Update on the latest in sports:


Spurs crown King James

UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs trumped LeBron James once again.

Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw (DEE’-ow) scored 19 points apiece as the Spurs downed the Cavaliers 92-90 in Cleveland. Manu Ginobili (jih-NOH’-blee) scored on a layup with 18 seconds left, made a free throw with 9.1 to go and harassed James into a turnover with 1.9 seconds remaining.

It was the first meeting between the Spurs and James since last June, when San Antonio overpowered the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

James scored just 15 points on 6 of 17 shooting.

Also in the NBA:

— DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and Terrence Ross had 14 of his 16 in the fourth quarter to lead Toronto to its seventh victory in eight games, 96-92 over Memphis. Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL’) had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who ended a four-game winning streak and fell to 10-2.

— The Philadelphia 76ers are 0-11 after Brandon Bass scored 23 points and Jared Sullinger added 22 in Boston’s 101-90 win over the Sixers. Rajon Rondo (RAH’-zhahn RAHN’-doh) had 13 assists with nine points as the Celtics moved the 76ers within seven of matching the New Jersey Nets’ record for longest season-opening losing streak.

— Monta (MAHN’-tay) Ellis scored 24 of his 34 points in the first half of the Dallas Mavericks’ 105-102 win at Washington. Dirk Nowitzki limped off to the locker room in the fourth quarter before returning in time to drain a 3-pointer that put the Mavs ahead 102-97.

— Jamal Crawford had 22 points and the Los Angeles Clippers opened a seven-game East Coast trip by ripping Orlando 114-90. Blake Griffin finished with 20 points and Chris Paul added 16 and nine assists for the Clippers.

— Eric Bledsoe scored 18 points, including the winning basket with 28.7 seconds left to push Phoenix past Detroit 88-86. P.J. Tucker added 16 points in the Suns’ fourth victory in six games.

— Rookie Jabari Parker scored 23 points, O.J. Mayo finished with 21 and Brandon Knight added 18 as Milwaukee downed the Nets 122-118 in coach Jason Kidd’s return to Brooklyn. Knight made the tying 3-pointer in the second overtime and the clinching free throws with 5.6 seconds to go in the third to send the Bucks to their third straight win.

— Indiana beat Charlotte 88-86 on Solomon Hill’s buzzer-beating putback. Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who trailed by 18 before winning their second straight.

— Wilson Chandler had 21 points and Timofey Mozgov TEEM’-oh-fay MAHZ’-gahv) finished with a season-high 17 to lead the Denver Nuggets past Oklahoma City 107-100. Ty Lawson added 15 points and 15 assists in the Nuggets’ third victory in four games.

— Kobe Bryant scored five of his 29 points while the Los Angeles Lakers were closing on a 12-1 run to beat the Rockets 98-92 in Houston. Nick Young and Jordan Hill each added 16 points as the Lakers won their second straight since a 1-9 start.

— Minnesota whipped New York 115-99 as Kevin Martin shook off an illness to hit seven 3-pointers and score 37 points. Martin had 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting in the first quarter.


Taylor suspended following guilty plea

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NBA has suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor for 24 games without pay after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property last month. Taylor will get credit for the 11 games he has missed, and will sit out an additional 13. Commissioner Adam Silver said the suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public’s confidence in it.


Collins retires

NEW YORK (AP) — NBA player Jason Collins has announced his retirement at age 35.

Collins made the announcement in a first-person story for Sports Illustrated, the same forum he used last year to publicly reveal his sexuality and become the first openly gay man in any of the four major North American professional leagues.

He joined the Brooklyn Nets in February and played 22 games for the team, but was not on the roster this season.


Wildcats, Badgers win

UNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Arizona, No. 3 Wisconsin and No. 13 Gonzaga cruised to relatively easy victories on Wednesday.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 19 points and the Wildcats began a 15-0 run late in the first half to beat Cal-Irvine 71-54. T.J. McConnell scored 12 points and Brandon Ashley 11 for the Wildcats, who hit 29 of their 34 free throws and improved to 3-0.

The Badgers hammered Wisconsin-Green Bay 84-60 behind Nigel Hayes’ career-high 25 points and 11 rebounds. Frank Kaminsky added 20 points and 15 rebounds for the 3-0 Badgers.

