AP Tuesday Sports Roundup
Spurs get 30th win
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have joined the Golden State Warriors as the only NBA teams with at least 30 wins this season.
Kawhi Leonard scored 10 of his 24 points in the third quarter of a 123-98 rout of Milwaukee. Rookie swingman Jonathon Simmons scored a career-high 18 for the Spurs, who set a season high for points two days after posting 121 against Houston. LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Spurs improved to 30-6.
San Antonio played without starting point guard Tony Parker due to right hip soreness.
Meanwhile, the Warriors improved to a league-best 32-2 by knocking off Charlotte 111-101 in Oakland. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each scored 30 points and delivered 11 of Golden State's 15 3-pointers. The Warriors shot 44 percent from beyond the arc, with Thompson hitting 6 of 11 and Curry making 5 of 10.
Draymond Green posted a triple-double for the third straight game, producing 13 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists.
Also in the NBA:
— Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 25 points on 10 of 16 from the field in leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 122-100 rout of Toronto. The Cavaliers' guard also had eight assists and six rebounds in his sixth game since returning from a broken left kneecap.
— Chris Bosh scored 31 points and Miami picked up its third straight win by turning an 18-point deficit into a 103-100 overtime win against Indiana. Dwyane Wade had 27 points, including a layup that beat the buzzer and forced OT.
— Sacramento knocked off the Thunder 116-104 in Oklahoma City as DeMarcus Cousins had 33 points and a season-high 19 rebounds. Rajon Rondo had 13 points, 19 assists and nine boards for the Kings, who took advantage of Kevin Durant's absence while the Thunder forward sat out with a sprained right big toe.
— Jae Crowder scored a career-high 25 points and Boston earned a split of their home-and-home series with Brooklyn by downing the Nets 103-94. Isaiah Thomas added 19 points as the Celtics bounced back from Saturday's 100-97 loss to the Nets in Boston.
— Detroit posted its most lopsided win of the season as Andre Drummond had 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 115-89 rout of Orlando. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 21 points for the Pistons, who led by just three in the third quarter before taking control with a 16-4 spurt.
— Portland had won three straight at home until Zach Randolph scored 26 points and hauled in 18 rebounds off the bench to lead Memphis to a 91-78 win over the Trail Blazers. Courtney Lee added 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting for the Grizzlies, who outscored the Blazers 32-18 in the third quarter.
— Ish Smith had 21 points and 11 assists in Philadelphia's 109-99 triumph over Minnesota. The 76ers are 3-3 since acquiring Smith from New Orleans on Dec. 24 after opening the season 1-30.
— James Harden scored 30 points and Houston ended a season-high, four-game losing streak by rallying for a 93-91 triumph at Utah. The Jazz led by 15 in the third quarter before Harden scored seven straight points.
Rose gets good medical report
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls say an MRI performed on Derrick Rose today rules out any issues with his right knee.
Rose has undergone two surgeries on the knee since he injured it during the 2012 NBA playoffs. He is a game-time decision for tomorrow's matchup with Milwaukee after sitting out the past three games because of a hamstring problem.
Sixers add Brand
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former overall No. 1 NBA draft pick Elton Brand is back in the game after inking a pact with the 76ers. The two-time All-Star was chosen by the Bulls in 1999 and was named Rookie of the Year. He has played 16 seasons in the NBA, most recently with the Atlanta Hawks from 2013 and 2015.
League fines players on two teams
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Pacers forward Paul George and Pistons forward Marcus Morris have been fined by the NBA for their roles in a shoving match late in Saturday night's game in Indianapolis. Morris was fined $15,000 after initially shoving George. The Pacers two-time All-Star was fined $10,000 for retaliating.
George has been fined three times by the league since October and has paid an additional $13,000 for six technical fouls, costing him approximately $68,000.
Rams, Chargers, Raiders apply for relocation to LA
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams have filed an application to relocate to the Los Angeles area after 21 seasons in the Midwest. The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders also filed in an effort to move closer to L.A.
Owner Stan Kroenke is part of a group planning a $1.8 billion stadium in Inglewood, Calif., and the team said on its web site that it sought to relocate to the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, where the team played from 1946-94.
The Chargers and Raiders have teamed on a joint venture for a stadium in Carson, Calif.
The Rams, Chargers, and Raiders have all called the Los Angeles Coliseum their home at some point in their history.
UNDATED (AP) — You can add the New York Giants to the list of NFL teams in the market for a head coach. Meanwhile, San Diego and Indianapolis are keeping their head coaches.
Tom Coughlin has resigned after 12 seasons and two Super Bowl victories with the New York Giants, saying it was in the best interest of both sides that he step down. The 69-year-old Coughlin was 110-93 with three division titles with the Giants after going 72-64 in eight seasons as Jacksonville's original head coach. The decision comes after the Giants completed a 6-10 season and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year.
Coughlin's announcement came a day after the Browns fired head coach Mike Pettine and the 49ers dismissed Jim Tomsula.
Mike McCoy will return as head coach of the Chargers despite a 4-12 record this season, their worst since 2003. McCoy is 23-27 in three seasons with San Diego, including a playoff win and loss in his first season, 2013. He has one year left on his contract. The team also announced that offensive coordinator Frank Reich (ryk) has been dismissed.
And Colts owner Jim Irsay has announced that he's given coach Chuck Pagano a four-year contract extension, ending speculation that he would be fired this week. Pagano guided the Colts to 11-5 records in each of his first three seasons and reached the 2014 AFC title game. But several injuries led to an 8-8 record this season, one game behind the AFC South-champion Houston Texans.
