AP Friday Sports Roundup
Curry hangs 51 on Magic
UNDATED (AP) — Stephen Curry set one NBA record on Thursday, while the Golden State Warriors continued their quest for another.
Curry was 10-for-15 from 3-point range while scoring 51 points as the Warriors won for the 15th time in 16 games, 130-114 at Orlando. Curry drained his first 3-pointer midway through the first quarter to set a league mark with 128 consecutive games with at least one trey. Overall, Curry shot a blistering 20-for-27 while furnishing eight assists and seven rebounds.
The Warriors shot 60 percent from the field and improved to 52-5, still on pace to break the Chicago Bulls' league record of 72 wins in a season. Golden State will have to win 20 of its final 24 games to top the mark.
The Warriors continue to top the Western Conference by 3 ½ games over the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs were 96-78 winners at Utah as Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points on 10 of 15 from the field. LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 15 points and Tim Duncan had a double-double of 14 points and 11 boards in the Spurs' 10th victory in 11 games.
The outcome drops the Jazz a half-game behind Houston for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth.
In other NBA action:
— James Harden erupted for 46 points and Dwight Howard had 19 and 13 rebounds to carry Houston past Portland, 119-105. The Rockets ended the Trail Blazers' six-game winning streak by closing on a 24-10 run.
— New Orleans surprised Oklahoma City as Anthony Davis scored 30 points and blocked four shots in the Pelicans' 123-119 victory over the Thunder. The Pelicans received great scoring off the bench as Ryan Anderson poured in 26 points, Jrue Holiday added 22 and Toney Douglas provided 10 of his 12 in the final period.
— Isaiah Thomas delivered eight of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as Boston earned its ninth straight home win, 112-107 against Milwaukee. Jae Crowder finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Avery Bradley added 18 points in the victory.
— Bojan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 24 points and Brooklyn handed Phoenix its team record-tying 13th straight loss by downing the Suns 116-106. Thaddeus Young added 18 points, eight rebounds and seven steals to help the Nets send the Suns to their club-record eighth consecutive home loss.
Nets waive Johnson
UNDATED (AP) — Seven-time NBA All-Star guard Joe Johnson has been waived by the Nets, allowing him to join a contending team. The Nets announced the move after agreeing to a buyout of the remainder of Johnson's contract, one of the largest in the NBA. Players have to be waived by March 1 in order to sign with another team and be eligible for the playoffs.
Johnson will have to clear waivers before he can entertain other contract offers. Any team claiming him on waivers would have to pay the remainder of his $24.9 million salary.
— The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived veteran point guard Andre Miller after agreeing to terms on a buyout of his contract. His agent says the 39-year-old Miller will look to join a team that is making a playoff push.
Manziel case goes to grand jury
DALLAS (AP) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') hasn't played too well in NFL stadiums. He's about to learn how he performs in a court room.
Dallas police will take their domestic violence case against Manziel to a grand jury to decide whether he should be charged. Police say they had completed their investigation into a Jan. 30 incident in which the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner's ex-girlfriend alleged he attacked her. Manziel has not been arrested.
Colleen Crowley has alleged that the former Texas A&M star accosted her several times at a Dallas hotel, then later struck her when they drove back to her apartment in Fort Worth. She says Manziel hit her so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear.
Return of Deflategate
NEW YORK (AP) — A three judge panel will hear the NFL's appeal of the lifting of Brady's four-game suspension in "Deflategate" starting next Thursday. The judges will decide whether a lower-court judge was correct to negate Brady's suspension over a ball-deflation scandal last year.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell assessed the suspension, then upheld it on appeal.
Luck to be ready for workouts
UNDATED (AP) — Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson says quarterback Andrew Luck should be healthy enough to participate in this season's offseason workouts. Luck missed the final six games last season with a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle.
Grigson also says the Colts and Luck's agent, Will Wilson, are working on a contract extension, but did not establish a timeline for getting a long-term deal finished.
