AP Wednesday Sports Roundup
Durant hurt, but Thunder carries on...Pelicans winless no more
UNDATED (AP) — Even with Kevin Durant limited to just one half because of a strained left hamstring, the other half of Oklahoma City's high scoring duo was enough to sink the Washington Wizards. Russell Westbrook compiled a triple-double with 22 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds to lead the Thunder past the Wizards, 125-101.
Durant, second in the NBA in scoring entering the night, had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the first half. With less than a minute remaining in the first half, Durant was fouled by Kris Humphries on a drive to the basket and then limped a bit, clutching at the back of his left leg.
Dion Waiters scored 25 points for OKC. Serge Ibaka added 23 for the Thunder, who had lost three of their past four games and now are 5-3.
In other NBA:
— LeBron James tied a season high with 31 points, including 17 to spark a fourth-quarter comeback, and the Cleveland Cavaliers won their seventh straight, 118-114 over the Utah Jazz. Cleveland trailed 95-86 deficit midway through the fourth before James took over.
— The New Orleans Pelicans earned their first win of the season, 120-105 over Dallas. The Pelicans are 1-6. The only two winless teams left are Brooklyn and Philadelphia. Anthony Davis scored 17 points before leaving at halftime with a bruised right hip.
— Chris Bosh scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and the Miami Heat topped the Los Angeles Lakers 101-88. Hassan Whiteside had 19 points and 15 rebounds.
— The New York Knicks handed Toronto its first home loss, 111-109. Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and Lance Thomas added 17 off the bench for the Knicks.
— Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 99-83 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
— Jeremy Lin scored 19 points and Jeremy Lamb added 18 to lead the Charlotte Hornets to a 104-95 victory over Minnesota.
Heat swap players in salary move
MIAMI (AP) — Miami has traded Mario Chalmers and James Ennis to Memphis in exchange for Beno Udrih and Jarnell Stokes in a move that gets the Heat closer to avoiding luxury-tax penalties.
Chalmers is making $4.3 million this season, Udrih about $2.2 million. Chalmers was the starting point guard on the 2012 and 2013 NBA title teams in Miami.
Sir Henrik records 56th career shutout
UNDATED (AP)— Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves for his first shutout this season and 56th of his career, leading the New York Rangers to a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Jesper Fast, Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh scored for New York, which improved to 11-2-2 with its sixth straight win. The Rangers improved to 17-1-0 against Carolina since Feb. 22, 2011.
In other hockey:
— Matt Duchene scored twice and Reto Berra made 25 saves to help the Colorado Avalanche start a seven-game road trip with a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
— Jaromir Jagr scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and the Florida Panthers beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 to snap a five-game losing streak.
— The St. Louis Blues blanked New Jersey 2-0. Jake Allen made 24 saves for his second straight shutout. Martin Havlat scored against his former team.
— Detroit blanked Washington 1-0. Andreas Athanasiou scored 4:06 into the third period. Petr Mrazek had 38 saves.
— Rookie Jack Eichel had a goal and an assist to help the Buffalo Sabres beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1.
— Brandon Sutter scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:08 and the Vancouver Canucks posted a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jannik Hansen had a career high four points with a goal and three assists.
— In a high-scoring affair, Nashville scored three times in the final period in the Predators' 7-5 win over Ottawa. Colton Sissons had a goal and two assists only hours after getting called up from the minors.
— Thomas Vanek scored twice during a four-goal frenzy in the second period by the Minnesota Wild in their 5-3 victory over Winnipeg.
— Jake Gardiner scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied for a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars. __ The New York Islanders scored twice in the opening three and a-half minutes on the road and beat San Jose 4-2. John Tavares scored twice.
__ Brad Richardson scored with 8:13 left for the tiebreaking goal in the Arizona Coyotes' 3-2 win over the L.A. Kings.
Former Braves, Angels pitcher dies at 29
ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of former Braves and Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson.
Coweta County coroner Richard Hawk said an autopsy began Tuesday, following Hanson's death at the age of 29 Monday night at Atlanta's Piedmont Hospital.
Hawk said Hanson was found "unconscious and unresponsive" in Coweta County near Atlanta on Sunday.
Hawk told The Associated Press on Tuesday night "the cause and manor of death are still under investigation."
Hanson, a 6-foot-6 right-hander, pitched for the Braves from 2009-2012, winning at least 10 games each season.
3 Royals snag Gold Gloves
NEW YORK (AP) — Catcher and World Series MVP Salvador Perez, first baseman Eric Hosmer and shortstop Alcides Escobar top the American League's gold glove winners. Other AL Gold Glove winners are Houston pitcher Dallas Keuchel, Houston second baseman Jose Altuve, Baltimore third baseman Manny Macado, Detroit outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (who was traded in late July to the NL Mets), Tampa Bay outfielder Kevin Kiermaier and the L.A. Angels' Kole Calhoun.
Two members of the St. Louis Cardinals, catcher Yadier Molina and outfielder Jason Heyward, lead the NL all-defensive team. It's Molina's eighth Gold Glove.
