It was April Fool’s!
It was April Fool’s!
Steph has averaged 44.8 points in his last five games.
Robin Lehner is furious the NHL 'lied' about lifting COVID restrictions and for prioritizing competitive balance over the mental health of players.
Chris Boucher is playing some of the best basketball of his career and it would be crushing if he's forced to miss significant time.
Philonise Floyd thanked Mark Davis for the Raiders' support and called for unity in the fight for social and racial justice.
How did this not go in?
The championship, scheduled for May 6-16 in Halifax and Truro, N.S., was called off Wednesday, a day before participating countries were to arrive to begin their quarantines.
Davis said he was worried that he tore his Achilles tendon when he suffered a calf strain in February.
Joel Glazer and John Henry, of Manchester United and Liverpool respectively, became scourges of European soccer this week – if they weren't already.
For Stephen Curry, his recent hot streak is the culmination of a journey that began even before he was born. It starts with a simple hoop on a farm outside of tiny Grottoes, Virginia.
The stakes of every pitch are closer to the surface with Shohei Ohtani's two-way greatness hanging in the balance.
The league announced Wednesday it plans to kick off the '21 campaign Aug. 5, nearly two months later than originally planned.
Patrick Marleau broke Gordie Howe's record for most games played in the NHL but what is the legacy of someone who may not make the Hockey Hall of Fame and which long-standing record could fall next?
A battle between two London rivals, and two Serie A powers fighting for European qualification highlight this week's slate.
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WASHINGTON — Wizards rookie Deni Avdija suffered a serious-looking injury to his right ankle and was taken from the court in a wheelchair during Washington's 118-114 victory over Golden State on Wednesday night. Avdija landed awkwardly after missing a layup late in the second quarter. He lay on the floor for several minutes and teammate Jordan Bell came off the bench to cover his lower leg with a jersey. Wizards employees carefully helped Avdija into the wheelchair and he was taken off the court while rubbing his head with a towel. Washington selected the 20-year-old Avdija out of his native Israel with the ninth pick in last year's draft. The 6-foot-9 small forward is averaging 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds. Coach Scott Brooks said he wasn't sure whether Avdija would be able to return this season. “I'm hoping for the best," Brooks said. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/nba and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Julius Randle had 40 points and 10 rebounds to lead New York to a 137-127 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, the Knicks' NBA-best eighth straight win. Randle’s driving layup with eight seconds left in regulation gave New York a 122-119 lead, but Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds left to send the game into overtime. The Knicks scored the first 10 points of the extra session. Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley each scored 20 points for New York. Reggie Bullock added 18 and R.J Barrett 16. Nerlens Noel had 12 rebounds. Trae Young had 20 points and 14 assists for the Hawks, but left the game with 1:13 remaining in the third quarter after suffering an ankle injury. He did not return. Chris Capela had 25 points and 22 rebounds for Atlanta. Bogdanovic scored 20 points. John Collins finished with 18 and Kevin Huerta 17. Atlanta took a game-high 11-point lead, 95-84, when the Knicks’ Norvel Pelle was called for goaltending on a shot by Onyeka Okongwu with 1:47 left in the third quarter. Young left the game soon after and the Knicks took advantage, moving into fourth place in the Eastern Conference with the victory. The Knicks pulled within two at 109-107 on the second of Quickley’s consecutive 3-pointers with 7:01 remaining, then took their biggest lead of the game at 116-109 on Rose’s 3-pointer with 4:46 left. Lou Williams added 11 points for the Hawks, who had won nine of their last 11 games. TIP-INS Hawks: Atlanta’s last win at Madison Square Garden (114-107) came on January 21, 2018. ... The Hawks had won five consecutive road games against Eastern Conference opponents. Knicks: Randle, the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, is the first Knicks player to earn that distinction since February 2017 (Kristaps Porzingis). IRON MEN Only one player from each team has seen action in all of his team’s games this season. Kevin Huerter has played in all 59 for the Hawks, starting 44. Barrett has played and started in all 60 games for the Knicks. Randle and Solomon Hill have only missed one game each this season. LOOKING FOR A PLAYOFF PAYOFF Neither the Knicks nor the Hawks have reached the playoffs for quite a while. Atlanta hasn’t seen post-season action since the 2016-17 season, while New York hasn’t been in the playoffs since the 2012-13 campaign. HOW SWEEP IT IS The Knicks won all three meetings against the Hawks this season. New York had not swept Atlanta since winning all three games during the 2012-13 season. UP NEXT: Hawks: Host Miami Heat on Friday. Knicks: Host Toronto Raptors on Saturday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Jeffrey Bernstein, The Associated Press
A look at what’s happening around the majors Thursday: ___ OPEN WITH ACES Los Angeles right-hander Walker Buehler (1-0, 2.00 ERA) starts the opener of a four-game series against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Buehler will be followed by LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 2.19) and RHP Trevor Bauer (2-0, 2.42), with Dustin May (1-1, 2.93) scheduled for Sunday’s series finale. The Dodgers won two of three last weekend in San Diego during the first series of the season between the NL West rivals. BACK AGAIN Yankees right-hander Domingo Germán (0-2, 9.00 ERA) will rejoin the club from the alternate training site to make his third start after missing all of 2020 serving a ban for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. Germán struggled in outings against Toronto and Tampa Bay before being sent down, allowing seven runs and four homers over seven innings. He’ll face the Indians and righty Aaron Civale (3-0, 2.18) in the opener of a four-game series at Cleveland. STRUGGLING 'STROS Alex Cobb (1-0, 4.63 ERA) makes his third start for his new team when the Los Angeles Angels begin a four-game series at Houston. The slumping Astros have lost nine of 10. Houston also was 7-10 last year before winning eight in a row and eventually reaching Game 7 of the AL Championship Series. “We’re 3 1/2 games back, 17 games into a season that’s 162 games long. Just get to work, get back into rhythm,” third baseman Alex Bregman said. Cristian Javier (1-0, 2.08) gets the ball for the Astros in a matchup of AL West teams. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
