CLEVELAND (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony shook off a horrid shooting start and scored 26 points, leading the New York Knicks to their third straight victory, 107-97 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.
Amare Stoudemire added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, whose winning streak began after a seven-game slide and amid reports Phil Jackson may accept a job in New York's front office.
Anthony missed his first six shots, but found his touch in time to help the Knicks in their late-season run at the playoffs. J.R. Smith scored 17 and Tyson Chandler added 15 points and 11 boards for New York, which came in 3 1/2 games out of the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference.
Kyrie Irving had 30 points, eight assists and eight rebounds for the Cavs, who retired center Zydrunas Ilgauskas' No. 11 jersey at halftime.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Artem Anisimov scored with 6:25 remaining in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
It was Bobrovsky's third shutout of the season for Columbus, which has won four of five.
With the game still scoreless, James Wisniewski sent a pass from the left circle to Anisimov at the left faceoff dot. Anisimov carried the puck to the goal line before cutting toward the Nashville net and sliding a backhander by Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne just inside the far post.
The Predators have lost four in a row and seven of their last eight.
Making his third consecutive start after being sidelined since late October with an infection in his hip, Rinne made 35 saves.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run homer and made a diving catch for the Chicago Cubs in their 9-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.
Schierholtz's drive off Alfredo Simon followed a walk to Donnie Murphy in the first inning. Schierholtz also singled and scored in the third. Ryan Kalish singled and scored twice for the Cubs.
Billy Hamilton walked leading off the game against Jason Hammel, who was making his first Cactus League start for the Cubs. The speedster stole second and third to give him six steals this spring.
Joey Votto doubled twice and walked in three trips for the Reds.
Schierholtz turned in a diving grab in right field to rob Kristopher Negron of a hit.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Michael Brantley extended his strong start to the spring with four more hits, including two doubles, as the Cleveland Indians tied the San Diego Padres 4-4 in 10 innings Saturday.
In five Cactus League games, Brantley is hitting .615 (8 for 13) with three doubles.
Josh Johnson went three innings for the Padres. The right-hander had a rough first inning, giving up all three of his runs -- one on a wild pitch. He allowed four hits, though one came when left fielder Seth Smith lost Jason Kipnis' fly ball in the sun, and walked one.
Johnson settled down after the first, giving up only one hit in his next two innings. He finished the day with three strikeouts.
Tyler Cloyd started for Cleveland, throwing two scoreless innings and giving up two hits.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Columbus Blue Jackets rookie defenseman Ryan Murray will miss four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee.
The 20-year-old Murray, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NHL draft, has three goals and 17 assists and a +3 plus/minus rating in 61 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He ranks third among all league rookies in blocked shots (93), second in time on ice (1,207:37) and is tied for fifth in power-play points (6).
Murray is a 6-foot-1, 208-pounder who won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships and became the second-youngest player in Canadian history to compete at the IIHF World Championships that same year.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Sean Kilpatrick scored 24 points and No. 15 Cincinnati clinched at least a share of the American Athletic Conference regular-season title with a tough 70-66 win over Rutgers on Saturday.
Kilpatrick converted a three-point play and drove the lane for a layup in the final 68 seconds as the Bearcats (26-5, 15-3) rallied from a late deficit against the Scarlet Knights (11-20, 5-13).
Justin Jackson had given Cincinnati a 65-64 lead with 1:46 to play, scoring underneath after Kadeem Jack blocked his original shot in the paint.
Kilpatrick pushed the lead to four points with his back-door layup and free throw. The senior closed out the scoring with 17 seconds to play after Kerwin Okoro scored on a goaltending call against Jackson.
No. 11 Louisville can tie Cincinnati for the conference title if it beats Connecticut.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Justin Drummond scored 22 points and Toledo took down Eastern Michigan 77-66 Saturday to capture a share of the Mid-American Conference regular season title.
Toledo (26-5, 14-4) tied Western Michigan in the conference standings, but Western Michigan has a better division record and holds the top seed in the conference tournament.
Leading 35-32 at half, Toledo opened the second half on a 9-0 run. Eastern Michigan cut the lead to 56-53, but Drummond responded with nine straight points as the Rockets pulled away.
