MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Christian Bishop scored all 14 of his points in the second half, including the go-ahead lay-in with 37 seconds to go, and No. 10 Texas rallied from a 14-point first-half deficit to knock off No. 7 Kansas State 69-66. Sir’Jabari Rice also had 14 points for the Longhorns…
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Nijel Pack scored 20 points and Isaiah Wong 15 as No. 23 Miami used a second-half burst to hold off No. 20 Clemson 78-74 on Saturday. Pack and Wong each hit 3-pointers right after halftime as the Hurricanes used a 21-9 surge to open a 56-44 lead with 11:10 to play. They …
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Azuolas Tubelis scored 19 points, Courtney Ramey added 11 and No. 5 Arizona used a massive first-half run to blow out Oregon State 84-52. The Wildcats slogged through a foul-filled first half before racing past the Beavers with a 19-2 run that gave them a 26-point halfti…
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Josiah-Jordan James scored 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 2 Tennessee 46-43 over No. 25 Auburn in a game where every point was seemingly difficult and nothing flowed. The 19-4 Volunteers shot 27% from the field and 9.5% from the 3-point line. The 17-6 Tigers we…
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 25 points and Jalen Hood-Schifino delivered the clinching basket on a breakaway dunk with 2 seconds left to give No. 21 Indiana a 79-74 victory over No. 1 Purdue. It's the third time the Hoosiers have beaten a top-ranked team on their home…
Aidan Mahaney scored 18 points and took the game over in crunch time, leading No. 18 Saint Mary’s to a 78-70 overtime win over No. 12 Gonzaga for the Gaels’ 12th straight victory. Mahaney scored or assisted on 19 of 21 points in a stretch that started with the Gaels trailing by four points with five minutes to play in regulation. Drew Timme scored 23 points to lead Gonzaga but got little help offensively from the rest of his team.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 25 points and Jalen Hood-Schifino delivered the clinching basket on a dunk with 2 seconds left as No. 21 Indiana beat No. 1 Purdue 79-74 on Saturday.
Jamal Murray scored a season-high 41 points, Nikola Jokic had his 18th triple-double of the season and the Denver Nuggets extended their winning streak to three games with a 128-108 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Jokic finished with 14 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. Michael Porter Jr. added 23 points for the Nuggets, who are 19-1 in their last 20 home games. Dejounte Murray had 28 points to lead the Hawks. De’Andre Hunter added 20 points.
N’Faly Dante scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, Keeshawn Barthelemy scored added 15 points and Oregon blew most of a 12-point lead before the Ducks beat Arizona State 75-70. Will Richardson added 14 points for Oregon. The Ducks (13-10, 7-5 Pac-12) rebounded from a 91-75 loss at No. 5 Arizona last time out to win for the fourth time in the last five games. DJ Horne, who had scored eight combined points in the previous three games, scored 18 points for Arizona State (16-8, 7-6). Frankie Collins, who was scoreless on 0-for-1 shooting in the first half, finished with 13 points, six rebound and four assists. The Sun Devils have lost five of their last six games.
Azuolas Tubelis scored 19 points, Courtney Ramey added 11 and No. 5 Arizona used a massive first-half run to blow out Oregon State 84-52. The Wildcats slogged through a foul-filled first half before racing past the Beavers with a 19-2 run that gave them a 26-point halftime lead. Arizona had 22 assists on 28 field goal, grabbed 17 more rebounds and outscored Oregon State by 16 in the paint to win its sixth straight. Jordan Pope led Oregon State with 11 points.
Tre White totaled 22 points, Kobe Johnson scored 21 and Southern California turned back Washington 80-74. USC’s fourth straight win was the 200th victory for coach Andy Enfield, who is in his 10th season with the Trojans. White made 10 of 16 shots from the floor and added eight rebounds and four assists for the Trojans (17-6, 9-3 Pac-12 Conference). Johnson sank 5 of 7 shots with two 3-points and made all nine of his free throws. He added five assists and four steals. Boogie Ellis contributed 14 points and five assists. Drew Peterson pitched in with 11 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and two blocks. It was his fourth double-double this season. Keion Brooks Jr. made 11 of 13 foul shots and scored 22 points to lead the Huskies (13-12, 5-9), who have lost three straight.
