San Francisco Chronicle
Newton’s triple-double leads No. 21 UConn to big win
Tristen Newton recorded his second triple-double of the season as No. 21 UConn beat No. 10 Marquette 87-72 on Tuesday night in Hartford.
Newton had 12 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Huskies (19-6, 8-6 Big East), who won their third straight game after losing six of eight.
Tyler Kolek had 17 points to lead Marquette (19-6, 11-3), which had its five-game winning streak snapped.
• Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 20 points and had 18 rebounds while reaching yet another major milestone in leading host No. 18 Indiana past No. 24 Rutgers 66-60.
The fourth-year forward became the sixth player in school history with 2,000 career points and the first among them who also had 1,000 rebounds.
• In women’s action, Madi Williams’s jumper with 1:08 left in overtime gave No. 16 Oklahoma the lead for good and Ana Llanusa and Skylar Van each had 20 points as the Sooners erased a 10point second-half deficit to prevail 98-92 at Baylor.
Taylor Thompson sent the game to overtime for the Sooners (19-4, 9-3 Big 12) with a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left in regulation. Ja’Mee Asberry and Darianna Littlepage-Buggs missed jumpers in the final seconds for Baylor (16-7, 7-4).
Hollywood-owned Wrexham out of Cup
For Wrexham’s Hollywood owners, the sequel proved to be a heartbreaker. The Welsh soccer club owned by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney lost its FA Cup replay with Sheffield United 3-1, conceding two goals deep into stoppage time.
A win for Wrexham, the lowest-ranked team remaining in the famous old competition, would have set up a match in the fifth round — or the last 16 — with Tottenham and Harry Kane.
Instead, it was despair for the team from the fifth tier of English soccer which has hit the headlines over the past two years after it was bought by Reynolds and McElhenney for $2.5 million in November 2020.
Sheffield United forced a replay by scoring an equalizer in the fifth minute of stoppage time in the first game between the teams, which ended 3-3 at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground.
Reynolds attended that game but wasn’t at the replay at Bramall Lane. “So proud of these boys,” Reynolds posted to his 21.1 million followers on Twitter. “And the 4000 plus away supporters who gave it all.” Baseball: Major League Baseball’s new pitch clock, limits on shifts and larger bases will not be used during the World Baseball Classic, which runs March 8-21.
The three innovations will be debuted during the MLB’s spring training exhibition season that starts Feb. 24. Opening Day is March 30.
This will be the fifth edition of the WBC following victories by Japan in 2006 and ’09, the Dominican Republic in 2013 and the U.S. in 2017. The 2021 tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Skiing: First-run leader Alexis Pinturault held on to win the gold medal in the men’s combined at his home world championships in Courchevel, France.
Meanwhile, at the women’s course in nearby Meribel, Mikaela Shiffrin ruled out skiing the downhill at the world championships — keeping to her pre-announced schedule of four events.