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NBA-ALL-STAR WEEKEND

All-Star Saturday in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA held its All-Star Saturday at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Minnesota’s Zach Lavine (lah-VEEN’) put on a spectacular aerial display to take home the dunk competition, scoring a 94 in the final round to overtake Orlando’s Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh). Lavine scored a perfect 100 in the opening round highlighted by a through-the-legs, one-handed reverse slam on his first attempt.

Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry won his first 3-point contest by defeating Warriors teammate Klay Thompson and six others. Curry scored 27 points in the final round, connecting on 13 straight shots before missing his final attempt. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving finished second with 17 points in the finals.

Houston’s Patrick Beverley came from behind to beat Brandon Knight of the Milwaukee Bucks in the final round of the skills competition. The Rockets’ defensive specialist made a 3-pointer to clinch the win.

Chris Bosh, Dominique Wilkins and Swin Cash have won their third straight shooting stars competition to kick off All-Star at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The 55-year-old Wilkins hit a half-court shot after 57.6 seconds in the final round to seal Team Bosh’s three-peat. They bested Russell Westbrook, Anfernee Hardaway and Tamika Catchings in the final round.

The biggest NBA news of the day came from Commissioner Adam Silver, who says he’s willing to start ensuing seasons earlier or end them later in an effort to keep players fresher. The change could come as early as next season and would lead to fewer stretches of back-to-back games or situations in which teams play four times in five nights.

Silver said his priority is improving the game, whereas much of his early successes were on off-the-court areas.

BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME

Finalists announced for Hall of Fame

NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame have been announced, and the group includes Kentucky coach John Calipari, former NBA stars Kevin Johnson, Dikembe Mutombo (dih-KEHM’-bay moo-TAHM-boh), Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood and Jo Jo White. Others in contention are former WNBA star Lisa Leslie, longtime referee Dick Bavetta (buh-VEHT’-uh), and two-time NBA Coach of the Year Bill Fitch. Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and high school coaches Robert Hughes and Lita Andrews round out the 12 finalists.

The class will be announced at an April 6 press conference before the NCAA championship game. Enshrinement is set for Sept. 10-11 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

T25-SCHEDULE

Wildcats tie team record…Cavaliers escape

UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Kentucky breezed to victory on Saturday, but No. 2 Virginia barely avoided what was a day of upsets.

The Wildcats have matched the best start in program history, improving to 25-0 with a 77-43 laugher against South Carolina. Willie Cauley-Stein scored 14 points, Aaron Harrison added 11 and Kentucky held the Gameco*cks to 24 percent shooting. Dakari Johnson added 13 rebounds and 10 points for Kentucky, which shot 50 percent in matching the 25-0 start by the 1953-54 squad.

The Cavaliers held off Wake Forest 61-60 in Charlottesville to improve to 23-1 overall. Anthony Gill had 19 points for the Cavs, who didn’t secure the victory until Malcolm Brogdon stole the ball in the closing seconds. Brogdon and London Perrantes added 11 points each for Virginia, which trailed by seven before opening second half on a 27-7 run.

There were a few upsets in Saturday’s top-25 play:

— Ninth-ranked Louisville was held to 33 percent shooting in a 74-65 loss to visiting North Carolina State. Anthony “Cat” Barber scored 21 points while the Wolfpack held Cardinals top scorers Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell to a combined 14 points.

— No. 12 North Carolina was knocked off by Pittsburgh 89-76 as Sheldon Jeter scored a career-high 22 points for the Panthers. Cameron Wright added 15 points for Pitt, which is now 17-9 and 6-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

— Kansas State beat No. 17 Oklahoma 59-56 on Marcus Foster’s 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds remaining. Foster scored 14 points in his return from a three-game suspension.

— Amric Fields had 12 points and TCU put together a pair of 10-0 runs in the second half to beat No. 21 Oklahoma State 70-55. The Horned Frogs won for only the second time in 12 Big 12 games.

