Mar. 16 Sports Briefs

Buffalo scores biggest upset of NCAA tourney opening round

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — No. 13 Buffalo scored the biggest upset in the opening round, surprising No. 4 Arizona 89-68 in a South Region game played in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday. Wes Clark scored 25 points and Jeremy Harris added 23 for the smaller Bulls (27-8), who used their quickness to zip around the Wildcats (27-8), scoring at the rim and on kickout 3-pointers.

PGA: Stenson leads Palmer Invite, Woods shoots 68

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Henrik Stenson had a hot putter, a much quieter crowd and a one-shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. One week after Stenson returned from his winter break and spent two days with Tiger Woods and his raucous crowds, he made birdie on half of the holes at Bay Hill for an 8-under 64, his lowest round ever on the course the King built. PGA Tour rookies Aaron Wise and Talor Gooch each had

65. Woods carded a 68.

Venus Williams, Roger Federer reach Paribas semifinals

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Roger Federer and Venus Williams won in straight sets to advance to the semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open, extending the 36-year-old Swiss superstar's bid for a record sixth title in the desert and the 37-year-old American's attempt to win her first. Federer defeated Chung Hyeon 7-5, 6-1 and equal his career-best start of 16-0 from 2006. Williams beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-2 in the event where she first broke out as a 16-year-old qualifier in 1997. Williams will face 20-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina, who has yet to drop a set in four matches at Indian Wells.

NBA: Nuggets pound Pistons 120-113, Jokic nets 23

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 23 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, Jamal Murray added 26 points and Denver’s playoff hopes received a much-needed boost with a 120-113 win over Detroit on Thursday. Jokic’s eight triple-doubles are the most by a Nuggets player in a season since Fat Lever had nine in 1988-89.

Trail Blazers win 11th straight by topping Cavs 113-105

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — CJ McCollum scored 29 points and Portland won its NBA-best 11th straight game with a 120-113 victory over Cleveland. Damian Lillard added 24 points for the Blazers, on their longest run since also winning 11 in a row in 2013. It was the Blazers’ eighth straight win at home. For Cleveland LeBron James had 35 points and 14 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double.

NHL: Avalanche beat Blues 4-1 behind McKinnon’s 2 goals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and an assist, Semyon Varlamov stopped 44 shots and Colorado won its third straight 4-1 over St. Louis to move into the first wild card spot in the Western Conference. Mikko Rantanen also scored twice to help the Avalanche move a point ahead of idle Dallas — and five ahead of St. Louis. The Avalanche, who won 10 in a row from Dec. 29-Jan. 22, are 6-0-3 in their last nine games.

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