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Rui Hachimura’s popularity continuing to rise at Gonzaga

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rui Hachimura leaned against a wall inside Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena, towering above the boom microphones and cameras being held by the reporters below. The Gonzaga big man patiently answered questions in Japanese for more than 15 minutes from the nearly two dozen reporters, including one who raised his hand and bowed after Hachimura gave him a thoughtful answer. Hachimura is used to the attention by now. Whether it’s back in his homeland of Japan or after a loss in the West Coast Conference tournament…

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Sexton’s 25 leads Cavs over bruised Bucks missing Giannis

CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Collin Sexton scored 25 points, Jordan Clarkson added 23 and the Cleveland Cavaliers delayed Milwaukee from clinching the Central Division on Wednesday night with a 107-102 win over the bruised Bucks, who were without superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. Sexton made a three-pointer with 1:42 left and dropped a driving layup one minute later as the Cavs held on. Down 105-102, Milwaukee had a chance to tie it but had an ugly turnover without getting a shot off. Khris Middleton scored 26 points and Eric Bledsoe 24 for…

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Mitchell scores 30, Jazz pound Knicks 137-116

NEW YORK (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, Rudy Gobert made all seven shots and added 18 points, and the Utah Jazz romped to their fifth straight lopsided victory by beating the New York Knicks 137-116 on Wednesday night. Joe Ingles made six three-pointers and also scored 18, while Mitchell made five three-pointers as the Jazz finished 20-of-42 (48 percent) from behind the arc. The Jazz led by as much as 37 in a game that was even easier than their recent easy victories. They started their winning streak…

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Embiid gets 37 and 22 to lead 76ers past Celtics 118-115

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 37 points, 22 rebounds and a key block on Kyrie Irving with 35 seconds remaining, and Jimmy Butler scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the Boston Celtics 118-115 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory. Tobias Harris added 21 points for the 76ers, who avoided a season sweep by the Celtics. Philadelphia (47-25) holds the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race, three games ahead of idle Indiana and four in…

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Alonso anchors victory in first Rolex 24 stopped for rain

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Fernando Alonso deftly maneuvered through some of the most dangerous driving conditions of his career to grab another victory in a bucket-list event. Alonso drove a Cadillac DPi to the front of the field in each of his three stints in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, including the final pass for the lead in a heavy rain, on a slick track, with almost no visibility. The race was red-flagged minutes after Alonso put Wayne Taylor Racing out front, and IMSA pulled the plug about two…

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Ronaldo recovers from difficult week in Juve’s comeback win

ROME (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo bounced back from a difficult week by scoring a decisive penalty to help Juventus complete a 2-1 comeback win at Lazio on Sunday. Juventus was overwhelmed for more than an hour at the Stadio Olimpico but two late goals enabled the Serie A leader to avoid its first loss of the season. Ronaldo confidently struck his spot kick into the roof of the net three minutes from time — a week after he had a penalty saved during a win over Chievo Verona. Also this…

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Ellington scores 19 as Heat beat Knicks 106-97

NEW YORK (AP) — Wayne Ellington scored each of his 19 points in the second half, and the Miami Heat handed the New York Knicks their ninth straight loss with a 106-97 victory on Sunday night. Miami had seven players score in double figures in its second straight win. Dwyane Wade had 15 points and 10 assists, and Hassan Whiteside finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Wade, who plans to retire at the end of the season, received a standing ovation from the Madison Square Garden crowd when he…

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Zubac, Caldwell-Pope lead short-handed Lakers past Suns

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ivica Zubac and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each scored 24 points and the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers led throughout in a 116-102 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. Brandon Ingram added 22 points as Los Angeles was missing Kyle Kuzma (hip) and Tyson Chandler (rest), along with LeBron James and Lonzo Ball. Still, the Lakers dominated the inside against a small Phoenix lineup as it had a 70-46 advantage in points in the paint. Devin Booker scored 21 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 17 and Mikal…

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Henry’s Monaco draws 1-1 with Vieira’s Nice in French league

PARIS (AP) — Old friends Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira had to split the points as Monaco drew 1-1 with French Riviera rival Nice on Wednesday in a scrappy match featuring three video reviews. Winger Allan Saint-Maximin put Nice ahead in the 30th minute and 17-year-old defender Benoit Badiashile equalized shortly after halftime, becoming the youngest scorer in the French top flight this season. Badiashile’s header from a corner was deemed to have crossed the line by the use of goal-line technology. Henry and Vieira are in their first seasons…

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Rose makes 2019 debut with the No. 1 ranking

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — The timing couldn’t be better for Justin Rose, or for the Desert Classic. Rose played so much golf toward the end of last year that he wasn’t quite ready to fly from his home in the Bahamas to Hawaii to start 2019 against a winners-only field at Kapalua. Instead, he decided to start at the Desert Classic, an event he has not played since 2010. Because of the tight race at the top of the ranking, Rose returned to No. 1 in the world two…

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