Boston over Washington in key Eastern Conference faceoff
BOSTON (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading the Boston Celtics to a 110-102 victory over the Washington Wizards in another testy matchup between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
Avery Bradley added 20 points and nine rebounds, and Jae Crowder and Al Horford each scored 16 with nine boards for Boston, which moved 21/2 games ahead of the Wizards for second place in the East. The Celtics trail first-place Cleveland by two games.
Bradley Beal led Washington with 19 points, and John Wall had 16 points with eight assists.
In other games: --Jeff Teague scored 21 points, Paul George added 19 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Utah Jazz 107-100 Indiana continued its trend of following a loss with a win -- failing to do either in consecutive games since Feb. 16. The win helped the Pacers maintain the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.
--Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker each had 16 points and the Charlotte Hornets handed the slumping Atlanta Hawks their fourth straight loss, 105-90 on Monday night. The Hornets scored 17 points off 18 turnovers and led by as many as 23 in the fourth quarter.
--Nikola Vucevic (NEE'-koh-lah VOOCH'-uh-vihch) had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Evan Fournier scored 19 points and the Orlando Magic beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-109 in overtime. Orlando overcame a 17-point second-half deficit. Fournier led the way in OT with eight points, and Terrence Ross had four points in the extra session and 15 overall.
--Klay Thompson scored 34 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 111-95 victory over the Thunder in Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook was held to 15 points for the home team on 4 of 16 shooting.
-- James 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. Harden had 39 points, 11 assists and was three rebounds shy of his 20th triple-double of the season.
-- Blake Griffin scored 30 points, Chris Paul had 13 points and 13 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New York Knicks 114-105. The Clippers (42-29) pulled to within one game of the Utah Jazz for fourth place in the Western Conference. The fading Knicks were led by Kristaps Porzingis' 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Derek Rose had 18 points and Carmelo Anthony had 16. Largely using their bench, they cut the 25-point deficit to seven points in final minutes.
Silver tells NBA team owners to take note of rest issue
MIAMI (AP) -- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to the league's board of governors Monday, calling the way teams are choosing to rest starters in some games "an extremely significant issue for our league" and pressing owners to be more involved in the decision-making process.
Silver also told the owners that the matter will be discussed at league meetings next month after nationally televised games on back-to-back Saturday nights were diluted by decisions to rest star players.
ESPN.com first reported the contents of the memo.
The rest issue has been an even hotter-than-usual talking point in the NBA of late with teams like Golden State and Cleveland -- the last two NBA champions -- electing to rest superstars in recent nationally televised games.
Eichel-led Sabres beat Red Wings 2-1 on power-play goals
DETROIT (AP) -- Jack Eichel and Matt Moulson each scored a power-play goal in the first two periods, and the Buffalo Sabres held off the Detroit Red Wings for a 2-1 victory Monday night.
Robin Lehner made 34 saves for the Sabres.
Tomas Tatar scored in his third straight game, pulling Detroit within a goal midway through the second.
The Red Wings had power plays early and late in the third period but failed to take advantage of their opportunities to tie the game, falling to 0 for 4 with an extra skater.
Petr Mrazek stopped 28 shots for Detroit.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
--Ryan Ellis scored twice, Pekka Rinne made 25 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1. Viktor Arvidsson also scored for the Predators, who have won four of five. Craig Smith added two assists.
--Tyler Bozak scored the go-ahead power-play goal with less than two minutes left and the Toronto Maple Leafs earned a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. The win pulled the Leafs (81 points) within one point of the Bruins (82 points) for third place in the Atlantic division.
-- Cam Talbot made 35 saves for his second consecutive shutout and seventh of the season as the Edmonton Oilers ended an eight-game homestand with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
-- Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves for his 36th career shutout and second this season as the Dallas Stars edged the San Jose Sharks 1-0. Curtis McKenzie scored his fifth goal on a tip-in from the slot
UConn rolls over Syracuse, Stanford trounces K-State
STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Kia Nurse scored 29 points and tied an NCAA Tournament record with nine 3-pointers to lead UConn to a 94-64 win over Syracuse in a second-round rematch of last year's national championship game.
