Kentucky 31-0 and “not done”…Louisville dumps Virginia
UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Kentucky has completed a perfect season. The young Wildcats wrapped up the regular season with a 67-50 win over Florida. The victory gave the John Calipari-coached team a record of 31-0 and makes it the first Kentucky school to finish a regular season unbeaten.
Trey Lyles scored 14 points in the win while Karl-Anthony Towns added 13 with nine rebounds for the ‘Cats. After the game, the Wildcats gathered at midcourt and hurriedly donned blue T-shirts with “31-0 Not Done Yet” in white.
In other AP Top-25 hoops:
— Mangok Mathiang made a 15-footer with 2.7 seconds left to give No. 16 Louisville the lead in a 59-57 victory over second-ranked Virginia, which lost for just the second time in 30 games. Montrezl (mahn-TREHZ’) Harrell had 20 points and 12 rebounds in his last home game to help Louisville clinch the fourth seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
— Tyus Jones scored 17 of his career-high 24 in the second half as No. 3 Duke shot 59 percent after the break and beat No. 19 North Carolina 84-77. Quinn Cook added 20 points for Duke.
— Villanova, the fourth-ranked team in the AP poll, has won 12 straight. The Wildcats upped their record to 29-2 with a 105-68 win over St. John’s. The 29 victories are the most ever for a ‘Nova team in regular season play and the ‘Cats head to New York as the No. 1 seed in the Big East conference.
— T.J. McConnell had 10 points and 11 assists in his final home game and helped No. 5 Arizona close out the regular season with a 91-69 victory over Stanford.
__ Przemek Karnowski scored a season-high 24 points and Kyle Wiltjer added 19 to lead No. 7 Gonzaga to an 81-72 victory over San Francisco in the West Coast Conference tournament. The Bulldogs will play Pepperdine in Monday night’s semifinals.
— Wichita State, the No. 8 team in the poll, was a loser in the Missouri Valley Conference semifinals to Illinois State 65-62. Daishon Knight capped a 25-point game with two critical free throws in the closing seconds to lead the Redbirds into the title game Sunday. Illinois State was 0-2 against the regular season champs during the season and trailed by 12 in the first half of the semifinal.
__ Buddy Hield scored on a tip-in with two-tenths of a second left to give No. 15 Oklahoma a 75-73 victory over No. 9 Kansas. Hield finished with 18 points and seven rebounds.
— Seth Tuttle scored 13 points and No. 11 Northern Iowa was stingy again defensively, beating Loyola 63-49 to reach the Missouri Valley Conference tournament finals against Illinois State.
— Jerian Grant had 19 points and eight assists, Zach Auguste (aw-GUHST’) added 19 points and No. 12 Notre Dame shot 55 percent as the Fighting Irish cruised to an 81-67 victory over Clemson
— Nigel Williams-Goss scored 28 points, including a deep 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining as the shot clock was about to expire, and Washington stunned No. 13 Utah 77-68.
— Georges Niang and Monte Morris each had 19 points and No. 17 Iowa State ended the regular season with another comeback win, beating TCU 89-76 to clinch the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament.
— Keith Hornsby hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give LSU an 81-78 victory over No. 18 Arkansas. The Tigers end the regular season 22-9 and 11-7 in Southeastern Conference play while the Razorbacks head to the tournament 24-7 and 13-5 in conference play.
— West Virginia, the 20th-ranked school in the AP poll, ended its regular season with an 81-72 win over Oklahoma State. Devin Williams tied a career-high with 22 points for the Mountaineers who are now 23-8 and 11-7 in the Big 12. The Cowboys are 18-12 and 8-10 and enter the conference tournament with losses in five of their last six games.
— Roosevelt Jones scored 16 points and Kellen Dunham had 15 as 21st-ranked Butler held on for a 68-64 victory over No. 24 Providence. The win was Butler’s ninth in 12 games and gives them a record of 22-9 and 12-6 in the Big East. With the loss the Friars fell to 21-10 and 11-7.
