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Raptors hammer Knicks

UNDATED (AP) – The Toronto Raptors had no trouble improving their NBA-best home record to 23-4, but they remain one game behind the first-place Boston Celtics in the NBA’s Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference races.

Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO’-nuhs) had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors cruised to their fourth consecutive win, 113-88 against the Knicks. Pascal Siakam added 14 points and a career-high six assists in helping Toronto beat New York at home for the fifth consecutive time.

The Raptors won easily despite poor shooting performances from All-Star guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, who combined to score 15 points on 4-for-19 shooting.

The Celtics stayed ahead of Toronto by outlasting the Wizards, 110-104 in overtime. Kyrie Irving scored 12 of Boston’s last 17 points and finished with 28 as the Celts won for the fifth time in six games. Jaylen Brown added five of his 18 points in OT.

Checking out last night’s other NBA action:

– The Warriors were 121-103 winners against the Mavericks as Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry contributed 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Kevin Durant added 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks for Golden State.

– Kentavious Caldwell-Pope delivered 20 points and the Lakers earned their eighth straight win by crushing the Thunder, 106-81. Brandon Ingram added 19 points, Julius Randle scored 17 and Kyle Kuzma had 16 as Los Angeles won for the 12th time in its last 17 games overall following a 9-26 start.

– Jusuf Nurkic had 24 points and 14 rebounds to help the Trail Blazers outlast the Hornets, 109-103 in overtime. CJ McCollum added 22 points for the Blazers, who withstood Kemba Walker’s 40 points to bounce back from an 0-3 road trip.

– Evan Fournier scored 22 points and the Magic picked up their third straight win by holding off the Hawks, 100-98. D.J. Augustin added 16 points and nine assists, while Marreese Speights added 14 points to help Orlando match its longest winning streak of the season.



AP source: Cavs trade Wade to Miami, overhaul roster

CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland Cavaliers fans will have to buy programs to identify the overhauled team. About half the roster was turned over before today’s NBA trade deadline, with guards Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane (dwayn) Wade and Derrick Rose among six players and two draft picks dealt by the Cavs.

Thomas, forward Channing Frye and a first-round pick went to the Lakers for guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance. Thomas had been a disappointment after being acquired from Boston for Kyrie Irving, averaging 14.7 points and 4.5 assists after missing the team’s first 36 games with an injury.

Wade was shipped back to Miami for a protected second-round selection, two years after leaving the Heat. The 36-year-old Wade is scoring a career-low 11.2 points a game this season after spending last year with the Bulls. He played his first 13 NBA seasons with the Heat, averaging 23.7 points and 5.6 assists.

The Cavs also were part of a three-team deal that sends Rose and forward Jae Crowder to the Jazz for forward Rodney Hood and brings guard George Hill to Cleveland from Sacramento for guard Iman Shumpert. Hood may have the biggest upside among the players acquired by Cleveland, averaging 16.8 points in his fourth NBA season.

In other NBA news:

– The Suns have acquired point guard Elfrid Payton from the Magic for a second-round pick this summer. Payton is averaging a career-high 13.0 points with 6.3 assists and four rebounds.

– The Celtics have added depth to their frontcourt by signing free-agent center Greg Monroe, who was waived by the Suns after being traded by the Bucks in November. Monroe is averaging 10.4 points and 7.4 rebounds this season.

– The Pelicans have agreed to trade veteran forward Dante Cunningham to Brooklyn for third-year guard Rashad Vaughn. Cunningham started 24 of his 51 games this season, averaging five points and 3.8 rebounds. Vaughn is on the move again after being acquired from Milwaukee on Monday.

– The Nuggets have traded Emmanuel Mudiay to the Knicks and acquired Devin Harris from Dallas in a three-team deal. The Mavericks will get Doug McDermott from New York.

– The Pistons have acquired James Ennis from the Grizzlies for Brice Johnson and a 2022 second-round draft pick. Detroit also acquired Jameer Nelson from Chicago.

– Warriors forward Draymond Green has been fined $50,000 by the NBA for directing inappropriate and offensive language toward a game official. Green was ejected in the second quarter of Tuesday’s 125-105 home loss to the Thunder after a second technical when he argued with the officials.

– Bulls guard Kris Dunn is out of concussion protocol, although he will miss two more games. Dunn was averaging 13.7 points and 6.4 assists before missing Chicago’s last eight games. The Bulls have dropped their last seven games.

– Mavericks guard Seth Curry has undergone season-ending surgery for a stress fracture in his lower left leg. He is expected to resume full activities within three months.

– Hornets guard Kemba Walker is replacing injured Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) on Team LeBron in the Feb. 18 All-Star game at Los Angeles. Walker is averaging 22.6 points, 5.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 51 games. Porzingis is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during Tuesday’s game against the Bucks.



Heels rally past Devils

UNDATED (AP) – Ninth-ranked Duke has followed Saturday’s stunning loss to St. John’s by dropping a game against its arch-rival.

