AP Wednesday Sports Roundup
Sweet 16 for Warriors
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors are the new record-holders of the longest season-opening winning streak in NBA history.
The Warriors are 16-0 after Stephen Curry scored 24 points and had nine rebounds in just over 30 minutes of a 111-77 blowout over the Los Angeles Lakers. Draymond Green also played about 30 minutes and finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Green shot 7-for-11 from the field to help the Warriors finish at 49 percent.
The Lakers held their own during the second and fourth quarters, but Golden State dominated the other periods to stay perfect since Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors carried a 30-11 lead into the second quarter and outscored Los Angeles 35-17 in the third.
Golden State's regular-season winning streak is actually 20 games if you include the final four games of last season.
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant suffered through one of the worst shooting performances of his career, scoring just four points on 1 of 14 from the floor.
The Lakers dropped to 2-12 with the second-worst record in the NBA.
In other NBA finals:
— The Clippers improved to 7-7 as DeAndre Jordan scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 111-94 win over the Nuggets. Blake Griffin also had 18 points and delivered 10 boards, while Chris Paul had 15 points and 10 assists to help Los Angeles end a three-game skid.
— Chicago's Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and Derek Rose added 17 and six assists in a 93-88 triumph at Portland. Pau Gasol chipped in 12 points and a team-high 14 rebounds as the Bulls improved to 9-4.
— Mike Conley scored 21 points and Jeff Green added 19 in the Grizzlies' 110-96 win over Dallas in Memphis. Marc Gasol had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Grizzlies' fifth victory in six games.
— Atlanta blew out Boston 121-97 as Paul Millsap scored 25 points and Jeff Teague added 16. The Hawks went on an 18-3 run to go up 100-80 with 6:20 remaining.
— Indiana won for the ninth time in 11 games as Paul George and C.J. Miles combined for 15 of the Pacers' team-record 19 3-pointers in a 123-106 victory in Washington. George shot 7-for-8 from beyond the arc in scoring a season-high 40 points. Miles was 8 of 9 from 3-point range to finish with 32 points.
Terps pull another escape act
UNDATED (AP) — The second-ranked Maryland Terrapins improved to 4-0 on Tuesday, but only after surviving a close call for the third straight game.
Rasheed Sulaimon scored 16 points and the Terps closed on a 15-4 run to beat Illinois State 77-66 in the Cancun Challenge. The game was tied at 62 until Jared Nickens and Sulaimon hit back-to-back three-pointers to put Maryland ahead by six with 3:45 remaining.
Melo Trimble had 15 points for the Terps, who will face Rhode Island on Wednesday.
In other AP Top-25 hoops:
— Skal Labissiere scored 16 points and top-ranked Kentucky improved to 5-0 with an 82-62 win over Boston University. Tyler Ulis added 15 points and Alex Poythress had 14 and 10 rebounds off the bench in the Wildcats' first game since climbing to the top of the AP poll.
— Fifth-ranked Kansas has reached the Maui Invitational championship game by blowing out UCLA 92-73. Perry Ellis scored 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting for the Jayhawks, who led by 26 at halftime before earning the right to face Vanderbilt on Wednesday.
— Wade Baldwin IV and Damian Jones scored 17 points apiece as the 19th-rated Commodores ripped Wake Forest 86-64. Jones shot 6-for-10 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds for the 5-0 Commodores.
— Buddy Hield contributed 22 points, six rebounds and five assists to lead No. 7 Oklahoma to a 96-63 pounding of Incarnate Word. Ryan Spangler had 12 points and 10 boards for the Sooners, who shot 59 percent and out-rebounded the Cardinals 51-23.
— North Carolina took the CBE Classic title game as Justin Jackson scored 22 points and Kennedy Meeks added 15 in the ninth-ranked Tar Heels' 80-70 triumph over Kansas State. The Heels trailed 67-59 before closing on a 21-3 run.
— Anthony Barber scored 20 points to lead five North Carolina State players in double figures, but the 12th-ranked Wolfpack needed overtime to beat LSU 83-72. Barber delivered six points while N.C. State outscored LSU 18-7 in the extra session.
— Yogi Ferrell had 22 points and No. 13 Indiana bounced back from Monday's surprising loss to Wake Forest by downing St. John's 83-73 in the Maui Invitational. Freshman center Thomas Bryant had a season-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting for the Hoosiers, who led by as many as 17 in the first half.
— Troy Caupain and Jacob Evans III scored 15 points apiece to help No. 24 Cincinnati post a 64-49 win against Southeastern Louisiana. The Bearcats were leading by just three and shooting 34 percent midway through the second half before draining four straight 3-pointers.
Manning to miss at least two more games
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning is expected to miss at least two more games with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot.
Manning sought a second opinion from renowned foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, who recommended the five-time MVP spend at least the next week in a walking cast before beginning additional rehab.
That means Brock Osweiler will get a chance to run the offense for two more games. Osweiler threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns in his first NFL start, a 17-15 win at Chicago last weekend.
Manziel loses starting job
UNDATED (AP) — It could be last call for Johnny Manziel.
