Brown gets new contract; Bell receives franchise tag

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert stressed earlier this month one of the team’s biggest goals during the offseason was to make wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell vital parts of the organization “for life.”
Done and well, on its way to being done.
The Steelers signed Brown to a new five-year contract on Monday, following through on a promise the club made last summer to take care of the perennial All-Pro as soon as he had just one season left on the six-year deal he signed in 2012.
The team also placed an exclusive rights franchise tag on Bell, opening the negotiating window to reach a long-term agreement with him by the start of training camp.
Brown’s new contract runs through 2021 and will pay him over $72 million and makes him one of the highest paid non-quarterbacks in the league. Brown celebrated by posting a picture of himself with agent Drew Rosenhaus then later added another one with his signature phrase “Business is Boomin’ .”
The 28-year-old Brown is one of just two players in NFL history to catch at least 100 passes in four consecutive seasons, including 106 receptions for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Steelers in 2016 as the team won the AFC North and made it all the way to the AFC championship game before falling to New England.
The new contract more than doubles the six-year, $42 million contract Brown signed in 2012, one that turned into one of the better bargains in the NFL when Brown morphed from sixth-round flyer to star.
His high profile hasn’t come without the occasional pitfall. He drew a strong rebuke from coach Mike Tomlin after livestreaming from the locker room following Pittsburgh’s playoff victory over Kansas City, a violation of the league’s social media policy.
Brown apologized for the misstep. Colbert and team president Art Rooney II have no concerns about Brown’s occasional eccentricities becoming an issue going forward.
Rooney called them “little annoyances, with the emphasis on little” shortly after the AFC title game loss to New England.
The same goes for Bell, who could have become a free agent next month, but instead will work with the team on a new contract before the July 15 cutoff after the team used the exclusive rights franchise tag.
The 25-year-old led the NFL in average yards from scrimmage last season and became the first player in NFL history to average at least 100 yards rushing and 50 yards receiving per game.
If Pittsburgh can’t sign Bell to a new deal by the middle of July, he will make the average salary of the top five running backs in the league in 2017.
While Bell has been productive when available, he’s been suspended twice for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and was unable to finish Pittsburgh’s final game of the season in each of the past three years because of injuries.
Colbert said earlier this month the club is not worried about Bell’s injury history or maturity as he enters his prime.
“We have no reservations about Le’Veon,” Colbert said. “Not his durability or his ability. He’s grown, I think, tremendously off the field. And I think, I hope, he continues to grow in those areas. But there’s no hesitation to having him be

Ex-doctor gets 6½ years for explicit pics of 15-year-old

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former physician who lost his medical license over a sex-for-pills case in 2002 has been sentenced to 6½ years in prison for trying to obtain explicit cellphone pictures of a 15-year-old girl.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab imposed the sentence that had been previously agreed upon by prosecutors and the defense attorney representing Robert Franzino at his guilty plea in November.
At that time, the 61-year-old former emergency room physician from Greensburg pleaded guilty to attempted possession of obscene visual depictions. That was a less serious charge than federal prosecutors originally filed in May, attempted coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, which carries 10 years to life in prison.
“Obviously my action has had far-reaching devastation for my family,” Franzino told the judge. He has two adult children with his first wife and three teenage children with his current, common-law wife of 20 years. “How could I not be remorseful? I’ve made a major mistake and I recognize that.”
Franzino was arrested by state authorities in March on charges that he tried to set up a sexual encounter with the girl. Although Franzino sent the girl Facebook messages in September 2015, she didn’t see them until February 2016. The girl was a friend of one of Franzino’s teenage daughters, authorities said.
When the girl finally saw the messages offering a “win-win arrangement” in exchange for “mind altering pills,” she showed them to her father who contacted Greensburg police. A detective got permission to use the girl’s Facebook account then messaged Franzino in March, who requested a nude photo from the girl and offered her $50 for a sex act.
He was later arrested outside the girl’s home with his cellphone and $50.
Defense attorney Stan Levenson argued in a motion to dismiss the original, more serious, charge that the crime never would have been committed had the police not picked up the ball and run with it.
“The government’s creation of this crime is outrageous, intolerable and should not be sanctioned by this Court,” Levenson wrote. Although Schwab rejected the motion, prosecutors eventually agreed to let Franzino plead to the lesser offense to avoid the 10-year minimum sentence.
Levenson had also argued federal prosecutors purposely targeted Franzino because of his previous crimes, a claim prosecutors denied.
Franzino was working at Westmoreland Regional Hospital in Greensburg when he was charged in 2002 with prescribing painkillers to four women in return for sex or the expectation of sex.
Franzino received 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to related felony counts of insurance fraud and misdemeanor counts of violating the state’s pharmacy laws. He told the judge his actions were trigged by a major bout of depression.
Franzino surrendered his state medical license and the federal license that allowed him to prescribe medications and had since been working as a $165,000 a year medical expert for a law firm. He lost that job when he was arrested last year.