— No. 23 Ohio State went into East Lansing and lost to Michigan State 59-56. The Spartans’ Denzel Valentine celebrated Valentine’s Day by scoring 17 points on 5 of 9 from 3-point range, including a tiebreaking trey with 3.2 seconds left.

— No. 25 SMU whipped Connecticut 73-55 to improve to 12-2 in the American Athletic Conference. Markus Kennedy and Yanick Moreira scored 13 points apiece for the conference leaders.

In other top-25 action:

— Kevin Pangos scored 19 points and third-ranked Gonzaga improved to 26-1 by outlasting Pepperdine 56-48. Kyle Wiltjer added 13 points in the Bulldogs’ 19th consecutive win.

— Jahlil Okafor (jah-LIHL’ OH’-kah-fohr) contributed 23 points and 13 rebounds as fourth-ranked Duke won 80-72 at Syracuse. The Blue Devils won their fifth straight and withstood a standout performance from ex-Blue Devil Michael Gbinije, who scored a career-high 27 points for the Orange.

— Sixth-ranked Villanova pulled out a 68-65 win over No. 18 Butler on Darrun Hilliard’s 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left. Hilliard drained five 3-pointers while scoring 20 of his career-high 31 points in the second half of the Wildcats’ sixth consecutive win.

— Ron Baker scored 19 points and No. 15 Wichita State also received 15 points from Fred VanVleet in a 68-62 victory at Illinois State. The Shockers improved to 23-3 despite shooting under 37 percent from the field.

— Eighth-ranked Kansas beat No. 16 Baylor 74-64 as Kelly Oubre (oo-BRAY’) scored 18 points, including a clinching 3-pointer in the final minutes. Junior forward Perry Ellis went over the 1,000-point mark by adding 18, and Wayne Selden Jr. finished with 15 points for the 21-4 Jayhawks.

— Iowa State was an easy winner in a top-25 matchup as Monte Morris scored 19 points in a 79-59 rout of No. 21 West Virginia. Abdel Nader added 16 points off the bench for the 14th-rated Cyclones.

— Dez Wells scored 22 points and Melo Trimble added 20 to help No. 19 Maryland end a three-game road losing streak, 76-73 at Penn State. The Terrapins were 9 of 19 from 3-point range.

— No. 20 VCU snapped a two-game losing skid with a 79-66 win over George Washington. Melvin Johnson led the way for the Rams with 17 points, 15 of which came on 3-pointers.

— Manuale Watkins hit a short jumper with 6.4 seconds remaining to lift No. 24 Arkansas over Mississippi 71-70. The Razorbacks won for the seventh time in eight games to move into second in the SEC.

NHL-SCHEDULE

Habs take over East lead…Isles stay hot

UNDATED (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens are atop the NHL’s Eastern Conference standings after surviving a nice effort by the stumbling Toronto Maple Leafs.

Alex Galchenyuk (gahl-CHEHN’-yuhk) and David Desharnais (day-ahr-NAY’) scored shootout goals as the Canadiens topped the Leafs 2-1. Brendan Gallagher notched a first-period goal and Carey Price stopped 28 shots to help the Canadiens win for the fourth time in five games.

The Habs lead the East by one point over the New York Islanders, and they pace the Atlantic Division by two points over Tampa Bay.

The Islanders earned their fourth straight win as John Tavares had two goals and two assists, while linemate Josh Bailey added two goals and an assist in a 6-3 decision over Columbus. The Isles squandered leads of 2-0 and 3-2 before Frans Nielson scored the game-winner early in the third period.

Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-roh-shalv hah-LAHK’) made 19 of his 34 saves in the third period to help the Islanders move three points ahead of Pittsburgh for the Metropolitan Division lead.

In the West, Nashville leads the conference by five points over Anaheim after Colin Wilson and Craig Smith scored 66 seconds apart late in the third period to push the Predators past New Jersey 3-1. Matt Cullen added a goal and an assist in the Predators’ fifth straight victory.

Also in the NHL:

— Drew Stafford scored once in regulation before delivering the lone shootout tally in Winnipeg’s 5-4 triumph at Detroit. Pavel Datsyuk (DAHT’-sook) had two goals and an assist for the Red Wings, who fell four points off the Atlantic Division lead.

