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Bighorns pull into tie for first in West

Sioux Falls, S.D.- Marcus Landry poured in 27 points and added eight rebounds, lifting Reno to its fifth-straight win and a share of the Western Conference lead, as the Bighorns won 97-82 over Sioux Falls on Saturday night inside the Sioux Falls Arena.

The Bighorns (31-16) have won five-straight games overall and 16 of their last 20. The win – coupled with Rio Grande Valley’s win over Tulsa – puts Reno and Rio Grande Valley in a tie atop the Western Conference with just three games to play.

The Bighorns return home on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the Austin Toros.

Niemi makes 25 saves, Sharks win

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Antti Niemi made 25 saves, and Logan Couture scored twice and added an assist in the San Jose Sharks’ 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.

Niemi recorded his 31st victory of the season to help the Sharks open a four-point lead over the Coyotes for the top spot in the Pacific Division. Since Jan. 15, Niemi is 22-4-4.

Joe Pavelski and Ryane Clowe also scored for San Jose, 6-1-3 in its last 10 games.

Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes. The loss was only Phoenix’s second in its last 11 games.

Gamboa KOs Solis

in 4th round

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Yuriorkis Gamboa stopped Jorge Solis in the fourth round Saturday night to defend his WBA and IBF featherweight titles.

Gamboa (20-0, 16 KOs) delivered a sensational performance before a sellout crowd of 2,913 at Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom.

The Cuban defector who now lives in Miami knocked down Solis five times, twice in the fourth.

Solis, from Guadalajara, Mexico, hit the canvas early in the fourth from a straight right. He got up, but Gamboa pinned him in a corner and pummeled him with punches until referee David Fields stepped in to halt the bout at 1:31 of the round.

He dropped Solis twice in the second round behind a left hook and overhand right, respectively, then flattened him with a left hook to the jaw just before the bell to end the third round.