Pascal Siakam took a moment to show his appreciation for Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors guard couldn't be happier.
Pascal Siakam took a moment to show his appreciation for Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors guard couldn't be happier.
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In an emotional Instagram post, Lin encouraged people to reach out to Asians in their communities.
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It's been 11 months, but Hopkins is still positively tickled that the Texans traded him to the Cardinals for almost nothing.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic told LeBron James to shut up and dribble, so James did some homework on him.
Manchester City won its 20th straight game in all competitions and opened up a 13-point lead in the Premier League by beating West Ham 2-1.
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It's an exciting week ahead as the second week of the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League kicks off, along with Premier League and Serie A action.
CHICAGO — Frans Nielsen had a goal and an assist and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 on Saturday night for their second straight victory. Bobby Ryan, Darren Helm, Christian Djoos and Evgeny Svechnikov also scored for Detroit, which won for the third time in four games after a 4-12-3 start. The Blackhawks had won two straight and five of their previous six. Alex DeBrincat, Mattias Janmark and Dominik Kubalik scored for Chicago. Detroit scored twice in a 4:18 span late in the second period to take a 3-1 lead. Helm beat goalie Malcolm Subban from the slot at 14:09, just 16 seconds after the DeBrincat had tied the game. Helm was left alone when both Chicago defenceman chased the puck behind the net, only to see centre Luke Clendening hit Helm on the tape with a pass. The Red Wings made it 3-1 with their first power-play goal in 15 games with 1:33 left in the second. Djoos used Chicago’s David Kampf as a screen and fired a wrist shot over Subban’s right shoulder. It was the third power-play goal of the year for Detroit. DeBrincat scored with 6:07 left in the second. He hopped off the bench when the Red Wings’ defenders weren’t looking and beat goalie Jonathan Bernier with a wrist shot from the slot on a breakaway. Bernier stopped 29 shots for his sixth win of the season. The Red Wings’ Svechnikov beat Subban from the doorstep for a 4-1 lead 2:33 into the third. Subban stopped 31 shots. Janmark tipped a Carl Soderberg pass by Bernier to cut the lead to 4-2 two minutes later, but Nielsen scored his first goal of the season with a hard wrist shot at 8:!5 to put the Red Wings ahead 5-2. Kubalik scored with 12 seconds remaining for Chicago. Ryan opened the scoring midway through the first period, his quick wrist shot beating Subban from the slot. Until taht point, the Blackhawks had outshot the Red Wings 11-2. But, Ryan’s goal shifted the momentum. Chicago standout Patrick Kane managed five shots, but failed to score in his first game chasing his 400th career goal. CHASING 400 Patrick Kane, the first pick in the 2007 draft, will be the fourth player in Blackhawks' history to score 400 goals with the team, joining Hall of Famers Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita and longtime threat Steve Larmer. Kane won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 2007-08 and picked up the Hart as the NHL’s most valuable player in 2015-16, the first American to do so. POWERLESS NO MORE Detroit’s power-play languished at the bottom of the NHL before the game, connecting on only 6.1 per cent of its chances. Christian Djoos’ second-period goal was the first man-advantage score for the Red Wings in 40 attempts, dating to a Jan. 28 score in a 7-3 loss at Dallas. UP NEXT The Red Wings and Blackhawks meet again at United Center on Sunday night. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO — DeMar DeRozan had 32 points and 11 assists and the short-handed San Antonio Spurs held on to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 117-114 on Saturday night. LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points off the bench in his second game back after missing six games because of a sore right hip. Brandon Ingram had 29 points and Zion Williamson added 23 points and 14 rebounds for New Orleans. The Pelicans have lost two straight and seven of 10. DeRozan’s returned after missing a game because of his father's death. It was needed boost for the Spurs, who played their first home game since Feb. 9 before embarking on what was supposed to be seven-game trip. San Antonio’s annual month-long excursion was shortened when the team had to postpone four games after multiple players contracted COVID-19 or encountered someone with the virus. Rudy Gay, Keldon Johnson, Derrick White, Devin Vassell and Quinndary Weatherspoon all missed their sixth straight game while following the league’s mandate for COVID-19. The Spurs leaned on DeRozan with two starters and two key reserves sidelined. The 12-year veteran responded with his fifth 30-point game and third in his last seven outings. It marked the fifth time DeRozan has had at least 25 points and 10 assists since joining the Spurs in 2018. He had only one turnover in 36 minutes against the Pelicans. Dejounte Murray added 18 points, and Lonnie Walker IV had 17 for San Antonio. Eric Bledsoe had 19 points, and Lonzo Ball added 16 for New Orleans. After trailing by as many as eight points in the opening quarter, the Spurs captured their initial lead at 33-30 with 21.6 seconds remaining in the first on Aldridge’s lone 3-pointer. San Antonio finished 12 for 32 on 3-pointers. TIP-INS Pelicans: G JJ Redick missed the game with right hamstring tightness. Redick had nine points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes in Thursday’s 129-125 loss to Milwaukee. It is the first game Redick has missed due to injury, but he did not play in three games due to coach’s decision. … Adams played in his second consecutive game after missing two games with an ankle injury. He averaged 10.