SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - For more than a decade there have been no questions about who will start in goal for the San Jose Sharks come playoff time. Whether it was Evgeni Nabokov or Antti Niemi, the Sharks have had a clear-cut No. 1 goalie and stuck with him through good and bad. That could change this year as coach Todd McLellan has yet to commit publicly to either Niemi or Alex Stalock for Game 1 of the first-round series against the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow night.
PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona detective says the DNA of former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper was found in an examination of one of two women who accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them last year at a Tempe apartment. Tempe police Detective Kevin Mace said at a hearing in Phoenix today that Sharper's DNA was recovered from one of the women's clothing, but none of his DNA was found during an exam of the other victim.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin has been suspended for a game after getting his 16th technical foul this season. NBA president of operations Rod Thorn announced the suspension, and Griffin will sit out the regular-season finale tonight against Portland. NBA rules state a player or coach is automatically suspended a game once he receives his 16th technical. Griffin received the technical after swinging his right arm around trying to get the ball from Denver's Timofey Mozgov and hitting him in the head with 3:23 left in the second quarter in last night's win.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - UCLA guards Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine are leaving early for the NBA draft. Anderson, a sophomore from Fairview, N.J., and LaVine, a freshman from Seattle, each said today that they will forego their remaining eligibility with the Bruins to start pro careers. Anderson averaged 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists this season, closer to a triple-double than any player in the nation. LaVine averaged 9.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists while earning Pac-12 all-freshman honors.
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