Update on the latest in sports:


Nets win sixth straight, Celtics fall behind Heat

UNDATED (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have moved back into a tie with the Houston Rockets as the two teams battle for the second seed in the NBA’s Western Conference playoffs.

Jeff Green scored 22 points and Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL’) added 19 as the Grizzlies beat Oklahoma City 100-92. Zach Randolph finished with 14 points for Memphis, while Mike Conley and Courtney Lee scored 13 apiece.

Enes Kanter had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Thunder, but Russell Westbrook shot 5-for-20 and scored just six of his 18 points after the first quarter.

The outcome leaves the Thunder just a half-game ahead of New Orleans for the final Western Conference playoff berth. Anthony Davis delivered 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Pelicans knocked off Sacramento, 101-95.

Meanwhile, the lower end of the Eastern Conference playoff race has taken another twist with the season winding down. Brooklyn remains seventh in the conference, one game ahead of Miami and 1 ½ games in front of Boston. The Celtics are a half-game behind the eighth-place Heat, one ahead of Indiana and 1 ½ in front of Charlotte.

Deron Williams scored a season-high 31 points and Thaddeus Young hit the tiebreaking bucket with 22 seconds left to send the Nets to their season-high sixth consecutive win, 114-109 against Toronto. Brook Lopez added 30 points and 17 rebounds for the Nets, while Young delivered a season-best 29 points.

Ersan Ilyasova (eel-yah-SOH’-vah) contributed 11 of his 17 points in an 18-2 spurt that carried Milwaukee past Boston 110-101. O.J. Mayo had a team-high 24 points for the Bucks.

Rodney Stuckey scored 15 points off the bench to lead the Pacers’ 93-74 romp over the Hornets. Indiana took control while Stuckey hit a 3-pointer during an 11-0 run late in the third quarter.

In other NBA finals:

— C.J. McCollum scored a career-high 27 points and Portland wrapped up the Northwest Division title with a 107-77 laugher against the Los Angeles Lakers. Damian Lillard finished with 20 points and Arron Afflalo (af-LAH’-loh) added 17 in the Blazers’ first division clincher in six years.

— Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL’) notched his 50th double-double of the season with 26 points and 10 rebounds in Chicago’s 88-82 triumph against Detroit. Jimmy Butler’s 18 points helped the Bulls move ahead of Toronto for third place in the East.

— San Antonio crushed Denver 123-93 behind the hot shooting of Danny Green, who was 6 of 6 from 3-point range in scoring 21 points. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had 20 points in the Spurs’ sixth straight win.

— Marcin Gortat (MAHR’-shihn gohr-TAHT’) scored 19 points, Bradley Beal added 18 and Otto Porter chipped in 17 as Washington dealt New York its ninth straight loss, 101-87. John Wall made up for his 3-for-13 shooting with a career-high 18 assists, several coming during a 19-0 run that put the Wizards ahead 30-8.

— Nikola Vucevic scored a career-high 37 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to power Orlando past Minnesota, 97-84. Tobias Harris added 25 points and 12 boards to help the Magic snap a three-game skid.


Kaminsky and Calipari earn top honors

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kentucky’s John Calipari and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky have been named the coach and player of the year by The Associated Press.

Calipari has led his team to a 38-0 record and a spot in the Final Four. The Wildcats are the first team in 24 years to reach the Final Four undefeated.

The 7-foot Kaminsky was a runaway choice as the AP’s top player after anchoring Wisconsin’s run to a second straight Final Four. He averaged 18.7 points and 8.0 rebounds a game while shooting 54.9 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from 3-point range.


Crunch time in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The excitement continues to build in Indianapolis as more and more fans arrive for Saturday’s national semifinals in the NCAA Tournament. The opening game of the Final Four features Michigan State, which has a record of 27-11, against Duke, which checks in at 33-4. The second game has 38-0 Kentucky playing 35-3 Wisconsin. Michigan State is the only team that is not a regional No. 1 seed.

The winners will advance to the championship game Monday Night in Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Indianapolis Colts.


Efforts underway to increase number of minority coaches

UNDATED (AP) — A group of prominent black coaches headlined by Tubby Smith and Shaka (SHAH’-kuh) Smart is forming an organization to address the dwindling numbers of minority head coaches in college basketball.

The National Association for Coaching Equity and Development is in response to the dissolution of the Black Coaches Association. Ten years after minority coaches held more than 25 percent of the jobs across the country, the percentage dropped to 22 percent last year. And another 12 minority coaches have been fired this season.


Woods is in, Lefty is hot

UNDATED (AP) — Next week’s Masters just got a bit more interesting.

Tiger Woods has confirmed that he will compete at Augusta National next week, his first rounds of competitive golf since early February. The four-time Masters champion played two practice rounds at Augusta National this week before announcing on his website that he would end his two-month leave on the sport’s biggest stage. Woods has played in two tournaments this year and completed just 47 holes.

Woods’ announcement came as Phil Mickelson was completing his second consecutive solid round at the PGA’s Houston Open. Mickelson followed Thursday’s 66 with a 5-under 67 that leaves him one shot behind leader Andrew Putnam.

Austin Cook fired a 65 that ties him with Lefty, one shot ahead of Graham DeLaet (deh-LAY’) and Luke Guthrie.


Kim leads, Ko ends streak

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Sei-Young Kim is the leader in the second round of the ANA Inspiration, the first LPGA major of the season.

