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Puerto Rico in World Baseball final...Penn State trial...Rockets dump Nuggets

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 21, 2017 at 4:42 a.m.



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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eddie Rosario's sacrifice fly drove in Carlos Correa with the winning run in the 11th inning, giving Puerto Rico a 4-3 victory over the Netherlands and a spot in the World Baseball Classic championship game. Correa hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and T.J. Rivera added a solo shot in the second. Puerto Rico will play either two-time champion Japan or the United States in the final Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. The Japan-U.S. semi is tonight.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Opening statements are scheduled to get underway today in the long-delayed criminal trial of Penn State's former president in which Graham Spanier faces charges of child endangerment and conspiracy for how he handled child sex abuse complaints about Jerry Sandusky more than 15 years ago. Prosecutors preparing to lay out their case against say two of his ex-top lieutenants are among those who could take the stand.

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden drove the length of the floor for a layup with 2.4 seconds left to lift the Houston Rockets over the Denver Nuggets 125-124 on Monday night. Harden had 39 points, 11 assists and was three rebounds shy of his 20th triple-double of the season. Houston outlasted Denver in a duel between the second- and third-highest scoring teams in the NBA. Harden likely saved the game for Houston, too, when he batted down an inbounds pass to Mason Plumlee near the basket following his layup.

BOSTON (AP) — Boston increased its slim hold over Washington for second place in the playoff hunt in the NBA's Eastern Conference with a 110-102 victory over the slumping Wizards. Isaiah Thomas, back after missing two games with an injury, led the Celtics with 25 points in the game, which extended Boston's lead over Washington in the division to two and a half games.

DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Bozak scored the go-ahead power-play goal with less than two minutes left and the Toronto Maple Leafs earned a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. The win pulled the Leafs (81 points) within one point of the Bruins (82 points) for third place in the Atlantic division. And Jack Eichel and Matt Moulson each scored a power-play goal in the first two periods to propel the Buffalo Sabres over the Detroit Redwings 2-1.

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