Michigan to advance to the Elite 8 along with Kansas and Gonzaga.

Xavier will face no. 1 Gonzaga in the Elite 8 on Saturday.


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Boston 10, Pittsburgh 7
Minnesota 4, Philadelphia 2
Chi. White Sox 4, Cincinnati 2
Cleveland 8, Colorado 3
Oakland 15, Milwaukee 5
San Diego 6, L.-A. Angels 2
Atlanta 2, Detroit 1
L.-A. Dodgers 10, Texas 2
Seattle 9, San Francisco 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

N.-Y. Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Washington 1, N.-Y. Mets 0
St. Louis 5, Miami 3
Chi. Cubs 5, Arizona 5

 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Brooklyn 126, Phoenix 98
Toronto 101, Miami 84
Dallas 97, L.-A. Clippers 95
San Antonio 97, Memphis 90
Portland 110, New York 95

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Tampa Bay 6, Boston 3
SO/Washington 2, Columbus 1
Toronto 4, New Jersey 2
Carolina 4, Montreal 1
SO/Ottawa 2, Pittsburgh 1
Florida 3, Arizona 1
St. Louis 4, Vancouver 1
Nashville 3, Calgary 1
Philadelphia 3, Minnesota 1
SO/Chicago 3, Dallas 2
Edmonton 7, Colorado 4

 

NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

(11) Xavier 73, (2) Arizona 71
(1) Gonzaga 61, (4) West Virginia 58
(1) Kansas 98, (4) Purdue 66
(3) Oregon 69, (7) Michigan 68

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Michael Reaves/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) – John Thompson III’s days at Georgetown University are over.

The school announced Thursday that it fired Thompson as head coach of its men’s basketball team.

"It is with profound regret and deep appreciation that I informed John Thompson III this morning that the university will no longer be retaining his services as our head men's basketball coach,"
university president John J. DeGioia said in a statement.

"For 13 years, he has been one of the elite coaches in college basketball. His performance as a coach has been exceptional, and he has served our community with remarkable distinction and
integrity, sustaining our commitment to the academic performance of our students and providing them with the very best preparation for their lives beyond the Hilltop."

Thompson has spent the last 13 seasons at the school, winning 278 games to go along with eight NCAA tournament appearances.

"I am honored to have been the head coach at Georgetown University for the past 13 years, where I had the privilege of coaching and mentoring outstanding student-athletes," Thompson said in a
release provided by his attorney, David Falk. "I am proud of what my players have accomplished on the court and how they are thriving since leaving Georgetown."

"... I am grateful to the fans of Georgetown for their tremendous support. Georgetown basketball has been a part of my life since 1972, which makes this moment even more impactful, but I look
forward to my next chapter."

Thompson is the son of legendary Hoyas head coach John Thompson Jr.

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Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(WASHINGTON) -- The New England Patriots will head to Washington, D.C. next month to pay a visit to the White House in honor of their Super Bowl 51 win.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced at Thursday's briefing that the team will visit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on April 19.

The Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime on Feb. 5 to take the title. The win marked New England's fifth championship and the first Super Bowl to be decided in overtime.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The United States made its first appearance at the World Baseball Classic championship game Wednesday night -- and they came out on top.

Team USA beat Puerto Rico, who had been undefeated in the tournament, 8-0 to take the title.

The win was due in large part to a strong performance from pitcher Marcus Stroman. The Toronto Blue Jays starter pitched a no-hitter until the seventh inning of the final, earning him the honor of being named the game's most valuable player.

Team USA manager Jim Leyland reflected on the win after the game, saying it went beyond baseball.

"I had the honor of managing for our country, our coaches had the honor of coaching for our country, the players had the honor of playing for our country, but this is really about the men and women who serve our country, that's who this is for," he said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — March Madness got a little sweeter over the weekend for the University of South Carolina. The team upset Duke Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1973.

The third round of the 2017 NCAA men’s basketball tournament begins Thursday night. South Carolina Coach Frank Martin, whose team plays Baylor Friday, stopped by ABC’s Good Morning America Thursday morning to chat about the Gamecock’s victory over Duke.


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

N.-Y. Yankees 7, Philadelphia 3
Kansas City 6, San Diego 2
Colorado 10, Cleveland 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Houston 8, Minnesota 4
Toronto 5, Detroit 4
Oakland 5, Chi. White Sox 3
Texas 7, L.-A. Angels 4
L.-A. Angels 9, Seattle 8
Baltimore 7, Tampa Bay 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 5, Chi. Cubs 2/5 innings
St. Louis 6, Washington 1
Miami 15, N.-Y. Mets 9
San Francisco 6, Milwaukee 4

 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Charlotte 109, Orlando 102
Boston 109, Indiana 100
Chicago 117, Detroit 95
Oklahoma City 122, Philadelphia 97
Washington 104, Atlanta 100
Denver 126, Cleveland 113
Milwaukee 116, Sacramento 98
Utah 108, New York 101

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Toronto 5, Columbus 2
N.-Y. Islanders 3, N.-Y. Rangers 2
Anaheim 4, Edmonton 3

 

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC

U.S. 9, Puerto Rico 0/U.S. wins World Baseball Classic

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