Whiteside leads Heat past Suns 112-97
MIAMI (AP) -- Hassan Whiteside had 23 points and 14 rebounds before leaving late with blood on his right hand, and the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 112-97 Tuesday night.
Tyler Johnson scored 17 for the Heat (35-36), who had seven players in double figures. Goran Dragic scored 16, Josh Richardson had 14 and Willie Reed added 12 for Miami.
Marquese Chriss scored 24 for Phoenix (22-49), which lost its fifth straight and used only an eight-player rotation until the final minutes. Leandro Barbosa scored 13, Alex Len scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and T.J. Warren scored 12 for the Suns.
Whiteside was hurt with 2:08 left and the Heat leading by 24, when his hand got caught in the foam attached to the bottom of the backboard. He let out a loud scream and headed to the Heat locker room.
In other games:
--DeMarcus Cousins enjoyed his most prolific performance yet with the Pelicans with 41 points and 17 rebounds, and New Orleans beat the Memphis Grizzlies 95-82. Cousins hit five 3-pointers, tying a career high. He made five shots inside while being fouled for three-point plays and had the jubilant home crowd chanting his nickname, "Boogie."
--DeMar DeRozan had 42 points, and the Toronto Raptors snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Chicago Bulls by rallying for a wild 122-120 overtime win. DeRozan shot 17 of 38 from the floor and also collected eight assists. Cory Joseph had 19 points for the Raptors, and Serge Ibaka scored 16 before he was ejected for his role in a memorable fight with Robin Lopez during the third quarter.
--While his twin brother was throwing punches in a game in Toronto, Brook Lopez landed a blow that really hurt. Lopez made a jumper as time expired to give the Brooklyn Nets a 98-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
-- A double dose of Curry, with big brother coming out on top again. Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors picked up their 28th road victory over the season with a 112-87 win over younger brother Seth and the Dallas Mavericks.
-- Khris Middleton scored 26 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Portland Trail Blazers for a 93-90 victory.
-- Kawhi Leonard scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and hit the go-ahead jumper with 54 seconds to play to help the San Antonio Spurs to a 100-93 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
-- Chris Paul scored 27 points before watching the end of a blowout with his young son on the bench, and the Clippers beat the Lakers 133-109 for yet another win in the battle of Los Angeles.
Ovechkin shines as Caps snap Elliott's streak, beat Flames
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alex Ovechkin had a goal and two assists, T.J. Oshie scored his 30th of the season and the NHL-leading Washington Capitals defeated the surging Calgary Flames 4-2.
The top line of Ovechkin, Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom dominated all game. Ovechkin led all players with a season-high 11 shots, finally beating Flames goaltender Brian Elliott late in the third period for his 29th goal.
Evgeny Kuznetsov and Kevin Shattenkirk also scored, and Backstrom had three assists as the Capitals snapped Elliott's franchise-record winning streak at 11 games. Elliott kept his team in it by stopping 36 shots as Calgary lost for just the fifth time in 22 games.
Playing his 300th career game, counterpart Braden Holtby celebrated his bobblehead night by making 29 saves for Washington, which has 102 points.
In other games:
--Nick Bonino scored the go-ahead goal with 5:29 left and the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched their 11th straight playoff berth with a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary also scored, and Matt Murray made 29 saves. The Penguins (46-17-9) improved to 8-1-1 in their past 10 and are in the hunt to finish with the NHL's best record.
--Kyle Turris scored twice and Craig Anderson made 33 saves as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 to end a four-game losing streak. Mike Hoffman had two assists for the Senators, who moved six points ahead of Boston for second place in the Atlantic Division with their first win since March 11.
--Jeff Skinner scored two goals, including the game-winner with 3:55 left, to lead the Carolina Hurricanes over the Florida Panthers 4-3. Sebastian Aho had a goal and an assist for Carolina, and Teuvo Teravainen also scored. Cam Ward stopped 33 shots.
--Anthony Mantha scored at 4:10 of overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Mantha scored his 15th of the season on a wrist shot from close range to give the Red Wings their third win in four games.
--Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a goal and an assist during Arizona's three-goal third period, Louis Domingue stopped 36 shots and the Coyotes damaged Tampa Bay's playoff hopes with a 5-3 victory over the Lightning. Arizona, with the NHL's second-worst record, also got goals from Christian Fischer, Christian Dvorak, Radim Vrbata and Connor Murphy.
-- Joseph Blandisi scored on an odd-man rush with 54.6 seconds left in overtime and the New Jersey Devils handed the New York Rangers a rare road loss, 3-2.
-- Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and two assists and the Winnipeg Jets earned their third straight victory with a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
-- Daniel Sedin scored a power-play goal 2:12 into overtime and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 to end a six-game skid.
-- Martin Hanzal and Charlie Coyle scored 15 seconds apart for Minnesota late in the second period, and the Wild stopped a five-game losing streak by hanging on for a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
-- Magnus Paajarvi and Jaden Schwartz scored in the third period to send the St. Louis Blues past the Colorado Avalanche 4-2.
First triple-double for TCU sinks Richmond 86-68 in NIT
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Vlad Brodziansky scored 20 points, Kenrich Williams had the first triple-double in TCU history and the Horned Frogs rolled over Richmond 86-68 to win their bracket of the NIT and advance to the Final Four for the first time.
Williams had 11 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for TCU (22-15), which was seeded fourth and knocked out top-seeded Iowa in the second round. Desmond Bane added 13 points and Alex Robinson had 12.