— Rick Nash bagged his league-leading 35th goal while the New York Rangers scored four times in the third period of their sixth victory in eight games, 5-1 at Arizona. Nash’s goal snapped a 1-1 deadlock before Kevin Hayes and Marc Staal tallied 2:22 apart to help the Rangers stay four points off the Metropolitan Division lead.

— Thomas Vanek scored twice and Minnesota improved to 8-0-1 in its last nine games by beating Carolina 6-3. Vanek also assisted on Nate Prosser’s game-winner early in the second period.

— Minnesota remains two points behind Calgary for the final Western Conference playoff berth after Lance Bouma’s third-period goal pushed the Flames past Vancouver 3-2. Sean Monahan tallied twice in the Flames’ fifth victory in seven games.

— Los Angeles picked up its fourth straight win as Dwight King, Trevor Lewis and Jarrett Stoll scored in a 3-1 triumph over Washington. Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) scored for the Capitals, who are seven points off the Metropolitan Division lead.

— Colorado had dropped four straight before Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) stopped 24 shots in a 4-1 victory over Dallas. Alex Tanguay (TAN’-gay) and Dennis Everberg each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche.

— Milan Michalek (MEE’-lahn mih-HAH’-lehk) scored twice and had an assist to help the Senators tie a season high for goals in a 7-2 rout of Edmonton. The game was tied 1-1 until Cody Ceci (SEE’-see) and Kyle Turris (TOOR’-his) scored 16 seconds apart in the second period.

NHL-STARS

Dallas loses Seguin

DALLAS (AP) — Scoring leader Tyler Seguin (SAY’-gihn) of the Dallas Stars will miss three to six weeks with a right knee injury sustained when he was checked below the waist on a hit teammate Vernon Fiddler called “gutless.” Seguin had to be helped off the ice Friday after being hit in the third period by Florida defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, who was ejected and is likely to be suspended.

Seguin started the day third in the NHL with 59 points and tied for fourth with 29 goals.

NASCAR-SPRINT UNLIMITED

Kenseth wins exhibition race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Matt Kenseth has gotten his NASCAR season off to a good start after going winless last season.

Kenseth won the Sprint Unlimited, which was a crash-filled kickoff to the NASCAR season for the second consecutive year. Only 12 of the 25 cars in the field were running at the end of a race that was stopped twice by red flags for multi-car accidents.

Martin Truex Jr. led 30 laps but finished second. Carl Edwards as third, followed by Casey Mears and Kyle Larson.

NFL-JETS

Johnson dropped by Jets

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets will not exercise their contract option on running back Chris Johnson, making him an unrestricted free agent next month. The team has also announced that it has exercised the contract options on linebackers Calvin Pace and Jason Babin (BA’-bihn).

The 29-year-old Johnson ran for 663 yards this past season, his first ever under 1,000. He caught 24 passes for 151 yards and a score.

PGA-PEBBLE BEACH

Furyk will start round 4 on top

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Jim Furyk (FYOOR’-ihk) shot a third round 9-under-63 to grab the lead after three rounds of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Furyk closed with a flourish, carding seven birdies over his last 10 holes.

He stands 18-under for the tournament, one shot in front of Matt Jones and Brandt Snedeker (SNEH’-deh-kur). However, Furyk has failed to win his last eight times when he had at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Monty has the lead

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Colin (KAH’-lihn) Montgomerie has the lead after two rounds of the Champions Tour Ace Group Classic. He shot a second straight 6-under-66 to finish play 12-under, one shot in front of Lee Janzen, who shot a 7-under-65.

Esteban (san ES’-tih-bahn) Toledo and Scott Dunlap are four shots off the pace at minus-8.

SKIING-WOMEN’S SLALOM

Shiffrin wins

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) — American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin has defended her slalom title at the world championships with a strong burst near the end of a choppy course.

Shiffrin finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 38.48 seconds, edging Frida Hansdotter of Sweden by 0.34 seconds.

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