Bulls top Warriors
UNDATED (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors are now 0-2 since losing Kevin Durant for the rest of the month.
Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and Bobby Portis had a double-double of 17 points and a game-high 13 rebounds as the Bulls knocked off the Warriors, 94-87 in Chicago. Butler and Portis each hit a pair of free throws in the final half-minute after Paul Zipser's 3-pointer put Chicago up 91-85 with 1:41 left.
Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry led the Warriors with 23 points but shot just 10-for-27, including a 2-for-11 mark from 3-point range. Klay Thompson was also off target from beyond the arc, missing 10 of 11 to finish with just 13 points.
The win pushes the Bulls over .500 at 31-30 and drops Golden State to an NBA-best 50-11.
Golden State lost after signing forward Matt Barnes to a contract. Barnes was acquired as a replacement for Durant, who suffered knee and leg injuries in Tuesday's loss at Washington.
Barnes averaged 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 25 minutes in 54 games with Sacramento this season before being waived last week.
Bogut inks Cavs deal
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Andrew Bogut (BOH'-guht) has officially signed with the Cavaliers and is expected to make his team debut Monday against Miami in Cleveland. Bogut spent the previous four seasons with the Golden State Warriors, who could be on a collision course to play the Cavs for the third straight year. He was let go by Philadelphia last week after being acquired in a trade with Dallas, where he averaged three points and 8.3 rebounds in 26 games this season.
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SMU stays ahead of Cincy
UNDATED (AP) -- SMU has clinched at least a share of the American Athletic Conference regular-season title by rolling through Tulsa.
Semi Ojaleye (SHEH'-mee OH'-zhah-lay) poured in 26 points on 9-for-9 shooting as the 14th-ranked Mustangs ripped the Golden Hurricanes, 93-70. Ojaleye's night included a pair of highlight-reel dunks and three 3-pointers as SMU improved to 16-1 in the conference.
Jarrey Foster added 18 points on 9 of 11 shooting to help the Mustangs stay one game ahead of Cincinnati.
Gary Clark's 14 points and seven rebounds led the 18th-ranked Bearcats to their 26th straight home win, a 65-47 stifling of Houston. Cincinnati took control by closing the first half on a 20-4 spurt for a 37-20 lead.
The Bearcats are 26-4 overall after allowing the Cougars to hit just five 3-pointers in 19 attempts. Houston entered the game as the most accurate 3-point squad in the conference.
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Coach gets bonus, anyway
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Wichita State is giving coach Gregg Marshall the $25,000 bonus he would have earned for winning the Missouri Valley coach of the year award. Marshall finished second in the balloting with 96 votes, just six fewer than Illinois State's Dan Muller. The 21st-ranked Shockers tied the Redbirds for the regular-season Valley title, earning Marshall an $18,000 bonus.
Private funds will be used to pay the bonus.
Pitchless international walks take effect
NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball fans are seeing something new during exhibition games on Thursday.
Major League Baseball has unveiled the pitchless intentional walk, a new rule designed to speed up the game this season. The change was implemented following approval by MLB and the players' association. Managers will now signal the plate umpire for an intentional walk, and the batter will be told to take first base.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred had hoped for more radical pace-of-game changes, but the union did not accept pitch clocks, alterations to the strike zone or a limit on trips to the mound. Video review regulations were changed to establish a 30-second limit for a manager to make a challenge and a conditional two-minute guideline for the replay umpire to make a decision.
Two other rule changes were announced Thursday. One formalizes an umpire interpretation and prohibits a pitcher from resetting his pivot foot or taking a second step toward home plate during his delivery. Another requires base coaches to remain behind the line of the coach's box closest to the plate and the front line parallel to the foul line prior to each pitch.
In other baseball news:
-- Red Sox lefty David Price will consult with specialists after experiencing soreness in his left elbow and forearm. Manager John Farrell said Price threw 38 pitches in a two-inning simulated game Tuesday and felt discomfort the following day, causing Price to be scratched from his first spring training start. Price went 17-9 with a 3.99 ERA in a major league-leading 35 starts last season, his first after signing a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Red Sox.
-- The Nationals and setup man Joe Blanton have finalized a one-year, $4 million contract. The 36-year-old right-hander was a free agent after going 7-2 with a 2.48 ERA in 75 appearances for the Dodgers last season. Blanton also won one of his four appearances in the division series against the Nats, allowing only one hit in five shutout innings.
Nats-Orioles TV dispute has appellate court hearing March 14
UNDATED (AP) -- A TV turf war involving the Baltimore Orioles and neighboring Washington Nationals is headed to an appeals court.
The Appellate Division of New York Supreme Court in Manhattan will hear arguments from each side for 15 minutes on March 14.
The case was extended after New York Supreme Court Justice Lawrence K. Marks in November 2015 threw out an arbitration decision that said the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network owed the Nationals about $298 million for the club's television rights from 2012-16. Both sides appealed that decision.
MASN (MAS'-un) is owned by the Orioles, who allowed the Nats to come to Washington in 2005 in exchange for control of their TV rights. The Orioles were given a supermajority partnership interest in MASN, but the two clubs have argued over the Nats' portion of the proceeds since 2012.
