NBA Roundup: Warriors rally past Clippers for 10th straight win

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 27 points, Klay Thompson had 25 and the Golden State Warriors held off the Los Angeles Clippers 110-106 Tuesday night for their 10th consecutive victory.

David Lee added 17 points for the Warriors, who had lost four in a row at Staples Center, where the crowd created a playoff atmosphere. They booed to drown out the chants of “MVP” for Curry by the many Warriors fans.

Los Angeles had won seven in a row. Blake Griffin had 40 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Chris Paul had 27 points and nine assists, and J.J. Redick finished with 14 points.

Paul’s layup drew the Clippers to 106-104 with 12 seconds left, but he was called for a backcourt violation taking an inbounds pass from DeAndre Jordan with nine seconds left.

Thompson and Curry combined for four straight free throws to close out the win for the Pacific Division champions.

NETS 111, PACERS 106

NEW YORK (AP) — Brook Lopez had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Brooklyn reclaimed sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference with its season-high fourth straight victory.

The Nets moved back ahead of Boston and dealt a blow to the Pacers, who fell 1 1/2 games behind Brooklyn. They will visit the Celtics on Wednesday.

Joe Johnson added 21 points, including five straight after the Pacers got within three with about 2 minutes left. Alan Anderson scored 20.

Brooklyn won for the sixth time in seven games and claimed the tiebreaker with Indiana by winning the season series.

George Hill scored 28 points for the Pacers, who lost for the eighth time in 10 games.

Indiana starting guard C.J. Miles, who averaged 27 points in his previous two games, sprained his right ankle in the first quarter and played just six minutes.

SPURS 95, HEAT 81

MIAMI (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points and Tony Parker added 16 in his 1,000th NBA game, leading the Spurs to the road win.

Tim Duncan had 12 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio, which went 12-3 in March — the league’s second-best record during the month behind only Golden State. Boris Diaw scored 11 points.

Goran Dragic had 19 points and Dwyane Wade added 15 for Miami. Chris Andersen grabbed 10 rebounds.

San Antonio stayed No. 6 in the West, and could clinch a playoff berth Wednesday in Orlando.

The Heat remained in the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference race but now are two losses behind No. 6 Milwaukee and only a half-game up on Brooklyn.

PISTONS 105, HAWKS 95

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Andre Drummond had 22 points and 13 rebounds, powering Detroit to the victory.

Anthony Tolliver had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons (29-45), who have won five of six. Reggie Jackson collected 12 points and 11 assists despite being limited to four-minute stints in each of the last three quarters by an illness.

Tolliver made his eighth consecutive start in place of Greg Monroe, who is out with a right knee injury.

Thabo Sefolosha scored 19 points for Atlanta, while Al Horford had 16 on 8-of-11 shooting.

The Hawks (56-19), who have clinched the Eastern Conference’s top seed for the playoffs, have dropped two of three.

NHL Roundup: Ovechkin’s 50th goal helps Capitals down Hurricanes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 50th goal, reaching that mark for the sixth time and tying a team record with the 472nd of his career, and added an assist to help the Washington Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 Tuesday night.

With his team pushing to make the playoffs, the three-time NHL MVP got No. 50 at 11:12 of the first period, giving Washington a 2-0 lead when he took a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov and sent a shot from just inside the left circle past goalie Cam Ward.

On Tuesday, after Carolina made it 2-2 with goals from Eric Staal and Nathan Gerbe, Washington went back in front on goals 82 seconds apart late in the second period by Brooks Laich and Joel Ward.

Braden Holtby made 23 saves for Washington.

MAPLE LEAFS 3, LIGHTNING 1

TORONTO (AP) — Nazem Kadri had a goal and assist, and the Toronto played the role of spoiler in a win over playoff-bound Tampa Bay.

One day after the Lightning secured a playoff spot, they fell behind 2-0 after a sluggish spell midway through the first period.

Kadri’s goal at 8:53 marked the first time the Maple Leafs (29-42-6) had the lead in a game in 541:08 of action.

David Booth and Morgan Rielly also scored for Toronto, which got a fine 40-save performance from James Reimer in winning its second straight.

Ryan Callahan scored for Tampa Bay, which has lost three of four on its road trip.

The Lightning, with 101 points, are one behind Montreal for first place in the Atlantic Division.

BRUINS 3, PANTHERS 2

BOSTON (AP) — Milan Lucic scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:09 left as Boston rallied to beat Florida.

Tuukka Rask kept the puck out during a final scramble at the buzzer with Florida on a power play and using an extra skater.

