AP Tuesday Sports Roundup
Warriors Crush Cavs
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors bounced back from their ugly, blowout loss in Detroit by completing a two-game season sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Stephen Curry nailed seven 3-pointers and scored 35 points before sitting out the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 132-98 pounding of the Cavs in Cleveland. Curry's final trey put Golden State up by 40 late in the third quarter, and the lead stretched to 43 before the Cavaliers avoided the worst home loss in team history.
Andre Iguodala finished with 20 points for the Warriors, who held LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to a total of 27 points on 11 of 32 shooting. James scored 16 points, Irving had eight and Love delivered just three.
The Warriors improved to an NBA-best 38-4 as they try to win their second straight title. They top the Western Conference by two games over San Antonio.
Also in the NBA:
— The Hornets had dropped nine of their previous 10 games before Kemba Walker poured in a franchise-record 52 points in a 124-119 win over Utah in double overtime. Walker shot 16-for-34 from the field, including six of his 11 3-point tries. He also was 14 of 15 from the line in breaking the previous team mark of 48 points, set by Glen Rice in March 1997.
— The Los Angeles Clippers squandered a 12-point lead over the last three minutes of regulation before Jamal Crawford, J.R. Redick and Chris Paul drained consecutive 3-pointers in a 140-132 overtime win against Houston. Redick shot 9-for-12 from beyond the arc and finished with 40 points in the Clippers' 10th victory in 11 games.
— Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points and Deron Williams added 10 of his 20 points in overtime to push Dallas past Boston 118-113. Nowitzki contributed 14 points in the final period and seven in OT after the Mavericks blew a 17-point, first-half lead.
— Chicago knocked off Detroit 111-101 behind Pau Gasol's 31 points and 12 boards. Derrick Rose had 20 points for the Bulls, who dominated after falling behind by 13 in the first quarter.
— Marc Gasol had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Grizzlies' third straight win, 101-99 over New Orleans at Memphis. Matt Barnes, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee also had 16 points apiece for the Grizzlies, who trailed 80-75 before putting together a 10-1 run.
— Kyle Lowry hit for 31 points and DeMar DeRozan added 30 as Toronto beat Brooklyn 112-100. Lowry hit three of his seven 3-pointers while scoring 13 points in the third period to help the Raptors tie a season high with their fifth consecutive win.
— Al Horford scored 15 points and Jeff Teague had 14 in Atlanta's second straight win, 98-81 over Orlando. Paul Millsap had 13 points and 12 rebounds as the Hawks dealt the Magic their seventh loss in eight games.
— C.J. McCollum dropped in 25 points and Damian Lillard had 16 in Portland's 108-98 win at Washington. The Trail Blazers blew a 17-point, first-half lead and trailed in the third quarter before responding with a 23-1 run.
— Carmelo Anthony drained a tying 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left in regulation before finishing with 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in New York's double-overtime win against Philadelphia, 119-113. Arron Afflalo led the Knicks with 25 points, and rookie Kristaps Porzingis delivered 16 points and 12 boards before sitting out the overtimes because of an injured right foot.
OLYMPICS - BASKETBALL
Final 30 Named for Team USA
UNDATED (AP) — USA Basketball has released its list of 30 finalists for roster spots on the 2016 men's Olympic team. The list includes LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, who are hoping to become the first American men's basketball players to play in four Olympics.
Stephen Curry also is being considered for his first trip. The final 12-player roster will be chosen this summer.
TOP 25 MEN'S BASKETBALL
Blue Devils Drop Third Straight
UNDATED (AP) — Oklahoma has finally climbed to the top of The Associated Press men's basketball poll for the first time in almost 26 years, but the Sooners' time at No. 1 could be short.
No. 19 Iowa State claimed its first win over a ranked team since beating Wilt Chamberlain's Kansas Jayhawks in 1957, defeating the Sooners 82-77. Monte Morris helped the Cyclones close out the victory by providing a jumper, a key rebound and two free throws in the final 21 seconds. Morris finished with 20 points and George Niang had a team-high 22 for Iowa State, which closed the game in a 7-2 run.
