Warriors 54-game home streak ends...James moving up

UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors' NBA-record 54-game regular-season home winning streak is history.

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The Boston Celtics, playing the second half of a back-to-back after a tough loss in Portland, upset the Warriors 109-106. The Warriors committed an uncharacteristic 22 turnovers. Golden State hadn't lost at home since a 113-111 overtime defeat to the Bulls on Jan. 27, 2015.

Isaiah Thomas scored all his 22 points in the second half for Boston. Jared Sullinger added 20 points and 12 boards.

The loss drops the Warriors to 68-8, and 36-1 at home. They now need to win five of their last six games to break the Chicago Bulls' all-time 72-10 record set in 1995-96. Golden State has two of its remaining six games on the road.

Stephen Curry was high man for the Warriors with 29 points. But he missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 5.3 seconds left.

In other NBA:

— Cleveland superstar LeBron James has moved past Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson into 11th place on the NBA's scoring list. James passed Robertson's 26,710 points total with 29 points in the Cavaliers' 110-108 overtime win over Atlanta. James added 19 rebounds and nine assists. The Cavs remained two and a-half games up on Toronto in race for best record in the Eastern Conference.

— Toronto posted a 99-95 road win at Memphis. DeMar DeRozan led the way with 27 points, six rebounds and four assists.

— Kemba Walker had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 100-91 to go to the verge of clinching an Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Hornets can wrap up a postseason berth for the second time in three seasons if Detroit beats Chicago tonight.

__ Gordon Hayward scored 22 and the Utah Jazz defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-85 to remain tied with Dallas in the race for the final Western Conference playoff slot.

— Jose Barea scored 29 points and Dirk Nowitzki (noh-VIHT'-skee) added 19 as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 98-89.

— Jabari Parker made a driving basket with 10.1 seconds left to put Milwaukee ahead and Tyler Ennis hit two free throws that sealed the Bucks' 113-110 win over the Orlando Magic. Parker finished with 26.

— Langston Galloway scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-91 to split the season series with their city rival.

— Gerard Green poured in 30 in the Miami Heat's 112-106 win over Sacramento.

— And Washington beat Phoenix 106-99. Ex-Sun Markief Morris had 21 for the Wiz.


Houston, TX (Learfield) -- It's Final Four weekend.  Oklahoma plays Villanova and North Carolina clashes with Syracuse in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament tonight in Houston.  

Oklahoma and Villanova meet in the first game in a matchup of two seeds at 5:09 p-m Central time.  UNC and Syracuse will follow at approximately 7:49 p-m.  Saturday's winners meet in the championship game Monday night.


B's snap out of funk

UNDATED (AP) — David Krejci had two goals and two assists and the Boston Bruins snapped out of a scoring funk to beat the St. Louis Blues 6-5 and hang onto third place in the Atlantic Division. The B's had scored just 10 goals in losing six of their previous seven.

Loui Eriksson got his 500th career point with a goal and an assist. Patrice Bergeron scored his 30th goal for Boston.

In other hockey:

— Riley Sheahan had a goal and an assist to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. The Red Wings remain one point behind Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division. Minnesota has a five-point lead on Colorado for the final Western Conference wild-card spot.

__ Emerson Etem scored the tiebreaking goal against his former team with 6:37 to play, and the Vancouver Canucks rallied from a third-period deficit for their second straight victory, 3-2 over Anaheim. The Ducks remained one point back of the L.A. Kings in the race for the Pacific Division crown.

— Chicago got an overtime goal from Brent Seabrook 1:02 into the extra session and the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks beat Winnipeg 5-4.

— Washington's Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 45th goal in the Capitals' 4-2 win in Colorado.


Blackhawks' Keith draws 6-game suspension

UNDATED (AP) __ The NHL has suspended Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith for the final five games of the regular season and the first game of the playoffs for "dangerously and violently" high-sticking Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle. Keith is Chicago's top defenseman and the reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP.


U. of Portland tabs ex-Trail Blazer as coach

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The University of Portland has hired veteran NBA player and coach Terry Porter as its new head basketball coach.

Porter will be introduced as the team's coach at a campus event on Tuesday. He will replace Eric Reveno, who was dismissed last month after 10 years with the Pilots.

Porter played for the Trail Blazers for 10 seasons from 1985-95. He remains popular in Portland. The team retired his jersey in 2009.