Amanda Serrano wore down a bloody Erika Cruz and won a unanimous decision to become the undisputed featherweight champion and set up a rematch with fellow champ Katie Taylor. Serrano got the better of a fight in which the fighters stood close and kept swinging throughout, emerging with the victory by scores of 98-92 on two cards and 97-93 on the other. Cruz spent much of the fight wiping away blood from near her eyes after a clash of heads in the third round. After the bout, promoter Eddie Hearn said Serrano (44-2-1, 30 KOs) and Taylor, who joined him in the ring, would meet May 20 in Ireland.
Fedor Emelianenko lost his final mixed martial arts bout Saturday night when Ryan Bader stopped him halfway through the first round with a relentless ground-and-pound finish at Bellator 290. The 46-year-old Emelianenko says he is ending a storied 23-year MMA career with this bout, and he ceremonially laid down his gloves in the cage. The much-loved Russian MMA pioneer is one of the most compelling fighters in the still-young sport’s history, and the crowd at the Forum was firmly behind him. That adoration didn’t help when Bader defended his heavyweight title by becoming the first fighter ever to beat Fedor twice.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 42 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder blow out the Houston Rockets 153-121. Oklahoma City set a Thunder record for points in a game. Gilgeous-Alexander shot 7 for 23 in a loss to the Rockets on Wednesday. He bounced back to make 14 of 23 field goals in the rematch. Mike Muscala scored a season-high 19 points and Josh Giddey added 17 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Thunder. Josh Christopher and TyTy Washington each scored 20 points and Tari Eason added 18 for the Rockets.
Skateboard legend Tony Hawk says he will donate half of the proceeds of autographed photos of himself and BMX rider Rick Throne to the memorial fund for Tyre Nichols. The photos were announced Friday and can be purchased on Thorne’s website for $30. Only 1,000 copies will be available for sale. Nichols was a 29-year-old skateboarder, FedEx worker and father to a 4-year-old boy. He died Jan. 10 after police stopped him for what they said was a traffic violation. Video released after pressure from Nichols’ family shows officers holding him down and repeatedly punching, kicking and striking him with a baton as he screamed for his mother.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — LeBron James moved 36 points away from breaking the NBA career scoring record in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 131-126 loss to New Orleans on Saturday night that ended the Pelicans’ losing streak at 10 games.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had a triple-double with 35 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the short-handed Miami Heat 123-115 on Saturday night for their seventh straight victory. Jimmy Butler scored 32 points and Tyler Herro added 24 for the Heat, who had just nine available players. Antetokounmpo had his third triple-double of the season and 32nd of his career. The 11 assists matched his season high. Antetokounmpo’s latest triple-double came two nights after he scored 54 points in a 106-105 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. During the Bucks’ six-game winning streak, Antetokounmpo is averaging 39.4 points, 14.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
Stephen Curry had 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds before injuring his left leg defending a drive, and the Golden State Warriors defeated Dallas 119-113. The undermanned Mavericks team was missing injured star Luka Doncic. The Warriors said X-rays for Curry were negative. He will have an MRI exam. Draymond Green added 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. 22 and Dorian Finney-Smith 18 points to lead the Mavs, who had won two straight and three of four.
Julian Reese made 8 of 10 from the field and finished with 16 points, Jahmir Young added 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and Maryland beat Minnesota 81-46, the Golden Gophers’ eighth consecutive loss. The Terrapins have won four games in a row and five of their last six. Donta Scott had 13 points and Ian Martinez scored 13 for Maryland. Minnesota has lost nine of its last 10 games and has been outscored 252-162 in its last three combined. Dawson Garcia, the team’s leading scorer (14.9 per game) and rebounds (6.3), missed his fourth consecutive game (foot). Pharrel Payne led the Gophers with 14 points. Maryland shot 52% (33 of 63) from the field, tied its season low with five turnovers and led by as many as 42 points.
Freshman Cason Wallace scored 20 points, Jacob Toppin had a double-double and Kentucky never trailed in a 72-67 victory over Florida.Wallace made 7 of 10 shots from the floor with a 3-pointer and all five of his free throws for the Wildcats (16-7, 7-3 SEC). Toppin scored 17 on 8-of-16 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. CJ Fredrick hit three 3-pointers and scored 12. Oscar Tshiebwe totaled four points and 15 rebounds before fouling out. He made only 2 of 14 shots. Colin Castleton finished with 25 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks for the Gators (13-10, 6-4), who had won 6 of 7 and were coming off a 67-54 win over No. 2 Tennessee last time out.
