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Warriors trounce Pacers, win 11th straight game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 23 of his 26 points in the first half, DeMarcus Cousins added 22 and the Golden State Warriors extended the league’s longest winning streak this season to 11 with a 132-100 rout of the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. Kevin Durant had 16 points for ...

NCAA: Hurricanes’ Dewan Hernandez must continue to sit out

MIAMI (AP) — For Miami Hurricanes junior Dewan Hernandez, the season that never started is over. The 6-foot-11 forward must sit out the remainder of this season and 40 percent of next season because of his dealings with an agent, the NCAA said Monday. Hernandez responded by saying he’ll ...

Agent: Anthony Davis tells New Orleans that he wants a trade

By Tim Reynolds and Brett Martel AP Sports Writers NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans. And if a trade happens, it’ll be on the Pelicans’ schedule. The five-time All-Star has told the Pelicans that he wants to be traded to a championship-contending team and ...

5 years after ‘snow jam,’ storm takes aim at Super Bowl city

By Jeff Martin Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Five years after cars, trucks and school buses became marooned on Atlanta freeways in what became known as “snow jam ,” another winter storm is threatening the city — just as thousands of fans begin pouring into town for Super Bowl ...

AP Exclusive: NFL centers seeing shorter career longevity

By Mark Long AP Sports Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Pro Bowl center Alex Mack rattled off all he does before the snap: Checks for blitzes, keeps an eye on the play clock, makes blocking adjustments and communicates all the changes to everyone else. All that happens in seconds — with ...

Streak of streaks: Warriors have won 10 straight _ again

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer The Golden State Warriors don't just have streaks. They have streaks of streaks. Golden State has won 10 straight games, the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. And that makes this the sixth consecutive season that the Warriors have had a ...

Guaranteed money could be key to avoiding NFL lockout

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer Though the next labor fight between the NFL and its players is more than two years off, one issue is already clear. Avoiding a work stoppage in 2021 could depend on whether players can secure more guaranteed money in the next collective bargaining ...

George powers Thunder past Bucks for 5th straight win

By The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George had 36 points and 13 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-112 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory. Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his 16th triple-double of the ...

US beats Panama 3-0 in Berhalter’s debut as coach

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Gregg Berhalter ushered in a new era for the U.S. men's national team with an attacking style and a new captain. A lopsided win was a great way to get started, even in a match involving mostly second- and third-stringers. Berhalter became the third U.S. coach in the ...

AFC wins 3rd straight Pro Bowl, 26-7 over NFC in Orlando

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Pro Bowl has long been considered a laughable representation of the NFL game. It reached a new level of comedy Sunday as several players swapped positions during the annual all-star game. Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey ...

American snaps Germany’s 24-race bobsled winning streak

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Elana Meyers Taylor of the United States won a World Cup women's bobsled race Saturday, ending Germany's 24-race winning streak in World Cup and Olympic bobsled races dating back to last season. Meyers Taylor and push athlete Lauren Gibbs finished their two ...

Curry accent: Brothers Steph, Seth Curry in 3-point contest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Golden State star Stephen Curry has told ESPN that he and brother Seth Curry of the Portland Trail Blazers will be taking part in the 3-point contest during the NBA's All-Star weekend. They'll be squaring off Feb. 16 in Charlotte, their hometown. Stephen Curry told ...

Naomi Osaka wins Australian Open for 2nd major, top ranking

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — So close to victory, Naomi Osaka suddenly was letting the Australian Open final slip away. Three championship points? Gone. A sizable lead? Soon all gone, too. She was playing poorly. She yelled at herself. Slammed a ball. ...

Jazz mascot nets bat on court before game vs. Timberwolves

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It took a bear — Jazz Bear — to catch a bat and leave the high-flying hijinks to the NBA players. A wayward bat flew around the court inside the Vivint Smart Home Arena about an hour before Utah's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, interrupting the ...

NBA-leading Bucks rally to beat Hornets 108-99

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Seldom-used Pat Connaughton and a defensive switch sparked the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks. And Connaughton didn't even score. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 14 rebounds and Milwaukee rallied to beat Charlotte 108-99 on Friday night, outscoring the Hornets 32-12 in ...

Harden scores 35 in Rockets’ 121-119 win over Raptors

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — In a season filled with lots of injuries that have resulted in just as many ups and downs, the Houston Rockets have found help in unlikely places. When Chris Paul was injured, they got a boost by signing Austin Rivers following his release ...

Puck and player tracking coming to NHL next season

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer Puck and player tracking is coming to the NHL next season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the long-expected news Friday during All-Star Weekend in San Jose, California. The league is partnering with German company Jogmo World Corp. to put microchips ...

Harbaugh ready to launch ‘new era of football’ for Ravens

By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — After signing a four-year contract, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh is excited about a “new era” for a team already well on its way to sporting a different look in 2019. The metamorphosis of the Ravens began with the ...

Pagano sees opportunity of lifetime leading Bears’ defense

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chuck Pagano is ready to embrace the “opportunity of a lifetime” as the Chicago Bears’ defensive coordinator. He inherits a group that ranked among the best in the NFL and helped Chicago win the NFC North after four ...

On Basketball: Harden’s run should end when he gets help

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer This play midway through the fourth quarter of James Harden's historic effort at Madison Square Garden was largely reminiscent of what the Houston Rockets' offense has looked like lately: He got the ball. He kept it for 16 seconds. He dribbled it 21 ...