Joel Berry II scored 21 points and No. 21 North Carolina rallied from 12 down in the first half to beat the Blue Devils, 82-78. Kenny Williams drained six 3-pointers and matched his career high with 20 points for the 18-7 Tar Heels.

Cameron Johnson added 18 points and 13 rebounds for North Carolina, which took control by opening the second half with a 16-2 run to go ahead by 10.

Gary Trent Jr. scored a team-high 16 points for the Blue Devils.

In other top-25 finals:

– Jock Landale provided 21 points and Jordan Ford added 20 with nine rebounds as 11th-ranked Saint Mary’s blew out Loyola Marymount, 83-62. Emmett Naar became the Gaels’ all-time assists leader by getting 12 more, topping the mark held by Matthew Dellavedova (deh-leh-vah-DOH’-vah).

– Killian Tillie had 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and made a key tip-in with 1:39 remaining to carry No. 12 Gonzaga past Pacific, 71-61. Johnathan Williams added 10 points and 13 rebounds in the Bulldogs’ 22nd win of the season and sixth in a row.

– Aaron Holliday dropped in 17 points and UCLA shot 11-for-24 from 3-point range in an 82-74 victory at No. 13 Arizona. Gyorgy Golomon added a career-high 16 points as the Bruins moved to 17-7 overall and 8-4 in the Pac-12.

– No. 16 Clemson blew out Pittsburgh 72-48 as Gabe DeVoe shot 7-for-11 from 3-point range while matching his career high with 25 points. Elijah Thomas had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the Tigers’ 20th victory.



Winter Olympics open with parade, fireworks

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) – The Winter Games opening ceremony in South Korea has started. The program is broken down into 14 different sections, including the parade of athletes and the lighting of the Olympic flame.

As the ceremony began, the lights dimmed and the crowd cheered as fireworks exploded overhead.

The ceremony’s program follows the journey of five children as they travel through time from the past to the future as “they discover peace envisioned by Koreans.”

Part of the ceremony pays tribute to the South Korean flag, which is an illustration of balance and law in the universe. The interlocking semi-circles represent yin (blue) and yang (red).

Elsewhere at the Olympics:

– Olympic halfpipe champion Iouri Podladtchikov (YOOR’-ee pohd-LAH’-chee-kohf) won’t defend his title because of injuries he suffered last month at the Winter X Games. The 2014 gold medalist, known as the I-Pod, practiced on the Olympic halfpipe but afterward said it would be “totally unreasonable” for him to compete. The Russia native who competes for Switzerland took a nasty fall on his final jump at the X Games on Jan. 28.

– Russian officials are criticizing a last-minute ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that will prevent 45 excluded Russian athletes and two coaches from competing in the Pyeongchang Olympics. The athletes had appealed after the International Olympic Committee didn’t invite them because of doping concerns. The law firm representing the excluded Russians says their Olympic dreams have been shattered.

– Meagan Duhamel (doo-HAM’-uhl) and Eric Radford made up for teammate Patrick Chan’s shaky short program Friday to give Canada the lead in the team competition after the opening day of figure skating. The gold medal favorites are first with 17 points through two disciplines, three ahead of the United States and four better than Japan and Russia. The American pairs team of Alexa Scimeca Knierim (sih-MEE’-kuh kih-NEHR’-uhm) and Chris Knierim bailed out a shaky Nathan Chen with a strong performance.

– The chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee says there will be no American bid for the 2026 Winter Games but that the committee will keep its options open for 2030. Larry Probst says the financial logistics of hosting the Winter Olympics two years before Los Angeles hosts the Summer Games in 2028 are too complex.



Foles, Wentz, Kelce give thanks to Eagles fans

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles concluded their raucous, emotional victory rally by giving props to their fans.

Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles and injured quarterback Carson Wentz thanked the roaring crowds from the “Rocky” steps at the art museum. Jason Kelce gave a rousing lecture on the meaning of the word underdog for Philadelphia. Malcolm Jenkins also hit the underdog theme: “They doubted us as players, they doubted us as a team.”

It was a passionate defense of the coach and general manager and went through all the criticism they have faced over the years.



Garoppolo to stay with 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – Jimmy Garoppolo signed a record-breaking, five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that will pay him a reported $137.5 million.

The package keeps him off the free-agent market next month without forcing the team to use the one-year franchise tag.

San Francisco acquired Garoppolo from New England before the trade deadline for a 2018 second-round pick. The Niners were 1-10 and in contention for the No. 1 pick in the draft until he led the team to a season-ending, five-game winning streak.



Bolts dump Canucks

UNDATED (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning were able to put some space between themselves and the streaking Boston Bruins atop the NHL’s Atlantic Division.

Nikita Kucherov (koo-CHEH’-rahv) snapped his 11-game goal drought by netting the opening tally in the Lightning’s 5-2 win over the Canucks. Kucherov scored his 28th goal of the season and teammate Yanni Gourde added his 20th as Tampa Bay moved three points ahead of Boston.