Buddy Hield scored 27 points and Isaiah Cousins had 26 for the 15-2 Sooners.
Oklahoma is the third No. 1 team to lose in the state of Iowa this season. Northern Iowa beat North Carolina and Iowa knocked off Michigan State.
The game was played hours after the Sooners moved to the top of the AP poll, receiving all 65 first-place votes. North Carolina is second and Kansas third, followed by Villanova and Xavier. West Virginia moved up five spots to sixth despite a two-point loss to Oklahoma last weekend.
Maryland is seventh, just ahead of unbeaten SMU, Iowa and Texas A&M.
In other top-25 finals:
— Tyler Roberson had 14 points and a career-high 20 rebounds as Syracuse handed No. 20 Duke its third consecutive loss, 64-62 at Durham. Trevor Cooney, Malachi Richardson and Duke transfer Michael Gbinije all scored 14 points for the Orange, who improved to 3-1 since coach Jim Boeheim returned from a nine-game suspension.
— Purdue handed Rutgers the worst home loss in program history as freshman Caleb Swanigan had 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead the 22nd-rated Boilermakers to a 107-57 laugher against the Scarlet Knights. Purdue owned a 33-point lead by halftime and finished with a lopsided 63-23 rebounding advantage.
Oregon State Player Suspended 4 Games for Tripping Ref
UNDATED (AP) — Oregon State forward Jarmal Reid has been suspended at least four games by the school after sticking out his leg and tripping a referee late in Sunday's loss against Utah.
Reid has apologized for tripping the official, and coach Wayne Tinkle said conduct over the next two weeks will determine if additional discipline will be taken.
Reid sent referee Tommy Nunez tumbling to the court and was ejected with 2:56 remaining in Utah's 59-53 win over Oregon State in Salt Lake City.
Top 25 - WOMEN'S POLL
No Duke Among the Top 25
UNDATED (AP) — The big news out of the new Associated Press women's poll is that Duke's streak of 312 straight weeks in the AP poll is over. The Blue Devils entered the Top 25 on Nov. 29, 1999 and hadn't left until this week. That's the third longest streak in the history of the poll, which began in 1976. Only Tennessee and Connecticut have had longer runs in the Top 25.
The Huskies remain No. 1 in the new poll after routing Memphis and Temple this past week by an average of 47.5 points.
UConn is followed by South Carolina, Notre Dame, Baylor and Maryland.
NFL - CHARGERS/LOS ANGELES
Rams, Chargers Discuss Stadium Share
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers have held their first meeting to discuss sharing a stadium that is under construction in Inglewood.
The Chargers have a one-year option to reach a lease agreement and become a tenant of the stadium whose construction is being headed by Rams owner Stan Kroenke.
NFL owners approved the Rams' move from St. Louis and the Chargers' option to leave San Diego at a meeting last week.
Eagles Land a New Coach
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doug Pederson has officially become head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles after serving as Andy Reid's offensive coordinator at Kansas City the last three seasons. Pederson accepted the offer to become the Eagles' coach last week, but the team had to wait for the Chiefs to be eliminated from the playoffs before making it official. He is a former Eagles quarterback and served as an assistant under Reid in Philadelphia.
He started nine games at quarterback for the Eagles in 1999 and replaces the fired Chip Kelly. Pederson was one of six men to interview for the opening.
Allen Likely Out with Broken Foot
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says defensive end Jared Allen has a broken foot and is doubtful for Sunday's NFC championship game at Arizona. Allen sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of Carolina's 31-24 win over Seattle on Sunday but finished the game.
Rivera didn't specify which foot was injured.
Panthers Fall Again
UNDATED (AP) — The Florida Panthers have followed their team-record 12-game winning streak with four consecutive losses, the latest coming against one of the NHL's worst teams.
Taylor Hall scored twice while the Edmonton Oilers built a 3-0 lead in a 4-2 win over the Panthers in Florida. Jordan Eberle also tallied and Cam Talbot stopped 30 shots as the Oilers won their second straight since a four-game skid. Teddy Purcell provided a huge insurance goal after the Panthers scored twice in the first six minutes of the third period.
