Friday, March 4
No. 3 South Carolina 57, Auburn 48. With AP Photos. () —
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Alaina Coates had 14 points and 12 rebounds, her 16th double-double of the season, and No. 3 South Carolina used another solid defensive effort to beat Auburn 57-48 in the Southeastern Conference women's tournament Friday in Jacksonville. The top-seeded Gamecocks won their seventh straight since losing to top-ranked Connecticut and advanced to the SEC semifinals for the third consecutive year.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Jessica Thomas hit 5 of 6 from long distance and scored 21 points and No. 21 Miami, the fifth-seed, took control in the second half to defeat No. 14 Florida State, the four-seed, 74-56 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament. The Hurricanes pulled away to earn a spot in semifinals on Saturday against the Duke-Notre Dame winner.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets have signed free agent forward Michael Beasley. Beasley, who was the second overall pick in the 2008 draft, spent this season in the Chinese Basketball Association, where he averaged 31.9 points, 13.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 steals. The 27-year-old last played in the NBA in 2014-15.
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Toronto Blue Jays infielder Maicer Izturis is retiring after 11 big league seasons. The 35-year-old, in Toronto's spring training camp with a minor league contract, announced his decision during a news conference Friday.