GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Martin Hanzal had two goals and an assist and the Phoenix Coyotes won for the third time in four games with a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Hanzal scored the final two goals of the game, the first a rare Phoenix power-play score to break a 3-3 tie with 11:42 to play. He added an empty-net goal with 1:04 remaining. Jared Boll, Matt Calvert and Derek MacKenzie scored for Columbus, which has lost five of six.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Aroldis Chapman was one of baseball's best closers in his first try at it, helping the Cincinnati Reds win the NL Central. He's getting a chance to win a spot in the rotation this spring, but manager Dusty Baker is keeping an open mind about moving Chapman back to the bullpen in an emergency. The hard-throwing lefty saved 38 games last season in his first experience as a closer. General manager Walt Jocketty would like to have a left-hander in the rotation.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Pitcher Homer Bailey and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a $5.35 million, one-year contract, ensuring baseball will set a record low for arbitration hearings. No cases have been argued before three-person panels this year among the 133 players who filed for arbitration last month. Just one remains scheduled for a hearing next week: Baltimore reliever Darren O'Day. Baseball's previous record low was three hearings, set in 2005 and matched in 2009 and 2011. The high was 35 in 1986.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Terry Francona always kidded Jason Giambi that he would one day manage the slugger. And after years in opposition dugouts, they're together with the Cleveland Indians. Giambi signed a minor league contract with the rebuilt Indians. The 42-year-old contemplated retirement this winter before he got a call from Francona and the Indians, who believe the 18-year veteran can not only help their lineup but serve as a mentor. Giambi is excited about the chance to play for the Indians, and has longed to be a designated hitter after spending parts of the past four seasons with the Rockies.
HOUSTON (AP) — Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving beat San Antonio's Matt Bonner to win the 3-point contest during All-Star Saturday night. Irving, who will play in his first All-Star game tonight, started 7 for 7 in the final round and finished with 23 points — two shy of the record shared by Craig Hodges and Jason Kapono. Bonner finished with 20 points in the final round.
NEW YORK (AP) — Former MLS and U.S. national team player Robbie Rogers says he is gay. In a post on his personal website, Rogers writes: "Life is only complete when your loved ones know you. ... Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay." Rogers' agent, Shaun Higgins, confirms to The Associated Press that the post was from his client. Rogers played for the Columbus Crew of MLS from 2007 to 2011.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Dillard scored 17 points and Josh Benson had 16 to lead Dayton to a 70-59 win over Xavier. Dyshawn Pierre and Matt Derenbecker each finished with 10 points for the Flyers (14-11, 4-7 Atlantic 10 Conference), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Semaj Christon led Xavier (14-10, 7-4) with 17 points but had a game-high five turnovers.
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Tony Watson scored a career-high 31 points and Javon McCrea had 20 points to lead Buffalo past Miami (Ohio) 79-71. Buffalo (11-15, 6-6 Mid-American Conference) trailed 35-31 with 2:58 left in the first half, but used a 9-0 run before halftime to pull ahead 39-35. Miami (8-16, 3-9) cut the deficit to 48-47 with 13:40 left in the second half, but didn't pull closer after Watson made back-to-back treys. Drew McGee had 13 for Miami, losers of four straight.
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Stevie Taylor's 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining in overtime gave Ohio the lead as it defeated Kent State 78-75 for its fourth straight victory. On Kent State's ensuing possession, Nick Kellogg deflected a pass, and the ball came to Walter Offutt, who had 17 points for the Bobcats (19-6, 10-1 Mid-American Conference). Offutt tipped it to Kellogg for a final layup with 2 seconds left. Chris Evans' 18 points and 14 rebounds led Kent State (14-12, 5-7).
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Zeke Marshall scored 15 points with nine rebounds as Akron won its 17th straight and remained perfect in Mid-American Conference play, beating Bowling Green 67-50 Saturday night. Marshall hit 7 of 7 at the foul line while leading four Zips (21-4, 12-0) in double figures. Richaun Holmes led Bowling Green (10-15, 5-7) with 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench,
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Nathan Boothe had 19 points, Rian Pearson added 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Toledo used a 20-8 run to begin the second half to defeat Central Michigan 73-64. The Rockets (11-12, 8-4 Mid-American) shot 45.5 percent from the floor, but were just 5 of 17 from beyond the arc. Kyle Randall had 21 points to lead Central Michigan (9-16, 2-10), which shot just 33.3 percent from the field but was 20 of 25 from the free-throw line
CHICAGO (AP) — Quinton Pippen and Jamere Dismukes scored 14 points apiece, and Chicago State rallied in the second half for an 82-74 victory over Division II foe Urbana. The Cougars (8-17) took their first lead of the second half on Nate Duhon's free throw with 4:15 to play. Chicago State then went 7 of 8 from the free-throw line in the final 1:55 to seal the victory. Armond Battle had 26 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Blue Knights (10-16).
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Bowling Green men's basketball coach Louis Orr says he's accepted apologies from two boys who scribbled racist graffiti on a sidewalk in front of his house. A judge ordered the teens to perform community service and put them on probation Friday after finding them delinquent of criminal mischief. Authorities say the boys wrote "white power" and drew a swastika with chalk in front of the black coach's house last October.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Ohio State players and coaches were among the 1,000 people who gathered in Columbus to pay tribute to legendary football coach Woody Hayes. The event Friday night came as the university marked what would've been Hayes' 100th birthday. Earlier this week, an 8-foot-tall bronze statue of Hayes went up outside the athletic center that bears his name. The coach won 13 Big Ten titles in 28 years.