DALLAS — Luka Doncic had 30 points and 10 rebounds, Kristaps Porzingis added 19 points and seven boards and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 127-117 on Wednesday night to stop a four-game home losing streak. Jalen Brunson scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half of a game that was supposed to be played Feb. 17 but was postponed because of severe winter weather in Texas. Jerami Grant scored 26 points and Cory Joseph added 23 for the Pistons, who haven't beaten a team with a winning record since a 108-102 win at Boston on Feb. 12. Mason Plumlee had 13 points and 16 rebounds. Grant had 15 points in the first quarter, but foul trouble limited Detroit's leading scorer to less than three minutes in the second and third quarters combined. The Pistons' deficit was 16 points by the time Grant finally got back in the flow of the game early in the fourth quarter. The Mavericks had lost five of seven since a season-best five-game winning streak, including a pair of losses to teams with losing records. Dallas fell behind by eight in the first quarter against lowly Detroit but finished the first half on a 12-2 run for a 67-58 lead. The Pistons were within eight in the fourth when Doncic made a free throw and Porzingis stepped in front of a pass for a steal and breakaway dunk for a 115-104 lead with three minutes remaining. Doncic finished with nine assists, just missing his 10th triple-double of the season. The 22-year-old sensation has gone 17 games without a triple-double, his longest drought since going the first 44 games of his rookie year before getting his first. TIP-INS Pistons: Dennis Smith Jr. was out with left knee soreness against the team that drafted him ninth overall in 2017. In his second season with the Mavericks, Smith lost his job as the starting point guard to Doncic and went to the Knicks in the trade that brought Porzingis to Dallas. ... Plumlee had his 15th double-double of the season. Mavericks: F Maxi Kleber tried to play through a lower back contusion after taking a charge in the first half but was ruled out at halftime. ... Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dorian Finney-Smith each hit three 3-pointers, with Hardaway scoring 15 and Finney-Smith 11. UP NEXT Pistons: The second night of a back-to-back is in San Antonio on Thursday, the middle game of a three-game road trip. The Pistons have lost nine of their past 10 games at the Spurs. Mavericks: The first of consecutive home games against the Lakers is also the second night of a back-to-back Thursday. LA star Anthony Davis says he intends to return after missing 30 games, the longest absence of his nine-year career, with right heel and calf issues. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO — Bam Adebayo scored 23 points while Jimmy Butler had 18 points and 11 assists to help the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs 107-87 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory. Tyler Herro added 22 points for Miami, which has won nine of 13. San Antonio was led by DeMar DeRozan with 15 points. Derrick White added 13 points, Dejounte Murray had 11 and no other player scored in double figures for the Spurs, who have lost five straight at home. Butler, Adebayo, and Herro were all listed as questionable with leg injuries but contributed early for the Heat with Adebayo setting the tone offensively and defensively. Cut from the Gregg Popovich-led USA Men’s National Team in advance of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, Adebayo continued to make his case for inclusion in the Tokyo Olympics this summer. Adebayo was 8 for 12 from the field and 7 for 8 on free throws while scoring all his points in the first three quarters. The 6-foot-9 centre also had eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in 31 minutes. San Antonio had won two straight but was unable to continue the explosive offence it demonstrated on the road. The Spurs shot 10 for 35 on 3-pointers and failed to score 100 points for the first time since losing to Denver 106-96 on April 7, a span of seven games. VACCINE SUPPORTER Popovich is unsure if 85% of the Spurs will be fully vaccinated this season, which would trigger a lessening of the league’s health and safety protocols for the team. The NBA and the NBA Players Association agreed to allow players to go to outdoor restaurants, leave hotel rooms at any time and eliminate PCR tests on off-days among other actions if 85% of a team’s players and staff are fully vaccinated. San Antonio's veteran coach recommends getting the COVID-19 vaccination to any Spurs player that is hesitant about doing so. “I’ve told my team already,” Popovich said. “I’m one of those guys, I never take a flu shot. I think the last time I took a flu shot was when I was in the military. I got vaccinated (for COVID-19) because it’s a different deal. Although people do die from the flu, this is a much more critical, much more dangerous virus and you help save others. So, it’s almost like a civic duty, in my opinion. You don’t just help yourself, but you’re helping your fellow citizens stay safe.” TIP-INS Heat: Butler returned from a two-game absence due to a sprained right ankle. … Adebayo and Herro returned after missing Monday’s victory against Houston. Adebayo sat out with a sore right knee and Herro had a sore right foot. … Former Spurs centre Dewayne Dedmon had six points and three rebounds in 15 minutes. Dedmon played for the Spurs in 2017 and signed with the Atlanta Hawks the following season. … The Heat are 14-15 on the road this season. Spurs: San Antonio is 28-5 at home against Miami. … DeRozan has scored 1,000 points for the 11th consecutive season, joining LeBron James and Russell Westbrook as the only players do so since 2010. … Poeltl finished with five blocks, including two on KZ Okpala on the same possession in the final seconds of the first quarter. … Trey Lyles missed his 13th straight game with an ankle injury. UP NEXT Heat: Visit the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. Spurs: Host the Detroit Pistons on Thursday. Raul Dominguez, The Associated Press
The Toronto Raptors finally return to health, and outlasted the shorthanded Brooklyn Nets for their fourth straight win.