Thursday's Sports In Brief


AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jordan Spieth is off to another great start in the Masters because of the way he finished. His two biggest rivals were left behind because they couldn't.

Spieth capped off the only bogey-free round in the wicked wind at Augusta National by making a 15-foot par putt on the 16th hole and hitting an 8-iron into 6 feet for birdie on the final hole for a 6-under 66 and a two-shot lead, the first step in his bid to win another green jacket.

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Jason Day couldn't keep pace. On the verge of tying for the lead late in the round, Day dropped five shots in three holes and had to settle for a 72. Rory McIlroy pulled to within two shots of the lead until he made two bogeys over the last three holes.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 27 points and the Golden State Warriors became the second team to win 70 games in a season by beating the San Antonio Spurs 112-101, wrapping up home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Warriors (70-9) bounced back from their second loss in three home games two nights earlier against Minnesota and joined the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls as the only teams to win 70 games. Golden State can break Chicago's single-season record of 72 wins by sweeping the final three games, including a rematch in San Antonio on Sunday.

Harrison Barnes scored 21 points and Draymond Green added 18 to help the Warriors avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this season. Golden State has outscored the opposition by 14.6 points per game following its nine losses.


PHOENIX (AP) - Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber was carted off the after colliding with center fielder Dexter Fowler on a play that resulted in an inside-the-park home run for Arizona's Jean Segura.

The Cubs said Schwarber had a left ankle sprain. Initial X-rays were negative and an MRI was scheduled for Friday.

Segura, who also hit a leadoff homer in the first, hit John Lackey's pitch to deep left-center in the second inning with Schwarber and Fowler giving chase. They collided on the warning track in front of the 413-foot sign at Chase Field. Fowler stayed on the ground for several minutes before standing with some help and climbing on the cart.


NEW YORK (AP) - New York Jets receiver Brandon Marshall told a jury that he feared for his life while fleeing a Manhattan nightclub after fights broke out four years ago.

An emotional Marshall testified in federal court, denying at the civil trial that he punched a woman who later sued him for unspecified damages. He said he saw men chasing him and his longtime friend, former NFL receiver Michael Anthony Sims-Walker, outside the Marquee nightclub and thought ''no way we'll survive this.'' Marshall said he tried to flee the unruly crowd seconds after he cried while waiting with his wife outside the club after a thrown bottle cut her mouth and knocked some of her teeth out. As he testified about what happened, he dabbed his eyes with a tissue and got choked up.

Christin Myles, of Chino, California, testified earlier in the trial that she knew it was Marshall who punched her outside in March 2012 because she saw his tattooed forearm. Marshall said he did not punch her and video seemed to show his arms covered by sleeves when he was outside.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills linebacker A.J. Tarpley is retiring from football after just one season rather than risk suffering another concussion. Not even one last visit to his locker stall at the Bills' facility could change his mind.

Tarpley's agent, Ryan Downey, confirmed his client's decision a day after Tarpley announced the news on his Instagram account.

Tarpley became the latest player to walk away from the game because of concussion concerns. Last year, San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Borland retired at the age of 24 by saying he wants to do ''what's best for my health.'' Last week, Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah cited health concerns in electing to retire after seven seasons, and after suffering his fifth concussion last year.

TORONTO (AP) - The CFL's board of governors voted to expand video review for the upcoming season, including looking at illegal contact plays. It's one of 10 changes proposed by the CFL's rules committee that were adopted.

The CFL will add a video official to address obvious errors not covered by replay challenges, such as when both the offense and defense enter the neutral zone before the snap. In that case, the replay official could examine the play and tell the referee which team jumped first. According to the CFL, the video official would be a first in North American pro sports.


MONTREAL (AP) - Former Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Demers was in a Montreal hospital a day after having a stroke. The 71-year-old Demers is now a Canadian senator.

Claude Carignan, the Conservative leader in the senate, said he spoke with an assistant to Demers and was told he was conscious Thursday morning. Demers, who coached the Canadiens to the 1993 Stanley Cup title, is a patient of the team's current doctor, David Mulder.


Tyler Summitt resigned from his job as Louisiana Tech women's basketball coach and acknowledged having an inappropriate relationship.

Summitt is the son of Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt. He married his high school girlfriend AnDe Ragsdale on June 1, 2013, and Louisiana Tech hired Summitt in April 2014 after two seasons as assistant coach at Marquette. Now 25, Summitt went 16-15 in his first season and 14-16 this season.

Louisiana Tech said Summitt's resignation was accepted and effective immediately.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Gonzaga sophomore Domantas Sabonis will skip the rest of his college career and has declared for the NBA draft.

Sabonis, 19, said that he is exploring his future options without hiring an agent at this time. The son of former NBA star Arvydas Sabonis, Domantas is Gonzaga's all-time leader in career field goal percentage at .632.

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) - Valparaiso has a men's basketball coach not named Drew for the first time since 1988.

The university announced that it had promoted assistant coach Matt Lottich to succeed Bryce Drew, who was introduced a day earlier as the head coach at Vanderbilt after coaching the Crusaders, following in his father's and brother's footsteps.

Lottich played at Stanford. As a senior in 2004, he helped lead the Cardinal to the Pac-10 title. He was the head scout for the National Collegiate Scouting Association and previously played eight years professionally in Japan.


PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) - Princeton University fired its men's lacrosse coach after he elbowed an opposing player during a game.

The Ivy League school said that the move to terminate coach Chris Bates came after a review of the game at Brown University on Saturday. Bates had been put on leave this week.

A video showed Bates hitting Brown midfielder John Yozzo-Scaperrotta with his elbow as the player was running off the field. The player kept running after the hit, but turned and looked at Bates when he reached the sideline. Prior to the altercation, Yozzo-Scaperrotta had collided with Princeton midfielder Austin deButts. Brown won the game 19-8.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Nick Schmaltz scored off a rebound with less a minute left and North Dakota beat Denver 4-2 to advance to the NCAA hockey championship game for the first time in 11 years.

North Dakota's trip to the Frozen Four in its first season under coach Brad Berry is the 22nd for the Fighting Hawks. They will face No. 1 overall seed Quinnipiac on Saturday night in the title game.

Quinnipiac (32-3-7) advanced with a 3-2 victory over Boston College and is looking for its first national title. North Dakota (33-6-4) has won seven NCAA crowns, tied with Denver for second behind Michigan's nine.


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Venus Williams dropped out of the Volvo Car Open, losing to Yulia Putintseva of Kazakstan 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4.

Williams, seeded third and ranked 14th, had a chance to gain a place in the top 10 with a victory in the match. Instead, Putintseva won the final two games of the final set to beat Williams for the first time in four tries.

Williams became the fifth of the top eight seeds in Charleston to lose before the quarterfinals. Top-seeded Angelique Kerber avoided that earlier in the day with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Slovakia's Kristina Kucova.