Rian Pearson had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Toledo while Julius Brown had 13 points and tied Drummond with seven assists. Jonathan Williams added 12 points.
Karrington Ward led Eastern Michigan (18-13, 10-8) with 20 points. Raven Lee added 14 and Mike Talley 12.
Toledo earned its school record 26th win of the year, and finished the season undefeated home for the first time since 1966-67.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Javon McCrea scored a career-high 34 points, hitting 13 of 18 from the field, as Buffalo routed Bowling Green 88-65 on Saturday to clinch its first outright Mid-American Conference East Division title.
Buffalo (19-9, 13-5 Mid-American) went on an 18-3 run in the second half to extend a nine-point lead to 66-42 with less than 10 minutes to play. The Bulls led by double digits for the rest of the game.
Jarryn Skeete added 11 points and Joshua Freelove had 10 as Buffalo avenged a 74-68 loss on Feb. 2 to Bowling Green (12-19, 6-12). The Bulls have now won eight of their last 10.
Buffalo committed just five turnovers while forcing 16, which the Bulls converted into 25 points.
Cameron Black had 19 points for Bowling Green, which has now lost eight of its last 10.
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Maurice Ndour and Javarez Willis scored 15 points apiece as Ohio rallied for an 82-76 overtime win in the Battle of the Bricks against Miami (Ohio) Saturday.
Nick Kellogg added 14 points and Antonio Campbell 13 for Ohio (21-10, 11-7 Mid-American Conference). The Bobcats tied the game in the waning seconds on an acrobatic layup from Ndour and nearly stunned Miami (12-17, 8-10) in regulation before pulling away during overtime.
Following Ndour's make, Kellogg stole the ensuing inbounds pass but stepped out of bounds with .2 seconds remaining as he corralled the ball and drained a 3-pointer.
Kellogg hit a 3 for a 71-70 overtime lead and Willis added another with 2:07 left for a 74-70 advantage. The Bobcats hit 6 of 8 free throws in the final 40 seconds to hold on.
Willie Moore led the RedHawks with 24 points. Quinten Rollins and Will Sullivan each had 12.
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UNDATED (AP) -- It was another winning afternoon for top-ranked Florida and No. 2 Wichita State. The Gators have become the first team in Southeastern Conference history to go 18-0 in league play. And the Shockers are the first Missouri Valley Conference team to win its first 33 games since Larry Bird and Indiana State in 1979.
Patric Young scored 18 points in his final home game as the Gators beat No. 25 Kentucky 84-65. Fellow seniors Casey Prather and Scottie Wilbekin also reached double figures for the 29-2 Gators, who have won 23 straight and 32 in a row at home.
The loss leaves the 22-9 Wildcats with an SEC mark of 12-6.
Meanwhile, Wichita State continued its perfect run by reaching the Missouri Valley Conference final with a 67-42 silencing of Missouri State. Cleanthony Early knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with 20 points for Wichita.
Should the Shockers win the conference title game on Sunday, they would match the NCAA-record start by UNLV in 1990-91. Ironically, Indiana State stands between Wichita State at a record-tying win.
Elsewhere in top-25 action:
-- Oregon has a seven-game winning streak after Jason Calliste delivered 18 points in the Ducks' 64-57 win over third-ranked Arizona in Eugene. Johnathan Loyd added 16 points to help the Ducks pick up a signature win that bolsters their shot at an NCAA tournament berth.
-- Freshman Jabari Parker had a season-high 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead fourth-ranked Duke past No. 14 North Carolina 93-81. Rodney Hood added 24 points to help the Blue Devils end the Tar Heels' 12-game winning streak.
-- Sixth-ranked Villanova got 19 points from Darrun Hilliard in a 77-59 victory over Georgetown, giving the Wildcats a 28-3 record and a six-game winning streak. Villanova's 16 Big East wins are the most in school history.
-- No. 8 Kansas was upset at West Virginia 92-86 as Eron Harris scored 28 points and Juwan Staten added 24 for the Mountaineers. WVU led by as many as 25 and withstood a 41-point performance by Jayhawks freshman Andrew Wiggins.
