AP Friday Sports Roundup
Spurs make it 12 straight
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs' winning streak has reached a dozen games.
Kawhi Leonard led a balanced attack with 21 points as the Spurs hammered the Suns 117-89 in Phoenix. Boban Marjanovic came off the bench to provide 17 points and 13 rebounds in 21 ½ minutes to help the Spurs improve to 37-6, two games behind the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors.
San Antonio spot 49 percent from the field, including a 9-for-14 mark from 3-point range. The Spurs also had nine players score at least seven points despite being without the services of Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.
Devin Booker had a game-high 24 points for the Suns, who trailed by 10 until the Spurs outscored them 38-20 in the fourth quarter.
In other NBA action:
— LeBron James, J.R. Smith, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving all played major roles in Cleveland's 115-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. James delivered 22 points and 12 assists, while Smith drained six 3-pointers in a 22-point effort. Love finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds, and Irving added 21 points for the Eastern Conference leaders.
— Marc Gasol's 27-point night included a go-ahead three-point play with 12.2 seconds left, sending Memphis past the Nuggets 102-101 in Denver. Mike Conley provided 20 points in the Grizzlies' fourth consecutive win.
— Sacramento got past Atlanta 91-88 behind Demarcus Cousins' 24 points and 15 rebounds. Rajon Rondo recorded a triple double of 11 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in the Kings' fourth consecutive win.
— Anthony Davis scored 32 points and the Pelicans won for the fourth time in five games by pounding Detroit 115-99 at New Orleans. Tyreke Evans had 22 points and 10 assists for the Pelicans, who raced to a 72-53 halftime lead and never allowed Detroit to get closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Kobe heads list of All-Stars
UNDATED (AP) — Kobe Bryant will be a starter in his 18th and final NBA All-Star game.
The Los Angeles Lakers forward received a league-high 1.9 million votes as he plays his last season. Golden State guard and reigning NBA most valuable player Stephen Curry had the second-most votes with 1.6 million.
Bryant and Curry are joined in the Western Conference starting lineup by Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard.
Cleveland's LeBron James and Indiana's Paul George will start in the East frontcourt on Feb. 14 with New York's Carmelo Anthony.
Miami's Dwyane Wade is slated to start at guard with Toronto's Kyle Lowry, who overcame a 32,000-vote deficit to Cleveland's Kyrie Irving after the last update.
Kidd set to return next week
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks say Jason Kidd is expected to resume his coaching duties next Tuesday against Orlando.
Kidd has missed 15 games and has been recovering from right hip surgery performed on Dec. 21. He says he received a good report from his doctor last week in New York and is ahead of schedule on his recovery.
TOP 25 MEN'S BASKETBALL
Hawkeyes extend win streak
UNDATED (AP) — Ninth-ranked Iowa took on Rutgers Thursday night in a game that was expected to be a blowout after the Scarlet Knights absorbed a 50-point loss to Purdue on Monday. The game was tied late in the first half before the Hawkeyes put together a 16-7 run and pulled away in a 90-76 win at Piscataway (pis-KAT'-ah-way), New Jersey.
Peter Jok was among three Hawkeyes with at least 20 points, finishing with a career-high 29. Jarrod Uthoff and Anthony Clemmons each added 20 points as Iowa picked up its eighth straight win and improved to 6-0 in the Big Ten.
In other top-25 finals:
— No 12 Arizona was a 71-57 winner at Stanford as Gabe York shot 4-for-9 from 3-point range while scoring 19 points. Ryan Anderson added 18 to help the Wildcats improve to 16-3.
— Oregon topped 21st-ranked Southern Cal 89-81 as Elgin Cook light up the Trojans for 26 points. Chris Boucher and Dwayne Benjamin each added 16 points for the Ducks.
— P.J. Thompson scored 10 of his 12 points in the final seven minutes of No. 22 Purdue's 75-64 win over Ohio State. A.J. Hammons added 16 points as the 17-3 Boilermakers won their third in a row.
