Asheville beats Radford 96-87 in Big South tourney
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Jaron Lane scored 29 points, Andrew Rowsey 27 and D.J. Cunningham grabbed a Big South tournament-record 19 rebounds as UNC Asheville advanced to the semifinals with a 96-87 victory over Radford on Friday.
The Bulldogs (17-14), the No. 2 South Division seed, will now face Winthrop, the South's No. 4 in a Saturday semifinal. They split their two regular-season games.
Radford was the No. 3 North seed.
Lane scored 24 points in the second half after Rowsey carried the Bulldogs in the first half with 22 points. All the while, Cunningham was providing strength underneath with his career-high rebounding total along with 18 points.
Asheville led 47-36 at halftime. The closest the Highlanders got in the second half was four points, 77-73, with 4:12 left. A dunk by Sam Hughes made it a 10-point margin with 53 seconds left.
Rashun Davis scored 22 points for the Highlanders (21-12).
Nats scratch P Fister with elbow inflammation
VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Washington Nationals righthander Doug Fister was scratched from his scheduled start Friday against the Houston Astros because of inflammation in his elbow.
Nationals manager Matt Williams says he'll "push him (back) a couple of days, just to make sure; get it out of there."
Fister, acquired in an offseason trade with the Detroit Tigers, threw 30 pitches over two innings on Sunday in his spring debut. Williams says Fister felt discomfort in his right elbow after the game.
He had an MRI on Thursday.
Williams says "we're not concerned about it," but at the same time, "not going to take any chances."
The Nationals will start Tanner Roark against the Astros.
ST BONAVENTURE-STAFFER DIES
NY college employee dies unexpectedly in Va.
OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) - Officials at a western New York college say an employee of the sports information office has died of an apparent heart attack in Virginia while traveling with the women's basketball team.
St. Bonaventure University says 26-year-old Brian Moretti died Wednesday night in Richmond. The Richmond Times report that Moretti was stricken while visiting with friends at a downtown restaurant.
Moretti began working at the private Catholic college in Olean (OH'-lee-an) in September after spending two years in the athletic department at Canisius College in Buffalo.
The native of Cranston, R.I., received his undergraduate from Johnson & Wales University in Providence and a master's in sports administration from Canisius.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
Bonaventure's women's team is in Richmond for the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament. The Bonnies play La Salle in Friday's quarterfinals.
Jimenez goes 2 clean innings in O's debut vs Phils
SARASOTA, Fla, (AP) - Ubaldo Jimenez pitched two perfect innings in his debut with the Baltimore Orioles in their 15-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.
Jimenez, who signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Orioles on Feb. 19, struck out three.
Nick Markakis was 4 for 4, including two doubles and a triple. Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy, Ryan Flaherty and Jemile Weeks each drove in two runs. Hardy had three hits.
A.J. Burnett allowed six runs on seven hits in three innings for the Phillies, who are now 1-8-1 in spring training. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez gave up four runs in one inning.
Baltimore's Miguel Gonzalez sustained a bruised left leg when he was hit by a line drive from Cameron Rupp in the fifth.
Healthy QB competition excites Tennessee's Jones
The presence of four healthy quarterbacks gives Tennessee coach Butch Jones reason for optimism that the Volunteers could have better results this season.
Three of the four scholarship quarterbacks on Tennessee's roster got hurt last season as the Vols ended up starting three players at the position. All four quarterbacks are back this year and were fully healthy Friday as the Vols kicked off spring practice.
Senior Justin Worley, sophomores Joshua Dobbs and Nathan Peterman and redshirt freshman Riley Ferguson are competing for the starting spot in a wide-open competition. Worley, Peterman and Ferguson all dealt with injuries last season.
Jones hasn't set a timetable on when he will choose a starting quarterback. Jones said he'd decide on a starter whenever someone emerges as the clear-cut choice.
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