Kansas Jayhawks No. 1 in Associated Press basketball poll following win over Baylor
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas on Monday ascended to the top spot in the Associated Press men’s basketball poll for the second time this season.The Jayhawks, who were ranked No. 3 last week, defeated then-No. 1 Baylor, 64-61, on Saturday in Waco, Texas. The win vaulted KU past not only Baylor in Monday’s latest rankings, but also previous No. 2 Gonzaga, which lost to BYU on Saturday. No. 4 San Diego State also lost Saturday — to UNLV — meaning KU was the only winner among the top four teams in the land.KU was No. 1 with 1,598 points and 62 of the 64 first-place votes, followed by No. 2 Baylor (1,532 ...
The Kansas City Star
Marcus Hayes: Blame Brett Brown for 76ers' road woes
MILWAUKEE — After the 76ers performed respectably the past two years when playing out of hotels, this season’s long and winding road has become a road to ruin.Six losses in a row. Twelve of 14.These recent results make the Sixers, at 9-20, the worst road team among teams currently qualified for the playoffs. They hold the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. Their weak schedule down the stretch will likely give them No. 4 seed or better, but bad road teams die in the postseason. So, why can’t they do it on the road?Spotty defense and horrid long-range shooting, that’s why. Somehow, the coach ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Street in front of Miami Heat arena named Dwyane Wade Boulevard
CLEVELAND — The building may no longer be his business home, but it will forever be his address.Miami Mayor Francis Suarez on Monday announced that Northeast 7th Street, which runs perpendicular to the front of AmericanAirlines Arena, will now be called Dwyane Wade Boulevard.“To my great honor, on the weekend of commemoration and retirement of Dwyane Wade’s jersey, when I handed him the key to the city, to name, as of today, Dwyane Wade Boulevard — 7th Street and Biscayne Boulevard — on behalf of the greatest athlete in the history of South Florida,” Suarez said in a video posted on his social...
Pistons give Trail Blazers a run, still fall to sixth straight defeat
PORTLAND, Ore. — With the Pistons in rebuild mode, there will be plenty of losses in the remainder of the season.There also will be some surprises.Early on in Sunday’s matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers, it looked to be more of the former than the latter. The Blazers had a 19-point lead eight minutes into the first quarter, but the Pistons flipped the script.In less than a quarter, the Pistons erased the deficit, but the Blazers rallied late for a 107-104 victory at Moda Center. The loss extends the Pistons’ losing streak to six games, after the first game of their four-game western tr...
The Detroit News
Wild's momentum squelched 4-1 by Blues
MINNEAPOLIS — A two-game sweep of its recent road trip through western Canada pushed the Wild to the brink of a playoff spot, a boost that moved the team just three points shy of the second wild card seed in the Western Conference.But in its return home, the Wild couldn’t sustain that momentum and fell 4-1 to the Blues on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center.The loss was a mixed message just hours before the NHL trade deadline hits at 2 p.m. Monday.The Wild is now five points back of the Jets for that last berth.St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington came close to posting his third straight shutout, recor...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Dragan Bender makes Warriors debut in loss to Pelicans
SAN FRANCISCO — Dragan Bender faked the pass to his left, pausing his defender, and drained an open 3-pointer from the top of the arc to score his first points with the Warriors.In his first game with the Warriors, a 115-101 loss to the Pelicans Sunday at Chase Center, Bender displayed the floor spacing and ball skills Golden State hopes to get from him for the duration of his 10-day contract, and possibly longer.He also showed the inconsistency that had him on the NBA’s fringe before the Warriors signed him hours before Sunday’s game, finishing with six points on 2-for-8 shooting, five reboun...
The Mercury News
Islanders 4, Sharks 1: Change seems imminent, but how active will Doug Wilson be?
A year ago on the eve of the NHL trade deadline, the Sharks were just hours removed from a win over Detroit when they bolstered an already deep roster, acquiring Gus Nyquist from the Red Wings for a pair of draft picks.The move provided an immediate boost, as the Sharks would go on to win six of their next seven games.Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders was just another reminder of much things have changed.Instead of adding pieces for a playoff run, the Sharks, now losers of four straight games with a much more inexperienced roster, are clear sellers ahead of Monday’s NHL trade deadlin...
The Mercury News
Miami Heat will be without Jimmy Butler, two other rotation players for game at Cleveland
CLEVELAND — All-Star wing Jimmy Butler remains away from the Heat due to personal reasons and will miss his second consecutive game.Butler has been ruled out of Monday’s road game against the Cavaliers and did not travel with the team Sunday afternoon to Cleveland. The next opportunity for Butler to return to the court will come when the Heat hosts the Timberwolves on Wednesday.Butler’s personal situation also forced him to miss Saturday’s 124-105 blowout home win over the Cavaliers, which included Dwyane Wade’s jersey-retirement ceremony at halftime. In addition, the same personal issue preve...
Harry Giles III is happy, healthy, helping Kings' slim playoff hopes
LOS ANGELES — Kings center Harry Giles III had to bide his time when he was relegated to the end of the bench earlier in the season, but now he’s finding a little time to shine.Giles recorded his first career double-double Saturday, posting 14 points and 12 rebounds to help the Kings beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-103 at Staples Center. Giles put the game out of reach when he threw down an alley-oop dunk on a pick-and-roll lob from Bogdan Bogdanovic to give Sacramento an eight-point lead with 58.1 seconds remaining.“Good to seal the deal,” Giles said. “It was a good moment.”The Kings were l...
The Sacramento Bee
For Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat another chance to avoid road to ruin
CLEVELAND — The redundancy is in the losses, the Miami Heat 3-8 in their past 11 road games.But there also is a redundancy in the message from Erik Spoelstra, that his team still has enough time to make things right away from AmericanAirlines Arena.The next opportunity comes Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.“Well, we’ll figure it out,” Spoelstra said, his team still stung by falling in their previous road game, Thursday night against Atlanta Hawks. “We’re going to keep on working on that until it changes or until time runs out.”Even with the thoroughne...