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Mon February 24, 2014

Jason Collins Plays First Game With Nets

In college basketball, Siena defeated Rider 69-60 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Siena women’s team fell to Fairfield 57-47.

In top 25 action, No. 11 Creighton beat Seton Hall 72-71. No. 20 Michigan topped No. 13 Michigan St. 79-70 and No. 21 UConn fell to SMU 64-55.

In the NBA, Jason Collins played his first game with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night, becoming the first openly gay active player in the four major U.S. professional sports leagues. Collins was signed to a 10-day contract Sunday, nearly 10 months after his announcement on April 29 in Sports Illustrated. He played 10 scoreless minutes with two rebounds and five fouls in the Nets’ 108-102 victory over the Lakers.

Elsewhere, the Clippers defeated Oklahoma City 125-117. Miami beat Chicago 93-79. Toronto won against Orlando 105-90. Washington edged Cleveland 96-83. It was Sacramento over Denver 109-95.

Houston passed Phoenix 115-112 and Minnesota fell to Portland 108-97.

In NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 for the second time, a decade after his first victory in the "Great American Race." Earnhardt also snapped a 55-race winless streak that dated to 2012.

In baseball, New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner has agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $52 million. Gardner will make $5.6 million this season before the extension kicks in.

In golf, Jason Day won the Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain. It was his first World Golf Championship.

Finally, the flame has been extinguished and the Winter Olympics are over. Host Russia led all countries with overall 33 medals, and the U.S. was second with 28. In the final big event of the Games, Team Canada won the gold medal in men's hockey by blanking Sweden 3-0.

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