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Last Update on March 02, 2015 06:34 GMT

CAVALIERS-ROCKETS

HOUSTON (AP) -- James Harden scored 33 points for Houston and Cleveland star LeBron James missed a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left in overtime, helping the Rockets hold on for a 105-103 win over the Cavaliers on Sunday.

James hit a 3-pointer with 43.5 seconds left to get Cleveland within one. Harden and James got tangled up on Houston's next possession, but no foul was called and the shot clock expired.

James drove into the lane and was fouled by Josh Smith, but he missed both free throws to finish 3 for 11 at the line. Harden, who had his 26th 30-point game this season, added a free throw and Cleveland missed a 3 at the buzzer.

James finished with 37 points in his return after missing Friday's game for rest.

BLUE JACKETS-PENGUINS

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Evgeni Malkin scored twice and added an assist and Pittsburgh's revived power play dominated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3 on Sunday night.

David Perron, Steve Downie and Derrick Pouliot also scored for the Penguins, who have won four straight. Sidney Crosby picked up two assists and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 shots as Pittsburgh sent the Blue Jackets to their sixth straight defeat.

Pittsburgh went 3 of 6 with the man advantage, scoring all three goals during a dynamic second period.

Curtis McElhinney made 36 saves for the Blue Jackets. James Wisniewski, Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno scored for the short-handed Blue Jackets, who had no answer when Malkin got rolling.

The former MVP has five goals and six assists in his last five games.

National Sports News

Last Update on March 02, 2015 08:47 GMT

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- LeBron James usually doesn't miss an opportunity to hit potential game-winning shots, but his free-throw shooting cost the Cleveland Cavaliers in Houston on Sunday.

James missed a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left in overtime, allowing the Rockets to maintain the lead in a 105-103 win over the Cavs. He capped his 37-point performance with a 3-pointer in the final minute to get Cleveland within a point. However, he was just 3 of 11 from the line as the Cavaliers lost their second straight since an 18-2 hot streak.

James Harden finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Rockets, while Terrence Jones added 19 points.

The Rockets' fifth straight win has them within 1 1/2 games of the Southwest Division-leading Memphis Grizzlies. The Cavaliers remain a half-game behind the Central Division-leading Chicago Bulls.

In other NBA finals:

-- Golden State won for the seventh time in nine games by storming back from a 26-point deficit to beat the Celtics 106-101 in Boston. Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry scored 37 points, including four straight free throws to clinch it in the final seconds. Klay Thompson finished with 20 points and Draymond Green scored 11 of his 14 in the fourth quarter.

-- Damian Lillard scored nine of his 31 points in the fourth quarter of Portland's third consecutive win, 110-99 at Sacramento. LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Robin Lopez contributed 15 points and eight boards.

-- Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford led the Los Angeles Clippers to a 96-86 victory over the Bulls in Chicago. Paul finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds, while Jordan's 26 rebounds were one off his career high set two weeks ago. Crawford scored all 16 of his points in the second half, including a go-ahead, 3-pointer with 8:02 remaining.

-- Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) had 18 points and 14 rebounds, while D.J. Augustin (AW'-gus-teen) delivered 18 points and nine boards in Oklahoma City's 108-101 verdict over the Los Angeles Lakers. Enes (EE'-nehs) Kanter had 16 points and 15 rebounds as the Thunder snapped a two-game skid.

-- Tyreke (TY'-reek) Evans scored 22 points and the New Orleans Pelicans extended their winning streak to five games by holding off Denver 99-92. Eric Gordon added 18 points and Omer Asik grabbed 16 rebounds to help the Pelicans improve to 4-0 since All-Star Anthony Davis left the lineup with an injured right shoulder.

-- Charlotte was a 98-83 winner at Orlando behind Mo Williams's 23 points and 11 assists. Cody Zeller, Al Jefferson and Gerald Henderson had 16 points apiece for as the Hornets won for just the second time in eight games.

MLB-MINOSO OBIT

CHICAGO (AP) -- Minnie Minoso was one of Chicago's all-time favorite baseball players as he was selected to nine All-Star games and won three Gold Gloves. Minoso has died, according to the Cook County medical examiner. There is some question about Minoso's age, but the White Sox say he was 90.

The Cuban-born Minoso became the majors' first black player for a Chicago team and hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat. He played 12 of his 17 seasons with the White Sox, hitting .304 with 135 home runs and 808 RBIs for the franchise.

One of two players in major league history to play in five decades, he got his final hit in 1976 at age 53 and went 0-for-2 in two games in 1980 for the White Sox. The Chisox retired his No. 9 in 1983 and later erected a statue of Minoso at U.S. Cellular Field.

BLUE JAYS-VICIEDO

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays have signed outfielder Dayan Viciedo (vih-see-AY'-doh) to a minor league contract. The 25-year-old Viciedo hit 21 home runs for the Chicago White Sox last season while batting .231 with 58 RBIs.

The signing comes five days after Jays outfielder Michael Saunders tore cartilage in his knee when he stepped on a sprinkler while chasing a ball at training camp.

TOP 25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The fifth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers have clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title by winning their final home game.

Senior Frank Kaminsky dropped in 31 points on 11 of 17 shooting as Wisconsin topped Michigan State 68-61. Kaminsky banked a short jumper off the glass for a 13-point lead with 1:52 left before blocking a shot on the other end.

Nigel Hayes added 14 for the Badgers, who are 26-3 overall and 14-2 in the conference.

