No. 1 Syracuse Stuns Pitt at the Buzzer
Pittsburgh — Tyler Ennis made a 35-footer at the buzzer to help No. 1 Syracuse remain unbeaten with a 58-56 win over No. 25 Pitt in men’s college basketball on Wednesday night.
Syracuse (24-0, 11-0 ACC) remained one of two undefeated teams in Division I along with Wichita State.
Trailing by one with 4.4 seconds left, Ennis caught the inbounds pass and dribble up the court before hitting the shot over two defenders.
Talib Zanna, who led Pitt (20-5, 8-4) with 16 points and 14 rebounds, had given Pitt a 56-55 lead with 4.4 seconds remaining after he hit two free throws.
It was Pitt’s first loss at home to a top-five team in the 12-year history of the Petersen Events Center, their on-campus arena. The Panthers (20-5, 8-4) had been 9-0 against top-five teams and 13-1 against teams ranked in the top 10.
No. 24 UConn 83, S. Florida 40
Hartford, Conn. — DeAndre Daniels scored 12 points to lead a balanced UConn offense in a rout of South Florida.
Freshman Kentan Facey added 10 points for the 24th-ranked Huskies (19-5, 7-4 American Athletic Conference), who held the Bulls to just 12 baskets and 24 percent shooting.
Musa Abdul-Aleem had eight points for South Florida (12-13, 3-9) which has lost three of its last four games.
Vermont 83, UMass-Lowell 58
Burlington — Ethan O’Day scored 18 points, on 8-of-10 shooting, to lead Vermont (16-9, 10-1 America East) past UMass- Lowell (8-16, 6-6).
Akeem Williams hit the second of two free throws with 10:03 left in the half to pull the River Hawks within five, but Vermont closed the first period with a 26-4 run and took a 49-22 advantage into the half.
UVM shot 53.3 percent from the floor, including 7 of 13 from 3-point range, and led by as many as 31 points.
Candon Rusin added 14 points and Sandro Carissimo 13 in the win.
Phils Add Pitcher, Lose Pitcher
Philadelphia — On the day Cole Hamels announced he won’t be ready for the season opener, the Philadelphia Phillies helped their ailing starting rotation.
A person familiar with the deal said that A.J. Burnett agreed to a one-year contract with the Phillies on Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Phillies haven’t made an official announcement.
Burnett’s deal reportedly is worth $16 million. If Hamels is healthy, he gives the Phillies a formidable top three along with Cliff Lee.
Hamels told reporters in Clearwater, Fla., that he has left biceps tendinitis, but expects to pitch in April.
Mets Add Struggling Vet
New York — Right-hander Jose Valverde and the New York Mets agreed to a minor league contract. The three-time All-Star has struggled with control in recent years and was 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA for Detroit last year, converting nine saves in 12 chances.
Dolphins’ Feud Continues
Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito lashed out at teammate Jonathan Martin on Twitter, saying “The truth is going to bury you and your entire ‘camp.’ You could have told the truth the entire time.”
Incognito also wrote Martin told him he thought about committing suicide last May because he wasn’t playing well.
Incognito’s series of tweets Wednesday directed at Martin and his representatives came as the NFL is preparing to release a report on the Dolphins’ bullying case, which could shed light on their relationship.
Martin previously said he was harassed daily by Incognito and other teammates and alleged their racial, aggressive and sexually charged comments played a role in his departure from the team.
Incognito recently finished serving a three-month suspension, but isn’t expected to return to Miami.
Rutgers Pays Big to Join Big Ten
Rutgers will pay $11.5 million to the American Athletic Conference as part of an agreement that will allow the school to enter the Big Ten this summer.
The school and the conference announced the deal Wednesday.
Rutgers has also agreed to drop a lawsuit challenging the conference’s $10 million exit fee. The conference was asking for that plus more from the school because Rutgers was breaking league bylaws by exiting before a required 27-month notification period.
Rutgers officially withdrew from what was then called the Big East on Nov. 21, 2012, when it accepted an invitation to join the Big Ten.
Louisville is also leaving the American Athletic Conference after this school year. Louisville negotiated an $11 million early exit fee with the American to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.