Feb. 9 Sports Briefs

Trail Blazers sting Hornets 109-103 in overtime

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jusuf Nurkic had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Portland returned home with a 109-103 win over Charlotte.

CJ McCollum added 22 points for the Blazers, who were coming off a winless three-game trip. The victory over the Hornets was their ninth straight at Moda Center.

Kemba Walker, who was named an All-Star reserve earlier in the day, scored 40 points for Charlotte. Marvin Williams, who returned after missing four games with a left ankle sprain, finished with 10.

 

NHL: Wild drop 4-3 decision to Coyotes in overtime

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Clayton Keller scored Arizona's fourth straight goal at 3:55 of overtime to give the Coyotes a 4-3 comeback victory over Minnesota.

Nick Cousins scored twice for Arizona. His second goal tied it with 18.3 seconds remaining in regulation after Arizona pulled goalie Antti Raanta for an extra attacker.

Kevin Connaughton also scored, and Raanta stopped 25 shots.

Eric Staal, Matt Cullen and Mike Reilly scored to give Minnesota a 3-0 lead.

 

NHL: St. Louis Blues down Avalanche 6-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brayden Schenn scored twice and Vince Dunn had a career-high three assists to help St. Louis beat Colorado 6-1.

Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist, and Ivan Barbashev, Kyle Brodziak and Alex Pietrangelo also scored. The Blues scored more than four goals for the first time since Dec. 9.

Carter Hutton made 23 saves as St. Louis beat Colorado for the fourth straight time. The Blues have earned points against the Avalanche in 12 consecutive games. Gabriel Bourque scored for the Avalanche.

 

NBA: Cavaliers trade away Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade

(AP) — From Isaiah Thomas to Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, the Cleveland Cavaliers loaded up on big names last summer.

None will be there if the Cavaliers get back to the NBA Finals.

In what felt like an unprecedented do-over for a contending team, the Cavaliers simply changed the pieces that weren't fitting for new ones on Thursday at the trade deadline.

The Cavaliers acquired Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. in a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, who got Thomas, Channing Frye and a first-round pick. George Hill came from Sacramento and Rodney Hood from Utah as the Cavaliers dealt away Rose, Wade, Jae Crowder and Iman Shumpert — changing nearly half their rotation.

All that wheeling-and-dealing stole headlines even with nearly two-thirds of the league making deals.

Wade returned to Miami, mending fences with Pat Riley and finding a soft landing in a place where he won three championships following the fallout in Cleveland. The Heat struggle to score and used a second-round pick to bring back the player who did that more than anyone else for their franchise.

 

NFL: San Francisco signs QB Jimmy Garoppolo to record deal

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo signed a record-breaking, five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that will pay him a reported $137.5 million to keep him off the free-agent market without forcing the team to use the one-year franchise tag.

NFL Network first reported the terms of the contract, which is worth $27.5 million per season to top the previous record set by Detroit's Matthew Stafford last year by $500,000 per year.

San Francisco acquired Garoppolo from New England before the trade deadline for a 2018 second-round pick. As soon as he took the field a few weeks later, he immediately turned around a franchise that started the year with a 1-10 record. Garoppolo took over as starter and led San Francisco to five straight wins to end the season.

While Garoppolo lacks the track record of the top quarterbacks in the NFL after spending most of his career as Tom Brady's backup with New England, what he has shown when he has gotten on the field has been impressive.

He completed 67.4 percent of his passes this season, averaging 8.8 yards per attempt with seven TDs, five interceptions and a 96.2 rating.

 

MLB: Players’ union establishes training camp for free agents

NEW YORK (AP) — The baseball players' union will open its own spring training camp for the first time since the end of the 1994-95 strike, inviting free agents to work out at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Union head Tony Clark said Thursday the camp will open Tuesday and workouts will start the following day under Bo Porter, the Houston Astros' manager in 2013-14. The camp is scheduled to run through March 4, and the union has the option to extend the camp through the end of the month.

More than 100 players who exercised their right to become free agents last November are without final agreements. Teams start spring training workouts next Wednesday.

Agent Scott Boras represents 15 free agents seeking jobs, a group that includes J.D. Martinez, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and Jake Arrieta. His company has its own training facilities in North Miami, Florida, and Newport Beach, California, and he is not sure whether his clients will work out at his facilities or IMG.

"They certainly will have the option to use either," he said.

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