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UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have run their winning streak into double-digits.
Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) hit his first five shots and scored 13 of his 30 points in the first quarter of the Raptors’ 10th consecutive victory, 105-92 at Detroit. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) had 21 points for Toronto, which led by 16 in the first half and carried a 19-point advantage into the final period. The win sends Raptors coach Nick Nurse and his staff to the upcoming All-Star game in Chicago. Toronto has the best record in the East among coaches eligible to work the All-Star game, earning Nurse a trip to the game. Andre Drummond had 20 points and 20 rebounds in the Pistons’ fifth consecutive loss.
— James Harden provided 35 points and Russell Westbrook had 32 as the Rockets outscored the Mavericks, 128-121. Harden also paced Houston with a season-high 16 rebounds with center Clint Capela out with a bruised heel. Dallas played without injured guard Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) and dropped its second straight despite Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs), who had 35 points and 12 rebounds.
— Kyrie Irving was sensational in the Nets’ 133-118 victory over the Bulls, pouring in a season-high 54 points on 19 of 23 shooting. Irving hit all 10 of his first-half shots and finished with five rebounds and five assists. He is the first player in Nets franchise history to score 45 points in three games in a single season.
UNDATED (AP) — NBA All-Stars will be playing this year with Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant in their minds and on their jerseys.
The NBA announced Friday that for the Feb. 16 All-Star Game in Chicago, all the players on the team led by Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) will wear No. 24 on their jerseys, and everyone on LeBron James’ team will wear No. 2.
Kobe Bryant spent the last 10 seasons of his career in a No. 24 jersey. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant wore No. 2 on her jersey. All players taking part in All-Star weekend — including the Rising Stars game Feb. 14 and the Saturday night events such as the 3-point contest, slam dunk contest and skills competition — will wear a patch with nine stars to commemorate the nine victims of Sunday’s helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
— Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) will be out at least six games with a sprained right ankle suffered during practice on Thursday. Coach Rick Carlisle said before Friday’s game against the Rockets that Doncic will be out until at least Feb. 10. Carlisle added that he expects Doncic will be healthy in time to participate in the All-Star Game after he was selected to the team for the first time and voted a starter.
UNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are in good health heading into Sunday’s Super Bowl at Miami.
Defensive lineman Chris Jones, tight end Travis Kelce (KEHL’-see), center Austin Reiter, and tight end Deon Yelder are listed on the Chiefs’ injury report but were able to participate in a full practice Friday. All 53 players on the 49ers worked out Friday, including running back Tevin Coleman after he was limited in the Wednesday and Thursday practices due to a shoulder injury.
— Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick says he wants to play next season at age 37, and he’ll likely be back with the Dolphins. Coach Brian Flores said last week he expected Fitzpatrick to return. Fitzpatrick started the final 12 games last year for the Dolphins, who went 5-11 but had a surprisingly strong finish under first-year coach Flores.
— The Bills have informed county officials they will not use an early and one-time opt-out clause to terminate their lease at New Era Field. The team’s decision was considered a formality, but in no way rules out the possibility of the Bills one day playing at a new facility in downtown Buffalo.
— Nearly half of American sports fans would give up one of their other work holidays in order to have a day off after Super Bowl Sunday. That’s according to a survey commissioned by the daily fantasy sports company DraftKings and conducted by the polling firm SurveyGizmo. It found that more than 40% would rather work Presidents Day, Martin Luther King’s birthday or Columbus Day than the Monday after the NFL championship game.
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins remain six points behind the NHL’s Metropolitan Division-leading Washington Capitals after outlasting the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. The Pens squandered a two-goal lead before Sidney Crosby beat Brian Elliott 55 seconds into overtime to complete a 4-3 victory against the Flyers. Evgeni Malkin, Bryan Rust and Kris Letang (leh-TANG’) tallied in the second period to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead, but Philadelphia tied it on goals by Tyler Pitlick and Scott Laughton.
Tristan Jarry stopped 27 shots for the Pens, who won for the sixth time in eight games and avenged their loss to the Flyers 10 days earlier. The Capitals kept their six-point lead over Pittsburgh by downing the Senators, 5-3 at Ottawa. Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) notched his 694th and 695th career goals to move ahead of Mark Messier (MEHS’-ee-ay) for eighth on the NHL all-time list.
TJ Oshie (OH’-shee), Evgeny Kuznetsov (kooz-NEHT’-sahv) and Carl Hagelin (HAG’-lihn) also scored to back Ilya Samsonov (sam-SOH’-nahv), who handled 25 shots for the league’s No. 1 team.
— Alex Tuch’s (tuhks) power-play goal with 2:28 remaining sent the Golden Knights to a 4-3 win at Carolina. Nate Schmidt gave Vegas a 3-1 lead in the third period, but the Hurricanes eventually tied it on goals by Brock McGinn and Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) before the Knights won for only the second time in eight games.
