USC rallies past Oregon St 71-62 for Pac-12 title
SEATTLE (AP) - Kiki Alofaituli scored 12 of her 15 points in the second half, and Southern California earned its first Pac-12 Conference tournament title by rallying for a 71-62 win over Oregon State on Sunday night.
Ariya Crook had 16 points as the Trojans claimed their first Pac-12 title since winning the regular-season crown in 1994. USC (22-12) trailed 34-23 late in the first half and 36-29 at halftime, but used a press defense to quickly make up the deficit in the second half.
Deven Hunter led Oregon State (23-10) with 19 points.
Southern California was already the first team in tournament history to win three games just to reach the final. It capped its four-wins-in-four-days streak with a defensive effort in the second half that flustered the Beavers and took away any doubt about its NCAA tournament status.
Warriors win 4th straight, hold off Suns 113-107
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry overcame a strained right quad to finish with 18 points and nine assists, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Phoenix Suns 113-107 on Sunday night for their fourth straight win.
David Lee had 26 points and nine rebounds and Klay Thompson scored 22 points for the Warriors, who built an 18-point lead early in the fourth quarter before the Suns surged back.
Gerald Green had 25 points and six rebounds, and Goran Dragic added 24 points and six assists for the Suns, who dropped into a tie with Memphis for eighth place in the crowded Western Conference standings.
Golden State is 9-2 since the All-Star break and a season-high 16 games over .500. The Warriors are two games ahead of Dallas for sixth in the West.
Thornton scores 27 to lead Nets past Kings, 104-89
NEW YORK (AP) - Marcus Thornton scored 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter against his old team and Joe Johnson added 18 points, helping the Brooklyn Nets overcome an injury to Paul Pierce in a 104-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
Alan Anderson had 11 points and Shaun Livingston and Deron Williams each scored 10 points as the Nets won for the fifth time in six games.
DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and 28 rebounds to lead the Kings, and Rudy Gay added 20 points.
Brooklyn led by 16 points in the first half after losing Pierce to a right shoulder injury in the early minutes of the first quarter.
Sacramento trailed 49-40 at halftime and then opened the third quarter with a 17-8 run to tie the score at 57-all with 7:38 left in the period.
However, Brooklyn outscored Sacramento 47-32 the rest of the way.
Meeks powers Lakers past Durant, Thunder 114-110
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jodie Meeks scored 24 of his career-high 42 points in the second half, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Oklahoma City 114-110 on Sunday despite a triple-double by Thunder star Kevin Durant.
Pau Gasol added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the injury-ravaged Lakers, who had lost 29 of their previous 37 games. Meeks was 11 of 18 from the field and 14 for 14 at the line while becoming the third player to reach the 30-point mark this season for Los Angeles.
Meeks is averaging 19.2 points in 11 games since returning from a sprained right ankle. Before the injury, he was averaging 14.4.
Durant had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for his third triple-double this season. Serge Ibaka had 21 points and 15 boards for Oklahoma City.
Kings cruise to 7th straight win, 4-2 over Oilers
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Jeff Carter had two goals and an assist as the Los Angeles Kings won their seventh straight with a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night.
Alec Martinez and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings, who have their longest winning streak since taking nine in a row from Jan. 21-Feb. 6, 2010.
Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner responded for the Oilers, who had a two-game winning streak snapped and were outshot 50-27.
Burling scores winner as Chivas USA beats Fire 3-2
CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Bobby Burling headed home Mauro Rosales' corner kick in the 88th minute, and Chivas USA pulled out a 3-2 victory over the visiting Chicago Fire in a Major League Soccer opener Sunday.
Chivas, playing its first game since MLS last month purchased the franchise rights from Club Deportivo Guadalajara owner Jorge Vergara, had conceded a two-goal advantage before the 6-foot-4 Burling outleapt Chicago's defense for the winner.
Erick Torres provided a 56th-minute lead on a penalty kick after drawing a foul from Fire defender Gonzalo Segares, and rookie Thomas McNamara finished Leandro Barrera's near-post cross three minutes later.
Benji Joya and Quincy Amarikwa scored goals off the bench as Chicago rallied to tie the score with about 20 minutes to go.
Joya, a rookie, scored on his first touch of the game in the 64th minute, finishing Alex's feed at the right post about 30 seconds after coming on.
Kershaw goes 5 innings, Dodgers lose 3-2 to Giants
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Clayton Kershaw pitched five innings in his penultimate tuneup for the season opener in Australia, giving up five hits to a split squad of San Francisco Giants during their 3-2 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kershaw allowed a two-run homer to Brandon Hicks in the second. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was picked earlier in the day to make his fourth straight opening-day start March 22 against Arizona at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Hicks' drive to right field scored Joaquin Arias, who singled and moved to second on a wild pitch by Kershaw. The left-hander, who signed a $215 million, seven-year contract in January, is scheduled to make one more spring training start Saturday against San Diego before the Dodgers head to Australia.
Pollock triples in Arizona's 2-2 tie with Padres
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A.J. Pollock drove in two runs with his second triple of spring training, and the Arizona Diamondbacks tied the San Diego Padres 2-2 in 10 innings Sunday.
With two outs in the second, San Diego starter Eric Stults gave up a double to Tuffy Gosewisch and a single to Diamondbacks pitcher Bo Schultz. Pollock followed with a triple to deep right-center on an 0-2 pitch.
Stults allowed two runs and five hits in 3 1-3 innings. Schultz gave up an unearned run and three hits in three innings.
San Diego scored in the first after right fielder Gerardo Parra, a two-time Gold Glove winner, dropped Alexi Amarista's leadoff fly ball for a two-base error. Amarista scored on Jedd Gyorko's single.
Donaldson homers for A's in 2-2 tie with White Sox
PHOENIX (AP) - Josh Donaldson hit his first home run of the spring and the Oakland Athletics tied the Chicago White Sox 2-2 in a game stopped after nine innings Sunday.
Dan Straily and three Oakland relievers held the White Sox to three hits.
Straily went 3 1-3 innings, walking three and striking out two. He gave up two hits - one was Matt Davidson's deep fly to left that Yoenis Cespedes misjudged. Cespedes came in on the ball but it landed well behind him and bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double.
Cespedes' woes weren't over. He struck out three times, and in the sixth he was charged with a three-base error for failing to catch Gordon Beckham's fly to the warning track in left-center. That led to Chicago's first run.
Cueto rebounds, but Angels beat Reds 3-1
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Johnny Cueto rebounded from a rough outing with four scoreless innings for the Cincinnati Reds in their 3-1 loss Sunday to the Los Angeles Angels.
Cueto, coming off an injury-plagued season, allowed two hits and struck out two. It was a big improvement over his second spring start, when he gave up six runs and seven hits to Kansas City in 2 2-3 innings.
A 19-game winner in 2012, Cueto struggled with a strained muscle on the right side of his back last year and was sidelined for 2½ months. He finished 5-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 11 starts.
Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs also threw four shutout innings, allowing one hit and two walks with three strikeouts.
Giants split-squad beats group of prospects 8-0
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Madison Bumgarner pitched four innings of one-hit ball on Sunday, and a split squad of San Francisco Giants won 8-0 against a group of the organization's top prospects.
Bumgarner, who is slated to start on opening day, struck out five and walked two. The 24-year-old left-hander also had a run-scoring single to cap a five-run first inning.
Right-hander Kyle Crick, who started for the Future Stars, had a rough outing. He recorded just two outs and was charged with five runs and one hit. He also walked four and struck out one.
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