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Update on the latest in sports:

March 18, 2019


Nuggets at Boston; Spurs host Warriors

UNDATED (AP) — The Denver Nuggets are a game behind Golden State for the NBA’s Western Conference lead as they visit the Boston Celtics tonight. The Celtics are within a game of Indiana for fourth seed in the East and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

The San Antonio Spurs are riding a season-high eight-game winning streak heading into tonight’s matchup at home against Golden State. The win streak has the Spurs sixth in the Western Conference and a half-game ahead of Utah and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors have won two straight, even without injured All-Star forward Kevin Durant.

The Utah Jazz try to improve their playoff positioning as they face Bradley Beal and the all-but-eliminated Washington Wizards.

In other action tonight:

- The Detroit Pistons visit the Cleveland Cavaliers.

- The New York Knicks visit the Toronto Raptors.

- Miami visits Oklahoma City.

- New Orleans travels to Dallas.

- Chicago travels to Phoenix.

- Indiana visits Portland.


Lightning hosts Coyotes

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning tries to extend a four-game winning streak tonight against the visiting Arizona Coyotes. Tampa Bay has already set team records with 55 victories and 114 points following Saturday’s 6-3 win over Washington. The Coyotes hold the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference, one point ahead of Minnesota.

In other NHL action tonight:

— The San Jose Sharks look to bounce back from their first consecutive home losses in regulation when they host the Vegas Golden Knights. The Sharks trail the Calgary Flames by one point and come off Saturday’s 4-2 loss to visiting Nashville. The Golden Knights have won eight of nine, including last night’s 6-3 victory over Edmonton.

— The Winnipeg Jets try to keep their narrow lead atop the Central Division when they visit the Los Angeles Kings, who are last in the Western Conference.

— The Vancouver Canucks visit the Chicago Blackhawks.


MLB’s Leroy Stanton, traded with Nolan Ryan, dies in crash

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man who was killed in a car crash last week has been identified as a former Major League Baseball player who was a member of the Seattle Mariners during its inaugural season.

News outlets report Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken says 72-year-old Leroy Stanton was killed March 13 when he disregarded a stop sign, hit a tree and was ejected from his pickup truck. Troopers say he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time.

Stanton hailed from Latta, South Carolina, and spent nine years in the MLB, appearing in more than 800 games as an outfielder. He started with the New York Mets in 1970, and was part of the later-infamous 1971 trade that sent Nolan Ryan, Stanton and two other Mets to the then-California Angels.



Shiffrin tops ski World Cup money list with record $885K

OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin earned a record $885,000 in prize money during the World Cup ski season.

Shiffrin’s 17 victories gave her at least double the amount of the next highest earner on the women’s circuit.

Shiffrin won the women’s overall title for the third straight year.

World Cup organizers typically pay $44,950 for a win. Prize money is paid down to 30th place, which usually earns $499.