National Sports

Oh no! Short-side goals rise as shooters adjust to goalies

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer It's the kind of goal that makes fans groan because the goalie probably should've stopped it. A shooter skating down the wing or even behind the net fires the puck between a goaltender and the near post for a short-side goal. It looks like it shouldn't go ...

After losing Love for weeks, LeBron and Cavs beat Wolves

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James spent the morning sending a crystal clear message to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the wake of Kevin Love's knee injury: things will be just fine as long as James is on the court. He spent the night backing that up ...

No. 13 Kentucky easily handles Tennessee, 83-58

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Showing long-range accuracy wasn't enough for Kentucky guard Malik Monk, who made an even bigger impression going up for rebounds more often than even he expected. Others also registered all-out effort on both ends and typified the ...

Cousins scores 40 points, Kings hold off Lakers 97-96

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Good fortune overcame sketchy play by the Sacramento Kings in the closing minutes after they blew a 13-point lead. DeMarcus Cousins had 40 points and 12 rebounds, and the Kings hung on to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 97-96 on Tuesday night ...

Russia recruiting Australian cyclist for Olympic team

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is hoping to recruit former world champion track cyclist Shane Perkins of Australia in a push for medals at the 2020 Olympics. Perkins said Wednesday in a Facebook statement that he "will now be riding for Russia," alongside a picture of himself in Russian team ...

Century mark! UConn women win 100th straight game

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Add 100 consecutive wins to the UConn Huskies' long list of milestones. Given the team's glitzier numbers linked to national championships, 11 titles and counting, it may seem ho-hum with no added significance. Geno Auriemma's ...

Nuggets tie NBA mark with 24 3s in 132-110 win over Warriors

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — The sellout crowd at the Pepsi Center came to see the sharpshooters, and they did. Only, it wasn't the Golden State Warriors hitting from long range, but the short-handed Denver Nuggets. "Once we saw a few go in, we just wanted to keep ...

Texas Tech starts fast, rallies to beat No. 4 Baylor 84-78

By PHIL TERRIGNO, Associated Press LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans and Texas Tech didn't have to wait long for another chance against a top-five team at home. This time, the Red Raiders came out on top with a late rally after blowing a big early lead. Evans scored 23 points, Niem ...

Spurs top Pacers for NBA-record 20th straight winning season

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kawhi Leonard kept the faith Monday night. Eventually, LaMarcus Aldridge came through, too. Together, the new faces of the Spurs produced a familiar result — a 110-06 victory at Indiana for another milestone moment. With their 42nd ...

No. 8 Louisville outlasts Syracuse in overtime, 76-72

By MARK FRANK, Associated Press SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse made a Herculean comeback, but Louisville had Superman on its side. At least that's how the two Hall of Fame coaches put it. Seldom-used Ryan McMahon scored all seven of his points in overtime, Anas Mahmoud added five straight ...

Doc’s All-Star Game advice: best to keep your enemies happy

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer If Doc Rivers had any advice for Steve Kerr, it would probably be to forget about Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry at the All-Star Game. Worry about making Russell Westbrook happy, instead. Rivers said his strategy when he coached the midseason game was ...

Northwestern secures big win, beats No. 7 Wisconsin 66-59

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Northwestern Wildcats were dancing on the sideline before the second half started. They were downright giddy by the end of the game, stomping off the Kohl Center court. In beating No. 7 Wisconsin 66-59 on Sunday, Northwestern ...

Cousins scores 28 points to lead Kings over Pelicans 105-99

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Although still soul searching to find the right mental perspective on the court, DeMarcus Cousins continues to deliver big numbers for the Sacramento Kings. Cousins had 28 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for the Kings, who beat the New Orleans Pelicans 105-99 ...

Top 25 Rewind: Poll to choose Gonzaga or Villanova at No. 1

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer The NCAA Tournament selection committee released preliminary seeds this weekend, putting Villanova as the top overall seed. The Wildcats are No. 2 in the AP Top 25 , so the committee clearly viewed the Wildcats' resume to be better than top-ranked ...

PSG’s Lucas jokes that way to stop Messi is to ‘tie him up’

By JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas jokes that the only way to stop Lionel Messi is "to tie him up." The Brazilian can afford to laugh for he doesn't have to defend against Messi on Tuesday night, when Barcelona arrives for the first leg of ...

Tennis umpire Gabas has surgery after being hit in eye

LONDON (AP) — Tennis umpire Arnaud Gabas has had surgery on a fractured bone under his left eye after being hit by a ball struck by Canadian player Denis Shapovalov during a Davis Cup match. The International Tennis Federation says "chair umpire Arnaud Gabas has undergone successful surgery ...

Green gets rare triple-double as Warriors beat Grizzlies

By CLAY BAILEY, Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Draymond Green's triple-double was like no other in NBA history. Green scored only four points but finished with 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals as the Golden State Warriors beat Memphis 122-107 on Friday night for their first win ...

Dolan bans Oakley from MSG; Ex-Knick tweets thanks to fans

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan banned Charles Oakley from the arena Friday, though said he was open to reconciling with the former Knicks forward. In an interview with ESPN Radio's Michael Kay, Dolan also confirmed a report ...

Jordan Spieth makes putts, beats fog in Pebble Beach Pro-Am

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Jordan Spieth knew the pin position on the ninth hole at Spyglass Hill as much by memory as by sight, which was a good thing considering the fog creeping across the Monterey Peninsula on Friday. The crowd behind the green couldn't ...

Fitzpatrick’s Jets contract voids, QB becomes free agent

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Fitz Magic has officially disappeared for the New York Jets. Ryan Fitzpatrick's contract was voided Friday, as expected, making the veteran quarterback a free agent. Fitzpatrick re-signed with the Jets last July on a one-year, $12 ...