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Despite cold Curry, Durant and Warriors beat 76ers 119-108

Kevin Durant had 27 points in his return to the lineup and the Golden State Warriors overcame the worst 3-point shooting performance of Stephen Curry's career in a 119-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. Curry was 0 for 11 from 3-point range. That topped his previous worst outing without making a 3 when he went 0 for 10 from distance on Nov. 4 against the Lakers. The two-time...
DeRozan's jumper, 37 points lead Raptors past Knicks, 92-91

DeRozan's jumper, 37 points lead Raptors past Knicks, 92-91

DeMar DeRozan made a turnaround jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining, finishing with 37 points and leading the Toronto Raptors to a 92-91 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night. The Raptors won their fourth in a row, doing it with DeRozan and defense after learning earlier in the day that All-Star Kyle Lowry will have right wrist surgery that could sideline him the rest of the regular season...

Kennesaw State advances with 80-78 win over USC Upstate

Kendrick Ray scored 24 points, Aubrey Williams dropped in the go-ahead layup and No. 5 seed Kennesaw State held off fourth-seeded South Carolina-Upstate for an 80-78 win in the Atlantic Sun quarterfinals Monday night. Williams' bucket with 2:11 left put Kennesaw State back on top 75-74 and sparked a 6-2 spurt to the finish. USC Upstate cut the deficit to 77-76 and later to 79-78, both with layups...
Guy, Perrantes help No. 23 Virginia beat No. 5 UNC 53-43

Guy, Perrantes help No. 23 Virginia beat No. 5 UNC 53-43

Kyle Guy scored 17 points, London Perrantes had 13 and No. 23 Virginia used a small lineup to neutralize No. 5 North Carolina's size in a 53-43 victory Monday night. Guy connected on five 3-pointers for Virginia (20-9, 10-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) and Perrantes hit three, continuing to emerge from a shooting slump that contributed greatly to a four-game skid for the Cavaliers. Joel Berry II scored...
On point: Guard Deron Williams signs with champion Cavaliers

On point: Guard Deron Williams signs with champion Cavaliers

After rattling off several reasons for signing with the Cavaliers, Deron Williams got around to the one that matters most. He wants a ring. "Competing for a championship is something that I haven't had a chance to do," he said. Williams, an Olympian and three-time All-Star who has never made it to the NBA Finals, signed as a free agent on Monday with the Cavs, giving the defending champions...

Quarantined Parise, Pominville out for Wild with mumps

Minnesota Wild forwards Zach Parise and Jason Pominville have been diagnosed with mumps and must miss at least three games. The Wild announced Monday, shortly before faceoff against Los Angeles, that Parise and Pominville have the highly contagious virus along with other members of the organization. The veteran wings have been placed in isolation for a five-day period, meaning they'll at least miss...
NFL teams get jump start on franchise tags

NFL teams get jump start on franchise tags

And a person with knowledge of the details said the New York Giants have told defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul that he, too, will get the franchise tag. The person with direct knowledge of the move spoke on condition of anonymity because the Giants didn't announce the decision. The Giants have to designate Pierre-Paul a franchise player by 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday. He will earn roughly $17 million this...
Pelicans searching for right plan with Cousins in fold

Pelicans searching for right plan with Cousins in fold

As Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins hoisted up extra shots near one another after practice, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry stood in a far corner of the club's practice gym, trying to explain why New Orleans hasn't won in three games since the All-Star big men became teammates. "We have to become more consistent, and the only way you can become more consistent, I think, is that you've got to consistently...
Mets minor leaguer Tebow hits 9 homers in batting practice

Mets minor leaguer Tebow hits 9 homers in batting practice

Tim Tebow quickly got into the swing of spring training, hitting nine home runs in batting practice Monday during his first workout with the New York Mets. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback is hoping to make to the majors as an outfielder. He signed a minor league contract last September. The 29-year-old Tebow played in the Arizona Fall League, struggling against top prospects from...
Steelers sign Brown to new deal, place franchise tag on Bell

