Spurs, Sixers keep streaking
UNDATED (AP) — A pair of streaks continued in San Antonio last night. The Spurs picked up their 14th consecutive win and sent the Philadelphia 76ers to their 25th straight loss.
Austin Daye had 22 points and Tim Duncan added 19 as the Spurs crushed the Sixers 113-91. Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard and Patty Mills each had 15 points for San Antonio, which took control with a 19-0 run in the first half.
The Spurs won easily without starters Tony Parker, Tiago (tee-AH'-goh) Splitter and Danny Green. They improved to an NBA-best 54-16, giving them a two-game lead over Oklahoma in the Western Conference.
Philadelphia is just one away from tying the league record for consecutive losses set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-11. Philly doesn't play again until Thursday in Houston.
The Thunder kept pace with the Spurs as Kevin Durant had 27 points and eight assists in a 117-96 rout of Denver. Caron (kuh-RAHN') Butler scored 23 points in the Thunder's fourth straight win, while Reggie Jackson chipped in 16 points and a career-high 11 assists.
Checking out the rest of the NBA final scores:
— LeBron James scored 32 points, including a layup with 11.4 seconds left as Miami won for only the fifth time in 12 games, 93-91 over Portland. Chris Bosh finished with 15 points and iced the victory by blocking Damian Lillard's layup in the waning moments.
— The Heat are within two games of the Eastern Conference lead after the first-place Indiana Pacers were beaten 89-77 in Chicago. Taj Gibson contributed 23 points and eight rebounds, while Kirk Hinrich (HYN'-rihk) added 18 points for the Bulls.
— The Los Angeles Clippers were 106-98 winners over Milwaukee behind Blake Griffin's 27 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. Chris Paul had 14 points and seven assists in the Clippers' 12th victory in 13 games.
— Houston has a four-game winning streak after James Harden scored 13 of his 31 points in the third quarter of the Rockets' 100-89 win at Charlotte. Dwight Howard had 10 points and 10 rebounds after missing Houston's previous three games with an ankle injury.
— Mike Conley scored 23 points and Zach Randolph added 17 as Memphis beat Minnesota 109-92. Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') had 14 points and 12 boards in the Grizzlies' eighth victory in 10 games.
— Brooklyn ended a four-game winning streak by blowing a 22-point lead in the second half of a 109-104 overtime loss at New Orleans. Tyreke (ty-REEK') Evans scored 14 of his season-high 33 points while the Pelicans closed the third quarter on a 29-10 run.
— Eric Bledsoe scored 20 points and the Phoenix Suns shot 12-for-24 from 3-point range in a 102-95 victory in Atlanta. Channing Frye had 18 points for the Suns, who picked up their fourth straight win to pull even with Dallas for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
— Andre Drummond had 19 points and 14 rebounds as Detroit hammered Utah 114-94. Rodney Stuckey delivered 19 points for the Pistons, who shot a season-best 55 points and ended a 14-game road losing streak.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL') has been diagnosed with vertigo and isn't expected to play against the visiting New York Knicks on Tuesday. The 7-foot Spaniard missed the second half of Sunday's victory over Orlando after complaining of dizziness and nausea. He spent the night in a hospital, but the Lakers said an MRI of his head was normal.
B's end streak but pad lead...Sharks close gap on Blues.
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins ended their 12-game winning streak on Monday, but they still managed to increase their lead in the NHL's Eastern Conference.
Alex Galchenyuk (gahl-CHEHN'-yuhk) scored the only shootout goal and Montreal slipped into third place in the East by nipping the Bruins 2-1. The Canadiens were on their way to a regulation victory until Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhur-ahn) tallied with 5:26 left in the third period.
Bergeron's goal gives the B's a seven-point lead over Pittsburgh in the East and puts them one point ahead of St. Louis in the overall standings.
The rest of the NHL schedule was also decided by one goal:
— The San Jose Sharks are within two points of West-leading St. Louis following a 2-1 shootout loss at Calgary. Joe Colborne scored the equalizer for the Flames late in the second period before Mike Cammalleri notched the lone shootout goal.
— Ryan McDonagh capped his three-point night by scoring at 1:56 of overtime to give the New York Rangers a 4-3 win against Phoenix. The Coyotes led 3-2 until Dan Girardi scored with 3:28 left in regulation.
— Dwight King scored with 9:24 remaining to lift Los Angeles past the Flyers 3-2 at Philadelphia. Jeff Carter and Justin Williams also scored for the Kings, who blew a 2-0 lead before winning for the 11th time in 14 games.
— Jason Spezza (SPET'-suh) scored in regulation and had the lone shootout goal in Ottawa's 4-3 victory at Tampa Bay. Erik Karlsson had a goal and two assists to help the Senators snap a six-game losing streak.
— Jamie Benn set up power-play goals by Ray Whitney and Tyler Seguin (SAY'-gihn) as Dallas topped Winnipeg 2-1. Kari Lehtonen (LEH'-toph-nehn) stopped 32 shots and was perfect until Bryan Little scored on a power play with 2:44 remaining.
