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Green gets rare triple-double as Warriors beat Grizzlies

By CLAY BAILEY, Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Draymond Green's triple-double was like no other in NBA history. Green scored only four points but finished with 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals as the Golden State Warriors beat Memphis 122-107 on Friday night for their first win ...

Dolan bans Oakley from MSG; Ex-Knick tweets thanks to fans

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan banned Charles Oakley from the arena Friday, though said he was open to reconciling with the former Knicks forward. In an interview with ESPN Radio's Michael Kay, Dolan also confirmed a report ...

Jordan Spieth makes putts, beats fog in Pebble Beach Pro-Am

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Jordan Spieth knew the pin position on the ninth hole at Spyglass Hill as much by memory as by sight, which was a good thing considering the fog creeping across the Monterey Peninsula on Friday. The crowd behind the green couldn't ...

Fitzpatrick’s Jets contract voids, QB becomes free agent

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Fitz Magic has officially disappeared for the New York Jets. Ryan Fitzpatrick's contract was voided Friday, as expected, making the veteran quarterback a free agent. Fitzpatrick re-signed with the Jets last July on a one-year, $12 ...

Raiders reward coach Jack Del Rio with new 4-year contract

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders rewarded coach Jack Del Rio with a new four-year contract Friday, replacing the original four-year deal he received when he took the job in January 2015. Owner Mark Davis made the announcement Friday evening by saying the initial deal had been "torn ...

Penn beats Columbia for first league victory

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sam Jones scored a season-high 17 points and AJ Brodeur added 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists to lift Penn over Columbia 70-62 on Friday night for the Quakers' first Ivy League win this season. Matt Howard added 13 points and eight rebounds for Penn (8-12, 1-6), ...

Woods pulls out of next 2 tournaments with back issues

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Tiger Woods pulled out of his next two tournaments because of ongoing back problems, a somber outlook for a 14-time major champion whose comeback barely lasted three tournaments before another setback. Woods said Friday on his ...

NL Central teams at the start of spring training

By The Associated Press A team-by-team look at the National League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad: ___ Chicago Cubs Manager: Joe Maddon (third season). 2016: ...

Durant still loves Oklahoma City despite fans’ frustrations

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As much as it still hurts for so many Oklahomans to see Kevin Durant shine elsewhere, the Golden State star remains committed to the community he called home for nearly a decade. The place where he grew into the basketball player he ...

Spieth not afraid to call out professional autograph seekers

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Jordan Spieth was soaked by rain, beaten by wind and ready to begin the half-mile trek back to the Monterey Peninsula clubhouse after the horn sounded to suspend play in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. That's when a woman behind ...

NBA urges its teams to avoid Twitter wars

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA wants its teams to avoid Twitter wars. The reminder was issued in a memo from the league to all 30 teams on Tuesday. It comes about two weeks after Portland's Twitter account mocked Dallas' Chandler Parsons for airballing a 3-point attempt, a tweet that sparked a ...

A party at Pebble, a return to Florida for Couples

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Even in gloomy weather, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is must-see TV. That pertains to the views more than the golf. This week offers perhaps the biggest social outing in golf, a blend of entertainers (Billy Murray, Justin ...

Durant, Thompson help Warriors bounce back, beat Bulls

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors got their pass-happy, 3-point swishing groove back. That's what they do. When they lose, they find a way to find themselves the very next time out. Never a losing streak. Kevin Durant responded from his ...

Trier’s 22 help No. 9 Arizona escape with win over Stanford

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Stanford is the only Pac-12 school that hasn't beaten Arizona in coach Sean Miller's eight seasons in Tucson. The Cardinal sure came close on Wednesday night. Allonzo Trier scored 22 points and made 12 of 12 from the free-throw line, ...

No Fights ’til Brooklyn: Holm, Silva headline UFC NY return

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Anderson Silva strode onto the stage toward his opponent, extended his hand and went for the hearty shake. He flashed a wide smile and threw his arm around Derek Brunson. Brunson slapped Silva on the back, they laughed, hugged and mugged for ...

Royals announce their $16M, 2-year deal for Jason Hammel

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jason Hammel knows he wouldn't be in Kansas City if tragedy had not struck the Royals organization. The 34-year-old right-hander made that clear right from the start. "I feel like I need to express my condolences to Royals Nation ...

Knicks’ Phil Jackson takes dig at Carmelo Anthony in tweet

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Jackson may be trying to trade Carmelo Anthony because he's given up trying to change him. That seemed to be the conclusion Tuesday when the New York Knicks president of basketball operations broke his Twitter silence with another ...

Flames edge Penguins 3-2 in shootout; Crosby gets point 998

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby's pursuit for 1,000 career points hit a speed bump — not to mention a couple of posts — against Calgary's Chad Johnson. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain picked up point No. 998 with a third-period assist, but Johnson and ...

Vonn cautious in downhill practice; Stuhec posts best time

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Lindsey Vonn took a cautious look at the downhill course Wednesday in the first practice run at world championships and finished more than two seconds behind leader Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia. "I just wanted to get a feeling for ...

Michigan State’s Ward gets tech for apparent trip of rival

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State's Nick Ward insisted he didn't trip Michigan's Moe Wagner intentionally. "I really don't think I did on purpose," Ward said after the Wolverines routed the Spartans 86-57 on Tuesday night. "But (the officials) thought I ...