National Sports

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 ...

Raiders reward coach Jack Del Rio with new 4-year contract

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders rewarded coach Jack Del Rio with a new four-year contract Friday, replacing the original four-year deal he received when he took the job in January 2015. Owner Mark Davis made the announcement Friday evening by saying the initial deal had been "torn ...

Penn beats Columbia for first league victory

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sam Jones scored a season-high 17 points and AJ Brodeur added 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists to lift Penn over Columbia 70-62 on Friday night for the Quakers' first Ivy League win this season. Matt Howard added 13 points and eight rebounds for Penn (8-12, 1-6), ...

Woods pulls out of next 2 tournaments with back issues

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Tiger Woods pulled out of his next two tournaments because of ongoing back problems, a somber outlook for a 14-time major champion whose comeback barely lasted three tournaments before another setback. Woods said Friday on his ...

NL Central teams at the start of spring training

By The Associated Press A team-by-team look at the National League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad: ___ Chicago Cubs Manager: Joe Maddon (third season). 2016: ...

Durant still loves Oklahoma City despite fans’ frustrations

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As much as it still hurts for so many Oklahomans to see Kevin Durant shine elsewhere, the Golden State star remains committed to the community he called home for nearly a decade. The place where he grew into the basketball player he ...

Spieth not afraid to call out professional autograph seekers

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Jordan Spieth was soaked by rain, beaten by wind and ready to begin the half-mile trek back to the Monterey Peninsula clubhouse after the horn sounded to suspend play in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. That's when a woman behind ...

NBA urges its teams to avoid Twitter wars

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA wants its teams to avoid Twitter wars. The reminder was issued in a memo from the league to all 30 teams on Tuesday. It comes about two weeks after Portland's Twitter account mocked Dallas' Chandler Parsons for airballing a 3-point attempt, a tweet that sparked a ...

A party at Pebble, a return to Florida for Couples

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Even in gloomy weather, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is must-see TV. That pertains to the views more than the golf. This week offers perhaps the biggest social outing in golf, a blend of entertainers (Billy Murray, Justin ...

Durant, Thompson help Warriors bounce back, beat Bulls

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors got their pass-happy, 3-point swishing groove back. That's what they do. When they lose, they find a way to find themselves the very next time out. Never a losing streak. Kevin Durant responded from his ...

Trier’s 22 help No. 9 Arizona escape with win over Stanford

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Stanford is the only Pac-12 school that hasn't beaten Arizona in coach Sean Miller's eight seasons in Tucson. The Cardinal sure came close on Wednesday night. Allonzo Trier scored 22 points and made 12 of 12 from the free-throw line, ...