— Taylor Barnette hit a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left, and the Belmont Bruins upset No. 25 Murray State 88-87 to win the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship and clinch their seventh NCAA Tournament berth. The 22-10 Bruins improved to 7-1 in conference tournament finals.
Cavs tie Bulls for second in the East…Hawks slip in Philly
UNDATED (AP) — With his next assist, LeBron James will become the Cleveland Cavaliers’ all-time assist leader. James tied Cleveland’s career assists record and scored 17 points in the Cavaliers’ 89-79 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
James tied Mark Price at 4,206 assists in the third quarter. James was 6 for 16 from the field and had eight assists and six rebounds to help the Cavaliers win their 13th straight home game and move into a tie for second with Chicago in the Eastern Conference.
In other NBA:
__ Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta had is six-game win streak stopped in Philadelphia, 92-84. The Sixers defense held the Hawks to just 31 points in the second half. Hollis Thompson and Luc Mbah a Moute (look BAH’-ah MOO’-tay) scored 19 points apiece.
__Dwyane (dwayn) Wade scored 28 points, Tyler Johnson added 24 and the Miami Heat erased a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-109 in overtime.
__ Tyreke Evans scored 26 points, Anthony Davis added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans rallied from 18 points down to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 95-89.
— Kevin Martin scored 29 points and Ricky Rubio hit a big 3-pointer with a minute left to help the Minnesota Timberwolves snap a four-game skid, 121-113 over Portland.
— Khris Middleton scored 30 points and hit a key 3-pointer from the corner with 40.8 seconds left, and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 91-85 victory over the Washington Wizards.
__Houston beat Denver 114-100. James Harden scored 28 points, Corey Brewer had 24 and the Rockets snapped a three-game road losing streak.
__ Rodney Stuckey scored 17 points, George Hill made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:35 left, and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 92-86. The Pacers have won five straight.
Update on player injuries
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Rangers ace Yu Darvish might require season-ending Tommy John surgery after an MRI exam revealed partially torn ligaments in his troublesome right elbow. Texas general manager Jon Daniels says Darvish could try to pitch through the injury, rest for up to four months or undergo surgery. Daniels said the club would get a second opinion this weekend but indicated that surgery may be the preferred option.
Darvish, a three-time All-Star, was shut down for the final seven weeks last season with inflammation in the same elbow. He underwent an MRI exam around Thanksgiving that came back clean, and had not experienced any trouble in workouts and bullpen sessions.
He first felt tightness while warming up Thursday. He left the game after 12 pitches. He had his MRI late Friday.
VIERA, Fla. (AP) — Washington Nationals second baseman Yunel (yoo-NEEL’) Escobar has a strained side and will be sidelined seven to 10 days. Manager Matt Williams says the team will be cautious about the injury and adds he anticipates Escobar returning to spring training games and being ready for opening day.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy of the Mets is listed as day to day after X-rays on his right hand came back negative. Murphy was hit on the hand by a David Price fastball in the second inning against Detroit on Friday and says it is unlikely he’ll swing a bat until Sunday at the earliest.
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil has an inflamed shoulder but is expected to resume throwing next week. Cecil is entering his seventh season with the Blue Jays and is bidding to become their closer. The left-hander missed a scheduled appearance Friday against Baltimore because of a tender shoulder and he requested a precautionary MRI and was encouraged by the results.
AL Champs add pitcher
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — American League champion Kansas City has added depth to its starting rotation with the signing of veteran right-hander Chris Young to an incentive-laden, one-year contract. The 35-year-old was 12-9 with a 3.65 earned run average for the Mariners last season. He was voted the American League’s comeback player of the year after missing most of the previous season because of surgery to correct a nerve issue in his neck and shoulder.
AP source: Ingram stays with Saints
UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has agreed to a four-year contract extension. Ingram later posted a brief comment on the social media site Twitter, writing that he is “Very excited to stay a Saint!!”
Ingram, a former Heisman Trophy winner out of Alabama, proceeded to have the best season of his career in 2014. He rushed for 964 yards and nine touchdowns to go with 145 yards receiving and was selected to play in his first Pro Bowl.
