AP Thursday Sports Roundup
Warriors rally to beat Clippers
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors are 5-0 after winning a battle of the last two unbeaten teams in the NBA's Western Conference.
Stephen Curry nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining as the Warriors downed the Los Angeles Clippers 112-108. Curry shot 7-for-11 from 3-point range and finished with a game-high 31 points.
Harrison Barnes added 17 points and sparked the big run that helped Golden State overcome a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Barnes also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
Chris Paul scored 24 points and Blake Griffin added 23 for the Clippers, who also had won their first four games of the season.
In other NBA finals:
LeBron James scored 23 points on nine of 23 shooting as the Cavs beat New York 96-86. James had 11 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer that capped a 12-4 spurt and put the Cavaliers ahead 87-79 with 4:01 remaining. Mo Williams finished with 22 points for the 4-1 Cavs.
— Bradley Beal capped his 25-point night by draining a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left in Washington's 102-99 triumph over San Antonio. Beal scored 13 fourth-quarter points for the Wizards, who have won two straight against the Spurs since a 17-game skid.
— James Harden scored seven of his 28 points in overtime to help Houston outlast the Magic 119-114 in Orlando. Dwight Howard provided 23 points and 14 rebounds in a game that featured 18 ties and 22 lead changes.
— DeMar DeRozan contributed 10 of his 28 points while Toronto outscored the Thunder 30-17 in the final period to pull out a 103-98 triumph at Oklahoma City. Jonas Valenciunas had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the 5-0 Raptors.
— Brooklyn remains winless after Al Horford scored 21 points on 8 of 10 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in Atlanta's 101-87 win over the 0-5 Nets. Dennis Schroder added 20 points in the Hawks' fifth consecutive win.
— Eric Bledsoe scored 19 points and Phoenix never trailed in a 118-97 blowout win over Sacramento. Brandon Knight scored seven points during an 11-0 spurt that put the Suns ahead 66-55 late in the third quarter.
— Damian Lillard had 35 points and C.J. McCollum provided 27 as Portland handled Utah 108-92. Mason Plumlee added 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.
— Monta Ellis hit two free throws with 13.7 seconds left to snap a 98-all tie in the Pacers' 100-98 triumph against Boston. Paul George provided 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Jordan Hill chipped in 16 points and 10 boards.
— Milwaukee topped Philadelphia 91-87 behind Khris Middleton's 21 points. Greg Monroe had 18 points to help the Bucks drop the 76ers to 0-4.
Greinke leaves $71 million on the table
UNDATED (AP) — One of the National League's top pitchers has put himself on the market.
Zack Greinke has opted out of the final three years of his contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving up a guaranteed $71 million to become a free agent again. The 32-year-old right-hander was 19-3 with a major league-best 1.66 ERA this season, striking out 200 in 222 2/3 innings.
Greinke left the Angels at the end of the 2012 season and signed a $147 million, six-year contract with the Dodgers. He helped the Dodgers win three straight NL West titles but they failed to reach the World Series.
The Dodgers are expected to give him a tender offer on Friday, which Greinke likely will reject. However, the move would give the team a first-round draft pick should Greinke sign elsewhere.
In other moves around the majors:
— Kansas City Royals All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon has declined his player option for next season and will test free agency for the first time. The four-time Gold Glove winner has spent his entire nine-year career with the Royals, who drafted him second overall in 2005. Gordon hit .271 with 13 home runs and 48 RBIs in 104 games during the regular season.
— The Royals have declined mutual options on right fielder Alex Rios and starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. The 34-year-old Rios had a $12.5 million option with a $1.5 million buyout, while the 36-year-old Guthrie had a $10 million option with a $3.2 million buyout.
— The Los Angeles Angels have declined their $7 million contract option for next season on outfielder David Murphy. The 10-year veteran was a dependable contributor while batting .265 with five homers, starting as a designated hitter and then platooning in left field.
— The San Diego Padres have declined to exercise their $7.5 million option on left-hander Cory Luebke, who has had two reconstructive elbow operations since 2012. Luebke was 10-12 with a 3.25 ERA from 2010-12.
— Milwaukee has exercised its $8 million option on the contract of first baseman Adam Lind. He hit .277 with 20 homers and 87 RBIs for the Brewers.
— The White Sox have declined a $10 million option on shortstop Alexei Ramirez. The 34-year-old has played his entire career with Chicago after leaving Cuba and is a .273 hitter with 109 homers and 542 RBIs in eight seasons.
— Cleveland has declined its $3 million option for next season on veteran outfielder Ryan Raburn. He hit .301 with eight homers and 29 RBIs in 82 games this year.
— The Mets have given manager Terry Collins a two-year extension through 2017. The team announced the new deal three days after they were beaten in the World Series by Kansas City.
