Update on the latest in sports:
Magic crush Hawks
UNDATED (AP) — The Orlando Magic have taken another step toward an NBA playoff berth in seven years by winning for the 20th time in 29 games to get to .500.
Magic used a franchise-record 81 points in the first half to cruise past the Hawks, 149-113. Nikola Vucevic (nee-KOH’-lah VOO’-cheh-vihvh) , Terrence Ross and Evan Fournier scored 25 points each for Orlando, which set a season high for points despite 19 turnovers. Vucevic added 10 rebounds to compile his 59th double-double of the season.
The outcome puts the Magic in sixth place in the East, a half-game ahead of Detroit and Brooklyn. Miami is 1 ½ games back.
Checking out Friday’s other NBA action:
— James Harden had 26 points, eight assists and eight rebounds in just 29 minutes to lead the Rockets to a 120-96 romp over the Knicks. Chris Paul and Clint Capela both had double-doubles for Houston, with Paul getting 11 points and 10 assists and Capela adding 12 points and 15 rebounds.
— Donovan Mitchell and Grayson Allen each scored 23 points to lead the Jazz to their seventh straight victory, 119-98 over the Kings. Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) added 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots in Utah’s 12th victory in 13 games.
— Jason Tatum scored 22 points and former Butler star Gordon Hayward added 21 in his return to Indianapolis to guide the Celtics to a crucial 117-97 victory over the Pacers. The Celtics own a one-game lead and the tiebreaker over Indiana for fourth seed in the East and home-court advantage in the first playoff round.
— Paul George scored 30 points and the Thunder withstood Blake Griffin’s 45 points in a 123-110 downing of the Pistons. Russell Westbrook added 19 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds for the Thunder, who dropped Detroit into a tie with the Nets for the last two Eastern Conference playoff slots.
— LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points and Rudy Gay added 18 in the Spurs’ 129-112 victory against the Wizards. Bryn Forbes and Patty Mills each scored 17 to help San Antonio win for the fourth time in nine games.
— Miami is one game out of an Eastern Conference playoff berth after Dwyane Wade missed a 3-point try at the buzzer to secure Minnesota’s 111-109 triumph over the Heat. Dario Saric scored 19 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 13 with 12 boards for the Timberwolves.
— Kemba Walker scored 29 points and Jeremy Lamb made another clutch 3-ponter as the Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 113-111. Lamb finished with 22 points and Frank Kaminsky added 22 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte.
— Delon Wright set career highs with 26 points and 14 assists in his first triple-double, leading the Grizzlies to a 122-112 victory against Dallas.
DBacks crush Bosox
UNDATED (AP) — The defending World Series champs are off to a 2-7 start after absorbing a seven-run loss to the Diamondbacks.
Ketel Marte smashed a grand slam while homering from both sides of the plate in Arizona’s 15-8 laugher against the Red Sox. Adam Jones homered and doubled for the Diamondbacks, who scored seven times in the sixth inning for a 14-1 lead. Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez came in to pitch the eighth and gave up a home run to Alex Avila.
The Red Sox are off to their worst start since opening 2-10 in 2011.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Brewers belted five home runs, including three-run shots by Ryan Braun and Eric Thames, in outslugging the Cubs, 13-10. Hernan Perez, Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) and Orlando Arcia also homered as the defending NL Central champions improved to 7-1.
— Carlos Correa unloaded a tiebreaking, solo homer in the sixth inning of the Astros’ 3-2 verdict over the Athletics. Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) and Alex Bregman added two hits each in support of Collin McHugh, who held Oakland to a run and three hits over six innings.
— Yandy Diaz and Kevin Kiermaier hit back-to-back home runs while the Rays scored four times in the first inning of a 5-2 victory over the Giants. Tyler Glasnow scattered three hits over six shutout innings as Tampa Bay improved to 6-2, the best eight-game start in franchise history.
— The Phillies are 5-1 after Rhys Hoskins had three hits and four RBIs in a 10-4 trouncing of the Twins. Minnesota lost despite Jorge Polanco, who hit for the cycle.
— Cody Bellinger slammed a three-run homer and Max Muncy added a solo shot and three RBIs in the Dodgers’ 10-6 rout of the Rockies. Russell Martin also went deep to back Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah), who limited Colorado to a run and five hits over five innings.
— San Diego spoiled the Cardinals’ home opener as Fernando Tatis (tah-TEES’) Jr. and Hunter Renfroe belted two-run homers in the Padres’ 5-3 victory at Busch Stadium. Paul Goldschmidt slammed his fifth home run and Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) hit his third for the Redbirds.
— The Braves were 4-0 winners over the Marlins behind Kevin Gausman, who fanned seven while tossing two-hit ball over seven innings. Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. and Tyler Flowers homered in Atlanta’s four straight win since an 0-3 start.
— The Indians pulled out a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays on Carlos Santana’s walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. Kevin Plawecki (plah-WEH’-kee) also hit a solo shot and Max Moroff doubled home the tying run to help Cleveland overcome a two-run blast by Freddy Galvis.
— Yoan Moncada delivered a two-run double and added a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning as the Chicago White Sox won their home opener, 10-8 against Seattle. Tim Anderson was 3-for-4 with a solo homer, three RBIs and four runs scored after missing two games for the birth of his second child.
— Joe Musgrove and two relievers combined on a three-hitter as the Pirates blanked the Reds, 2-0. Musgrove struck out eight while surrendering the three hits over seven innings.
