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Associated Press

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 8:36 AM


Nets clinch playoff berth

UNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets ended one long streak and continued another as they clinched an NBA playoff berth.

Joe Johnson poured in 32 points and Shaun Livingston added 17 as the Nets downed Houston 105-96. Brooklyn ran its home winning streak to an NBA team-record 14 straight games and beat the Rockets for the first time in 15 tries.

The Nets held the NBA's second-highest scoring team 11 points below its average and finished its non-conference schedule with an 18-12 record.

James Harden had 32 points for the Rockets, who have dropped two straight since a five-game winning streak.

Also in the NBA:

- Golden State pulled out a 122-120 win at Dallas on Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry's jumper in the final second of overtime. Curry finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, Klay Thompson had a team-high 27 points and Jermaine O'Neal added 20. Dirk Nowitzki had 33 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks, who dropped from seventh in the Western Conference to ninth

- LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 31 points, 15 rebounds and six assists as Portland outscored the Los Angeles Lakers 124-112. Damian Lillard had 34 points and eight assists to help the Trail Blazers pick up their fourth straight win.


Astros open with win over Yankees

UNDATED (AP) — Baseball's worst team in 2013 has opened the new season by knocking off the New York Yankees.

The Astros scored six times against CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh) over the first two innings of a 6-2 win against the Bombers in Houston. Jesus Guzman (GOOZ'-mahn) hit a two-run homer in the Astros' four-run first, one inning before L.J. Hoes went deep against Sabathia.

Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) added a pair of RBI singles and Dexter Fowler doubled twice to back Scott Feldman, who held the Yanks to two hits over 6 2/3 shutout innings.

Checking out the rest of the major league slate:

- Freddie Freeman hit a pair of solo home runs and Jason Heyward added a two-run shot in Atlanta's 5-2 victory at Milwaukee. Alex Wood served up a homer by Carlos Gomez on his first pitch before holding the Brewers to four more hits over seven innings.

- Drew Hutchison won his first start in almost two years by limiting Tampa Bay to three hits over 5 1/3 shutout innings and leading Toronto's 4-2 win over the Rays. Adam Lind put the Blue Jays up 3-0 on a three-run homer in the first off Alex Cobb.

- Texas beat Philadelphia 3-2 on Adrian Beltre's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Shin-Soo Choo reached base four times and scored the tying and winning runs.

- A.J. Pollock went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Arizona's 5-4 win over San Francisco. Wade Miley and the Diamondbacks' bullpen didn't allow a run following Brandon Belt's three-run blast in the top of the first.

- Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) hit a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen tossed four shutout innings to beat San Diego 3-2. Juan Uribe (yoo-REE'-bay) had three of the Dodgers' seven hits.

- Nathan Eovaldi (ee-VAWL'-dee) pitched six innings and Miami made the most of five hits to beat Colorado for the second straight night, 4-3. Eovaldi allowed two runs and six hits while striking out six after Jose Fernandez limited the Rockies to one run in the season opener.

- Brad Miller homered twice and had three RBI's in Seattle's 8-3 pounding of the Angels in Anaheim. Winning pitcher Erasmo Ramirez struck out six and allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings.

- Cleveland's game at Oakland has been postponed by rain and will be made up in a day-night doubleheader Wednesday. It was the first rainout in Oakland since May 1998.


Jays' shortstop and Mets' closer land on DL

UNDATED (AP) — One former New York Met is going to be sidelined at least two weeks, while a current Met could be done for the year. Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes and Mets closer Bobby Parnell have landed on the disabled list just a day after playing on opening day.

Reyes has been shelved after just one at-bat after he pulled a hamstring muscle running the bases. An MRI Tuesday showed Reyes has mild inflammation of the hamstring. He will rest the leg for several days.

Parnell might need surgery after being diagnosed with a partially torn elbow ligament. He complained of tightness in his right elbow after throwing 25 pitches in Monday's game.