— The Reds have promoted Dick Williams from assistant GM to general manager. The move is part of a succession plan for 64-year-old Walt Jocketty, who will stay on as director of baseball operations for one more year before moving into an advisory role.
News from around the game
UNDATED (AP) — Quarterback Johnny Manziel is getting another chance to start for the Cleveland Browns, and it will be against a familiar opponent.
Manziel will play Thursday against Cincinnati while Josh McCown sits out with a sore shoulder and injured ribs. In his first NFL start last season, Manziel was chased, sacked, intercepted and taunted by the Bengals in a 30-0 embarrassment.
This will be the second start this season for Manziel, who won against Tennessee in Week 2.
In other NFL news:
— Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback for the Jets against Jacksonville despite a torn ligament in his nonthrowing left thumb. Geno Smith is banged up following Sunday's loss at Oakland, and No. 3 signal-caller Bryce Petty hasn't played a down.
— Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith's season is done after the Baltimore Ravens placed him on injured reserve with a torn right Achilles tendon. The Ravens leading pass catcher is scheduled to have surgery next week.
— Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy has been placed on injured reserve after he was limited to one game this season because of hip trouble. Levy had 117 tackles last season for the Lions. His contract was supposed to expire at the end of this season, but the team agreed to a four-year extension with him in August.
— Rams backup running back Trey Watts has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. It's the second suspension this fall for Watts, who was out the first four games. Coach Jeff Fisher says the second violation took place before the first suspension began.
Blues rally to beat Hawks in OT
UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues hadn't allowed more than three goals all season before they surrendered five to Chicago in the first 18 minutes of Wednesday's game. The Blues didn't give up another as they tied it with a three-goal second period before beating the Blackhawks 6-5 on Vladimir Tarasenko's goal 3:54 into overtime.
Alex Steen scored twice and Tarasenko, David Backes, Jay Bouwmeester and Robby Fabbrieach each had a goal and an assist.
The Blues changed goaltenders three times in the opening period before improving to 9-3-1, one point behind Dallas in the NHL's Western Conference.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Sidney Crosby picked up his first road goal of the season and Eric Fehr added a short-handed tally in Pittsburgh's 3-2 win at Vancouver. Phil Kessel set up goals by David Perron and Crosby before Fehr put the Penguins ahead 3-0 with 9:48 to play.
— Toronto and Winnipeg were tied 2-2 until Alex Burmistrov and Bryan Little scored in the final 2:05 to give the Jets a 4-2 decision over the Maple Leafs. Dustin Byfuglien notched the opening goal after learning earlier in the day that he wouldn't be suspended for his hit on Montreal's Brendan Gallagher on Sunday.
— Toronto and Anaheim were tied with a league-worst two victories until Jakob Silfverberg and Chris Stewart scored shootout goals to complete the Ducks' comeback in a 3-2 triumph over Florida. Stewart also scored in regulation, but the Ducks trailed 2-1 until Corey Perry scored a power-play goal with under six seconds to play. It was Perry's first goal of the season.
Edmonton loses young star
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid is facing surgery and will be out for months after suffering a broken clavicle. The No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft was injured in Tuesday night's win against Philadelphia.
McDavid had 12 points in 12 games this season and was selected as the NHL's rookie of the month for October.
Appeal set for Kenseth
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Kenseth will have his appeal of NASCAR's two-race suspension heard on Thursday. Kenseth has been suspended for the next two races for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano in Sunday's race at Martinsville. He was retaliating after being wrecked by Logano a few weeks ago at Kansas.
NASCAR says it punished Kenseth because he had no chance at winning and intentionally altered the outcome of Sunday's race. It also cited safety concerns.
Tar Heels' Paige out of action
UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked North Carolina will spend the next three to four weeks without senior guard Marcus Paige due to a broken right hand. The school says the preseason Atlantic Coast Conference co-player of the year broke a bone in his nonshooting hand during Tuesday's practice.
The recovery time will sideline him for next Friday's opener against Temple in Annapolis, Maryland, and several games beyond.
A roughly four-week absence would have him close to returning for the big Dec. 1 matchup with No. 3 Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
New deal for Wolverines coach
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan men's basketball coach John Beilein has agreed to a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2020-21 season.
The school says Beilein's annual compensation will increase to $3.37 million, including $1.5 million in separate deferred payments.
The 62-year-old is entering his ninth season at Michigan and has led the Wolverines to two Big Ten titles.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Upcoming host cities named
UNDATED (AP) — Atlanta, Santa Clara, California, and New Orleans have been selected to host College Football Playoff national championship games from a group of nine cities or regions that were vying for the event. Atlanta will be the site of the championship game scheduled for January 2018. Santa Clara will host the January 2019 title game and New Orleans will be the site of the January 2020 College Football Playoff championship game.