Steelers sign Brown to new deal, place franchise tag on Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert stressed earlier this month one of the team's biggest goals during the offseason was to make wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell vital parts of the organization "for life." Done and well, on its way to being done. The Steelers signed Brown to a new five-year contract on Monday, following through on a promise the club...
Stars acquire Greg Pateryn from Canadiens for Jordie Benn

Stars acquire Greg Pateryn from Canadiens for Jordie Benn

The Montreal Canadiens acquired Jordie Benn from the Dallas Stars for Greg Pateryn and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft in an exchange of defensemen Monday. The move, made two days before the NHL trade deadline, came a month after the Canadiens picked up Nikita Nestorov from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a sixth-round pick. Benn, the older brother of Dallas All-Star Jamie Benn, is a left-shot defenseman...
Maple Leafs acquire Brian Boyle from Lightning

Maple Leafs acquire Brian Boyle from Lightning

The Maple Leafs acquired Boyle in a trade with the Lightning on Monday for a 2017 second-round pick and minor league forward Byron Froese. The 32-year-old defensive-minded forward joins a young Toronto team that's trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Boyle leaves behind Tampa Bay, which went to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015 and the Eastern Conference final last year before struggling...
Author, newspaper columnist Jay Cronley dies at 73

Author, newspaper columnist Jay Cronley dies at 73

Oklahoma-based author Jay Cronley, whose books were made into movies starring some of Hollywood's most notable funnymen, has died at age 73. The longtime Tulsa newspaper columnist died Sunday night at his home of an apparent heart attack, his daughter Samantha Noel told The Associated Press. She said he would want to be remembered for his writing, humor and creativity. "He would find humor in...
Tebow learns from Jacksonville neighbor Daniel Murphy

Tebow learns from Jacksonville neighbor Daniel Murphy

After struggling in the Arizona Fall League last year, New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow turned his attention to his hometown of Jacksonville for some help and inspiration. Washington second baseman Daniel Murphy, a former Met, also lives in the north Florida city. "We became friends and went up to a place by our houses and trained a lot. He's as much as an addict for sports as I am," Tebow...
Knicks waive Brandon Jennings, lose Joakim Noah to surgery

Knicks waive Brandon Jennings, lose Joakim Noah to surgery

Brandon Jennings is gone and Joakim Noah had knee surgery. If the New York Knicks are going to make a playoff push, it will come without two of the key veterans they signed last summer. Jennings was waived Monday and the Knicks signed guard Chasson Randle to replace him. Noah had a left knee arthroscopy later in the day to remove a loose body. The Knicks said he will be re-evaluated in three to four...
UConn still No. 1 in AP women's poll; rest of top 5 shuffles

UConn still No. 1 in AP women's poll; rest of top 5 shuffles

UConn remains the No. 1 team in The Associated Press women's basketball poll while the rest of the top five were shuffled Monday. The Huskies improved their winning streak to 103 games, cruising to wins over Temple and Memphis. UConn closes out its regular season Monday at South Florida. Baylor, Notre Dame, Maryland and South Carolina follow UConn. The Terrapins dropped two spots after losing to then-No...
Is that a joke? Oscar mix-up leads to funny memes, tweets

Is that a joke? Oscar mix-up leads to funny memes, tweets

The best picture Oscar blunder prompted snickering from Ryan Gosling and a cascade of politically tinged jokes on Twitter, with some even declaring Hillary Clinton the winner. Billy Crystal tweeted : "Amazing ending. Wish that had happened on Election Day." Seth MacFarlane chimed in : "You know what the problem is -- millions of Academy members voted illegally." The sarcasm started...
Pique and Ramos in spat as title race heats up in Spain

Pique and Ramos in spat as title race heats up in Spain

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique thinks Real Madrid is being helped by the referees. Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos thinks Pique should mind his own business. The players got into a little spat after the weekend games in the Spanish league, each defending his club as the title race heats up. Pique helped Barcelona earn a difficult 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid on Sunday, then watched Madrid erase a...
College basketball rankings (2/27/2017): Kansas new No. 1 in AP Poll Top 25 as Butler rises, Duke falls

