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Gonzaga wins conference tournament ... Nowitzki reaches NBA milestone...Wizards-Suns

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 8, 2017 at 12:10 a.m.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gonzaga (gahn-ZAG'-uh) has won another West Coast Conference tournament title, defeating St. Mary's 74-56 after nearly pulling off an undefeated regular season. Next up for the Zags could be another No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga shot 50 percent and scored 20 points off turnovers in its lopsided win over the Gaels of St. Mary's, 28-4. Nigel Williams-Goss led Gonzaga with 22 points.

DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki (noh-VIHT'-skee) of the Dallas Mavericks is the proud owner of an NBA record he shares with only five other players. The 7-foot German has reached the 30,000 point club, and is the first international player to do so. Nowitzki managed the feat before halftime of Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, and he got 18 of the 20 points he needed in the first quarter alone.

PHOENIX (AP) — Bogan Bogdanovic (BOY'-ahn bahg-DAH'-noh-vich) has given Washington a big lift off the bench after he was acquired from the Brooklyn Nets. Tuesday night was a case in point. Bogdanovic came off the bench to score 29 points and set a franchise record for free throws by going 16 for 16 as Washington edged the Phoenix Suns 131-127. Bradley Beal had 27 points, and John Wall had 25 points and 14 assists as Washington opened a five-game western trip.

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed against Baylor University by 10 women alleging they were sexually assaulted can go forward. The women, identified as "Jane Doe" plaintiffs, allege that Baylor was indifferent to or ignored claims of sexual assault and didn't enforce federal general discrimination protections.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Longtime agent Rob Pelinka has been formally hired as the Los Angeles Lakers' new general manager. Pelinka got the job shortly after Lakers owner Jeanie Buss fired GM Mitch Kupchak and her brother, Jim, as the club's top basketball executives last month. The team waited to announce the hiring until Pelinka complied with NBA rules against conflicts of interest, in part by transferring responsibility for his clients to other agents in his firm, Landmark Sports Agency.

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