Outpouring of community help for vandalized Jewish cemetery

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dozens of volunteers from various faiths helped clean up a Jewish cemetery on Tuesday after scores of tombstones were toppled by vandals, as people from as far as Boston came to Philadelphia to rake leaves, help document the damage and pray for peace.
Police have not determined who was behind the vandalism at Mount Carmel Cemetery, which was reported over the weekend, or the motive. The Anti-Defamation League offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and the Fraternal Order of Police $3,000.
The desecration of more than 100 graves in the crowded cemetery came as Jewish Community Centers and day schools around the nation deal with wave after wave of hoax bomb threats. A Jewish cemetery in suburban St. Louis has also been targeted.
“This is absolutely insane,” said Michael Bristow, a 52-year-old Catholic from Philadelphia who went to Mount Carmel to help. “These people are human beings just like you, just like me. They’re not different. I thought this was all over with. Why is this still going on? I mean, grow up, world.”
Some volunteers raked leaves into bags, while others carried clipboards and began the process of mapping the hundreds of tombstones in the crowded cemetery, noting any damage to each. One man whose son will be commissioned as an Air Force officer in May became choked up as he uncovered the flat tombstone of a World War I veteran, which had been obscured by years of dirt and debris.
Another volunteer, Robert Weiss, 55, of Dover, Massachusetts, took a day off from work and drove more than five hours to Philadelphia to lend a hand.
“I just had to see this for myself, and participate,” said Weiss, adding he was “beside himself” when he saw the damage.
After each one-hour shift, the volunteers walked to a corner of the cemetery, where a rabbi offered a meditation and led them in song — a Jewish prayer for peace.
Sarah Samuels, a University of Pennsylvania student, said she was gratified by the response. “But this shouldn’t have to have happened in the first place,” she said.
Jewish leaders said they’re not sure whether the vandals were motivated by anti-Semitism or simple maliciousness. Judging by the path of the damage, it appears the vandals might have accessed the cemetery from an adjoining playground through a piece of damaged fence.
Bill Doran, the superintendent of another cemetery in Philadelphia, told The Philadelphia Inquirer he visited Mount Carmel on Feb. 21 and noticed the damage then but didn’t report it, assuming the managers were already aware. Police first learned of the damage on Sunday.

Ex-Buffalo Sabre won’t face charges in youth hockey brawl

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Former Buffalo Sabres player Andrew Peters won’t face charges following an on-ice brawl involving the youth hockey team he coaches.
The Erie County district attorney’s office and Buffalo police began looking into the Saturday fight after video appeared to show Peters reaching across the Buffalo Junior Sabres’ bench and shoving to the ice a player from the Hamilton, Ontario, team.
District Attorney John Flynn said Tuesday the parents of the teenage player don’t want to pursue criminal charges against Peters, so his office won’t take legal action.
The 36-year-old Peters was suspended from coaching Buffalo’s 15-and-under team. Neither the Buffalo Junior Sabres nor Peters has responded to requests for comment.

