Oshie, Steen score in shootout, Blues top Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen scored shootout goals and the St. Louis Blues took over the top spot in the NHL standings with a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night.
In his first shootout since his memorable Olympic performance against Russia, Oshie beat Ilya Bryzgalov - a Russian - through the five-hole in the first round. Steen sealed the win in the following round after the Blues' Brian Elliott turned away Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu.
The Wild fell behind 2-0 early, but tied it with second-period goals from Jason Pominville and Matt Moulson.
Oshie and Carlo Colaiacovo scored on the second and third shots of the game for St. Louis. It was Colaiacovo's first goal since Feb. 11, 2012, a span of 42 games.
Bryzgalov had 21 saves in his first start for Minnesota since coming over in a trade with Edmonton on Tuesday.
No. 17 Saint Louis ends 3-game losing streak
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Jordair Jett scored on a driving layup with 3 seconds to play and No. 17 Saint Louis snapped a three-game losing streak with a 64-62 victory over Massachusetts on Sunday as the Billikens won the Atlantic 10 regular season title outright for the second straight season.
Jett finished with 17 points, including the Billikens' last six of the game. Saint Louis got its final possession on a jump ball call with 36.4 seconds left. Jett dribbled out the clock near midcourt before starting in the game-winning drive.
Chaz Williams, who had 20 points and nine assists for the Minutemen, had a 3-point attempt at the buzzer bounce off the rim.
Saint Louis, which started its losing skid after a school-record 19-game winning streak, didn't lead in the second half until Jett's game-winning shot.
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Wichita State makes it 34-0, wins Valley tourney
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Fred VanVleet scored 22 points including several key baskets late to lead another strong ensemble effort and No. 2 Wichita State remained the nation's lone unbeaten after defeating Indiana State 83-69 on Sunday in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final.
Tekele Cotton added 20 points - with four 3-pointers - and Ron Baker had 14 points for the Shockers, who got tested in the second half before putting the title game out of reach with a 13-0 run capped by two 3-pointers from VanVleet that put them up by 18 points with 5:38 to go.
Wichita State matched the NCAA record for victories to start the season held by UNLV in 1990-91 with its third straight convincing tournament win after going 18-0 in the conference regular season. The Shockers won their first conference tournament since 1987.
Manny Arop and Justin Gant had 18 points apiece for second-seeded Indiana State, which has one of the closer calls against Wichita State with a seven-point loss at home in early February.
Nicasio helps Rockies beat Royals 10-1
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Juan Nicasio pitched four scoreless innings, Kyle Parker drove in five runs and the Colorado Rockies beat the Kansas City Royals 10-1 on Sunday.
Nicasio allowed one hit, struck out three and walked one.
Parker, a former Clemson quarterback who was selected by the Rockies in the first round of the 2010 draft, hit a two-run double in the seventh off Royals closer Greg Holland. He added a bases-clearing double in the Rockies' four-run ninth.
The Rockies' 14-hit attack included a two-run single for Wilin Rosario in the first. Paul Janish went 3 for 3 and Corey Dickerson homered in the sixth.
The Royals have lost three straight and are 0-3-1 in their past four games.
Women's hoops coach Patterson fired by Kansas St
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Kansas State fired women's basketball coach Deb Patterson, athletic director John Currie said Sunday.
The Wildcats' season ended with an 87-84 overtime loss to Kansas in the first round of the Big 12 tournament Friday. Kansas State was 11-19 this season, going 5-13 in the conference.
Patterson was 350-226 in 18 seasons at the school. She helped guide the team to nine NCAA tournaments and Big 12 titles in 2004 and 2008.
Associate head coach Kamie Ethridge will oversee the program until a new head coach is hired.
Cardinals sign Cuban free agent to contract
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals signed Cuban free agent shortstop Aledmys (Ah-led-mees) Diaz to a major league contract and he'll report to spring training on Monday.
The Cardinals were among a number of teams who held private workouts for the right-handed hitting Diaz.
The 23-year-old Diaz batted .315 with 12 home runs and 11 steals in 270 at-bats in 2012 for Los Naranjas de Villa Clara, Cuba's highest professional league, which has produced Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes, the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig and Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman.
The Cardinals anticipate the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Diaz will start the year at the high minor league level.
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