Gonzaga hammered Saint Joseph’s 94-42 behind Gary Bell Jr.’s 18 points. Four other Bulldogs scored in double figures. Josh Perkins added 13 points for Gonzaga (3-0), which has yet to surrender more than 58 points in a game this season.


— Zach Hanson hit the go-ahead putback in the final minute and Austin Chatman had 17 points in Creighton’s 65-63 comeback win over 18th-ranked Oklahoma. The Bluejays used a 24-4 run to get back in the game after they trailed by 18 in the first half.


Fisher gets extension

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State and basketball coach Steve Fisher have agreed to a three-year contract extension.

Fisher has revived a moribund program, leading SDSU to eight NCAA tournament appearances, including two Sweet 16 appearances.

Fisher is in the final year of a four-year contract extension.


Scott opens with 1-over 73 at Australian Masters

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Defending champion Adam Scott struggled in the blustery conditions at Metropolitan Golf Club on Thursday for a 1-over 73, six strokes behind a group of four of his countrymen who led the Australian Masters by a stroke after the first round.

Scott, who won the Masters the past two years at other sand-belt courses — Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath — began play on the back nine Thursday and shot 38, including a double-bogey on the 18th after his approach found a bunker. But an eagle on the par-5 sixth helped move him back up the leaderboard.

Australians Michael Wright, Stephen Allan, Steven Bowditch and amateur Todd Sinnott shot 67s to share the lead. Bowditch had the outright lead until making bogey on his last hole.


NFL urges OK of $1 billion concussion settlement

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL urged a judge to approve an estimated $1 billion settlement of concussion claims despite objections raised by former players and relatives.

The 65-year settlement fund would resolve thousands of lawsuits that accuse the NFL of hiding what it knew about concussions to keep men on the field.

The NFL now expects 6,000 retired players – or 28 percent – to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Their average payout is expected to be $190,000.

The deal was announced last year to settle claims the NFL long hid what it knew about concussion risks.

In other NFL news:

— The NFL has fined Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch $50,000 for violations of the league’s media policy. Lynch actually is being docked $100,000. Along with the $50,000 for violating the NFL Media Policy this year, the league is collecting the $50,000 fine that was imposed against Lynch for violations last season. The fine from 2013 was held in anticipation of future cooperation from Lynch.

— San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks has apologized to his teammates and coaches for the sideline rant. Brooks said Wednesday he was benched for the second half of Sunday’s 16-10 road win against the Giants for heated words he directed at defensive line coach Jim Tomsula in the second quarter. Brooks was frustrated with his playing time on a day linebacker Aldon Smith returned for his season debut following a nine-game suspension.

— The Buffalo Bills aren’t sure they will be able to clear 4 feet of snow at Ralph Wilson Stadium in time to host the New York Jets on Sunday. Bills Vice President of Operations Andy Major told reporters it’s hard to tell whether the field will be cleared, saying it usually takes three days to clear a 1-foot snowfall. Snow removal already has begun, but forecasters say another 1-2 feet of snow could fall by Thursday night.


Blueshirts top Flyers…Canucks nip Oilers

UNDATED (AP) — New York Rangers coach Alain Vignault (a-LAYN’ VEEN’-yoh) elected to start winless Cam Talbot against the rival Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday as the Blueshirts tried to stop a three-game losing streak. The strategy worked as Talbot turned back 31 shots in a 2-0 shutout of the Flyers.

It was Talbot’s first victory since another shutout at Edmonton on March 30, a span of six games.

Kevin Klein and Rick Nash had the goals as the Rangers climbed back over .500 with their ninth straight regular-season home win over the Flyers.

Philadelphia is 7-8-2 following its third consecutive loss.

Wednesday’s other game had Radim Vrbata (vur-BAH’-tah) scoring twice in the second period of Vancouver’s 5-4 win over Edmonton. Ryan Miller handled 28 shots and improved to 11-0 in his career versus the Oilers, the longest active win streak against a single team in the NHL.


Dupuis out at least six months with blood clot in lung

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis (doo-PWEE’) is out at least six months after doctors discovered a blood clot in his lung on Monday.

Dupuis will use blood thinners to treat the condition but is out for the rest of the regular season and possibly beyond. He was successfully treated for a blood clot in January and returned in time for training camp before scoring six goals and 11 points in 16 games.


