Warriors suffer costly loss in D.C.
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors lost a game and one of their superstars in the nation’s capital. The Washington Wizards beat the Warriors 112-108 and Kevin Durant suffered a hyperextended knee after playing just 93 seconds. He is scheduled for an MRI exam today.
The 2014 NBA MVP for the Oklahoma City Thunder and a four-time NBA scoring champion was averaging Warriors team highs of 25.8 points and 8.4 rebounds, along with 4.9 assists.
Bradley Beal scored 25 points and Markieff Morris added 22, including a pair of free throws after Stephen (STEH’-fihn) Curry’s 3 was off-target in the final 10 seconds. John Wall dished out a career-high 19 assists for Washington.
Curry scored 25 points but made only 2 of 9 tries from behind the arc. He started 0 for 3, making him 0 for 14 after missing all 11 tries in a win at the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
In other NBA:
—Russell Westbrook scored 12 of his 43 points in the final 2:05 to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 109-106. Westbrook also had 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 30th triple-double of the season and 67th of his career. Westbrook has four straight triple-doubles.
— Mike Conley scored 29 points and Marc Gasol (guh-SAWL’) added 28 while making all five of his 3-point shots to lead the Memphis Grizzlies past the Phoenix Suns, 130-112.
—Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists for his third triple-double of the season, and the Denver Nuggets rode a second-half surge to a 125-107 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
— Detroit outscored Portland 120-113 in overtime. Marcus Morris scored a career-high 37 points, including Detroit’s first seven in OT.
__ Charlotte posted a 109-104 win over the L.A. Lakers. Kemba Walker paced the Hornets with 30. The Lakers have lost five straight and 16 of 20.
Agent confirms Bogut going to Cavs for stretch run
UNDATED (AP) — Veteran center Andrew Bogut has chosen to join the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Bogut’s agent, David Bauman of ISE, tells The Associated Press that Bogut plans to sign with the Cavaliers as soon as he clears waivers. Bauman anticipates that Bogut will join the defending NBA champions by this weekend.
Bogut was traded at the deadline from Dallas to Philadelphia in a deal that brought Nerlens Noel to the Mavericks. He and the 76ers agreed to part ways so Bogut could join a contender, and he had several teams lining up to add the defensive-minded center.
Cousins get suspension for another technical
NEW YORK (AP) — The Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended one game without pay for drawing his 18th technical foul of the season in Sunday’s loss to Oklahoma City. He will miss tonight’s home game against the Detroit Pistons.
New Orleans acquired Cousins from Sacramento last week and is notorious for his technical fouls.
Under NBA rules, a player or coach is suspended without pay for one game once he receives his 16th technical during the regular season. For every two additional technical fouls received during the season, there is an additional suspension of one game.
Caps coach gets milestone win
UNDATED (AP)— Marcus Johansson (yoh-HAHN’-sihn) had two goals and an assist to help Washington beat the New York Rangers 4-1 in Kevin Shattenkirk’s first game with the Capitals.
Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom also scored. Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots as the NHL-best Capitals gave Barry Trotz his 700th career victory. Evgeny Kuznetzov (kooz-NEHTZ’-nawk) and Matt Niskanen had two assists each.
Shattenkirk, who was acquired from St. Louis on Monday night, had four shots on goal in 17:57 of ice time but didn’t score.
In other hockey:
— The Boston Bruins pulled away with a three-goal second period to beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-1. Riley Nash scored a short-handed goal.
— Wayne Simmonds scored a pair of first-period goals and Steve Mason made 32 saves in the Philadelphia Flyers’ 4-0 whitewash of Colorado.
— Milan Lucic (mee-LAHN loo-CHICH) and Mark Letestu (leh-TEHS’-too) scored and Cam Talbot made 25 saves to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues.
— Antoine Roussel capped Dallas’s three-goal third period and the Stars rallied for a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
— Alex Galchenyuk (gal-CHEYN’-yuk) scored in overtime for the second straight night, Carey Price made 26 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0. The Habs have won three in a row.
— Calgary edged the L.A. Kings 2-1 in overtime. T.J. Brodie got the game-winner.
— Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO’-bur-doh) scored in the shootout and the Florida Panthers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2.
— Jason Zucker scored a short-handed goal with 2:10 left in the third period to lift the Minnesota Wild over the Winnipeg Jets 6-5.
— Filip Forsberg scored 2:45 into overtime and the Nashville Predators came back to beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 for their fourth straight win.
— Justin Abdelkader scored an overtime goal to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win at Vancouver.
— And the San Jose Sharks posted a 3-1 win over Toronto. Tomas Hertl got the game-winner with 1:24 left. Joe Pavelski added an empty-netter, his 21st goal.
Teams looking to improve for playoff runs
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Rangers have acquired defenseman Brendan Smith in a trade with Detroit. In return the Red Wings got two draft picks, a third round choice this year and a number-2 next year. Detroit drafted Smith in the first round in 2007 and in 291 games he has 67 career points.
In other hockey moves the day before the Wednesday trading deadline:
— The Chicago Blackhawks are reuniting with veteran defenseman Johnny Oduya (uh-DOO’-yuh), who was part of their last two Stanley Cup championships. Oduya was traded by the Dallas Stars to the Blackhawks in exchange for young forward Mark McNeill and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL draft.
