Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- JayVaughn Pinkston scored eight of his 15 points in the final 3:20 to help No. 6 Villanova fend off Xavier 77-70 Thursday night, clinching its first outright Big East Championship in 32 years.
Darrun Hilliard led Villanova (27-3, 15-2, Big East) with 19 points, while James Bell scored 12 and Ryan Arcidiacono added 11 in the Wildcats' 11th win in 12 games.
Xavier (20-11, 10-8) was playing its first game without starting center Matt Stainbrook, who strained the MCL in his left knee during the team's loss to Seton Hall Monday.
The Musketeers trailed by ten with 9:40 left in the game, but Justin Martin scored nine of his game-high 20 points from that point on, as Xavier whittled the Wildcats' lead to three with 24 seconds remaining. But after that, Josh Hart and Bell both converted two free throws for Villanova and Xavier didn't score again, securing the win for the Wildcats.
This is the first time Villanova has won the Big East title outright since the 1981-82 season.
Jared Wickerham/Getty Images Sport(NEW YORK) -- The University of South Carolina suspended its men's basketball coach Frank Martin one game on Thursday.
The suspension is a result of Martin yelling and swearing at freshman Duane Notice during the Gamecocks loss to Florida Tuesday night. The situation was caught on video and went viral.
"The one-game suspension is a result of inappropriate verbal communication as it relates to the well-being of our student-athletes," South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said in a statement Thursday.
Associate head coach Matt Figers will replace Martin in the team's regular-season finale at Mississippi State.
Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts signed linebacker D'Qwell Jackson on Thursday.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports it's a four-year, $22 million deal, with $11 million guaranteed.
"We are pleased to announce the signing of inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson," Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said in a statement. "He is a team-first guy that has been a very consistent producer on the field. The tempo, energy and determination he plays with are right up there with the best in this league. He brings a welcomed element of experience and natural leadership to our team, and we are excited to add him to the strong nucleus of linebackers we currently have on our roster."
The 30-year-old Jackson played his first seven NFL seasons for the Cleveland Browns. During that time he compiled 824 tackles, 11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, eight interceptions and 28 passes defended.
Jackson is reunited with his former head coach in Cleveland, Rob Chudzinki, who is now special assistant to Colts head coach Chuck Pagano.
Nick Laham/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The Sacramento Kings signed free agent forward Royce White to a 10-day contract on Thursday and assigned him to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA’s Development League.
White was selected by the Rockets with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft. He never suited up with Houston after both sides couldn’t come to an agreement on how to handle his anxiety disorder.
The Rockets suspended him in January 2013 after he refused to report to Rio Grande Valley of the D-League for another tour.
Houston traded White to the 76ers last July 13 and was waived by Philadelphia on Oct. 25.
Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Dynamic punt returner and wide receiver Devin Hester won't be back with the Chicago Bears in 2014.
Hester will become an unrestricted free agent after eight seasons in the windy city.
"From my knowledge, I know that Chicago wants to go a different route with me," Hester told the NFL Network on Wednesday. "All I can say is thanks to the fans for their support. They've always been great to me. Always been loyal. I couldn't have played for a better city than those guys. At the end of my career, I do want to retire as a member of the Bears."
The three-time Pro Bowler tied Hall of Famer Deon Sanders' NFL record with 19 returns for touchdowns last season and brought back 13 of them for punt returns.
"To all my Chicago people ... I can't thank you all enough for my time in Chicago," Hester posted later on his Facebook page. "I've always said I wanted to retire a Chicago Bear but sometimes things don't work out the way we would like. Chicago will always hold a special place in my heart and if I am fortunate enough to break the return record, we will have all broken it together ... no matter where I am. Thank you again and God Bless."
The Bears have signed 10 players who were set to hit the unrestricted free agent market.