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Thursday, March 3, 2011
BYU falls after Davies' dismissal


Men's college basketball: The Salt Lake Tribune revealed Wednesday night that Brandon Davies, who was dismissed on Tuesday from the BYU basketball team, was let go from the team after admitting having premarital sex, which is a violation of BYU's honor code. The Cougars felt the loss of Davies, the team's leading rebounder, Wednesday night as No. 3 BYU fell to unranked New Mexico 82-64 in the Cougars' first game without Davies.

After winning 17 of its first 19, No. 16 Connecticut has now lost six of its last 10, including a loss to unranked West Virginia 65-56 on Wednesday. It was the 1,600th win for West Virginia's program, and its first regular-season victory over the Huskies since 2006.

With less than five seconds remaining, No. 13 North Carolina's Harrison Barnes hit a go-ahead 3 to give the Tar Heels a 72-70 victory over Florida State. UNC faces in-state foe No. 4 Duke on Saturday for its regular-season finale. If the Tar Heels beat the Blue Devils, North Carolina will secure the top seed in the ACC tournament.

Women's college basketball: The fifth-ranked team in the country was upset by an unranked opponent Wednesday. No. 5 Texas A&M fell to Big 12 rival Kansas State 71-67. Brittany Chambers had seven 3-pointers in the game and led the Wildcats in scoring, racking up 35 points.

NHL: Two of the top four teams in the Eastern Conference were upset Wednesday by conference foes. The third-place Lightning fell to New Jersey 2-1. Ilya Kovalchuk scored his fifth winning goal in the last 11 games, giving the Devils a 3-1 season series victory over Tampa Bay.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, fourth in the Eastern Conference, lost in overtime to Toronto 3-2. The win moves the Maple Leafs within four points of the Hurricanes, who sit in eighth place in the conference. Before Sidney Crosby suffered his concussion on Jan. 5, the Penguins were first overall in the Eastern Conference. Since his injury, they have gone 11-9-4.

NBA: Two of the top five teams in the East faced off Wednesday. Fifth-place Atlanta beat third-place Chicago 83-80 even though the Bulls went on a 14-0 run to start the game. It was the sixth straight loss for the Bulls in Atlanta.