— The Rangers were 4-2 winners over the lowly Red Wings behind Mika Zibanejad’s (MEE’-kah zih-BAN’-eh-jadz) one goal and two assists. Pavel Buchnevich (booch-NEH’-vihch) also scored to start the Rangers’ three-goal second period, and rookie Igor Shesterkin stopped 23 shots as New York sent Detroit to its seventh straight loss.
UNDATED (AP) — Michigan point guard Zavier Simpson has been reinstated after he was suspended one game for an unspecified violation of team rules. Simpson missed Michigan’s win at Nebraska on Tuesday night but is set to play Saturday against No. 25 Rutgers at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The senior is averaging 12.8 points and 8.3 assists a game this season.
— North Carolina coach Roy Williams says star freshman point guard Cole Anthony has returned to limited practice and could play Saturday against Boston College. Anthony hasn’t played since a Dec. 8 loss at Virginia, missing 11 games following knee surgery. He was considered a likely one-and-done prospect and high NBA draft pick.
— Former Georgia forward Terry Fair has died of natural causes, according to the school. Fair was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs, capping his college career by leading the 1982-83 squad to its until Final Four appearance.
UNDATED (AP) — Three-time All-Star outfielder Curtis Granderson has announced his retirement after 16 major league seasons.Granderson played for seven teams while compiling a .249 batting average with 344 home runs and 937 RBIs. He led the majors with 136 runs and led the American League with 119 RBIs while hitting 41 homers.Granderson was an All-Star for the Tigers in 2009, and for the Yankees in 2011 and 2012.
— Infielder Matt Adams has agreed to a minor league contract with the Mets after batting .226 with 20 home runs and 56 RBIs in 33 plate appearances for the Nationals last year. The 31-year-old Adams broke into the majors with the Cardinals in 2012 and is a lifetime .261 hitter with 116 home runs and 388 RBIs in 818 games.
— The Pirates handed out minor league contracts with lefty pitchers Derek Holland and Robbie Erlin, along with catcher Andrew Susac (SOO’-sak) and outfielder Charlie Tilson. Holland is 78-78 with a 4.54 over 11 big league seasons, but he was 2-5 with a hefty 6.08 ERA for the Giants and Cubs last year.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian Open’s upset-laden women’s singles tournament concludes after American Sofia Kenin takes on unseeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza (gahr-BEEN’ moo-guh-ROO’-thah) in a few hours. The 14th-seeded Kenin is in a Grand Slam final for the first time. She ended the run of 15-year-old American Coco Gauff in the fourth round and advanced to the final by stunning top-ranked Ash Barty. Muguruza seems to have revived her career after struggling since taking the 2017 Wimbledon title. The two-time Grand Slam champion has knocked out three top-10 seeds to reach the final, defeating No. 5 Elina Svitilona (svih-toh-LEE’-nuh), No. 9 Kiki Bertens and No. 4 Simona Halep (HA’-lehp).
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — J.B. Holmes is the leader at the midway mark of the PGA’s Phoenix Open in Scottsdale. Holmes followed Thursday’s 64 with a 6-under 65 that puts him one shot ahead of Wyndham Clark. Holmes played a five-hole stretch on his first nine in 5 under with three birdies and an eagle. Billy Horschel and Byeong Hun An are two shots back and one ahead of Scott Piercy.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart was one of five inductees Friday night into the 11th class of NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, a group that is essentially a celebration of Joe Gibbs Racing.
The three-time NASCAR champion was inducted alongside Joe Gibbs, his former team owner, and Bobby Labonte (lah-BAHN’-tee), his first NASCAR teammate. Also inducted was Waddell Wilson, an engine builder and crew chief who was team manager of Stewart’s first foray into NASCAR. The late Buddy Baker also was inducted.
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are trying to shoot down rumors that this year’s Summer Games might be canceled or postponed because of the spread of a new virus.
Japan so far has reported no deaths from the coronavirus that has killed more than 200 people in China. Tokyo organizers told The Associated Press that they “have never discussed cancelling the games.” The IOC told AP that preparations “continue as planned.”
MONACO (AP) — The governing body of track and field acknowledged Friday that shoe technology poses a risk to the sport, but still cleared distance runners to keep wearing a favored Nike design. World Athletics published updated guidelines which limited the use of prototype shoes. This includes the high-tech Nike style worn in a sub-2 hour marathon run by Eliud Kipchoge (EHL’-ee-uhd kihp-CHOH’-gee) in Vienna in October. An expert working group will be created to assess new shoes entering the market but the more established Nike style called Vaporfly can be worn.