The Cleveland Browns quarterback has partied himself out of a starting job, just a week after coach Mike Pettine named him the No. 1 signal-caller for the rest of the season. Pettine has benched Manziel because of his off-field behavior, demoting him to third string and elevating Josh McCown to the starting job for Monday's game against Baltimore.
The move comes after a video and photos turned up of Manziel partying in Texas during the bye week, after he assured the Browns he would do nothing to embarrass them.
Manziel spent 70 days during the offseason in a rehab facility specializing in treatment for alcohol and drug addiction.
In other NFL news:
— St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum did not practice Tuesday while going through the NFL's concussion protocol. Rams coach Jeff Fisher is hopeful Keenum will be cleared Wednesday, three days after he was injured late in a 16-13 loss at Baltimore. Nick Foles would regain his starting job this week at Cincinnati if Keenum can't come back.
— The Baltimore Ravens have claimed quarterback Jimmy Clausen off waivers from Chicago to serve as backup to Matt Schaub. The move comes two days after starting quarterback Joe Flacco tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee during a 16-13 win over St. Louis.
— Outside linebacker Quinton Coples has been claimed by the Miami Dolphins, one day after he was waived by the New York Jets. Coples had 16 1/2 sacks in three seasons under coach Rex Ryan, including 6 1/2 in 2014. But the first-round pick in the 2012 draft had none this season while starting only two games in coach Todd Bowles' 3-4 system.
— The NFL has suspended Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander without pay for a minimum of one year for violating the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse for a third time. Alexander was suspended twice last season for a total of 14 games by the NFL for substance abuse violations. He is on injured reserve after tearing his Achilles in training camp.
— Brett Favre, Terrell Owens and Alan Faneca are semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. The group of 25 semifinalists also include Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, Morten Andersen, Tony Boselli, Kevin Mawae, Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace and John Lynch. Fifteen finalists will be announced in January.
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Sooners, Hawkeyes move into top 4
UNDATED (AP) — Clemson and Alabama remain 1-2 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, but there's been quite a shakeup underneath them.
Oklahoma has climbed to third heading into Saturday's regular-season finale against Oklahoma State. And unbeaten Iowa is No. 4 as the Hawkeyes look to improve to 12-0 Friday against Nebraska.
Michigan State is fifth and could take on Iowa in the Big Ten championship game. Notre Dame slipped to sixth and is followed by Baylor, Ohio State, Stanford and Michigan. The Buckeyes slid five spots with their loss to the Spartans last weekend.
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Bender could start for Cougars
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Peyton Bender could be Washington State's starting quarterback when the 20th-ranked Cougars take on Washington. Bender has been forced into action each of the last two games because starting quarterback Luke Falk was taken off the field. Head coach Mike Leach has vehemently declined to provide an update on Falk's status, but indications are he suffered a concussion against Colorado last weekend.
Braves reacquire Carpenter
UNDATED (AP) — Right-hander David Carpenter has agreed to a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves after splitting last season with the Yankees and Nationals. Carpenter logged a 4.01 ERA in 30 appearances this year after spending the previous two seasons with the Braves. He is 10-5 with a 2.63 ERA and three saves in 121 appearances for Atlanta.
In other major league moves:
— The Chicago White Sox have acquired right-hander Tommy Kahnle from the Colorado Rockies for minor league pitcher Yency Almonte. The 26-year-old Kahnle was 2-2 with a 4.41 ERA in 90 relief appearances over two seasons with the Rockies.
Senators overpower Stars
UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Stars had a chance to stretch their lead in the NHL's Western Conference on Tuesday, but the Ottawa Senators wouldn't comply.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Mike Hoffman provided two goals apiece and the Senators scored seven times on just 20 shots to beat the Stars 7-4. Pageau and Mark Stone each had three points against the Stars, who allowed just eight goals in winning their previous five games.
The Senators earned their third straight win and improved to 11-5-5.
Dallas continues to lead the West and the Central Division with 34 points, four ahead of St. Louis.
Elsewhere on ice:
Corey Perry's second power-play goal of the night snapped a 3-3 tie with 16 minutes left in Anaheim's 5-3 victory against Calgary. Rickard Rakell also scored twice and Ryan Getzlaf tied a career high with five assists to help the Ducks end a three-game home losing streak.
Sharks ink Zubrus
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Dainius Zubrus to a one-year, two-way contract.
The 37-year-old Zubrus has 225 goals and 584 points in 1,243 career NHL games, but he managed just four goals and 10 points in 74 games for New Jersey last season.
He is expected to make his debut for the team Wednesday against Chicago.
Lawyer: FIFA Committee wants life ban for Platini
PARIS (AP) — Michel Platini's lawyer says the FIFA ethics committee has requested a life ban for the UEFA president.
Platini is currently serving a 90-day ban over a $2 million payment of FIFA money he received in 2011 as backdated salary. He worked as a presidential adviser from 1998-2002 for Sepp Blatter, who also faces the ethics court's judgment in the case.
Platini denies wrongdoing and says he had a verbal contract with Blatter to receive the money.
Platini faces a hearing before FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert next month.