Andrei Vasilevsky (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) stopped 27 shots for the Lightning, who lead the league with 77 points.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

– Vegas fell behind 3-2 in the third period before Brayden McNabb, James Neal and Jonathan Marchessault (MAHR’-sheh-soh) scored in the last 10 1/2 minutes to lead the Golden Knights past the Sharks, 5-3. Marc-Andre Fleury turned back 35 shots and the Knights stretched their lead in the Pacific Division to 12 points over the Flames and San Jose.

– Mike Hoffman’s goal 3:01 into overtime was the difference in the Senators’ 4-3 verdict over the Predators. P.K. Subban (SOO’-ban) scored twice for the Predators, including the game-tying tally with 4:18 left in regulation to put Nashville in a first-place tie with Winnipeg in the Central Division.

– The Blues clobbered the Avalanche 6-1 as Brayden Schenn scored twice and Vince Dunn collected a career-high three assists. Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist for St. Louis, which hadn’t scored more than four goals since Dec. 9.

– Travis Konecny (kah-NEHK’-nee) scored twice and Claude Giroux (juh-ROO’) had a goal and an assist as the Flyers downed the Canadiens, 5-3. The game was tied 2-2 in the third period until Jacob Voracek and Konecny scored in a 61-second span.

– Sean Monahan notched his 26th and 27th goals while the Flames were scoring three times in the second period of a 3-2 win at New Jersey. Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist in Calgary’s third consecutive win.

– Nick Cousins scored twice and Clayton Keller provided the game-winner 3:55 into OT as the Coyotes stormed back from a 3-0 deficit to knock off the Wild, 4-3. Cousins’ second goal tied it with 18.3 seconds left in regulation after Arizona pulled goalie Antti Raanta (AN-tee RAHN’-tah) for an extra attacker.

– Tyler Seguin (SAY’-gihn) furnished a pair of goals and Ben Bishop made 37 saves in the Stars’ fourth straight win, 4-2 at Chicago. The fading Blackhawks have dropped four straight overall and six in a row at home.

– The Sabres blew a 3-0 lead before Sam Reinhart scored with 4:14 remaining to lift Buffalo over the Islanders, 4-3. Reinhart also assisted on goals by Jack Eichel (EYE’-kul) and Evan Rodriques in the Sabres’ first win in five games.



Wheeler wins, Grimm loses in arbitration

UNDATED (AP) – Major league players are now 7-4 in arbitration with 12 more cases still scheduled.

Mets pitcher Zach Wheeler won his case and will get a raise from $800,000 to $1.9 million instead of the team’s $1.5 million offer. Wheeler went 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 17 starts last season after returning from Tommy John surgery.

Cubs reliever Justin Grimm lost his case, although he will receive a raise from $1,825,000 to $2.2 million. Grimm was seeking $2,475,000 million after going 1-2 with a 5.53 ERA in 50 relief appearances last year.

In other baseball news:

– The baseball players’ union will open its own spring training camp for the first time since the end of the 1994-95 strike, inviting free agents to work out at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Union head Tony Clark says the camp will open Tuesday and run into March as more than 100 free agents seek jobs.

– The White Sox have hired longtime major league pitching coach Dave Duncan as a consultant to evaluate video and provide feedback on pitchers throughout the organization. Duncan spent a major league record 32 seasons as a pitching coach and was part of three World Series champions with Oakland and St. Louis under Tony La Russa.



Davie punished following investigation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The University of New Mexico suspended head football coach Bob Davie on Thursday for 30 days without pay.

The punishment follows multiple investigations that examined whether he and coaching staff interfered with criminal investigations or misconduct cases involving players. An initial investigation requested by university officials had found through confidential interviews with players that Davie had told them in an all-team meeting to “get some dirt” on a student who had reported that a player had raped her.



New deals for Badgers football coaches

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents has approved new contracts for football coach Paul Chryst (krihst), offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph and defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard.

Terms were not disclosed, but Chryst was due to make $3.3 million this year after guiding the Badgers to a school-record 13 victories.

Wisconsin is 34-7 in three seasons under Chryst, including the program’s first 12-0 start last year.



Streelman, Hossler share Pebble Beach lead

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Kevin Streelman and Beau Hossler are co-leaders through the first round of the PGA’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Streelman and Hossler shot 7-under 65s, with Streelman playing Spyglass and Hossler handling the Pebble Beach course.

Aaron Wise shot a 6-under 65 at Monterey Peninsula. Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur), Cameron Percy and Julian Suri fired 6-under 66s.



Swim coach accused of sexual misconduct

UNDATED (AP) – Former Olympic swimming coach Sean Hutchison has denied what he called “wild” sexual misconduct allegations against him by world champion Ariana Kukors, who is accusing him of sexually abusing her starting when she was 16.

Court documents say she told authorities that he also took thousands of sexually explicit photographs of her when she was a minor and groomed her for abuse when she was 13. The allegations come as U.S. authorities and police searched Hutchison’s Seattle apartment this week.

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