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Celtics outlast Clippers in 2OTs
UNDATED (AP) — It took 58 minutes of basketball to decide the Boston Celtics’ game against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers.
Jayson Tatum had 39 points and the Celtics pulled away in the second overtime to down the Clippers, 141-133.
Marcus Smart contributed 31 points and Gordon Hayward finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Tatum and Smart combined for 16 of Boston's 27 points in OT.
Kemba Walker added 19 points and nine rebounds in the Celtics’ seventh straight home win and eighth in their last nine overall.
The Clippers played most of the game without Paul George, who left in the second quarter with a left hamstring strain. Lou Williams led Los Angeles with 35 points, while Kawhi Leonard had 28 points and 11 rebounds.
In other NBA action on the eve of the All-Star break:
— Danilo Gallinari scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as the Thunder knocked off the Pelicans’ 123-118. Chris Paul had 14 points and 12 assists for Oklahoma City, which blew a 13-point, third-quarter lead before rallying. Rookie Zion Williamson hit the 30-point mark for the second straight game, finishing with 32 for New Orleans.
Clippers' George fined for criticizing refs
UNDATED (AP) — The NBA has fined Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George $35,000 for critical comments toward the officiating after his team’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.
George pointed out the Clippers were called for eight more fouls than Philadelphia in the 76ers' 110-103 win at home, referring to that disparity as “home-court cooking."
This is the fifth fine and stiffest financial penalty given to George for commenting on officials.
In other NBA news:
— Suns guard Devin Booker is headed to his first NBA All-Star Game, replacing injured Trail Blazers backcourt ace Damian Lillard. Booker was chosen by Commissioner Adam Silver after feeling snubbed by voters and coaches when he didn't make the original list for Sunday's game in Chicago. Lillard injured his groin on Wednesday night.
T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Hoosiers down Hawkeyes
UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Hoosiers have added to the Iowa Hawkeyes’ recent basketball woes.
The Hoosiers had dropped four in a row before Devonte Green scored 18 of his 27 points in the first half of Indiana’s 89-77 victory over No. 21 Iowa. Green nailed a season-high seven 3-pointers after Indiana entered the game averaging just 5.3 as a team.
Trayce Jackson had 17 points for the Hoosiers, who handed the Hawkeyes their third loss in five games since a five-game winning streak.
Iowa’s Luka Garza scored 38 points, falling two short of the Assembly Hall single-game scoring record by an opponent.
In the other top-25 game of the day, Will Richardson scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half as 17th-ranked Oregon rallied past No. 16 Colorado, 68-60. The Ducks trailed by 12 early in the second half but went on a 10-0 run in the waning minutes to overtake the Buffaloes, leaving both teams in tie for the Pac-12 lead.
NCAA finds serious infractions committed by Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has become the latest school to receive an NCAA notice of allegations over the federal probe into college basketball.
Athletic director Ray Tanner says the school received the notice about a violation alleged to have been committed by former assistant coach Lamont Evans, who worked for coach Frank Martin for four seasons from 2015-16.
The NCAA has categorized the infraction as Level I, the most serious of its violations and what it calls a “severe breach of conduct."
Evans moved on to Oklahoma State and has admitted to accepting $22,000 in bribes as a college assistant to connect players with runner Christian Dawkins and others hoping to represent them after college. Evans was sentenced this past June to three months in prison.
Astros' Bregman, Altuve apologize for sign-stealing scheme
UNDATED (AP) — Houston Astros infielders Alex Bregman and José Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) have apologized on behalf of the ballclub for its sign-stealing scheme that was investigated and punished by Major League Baseball.
Bregman said at a news conference Thursday that he is “really sorry.” Altuve said there was a full team meeting Wednesday to discuss what happened.
Astros owner Jim Crane raised eyebrows when he said: “Our opinion is that this didn’t impact the game. We had a good team. We won the World Series. And we’ll leave it at that.”
MLB didn’t punish any players for the cheating and Crane said the team wouldn’t, either. However, former Houston outfielder Carlos Beltran was forced out of his new job as manager of the Mets following his role in the sign-stealing process.
