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Suns continue winning sweep
UNDATED (AP) — Pascal Siakam (see-A'-kam) had 37 points and 12 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Phoenix Suns 118-101 on Friday night for their 16th victory in 17 games. Serge Ibaka scored 16 points, Fred VanVleet and Terence Davis each had 14. Kyle Lowry had 13 points and 10 assists and OG Anunoby added 12 points for the defending NBA champion Raptors. The Suns lost for the seventh time in nine games.
In other Friday night action:
— Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chich) nearly had a triple-double, finishing with 33 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and the Dallas Mavericks cruised past the Orlando Magic 122-106. Maxi Kleber added a career-high 26 points off the bench as the Mavericks improved to 19-8 on the road this season. They won just 18 road games combined the last two seasons. Evan Fournier led Orlando with 28 points.
— Chris Paul scored 29 points in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 113-101 victory at home of Denver. Twenty of Paul’s points came in the second half.
— T.J. Warren had 27 points and eight rebounds, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 106-98 victory over the New York Knicks in their return from the All-Star break. Domantas Sabonis added 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers, who won their second straight. Bobby Portis scored 19 points and RJ Barrett had 17 for the Knicks.
— Colin Sexton scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied to win in their first game under interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff, beating the Washington Wizards 113-110. Cedi Osman added 16 points and Darius Garland had 15 to help the Cavaliers. Bradley Beal had 26 points for Washington on 9-for-28 shooting.
NBA reschedules Lakers game following Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
UNDATED (AP) — The game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers that was postponed following Kobe Bryant's death has been rescheduled for April 9. The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 28, two days after Bryant's death in a helicopter crash. The Lakers will play at home on three straight nights, with the NBA saying Friday that the game against Golden State scheduled for April 9 will be played April 7 and the game against Chicago set for April 7 will be played April 8.
In other NBA news:
— Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns will sit out for at least two more weeks because of an injured left wrist that the team announced Friday is broken. Towns first had an X-ray after hurting his wrist Jan. 25 against Oklahoma City.
Union committee rejects NFL labor deal; player reps to vote
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL players' union executive committee voted 6-5 Friday to recommend rejecting the terms of a labor deal approved by NFL owners the previous day.
The owners' proposal features a 17-game season, shorter preseason, larger rosters and limits on the number of international games. It will next be voted on by the 32 player representatives. Even if they reject it, the union is expected to bring the plan to the entire membership. Objections to an expanded regular season are considered the main stumbling block for player approval.
In other NFL news:
— The Chicago Bears have waived cornerback Prince Amukamara and speedy receiver Taylor Gabriel. Amukamara started 42 games over the past three seasons and gave the Bears a physical presence in the backfield. Gabriel has 2,860 yards and 14 touchdown catches in six years with three teams. He caught 67 passes for 688 yards in 2018 after signing with the Bears but was limited because of concussions.
— The Jacksonville Jaguars exercised contract options on receiver Chris Conley and free safety Jarrod Wilson. The Jaguars now have Conley under contract through 2020 and Wilson through 2021. Wilson started all 16 games last season and led the team with 73 tackles and 1,186 snaps.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR INVESTIGATION
Documents: Michigan student says he reported doctor's abuse
ANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) — Documents show a doctor continued to work at the University of Michigan for decades after a supervisor confronted him about allegations of sex abuse. According to the documents released to The Associated Press on Friday, one former student told investigators that Dr. Robert E. Anderson was known by student athletes as “Dr. Drop your drawers Anderson." That man says he told his wrestling coach and others that Anderson molested him during a medical exam in the 1970s. The documents say a former vice president of student life told police he had no idea that Anderson had remained at the school for decades after he confronted the doctor about the allegations.
Penn State settles 'outstanding issues' with Paterno family
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State and the family of the late head football coach Joe Paterno announced Friday they have resolved “outstanding issues” that had divided them, eight years after he was fired following assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's child molestation arrest. Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012 and is serving a 30-to-60 year prison sentence.
The deal ends a lawsuit against the university by the Paternos' son Jay Paterno, who is currently a member of the Penn State board. Jay Paterno had claimed the university-commissioned report into the scandal had unfairly tarnished him and made him unable to find work as a football coach.
Joe Paterno was 85 when he died of cancer-related complications in January 2012.
Rangers top Hurricanes 5-2
UNDATED (AP) — Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) had a goal and two assists, and the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2. Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome each had a goal and an assist for New York, which won for the eighth time in 11 games. Jesper Fast and Brady Skjei also scored, and Igor Shesterkin made 27 saves in the Rangers' seventh straight road victory. Brock McGinn and Sebastian Aho scored for Carolina, which dropped to 5-4 since the All-Star break.