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in those two games. Spurs: San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said he is unsure when the five players sidelined by COVID-19 protocols will return, but he expects it to be a slow process. “They’re not all going to come back at the same time,” Popovich said. “Some may be back before the break, maybe some of them won’t, I just don’t know. But we won’t have a whole group before the break, for sure.” ... Walker set a career high this season with 44 3-pointers in 27 games. He had 41 3-pointers in 61 games last season. … The Spurs have used seven tarting lineups this season, including a change to their starting unit in each of their past two games. UP NEXT Pelicans: Host Utah on Monday night. Spurs: Host Brooklyn on Monday night. Raul Dominguez, The Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. — Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points and Joe Ingles filled in well again at point guard in place of Mike Conley to help the Utah Jazz beat the Orlando Magic 124-109 on Saturday night. Utah bounced back from a loss a night earlier in Miami, improving to 6-1 following a defeat. The NBA-leading Jazz have lost consecutive games just once all season and not since Jan. 6 when they were 4-4. Ingles had 17 points, six assists and three 3-pointers. The Jazz are 7-0 this season when he starts at point guard in place of Conley, who was out with right hamstring injury management. Magic All-Star centre Nikola Vucevic scored 34 points. CAVALIERS 112, 76ERS 109, OT PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Collin Sexton scored 28 points, Darius Garland had 25 and Cleveland beat the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia in overtime. The Cavaliers beat a Sixers team that built the best record in the Eastern Conference (22-12) on the strength of a 14-2 mark at home. Isaac Okoro scored the first three points of OT and had 15 when he fouled out. Joel Embiid had 42 points and 13 rebounds for Philadelphia. Ben Simmons scored 21 points. WIZARDS 128, TIMBERWOLVES 112 WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 34 points, Russell Westbrook added 19 as part of his NBA-leading 10th triple-double, and Washington used a 44-point third quarter to beat Minnesota. Westbrook added 14 rebounds and 12 assists for the Wizards. They've won seven of eight to move back into playoff contention following a 6-17 start. Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 11 rebounds for NBA-worst Minnesota. The Timberwolves have lost seven in a row. NUGGETS 126, THUNDER 86 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jamal Murray continued his hot scoring with 26 points and Nikola Jokic had his eighth triple-double of the season to help Denver rout Oklahoma City. Murray, averaging 30.1 points in his previous seven games, made 9 of 15 field goals and Denver shot 55%. Jokic had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. Michael Porter Jr. added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Will Barton scored 15 points. Darius Bazley had 22 points for the Thunder. Ty Jerome and Isaiah Roby added 15 each. The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 20 saves for his second straight shutout and 23rd overall and the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 5-0 on Saturday night in the first Stanley Cup rematch of the season. The teams will meet again Tuesday night in Dallas. They had four previous scheduled meetings season postponed because of COVID protocols and weather issues in Dallas. Steven Stamkos and Anthony Cirelli each had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay, and Ondrej Palat, Brayden Point and Pat Maroon also scored for Tampa Bay. The Lightning scored two power-play goals and one short-handed to extend their winning streak to four games. FLYERS 3, SABRES 0 BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Brian Elliott stopped 23 shots to shut out the Sabres for a second time this season. The Flyers were spurred by a replenished lineup in which four players returned after spending two weeks in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. They included Scott Laughton, who scored a breakaway goal to make it 3-0 late in the second period. Sean Couturier had a goal and assist to extend his points streak to five games, in which he has four goals and five assists, and Shayne Gostisbehere also scored. Philadelphia improved to 3-2-2 in its past seven, and won consecutive games for the first time since a five-game winning streak to close January. The Sabres dropped to 2-6-1 in their past nine and played their second game without captain Jack Eichel, listed as day to day with a lower body injury. MAPLES LEAFS 4, OILERS 0 EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jack Campbell made 30 saves for his third NHL shutout, Mitch Marner had a goal and an assist and the NHL-leading Toronto Maple Leafs opened a three-game set in Edmonton with a victory. William