Pavelski scores twice as Sharks beat Leafs 6-2
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Joe Pavelski had two goals and an assist and passed the 400-point milestone for his career to lead the San Jose Sharks to their third straight victory, 6-2 over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
Tommy Wingels also scored one goal, had a second waved off, delivered a bone-crushing check, and got into a fight for the Sharks, who moved within two points of Anaheim for first place in the Pacific Division. Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Marty Havlat added goals. Antti Niemi made 19 saves.
Jake Gardiner scored twice for the Maple Leafs, who looked worn down one night after an emotional 3-1 win over the Ducks in coach Randy Carlyle's return to Anaheim. James Reimer made 42 saves.
Gray sets down first 11; Padres beat A's 6-5
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Sonny Gray retired the first 11 in four scoreless innings and Jed Lowrie hit his first home run of the spring for Oakland on Tuesday before the San Diego Padres rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Athletics.
Gray allowed only Will Venable's ground single while striking out two with no walks in 45 pitches. He was helped by Sam Fuld's sliding catch of Alexi Amarista's liner to left in the third.
Lowrie's two-run shot to right off Ian Kennedy came in a three-run first. Coco Crisp doubled twice and drove in a run and John Jaso added an RBI double for the A's.
Kennedy yielded four runs and eight hits, including four doubles, in four innings.
Alex Dickerson hit a three-run homer off Philip Humber in a four-run seventh for the Padres.
Haren effective for 4 innings; Dodgers beat Royals
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Dan Haren pitched four effective innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 7-5 Tuesday.
Haren yielded seven singles, walked one and struck out one.
Noel Cuevas hit a three-run homer in the ninth and Scott Van Slyke a two-run drive in the eighth.
Justin Maxwell went 3 for 5 for the Royals, including a two-run single in the eighth.
Royals left-hander Jason Vargas allowed a run on four hits in four innings, the first run off him in nine innings over three starts.
The Dodgers loaded the bases in the fourth off Vargas, but came away empty when A.J. Ellis hit a flyball to center field to end the threat.
Trout, Pujols have RBI doubles in Angels loss
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each had RBI doubles for the Los Angeles Angels, but the Robinson Cano continued his torrid spring training in the Seattle Mariners' 10-6 win Tuesday.
Los Angeles starter C .J. Wilson allowed four hits and one unearned run with four strikeouts over five innings. It was his third start.
Wilson, 17-7 with a 3.39 ERA in 2013, was coming off a start in which he pitched four scoreless innings against the Dodgers.
Scott Baker, trying to make the Seattle rotation, had his toughest outing in three spring starts. He allowed five runs - two earned - on five hits over three innings.
Baker hit Pujols, David Freese and Howie Kendrick in succession with two outs in the first but got Hank Conger to fly out to deep right-center.
Cano was 1 for 2 and is hitting .588 for his new team. He also walked. Cano fought off a two-strike pitch from Wilson in the first and hit a soft line single to left.
Pistons clamp down on Kings in 99-89 win
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Josh Smith scored 24 points and Rodney Stuckey added 23 to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 99-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
Andre Drummond added 15 points and eight rebounds for Detroit, outscoring DeMarcus Cousins in a matchup of two of the NBA's top young big men. Cousins had 13 points and 14 rebounds but shot 5 of 15 from the field.
Detroit trailed 54-52 at halftime but outscored the Kings 20-11 in the third quarter.
Rudy Gay scored 20 points and Isaiah Thomas added 19 points and eight assists for Sacramento.
The Pistons snapped a three-game losing streak and pulled to within three games of Atlanta for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Warriors whip Mavs 108-85 for 5th straight win
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jordan Crawford scored 19 points, Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the surging Golden State Warriors routed the Dallas Mavericks 108-85 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.
Klay Thompson added 14 points to help the Warriors go ahead by 24 points early in the fourth quarter and create more space behind them in the crowded Western Conference standings. Golden State (41-24) is sixth in the West, three games ahead of Dallas (38-27) and Memphis (37-26).