The Horned Frogs, under first-year coach Jamie Dixon, will play the winner of UCF-Illinois in Madison Square Garden next Tuesday.
T.J. Cline had 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the sixth-seeded Spiders (22-13), De'Monte Buckingham had 11 points and Khwan Fore 10.
Ben Lammers had 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and added eight blocks, four rebounds, four assists and four steals to lead Georgia Tech of the final four of the NIT with a 74-66 win over Mississippi.
Josh Okogie led the Yellow Jackets (20-15), who were seeded sixth in their bracket, with 26 points and Quinton Stephens had 10 with seven rebounds.
Georgia Tech never reached the semifinals in eight previous NITs and faces the winner of Cal State Bakersfield-Texas Arlington at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.
Rice coach, former VCU assistant returning to coach Rams
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Rice coach Mike Rhoades is returning to VCU to become the Rams' head coach.
The 44-year-old Rhoades spent five years as an assistant to Shaka Smart from 2009-14. He replaces Will Wade, who resigned Monday night to take the same position at LSU.
Rhoades told Fox 26 TV in Houston the VCU job is a "dream come true." Virginia Commonwealth University has not officially announced the hire, but scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to introduce its new men's coach.
Rhoades had a 47-52 record in three seasons with the Owls. After taking over a team that went 7-23 in 2014, he led them to consecutive 12-20 seasons before this year's team finished 23-12 and played in the CBI Tournament. The Owls were eliminated in the quarterfinals on Monday.
Texas A&M's Williams to return for sophomore season
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Texas A&M freshman standout Robert Williams says he is returning for another season in college.
The 6-foot-9 Williams, projected by many to be a lottery pick in June's NBA draft, averaged 11.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this season for the Aggies (16-15).
Williams says the decision will give him "more time to mature and develop my game before moving on to the NBA."
After signing with Texas A&M out of Louisiana in high school, Williams shot 55.8 percent from the field as a freshman and led the Aggies with an average of 2.5 blocks per game. He had 11 double-doubles this season.
Texas A&M's season came to an end with a loss to Vanderbilt in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Yankees SS Gregorius out 6 weeks; Bonds with Giants
UNDATED (AP) --New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to miss the first month of the regular season after straining his right shoulder while away at the World Baseball Classic.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that Gregorius is likely to be sidelined six weeks. Opening day for the Yankees is April 2 at Tampa Bay.
Gregorius was hurt when he turned a double play for the Netherlands on Saturday in an exhibition game against Arizona in preparation for the WBC semifinals.
Yankee manager Joe Girardi said, "It's someone we're going to miss. Guys are going to have to step up."
The 27-year-old Gregorius hit .276 with 20 home runs and 70 RBIs last season.
The Yankees have backup shortstops Ronald Torreyes and Ruben Tejada in camp, along with utilityman Tyler Wade and top prospect Gleyber Torres. Cashman said Torres won't be in the mix at the start.
Second baseman Starlin Castro will likely get some time at short over the final week and a half of spring training.
Bonds rejoins Giants as special adviser, calls team 'family'
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds is back home with the San Francisco Giants.
Baseball's home run champion was scheduled to help coach at spring training beginning Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona. He will work with the minor league teams, too.
Bonds spent last season as Miami's hitting coach before being fired. He will work with Giants CEO Larry Baer.
Bonds said he was "excited to be back home with the Giants and join the team in an official capacity."
Jerry Krause, Bulls' GM during 1990s dynasty, dies at 77
CHICAGO (AP) -- Jerry Krause, the Chicago Bulls' general manager during their 1990s dynasty that saw them capture six NBA championships with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way, has died. He was 77.
The Bulls confirmed his death on Tuesday.
A Chicago native, Krause took over as GM in 1985 and was responsible for surrounding Jordan with the pieces that would propel the team to two championship three-peats in the 1990s. He also hired Phil Jackson from the Continental Basketball Association as an assistant to Doug Collins and fired Collins in favor of Jackson following a run to the Eastern Conference finals in 1989.
He acquired Pippen in a 1987 draft-day trade and also selected Horace Grant -- two key pieces of the powerhouse teams led by Jordan.
White Sox, SS Tim Anderson agree to $25M, 6-year contract
CHICAGO (AP) -- The rebuilding Chicago White Sox and promising shortstop Tim Anderson have agreed to a $25 million, six-year contract.
Anderson will receive $850,000 in 2017, $1 million in 2018, $1.4 million in 2019, $4 million in 2020, $7.25 million in 2021 and $9.5 million in 2022. The deal also includes club options of $12.5 million for 2023 and $14 million for 2024. If either is declined, Anderson gets $1 million.
The deal announced Tuesday comes on the heels of an encouraging debut last season.
The 23-year-old Anderson, selected 17th overall in the 2013 amateur draft, was promoted in June after Jimmy Rollins was released. He hit .283 with 10 stolen bases, nine homers and 30 RBIs in 99 games. He also struck out 117 times and walked just 13.
NCAA-NOTRE DAME-TURNER OUT
Notre Dame loses top scorer Brianna Turner to knee injury
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Notre Dame junior forward Brianna Turner will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, a major blow to the NCAA Tournament hopes of the top-seeded Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame announced Tuesday that Turner tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee Sunday night during a second-round win over Purdue. She leads the team this season with 15.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, and also has 86 blocks -- sixth-best for a single season in Notre Dame history.
Notre Dame faces Ohio State on Friday night in the Sweet 16 in Lexington, Kentucky.