AP Tuesday Sports Roundup
Hawks clobber Kings
UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors are the first NBA teams to reach 50 wins this season.
Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll each scored 20 points as the Hawks clobbered the Kings 130-105. Korver shot 6-for-8 from 3-point range in padding Atlanta's highest-scoring performance of the season.
The Hawks won for the seventh time in eight games and bounced back from Saturday's ugly loss to Philadelphia.
Atlanta's lead in the Eastern Conference is back up to 11 games with 19 remaining.
Golden State still paces the West by 5 ½ games over Memphis after the Warriors picked up their fourth consecutive win, 98-80 at Phoenix. Stephen Curry had the hot hand after being held in check on Sunday, hitting seven of his 13 3-point attempts and finishing with 36 points, six rebounds and five assists. Klay Thompson provided four of the Warriors' 13 treys in his 25-point effort.
In other NBA finals:
— The battle of the Gasol brothers went to Marc as he scored 23 points to lead Memphis past the Bulls 101-91 in Chicago. Jeff Green had 19 and Zach Randolph added 16 as the Southwest Division leaders moved two games ahead of Houston.
— The Los Angeles Clippers rode DeAndre Jordan's 20 points and 17 boards to an 89-76 win against Minnesota. J.R. Redick had a team-high 26 points for the Clippers, while Chris Paul made up for his two-point night with 15 assists.
— Anthony Davis tied his career high with 43 points and New Orleans shot 9-for-15 from 3-point range in a 114-103 triumph at Milwaukee. Davis scored eight straight points while the Pelicans were closing on a 14-2 run for their eighth victory in 10 games.
— Washington's nine-game road losing streak is over after Marcin Gortat scored 20 points in the Wizards' 95-69 romp over the Hornets in Charlotte. John Wall added 15 points and nine assists for the Wizards, who held the Hornets under 33 percent shooting.
— Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points off the bench to lead Boston's scoring in a 100-90 win at Miami. Brandon Bass added 14 as the Celtics prevented the Heat from moving into seventh in the East.
— Denver posted a 106-78 laugher against New York behind Kenneth Faried's 19 points and 11 rebounds. Wilson Chandler and Will Barton scored 17 points apiece in the Nuggets' most lopsided win of the season.
Manhattan, Northeastern, Wofford earn NCAA slots
UNDATED (AP) — Manhattan, Northeastern and Wofford have earned automatic berths in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Manhattan captured the MAAC crown for the second straight year as Ashton Pankey contributed 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 79-69 victory over top seed Iona. Emmy Andujar added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Jaspers.
Quincy Ford scored 22 points and Northeastern won the Colonial Athletic Association tournament by downing top seed William and Mary 72-61. David Walker added 15 as the Huskies earned their first NCAA tourney appearance in 24 years.
Lee Skinner scored 17 points and Eric Garcia added 15 as top-seeded Wofford held off Furman 67-64 to capture the Southern Conference championship. Karl Cochran's 11 points helped the Terriers earn their fourth trip to the NCAA tournament in six years.
The lone top-25 team in action was seventh-ranked Gonzaga, and the Bulldogs advanced to the West Coast Conference title game for the 18th straight year by downing Pepperdine 79-61. Byron Wesley scored 13 of his 25 points during a 30-12 run over the first 9 1/2 minutes of the second half.
Kentucky and UConn remain on top
UNDATED (AP) — Kentucky remains the top team in the weekly Associated Press Top-25 poll after completing a perfect 31-0 regular season. The Wildcats earned all 65 first place votes and extended their season-long run as No. 1. The Wildcats can become the first team since Nevada-Las Vegas in 1990-91 to be No. 1 the entire season in next week's final poll.
Duke moved up to No. 2 ahead of Virginia, which dropped a spot after losing to Louisville. Rounding out the top five spots are Villanova and Arizona.
The second five consists of Wisconsin, Gonzaga, Maryland, Kansas and Northern Iowa.
In the women's poll, UConn remains No. 1 for a fourth straight week. Notre Dame, South Carolina and Maryland follow after winning their conference tournaments this past weekend.
Baylor is fifth, followed by Tennessee, Florida State, Louisville, Arizona State and Oregon State.
Texans cut one, agrees with one
UNDATED (AP) — Wide receiver Andre Johnson and cornerback Darrelle Revis likely will be playing for new NFL teams next season.
The Houston Texans have released Johnson, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection who asked to be traded last month. Johnson had 85 receptions for 936 yards and three touchdowns last season as the Texans began to consider DeAndre Hopkins their top receiving threat last season.
ESPN reported that the Patriots have decided not to pick up Revis' $20 million option, allowing him to become a free agent. Revis is a six-time Pro Bowl selection and a four-time All Pro.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
— Defensive end Jerry Hughes is staying with the Buffalo Bills after signing a contract the day before he could have become a free agent. A person familiar with negotiations has told The Associated Press that the deal is for five years and is worth more than $45 million. Hughes has registered 10 sacks in each of the last two seasons.
— A person familiar with the contract tells The AP quarterback Ryan Mallett has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Texans. The deal is worth $7 million over two years, with $1.75 million guaranteed.
— The Green Bay Packers have officially re-signed receiver Randall Cobb after the two sides agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract over the weekend. He combined with Jordy Nelson to form one of the top receiving duos last season, finishing with career highs of 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns.
