Heat streak hits 13...Spurs win but lose Parker
UNDATED (AP) — Dwyane (dwayn) Wade scored 22 points, LeBron James shook off his worst shooting night of the season to hit a key 3-pointer in the final half-minute, and the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 13 games by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 98-91. That ends the Grizzlies' eight-game win streak.
James scored 18 points on a season-worst 4 for 14 shooting, but added 10 assists and eight rebounds. Shane Battier (BAT'-ee-ay) scored 14, Chris Bosh added 13 and Ray Allen had 10 for Miami.
In the rest of the NBA:
— DeJuan Blair scored 16 points off the bench to pace eight players in double figures, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame the loss of Tony Parker to beat the Sacramento Kings 130-102. Parker, the Spurs' leading scorer, went down with a left ankle sprain with late in the third quarter. Exact extent of the injury was not immediately known.
— Paul Pierce had 26 points, Jeff Green scored 14 of his 18 in the second half and the Boston Celtics overcame foul trouble and some erratic free throw shooting in a 94-86 victory over Golden State. Golden State guard Stephen (STEH'-fihn) Curry, coming off a 54-point performance Wednesday in a loss at New York, was held to 25 on 6-of-22 shooting.
— Dirk Nowitzki (noh-VIHT'-skee) and former Nets guard Vince Carter each scored 20 points, and the Dallas Mavericks avoided another late collapse by holding off Brooklyn 98-90. Dallas led by as many as 20.
— Ty Lawson canned a jumper with two-tenths of a second left to give the Denver Nuggets a 105-103 win over Oklahoma City. Wilson Chandler scored 35 off the bench for Denver. Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 38 for the Thunder.
— Marcus Morris tied his career high with four 3-pointers in five attempts, and scored 16 points in his fifth game with Phoenix, helping the Suns win their third in a row with a 92-87 victory over Atlanta.
— Utah trounced Charlotte 98-68, holding the Bobcats to just 21 points in the first half. Enes Kanter led all scorers with 23 points and 22 rebounds, both career highs.
— Jamal Crawford scored 24 points and Chris Paul had 15 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers ran away in the final period and beat the Cavaliers 105-89 for their first win in Cleveland since 2002. The Clippers had lost 10 straight at Quicken Loans Arena.
— Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, Raymond Felton added 23, J.R. Smith chipped in with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and some strong defense allowed the Knicks to beat the Washington Wizards 96-88.
— Paul George had 22 points and 10 rebounds, David West had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 93-81. Roy Hibbert returned from a one-game suspension to score 18 points as the Central Division leaders won for the sixth time in seven games.
— James Harden had 24 points, and Chandler Parsons and Carlos Delfino added 21 apiece as the Houston Rockets rallied in the fourth quarter for a 118-110 victory over the Orlando Magic.
— Greivis (GREE'-vihs) Vasquez capped a 25-point, nine-assist performance by hitting a running floater off the backboard with 12 seconds left, and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Detroit Pistons 100-95.
NBA receives bid for Kings from Sacramento group...Sixers' Bynum has a setback
UNDATED (AP) — The NBA confirms it's received an official offer from 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov and billionaire Ron Burkle to buy the Sacramento Kings and keep the team from moving to Seattle.
Mastrov is hoping to become the majority owner of the team. Burkle will lead the effort to build a new downtown arena that he hopes will lure back a WNBA franchise.
A Seattle group already had a signed agreement to buy the Kings from the Maloof family. The NBA Board of Governors is expected to vote by mid-April on the bid.
In other NBA news:
— Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum has swelling in his injured right knee and says he doesn't know if he'll play this season. Bynum has yet to play for the Sixers because of bone bruises in both knees.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SAINT MARY'S-NCAA
Saint Mary's penalized for recruiting violations
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — The NCAA has placed Saint Mary's on four years' probation for failing to monitor its men's basketball program.
While penalties include reduced scholarships, the Gaels will still be able to participate in the league tournament and the NCAA tournament.
The NCAA says the tiny Catholic college committed several recruiting violations and that coach Randy Bennett "failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance."
St. Mary's is one of the most powerful mid-major programs in the nation. Bennett has led the 25-5 Gaels to four of the last eight NCAA tournaments.
Tigers win important Ivy League clash
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — While there are no games on Friday's Top 25 schedule there was a game in the Ivy League that has postseason implications.
Princeton knocked off first-place Harvard 58-53 to climb within a half-game of the Crimson for the Ivy League lead. It evens the teams in the loss column and if both teams win out, they'd have to meet up in a playoff game for the second time in three seasons.
Ian Hummer scored 23 points with a season-high 14 rebounds as the Tigers avenged a 69-57 loss to the Crimson on Feb. 16.
Harvard is 17-8 overall and 9-2 in the conference. Princeton is 15-9 overall and 8-2 in the league.
Blackhawks still streaking...Blues double up Oilers
UNDATED (AP) — Brent Seabrook scored on a 2-on-1 break at 3:23 of overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks extended their NHL-record, season-opening point streak to 21 games with a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell scored 59 seconds apart late in the second period for Chicago. Viktor Stalberg also connected in regulation for the Blackhawks, who are 18-0-3. Chicago has won eight straight while earning 39 out of a possible 42 points this season.
In other NHL action:
— Vladmir Sobotka (vlah-DIH'-meer suh-BOHT'-kah) put St. Louis ahead early in the third period and added an assist for the Blues, who rallied from two goals down and beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2.