In other NFL news:
— Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy says quarterback Aaron Rodgers and receiver Jordy Nelson should be ready for offseason workouts. Rodgers had minor knee surgery last month, while Nelson missed the 2015 season with a right knee injury.
— Bills general manager Doug Whaley says he's had discussions with quarterback Tyrod Taylor's representatives regarding a contract extension. Taylor went 8-6 as a first-time starter last year.
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Blue Devils handle Seminoles
UNDATED (AP) — The 15th-ranked Duke Blue Devils are 21-7 overall and 10-5 in the ACC after winning for the sixth time in seven games.
Grayson Allen scored 18 points and Brandon Ingram added 16 as Duke whipped Florida State 80-65. Luke Kennard finished with 12 points for the Blue Devils, who had five players score in double figures for the first time in conference play.
In other top-25 finals:
— Yogi Ferrell scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half of No. 18 Indiana's 74-47 pounding of Illinois. Nick Zeisloft chipped in 14 points for the Hoosiers, who outscored the Illini 44-19 in the second half to improve to a Big Ten-leading 12-3.
— Brekkott Chapman had 15 points and No. 22 Utah grabbed a 30-2 lead before rolling to its fifth straight win, 81-46 against Arizona State. Jordan Loveridge added 14 points, including three straight 3-pointers while the Utes were opening the game on a 15-0 run.
— Sterling Brown scored 14 points and Nic Moore added all 12 of his points in the second half to send No. 24 SMU past Memphis 69-62. The Mustangs trailed 57-56 until Shake Milton hit a 3-pointer and Brown a pair of free throws for a four-point SMU advantage.
Rolling slides outlawed
UNDATED (AP) — The rules regarding how players slide into second base are being changed. Major League Baseball has announced that rolling block sides to break up potential double plays have been banned.
The hope is to prevent a repeat of the takeout by the Los Angeles Dodgers' Chase Utley that broke a leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in last year's playoffs. The Pirates lost infielder Jung Ho Kang for the playoffs following a similar collision late last season.
Under the new rule, an umpire can call both the runner and batter out for a violation. In addition, takeout slides and neighborhood plays will be subject to video review.
Elsewhere in spring training news:
— The Orioles and right-hander Yovani Gallardo have finalized a two-year, $22 million contract with a team option for 2018. Gallardo, who is 102-75 with a 3.42 ERA in his career, has thrown at least 180 innings and started at least 30 times for the last seven seasons.
— Yasiel Puig wasn't able to take part in the Dodgers' first full team workout after recovering from surgery to have his wisdom teeth removed. Puig, who underwent surgery on Tuesday, is still in camp and is beginning his fourth season with the Dodgers.
— Outfielder Dexter Fowler is staying with the Chicago Cubs after all, spurning a three-year, $33 million offer from the Baltimore Orioles to accept a one-year, $13 million deal that includes a mutual option for 2017. Fowler gets $8 million this year, and the sides have a $9 million option for 2017 with a $5 million buyout. The 29-year-old Fowler hit .250 in 156 games and finished with 17 home runs, 149 hits, 102 runs scored and 84 walks.
Stars, Hawks lose at home
UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Stars continue to lead the NHL's Western Conference and Central Division races by one point over the Chicago Blackhawks after both teams tasted defeat on Thursday.
Joel Armia matched his season goal total by scoring twice and had an assist in Winnipeg's 6-3 thrashing of the Stars. Jason Spezza's second goal of the game tied it early in the third period, but the Jets regained control on goals by Mark Scheifele and Armia scored 40 seconds apart.
Antti Niemi was pulled after surrendering there goals on eight shots in the Stars' fourth loss in five games.
In Chicago, Calle Jarnkrok scored with 1:51 remaining before Miikka Salomaki added an empty-netter to secure Nashville's fourth win in five games, 3-1 over the Blackhawks. Mike Fisher had two assists and Pekka Rinna turned back 38 shots as the Predators ran their point streak to eight in a row.