Other NL Gold Glovers are Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Miami second baseman Dee Gordon, Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte and Arizona center fielder A.J. Pollock.
Harper, Donaldson up for MVP awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper is one of three finalists for the NL MVP award who played for teams that had disappointing seasons.
Harper is joined by Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt and Cincinnati's Joey Votto.
Lorenzo Cain of the World Series champion Royals, Josh Donaldson of the AL East champion Blue Jays and 2014 winner Mike Trout of the Angels are the American League finalists for MVP.
Winners will be announced next week on MLB Network.
Cards' Lynn has Tommy John surgery
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn has had surprise Tommy John surgery and will be sidelined all of next season.
The operation repaired a torn ulnar collateral ligament while having the ulnar nerve transposed and bone chips removed.
Lynn was 12-11 with a 3.03 ERA last season and missed a couple of starts in June with a forearm strain.
The loss of Lynn is the latest blow to the NL Central champion Cardinals pitching depth.
Rockies shortstop arrested
UNDATED (AP) — Colorado shortstop Jose Reyes was arrested in Hawaii on Oct. 31 after an argument with his wife that police say turned physical. Reyes was issued a warning citation to have no contact with his wife for three days after the arrest. He was released on $1,000 bond. Major League Baseball says it's investigating.
In other baseball:
— The Chicago White Sox have hired former Cubs manager Rick Renteria as their bench coach. Renteria managed the young Cubs to 73 wins in 2014. The Cubs were planning to bring him back for a second season before Joe Maddon became available.
— Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred hopes to have an exhibition game played this spring in Cuba. U.S. teams played spring training games in Cuba before Fidel Castro's take over and none appeared there from March 1959 until the Orioles played Cuba's national team in March 1999.
__ The Seattle Mariners have added former Cleveland and Washington manager Manny Acta as third base coach.
Luck out with lacerated kidney
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck will miss two to six weeks with a lacerated kidney and partial tear of an abdominal muscle.
Coach Chuck Pagano says Luck was injured in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over Denver. The Colts don't believe their quarterback will need surgery.
The timing couldn't be worse for 4-5 Indianapolis, which was hoping to return form this week's bye and build momentum with a favorable schedule.
Indianapolis will turn to 40-year old Matt Hasselbeck who is 2-0 as a Colts starter with wins over Houston and Jacksonville this season.
Notes from around the league
UNDATED (AP) — Linebacker Audie Cole of the Vikings has been placed on injured reserve with a broken right ankle. He was hurt last Sunday in Minnesota's win over the Rams. To fill the void the Vikings have signed veteran linebacker Jason Trusnik to take his roster spot.
In other NFL news:
— The Redskins have put center Kory Lichtensteiger on injured reserve with a designation to return. Lichtensteiger has been dealing with a neck injury and missed Washington's past three games.
— The Jets have replaced Nick Folk with former Houston Texans kicker Randy Bullock. Folk has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list with an injured right quadriceps.
— Running back Joseph Randle has been suspended four games by the NFL under the league's personal conduct policy. The move comes one week after he was released by the Dallas Cowboys. Randle was arrested last year in Wichita, Kansas, after a domestic disturbance complaint, but no charges were pursued.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS
Clemson, 'Bama, Ohio State and Notre Dame top four
UNDATED (AP)— Notre Dame has moved into the top four in the second College Football Playoff selection committee rankings of the season.
Clemson remained No. 1, with Alabama moving up two spots to No. 2, Ohio State staying at No. 3 and the Fighting Irish up a spot to No. 4.
Notre Dame and Alabama each has one loss.
Unbeaten Iowa was promoted four spots to No. 5, and Baylor is the highest-ranked Big 12 team at No. 6.
LSU, No. 2 last week, dropped to No. 9 after losing at Alabama.
OSU QB pleads guilty
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett has pleaded guilty to a count of driving while impaired. He was sentenced to a three-day alcohol education program and fined $400 in a Columbus, Ohio, court.
The 20-year-old was cited for the misdemeanor at a Columbus police checkpoint Oct. 31. Coach Urban Meyer suspended Barrett for last Saturday's game against Minnesota. On Monday Meyer said that Barrett is again considered the starter heading into this Saturday's game at Illinois.
Preseason AP team
UNDATED (AP) — Connecticut's Breanne Stewart is a unanimous choice to The Associated Press preseason All-America women's basketball team for the second time. She's just the fourth player to be chosen unanimously to the team twice.
Joining Stewart on the first team is UConn teammate Moriah Jefferson, South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell, Baylor's Nina Davis and Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell. The five players were chosen by a 32-member national media panel.
WORLD SERIES OF POKER
Pennsylvania pro wins $7.68 million
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Pennsylvania poker pro Joe McKeehen won the World Series of Poker, taking home $7.68 million.
Wearing an Allen Iverson No. 3 76ers jersey, McKeehen won with an ace-10. He then got lucky when the community cards revealed a second 10, ensuring his victory in a face-off with Joshua Beckley of New Jersey who went all in with a pair of fours.