Blues edge Jets 2-1
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Kevin Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal at 16:58 of the third period to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.
Bryan Little scored early in the third for the Jets, who outshot the Blues by an 8-2 margin in the first period.
Four of those came during the Jets' one power play late in the period. Great saves by Brian Elliott kept the puck out of the St. Louis net.
Alex Steen turned things around in the second with the Blues' first goal.
He was behind the Winnipeg goal line midway between the net and the boards at 4:44 when he slid a puck behind Ondrej Pavelec that banked off the Winnipeg goalie to put the Blues ahead 1-0.
Pavelec was focusing on those in front of the net rather than the Blues' leading scorer to his right. It was Steen's 21st goal of the season.
No. 19 Florida beats No. 13 Kansas 67-61
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Scottie Wilbekin scored a career-high 18 points, Dorian Finney-Smith added 15 and No. 19 Florida held on to beat No. 13 Kansas 67-61 Tuesday night.
The Gators bounced back from a buzzer-beater loss at No. 9 Connecticut last week and extended their home-winning streak to 21 games. The latest victory came in the Big 12-SEC Challenge and surely will be meaningful when the NCAA tournament seeds are settled in March.
Wilbekin, who injured his right ankle against the Huskies eight days ago, made 7 of 12 shots and added six assists.
Freshman Andrew Wiggins led the Jayhawks (6-3) with 26 points and 11 rebounds - his first double-double and both career highs. Kansas has lost two straight.
The Gators (7-2) led by as many as 18 points in the first half, but Kansas made it 60-55 on Wiggins' 3-pointer with 55.8 seconds remaining. It was his second 3 in the final 1:20.
Florida closed it out from the free throw line - barely.
Matheny is impressed with Peralta
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals hold their players to a high standard of conduct, and manager Mike Matheny is certain Jhonny Peralta will fit right in.
The Cardinals' new shortstop was suspended last summer along as part of Major League Baseball's investigation into the Biogenesis clinic. Peralta served a 50-game drug suspension and returned to the Tigers at the end of the regular season.
Several players around the majors expressed anger when Peralta signed a $53 million, four-year contract with St. Louis in November.
But Matheny sees a player who popular with his teammates and is working to make amends.
"Been very proud just from the outside of him being part of our club now and watched how he's handled this. He's been very remorseful but taking it like a man. He made a mistake. This is what's happened. Now I'd like to move on. And I get that," Matheny said.
Michigan QB Devin Gardner bothered by turf toe
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner is bothered by turf toe, and the Wolverines want to get him some rest.
Coach Brady Hoke says Gardner didn't practice Tuesday. Gardner has plenty of time to recover before Michigan plays Kansas State on Dec. 28 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Gardner limped to a news conference with a protective boot on his left foot following Michigan's one-point loss to Ohio State in the regular-season finale Nov. 30.
Hoke says he's not going to speculate about how long Gardner will sit out. Bowl practices are now a chance for backup quarterback Shane Morris to get more reps.
NAIA player can keep $20K won on half-court shot
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A college basketball player who won $20,000 by hitting a half-court shot during an Oklahoma City Thunder game can keep the money.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Tuesday that Cameron Rodriguez could keep his winnings for use as a scholarship. Rodriguez is a sophomore forward for the Southwestern College basketball team in Winfield, Kan.
He nailed the half-court shot Nov. 18 during the Thunder's home game against the Denver Nuggets.
The NAIA says the decision to use the winnings as scholarship money was a joint recommendation by Rodriguez and the Southwestern College athletic department, which was supported by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The NAIA initially informed Rodriguez that if he kept the money he would lose his amateur status, but Southwestern College appealed.
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