Hawks blueliner slated for knee surgery

CHICAGO (AP) — Blackhawks rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (van REEMZ’-dyk) will be sidelined three to four months after undergoing knee surgery tomorrow. Van Riemsdyk broke his left kneecap when he took a puck off his leg during Sunday’s 6-2 victory over Dallas.


Trojans DB reinstated following suspension

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California defensive back Josh Shaw worked at cornerback and on special teams after being reinstated Tuesday night following investigations by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and the university.

The senior missed the first 10 games of the season after lying about how he sprained both of his ankles in a fall days before the Trojans’ season opener. Shaw initially claimed he was hurt jumping from a balcony to rescue a nephew who was drowning in a pool, but the DA’s office said he actually jumped 20 feet from the balcony of an apartment following an argument with his girlfriend in late August.


Weber State football program punished by NCAA

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has imposed sanctions on Weber (WEE’-bur) State after it found that a math instructor had improperly helped Wildcats football players.

The NCAA put Weber State on probation for three years, reduced scholarships for the football program and imposed $5,000 in fines for violating ethical conduct rules. The penalties do not include a postseason ban.

The NCAA says the math instructor completed coursework for five players, giving them hints about formulas and help with quizzes and test answers.


Stanton takes center stage in Miami

MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton signed his record $325 million, 13-year contract with the Miami Marlins at a news conference on Wednesday, saying he’s glad to be with the team for his foreseeable future. Stanton said he was less interested in the money than the team’s rebuilding plan as he and his agent negotiated the richest deal ever signed by a US athlete. The contract beats the $292 million, 10-year agreement Miguel Cabrera agreed to with Detroit in March.


A’s get Butler

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have worked out a three-year, $30 million contract with free agent Billy Butler.

The designated hitter and first baseman helped the Kansas City Royals reach the World Series last month after a 29-year playoff drought. The 28-year-old Butler is coming off a down season, batting .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBIs in 151 games.


Kahne crew changing

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kasey Kahne (kayn) will have a new crew chief in 2015, ending the second-longest active pairing in the Sprint Cup Series.

Hendrick Mostorsports selected Keith Rodden as crew chief of the No. 5 Chevrolet and Kenny Francis moved into the new position of vehicle technical director.

Kahne and Francis had been paired since the 2005 season finale.


Roger Federer to face Monfils in Davis Cup final

LILLE, France (AP) — Despite his bad back, Roger Federer will face Gael Monfils (GAH’-ehl mohn-FEES’) on Friday in the second singles match when Switzerland faces France in the Davis Cup final.

Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK’-ah) will open the best-of-five series on clay against Jo-Wilfired Tsonga.

Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, was doubtful for the final after injuring his back last week during his win over Wawrinka in the semifinals at the ATP finals.

Switzerland is seeking a first victory in the team competition while France is looking for a 10th title. This is the 13th meeting between the two nations, with France leading 10-2.

The doubles on Saturday will pit French duo Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet against Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer.

Reverse singles are Sunday.


Boxer Jermain Taylor charged in Arkansas shooting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas prosecutors have charged champion middleweight boxer Jermain Taylor in a shooting at his home.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the 36-year-old Little Rock native was charged Wednesday with first-degree battery and first-degree terroristic threatening. If convicted, he faces up to 26 years in prison.

Pulaski County sheriff’s deputies say Taylor shot his 41-year-old cousin, Tyrone DaWayne Hinton of Jacksonville, at Taylor’s home in Maumelle on August 26. Deputies say Hinton was wounded on his “lower extremities.”

Taylor won the International Boxing Federation middleweight title in a Biloxi, Mississippi, bout on Oct. 8.

His attorneys have filed a motion challenging the legality of Taylor’s arrest and asked that evidence collected from that arrest be barred from use in court.

They declined to comment to the newspaper on Wednesday.


Japan beats MLB All-Stars 6-4 in exhibition game

NAHA, Japan (AP) — Yuki Yanagita drove in two runs in the eighth inning as Japan beat the Major League Baseball All-Stars 6-4 Thursday in an exhibition game following their five-game postseason tour.

With runners on second and third and Japan leading 3-2, Yanagita singled to center off reliever Randy Choate to give his team a two-run lead. The hosts scored another run in the eighth when Ryosuke Kikuchi tripled to score Yanagita from first.

Jose Altuve scored from second on a Justin Morneau single to center in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 6-3 and the All-Stars added another run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Alcides Escobar that allowed Dexter Fowler to score from third.