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NEW YORK (AP) - LJ Figueroa scored 22 points and St. John's rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half to stun No. 13 Villanova 71-65. The Red Storm were down 48-34 with 12:30 left. St. John's scored 20 of the next 25 points to take its first lead on Figueroa's 3-pointer from the corner that brought the sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden to its feet. During that run, Villanova coach Jay Wright was hit with a technical foul for arguing a call.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang each had two goals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins climbed back into playoff position with a 6-5 win over the New York Rangers. Defensemen Marcus Pettersson and Brian Dumoulin also scored for the Penguins, who leapfrogged the Carolina Hurricanes for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot. Mats Zuccarello had two goals, and Kevin Hayes and Mika Zibanejad scored over the game's final 5:46 for the Rangers.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Kyle Palmieri had a goal and two assists, and Cory Schneider made 34 saves to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Miles Wood, Jesper Bratt and Joey Anderson also scored as the Devils won consecutive games for the second time since the start of the year.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A person familiar with the deal says shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and the New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical planned for Monday, when Hechavarria is expected to arrive at Mets camp in Port St. Lucie.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - New York Mets infielder Robinson Cano said he felt like 25 instead of 36 after reporting to spring training. The All-Star second baseman took a physical and held a news conference ahead of the team's first full-squad workout. He took over the spot in the clubhouse that used to belong to Mets captain David Wright, who retired because of neck and back injuries. Cano was acquired Dec. 3 from Seattle along with All-Star closer Edwin Diaz.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Naphessa Collier had 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals to help No. 4 UConn rout UCF 78-41. She led five Huskies in double figures, including Christyn Williams who had all 12 of her points in the second half.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Myles Cale had 20 points as Seton Hall beat Creighton 81-75. Myles Powell had 19 points and six rebounds for Seton Hall, which broke its five-game road losing streak.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Reilly Opelka won his first ATP Tour title, beating qualifier Brayden Schnur 6-1, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (7) in the New York Open. The 6-foot-11 Opelka hit 43 aces for the second straight match, the final one to finally end things after an overturned call had helped him set up match point.
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