Commissioner Rob Manfred disciplined the Astros after he found the team broke rules by using electronics to steal signs during its run to the 2017 World Series championship and again in the 2018 season.
In other MLB news:
— Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Mike Leake has a fracture on his non-throwing wrist but still hopes to be ready for the beginning of the regular season. The 32-year-old Leake had an MRI on Wednesday and said it revealed an old fracture that was aggravated by a fall while he was chasing his dog.
— Major league teams improved to 5-1 in salary arbitration this year when the Red Sox beat pitcher Eduardo Rodríguez Thursday. He will earn $8.3 million rather than his request for $8,975,000. The right-hander was a career-best 19-6 with a 3.81 ERA in 34 starts last season, when he made $4,325,000.
— Boston manager Ron Roenicke (REHN'-ih-kee) says injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia won't report to spring training with the rest of the position players next week. Pedroia has played in just nine games the last two seasons while trying to recover from an injury he sustained in May of 2017 when Baltimore's Manny Machado slid spikes-high into his knee.
— The Dodgers have agreed to pay pitcher Kenta Maeda's (mah-EH’-dah) a $1 million assignment bonus as part of his trade to the Twins. Los Angeles also agreed to pay the Twins $3 million to cover part of Maeda's salary and reimburse Minnesota for up to $7 million of his earned bonuses, according to information obtained by The Associated Press.
— Right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker says he is fully recovered and excited to be back with his original team, the Seattle Mariners. Walker has appeared in only four games since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2018 and a shoulder injury last May.
— Free agent outfielder Jarrod Dyson has finalized a $2 million deal with the Pirates. Dyson hit .230 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs in 130 games with the Diamondbacks last season.
— Right-hander Brad Boxberger and utilityman Sean Rodriguez have agreed to terms on minor league deals with the Marlins that include invitations to spring training. Boxberger went 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA for the Royals last year. Rodriguez batted .223 in 76 games for the 2019 Phillies.
Bolts top Oilers
UNDATED (AP) — Yanni Gourde (YAH’-nee gohrd) has scored again after going 35 consecutive games without a goal.
Gourde has a two-game goal streak after providing a short-handed tally in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s ninth straight win, 3-1 over the Edmonton Oilers. The goal broke a 1-1 tie in the second period and sent the Bolts to their 10th consecutive home win.
Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) stopped 29 shots and improved to 18-0-2 in his past 20 starts. Pat Maroon and Cedric Paquette also scored for the Lightning, who won despite playing without top two scorers Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Third-period goals by Tom Wilson and TJ Oshie (OH’-shee) gave the Capitals a 3-2 win over the Avalanche, ending Colorado’s five-game winning streak. Oshie scored the tiebreaker with 2:04 remaining, but Washington left wing Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) was held off the scoresheet and remains two shy of 700 goals for his career. The Caps stopped a two-game slide and moved five points ahead of Pittsburgh for the Metropolitan Division lead.
— Jonathan Marchesault (MAHR’-sheh-soh) scored 2 ½ minutes into overtime as the Golden Knights overcame Zach Sanford’s four-goal performance to beat the Blues, 6-5. Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH’-tee) had a two-goal performance and Alex Tuch (tuhk) tied it with 4:40 remaining in regulation to help Vegas halt a two-game skid.
— Craig Smith scored three times and Juuse Saros (YOO’-see SAH’-rohs) made 31 saves as the Predators blanked the Islanders, 5-0. Rocco Grimaldi had a goal and an assist to back Saros, who earned its second shutout of the season and ninth of his career.
— The Flyers rolled to a 6-2 win over the Panthers as James van Riemsdyk (REEMZ’-dyk) had a goal and two assists. Carter Hart made 26 saves for his first road win in eight games, helping Philadelphia improve to 9-3-1 in its last 13 games.
— Tyler Seguin (SAY’-gihn) snapped a 17-game goal drought and Ben Bishop made 27 saves in the Stars’ 3-2 victory over the Maple Leafs. Denis Gurianov (gur-ee-AH’-nahv) and Radek Faksa (FAK’-sah) also scored to help Dallas earn its third straight win.
— Victor Olofsson’s second goal of the night was the game-winner as the Sabres downed the Blue Jackets, 4-3 in overtime. Jack Eichel (EYE’-kul) ended his five-game goal drought and had two assists after Columbus took a 2-0 lead.