David Pastrnak scored the tying goal midway through the third and had an assist on Lucic’s goal.

Loui Eriksson also scored and Rask had 22 saves for the Bruins, who moved six points ahead of the Panthers.

Brandon Pirri and Brad Boyes scored in the second period to give Florida a 2-1 lead. Roberto Luongo made 26 saves.

RANGERS 3, JETS 2

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Chris Kreider scored with 3:46 left in the third period, and Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers rallied to beat Winnipeg.

Lundqvist, playing for the second time since missing 25 games with a neck injury, stopped 32 shots and earned his first win in his return.

The playoff-bound Rangers (48-21-7) also got goals from Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard, snapped a two-game skid, and moved one point ahead of Montreal atop the Eastern Conference.

Jim Slater and Lee Stempniak scored for Winnipeg (39-26-12). Pavelec made 21 saves in the loss.

SENATORS 2, RED WINGS 1, SO

DETROIT (AP) — Mark Stone scored the final goal in the shootout, and Ottawa beat Detroit.

Mika Zibanejad and Kyle Turris also had shootout goals for the Senators. Clarke MacArthur scored in the third period, and Andrew Hammond, who missed the previous two games because of a lower-body injury, returned and made 16 saves.

Petr Mrazek stopped 33 shots for Detroit, which got a regulation and shootout goal from Gustav Nyquist. Tomas Tatar also scored in the shootout.

CANUCKS 5, PREDATORS 4, SO

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nick Bonino and Radim Vrbata scored in the shootout, and Vancouver avoided being swept by Nashville.

The Canucks padded their lead to four points over Calgary to stay in second place in the Pacific Division with their second win in two nights. They did it by killing off a five-minute major penalty that carried into overtime.

Eddie Lack stopped all four Nashville shots in overtime, then turned away attempts by Mike Santorelli and Filip Forsberg in the shootout.

Alexandre Burrows had a goal and an assist for Vancouver. Chris Higgins, Linden Vey and Jannik Hansen scored a goal each, and Bonino had two assists.

Mike Fisher, Cody Franson, Taylor Beck and Viktor Stalberg scored for Nashville, which lost its second straight at home.

BLUE JACKETS 3, DEVILS 2, OT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jack Johnson’s backhander 56 seconds into overtime helped Columbus top New Jersey and extend its winning streak to seven.

It was the Devils’ sixth straight loss (0-5-1). New Jersey has scored seven goals during the skid.

Brandon Dubinsky scored on a penalty shot, Nick Foligno had a power-play goal, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves. Ryan Johansen had two assists, giving him at least one in seven straight games — one off the franchise mark.

Mike Cammalleri scored a power-play goal in the first period and added a short-handed tally with 2:29 left in regulation for New Jersey. Eric Gelinas added two assists.

 

AROUND THE RINKS

Highlights from the rest of Tuesday’s action:

* The New Jersey Devils tied the game with 2:29 left in regulation, but Jack Johnson scored 56 seconds into overtime to help the Columbus Blue Jackets win their seventh straight game and complete March with an 11-4-0 record. Via Elias, Columbus’ 11 wins in March are a franchise record for victories in a single month, surpassing the previous mark achieved three times, most recently this past December (10-1-1). Johnson tallied his first game-winning goal since April 27, 2013 vs. Nashville. His other five game-winning goals came in 2011-12, when he also had two overtime tallies with the Kings (Oct. 7, 2011 vs. the Rangers and Oct. 15 at the Philadelphia Flyers). Nick Foligno and Brandon Dubinsky each scored in the opening 4:44 of the second period to help the Blue Jackets wipe out an early 1-0 deficit; Dubinsky’s goal came on his first career penalty shot. Ryan Johansen had two assists to stretch his point streak to eight games (3-8—11).

* James Reimer stopped 40 shots, including all 27 he faced during the final two periods, to help the Toronto Maple Leafs earn their second straight victory and improve to 6-1-0 in their last seven home games against the Tampa Bay Lightning dating to Jan. 3, 2012. Reimer has been in net for each of the club’s last two overall wins, marking the first time since Dec. 10 and Dec. 14 that he has won consecutive decisions. David Booth scored allied his second game-winning goal of the season and the 19th of his career. Nazem Kadri (1-1—2) and Morgan Rielly supplied the other goals; Rielly has 8-20—28 this season, one point more than his rookie total (2-25—27).

