AP Friday Sports Roundup
Curry's back as Warriors rally against OKC
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors tied an NBA record with their 44th straight regular-season home victory at Oracle Arena, which is dubbed "Roar-acle Arena" for good reason. The Warriors rallied from an 80-71 third quarter deficit to hand the Oklahoma City Thunder their sixth loss in eight games, 121-106. The Warriors tied the NBA record set by the 1995-96 Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls.
Stephen Curry returned from a one-game absence due to an ankle injury and led the Warriors with 33. It's his fifth straight game scoring at least 30. Backcourt mate Klay Thompson added 21.
The Warriors outscored the Thunder 50-26 during the last 16 minutes. Golden State is 55-5 overall, best record in NBA history at this stage of the season. They are 26-0 at home this season. The Warriors have won seven straight, and 18 of 19. They are 3-0 against OKC this season.
Kevin Durant had 32 for the Thunder.
In other NBA:
— San Antonio improved its road record to 24-9 by winning at New Orleans, 94-86. Kawhi Leonard was high man for the Spurs with 30 points and 11 rebounds. Fellow forward LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 points and eight boards.
— Dwyane Wade scored 27 points, Goran Dragic added 25 against his former team and the Miami Heat never trailed on the way to beating the Phoenix Suns 108-92. That's Miami's third straight victory.
— The Sacramento Kings ended a 22-game regular-season losing streak in Dallas with a 104-101 victory over the Mavs. Rajon Rondo had 18 points and 12 assists in his first game at Dallas since an ugly split with the Mavericks last season. It's Sacramento's first regular-season win in Dallas since Feb. 27, 2003.
Terps end home schedule on a high note
UNDATED (AP)— Melo Trimble and Jake Layman scored 18 points each, and No. 14 Maryland closed out its home schedule with its best game in weeks, an 81-55 rout of Illinois. The Terps shot 13 of 25 from three-point land.
Jared Nickens and Robert Carter Jr. had 14 points apiece for the Terrapins, who never trailed. Maryland had lost three of four since climbing to No. 2 in the AP poll in early February. The Terps are 24-6 overall, and 12-5 in the Big Ten.
In other AP Top-25:
— Gabe York made two 3-pointers in the final minute, the last to give his team the lead with 19 seconds to play, and No. 18 Arizona scored the final 11 points of the game to beat No. 25 California 64-61.
— Sterling Brown scored 20 points and No. 24 SMU beat Connecticut 80-54. Nic Moore added 16 points and four assists for the Mustangs.
B's knock off champs for fifth win in seven games...Lightning and Ducks keep streaking
UNDATED (AP)— The Boston Bruins prepared for their toughest stretch of the season the best way possible -- by knocking off the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist to help lead the Bruins over the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2. Ryan Spooner and Loui Eriksson also had goals for Boston. Tuukka Rask made 25 saves and newcomer Lee Stempniak notched two assists.
Boston won for the fifth time in seven games and kicked off their toughest stretch of the season with a victory. The Bruins now prepare to face the Washington Capitals, the NHL's points leader, on Saturday. Then Boston hits the road for six of the next eight games.
In other hockey:
— Ben Bishop made 33 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning tied a franchise record with their eighth straight victory, 4-1 over the Ottawa Senators. Cedric Paquette, Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos scored for the Lightning, who wrapped up a perfect four-game road trip.
— Corey Perry had a goal and two assists, Jamie McGinn and Rickard Rakell scored on Anaheim's first two shots, and the Ducks tied a franchise record with their 10th straight victory by routing the Arizona Coyotes 5-1. Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots as Anaheim stayed atop the Pacific Division.
— Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist each scored in the final 2:13 of the second period, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers. Hornqvist has five goals in his last three games for Pittsburgh, which won for the 10th time in 12 home games.
— Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov, Patrick Maroon and Lauri Korpikoski all scored, and Cam Talbot made 35 saves to lead Edmonton to its third straight victory, 4-0 over the Philadelphia Flyers.
— Adam Henrique forced overtime with a goal, then scored 1:54 into the extra period on the power play as the New Jersey Devils beat the Predators 5-4. That ends Nashville's five-game winning streak.
— Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and an assist, Calvin Pickard made 24 of his 38 saves in the third period, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Florida Panthers 3-2.
— Johan Larsson scored the go-ahead goal with 9:31 left and Marcus Foligno had a goal and two assists in the Buffalo Sabres' 6-3 win over Calgary.
— The San Jose Sharks scored twice in the opening six minutes of the third period and beat Vancouver 3-2. Patrick Marleau got the game-winner.
— The L.A. Kings beat Montreal 3-2. Anze Kopitar and Tanner Pearson scored less than 3 minutes apart early in the first period and Dwight King scored on a breakaway in the third period.
— Minnesota nipped Toronto 2-1. Mikael Granlund put Minnesota ahead with the game-winner with about eight and a-half minutes left.
— Kyle Okposo scored off a rebound 2:20 into overtime to lift the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Brady 4-game suspension still a possibility
NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brady may still have a steep price to pay for his role in "Deflategate."
