Sports, March 6th


SEATTLE (AP) – Brittany Wilson scored 17 points but a steal at the final minute may have blunted a last rally by UCLA as ninth-seeded Colorado defeated the eighth-seeded Bruins 76-65 in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament on Thursday. In a game of streaks, UCLA (13-18) had scored six unanswered points in just over a minute, cutting a 12-point gap in half. Colorado’s Lexy Kresl sank two from the line and on UCLA’s next possession Wilson stole the ball from the hot-shooting Nirra Fields with 1:03 to play. Wilson was fouled and hit two free throws as the lead grew back to 10, 72-62 with 1:02 left.
The win advances Colorado (17-13) to a quarterfinal game with No. 5-ranked and top-seeded Stanford (28-2) on Friday. Fields scored 24 to lead UCLA with Atonye Nyingifa adding 13 and Madeline Brooks 12. Ashley Wilson scored 16 for Colorado and Kresl 14.


PHOEINX (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers have been involved a replay challenge for the first time this spring, and the review confirmed the umpire’s call that their runner was safe. Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss questioned a call on a stolen base by Milwaukee’s Logan Shafer in the sixth inning Thursday. Shafer was ruled safe by second base umpire Jim Wolf. After a review of less than two minutes, the ruling on the field was upheld.



COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel has a new contract that will boost his annual salary above $3 million and extends his previous deal by three years to the end of 2020. Pinkel guided the Tigers to a seven-win improvement and an appearance in the SEC championship game this past season.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – An NCAA panel has approved a change to the targeting foul that would wipe out the 15-yard penalty when video review overturns the ejection of a player. When a player was flagged for targeting an opponent’s head with a hit, he was disqualified from the game and his team penalized 15 yards. But if the ejection was overturned on review, the 15-yard penalty stood.

NEW YORK (AP) – Kevin Garnett will sit out a fourth straight game because of back spasms Friday when the Brooklyn Nets visit Boston, missing his last trip this season back to his old home. After playing a week ago in Denver, the former Celtics star has since been sidelined for victories over Milwaukee, Chicago and Memphis.

CLEVELAND (AP) – Kicker Billy Cundiff has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Cleveland Browns. Terms were not immediately available. Cundiff made 21 of 26 field goal attempts last season and also set a franchise record with 42 touchbacks.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Arizona pitcher Bronson Arroyo is expected to miss a week to 10 days because of slightly bulging disk in his back that caused him to be scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday. The 37-year-old right-hander agreed last month to a $23.5 million, two-year contract. He’s never has been on the disabled list in his professional career.

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