NBA

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Stephen Curry's smile gave way to laughter.

The reigning MVP received an inbounds pass following a free throw, took a couple of dribbles past midcourt before launching a 44-foot shot that banked in at the buzzer.

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The crowd rose to its feet, Curry lifted his arms and struck a pose before chuckling his way to the Golden State bench.

Curry shot 10 for 15 on 3-pointers and scored 51 points in a 130-114 victory over the Orlando Magic. He has made at least one 3 in a record 128 games.

NEW YORK (AP) - The Brooklyn Nets waived Joe Johnson, allowing the seven-time All-Star to leave one of the NBA's worst teams and join a contender.

The Nets announced the move after agreeing to a buyout of the remainder of Johnson's contract - one of the largest in the NBA. Players must be waived by March 1 in order to sign with another team and be eligible for the playoffs.

NFL

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas police have referred their domestic violence case against Johnny Manziel to a grand jury, which will consider whether to charge the troubled Cleveland Browns quarterback on allegations that he attacked his ex-girlfriend.

Police released a statement saying they have asked the Dallas County District Attorney's Office to present a misdemeanor assault case to the local grand jury. Such a charge carries a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Manziel's attorney, Bradley Beckworth, didn't immediately return an email seeking comment Thursday. Manziel's agent and marketing agency have both dropped him, and the Browns have indicated they will release Manziel as early as March 9, when the league begins its new calendar year.

BOSTON (AP) - It wasn't the report about his fingers being blown off. It was the picture of his confidential medical chart sent to almost 4 million Twitter followers that prompted New York Giants linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul to sue ESPN and reporter Adam Schefter for invasion of privacy.

Citing state privacy laws, Pierre-Paul asked a Miami-Dade County Circuit Court to award him at least $15,000 in damages over the report that followed his Fourth of July fireworks accident. The lawsuit filed on Wednesday also left open the possibility of punitive damages.

FIFA

ZURICH (AP) - The support of most nations in Africa and Asia and the backing of one of sports' biggest power brokers should be enough to put Sheikh Salman of Bahrain in charge of the world's most popular sport on Friday, as FIFA elects a president to maneuver the soccer body away from decades of corruption.

FIFA officials, delegates and observers told the Associated Press that surveys of voters and confederations indicate Salman had the most support and could win a majority on the first ballot. A second round of voting will likely be necessary unless the other four candidates concede. FIFA rules require a two-thirds majority (138 of 207 federations) on the first ballot, and a majority (104) on later rounds.

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball made its call on the Chase Utley slide: out.

Major League Baseball and the players' union have banned rolling blocks to break up potential double plays, hoping to prevent a repeat of the takeout by Utley that broke the leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada during last year's playoffs.

Under the change, a runner must attempt a ''bona fide slide,'' defined as making contact with the ground ahead of the base, being in position to and trying to reach the base with a hand or foot, trying to remain on the base after the slide, and sliding within reach of the base without changing his path to initiate contact with a fielder.

An umpire can call both the runner and batter out for a violation. Baserunners may not elevate or kick a leg above the fielder's knee or throw his arm or upper body.

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Outfielder Dexter Fowler agreed to stay with the Cubs, spurning a $33 million, three-year offer from the Baltimore Orioles to accept a $13 million, one-year deal with Chicago that includes a mutual option for 2017.

Fowler rejected a $15.8 million, one-year qualifying offer from the Cubs in November to test the free-agent market. Under the new agreement, he gets $8 million this year, and the sides have a $9 million option for 2017 with a $5 million buyout.

Orioles executive vice president for baseball operations Dan Duquette said Fowler insisted on being able to terminate his agreement after 2016 and become a free agent again.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Baseball union head Tony Clark began his tour of the 30 spring training camps by pointing out that his group will defend the rights of players under investigation for domestic violence.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred put Colorado shortstop Jose Reyes on paid leave this week pending a trial scheduled to start April 4. Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig also are under investigation by MLB.

Clark and union staff are speaking with players ahead of the start of bargaining on a labor contract to replace the one that expires Dec. 1.

GOLF

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Sergio Garcia made an eagle, avoided an alligator and wound up in a share of the lead in the Honda Classic.

Garcia holed out with an 8-iron from 142 yards into the wind on the second hole for an eagle, and he narrowly missed an eagle putt on the 18th hole at PGA National. The Spaniard shot 5-under 65 and shared the lead with Michael Thompson, the 2013 Honda Classic winner, who also birdied the last hole.

They were one shot ahead of Rickie Fowler and William McGirt.

HOCKEY

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks are hoping a reunion with Andrew Ladd leads to another Stanley Cup title.

The Blackhawks acquired one of the top forwards on the trade market when they sent prospect Marko Dano and two draft picks to Winnipeg for Ladd, forward Matt Fraser and defenseman Jay Harrison.

Ladd will play on the left side of Chicago's top line, filling a giant hole created by the trade of Brandon Saad to Columbus last summer. Andrew Shaw had done a solid job in the role of late, but the trade for Ladd moves Shaw down to a lower line and creates more balance for the defending champions.

Fraser and Harrison will report to Rockford in the AHL.