Staff and wire report
Royals double their way to win over Tribe
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Adam Moore hit two of the Kansas City Royals' seven doubles and drove in two runs in a 5-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
Moore, bidding for a job as backup catcher, had three hits as the designated hitter.
Starting catcher Salvador Perez had two hits, including a double. Mike Moustakas, David Lough, Johnny Giavotella and Chris Getz all had doubles.
Zach McAllister pitched 313 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, a walk and two hit batters. Terry Francona told McAllister that he earned the fourth spot in the Cleveland rotation on Sunday.
Lonnie Chisenhall hit his third homer of spring training and doubled off Jeremy Guthrie, who will be in the Royals rotation. Matt Carson hit his fourth home run off Kansas City closer Greg Holland.
Guthrie pitched four innings, allowing two runs on five hits.
Akron, CMU women advance in MAC tourney
CLEVELAND -- The third-seeded Akron Zips defeated the seventh-seeded Buffalo Bulls 83-79 on Thursday in the Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinals Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Zips advance to the semifinals, where they will play the second-seeded Ball State Cardinals today at 2:30 p.m.
The win moves Akron to 22-8 on the year, while the loss drops Buffalo to 12-20.
Hanna Luburgh and Sinna King carried the Zips in the first half as the two combined for 27 of the Zips' 48 points. Luburgh finished with 22 points and eight rebounds, and King finished with 19 points and seven rebounds.
Meanwhile, the fourth-seeded Central Michigan Chippewas avenged a loss to Bowling Green earlier this season by dismantling the Falcons 81-48 in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals Thursday.
With the victory, the Chippewas improved to 19-11 on the year and will now play top-seed Toledo today at noon.
Paul jumper lifts Illinois over Minnesota, 51-49
CHICAGO -- Brandon Paul scored 25 points and hit a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to lead Illinois to a 51-49 victory over Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday.
Illinois (22-11) led by as much as 12 but was trailing by three when D.J. Richardson nailed a 3 with 47 seconds left to tie it at 49. That basket came after the Illini missed four shots on the possession.
The Gophers (20-12) had a chance to win it, but Austin Hollins stepped on the sideline after catching an inbounds pass with 14 seconds left. Paul then raced up the court and pulled up for the winner as time expired, sending the eighth-seeded Illini to the quarterfinals against top-seeded and third-ranked Indiana.
Balanced Michigan beats Penn State 83-66
CHICAGO -- Trey Burke scored 21 points and No. 6 Michigan beat Penn State 83-66 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday, avenging a shocking loss to the Nittany Lions during the regular season.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nick Stauskas each had 15 points for the Wolverines (26-6), who will play fourth-seeded Wisconsin in the quarterfinals on Friday. Freshman reserve Mitch McGary added 10 points and 11 rebounds, helping Michigan to a 28-15 advantage in second-chance points.
D.J. Newbill scored 20 points for Penn State (10-21), which faded after a fast start. Sasa Borovnjak scored 10 of his 15 points in the first half, and Ross Travis finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Nebraska holds off Purdue 57-55 in Big Ten
CHICAGO -- Shavon Shields scored 19 points, Brandon Ubel added 16 points and eight rebounds and Nebraska beat Purdue 57-55 Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.
The Cornhuskers (15-17) hung on after Purdue's Terone Johnson missed two shots in the closing seconds and will meet No. 10 Ohio State in the quarterfinals.
They started the second half on a 9-0 run to turn a two-point lead into a 39-28 advantage and withstood a late push by the Boilermakers (15-17) to come away with a surprising victory.
It was 54-53 after Purdue's D.J. Byrd made a 3-pointer with 40 seconds left. Nebraska's Ray Gallegos then made the first free throw and missed the second, but the Cornhuskers recovered the ball.
Ubel then hit the second foul shot after missing the first to make it 56-53 with 28.6 seconds left. Byrd put back a missed 3 by Ronnie Johnson to pull Purdue within one with 13 seconds left.
Gallegos then made 1-of-2 free throws to make it a two-point game. Purdue had one last chance but Johnson missed two shots in the lane and Gallegos grabbed the rebound to secure the win.
Stefani flawless, takes lead in Tampa
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Shawn Stefani is the PGA Tour rookie to look comfortable on a big stage.
In breezy conditions on a tough golf course, Stefani never came close to making a bogey until his final hole Thursday in the Tampa Bay Championship. He rolled in a par putt from just inside 5 feet to complete a 6-under 65 and take a two-shot lead over Brian Harman.
One rookie already has won this year. Four others have played in the final group. It was Stefani's turn at Innisbrook, where he played bogey-free on a Copperhead course that averaged more than two shots over par.
Harris English made double bogey on the last hole and still had a 68. Only 25 players in the 156-man field broke par.
Defending champion Luke Donald shot 70.