Juwan Howard returns from five-game suspension, but Michigan suffers loss in Big Ten tournament opener

Al Durham drained a go-ahead three with 41 seconds left for its first field goal of the game, and 11-ranked Providence barely edged Butler, 65-61, in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals. Nate Watson scored a season-high 26 points for the Friars (25-4), who avoided an early exit to Madison Square Garden after winning the first regular-season conference championship in school history. Jared Bynumsixth league man of the year, added 16 points off the bench and defensive specialist Justin Minaya made two huge blocks as Providence qualified for the Big East semifinals for the first time since 2018 and fifth since the 2013-14 realignment.

UMass men upset George Washington in the Atlantic-10 tournament

Noah Fernandes had a career-high 29 points as 10th-seeded UMass defeated seventh-seeded George Washington, 99-88, in the second round of the Atlantic Conference 10 tournament. TJ Weeks Jr. had 15 points for UMass (15-16). CJ Kelly also scored 15 points. Trent Buttrick had 13 points and 16 rebounds. Joe Bamasile had 25 points for the Colonials (12-18). Brayon Freeman added 18 points and seven assists. James Bishop had 15 points.

Georgia fires Tom Crean after four seasons

Tom Crean won’t be back in Georgia after the Bulldogs went 6-26 last season.Brynn Anderson/Associated Press

Georgia coach Tom Crean was fired in a much-anticipated announcement a day after the end of a 26-game losing season. Georgia announced that Crean would not be returning for his fifth season. The decision came less than 24 hours after the Bulldogs lost 86-51 to Vanderbilt in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament in Tampa on Wednesday night. Georgia (6-26) set a school record for most losses in a season while losing its last 12 games. Crean was 47-75 overall and 15-58 in SEC games in four seasons. He hasn’t been able to duplicate the success he enjoyed at Marquette, where he made it to the Final Four, or Indiana, where he coached three Sweet 16 teams…. winningest basketball in Ivy League history – men or women – Harvard women coach Kathy Delaney-Smith will retire at the end of this season. That could happen as soon as Friday, when fourth-seeded Crimson meets No. 1 Princeton in the conference tournament semifinals. She will leave behind not only an unrivaled resume, but also a legacy of fighting for gender equity that began when Title IX was in its infancy and women’s teams had to fight for time. training, locker room access and jerseys with their names on them – just like the men had… Bruce Weber resigned as men’s basketball coach at Kansas State, a day after the struggling Wildcats lost to West Virginia in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament to cap a third consecutive losing season. .. The Citadel fired the basketball coach Excavator Baucom after seven difficult seasons.

NBA

Nets beat Sixers in first game since blockbuster trade

Kevin Durant scored 18 of his 34 points in Brooklyn’s dominating first half in the Nets’ blowout 129-100 victory over the 76ers in by Ben Simmons highly publicized return to Philadelphia. Seth’s Curry added 24 points, and Kyrie Irving had 22 for the Nets. They entered in eighth place in the East, but looked like a legitimate conference contender while poorly outperforming the 76ers in third place. Joel Embid had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the 76ers, and James Harden finished with only 11 points. It was Philadelphia’s first loss in six games with Harden in the lineup. The game was dubbed “Boo Ben” night, but vocal fans instead turned their displeasure on the home team when the 76ers went into the locker room trailing, 72-51, and again when Brooklyn built a superb 32-point lead in the third quarter. Simmons, dressed in a trademark hockey jersey and flashy jewelry, watched from the bench, likely reveling in the vitriol deflected from him. The three-time All-Star continues to recover from a back injury that sidelined him since being traded to Harden in a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline.

Reddish sideline of the Knicks for the rest of the season

New York Knicks forward Reddish cam will miss the remainder of the season with a right shoulder separation, the team announced. Reddish’s recovery schedule is six weeks, so he should be able to have a full summer of work ahead of the 2022-23 season, sources told ESPN… With the All-Star center Jarrett Allen sidelined indefinitely with a broken finger, the Cleveland Cavaliers signed a big man Moses Brown on a 10 day contract. The 7-foot-2 Brown, who played for Dallas earlier this season, is expected to be available for Friday’s game in Miami.

HOCKEY

Bruins trailblazer and legend Willie O’Ree named to Pride ownership group

Willie O’Ree is now part of the Boston Pride ownership group.Susan Walsh/Associated Press

The Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) has announced that Boston Pride has named the Bruins legend and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame Willie O’Ree to the organization’s ownership group. O’Ree joins the growing number of hockey icons and diverse community leaders joining the PHF, becoming a minority owner of the defending Isobel Cup champions. O’Ree broke the NHL color barrier on January 18, 1958, as a 22-year-old member of the Boston Bruins. After 64 years, his number 22 jersey was retired by the organization earlier this season.

Rasmus Ristolainen signs 5-year extension

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed a defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to a five-year contract extension, the team announced. The deal is worth $5.1 million a year, the Flyers president of hockey operations and general manager said. Chuck Fletcher noted. It comes 11 days before the NHL trade deadline. The 6-foot-4 Ristolainen is in his first season with the Flyers and has two goals with 11 assists in 49 games while averaging just over 21 minutes of ice time. He leads the team with 177 hits, which ranks third among defensemen in the NHL, and has 90 blocked shots… The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without the No. 1 goaltender Jack Campbell for at least the next two weeks due to a rib injury, the head coach Sheldon Keefe noted. Keefe said Campbell, 30, ‘tweaked something’ a while ago, then compounded the problem in a 26-save performance in Tuesday night’s 6-4 win over the Seattle Kraken … The Vegas Golden Knights fired the starting goaltender. Robin Lehner to better assess a lower body injury. Coach Pete DeBoer announced the decision, with the Golden Knights preparing to face the Buffalo Sabers in the second leg of a four-game road trip.

SOCCER

Major League Soccer will leverage a $25 million loan from a coalition of black-owned banks to promote economic fairness and justice. The announced partnership with the nonprofit National Black Bank Foundation aims to increase banks’ capital through earned interest and fees, which in turn creates the capacity for new lines of credit for lending in communities of color. MLS says this is the first time a major sports league in the United States has made a major deal with exclusively black-owned banks. Ashley BellNBBF founder and general counsel, said the result will be access to capital for future owners, businesses and faith-based organizations.

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