Nurse hit 10 of her 13 shots, missing three attempts from behind the arc for the Huskies, who won their 109th straight game and 26th consecutive NCAA Tournament game. That streak includes last April's 82-51 win over the Orange that gave the Huskies their fourth consecutive title.
Gabby Williams and Katie Lou Samuelson each added 23 points and Napheesa Collier chipped in with 17 for UConn (34-0), which led by as many as 36 points.
The Huskies shot 62 percent from the floor, 52 percent from 3-point range and had 30 assists on their 33 baskets.
Elsewhere in the women's tournament:
--Brittany McPhee had 21 points, Alanna Smith added 19 and second-seeded Stanford routed No. 7 seed Kansas State 69-48 to advance to the Cardinal's 10th straight Sweet 16. The Cardinal (30-5) had no problem dealing with the Wildcats (23-11) or their home crowd, which spent much of the game sitting in silence. Stanford roared to a 39-21 halftime lead and never looked back in advancing to face No. 3 seed Texas on Friday night in Lexington, Kentucky.
--Ruthy Hebard had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Oregon earned its first Sweet 16 berth by upsetting Duke 74-65. Maite Cazorla added 17 points and Lexi Bando finished with 14 points to help Oregon (22-13) become the first No. 10 seed in a decade to reach the round of 16. The Ducks, in their first tournament since 2005, had never advanced past the second round in their 12 previous appearances. Now they're on to Bridgeport.
__Asia Durr scored 23 points, Mariya Moore made all five 3-pointers for 19 points and Louisville beat Tennessee 75-64. Moore's perimeter shooting provided a lift on a night that fourth-seeded Louisville had to work hard late to finish 44 percent from the field. She scored the Cardinals' first eight points of the fourth quarter with back-to-back 3s for a 54-47 lead before Durr followed with seven of their next eight points to make it 62-51 with 4:07 remaining. Durr also became the 28th Louisville player to reach 1,000 career points.
-- Nina Davis and the Baylor women are headed back to the Sweet 16, and a very familiar spot. Davis and Alexis Prince both scored 16 points in their last home game, and the Lady Bears earned their ninth consecutive Sweet 16 trip with an 86-46 win over California.
-- The long shots kept making long shots and the Sweet 16 is Quinnipiac's reward. Morgan Manz scored 22 points and made six 3-pointers, Aryn McClure added 15 and 12th-seeded Quinnipiac stunned fourth-seeded Miami 85-78 in a second-round game.
-- Kari Korver scored 21 points, hitting seven 3-pointers, and fourth-seed UCLA routed Texas A&M 75-43 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
-- Kelsey Plum scored 38 points, adding another record to her career resume, and No. 3 seed Washington raced past No. 6 seed Oklahoma.
Texas-Arlington routs Akron 85-69 in NIT second round
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Kaelon Wilson scored 18 points and Texas-Arlington routed Akron 85-69 in the second round of the NIT.
No. 6 seed Texas-Arlington (27-8) will play the Cal State Bakersfield-Colorado State winner in a quarterfinal. The Mavericks have won 14 straight at home.
Wilson was 7 of 9 from the floor. Kevin Hervey and Erick Neal added 13 points apiece for the Mavericks, who shot 53 percent from the floor and made 12 of 29 (41 percent) from long range. Jimond Ivey scored 14 points to lead No. 7 seed Akron (27-9). Kwan Cheatham Jr. chipped in 11 points.
In other games:
-- B.J. Taylor scored 22 points, including a pair of free throws with 1.3 seconds left, and Central Florida beat Illinois State 63-62 Monday night in the second round of the NIT.
-- Tracy Abrams scored 18 points, Leron Black had a double-double and Illinois pulled away midway through the second half to beat Boise State 71-56 in the second round of the NIT.
BRADY JERSEY FOUND
Police: Brady's missing Super Bowl jerseys tracked to Mexico
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.
It wasn't the only piece of memorabilia recovered: Authorities found a Brady jersey that had gone missing after the Patriots' 2015 Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks. And NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says that a helmet belonging to a Denver Broncos player was also discovered.
The stolen jersey -- and the investigation that stretched from Boston to the border -- captivated Patriots fans and social media for several days after the Patriots' 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Witness: Ex-NFL star shot men after drink spilled at club
BOSTON (AP) -- A former friend of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez told the jury at Hernandez's double-murder trial that the player opened fire on a car because he believed two men inside had taunted him at a nightclub.
