The top two teams in the Big Ten Conference have ended their regular-season schedules on an up note.  Frank Kaminsky scored 20 points and the sixth-ranked Badgers ended a 16-2 conference campaign by hammering No. 23 Ohio State 72-48. Bronson Koenig touched off a 16-0 second-half run with two 3-pointers to help Wisconsin tie a school record for league wins. Koenig had 15 points and Nigel Hayes 10 as the Badgers improved to 28-3.

The Maryland Terrapins have finished 14-4 in their first Big Ten Conference schedule by downing Nebraska 64-61. Melo Trimble scored 21 points, and Dez Wells capped his 18-point, 12-rebound performance by draining a big basket with 8.8 seconds left.

In other top-25 men’s basketball play

—Seth Tuttle had 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists as 11th-ranked Northern Iowa roared back from an 18-point first-half deficit to beat Illinois State 69-60 and win the Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship. Nate Buss added 15 points as the Panthers, who are 30-3 after winning their conference title for the third time in seven years.

— No. 22 SMU clinched its first league regular-season title in 22 years, taking the American Athletic Conference crown with a 67-62 win over Tulsa. Markus Kennedy scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half to help the Mustangs improve to 24-6 and take another step toward their first NCAA berth since 1993.


Defending NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick picked up his first victory of the season following back-to-back runner-up finishes.He led 142 of the 267 laps in beating Martin Truex Jr. at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Harvick has six consecutive top-two finishes dating to last season.

Ryan Newman finished third and was followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a Chevrolet sweep of the top four spots.
Denny Hamlin finished fifth.


Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali has agreed to restructure his contract, freeing up salary cap space that the club is using to pursue wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
Hali would have counted $12 million against the salary cap in the final year of the $57 million, five-year contract that he signed before the 2011 season. Maclin appears poised to reunite with Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who traded up to grab him out of Missouri in the 2009 draft. ESPN has reported that Maclin will sign with Kansas City when the NFL’s free-agency period begins Tuesday.




A swarm of bees chased players from the field and fans from their seats before the Angels’ Mike Trout hit his first spring homer and the Royals’ Eric Hosmer connected for his second, and Kansas City beat Los Angeles 6-4 Sunday.

Jason Vargas will make his first spring start vs. Milwaukee in Maryvale with a 3:05 first pitch today. Vargas went 11-0 with a 3.71 ERA in his first season with the Royals in 2014.
Right-hander Lance Lynn left the St. Louis Cardinals’ spring training game in the second inning Sunday with a left hip flexor strain, but six relievers combined to allow only one run in a 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins. Lynn said the injury wasn’t serious, but he’ll be reevaluated Monday.

Making his first start of spring training, Lynn retired the side in order in the first inning. In the second he gave up back to back walks, and then departed after the next batter reached on an error. The Cardinals’ Tommy Pham homered on his 27th birthday, and teammate Randal Grichuk hit his second home run in as many days.




Russell Westbrook’s bid for an MVP trophy has been enhanced by his fifth triple-double in six games.

The NBA’s leading scorer had 30 points, matched a career high with 17 assists and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder held off Toronto 108-104. It was his seventh triple-double of the season and 15th of his career.

Westbrook has helped the Thunder go 6-3 since Kevin Durant went down with a foot injury.

Enes Kanter had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, while and Serge Ibaka had 21 points and five blocks.

In other NBA action:

— Draymond Green finished with 23 points and six assists as the Golden State Warriors earned their sixth consecutive home win, downing the Log Angeles Clippers 106-98. Klay Thompson added 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting, and Shaun Livington added a season-best 21 points and eight rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench. The Warriors improved to an NBA-best 49-12 despite a quiet performance by Stephen Curry, who finished with 12 points on 3 of 9 shooting and had just four assists.

— Tony Parker had a season-high 32 points in leading the San Antonio Spurs to their fifth straight victory, 116-105 over the Chicago Bulls. Kawhi Leonard added 20 points, Patty Mills had 15 and Manu Ginobili chipped in 14 as the Spurs stayed a half-game behind Dallas for sixth in the West. The Bulls are a half-game behind the Central Division-leading Cavaliers.

— Monta Ellis shot 5-for-7 from 3-point range and poured in 31 points to lead the Mavericks past the Lakers 100-93 in Los Angeles. Al-Farouq Aminu gave the Mavs a spark off the bench, providing 13 points, five rebounds and six steals in 20 minutes.

— Charlotte has a five-game winning streak after Al Jefferson scored 24 points in a 108-101 triumph at Detroit. Mo Williams had 19 points and nine assists, while teammate Gerald Henderson added 13 points, nine assists and six rebounds to help Charlotte move into seventh in the East, a half-game ahead of Indiana.

— Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 22 points and Orlando rallied from an early 20-point deficit to beat Boston 103-98. Tobias Harris finished with 21 points and rookie Elfrid Payton had 19, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

— Gordon Hayward scored 24 points and Utah won for the seventh time in nine games by downing the Nets 95-88 in Brooklyn. Former Net Derrick Favors added 22 points and eight rebounds as the Jazz ended up 3-1 on their road trip.