AP Sports Wrap from Friday, February 6 2016
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs cruised to an easy victory on Friday after pinning the Mavericks with their largest halftime deficit in franchise history.
Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard scored 16 of his 23 points while the Spurs were building a 36-point halftime lead in a 116-90 trouncing of the Mavericks in Dallas. LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 points and 10 rebounds in his first game in his hometown since signing a four-year, $80 million contract with the Spurs.
San Antonio improved to 42-8, matching its best 50-game start since joining the NBA in 1976.
Dallas managed just 26 points by intermission and lost to the Spurs for the 14th time in 16 games.
In other NBA action:
— Avery Bradley drained a corner jumper at the horn to push the Boston Celtics to their eighth win in nine games, 104-103 versus Cleveland. Isaiah Thomas paced the Celts with 22 points, while Evan Turner added 19.
— Danilo Gallinari (dah-NIH'-loh gah-lih-NAHR'-ee) poured in 33 points and the Denver Nuggets outscored Chicago 42-21 in the fourth quarter of a 115-110 victory over the Bulls. The Nuggets rallied for their ninth straight home win against the Bulls after Chicago's All-Star guard, Jimmy Butler left the game with a sprained knee late in the first half.
— Chris Paul had 21 points and six assists in the Clippers' fifth win in six games, 107-93 at Orlando. DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 18 rebounds for Los Angeles, while J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford each scored 20.
— Jeff Green scored 16 points off the bench and Memphis earned its fifth straight win by downing the Knicks 91-85 in New York. Seven other Grizzlies had at least eight points, with Matt Barnes providing 12 and seven rebounds.
— Hassan Whiteside had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in Miami's 98-95 triumph at Charlotte. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade scored 22 points and Chris Bosh added 20 as the Heat won for the sixth time in seven games.
— Atlanta picked up its third straight win as Paul Millsap scored 24 points and Al Horford added 21 in a 102-96 decision over Indiana. Millsap scored 14 of the Hawks' first 24 points and finished 10 for 14 from the field.
— Rodney Hood scored 23 points and the Jazz notched their fifth consecutive win by holding off Milwaukee 84-81 in Utah. Gordon Hayward had 18 points for the Jazz, including a late 3-pointer and a layup that put Utah ahead 82-75 with 1:32 remaining.
— Washington was a 106-94 winner over Philadelphia as John Wall had his fourth career triple-double, providing 18 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Marcin Gortat (MAHR'-chihn GOHR'-taht) had 21 points and had 13 rebounds in the Wizards' second victory in seven games.
— Joe Johnson had season highs with 27 points and 11 assists in Brooklyn's 128-119 win against Sacramento. Reserve Bojan Bogdanovic made seven of the Nets' 18 3-pointers, while Johnson added five and Donald Sloan hit four.
Louisville self-imposes postseason ban
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — March Madness won't include the Louisville men's basketball team.
The school has self-imposed a postseason ban for the program, effective at the start of the ACC tournament. The punishment comes amid ongoing investigations into a sex scandal in which an escort alleged that a former staffer paid her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.
President James Ramsey said that an investigation revealed violations did occur when the school reviewed allegations by an escort that a former Louisville staffer paid her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players. Coach Rick Pitino was not consulted about the decision and called the punishment "as harsh as anything I've ever seen in college basketball." Pitino has denied knowledge of allegations.
The Cardinals currently are ranked 19th and appeared to be a lock for an NCAA tournament berth.
Haden stepping down as AD after 5-1/2 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — University of Southern California athletic director Pat Haden says he will retire on June 30.
Haden has run the athletic department for 5 1/2 years, leading the Trojans through a multiyear stretch of NCAA sanctions against its vaunted football program. He created a large NCAA compliance program and improved graduation rates and grade point averages across the athletic department.
The former USC quarterback also received criticism for the football program's relative underachievement and for his handling of coach Steve Sarkisian (sahr-KEE'-zee-en), who is suing the school over his termination last year.
Goodell working to keep Raiders and Chargers from moving
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') is promising "to do everything possible" to help teams in Oakland and San Diego acquire new stadiums in their current markets.
Goodell says: "The league supports both of these teams, but we are working very hard with not only the teams but the communities to try to find a solution that works for everybody. This has to work for the communities and it has to work for the teams long-term."
Goodell spoke at his annual "State of the NFL" media event.
On other NFL matters:
— Goodell has confirmed that the Raiders would play the Texans in Mexico City on Nov. 21. That would be the first regular season NFL game in Mexico since 2001.
— Goodell said the league did not plan any changes to its policy of testing players for marijuana, despite any state legalization efforts. Goodell said NFL policy was not affected by state laws.
— He says the NFL has "made great progress" in the area of concussions by way of rule changes and improving equipment. Specifically, he mentioned better helmets and improvements to artificial turf.
Bucs' Jackson wins Military Award
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Vincent Jackson's commitment to supporting the military has earned him the NFL's Salute To Service Award.
The Tampa Bay wide receiver will be presented the honor Saturday night at NFL Honors by USAA, the league's military appreciation sponsor. The award was created to acknowledge exceptional efforts by members of the NFL to honor and support the military community.
