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    Mikaela Shiffrin won a women’s World Cup super-G Sunday for her second triumph in a speed event in three days. The three-time overall champion from the United States used her outstanding giant slalom skills to navigate the many sharp turns on the Marc Girardelli course and beat another technical specialist, Italy’s Marta Bassino, by 0.29 seconds. Shiffrin was about three tenths ahead of Bassino’s time from the first split and the margin hardly changed throughout her run. It was Shiffrin’s first win in the discipline since clinching the super-G world title in February, and she went top of the season standings. Sunday’s result came two days after the American won a downhill on the same hill. It marked the first time in Shiffrin's career that she won two speed events in the same weekend. Former overall champion Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland was 0.70 behind in third for her first podium result of the season. One of Shiffrin’s main rivals for the overall title, Federica Brignone, was leading by 0.08 at the final split time but the Italian lost her balance as she hooked a gate and slid off the course. Viktoria Rebensburg, who led the discipline standings going into the race, finished outside the top 10, while the winner of the previous super-G, Sofia Goggia, skipped the race to rest her bruised right ankle following the Italian’s crash in Friday’s downhill. With two wins and Saturday’s fourth place in another downhill, Shiffrin left the Bulgarian resort with 250 points, extending her lead in the overall standings to 370 points over Brignone and 395 over Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, who finished Sunday’s race in sixth. The victory was Shiffrin’s 66th career win, leaving her one short of Marcel Hirscher’s tally. The Austrian record eight-time overall champion, who retired in the off-season, is third on the all-time winners list, behind Ingemar Stenmark (86) and Lindsey Vonn (82). The women’s World Cup travels to the 2014 Olympic venue in Rosa Khutor for a downhill and super-G next weekend. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Ons Jabeur is the first Arab woman to make it to a Grand Slam singles quarterfinal, and she's proud to lead the way. “I'm trying to inspire many young generations back home either in Tunisia or the Arabic world, especially in Africa, which is amazing,' she said. “I've been practicing in Tunisia from the age of 3.' She added, smiling: 'I'm a 100% Tunisian product.' The 78th-ranked Jabeur beat 27th-ranked Wang Qiang, who upset 23-time major winner Serena Williams in the previous round, 7-6 (4), 6-1 on Sunday. The 25-year-old Jabeur will play American Sofia Kenin on Tuesday in the final eight.Jabeur said she had plenty of scholarship offers to go to college in the U.S., but 'I wanted to really go pro directly.' She attended tennis academies in Belgium and France but she decided that returning to Tunisia was a 'good option.' A French Open junior champion in 2011, Jabeur expected quick success on on the elite tour. 'It was a little bit frustrating just after the juniors because I was expecting to go better,' she said. 'So many players I played with in juniors, I see them, they're like top 50, top 20.' She's on her way up the rankings now, after making the last eight in the season's first major. She's gaining attention with each match in Australia, and keeping her family awake. “I called my mom right away, she was really, really happy,' Jabeur said of her win over Wang. 'My father as well, I think he was crying. Also my two brothers, the one in Germany and the one in France. The family, everyone was behind me. They couldn't go back to sleep again. “I'm happy that I have this support because we've been through rough times — now it's finally paying off.” ___ DJOKOVIC'S FAMILY FAVORITE? Novak Djokovic is one of Serbia's favorite sons. But is he his son's favorite player? Apparently, it's still up for debate. Djokovic has has won 16 major titles, including a record seven in Australia, and is into the quarterfinals of a major for the 46th time — second only to Roger Federer. He recently pulled tens of thousands of Serbian fans to stadiums in Brisbane and Sydney as he helped his country win the inaugural ATP Cup team tournament. His 5-year-old Stefan has started playing tennis — he also likes martial arts and football — and father and son practice together sometimes. Asked about Stefan's tennis development, Djokovic said: “He likes to play with me, and with his best friend. He doesn't like to play with too many other people.” Asked who Stefan's favorite is, not even the 32-year-old Djokovic was sure. “He still hasn't expressed who his favorite player is. I hope I'll be working on becoming his favorite player.' ___ ON COURT Margaret Court game to Rod Laver Arena, and was seated in a row with the man they call Rocket during Novak Djokovic’s match on Australia Day. The two tennis greats are celebrating Grand Slam milestones in back-to-back years. Last year, Laver celebrated the 50th anniversary of his calendar-year