LOOSE PUCKS

Despite their shootout loss, the Predators increased their lead atop the Central Division to four points over the idle St. Louis Blues (46-23-7, 99 points) and five points over the idle Chicago Blackhawks (46-24-6, 98 points). . . . Predators forward Mike Fisher (1-1—2) had two points, including the tying goal late in the third period. . . . Cody Franson, who was selected in the third round (No. 79) by the Predators in the 2005 NHL Draft, scored his first regular-season goal in a Nashville uniform since Feb. 15, 2011 vs. the San Jose Sharks. . . . Slater Koekkoek, Tampa Bay’s first-round pick (No. 10) in the 2012 NHL Draft, played in his first NHL game. . . . Hurricanes captain Eric Staal scored his 22nd goal to reach 50 points for the 10th time in his NHL career. . . . Brandon Pirri of the Panthers scored his career-high 21st goal of the season. He also suited up in his 100th NHL game. . . . Red Wings legend Gordie Howe celebrated his 87th birthday. . . . Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek made 33 saves, including a sprawling pad stop on Mark Stone. . . . Mike Cammalleri scored both goals for New Jersey.

NASCAR finds Ryan Newman’s race team manipulated tires

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR levied harsh penalties against Ryan Newman’s race team Tuesday after determining Richard Childress Racing manipulated the tires Newman used at Auto Club Speedway in California.

There had been rampant speculation throughout the Sprint Cup garage that teams were drilling tiny holes in their tires to allow air to escape during a race. The process is known as “bleeding tires” and NASCAR last week at Martinsville Speedway warned crew chiefs about the penalties that would be levied against any team caught.

Newman was one of four drivers to have his tires taken by NASCAR after the March 22 race at Fontana. The tires were sent for an independent inspection, and NASCAR said Tuesday that Newman’s tires were found to have violated a rule that “bars any modifications to the tire or wheel, including the valve stem hardware, that is used to release pressure.”

As a result, crew chief Luke Lambert was fined $125,000 and suspended for the next six races. The suspension also includes the All-Star race in May. Lambert was also placed on probation through the end of the year.

Tire technician James Bender and engineer Philip Surgen were also suspended six races and placed on probation through Dec. 31.

Newman and car owner Childress were docked 75 points each. The penalty dropped Newman, runner-up to Kevin Harvick in last year’s championship finale, from sixth to 27th in the standings.

“NASCAR takes very seriously its responsibility to govern and regulate the rules of the sport in order to ensure competitive balance,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president. “We’ve been very clear that any modifications to race vehicle tires is an unacceptable practice and will not be tolerated.”

Torrey Galida, President of Richard Childress Racing, said the team was awaiting more information from NASCAR before deciding how to proceed.

“We understand the seriousness of the penalty. In fact, RCR has been one of the most outspoken opponents against ‘tire bleeding’ since the rumors began to surface last season,” Galida said in a statement. “Once NASCAR provides us with the specific details of the infraction we will conduct a further internal investigation, and evaluate our options for an appeal.”

NASCAR has been periodically doing random checks of tires since late last season, when rumors surfaced that Harvick’s team was bleeding tires to gain an edge. Harvick went on to win the championship, and NASCAR never revealed any infractions regarding the tires for Harvick or anyone else.

NASCAR then seized the tires of Harvick and Joey Logano following Harvick’s win at Phoenix earlier this month. Both drivers cleared inspection with no issues.

But NASCAR then took the tires for Harvick, his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch, and RCR drivers Newman and Paul Menard after California. The tires were first inspected at NASCAR’s R&D Center, then sent to an independent facility for testing.

As the garage area awaited the results, drivers and crew chiefs finally began talking about the issue in the open.

“There’s a lot of talk, there’s a lot of dialogue, there’s a lot of rumors in the garage,” said Jeff Gordon crew chief Alan Gustafson. “So yeah, I think some people think something is going on.”

Although much of the speculation had surrounded Harvick’s team, his tires have passed at least two inspections this season. The reigning series champion tweeted a link to the penalties against RCR within moments of it being announced.

There’s a thought in the sport, though, that tampering with tires should lead to the harshest penalties possible.

Team owner Roger Penske said he told his teams they better not manipulate the tires — something he considers taboo.

“That’s one of the conditions, you talk about fuel, you talk about engine (being) oversized, you talk about fooling around with the tires — I would assume that’s pretty much they kick you out (of NASCAR),” Penske said. “We all want to be competitive and we are all working on the edge all the time, but I think there are a few areas which are definitely over the line.”