Carolina has a new deal with Faulk
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Justin Faulk to a six-year contract extension worth $29 million. Faulk is second on the Hurricanes with an average of about 23½ minutes of ice time a game. He played for the U.S. at the Sochi Olympics.
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New contract for Flyers' coach...Storm losing Sampson
UNDATED (AP) —Dayton basketball coach Archie Miller has received a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. The announcement came three days before the surprising Flyers take on Stanford in the NCAA regional semifinals.
Negotiations began in December and the extension was signed in February, but Miller asked that it not be announced to avoid distractions during the regular season. In his third season at Dayton, Miller has led the Flyers to their first trip to the regionals in 30 years. His 62 wins are the fifth best in school history.
In other college basketball news:
— St. John's sophomore forward JaKarr Sampson has decided to give up his final two years of eligibility to enter the upcoming NBA draft. Sampson was the 2013 Big East Rookie of the Year and was an All-Big East second-team selection this season.
— University of Houston men's basketball coach James Dickey says he is stepping down after four seasons with the Cougars because of a family matter that requires his time and energy. The Cougars went 17-16 this season with an 8-10 record in the American Athletic Conference.
— Bowling Green has hired Wichita State assistant Chris Jans as its new head basketball coach. He spent seven years at WSU and reached the NCAA tournament the last three seasons.
— Indiana coach Tom Crean said in a news release that guard Austin Etherington and forward Jeremy Hollowell will transfer. Their departures come on the same day Big Ten freshman of the year Noah Vonleh reportedly decided to leave school early for the NBA.
Goodell, union to meet on workplace environment
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') says the NFL will meet on April 8 with the players union to discuss improving the workplace environment.
Goodell says league representatives have met with some 40 players in the last three months, as well as with the Dolphins and outside organizations in the wake of Miami's bullying tactics.
In other NFL news:
— The Browns have agreed to a contract with offensive lineman Paul McQuistan. The free agent is returning to Cleveland after starting 14 games last season for the Super Bowl champion Seahawks. McQuistan played with Cleveland in 2010.
— The Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets each will receive four compensatory picks in next month's draft for free agents they lost in 2013. The Ravens receive spots in the third, fourth and fifth rounds, with two choices in Round 4. The Jets will get a fourth-rounder and three sixth-rounders.
— A judge in Los Angeles has again refused to release former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper from jail. Sharper is awaiting trial in Los Angeles after pleading not guilty to charges that he raped and drugged two women last year. He was previously released on $1 million bail before being charged in Arizona with similar counts.
Tigers and Orioles deal...Texas loses Soto
UNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have acquired Steve Lombardozzi (lahm-bahr-DOH'-zee) from the Detroit Tigers for fellow infielder Alex Gonzalez. The 25-year-old Lombardozzi hit .259 with two homers and 22 RBIs for the Washington Nationals last season and was dealt to Detroit in December for pitcher Doug Fister. Gonzalez is a 37-year-old infielder who has a .246 average with six major league teams.
In other baseball news:
— Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto (SOH'-toh) has a tear in his left knee that will sideline him for 10 to 12 weeks. The Rangers say that Soto will have surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn cartilage.
— Atlanta has released pitcher Freddy Garcia, who was contending for a spot in the Braves' battered rotation. The 37-year-old right-hander was let go despite a strong outing Sunday, when he limited the New York Mets to an unearned run and two hits over 5 1-3 innings.
— Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Bourn will start the season on the disabled list, opening a spot for outfielder Nyjer Morgan on the opening-day roster. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall will also head north with the team.
— Tampa Bay minor league pitcher Alex Colome (kah-loh-MAY') has been suspended for the first 50 games of the season for a positive steroids test. Colome is the second player suspended this year under the major league drug program following Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
— Pitcher Jose Quintana (kwin-TAH'-nuh) and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $21 million, five-year contract that would increase to $26.5 million if he is eligible for salary arbitration after this season. The deal announced includes two team options that could add $22 million.
Woods unsure about Augusta
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tiger Woods says it's "a little too soon" to know whether his ailing back will be well enough for him to enter the Masters. Speaking at a news conference in Washington, D.C., Woods said he's been trying to get ready for the first major of the year. The Masters is the only major tournament he's never missed.
Woods is off to the worst start of his 18 years on tour, and last week he withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of persistent back pain.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) rallied to reach the quarterfinals at the Sony Open by beating Kirsten Flipkens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Top-ranked Serena Williams had an easier time and eliminated fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe (KEE'-kee VAN'-duh-way) 6-3, 6-1. Williams could meet Sharapova in Thursday's semifinals.
Reports of Ross' demise extremely exaggerated
DALLAS (AP) — Former SMU and NBA basketball player Quinton Ross wants everyone to know he is still alive.
Ross says he woke to a phone loaded with messages from people concerned about his well-being. He went online and found The New York Post had run a story identifying him as a man found dead and buried on a beach.
Ross lives near Dallas and attended Monday's NIT game between LSU and SMU.