Natl. Sports Headlines for Monday, March 5th:
Michigan takes Big Ten again…Raptors pad lead…Pacers inch closer to Cavs…Predators top Avs
NEW YORK (AP) – Zavier Simpson, Moe Wagner and Jon Teske led 15th-ranked Michigan to a 75-66 win over No. 8 Purdue in the Big Ten title game at Madison Square Garden. Simpson contributed 10 points, five assists and five rebounds, while Wagner had a team-high 17 points in just 17 minutes. With Wagner in foul trouble, Teske delivered 12 of his 14 points in the first half to help Michigan become the first team to win back-to-back Big Ten tournaments since Ohio State in 2011.
TORONTO (AP) – DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points and the Toronto Raptors improved their home record to 26-5 by fending off the Hornets, 103-98. Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Toronto, which has won four straight since a Feb. 23 loss to the Bucks. The Raptors’ 11th victory in 12 games puts them two games ahead of Boston for the NBA’s Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division leads.
UNDATED (AP) – The Pacers are just a half-game off the NBA’s Central Division lead after Victor Oladipo contributed 33 points to push Indiana past the Wizards, 98-95. Bojan Bogdanovic had 20 points for the Pacers, who blew most of a 15-point, fourth-quarter lead before moving a half-game ahead of Washington for fourth place in the East. The New Orleans Pelicans ran their winning streak to eight games by getting 30 points from Jrue Holiday and another 24 from Nikola Mirotic in a 126-109 rout of the Mavericks.
DENVER (AP) – The Nashville Predators remain six points ahead of Winnipeg in the NHL’s Central Division race, and four points in front of Vegas for the best record in the Western Conference. The Predators tallied very late in the third period before Filip Forsberg’s goal at 1:07 of overtime completed a 4-3 victory at Colorado. The Avalanche were in line for a 3-2 win until Ryan Ellis tied it with 66 seconds remaining in regulation.
MEXICO CITY (AP) – Phil Mickelson has ended the longest victory drought of his professional golf career by outlasting Justin Thomas in a one-hole playoff at the Mexico Championship. Mickelson fired a 5-under 66 for a 16-under total, one ahead of Rafa Cabrera Bello and Tyrrell Hatton. Mickelson’s previous win was the 2013 British Open, a stretch of 101 starts worldwide.