Grand Slam — his second — in 1969. He also won all four of the tennis majors in 1962. Court is marking 50 years since her first Grand Slam. Court won all four majors in 1970 during a dominant sequence when she captured eight titles in nine majors, starting with the Australian Open in 1969 and finishing with the Australian Open in ’71. She holds the all-time record for most Grand Slam singles titles with 24, one more than Serena Williams, including 11 after the beginning of the professional era. She also holds the record for most Grand Slam titles with 64, including titles in in singles, doubles and mixed doubles at the same major twice. While her tennis achievements are unquestionable, some of Court’s views since becoming an ordained minister in 1991 and founding a Pentecostal church in Perth four years later have been divisive. Tennis Australia confirmed last November it plans to honor the 50th anniversary of the 1970 Grand Slam, but stressed that Court’s anti-gay views “do not align with our values of equality, diversity and inclusion.” Court caused controversy in 2017 by saying the devil was to blame for young people questioning their sexuality and wrote a public letter urging Australians to vote against same-sex marriage. Since then, same-sex marriage has since been legalized in Australia. Maureen Connolly in 1953 and Steffi Graf in 1988 are the only two other women to have won all four Grand Slams in the calendar year. ___ AP Sports Writer Dennis Passa contributed to this report. ___ More AP Tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • It made sense to Sofia Kenin that Coco Gauff would be the one getting all of the attention and generating all of the buzz. That's only natural when Gauff is 15 and making tennis history time and time again. “Yeah, I mean, the hype is for her. She's obviously done great stuff, of course. It's absolutely normal. Just (tried) not to let that get in my head,' Kenin said. “Of course, I didn't do it for the hype. I did it for myself, because I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.” Well, Sofia, you did it. Now get ready for the spotlight to shine your way. Kenin stopped Gauff's latest Grand Slam run by beating her 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-0 in the Australian Open's fourth round on Sunday. Like Gauff, Kenin is a young — although, at 21, not quite as young — American and she reached her first major quarterfinal with the victory. “I want to show who I am, show my best tennis, show why I'm there, why I belong,” the 14th-seeded Kenin said. “I'm doing that.” In her previous match, the 67th-ranked Gauff beat Naomi Osaka to become the youngest player in the professional era to defeat the reigning women's champion at the Australian Open. At Wimbledon last year, Gauff became the youngest qualifier ever at that tournament, beat Venus Williams in the first round and made it all the way to the fourth. Entering Sunday, Gauff was 8-2 in Grand Slam action, with her only losses to women who have been ranked No. 1 and own multiple major titles: Halep (at Wimbledon) and Osaka (at the U.S. Open). Hence the aforementioned hype. “I couldn't really write this,” Gauff said. “I don't think anybody could really write how this past (several) months have gone.” She did not play as well as she has been this time, though, winding up with 48 unforced errors, more than twice as many as Kenin's 22. Gauff's power is impressive. One tiny indication: She slammed a forehand into the net so hard that it dislodged a piece of a sponsor's white plastic sign. Kenin can't copy that. But thanks to her relentless ball-tracking and a bit of in-your-face attitude with a racket in hand, Kenin surged up the WTA rankings from 52nd to 12th in 2019 while winning her first three tour-level singles titles plus a couple in doubles. “She definitely put a lot of balls in the court,' Gauff said. “She's quick.” Just before Gauff announced herself last season, Kenin delivered her own breakthrough at the French Open by upsetting Serena Williams to get to the round of 16 at a major for the first time. Now Kenin has taken another step. Wasn't easy, though. After double-faulting twice in the tiebreaker to drop the opening set — “For sure, nerves,” Kenin acknowledged — she immediately tilted things the other way, breaking in the initial game of the second and never letting that lead slip away. When it ended, appropriately enough, on a missed backhand by Gauff, Kenin dropped her racket at the baseline and covered her face as tears welled in her eyes. “Anyone would get pretty emotional for the first time,” said Kenin, who next faces another woman making her Slam quarterfinal debut, 78th-ranked Ons Jabeur of Tunisia. Jabeur was a 7-6 (4), 6-1 winner against 27th-seeded Wang Qiang, who surprised Serena Williams in the third round. The wins for Kenin and Jabeur ended at about the same time, and the future opponents soon found each other cooling down side-by-side on exercise bicycles. Kenin laughed as she described the scene this way: “She's like, ‘Good job.’ I'm like, ‘You, too.' It was fun, a funny moment. She's like, ‘Are you feeling tired?’ 