Also in the majors on Tuesday:

- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw probably won't be ready to come off the disabled list when he's eligible to be activated on April 14. Kershaw was placed on the DL on Sunday with a swollen muscle in his left upper back.

- Rangers ace Yu Darvish threw an 86-pitch bullpen session and could return to the rotation in the next week. He missed the opening-day start after coming up with a stiff neck about two weeks ago in spring training.

- Los Angeles Angels hitting coach Don Baylor had surgery on his broken right leg, a day after getting hurt while catching the ceremonial first pitch on opening day.

- The World Series-champion Boston Red Sox stopped by the White House for a visit with President Barack Obama. The president praised the Sox for their win last fall and hailed them as a symbol of their city's determined response to the bombing at last year's Boston Marathon.


Woods to miss Masters

UNDATED (AP) — Tiger Woods will miss the Masters for the first time in his career after having surgery on his back.

The world's top-ranked player and four-time Masters champion said on his website that he had surgery Monday in Utah for a pinched nerve that had been hurting him for several months. He withdrew during the final round of the Honda Classic and skipped his title defense at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Woods last won at Augusta National in 2005 and says the surgery was successful and that he will need rehabilitation for several weeks. He says he hopes to be able to return this summer.


Blues pad lead...Pens celebration on hold

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues failed to score a goal during 65 minutes of hockey on Tuesday, but they still increased their lead in the NHL's Western Conference.

Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots and the Blues moved three points ahead of second-place Anaheim by downing Philadelphia 1-0. Miller earned his 29th shutout of the season and stopped the Flyers' two shootout attempts.

T.J. Oshie (OH'-shee) and Kevin Shattenkirk provided the shootout goals for the Blues, who are one point behind Boston for the NHL's overall lead with seven games remaining.

San Jose is still within four points of St. Louis after Brent Burns and Patrick Marleau scored 1:56 apart midway through the third period to lift the Sharks past Edmonton 5-4. The Oilers lost despite Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' two goals and two assists.

Also on ice:

- Rookie Elias Lindholm scored twice and Anton Khudobin (koo-DOH'-bihn) stopped 30 shots as Carolina whipped the Penguins 4-1, preventing the Pens from clinching the Metropolitan Division crown. Chris Kunitz (KOO'-nihts) scored his 35th goal to give Pittsburgh an early lead, and Sidney Crosby picked up his league-high 100th point.

- Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots and the New York Rangers scored twice on special teams to beat the Canucks 3-1 in Vancouver. Benoit Pouliot (POO'-lee-aht) scored the eventual game-winner on a power play and Martin St. Louis (mahr-TAN' san loo-EE') added a short-handed goal midway through the third period.

- Tyler Johnson's short-handed goal broke a 1-1 tie with 7:19 left in Tampa Bay's 3-1 win over Montreal. Ben Bishop made 25 saves as the Lightning ended the Canadiens' five-game winning streak.

- Toronto's eight-game losing streak is over after Dave Bolland and David Clarkson scored 3 ½ minutes apart to give the Maple Leafs a 3-1 lead early in the third period of a 3-2 victory over Calgary. Jonathan Bernier stopped 22 shots to help the Leafs get within one point of Columbus for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

- The Blue Jackets blew a 2-0 lead in the third period and lost 3-2 to Colorado in overtime. Gabriel Landeskog (LAN'-dehs-kahg) was the offensive star, scoring the equalizer with 4:57 left in regulation and the game-winner at 4:27 of overtime.

- Dustin Jeffrey scored twice and Tyler Seguin (SAY'-gihn) notched his 33rd goal of the season as Dallas blew out the Capitals 5-0 in Washington, dropping the Caps two points out of a playoff berth. Kari Lehtonen (KAH'-ree LEH'-toh-nehn) made 35 saves for his fourth shutout of the season.

