BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Texas Southern forward Aaric Murray is the Southwestern Athletic Conference player of the year. Murray was also named defensive player of the year in voting by SWAC coaches and sports information directors released Monday. Southern swept the other three awards.
VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Gio Gonzalez struck out the first five batters he faced then struggled to get out of the second inning as the Washington Nationals lost to the Houston Astros 7-3 Monday night. Houston starter Lucas Harrell allowed one run and recorded 10 groundball outs in four innings.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Seth Jones scored at 3:49 of overtime and the Nashville Predators defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-3 Monday night. Ryan Ellis broke in alone on goaltender Robin Lehner and Jones was there to bang home the loose puck. The win allowed the Predators to snap a four-game losing streak.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vanderbilt has finished the past two seasons ranked in the Top 25. Now the Commodores are preparing for spring practice with a new coach in Derek Mason and trying to build off their recent success. Mason said Monday that he has a team that knows how to win.
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