— Anaheim nipped Minnestoa 3-2. Forty-two-year-old Teemu Selanne (TAY'-moo suh-LAH'-nay) notched his sixth goal for the Ducks.
Super Bowl MVP staying in Baltimore
UNDATED (AP) — Joe Flacco (FLAK'-oh) is staying in Baltimore. Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens reached a tentative agreement on a new contract that would make the Super Bowl MVP the highest-paid player in NFL history.
If the deal is finalized, the veteran quarterback would receive in excess of $120 million over six years. That's according to a person close to the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not yet been signed.
Flacco would earn more than the $20 million average salary Drew Brees earns with New Orleans. Flacco played out his rookie contract last season for $6.76 million and led Baltimore to the NFL championship.
The 28-year-old Flacco is the only quarterback to win a postseason game in each of his first five pro seasons. He was spectacular in the playoffs and Super Bowl this year, throwing for 11 touchdowns with no interceptions.
He also holds the record for playoff road wins with six.
Falcons release 3 to key players
UNDATED (AP) — NFL teams are busy paring rosters to make salary cap room and the Atlanta Falcons were no exception releasing three key players today.
The Falcons released running back Michael Turner, defensive end John Abraham and cornerback Dunta (DAHN'-tay) Robinson. Turner was the team's leading rusher, Abraham led the Falcons in sacks and Robinson was a starting cornerback.
The moves free up about $16 million in salary cap space.
In other moves:
— The Arizona Cardinals released linebacker Stewart Bradley and cornerback William Gay. Bradley was signed to a five-year, $30 million contract in 2011 but never became the starting inside linebacker the Cardinals envisioned. Bradley had 15 tackles in 16 games last season, six of them on special teams.
— The Buffalo Bills have retained the rights to safety Jairus Byrd by placing a franchise tag on him before he was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. In making the move Friday, the Bills have essentially offered Byrd a one-year contract worth $6.9 million.
— The Cincinnati Bengals have given defensive end Michael Johnson the franchise tag, meaning he will be paid $11.175 million this season if he doesn't reach a long-term contract with the team. Johnson had 11½ sacks last season, his fourth in the NFL, and is considered a key part of a defense that ranked sixth overall.
— The Indianapolis Colts have placed the franchise tag on punter Pat McAfee. He'll be paid $2.977 million this season if he doesn't reach a long-term contract with the team.
— The Panthers have released starting defensive tackle Ron Edwards in a move that frees up $2.5 million in salary cap space.
Rangers' Cruz cleared after chest discomfort
UNDATED (AP) — Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz has been cleared of more serious issues after team doctors diagnosed a muscle strain in his chest.
The 32-year-old Cruz played a career-high 159 games last season, hitting .260 with 24 home runs and 90 RBIs.
Elsewhere around spring training camps:
— Indians All-Star closer Chris Perez could be sidelined one month because of a strained shoulder. Perez saved 39 games last season. He was supposed to be Team USA's closer in the World Baseball Classic.
— Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford could miss his team's April 1 opener against San Francisco after leaving camp to have his elbow examined in Los Angeles. Crawford is recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on Aug. 23.
Guthrie in front
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Luke Guthrie shot a 7-under 63 today and has a one-shot lead over Michael Thompson after the second round of the Honda Classic. Guthrie is 9-under for the tournament.
Rory McIlroy withdrew from the tournament without finishing nine holes. He was 7-over when he suddenly shook the hands of his playing partners and left the course. He told reporters who followed him to his car he's "not in a good place mentally."
He later released a statement saying he couldn't concentrate because of a sore wisdom tooth.
Tiger Woods posted a second straight par 70 to just make the cut.
First round leader Camilo Villegas (vih-JAY'-guhs) collapsed with a 77 and missed the cut.
Lewis takes 2-shot lead at HSBC Champions
SINGAPORE (AP) — Stacy Lewis made six birdies to shoot a 6-under 66 and take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the HSBC Women's Champions.
The reigning LPGA Player of the Year was at 11-under 133 overall.
She leads a pack of six players including Paula Creamer at 9-under.
Martin earns 56th career pole
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mark Martin will be on the pole at Phoenix International Raceway for the second straight year after becoming the second-oldest pole-sitter in NASCAR history.
The 54-year-old Martin went around PIR's mile oval at a speed of 138.075 miles per hour to earn his 56th career pole a week after finishing third in the Daytona 500.
Kasey Kahne (kayn) will start on the front row with Martin for Sunday's 312-mile race. Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson will take the green flag in third next to Kyle Busch.
Venus loses in semifinal
FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Top-seeded Venus Williams was upset by Olga Puchkova 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 at the Brazil Tennis Cup on Friday.
The 109th-ranked Russian will play in the final of the outdoor hard-court tournament in southern Brazil against Monica Niculescu of Romania.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-UNIVERSITY-SEXUAL ASSAULT
Ex-Montana QB acquitted of rape
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A former University of Montana quarterback has been acquitted in a rape trial that has played out amid NCAA and federal investigations into how the school and the city of Missoula respond to rape allegations on campus.
The jury deliberated less two hours before reaching the verdict.
The case against 20-year-old Jordan Johnson has drawn much attention in Montana, where UM football is the top sports attraction. Johnson led the school to a successful 2011 season as starting quarterback before being accused of assaulting a woman as they watched a movie together at her home last February.
Johnson maintains the sex was consensual.