Leafs top Ducks 3-1 in Carlyle's return to Anaheim
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak each had a goal and two assists, and the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrated coach Randy Carlyle's return to Anaheim with a 3-1 victory over the Ducks on Monday night.
Paul Ranger scored and Jonathan Bernier made 43 saves as the Maple Leafs opened a five-game trip with their third consecutive victory, leapfrogging Montreal into second place in the Atlantic Division.
Carlyle was back at Honda Center for the first time since the Ducks fired the only coach to lead the franchise to a Stanley Cup title. He got a standing ovation in the first period during a video tribute on the scoreboard.
Corey Perry scored his 35th goal and Frederik Andersen stopped 20 shots in the Ducks' third straight loss to playoff-bound Eastern Conference teams.
Kings hold off Flames for 3-2 victory
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist to lead the Los Angeles Kings to their eighth straight win with a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday.
Justin Williams and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings.
Mike Cammalleri and Brian McGrattan scored for the Flames, who lost for just the second time in their past nine games at the Saddledome.
Playing in his fourth straight game, rookie Calgary goalie Joni Ortio made 20 saves.
Martin Jones stopped 24 of 26 shots he faced to improve his record in his rookie season with the Kings to 10-4.
Griffin's 37 points help Clippers beat Suns
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin scored 22 of his 37 points in the first quarter and made 14 of 16 shots before fouling out, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 112-105 on Monday night for their eighth straight victory.
Darren Collison scored 20 points and Chris Paul added 17 points and 11 assists for the Pacific Division leaders, who were 55.1 percent from the field and improved to 23-1 when shooting at least 50 percent.
Goran Dragic had 23 points and five assists during a foul-plagued 33 minutes for the Suns, who slipped a half-game behind idle Memphis for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot and are 1 1-2 behind Dallas. Phoenix hasn't made the postseason since 2010 under coach Alvin Gentry, now a Clippers associate head coach.
Angels rough up Bauer in win over Indians
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Collin Cowgill's two-run homer off Trevor Bauer highlighted a three-run fifth inning that carried the Los Angeles Angels over the Cleveland Indians 8-3 Monday.
Cowgill played in 50 games last season for the Angels after coming from the New York Mets in a midseason trade.
Grant Green, competing for a job as the Angels' utility infielder, had two hits.
The outing was a setback for Bauer, who is trying for the Indians' fifth spot in the rotation. He had allowed just two runs in five innings coming into the game.
Danny Salazar, who impressed the Indians late in the season, made his first start of the spring. He gave up one run on two hits and two runs in 1 2-3 innings.
Michael Bourn made a running catch of Green's long drive to straightaway center field with the bases loaded to save Salazar from being charged with more runs.
Ethier, Uribe HR in 1st vs Parker, Dodgers tie A's
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer and Juan Uribe added a solo shot in the first inning off Oakland's Jarrod Parker as the Los Angeles Dodgers and A's played to an 8-all tie Monday.
The game was stopped after nine innings.
Ethier got his first homer this spring by launching a long drive over the center-field wall. Carl Crawford walked and Hanley Ramirez singled before Ethier homered.
A candidate to start on opening day, Parker allowed four hits and struck out five in 4 2-3 innings.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, who will start on March 23 in the Dodgers' season-opening series against Arizona in Australia, worked five innings. He struck out four and allowed three hits, including a home run to Michael Taylor in the fifth.
The A's tied it in the eighth with five runs. They rallied against three relievers, including Brian Wilson, who left after throwing 13 pitches.
Cashner' scoreless again; Padres beat Rockies 5-0
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Andrew Cashner threw four more scoreless innings Monday in the San Diego Padres' 5-0 win over the Colorado Rockies.
In line to start opening day, Cashner hasn't allowed a run or walk in nine innings this spring training. He finished the 2013 regular season with a 16-inning shutout streak.
Cashner gave up at least one hit in every inning, including consecutive singles by Jordan Pacheco and Charlie Blackmon starting the third. But he retired his next three batters, striking out Carlos Gonzalez between groundouts by Michael Cuddyer and Troy Tulowitzki.
Cashner threw 34 of 50 pitches and also singled.
Ryan Jackson hit a two-run homer off Franklin Morales in the second.
Gonzalez had two of Colorado's nine hits.
