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Conley’s layup lifts Grizzlies over Spurs

Tue., April 2, 2013

NBA: Mike Conley drove for a layup with 0.6 seconds left, and the Grizzlies rallied to beat the San Antonio Spurs 92-90 Monday night at Memphis for their third straight victory.

The Grizzlies matched their franchise record with their 50th win this season, and they won their 12th straight at home. They pulled out a win in a game where Conley’s bucket gave them their first lead since 18-16 late in the first quarter.

Conley scored the final five points and finished with 23. Jerryd Bayless had 17 points, Marc Gasol 16, Zach Randolph 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Tayshaun Prince had 11 points.

The Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobli and Tim Duncan. Ginobili is out at least three weeks with a strained right hamstring, and Duncan did not play after playing 35 minutes in Sunday night’s 88-86 loss to Miami.

• Pacers hold on to beat Clippers: Roy Hibbert had 26 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out, Paul George added 23 points and 10 assists, and the Indiana Pacers barely completed a sweep of their four-game road trip with a 109-106 victory over the Clippers at Los Angeles in a battle of division leaders.

• Jazz run win streak to five: Al Jefferson scored 24 points, Mo Williams hit six 3-pointers and the Utah Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 112-102 at Salt Lake City to extend their winning streak to a season-best five games.

Rookie standout Damian Lillard scored 17 points for Portland, including three 3-pointers to break the NBA’s single-season rookie record (166) for 3s.

• Maxiell out for season: Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell will miss the rest of the season after surgery to repair a detached retina.

Chicago edges Nashville in shootout

NHL: Defenseman Michael Rozsival scored in the fifth round of shootout after Jonathan Toews also connected in the tiebreaker, and the Blackhawks pulled out a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators at Chicago.

Chicago’s Patrick Kane scored his team-leading 19th goal and rookie Brandon Saad scored in regulation to help the Blackhawks win their second straight.

• St. Louis snaps losing streak: Jaden Schwartz and Andy McDonald each had a goal and an assist, Brian Elliott stepped in and made 19 saves, and the St. Louis Blues snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Minnesota Wild 4-1 at St. Paul, Minn.

• Anaheim blanks Dallas 4-0: Viktor Fasth made 26 saves for his third shutout of the season, leading the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-0 victory over the reeling Stars at Dallas.

• Oilers lock up Smid: The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenseman Ladislav Smid to a four-year, $14 million extension.

Smid has a goal and two assists in 34 games with the Oilers this season. He had a career-high five goals and 15 points in 78 games in 2011-12.

Portland moves to second round

WHL: The top team in the Western Hockey League is headed to the second round of the playoffs after the Portland Winterhawks defeated the Silvertips at Everett 5-1 in Game 6 of their series.

Oliver Bjorkstrand had two goals and two assists for top-seeded Portland, which won the series against eighth-seeded Everett 4-2.

• Kamloops tops Victoria 6-2, wins series: Kale Kessy scored a hat trick as the Kamloops Blazers defeated the Royals 6-2 at Victoria to win their first-round Western Hockey League playoff series 4-2.

Cole Cheveldave made 16 saves to get the win, while Patrik Polivka stopped 37 shots in taking the loss.

Browns trade QB Colt McCoy to Niners

NFL: The Browns have discarded another quarterback. Colt McCoy will start over as a backup in San Francisco.

McCoy became expendable when Cleveland signed veteran free agent quarterback Jason Campbell last week and was traded to the San Francisco 49ers.

A person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press the Browns got a fifth- and seventh-round pick in this month’s NFL draft in exchange for McCoy and Cleveland’s sixth-round pick.

• Colts nab Heyward-Bey: The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to terms with free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

In 2012, Heyward-Bey started 14 games and had 41 receptions for 606 yards and a career-high five touchdowns for the Oakland Raiders. He has 11 career touchdowns.

USC hires former FGCU coach Enfield

College men: Southern California has hired Andy Enfield as men’s basketball coach after he took Florida Gulf Coast to the round of 16 of the NCAA tournament.

The 43-year-old coach was 41-28 in his two seasons at the Fort Myers, Fla., school. He led the Eagles to a school-record 26 wins this season, including upsets of No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 seed San Diego State as a 15th-seed in the NCAA tourney.

• Tubby Smith to coach Red Raiders basketball: Tubby Smith is headed to Texas Tech to try to turn around another wayward program.

A person with knowledge of the deal says Texas Tech agreed to terms with Smith on a contract to be its next coach.

• Former Toledo hoops coach Bob Nichols dies: The Mid-American Conference record holder for men’s basketball coaching victories has died. Former Toledo coach Bob Nichols was 82.

• Purvis plans to transfer from N.C. State: North Carolina State freshman guard Rodney Purvis says he plans to transfer.

In a statement from the school, Purvis says he enjoyed his time with the hometown Wolfpack but that he felt it was time “to make a fresh start” and “step outside of my comfort zone” by going elsewhere.

• Keady, Massimino headline Hall of Fame class: Longtime coaches Gene Keady and Rollie Massimino, and former U.S. congressman Tom McMillen, headline the 2013 class that will be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Joining them in the Hall of Fame will be George Raveling of Nike, Bob Hopkins of Grambling, George Killian of FIBA and the 1963 team from Loyola University of Chicago.

Chelsea reaches FA Cup semifinals

Soccer: Demba Ba sent Chelsea into the FA Cup semifinals with a 1-0 win over Manchester United in London.

The quarterfinal replay was decided four minutes into the second half when Ba hooked the ball over goalkeeper David De Gea to set up a Wembley Stadium meeting with Manchester City.

Western Kentucky to change conferences

Miscellany: Western Kentucky is moving to Conference USA.

C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky said that the Hilltoppers are set to officially join the league July 1, 2014.

Western Kentucky will be the fifth Sun Belt Conference school in a year to move to C-USA.

• Shanghai Bobby a no-go for Kentucky Derby: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Shanghai Bobby won’t run in next month’s Kentucky Derby because his energy level isn’t where trainer Todd Pletcher thinks it should be.


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