AP Wednesday Sports Roundup
Warriors streak reaches 12
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors continue to creep closer toward matching the NBA record for the longest season-opening winning streak.
The Warriors improved to 12-0 despite blowing a 16-point, halftime lead in a 115-110 victory over Toronto. Stephen Curry had the hot hand for the Warriors once again, scoring 37 points on 13 of 23 from the floor and 5 of 10 from beyond the arc. Curry had 27 points by halftime, when the Warriors walked off the court with a 63-47 lead.
Klay Thompson finished with 19 points for the Warriors, who need to win their next three games to match the best start in league history. The 1948-49 Washington Capitols won their first 15 games under coach Red Auerbach before the record was matched by the 1993 Houston Rockets.
DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry each had 28 points for the Raptors, who have lost five of seven following a 5-0 start.
In other NBA action:
— Detroit ended a four-game losing streak as Andre Drummond had 25 points and 18 rebounds in the Pistons' 104-99 triumph at Cleveland. LeBron James scored just seven of his 30 points in the second half as the Cavaliers suffered their second straight loss since an eight-game winning streak.
— Kristaps Porzingis scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Knicks' 102-94 victory over Charlotte. Fans were chanting "Por-zing-is! Por-zing-is!" in the fourth quarter, shortly after his offensive rebound and subsequent three-point play gave the Knicks a 93-81 lead.
— Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points, Zach Lavine dropped in 17 and Karl-Anthony Towns had 14 and 14 rebounds as Minnesota downed the Heat 103-91 in Miami. The Heat lost despite Hassan Whiteside's triple-double of 22 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks.
— Thaddeus Young drained two free throws with 1.4 seconds left to send Brooklyn past Atlanta 90-88. Brook Lopez had a game-high 26 points and Young chipped in 16 and 11 rebounds.
— Washington earned a 115-86 win over Milwaukee behind John Wall's 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Otto Porter also scored 19 in the Wizards' first double-digit victory of the season.
— Denver's Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 32 points and Jameer Nelson scored all 16 of his points in the final 14:10 of a 115-98 victory at New Orleans. The Pelicans dropped to 1-10 and played the last 3 1/2 quarters without Anthony Davis because of an injured left shoulder.
Eighth-ranked Sooners win opener
UNDATED (AP) — The second-ranked Kentucky Wildcats won a matchup of top-5 teams in the Champions Classic in Chicago.
Tyler Ulis had 18 points and six assists as the Wildcats downed No. 5 Duke 74-63. Jamal Murray scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half for Kentucky, which forced 16 turnovers and outscored the Blue Devils 18-4 on fast-break points.
Amile Jefferson led the Blue Devils with 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Marshall Plumlee finished with 12 points, 10 boards and six blocks.
The Wildcats improved to 3-0 and dropped Duke to 2-1.
Also in the Champions Classic, Denzel Valentine had a triple-double of 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists as 13th-ranked Michigan downed No. 4 Kansas 79-74. Valentine hit all three of his 3-pointers while scoring 21 points in the second half after the Jayhawks carried a six-point lead into the locker room at intermission.
Perry Ellis finished with 21 points and six boards for Kansas.
In other top-25 finals:
— Rasheed Sulaimon hit a tiebreaking, 3-pointer with 1:18 left as third-ranked Maryland escaped with a 75-71 win over visiting Georgetown. Melo Trimble scored 24 points for the Terrapins, who attempted 20 more free throws in the first regular-season meeting between the local rivals in 22 years.
— Buddy Hield scored 30 points and No. 8 Oklahoma held off Memphis 84-78 in the Sooners' season opener, Ryan Spangler added 11 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and provided a dunk that put the Sooners ahead for good late in the second half.
— Shaquille Harrison scored 20 points and Marquel Curtis added 16 to help Tulsa upset No. 9 Wichita State 77-67. Tulsa outrebounded the Shockers 38-32 and shot 46 percent to Wichita's 36.4 percent.
— Josh Hart scored 19 points and 11th-rated Villanova shot 49 percent from the field in an 87-63 romp over Nebraska. Daniel Ochefu had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats, who trailed by seven with 7:43 left in the first half before scoring the next 22 points.
— Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points and Zach Auguste scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half of Notre Dame's 86-78 triumph over Milwaukee. V.J. Beachem tied a career high with 19 points while grabbing a career-best eight rebounds for the 18th-rated Irish.
— No. 19 Connecticut is 2-0 after Sterling Gibbs scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half of an 85-66 win over New Hampshire. Rodney Purvis added 20 points and combined with Gibbs to hit five of the Huskies' 13 3-pointers.
MLB-MANAGERS OF YEAR
Maddon, Banister named top skippers
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has announced its managers of the year, and they come from teams that made huge improvements over the last 12 months.
Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon is the National League Manager of the year following a 97-65 season that put the team in the postseason for the first time since 2008. Maddon was named the Cubs' manager after last season and helped them make a 24-win improvement over 2014. They finished just three games behind the NL Central-champion Cardinals before knocking off St. Louis in the division series.
Maddon came away with 18 of 30 first-place votes and 124 points. It's the third time he has captured the award after doing it with the Rays in 2008 and 2011.
Cards manager Mike Matheny finished second in the balloting, followed by Terry Collins of the New York Mets.
Jeff Banister has been named the American League Manager of the Year after guiding the Texas Rangers to the AL West title in his rookie season. Banister led the Rangers to an 88-74 record and their first division title since 2011 before losing a best-of-5 division series against Toronto. He inherited a ballclub that was 67-95 and last in the division.
Banister received 17 of 30 first-place votes and 112 points to beat out Houston's A.J. Hinch and Minnesota skipper Paul Molitor for the honor.