— Mikael Backlund and Oliver Kylington scored 1:29 apart while the Flames erupted for four goals in the first period of a 6-0 rout of the rout of the Ducks. Backlund and Mark Jankowski each had two goals and Cam Talbot stopped 44 shots in his first shutout of the season and 21st of his career.
— Mika Zibanejad (zih-BAN’-ih-jad) scored the tying goal with 66 seconds in regulation before adding a shootout goal in the Rangers’ 4-3 comeback against the Wild. Minnesota enjoyed a 3-1 lead until Pavel Buchnevich (booch-NEH’-vihch) tallied midway through the third period.
— Wayne Simmonds provided two goals while the Devils scored four times in a four-minute span of the third period to beat the Red Wings, 4-1. Andy Greene and Jesper Bratt also tallied to support Mackenzie Blackwood, who made 25 saves in winning for the fourth time in five games.
— Vladislav Namestnikov (nah-MEHST’-nih-kahf), Nick Paul and Brady Tkachuk furnished the Senators’ goals in a 3-2 victory against the Coyotes. Marcus Hogberg handled 32 shots as Ottawa dealt Arizona to its ninth loss in 11 games.
Logano, Byron take duel races
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Joey Logano and William Byron won the qualifying races that set the field for the Daytona 500.
The victory in the first 150-mile race Thursday night earned Logano a spot in the second row for NASCAR’s season-opening Cup race. Logano also won the opening duel race last February.
Byron will join Logano in the second row. They’ll be behind pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and teammate Alex Bowman, who earned the front row in time trials at Daytona International Speedway.
Reed Sorenson and Timmy Hill qualified for Sunday’s race, beating out three drivers for the final two available spots.
Trump to attend Daytona 500
WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House spokesman has confirmed that President Donald Trump will attend NASCAR's season-opening Daytona 500. He is scheduled to spend part of the Presidents Day weekend at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.
The President will serve as grand marshal and give the command for drivers to start their engines. He's the first sitting president since George W. Bush in 2004 to attend the race.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday. The U.S. Secret Service also tweeted to fans that drones are prohibited within 30 miles of the race in Daytona Beach, a restriction put in place for presidential visits.
Kuchar leads at Riviera
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur) is the leader through one round of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.
Kuchar birdied his first two holes and never let up until in a 7-under 64 that gave him a three-stroke lead.
Russell Henley, Wyndham Clark, Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Harold Varner III and Adam Schenk are tied for second at 4 under.
Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay, Jason Day and Bryson DeChambeau are in the mix at 3 under.
Tiger Woods eagled his first hole and added two birdies on his opening front nine, but he closed with a bogey to fall to 2 under.
LPGA-WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN
7-time major champion Inbee Park tied for lead Down Under
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Seven-time major champion Inbee Park moved into contention for her 20th LPGA Tour victory on Friday by taking a share of the second-round lead at the Women's Australian Open.
Park shot 4-under 69 to put her at 10-under 136 at Royal Adelaide, level with first-round leader Jodi Ewart Shadoff (70).
After an afternoon of misty rain and wind gusts up to 20 mph, Ewart Shadoff joined Park at the top of the leaderboard. Two early bogeys dropped the Englishwoman off the pace, but she rallied with five birdies to grab a share of the 36-hole lead.
Jillian Hollis (69), was in third place, one stroke behind. Defending champion Nelly Korda (73) was six strokes behind. Five-time champion Karrie Webb, whose lead-up to the tournament was hampered by a virus, missed the cut after a second consecutive 74.
Because of the virus outbreak in China, the Women's Australian Open will be the last LPGA tournament for a month after the cancellation of three scheduled events in Thailand, Singapore and China.
Tokyo, IOC officials reiterate that the Olympics are on
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are reiterating that the 2020 Games will not be waylaid by the virus spreading from neighboring China.
Organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori says he wants to make it clear again that "we are not considering a cancellation or postponement of the games."
The coronavirus has wiped out track meets, golf tournaments, soccer matches and almost all sports in China. It is also keeping Chinese athletes from traveling to qualify.
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