National Sports

Joey Logano holds off Brad Keselowski for Vegas NASCAR win

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski were side by side off the fourth turn, two teammates fighting for the last burst of speed on the final lap at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Logano barely managed to block Keselowski's move, and the defending ...

20th horse dies at Santa Anita while racing on sloppy track

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Another horse has died at Santa Anita, making it 20 fatalities at the racetrack since its winter meet began on Dec. 26. Animal rights activists gathered near the track in Arcadia on Sunday. At least a dozen protesters held signs that read "Your bets cause horses' ...

Harden scores 42 points to help Rockets beat Celtics

By The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — James Harden had 42 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter and the Houston Rockets held on the beat the Boston Celtics 115-104 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory. Harden made six 3-pointers and scored 40 or more points for the 24th ...

Westbrook helps Thunder rally for 99-95 win over Grizzlies

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook turned back the clock a bit on Sunday. Oklahoma City's All-Star point guard scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Thunder rallied from a 13-point deficit in the final seven minutes to snap a ...

Wheeler’s 4 goals power Jets over Blue Jackets 5-2

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Blake Wheeler scored four goals against Columbus, but it was the Winnipeg captain's prettiest of the evening — a well-placed shot on an odd-man rush late in the game — that really deflated the Blue Jackets. The goal off Patrik ...

No. 3 Duke falls to No. 20 Virginia Tech with Zion sidelined

By The Associated Press BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Ty Outlaw hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:28 left and No. 20 Virginia Tech beat No. 3 Duke 77-72 on Tuesday night while Blue Devils star freshman Zion Williamson sat out his second straight game with a sprained right knee. Kelly Blackshear ...

Herro’s 29 points rally No. 4 Kentucky past Arkansas 70-66

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Tyler Herro couldn't miss in the second half, and he didn't have much margin for error as he helped bail out No. 4 Kentucky against Arkansas. Herro had career highs of five 3-pointers and 29 points, including two free throws with ...

White’s 34 helps No. 5 North Carolina beat Syracuse 93-85

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The shots were falling again for North Carolina's Coby White. The freshman point guard shook off four games of shooting struggles to score a season-high 34 points, helping the fifth-ranked Tar Heels pull away late to beat ...

McCann scores twice, Penguins beat Blue Jackets 5-2

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After the Columbus Blue Jackets beefed up their roster at the NHL trade deadline for a Metropolitan Division playoff run, the injury-plagued Pittsburgh Penguins came to town looking more vulnerable than usual. Missing some top ...

Ohio State beats No. 22 Iowa behind freshman's 29 points COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Less than two weeks ago, Ohio State freshman Justin Ahrens didn't even play in a home loss to lowly Illinois. Had Ahrens not played against Iowa on Tuesday night, the Buckeyes would not have pulled off a ...