'No, I'm good.' She's like, ‘Yeah, me, too.’ I'm like, 'OK. I'll see you on Tuesday, then.'” Also advancing was last year's runner-up in Melbourne, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who was down a set and a break before coming back to defeat No. 22 Maria Sakkari 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2. Kvitova's quarterfinal opponent will be either No. 1 seed Ash Barty — trying to become the first Australian to win the nation's Grand Slam tournament since the 1970s — or No. 18 Alison Riske of the United States. In men's fourth-round action, defending champion Novak Djokovic moved into a matchup against No. 32 Milos Raonic. Roger Federer was scheduled to play during the night session. Raonic, the 2016 Wimledon runner-up, was asked whether he thinks Djokovic, who owns 16 Grand Slam titles, eventually will catch Federer, who has 20. “I just hope,” Raonic replied, “I can stop him at this one.” ___ Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich ___ More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Danny Garcia needed to learn about himself. Nine months between fights can create some questions. After 12 rounds Saturday night, he proved to everyone he's the same as he ever was. Garcia overcame a bite on his left shoulder and earned a 12-round unanimous decision over a frustrated Ivan Redkach. “He bit me,' Garcia said. 'He said ‘Mike Tyson’ when he bit me. I said, ‘Ref, he bit me.’ I thought I needed stitches or something. 'That’s my first time ever getting bit in a fight.” Judges Glenn Feldman and Don Trella scored the fight 117-111, and judge Anthony Paolillo scored it 118-110. Garcia improved to 36-2 with his second straight win. He last fought on April 20, 2019, when he knocked out Adrian Grandos. “I thought the referee (Benjy Esteves) was (going to) stop it because I felt like I was punishing him,' Garcia said. 'He’s a tough guy, he hung in there. I wanted to get the (knockout), but I didn’t get it. I feel like I boxed smart, and I feel like that’s what I needed after this layoff. I really wanted the knockout bad, but I’ll accept this.” Garcia started quickly as he moved Redkach (23-5-1) around the ring and waited for openings in the first three rounds at Barclays Center. When they presented themselves, he landed jabs. Garcia’s work in the early rounds began to show in the fourth as he connected with heavy punches. Garcia’s pressure and power forced Redkach into fighting a defensive style. Redkach spent much of the fight backing up or against the ropes and Garcia took full advantage. He opened a cut over Redkach’s right eye with a hook in the seventh, then staggered the Ukranian with a shot in the eighth. “I'm going to get back in the gym and get stronger and better,' Redkach said. 'I'm thankful for the experience against Danny Garcia. I'm going to be back and be much better.” Having been methodically picked apart, Redkach was reduced to biting Garcia on his shoulder during a clinch in the eighth. The Garcia-Redkach fight was the main event and billed as a WBC Silver World Welterweight Title Eliminator. In its aftermath the question which assuredly will be asked of Garcia is: Who’s next? Manny Pacquiao, Errol Spence Jr., Terence Crawford, and Shawn Porter were mentioned to Garcia during a press conference Thursday. And for his part, Garcia said he was open to fights against any of the four, specifically mentioning Pacquiao and Spence, whose car wreck on Oct. 10 in Dallas in which he crashed his Ferrari and was subsequently charged with a DWI postponed a potential bout against the Philadelphia native. “Manny’s been saying he wants to fight me for the last two years. It hasn’t happened,” Garcia said during Thursday’s press conference. “Manny Pacquiao, Errol Spence or anybody who wants to fight me, I’m here. Let’s get it on.” He didn't back away from those words after the fight. “Either (Spence or Pacquiao),' Garcia said. “Either of those fights I would like to have. My style looks great with both fighters.” Garcia was not the only fighter who had something to gain with a win on a card that, in essence, would allow promoters to make fights for the remainder of the year. But what was supposed to be a showcase for the boxers ended up being a study in risk management, starting with a unanimous decision by Jarrett Hurd over Francisco Santana (25-9-1) in the semi-main event. Outside of the fifth round, in which both fighters exchanged heavy punches, and the 10th when Hurd dropped Santana to the canvas with an uppercut, the fight was a plodding affair to the dismay of the 8,217 in attendance. 'We came out here and did what we wanted to do. The crowd didn't love it, but you've got to understand, I got the unanimous decision and I did what I wanted to do,” Hurd said. “There was definitely no frustration. We didn’t want to go toe to toe and we didn’t want to make this a risky fight.” Stephen Fulton Jr. (18-0) became the WBO Intercontinental Junior Featherweight Champion by defeating Arnold Khegai (16-1-1) by unanimous decision in the main card opener. The fight was a display of divergent styles as Fulton used movement to create openings to allow him to land jabs from all angles, while Khegai’s plan was to work inside, including implementing the repeated use of clinches. 'I knew he was a rough-and-tumble customer, so I just had to keep my composure,” Fulton said. 'That's what I do. I use my jab. I tried to utilize the jab all night and win the fight behind the jab.” Lorenzo Simpson (7-0) earned a unanimous decision over Antonio Hernandez (2-11-1), and Keeshawn Williams (7-0-1) did the same against Gaku Takahashi (16-11-1). Steven Torres improved to 2-0 with a TKO of Dakota Witkopf 1:28 into the second round in undercard fights.
