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Wizards win fifth in row

UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Wizards have padded their lead in the NBA’s Southeast Division.

All-Star guard Bradley Beal scored 21 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 15 in the Wizards’ fifth consecutive win, 111-102 at Indiana. Markieff Morris had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Washington, which shot 55.6 percent from the field and ended the Pacers’ six-game home winning streak.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored a game-high 29 points while the Pacers played without Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) due to illness. Indiana also was without Darren Collison, who is expected to miss two to three weeks following left knee surgery.

The loss drops the Pacers into third in the NBA’s Central Division, two games behind the first-place Cavaliers.

Washington leads its division by 2 1/2 games after the second-place Heat dropped a 111-109 decision to visiting Orlando. Mario Hezonja shot 4-for-9 from 3-point range and scored 20 points while starting in place of the injured Aaron Gordon. Jonathan Simmons made a tiebreaking dunk with 1:31 left after Miami went on a 16-2 run to tie the game.

Tyler Johnson appeared to get credited for a game-tying basket on a goaltending call with 2.8 seconds left, but the call was overturned.

The Heat have dropped four straight.

Checking out Monday’s other NBA finals:

– The Clippers closed on a 13-0 run to pull out a 104-101 verdict over the Mavericks. Danilo Gallinari had 28 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 24 seconds remaining. Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki became the sixth player in NBA history to reach 50,000 career minutes and didn’t seem to mind that his last name was misspelled on the back of his jersey.

– The Nuggets cruised past the Hornets, 121-104 as Gary Harris delivered 27 points and Nikola Jokic added 15 with 16 rebounds. Jamal Murray scored eight points of his 18 points during a 1:03 span to start a 14-6 run that gave Denver a 97-79 lead.

– Rodney Hood poured in 30 points and the Jazz shot 14-for-21 from 3-point range in their sixth win in a row, a 133-109 rout of the Pelicans at New Orleans. Ricky Rubio had 20 points and 11 assists, and Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Utah.

– The Pistons won their fourth in a row as Andre Drummond had 17 points and 17 rebounds in a 111-91 rout of the Trail Blazers. Blake Griffin had 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists in his third game since being acquired by the Pistons from the Clippers last week.

– Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 15 points and nailed a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 52 seconds remaining to cap the Kings’ wild comeback in a 104-98 triumph over the Bulls. Sacramento scored just nine points in the first quarter, trailed by as many as 21 and was down by seven with 10 minutes left before sending Chicago to its seventh straight loss.



Bucks get Zeller from Nets

NEW YORK (AP) – The Brooklyn Nets have traded center Tyler Zeller to Milwaukee for guard Rashad Vaughn and a second-round pick. Zeller signed with the Nets last summer and averaged 7.1 points and 4.6 rebounds this season.

The Nets say they will get the pick this June if it falls between Nos. 31-47. If not, it will go to Brooklyn in 2020.



Young’s 32 not enough against WVU

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – It was another big offensive performance by Oklahoma freshman Trae Young, but another conference loss for the 17th-ranked Sooners.

Young shot 4-for-10 from 3-point range and finished with a game-high 32 points in a 75-73 loss to No. 19 West Virginia. The Sooners guard entered the game leading the nation in scoring and assists before hitting 10 of his 20 shots.

Lamont West had a team-high 17 points for the Mountaineers, who shot 57 percent in the first half and won for only the third time in their last eight games.

Oklahoma absorbed its first home loss of the season and dropped to 6-5 in the Big 12 Conference.



No change among top 3 in men’s poll; UConn still unanimous No. 1 in women’s poll

UNDATED (AP) – There’s no change among the top three in the latest Associated Press men’s basketball poll, where No. 1 Villanova is followed by Virginia and Purdue. The Wildcats picked up 48 of 65 first-place votes, the Cavaliers received 16 and the Boilermakers garnered the other.

Michigan State is fourth, followed by Xavier, Cincinnati, Texas Tech, Auburn, Duke and Kansas. The Blue Devils fell five spots following their shocking loss to St. John’s last weekend.

UConn continues to serve as the unanimous No. 1 team in the AP women’s poll, where the top five remain unchanged. Mississippi State is second, ahead of Baylor, Louisville and Notre Dame.



Predators rally past Isles

UNDATED (AP) – The Nashville Predators have regained a share of first place in the NHL’s Central Division with a late comeback against the New York Islanders.

Roman Josi (YOH’-see) scored 3:42 into overtime to complete the Predators’ comeback in a 5-4 victory in New York. The Isles carried a 4-3 lead into the final minute of regulation, but Nashville forced OT when Ryan Johansen tallied with 47 seconds left.

Pekka Rinne (PEH’-kuh REE’-nay) stopped 24 shots and was outstanding over the third period and overtime.

Kevin Fiala scored twice for the Predators, who share the division lead with Winnipeg.

