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Warriors, Clippers tip-off NBA second half...Gonzaga tries to stay unbeaten...Daytona holds twin qualifiers

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 23, 2017 at 7:40 a.m.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State will host the Clippers to highlight the first night of NBA play after the All-Star break. The league-leading Warriors hold a 12-game lead over second-place Los Angeles in the Pacific Division. The Clippers will get star guard Chris Paul back for the first time since he tore a ligament in his left thumb on Jan. 16.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Top-ranked Gonzaga tries to take another step toward becoming the first team since Kentucky in 2015 to post an unbeaten regular season when the Bulldogs visit San Diego. The 28-0 'Zags had a 36-point win over the Toreros in late January.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The field for Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500 will be completed with the running of the twin 150-mile qualifying races tonight. Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have already earned spots on the front row after finishing one-two in pole qualifying Sunday.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Defending champ Adam Scott heads up the field for the Honda Classic that opens today. The No. 7 player in the world is the highest-ranked golfer in the field. Eighth-ranked Justin Thomas will be looking for his third win of the year.

CHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan Toews (TAYVZ) tries to continue his torrid scoring pace when he leads the Blackhawks into an NHL home game against Arizona tonight. Toews has posted 20 points in the last 12 games, including a five-point, three-goal performance in a win over Minnesota Tuesday.

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