Nylander, Jason Spezza and Zach Hyman also scored for Toronto (16-4-2), which was without NHL goals leader Auston Matthews because of a wrist injury. John Tavares added two assists to help the Maple Leafs improve to 16-4-2 and open a six-point lead over the Oilers in the all-Canadian North Division. Mike Smith stopped 25 shots for Edmonton, which had won five straight. PREDATORS 2, BLUE JACKETS 1 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mattias Ekholm scored a pair of second-period goals, and Juuse Saros made 29 saves for Nashville, a winner of three of the last four games. Saros earned his first victory since Jan. 27. Saros’ fellow Finn Pekka Rinne has taken a larger share of the goaltending duties for Nashville in the month of February. Cam Atkinson scored the lone goal and Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves for Columbus, loser of four straight. Back in the lineup after recovering from an injury, Ekholm tied the game early in the second period with a slap shot from the left point through traffic for his first goal of the season and Ekholm’s 200th career point. He struck again late in the second for the first multi-goal game of his 551-game NHL career. CAPITALS 5, DEVILS 2 NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Garnet Hathaway and Daniel Sprong scored in the opening 5:06 for the streaking Capitals. Lars Eller added the third goal in a big first period and Jabub Vrana gave the Capitals breathing room with a third-period breakaway tally. Rookie Vitek Vanecek had 22 saves in his ninth win. Nic Dowd added an empty-net goal with less than a minute to play for Washington, 5-1-1 in its last seven after losing four straight. Nico Hischier and Pavel Zacha each scored for the second consecutive game for New Jersey, which has lost four of five. Mackenzie Blackwood had 19 saves as the Devils opened a five-game homestand. FLAMES 6, SENATORS 3 OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Juuso Valimaki, Mikael Backlund, Elias Lindholm, Sean Monahan, Andrew Mangiapane and Matthew Tkachuk scored for the Flames, who ended Ottawa’s three-game win streak. Drake Batherson, Colin White and Brady Tkachuk replied for the last-place Senators. The Flames opened the scoring four minutes into the game and didn’t look back. The speedy Johnny Gaudreau zipped around a couple of Ottawa players before sending a backhand saucer pass to Valimaki for a one-timer past Matt Murray. Calgary scored again 37 seconds later as Backlund flipped a rolling puck past a handcuffed Murray. PENGUINS 4, ISLANDERS 3, OT UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Kris Letang got his second goal of the game 4:34 into overtime, giving Pittsburgh the win. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh, which won for the sixth time in eight games. Jared McCann also scored, and Tristan Jarry made 24 saves as the Penguins beat the Islanders for the fourth time in five meetings this season. Brock Nelson had a goal and an assist, and Mathew Barzal and Josh Bailey also scored for the Islanders. Semyon Varlamov, starting for the fifth straight game, stopped 27 shots. New York fell to 6-0-2 at Nassau Coliseum, remaining the NHL’s only team without a regulation loss at home. The Islanders went 7-2-2 in February — with all the losses coming against the Penguins. HURRICANES 4, PANTHERS 3, SO SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Martin Necas scored the winning goal in a shootout for Carolina, which also got goals from Vincent Trocheck, Jake Bean and Warren Foegele in regulation. Jonathan Huberdeau, Frank Vatrano, and Patric Hornqvist scored for Florida. Hornqvist scored his ninth goal of the season with 1:54 remaining in the third period as Florida rallied for the second time in the contest and forced the OT. Foegele had given Carolina a 3-2 lead with just under six minutes remaining. James Reimer had 28 saves for the Hurricanes. Sergei Bobrovsky turned back 30 of 33 shots for the Panthers. __ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. — Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points and Joe Ingles filled in well again at point guard in place of Mike Conley to help the Utah Jazz beat the Orlando Magic 124-109 on Saturday night. Utah bounced back from a loss a night earlier in Miami, improving to 6-1 following a defeat. The NBA-leading Jazz have lost consecutive games just once all season and not since Jan. 6 when they were 4-4. Mitchell shook off a scoreless first quarter and scored 15 points in the third quarter when Utah pushed a four-point halftime lead out to as much as 14. The Jazz led my 19 in the fourth quarter and improved to 25-0 when leading after three periods. Utah won by double digits for an NBA-best 23rd time this season. Ingles had 17 points, six assists and three 3-pointers. The Jazz are 7-0 this season when he starts at point guard in place of Conley, who was out with right hamstring injury management. That’s the same injury that kept the point guard out from Feb. 2-12, a six-game stretch where Utah won each game with Ingles as the starting point guard. Rudy Gobert had 12 points and 16 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson, the NBA’s top-scoring reserve, had 18 points for Utah, which shot 52.9% and made 17 of 45 3-pointers. Magic All-Star centre Nikola Vucevic scored 34 points, but missed out on his 24th double-double by two rebounds. Evan Fournier (16 points) and Terrence Ross (10 points) combined to shoot just 11 of 36 from the floor and made only 1 of 13 from 3-point range. INEXPERIENCED