-- Xavier Thames had 23 points and five steals as 10th-ranked San Diego State rallied for a 51-48 win against No. 21 New Mexico. The Aztecs trailed by six before holding the Lobos to 22 second-half points.
-- Eleventh-ranked Louisville and No. 15 Cincinnati share the American Athletic Conference regular-season title following the Cardinals' 81-48 romp over Connecticut and the Bearcats' 70-66 triumph against Rutgers. Montrezl Harrell had 20 points, 11 rebounds and several thunder dunks to help the Cardinals improve to 26-5 and finish 15-3 in league play. The Bearcats were led by Sean Kilpatrick's 24 points.
-- Glenn Robinson scored 20 points, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1:10 to play as 12th-rated Michigan got past Indiana 84-80. Jordan Morgan had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Nik Stauskas added 21 points for the Wolverines.
-- Doug McDermott scored a career-high 45 points in his final college home game to lead 13th-ranked Creighton to an easy 88-73 win over Providence. McDermott also became the eighth player in Division I history to go over 3,000 points for a career.
-- It took overtime but 16th-ranked Iowa State held on to beat Oklahoma State 85-81. Naz Long forced overtime with a 30-footer at the buzzer and Georges Niang (johrj nee-ANG') had 22 points as Iowa State ended a two-game skid and improved to 23-7.
-- Joe Jackson scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half to lead No. 20 Memphis to a 67-58 victory over No. 18 SMU. Jackson hit his first four shots after intermission as the Tigers, who shot 59 percent in the second half while building the lead to as many as 14.
-- Buddy Hield scored 24 points and 23rd-ranked Oklahoma clinched the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament with a 97-67 victory at TCU. Isaiah Cousins and Cameron Clark each had 18 points against the Horned Frogs, who are the league's first team in 10 years to post a winless conference record.
-- Jon Ekey hit a 3-pointer in the final second to lift Illinois to a 66-63 victory over No. 24 Iowa. Rayvonte Rice scored 15 points for the Illini, who've notched consecutive road wins against ranked opponents for the first time since 2005.
UNDATED (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs have won their sixth in a row to pull into a tie with Oklahoma City atop the NBA's Western Conference.
Tony Parker scored 30 points and Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) added 24 as the Spurs overcame a lethargic performance to beat Orlando 121-112. Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard added 17 points, Tiago (tee-AH'-goh) Splitter scored 14 to help the Spurs improve to 46-16.
Also in the NBA on Saturday:
-- The Los Angeles Clippers blew an 11-point lead during the last half of the fourth quarter before Chris Paul's tiebreaking layup in the final minute gave them a 109-108 win against Atlanta. Blake Griffin contributed 27 points and eight rebounds, while Paul ended up with 19 points and 10 assists. The Clippers' seventh straight win puts them 4 1/2 games ahead of Golden State for the Pacific Division lead and gets them within three games of the Western Conference co-leaders.
-- Mike Conley had 20 points and Memphis outscored Charlotte 59-45 in the second half of a 111-89 win over the Bobcats. Zach Randolph added 16 points to the Grizzlies' fourth victory in five games.
-- Bradley Beal scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter of Washington's 114-107 triumph at Milwaukee. The Wizards blew most of a 28-point lead before winning for the eighth time in nine games.
-- Carmelo Anthony missed his first six shots before finishing with a team-high 26 points in New York's 107-97 over Cleveland. Amare Stoudemire added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, whose three-game winning streak follows a seven-game slide and amid reports Phil Jackson may accept a job in New York's front office.
-- Philadelphia's losing streak has grown to 16 games with a 104-92 setback against Utah. Gordon Hayward finished with 22 points, Alec Burks added 19 and Derrick Favors contributed 15 and 14 rebounds as the Jazz halted a five-game skid.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo sat out Saturday's game against Washington.