UNDATED (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Jake Lamb is expected to be sidelined for about six weeks after straining his left quadriceps while running out a double in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s 4-1 loss at San Diego.
Lamb was 4 for 15 with two RBIs while starting three games at third base and one at first base.
Also in the majors:
— The Orioles have added free agent Dan Straily to their thin rotation by working out a one-year, $575,000 contract with the 30-year-old right-hander. He joins a rotation that includes Alex Cobb, Andrew Cashner, Dylan Bundy and David Hess. Straily was released March 25 by the Miami Marlins after going 15-15 in two seasons with the ballclub.
Panarin shoots Jackets into playoffs
UNDATED (AP) — The last of the 16 Stanley Cup playoff berths was settled Friday at Madison Square Garden.
Artemi Panarin (ahr-THE’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) scored once late in the third period before providing the lone shootout tally to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. Panarin put the Jackets ahead 2-1 with 5:33 remaining in the third, but the Rangers extended the game on a goal by Pavel Buchnevich (booch-NAY’-vihch) with under seven seconds left in regulation.
Ryan Dzingel (duh-ZIHN’-gul) also scored in the third period against Alexander Georgiev (ghee-OHR’-zhee-ehv), who turned back 39 shots.
The outcome puts the Blue Jackets in the postseason for the third straight year and eliminates the Montreal Canadiens. Columbus will take on either Tampa Bay or Washington in the first round.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Patrick Kane scored twice and Cam Ward made 25 saves in his 700th NHL game to highlight the Blackhawks’ 6-1 thumping of the Stars. Dallas rested four regulars after clinching a playoff berth on Tuesday.
Zion Williamson, AP men’s player of the year
UNDATED (AP) — Duke freshman Zion Williamson is The Associated Press men’s college basketball player of the year.
The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson was the runaway choice, claiming 59 of 64 votes from AP Top 25 voters in ballots submitted before the NCAA Tournament in results released Friday. Freshman teammate RJ Barrett earned two votes as a fellow AP first-team All-American. Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter, Michigan State’s Cassius Winston and Murray State’s Ja Morant each earned one vote.
In a likely one-year college stop for a possible top overall NBA draft pick, the 18-year-old Williamson averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds.
In other NCAA hoops news:
— LSU junior guard Skyler Mays says he is planning to enter the upcoming NBA draft. Mays becomes the third starter from the SEC regular-season champions to announce plans to leave the team before eligibility is up, joining sophomore point guard Tremont Waters and freshman forward Naz Reid. Mays started all 35 games for LSU this season, averaging 13.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.9 steals in 33.1 minutes per game.
— Vanderbilt has hired Memphis Grizzlies assistant and former NBA star Jerry Stackhouse as its new men’s basketball coach. Stackhouse inherits a squad that comes off a 9-23 campaign, the worst in Commodores history.
— Georgia State hired Tennessee assistant Rob Lanier on Friday to replace Ron Hunter as its basketball coach. Lanier was associate head coach for the Vols the last four seasons following four years with the same title on coach Rick Barnes’ staff at Texas.
— Kansas forward K.J. Lawson says he plans to transfer for the second time, this time as a graduate transfer. That would leave him with two years of eligibility remaining.
Kim pads lead
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — First-round leader Si Woo Kim used a late-round hole-in-one to build a four-shot lead at the halfway point of the Valero Texas Open.
Kin led by one heading into the second round before shooting a 6-under 66. He aced TPC San Antonio’s 16th hole and is 12 under through 36 holes at the PGA Tour’s last stop before the Masters.
Kim leads six players at 8 under, including Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth (speeth).
Elliott takes Bristol pole
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Chase Elliott earned his first pole on a short track by winning Friday’s qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Elliott turned a lap at 131.7132 mph to earn the fifth pole of his career and nose out Hendrick teammate William Byron for the top starting spot. Elliott’s previous four poles were either Daytona or Talladega.
Ryan Blaney qualified third in a Ford for Team Penske, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin in a pair of Toyotas.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL-FINAL FOUR
Notre Dame, Baylor reach title game
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A pair of recent NCAA women’s basketball champions will square off in Sunday’s title game. Neither team is Connecticut.
Arike Ogunbowale scored 23 points and led Notre Dame’s rally from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat UConn, 81-76. The Irish trailed 64-55 early in the fourth quarter before scoring 13 of the next 16 to take a 68-66 lead on Ogunbowale’s short jumper with 3:56 left.
Notre Dame will try to become the fourth team to repeat as NCAA women’s basketball champions.
In the first semifinal game, Kalani Brown scored 22 points and Lauren Cox added 21 as Baylor held off Final Four newcomer Oregon, 72-67. Chloe Jackson delivered a go-ahead layup with 39 seconds left before the Lady Bears improved to 36-1 with their 28th straight victory.
All-American Sabrina Ionescu led Oregon with 18 points, but didn’t score in the fourth quarter.
Lions get RB Anderson
UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have locked up one of their top defensive players.
Two people with direct knowledge of the deal say defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence has accepted a five-year, $105 million contract that includes $65 in guaranteed money.
The 26-year-old Lawrence played on a $17.1 million franchise tag last season. He recorded his second straight double-digit season in sacks with 10½ after finishing tied for second in the NFL in 2017 with 14½ sacks.
In other NFL news:
— The Lions have signed free agent running back C.J. Anderson, who made big plays for the Rams in the playoffs. Anderson rushed for 403 yards in 11 games last season for the Panthers and Rams.
— Vikings cornerback Holton Hill has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs.