Update on the latest sports

January 18, 2018 - 6:55 am


Warriors extend road streak

UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors are just two away from tying the NBA record for longest road winning streak in a single season.

Klay Thompson poured in 38 points and the Warriors made it 14 straight road wins by downing the Bulls 119-112. Stephen Curry chipped in 30 points and Kevin Durant added 19 as the Warriors tied the third-longest road winning streak heading into Saturday's showdown with the Rockets in Houston.

Thompson and Curry led the way as Golden State outscored Chicago 32-12 in the third quarter to open a 95-78 lead. Curry sparked a 19-0 run by hitting a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 9:23 left in the period.

The 1971-72 Lakers own the league's longest road winning streak.

Checking out Wednesday's other NBA action:

— Jonas Valanciunas (YOH'-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO'-nuhs) had 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Raptors past the Pistons 96-91. C.J. Miles finished with 21 points to help Toronto avoid its first three-game skid of the season.

— LaMarcus Aldridge delivered 34 points and Patty Milles nailed seven 3-pointers while scoring 24 points in the Spurs' 100-95 win at Brooklyn. The Nets trimmed a 17-point deficit to three before Aldridge converted a three-point play with 53 seconds left.

— Michael Kidd-Gilchrist contributed 21 points and the Hornets scored a franchise-record 77 in the first half of a 133-109 dismantling of the Wizards. Dwight Howard had 18 points and 15 rebounds for Charlotte, which won for the fifth time in seven games.

— The Thunder picked up their third straight win as Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points and Steven Adams had a double-double to lead a 114-90 pounding of the Lakers. Steven Adams finished with 21 points and 10 boards while helping Oklahoma City outrebound Los Angeles 54-30.

— The Heat were 106-101 winners at Milwaukee behind Hassan Whiteside's season-high 27 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks. Goran Dragic and Kelly Olynyk added 15 points apiece to help Miami win for the seventh time in eight games and rebound from Monday's loss at Chicago.

— The Clippers earned their season-high sixth straight win as Blake Griffin furnished 20 points and 12 rebounds in a 109-104 verdict over the Nuggets. Montrezl Harrell added 18 points and Lou Williams had 17 for Los Angeles.

— The Hawks wiped out a 19-point deficit and beat the Pelicans 94-93 on Kent Bazemore's jumper with 2.1 seconds to play. Bazemore led Atlanta with 20 points, while rookie John Collins added 18.

— Tyreke Evans scored three of his 23 points from the free throw line in the closing seconds of the Grizzlies' 105-99 victory against the Knicks. Evans also had 10 assists, while teammate JaMychal Green contributed 18 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis.

— Donovan Mitchell scored 23 of his 34 points in the second half as the Jazz won for only the fifth time in 20 games, 120-105 over the Kings. Rodney Hood had 25 points and eight rebounds, while Derrick Favors had 14 points and 11 boards.


Spurs' Leonard out indefinitely to continue injury rehab

UNDATED (AP) — Houston Rockets guard James Harden practiced Wednesday for the first time since he strained his left hamstring Dec. 31 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Harden stepped onto the court and nailed a couple of corner 3-pointers as he quickly got into the flow of warmups.

The Rockets are 4-3 without Harden, who is leading the NBA in scoring at 32.4 points a game.

In other NBA news:

— The San Antonio Spurs are giving Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard additional time to recover from the right quadriceps injury that forced him to miss the team's first 27 games this season. Leonard is out indefinitely, although general manager R.C. Buford says the All-Star has made significant progress in his recovery. Leonard is averaging 16.2 in nine games this season.

— Houston's Trevor Ariza (ah-REE'-zah) and Gerald Green have been suspended for two games each by the NBA for entering the Clippers' locker room after Monday's game in Los Angeles. The game was marred late by on-court chippiness, some of which led to the ejections of Ariza and the Clippers' Blake Griffin.

— Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha (TAH'-boh sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh) was scheduled to have surgery on his right knee Wednesday. The defensive specialist has decided to repair an avulsion of the medial collateral ligament after suffering the injury against the Hornets on Jan. 12. Sefolosha averaged 8.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 38 games.