Mayo received a one-game suspension for punching a member of the New Orleans Pelicans in the first quarter of Milwaukee's 112-104 loss to the Pelicans on Friday.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Carpenter has a new contract to play for the St. Louis Cardinals as the two sides have agreed to a $52 million, six-year deal. The deal includes a team option for a seventh year in 2020 at $18.5 million. Should St. Louis decline the option, the Cards would have to pay Carpenter a $2 million buyout.
Carpenter hit .318 last season while leading the National League in hits, doubles and runs.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Darrell Stuckey and the San Diego Chargers have agreed to a new contract that keeps the safety and special teams standout from hitting the free-agent market. Stuckey, who was the special team's captain last season, tweeted that it was a four-year deal.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars and free agent defensive tackle Red Bryant have reached agreement on a four-year contract. Bryant, who turns 30 next month, spent six years in Seattle, making 121 tackles. He missed one game over the past three seasons, recording 87 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and two interceptions in that time.
UNDATED (AP) -- The St. Louis Blues picked up their fourth straight win to climb within one point of the NHL's Western Conference-leading Anaheim Ducks.
Ryan Miller stopped 26 shots and Patrik Berglund provided the eventual game-winner in the third period as the Blues downed Colorado 2-1. David Backes (BAK'-ehs) broke open a scoreless game in the second period, and Miller kept the Blues ahead after P.A. Parenteau (PAR'-ehn-toh) scored with 11:03 remaining.
The Blues now lead the Central Division by four points over Chicago, with the Avs five points back.
Also on ice:
-- Reilly Smith scored the lone shootout goal after Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask stopped Tampa Bay's seven attempts in Boston's 4-3 win over the Lightning. Johnny Boychuk and Carl Soderberg each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who trailed 3-2 until Boychuk scored in the third period.
-- San Jose rolled over Montreal 4-0 as Antti Niemi (AN'-tee nee-EH'-mee) handled 27 shots in his third shutout of the season and 26th of his career. Tommy Wingels scored the Sharks' first two goals and Logan Couture (koo-TOOR') added a goal and two assists.
-- Joffrey Lupul (JAHF'-ree LOO'-pul) scored at 2:21 of overtime to lift Toronto past Philadelphia 4-3. Jonathan Bernier stopped 28 shots for the Maple Leafs, who blew leads of 2-0 and 3-2 before earning their second straight win since a three-game skid.
-- Washington ended a three-game skid by turning a 2-0, third-period deficit into a 3-2 win over Phoenix. Karl Alzner and Brooks Laich (lyk) scored 32 seconds apart to tie the game midway through the final period before Troy Brouwer (BROW'-ur) notched a power-play goal with 5:13 remaining.
-- Ales Hemsky (AL'-ehsh) and Jason Spezza (SPET'-suh) each set up three goals while the two played on Ottawa's top line in a 5-3 triumph at Winnipeg. Mlan Michalek (mih-HAH'-lek) added a goal and two assists to help the Senators win for just the second time in six games.
-- Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF'-skee) turned back 28 shots and Artem Anisimov (ah-NEE'-see-mahv) scored the lone goal with 6:25 remaining to push Columbus to its fourth victory in five games, 1-0 at Nashville. The Predators lost their fourth in a row despite Pekka Rinne's (REE'-nayz) 35 saves.
-- New Jersey beat Carolina 5-4 on Tuomo Ruuttu's (TWOH'-moh ROO'-toohz) goal with 6 1/2 minutes left. Adam Henrique (hehn-REEK') scored twice and Travis Zajac (ZAY'-jak) had a goal and two assists for the Devils.
-- Erik Cole's breakaway goal with 4:49 to play pushed Dallas past Minnesota 4-3. Tyler Seguin (SAY'-gihn) had a goal and two assists for the Stars.
-- Eddie Lack made 22 saves and Yannick Weber provided the tiebreaking goal in the third period of Vancouver's 2-1 verdict over Calgary. The Canucks stayed above .500 by winning for just the second time in 13 games.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee has signed Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov (kooz-NEHT'-sahv) and expects him to make his NHL debut Monday against Pittsburgh.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound winger was selected in the first round of the 2010 NHL draft and has spent the last four years playing in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League. Kuznetsov led the team in scoring each season from 2010-13 and made the 2012 KHL All-Star team.
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