CHICAGO (AP) - Manu Ginobili scored 22 points as the league-leading San Antonio Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 104-96 last night. San Antonio won its seventh straight and 10th in its last 11. The Spurs maintained their hold on the NBA's best record. San Antonio took a 61-33 advantage into halftime. That helped them improve to 24-6 on the road.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jamie Benn scored 3:42 into overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues yesterday. The Dallas victory came one night after teammate Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench. Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Roman Polak ended lengthy goal droughts for the Blues. St. Louis lost for the first time in five games with new goalie Ryan Miller.
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Brittany Hrynko scored 15 points as No. 23 DePaul beat St. John's 65-57 to capture its first Big East women's tournament championship. DePaul trailed in the second half after taking a 30-29 lead into halftime. The championship tournament was held for the first time in Chicago after Connecticut hosted the past 10 years.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears released eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers yesterday. The move was hardly a surprise given the way he struggled last year and the fact that his salary cap hit next season was for more than $18 million. Peppers is the second high-profile player to part ways with the Bears this offseason.
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