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    NBA-SCHEDULE Lakers-Rockets highlight a mismatch-filled schedule. UNDATED (AP) — On paper, this is one of those days in the NBA where the league’s best teams feast on the worst. But the notable exception is in Houston, where the Southwest Division-leading Rockets host the Lakers, who lead the Pacific Division. L.A.’s other team, the Clippers are chase LeBron James’ squad for the division lead. They’re in New Orleans to play the Pelicans, who are still waiting for the debut of the league’s top...

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    NBA-SCHEDULE Pacers down Wolves UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves received a boost with the return of Karl-Anthony Towns, but it wasn’t enough to get them past the Indiana Pacers. Malcolm Brogdon made a tiebreaking 16-footer with 18 seconds left to help the Pacers earn a 116-114 triumph over the Wolves. T.J. Warren scored 28 points and Jeremy Lamb added 18 off the bench in Indiana’s fourth consecutive win. Brogdon finished with 12 points and a team-high 10 assists. Towns had 27...

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    NHL-SCHEDULE Ovechkin scores three for Caps in win over Devils UNDATED (AP) — Alex Ovechkin took a stick to the face and put three pucks in the net for a hat trick to lead the Washington Capitals past the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Thursday night. Ovechkin reached 31 goals this season with his 25th career hat trick. He has scored five in his past two games to reach 689 total, one back of Mario Lemieux for 10th on the NHL's all-time list as he approaches 700. Mike Gartner is the only other...

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    MLB-NEWS Beltrán and Mets part ways amid sign-stealing scandal UNDATED (AP) — The new manager of the New York Mets is leaving that job before a single game. The Mets say Carlos Beltrán and the team have agreed to part ways in the latest fallout from the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Thursday’s announcement came two days after Boston cut ties with manager Alex Cora, who was Houston’s bench coach in 2017 when Beltrán played for the Astros. A day before that, manager AJ Hinch and general...

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    NBA-SCHEDULE Heat win at home again to pass Celtics in East standings UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Heat have leapfrogged over the Boston Celtics for the No. 2 spot in the NBA’s Eastern Conference by improving to 18-1 at home. Kendrick Nunn scored 33 points and Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) added 17 in the Heat’s 106-100 victory over the Spurs. Nunn hit consecutive baskets to put Miami ahead, 94-83 with 3:42 remaining. Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BAY’-oh) contributed 14 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists...

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    NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-GALLANT FIRED Golden Knights fire Gallant, name DeBoer new coach UNDATED (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights have fired coach Gerard Gallant and named Peter DeBoer as his replacement. Vegas has lost four in a row and had fallen out of a playoff position in the Western Conference. Gallant was fired less than two years after winning the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year. He's the seventh coach to lose his job this season and the fifth for performance reasons. DeBoer was...

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