— The Ottawa Senators have acquired forward Viktor Stalberg from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Ottawa’s third-round pick this year. Stalberg, an unrestricted free agent after the season, signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Carolina last July. He had nine goals and three assists in 57 games with the Hurricanes.
— The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed 36-year-old defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron (BEHR’-zhehr-ahn) to a two-way AHL-NHL contract for the rest of the season. He has spent this season playing for the American Hockey League affiliate in Cleveland. Bergeron has 82 goals and 153 assists in 490 career NHL games with Carolina, Tampa Bay, Montreal, Minnesota, Anaheim, New York’s Islanders and Edmonton from 2002-13.
— Montreal has acquired defenseman Brandon Davidson for forward David Desharnais (day-HAR’-nay).
Wildcats rally from 19 down to beat Vandy…Freshman leads Duke over Seminoles
UNDATED (AP) __ Ninth-ranked Kentucky rallied from a 13-point deficit and held off Vanderbilt 73-67 to clinch a share of the Southeastern Conference regular season title. Malik (mah-LEEK’) Monk scored 20 points in the second half, including 10 in the final 3:40.
After trailing by as many as 19 points in the first half, the Wildcats managed to overcome the largest deficit in the John Calipari coaching era at Kentucky.
In other AP Top-25:
— Freshman Frank Jackson scored a season-best 22 points and No. 17 Duke beat No. 15 Florida State 75-70. Amile Jefferson, playing in his final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, added 14 points and 11 rebounds
— Dakota Mathias scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half and in the second to lead No. 16 Purdue past Indiana 86-75 for a share of the Big Ten title. Caleb Swanigan added 21 for the Boilermakers.
— Senior Matt Thomas scored 25 points and No. 24 Iowa State held off a furious challenge from Oklahoma State, 86-83.
NFL discussing hiring fulltime refs
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL is considering making referees full-time employees and centralizing replay review at its New York headquarters as it aims for more consistent, shorter games.
Falcons president Rich McKay, chairman of the competition committee, noted that the collective bargaining agreement allows the league to hire as many as 17 full-time officials. He told The Associated Press that it’s being discussed.
Broncos boss John Elway, another member of the competition committee, said the caveat is that these referees have successful careers outside of football and they may not want to give up their day jobs.
Vikings fail to offer contract…Jets cut Revis
UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have declined to exercise their option for next season on running back Adrian Peterson. The Vikings all-time leading rusher will be an unrestricted free agent when the market opens next week. Had the Vikings picked up the option it would have been worth $18 million.
General manager Rick Spielman says the team will continue to investigate the possibility of bringing Peterson back. The 10-year veteran is coming off a meniscus tear in his right knee that limited him to 72 yards on 37 carries over parts of three games.
In other NFL news:
— Darrelle Revis’s second stint with the New York Jets is over. The Jets are releasing the 31-year-old cornerback, saving some $15 million, including a $2 million roster bonus, in salary cap space.
— Quarterback Kirk Cousins has been given the franchise tag by the Washington Redskins for the second straight year. He’ll get about $24 million next season.
— The Kansas City Chiefs have released four-time Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles to clear more than $6 million in salary cap space. The Chiefs also finalized a $78 million, six-year deal with All-Pro safety Eric Berry and signed offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to a $41.25 million, five-year contract extension.
— In a move that shows he has recovered from a serious hand injury sustained in a fireworks accident in 2015, the New York Giants have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. It marked the second time in three years the Giants placed the tag on Pierre-Paul.
— Defensive lineman David Parry of the Indianapolis Colts has been arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona, on suspicion of assaulting the driver of a motorized cart and then stealing and crashing the vehicle. Police say Parry showed signs of impairment when arrested early Saturday morning near where the cart was found crashed. Parry was a 2015 fifth round draft pick. He started all of the Colts’ games in 2015 and 2016.
Report: Nats land a reliever
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have been in the market for help in their bullpen. According to a person with knowledge of the deal, the club has addressed the issue by coming to terms on a contract with Joe Blanton. The person tells The Associated Press that the Nats and Blanton have agreed to a $4 million, one-year pact. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced.
The 36-year-old Blanton was a free agent after pitching for the Dodgers in 2016. The right-hander went 7-2 with a 2.48 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 80 innings across 75 regular-season appearances.
Bad shoulder for Wright
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets captain David Wright has been diagnosed with impingement in his right shoulder. The third baseman has been told not to throw for two weeks. The Mets says Wright will be re-evaluated after the two weeks.
The seven-time All-Star, who is 34-years-old, has been limited to 75 regular-season games during the past two seasons because of injuries. Last season, he was batting .226 with seven homers, 14 RBIs and 55 strikeouts in 137 at-bats through May 27 when he was sidelined by neck pain.
Budapest assembly passes motion to withdraw 2024 Olympic bid
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Budapest’s assembly has approved a motion to withdraw the city’s bid for the 2024 Olympics.
Today’s decision leaves Los Angeles and Paris as the only remaining candidates. The International Olympic Committee will choose the host city in September.
Budapest’s decision to withdraw came after a new political group appeared to have successfully gathered enough signatures to force a city-wide referendum on the bid. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government said the change of heart by opposition politicians who earlier supported the bid had shattered consensus on the issue.
Political analysts said holding the referendum and keeping the issue on the agenda for months did not favor Orban’s plans to seek a fourth term in elections scheduled for April 2018.