SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mark Lyons had 23 points and the sixth-seeded Arizona Wildcats rolled past No. 11 seed Belmont 81-64 last night in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats used their huge size advantage to shut down the Bruins, who are 0-6 in tourney games. Arizona held a 44-18 edge on the boards, outscored Belmont 36-18 in the paint, blocked five shots and outshot the Bruins from 3-point range. The Wildcats made 9 of 17 3-pointers, and shot 57 percent overall.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jordan Schroeder scored midway through the third period, Cory Schneider stopped 33 shots and the Vancouver Canucks grinded out a 2-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes last night. Schneider allowed a tying goal to Antoine Vermette in the third period, but Schroeder put the Canucks back up by punching in a rebound after a redirect by Jannik Hansen trickled past Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera. He stopped 14 shots in the third period after replacing injured starter Mike Smith.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Free agent defensive end Frostee Rucker has agreed to a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Rucker started all 16 games with the Cleveland Browns last season, with four sacks, a forced fumble and a pass defensed. His 48 tackles were third-most on the team. Rucker joined the Browns last season after six years with the Cincinnati Bengals. Rucker has played in 69 games, 35 as a starter, with 11 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Brantley hit his first home run of spring training, a three-run shot off Ian Kennedy, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 yesterday. Brantley hit a 3-0 fastball from Kennedy over the right field fence in the first inning. Omir Santos drove in two runs with a double and single for Cleveland. Martin Prado had a two-run double for Arizona. Kennedy, Arizona's opening day starter, was tagged for five runs on nine hits in five innings. He struck out seven.