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Islanders 3-2 win over Stars for second time in five weeks

DALLAS (AP) — Bo Horvat scored at 2:54 of overtime, his second extra-period winner against Dallas this season, as the New York Islanders beat the Stars 3-2 on Monday night. Ryan Pulock had a goal and an assist and Kyle MacLean also scored for the Islanders in their second win in seven games (2-3-2). Ilya Sorokin stopped 30 shots. In overtime, Horvat took a pass from Mathew Barzal and scored from the slot moving toward the net on one knee. He also ended New York’s 3-2 win over Dallas at home on Jan. 21 in Patrick Roy’s debut as Islanders coach. “I don’t know if it’s just … we’ve got their number this year,” said Horvat, second on the team   ... Read More

No. 15 Bears beat TCU 62-54

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Standout freshman Ja'Kobe Walter started a game-turning spurt for 15th-ranked Baylor with a slam dunk and ended it by blowing a kiss to the TCU student section after making a 3-pointer. “They were saying ‘Airball’ after I missed ... but next one, I'm still shooting,” Walter said. “Knock it down. I had to shut them up, so blew them a kiss.” Walter scored 13 of his 16 points after halftime and 7-foot freshman Yves Missi had 12 of his 16 in the second half of the Bears' 62-54 win Monday night. Jalen Bridges finished with 15 points while RayJ Dennis had nine points, nine rebounds and nine assists. With a clear path to the basket,   ... Read More

No. 25 South Florida enters the week with an AP Top 25 ranking for the first time ever

South Florida started the year with a new coach in Amir Abdur-Rahim and a roster picked to finish in the bottom half of its league, then had a rough start that seemed to justify that status. Instead, the 25th-ranked Bulls are closing February in far different position: armed with their first-ever ranking in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll and chasing their first NCAA Tournament bid in a dozen years. They cracked the poll Monday and play their first game as a ranked team Saturday at Charlotte in the AP Top 25 national schedule. “This group, obviously, nobody was talking about them early — rightfully so, man," Abdur-Rahim said in an interview with The Associated Press. "Let's just call   ... Read More

Video seems to show Cam Newton in youth football event fight

ByABC News A video surfaced Sunday that appears to show 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton involved in a scuffle at a 7-on-7 youth football tournament in Atlanta. It seems to show Newton, wearing one of his custom-made hats, being shoved by three people near the top of a set of steps before the pushing, shoving and grabbing moves toward a fence line. The video lasts less than 30 seconds before the altercation is broken up by a police officer and event security personnel at the We Ball Sports x DynastyU 7v7 tournament at B.E.S.T. Academy. Newton, the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL draft out of Auburn, does not appear to throw any punches in the video and seems   ... Read More

Bengals place franchise tag on WR Tee Higgins

ByBEN BABY CINCINNATI -- The Bengals have made their first big decision of the offseason, placing the franchise tag on wide receiver Tee Higgins. The move positions the Bengals to retain Higgins for at least one more season. Should the two sides fail to come to a long-term agreement before July 15, Higgins will be restricted to a one-year deal with the club worth $21.816 million, which is the leaguewide franchise tag amount for wide receivers in 2024. The deadline for teams to use the franchise or transition tag is March 5. Higgins, a second-round draft pick in 2020, was set to enter free agency after his rookie contract with Cincinnati expired. In his first four seasons with the team,   ... Read More

Sources: Franchise tags unlikely for Josh Jacobs, Saquon Barkley

ByADAM SCHEFTER Josh Jacobs, Saquon Barkley and Tony Pollard are all expected to become free agents in what promises to be a star-studded running back market, sources told ESPN on Monday. The Las Vegas Raiders will attempt to re-sign Jacobs, but they are not expected to tag him, league sources told ESPN, especially with his franchise tag costing $14,149,200. The New York Giants will speak with Barkley and explore a deal with him, but they are also unlikely to tag him for $12,109,200, sources told ESPN. The Dallas Cowboys are not expected to use the same $12,109,200 tag for Pollard, sources told ESPN. The Tennessee Titans won't tag standout veteran Derrick Henry, and the Los Angeles Chargers also are expected   ... Read More

