AP Sports Wrap From Friday, Dec. 18, 2015
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers continue to do what they do best.
The Warriors improved to 26-1 and avenged their lone loss of the season by rallying from a 15-point, second-half deficit to beat Milwaukee 121-112. Draymond Green scored 16 of his 21 points after the Bucks pulled ahead 77-62 early in the third quarter.
Stephen Curry scored 14 of his 26 points during the rally and finished with 10 rebounds and nine assists. Klay Thompson continued his recent hot streak by delivering a team-high 27 points to help the Warriors improve to 12-0 at home.
The Sixers are 1-27 after Arron Afflalo (af-LAH'-loh) clipped them for 22 points and seven rebounds in New York's 107-97 win at Philadelphia. Derrick Williams finished with 17 points off the bench, while Kristaps Porzingis (KRIS'-tahps pohr-ZIHN'-gihs) chipped in eight points, four rebounds and three blocks in the Knicks' third consecutive win.
Jahlil Okafor (jah-LIHL' OH'-kah-fohr) scored 20 points in the 76ers' ninth straight loss.
Also in the NBA:
— San Antonio is 15-0 at home this season after LaMarcus Aldridge furnished 26 points and 13 rebounds in a 115-107 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Tony Parker scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer to cap an 11-0 run that put the Spurs up 96-88 with 9:17 remaining.
— Dallas beat Memphis 97-88 behind Dirk Nowitzki's 20 points. Chandler Parsons had 16 points and Zaza Pachulia (ZAH'-zah pah-CHOOL'-yah) got 10 points and 18 rebounds for the Mavericks.
— The longest game of the night was in Chicago as the Detroit Pistons beat the Bulls 147-144 in quadruple overtime. Andre Drummond had 33 points and 21 rebounds in allowing the Pistons to overcome Jimmy Butler's career-high 43 points. Reggie Jackson finished with 31 points for the Pistons, while Derrick Rose countered with a season-best 34 for the Bulls.
— Indiana beat Brooklyn 104-97 as Paul George scored 23 points and Jordan Hill added 14 and 11 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey provided 15 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Pacers, who've won three in a row.
— DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and Kyle Lowry chipped in 21 as Toronto downed Miami 108-94. Luis Scola had 20 points for the Raptors, who erased an 11-point, third-quarter deficit.
— Paul Millsap scored 15 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter of Atlanta's 109-101 triumph at Boston. Al Horford finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, and Dennis Schroder contributed five of his 22 points during Atlanta's 11-2 run midway through the final period.
— Eric Bledsoe had another production night in the Suns' 104-88 win over the Pelicans at Phoenix, shooting 12-for-17 and dropping in 29 points. Alex Len gave the Suns 19 points and 12 boards.
— Gordon Hayward scored 26 points and Utah halted a season-high, four-game losing streak by defeating Denver 97-88. Trey Burke added 13 off the bench in helping the Jazz end the Nuggets' four-game winning streak.
— Andrew Wiggins had 32 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to send Minnesota to a 99-95 victory over Sacramento. Karl-Anthony Towns fought off foul trouble for 15 points and eight rebounds in the Timberwolves' second victory in 10 games.
— Tobias Harris and Nik Vucevic (voo-SEH'-vihch) each scored 25 points to carry Orlando past Portland 102-94. Elfrid Payton added 19 points and Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE'-poh) scored 15 and had six assists in the Magic's third straight win.
Lawson suspended by NBA
HOUSTON (AP) — The NBA has suspended Houston Rockets guard Ty Lawson for two games without pay for a drunken-driving case in Colorado. The former Denver Nuggets guard was charged with drunken driving, speeding and other offenses last January, but pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired and a lane violation.
Lawson will miss home games Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers and Monday versus the Charlotte Hornets.
Wife of golfer has symptoms of a concussion
CLEVELAND (AP) — The wife of PGA golfer and world No. 2 player Jason Day has been released from a hospital.
Ellie Day was sitting courtside at Thursday's Cavaliers-Thunder game in Cleveland when LeBron James dove for a loose ball and crashed into her. Day had to be carried out of the arena on a backboard and was hospitalized overnight.
Day's agent says Ellie Day is suffering from concussion symptoms and is resting at home. The agent added that she has no hard feelings toward James and said he was just doing his job.
Day tweeted that she was incredibly sore and exhausted, saying that "being tackled by that large man would compare to a minor car accident."
St. Louis officials approve stadium spending plan
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis officials have taken a step toward retaining the Rams and preventing them from moving to Los Angeles.
St. Louis aldermen have voted 17-10 to spend $150 million to help finance a new riverfront football stadium. The vote does not guarantee that owner Stan Kroenke (KRAHN'-kee) will keep the team in St. Louis. However, it was considered vital toward the effort to build the new $1 billion stadium that could entice NFL owners against allowing the Rams to move. The Rams, Chargers and Raiders are seeking to move to Los Angeles.
No Shields for Packers
UNDATED (AP) — Packers Pro Bowl cornerback Sam Shields will be inactive for Sunday's game with the Raiders. Coach Mike McCarthy says Shields is still suffering from a concussion he suffered in Green Bay's last game. The NFC North-leading Packers expect to go with Casey Hayward and rookies Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins as their primary cornerbacks against the Raiders.
In other NFL news:
— The NFL has fined five players from the Steelers-Bengals game last weekend a total of over $118,000, with Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict ordered to pay more than $69,000 for three separate infractions. Pittsburgh cornerbacks William Gay and Brandon Boykin were each fined nearly $8,700 for unsportsmanlike conduct, and Steelers safety Mike Mitchell was fined more than $23,000 for a hit on a defenseless player. Antonio brown was fined almost $8,700 for an illegal crack-back block.