  • Cris “Cyborg” Justino won the Bellator featherweight championship Saturday night, becoming the first fighter to claim title belts in four major MMA organizations with a fourth-round stoppage of Julia Budd at Bellator 238. In her Bellator debut after seven bouts and three-plus years with the UFC, Justino (22-2) ended Budd's eight-year winning streak and dethroned Bellator's long-reigning 145-pound champion with brute style. After surviving some rough early stretches and eventually asserting her physical dominance, Justino ended it with a flurry of kicks and punches on the fence. She dropped Budd for good with a blow to the body and finished on the ground before jumping onto the fence to celebrate with the crowd at the Forum south of downtown Los Angeles. Fighting in the same arena where she had her biggest professional setback — a 51-second loss to UFC two-belt champion Amanda Nunes in December 2018 — the 34-year-old Cyborg showed she hasn't lost the quick, heavy hands that made her the best fighter in women's mixed martial arts for much of her career. “It's so amazing,” Cyborg said. “I lost my belt here at the Forum, and then I got another one.” Justino was a champion in Strikeforce and Invicta before she finally moved to the UFC and swiftly became its first women's featherweight champion in 2017. After losing her UFC title 13 months ago and leaving the promotion with acrimony last year, the Brazilian star signed with Bellator and got an immediate shot to become the first man or woman to hold titles in four major promotions. Budd (13-3) had won 11 consecutive fights since Ronda Rousey beat her with an armbar back in 2011. The British Columbia native became Bellator's first women's featherweight champion in 2017 and defended the belt three times, but Cyborg was too much. Budd actually dropped Cyborg with strikes midway through the opening round, but escaped the jam when Budd illegally threw a knee while Cyborg was downed. After Cyborg landed better shots in a slower second round, Cyborg dropped Budd with a right hand midway through the third and controlled the rest of the round. Justino signed with Bellator in September after her UFC contract ran out. She won six fights in the UFC and became the promotion's first 145-pound women's champion. But her lone UFC loss was that spectacular thrashing from Nunes, who ended Justino's 21-fight unbeaten streak since 2005. Nunes claimed Cyborg's featherweight belt and made a pointed argument for her supremacy over Justino as the greatest fighter in women's MMA history. Justino reacted to her loss with humility and perspective, but her long-standing friction with UFC President Dana White never smoothed. One fight later, Cyborg left the UFC and signed with its biggest North American rival. On the undercard, longtime UFC fighter Sergio Pettis made his Bellator debut in style with a first-round submission victory over bantamweight Alfred Khashakyan. Pettis (19-5), the younger brother of former UFC champion Anthony Pettis, dropped Khashakyan with a right hand and brutalized him with punches on the ground before rendering him unconscious with a guillotine choke. Sergio Pettis hadn't won a fight by stoppage since September 2013 in his final bout before his 14-fight UFC career began. Featherweight Juan Archuleta beat Henry Corrales and a hostile crowd, earning a unanimous decision and then climbing onto the cage to make a two-handed obscene gesture at the Forum fans booing his fight for inactivity. Archuleta's 18-fight winning streak ended last December with a decision loss to Patricio Friere. In the co-main event, veteran Darrion Caldwell advanced in Bellator's featherweight tournament by choking out previously unbeaten Adam Borics of Hungary in the first round. Caldwell celebrated with a backflip off the top of the 6-foot cage. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Ons Jabeur has advanced to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 7-6 (4), 6-1 win over No. 27-seeded Wang Qiang. Wang was coming off an upset win over 23-time major winner Serena Williams in the third round. Jabeur was coming off a win over 2018 Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki, who went into retirement after the loss. Jabeur lost in the first round in her two previous trips to the Australian Open, and her best previous run at a major was to the third round at the 2017 French Open and at last year's U.S. Open. The 25-year-old Tunisian player will next take on No. 14 Sofia Kenin, who beat 15-year-old Coco Gauff in three sets in an all-U.S. fourth-round match. ___ 5 p.m. Defending champion Novak Djokovic stayed on track for an eighth Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Diego Schwartzman in the fourth round. It's the 11th time that Djokovic has reached the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park. He improved his career record to 4-0 over Schwartzman, including previous wins at the 2014 U.S. Open and the 2017 French Open. Djokovic will next play 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic, who advanced over Marin Cilic in straight sets. Djokovic has a 9-0 career record over the big-serving Canadian, including a win in the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park in 2015. “Quite different match up to the one today,' Djokovic said of the quarterfinal encounter. “I've got to be ready for missiles coming from the other side of the net.' ___ 4:55 p.m. Sofia Kenin has beaten 15-year-old Coco Gauff 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-0 at the Australian Open to reach the quarterfinals of a major for the first time. The No. 14-seeded Kenin got early service breaks in all three sets, including the first game of the match against Gauff, who took out defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round and seven-time major winner Venus Williams in the first. Kenin will next play either Ons Jabeur of Tunisia or No. 27-seeded Wang Qiang, who upset 23-time major winner Serena Williams in the third round. ___ 4:20 p.m. Coco Gauff and Sofia Kenin are heading to a third set with an Australian Open quarterfinal berth on the line. Gauff took the first set of the all-American matchup in a tiebreaker. Kenin evened things by taking the second 6-3. Neither player has been to a Grand Slam quarterfinal before. The unseeded Gauff is 15 and eliminated defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round. The 14th-seeded Kenin is 21. ___ 3:35 p.m. Milos Raonic is the first man through to the Australian Open quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Marin Cilic. The Canadian player had 21 aces over the first two sets and 35 overall, including on match point. Raonic has not dropped a set through four matches so far this tournament, including a third-round win over sixth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas. Raonic faced two sets points in the 10th game of the third set against Cilic but saved them both with aces. Cilic had two tough five-setters in each of his last two matches. Raonic will next play defending champion Novak Djokovic or Diego Schwartzman. They were playing their fourth-round match at Rod Laver Arena. “I haven't gotten to do this much over the last two years, so it means a lot to me,” Raonic said. “It feels pretty damn good.” ___ 2:30 p.m. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has become the first player to advance to the Australian Open quarterfinals. She rallied from a set and a break down to win 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2 over Maria Sakkari. She'll next play either top-ranked Ash Barty or Alison Riske, who play a fourth-round night match at Rod Laver Arena. Kvitova lost last year's final at Melbourne Park to Naomi Osaka. Defending champion Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play the next match at Rod Laver against Diego Schwartzman. Roger Federer and Marton Fucsovics were to play the last match on the main show court. ___ More AP Tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • LeBron James was a teenager when he first met Kobe Bryant at a youth basketball camp, in awe of his idol and ears open as the Los Angeles Lakers star offered advice to the prodigy that has lasted to this day. 'I was just listening,' James said. 'I was just trying to soak everything up I could. I remember one thing he said was that if you want to try and be great at it, and want to be one of the greats, you've got to put the work in.' James put in the work and followed Bryant's path -- from making the leap from high school straight to the NBA, to winning NBA titles, and, eventually, to playing in Los Angeles. With a driving right-handed layup, James no longer chased Bryant, he zoomed past him for third place on the NBA's career scoring list. 'I'm just happy to be in any conversation with Kobe Bryant, one of the all-time greats to ever play,' James said. With a tribute to Bryant written on his Nikes, James scored 29 points in front of a roaring 76ers' crowd, but the Lakers fell short in a 108-91 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday night. James scribbled 'Mamba 4 Life' as he chased Bryant, the five-time champion, in Philly. Fans stood with phones pointed toward the court, waiting to capture a slice of history that came when James scored the milestone basket with 7:23 left in the third quarter. James entered 18 points shy of passing Bryant, and the layup gave him 33,644 points. James stands third with 33,655. Bryant finished his career with 33,643, all with the Lakers. 'Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother #33644,' Bryant tweeted. James waved to the Philadelphia crowd that gave him a rousing standing ovation when the mark was announced by the public address announcer. The Sixers also posted a graphic of the NBA's top 10 career scorers with images of James in Lakers and Miami Heat jerseys. The 35-year-old James entered averaging at least 25 points (25.2 ppg) for the 16th straight season and has played 44 games this season. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA's career scoring leader with 38,387 points and Karl Malone is second at 36,928. James is on pace to pass Abdul-Jabbar in about three seasons. The top four scorers in NBA history played for the Lakers, who signed James as a free agent in 2018. James passed Bryant in Philadelphia, where the retired Lakers star was born. James, who played in eight consecutive NBA Finals, has 6,911 postseason points with Cleveland and Miami that do not count in the official total. James' stories in the locker room on Bryant seemed to stretch on as long as his list of milestones. Like another time when he was still in high school and was gifted a pair of red, white and blue Nikes from Bryant. James wore a size 15, Bryant was a 14, but he wore the sneaks anyway. Or the way James was inspired how Bryant always found some sort of slight to use as fuel to improve. James would have a 'dream come true' when he lined up side-by-side with Bryant as teammates in the 2008 Olympics as part of the 'Redeem Team' and led Team USA to a gold medal in Beijing. 'There's just too much. The story is just too much,' James said. 'The story doesn't make sense. Make a long story short, now I'm here in a Lakers uniform, in Philadelphia where he's from.' Anthony Davis scored 31 points for the Lakers. James went 9 for 18 from the floor, missed five of six 3s, made 10 of 13 free throws and had eight turnovers. 'It was just a great historic moment for our franchise, for LeBron himself,' Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. 76ERS ROLL Ben Simmons had 28 points and 10 rebounds and Tobias Harris scored 29 points. The Sixers improved to 6-3 since they lost All-Star center Joel Embiid with a torn ligament on a finger in his left hand. Embiid hoped to return as soon as next week. The Sixers led by 22 and watched that lead shrink to five in the fourth quarter. Al Horford, the underachieving free agent pickup, buried a 3 that pushed the lead back to 10 and had the packed crowd rocking. Horford hit a mid-range jumper and Simmons, who lost a tooth at some point in the first half, scored on a layup that gave the 76ers needed breathing room to seal the win. 'I felt like we might be able to get some separation on Al Horford and we did,' 76ers coach Brett Brown said. 'The game was kind of fragile at that point.' TIP-INS Lakers: JaVale McGee missed a second straight game with flu-like symptoms. Sixers: G Josh Richardson sat out again with a strained left hamstring. ... G Zhaire Smith, called up from G League with Richardson out, left his first game of the season with a sprained left ankle. ... Hall of Famer Allen Iverson, rapper Gucci Mane, Phillies manager Joe Girardi and a handful of Philadelphia Eagles were at the game. UP NEXT Lakers: Return home Tuesday night to play the Clippers. 76ers: Host Golden State on Tuesday night. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports
  • Young Laila Anderson delivered one of the most poignant moments of the weekend when she introduced the Blues' four All-Stars. The players who stood out on the ice later weren't all that much older. Hockey's youth was on grand display in the NHL All-Star 3-on-3 tournament on Saturday night, which was won by the Pacific Division. Whether it was Boston's 23-year-old David Pastrnak earning MVP honors with six points or Vancouver's 21-year-old Elias Pettersson scoring twice and trying a lacrosse goal, the fifth incarnation of 3 on 3 making up the All-Star Game was a showcase of the game's present and future. “It's a young man's game now in the NHL, and these guys, they're superstars,” Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin said. The night featured as many swear words during Green Day's performance as saves by some of the goaltenders, who aren't exactly in a good spot with more open ice than defense going on. Things tightened up and the final before the Pacific beat the Atlantic 5-4 and claim the $1 million prize. “The second half, they turn it on and started to really play, which is good for the All-Star Game,” said Pastrnak, who gets a car for his four goals and two assists. “We're all having fun, but it comes to the end that we are all hockey players and it's in our nature that everybody wants to win. Even if you're playing and having fun, you still want to win.” Along the way, there were plenty of opportunities for players to try things they ordinarily wouldn't in a game that counts. Along with Pettersson, Chicago veteran Patrick Kane thought about celebrating his eighth NHL All-Star appearance by lifting the puck in lacrosse style before his hockey sense kicked