Spurs easily beat Thunder

Tiago Splitter had 21 points and 10 rebounds as the host San Antonio Spurs snapped the Oklahoma City Thunder's five-game winning streak with a 105-93 victory Monday night.

Kawhi Leonard scored 17 points and Danny Green 16 for the Spurs (49-15), which has the Western Conference's top record. Manu Ginobili led the reserves with 12 points as the Spurs' bench outscored their counterparts, 34-16.

Kevin Durant had 26 points and Russell Westbrook 25 for the Thunder (47-17), which lost its sixth straight in San Antonio. Serge Ibaka was the only other player in double figures with 13 points and 16 rebounds.

Cavs' Irving injures shoulder

Oft-injured Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving could miss the next month -- and maybe the rest of this season -- with a sprained left shoulder.


U.S. ties Sweden in Algarve Cup

Facing former coach Pia Sundhage for the first time, the U.S. women's soccer team came from behind to tie Sweden, 1-1, on Alex Morgan's 56th-minute goal and advance to the Algarve Cup final in Lagos, Portugal, for the 10th time in 11 years. The Americans, who extended their unbeaten streak to 28 games, will play Germany in tomorrow's title game, seeking their ninth championship in 18 trips to the tournament.


Quake hits tourney, shakes Nadal

Rafael Nadal experienced his first earthquake at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. The 9:55 a.m. quake had an estimated magnitude of 4.7 on the Richter scale. Nadal, on a massage table at the time preparing for his third-round match, said he was "very scared" and that his legs were wobbling. Then, he didn't even get to play as Leonardo Mayer withdrew because of a back injury. Other third-round winners include Roger Federer of Switzerland and Czech Tomas Berdych. On the women's side, winners included Angelique Kerber of Germany, Nadia Petrova of Russia, Sam Stosur of Australia and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus played in a late match.


Four-time champ King takes lead

Jeff King, 57, took the lead in the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, about 170 miles from the race's finish line in Nome, Alaska. The race began March 2 with 66 teams. Those at the front of the field include four-time champions Lance Mackey and Martin Buser. The first musher to reach Nome will win $50,400 and a new pickup truck.


BU coach retires after 40 years

Boston University hockey coach Jack Parker is retiring after 40 years on a job in which he won 894 games, third most in NCAA history, and three national championships. BU has no football team, and its basketball program has always been secondary to the hockey team, a perennial powerhouse. Parker led the school to NCAA titles in 1978, 1995 and 2009. He also led the Terriers to 21 Beanpot titles. -- AP


Dowling, NYIT, Post vie for title

East Coast Conference women's basketball champion Dowling (25-3) will face NYIT (23-5) on Friday at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., in an NCAA Tournament Division II East Regional game. LIU Post (19-9) will face top seeded Bentley (28-1). Dowling, the third seed, has defeated sixth-seeded NYIT three times, including a 72-49 victory Sunday in the conference championship. The bracket also includes Stonehill-Franklin Pierce and Holy Family-Assumption.

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