Dodgers trade Manuel Margot to Twins, add Kiké Hernández

ByJEFF PASSAN The Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday traded outfielder Manuel Margot to the Minnesota Twins and agreed to terms with super utility man Kiké Hernández on a one-year, $4 million contract. After shopping Margot, 29, in recent days, the Dodgers struck a deal to send the Twins the outfielder and shortstop prospect Rayne Doncon for shortstop prospect Noah Miller. The Dodgers also will send cash to help cover the $12 million owed Margot -- $10 million this year and a $2 million buyout on a $12 million club option, a source told ESPN. Hernández, who emerged during a six-year stint with the Dodgers and returned to Los Angeles in a trade from Boston last July, had considered a number   ... Read More

College coaches, leaders call for court-storming regulations

ByMYRON MEDCALF LAWRENCE, Kan. -- On Monday, Jon Scheyer, Bill Self and other college basketball leaders called for a ban on court storming in college basketball due to safety concerns and potential legal impacts for athletes and students. The conversation about court storming escalated over the weekend after Duke star Kyle Filipowski was bumped by Wake Forest fans who spilled onto the floor following the Demon Deacons' 83-79 win over the Blue Devils on Saturday. That incident unfolded just weeks after a fan ran into women's basketball superstar Caitlin Clark after Iowa's upset loss at Ohio State. On the ACC media teleconference call on Monday, Scheyer said the ACC should implement a court-storming ban now and not wait to address   ... Read More

RJ Davis carries North Carolina with Smith Center-record 42

ByABC News CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- After a huge first half, RJ Davis saw no reason to back off. Davis poured in four straight 3-pointers during a riveting second-half stretch on his way to a career-high 42 points, and No. 9 North Carolina held off skidding Miami 75-71 on Monday night. "I kind of felt good most of the game," Davis said. "Came out hot. I told myself since I had a good first half to continue to stay on it. I was aggressive, and shots were falling. For me to have a performance like that tonight means the world to me." Davis, a senior guard, set a Smith Center scoring record, surpassing the 40 points by former Tar Heels   ... Read More

Crew chief admits missed foul, Knicks top ‘livid’ Pistons

ByTIM BONTEMPS NEW YORK -- After the Knicks escaped with a 113-111 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night -- in large part because of an obvious missed call with 8.5 seconds left when New York guard Donte DiVincenzo plowed into Detroit forward Ausar Thompson -- Pistons coach Monty Williams delivered a tirade over what he deemed a season's worth of mistreatment from the officials. "The absolute worst call of the season," Williams said a few minutes after the game. He arrived in the media room before any reporters could get there and did not answer any questions after issuing his statement about the game's final sequence. "No call, and enough's enough. We've done it the right way. We've   ... Read More

Effort to have guardian appointed for Houston Texans owner dropped

HOUSTON (AP) — A lawsuit filed by one of the sons of the owner of the Houston Texans that had sought to have her declared incapacitated and have a guardian appointed for her was dropped on Monday. Robert Cary McNair Jr. had filed his application for appointment of a guardian for Janice McNair, 87, in November with probate court in Harris County, where Houston is located. But on Monday, lawyers for Cary McNair, along with others involved in the case, filed a motion in which they agreed to jointly drop the lawsuit. News of the end of the case was first reported by the Houston Chronicle. Jeremy Fielding, an attorney for Cary McNair, told the newspaper the family made the   ... Read More

Daniel Suarez edges Blaney, Busch in thrilling 3-wide finish to claim Cup Series win at Atlanta

ByCHARLES ODUM AP sports writer HAMPTON, Ga. -- Daniel Suarez hoped but wasn't certain he was the winner after the closest finish ever at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Then came the photo evidence: Suarez edged Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch in a three-wide blur at the line to win a crashed-filled NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday. The second career win in 253 Cup races for Suarez set off a celebration that included a long series of congratulations from other drivers for the popular native of Monterrey, Mexico. “It was a very special moment,” said Suarez, who entered this contract year with his future seemingly uncertain with Trackhouse Racing. “I was just hoping. I saw the tower and thought I was   ... Read More

