AP Wednesday Sports Roundup
Warriors win without Curry
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors dodged a bullet last night as they continue their quest to break the NBA record of 72 wins in a season. They even managed to prevail while reigning MVP Stephen Curry rested his sore left ankle.
Draymond Green hit an off-balance 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 40.2 seconds remaining in overtime to help the Warriors knock off Atlanta 109-105. Klay Thompson had a team-high 26 points for Golden State, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:54 left and another big basket with 11.4 seconds on the clock. Andrew Bogut had 19 points and saved the ball from going out of bounds just before Green's go-ahead basket.
The Warriors picked up their sixth consecutive victory and improved to 25-0 at home. They own a 54-5 record and need to win 19 of their last 23 games to top the single-season victory mark held by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. Golden State has just seven road games remaining.
In other NBA action:
— Portland won for the 18th time in 22 games as Damian Lillard scored 30 points and CJ McCollum had 21 of his 25 in the second half of a 104-85 rout of the Knicks in New York. Lillard reached the 30-point mark for the eighth time in nine games to help the Blazers earn their sixth straight road victory.
— The Miami Heat set a franchise record by shooting 67.5 percent and closed on a 21-9 run in a 129-111 pounding of Chicago. Hassan Whiteside scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Joe Johnson added 24 points to help Miami stretch its lead in the Southeast Division to 1 ½ games over Atlanta.
— Wesley Matthews scored 21 points and Dallas notched its third straight win by downing Orlando 121-108. Zaza Pachulia had his 24th double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 boards.
— Kemba Walker scored 26 points and Charlotte earned its ninth victory in 12 games with a 126-92 laugher against Phoenix. Al Jefferson had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Hornets, while Nicolas Batum and Jeremy Lamb each added 15 points.
— Deangelo Russell shredded Brooklyn in the Lakers' 107-101 win over the Nets in Los Angeles, shooting 8-for-12 from 3-point range and scoring a game-high 39 points. Joseph Randle delivered 14 points and 13 rebounds to help the Lakers win for just the third time in their last 21 games.
Hawks land Humphries
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed 12-year veteran forward Kris Humphries, who was waived by Phoenix on Sunday after averaging 7.3 points in four games. He was 0-for-9 from the field in his last game against the Nets on Thursday.
He began the season with Washington, where he averaged 6.4 points in 28 games, including 14 starts.
MLB suspends Chapman
UNDATED (AP) — Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is the first player to be suspended from regular season games under baseball's new domestic violence policy.
Chapman has agreed to accept a 30-game suspension following an incident with his girlfriend last October. He will begin serving the penalty on opening day and lose 30 days of both pay and major league service, although he will still be eligible for free agency after the season.
Chapman said he did not harm his girlfriend but added that he should have exercised better judgment with respect to certain actions. He apologized for his actions.
Chapman is permitted to continue working out with the Yankees during spring training.
Colorado shortstop Jose Reyes is on paid leave while MLB continues to investigate his alleged domestic dispute with his wife last fall.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The World Series-champion Kansas City Royals and catcher Salvador Perez have worked out a deal that calls for the All-Star to receive a guaranteed $52.5 million over five seasons through 2021. He became the everyday catcher in 2012 and has been voted to the All-Star game each of the past three years.
— Dodgers reliever Josh Ravin fractured his left forearm in an auto accident. Manager Dave Roberts says he is not sure how long Ravin will be sidelined following Monday's accident. The 28-year-old right-hander was 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA in nine games and 9 1/3 innings last year.
— The Seattle Mariners have finalized a major league contract with Cuban outfielder Guillermo Heredia, who defected last year and hasn't played competitive baseball since 2014. The Mariners said Heredia hit .285 with 23 homers and 121 RBIs over 374 games during six seasons with Matanzas.
— Tampa Bay's exhibition game against Cuba's national team in Havana on March 22 has been finalized. It will be Major League Baseball's first trip to the communist island nation since the Baltimore Orioles played there in 1999. President Barack Obama plans to attend the game.
Tag time in NFL
UNDATED (AP) — Several prominent NFL players have been designated with franchise tags before Tuesday's deadline.
Those receiving the non-exclusive franchise tag include Carolina All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman, Jets Pro Bowl defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson and Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson. The non-exclusive tag means players can still negotiate a contract with another team, but their existing team would have the right to match the offer or receive a pair of first-round draft picks as compensation.
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins was given the franchise tag, as were Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Chiefs All-Pro safety Eric Berry and Buffalo left tackle Cordy Glenn. The move currently locks them into a one-year deal that will pay him among the top five salaries at his position. Teams have until July 15 to negotiate long-term deals with franchised players.
Miami has placed the transition tag on defensive end Olivier Vernon. The Dolphins decided against placing a $15.7 million franchise tag on Vernon, which would have prevented another team from offering him a deal.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
— The agent for Mason Crosby says the Green Bay Packers kicker has agreed to a four-year deal. Crosby hit 85 perfect of his field-goal attempts and didn't miss inside of 40 yards.
— The Buffalo Bills have released high-priced defensive end Mario Williams, freeing the salary cap-strapped team of nearly $13 million in payroll next season. Williams had two years remaining on his contract.
— Sam Bradford has agreed to a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Bradford started 14 games last year and threw for a career-high 3,725 yards, the fourth-highest yardage total in franchise history.
TOP- 25 MEN'S BASKETBALL
UNDATED (AP) — Third-ranked Villanova has wrapped up its third straight Big East regular-season championship with a rout of one of the league's bottom-feeders.