College basketball rankings (2/27/2017): Kansas new No. 1 in AP Poll Top 25 as Butler rises, Duke falls

Gonzaga is no longer undefeated. So there’s a new No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 college basketball rankings.
AP Top 25: Kentucky, Florida continue ascent in Week 17 Associated Press college basketball poll

AP Top 25: Kentucky, Florida continue ascent in Week 17 Associated Press college basketball poll

John Calipari has his Kentucky team rounding into form as the regular season draws to a close. The new AP Top 25 was released on Monday, and the Wildcats are still the class of the SEC with a No. 9 ranking in the latest poll. Kentucky made a statement with a pair of wins last week, handling business against Mizzou on Tuesday before taking down Florida in a clash of the SEC’s elite on Saturday...
Kansas moves to No. 1 in AP poll, Villanova 2nd, UCLA 3rd

Kansas moves to No. 1 in AP poll, Villanova 2nd, UCLA 3rd

Kansas could have rested easy after clinching a share of its 13th straight Big 12 title. Instead, the Jayhawks hit the road to beat Texas on Saturday, clinching the outright championship with two games left in the regular season. And when top-ranked Gonzaga and second-ranked Villanova dropped games last week, it meant the Jayhawks ascended to the top of The Associated Press poll. So much for taking...
4 players could miss Match Play in detour to the Masters

4 players could miss Match Play in detour to the Masters

The road to the Masters isn't what it used to be. For the last three years, Adam Scott has played at least three tournaments in Florida before heading to the Masters. Upon leaving the Honda Classic this year, he will log more than 19,000 miles before he arrives at Augusta National. That journey includes a trip home to Australia. It does not include an appearance at the Dell Match Play in Austin, Texas...
Goal-line technology may have ended PSV's Dutch title hopes

Goal-line technology may have ended PSV's Dutch title hopes

After PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet made the save, he made a costly mistake. Zoet saved a close-range header from Feyenoord defender Jan-Arie van der Heijden, but after holding the ball up on the goal-line, he inexplicably dragged the ball back into his arms and into the goal, across the line by a hair's breadth. A screen on referee Bas Nijhuis' wrist lit up. Nijhuis looked down, saw the word...
Russian athletes fight back against doping, state control

Russian athletes fight back against doping, state control

A group of Russian track and field athletes want to beat dopers with science and show that their country can win cleanly. Formed in the shadow of Russia's doping scandals, the Rocket Science Project is hoping to encourage whistleblowers and create an independent training camp with a strict no-drugs policy. The group says ignorance and greed have driven Russian athletes to use drugs for years as a...
Russian opposition struggles 2 years after Nemtsov killing

Russian opposition struggles 2 years after Nemtsov killing

Two years after he was killed near the Kremlin, Boris Nemtsov can still attract crowds of supporters. But his death left in tatters Russia's opposition movement, which is struggling with infighting and seems unable to rally behind one unifying figure. In the largest Russian opposition protest in months, thousands marched Sunday across Moscow to commemorate Nemtsov's life, demand a thorough investigation...
Oscars mistake puts consulting firm's reputation in jeopardy

Oscars mistake puts consulting firm's reputation in jeopardy

For 82 years, accounting and consulting firm PwC has enjoyed a reputational boon from handling the balloting process at the Academy Awards. Now its hard-won image as a dependable partner is under threat. The company has apologized for a colossal mistake at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night when actors Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty wrongly announced the top Oscar went to "La La Land,"...
Oscars mistake puts consulting firm's reputation in jeopardy

Oscars mistake puts consulting firm's reputation in jeopardy

For 82 years, accounting and consulting firm PwC has enjoyed a reputational boon from handling the balloting process at the Academy Awards. Now its hard-won image as a dependable partner is under threat. The company has apologized for a colossal mistake at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night when actors Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty wrongly announced the top Oscar went to "La La Land,"...
Oscars mistake puts consulting firm's reputation in jeopardy