Banister is the fifth manager to win in his first year.
Crawford gets financial security
UNDATED (AP) — Brandon Crawford has received a nice contract.
The San Francisco Giants' Gold Glove-winning shortstop has signed a six-year, $75 million package that runs through the 2021 season. The 28-year-old Crawford went to the All-Star game last summer before capturing Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.
Crawford last season hit .256 with 21 homers and 84 RBIs.
In other baseball news:
—Veteran infielder Cliff Pennington became the first free agent to switch teams this offseason when the Los Angeles Angels signed him to a two-year, $3.75 million deal. Pennington will make $1.5 million in 2016 and $2.25 million in 2017 with the Angels. The switch-hitting utilityman batted .210 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 105 total games, making multiple starts at five positions with Arizona and Toronto.
Manziel is now Browns starting QB
UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Browns are about to give Johnny Manziel a long look.
The Browns say Manziel will be their starting quarterback the remainder of the season. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner has been filling in for the injured Josh McCown the last two games and has impressed coach Mike Pettine.
Manziel passed for 372 yards in a 30-9 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday and has completed 76 of his 128 passes for 933 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in six games this season. However, the Browns are 2-8 overall and 1-2 in games started by Manziel.
The Browns made their announcement shortly before the NFL said Manziel would not be disciplined for a domestic incident with his girlfriend last month.
In other NFL news:
— A person with direct knowledge of the decision says Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended by the NFL for one calendar year for violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. Smith was released by the San Francisco 49ers in August after a list of run-ins with the law before landing across the bay with the Raiders.
— The New York Giants have brought back wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to replace the injured Victor Cruz on the roster. The Giants' first-round pick in the 2009 draft had 311 receptions for 4,622 yards and 27 touchdowns in five years with the team before signing with the Colts last season.
— Dallas has waived quarterback Brandon Weeden with the possibility of Tony Romo's return this weekend after missing seven games with a broken collarbone. Weeden went 0-3 filling in for Romo before being benched in favor of Matt Cassel.
— Jacksonville has put defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks on injured reserve after he tore the triceps muscle in his right arm in Sunday's win over Baltimore. Marks missed the first five games of the season while recovering from knee surgery in January. So he'll end up missing 12 games in his second year of a four-year, $18 million contract.
— The Baltimore Ravens have placed top draft pick Breshad Perriman on injured reserve before he played a down this season. Perriman hurt his right knee on the first day of training camp and never fully recovered.
Stars keep shining
UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Stars have widened their lead in the NHL's Western Conference and tied the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens for first place in the overall standings with 30 points.
Alex Goligoski had a goal and an assist as the Stars downed the Sabres 3-1 in Buffalo. Goligoski scored the eventual game-winner 7:35 into the third period and set up Tyler Seguin's 10th goal of the season.
Valeri Nichushkin also scored and Antti Niemi stopped 24 shots as the Stars improved to 15-4, good for a five-point lead in the West.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Pekka Rinne made half of his 38 saves in the second period of Nashville's 3-2 verdict over Anaheim. Miikka Salomaki's first goal of the season was the game-winner.
— Joe Pavelski had a goal and two assists as San Jose downed Boston 5-4. The Sharks trailed 3-2 until Melker Karlsson, Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton scored during a 3:25 span of the second period.
— Evgeni Malkin contributed two goals and two assists in Pittsburgh's 4-3 victory over Minnesota. Malkin scored twice in a 2:56 span to put the Penguins ahead 4-1 midway through the second period.
— Brandon Saad scored twice, including the game-winner in the Blue Jackets' 3-1 win over the Blues in Columbus. The Jackets are 7-4-0 since dropping their first eight games.
— Anze Kopitar provided the lone shootout goal and Jonathan Quick stopped 36 shots as Los Angeles outlasted the Flyers 3-2 in Philadelphia. Milan Lucic forced overtime by scoring with 56 seconds left in regulation.
— David Jones and Matt Stajan each had a goal and an assist as Calgary cooled off New Jersey 3-2. Jordin Tootoo's power-play goal got the Devils within 3-2 before they lost for just the fourth time in their last 14 games.
— The Maple Leafs made it four wins in their last five games as James Reimer handled 34 shots in a 5-1 rout of Colorado. P.A. Parenteau scored twice and Tyler Bozak added a goal and two assists to help Reimer win his fourth consecutive start.
Germany, Netherlands match canceled
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Hannover's police chief says authorities cancelled a friendly soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands because they had "concrete information" about a bomb threat.
The German news agency dpa quotes police chief Volker Kluwe saying the information concerned an explosives attack. dpa also cites unnamed security officials in Berlin that say a foreign intelligence agency had warned Germany of a possible attack by Islamic extremists.
Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says indications of a planned attack became stronger as the match approached, and that the game was called off at his recommendation.
Lower Saxony Interior Minister Boris Pistorius added that there was no confirmation of rumors that an explosive device was placed in an ambulance or another vehicle inside or outside the stadium.
Chancellor Angela Merkel was among several German government officials scheduled to attend the match to send a signal that the country wouldn't bow to terrorism in the wake of the Paris attacks.
TENNIS-DAVIS CUP FINAL
Davis Cup to go on
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Davis Cup final between Belgium and Britain will go ahead next week despite security concerns following the Paris attacks. The International Tennis Federation is confident that the three-day final in Ghent will not be affected by security concerns. The city is 35 miles from Brussels, where a soccer friendly between Spain and Belgium was canceled due to safety reasons.
The three-day tennis final starts on Nov. 27 at the Flanders Expo. A sell-out crowd of 13,000 is expected.