In other NFL news:
— The Cowboys have re-signed right tackle Doug Free to a three-year deal worth $15 million, with $6 million guaranteed. The 31-year old was a key part of the offensive line that blocked for NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray last season.
__A person familiar the deal says the Green Bay Packers have agreed to a four-year, $40 million deal with receiver Randall Cobb. Cobb had a career year with 91 catches for 1,287 yards last season.
Seventh shutout for Canadiens’ Price
UNDATED (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens increased their Eastern Conference lead to two points over Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders by salvaging the final game of their West Coast trip, 2-0 over Arizona. Carey Price turned back all 29 shots he faced for his seventh shutout. The Habs finished 1-3 on their West Coast swing.
Lars Eller broke a scoreless tie with his 10th goal midway through the second period. Brendan Gallagher added an empty-net goal with 1.5 seconds left, his 19th of the season.
In other hockey:
__ The Pittsburgh Penguins made it two West Coast victories in two nights. After beating the Anaheim Ducks Friday night, the Penguins prevailed 1-0 in overtime against the L.A. Kings. Patric Hornqvist won it with a goal at 1:44 of OT.
— Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO’-bur-doh) scored the deciding shootout goal to lift the Florida Panthers over the New York Islanders 4-3.
__ The Nashville Predators’ late-season slide continues. Winnipeg beat the Predators 3-1, handing Nashville its sixth straight loss. Blake Wheeler scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period.
— Jarome Iginla (juh-ROHM’ ih-GIHN’-luh), Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN’) scored in the first 10 minutes, and Semyon Varlamov made 44 saves to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-0 victory over Columbus.
__Alex Ovechkin returned from a one-game absence to score his league-leading 44th goal, and the Washington Capitals routed the Buffalo Sabres 6-1.
— Alex Killorn and Victor Hedman scored early third-period goals, and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 5-4.
__ St. Louis embarrassed Toronto 6-1. Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 32nd goal, and added an assist. Six different Blues scored.
__ The Vancouver Canucks beat San Jose 3-2. Radim Vrbata (rah-DEEM’ vur-BAH’-tah) scored the winning goal, his 25th of the season.
__ In the lone day game, the Bruins edged the Flyers 3-2 as Brad Marchand scored the tying goal and game-winner for the home team. Marchand sent it to OT with 14.1 seconds left in regulation and scored the winning goal with 1:08 to play in overtime. The Bruins are 4-1-1 in their last six games after going 0-4-2 in their previous six games.
Crash for the pole sitter
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jeff Gordon crashed his pole winning car during the final practice before Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Despite winning the pole he will have to drop to the rear of the field at the start of the race because he’s been forced to change cars.
The accident happened in the final minutes of Saturday practice when Danica (DAN’-ih-kuh) Patrick spun in front of him and Gordon was unable to avoid her car. Gordon’s car suffered heavy damage to the nose and right rear.
Dillon wins in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Austin Dillon dominated the Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he still had to hold off a hard-charging Ryan Blaney to wrap up the win Saturday. It’s Dillon’s third career victory.
Holmes leads after three
DORAL, Fla. (AP) — J.B. Holmes has a five-shot lead after three rounds of the Cadillac Championship. He shot a 2-under-70 in round three to finish play 11-under, five in front of Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson.
Bill Haas had the best round of the day at 7-under-65 to finish play at 4-under.
Park has the lead
SINGAPORE (AP) — Inbee Park is the leader after three rounds of the HSBC Women’s Champions event in Singapore. After shooting a 4-under 68 she 13-under par, two-strokes in front of world No. 1 Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis.
The Bryans come through
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Twins Bob and Mike Bryan kept the United States alive in its Davis Cup first-round tie against Britain, holding off a comeback by Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot to win the doubles in five sets. The 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-7, 9-7 victory by the Californians reduced the Americans’ deficit to 2-1, with the reverse singles Sunday.
The Bryans, the most successful doubles partnership in the Open era, have never lost after being two sets up.