in. “I was thinking about it at that moment, and then I was kind of thinking that our team kind of needed a goal,” said Kane, who was cheered and booed in enemy territory. “Then I gave away the puck anyway, so I should've just tried it.” One of the most memorable parts of the night came when lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong swore multiple times during Green Day's performance, words that could be heard in-arena but were bleeped on the TV broadcast. “I heard a lot of F-bombs,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “I was like, is this OK?” Before that, there were family friendly moments and reminders of the Blues' Stanley Cup run last season. Anderson, the 11-year-old whose courageous battle with a rare immune disorder served as the team’s inspiration when winning its first Cup title, announced Blues All-Stars Ryan O'Reilly, Jordan Binnington, David Perron and Alex Pietrangelo. “She was really good, too,” said Blues forward David Perron, who along with O'Reilly gave Anderson a hug when they were introduced. “She had a good voice and was pretty loud and she had fun doing it, so it certainly was special for all four of us.” St. Louis natives Jon Hamm and Jenna Fischer and Hockey Hall of Fame Blues alumni Wayne Gretzky and Brett Hull spent time behind the benches as honorary captains. With less pressure and more pomp and circumstance, even usually intense Blues coach Craig Berube could relax. “I didn't do much coaching,” Berube said. “I just stood there. It's kind of nice, you just watch and watch the skill level and the talent out there and really just not have to engage too much. It's stress-free.” Blues fans who cheered Binnington's success in the skills competition Friday didn't get to see their players reach the 3-on-3 final because the Central Division lost the Western Conference semifinal 10-5 to the Pacific. Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk, who grew up in St. Louis, had two goals and two assists including the game-winner. Pastrnak and Ottawa Senators forward Anthony Duclair each had a hat trick to help the Atlantic beat the Metropolitan in the Eastern Conference semifinal. “I just wanted to show what I can do,” said Duclair, whose comeback season has been one of the best stories in the NHL thus far. “When you’re playing with the best players in the world, you’re going to make some plays.” Those plays came fast and furious and not without some drama. After some incidents during Oilers-Flames games this season left no love lost between the heated Alberta rivals, Draisaitl could be seen — perhaps jokingly — cursing at Tkachuk after setting him up for a goal. 'It was a nice play by him,” Draisaitl said with a laugh. 'We’re all here to have fun. We’re all here to have a good time and things like that, they happen in the game but this is not the time to be grumpy about anything.' There's plenty of time for that the rest of the NHL season. ___ Follow AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWhyno ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Zach LaVine scored 44 points for another dominating performance against Cleveland and the Chicago Bulls defeated the Cavaliers 118-106 on Saturday night. LaVine made 16 of 30 shots and had 27 points at halftime. The 6-foot-5 guard also finished with 10 rebounds and eight assists, falling just short of his first career triple-double. It was LaVine's second big game against Cleveland in eight days. He scored 42 points on Jan. 20, including 21 in the fourth quarter when the Bulls rallied from a 15-point deficit to win. Cleveland, which has lost seven straight and 12 of 14, had no better success stopping LaVine this time. He drove past his defender for clear looks at the basket, scored when he was double teamed in the lane, hit five 3-pointers and was 7 of 8 from the line. LaVine was held to 16 points when the Cavaliers beat the Bulls in Cleveland on Oct. 30. The teams play for the fourth and final time this season in Chicago on March 10. Tomas Satoransky had 19 points for the Bulls, who were coming off a home loss to Sacramento on Friday and arrived in around 1:30 a.m. Kevin Love scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds for Cleveland. Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman each had 18 points. The game was tied at 69 midway through the third quarter before the Bulls went on a 30-7 run to go ahead 99-76. Chicago outscored Cleveland 40-19 in the period. Cleveland cut a 24-point deficit to 112-103 with two minutes to play, but got no closer. The Cavaliers had lopsided home losses to New York and Washington this week. Chicago didn't play like a team that's been plagued by injuries. Forward Lauri Markkanen, the Bulls' second-leading scorer, will miss four to six weeks because of an injured right hip. The 7-footer had an MRI on Thursday after experiencing soreness in the hip for about a week. TIP-INS Bulls: C Wendell Carter Jr. (sprained right ankle) and Otto Porter Jr. (broken left foot) have also been ruled out through the All-Star break. ... Satoransky avoided injury after being hit in the face