Houston clinches AAC title...Pistons beat Bulls...Chargers release Addae
CINCINNATI (AP) — Corey Davis Jr. scored a career-high 31 points and No. 12 Houston dominated the second half for an 85-69 victory over No. 20 Cincinnati that clinched the American Athletic Conference’s regular-season title. The Cougars knocked off the defending champs and earned their first league title since 1992 in the Southwest Conference. Their 29 regular-season wins are a school record.
DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 17 of his 28 points in the third quarter as the Detroit Pistons routed the Chicago Bulls 131-108 for their fifth straight win. Detroit has won 12 of 14 to take a half-game lead over Brooklyn for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls have lost four of five, including twice to Detroit in three days.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have released safety Jahleel Addae, who had started 59 games over the past six seasons. Coach Anthony Lynn says the decision was made for salary cap reasons. Addae’s release saves $5 million against the cap with free agency set to begin Wednesday. Addae started all 16 regular-season games last season and finished fourth on the team with 72 tackles along with one interception and a sack.
UNDATED (AP) — Highly touted Toronto Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will miss the next three weeks because of a strained left oblique. Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins says the 19-year-old third baseman was hurt Friday in a spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The estimated three weeks of recovery would include the rest of the Grapefruit League schedule, the Blue Jays’ exhibition series against the Milwaukee Brewers in Montreal and opening day of the regular season.
NEW YORK (AP) — NHL Hall of Fame defenseman Harry Howell, who played the most games in New York Rangers’ history, has died. He was 86. A seven-time All-Star, Howell played 1,160 games for the Rangers from 1952-69 and had his No. 3 retired by the team. He also played in the NHL for the Oakland/California Golden Seals and Los Angeles before finishing in the World Hockey Association.