Brent Seabrook provided the Hawks' lone goal in their fifth loss in seven games.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— The Kings lead the NHL's Pacific Division by four points over Anaheim and five over San Jose after Los Angeles pulled out its third straight win, 2-1 win against Edmonton. The Oilers led 1-0 until Tyler Toffoli assisted on third-period goals by Jeff Carter and Dwight King.
— Aleksander Barkov's second goal of the night was the eventual game-winner as the Florida Panthers topped Arizona 3-2. Vincent Trochek also scored and Roberto Luongo stopped 22 shots as the Panthers stretched their division lead to five points over Tampa Bay and Boston.
— Chris Kreider and Tanner Glass scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves as the New York Rangers beat the Blues 2-1 in St. Louis. Lundqvist joined Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy as the only goaltenders in league history with at least 30 wins in 10 different seasons.
— The New York Islanders won for the seventh time in nine games and improved to 3-0 on their seven-game road trip by beating the Flames 2-1 on Josh Bailey's goal at 4:42 of overtime. Jaroslav Halak had 31 saves and Thomas Hickey tied the game midway through the third period to help the Isles stay within three points of the second-place Rangers in the Metropolitan Division.
— Nick Foligno recorded his second career hat trick and had an assist as Columbus ripped New Jersey 6-1. Matt Calvert and William Karlsson each had three assists to help the Blue Jackets deal the Devils their fourth loss in five games.
— Matt Bartkowski and Emerson Etem each scored twice and Ryan Miller stopped 27 shots in Vancouver's 5-3 triumph against Ottawa. Jake Virtanen scored the tiebreaking goal on a power play midway through the Canucks' three-goal third period.
— Pierre-Edouard Bellemare snapped a 2-2 tie early in the third period before Philadelphia hung on to beat Minnesota 3-2. Sam Gagner and Mark Streit also tallied as the Flyers sent the Wild to their second straight loss since their 4-0 start under coach John Torchetti.
— Carolina's playoff hopes took another hit as P.A. Parenteau collected a goal and an assist in Toronto's 3-1 verdict over the Hurricanes. Jonathan Bernier stopped 29 shots and blanked the Canes after John-Michael Liles scored late in the first period.
Ladd comes back to Windy City
CHICAGO (AP) — Andrew Ladd is back with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The defending Stanley Cup champs have re-acquired the left wing from the Winnipeg Jets, along with forward Matt Fraser and defenseman Jay Harrison. The Jets receive two draft picks and prospect Marko Dano.
The 30-year-old Ladd had 17 goals and 34 points in 59 games for Winnipeg this season. He previously played for Chicago for two-plus seasons, helping the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2010.
JVR, Lupul done for season
TORONTO (AP) — The Maple Leafs say they will be without forwards James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul for the rest of the season. The 26-year-old van Riemsdyk broke his left foot on Jan. 9 in San Jose, and Lupul is slated for sports hernia surgery.
Garcia, Thompson share lead
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Sergio Garcia and Michael Thompson shot 5-under 65s to share the lead after the first round of the Honda Classic. Both birdied the par-5 18th hole to pull a shot ahead of William McGirt and Rickie Fowler.
Garcia highlighted his round by holing out from 148-yards for an eagle 2 on the second hole.
Phil Mickelson finished with a 69 and trails by four shots. Rory McIlroy three-putted from 10 feet for bogey on the 18th for a 72.
Thompson has first round lead
CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — Lexi Thompson had two eagles in an 8-under 64 to grab a one-stroke lead at the LPGA Tour's Thailand tournament. Thompson is trying to become the first American to win the event in its 10-year history. Defending champion Amy Yang is two shots of the lead.
Broadcasting and sports exec dies
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox and Bulls minority owner and television sports icon Eddie Einhorn has died at 80 following complications from a stroke.
Einhorn was the founder and chairman of TVS Television Network, which broadcast the so-called "Game of the Century" between the Houston Cougars and the UCLA Bruins from the Astrodome in 1968.
He served as president of the White Sox, spent the past 25 years as vice chairman of the franchise and was a member of the Bulls' board of directors, part of the relationship he had with law school buddy Jerry Reinsdorf.