Penguins beat Capitals as Fleury gets 5th shutout
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
Jussi Jokinen and Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins, who swept the teams' home-and-series one night after beating the Capitals 3-2 in Washington. Pittsburgh has won three in a row and picked up at least a point in eight of its last 10 games.
The Penguins have also beaten their longtime rivals a franchise-record eight straight times.
Jaroslav Halak stopped 32 shots in his third start for Washington. Alexander Ovechkin was held without a point for the fourth consecutive game as the Capitals lost for the fourth time in their last five.
MEAC-DELAWARE ST-FLORIDA A&M
FAMU advances in MEAC, beats Delaware St. 65-61
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Reggie Lewis scored 18 points and sixth-seeded Florida A&M held off No. 11 seed Delaware State 65-61 to advance to the second round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday night.
Jamie Adams added 15 points and Jamari Bradshaw scored 12 for FAMU (14-17), which will face No. 3 seed Morgan State (13-15) in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
The Rattlers, who improved to 10-1 all-time against Delaware State (9-21) in MEAC tournament play, limited the Hornets to just 36.2 percent shooting (17 of 47) while forcing 15 DSU turnovers.
Delaware State failed to score on three possessions in the game's final minute as FAMU held on for the win.
Casey Walker came off the bench to lead the Hornets with 16 points while Kendall Gray scored 13 and DeAndre Haywood added 10.
Coppin St. tops Bethune-Cookman 75-68 in MEAC
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Michael Murray scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds as No. 7 seed Coppin State beat 10th-seeded Bethune-Cookman 75-68 in first-round action of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament Tuesday.
Coppin State (11-19) will face No. 2 seed Hampton in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Arnold Fripp finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles, who never trailed. Daquan Brickhouse added 12 points and Dallas Gary 10.
Maurice Taylor's steal and layup tied the game at 51 with 10:37 remaining before Coppin State used a 12-3 run to open up a 63-54 lead nearly 4 minutes later.
Bethune-Cookman (7-25) responded with a 14-4 spurt, tying the game at 68 with 2:17 left, but CSU scored the final seven points as the Wildcats went 0 for 3 with a turnover in the final 2 minutes.
Clemmye Owens paced Bethune-Cookman with 22 points. Taylor finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Howard gets by NC A&T 53-47 in MEAC 1st round
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Prince Okoroh hit two free throws with 13 seconds left for a four-point lead as No. 8 seed Howard beat ninth-seeded North Carolina A&T 53-47 in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday.
Howard will play top-seeded North Carolina Central on Wednesday.
Solomon Mangham led Howard (8-24) with 14 points and Okoroh had 13.
Lamont Middleton scored 19 points for North Carolina A&T (9-23), the defending MEAC tournament champions.
Neither team shot above 30 percent in the game.
NC A&T took its first lead of the second half, 44-43, on a 3-pointer by Jeremy Underwood with 5:05 left. Then Howard's James Miller responded with a trey of his own. With 2:33 left, NC A&T's Lamont Middleton converted a three-point play to regain the lead - but the Aggies would not score again.
James Daniel's 3-pointer put Howard up for good at 49-47.
AP Source: Roberts' Redskins deal 4 years, $16M
WASHINGTON (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says receiver Andre Roberts' deal with the Washington Redskins is worth a base value of $16 million over four years with $8 million guaranteed.
The person says Roberts will get a $4 million signing bonus, and that the deal could be worth up to $17.35 million with incentives. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Roberts has yet to sign the contract.
The person says the former Arizona Cardinals wideout agreed to the terms Tuesday. He is scheduled to take his physical Wednesday and then sign his deal.
The Redskins also reached deals guard Shawn Lauvao and linebacker Adam Hayward and re-signed inside linebacker Perry Riley and receiver Santana Moss on a busy first day of NFL free agency.
Top-seeded Virginia looking to buck history
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Even after seeing its 13-game losing streak end in an overtime loss to Maryland in its regular-season finale, Virginia heads to the ACC tournament as the top seed with a 16-2 record in league play.
On one hand, that would seem to make the sixth-ranked Cavaliers the favorites to cut down the nets at Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina. But on the other hand: Virginia hasn't won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in 38 years, hasn't so much as reached the semifinals since 1995 and has lost 18 of its last 22 game in the tourney play.
With the powerhouse triumvirate of No. 11 Syracuse, No. 7 Duke and No. 15 North Carolina right behind Virginia in the seedings, the Cavaliers are looking to buck history in Greensboro.
No. 6 Virginia headlines new-look ACC tournament
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - This week's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament has a new look, from more teams and an extra round of games to the school holding the No. 1 seed.
Sixth-ranked Virginia is hoping to pair its first outright regular-season title in 33 years with its first ACC tournament title since winning its only other one in 1976.
The Cavaliers (25-6, 16-2) finished two games ahead of No. 11 Syracuse, but they haven't reached the semifinals since 1995. Virginia guard Joe Harris said his Cavs need to take a step forward by playing well in Greensboro.
The tournament starts Wednesday with the lowest-seeded teams, while the Cavaliers and the rest of the top four seeds - the Orange, No. 7 Duke and No. 15 North Carolina - don't play until Friday's quarterfinals.
CAA commissioner: Baltimore fine for tourney
BALTIMORE (AP) - In searching for a home for the Colonial Athletic Association tournament, Commissioner Tom Yeager had one overriding priority: location.
The league settled on committing to Baltimore for three years, and Yeager expressed no regret after the CAA wrapped up its first tournament in Charm City on Monday night.
It got off to a slow start.
CAA officials said attendance over the weekend was just over 19,000, and an announced crowd of 5,414 watched Delaware beat William & Mary in the championship.
Those numbers pale compared to the 47,833 that came to Richmond in 2012, but that might be because this tournament had three fewer teams.
Yeager remains optimistic.
He says, "It's going to take some time to build it, but there isn't any criticism that we have about anything."
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