The Orioles could announce as early as today that they will acquire left-handed starter Rich Hill from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named, according to industry sources. One source cautioned that the deal is not yet complete, but the Orioles are hopeful that it will be by early this week. Hill, 28, just a year ago was considered one of the better young pitchers in baseball, but he has struggled since the start of last season. Hill is out of options, so he'll have to make the Orioles' Opening Day roster or they could lose him. But regardless, the move carries little risk to the Orioles as what they eventually give up to the Cubs depends largely on Hill's success. JEFF ZREBIEC
Loyola's streak ends at 6; Penn St. upsets Mich. St.
Despite 16 points from Jamal Barney (Southwestern), visiting Loyola shot 28 percent and never led in losing to Fairfield, 68-54. The Greyhounds' six-game winning streak came to an end. Loyola (11-12, 6-5 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) shot 5-for-30 from three-point range, including 1-for-12 in the first half. A 12-4 run by the Greyhounds pulled them within 38-35 with 10:26 left, but the Stags (13-9, 6-5) shot 20-for-24 from the foul line in the second half.
More college basketball: : Talor Battle scored a career-high 29 as Penn State (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) rallied from a 13-point first-half deficit to upset No. 9 Michigan State, 72-68. It was the first win in 17 trips to East Lansing for the Nittany Lions. Kalin Lucas (23 points) missed a tying free throw and jump shot for the Spartans (17-4, 7-2), who played without virus-riddled Raymar Morgan. ... Gerald Henderson scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half to lead No. 1 Duke (19-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) to a 79-54 win over visiting Virginia (7-10, 1-5), which committed 23 turnovers. ... Kathleen Nash had 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead the No. 16 Texas women (15-5, 3-3 Big 12) to a 58-55 win over No. 4 and host Baylor (17-3, 5-2). ... The visiting Towson women (12-7, 4-5 Colonial Athletic Association) failed to hold on to a one-point lead in the final minute of regulation and fell to Delaware (11-9, 3-6) in overtime, 64-59. Towson's Katrina Wheeler had 15 points and 11 rebounds. ... Kaitlin Grant scored 15, but the Loyola women (8-13, 3-8 MAAC) made just four shots in the second half in losing, 60-41, to visiting Fairfield (14-8, 9-2).
NHL: : Alex Ovechkin scored three goals for his seventh career hat trick and second of the season to lead the host Washington Capitals to a 7-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Ovechkin scored his goals in the first two periods with Sergei Fedorov getting assists on each.
NBA: : Paul Pierce scored 36 points with eight rebounds and six assists, and the Boston Celtics won their 11th straight game, beating the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves, 109-101, while Kevin Garnett was out sick. Al Jefferson scored 34 for the Timberwolves. ... LeBron James scored 33 and Mo Williams and Daniel Gibson sparked a 15-2 fourth-quarter run as the visiting Cavaliers beat the Pistons, 90-80, for their sixth win in seven games. ... Dwight Howard had 29 points and 14 rebounds, and visiting Orlando never trailed in beating host Toronto, 113-90, for its third straight win. ... Kevin Martin scored 37 and host Sacramento beat Oklahoma City, 122-118, in overtime to end an eight-game losing streak.
Golf: : After bogeying the final hole of regulation, Kenny Perry finished off Charley Hoffman in a playoff, making a 22-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole in the PGA FBR Open in Scottsdale, Ariz.