In other top-25 men's hoops:

-- Rodney Purvis scored a career-high 28 points and Daniel Hamilton produced 14 of his 16 points in the final 7:41 to carry Connecticut past No. 21 SMU 81-73. Ryan Boatright added 23 points as the defending national champion Huskies beat a ranked team for the first time this season.

-- No. 25 Providence held off Marquette 77-66 behind LaDontae Henton's 25 points and 15 rebounds. Kris Dunn added 16 points and nine assists for the Friars.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Just two points separate the Anaheim Ducks from the NHL's Western Conference-leading Nashville Predators.

Clayton Stoner's first goal of the season was the tiebreaking tally in the third period of the Ducks' 3-1 victory over Dallas. The game was tied 1-1 until Stoner and Ryan Getzlaf (GETS'-laf) tallied about 10 minutes apart to send Anaheim to its fifth victory in six games.

Perry and Getzlaf each finished with a goal and an assist to back John Gibson, who stopped 39 shots in the Ducks' 40th victory.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

-- Vancouver coughed up a 5-2 lead in the third period before Nick Bonino, Radim Vrbata and Chris Higgins delivered shootout goals in the Canucks' 6-5 win against St. Louis. Yannick (YAH'-nik) Weber had a goal and an assist as the Canucks strengthened their claim on second place in the Pacific Division. The Blues are four points behind the Central-leading Predators.

-- Evgeni Malkin scored twice and added an assist in Pittsburgh's fourth straight win, a 5-3 downing of Columbus. David Perron (peh-RAHN'), Steve Downie and Derrick Pouliot (POO'-lee-aht) also scored for the Penguins, who went 3-for-6 on the power play and pulled within three points of the Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders.

-- Washington is within six points of the Isles after Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) scored his league-high 40th and 41st goals in the Capitals' 4-0 shutout of Toronto. Braden Holtby stopped 31 shots in his seventh shutout of the season and the Capitals' first victory in four games.

-- Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-roh-meer YAH'-gur) had a goal and an assist as Florida downed Tampa Bay 4-3 to climb within two points of Boston for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO'-bur-doh) had three assists and Al Montoya handled 20 shots to help the Panthers keep the Lightning five points behind the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens.

-- Andrew Ladd scored twice and Blake Wheeler added an empty-net goal and an assist as Winnipeg downed Los Angeles 5-2. Drew Stafford also scored and Michael Hutchinson stopped 18 shots as the Jets moved six points ahead of the ninth-place Kings in the Western Conference. The Kings have dropped three straight since an eight-game winning streak.

NHL-TRADES

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The New York Rangers have acquired All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle from the Arizona Coyotes. The 28-year-old Yandle had a team-high 41 points for the Coyotes and is a four-time All-Star.

Arizona also sent defenseman Chris Summers and a fourth-round draft pick to the Rangers, who gave up defenseman John Moore, prospect Anthony Duclair, a conditional first-round draft pick in 2016 and a second-rounder this year.

The Blueshirts also picked up forward James Sheppard from San Jose for a fourth-round draft pick in 2016. The 26-year-old Sheppard has five goals and 16 points in 57 games this season.

In other NHL trades on Sunday:

-- The Dallas Stars traded forward Erik Cole and a draft pick to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night for two prospects and a draft pick.

-- The Calgary Flames have shipped forward Curtis Glencross to the Washington Capitals for second- and third-round picks this year.

NSACAR-ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) -- Jimmie Johnson has won the second Sprint Cup race of the season.

The six-time Cup champion pulled away after a final restart with 13 laps to go at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The No. 48 Chevrolet was the fastest car on the track at the end of the weekend after the vehicle failed to get in a qualifying run because of inspection issues.

It was the 71st victory of Johnson's career, and his fourth in Atlanta.

Runner-up Kevin Harvick finished 1.8 seconds behind Johnson. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third, followed by pole-sitter and Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano.

GOLF-HONDA CLASSIC

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Paul Casey and Patrick Reed shared the lead when the final round of the Honda Classic was suspended at PGA National in Florida.

Casey played the front nine at 4-under to get to minus-7. Reed had 12 holes remaining in his round when play was halted by darkness.

Third-round leader Ian Poulter was one stroke back and two ahead of Phil Mickelson, Jeff Overton, Brendan Steele and Russell Knox.

Players headed right back out to play as many holes as they could in their fourth round this afternoon. The tournament concludes Monday.

LPGA-THAILAND

CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) -- South Korean Amy Yang has earned her second career LPGA title at the Honda Thailand, finishing two strokes ahead of third-round leader Stacy Lewis, two-time champion Tseng Yani of Taiwan and South Korean Mirim Lee. Yang closed with a 3-under 69 for a 15-under total.

Lewis led after three rounds and remained in contention until she double-bogeyed 15 while Yang birdied.

GOLF-NEW ZEALAND OPEN

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) -- Top-ranked Lydia Ko shot a 1-under 70 to win the New Zealand Women's Open by four shots. The victory comes on the heels of the 17-year-old's win last week in the Women's Australian Open.

SKIING-MEN'S GIANT SLALOM

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) -- Overall leader Marcel Hirscher claimed his fourth straight World Cup giant slalom victory with the discipline's third-biggest winning margin.

Hirscher won by 3.28 seconds over Germany's Felix Neureuther. Only Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark has won a giant slalom event by a bigger margin.

Hirscher is the first Austrian to win four consecutive World Cup giant slaloms.

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