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James scores 36, Lakers end 5-game skid by beating Bulls

By The Associated Press undefined CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James had 36 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 123-107 on Tuesday night and end a five-game losing streak. James played 33 minutes and showed no signs of letting up ...

Saint Mary’s knocks off No. 1 Gonzaga 60-47 for WCC title

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Saint Mary's heard for weeks about the NCAA Tournament bubble. First four in, first four out, fortunate to be in the discussion to be included in the field of 68. Tired of all the chatter, the Gaels put an emphatic end to it, popping ...

Malkin picks up 1,000th point, Pens rally by Caps 5-3

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin isn't one for nerves. And yet they came anyway as the weeks crept by and the Pittsburgh Penguins star inched closer to 1,000 career points. A pep talk from coach Mike Sullivan helped. So did the return to form of one of the ...

McIlroy waiting for consistent golf to pay off in victories

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy is playing his most consistent golf since the end of 2011 and the start of 2012, when he finished no worse than third in nine out of 12 tournaments worldwide with two victories, the latter in the Honda Classic that ...

Top-seeded VCU seeking respect in A-10 Tournament

By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — VCU coach Mike Rhoades has never had to look far this season for a way to motivate the Rams. He routinely reminds his players that they were picked to finish in the middle of the Atlantic 10 standings. The Rams (25-6, 16-2 A-10) not only ...

Simmons, Sixers survive scare from short-handed Cavaliers

By DAVE ZEITLIN Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Asked to assess his overall performance, Joel Embiid said he was "trash." When the Philadelphia 76ers needed him the most, however, their All-Star center came to play. Ben Simmons scored 26 points, Embiid had 19 rebounds and made some big ...

James scores 36 points in Lakers’ 123-107 win over Bulls

By PATRICK ROSE Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Less than a week after passing Michael Jordan for fourth on the NBA's career scoring list, LeBron James delivered a memorable night at the arena Jordan first made famous. James had 36 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a ...

Malkin at 1,000; a star hiding in plain sight

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The cameras crowd around Sidney Crosby's stall, parting only to let the Pittsburgh Penguins captain slip through and tug on a baseball cap before the lights flip on, the microphones close in and the questions come. Fifteen feet away, Evgeni ...

Kyle Busch completes weekend swept in Arizona desert

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Busch made it a weekend sweep at ISM Raceway in the Arizona desert. Just like he nearly did last week at Las Vegas. Busch tracked down Ryan Blaney over a long green-flag run before passing his Team Penske rival for the lead with ...

Embiid lifts 76ers past Pacers in return from knee injury

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid mouthed "I'm back" to a roaring 76ers crowd that had missed the popular big man. The Sixers will need him to stick around to get back among the NBA's elite. Embiid had 33 points and 12 rebounds in his first game in nearly a ...

Penguins end Bruins’ 19-game point streak in 4-2 win

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — For the first time in nearly two months, the Boston Bruins ran out of time. It tends to happen when the Bruins play in Pittsburgh, no matter how hot they are. Jared McCann scored twice, Matt Murray finished with 39 saves and the Penguins ...

Suns beat Warriors for first time since 2014

By The Associated Press undefined OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Devin Booker scored 13 straight Phoenix points during a decisive fourth-quarter stretch and finished with 37, and the Suns snapped the NBA's longest active losing streak to one opponent at 18 games by beating the Golden State Warriors ...

All about LeBron: Where does the Lakers star go from here?

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer The year was 2005. No one had an iPhone. No one had tweeted. Facebook wasn't part of the mainstream. And it was the last time the NBA playoffs didn't have LeBron James. The Los Angeles Lakers aren't mathematically eliminated from postseason consideration ...

Molina plays for 1st time this spring, Ohtani plays catch

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Leaving the clubhouse after his first exhibition game this year, St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina got a fist bump from third baseman Matt Carpenter. “It’s good to have you back,” said Carpenter, one All-Star to another. Molina went 1 for 2 as a designated hitter ...

No. 3 UNC meets No. 4 Duke to close ACC regular-season slate

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND No. 4 Duke at No. 3 North Carolina. The rematch of the fierce rivalry is the final game of the league schedule, this time in Chapel Hill. The Tar ...

Like Mike: LeBron overwhelmed after passing Jordan, his hero

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the very first day LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike. James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron's competitive playgrounds and tough streets. As James grew ...

Even in nice weather, spring training can be a grind

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Earlier this week, Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire left several of his top players out of the starting lineup. It was a rainy morning, but that wasn't the only reason. Gardenhire said some were dealing with aches and pains. "I talked ...

Penguins continue mastery of Blue Jackets in 3-0 win

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Sullivan isn't looking for an explanation. The Pittsburgh Penguins coach isn't sure there is one that can adequately describe why his team dominates the Columbus Blue Jackets. "All I can tell you is, every game we play them is a ...

Mets great Tom Seaver diagnosed with dementia at 74

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, the star of the Miracle Mets 1969 World Series championship team, has been diagnosed with dementia at age 74. His family made the announcement Thursday through the Hall and said Seaver has retired from public ...

LaVine scores 39, Bulls beat 76ers 108-107

CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine scored 39 points and hit the go-ahead layup in the closing seconds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 108-107 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. LaVine scored 13 in the fourth quarter as the Bulls wiped out a 10-point deficit on their way to one ...