AP Tuesday Sports Roundup
Raptors end team-record streak...Spurs still perfect at home
UNDATED (AP) — The longest winning streak in Toronto Raptors history is over.
The Raptors had won 11 in a row before rookie Nikola Jokic contributed season highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds in Denver's 112-93 trouncing of Toronto. Will Barton scored 20 points and Randy Foye had 16 to help the Nuggets earn a two-game sweep of the season series.
The Raptors led by one midway through the second quarter but trailed by double digits for most of the second half. DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 24 points, but Kyle Lowry finished with just nine and went 1-for-6 from the foul line.
Meanwhile, another NBA winning streak continued. San Antonio is 26-0 at home after LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 28 points in the Spurs' 107-92 dismantling of Orlando. Patty Mills hit three 3-pointers and tied a season best with 22 points for the Spurs.
San Antonio trailed by one before a 24-8, second-half run.
In other NBA action:
— Cleveland made it five straight wins as Kyrie Irving dropped in 25 points in a 111-106 victory at Indiana. LeBron James scored just seven points after halftime, but he still finished with 24, 12 rebounds and six assists as the Cavaliers earned their first win in Indy in six years. J.R. Smith was 4-for-7 from beyond the arc in scoring 19 points, Kevin Love also finished with 19 points and Tristan Thompson contributed 14 points and 12 boards.
— Russell Westbrook recorded his seventh triple-double of the season by delivering 17 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in Oklahoma's 114-98 win against Washington. Kevin Durant chipped in 28 points and nine rebounds, while Serge Ibaka added 19 points and 10 boards in the Thunder's fourth consecutive victory.
— Memphis was a 110-95 winner at New Orleans as Jeff Green came off the bench to provide a team-high 24 points and seven rebounds. Zach Randolph had 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Mike Conley added 17 points and 10 assists to help the Grizzlies win their fourth in a row.
— Jeff Teague was the star in Atlanta's 112-97 victory over Dallas, shooting 12-for-15 from the floor and 5-of-6 from 3-point range to finish with 32 points. Kyle Korver hit four of the Hawks' 14 3-pointers and finished with 16 points.
— Utah beat Chicago in overtime as Gordon Hayward's 27 points and 12 rebounds led the Jazz to a 105-96 triumph against the Bulls. Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 12 rebounds to help the Jazz win their third straight.
— Andre Drummond had 21 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and supplied the tiebreaking basket on a dunk with 90 seconds left in Detroit's 105-100 triumph at Brooklyn. Reggie Jackson scored 19 points, including a couple of clutch baskets as the Pistons avoided a third straight loss.
— Rudy Gay led Sacramento's 111-104 win over Milwaukee by furnishing 32 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Rajon Rondo shot 4-for-4 from 3-point range and finished with 19 points and seven assists to help the Kings end a four-game skid.
Suns dismiss Hornacek
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have fired coach Jeff Hornacek with the team mired in one of the worst stretches in franchise history. He has been replaced on an interim basis by Earl Watson, who was in his first season as a Suns assistant after a 13-year playing career.
Hornacek coached the Suns for 2 1-2 seasons. Phoenix has dropped four in a row, 10 of 11 and 19 of 21 to fall to 14-35, tied for fourth-worst in the NBA.
Watson will make his head coaching debut against Toronto on Tuesday.
SUPER BOWL-BRONCOS BUS ACCIDENT
Broncos team bus in minor accident
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Denver Broncos worked out Monday as they prepare for Super Bowl 50, but they saved their hardest hits for after practice.
The Broncos' buses were involved in a minor accident following their practice at Stanford Stadium. Team spokesman Patrick Smyth says nobody was injured.
Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware tweeted a photo of players standing alongside their bus. He posted: "To keep the day interesting, we have a small wreck. Looks like everyone is ok though."
The Broncos and Carolina Panthers are in San Jose attending media night, now dubbed Super Bowl Opening Night by the NFL. The league moved the supersized press conference to Monday night from its usual Tuesday daytime slot to give more fans a chance to watch live on cable.
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was asked if he would retire after the game. Manning said, he hadn't made up his mind and didn't see himself knowing that until after the season is over.
Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis returned to practice on Monday with no limitations. Davis broke an arm in the NFC championship game but says he expects to play in the Super Bowl.
NBC gets into Thursday Night mix
UNDATED (AP) — "Thursday Night Football" will air on both CBS and NBC next season after the networks and the NFL worked out a two-year deal.
CBS and NBC will each air five Thursday matchups in 2016 and '17, increasing the number of games on traditional broadcast TV from eight to 10 per season. Those will again be simulcast on NFL Network.
NFL Network will still televise eight games exclusively, which will include late-season Saturday matchups and other to-be-determined games.
Defensive end retiring after 11 seasons
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck is retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL, saying he leaves the NFL with very few regrets.
