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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Jhonas Enroth made 43 saves to spoil the return of Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Lightning 3-1 on Thursday night.
Stamkos had been sidelined since breaking his right shin Nov. 11 at Boston, causing him to miss 45 games. The center received a partial standing ovation during pregame introductions, when it was announced that he is the new team captain.
Right wing Ryan Callahan, acquired Wednesday from the New York Rangers for former Tampa Bay captain Martin St. Louis, made his Lightning debut.
Tyler Myers, Marcus Foligno and Cody Hodgson scored for the Sabres. Enroth stopped a combined seven shots by Stamkos (three) and Callahan (four) through two periods.
Bethune-Cookman edges Florida A&M 70-68
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Maurice Taylor and Clemmye Owens scored 22 points apiece to lift Bethune-Cookman to a 70-68 win over Florida A&M on Thursday night.
It was a career-high for Taylor, who also hauled in 10 rebounds to post his first career double-double, as Bethune-Cookman (7-24, 5-11 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) snapped a three-game losing skid with the win.
Trailing 29-27 at the break, the Wildcats rallied in the second half to take a 58-56 lead on an Owens layup with 6:03 to go, and then protected the lead down the stretch.
Malik Jackson contributed 14 points for Bethune-Cookman.
Florida A&M (13-17, 8-8) cut the lead 69-67 on a Trey Kellum three-point play with 10 seconds left but couldn't overtake the Wildcats in the final game of the regular season for both teams.
Reggie Lewis led FAMU with 23 points in the loss, which ended a five-game win streak.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Chase Fieler scored 22 points and gathered 15 rebounds as top-seeded Florida Gulf Coast survived a scare from East Tennessee, 69-64, in the semifinal round of the Atlantic Sun tournament on Thursday.
FGCU will face second-seeded Mercer (25-8), which defeated No. 3 USC Upstate (19-14) 78-75 in the other semifinal Thursday night.
The teams traded the lead six times with seven ties down the stretch and were tied at 62 until Brett Comer's dunk for FGCU with 2:06 left. Jamail Jones followed with a 3-pointer, then hit 2 of 4 free throws to ice the win. ETSU missed its last eight field goal attempts.
Florida Gulf Coast (22-11) hit five of its last seven shots in the first, including a 3-pointer by Filip Cvjeticanin, to lead 34-33 at the break. FGCU pushed its lead to six just four minutes into the second half, but a jumper by Devin Harris and a 3-pointer by Rashawn Rembert drew ETSU (18-15) within one at 43-42.
ETSU was led by Rembert's 18 points.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- Dennis Mavin scored 23 points and Florida International used a second-half rally to slip by Florida Atlantic 74-70 Thursday in the final regular season game for both teams.
Rakeem Buckles added 18 points and Tymell Murphy 13 for Florida International (15-16, 7-9 Conference USA). The Golden Panthers trailed by 16 in the first half before a second-half comeback that included an 10-0 run to take a 54-50 lead with 8:46 left.
Marquan Botley hit three free throws to tie the game at 68 with 1:05 remaining before Murphy responded with a basket. Murphy then had a key steal with 18 seconds left, his sixth of the night, and Buckles scored to make it 72-68.
Justin Raffington's alley-oop dunk cut the lead to 72-70, but Mavin iced the game with a pair of free throws.
Botley scored a career-high 27 to lead FAU (10-21, 5-11) and Raffington added 19.
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) -- Jaterra Bonds scored 18 points, Kayla Lewis added 17 and Florida beat Mississippi State 71-67 in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Thursday.
The fifth-seeded Gators (19-11) will play No. 12 Kentucky, the tournament's No. 4 seed, on Friday.
Kendra Grant finished with 14 points and Katia May had 12 for Mississippi State (19-13), which failed to advance past the second round for the 10th time in 11 years. The Bulldogs have lost nine straight to Florida.
Cassie Peoples' 3-pointer in the final minute of first half gave Gators their biggest lead at 15.
Florida was outscored 20-8 over a nearly 9-minute span of the second half and trailed 56-55 on Jerica James' 3-pointer.
But the Gators led for the final 7:32 after Peoples hit a jumper.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Natasha Howard had 30 points and 16 rebounds to help Florida State beat Miami 72-67 in overtime in Thursday's second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Cheetah Delgado added a career-high 20 points for the ninth-seeded Seminoles (20-10), including a key 3-pointer with 31.1 seconds left in OT as FSU protected a one-point lead.
Morgan Jones added two clinching free throws with 3.3 seconds left, advancing FSU to Friday's quarterfinals to face top-seeded and second-ranked Notre Dame (29-0).
Necole Sterling scored 14 points and was one of five in double figures for the eighth-seeded Hurricanes (16-14), who led 33-26 at halftime and 55-49 with 5 1/2 minutes left before Florida State rallied.
Howard gave FSU its first second-half lead with a putback with 49.8 seconds left, then hit two free throws to push the lead to 58-55. But Sterling answered with a 3-pointer with 30.2 seconds left to force OT.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he doesn't want his players to think of themselves as the defending national champions. He wants to see the same hunger that pushed the Seminoles to the title in the first place.
Florida State wrapped up its four-week winter conditioning program Thursday and Fisher raved about the atmosphere and how players have taken ownership of the culture.
Spring practice begins March 18 with the spring game scheduled for April 12. The team is adjusting to a new defensive coordinator for the second consecutive year, but Fisher says the transition is different because Charles Kelly was promoted from linebackers coach. The defense also is replacing three of its top leaders in Larmarcus Joyner, Telvin Smith and Timmy Jernigan.
ISAIAH WASHINGTON TO RETURN TO "GREY'S ANATOMY"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Seven years after he was fired, Isaiah Washington is returning to "Grey's Anatomy."
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Asia stocks gain on China prospects, US data
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Asian stocks mostly rose today, buoyed by a third all-time high on a key Wall Street index this week and signs that China will follow up on pledges to further open the world's No. 2 economy,Investors have been encouraged by this week's meeting of China's top legislative body which pledged to advance Communist Party plans issued in November for promoting market forces and domestic consumption in Asia's economic engine.
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