Kim shot up the leaderboard with a 7-under 65 that puts her at minus-7, two strokes ahead of first-round leader Morgan Pressel (PREH’-sul).

Brittany Lincicome (LIHN’-sih-kuhm), Catriona (kah-TREE’-nuh) Matthew and Jenny Shin are tied for third at 4-under.

Lydia Ko ended her LPGA record-tying streak of 29 consecutive rounds under par. The 17-year-old parred the par-5 18th hole for a 1-over 73.


Hawks inch closer to Predators as Blues catch Nashville

UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have a four-game winning streak that has put them within one point of the NHL’s Central Division lead. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Sabres continue to be the front-runners in the Connor McDavid sweepstakes.

Jonathan Toews (tayvz) scored the tying and winning goals in the last two minutes of the Hawks’ 4-3 comeback against the Sabres. The Hawks blew a 2-0 lead before Toews netted his 27th and 28th goals of the season, the last coming with 56 seconds left.

Scott Darling stopped 35 shots for the Blackhawks, who clinched a playoff berth on Thursday.

Buffalo continues to own the NHL’s worst record, two points behind Arizona. The Sabres and Coyotes are vying for the best chance to win the draft lottery, with first prize being McDavid of the OHL’s Erie Otters.

Chicago is just behind both Nashville and the St. Louis Blues, who grabbed a share of the Central Division lead by downing Dallas 7-5. Jaden Schwartz completed his second career hat trick by scoring twice while the Blues netted the last four goals. Patrik Berglund had a pair of goals to help St. Louis win for the third time in its last eight games.

Also on NHL ice:

— Jacob Josefson and Patrik Elias (EH’-lee-ahsh) scored shootout goals as New Jersey downed Montreal 3-2, putting the Canadiens two points ahead of Tampa Bay atop the Atlantic Division and two points behind the East-leading New York Rangers. Keith Kinkaid made 13 of his 31 saves in the third period to help the Devils drop the Canadiens to 1-2-3 in their last six games.

— Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN’) scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period of Colorado’s 4-2 verdict over Anaheim. Duchene and Dennis Everberg each finished with a goal and an assist as the Avalanche prevented the West-leading Ducks from padding their four-point edge in the conference race.

— Logan Couture (koo-CHOOR’) contributed a goal and an assist as San Jose topped Arizona 3-1. Antti Niemi (AN’-tee nee-EH’-mee) stopped 20 shots to help the Sharks climb within three points of Los Angeles and Winnipeg in the scramble for the final Western Conference playoff berth.


U.S. routs Russia

MALMO, Sweden (AP) — The U.S. women’s hockey team has advanced to the gold medal game at the world championship in Sweden.

The Americans clobbered Russia 13-1 behind Brianna Decker’s three goals.

Next up for the US will be Canada, which earned a 3-0 shutout of Finland. The Americans and Canadians have met in the championship game of all 16 world events, with Canada winning the first eight and 10 overall. The U.S. has taken five of the last seven, including four of the last five.

The gold medal game is Saturday.


Twins pitcher banned 80 games for drugs

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana has been suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol.

This is the third penalty for a positive Stanozolol test reported by MLB in the last eight days, following Seattle pitcher David Rollins and Atlanta pitcher Arodys Vizcaino (vihs-ky-AH’-noh).

Santana said through the players’ union that he was surprised by the news but does not plan to appeal. The 32-year-old Santana signed a four-year, $55 million contract with the Twins after pitching last season with Atlanta.


Arbitrator rules no punishment

NEW YORK (AP) — An arbitrator has ruled Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will not be disciplined by Major League Baseball for violating his treatment program. The Angels and MLB says they are disappointed and disagree with the arbitrator’s ruling.

The 2010 AL MVP is subject to the treatment program for prior violations involving drugs of abuse. A person familiar with the case told The Associated Press that Hamilton self-reported a new violation this year.

Hamilton has played poorly during the first two years of his five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels, who still owe him roughly $90 million over the next three years.


Rodriguez released by Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez has been released by the Atlanta Braves. The 36-year-old signed a minor league contract over the winter but became expendable when Atlanta acquired Trevor Cahill (KAY’-hihl) from Arizona on Thursday night. Rodriguez is 91-94 with a 4.06 earned run average in 10 major league seasons with Houston and Pittsburgh.


New deals for the skipper and GM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (BOH’-chee) and general manager Brian Sabean (SAY’-bee-ihn) have had their contracts extended through the 2019 season following three World Series titles over the last five seasons.

Giants President and CEO Larry Baer says retaining Bochy and Sabean long-term was his top priority this offseason, calling them the foundation of three World Series champions and signify the franchise’s strength and stability.


Cosart fined for illegal betting

NEW YORK (AP) — Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart has been fined by Major League Baseball for placing illegal bets, although MLB said it found no evidence he bet on baseball. MLB said Cosart was fined for violating a rule that prohibits players from placing bets with illegal bookmakers or agents for illegal book makers. The 24-year-old deleted his Twitter account last week after screen shots of comments he purportedly made appeared on the website of Miami New Times.


Bucs and Skins deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have worked out a trade that sends two-time Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson to Washington for an undisclosed 2016 draft pick.

Goldson went to the Pro Bowl following his 2011 and 2012 seasons with the 49ers.