Oscars mistake puts consulting firm's reputation in jeopardy

For 82 years, accounting and consulting firm PwC has enjoyed a reputational boon from handling the balloting process at the Academy Awards. Now its hard-won image as a dependable partner is under threat. The company has apologized for a colossal mistake at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night when actors Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty wrongly announced the top Oscar went to "La La Land,"...
7-foot-7 'Game of Thrones' actor Neil Fingleton dies at 36

7-foot-7 'Game of Thrones' actor Neil Fingleton dies at 36

Neil Fingleton, a 7-foot 7-inch actor who played the giant Mag the Mighty in "Game of Thrones" has died at 36. The Tall Persons Club says Fingleton, who was Britain's tallest man, died Saturday. British media reported the cause as heart failure. Fingleton was recognized by Guinness World Records in 2007 as the U.K.'s tallest man. Born in northeast England in 1980, Fingleton told the Guinness...

Russian bandy teams face punishment after 20 own-goals

Two clubs in the winter sport of bandy raced to put the ball into their own nets 20 times on Sunday and now face disciplinary action. The Russian Super League game in the northern city of Arkhangelsk finished in an 11-9 win for Baikal-Energiya against local club Vodnik. It was 0-0 with 22 minutes to go before Vodnik player Oleg Pivovarov scored three own goals. Baikal-Energiya responded with nine...
Party time! Outlaw, Smoke, Gronk turn Daytona 500 into bash

Party time! Outlaw, Smoke, Gronk turn Daytona 500 into bash

The Outlaw, Smoke and Gronk turned the Daytona 500 into party central. The good times were just getting started in victory lane Sunday night. Flanked by sexy models, the triumphant trio chugged drinks and gave NASCAR the buzz it craved in the season opener. Might as well go wild for their first celebration on NASCAR's grandest stage. Kurt Busch used a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled Daytona...
Pat Riley says Magic Johnson will win with the Lakers

Pat Riley says Magic Johnson will win with the Lakers

Pat Riley has never doubted Magic Johnson, and isn't about to start now. Riley believes Johnson will succeed in what looks like a daunting task of getting the Los Angeles Lakers back to prominence. After the Lakers cleaned house this past week, Johnson and Riley are contemporaries — Riley as president of the Miami Heat, Johnson in the same role out in L.A., where they won four titles together...
Fowler joins friends in winning and extends youth movement

Fowler joins friends in winning and extends youth movement

Golf's youngest and biggest stars keep winning. Rickie Fowler has mostly been watching. He wasn't in Hawaii when Justin Thomas swept the Aloha State by a combined 10 shots, including a PGA Tour record for 72 holes and a 59 at the Sony Open. He took off the final two weeks of the West Coast swing when Jordan Spieth blew away all his challengers at Pebble Beach, and Dustin Johnson was overwhelming at...
Griffin scores 43, Clippers hold off Hornets 124-121 in OT

Griffin scores 43, Clippers hold off Hornets 124-121 in OT

Since returning from knee surgery last month, a healthy Blake Griffin has been on quite a tear. His performance Sunday night was the most impressive yet. Griffin scored a season-high 43 points and added 10 rebounds and five assists as the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Charlotte Hornets 124-121 in overtime. "He's played like he's on a mission," teammate J.J. Redick said. "I don't...

Wild acquire center Martin Hanzal in trade with Coyotes

The Wild traded a 2017 first-round pick, 2018 second-round pick and conditional 2019 fourth-round pick and minor leaguer Grayson Downing to the Arizona Coyotes for Hanzal, forward Ryan White and a 2017 fourth-round pick. It's a hefty price for the 30-year-old pending unrestricted free agent but one the Wild are willing to pay ahead of Wednesday's NHL trade deadline. "We're just putting our chips...
Westbrook scores 41 in triple-double as Thunder top Pelicans

