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Wed April 4, 2012
WAMC's Daily Sports Wrap
Well as they have all season, Baylor stands atop the women's college basketball world...
Last night, the 40-0 Lady Bears finished their perfect season with a thorough 80-61 win over Notre Dame to wrap up their second NCAA title in seven seasons. The Lady Bears' 6-foot-8 dunking center Brittney Griner, who scored a game-high 26 points, was a slam dunk for most outstanding player.
To the NHL, last night in Philadelphia, Brian Boyle's goal helped the Rangers clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time since 1994, knocking off the Flyers last night 5-3. Sound courtesy of MSG.
In Buffalo, the Sabres moved into an eighth place tie with Washington, rallying from a three goal deficit to beat Toronto 6-5 in OT. Derek Roy netted the game-winner. The Capitals hold the tie-breaker over the Sabres. Each has two games left.
In New Jersey, Travis Zajac's goal broke a second-period tie, as the Devils inched closer to nailing down at least the 6 seed in the East with a 3-1 win over the Islanders.
In Boston, Sidney Crosby tallied twice and added an assist, as the Penguins bounced the Bruins 5-3.
Elsewhere, Nashville skated past Minnesota 2-1 in a shootout, Phoenix blanked Columbus 2-0, Vancouver outlasted Anaheim 5-4 in a shootout, San Jose dumped Dallas 5-2, Carolina got by Ottawa 2-1, and Winnipeg downed Florida 5-4 in overtime.
To the NBA, last night in Indiana, Danny Granger scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, as the Pacers pasted the Knicks 112-104.
In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 24 points and rattled home a 3-pointer with 6.8 seconds left, as the Lakers blew every bit of a 17-point lead before holding on for a 91-87 win over New Jersey.
Elsewhere, Lebron James' 41 points helped Miami clinch a playoff spot with a 99-93 win over Philadelphia, San Antonio coasted past Cleveland 125-90, Toronto topped Charlotte 92-87, Detroit dropped Orlando 102-95, Memphis rallied to beat Golden State 98-94, and Phoenix held off Sacramento 109-100.
To baseball, and while Seattle and Oakland did play two regular-season games last week in Japan, the stateside opening night is tonight. The new-look Marlins host defending World Series champion Cardinals in Miami. Josh Johnson against Kyle Lohse.
The Mets and Red Sox kick off their 2012 campaigns tomorrow; the Yankees will open their season on Friday.
And in golf, Tiger Woods got a featured tee-time for his first round of the Masters tomorrow, teeing off just ahead of No. 1 ranked Luke Donald. The tournament tees off tomorrow morning at 7:40.
I'm Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.