NCAA hopeful Nebraska upsets No. 9 Wisconsin 77-68
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway scored 26 points apiece, and Nebraska upset No. 9 Wisconsin 77-68 on Sunday night to put a dent in the Badgers' hopes for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
The Cornhuskers won for the 10th time in 12 games to clinch fourth place in the Big Ten for their highest conference finish since 1997-98. The Badgers had their longest conference win streak since 1940-41 end at eight games.
Shields made a couple free throws, Ray Gallegos hit a 3 and Shields dunked in transition to start a 12-1 run that turned a 52-48 deficit into a 60-53 lead with 5 minutes left.
Marquette women advance past Villanova; 56-53
CHICAGO (AP) - Katherine Plouffe scored 14 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and made a key block with 7 seconds left as fifth-seeded Marquette beat No. 4 seed Villanova 56-53 in the quarterfinals of the Big East Conference tournament on Sunday.
Marquette avenged two regular season losses to Villanova - the second coming last Tuesday, 81-64. The Golden Eagles will play top-seeded DePaul on Monday in the semifinals.
Plouffe scored 13 of her 14 points in the second half for Marquette. She made 3 of 4 free throws, had two offensive rebounds and a defensive board in the final 1:06.
Two Plouffe free throws with 18 seconds left gave Marquette a 54-53 lead. Villanova's Caroline Coyer drove the lane but her go-ahead shot was blocked by Plouffe. Ashley Santos then made two free throws to seal it.
Devon Kane led Villanova with 19 points and Coyer added 10.
Ruggiano homers, extends sizzling start for Cubs
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Justin Ruggiano went 3 for 3 with a two-run homer and three RBIs, raising his spring training batting average to .583 as the Chicago Cubs outlasted a Milwaukee Brewers split squad 10-8 Sunday.
Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was 1 for 2 with a double, lifting his average to .636.
Tyler Thornburg, who has an outside chance to win a spot in Milwaukee's rotation, gave up the home run to Ruggiano but then settled down and blanked the Cubs for the next three innings.
Chicago prospect Kyle Hendricks allowed two runs in three innings while walking two and striking out four.
Milwaukee scored five times in the seventh, aided by an error on third baseman Kris Bryant.
Tomlin pitches Indians past Brewers 4-2
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Josh Tomlin struck out five in four scoreless innings, helping the Cleveland Indians beat a Milwaukee Brewers split squad 4-2 on Sunday.
Tomlin struck out the side in his last inning, continuing his strong bid for the fifth spot in Cleveland's rotation.
Brewers starter Wily Peralta struggled with his control, giving up three runs and four hits in 3 1-3 innings. In the second inning, he walked two batters in a row and then hit Matt Carson with a pitch.
The Brewers scored two runs in the ninth inning off Travis Banwart on a Garrett Cooper single and a Hainley Statia groundout that brought Cooper home.
Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera started for the second day in a row. He had two hits and scored a run.
CB Sam Shields returning to Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Sam Shields has agreed to re-sign with the Packers, keeping one of the top free-agent cornerbacks this offseason off the market.
Shields' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed the four-year NFL veteran agreed to a four-year, $39 million deal with a $12.5 million signing bonus. Shields on his Twitter account Saturday posted that "he was happy to be back with my family."
Undrafted out of Miami in 2010, Shields has emerged to combine with Tramon Williams to provide a solid corner tandem in Green Bay. He had 61 tackles with four interceptions and 16 passes defended last season.
Pro Football Talk first reported the deal.
This could be a busy offseason for the Packers, who are looking to add playmakers to a defense that slipped in the second half.
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