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Jays claim district basketball title

With win against Waynesville

CAMDENTON — Kamari Balton’s jumper with less than two seconds remaining in the game Thursday night lifted the Jefferson City Jays to a 39-37 win against the Waynesville Tigers in the Class 5 District 10 title game.

Blair Oaks advances with win against Licking

Excited to keep playing

ROLLA — It was the kind of line that even brought a laugh from his coach.

Helias boys roll to win in district semifinals

Against Marshfield

KAISER — The Helias Crusaders blew open a close game with a big third quarter and captured an 83-63 win against Marshfield in the semifinals of the Class 4 District 10 Tournament on Thursday night.

Helias girls fall to Eldon in district semifinals

KAISER — The Eldon Lady Mustangs hit 14 free throws in the fourth quarter Thursday night to seal a 71-57 victory against the Helias Lady Crusaders in the semifinals of the Class 4 District 9 Tournament at School of the Osage.

Prosecutors: No criminal charge for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges over claims by his ex-girlfriend that he smashed her head into a bedroom wall and choked her, Delaware prosecutors said Thursday.

Manning back for 18th season after signing reworked deal

If the Denver Broncos' 2015 season goes the way he hopes, Peyton Manning will earn back every penny of the $4 million pay cut he took Thursday.

NFL: Greg Hardy is eligible to sign free agent contract

Panthers defensive end and soon-to-be free agent Greg Hardy will be allowed to sign a new contract even if he remains on the commissioner's exempt list.

Hunter Pence breaks arm in Giants' win over Cubs

San Francisco outfielder Hunter Pence broke his left forearm and will be sidelined six to eight weeks after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the Giants' 8-6 victory over a Chicago Cubs split-squad Thursday.

Thursday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on March 5, 2015

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Brandon Ashley matched his career high with 21 points, T.J. McConnell tied his career best with 11 assists and No. 5 Arizona won the Pac-12 regular season title for the second year in a row with a 99-60 rout of California on Thursday night.

Thursday's NBA Capsules

Games played on March 5, 2015

NBA ROUNDUP: E'Twaun Moore hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining and the Chicago Bulls rallied to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-105 on Thursday night, ending Russell Westbrook's triple-double streak at four.

Thursday's NHL Capsules

Games played on March 5, 2015

NHL ROUNDUP: Michael Del Zotto and Wayne Simmonds scored third-period goals to rally the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

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Flyers score 3 goals in 3rd period, top St. Louis 3-1

Michael Del Zotto and Wayne Simmonds scored third-period goals to rally the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Southern Illinois clips Missouri State, 55-48

Deion Lavender scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds to help lead ninth-seeded Southern Illinois past eighth-seeded Missouri state 55-48 in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Thursday night.

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Georgia women beat Missouri 75-64 in SEC tourney's 2nd round

Tiaria Griffin scored 21 points, Krista Donald added 13 points and 15 rebounds, and the 10th-seeded Georgia women beat No. 7 Missouri 75-64 in the SEC tournament second round on Thursday.

Thursday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on March 5, 2015

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Jasmine Joyner had a career-high 22 points and top-seeded Chattanooga beat eighth-seeded UNC-Greensboro 78-44 in the opening game of the Southern Conference tournament Thursday.

Thursday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on March 5, 2015

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: J.B. Holmes never liked the old Blue Monster at Doral because he thought it was too easy for a World Golf Championship.

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Heyward leads Cardinals past Marlins

Miami's Giancarlo Stanton was hitless in his first two at-bats in a major league game since being struck in the face by a pitch last September, and Jason Heyward singled in his first at-bat with the St. Louis Cardinals, a 4-1 victory over the Marlins on Thursday.

Darvish leaves Rangers' 5-4 loss to Royals after 1 inning

Yu Darvish first felt the tightness in his triceps in the bullpen, when the Rangers ace was warming up for his spring training debut. Twelve pitches later, it hadn't loosened up.

SEC moves up start times at women's tournament

Missouri game to begin at 5 p.m. today

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Southeastern Conference is moving up start times for a second straight day at its women’s basketball tournament as a winter storm continues to bear down on central Arkansas.

Source says Manning will return for 14th season

Hold that gold watch. Peyton Manning is taking one more shot at the silver trophy.