Westbrook scores 41 in triple-double as Thunder top Pelicans

Russell Westbrook blew past Steven Adams' pick and saw 6-foot-11, 270-pound DeMarcus Cousins slide over to block his path to the rim. Westbrook didn't care. Oklahoma City's 6-3 point guard leaped up and uncorked a devastating right-handed jam over the new member of the New Orleans Pelicans. It drew Cousins' sixth foul with 2:38 to go, and the Thunder led the rest of the way. Westbrook scored 41 points...
Chase Elliott suffers more heartbreak, this time at Daytona

Chase Elliott suffers more heartbreak, this time at Daytona

Chase Elliott thought he would be celebrating the first Cup victory of his career in the prestigious Daytona 500. Instead, he wound up a passenger in a car driven by his father out the gates of Daytona International Speedway after a crushing defeat. Elliott led 39 laps Sunday in the season opener and seemed to have control of the field until he ran out of gas and faded to a 14th-place finish. In the...

Trump's choice to be Navy secretary withdraws

President Donald Trump's choice to be secretary of the Navy, businessman Philip Bilden, said Sunday he was withdrawing from consideration for the post, citing concerns about privacy and separating himself from his business interests. Bilden's withdrawal raises similar issues to that of Vincent Viola, Trump's nominee for Army secretary who stepped aside earlier this month. Just last week, the Pentagon...
Indians, Cubs tie 1-all in 1st matchup since World Series

Indians, Cubs tie 1-all in 1st matchup since World Series

Danny Salazar breezed through his first outing for the Cleveland Indians this spring. No extra adrenaline from facing the Chicago Cubs. No interest in revisiting the World Series. Just another day at work. Salazar pitched two crisp innings, and Cleveland and Chicago played to a 1-1 tie in the Cactus League on Sunday. "I was just trying to work on my fastball," said Salazar, who allowed one...
Nicklaus says Woods' status is puzzling

Nicklaus says Woods' status is puzzling

Jack Nicklaus says he was "painting a picture" when he suggested after a practice round with Tiger Woods at the 1996 Masters that Woods had the game to win at least 10 green jackets. He referred to Woods as a "puzzle" on Sunday at the Honda Classic. In an interview before making an appearance in the NBC Sports broadcast booth, Nicklaus was raving about the growing number of young...

LA Kings acquire goalie Ben Bishop in trade with Lightning

The Los Angeles Kings have decided to make their postseason push with two dependable veteran goalies sharing the crease. Los Angeles acquired Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday in a trade including goalie Peter Budaj and an exchange of draft picks. The Kings will pair Bishop with Jonathan Quick in a formidable tandem down the stretch as they attempt to make the playoffs for the seventh...
Fowler finally makes it easy in Honda Classic victory

Fowler finally makes it easy in Honda Classic victory

Rickie Fowler didn't care about pretty. He cared about winning. Staked to a four-shot lead, Fowler hit one putt into a sprinkler hole and a tee shot into the water. But when his lead was cut to one shot, Fowler answered with two big birdie putts to regain control and finished off a four-shot victory in the Honda Classic. The bogey-bogey finish kept him from setting the 72-hole record at PGA National...
The Latest: 'Moonlight' wins best picture Academy Award

The Latest: 'Moonlight' wins best picture Academy Award

The Latest on the 89th Academy Awards (all times local): 9:15 p.m. The coming-of-age drama "Moonlight" is the winner of the best picture Academy Award. The film won after the end of the awards ceremony was plunged into chaos after "La La Land" was mistakenly announced as the best picture winner. Presenter Warren Beatty says he paused so long before the name was read because the...
Injured Milos Raonic withdraws, Sock wins Delray Beach Open

Injured Milos Raonic withdraws, Sock wins Delray Beach Open

Top-seeded Milos Raonic withdrew from the Delray Beach Open final Sunday after injuring his hamstring a day earlier, giving the title to Jack Sock. Raonic slightly tore his right hamstring Saturday night, feeling a sharp pain while chasing down a drop shot in his semifinal victory over Juan Martin del Potro. Raonic tried to ignore the discomfort, opting to go to sleep and hoping he would feel fine...
After cup win, Mourinho hopes Ibrahimovic stays at United