Cain is perfect for 5 innings but Cubs top Giants
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Matt Cain pitched five perfect innings for the San Francisco Giants on Monday, but the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 3-2 victory.
The right-hander, who will be the Giants' No. 2 starter behind left-hander Madison Bumgarner during the regular season, threw 59 pitches and struck out seven.
Right-hander Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs' opening-day starter, also had an effective outing. He gave up two runs in four innings and struck out five.
Pablo Sandoval's two-run single in the fourth gave the Giants an early lead, but the Cubs scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh. The decisive run scored on two infield errors as part of the same play.
Gonzaga overpowers Saint Mary's 70-54 in WCC semis
LAS VEGAS (AP) - David Stockton had 18 points, Sam Dower Jr. added 12 points and nine rebounds, and Gonzaga advanced to the West Coast Conference championship game for the 14th straight year with a 70-54 win over Saint Mary's Monday night.
Gonzaga (27-6) crushed Saint Mary's in two meetings during the regular season behind its defense and did it again in the WCC semifinals, holding the Gaels (22-11) to 37 percent shooting.
Gary Bell Jr. added 14 points and Dower made all eight of his free throws after setting a WCC record by going 15-for-15 in the semifinals. Stockton also had five rebounds and four assists for Gonzaga, which will play for its fourth WCC tournament title in five years.
Stephen Holt had 15 points and Brad Waldow 14 for Saint Mary's.
Arizona cleans up in Pac-12 men's hoops awards
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) - Arizona guard Nick Johnson has been named Pac-12 player of the year, teammate Aaron Gordon won the award for top freshman and Sean Miller also was honored as coach of the year.
Commissioner Larry Scott announced the awards on Monday. The honors were voted on by the league's coaches.
In other awards, Arizona State center Jordan Bachynski won defensive player of the year and Stanford guard Anthony Brown is the most improved player.
Johnson averaged 16.1 points and 2.8 assist per game to lead Arizona to a first-place finish and No. 4 national ranking at the end of the regular season. He is the seventh Arizona player to win the award with Derrick Williams being the most recent in 2010-11.
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No. 18 Gonzaga women reach title game, 68-60
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Haiden Palmer scored 16 points as No. 18 Gonzaga beat Saint Mary's 68-60 Monday to advance to the championship game of the West Coast Conference tournament.
Gonzaga will look to win its fifth WCC tournament championship in six years when it faces No. 2 seed BYU on Tuesday.
Shelby Cheslek had 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for Gonzaga (28-4). Lindsay Sherbert came off the bench and scored 14 points in the first half. The Bulldogs forced 12 first-half turnovers and led 37-26.
Senior Jackie Nared had 29 points and 11 rebounds for Saint Mary's (22-9). The Gaels overcame a 17-point deficit against San Diego on Friday and trailed by as many as 13 against the Bulldogs.
Saint Mary's went on a 9-0 run early in the second half to pull within 39-35, but the Gaels would get no closer. Down the stretch, Gonzaga held Saint Mary's to only one field goal in a 9-minute span.
Ellison favors Hawaii for next America's Cup
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Software billionaire Larry Ellison says in a book excerpt that he'd like to have the next America's Cup in Hawaii, although his sailing team CEO says officials are still in the process of picking a venue.
According to an excerpt posted on the San Francisco Chronicle's website Monday, Ellison's vision is for the 35th America's Cup match to be sailed off Honolulu following a series of eliminations around the world.
"That's the plan, anyway," Ellison is quoted as saying in the excerpt from the paperback edition of "The Billionaire and the Mechanic" by Chronicle writer Julian Guthrie.
Russell Coutts, CEO of America's Cup champion Oracle Team USA, tells The Associated Press via email that while Hawaii is being considered, "I can honestly say there are no favorites at this stage."
Li Na wins to reach 4th round at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) - Top-seeded Li Na defeated Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4 to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.
Li closed out Monday's third-round match with an ace, one of her 15 winners in a match in which the Chinese star had 28 unforced errors. The Australian Open champion has never been past the semifinals in six previous appearances at Indian Wells.
Trailing 3-4 in the second set, Li rallied to win the final three games and dispatch Pliskova, who at 21 is 10 years younger than Li and was making her main draw debut after losing in qualifying the last two years.
Li needed a third-set tiebreaker to beat countrywoman Zheng Jie in her first match after an opening-round bye.
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