AP Wednesday Sports Roundup
Spurs tie NBA home win record
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have tied an NBA record by earning their 40th home win of the season.
Kawhi Leonard had 26 points and Tony Parker added 20 as the Spurs won their home finale, outlasting Oklahoma City 102-98 in overtime. San Antonio trailed throughout most of regulation before tying the NBA record for home victories in a season set by the Boston Celtics in 1985-86.
The Spurs' only home loss came last week against Golden State, which will seek its league-record 73rd win Wednesday against visiting Memphis.
Thunder coach Billy Donovan rested stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka in their regular-season finale. Enes Kanter grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds and was one of four Oklahoma City players to finish with a team-best 17 points.
Elsewhere in the NBA:
— Chris Paul's 12 points and 13 assists helped the Los Angeles Clippers thump Memphis 110-84. Austin Rivers had a team-high 14 points and hit three of the Clippers' 12 3-pointers.
— Paul George and George Hill scored 19 points apiece as Indiana wrapped up the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, earning a 102-90 win against New York. The Pacers trailed by two until they closed the third quarter on a 17-6 run.
— The Raptors tuned up for their first-round meeting with Indiana by beating the 76ers for the 12th straight time, 122-98. Jonas Valanciunas recorded his team-high 22nd double-double, finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the Raptors stay unbeaten against Philadelphia since January 2013. Rookie Norman Powell had 18 points for the Raptors, who dealt the Sixers their 71st loss.
— Joe Johnson scored 25 points and Goran Dragic added 16 as Miami downed Detroit 99-93. The Heat will win the Southeast Division and earn home-court advantage in the first round by beating the Celtics in Boston on Wednesday.
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Spartans' Davis entering NBA draft
UNDATED (AP) — Deyonta Davis is entering NBA draft after one season at Michigan State.
The 6-foot-10, 240 pound forward is projected to be a first-round pick. He scored 7.5 points and grabbed 5.5 rebounds per game as a key player on a balanced team that won the Big Ten tournament.
Also, Notre Dame forward V.J. Beachem, Arkansas center Moses Kingsley and Indiana forward Troy Williams have declared for the NBA draft. Those players say they won't hire an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to school.
NCAA extends March Madness deal
NEW YORK (AP) — The NCAA has announced an eight-year, $8.8 billion extension of its March Madness deal with CBS Sports and Turner through 2032.
The extension pays an average of $1.1 billion per season, up from more than $770 million on average under the current contract.
The new deal retains the existing format for TV, with early-round games aired across CBS and three Turner networks: TBS, TNT and truTV. The Final Four will keep alternating between CBS and Turner.
The championship game was on cable for the first time this year and drew a record-low rating on TBS in a season in which viewership had been down throughout the tournament.
Birds still perfect
UNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have extended their longest season-opening winning streak since the franchise moved from St. Louis 62 years ago. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Braves have reeled off their longest season-opening losing skid since 1988.
The Birds are 7-0 after J.J. Hardy launched a pair of two-run homers and collected five RBIs in a 9-5 victory over the Red Sox in Boston. The O's trailed 4-2 until Mark Trumbo slammed a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
Matt Wieters drove in a pair of runs and Trumbo was 3-for-4 with three runs scored for the majors' only unbeaten team.
The Braves are 0-7 following a 2-1 setback in Washington. The game was scoreless until Bryce Harper laced a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth. The Braves got a run back on Kelly Johnson's RBI double in the ninth before Mallex Smith struck out to end the game.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Lorenzo Cain's three-run homer in the first inning stood up as Kansas City knocked off the Astros 3-2. Kris Medlen combined with four relievers on a seven-hitter and blanked the Astros after the first inning.
— Jeff Samardzija earned his first victory as a Giant by allowing two runs and six hits in eight innings of a 7-2 pounding of Colorado. Trevor Brown belted a pair of two-run homers after Hunter Pence hit a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the top of the fifth.
— Jacoby Ellsbury delivered a tiebreaking, RBI single in the seventh inning to push the New York Yankees past the Blue Jays 3-2 in Toronto. The Jays led 2-1 until Brian McCann smacked a solo homer off Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez in the sixth inning.
— The New York Mets suffered their fourth straight loss as Martin Prado lifted a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to give Miami a 2-1 victory at Citi Field. The Mets wasted a nice outing by Noah Syndergaard, who struck out 12 while limiting the Marlins to a run and seven hits in seven innings.
— Justin Upton was 4-for-5 with a solo homer, two RBIs and three runs scored as the Tigers thumped Pittsburgh 8-2 in Detroit. J.D. Martinez also had four hits, Ian Kinsler homered and Anibal Sanchez allowed two runs and four hits over 5 2/3 innings to improve to 2-0.
— Nick Ahmed and Paul Goldschmidt hit solo homers and Socrates Brito added an RBI triple in Arizona's 4-2 win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Goldschmidt had two RBIs to help the Diamondbacks spoil the Dodgers' home opener.
— Tampa Bay and Cleveland were tied 1-1 until Logan Forsythe and Evan Longoria hit two-run homers in the eighth inning to power the Rays past the Indians 5-1. Corey Kluber carried a three-hitter into the eighth before Forsythe went deep with two out.
— Charlie Morton gave up three hits while striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings to pitch Philadelphia past San Diego 3-0. Odubel Herrera broke a scoreless tie with an RBI triple in the sixth inning.
— Derek Holland held Seattle to four hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings as Texas ripped the Mariners 8-0. Adrian Beltre supplied a three-run homer and a two-run double in the rout.
— The Angels pulled out a 5-4 victory at Oakland on Geovany Soto's two-run homer off Sean Doolittle in the ninth inning. The Athletics took a 4-1 lead in the seventh on Marcus Semien's second solo homer of the night, but Albert Pujols lined a two-run double in the eighth to get Los Angeles within a run.
Police say Smith had gun in car when shot
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Police say former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith had a loaded gun inside his vehicle when he was shot to death last weekend.
Police also say they found a loaded revolver inside the vehicle of Cardell Hayes, the man accused of shooting Smith. However, police added that there was no evidence to suggest either of those weapons was fired during the shooting Saturday night, and that Hayes shot Smith with a different handgun.
League denies Gordon's reinstatement petition
UNDATED (AP) — The NFL has denied suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon's application for reinstatement.
A league spokesman is confirming the application was denied and that Gordon can apply again at a future date.
On Monday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Gordon "raised a red flag" because of a recent league-administered drug test. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because results of NFL drug tests are not made public, says Gordon didn't have a positive substance abuse test.
But a sample collected in March showed Gordon had traces of marijuana and a diluting substance in his system. The level of marijuana was less than the minimum required by the NFL for a positive test.
Stricker is U.S. Presidents Cup captain
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Steve Stricker has been selected as the American captain for the 2017 Presidents Cup matches.
Stricker played on five Presidents Cup teams and had a 14-10 record while playing on nothing but victorious teams. He will go up against Nick Price, who will be International captain for the third straight time.
The International team has not won since 1998, though it was one putt away from a victory last October in South Korea.
The 2017 matches will be during the last week in September on the Liberty National course that has views of the Manhattan skyline.
Sens fired Cameron
OTTAWA (AP) — The Ottawa Senators have fired coach Dave Cameron after the team missed the playoffs with a 38-35-9 record.
Cameron was the 11th coach in franchise history, posting a 70-50-17 record behind the Senators bench. He took over as head coach on Dec. 8, 2014, after the Senators fired Paul MacLean.