NBA: LeBron James scored a season-high 42 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the visiting Golden State Warriors 110-99 on Thursday night for their 18th victory in 20 games.
James added 11 rebounds, outplaying fellow MVP candidate Stephen Curry and leading Cleveland past the team with the NBA’s best record for its 11th straight home victory.
Curry scored 18 points, but had only six after the first quarter and was 5 of 17 from the field. David Lee led Golden State with 19 points.
Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, who scored 24 points, left the game in the third quarter with an injury to his left shoulder, but returned early in the fourth.
Kevin Love added 16 points for the Cavaliers.
• Collison has surgery: Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison will have surgery next week and be sidelined for at least another month.
The team said the operation is to repair a “core muscle injury.”
Gonzaga graduate David Stockton is expected to be among the players to gain playing time in Collison’s absence.
Wild pull off surprise win over Predators
NHL: Nino Niederreiter scored two goals, and the Minnesota Wild beat Nashville 4-2, handing the Predators only their fourth regulation loss on home ice this season.
Devan Dubnyk also made 27 saves as he improved to 14-3-2 since being acquired in January. With the win, the Wild moved back into the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Erik Haula and Kyle Brodziak also scored for Minnesota.
Mike Fisher had a goal and an assist, Craig Smith had a goal and Matt Cullen added two assists for Nashville. The Predators snapped a six-game winning streak.
• Blues drop Jets: Alexander Steen got the winning goal in the shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the host Winnipeg Jets.
Vladimir Tarasenko also scored in the tiebreaker for the Blues. Patrik Berglund had St. Louis’ score in regulation, and Brian Elliott finished with 30 saves through overtime.
Mark Scheifele had the tying goal in the third period and Andrew Ladd scored in the shootout for the Jets. Michael Hutchinson stopped 28 shots.
Berglund gave the Blues the lead with 1:49 left in the second period, but the Jets tied it up with Scheifele’s 10th goal of the season at 3:14 of the third.
Stanford wins to end Beavers’ home streak
Women’s basketball: Lili Thompson scored 13 points and No. 19 Stanford snapped No. 7 Oregon’s State’s 21-game home winning streak with a 69-58 victory at Corvallis, Oregon.
Amber Orrange and Erica McCall each added 12 points in Stanford’s (21-8, 13-4) 29th consecutive win over the Beavers.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Oregon State (25-3, 15-2), which has already won more games this season than any other team in school history.
Jamie Weisner and Deven Hunter each had 18 points for the Beavers, who had previously clinched a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title.
• USC clinches share of SEC: Tiffany Mitchell scored 16 points to lead No. 2 South Carolina to a 69-50 victory over No. 11 Mississippi State and clinch a share of its second straight Southeastern Conference championship in Columbia, South Carolina.
The Gamecocks (27-1, 15-0 SEC) can win the title outright Sunday with a win at No. 13 Kentucky.
The Bulldogs (25-5, 10-5) could not cut the lead to fewer than 10 points after that. Victoria Vivians and LaKaris Salter had 14 points each to lead Mississippi State.
Herman leads after windy day at Honda
Golf: Playing in America for the first time this year, Rory McIlroy hit a 2-iron out of play on his opening hole and made a double bogey.
A wind with gusts that approached 35 mph provided a rude welcome to just about everyone at the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, except for Jim Herman, who somehow made it around PGA National without a bogey for a 5-under 65 and a one-shot lead.
Only 19 players broke par.
Brendan Steele is one back at 66. Martin Flores, Kapalua winner Patrick Reed and Padraig Harrington were at 67. U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer was among those at 68.
Three-way tie in Thailand: Taiwan’s Yani Tseng shot a 6-under 66 in the LPGA Thailand in Chonburi, Thailand, for a share of the first-round lead with American rivals Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lang.
Tseng, the 2011 and 2012 winner, had seven birdies and a bogey on Siam Country Club’s Pattaya Old Course. She won the last of her 15 LPGA Tour titles in 2012.
More details revealed in Hernandez case
Miscellany: Ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez ran up a $243 bar tab and smoked marijuana in the hours before the boyfriend of his fiancee’s sister was shot to death, according to testimony at his murder trial.
Just over an hour before the killing of Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013, video surveillance shows Hernandez walking unsteadily at a gas station and dancing near the gas pumps.
The video also shows a co-defendant, Carlos Ortiz, wearing a white towel around his shoulders. A white towel was found near Lloyd’s body later that morning in an industrial park not far from Hernandez’s home. Prosecutors haven’t said who shot Lloyd but said Hernandez orchestrated the killing.
Others testified that Hernandez spent the evening with five other people at a bar where the tab was run up.
• US bobsledders lead: Elana Meyers Taylor and pushing partner Cherrelle Garrett of the United States held a comfortable .39-second lead after the first two women’s bobsled heats at the world championships in Winterberg, Germany.
Meyers Taylor and Garrett have a shot to become the first U.S. women’s team to win a world title. The final two heats are on Saturday.
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