MARCH 11: Sam Reinhart #23 of the Buffalo Sabres warms up before an NHL game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the KeyBank Center on March 11, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. Buffalo Sabres forward Sam Reinhart dressed for the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. After the anthems, the teams took their seats on the bench as usual, and that’s where Reinhart stayed for the entire sixty minutes of the game.
Lionel Messi is banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifying games, dealing a blow to a campaign by the 2014 runner-up that has stuttered without him. Messi's suspension for "having directed insulting words at an assistant referee" during a home qualifier last week against Chile started on Tuesday, shortly before his teammates played Bolivia in La Paz. Without Messi, Argentina went on to lose the qualifier 2-0.
The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets are both known as high-scoring, three-happy squads that would rather run from end to end than get bogged down in a game played in the halfcourt. Golden State shot 51.1 percent from the field with 33 assists, with the star trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green accounting for 76 points on 30-of-57 shooting (52.6 percent) by themselves. The Warriors’ fine offensive showing included a 21-7 run over most of the final seven minutes of the first quarter that made it seem as if the Rockets would be in for a long night.