Islanders netminder Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-roh-slahv hah-LAHK’) stopped two breakaways in OT and finished with 42 saves after making 46 in Saturday’s 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets

Elsewhere in the NHL:

– Connor McDavid pumped in four goals and had an assist as the Oilers hammered the Lightning 6-2. Edmonton was in an 0-for-17 slump with the man advantage until McDavid broke the skid by opening the scoring 1:48 into the game. Tampa Bay finished 5-3 on its eight-game road trip and stayed five points ahead of second-place Boston in the Atlantic Division.

– Martin Hanzal returned from injured reserve and scored the game-winning goal in the third period of the Stars’ 2-1 win over the Rangers. Blueshirts goalie Henrik Lundqvist lost his fifth game in a row despite making 39 saves.

– Auston Matthews and William Nylander each had two goals and an assist in Toronto’s 7-4 victory against the Ducks. Nylander broke a 4-4 tie 3 1/2 minutes into the third period of the Maple Leafs’ fifth win in six games.



Lions hire Matt Patricia as coach, eyeing the Patriot Way

DETROIT (AP) – Matt Patricia is the new head coach of the Detroit Lions after spending the last six seasons as the Patriots’ defensive coordinator.

Patricia was on coach Bill Belichick’s staff for 14 seasons, much of that while Lions general manager Bob Quinn was part of New England’s personnel department.

Former head coach Jim Caldwell was fired last month after the Lions missed the playoffs despite a 9-7 record. Detroit was eight games over .500 under Caldwell.



Saints drop Fairley

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The Saints have released defensive tackle Nick Fairley with a non-football illness designation.

He missed all of the 2017 season because of a heart condition and will have to use the grievance process or legal action to receive any more money from a four-year extension he signed last year. Had Fairley remained on the roster this season, his 2018 salary and roster bonus would have been worth $5 million.



Nielsen says 103.4 million watch Super Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) – An estimated 103.4 million people watched the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, the smallest audience for television’s biggest yearly event since 2009.

The Nielsen company says viewership was down from last year’s audience of 111.3 million. The all-time record for Super Bowl viewing was 114.4 million for the Seattle-New England game in 2015.

The NFL’s viewership has been down this season, and so has television watching in general. The decline came despite a thrilling game that was competitive from beginning to end.

Meanwhile, the post-game episode of “This is Us” was seen by 27 million people, the most-watched entertainment program after the Super Bowl in six years.



Police: Suspect in Colts player’s crash death deported twice

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Police say a man being held in a suspected drunken driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson has twice been deported from the U.S.

Indiana State Police said Monday that 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala is a citizen of Guatemala and gave officers a fake name following the Sunday accident.

Investigators say he’s in U.S. illegally and was deported in 2007 and 2009. He remained in the Marion County Jail on Monday.

Police say the 26-year-old Jackson and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe were standing outside their car along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis when they were hit and killed by a pickup truck being driven by Orrego-Savala.

Police say they believe Orrego-Savala was intoxicated and driving without a license. Police say they’re working with prosecutors on potential criminal charges.



Astros, Spring avoid arbitration

UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Astros have avoided salary arbitration with their World Series hero.

Outfielder George Springer has accepted a two-year, $24 million package that allows him to remain eligible for arbitration again after the 2019 season. Springer batted .283 with 34 homers and 85 RBIs in 2017, his fourth major league season.

The 28-year-old Springer homered in each of the last four games in last year’s Fall Classic as the Astros captured their first championship. He tied a World Series record with five home runs while batting .379 with seven RBIs against the Dodgers.

In other baseball news:

– The Texas Rangers have signed veteran infielder Darwin Barney to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to major league spring training. The 2012 Gold Glove winner hit .232 with six home runs and 25 RBIs in 129 games for Toronto last season. The 32-year-old Barney has a .246 career batting average in 814 career games over eight seasons with the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and Blue Jays.



Former sports doctor sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) – The former sports doctor whose serial sexual abuse of girls and young women upended the gymnastics world was sentenced Monday to a third prison term of 40 to 125 years for molesting young athletes at an elite Michigan training center.

Larry Nassar listened to dozens of victims for two days last week and was almost attacked by a man whose three daughters said they were abused. His final sentence comes after he pleaded guilty to penetrating young athletes with ungloved hands when they sought treatment for injuries at Twistars, a gymnastics club that was run by a 2012 U.S. Olympic coach.

The sentence is largely symbolic because the 54-year-old is already assured of spending the rest of his life in prison. Before serving either of his two state sentences, he must first serve 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes.

In a brief statement before he was sentenced, Nassar attempted to apologize to his victims, saying “It’s impossible to convey the breadth and depth of how sorry I am to each and every one.”



Nadal expects to be fit to play in Acapulco this month

MADRID (AP) – Rafael Nadal says he is on track to returning to the ATP Tour in Acapulco this month.

The top-ranked Nadal says he is recovering well from the left leg muscle injury that forced him to retire in the Australian Open quarterfinals last month. He says he is undergoing intensive treatment to make sure he is fit to play in the Mexico tournament which starts on Feb. 26.

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