— Tyler Ulis (YOO'-lihs) scored 24 points and 23rd-ranked Kentucky rebounded from a loss at Auburn by downing Arkansas 80-66 at Fayetteville. Jamal Murray added 19 points, Derek Willis 12 and Skai Labissiere 11 for the Wildcats.
Davis strikes it rich in Baltimore
UNDATED (AP) — Chris Davis has signed the richest contract in the history of the Baltimore Orioles. The defending major league home run champion gets a new seven-year pact that will pay him $161 million.
Davis had 47 homers and 117 RBIs last season, and ranked 13th in the majors with 100 runs. Since 2012, Davis leads the majors with 159 home runs and ranks fourth with 412 RBIs.
Although he's only been with the Orioles since the middle of the 2011 season, Davis is 10th on the team's career home run list with 161.
In other baseball:
— Florida prosecutors have decided not to file charges in a domestic disturbance case involving Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and his girlfriend last October. The Broward Assistant State Attorney issued a close-out memo saying conflicting accounts and insufficient evidence made a conviction unlikely.
— The Chicago White Sox and reliever Matt Albers have agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees $2.25 million and includes a club option for 2017. The 33-year-old right-hander will receive $2 million next season. The White Sox hold a $3 million option for 2017 with a $250,000 buyout. He was 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA in 20 appearances last season.
— Major League Baseball is pushing back this year's deadline to make trades without waivers by one day to Monday, Aug 1. The move is designed to avoid having players on the field during Sunday afternoon games as they are about to get dealt.
Refs forget footballs for Patriots, Chiefs game
BOSTON (AP) — This ball controversy can't be blamed on the Patriots.
Massachusetts State Police came to the rescue before Saturday's NFL playoff game between New England and Kansas City by delivering footballs that game officials left at their hotel.
League officials contacted the Hyatt at Logan Airport when it was discovered some balls and air pressure gauges had been left behind. The balls were the ones used in the kicking game.
Hotel workers entered the room and a state trooper drove the equipment to Gillette Stadium, arriving about an hour before kickoff.
The officials' gaffe came about a year after the start of the "Deflategate" scandal, when the Patriots were accused of using underinflated balls.
Lightning extend their win streak while ending the Blackhawks' streak
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have seen their team-record, 12-game winning streak come to an end, stopped by a team that is almost as hot.
Victor Hedman assisted on goals by Anton Stralman and Nikita Kucherov as the Tampa Bay Lightning won their seventh in a row, defeating the Blackhawks 2-1. Ben Bishop faced just 17 shots and was perfect after Artem Anisimov (ah-NEE'-see-mahv) beat him 43 seconds into the game.
Stralman tied the game later in the first period before Kucherov scored on a power play with 3:21 left in the second.
The Lightning's winning streak has allowed them to vault to second place in the NHL's Atlantic Division, one point behind the fading Florida Panthers.
Chicago's loss allowed Dallas to climb within three points of the Hawks for the Western Conference and Central Division leads.
The Stars made up ground with a 3-2 victory against Edmonton. Jamie Benn scored his team-high 27th goal and Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist as the Stars ended a four-game losing streak.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Darcy Kuemper stopped 32 shots and Minnesota stopped a five-game losing streak by blanking the Kings 3-0 in Los Angeles. Zach Parise scored a power-play goal and Erik Haula added a short-handed tally to back Kuemper's second shutout of the season.
— San Jose made it six wins in its last seven games as Tommy Wingels and Chris Tierney scored 3 ½ minutes apart in the first period of the Sharks' 3-1 verdict over Arizona. Martin Jones handled 23 shots and had a shutout until midway through the third period.
— Phil Kessel scored twice while Pittsburgh was turning a 2-0 deficit into a 4-3 win against Philadelphia. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist to help the Penguins beat the Flyers for the first time since October 2013.