Jackson comes from a military family and will have $25,000 donated in his honor from USAA to the official aid societies representing all five military branches.
Manziel family worried about quarterback's well-being
CLEVELAND (AP) — The father of soon-to-be former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') says the family has made two unsuccessful attempts in the past week to get the player into a rehab clinic.
Paul Manziel says he truly believes that if the family can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday.
The former Heisman Trophy winner spent 73 days last winter in a Pennsylvania treatment center specializing in care for alcohol and drug dependency, but his troubled personal life continues. He was under investigation by two police departments following allegations that he hit his former girlfriend last weekend in Texas. Although no charges were filed, Dallas police said Friday that it was reopening its investigation after receiving a complaint of a domestic violence assault.
Manziel was dropped by his agent, was ordered this week to stay away from his ex for two years and will be released by the Browns next month after two tumultuous seasons.
Ex-Broncos RB arrested on felony charge
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Wisconsin and Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball was jailed early Friday on a felony battery charge after an apparent dispute with his girlfriend.
Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said officers were called to a downtown Madison hotel around 3:45 a.m. where a woman told police she and Ball were arguing when he threw her in the air. She said she landed on a table and cut her leg, requiring stitches.
Lightning hammer Pens
UNDATED (AP) — The red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning are within five points of the first-place Florida Panthers in the NHL's Atlantic Division.
Anton Stralman and Andrej Palat (AHN'-dray pah-LAHT') each scored twice and Tyler Johnson had a goal and two assists as the Lightning doubled up Pittsburgh 6-3. Alex Killorn finished with a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who earned their third straight win and improved to 10-1-0 in their last 11 games.
The Penguins ended a four-game winning streak and remain one point behind New Jersey in the battle for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
— Anaheim and Arizona were tied 2-2 early in the third period until Corey Perry and Andrew Cogliano scored 1:41 apart in the Ducks' sixth consecutive win, 5-2 over the Coyotes. Patrick Maroon had a goal and two assists for the Ducks, who are within eight points of the Pacific Division-leading Kings.
— Phillip Di Giuseppe, Andrej Nestrasil, Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk scored to give Carolina a 4-0 lead just over 10 minutes into a 5-3 win at Winnipeg. Nestrasil finished with two goals and Staal had two assists as the Hurricanes won for the eighth time in 12 games.
— William Karlsson scored twice and Columbus closed out a 3-1 road trip by downing the Flames 2-1. Joonas Korpisalo (YOH'-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH'-loh) stopped 30 shots and blanked the Flames after Jiri Hudler (YEER'-ee HOOD'-lur) scored 7:09 into the first period.
Cubs, Arrieta agree...Hoover beats Reds in arbitration
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Cubs apparently have avoided salary arbitration with reigning Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta (ar-ee-EH'-tuh).
A person familiar with the negotiations says the right-hander has agreed to a one-year, $10.7 million, one-year contract, the highest one-year deal for a pitcher with four years of major league service.
Arrieta had a breakout season last year, going 22-6 and a 1.77 ERA to help the Cubs win an NL wild-card berth.
In other baseball news:
— Reliever J.J. Hoover has won his salary arbitration case against the Cincinnati Reds, leaving players 2-0 against teams this year. Hoover was given a raise from $535,000 to $1.4 million. The team had argued for $1,225,000. The 28-year-old right-hander was 8-2 with a 2.94 ERA, winning his first seven decisions.
— Pitcher David Aardsma (AHRDZ'-mah) has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will report to big league spring training. The 34-year-old right-hander was 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 33 relief appearances for the Atlanta Braves last season.
Hahn edges in front
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — James Hahn is the leader at the midway mark of the PGA's Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Hahn followed Thursday's 67 with a bogey-free, 6-under 65 for a 10-under total, one shot ahead of Danny Lee and Rickie Fowler. Hahn is seeking his second PGA victory, a few months after the 34-year-old Californian captured the Northern Trust Open at Riviera.
Harris English and Hideki Matsuyama are three shots back.
Ko, Jang are co-leaders
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Lydia Ko and Ha Na Jang shared the lead when the third round of the LPGA's Coates Golf Championship was suspended.
Jang and the top-ranked Ko each had 7-under totals with 12 holes remaining in their third round. Ko played her first six holes of Round 3 at minus-1, while Jang was even par.
Lexi Thompson was among five players who were one shot out of the lead.
None of the 75 players who made the cut finished the third round, which is to resume Saturday morning.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP
Pavin, Hamilton share lead
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Former major champions Corey Pavin (PAY'-vihn) and Todd Hamilton battled strong winds and cool temperatures to fire 6-under 66s and tie for the first-round lead in the Allianz Championship. He made four birdies in a five-hole stretch on The Old Course despite 20-mph winds and temperatures in the 50s at the start of the PGA Tour Champions event. Hamilton reeled off four consecutive birdies on his back nine before tying Pavin, one shot ahead of Tom Lehman (LAY'-mihn) and Billy Andrade (AN'-drayd).