The outcome prevented the Panthers from padding their division lead. They still top the Atlantic Division by three points over idle Detroit.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Paul Stastny collected a goal and three assists to lead St. Louis past Pittsburgh 5-2. The game was tied 2-2 in the third period until Troy Brouwer, Stastny and Kevin Shattenkirk scored in the final 17:50.
— Carl Soderberg scored the opening goal and set up Jarome Iginla later in the second period to lead Colorado's scoring in a 2-1 victory at Winnipeg. Semyon Varlamov stopped 36 shots and was working on his 20th career shutout until Joel Armia scored with 42 seconds left.
— Jack Eichell and Jamie McGinn scored power-play goals in the second period of Buffalo's 2-1 verdict over Arizona. Eichel had a two-point night and Chad Johnson made 26 saves as the Sabres won for the fourth time in five games since a six-game losing streak.
— San Jose ended its five-game winning streak by blowing a 3-2 lead in the third period of a 4-3 shootout loss to Ottawa. Zack Smith tied the game by scoring a short-handed goal on a penalty shot before Mike Zibaejad provided the lone shootout tally.
Tigers Get Upton; Gordon Cashes in with Miami
UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have landed a power-hitting outfielder, and it's not Yoenis Cespedes.
A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Tigers have agreed to a six-year, $132.75 million contract with free-agent outfielder Justin Upton. The deal is pending a physical, and Upton can opt out after two seasons.
Upton hit .251 with 26 home runs and 81 RBIs for the San Diego Padres last season.
In other baseball news:
— Miami Marlins second baseman and reigning National League batting champ Dee Gordon has signed a five-year, $50 million contract that includes a $14 million club option for the 2021 season. Gordon had a breakout season for Miami, hitting .333 with 205 hits and 58 stolen bases.
— The Kansas City Royals finalized their $17.5 million, two-year deal with Lorenzo Cain. The 29-year-old Cain is coming off the best year of his six-year career, hitting .307 with 16 homers and 72 RBIs. He was second in the American League with 28 stolen bases and became the first Royals player since 2011 to eclipse 100 runs scored. He finished third in voting for the AL MVP award.
Venus Dispatched in Straight Sets
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Venus Williams is one and done at the Australian Open.
The eighth seed and seven-time major winner was a first-round upset victim in her 16th trip to the Australian Open, losing to Johanna Konta, 6-4, 6-2. It was the eighth time Williams has lost in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament, and the third in Australia.
An upset on the men's side as fifth seed Rafael Nadal goes down to Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (6), 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the first round.
Men's second seed Andy Murray dropped just six games in winning his opening-round match in straight sets. Other winners on the men's bracket include 13th seed Milos Raonic.
No. 11 Kevin Anderson had to retire in his fourth set against American Rajeev Ram
First-round winners on the women's side include third seed Garbine Muguruza, ninth seed Karolina Pliskova, 11th seed Timea Bacsinszky and No. 15 Madison Keys, all in straight sets.
Murray Critical of Betting Sponsor
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray thinks it's "hypocritical" that tennis tournaments are sponsored by betting companies as the sport tries to combat match-fixing.
A day after reports by BBC and BuzzFeed alleged that tennis authorities were suppressing evidence of match-fixing at the sport's highest level, Murray said he didn't agree with the fact the Australian Open is being sponsored this year by a London-based betting agency.
Murray also said the tours should do a better job educating players — especially younger ones — what to do in case they are approached by match fixers.
Murray says he "was never warned about that or told about that or anyone said to me how you should handle that if you're in that situation."
OBIT - JOHNNY BACH
Longtime NBA Coach and Assistant Dies at 91
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have confirmed that longtime NBA head coach and assistant Johnny Bach has died at 91. Bach's defensive expertise as an assistant coach helped the Chicago Bulls win three NBA titles from 1991 to 1993. He was head coach of the Warriors from 1983-86 and also was an assistant for Charlotte, Detroit and Washington.
Bach was the coach at Fordham from 1950-68 and at Penn State from 1968-77.
Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson says Bach was "a true treasure in the world of basketball."