CREW Veteran referee Bill Kennedy was forced to leave the game with 2:48 remaining in the first half because of an apparent back injury, leaving an inexperienced crew on the floor. Natalie Sago, one of five female referees in the NBA, is in her second season as a full-time referee, while Nate Green is in his first NBA season after four years in the G League. Kennedy did not return in the second half. TIP INS Jazz: Utah, which came in to the game averaging 42.7 3-point shot attempts a game, got up 20 shots from beyond the arc in the game’s first 17 minutes. … The Jazz missed their first six free throw attempts of the game. … Coach Quin Snyder on his journey to becoming one of the head coaches for the NBA All-Star Game: “(He and wife Amy) started in the D League together and it’s gratification for your evolution, especially when you move five times in five years.” Magic: James Ennis III did not play because of a sore calf, allowing Dwayne Bacon to start for a fourth time. … If the Magic are going to make the playoffs a third straight year, they are going to have to do it against the NBA’s toughest remaining schedule. Twenty of their 36 games after the All-Star break will be on the road and there are nine back-to-backs. … Mo Bamba had the highlight of the night when he caught an off-target alley-oop pass with his left hand and dunked. UP NEXT Jazz: At New Orleans on Monday night. Magic: Host Dallas on Monday night. John Denton, The Associated Press
SUNRISE, Fla. — Martin Necas scored the winning goal in a shootout, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Saturday night. Vincent Trocheck, Jake Bean and Warren Foegele scored in regulation for Carolina. Jonathan Huberdeau, Frank Vatrano, and Patric Hornqvist scored for Florida. Hornqvist scored his ninth goal of the season with 1:54 remaining in the third period as Florida rallied for the second time in the contest and forced the OT. Foegele had given Carolina a 3-2 lead with just under six minutes remaining. James Reimer had 28 saves for the Hurricanes. Sergei Bobrovsky turned back 30 of 33 shots for the Panthers. Florida also surged back from a 2-0 deficit within a two-minute span of the third before Foegele’s goal. Carolina capitalized on its first of many power-play chances when Trocheck beat Bobrovsky with 2:21 left in the first period. It was Trocheck’s 10th goal. Minutes earlier, Trocheck was honoured with a tribute on the video scoreboard during a timeout. The Hurricanes extended their lead to 2-0, again on the man advantage when Bean scored his first goal just 1:30 into the third period. Brett Pesce and Necas assisted on the goal. Florida had cut the deficit with 11:47 remaining as Hornqvist stuffed one past Reimer on the power play for his ninth goal. The Panthers then tied the game when Vatrano converted a perfect feed from Mason Marchment for his sixth goal. Carolina’s Brock McGinn and Necas had consecutive breakaways on Panthers giveaways in the neutral zone. Bobrovsky made a sprawling save on McGinn, and Alex Wennberg surged in from behind and poke-checked the puck away from Necas. Florida outshot the Hurricanes, 10-2, early on before Carolina’s late flurry, including Trocheck’s goal with Kevin Connauton in the box for tripping. Carolina did not record its first shot until just past the midway point of that period. Florida had the game’s first five shots. UP NEXT Florida hosts Carolina on Monday night. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Rick Menning, The Associated Press
The policy requiring U.S. players to "stand respectfully" during the anthem is officially dead.
Jamal Murray continued his hot scoring with 26 points and Nikola Jokic had his eighth triple-double of the season to help the Denver Nuggets rout the Oklahoma City Thunder 126-96 on Saturday night. Murray, averaging 30.1 points in his previous seven games, made 9 of 15 field goals and Denver shot 55%. Jokic had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. Michael Porter Jr. added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Will Barton scored 15 points. Darius Bazley had 22 points for the Thunder. Ty Jerome and Isaiah Roby added 15 each. Denver, loser of four of its past six games and six of seven on the road, controlled this one from the outset in beating the Thunder for the third time in three tries this season. Porter, who had an 18-10 double-double in a home loss to Washington on Thursday night, made all four of his 3-point shots and scored 14 points in the first quarter when the Nuggets led by as many as 23. The Thunder’s second unit, led by Jerome and Roby, helped cut it to 47-36 midway through the second quarter. But the Nuggets ended the half on an 18-7 run, including 3-pointers by Porter and Murray, and held the Thunder to one basket in the final 3:45. Jokic scored nine of his points in the third quarter when Denver pushed the lead beyond 30, which allowed Jokic, Murray and the other starters to take it easy the rest of the way. TIP-INS Nuggets: P.J. Dozier, who had missed 15 games with a right hamstring strain, scored nine points. … The Nuggets were again without Paul Millsap, JaMychal Green and Gary Harris, all nursing injuries. … This was the first of a four-game trip before the All-Star break. … Thunder: The Thunder were 11 of 47 from 3-point range. … The game ended a four-game homestand. The Thunder do not play at home again until March 11, following the All-Star break. UP NEXT Nuggets: At Chicago on Monday night. Thunder: At Dallas on Wednesday night. The Associated Press
A shocker in Lawrence.