Porter was head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks for two seasons from 2003-2005, for the Phoenix Suns for the 2008-09 season.


Wildcats' top scorer turning pro

UNDATED (AP) — Kentucky guard Jamal Murray says he will enter the NBA draft and hire an agent. Once he does that he cannot change his mind and come back.

Murray was the Wildcats' top scorer at 20 points per game. The Canadian also set single-season program records for a freshman with 720 points and 113 3-pointers. That's the most ever by a Southeastern Conference first year player.

Meanwhile, Stanford forward Rosco Allen has declared for the NBA draft but will not sign with an agent, leaving open the option of returning to school. The first-team All-Pac-12 selection led Stanford in scoring with 15.6 points per game.


Minor tweaks coming

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has made several minor rule changes for this season, including one that covers tag plays when a runner is touched only by the laces of a fielder's glove.

The tweaks were announced in an 11-minute video produced by MLB.

The video showed a play in which Houston second baseman Jose Altuve touched a sliding runner with the hanging laces from his glove. In the past, that was called an out; now, that won't be enough to count as a tag.

MLB season opens Sunday with three games.


Texans re-sign Weeden

UNDATED (AP) — Houston has re-signed quarterback Brandon Weeden. He joined the Texans late last season after several injuries at the position. He appeared in two games with one start and helped the Texans to wins in both games.

Weeden will remain in a backup role with the Texans after they signed Brock Osweiler to a $72 million contract earlier this month.

Weeden started last season as Tony Romo's backup with the Cowboys. He lost all three starts after Romo was injured, then Weeden was released.


— Free agent linebacker Curtis Grant has agreed to terms with Tennessee. Grant was not drafted after being a co-captain at Ohio State and helping the Buckeyes to a national title in 2014. He joined the Chargers only to be waived at the end of training camp.


Logano takes pole

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Joey Logano is the pole-sitter for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Martinsville. It is the third consecutive pole for Logano on the smallest and oldest track in the premier series.

He edged out Kasey Kahne for the top spot on the half-mile track.


Castroneves fastest in Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Helio Castroneves had the fastest qualifying lap during a day of records in IndyCar's return to Phoenix International Raceway.

Castroneves had the final of six track-record runs on the mile oval, turning a lap at 192.324 mph for a two-lap elapsed time of 38.2604 seconds for his 46th career pole.

Tony Kanaan will start on the front row with Castroneves in tonight's 250-mile race, the first at PIR since 2005.


Thompson shares lead

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Lexi Thompson shot a 4-under 68 and is tied with Ai Miyazato after the second round of the LPGA's ANA Inspiration, the first major of the LPGA season. They're at 7-under.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko was a stroke back along with Suzann Pettersen, In Gee Chun, Lizette Salas, Sung Hyun Park and Lee-Anne Pace.


Hoffman on top going into the weekend

HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — Charley Hoffman is 36-hole leader at 10 under par after the second round of the Houston Open. His 10-under total is one shot better than Jamie Lovemark who posted a 68. Chez Reavie is two off the lead.

Jordan Spieth is six shots off the lead after a 73.


First round rainout

SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) — The opening round of the Champions Tour Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic has been moved to today because of heavy rain. The players will tee off at 7 a.m. Central with the second round scheduled to begin about 12:30 p.m. The defending champion is David Frost, with Woody Austin fresh off a win in the Tucson Conquistadores Classic.


Woods passing on Masters

UNDATED (AP)— Tiger Woods is going to Augusta National next week — to eat, not play.

Woods made it official last night what most observers figured all along. Recovery from two back surgeries last year has not progressed to the point where it's wise for him to tee it up at the Masters. It will be the second time in the last three years that Woods has not played the Masters.

Woods did say on his website that he has been hitting golf balls and training daily. But he still had no timetable for when he would return to competition.

Woods turned 40 in January. His last victory was in August 2013.


ESPN goes with all-female announcing trio

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A last-minute change will give ESPN its first all-female broadcast crew for the women's Final Four. Beth Mowins is replacing Dave O'Brien as the play-by-play voice this weekend and she will work alongside Doris Burke and Holly Rowe.

That crew will be in sharp contrast with the coaches. For the first time in NCAA women's tournament history, all coaches of the Final Four will be male.


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