— New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was listed on the team's injury report with an illness that made him questionable Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Since taking over when Drew Bledsoe was injured in Week 2 of the 2001 season, Brady has played in every game of every season except for 2008, when he was out for the year with a severe knee injury.
— The Oakland Raiders will be without starting right tackle Austin Howard for Sunday's game against Green Bay because of a left knee injury suffered in last week's win at Denver.
— Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain has been ruled out against the New York Jets on Saturday night because of a concussion, and cornerback Morris Claiborne is doubtful with a hamstring injury.
Dodgers hit with $43 million tax
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball's four biggest spenders are on the hook for a luxury tax after winning a combined total of two playoff games in 2015.
The Dodgers have been hit with a record luxury tax of nearly $43.6 million for a payroll that fell just shy of $300 million. The Dodgers' three-year tax total comes to $81.6 million, or $16.3 million for each of their five playoff wins during that span.
Also taxed are the New York Yankees, who owe $26.1 million after losing their only postseason game this year. Boston owes $1.8 million and San Francisco has to shell out $1.3 million after the Red Sox and Giants failed to make the playoffs.
While the Dodgers were spending almost $298 million in payroll for their appearance in the NL division series, the Royals and Mets combined to spend less than $275 for their runs to the World Series. Ten major league teams spent more in player payroll than the World Series-champion Royals. Ten NL teams had larger payrolls than the pennant-winning Mets.
This marks the first time four teams are facing a luxury tax in the same season.
The figures were calculated by Major League Baseball and obtained by The Associated Press.
Hot Stove League news
UNDATED (AP) — Bartolo Colon and the Mets finalized a one-year, $7.25 million contract that will keep the pitcher in New York for a third year. The 42-year-old right-hander was 14-13 with a 4.16 ERA in 31 starts and two relief appearances this year before posting a 2.08 earned run average in seven relief outings during the postseason.
— A person familiar with the deal says the Rangers and veteran pitcher Colby Lewis have agreed on a one-year, $6 million, pending a physical. Lewis set career highs last season with 17 wins and 204 2/3 innings.
— Pitcher Dillon Gee and the Royals have agreed to a minor league contract. The pact would guarantee the right-hander $2 million if he makes the big league club.
— Florida has worked out a one-year, $1.5 million pact with catcher Jeff Mathis, who hit just .161 in 32 games last season.
— Ryan Vogelsong is back with the Pirates after agreeing to a one-year contract. Vogelsong was traded to Pittsburgh in July 2001 and went 10-20 with a 6.06 ERA in 109 appearances, including 33 starts. He helped the Giants win World Series titles in 2012 and '14, then was 9-11 with a 4.67 ERA this year.
— The Pirates are also bringing back utility player Sean Rodriguez with a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
— Reliever Nate Jones and the White Sox have agreed to a three-year, $8 million contract that includes options that could increase to $22.55 million over six seasons.
— The Indians and Phillies have worked out a deal that sends reliever Dan Otero to Cleveland for cash.
— Infielder Emilio Bonifacio and the Atlanta Braves have finalized a $1.25 million contract that was agreed to last week.
— Utilityman Mike Aviles and the Detroit Tigers have agreed on a one-year contract.
Caps, Pens continue opposite paths
UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Capitals have padded their leads in the NHL's Eastern Conference and Metropolitan Division races. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins continue to seek their first victory since changing coaches last weekend.
The Capitals picked up their fourth straight win and improved to 23-6-2, spotting Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead before beating the Lightning 5-3. Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) and T.J. Oshie (OH'-shee) each collected two goals and two assists to lead the comeback. Marcus Johansson snapped a 3-3 tie with 5:44 remaining on assists from Oshie and Ovechkin.
Philipp Grubauer stopped all seven shots he faced after replacing Braden Holtby with the Lightning leading 3-0 midway through the game.
Washington tops the East by five points over Montreal and leads its division by six points over the New York Rangers.
The Pens absorbed their fourth straight loss and fell to 0-3 under new coach Mike Sullivan, dropping a 6-2 decision to Boston. Frank Vatrano recorded a hat trick after entering the night with two goals in 16 NHL games. Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhuh-rahn) scored twice and Ryan Spooner had four assists in helping the Bruins win for the 10th time in 14 games, leaving them just three points behind the Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens.
Checking out the rest of the NHL finals:
— Bryan Little had two goals and an assist in the Jets' 5-2 win over the New York Rangers in Winnipeg. Blake Wheeler had four assists against the Rangers, who have dropped 10 of 13 since opening the season 16-3-2.
— Bobby Ryan had a goal and an assist as Ottawa downed San Jose 4-2, dropping the Sharks to 2-1 on their five-game road trip. The game was tied 1-1 until Jean-Gabriel Pageau (pah-ZHOH'), Chris Wideman and Erik Karlsson scored during a 7 ½-minute span of the third period to send the Senators to their second victory in five games.
— Vancouver had dropped three straight and eight of 10 until Linden Vey scored in the seventh shootout round to give the Canucks a 4-3 win at Detroit. Sven Baertschi (BAHR'-chee) and Radim Vrbata (vur-BAH'-tah) each had a goal and an assist in regulation for the Canucks.
— Florida blanked Carolina 2-0 as Roberto Luongo (loo-AHN'-goh) stopped 24 shots in his 70th career shutout. The game was scoreless until Willie Mitchell tallied 4:09 into the third period.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-DIII CHAMPIONSHIP
Mount Union wins Stagg Bowl again
SALEM, Va. (AP) —Mount Union won its NCAA-best 12th football title, beating St. Thomas of Minnesota 49-35 in the Division III championship game.
Taurice Scott threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Purple Raiders completed a 15-0 season. Logan Nemeth ran 220 yards and two touchdowns for Mount Union, which was appearing in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl for the 11th consecutive season.