COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 in overtime last night. Matt Calvert carried the puck almost from end to end, twice avoiding opposing players, before skating to the slot and scoring on a rising wrist shot to give the Blue Jackets the win.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians beat the San Francisco Giants 6-4 yesterday. Nick Swisher and Jason Giambi hit back-to-back homers off Heath Hembree, powering the Tribe to victory. Hembree allowed Swisher's third home run of the spring, a three-run shot in the fifth. Giambi hit his first.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is among 11 players to sign one-year contracts with Cleveland. Brantley will start in left field following the team's signing of free agent center fielder Michael Bourn.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott says he would consider shutting down All-Star guard Kyrie Irving again if his right knee is still sore. After scoring 20 points and leading the Cavs to a comeback win over Utah on Wednesday night, Irving said his knee still hurt and the only way it would get better is if he sat out the rest of the season.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to a two-year deal with running back Cedric Peerman, a special teams standout who could have become a free agent next week. Peerman had two long runs off fake punts last season. He also carried 34 times for 178 yards.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Crew has signed goalkeeper Daniel Withrow, its 28th overall pick in the second round of the draft. The move was announced yesterday, two days before the club plays its second game of the season at Vancouver tomorrow.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The University of Akron has suspended point guard Alex Abreu after he was arrested yesterday and charged with possession and trafficking of marijuana. Akron secured its second consecutive Mid-American Conference title when it beat Miami of Ohio 72-58 on Tuesday night. The Zips host Kent State tonight in their final regular-season game.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Tayler Hill scored 25 points to help Ohio State beat Minnesota 58-47 last night in the opening round of the Big Ten Conference tournament. Ashley Adams added 14 points and eight rebounds for the ninth-seeded Buckeyes, who advanced to face top-seeded and eighth-ranked Penn State in the quarterfinals today.