Rockets nip Cavs in OT…Clippers top Bulls
UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James usually doesn’t miss an opportunity to hit potential game-winning shots, but his free-throw shooting cost the Cleveland Cavaliers in Houston on Sunday.
James missed a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left in overtime, allowing the Rockets to maintain the lead in a 105-103 win over the Cavs. He capped his 37-point performance with a 3-pointer in the final minute to get Cleveland within a point. However, he was just 3 of 11 from the line as the Cavaliers lost their second straight since an 18-2 hot streak.
James Harden finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Rockets, while Terrence Jones added 19 points.
The Rockets’ fifth straight win has them within 1 ½ games of the Southwest Division-leading Memphis Grizzlies. The Cavaliers remain a half-game behind the Central Division-leading Chicago Bulls.
In other NBA finals:
— Golden State won for the seventh time in nine games by storming back from a 26-point deficit to beat the Celtics 106-101 in Boston. Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry scored 37 points, including four straight free throws to clinch it in the final seconds. Klay Thompson finished with 20 points and Draymond Green scored 11 of his 14 in the fourth quarter.
— Damian Lillard scored nine of his 31 points in the fourth quarter of Portland’s third consecutive win, 110-99 at Sacramento. LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Robin Lopez contributed 15 points and eight boards.
— Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford led the Los Angeles Clippers to a 96-86 victory over the Bulls in Chicago. Paul finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds, while Jordan’s 26 rebounds were one off his career high set two weeks ago. Crawford scored all 16 of his points in the second half, including a go-ahead, 3-pointer with 8:02 remaining.
— Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) had 18 points and 14 rebounds, while D.J. Augustin (AW’-gus-teen) delivered 18 points and nine boards in Oklahoma City’s 108-101 verdict over the Los Angeles Lakers. Enes (EE’-nehs) Kanter had 16 points and 15 rebounds as the Thunder snapped a two-game skid.
— Tyreke (TY’-reek) Evans scored 22 points and the New Orleans Pelicans extended their winning streak to five games by holding off Denver 99-92. Eric Gordon added 18 points and Omer Asik grabbed 16 rebounds to help the Pelicans improve to 4-0 since All-Star Anthony Davis left the lineup with an injured right shoulder.
— Charlotte was a 98-83 winner at Orlando behind Mo Williams’s 23 points and 11 assists. Cody Zeller, Al Jefferson and Gerald Henderson had 16 points apiece as the Hornets won for just the second time in eight games.
Minnie Minoso dies
CHICAGO (AP) — Minnie Minoso was one of Chicago’s all-time favorite baseball players as he was selected to nine All-Star games and won three Gold Gloves. Minoso has died, according to the Cook County medical examiner. There is some question about Minoso’s age, but the White Sox say he was 90.
The Cuban-born Minoso became the majors’ first black player for a Chicago team and hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat. He played 12 of his 17 seasons with the White Sox, hitting .304 with 135 home runs and 808 RBIs for the franchise.
One of two players in major league history to play in five decades, he got his final hit in 1976 at age 53 and went 0-for-2 in two games in 1980 for the White Sox. The Chisox retired his No. 9 in 1983 and later erected a statue of Minoso at U.S. Cellular Field.
Jays add to outfield depth
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have signed outfielder Dayan Viciedo (vih-see-AY’-doh) to a minor league contract. The 25-year-old Viciedo hit 21 home runs for the Chicago White Sox last season while batting .231 with 58 RBIs.
The signing comes five days after Jays outfielder Michael Saunders tore cartilage in his knee when he stepped on a sprinkler while chasing a ball at training camp.
TOP 25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Badgers beat Spartans
UNDATED (AP) — The fifth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers have clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title by winning their final home game.
Senior Frank Kaminsky dropped in 31 points on 11 of 17 shooting as Wisconsin topped Michigan State 68-61. Kaminsky banked a short jumper off the glass for a 13-point lead with 1:52 left before blocking a shot on the other end.
Nigel Hayes added 14 for the Badgers, who are 26-3 overall and 14-2 in the conference.
In other top-25 men’s hoops:
— Rodney Purvis scored a career-high 28 points and Daniel Hamilton produced 14 of his 16 points in the final 7:41 to carry Connecticut past No. 21 SMU 81-73. Ryan Boatright added 23 points as the defending national champion Huskies beat a ranked team for the first time this season.
— No. 25 Providence held off Marquette 77-66 behind LaDontae Henton’s 25 points and 15 rebounds. Kris Dunn added 16 points and nine assists for the Friars.
Jets down Kings
UNDATED (AP) — Just two points separate the Anaheim Ducks from the NHL’s Western Conference-leading Nashville Predators.
Clayton Stoner’s first goal of the season was the tiebreaking tally in the third period of the Ducks’ 3-1 victory over Dallas. The game was tied 1-1 until Stoner and Ryan Getzlaf (GETS’-laf) tallied about 10 minutes apart to send Anaheim to its fifth victory in six games.