— Boston had won three straight before Daniel Sedin scored twice in the third period of Vancouver's 4-2 triumph over the Bruins. The game-winner was Sedin's 347th goal as a Canuck breaking the team record held by Markus Naslund.
— New Jersey picked up its third straight win as Kyle Palmieri scored twice and had an assist in the Devils' 6-3 rout of Ottawa. Travis Zajac added a goal and three assists for the Devils, while Joseph Blandisi scored his first NHL goal and collected three points.
— Eddie Lack made 31 saves and Jordan Staal scored 2:54 into overtime to complete Carolina's 1-0 win over Toronto. The Hurricanes ended a two-game skid and won for the fifth time in seven games, leaving them three points out of an Eastern Conference playoff slot.
— Nashville won for just the second time in eight games as Ryan Johansen provided a goal and an assist in the Predators' 4-1 road win at Winnipeg. Johansen has four goals and nine points in seven games since his trade from Columbus on Jan. 6.
— Johnny Gaudreau's 20th goal of the season snapped a 2-2 tie early in the third period of Calgary's 4-2 win at Columbus. Sam Bennett scored twice and Karri Ramo stopped 27 shots as the Flames won for the second time in six games.
Lightning suspend forward
UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have suspended Jonathan Drouin as general manager Steve Yzerman tries to trade the disgruntled winger.
Drouin asked to be traded in November and has been assigned to the Lightning's AHL affiliate at Syracuse since Jan. 2. The suspension comes after Drouin and his agent proposed that the former first-round pick not play in the next few AHL games while the Lightning try to work out a deal.
In other NHL player moves:
— The Chicago Blackhawks have traded Ryan Garbutt to the Anaheim Ducks for Jiri Sekac in a swap of forwards. Garbutt had two goals and six points in 43 games after being acquired from Dallas for forward Patrick Sharp last July. Sekac has one goal and two assists in 22 games with Anaheim this season.
— The New York Rangers have signed veteran forward Daniel Paille, who had been playing with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. The 31-year-old Paille has played 570 NHL games over parts of 10 seasons with Buffalo and Boston, registering 85 goals and 172 points. He had six goals and seven assists in 71 games with the Bruins last season.
Sharapova gets milestone win
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Maria Sharapova has earned her 600th career victory while moving into the fourth round of the Australian Open.
The fifth seed and five-time Grand Slam winner dominated the first and last sets of a 6-1, 6-7, 6-0 win over American Lauren Davis. Sharapova served 16 aces but made 42 unforced errors in earning a meeting with Swiss teen Belinda Bencic. The 12th-seeded Bencic also posted a three-sets victory.
Anna-Lena Friedsam took a three-set match from Roberta Vinci, who was appearing in her first Grand Slam since defeating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open semifinals.
Winners on the men's side include seventh seed Kei Nishikori, ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 15 David Goffin.
Four share lead as Mickelson makes season debut
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Jason Dufner is among a quartet that shares the lead through one round of the PGA's CareerBuilder Challenge.
Dufner, Jerry Kelly, Jeff Overton and Anirban Lahiri each opened with 8-under 64s, putting them one stroke better than Colt Knost and Jamie Lovemark.
Phil Mickelson is back after a long layoff, shooting a 4-under 68 in his first start since the Presidents Cup in October.
GOLF-ABU DHABI CHAMPIONSHIP
Amateur steals the show
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An American amateur has upstaged the stars in the first round of the Abu Dhabi Championship.
Bryson DeChambeau fired an 8-under 64 in just his seventh start in a professional event to take the lead after the first round.
The 22-year-old won the U.S. Amateur and NCAA Championship last year.
He has a one shot lead over Henrik Stenson and is two in front of Rory McIlory.
Top-ranked Jordan Spieth is four back.
Durant leads through 18 of Champions Tour opener
KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Joe Durant shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.
The 51-year-old Durant had nine birdies and two bogeys at Hualalai Golf Course.
Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez, Davis Love III and Tom Pernice Jr. were a stroke back.