— Safety Devin McCourty says he's staying to the Patriots. The agent for the first round pick in the 2010 draft confirms McCourty's new deal would pay $47.5 million over five years, with $28.5 million guaranteed.
— Pittsburgh has signed linebacker Arthur Moats to a three-year contract that will keep him in Pittsburgh through 2017. Moats, who turns 27 next weekend, had four sacks in his first season with the Steelers in 2014.
— The Seattle Seahawks have signed free agent cornerback Will Blackmon, who spent the past two seasons with Jacksonville before he was released last week. Blackmon made 12 starts in 23 games for the Jaguars with one interception.
— The San Diego Chargers have re-signed cornerback Brandon Flowers to a four-year contract. Flowers joined the Chargers as a free agent from the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs last offseason and led San Diego with three interceptions and 11 deflected passes.
— The Bengals have kept kicker Mike Nugent by signing him to a two-year deal. Nugent has been Cincinnati's kicker for the past five seasons and holds team records for most field goals and points in a season, making 33 kicks for 132 points in 2011.
— The St. Louis Rams have released veteran offensive linemen Jake Long and Scott Wells. Long missed nine games last season with a second torn ACL.
— Two people familiar with the decision say free agent wide receiver Brian Hartline intends to sign with the Browns. Hartline had 39 receptions for 474 yards and two touchdowns with Miami last season.
— Northern California authorities say San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller was arrested on spousal battery charges. An arrest log for the Santa Clara police department shows the 28-year-old Miller was arrested last week at an undisclosed location.
— Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel remains in a rehab facility for an undisclosed condition. Browns coach Mike Pettine said there has been communication with Manziel, who entered rehab Jan. 28 following a turbulent rookie season.
League looking into agreements
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is looking into whether some teams entered into agreements with 2015 free agents before they were allowed to do so. The league sent a memo to the 32 clubs reminding them not to reach agreement with or sign any of the 2015 free agents until Tuesday at 4 p.m. EDT. The memo noted a "reported number of agreements" and said violations will be "dealt with accordingly."
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders' tenuous lead in the NHL's Metropolitan Division is a little bigger following their comeback victory in Toronto.
NHL points leader John Tavares scored at 4:38 of overtime to complete the Islanders' 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs. The Isles trailed 3-1 until Frans Nielsen and Casey Cizikas tallied 30 seconds apart midway through the third period.
Tavares also had an assist, giving him a league-high 72 points. More importantly, he helped the Islanders move three points ahead of the second-place Rangers heading into their matchup against the Blueshirts on Tuesday.
Over in the Western Conference, the Nashville Predators ended their season-worst six-game losing streak and moved back into a tie for first with Anaheim.
James Neal's goal at 2:45 of overtime gave the Predators a 2-1 victory at Arizona. Paul Gaustad also scored and Pekka Rinne stopped 27 shots as Nashville snagged a share of the conference lead.
The Ducks lost on the road as Zach Kassian's goal with 3:59 remaining pushed Vancouver past Anaheim 2-1. Eddie Lack stopped 29 shots as the Canucks moved three points ahead of Calgary for second place in the Pacific Division.
Also on ice:
— Tommy Wingels scored in the eighth shootout round to give San Jose a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh. Antti Niemi stopped 39 shots as the Sharks climbed within four points of a Western Conference playoff berth. Pittsburgh is within four points of first in the Eastern Conference and Metropolitan Division races.
— Detroit is within five points of Montreal for the Atlantic Division lead after Pavel Datsyuk, Riley Sheahan and Teemu Pulkkinen each had a goal and an assist in the Red Wings' 5-2 verdict over Edmonton. Henrik Zetterberg had three assists and Jimmy Howard turned back 36 shots to help the Wings end a two-game skid.
Sooners players protest racist video
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Members of the Oklahoma football team held a protest Monday after several members of the campus fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon participated in a racist video.
The players chose not to practice and instead walked arm-in-arm, wearing black. A school spokesman said the team and coach Bob Stoops agreed to protest instead of practicing. Stoops walked front and center at the team's indoor practice facility, and athletic director Joe Castiglione joined the players.
Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger condemned the video Monday.
School President David Boren has severed the school's ties with the fraternity.
Lee facing potential career ending surgery
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee says his season and possibly his career could be over if he has to have surgery on his ailing left elbow. The former Cy Young Award winner is awaiting a second opinion in the injury.
The 36-year-old left-hander didn't pitch after July 31 last year because of an elbow strain. The elbow bothered him a day after he threw two scoreless innings Thursday in his spring training debut. General manager Ruben Amaro said an MRI on Sunday revealed "very mild inflammation."
In other training camp news:
— Washington center fielder Denard Span has had surgery to repair a right core muscle injury and will miss the team's opener next month. Manager Matt Williams says the projected time for Span's return is uncertain and that he won't be able to engage in any baseball activity for between four and six weeks.
— The Cleveland Indians hope to find out sometime Tuesday if starting pitcher Gavin Floyd is seriously injured. The 32-year old will undergo an MRI on his troublesome right elbow after complaining of discomfort. The Indians signed Floyd in December with the idea he would take a job in their starting rotation.
— Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is sidelined indefinitely with a mild concussion that he says has left him a little hazy. He was struck on the mask by a foul ball in a game Saturday.
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