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In brief: Sixers win, end record-tying losing streak

The Philadelphia 76ers celebrate their first win in two months after beating Detroit Pistons. (Associated Press)
The Philadelphia 76ers celebrate their first win in two months after beating Detroit Pistons. (Associated Press)

Basketball: The Philadelphia 76ers snapped their NBA record-tying, 26-game losing streak, routing the Detroit Pistons 123-98 on Saturday in Philadelphia to avoid establishing a new longest skid in U.S. major pro sports history.

Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young each scored 21 points for the 76ers, who won for the first time in exactly two months. They also ended an 18-game home skid, which was one shy of another NBA record.

Their 26 straight losses equaled the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.

• Clippers clinch playoff spot: Chris Paul had 30 points and 12 assists, Jamal Crawford added 22 points and the Los Angeles Clippers clinched their franchise- record third straight playoff appearance with a 118-107 win over the Houston Rockets in Houston.

• Spurs’ win streak hits 17: Marco Belinelli scored 18 points and the host San Antonio Spurs extended their winning streak to 17 games with a 96-80 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

• Heat whip Bucks: Chris Bosh scored 14 points, LeBron James had 13, and the short-handed Miami Heat wrapped up their three-game trip through the Midwest with an 88-67 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

• Central Missouri wins D-II title: Daylen Robinson scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half to help Central Missouri (30-5) win the NCAA Division II championship, 84-77 over West Liberty (31-4) in Evansville, Ind.

Blue Jackets continue playoff push

Hockey: Ryan Johansen scored a power-play goal at 2:40 of overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in Raleigh, N.C.

Artem Anisimov had a goal and an assist and Matt Calvert also scored to help the Blue Jackets earn an important two points in their push for the second playoff berth in club history and first since 2009.

• Stars double up Blues: Colton Sceviour got the first two goals for Dallas and Antoine Roussel scored on a breakaway in the third period to give the Stars a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis.

Dallas entered the day three points out of a playoff spot.

• Wild rally past Coyotes: Zach Parise scored two of Minnesota’s three third-period goals and the Wild rallied to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-1 in Glendale, Ariz.

The Wild pulled three points ahead of Phoenix for the No. 7 spot in the West. The Coyotes are just a point ahead of Dallas for the No. 8 spot.

• Union, Boston College win: Max Novak had a goal and an assist and top-seeded Union beat Providence 3-1 to win the NCAA East Regional in Bridgeport, Conn., and advance to the Frozen Four.

Also, Johnny Gaudreau had his first hat trick and added three assists, leading top-seeded Boston College to a 6-2 win over Denver in Worcester, Ma., to earn a spot in the Frozen Four.

Bowditch out front at Texas Open

Golf: Steven Bowditch opened a three-stroke lead in the Texas Open in San Antonio, while Phil Mickelson withdrew after 10 holes because of a pulled muscle in his right side.

Bowditch of Australia shot a 4-under 68 to reach 12-under at TPC San Antonio. Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe were tied for second. Spokane native Alex Prugh shot a 77 and missed the second cut by one stroke.

• Kerr tied for lead: Cristie Kerr made a 55-foot par-saving putt on the 18th hole, giving her a share of the lead with Lizette Salas after the third round of the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif.

Williams beats Na for Sony Open title

Tennis: Serena Williams won a record seventh Key Biscayne (Fla.) title when she overcame a slow start and a set point to beat Li Na 7-5, 6-1 at the Sony Open.

Dodgers’ Kershaw placed on disabled list

Miscellany: Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a swollen muscle in his left upper back.

• Clement wins sixth stage: Dutch cyclist Stef Clement won a windy sixth and penultimate stage of the Volta a Catalunya in Vilanova I La Geltru, Spain, while Joaquim Rodriguez protected his overall lead.

• Asada tops field: Mao Asada of Japan topped the free skate in Saitama, Japan, to capture her third world figure skating title.

Asada finished 9.19 points ahead of runner-up Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia. Italy’s Carolina Kostner was third.

• Napravnik rides winner: Jockey Rosie Napravnik guided Vicar’s in Trouble to a commanding victory in the $1 million Grade II Louisiana Derby in New Orleans, one of the premier prep races for the Kentucky Derby.

• Constitution victorious: Constitution, which is trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, won the Florida Derby, prevailing in a fierce stride-for-stride battle with Wildcat Red in the major Kentucky Derby prep race in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

• U.S. routs Uruguay: Andrew Suniula scored a pair of tries 2 minutes apart and the United States rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to beat Uruguay 32-13 in Kennesaw, Ga., earning the Eagles another trip the Rugby World Cup next year.

• Cal wins swimming title: California entered the last day trailing Texas by six points in the NCAA men’s swimming championships in Austin, Texas. But Cal regained the lead in the first event and breezed to its third title in four years.

• Stewart notches 50th victory: James Stewart raced to his fifth AMA Supercross victory of the season and 50th overall, pulling away in front of a record 60,213 fans at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

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