Soccer Roundup: U.S. gives up another late goal in 1-1 draw at Switzerland

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ZURICH (AP) — Jozy Altidore was ejected in the 68th minute for a foul and mouthing off at the referee, and the United States gave up another late goal in a 1-1 tie against Switzerland on Tuesday night.

Brek Shea scored in the 45th minute, the first free-kick goal for the Americans since Altidore in August 2013. The game turned when Altidore fouled Francois Moubandje from behind, then said something to Italian referee Luca Banti and was shown a red card.

Switzerland tied it in the 80th following a short corner kick. Granit Xhaka crossed into the penalty area, and defenders Timmy Chandler and Alfredo Morales both tried to head the ball away. It bounced off them and to the turf, and substitute Valentin Stocker scored from 2 yards against goalkeeper William Yarbrough, who came in at the start of the second half for his national team debut.

The Americans have one win in their last eight games and have been outscored 12-1 during the second half since the World Cup. In its last 13 matches, the U.S. has conceded 13 goals from the 80th minute on.

 

World Soccer Scores / Courtesy of Livescore.com

FT
Montserrat
Curacao
FT
Israel
Belgium
March 31
FT
Bradford City
Chesterfield
FT
Dartford
Gateshead FC
FT
Wrexham
Dover
March 31
FT
Chorley
Guiseley
March 31
FT
Bath City
0 – 0
Hayes & Yeading United
FT
SV Schalding-Heining
FC Memmingen
FT
Eintracht Trier
Nottingen
FT
Hessen Kassel
KSV Baunatal
FT
Pirmasens
Elversberg
FT
Wormatia Worms
Freiburg II
FT
Saarbruecken
0 – 0
Mannheim
March 31
FT
Falkirk
Cowdenbeath
March 31
FT
Elgin City
Berwick Rangers
March 31
Canc.
Kyrgyzstan
? – ?
Afghanistan
FT
Japan
Uzbekistan
FT
South Korea
New Zealand
FT
Singapore
Guam
FT
China
Tunisia
FT
Liechtenstein
San Marino
FT
Tajikistan
Syria
FT
Mauritania
Niger
FT
Estonia
Iceland
FT
Switzerland
USA
FT
Iraq
DR Congo
FT
Russia
Kazakhstan
FT
Sweden
Iran
FT
Ukraine
Latvia
FT
Luxembourg
Turkey
FT
Austria
Bosnia-Herzegovina
FT
Ghana
Mali
FT
Slovakia
Czech Republic
FT
Italy
England
FT
Netherlands
Spain
FT
Portugal
Cape Verde
FT
Argentina
Ecuador
FT
Peru
Venezuela
FT
Panama
Costa Rica
FT
Mexico
Paraguay
FT
El Salvador
0 – 0
Guatemala
Canc.
Malmoe FF
? – ?
HJK
Canc.
Odd Ballklubb
? – ?
Notodden
FT
Bosnia-Herzegovina U21
Turkey U21
FT
Russia U21
Sweden U21
FT
Czech Republic U21
Portugal U21
FT
Romania U21
Cyprus U21
FT
Norway U21
Sweden U21
FT
Wales U21
Bulgaria U21
FT
Czech Republic U19
0 – 6
Germany U19
FT
Ireland U19
2 – 2
Slovakia U19
FT
Lithuania U19
2 – 2
Belgium U19
FT
Sweden U19
1 – 3
Russia U19
FT
Norway U19
2 – 4
Serbia U19
FT
Switzerland U19
0 – 4
Netherlands U19
FT
Austria U19
2 – 1
Italy U19
FT
Scotland U19
1 – 1
Croatia U19
FT
Azerbaijan U19
0 – 3
Denmark U19
FT
France U19
2 – 1
England U19
March 31
FT
Aqvital FC Csakvar
Ferencvaros
FT
Szolnok
Kisvarda
FT
Berane
Mogren
FT
Buducnost Podgorica
Mornar
FT
FK Lovcen
Grbalj Radanovici
FT
Mladost Podgorica
FK Bokelj
FT
Rudar Pljevlja
Zeta
FT
Sutjeska
Petrovac
March 31
FT
Portuguesa
0 – 0
Sao Bernardo
March 31
FT
Piaui
1 – 5
Salgueiro
FT
Club Petrolero
0 – 0
San Jose
FT
Santa Fe
Tolima
March 31
FT
Sport Huancayo
Ayacucho FC
March 31
FT
El Hodood
Al Nasr
FT
Petrojet
Ismaily SC
FT
El Gounah
Al Asyoty Sport
FT
Misr El-Maqasha
Alaab Damanhour
FT
Al Ahly
El Raja Marsa Matruh