AP Wednesday Sports Roundup
Jazz outlast Rockets
UNDATED (AP) — The Utah Jazz have climbed over the Houston Rockets as the two teams battle for the NBA's final Western Conference playoff berth.
Gordon Hayward had a team-high 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Jazz beat the Rockets 117-114 in overtime. Hayward hit a free throw with 17 seconds left in regulation to put the Jazz ahead by three, but the Rockets forced overtime on Jason Terry's 3-pointer with 10.8 seconds left.
Derrick Favors finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds to help Utah overcome James Harden's game-high 42 points. Favors hit a putback for the final points before Terry missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
Dwight Howard had 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who dropped a half-game behind Utah in the standings.
Also in the NBA:
— Portland claimed its sixth consecutive win as C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard each scored 34 points in a 112-104 triumph against New Jersey. McCollum was 5-for-7 from 3-point range to help the Trail Blazers win for the 15th time in their last 18 games.
— John Wall shot just 5-for-17 but had a triple-double of 16 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists as Washington hammered New Orleans 109-89. Anthony Davis grabbed 20 rebounds for the second straight game but finished with just nine points on 3 of 9 shooting after scoring a team-record 59 points on Sunday.
— Nikola Vucevic scored a season-high 35 points and had nine rebounds against his former team to lift Orlando past Philadelphia, 124-115. Victor Oladipo added 22 points and Evan Fournier scored 21 as the Magic handed the 76ers their 10th loss in 12 games.
— DeMarcus Cousins scored 39 points and delivered the go-ahead free throws with 48.3 seconds left to push Sacramento past Denver 114-110. The Kings coughed up a 17-point lead in the second half before Cousins scored eight of their final 13 points.
Gasol done for the season
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies say center Marc Gasol will miss the rest of this season after having surgery on Saturday to repair his broken right foot.
Gasol averaged 16.6 points and 7.0 rebounds in 52 games this season before missing the Grizzlies' last three contests. He scored 11 points in the first quarter Feb. 8 against Portland before leaving with the injury.
General manager Chris Wallace said in a statement that a full recovery is expected.
Irving bugged by bad night's rest
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kyrie Irving has received an apology from Hilton Hotels after the Cleveland Cavaliers guard said he was bitten by bed bugs during his stay in Oklahoma City last weekend.
Irving played just nine minutes the next day and later said it was because he discovered the bugs and slept on the couch instead of his bed. He said he had just three hours of sleep and had tightness in his back afterward.
Reyes on paid leave while investigation continues
NEW YORK (AP) — The Colorado Rockies will continue their spring training workouts without the services of Jose Reyes.
The four-time All-Star shortstop has been placed on paid leave pending completion of criminal proceedings. Reyes is the first major leaguer to be penalized under baseball's new domestic violence policy.
The 32-year-old Reyes was arrested in Hawaii at a Maui resort on Oct. 31 following an argument with his wife. The 13-year veteran pleaded not guilty to a charge of abuse of a family or household member and is scheduled for a trial starting April 4, the day the Rockies open the season at Arizona.
Major League Baseball says Commissioner Rob Manfred will decide on discipline after the proceedings and an MLB investigation. Discipline is not dependent on a criminal conviction.
Three-team deal is off
UNDATED (AP) — A three-team trade that would have sent Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce to the Toronto Blue Jays appears to have fallen through.
The deal would have sent outfielder Michael Saunders to the Los Angeles Angels, with the Reds getting minor league prospects. Saunders participated in workouts on Tuesday after missing all but nine games last season with a lingering left knee injury.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler wouldn't confirm that a medical problem with one of the players in the proposed deal caused it to come apart.
Bruce is one of the Reds' few remaining high-salaried players following the departures of Aroldis Chapman, Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Todd Frazier and Marlon Byrd since the middle of last season.
In other spring training news:
— Angels' left-hander C.J. Wilson is being shut down by the team for a few days with tendinitis in his throwing shoulder. Wilson experienced pain in a Saturday bullpen session and underwent an MRI on Monday. Wilson had bone spurs and chips removed from his elbow in August, the fourth procedure he's had on his left elbow. Wilson went 8-8 with a 3.89 ERA in 21 starts last season.
— Third baseman Casey McGehee has agreed to a minor league contract with the Tigers after batting .198 with two home runs and 20 RBIs for San Francisco and Miami last season. McGehee is a career .259 hitter in 820 major league games since 2008.
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Jayhawks hold off Bears
UNDATED (AP) — The second-ranked Kansas Jayhawks have an eight-game winning streak after winning a tough battle against No. 19 Baylor.
Frank Mason III scored 19 points and Perry Ellis had 15 as the Jayhawks pulled out a 66-60 win over the Bears in Waco, Texas. Landen Lucas put Kansas ahead to stay with a tiebreaking layup with 3:03 remaining. Lucas had 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks, who lead the Big 12 Conference by two games over West Virginia with three games remaining.
Al Freeman hit four 3-poiners and finished with 17 points for Baylor.