LeBron James moved 36 points away from breaking the NBA career scoring record in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 131-126 loss to New Orleans on Saturday night that ended the Pelicans’ losing streak at 10 games. James had 27 points to go with nine rebounds and six assists as he continued to close in on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record total of 38,387 points. Brandon Ingram scored 35 points for the Pelicans. CJ McCollum had 23 points, highlighted by a late 3 to help New Orleans close out the final 3:14 on a 9-5 run that kept the Lakers at bay. Anthony Davis had 34 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers.
Cam Thomas scored a career-high 44 points off the bench and the short-handed Brooklyn Nets rallied from a 23-point deficit to stun the Washington Wizards 125-123. Edmond Sumner also set a personal best with 29 points and Nic Claxton had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets who had their largest comeback win of the season and swept the regular-season series against the Wizards. The victory came despite Brooklyn being without Kyrie Irving, who was out with what the team said was right calf soreness — a day after he told the team he would like to be traded. Kristaps Porzingis led the Wizards with 38 points before fouling out.
Zach LaVine scored 36 points, DeMar DeRozan had 27 and the Chicago Bulls topped Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers 129-121. Nikola Vucevic added 23 points and 11 rebounds as Chicago won for the third time in four games, erasing a 17-point deficit in the second half. Ayo Dosunmu had 13 points, including a key 3-pointer in the third quarter. Lillard scored 40 points for Portland, and Anfernee Simons had 27. But the Trail Blazers looked a little tired in the second half of their third game in four nights.
Kawhi Leonard scored 35 points, Paul George added 30 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New York Knicks 134-128 in overtime Saturday night. After the Clippers lost a 17-point fourth quarter lead, Nicolas Batum’s 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer tied it at 115. The Clippers scored the first four points of overtime and never relinquished the lead. Leonard connected on all of his eight free throws in the extra session, finishing 12 for 12 from the line. Los Angeles has won seven of nine. Jalen Brunson, who returned after missing a game due to a non-COVID illness, led the Knicks with 41 points. Julius Randle had 28.
Henry Coleman III and Tyrece Radford scored 15 points apiece and Texas A&M beat Georgia 82-57. Dexter Dennis added 12 points for Texas A&M, which has won four in a row, and eight of its last nine, against Georgia. Radford hit a 3-pointer to give the Bulldogs a 15-2 lead about five minutes into the game and Dennis capped a 13-0 run — including his fast-break dunk off a Wade Taylor IV steal and assist — with a 3-pointer that made it 28-7 with 6:43 left in the first half. Terry Roberts, who leads the Bulldogs in scoring (15.0 per game), assists (4.2) and steals (1.7), did not play (concussion protocols). Justin Hill led the Bulldogs with 20 points and Jabri Abdur-Rahim added 18.
Erik Stevenson topped his week-old career high by putting up 34 points as West Virginia routed Oklahoma 93-61. The Mountaineers snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Sooners, taking control early and pulling away late. West Virginia held a 26-point lead at halftime. Oklahoma used a 9-0 run in the second half to get the deficit down to 20 points, but no closer.
Kyrie Irving sat out the Brooklyn Nets’ come-from-behind win over Washington on Saturday night, a day after he told the team he would like to be traded. The Nets said Irving’s absence was due to right calf soreness, adding him to the injury report for their game against Washington. Brooklyn coach Jacque Vaughn said after the Nets’ 125-123 win that Irving did not attend the game and that the player’s absence was excused. Irving asked the Nets for a trade on Friday, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press. The All-Star has been frustrated that the Nets have thus far refused to give him an extension on his contact that expires after this season.
The NBA has suspended Orlando’s Mo Bamba for four games and Minnesota’s Austin Rivers for three games for their roles in an on-court altercation on Friday night. Jalen Suggs of the Magic will miss one game, the league said, for escalating the incident. The league announced the suspensions Saturday. Bamba will forfeit $284,138 in salary, while Rivers will lose about $60,121 and Suggs will lose $47,740.