Tuck played his first nine seasons with the New York Giants, helping them win two Super Bowl titles. He spent the past two years in Oakland where he was a mentor to All Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Heels tripped by Cardinals...SMU loses in Houston...Baylor falls to Texas
UNDATED (AP) — North Carolina is spending a second straight week as the No. 2 team in the AP men's basketball poll. A third consecutive week suddenly appears an impossibility after the Tar Heels were beaten by 19th-ranked Louisville.
Damion Lee scored 24 points, including two free throws with 8.3 seconds remaining to push the Cardinals past the Heels 71-65 at Louisville. Lee shot 8-for-12 from the field, including consecutive 3-pointers that helped provide a 55-50 lead with 9:35 remaining.
Chinanu Onuaku finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Cardinals ended the Tar Heels' 12-game winning streak.
Justin Jackson's 16 points led North Carolina.
There also was an upset in Houston as 12th-ranked SMU lost for just the second time this season.
Devonta Pollard scored 23 points and Damyean Dotson added 13 as the Cougars rallied for a 71-68 victory over the Mustangs. Pollard and Dotson keyed a 21-4 run midway through the second half.
Nic Moore had 16 points for SMU, which has lost two of its last three since an 18-0 start.
And to conclude a night of upsets, Connor Lammert had 15 points, including a clutch 3-pointer in the final minute to lead Texas over No. 15 Baylor 67-59. Lammert's trey with 44 seconds left put the Longhorns ahead 62-56.
Baylor big man Rico Gathers had 20 points before fouling out with 1:27 left.
MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-T25 POLL
Duke falls out of AP poll
UNDATED (AP) — Look down this week's Top 25 and you won't find Duke listed.
The Blue Devils have dropped out of The Associated Press college basketball poll for the first time in more than eight years after losing four of their last five to drop to 15-6.
Oklahoma tops the poll for the third straight week after picking up 45 first-place votes. North Carolina got the other 20 and stays No.2.
Villanova moves up three spots to third, followed by Maryland and Iowa.
Xavier comes in at No. 6, with Kansas, Texas A&M, Virginia and Michigan rounding out the top ten.
Red Wings put Kronwell on long-term IR
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have placed Niklas Kronwall on long-term injured reserve with a knee injury.
The move will keep the veteran defenseman out of the lineup for a minimum of 10 games.
Kronwall has not played since Jan. 17 against Philadelphia and missed four games before the All-Star break. He will be eligible to return Feb. 14 against Boston. He has scored three goals, 17 points and has a career-worst negative 10 plus-minus rating.
B's shelve Gustavsson
BOSTON (AP) — The Bruins have placed goalie Jonas Gustavsson on the injured list and recalled goaltender Malcolm Subban from Providence on an emergency basis.
Gustavsson started in the Bruins' 6-2 loss to Anaheim on Jan. 26 and was taken to a hospital due to an undisclosed illness. The 31-year-old Gustavsson has appeared in 15 games for Boston this season, going 9-3-1 with a 2.38 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.
Lady Vols still ranked
UNDATED (AP) — Connecticut remains the unanimous No. 1 team in The Associated Press women's basketball poll after winning its two games last week by an average of 53 ½ points.
South Carolina, Notre Dame, Baylor and Maryland round out the top five. The Gamecocks will take on the Huskies next Monday.
Tennessee is ranked 23rd despite losing two games last week, dropping the Lady Vols to 13-8. That extends their streak to 563 consecutive weeks of being ranked, dating to Feb. 17, 1985.
GOLF-FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
Snedeker waits out a win
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Brandt Snedeker weathered the storm to win the Farmers Insurance Open by one stroke over K.J. Choi.
Snedeker posted an eye-popping 3-under 69 during a rainy, windy Sunday before his 6-under total stood up during the completion of the weather-delayed final round. The 69 was the only under par final round over the two days in conditions that sometimes saw 40 mph winds.
Choi had a chance to force a playoff on the final hole, but couldn't sink his 30-foot birdie putt and finished up with a 76.
Jimmy Walker was 7-under at the resumption of play Monday, but went 4-over on the final eight holes to finish three off the pace.
Emmert gets contract extension
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA says its board of governors has voted to extend the contract of President Mark Emmert for three years, through October 2020.
The extension was approved during the NCAA convention last month in San Antonio. The vote included an option to add another year to the deal.
Emmert has led the NCAA since 2010. His tenure has been marked by dramatic changes in the way the NCAA does business and near constant pressure from lawsuits against the association.
Diamondbacks chip in cash in Hill trade
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is giving the Brewers $6.5 million as part of the trade that sent infielder Aaron Hill and right-handed starter Chase Anderson to Milwaukee for shortstop Jean Segura and righty Tyler Wagner.
Hill is owed $12 million in the final season of a $35 million, three-year contract.