After cup win, Mourinho hopes Ibrahimovic stays at United

Six months into their first seasons at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have collected their first winners' medals. Just how long this partnership of serial winners endures at United remains uncertain. There's little doubt Mourinho wants Ibrahimovic to commit to staying at United into next season, especially after the 35-year-old striker's double clinched the League Cup with...
The Latest: Kurt Busch wins Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas

The Latest: Kurt Busch wins Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas

The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Kurt Busch has won the Daytona 500, surviving a crash-filled season opener to win the race for the first time in 16 tries. Busch passed Kyle Larson final lap before cruising to the victory. Larson ran out gas shortly after passing Chase Elliott, who also came up short on fuel. Busch led only one lap — the only one that mattered. He won...
Kurt Busch steals monster victory by winning Daytona 500

Kurt Busch steals monster victory by winning Daytona 500

Decked in Monster gear and chugging a tall boy of the energy drink as he was flanked by scantily clad models and one of pro sports' top partiers, Kurt Busch celebrated the biggest win of his racing career. It was Monster Madness! Busch used a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled Daytona 500 on Sunday in the opening race of Monster Energy's new role as title sponsor of NASCAR's top series. Busch,...
Joseph Wapner, star of 'The People's Court,' dead at 97

Joseph Wapner, star of 'The People's Court,' dead at 97

Joseph Wapner, the retired Los Angeles judge who presided over "The People's Court" with steady force during the heyday of the reality courtroom show, died Sunday at age 97. Son David Wapner told The Associated Press that his father died at home in his sleep. Joseph Wapner was hospitalized a week ago with breathing problems and had been under home hospice care. "The People's Court,"...
Top 25 REWIND: Top-ranked Gonzaga to fall after loss to BYU

Top 25 REWIND: Top-ranked Gonzaga to fall after loss to BYU

Top-ranked Gonzaga had an undefeated regular season in its sights, facing a 20-point underdog in the final game at The Kennel. Instead of racing toward history, the Zags fell flat, losing 79-71 to Brigham Young on Saturday night. The undefeated season is history. So is Gonzaga's No. 1 ranking, possibly its No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, too. Now the Zags face the same question every other previously...
Turner leads Notre Dame past Florida State for ACC title

Turner leads Notre Dame past Florida State for ACC title

It wasn't always a smooth ride for Muffet McGraw's Notre Dame team this season, but the Fighting Irish are back in familiar territory once again. Brianna Turner scored 24 points to lead No. 5 Notre Dame to its fourth straight ACC regular season title with a 79-61 win over No. 8 Florida State on Sunday. After being voted the preseason No. 1 team, the Irish occasionally took some lumps and struggled...
Former NHL enforcer suspended as youth coach following brawl

Former NHL enforcer suspended as youth coach following brawl

Former NHL enforcer Andrew Peters has been suspended indefinitely as coach of a youth hockey team pending a Buffalo police investigation into his role in an on-ice brawl. Buffalo Junior Sabres president Kevyn Adams announced the suspension Sunday, a day after the melee occurred during a game between the Peters-coached 15-and-Under team and the Ontario-based Hamilton Junior Bulldogs. A video posted...
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's double wins League Cup for Man United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's double wins League Cup for Man United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic powered in a late header to win the League Cup for Manchester United on Sunday, sealing a 3-2 victory over Southampton after a two-goal lead was thrown away by Jose Mourinho's side. It was Ibrahimovic's second goal in the final after putting United ahead from a free kick, taking the 35-year-old Swede's tally to 26 goals in an incredible first season at United where his performances...
Midwest, Wyoming lawmakers target wolf protections again

Midwest, Wyoming lawmakers target wolf protections again

Pressure is building in Congress to take gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and Wyoming off the endangered list, which would allow farmers to kill the animals if they threaten livestock. Representatives from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming have asked House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin for a fast floor vote before the season during which most cows and sheep will give birth begins...
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