by teammate Luke Kornet in the third quarter. Cavaliers: Cleveland was called for a delay of game warning for not getting on the court in time at the beginning of the second quarter. The call resulted in a technical since the Cavaliers had a delay of game in the first quarter, but Ryan Arcidiacono missed the free throw. ... Newly hired Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski attended the game and was given a loud ovation when shown on the video board. UP NEXT Bulls: host San Antonio on Monday. Chicago is 10-15 at United Center this season. Cavaliers: visit Detroit on Monday. The Pistons lead the season series 2-1. —- More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • No. 1 Baylor was surprised to learn it was a slight underdog on the road against Florida. The Bears raised their eyebrows, shook their heads, shrugged their shoulders and decided to treat it as bulletin-board material. MaCio Teague and Devonte Bandoo scored 16 points apiece and Baylor extended its winning steak to 16 with a 72-61 victory over the Gators in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday night. “One thing about this team, when things are out like that, we take it as motivation,' Bandoo said. 'We just knew we were a great team and knew if we executed the game plan everything would come out right.” Baylor (17-1) was a two-point underdog at tip-off, an odd line considering the team hadn't lost in 2 1/2 months. Vegas surely didn't do Florida (12-7) any favors, and those odds-makers probably won't underestimate the Bears again. Baylor's stifling defense was on display — as usual — as it held the Gators to 44% shooting, including 23.5% from 3-point range. That much was expected. “Baylor made it look ugly for us at times tonight,' Florida coach Mike White said. The Bears added a twist by making nine 3-pointers, their most in nearly a month. They were shooting 30.5% from behind the arc in Big 12 play. “This is one of our bad defensive games,” Florida's Keyontae Johnson said. “They were more connected than we were. They shot the ball with confidence, knowing their shots were going to go in.” Baylor improved to 6-1 in the annual inter-conference series — the best record of any team in either conference — and assured itself another week atop The Associated Press poll. The Bears also gave the Big 12 an even split (5-5) in the daylong event. Baylor overcame an eight-point deficit early and led by 19 points in the second half before Florida mounted a minor rally. The Gators had a chance to make it a single-digit game with a little more than 7 minutes to play, but they missed the front end of three consecutive one-and-ones. Kerry Blackshear Jr. misfired twice on back-to-back possessions and then Noah Locke did the same seconds later. “My goodness, my good free throw shooters,' White said. 'To beat the No. 1 team country, you have to make some of those.' Florida eventually whittled Baylor’s lead to 10 on Andrew Nembhard’s driving layup with 2:40 remaining. But the Bears answered on the other end thanks to their 13th offensive rebound and did little, if anything, wrong down the stretch. Davion Mitchell finished with 12 points and six assists for Baylor. Jared Butler chipped in 10 points. The Gators fell to 2-17 against the No. 1 team, including 10 consecutive losses. Johnson led Florida with 20 points. Nembhard added 16 points and eight assists, but he missed more shots (8) than he made (6), including all four 3-pointers. The Gators missed 13 of 17 from behind the arc. Baylor took control of the game with a 13-2 run to close the first half, turning a tie game into a double-digit lead. The Bears hit six 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes — twice as many as Florida — and had seven offensive rebounds. They got help from an unlikely source: Bandoo, who averages 7.5 points off the benched, scored 11 in the opening half. They also fed off the betting line. “We've got a lot of guys that have been through the battles and wars, and they don't get rattled as easy as someone that hasn't,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. BIG PICTURE Baylor: The Bears matched their best 18-game start in school history. They also started 17-1 in 2011-12 and 2016-17. They landed No. 3 seeds in the NCAA Tournament after those regular seasons and were eliminated both times by SEC teams (Kentucky in ’12, South Carolina in ‘17). Florida: The Gators appeared to be taking strides while beating then-No. 4 Auburn last Saturday and nearly stunning LSU on the road earlier this week. But the team’s offensive woes returned against Baylor — no surprise given the Bears are one of the best defenses in the nation. UP NEXT Baylor: Returns to Big 12 action and plays at Iowa State on Wednesday night. The Bears have won three of the last four in the series, but lost to the Cyclones in the conference tournament last March. Florida: Returns to SEC play and hosts Mississippi State on Tuesday night. The Gators lost to the Bulldogs last year to end an eight-game winning streak in the series. ___ More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25