Deandre Ayton had 31 points and 16 rebounds to help the Phoenix Suns beat the Detroit Pistons 116-100 on Saturday night. The surging Suns have won eight of 10 games, including a victory at Boston on Friday night. They have help on the way with Devin Booker nearing his return. The three-time All-Star guard has been out since Christmas with a groin injury, but dunked in warmups in another sign that he’s close to coming back. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points for the Pistons, who are vying with Houston to have the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. had 24 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, and No. 9 UCLA defeated Washington State 76-52 to win its 21st consecutive home game. The Bruins improved to 19-4 overall and lead the Pac-12 with a 10-2 mark. They own the nation's longest active home winning streak, which includes a 13-0 mark at Pauley Pavilion this season. Washington State dropped to 10-15 overall and 5-9 in league play. The Cougars were led by TJ Bamba with 19 points. They were missing second-leading scorer DJ Rodman, who sat out both games in Los Angeles because of illness.
A look at LeBron James’ pursuit of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the NBA’s scoring record. Abdul-Jabbar has held the record since April 5, 1984. At his current rate of 30.0 points per game, with 36 points needed to pass Abdul-Jabbar, it would take James two more games to become the NBA’s scoring leader. For now, that makes the potential record-breaking game Thursday when the Lakers play host to Milwaukee.
Jeremy Roach scored 20 points, Dereck Lively II had career highs of eight blocks and 14 rebounds and Duke defeated North Carolina 63-57. Kyle Filipowski added 14 points and Tyrese Proctor 11 for the Blue Devils, who won their third straight and beat the Tar Heels for the first time in three meetings, including in last year’s Final Four in the NCAA Tournament. UNC's Armando Bacot had 14 points and 10 rebounds for his 63rd career double-double, Leaky Black had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Caleb Love added 12 points and RJ Davis 11 for UNC. Roach scored eight of Duke’s final 10 points, including the last four after Lively’s tiebreaking dunk with 1:35 to go. North Carolina missed its last five shots, including a trio of 3-point tries in the final minute.
Sarah Andrews scored 21 points, Ja’Mee Asberry led a key fourth-quarter surge and Baylor defeated No. 12 Iowa State 76-70. Andrews hit a 3-pointer and a three-point play to give Baylor a 62-57 lead with 6:05 left in the fourth. Lexi Donarski scored six points for Iowa State to get the Cyclones within 66-64 before Asberry hit a jumper and a pair of free throws to put the Bears up 70-64 with 1:13 to go. Baylor maintained at least a five-point lead in the final minute. Nyamer Diew led Iowa State with 25 points. Ashley Joens scored 23 and cracked the Top 30 on the Division I career scoring list.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Sarah Andrews scored 21 points, Ja’Mee Asberry led a key fourth-quarter surge and Baylor defeated No. 12 Iowa State 76-70 on Saturday night.
Tolu Smith scored 25 points and collected 12 rebounds and Mississippi State won its third straight, beating Missouri 63-52. Missouri used a 10-0 run established by a pair Brown layups wrapped around a pair of 3s by Nick Honor to reduce the Tigers’ deficit to 45-41 with 10:38 left. Mississippi State countered and went on to outscore the Tigers 15-2 over close to the next seven minutes to seal it. Backup Deandre Gholston scored 12 for Missouri.
Jack Nunge scored 21 points, Colby Jones added 19 and 16th-ranked Xavier made a season-high 15 3-pointers in a 96-71 win over St. John’s. Souley Boum added 17 points, Desmond Claude scored 11 and Jerome Hunter 10 for the Musketeers, who have won four of their last five games. The slumping Red Storm have lost two straight, four of five and nine of 12. A.J. Storr led St. John’s with 14 points.
The short-handed Brooklyn Nets lost guard Seth Curry and forward/center Markieff Morris to injuries during their game against the Washington Wizards. Curry suffered a left adductor injury during the third quarter and Morris had a sore left knee. The Nets announced neither would return to the game. Curry and Morris joined Kevin Durant (right knee MCL sprain), T.J. Warren (left shin contusion), Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) and Kyrie Irving (right calf soreness) on the sideline. The injuries Saturday night left Brooklyn with eight available players for the remainder of the game.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a $6 million, one-year deal through the 2024 season. The deal includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions. The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. Rojas returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.
Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 25 points and Jalen Hood-Schifino delivered the clinching basket on a breakaway dunk with 2 seconds left to give No. 21 Indiana a 79-74 victory over No. 1 Purdue. It's the third time the Hoosiers have beaten a top-ranked team on their home court and the roaring, raucous crowd celebrated by quickly storming the court. Zach Edey had 33 points and 18 rebounds and nearly led the Boilermakers all the way back from a 16-point first half deficit. But after Braden Smith cut the deficit to 71-70 with 2:03 to go, the Hoosiers outscored Purdue 8-4 to close it out.