Lauri Markkanen scores 26, Jazz beat Spurs 128-109 to snap 5-game skid

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lauri Markkanen scored 26 points and the Utah Jazz beat the San Antonio Spurs 128-109 on Sunday night to snap a five-game skid. Jordan Clarkson added 22 points and 10 assists for the Jazz. John Collins had 20 points and Collin Sexton added 16 points and 10 assists. The Jazz moved within three games of Golden State for the final Western Conference play-in spot ahead of a three-game road swing. Utah played tough defense and thrived in transition, scoring 34 points off 20 San Antonio turnovers and outscoring the Spurs 28-14 on the fast break. “We showed our hands and we kind got in passing lanes, so that’s what we got to do every game,”   ... Read More

Hawks’ Trae Young out at least 4 weeks for finger surgery

ByABC News Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young will miss at least the next four weeks after suffering a ligament tear in his left pinkie. An MRI revealed a tear of the radial collateral ligament that will require surgery, the Hawks announced Sunday. Young's surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, and he will be reevaluated in four weeks. Young, 25, has averaged a team-best 26.4 points and 10.8 assists in 51 games this season. He was limited to 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting from the floor in Atlanta's 123-121 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday. A three-time All-Star, Young has averaged 25.6 points and 9.5 assists in 404 career games (all starts) since being selected fifth overall in the 2018 NBA   ... Read More

NBA suspends 5 players for roles in Heat-Pelicans fight

ByANDREW LOPEZ Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler is among five players suspended without pay for their roles in Friday night's on-court altercation with the New Orleans Pelicans. Butler and Pelicans forward Naji Marshall were each suspended one game for "instigating and engaging in" an on-court altercation, the NBA announced Sunday. Pelicans guard Jose Alvarado and Heat center Thomas Bryant were suspended three games each for leaving the bench area during the on-court altercation and fighting. Miami forward Nikola Jovic was also suspended one game for leaving the bench. The altercation started after Pelicans forward Zion Williamson stole the ball from Butler and went up for a layup. Heat forward Kevin Love wrapped up Williamson -- who later told reporters he   ... Read More

Nikita Kucherov reaches 100 points on season in Lightning win

ByABC News NEWARK, N.J. -- Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists and became the first player in the league to reach 100 points this season in leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to a much-needed 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. Kucherov leads the NHL with 102 points. He reached 100 points in just 59 games, the fewest to do so in Lightning history. "He's a special, special player and it was never more evident than tonight," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "It was fun to watch." Victor Hedman, Brayden Point and Brandon Hagel were the recipients of Kucherov's 62nd, 63rd and 64th assists of the season, and he added his 38th goal. It's the second   ... Read More

Doc Rivers gets earful from 76ers fans; Bucks get last word

ByJAMAL COLLIER PHILADELPHIA -- Doc Rivers wasn't sure what kind of reception he would receive in his return to Philadelphia, eight months after the 76ers dismissed him as coach. "Do they give coaches big receptions?" Rivers said before his new team, the Milwaukee Bucks, beat Philadelphia 119-98 on Sunday. When a reporter told Rivers he was different, he acknowledged the validity of the statement but noted he still hadn't thought much about it. However, the crowd in Philadelphia came prepared, delivering a resounding chorus of boos when Rivers' name was announced before tipoff. "I didn't even hear it, to be honest," Rivers said with a smile after the game. "That means I was back at home." Despite the chilly reception,   ... Read More

Tour rookie Jake Knapp wins Mexico Open despite driver woes

ByABC News VALLARTA, Mexico -- PGA Tour rookie Jake Knapp lost a four-shot lead in seven holes and then held it together with a remarkable short game Sunday, closing with an even-par 71 to win the Mexico Open at Vidanta and earn a trip to the Masters. Knapp said he still sends a text after each round to his grandfather, who died last year, and this message might require a lot of detail. He didn't hit a fairway until the eighth hole and found only two the entire round -- the fewest in the final round of a PGA Tour win in the past 40 years, according to golf statistician Justin Ray. Knapp never lost the lead but twice allowed   ... Read More

Shohei Ohtani will make Los Angeles Dodgers’ debut Tuesday

ByABC News Shohei Ohtani will make his Los Angeles Dodgers spring training debut on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox, who share the facility at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. Ohtani will be the designated hitter as he plays in a game for the first time since signing a 10-year, $700 million deal in the offseason. It also will mark Ohtani's first game action since undergoing his second career Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in September. Ohtani will not pitch during the 2024 season. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts observed Ohtani closely on Sunday as he faced live pitching from right-hander Jesse Hahn. "He took three at-bats, and he looked good," Roberts told reporters. "I thought today was a   ... Read More

