OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Russell Westbrook recorded his 35th triple-double of the season with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised to a 122-97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. The Thunder have won 16 straight games against Philadelphia, a run that stretches to the 2008-09 season, the franchise's first in Oklahoma City.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Five eligible players are not at the Dell Technologies Match Play this year, the highest number of dropouts in 16 years. Good luck finding someone at Austin Country Club who can name them all. No, Tiger Woods is not on that list. His name still comes up in just about every golf conversation.
HOUSTON (AP) -- A grand jury has declined to indict Houston rappers Paul Wall and Baby Bash on felony drug-related charges. The Harris County jury on Tuesday opted not to hand up indictments against Paul Michael Slayton, more broadly known as Paul Wall, and Ronald Bryant, known as Baby Bash.
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HOUSTON (AP) -- James Harden isn't necessarily known for his speed. That said, he felt extremely fast on his coast-to-coast drive in the fading seconds Monday night. "I was running so fast," Harden said. "I felt like I was Usain Bolt." Harden drove the length of the floor for a layup with 2.4 seconds left to lift the Houston Rockets over the Denver Nuggets 125-124.
BASEBALL-SPRING TRAINING-WBC As regular season beckons, competition for jobs intensifies in Major League Baseball UNDATED (AP) --New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has a bruised right shoulder, ending his time at the World Baseball Classic and leaving his status for opening day in doubt. Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn't put on a timetable on a return, only saying, "He's going to be sidelined for a bit.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Officials are considering releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in Houston as part of the fight against the insects known to carry diseases such as the Zika virus. The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/2mLrfyy ) reports that Harris County, Texas, officials are negotiating with a British biotech company, Oxitec, to release mosquitoes that have been genetically engineered to produce offspring that die. Oxitec has yet to try out its technology in the U.S.
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NCAA TOURNAMENT-MEN No games today UNDATED (AP) -- They're still talking about the big upset in the NCAA -- no Duke. Duke lost yesterday, 88-81 to South Carolina. After the game, coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee) said, "at the end of the season I want my guys to either be crying because we've lost or crying because we've just won." Krzyzewski said, "This is one of the most proud teams for me.
BOSTON (AP) -- Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots' locker room -- but the mystery isn't over. The NFL said the jersey was found in "possession of a credentialed member of the international media," and authorities were investigating Monday whether a former Mexican tabloid newspaper executive played a role in the theft.
MIAMI (AP) -- There were 10 coaching changes in the NBA during this past offseason, an unusually high number. Stability has somehow reigned since. With less than a month remaining in the regular season, all 30 coaches who started back in October are still in their jobs. If that holds, this would be the first time in 53 years that no team has made an in-season change for any reason.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Russell Westbrook had 28 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder roll past the Sacramento Kings 110-94 on Saturday. The Thunder won their fifth straight -- the longest current streak in the NBA. They are a half-game behind the Los Angeles Clippers for fifth place in the Western Conference.
No runs once again off Masahiro Tanaka. No hits off him or the New York Yankees' bullpen, either. Tanaka and two relievers combined on a spring training no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers in a 3-0 win Friday in Lakeland, Florida. New York manager Joe Girardi didn't keep the lineup card as a souvenir, but still appreciated the effort. "I'm happy for our guys," Girardi said. "It's fun.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Former Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, who invited rocker Ted Nugent to President Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union address, is accused of spending money meant for charity on himself and contributions to his campaign. Stockman, a Republican who served two non-consecutive terms in the U.S. House, is charged with conspiracy to make conduit contributions and false statements. He was released from custody after a hearing Friday in Houston federal court.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Isaiah Johnson scored 21 points and Noah Robotham made four free throws in the final 18 seconds to send Akron to a 78-75 victory over Houston on Wednesday night in a first-round NIT game, setting a school record with its 27th victory. The seventh-seeded Zips (27-8), regular-season champs of the Mid-American Conference, will travel to play sixth-seeded UT Arlington on Monday. The Mavericks beat BYU 105-89 Wednesday night.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Ask James Harden about how happy he is running coach Mike D'Antoni's offense and a smile spreads across his face before the sentence is done. Harden has shaken off the disappointment of last season to thrive under D'Antoni and become a leading candidate for league MVP. His performance has the Houston Rockets thinking this could be the year they contend for a title.
HOUSTON (AP) -- A Houston veterinarian and her boyfriend are accused of trying to hire an undercover police officer posing as a hit man to kill their former partners. A judge on Monday set bail at $50,000 for 48-year-old Valerie Busick McDaniel, who doesn't have a criminal history. He denied bail for 39-year-old Leon Philip Jacob, who was already on bail, charged with stalking and assaulting his ex-girlfriend, when he and McDaniel were arrested Friday.
HOUSTON (AP) -- James Harden and the Houston Rockets have shown at times this season that they could be title contenders. Lately, however, they've failed to rise to the occasion against the NBA's elite. That changed on Sunday night when Harden had a triple-double of 38 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to outduel fellow MVP candidate LeBron James and lead the Rockets to a 117-112 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. "We beat Golden State.