Tuesday, March 3
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have dealt veteran defenseman Jordan Leopold to the Minnesota Wild for defenseman Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft. Leopold is an unrestricted free agent this summer. He's returning to his home state. Falk requested a trade. He's a restricted free agent this summer.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has suspended Houston star James Harden one game without pay for kicking LeBron James in the groin. The All-Stars and Olympic teammates became tangled in the third quarter of Houston's 105-103 victory over Cleveland on Sunday and Harden fell back to the court, then kicked his foot up into James.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Left-hander Paul Maholm is getting a chance to help the Cincinnati Reds piece together their depleted starting rotation. The Reds have signed Maholm to a minor league deal, and invited him to training camp to see whether he could be a starter again after spending much of last season in the Dodgers bullpen.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Number 4 Villanova has clinched the top seed in the Big East tournament. The Wildcats have been the team to beat all season in one of the nation's toughest basketball conferences, top-to-bottom. There's still a lot at stake as the Big East opens the final week of the regular season.