— The agent for former NBA star Dennis Rodman says the Hall of Famer has checked into an alcohol rehabilitation center after a weekend DUI arrest in Newport Beach, California. Rodman's agent says Rodman checked into a facility in Paterson, New Jersey, on Wednesday to deal with his longtime struggle with alcoholism.


Villanova rips Georgetown

UNDATED (AP) — Last night's top-25 men's basketball schedule included a blowout win for the No. 1 team, along with numerous upsets.

Jalen Brunson had a team-high 18 points and seven assists as top-ranked Villanova clobbered the Hoyas 88-56. Mikal Bridges added 17 points for the Wildcats, who led by as many as 44 in their fourth consecutive win.

It was the Wildcats' seventh straight victory over Georgetown, and the Hoyas' worst loss since a 33-point setback to Maryland in 1974.

As for the top-25 upsets:

— SMU pulled off a stunner as Shake Milton hit five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 33 points on 11 of 14 shooting to lead the Mustangs' 83-78 victory at seventh-ranked Wichita State. Jahmal McMurray scored 16 for SMU, which ended the Shockers' 27-game home winning streak.

— Eighth-ranked Texas Tech also suffered an upset as Kerwin Roach II scored 20 points in a surprise return to the lineup, leading Texas to a 67-58 decision over the Red Raiders. Roach missed the Longhorns' previous two games and was expected to miss at least a few more after breaking his non-shooting hand.

— Stanford coughed up most of a 15-point lead before Oscar Da Silva scored eight of his 14 points in the final four minutes to help the Cardinal hold off 16th-ranked Arizona State 86-77. Reid Travis had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Stanford, which is 5-1 in the Pac 12 but just 11-8 overall.

— John Petty shot 8-for-13 from 3-point range while scoring a game-high 27 points as Alabama topped No. 17 Auburn 76-71. Dazon Ingram had 16 points for the Crimson Tide, who surged ahead with a 15-5 run in the second half and won while leading scorer Collin Sexton sat out with an abdominal injury.

— Marcus Foster scored 25 points and Creighton never trailed in an 80-63 victory against No. 19 Seton Hall. Ronnie Harrell Jr. added a career-best 18 points off the bench as the Bluejays avenged a December loss to the Pirates.

— Missouri began a 13-2 run midway through the second half to beat 21st-rated Tennessee 59-55. Kevin Puryear had 12 points and 10 rebounds, while teammate Jontay Porter added 10 points and seven boards for the Tigers.

In other top-25 finals:

— No. 11 Xavier avoided an upset as Kerem Kanter scored eight of his 22 points in a 17-2 spurt that pushed the Musketeers past St. John's 88-82. Kanter also matched a personal best with 13 rebounds to help Chris Mack get his team record-setting 203rd career coaching victory at his alma mater.

— No. 14 Arizona went 11-for-19 from beyond the arc and shot 62 percent from the field overall in a 79-58 thrashing of California. Deandre Ayton had 20 points and 11 rebounds in the Wildcats' third straight win.

— Chris Holtmann became the first coach in 95 years to win his first seven Big Ten games as No. 22 Ohio State topped Northwestern 71-65. C.J. Jackson had 12 points, eight assists and three steals in the Buckeyes' sixth consecutive win overall.

— Vladimir Brodziansky had 26 points and No. 24 TCU snapped a three-game losing streak with a 96-73 win over Iowa State. It was the Horned Frogs' first game without starting point guard Jaylen Fisher, who will undergo right knee surgery on Thursday.


Brady misses news conference to meet with medical staff

UNDATED (AP) — The Patriots say quarterback Tom Brady did not attend a scheduled AFC championship news conference Wednesday because he was meeting with the team medical staff for a right hand injury.

According to New England's first injury report of the week, Brady was a limited participant in the practice held earlier in the day.

It was the Patriots' first practice in preparation for Sunday's conference title game against Jacksonville. Defensive lineman Alan Branch and running backs Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead also were limited by knee injuries.