Alexander Bradley testified about the shootings on July 16, 2012. Bradley said Hernandez ordered him to pull up next to the victims' car at a stop light and then repeatedly fired a revolver into the car. Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu were killed.
Relatives of the men wept as Bradley testified, prompting Judge Jeffrey Locke to call for a brief recess.
Bradley said Hernandez used a racial epithet and said, "What's up now?" before firing.
Steelers sign RB Knile Davis, CB Coty Sensabaugh
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free agent running back Knile Davis and free agent cornerback Coty Sensabaugh on Monday, regrouping after missing out on coveted linebacker Dont'a Hightower by finding depth at two areas of need heading into 2017.
Davis played three-plus seasons with the Chiefs, who selected him in the third round of the 2013 draft. He ran for 463 yards and six touchdowns, both career highs, with Kansas City in 2014 before his career took a turn. His playing time diminished in 2015 and last fall the Chiefs traded Davis to Green Bay for a seventh-round choice in the 2018 draft.
Jets sign McCown
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Jets have turned to Josh McCown in their winter-long search for a quarterback.
The team announced the signing of the veteran free agent on Monday night.
A person familiar with the one-year contract told The Associated Press that the deal is for $6 million fully guaranteed, as first reported by ESPN and NFL Network. The deal includes a potential $7 million in additional incentives -- including $2 million in playing bonuses ($125,000 for each game playing at least 50 percent snaps) and $5 million in playoff/Super Bowl bonuses.
The Jets had just the inexperienced Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg on their roster, and McCown provides a veteran presence who could potentially start and be a mentor to the youngsters.
McCown, who'll turn 38 on July 4, played the past two seasons with Cleveland.
McCown affords New York the ability to continue to evaluate Petty and Hackenberg -- and possibly another quarterback if they draft one with the No. 6 overall pick.
Women's players call negotiations with USA Hockey productive
UNDATED (AP)-- The U.S. women's national team says discussions with USA Hockey over an ongoing wage dispute were productive and will continue this week.
The team released a statement Monday night after a lengthy meeting that included almost 20 players and top executives from USA Hockey.
Players announced last week they'd boycott the upcoming world championships in Plymouth, Michigan, unless significant progress was made toward a labor agreement.
In the statement, players said the goal was to reach an agreement this week that would still allow them to get to training camp and play in the tournament. Camp was set to begin Wednesday with the tournament beginning March 31.
Johnson faces a major group in Match Play
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Dustin Johnson is facing a trio of major champions in his group at the Dell Technologies Match Play.
Johnson is the No. 1 seed for the first time in Match Play, which starts Wednesday at Austin Country Club in Texas. The three players assigned to his round-robin group are PGA champion Jimmy Walker, two-time major champion Martin Kaymer and former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson.
Defending champion Jason Day, the No. 3 seed, has Bay Hill winner Marc Leishman in his group. They are only two Australians in the 64-man field.
Rory McIlroy has Emiliano Grillo, Gary Woodland and Soren Kjeldsen, while fourth-seeded Hideki Matsuyama has drawn Louis Oosthuizen, the runner-up last year. Also in Matsuyama's group are Ross Fisher and Jim Furyk.
2020 Olympic golf course votes to amend membership policy
TOKYO (AP) -- The course that will host the 2020 Olympic golf tournament has decided to change its membership policy to include women.
The Kasumigaseki Country Club says its executive board decided on the change after discussions among its members. The membership policy came under scrutiny when Tokyo's governor urged it to admit women as full members.
Other critics said the club's policy was contrary to the spirit of the Olympics.
SPIKE LEE-COLIN KAEPERNICK
Director wants to know why there's no interest in Kaepernick
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spike Lee says it's "fishy" that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains an NFL free agent.
Kaepernick's season-long protest of "The Star Spangled Banner" ahead of 49ers games became a topic of national debate last season. Kaepernick was protesting police treatment of minorities in the country. He has indicated he plans to stand for the anthem next season.
Lee wrote on Instagram Sunday that he had brunch with Kaepernick in New York. The director questioned what crime Kaepernick has committed. He says the quarterback's lack of suitors "smells mad fishy to me."