Perry and Getzlaf each finished with a goal and an assist to back John Gibson, who stopped 39 shots in the Ducks’ 40th victory.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Vancouver coughed up a 5-2 lead in the third period before Nick Bonino, Radim Vrbata and Chris Higgins delivered shootout goals in the Canucks’ 6-5 win against St. Louis. Yannick (YAH’-nik) Weber had a goal and an assist as the Canucks strengthened their claim on second place in the Pacific Division. The Blues are four points behind the Central-leading Predators.
— Evgeni Malkin scored twice and added an assist in Pittsburgh’s fourth straight win, a 5-3 downing of Columbus. David Perron (peh-RAHN’), Steve Downie and Derrick Pouliot (POO’-lee-aht) also scored for the Penguins, who went 3-for-6 on the power play and pulled within three points of the Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders.
— Washington is within six points of the Isles after Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) scored his league-high 40th and 41st goals in the Capitals’ 4-0 shutout of Toronto. Braden Holtby stopped 31 shots in his seventh shutout of the season and the Capitals’ first victory in four games.
— Jaromir Jagr (YAH’-roh-meer YAH’-gur) had a goal and an assist as Florida downed Tampa Bay 4-3 to climb within two points of Boston for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO’-bur-doh) had three assists and Al Montoya handled 20 shots to help the Panthers keep the Lightning five points behind the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens.
— Andrew Ladd scored twice and Blake Wheeler added an empty-net goal and an assist as Winnipeg downed Los Angeles 5-2. Drew Stafford also scored and Michael Hutchinson stopped 18 shots as the Jets moved six points ahead of the ninth-place Kings in the Western Conference. The Kings have dropped three straight since an eight-game winning streak.
Rangers get Yandle from Coyotes, Sheppard from Sharks
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The New York Rangers have acquired All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle from the Arizona Coyotes. The 28-year-old Yandle had a team-high 41 points for the Coyotes and is a four-time All-Star.
Arizona also sent defenseman Chris Summers and a fourth-round draft pick to the Rangers, who gave up defenseman John Moore, prospect Anthony Duclair, a conditional first-round draft pick in 2016 and a second-rounder this year.
The Blueshirts also picked up forward James Sheppard from San Jose for a fourth-round draft pick in 2016. The 26-year-old Sheppard has five goals and 16 points in 57 games this season.
In other NHL trades on Sunday:
— The Dallas Stars traded forward Erik Cole and a draft pick to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night for two prospects and a draft pick.
— The Calgary Flames have shipped forward Curtis Glencross to the Washington Capitals for second- and third-round picks this year.
Johnson wins in Atlanta
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson has won the second Sprint Cup race of the season.
The six-time Cup champion pulled away after a final restart with 13 laps to go at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The No. 48 Chevrolet was the fastest car on the track at the end of the weekend after the vehicle failed to get in a qualifying run because of inspection issues.
It was the 71st victory of Johnson’s career, and his fourth in Atlanta.
Runner-up Kevin Harvick finished 1.8 seconds behind Johnson. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third, followed by pole-sitter and Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano.
Co-leaders in fourth-round action
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Paul Casey and Patrick Reed shared the lead when the final round of the Honda Classic was suspended at PGA National in Florida.
Casey played the front nine at 4-under to get to minus-7. Reed had 12 holes remaining in his round when play was halted by darkness.
Third-round leader Ian Poulter was one stroke back and two ahead of Phil Mickelson, Jeff Overton, Brendan Steele and Russell Knox.
Players headed right back out to play as many holes as they could in their fourth round this afternoon. The tournament concludes today.
Amy Yang wins Honda LPGA Thailand
CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — South Korean Amy Yang has earned her second career LPGA title at the Honda Thailand, finishing two strokes ahead of third-round leader Stacy Lewis, two-time champion Tseng Yani of Taiwan and South Korean Mirim Lee. Yang closed with a 3-under 69 for a 15-under total.
Lewis led after three rounds and remained in contention until she double-bogeyed 15 while Yang birdied.
GOLF-NEW ZEALAND OPEN
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Top-ranked Lydia Ko shot a 1-under 70 to win the New Zealand Women’s Open by four shots. The victory comes on the heels of the 17-year-old’s win last week in the Women’s Australian Open.
McKinnon, Bohonnon give US World Cup aerials double
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Kiley McKinnon and Mac Bohonnon gave the United States its first ever World Cup title double in aerials skiing.
McKinnon becomes the first U.S. woman to win the World Cup since 1998, while Bohonnon is the first American men’s winner since 2005.
Kearney finishes 3rd to secure 6th overall moguls title
TAZAWAKO, Japan (AP) — American Hannah Kearney has finished third in the freestyle World Cup dual moguls event to clinch her sixth overall moguls title.
Kearney beat Canada’s Alex-Anne Gagnon in the small final to earn 60 points, giving her an insurmountable 145-point lead in the standings over Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe with one event left.
It was the fifth straight moguls title for the Vancouver Olympic gold medalist, who is retiring at the end of this season.