In other top-25 finals:
— Bryn Forbes hit six 3-pointers while scoring 20 of his 27 points in the second half of sixth-ranked Michigan State's 81-62 win at Ohio State. Denzel Valentine added 17 points and eight assists as the Spartans won for the seventh time in eight games.
— Jamal Murray scored 23 points and Tyler Ulis added 19 and 10 assists as No. 16 Kentucky hammered Alabama 78-53. Alex Poythress finished with 14 points in his first action since missing five games with a right knee injury.
Stars end skid and grab conference lead
UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Stars have ended their three-game losing streak and reclaimed first place in the NHL's Western Conference and Central Division standings, moving one point ahead of Chicago with one game in hand.
Jamie Benn scored twice in the third period and John Klingberg had three assists as the Stars topped the Jets, 5-3 in Winnipeg. Colton Sceviour put Dallas up 3-2 with 7:31 remaining before Benn added his 30th and 31st goals of the season.
Jason Spezza and Valeri Nichushkin also tallied, and Antti Niemi made 22 saves for the Stars.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Second-period goals by Luke Schenn and Anze Kopitar sent the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory against Calgary. Kopitar's power-play goal snapped a 1-1 tie and allowed the Pacific Division leaders to move four points ahead of Anaheim.
— The New York Rangers were 7-1-1 in their previous nine games before Sergey Kalinin and Adam Larsson each had a goal and an assist in the Devils' 5-2 triumph over the Blueshirts. New Jersey trailed 2-1 until Joseph Blandisi set up goals by Kyle Palmieri and Lee Stempniak in the second period, helping New Jersey halt a three-game skid.
— Frans Nielsen scored twice and the New York Islanders won for the sixth time in eight games by downing Minnesota 4-1, halting the Wild's four-game winning streak. John Tavares had a goal and an assist for the Isles, who are within three points of the second-place Rangers in the Metropolitan Division with two games in hand.
— Filip Forsberg completed a natural hat trick about 5 ½ minutes into the second period of Nashville's third in four games, a 3-2 triumph at Toronto. Carter Hutton stopped 25 shots as the Predators moved three points ahead of eighth-place Colorado in the Western Conference race.
— Riley Sheahan scored once in the second period and again in a shootout as Detroit nipped Columbus 2-1. Petr Mrazek turned back 28 shots for the Red Wings, who pulled within four points of the Metropolitan Division-leading Florida Panthers.
— Tampa Bay is within three points of the Panthers after Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 29 shots and Steven Stamkos scored for the fourth straight game to lead the Lightning's 2-1 win against Arizona. Cedric Paquette scored the eventual game-winner with five seconds left in the second period to send the Lightning to their fourth straight victory.
— Jordan Staal notched the tiebreaking goal late in the second period and Eric Staal added an insurance tally in Carolina's 3-1 win over Philadelphia. Eric Staal's goal with 5:49 remaining snapped his 16-game scoreless streak and helped the Hurricanes climb within two points of an Eastern Conference playoff berth.
— Zack Smith and Mark Stone each furnished a goal and an assist in Ottawa's fourth straight win, a 4-1 verdict over Edmonton. Craig Anderson turned back 31 shots as the Senators pulled to within four points of an East playoff slot.
Caps get Weber from Sabres
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals have acquired more blueline depth as they try to wrap up the Presidents' Trophy.
The Buffalo Sabres have shipped stay-at-home defenseman Mike Weber to the Caps for a third-round pick in next year's NHL draft. The Sabres retained half of Weber's salary and cap hit in the transaction.
Weber has blocked 666 shots since entering the league in 2007-08.
Coach says Lovejoy out indefinitely
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan says veteran defenseman Ben Lovejoy is dealing with a "long term" upper body injury and is out indefinitely.
The 32-year-old Lovejoy left last Saturday's loss to Tampa Bay midway through the second period following a collision with Lightning forward J.T. Brown.
Lovejoy has three goals and nine points with a plus-9 in 57 games for the Penguins this season.
Team president expects RGIII to be moved
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Robert Griffin III's time with the Washington Redskins is just about over.
Team president Bruce Allen doesn't think Griffin will be with the team next season, telling San Diego radio station 1090 AM that he sees RGIII getting an opportunity with another team. Allen added that he thinks the team has heard from other franchises that are interested, giving Griffin a chance to play elsewhere.
The 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year didn't play a down for Washington last season, and was only active for one game.
Chargers eye downtown facility
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers say they want to focus on getting a new stadium built as part of a non-contiguous expansion of the downtown convention center.
The measure could face strong opposition if any funding would require approval of two-thirds of the voters on the November ballot.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer and County Commissioner Ron Roberts had preferred a new stadium be built at the site of aging Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley.
Niners ink Celek
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers have signed tight end Garrett Celek to a four-year contract extension, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent next month.
Celek played 11 games last season and started eight for San Francisco, catching 19 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns before missing the final month with an ankle injury.
The four-year pro has 27 career receptions for 328 yards and three touchdowns in 39 games.
U.S. team set
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The roster for the U.S. Davis Cup team has been announced. John Isner, Jack Sock and the Bryan twins will represent the United States against Australia in the first round of play next month.
The winner of this first-round matchup will face Belgium or Croatia in the quarterfinals in July.