Former Warriors fan favorite Monta Ellis scored 15 points, and Dirk Nowitzki had 12 points and six rebounds in a disappointing display by Dallas. The Warriors outshot the Mavericks 51.2 percent to 36.6 percent and outrebounded Dallas 46 to 40, showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
University of San Diego invited to CIT
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The University of San Diego has been invited to play in the CollegeInsider.com tournament, a bid that might have saved coach Bill Grier's job.
USD (16-16) says it will host a first-round game Tuesday night. The opponent is expected to be from either the Big West or Big Sky.
This is USD's first postseason tournament berth since it upset Connecticut in the NCAA tournament in 2008, Grier's first season at the West Coast Conference school.
That was the first NCAA tournament win by a Division I program in San Diego. San Diego State didn't pick up its first NCAA tournament victory until three years later.
USD hasn't had a winning since 2007-08, leading to speculation about Grier's future.
Athletic director Ky Snyder declined comment Tuesday when asked if the bid saved Grier's job.
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Fisher: Aztecs motivated to win another title
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The No. 8 San Diego State Aztecs ended the regular season with a nine-point win at UNLV and a thrilling rally at home against New Mexico that gave them the outright Mountain West Conference title.
Now they have to win three games in three days to claim the conference tournament title, which is why coach Steve Fisher doesn't think the Aztecs' trip to Las Vegas this week will be anticlimactic.
Says Fisher: "Hopefully we'll be more motivated to be greedy and get two championships in the span of a week."
Rallying from a 16-point deficit to beat New Mexico 51-48 on Saturday night gave the Aztecs the No. 1 tournament seed. They get a first-round bye and will play at noon Thursday against the winner of Wednesday night's Utah State-Colorado State game.
Pac-12 tourney kicking off in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Watch out for the No. 7 seed in the Pac-12 tournament this week.
Arizona is the top seed and is the conference's only ranked team, UCLA has been ranked for a good part of the season and two other teams have byes in the opening round, but Oregon could be the most dangerous team in the bracket.
The Ducks opened the season 13-0 before struggling at the start of conference play, but have been arguably the Pac-12's best team down the stretch, winning their final seven games.
Oregon closed out the season with a solid victory over No. 4 Arizona and has put itself in good position to earn an NCAA bid even if it doesn't win the Pac-12 tournament.
The Ducks open against rival Oregon State in Wednesday's opening round at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
49ers acquire Jonathan Martin from Dolphins
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jonathan Martin, the offensive tackle at the center of the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal, has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Dolphins announced the deal Tuesday night on the first day of NFL free agency. Martin's move cross country brings him back to the Bay Area to be reunited with his former Stanford coach, Jim Harbaugh.
An investigation for the NFL determined last month that Dolphins guard Richie Incognito and two other offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment of Martin, another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.
The trade capped a busy first day for the 49ers, who lost to the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in the NFC championship game.
49ers part ways with cornerback Carlos Rogers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have released cornerback Carlos Rogers after three seasons, an expected cost-cutting move as the NFL's free agency period begins.
Also Tuesday, kicker Phil Dawson announced on his Twitter page he had re-signed with the team as planned.
With Rogers' departure, San Francisco will clear $5.1 million in salary cap room and might decide to pursue its own free agents in safety Donte Whitner and cornerback Tarell Brown.
The 32-year-old Rogers, who missed time late in the season with a strained right hamstring, had 47 tackles and two interceptions last season. The veteran defender might have stayed if he took a pay cut. Rogers received a $31.3 million, four-year contract in March 2012 and was due to earn $6.6 million in 2014.
ESPN had first reported Rogers' pending departure.
Raiders keep McFadden, sign OL Rodger Saffold
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a five-year contract with offensive lineman Rodger Saffold and have re-signed running back Darren McFadden to a one-year contract.
A person with knowledge of the deal says McFadden will be paid $4 million under the deal agreed to at the start of free agency on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.
ESPN reported that Saffold will get a $42.5 million contract with $21 million guaranteed despite missing 17 games with a variety of injuries in four seasons in St. Louis.
But the Raiders still valued him higher than left tackle Jared Veldheer, who was allowed to leave as a free agent to Arizona.
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