The 40-year-old has never missed a playoff start during his 18-year career.

In other NFL news:

— The Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets will be hiring new offensive coordinators. Todd Haley has been let go after six seasons in Pittsburgh despite overseeing an offense that ranked third in total offense this season. The Jets have announced that they have fired John Morton after one season in which the offense ranked 28th in the NFL.


B's dump Habs

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins continue to put pressure on the Tampa Bay Lightning by pulling within seven points of the NHL's Atlantic Division leaders.

The Bruins are 10-0-4 in their last 14 games following a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Brad Marchand and David Krejci (KRAY'-chee) each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who went ahead for good on Ryan Spooner's goal early in the second period.

Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask stopped 21 shots and blanked Montreal after Jakub Jerabek scored just 31 seconds after the opening faceoff. It was Jerabek's first NHL goal.

Last night's other NHL game had the Ducks scoring four times in the second period to beat the Penguins 5-3. Rickard Rackell (rah-KEHL') and Adam Henrique (hehn-REEK') scored 95 seconds apart before Chris Wagner and Ondrej Kase (AHN'-dray KAH'-shah) tallied later in the middle stanza.

Anaheim ended Pittsburgh's four-game winning streak and improved to 7-3-1 in its last 11.


Penguins G Murray takes leave after father's death

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is taking a leave of absence from the team following the death of his father.

The Penguins say James Murray, Matt's father, died on Tuesday in Ontario, Canada. Matt Murray, who backstopped Pittsburgh to consecutive Stanley Cup titles in 2016 and 2017, will be away from the team indefinitely.


Police interview friends of quarterback who killed himself

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Police are interviewing Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski's friends and people who knew him to try to learn why he apparently took his life.

Police Chief Gary Jenkins says officers have no motive for the death of the 21-year-old athlete, who was found dead in his Pullman, Washington, apartment on Tuesday along with a rifle and a suicide note.

Hilinski backed up Luke Falk this season and was the presumptive starter heading into his junior season.

In other college football news:

— Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens will be the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee, starting next season. He will serve a two-year term. Six new committee members will replace those whose terms have ended.


Jay Bruce has 'unfinished business' in return to Mets

UNDATED (AP) — Jay Bruce says he has "unfinished business" with the New York Mets. Bruce was back at Citi Field on Wednesday, a day after finalizing a three-year, $39 million deal to bring his big bat back to Queens.

The 30-year-old outfielder had a career-high 36 home runs along with a .254 average and 101 RBIs last season. He hit 29 of those homers with the Mets before an August trade sent him to Cleveland.

In other baseball news:

— The Tigers have avoided arbitration with Jose Iglesias by agreeing to a $6,275,000 contract for the upcoming season. Iglesias hit .255 with six home runs and 54 RBIs in 2017.

— A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the Cubs and free agent reliever Brian Duensing (DUHN'-sing) have agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract. A physical is pending. The left-hander went 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 68 appearances for the Cubs last season.

— Some Pirates fans are signing a petition to express their frustration following the team's decision to trade star outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants. As of Wednesday, more than 28,000 fans signed a petition on change.org asking Major League Baseball to force Pirates owner Bob Nutting to sell the team.


Wawrinka, Muguruza out in 2nd round, heat soars in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Stan Wawrinka left it as late as possible before deciding his knee might just be good enough to get him through the Australian Open, site of his Grand Slam breakthrough.

The 2014 champion clearly wasn't fit enough against No. 97-ranked Tennys Sandgren, though, and made his earliest exit in a decade — 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the second round.

After a searing day at Melbourne Park when the temperature hit 104 Fahrenheit, and tempers were tested, No. 9 Wawrinka was one of three seeded players to fall in the men's draw.

Wimbledon champion and No. 3-ranked Garbine Muguruza was one of five seeded players to lose in the women's side on Day 4.

Six-time champion Novak Djokovic survived the round, but complained of the "brutal" heat in a four-set win over an ailing Gael Monfils that extended his record to 15-0 in their career head-to-heads.

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