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has started hearing arguments on whether or not the NFL's attempted ban of the Patriots quarterback should be reinstated. Three federal appeals judges heard from lawyers from the league as well as the players union.
The odds that the four-game suspension is restored reportedly rose considerably after the first day of arguments.
The judges gave a players' union lawyer a tough time, with one saying evidence of ball tampering was compelling, if not overwhelming. He noted that there was evidence Brady encouraged it and supported it.
The appeals court did not immediately rule and a decision may be weeks away.
Houston cuts Foster
UNDATED (AP) — The Texans have released franchise rushing leader Adrian Foster after seven seasons. The four-time Pro Bowler missed 12 games last season with groin and Achilles tendon injuries. Foster led the NFL in rushing with 1,616 yards in 2010. He leaves Houston with a franchise-record 6,472 yards rushing.
In other NFL notes:
— Defensive end Charles Johnson has been released by the Carolina Panthers. The move will save the team $11 million under the 2016 NFL salary cap. Johnson played for the Panthers for nine seasons, and is second in sacks in tea history.
— The Colts have made a qualifying offer to tight end Jack Doyle, meaning the team has the right to match any offer Doyle might get from another club. Doyle has 35 receptions for 209 yards and three TDs in 47 games.
— The Bills have restructured the contract of defensive back Corey Graham to help free up salary cap room. The nine-year veteran was owed a combined $6.35 million in base salary over the final two seasons of his contract.
Updates from spring training
UNDATED (AP) — The world champion Royals may have to start the new season without outfielder Jarrod Dyson. He is expected to miss the start of the campaign after straining his oblique while batting during the team's spring training opener. This type of injury typically takes about six weeks to heal, and manager Ned Yost says Dyson will likely begin the season on the disabled list.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Brett Anderson, a projected starter in the Dodgers' rotation, faces back surgery and is expected to miss three-to-five months. Anderson has a bulging disk in his lower back and was scheduled for an operation at a Phoenix hospital. A 28-year-old left-hander, Anderson was 10-9 with a 3.69 ERA last season.
— Detroit center fielder Cameron Maybin is expected to miss four to six weeks because of a broken left wrist. He suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch in a spring training game Wednesday.
School to forfeit 22 wins
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana-Lafayette football program has determined it must vacate 22 victories between 2011 and 2014, including two bowl victories, in order to comply with a recent NCAA ruling regarding recruiting violations by a former assistant coach.
The vacated games include New Orleans Bowl victories in 2011 and 2013. The Ragin' Cajuns also have relinquished the 2013 Sun Belt Conference title.
WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Piercy leads late in round one
DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Scott Piercy and Marcus Frazier share the lead after the opening round of the Cadillac Championship. Piercy birdied five of the first eight holes on the way to his 6-under 66. Frazier had it to 7-under before his only bogey of the round on the second to last hole.
Phil Mickelson trails by a shot and No. 1-ranked Jordan Spieth is three back along with Adam Scott.
First round complete
SINGAPORE (AP) — There is a two-way tie for the lead after the first 18 holes of the LPGA event in Singapore. Australian teenager Minjee Lee and Taiwan's Candie Kung each opened with a 5-under 67. Defending champion Inbee Park is among a group of four players tied for third at 4-under 68, while world No. 1 Lydia Ko and American Lexi Thompson both shot rounds of 1-under 71.
Chastain to donate brain
UNDATED (AP) — Brandi Chastain, the woman who scored the game-winning penalty kick that gave the United States the 1999 Women's World Cup title, has pledged to donate her brain for concussion research when she dies.
Currently living in the San Francisco area and coaching youth soccer, Chastain says she made the decision to help researchers better understand CTE, a degenerative condition caused by a blow or blows to the head.
Phelps, finance still planning Olympics
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Despite an outbreak of the Zika virus, Michael Phelps says his fiance and newborn son will accompany him to the Rio Olympics.
Nicole Johnson is due to give birth to the couple's first child in May. She is with Phelps this week at the Arena Pro Series meet in Orlando, Florida, one of the key tuneup events for the Olympics that begin Aug. 5.
Phelps tells The Associated Press he's "not worried" about the virus, but adds: "I think if you go into any Olympics, there's always something that comes up."
US tied 1-1 with Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia— Australian Bernard Tomic defeated American Jack Sock 7-6 (2), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 today to even their first-round World Group Davis Cup match 1-1. Earlier, John Isner gave the U.S. the lead with a 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-2 win over Sam Groth on grass at Kooyong, the former home of the Australian Open.
On Saturday, Groth and John Peers are scheduled to play doubles against Bob and Mike Bryan, although that lineup can be changed on the morning of the match. There is reverse singles on Sunday.
TENNIS-INDIAN WELLS-SHARAPOVA WITHDRAWS
Sharapova bows out of Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Maria Sharapova will miss next week's BNP Paribas Open because of a left forearm injury. The No. 7 ranked player hasn't competed since losing to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in January.