Toews scores 2 to help Blackhawks beat Hurricanes 5-2
CHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan Toews had two goals and assisted on Marian Hossa’s score as the Chicago Blackhawks rolled to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.
Brandon Saad scored his 20th to reach that mark for the first time in his career and Marcus Kruger also connected for the Blackhawks, who have won three of their last four. Toews increased his total to 21 goals.
Corey Crawford made 27 saves for Chicago and lost his bid for a second straight shutout when Carolina’s John-Michael Liles scored at 4:29 of the third period. Alexander Semin also scored late in the third for the Hurricanes, who snapped a three-game winning streak.
Cam Ward allowed four goals on 18 shots through the first two periods for Carolina, and was replaced by Anton Khudobin to start the third. Khudobin stopped seven of the eight shots he faced.
Clemson’s Koerner corrals Gamecocks in 7-0 win
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Brody Koerner pitched a complete-game shutout, Chris Okey had two RBIs and Clemson won its first regular-season series over rival South Carolina in five years with a 7-0 victory.
Koerner (2-1) is a junior right-hander who held the Gamecocks (7-3) to four singles on Monday. The Tigers (7-3) snapped a six-game losing streak at Carolina Stadium dating to 2010. That was also the last time Clemson came out on top in the hotly contested series.
Okey drove in runs with a sacrifice fly in the third inning and a slow chopper to second in Clemson’s three-run seventh that made it 5-0.
Steven Duggar’s run-scoring double to the fence in left started the Tigers big inning that put the game away.
South Carolina committed four errors in the loss.
Gamecocks’ wise-cracking Spurrier starts Twitter account
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Head Ball Coach has new forum for his one-liners: South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier has joined Twitter.
Spurrier sent his first social media Tweet from the handle @SC_HBC on Monday. Spurrier’s first message included thanking all the past players he coached while at Duke, Florida and at South Carolina. Spurrier’s son, Gamecocks receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Steve Jr., Tweeted a picture of his father using his phone to post with the words, “It’s true.”
South Carolina’s football Twitter account also announced Spurrier joining the social media site.
Spurrier, who’ll turn 70 in April, will start spring practice with the Gamecocks on March 17. He’ll begin his 11th season at South Carolina this fall.
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South Carolina coach Dawn Staley apologizes to Kentucky
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley has apologized to the Kentucky women’s basketball team for her reaction to a late timeout in Sunday’s loss.
Staley said Monday in a Twitter post she didn’t realize some Kentucky seniors were still in the game when coach Matthew Mitchell called time out with 16 seconds left and the Wildcats well ahead in a 67-56 victory.
Staley was seen with her arms outstretched in a questioning pose during the time out, which she says she misinterpreted as Kentucky trying to soak in the upset a few extra moments.
Staley acknowledged in a Tweet, “I was out of line & didn’t realize Kentucky’s seniors were still in,” adding that she has apologized.
The Gamecocks (27-2) slipped a spot to No. 3 in the latest rankings.
Kurt Busch to follow guidelines toward NASCAR reinstatement
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kurt Busch has agreed to follow NASCAR’s recommended guidelines to be eligible for eventual reinstatement.
The 2004 champion was indefinitely suspended Feb. 20 after a Delaware judge said he believed Busch likely committed an act of domestic violence against an ex-girlfriend and there was a “substantial likelihood” of him doing it again.
Busch lost two rounds of appeals to be reinstated before the season-opening Daytona 500, and has missed the first two races of the season.
On Monday, NASCAR communications vice president David Higdon said Busch “has agreed to our terms and conditions that must be met before he is eligible for consideration for reinstatement of his NASCAR license.”
The specific guidelines Busch must follow have not been disclosed.
Regan Smith to again replace Busch for Stewart-Haas Racing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Regan Smith will again replace Kurt Busch this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Busch was suspended two days before the Feb. 22 season-opening Daytona 500. Smith was named interim driver of the No. 41 Chevrolet for Daytona and Sunday’s race at Atlanta.
Stewart-Haas Racing said Monday that Smith will compete at Las Vegas. A driver for the March 15 race at Phoenix and any races beyond has not been determined.
Busch is indefinitely suspended by NASCAR after a judge ruled it was likely that Busch committed an act of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend. NASCAR said Monday that Busch has agreed to follow its guidelines for an eventual reinstatement.
Smith has five previous Sprint Cup Series starts at Las Vegas. Most recently, he was 15th in 2012.
Joe Gibbs Racing picks 3 drivers for Busch’s Xfinity car
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Joe Gibbs Racing has planned for at least 14 Xfinity Series races that Kyle Busch will miss as he continues to recover from a broken right leg and broken left foot.
JGR has already hired David Ragan to drive Busch’s car in the Sprint Cup Series.
On Monday, the team said Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones and Boris Said will take turns at the wheel of Busch’s No. 54 Toyota in the Xfinity Series. Busch was injured during a crash in the Xfinity opener at Daytona.
Hamlin was given five races, beginning this weekend at Las Vegas.
Jones, who finished 13th this past weekend in the car at Atlanta, was given two more races. Said got seven races.
No timetable has been set for Busch’s return.