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Last Update on March 01, 2015 21:42 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers are 2-1 on their four-game road trip after winning at Chicago for the fifth straight time.

Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford led the Clippers to a 96-86 victory over the Bulls. 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.

Bulls rookie reserve Nikola Mirotic (MEER'-oh-tihch) scored a career-high 29 points and accounted for all but one of his team's 17 fourth-quarter points.

The NBA's other matinee game has the Cavaliers on the road against the Houston Rockets, who've won four in a row to climb within two games of the Southwest Division-leading Memphis Grizzlies. The Cavs had won 18 of 20 before Friday's loss to the Pacers at Indiana. Cleveland point guard Kyrie (ky-REE') Irving will miss his second straight game with a strained left shoulder.

In the day's other NBA games:

-- The Boston Celtics go for their season-high fourth consecutive victory when they host the Golden State Warriors. The Celtics' third 3-game winning streak of the season has them within a half-game of Brooklyn for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. The Warriors own the NBA's best record at 45-11, and they have a league-high 21 road wins.

-- The Los Angeles Lakers host an Oklahoma City team that has dropped two straight despite Michael Westbrook, who recorded triple-doubles in both games. The Thunder's skid follows a seven-game winning streak that allowed them to push ahead of New Orleans for the final Western Conference playoff berth.

-- Sacramento hosts the Portland Trail Blazers, who have won two straight to open a seven-game lead over the Thunder atop the Northwest Division. The Blazers come off Friday's comeback win over the Thunder.

-- Charlotte is at Orlando, Indiana hosts Philadelphia and New Orleans is at Denver. The Pacers and Hornets are in a three-way tie with Boston for ninth in the East, a half-game out of a playoff berth. The Pelicans are a half-game behind Oklahoma City for the final West playoff berth.


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.


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.


UNDATED (AP) -- The lone top-20 men's basketball team in action is fifth-ranked Wisconsin, which is trying to bounce back from Tuesday's loss at No. 14 Maryland. The Badgers sit atop the Big Ten at 13-2 heading into their home game against Michigan State, which is seeking its 20th win of the season.

Also today, Connecticut upset No. 21 SMU 81-73 and No. 25 Providence is entertaining Marquette.


UNDATED (AP) -- The NHL schedule has opened with a big Western Conference matchup as Winnipeg hosts the Los Angeles Kings.

Both teams are scrambling to earn Stanley Cup playoff berths. The Jets sit fourth in the Central Division, just one point ahead of Minnesota and four in front of Calgary for a West postseason berth. The Kings are in a virtual tie with the Flames for third place in the Pacific Division.

Pittsburgh and Washington are home today against non-playoff contenders as the two teams try to inch closer to the Metropolitan Division lead. The Penguins are third in the division, five points behind the first-place New York Islanders and three ahead of the Capitals. The Pens host Columbus and the Caps entertain Toronto.

Anaheim enters its game at Dallas with a 12-point lead over second-place Vancouver in the Pacific Division. The Canucks host the St. Louis Blues, who have a chance to climb within three points of the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators.

There's also an all-Florida battle as the Panthers entertain the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Panthers are four points behind Boston in the scramble for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth, while the Lightning are five points behind the Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens.


Race begins after delay

HAMPTON, Ga. -- The NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway has started after a delay of 56 minutes because of a wet track.

Joey Logano started from the pole after winning the Daytona 500 last Sunday.


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Ian Poulter played bogey-free in the rain-softened conditions of PGA National for a 4-under 66 to build a three-shot lead going into the final round of the Honda Classic.

Second-round leader Padraig Harrington started poorly and salvaged a 1-over 71, including a par on the 18th hole after hitting into the water. Patrick Reed had a 70 to match Padraig at minus-6 for the tournament.

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


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.

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.


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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