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Last Update on March 30, 2015 05:36 GMT


CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James scored 20 points, Kyrie Irving added 17 and the Cleveland Cavaliers hung on for an 87-86 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.

The Cavaliers earned their 16th straight home win despite being held scoreless in the final 4:04.

Trailing by a point, the 76ers called timeout with 8.5 seconds left. Nerlens Noel missed a shot in the lane and Tristan Thompson was fouled while grabbing the rebound. Cleveland called timeout to inbound the ball at midcourt. The pass was tipped away as time ran out.

Robert Covington scored 19 points to lead Philadelphia, but missed two free throws with 1:07 left that could have put the 76ers ahead.

Cleveland sustained two injuries during the game. Kevin Love strained his lower back in the fourth quarter while Iman Shumpert injured his left ankle while missing a breakaway dunk in the second quarter.


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Cincinnati right-hander Jason Marquis continued his strong comeback with six good innings in the Reds' 8-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

Marquis, 121-114 in 14 big-league seasons, is competing for a spot in the rotation after missing all of 2014 following Tommy John Surgery on his right elbow. In his sixth spring start, he worked six innings and allowed seven hits and three runs with two walks and three strikeouts.

Andrew Heaney, acquired from the Dodgers in the Howie Kendrick trade, struggled again in his fifth start for the Angels. He allowed eight hits and six runs with five strikeouts over five innings.

C. J. Cron hit his fourth spring homer, a two-run shot off Marquis in the third inning.

Chris Dominguez hit his third spring homer off Heaney and had four hits. Irving Falu had three hits for the Reds.


GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Tyler Flowers and George Kottaras had key doubles in Chicago's three-run fourth inning, spoiling T.J. House's day after he was told he earned a spot in Cleveland's rotation as the White Sox beat the Indians 4-1 on Sunday.

Flowers doubled to score Gordon Beckham and he later scored along with J.B. Schuck on a long double by Kottaras to give Chicago a 3-1 lead.

The Indians scored an unearned run off White Sox starter Scott Carroll in the first inning. Jason Kipnis walked and Michael Brantley, returning after he sat out with a sore back, singled. Beckham's wild throw on an attempted double play allowed Kipnis to score.

Carroll allowed just two hits in three innings.

House, who will start on April 12 against Detroit, allowing four runs and six hits in six innings. The left-hander has had one bad inning spoil each of his last three starts, but pitched well enough to convince the Indians he belongs in the rotation.

Michah Johnson had two hits for the White Sox and had a stolen base taken away when Beckham interfered with Roberto Lopez's throw.

National Sports News

Last Update on March 31, 2015 02:56 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Boston Celtics picked up a big victory in Charlotte tonight as they try to earn the NBA's final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

Avery Bradley's 30 points and eight rebounds led the Celtics to a 116-104 triumph over the Hornets. Evan Turner had 15 points for the Celts, who climbed percentage points ahead of Brooklyn for eighth in the East.

Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart each had 14 points in Boston's 10th victory in 16 games.

The Hornets are 1 1/2 games behind Boston following their fourth loss in five games.

In other NBA finals:

-- DeMar DeRozan had an outstanding performance in Toronto's 99-96 triumph over Houston, scoring a career-high 42 points and tying his career best with 11 rebounds. DeRozan was 14 of 27 from the floor and 12 of 17 at the free throw line.

-- DeMarre Carroll scored 23 points and the East-leading Atlanta Hawks improved to 56-18 by stopping Milwaukee 101-88. Kyle Korver hit four consecutive long jumpers in a 65-second span of the third quarter to help the Hawks turn a five-point edge into a 67-51 lead.

-- Jordan Clarkson capped his 26-point night by hitting the tiebreaking basket with 0.7 seconds left in overtime to lift the Los Angeles Lakers past Philadelphia, 113-111. Jabari Brown finished with 22 points for the Lakers, and Wayne Ellington contributed seven of his 20 in OT.


HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist and will miss the remainder of the season. He injured the wrist during the Rockets' win over the Indiana Pacers on March 23. He had averaged 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 56 games for the Rockets this season.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons have been disciplined by the NFL.

Browns general manager Ray Farmer has been suspended without pay for the first four games next season for sending text messages to the sideline during games. Farmer has acknowledged sending the messages. The Browns were fined $250,000.

The Falcons have been fined $350,000 and will forfeit their fifth-round selection in the 2016 draft. If the Falcons have multiple picks in that round, the highest selection will be forfeited. Atlanta team president Rich McKay has been suspended from the from the league's Competition Committee beginning April 1 following the team's use of fake noise at home games.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Connecticut's governor and UConn's athletic director are calling on the NCAA to consider moving next year's Women's Final Four out of Indianapolis unless changes are made to Indiana's new religious-objections law.

Gov. Dannel Malloy and other critics contend the law would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs. The governor on Monday signed an executive order banning state spending on travel to Indiana and says the NCAA would be wise to move the tournament.

Connecticut Athletic Director Warde Manuel tells The Associated Press he finds the law unacceptable. He says he hopes the state of Indiana rectifies the situation before UConn or any other institution considers a boycott of the 2016 Final Four.


UNDATED (AP) -- St. John's and George Mason have found new basketball coaches.

A person with knowledge of the discussions tells The Associated Press that Chris Mullin is returning to St. John's, this time as head coach.

Mullin led St. John's to the 1985 Final Four and is the school's all-time leading scorer. He replaces Steve Lavin, who agreed to leave last week after five seasons and two NCAA tournament appearances.

This is Mullin's first head coaching job.

George Mason has hired Dave Paulsen as its men's basketball coach. Paulsen was a three-time Patriot League coach of the year at Bucknell, recording a 134-94 record and taking the Bison to the NCAA Tournament twice.

The announcement comes two weeks after the school fired Paul Hewitt, who went 66-67 in four seasons.


UNDATED (AP) -- Three players heading to the Final Four head up The Associated Press men's basketball All-America team. The starting five is led by Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky, Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein and Duke's Jahlil Okafor (juh-LIHL' OH'-kuh-for).

The 7-foot Kaminsky was a unanimous choice, while Okafor received all but one first-team vote following an outstanding freshman season.

Rounding out the first five are Notre Dame senior Jerian Grant and Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell.

Cauley-Stein, Kaminsky and Okafor also are among the 10 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award as the nation's top college basketball player.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bearcats coach Mick Cronin has been cleared to resume coaching after missing most of the season because of a problem with a blood vessel in the back of his brain.

The 43-year-old wasn't permitted to coach games or practices after the problem was detected in December. Assistant Larry Davis took over and led the Bearcats to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Kentucky in their second game.

Cronin had more tests recently that found the issue has been resolved.


ATLANTA (AP) --Georgia State junior guard R.J. Hunter says he's entering the NBA draft.

The move was expected after he won his second straight Sun Belt Conference player of the year award and led the Panthers to their first NCAA appearance since 2001, while playing for his father, Georgia State coach Ron Hunter.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The Connecticut Huskies are back in the women's Final Four for the eighth straight season.

UConn rolled to a 91-70 win against Dayton as the Huskies pulled within two victories of their third straight national championship. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (kah-LEE'-nah mahs-KAY'-dah loo-ihs) scored 27 points for Connecticut, which trailed at halftime for the first time in two seasons before a 15-3 run put the Huskies ahead 58-47 with 13:56 remaining.


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