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.
Pairings set for ACC tournament in Greensboro
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Virginia has the top seed for this week's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, which begins Wednesday.
The fifth-ranked Cavaliers, who lost at Maryland in overtime Sunday, have a bye into Friday's quarterfinals along with No. 4 Duke, No. 7 Syracuse and 14th-ranked North Carolina.
The Orange have the No. 2 seed, followed by the Blue Devils and Tar Heels.
Fifth-seeded Pittsburgh, No. 6 seed Clemson, No. 7 seed North Carolina State and No. 8 seed Maryland have byes into Thursday's second round.
The tournament begins with No. 12 seed Wake Forest and No. 13 seed Notre Dame on Wednesday, followed by No. 10 seed Miami against No. 15 seed Virginia Tech and No. 11 seed Georgia Tech against No. 14 seed Boston College.
Maryland stuns No. 5 Virginia 75-69 in ACC finale
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Maryland closed out its 61st and final Atlantic Coast Conference regular season in stunning fashion, outlasting No. 5 Virginia 75-69 in overtime Sunday to end the Cavaliers' 13-game winning streak.
After blowing a seemingly secure lead in the closing seconds of regulation, the Terrapins never trailed in the extra session in front of an emotional sellout crowd of 17,950 at the school's final home basketball game in a conference it joined as a charter member in 1953.
When the final buzzer sounded, thousands of fans stormed the court to celebrate another unforgettable ACC memory at the expense of one of its biggest rivals.
Seth Allen scored five of his 20 points in overtime and Dez Wells finished with 18 for the Terrapins (17-14, 9-9 ACC), who will play in the Big Ten next season. Maryland had lost six straight to Virginia, including a 61-53 decision in February that was part of the Cavaliers' school-record winning streak against ACC competition.
London Perrantes scored 14 points for Virginia (25-6, 16-2), which had already won the regular season title and was vying to set an ACC record for most league wins during the regular season.
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William & Mary eliminates Towson 75-71 in CAA
BALTIMORE (AP) - Marcus Thornton scored 21 points and made two crucial plays in the final 6 seconds as third-seeded William & Mary defeated second-seeded Towson, 75-71, in a Colonial Athletic Association semifinal Sunday night.
William & Mary (20-11) advanced to Monday's title game against top-seeded Delaware, a semifinal winner over Northeastern Sunday. It's the Tribe's third trip to the title game in seven years.
Towson (23-10) saw its seven-game winning streak end with the loss. The Tigers missed on a chance to tie in the final 18 seconds, but Thornton stole the ball from Jerrelle Benimon (18 points) with 5.5 seconds left.
Thornton then made both ends of a one-and-one with 4.9 seconds left to ice it.
After a 36-36 halftime tie, the Tribe made six straight shots early in the second half and never trailed again.
Brandon Britt added 16 points for William & Mary while Towson's Mike Burwell had 17.
Fordham beats Dayton to win A10 women's title
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Erin Rooney scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Fordham took the lead with an 11-2 second-half run Sunday and beat top-seeded Dayton 63-51 for the Atlantic 10 women's basketball championship.
Abigail Corning added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Emily Tapio had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Rams (25-7, 12-5), who earned the league's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. It will be just the second NCAA berth for the Rams; the first came when they won the Patriot League title in 1994.
League player of the year Andrea Hoover scored 22 points for the Flyers (23-7, 14-3), but Dayton's last points came on a basket by Celeste Edwards with 5:23 to play. The regular season champions will need an at-large invitation to reach to the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight season.
The Rams, the third seed, outrebounded Dayton 30-13 in the second half.
Capitals F Kuznetsov ready for NHL debut
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Newly signed Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov will make his NHL debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday.
A crowd of about 50 gathered at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Sunday to watch as the 21-year-old Kuznetsov skate for 40 minutes with head coach Adam Oates and strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish.
He went through a brief shooting regimen and performed a few drills along the boards before signing autographs and speaking to reporters.
He says: "Every hockey player wants to play in the NHL and wants to win the (Stanley) Cup. It's my dream to play in the NHL."
Kuznetsov was a first-round draft pick by the Capitals in 2010. He played five seasons for Traktor Chelyabinsk in the KHL.
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