- Andrew Ladd provided Winnipeg's scoring and Ondrej Pavelec (AHN'-dray PAV'-uh-lehk) handled 29 shots in Winnipeg's 2-1 shootout win against Phoenix. Ladd tallied midway through the first period and scored the lone shootout goal as the Jets put the Coyotes in a tie with Dallas for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

- Tyler Ennis scored twice in the third period and once in a shootout as Buffalo nipped New Jersey 3-2. Ville Leino (VIHL'-ay LAY'-noh) won it by beating Cory Schneider in the ninth shootout round.

- Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist in the New York Islanders' 4-2 win against Florida. Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves as the Isles improved to 4-0-1 in their last five games.


Update on Jim Kelly

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The doctor treating Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly for cancer says Kelly will start chemotherapy and radiation next week.

Dr. Peter Costantino of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, says Kelly is being treated for cancer in his sinus area. Costantino says he's confident the regimen has a good chance of success. If not, he says Kelly's skull-base tumor remains operable.

Kelly underwent surgery in Buffalo last June to remove cancerous cells from his upper jaw. The chemotherapy and radiation will target cancer cells in his maxillary sinus and adjacent tissues.


Rams ink Britt

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Rams have signed receiver Kenny Britt to a free agent deal.

He caught 84 passes for 10 touchdowns in his first two seasons, averaging 18.5 yards per catch in 2010. He has since been hindered by a knee injury and personal issues.

The Rams also added defensive lineman Alex Carrington.

Also in the NFL:

- The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Houston cornerback Brice McCain to a one-year contract.

- The New Orleans Saints have worked out a one-year deal with outside linebacker Parys Haralson, who was acquired shortly before the 2013 opener.

- The Denver Broncos and free agent center Will Montgomery have agreed to terms on a 1-year deal.


Terps advance

UNDATED (AP) — Maryland and Stanford have reached the Final Four in the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

Chiney Ogwumike (shih-NAY' oh-gwuh-MEE'-kay) scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Cardinal rallied to beat North Carolina 74-65. Mikaela Ruef scored a career-high 17 points for Stanford, which put together a 15-2 run in the second half after falling behind 22-9 early in the game.

All-American Alyssa Thomas scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Terrapins held off Louisville 76-73. Lexie Brown added 20 points for the Terps, who led by 12 with just over two minutes remaining.

Shoni Schimmel scored a game-high 31 points but missed a tying 3-pointer off the back rim just before the buzzer.

The fourth-seeded Terrapins will play undefeated Notre Dame on Sunday in Nashville. The No. 2 Cardinal will take on No. 1 Connecticut, the other unbeaten team.


Mustangs rally

NEW YORK (AP) — SMU and Minnesota will play for the men's NIT title Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

Markus Kennedy had 21 points, including the clinching three-point play as the Mustangs rallied to beat Clemson 65-59. SMU trailed by 13 in the second half before advancing.

The Golden Gophers needed overtime to beat Florida State 67-64. Austin Hollins and Deandre Mathieu each had 17 points for Minnesota.


Tigers to lose top scorer to the pros

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU post player Johnny O'Bryant III says he will bypass his senior season and make himself eligible for the NBA draft. O'Bryant, who has been projected as a late first-round or second-round draft pick, led LSU in scoring this season with an average of 15.4 points a game. He also pulled down on average 7.7 rebounds a contest.


Duke assistant to take over in Milwaukee

UNDATED (AP) — Marquette has found a replacement for basketball coach Buzz Williams. Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski (woh-jih-KOW'-skee) has been named the new men's basketball coach at the Milwaukee school. The 37-year-old Wojciechowski takes over for Buzz Williams, who left for Virginia Tech last month.


Vols coach gets new deal

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart says the university is reworking the contract of men's basketball coach Cuonzo (KAHN'-zoh) Martin, who said he intends to remain with the Volunteers. Martin did speak with Marquette about its coaching job, but he pulled his name from consideration.