DeYona Gaston scored 24 points and intercepted a half-court pass as time ran out to preserve No. 24 Texas’ 68-65 win over Kansas to remain in first place in the Big-12 Conference. Texas had a chance to put the game away from the free-throw line in the closing seconds, but missed three of four attempts, leaving the Jayhawks with an opening to tie the game with three seconds left. Sanna Strom’s long pass to the front court was picked off by Gaston and the Longhorns were able to run out the clock.
Tyler Kolek had 13 points and eight assists as No. 14 Marquette defeated Butler 60-52 on Saturday for its fifth consecutive victory. Marquette (19-5, 11-2 Big East) began the day tied with No. 16 Xavier for first place in the conference standings. Xavier hosts St. John’s on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Eagles have won 10 of their last 11 games. Butler dropped its fifth straight despite getting 19 points from Jayden Taylor and 15 from Simas Lukosius.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer. Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90. He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.
Jesse Edwards scored a career-high 27 points and Syracuse pulled away late to beat Boston College 77-68. Edwards made 12 of 15 shots from the floor and 3 of 4 from the free-throw line for the Orange (14-10, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who snapped a three-game skid. Edwards added seven rebounds and blocked four shots. Joseph Girard III sank all nine of his free throws and scored 18, adding six rebounds and four assists. Judah Mintz pitched in with 15 points and five assists. Quinten Post finished with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists to pace the Eagles (11-13, 5-9). Jaeden Zackery had 14 points and five assists before fouling out. Makai Ashton-Langford contributed 11 points, six boards, five assists and two blocks.
The Washington Capitals have signed winger Sonny Milano to a three-year extension worth $5.7 million. He'll count $1.9 million against the salary cap through the 2025-26 season. The 26-year-old has fit in well with the Capitals after joining them on an NHL veteran one-year deal after this season got underway. Milano has eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points in 40 games since getting called up from Hershey of the American Hockey League. He went unsigned as an unrestricted free agent last summer despite putting up 34 points in 66 games with Anaheim.
Noah Clowney and Rylan Griffen led a balanced scoring attack with 14 points each to carry No. 4 Alabama to a 79-69 victory over LSU on Saturday. Nimari Burnett and Mark Sears each had 13 points and Brandon Miller had 11 for Alabama. The Tigers have lost 10 straight. Derek Fountain led LSU with a career-high 26 points. Cam Hayes came off the bench and scored 15 points. Tigers leading scorer KJ Williams was held to eight points, nine below his season average.
Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin got to play together at NHL All-Star Weekend for the first time since 2018. Ovechkin set up Crosby for two goals in the lone game of the 3-on-3 tournament the Metropolitan Division got to play. The longtime rivals and respective captains of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are no stranger to sharing the ice in the same uniform at this event. But with each star in his mid-30s Crosby and Ovechkin understand any All-Star trip could be their last. That made them soak in the event in South Florida a little more than earlier in their careers.
Florida’s Matthew Tkachuk was right at home at the NHL All-Star Game. Again. Detroit’s Dylan Larkin had a hat trick, Toronto’s Mitch Marner had three assists and the Atlantic Division topped the Central Division 7-5 in the All-Star Game final on Saturday. Matthew Tkachuk was the MVP after a seven-point performance in two games for the Atlantic Division. Arizona’s Clayton Keller, Dallas’ Jason Robertson, Colorado teammates Cale Makar, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen all had goals for the Central in the final.
Reigning NASCAR champion Joey Logano opened last year with a win in the inaugural Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It started a season in which he won his second Cup title. NASCAR is now back for the exhibition Clash for the second consecutive year and Logano said he considers the inaugural race one of the biggest wins of his career. The race Sunday does not count for points and is a warm-up for the season-opening Daytona 500. But nearby Auto Club Speedway in Fontana revealed it won't host racing in 2024 as it undergoes a renovation, so the Coliseum could be auditioning for a spot as a points-paying race as the Southern California representative next year.
Strong wind has stopped play in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. That means a Monday finish with no amateurs. Peter Malnati is atop the leaderboard at 12-under par. Keith Mitchell and Joseph Bramlett were two behind. Mitchell faced the strongest wind on the worst part of Pebble Beach along the ocean. He made it through and then the horn sounded to stop play. The culprit was Monterey Peninsula. Officials say two holes are so exposed that golf balls were blowing around on the green. Once play stops at one course, it has to stop on all three.