Dolphins promote Grier to GM
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Grier has been promoted to general manager of the Miami Dolphins, replacing the recently-terminated Dennis Hickey.
Grier has spent 16 years in the organization, the last nine as director of college scouting. One of his first tasks as GM will be to hire a head coach. Interim coach Dan Campbell is a favorite among most players, but the Dolphins also interviewed former Atlanta coach Mike Smith for the job on Monday. Super Bowl winner Mike Shanahan will get an interview Tuesday, and Chicago offensive coordinator Adam Gase (gays) is expected to be a top candidate.
News from the league
UNDATED (AP) — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says it's no big deal for him to have a sore ankle after 17 weeks of play in the NFL. Brady said on his weekly radio show that he has begun treatment on his right ankle, which was hurt when Miami pass rusher Ndamukong Suh landed on it in Sunday's game.
The reigning Super Bowl MVP says he's had much worse injuries than this.
In other NFL news:
— Panthers starting cornerback Charles Tillman will miss the playoffs after tearing the ACL in his right knee during the third quarter of Sunday's 38-10 win over Tampa Bay.
— Vikings tight end Rhett Ellison will miss the postseason with a torn patellar tendon in his right knee that will require surgery and a six-month recovery.
— San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick faces the possibility of surgery after an MRI showed that he has a torn ligament in the thumb on his throwing hand.
— Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has revealed that he finished the team's season finale playing with a broken left foot.
More players opt for draft
UNDATED (AP) — Arkansas All-American tight end Hunter Henry has decided to leave school after his junior season and declare for the NFL draft. He had 51 catches for 739 yards this season for the Razorbacks, who ended their season with a 45-23 win over Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl.
Also leaving school early are Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell and Stanford tight end Austin Hooper.
T25 BASKETBALL POLLS
Showdown in Lawrence
UNDATED (AP) — Kansas is the new No. 1 team in The Associated Press men's basketball poll, climbing to the top following Michigan State's loss last week.
The Jayhawks picked up 44 first-place votes, while second-ranked Oklahoma captured the remaining 21. Kansas is the fourth school to be ranked No. 1 this season, joining North Carolina, Kentucky and Michigan State.
Maryland is No. 3, followed by Virginia and Michigan State. North Carolina, Arizona, Providence, Kentucky and Xavier round out the top 10.
Connecticut remains the top team in the AP women's poll after improving to 11-0. Second-ranked South Carolina is followed by Notre Dame, Texas and Ohio State.
T25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Johnson leads Heels
UNDATED (AP) — Kansas and Oklahoma are one-two in the AP men's basketball poll, and they demonstrated on Monday that there is not much difference in the talent level of the two teams. In fact, they needed to play 15 extra minutes to decide their first meeting of the season.
Perry Ellis had 27 points and 13 rebounds as the Jayhawks outlasted the Sooners 109-106 in triple-overtime. Devonte Graham provided 20 points, including the go-ahead free throw in the third overtime. Wayne Selden's 21 points helped Kansas improve to 13-1 this season.
Buddy Hield poured in a career-high 46 points for Oklahoma but he made two crucial turnovers in the final extra session and missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. Jordan Woodard hit six 3-pointers and had 27 points for the 12-1 Sooners, who were trying to extend their longest season-opening winning streak in 28 years.
In other top-25 finals:
— Virginia Tech stunned fourth-ranked Virginia 70-68 as Zach LeDay scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half. LeDay also blocked London Perrantes' attempt to tie the game in the final seconds to secure the Hokies' first victory over the Cavaliers in their last eight meetings.
— Brice Johnson became the first player in North Carolina team history to produce at least 30 points and 20 rebounds in the same game, finishing with 39 points and 23 boards to lead the sixth-ranked Tar Heels to a 106-90 win at Florida State. Marcus Paige contributed 26 points as North Carolina picked up its seventh straight win and improved to 14-2.
— Jaysean Paige scored seven of his 20 points while 17th-ranked West Virginia put together a late 14-2 run to pull away in a 95-87 win over TCU. Tarik Phillip provided the go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:40 left and finished with 18 points in the Mountaineers' sixth straight win.
Mrazek blanks Devils
UNDATED (AP) — Jarome Iginla has become the 19th player in NHL history to score 600 career goals.
Iginla reached the milestone by providing one of Colorado's three power-play tallies in a 4-1 win against the visiting Los Angeles Kings. He received a lengthy ovation after beating Jonas Enroth with 6:58 remaining.
Tyson Barrie scored twice and had two assists as the Avalanche won for only the second time in their last six games.
The Kings ended a five-game winning streak.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Bobby Ryan had the tying and winning goals in Ottawa's 3-2 verdict over St. Louis. Ryan also assisted on Mike Hoffman's power-play goal and scored 2:33 into the extra session to give the Senators just their second victory in seven games.
— Petr Mrazek picked up his second shutout of the season and seventh of his career by turning back 22 shots in Detroit's 1-0 win at New Jersey. He received support from Dylan Larkin, who put the Red Wings ahead midway through the game with his 14th goal of the season.
— Shane Doan scored twice and Laurent Dauphin notched his first goal in three NHL games as Arizona dumped Vancouver 3-2. The Coyotes are 5-1-2 in their last eight games, leaving them 10 points behind the Pacific Division-leading Kings.
— Edmonton also earned a 1-0 win as Andrej Sekera scored 2:47 into overtime to push the Oilers past Carolina. Cam Talbot handled 29 shots in his ninth career shutout and first since being traded to the Oilers by the Rangers after last season.
Sabres lose forward
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres will spend the next 3-5 weeks without forward Nicolas Deslauriers due to a lower body injury. He sustained the injury in a 4-3 loss to Detroit on Saturday.