Caps eke by Devils...Wild covered by Jackets
UNDATED (AP) -- The Washington Capitals have a tighter grip on first place in three different NHL races after setting a club record for consecutive home wins.
The Caps picked up their 14th straight victory on home ice by downing New Jersey, 1-0 on Jakub Vrana's (vah-RAH'-nahz) goal about 7 1/2 minutes into the third period. Braden Holtby faced just 15 shots in securing his eighth shutout of the season.
The outcome gives Washington a seven-point lead over Columbus in the Eastern Conference and Metropolitan Division races. The Capitals also top the overall standings by five points over Minnesota.
The Wild still lead the Western Conference and Central Division by three points over Chicago after the Blue Jackets pinned Minnesota with a 1-0 loss. Neither team scored until Brandon Saad (sahd) beat Devan Dubnyk (DOOB'-nihk) 4:32 into the third period.
Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF'-skee) turned back 38 shots in his fourth shutout of the season.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
-- P.K. Subban (SOO'-ban) had an assist in his first game in Montreal since being traded by the Canadiens last summer, but his former team rallied to beat Nashville, 2-1. Paul Byron notched the game-winner with nine seconds left after Brendan Gallagher knotted the score midway through the third period. Carey Price made 24 saves as the Canadiens kept their six-point lead over the Senators in the Atlantic Division.
-- Newcomer Alexandre Burrows scored twice on assists from Mike Hoffman as Ottawa topped Colorado, 2-1. Craig Anderson stopped 22 shots and was perfect until Rene Bourque (bohrk) beat him 5 1/2 minutes into the final period.
-- Third-period goals by Pavel Buchnevich and Oscar Lindberg gave the New York Rangers their first win in three games, 2-1 at Boston. Henrik Lundqvist turned back 32 shots and blanked the Bruins until Brad Marchand cut into the Rangers' lead with 7:04 remaining.
-- Philadelphia ended Florida's five-game road winning streak by getting shootout goals from Jakub Voracek and Jordan Weal in a 2-1 verdict over the Panthers. Newly acquired Valtteri Filppula (val-TEHR'-ee FIHL'-poo-luh) scored in regulation to help the Flyers win their second straight and deal the Panthers the fourth loss in their last five games overall.
-- Buffalo had dropped four straight before Evander Kane scored a tiebreaking goal with 5:36 left to push the Sabres past Arizona, 6-3. Marcus Foligno (foh-LEE'-noh) scored twice for the Sabres, who also got a goal and two assists from both Jack Eichel (EYE'-kul) and Ryan O'Reilly.
Kings broadcaster to retire
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Kings Hall of Fame play-by play broadcaster Bob Miller is retiring after 44 years and 3,351 games with the team.
The 78-year-old Miller plans to call the Kings' last home game on April 8 against Chicago and their regular-season finale at Anaheim the following night to end his career.
Miller has dealt with three medical issues over the past two years, including a pair of mild strokes during the NHL All-Star weekend in January.
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Baylor's Mulkey apologizes for remarks about assault scandal
WACO, Texas (AP) -- Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey has made a tearful apology for her recent remarks about the school's sexual assault scandal.
Mulkey had defended the school against critics by saying last weekend that Baylor fans should "knock them right in the face" and said it's time to "move on" from the scandal. She has since apologized for her choice of words and said her heart goes out to assault victims, adding that the school failed them.
Baylor is facing several federal lawsuits from women who say the school mishandled or ignored sexual and physical assault claims for years.
Titans agree to extension with backup QB Matt Cassel
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans have worked out a contract extension with quarterback Matt Cassel (KAS'-ul) a week before he was set to hit free agency.
The 12-year veteran played four games for the Titans last season and started the team's season-ending win over Houston. He is expected to help the Titans during OTAs while Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH'-tah) recovers from a broken right lower leg.
Also in the NFL:
-- Dolphins general manager Chris Grier says quarterback Ryan Tannehill is expected to be ready for the offseason program after missing the final four games of last season because of a sprained left knee. The team spent several weeks after the season assessing the extent of Tannehill's ACL and MCL sprains before ruling out surgery.
Redskins' GM not at NFL combine due to 'family matters'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan (mih-KLOO'-uhn) is not attending the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
A team spokesman told The Associated Press that McCloughan is taking care of some family matters.
Coach Jay Gruden (GROO'-dehn) and other officials are representing the Redskins at the combine.
Johnson tees off as No. 1 player for first time
MEXICO CITY (AP) --Veterans Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood are part of a six-way tie for the lead through one round of the WGC Mexico Championship.
Mickelson and Westwood opened with 4-under 67s, as did PGA champion Jimmy Walker, Torrey Pines winner Jon Rahm, Ryan Moore and Ross Fisher.
Just one shot back is Rory McIlroy, who can go back to No. 1 in the world rankings with a victory. McIlroy played through a fractured rib.
Dustin Johnson shot a 71 in his first round since climbing to the top of the rankings.
Wie sets the pace
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Michelle Wie (wee) will carry a one-stroke lead into the second round of the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.
Wie had six birdies in a 10-hole stretch for a 6-under 66 that put her one stroke ahead of five others.
Olympic champion Inbee Park, Brooke Henderson, Mo Martin, Anna Nordqvist and Ariya Jutanugarn (ahr-EE'-uh juh-TAN'-uh-garn) share second.