Mar. 11 Sports Briefs

Monday, March 11, 2019

Strickland lifts Portland St. past Montana St. 84-80

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Deante Strickland came off the bench to score 19 points to lift Portland State to an 84-80 win over Montana State on Saturday night, the Vikings’ eighth consecutive home victory. Michael Nuga had 15 points for Portland State (16-15, 11-9 Big Sky Conference). Robert McCoy added 12 points and nine rebounds. Holland Woods had 12 points for the hosts. Tyler Hall had 28 points for the Bobcats (14-16, 11-9). Harald Frey added 27 points. Ladan Ricketts had 11 points. The Vikings evened the season series against the Bobcats with the win. Montana State defeated Portland State 98-88 on Jan. 3.

Pridgett leads Montana over Sacramento St. 86-68

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sayeed Pridgett scored 17 points as Montana topped Sacramento State 86-68 on Saturday night. Michael Oguine and Timmy Falls added 16 points each for the Grizzlies. Kendal Manuel had 13 points for Montana (23-8, 16-4 Big Sky Conference). Joshua Patton had 20 points and three blocks for the Hornets (14-15, 8-12). Marcus Graves added 15 points. Izayah Mauriohooho-Le’afa had 11 points, six rebounds and six assists. The Grizzlies improve to 2-0 against the Hornets this season. Montana had defeated Sacramento State 87-56 on Jan.


MCC Pioneers hammer Mount Marty junior varsity

The Miles Community College baseball team scored 43 runs on 35 hits in just two games on Friday, dominating the Mount Marty College junior varsity in Tucson, Arizona. Coach Jeff Brabant’s Pioneers took the opener 20-5 with TY Jones driving in eight runs with two homeruns, including a grand slam, and a single. Starting pitcher Chris Rofe got the win, and the Pioneers exploded for 18 hits. Nate Bloxham had three hits, while Keith Manby, Will Riley and Jordon Thomson had two each. MCC won the nightcap 23-8 compliments of a 13-run third inning. Hitting highlights included two homers by Bloxham, a homer by Manley, and a triple by Thomson. Riley had three hits and four RBIs, as MCC mounted a 17-hit attack. The Pioneers logged their sixth and seventh wins in their past eight games, improving to 11-5-1 for the season.

— by Star Staff

Raiders acquire disgruntled Antonio Brown from Steelers

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders agreed on a deal Saturday night to acquire prolific but disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers and will give him the lucrative new contract he wanted. A person with direct knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press that the Raiders finalized the deal with the Steelers and will give Brown a new three-year contract worth $50.125 million instead of the $38.925 million he was owed by Pittsburgh. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal can’t be completed until the new league year starts Wednesday. Pro Football Talk first reported the deal and says Pittsburgh will get third and fifth-round draft picks from Oakland. The trade makes final what became a very messy and very public divorce between Brown and the team that helped turn the sixth-round pick into arguably the greatest wide receiver of his generation. Brown now gives quarterback Derek Carr his biggest offensive weapon since entering the league in 2014 and the Raiders a legitimate star before they move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season.

PGA: Molinari’s long birdie putt wins Palmer Invitational

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — British Open champion Francesco Molinari rolled in a 45-foot birdie putt on the final hole at Bay Hill that capped off an 8-under 64, taking him from five shots behind to a two-shot victory Sunday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Molinari watched the putt kiss off the flagstick and into the cup, and the normally reserved Italian raised his fist and dropped it downward, knowing that would make him hard to beat. No one got closer than two shots the rest of the way. Matt Fitzpatrick managed only two birdies in his round of 71 to finish second. Defending champion Rory McIlroy started the final round one shot behind and never got anything going in his round of 72.

Serena Williams retires from Indian Wells due to illness

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Serena Williams’ return to tennis after a five-week break ended early with her retiring from the BNP Paribas Open because of a viral illness Sunday. Williams raced to a 3-0 lead over two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza in their third-round match before dropping six straight games and the first set, 6-3. During the changeover between sets, Williams called for a trainer. She went back out and lost the first game of the second set. The match was soon declared over and Williams walked off the court. Muguruza is the only player to have beaten both Serena and Venus Williams in tournament finals.