Kris Jenkins scored 14 straight points and finished with a career-high 31 as the Wildcats thumped DePaul 83-62. Jenkins scored 20 points by halftime and opened the second with consecutive 3s, topping his previous best of 23 points.
Josh Hart contributed 18 points as the Wildcats improved to 26-4 overall, 15-2 in the conference.
In other top-25 finals:
— Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 points and Anthony Gill had 11 and 10 rebounds in fourth-ranked Virginia's 64-57 victory at Clemson 64-57. The Cavaliers blew an early 12-0 lead and withstood Jaron Blossomgame's 31 points before improving to 23-6.
— Buddy Hield scored 23 points in his final collegiate home game as sixth-ranked Oklahoma held off No. 19 Baylor 73-71. Ryan Spangler had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Sooners, who blew a 26-point lead before nailing down their 23rd win.
— Chinanu Onuaku made two free throws with 30.9 seconds remaining and Damion Lee added two more with 10.7 left to help No. 11 Louisville outlast Georgia Tech 56-53. Onuaku had 17 points and 11 rebounds while Lee added 14 points to the Cardinals' 23rd win.
— Yogi Ferrell had 20 points and Troy Williams added 15 to lead No. 12 Indiana to an 81-78 triumph at No. 16 Iowa. Ferrell drained a crucial 3-pointer with 37 seconds to secure the Hoosiers' 24th victory and their second outright Big Ten regular-season title in four years.
— Vince Edwards scored 20 points and 15th-ranked Purdue ended a three-game road losing streak by whipping Nebraska 81-62. A.J. Hammons had 12 of his 16 points in the second half for the Boilermakers.
— Grayson Allen scored 30 points and both Marshall Plumlee and freshman Brandon Ingram each had double-doubles as No. 17 Duke topped Wake Forest 79-71. Plumlee added 13 points and matched a career high with 17 rebounds, while Ingram finished with 15 points and 11 boards to support the Blue Devils' 22nd victory.
— Danuel House scored 19 points and No. 20 Texas A&M went on a 20-0 run to beat Auburn 81-63. Jalen Jones had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Aggies, who controlled the game after falling behind by 11 in the first half.
— Jamal Murray scored 21 points and Tyler Ulis added 19 as No. 22 Kentucky handed Florida its fourth straight loss, 88-79. Skal Labissiere chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds in his first start for the Wildcats since Dec. 12.
Blues catch Stars and Hawks
UNDATED (AP) — There's now a virtual three-way tie for first in the NHL's Western Conference and Central Division races following the St. Louis Blues' shootout victory and another loss by the Dallas Stars.
The Blues coughed up a 3-0 lead before beating Ottawa 4-3 on Patrik Berglund's goal in the 11th round of the shootout. Jake Allen stopped 40 shots through 65 minutes and was perfect on the Senators' 11 shootout attempts to help the Blues improve to 2-1 on their four-game road trip.
Dallas lost for the seventh time in eight games as Shea Weber collected a goal and two assists in Nashville's 5-3 win over the Stars. James Neal and Craig Smith each had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who strengthened their hold on the seventh seed in the West while putting the Stars in a virtual dead heat with Chicago and St. Louis for the conference and division leads with 83 points apiece.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— The Capitals avoided their first losing streak of the season by turning a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh. Mike Richards and Evgeny Kuznetsov notched second-period goals before former Penguin Matt Niskanen scored the game-winner on a power play with 6:22 remaining. The outcome gives the league-leading Caps 96 points at 46-12-4.
— Reilly Smith scored twice and Florida regained sole possession of the Atlantic Division lead by beating Winnipeg 3-2. The Panthers trailed 2-1 until Smith and Jaromir Jagr tallied 1:45 apart early in the third period.
— The Islanders are 4-1 on their seven-game road trip after Thomas Hickey scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:05 left in a 3-2 win at Vancouver. Travis Hamonic and Anders Lee provided the Islanders' other goals to support Thomas Greiss' 31-save performance.
— Boston beat Calgary 2-1 on Patrice Bergeron's goal with 3:24 remaining. Landon Ferraro also scored and Tuukka Rask stopped 24 of 25 shots as the Bruins won for the third time in four games.
— Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter each scored twice and Minnesota pulled into a virtual tie with Colorado for the final Western Conference playoff slot by thumping the Avalanche 6-3. The game was tied 3-3 until Coyle scored back-to-back goals in the third period.
— Joakim Nordstrom scored the go-ahead goal with 1:29 left and Carolina halted a three-game losing streak by downing New Jersey 3-1. Eddie Lack was outstanding in making 29 saves, and 29-year-old Derek Ryan provided the Hurricanes' first goal in his NHL debut.
— Connor McDavid won his first matchup against Jack Eichel by scoring both Edmonton goals in a 2-1 overtime victory at Buffalo. The top pick in last year's NHL draft ended the game at 3:48 of overtime after the Oilers kept the No. 2 selection off the scoresheet.
News from NHL clubs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo has been suspended five games without pay by the NHL for an illegal hit to the head of Tampa Bay's Cedric Paquette on Sunday. Rinaldo took out the forward against the boards in the first period of the game and was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head. Rinaldo was also suspended for eight games last year and is considered a repeat offender.
In other NHL news:
— The Predators have signed forward Miikka Salomaki to a two-year, $1.225 million contract. The soon to be 23-year old has seven points in 45 games this season.
— Carolina right winger Andrej Nestrasil will miss the rest of the season with a broken vertebra suffered during a loss to the Maple Leafs on Feb. 25. He had nine goals and 14 assists while playing in 55 games this season, his second in the NHL.