Blue Jackets lose their top scorer
UNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost their top goal-scorer for the rest of the season. The team says forward Oliver Bjorkstrand fractured an ankle in Thursday night's loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Friday that Bjorkstrand will be out eight to 10 weeks and might need surgery.
Bjorkstrand has 21 goals and 15 assists with 12 penalty minutes in 49 games this season. He leads the club in goals, winning goals with five and multipoint games with 11.
In other NHL news:
—John Tonelli’s No. 27 has been raised to the rafters at Nassau Coliseum, joining some of his former teammates from the New York Islanders’ Stanley Cup dynasty. Tonelli, known as a gritty player who worked to get the puck in the corners, became the seventh player to have his number retired by the team when he was honored before New York's game against the Detroit Red Wings.
—Cody Eakin is going home to Winnipeg. The Jets acquired the Winnipeg-born center from the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2021. If Winnipeg qualifies for the playoffs this year or re-sign Eakin to a new contract by July 5, the Jets will instead transfer their 2021 third-round pick to the Golden Knights.
— The NHL-leading Boston Bruins have freed up salary cap space by trading veteran forward David Backes (BAK'-ehs) and a first-round draft pick to the Anaheim Ducks for forward Ondrej Kase (AHN'-dray KAH'-shah). Anaheim also acquired 20-year-old prospect defenseman Axel Andersson in the deal.
— The Buffalo Sabres have placed suspended defenseman Zach Bogosian on unconditional waivers with the intention of terminating his contract. The move puts the Sabres in position to part ways with a disgruntled player who asked to be traded earlier this season and spent the past week refusing to report to the minors.
Indians RHP Carrasco day to day with mild hip flexor strain
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco has been diagnosed with a mild strain of his right hip flexor after feeling discomfort while doing squats in the weight room during spring training.
The team said Friday that Carrasco was considered day to day after an MRI revealed the strain.
Manager Terry Francona said Carrasco felt something in his upper leg when squatting on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old pitcher made an inspiring comeback last season after being diagnosed with leukemia. He revealed that in June and returned as a reliever in September after treatment.
In other MLB news:
—Houston outfielder Josh Reddick says he and other players have received death threats in the wake of the team's sign-stealing scandal. Reddick told reporters in Florida that he received threats on social media and people have commented on pictures of his infant twins, saying they hope they get cancer.
Bryson DeChambeau birdies his way to 1-shot lead in Mexico
UNDATED (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau kept making so many birdies in the Mexico Championship that when he rolled in his ninth one from 45 feet, all he could do was throw his hands in the air in pure wonder.
DeChambeau made seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch at the Chapultepec course in Mexico City for an 8-under 63, giving him a one-shot lead over Erik van Rooyen of South Africa and Patrick Reed at the halfway point of this World Golf Championship.
In other PGA news:
— The Honda Classic is missing Tiger Woods and a host of others who make their homes in the area. It's the second straight year Woods has bypassed the tournament. Rory McIlroy, who also lives a short drive from the course, is missing for the second straight year. Justin Thomas also decided to pass for the first time. He won the Honda two years ago. The Honda has Brooks Koepka as the only top 10 player.
American women seek more than $66M in damages from US Soccer
UNDATED (AP) — Players on the U.S. women's national team are seeking more than $66 million in damages as part of their gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation.
The damages were included in slew of papers filed a federal court in Los Angeles ahead of a trial scheduled to start May 5. Among the documents filed were the separate collective bargaining agreements of the U.S. men's and women's teams, which had not previously been made public.
Players on the women's national team sued the federation last March alleging institutionalized gender discrimination.
Documents show federation lawyers repeatedly pushed members of the champion U.S. women's team to detail distinctions between their sport, which they dominate, and the men's game, where the Americans struggle.
OLYMPIC VOLUNTEERS-CHINA OUTBREAK
Tokyo delays Olympic volunteer training because of virus
TOKYO (AP) — While again stating there are no plans to cancel or delay the Tokyo Olympics, local organizers postponed training sessions for volunteers on Friday for at least two months because of the virus outbreak spreading from China.
About 80,000 people are needed at the Olympics to provide free work which the IOC calls “key support to ensure the success of the games.” Tokyo organizers said the postponed sessions are “part of efforts to prevent the spread of infection of the novel coronavirus.”