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No love lost: Clippers beat Rockets 113-102 in heated game

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:20:31 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul came back to Staples Center to play against his old team and things got heated. The final minutes of the game were filled with technical fouls, ejections, swearing, bumping — and that was just the beginning. Lou Williams scored 31 points, Blake Griffin added 29 before his ejection, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Paul and the Houston Rockets 113-102 on Monday night for their fifth victory in a row. The tempers that flared during the fourth quarter carried over after the game, when several security guards were present outside the Houston locker room.

Bad blood between Rockets, Clippers carries over after game

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:41:13 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hot tempers that flared up during the Los Angeles Clippers' victory over the Houston Rockets have carried over after the game. Several security guards were present outside the Rockets' locker room Monday night following a 113-102 loss to the Clippers that got heated on the court. Citing anonymous NBA sources, ESPN reported several Rockets players headed toward the Clippers' locker room afterward, seeking a confrontation, but were escorted away by security before anything got physical. Asked about it, Clippers coach Doc Rivers would only say his team was in its own locker room. "Their entire team was not in their locker room," he said, referring to the Rockets.

Gonzaga and Saint Mary's meet in first WCC clash

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:39:18 UT

Gonzaga and Saint Mary's have dominated the West Coast Conference, combining to win 17 straight regular-season championships and 17 of 19 conference tournament titles. The Zags broke through after sweeping both titles last season, making an unprecedented run to the Final Four. The Gaels were the preseason favorite this year after returning nearly everyone from a team that won 29 games and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Round 1 of their annual two-game road to the WCC title comes Thursday at The Kennel in Spokane. "Obviously it's two of the top teams in league and it's going to be much anticipated," Gonzaga guard Silas Melson said after the Zags beat San Francisco 75-65 on Saturday.

Howard brothers share sweet 3-point shots, brotherly bond

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:37:24 UT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of the first congratulatory text messages that Central Arkansas guard Jordan Howard received after scoring a career-high 41 points came from his little brother. Marquette's Markus Howard can fill up the net, too. "Mama there goes that man!!!" Markus posted on Twitter after his older brother's 41-point effort on Jan. 10 against Incarnate Word set Central Arkansas' single-game record in a Division I game. Two of the best long-distance shooters in the NCAA are bonded by brotherhood. Sophomore Markus Howard is averaging 21.5 points per game. He burned Providence for 52 points in a 95-90 overtime win on Jan. 3 to tie the Big East record and break a Marquette record that had stood for more than a quarter-century.

Sharapova, Kerber and Djokovic into 2nd round in Australia

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:19:50 UT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber and Novak Djokovic ensured there were all kinds of successful comebacks on Day 2 of the Australian Open. Six-time champion Djokovic and 2014 Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka returned from long injury layoffs with victories in their first matches since Wimbledon. Sharapova barely missed a beat in her first match back in Melbourne since a failed doping test in 2016 resulted in a 15-month ban from tennis. One of just two former champions in the women's draw, Sharapova recovered from an early break in the second set and closed out her 6-1, 6-4 victory over Tatjana Maria with an ace at Margaret Court Arena. She celebrated by twirling, waving and blowing kisses to the crowd.

Mykhailiuk, Graham lead No. 10 Kansas over No. 6 WVU 71-66

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:43:42 UT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Kansas' reserves were struggling to produce and time was running down, so Svi Mykhailiuk and Devonte Graham went to work. Mykhailiuk and Graham hit big shot after big shot down the stretch to bring No. 10 Kansas back from 16 points down in the first half, and the Jayhawks held off No. 6 West Virginia 71-66 on Monday night. "Yeah that's crazy," Graham said. "We're seniors. We're vets. We know what it takes to win in that situation. Just being aggressive, believing in our shot, trying to get to the line." Mykhailiuk and Graham combined for 26 points in the second half, including 20 of the Jayhawks' final 26 points. "It was impressive watching them out there," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "They wanted it bad.

Road Warriors: Durant's 32 leads NBA champions past Cavs

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:12:08 UT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Once the lead swelled to 14, Kevin Durant waved both arms like a boxing referee stopping a fight. Another knockout on the road for these Warriors. Durant scored 32 points, Stephen Curry added 23 and Golden State extended its road winning streak to 13 with a 118-108 Martin Luther King holiday victory Monday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, their struggling NBA Finals foes. Durant scored 16 in the third quarter for the defending champions, who clamped down on defense and pulled away in the fourth to remain unbeaten outside Oracle Arena since Nov. 22. It's not that they play poorly at home, but Durant said the Dubs take a different identity when they travel. "At home, we just relax a little bit," Durant said.

Vikings pivot to Eagles, after big break to beat Saints

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:32:47 UT

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Their minds still racing with childlike exuberance over the stunning last-snap victory that sent them to the NFC championship game, many of the Minnesota Vikings remained awake several hours past midnight. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes replayed the video clip of the winning touchdown "about a thousand times" at home, searing the image of Stefon Diggs leaping to catch the pass from Case Keenum and sprinting for the end zone into his memory forever so the details of the sequence that beat New Orleans were no longer foggy. Ten seconds left. Trailing by one point. Sixty-one yards to go.

Top-ranked UConn survives upset scare from No. 9 Texas 75-71

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:25:48 UT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The evidence of the dogfight top-ranked UConn found itself in was the purplish bruise that had halfway closed Katie Lou Samuelson's left eye. The shiner was courtesy of a tough Texas elbow shortly after tipoff that served notice that unlike most of this season, the Huskies weren't going to get anything easy from the No. 9 Longhorns. Samuelson shook off the early pop to the face to score 19 points, and Crystal Dangerfield made two free throws with 8 seconds left as the Huskies survived an upset bit to earn a 75-71 win Monday night and stay unbeaten. UConn (16-0) was challenged like it seldom has been this season and trailed early in the fourth quarter before scrapping back for the win.

Titans fire coach Mike Mularkey after playoff win

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:47:36 UT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans believe the potential reward from quarterback Marcus Mariota working with his third head coach in his fourth NFL season outweighs the risk of change. Or sticking with the same coach. So now the Titans are looking for a new coach to replace Mike Mularkey and build off the franchise's first playoff win in 14 years to make them a true NFL contender. "There's nothing more that I want for our fans than to bring a championship here," general manager Jon Robinson said Monday afternoon . "I feel like it's my charge to put the team in the best position to do that." The Titans fired Mike Mularkey on Monday, less than 48 hours after a 35-14 loss to New England in the AFC divisional round.