Monday’s Sports Minute

Monday’s Sports Minute

KNOCK OFF THE BUCKS:Michigan guard guard Aubrey Dawkins, front, scrambles for the ball with Ohio State forward Sam Thompson, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday, Feb. 22. Photo: Associated Press/Tony Ding

A look at some of the big sports stories making headlines today, Monday, Feb. 23.


Utah is in danger of falling from the top 10 in The Associated Press men’s basketball poll.

Dillon Brook scored 11 straight points for Oregon in the second half of a 69-58 triumph over the ninth-rated Utes. Brooks finished with 19 points and the Ducks improved their NCAA tournament chances by improving to 20-8.

Delon Wright scored 20 points for Utah which fell to 21-5 and dropped a game behind Arizona in the Pac-12 race.

Meanwhile, second-ranked Virginia fared much better on the scoreboard as Anthony Gill contributed 13 points and Darion Atkins added 11 in a 51-41 triumph over Florida State. The Cavaliers managed to win after starting guards Malcolm Brogdon and London Perrantes suffered facial injuries from a collision with Virginia ahead just 31-28 with 15 minutes to play. Both headed to the locker room, and Brogdon went back into the game a few minutes later to help the Cavs improve to 25-1.

Elsewhere on Sunday’s top-25 schedule

  • No. 13 Wichita State is now 25-3 following a 62-43 rout of Evansville. Fred VanVleet scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half and helped the Shockers improve to 15-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

  • Michigan has won its latest battle with Ohio State as the unranked Wolverines knocked off the 24th-ranked Buckeyes 64-57 behind Spike Albrecht’s 16 points. The Buckeyes trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half of their second consecutive loss.


    The Golden State Warriors stumbled in their first game without Stephen Curry this season.

    Curry sat out with soreness in his right ankle while Rodney Stuckey torched the Warriors for 30 points in Detroit’s 104-98 win. C.J. Miles finished with 13 points, including a 3-pointer that put the Pistons ahead 101-97 with 26.5 seconds left.

    The Warriors lost for just the second time in nine games despite Klay Thompson’s 39 points. Golden State still owns the NBA’s best record at 43-10.

    In other NBA action:

  • Memphis is a franchise-best 40-14 after overcoming a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Trail Blazers 98-92 in Portland. Marc Gasol finished with 21 points as the Grizzlies knocked off a Blazers team that was without LaMarcus Aldridge because of a sprained right thumb.

  • Cleveland won for the 16th time in 18 games by trouncing the NBA’s worst team, beating the Knicks 101-82 in New York. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 18 points for the Cavaliers, J.R. Smith had 17 points against his old team, and Kevin Love finished with 16 points and 16 boards.

  • Paul Millsap had 23 points and 16 rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks downed Milwaukee 97-86 to end their season-high, three-game losing streak. Kyle Korver added 12 points for the Eastern Conference leaders, including three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter after Atlanta squandered an early 16-point lead.

  • Monta Ellis scored 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to help Dallas secure a victory over Charlotte, 92-81. Amare Stoudemire made his Mavericks debut and delivered 14 points in 11 minutes.

  • Russell Westbrook had 21 points and a career-high 17 assists to lead Oklahoma City’s 119-94 romp over Denver. Enes Kanter had 20 points and 12 rebounds in the Thunder’s sixth consecutive victory, while Serge Ibaka added 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

  • Detroit crushed Washington 106-89 as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 26 points and Andre Drummond added 18 points and 16 rebounds. Reggie Jackson finished with 17 points despite missing his first eight shots in his Pistons debut.

  • Jeremy Lin had a nice game in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 118-111 overtime victory against Boston, scoring 25 points on 10 of 15 shooting in 30 minutes off the bench. Wesley Johnson added 22 points for the Lakers, whose reserves outscored their starters 84-34.

  • Orlando has its first three-game winning streak of the season after Nik Vucevic had 31 points and 14 rebounds in a 103-98 decision over Philadelphia. Victor Oladipo scored 17 points and Willie Green added 16 for the Magic.


    Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant has had surgery to alleviate foot pain and is expected to return before the playoffs. A screw was replaced from his October operation for a broken bone in his right foot.

    Durant has played in just 27 games this season because of the broken foot, sprained right ankle and sprained left big toe.

    In other NBA injury news:

  • New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis is expected to be out up to two weeks because of a right shoulder sprain. Davis left Saturday night’s game with Miami in the first quarter after a collision under the basket. He is averaging 23.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks a game.

  • Celtics forward Jared Sullinger will miss the rest of the season with a broken bone in his left foot. Sullinger is the leading scorer and rebounder for the Celtics this season with 14.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.


    The Metropolitan Division race is a little tighter after the first-place New York Islanders went 2-2-1 on what was a five-game, seven-day stretch.

    The Isles followed Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss in Washington with a 4-0 shutout loss to Vancouver. Eddie Lack turned back 27 shots in place of Ryan Miller, who left the game with an apparent leg injury in the second period. Henrik Sedin assisted on power-play goals by Zack Kassian and Radim Vrbata in the second period before Bo Horvat and Yannick Weber capped the Canucks’ scoring.

    The outcome leaves the Islanders just two points in front of the New York Rangers, three points ahead of Pittsburgh and four better than Washington.

    The New York Rangers are 6-0-1 in their last seven games after Martin St. Louis scored twice in regulation and once in the shootout to lead a 4-3 triumph over Columbus. Rick Nash bailed out the Rangers with the deciding shootout goal after New York blew a 3-0 lead.

    The Penguins are 5-1 winners against Florida behind two goals apiece from Patric Hornqvist and Evgeni Malkin. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 shots as the Pens won for the second straight day.

    The Capitals’ four game winning streak is over following Michael Del Zotto’s tiebreaking goal with 4:13 left in the Flyers’ 3-2 triumph over Washington in Philadelphia. Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds scored power-play goals, but the Flyers blew a 2-0 lead before improving to 8-1-4 in their last 13 games.

    Also on ice:

  • Nashville salvaged the finale of a three-game road trip as rookie Filip Forsberg scored in the fourth shootout round to lift the Predators past Buffalo 2-1. Mike Ribeiro’s power-play goal tied it with 4:17 left in regulation before the Central Division-leading Predators moved six points ahead of St. Louis.

  • The Bruins had dropped six straight before Patrice Bergeron notched his 200th goal and had two assists a 6-2 rout of Chicago. Reilly Smith and Dougie Hamilton each had a goal and an assist to help the Bruins strengthen their grip on the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

  • Nathan McKinnon notched his first career hat trick while Colorado was building a 5-2 lead in a 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay. The Lightning remain one point behind Montreal for the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division leads.

  • Zach Parise scored twice and Mikael Granlund added a goal and two assists while Minnesota was tallying six times in the third period of a 6-1 comeback over Dallas. The sizzling Wild are 11-1-1 in their 13 games, putting them one point ahead of Calgary and San Jose for the final Western Conference playoff berth.


    An NHL jersey once worn by Hall of Fame defenseman Eddie Shore has sold for $119,500.

    Shore was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947, the same year the Bruins retired his number. He was a four-time winner of the NHL’s Most Valuable Player of the Year Award.


    James Hahn has won the Northern Trust Open in a three-man playoff with Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey.

    Hahn clinched it with a 25-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole for his first PGA Tour title and a trip to the Masters. He saved par on the 18th in regulation for a 2-under 69 and a 6-under total.


    Fernando Alonso was taken to the hospital by helicopter after crashing his McLaren during Formula One preseason testing.

    McLaren said in a statement that the two-time world champion “was conscious and spoke with the doctors” after having received first aid at the circuit’s medical center. It was later learned that the Spaniard suffered a concussion when he went off the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit at turn three, and the right-hand side of his car hit the wall.

    The 33-year-old Alonso rejoined McLaren this season after a disappointing fifth and final campaign with Ferrari.

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