National Sports

Official: Santa Anita cancels racing after 21 horse deaths

By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita has canceled racing indefinitely to re-examine its dirt surface after the deaths of 21 horses in the last two months. Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, told The Associated ...

Oklahoma tops Kansas to end Jayhawks’ run of Big 12 titles

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — It took more than half an hour for Kansas coach Bill Self to address the media after the Jayhawks' loss to Oklahoma. He had plenty to address with his team first. Kristian Doolittle had 24 points and 11 rebounds to help the Sooners roll ...

Gallinari gets 23, Clips hold off slumping Lakers 113-105

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers are rolling toward a playoff berth, even after a thorough upheaval over the past two years. LeBron James and the injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers weren't much of an obstacle when two teams going in opposite ...

Another Austrian cyclist admits blood doping as case widens

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian cyclist Georg Preidler has admitted to blood doping linked to a case in which five skiers were arrested, his professional team Groupama-FDJ said Monday. Preidler offered "his immediate and spontaneous resignation, justified by his inexcusable involvement" in the doping ...

Dodgers say Kershaw may be unavailable to start season

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers could be without Clayton Kershaw for the start of the season as the staff ace begins to rebuild from shoulder soreness that caused him to shut down his spring training. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said "that's ...

No. 2 Virginia hits 18 3-pointers, beats Syracuse 79-53

By The Associated Press undefined SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome and De'Andre Hunter led a long-range assault, combining for 18 3-pointers as No.2 Virginia broke open a tight game in the second half and cruised to a 79-53 victory over Syracuse on Monday night. The Cavaliers ...

No. 1 Baylor women beat WVU to cap perfect Big 12 season

By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Lauren Cox and Chloe Jackson wouldn't let Baylor's chances of a second straight perfect Big 12 season slip away. Cox had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and she and Jackson answered West Virginia's late scoring run and top-ranked Baylor beat ...

No. 18 Kansas St still in Big 12 lead after 64-52 win at TCU

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — No one has played more games for Kansas State than Barry Brown. The Wildcats have a chance to become Big 12 champs in his next one. Brown scored 16 points to lead four players scoring in double figures for the 18th-ranked Wildcats ...

No. 8 Texas Tech routs Texas 70-51, stays even with K-State

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jarrett Culver finally heard something from Texas Tech coach Chris Beard about the eighth-ranked Red Raiders having a two-game chase for the Big 12 regular-season title. The homegrown talent and his teammates are halfway there. Culver scored 16 points, Matt Mooney ...

Wade scores 14 in 4th to help Heat stave off Hawks, 114-113

MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Miami Heat won their season-high third straight home game by topping the Atlanta Hawks 114-113 on Monday night. It was the highest-scoring quarter of the season for Wade, and it helped Miami beat Atlanta for ...

Oilers score 3 in second-period, rally to take down Sabres 4-3

By John Wawrow AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock says he wasn’t thanking his lucky stars when the Buffalo Sabres muffed two chances to score into an open net in the final eight minutes of Edmonton’s 4-3 win on Monday night. Instead, Hitchcock began ...

Joey Logano holds off Brad Keselowski for Vegas NASCAR win

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski were side by side off the fourth turn, two teammates fighting for the last burst of speed on the final lap at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Logano barely managed to block Keselowski's move, and the defending ...

20th horse dies at Santa Anita while racing on sloppy track

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Another horse has died at Santa Anita, making it 20 fatalities at the racetrack since its winter meet began on Dec. 26. Animal rights activists gathered near the track in Arcadia on Sunday. At least a dozen protesters held signs that read "Your bets cause horses' ...

Harden scores 42 points to help Rockets beat Celtics

By The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — James Harden had 42 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter and the Houston Rockets held on the beat the Boston Celtics 115-104 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory. Harden made six 3-pointers and scored 40 or more points for the 24th ...

Westbrook helps Thunder rally for 99-95 win over Grizzlies

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook turned back the clock a bit on Sunday. Oklahoma City's All-Star point guard scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Thunder rallied from a 13-point deficit in the final seven minutes to snap a ...

Wheeler’s 4 goals power Jets over Blue Jackets 5-2

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Blake Wheeler scored four goals against Columbus, but it was the Winnipeg captain's prettiest of the evening — a well-placed shot on an odd-man rush late in the game — that really deflated the Blue Jackets. The goal off Patrik ...

No. 3 Duke falls to No. 20 Virginia Tech with Zion sidelined

By The Associated Press BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Ty Outlaw hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:28 left and No. 20 Virginia Tech beat No. 3 Duke 77-72 on Tuesday night while Blue Devils star freshman Zion Williamson sat out his second straight game with a sprained right knee. Kelly Blackshear ...

Herro’s 29 points rally No. 4 Kentucky past Arkansas 70-66

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Tyler Herro couldn't miss in the second half, and he didn't have much margin for error as he helped bail out No. 4 Kentucky against Arkansas. Herro had career highs of five 3-pointers and 29 points, including two free throws with ...

White’s 34 helps No. 5 North Carolina beat Syracuse 93-85

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The shots were falling again for North Carolina's Coby White. The freshman point guard shook off four games of shooting struggles to score a season-high 34 points, helping the fifth-ranked Tar Heels pull away late to beat ...

McCann scores twice, Penguins beat Blue Jackets 5-2

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After the Columbus Blue Jackets beefed up their roster at the NHL trade deadline for a Metropolitan Division playoff run, the injury-plagued Pittsburgh Penguins came to town looking more vulnerable than usual. Missing some top ...