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Spurs beat Golden State

From staff and wire reports

NBA: LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 87-79 on Saturday night to remain perfect at San Antonio’s AT&T Center this season and extend their home dominance over the defending champions to 33 straight regular-season games.

Kawhi Leonard added 18 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio, which has won 44 straight at home in the regular season, tied for the second-longest streak in NBA history.

The Spurs held Warriors superstar Stephen Curry to 14 points while limiting him to 1-for-12 shooting on 3-pointers.

Memphis’ Barnes suspended: Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes has been suspended one game without pay after the NBA says he tried to enter Milwaukee’s locker room and verbally challenge Bucks forward John Henson after both players were ejected in the Bucks’ 96-86 win over the Grizzlies in Milwaukee.

Henson blocked Barnes’ shot with 5.5 seconds left in the game. After the play, Henson taunted Barnes and was given two technical fouls and ejected. Barnes was charged with a technical foul and ejected for continuing to use obscenities.

Shiffrin wins slalom

at World Cup finals

Skiing: Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States won another slalom by a huge margin with her closest rivals more than two seconds slower at the season-ending World Cup finals in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Veronika Velez-Zuzulova and Frida Hansdotter could only smile wryly as Shiffrin crossed the line 2.03 seconds ahead after another monstrous run from the Olympic champion.

Fanara tops all-French podium: It was an all-French podium in the men’s giant slalom as an impressive second run from Thomas Fanara saw him edge out teammate Alexis Pinturault at the season-ending World Cup finals in St. Moritz.

It was the first World Cup win for Fanara, who was fourth fastest in the first run, and beat Pinturault by 0.02 seconds. Mathieu Faivre was 0.14 off the pace.

Day holds two-shot lead at rainy Bay Hill

Golf: Jason Day survived bursts of rain and a few bogeys for a 2-under-par 70 to keep his two-shot lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida.

The starting times were moved forward to avoid a forecast of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Players still had to cope with occasionally heavy rain, though Bay Hill held up nicely and so did the 28-year-old Australian.

Kim stumbles late at JTBC: Sei Young Kim set up a Sunday shootout in the desert with a sloppy third-round finish.

The South Korean player stumbled late in Phoenix’s JTBC Founders Cup, handing the lead to Eun-Hee Ji and putting Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko and many others in far better position than they expected.

Verplank takes PGA Tour Champions lead: Scott Verplank shot his second straight 6-under 66 to take the second-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Tucson Conquistadores Classic.

The 51-year-old Verplank birdied five of the first six holes and seven of the first 10 in perfect conditions on Omni Tucson National’s Catalina Course. He bogeyed the par-3 12th, failing to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker, and closed with six consecutive pars.

WADA declares Spain, Mexico noncompliant

Miscellany: The World Anti-Doping Agency has declared Spain and Mexico to be noncompliant with its regulations after they failed to meet a Friday deadline to make required changes.

A noncompliance ruling could suspend work at the countries’ national anti-doping organizations and lead to two drug testing labs in Spain and one in Mexico being decertified.

Penn State wins NCAA wrestling title: Penn State won two individual championships to cap a dominant run to its fifth team title in six years at the NCAA wrestling championships in New York.

The No. 1 Nittany Lions racked up 123 points over three days, with Nico Megaludis (125 pounds) and Zain Retherford (149) winning their first individual titles.

Megaludis beat Iowa’s Thomas Gilman 6-3 and Retherford turned in the lone bonus-point win of the finals with a 10-1 major decision over Iowa’s Brandon Sorensen.

Indiana prep team’s bus overturns: Authorities say at least 14 people were treated for injuries after a bus carrying a northwest Indiana high school basketball team overturned on an interstate.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Alan Jamerson says the rollover occurred on Interstate 65 near DeMotte, Indiana.

The bus was carrying the Griffith High School boys basketball team and staff to a state semifinal game against Marion in Lafayette.

Cupid runs into Kentucky Derby chase: Cupid led nearly from wire-to-wire to capture the Rebel Stakes in Hot Spring, Arkansas, propelling another Bob Baffert-trained horse toward the Kentucky Derby.

The gray colt won its first race six weeks ago at Santa Anita, then shipped off to Oaklawn Park, where Baffert had five Rebel winners since 2010. Last year’s – American Pharoah – went on to win the Triple Crown.

St. Thomas wins D3 championship: Taylor Montero scored 27 points and Ryan Saarela had 26 to lead St. Thomas of Minnesota to an 82-76 victory over Benedictine of Illinois in the Division III men’s basketball national championship in Salem, Virginia.

The Tommies, playing in their third Final Four in six years, won their second championship. They also won in 2011.

Eaton captures third straight world indoor title: Ashton Eaton earned his third straight heptathlon title at the world indoor track and field championships in Portland, taking all the suspense out of the competition with another dominating performance.

In the 1,000 meters, the competition’s final event. He finished with 6,470 points – 175 behind the indoor mark he set four years ago in Istanbul.

Djokovic beats Nadal to reach final: Novak Djokovic continued his recent mastery of Rafael Nadal on hard courts, winning 7-6 (5), 6-3 on his sixth match point to reach the BNP Paribas Open final for the second straight year.

The world’s top-ranked player will meet Milos Raonic in Sunday’s final, with Djokovic trying to win a record fifth title in the Indian Wells, California, event.

Penguins beat Flyers for fifth straight win

NHL: Trevor Daley, Carl Hagelin and Chris Kunitz scored, and the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1.

The Penguins have won five straight and six of seven – all against Metropolitan Division opponents.

Pittsburgh and Philadelphia play twice more in the final week of the season.

Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 16 saves in his 31st victory of the season, but was hardly challenged by the Flyers