Patrick Kane scores OT winner in 1st meeting vs. Blackhawks

ByABC News CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane raised his stick and skated to the middle of the ice three times, and the crowd got louder with every lap. It just kept cheering as play resumed, and then picked up again when Kane was shown on the overhead videoboard. "Showtime" was back -- and no one seemed to care all that much that he plays for one of Chicago's longtime rivals at the moment. And then, a few hours later, he showed fans of both clubs that he still has plenty left in the tank. On the night that Kane returned to Chicago with the Detroit Red Wings for his first game against the Blackhawks since he was traded to the New   ... Read More

Video appears to show Cam Newton in scuffle at youth football event

ByABC News A video surfaced Sunday that appears to show 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton involved in a scuffle at a 7-on-7 youth football tournament in Atlanta. It seems to show Newton, wearing one of his custom-made hats, being shoved by three people near the top of a set of steps before the pushing, shoving and grabbing moves toward a fence line. The video lasts less than 30 seconds before the altercation is broken up by a police officer and event security personnel at the We Ball Sports x DynastyU 7v7 tournament at B.E.S.T. Academy. Newton, the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL draft out of Auburn, does not appear to throw any punches in the video and seems   ... Read More

Frustrated Lakers believe fouls not being called equally

ByDAVE MCMENAMIN PHOENIX -- All LeBron James could do was laugh Sunday when asked about the free throw disparity in the Los Angeles Lakers' 123-113 loss to the Phoenix Suns. Phoenix shot 19 free throws as compared to just eight for L.A., representing a season low for the Lakers and tying the fewest such attempts in any game for the team since James joined the franchise in 2018, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. While James was exasperated, his coach, Darvin Ham, was angered. "I'm not one to use referees as an excuse," Ham said. "But it's becoming increasingly tough because of the inconsistency. I'm seeing our guys get the same contact on them as we're supposedly committing. And   ... Read More

Final Texas Association of Basketball Coaches high school rankings

SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) — The final 2023-24 high school rankings for the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches: FINAL BOYS PUBLIC Class 6A 1. Plano East, 33-0; 2. Round Rock Stony Point, 32-1; 3. North Crowley, 30-3; 4. SA Northside Brennan, 28-4; 5. Fort Bend Clements, 30-0; 6. Katy Seven Lakes, 33-2; 7. Alvin Shadow Creek, 29-2; 8. Humble Atascocita, 28-7; 9. Beaumont United, 30-3; 10. Allen, 30-5; 11. Duncanville, 18-9; 12. Waxahachie, 21-10; 13. Keller, 26-5; 14. Mansfield Lake Ridge, 27-6; 15. Austin Westlake, 26-7; 16. Lake Travis, 29-5; 17. New Braunfels, 30-4; 18. South Grand Prairie, 29-6; 19. Houston Bellaire, 26-6; 20. The Woodlands College Park, 31-4; 21. Schertz Clemens, 26-8; 22. Cypress Falls, 26-4; 23. Buda Johnson,   ... Read More

Texas Class 5A prep football players of year are QB Hauss Hejny and LB Davhon Keys from Aledo

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — Quarterback Hauss Hejny and linebacker Davhon Keys from Division 1 state champion Aledo were named the Blue Bell/Texas Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A prep football players of the year on Thursday. Hejny threw for 2,773 yards with 27 touchdowns and added 1,041 yards rushing and another 13 touchdowns. Keys had 169 tackles, including 23 1/2 tackles for loss. He also recovered three fumbles, had three interceptions and blocked two kicks. Hejny and Keys helped Aledo to an undefeated 16-0 season for the state title. FIRST TEAM OFFENSE Quarterback – Hauss Hejny, Aledo, 6-0, 185, sr. Running backs – Ben Carter, Liberty Hill, 5-10, 180, sr.; Broderick Taylor, Corpus Christi Miller, 5-10, 160, jr.; Isaiah Nguyen, Port   ... Read More

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