NHL trades based on playoff success are on the rise

By The Associated Press
The NHL deadline trades made since 2013 that hinge on a team’s playoff success:
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2017
Capitals get: D Kevin Shattenkirk, G Pheonix Copley
Blues get: 2017 first-round pick, F Zach Sanford, F Brad Malone, conditional 2019 pick
Conditions: Blues get Capitals’ 2019 second-round pick if they win two playoff rounds in 2017 and Shattenkirk plays in at least half of playoff games or if they re-sign him for 2017-18. Blues get Capitals’ next available seventh-round pick if they trade Shattenkirk before July 1, unless Capitals receive draft pick in fourth round or better, then Blues get next available pick two rounds worse than they get for him.
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Wild get: C Martin Hanzal, F Ryan White, 2017 fourth-round pick
Coyotes get: 2017 first-round pick, 2018 second-round pick, conditional 2019 fourth-round pick
Condition: Conditional 2019 pick becomes third-rounder if Wild win playoff one round or second-rounder if they win two and Hanzal plays in at least half of playoff games.
Result: TBD
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Kings get: G Ben Bishop, 2017 fifth-round pick
Lightning get: G Peter Budaj, D Erik Cernak, 2017 seventh-round pick, conditional 2017 pick
Condition: Lightning get no extra pick if Kings miss playoffs, can receive as high as second-round pick based on Bishop’s role in deep run.
Result: TBD
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Ducks get: RW Patrick Eaves
Stars get: Conditional 2017 second-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes 2017 first-rounder if Ducks win two playoff rounds and Eaves plays in at least half of playoff games in first two rounds.
Result: TBD
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Capitals get: D Tom Gilbert
Kings get: Conditional 2017 fifth-round pick
Condition: Pick is only transferred if Capitals win two playoff rounds and Gilbert plays in at least half of playoff games.
Result: TBD
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2016
Ducks got: F Jamie McGinn
Sabres got: Conditional 2016 third-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes 2016 second-rounder if Ducks win two playoff rounds and McGinn plats in more than half of playoff games.
Result: Ducks lost in second round, sent third-round pick to Sabres.
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Stars got: D Kris Russell
Flames got: D Jyrki Jokipakka, F Brett Pollock, conditional 2016 second-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes 2016 first-rounder if Stars win two playoff rounds and Russell plays in at least half of playoff games.
Result: Stars lost in second round, sent second-round pick to Flames.
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2015
Canadiens got: D Jeff Petry
Oilers got: 2015 second round pick, conditional 2015 fifth-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes fourth-rounder if Canadiens win one playoff round and third-rounder if they win two.
Result: Canadiens reached second round, sent fourth-round pick to Oilers.
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Red Wings got: D Marek Zidlicky
Devils got: Conditional 2016 third-round pick, conditional 2015 pick
Condition: Pick in 2015 only transferred if Red Wings win two playoff rounds and 2016 third-rounder becomes second-rounder but no fifth-rounder sent if Red Wings reach Stanley Cup Final.
Result: Red Wings lost in second round, sent only 2016 third-round pick to Devils.
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Islanders got: F Tyler Kennedy
Sharks got: Conditional 2015 seventh-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes 2016 third-rounder if Islanders win Stanley Cup and Kennedy plays in at least half of games.
Result: Islanders lost in first round, send seventh-round pick to Sharks.
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Blackhawks got: D Kimmo Timonen
Flyers got: 2015 second-round pick, 2016 conditional fourth-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes 2016 third-rounder if Blackhawks win two playoff rounds and 2016 second-rounder if they win three and Timonen plays in at least half of playoff games.
Result: Blackhawks won Stanley Cup with Timonen playing in 16 games, sent 2016 second-rounder to Flyers.
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2014
Kings got: RW Marian Gaborik
Blue Jackets got: F Matt Frattin, 2014 or 2015 second-round pick, conditional 2014 third-round pick
Condition: Pick transferred if Kings win first-round series.
Result: Kings won Stanley Cup, sent 2014 third-round pick to Blue Jackets.
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Canadiens got: LW Thomas Vanek, conditional 2014 fifth-round pick
Islanders got: W Sebastian Collberg, conditional 2014 second-round pick
Condition: Islanders get second-rounder, send fifth-rounder if Canadiens make playoffs.
Result: Canadiens made playoffs, exchanged second-round pick for Islanders’ fifth-round pick.
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Ducks got: D Stephane Robidas
Stars got: Conditional 2014 fourth-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes 2014 third-rounder if Ducks win one playoff round and Robidas plays in at least half of playoff games.
Result: Ducks reached second round, sent 2014 third-round pick to Stars.
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Lightning got: RW Ryan Callahan, 2015 first-round pick, conditional 2014 second-round pick, conditional 2015 seventh-round pick
Rangers got: RW Martin St. Louis, conditional 2015 second-round pick
Condition: Second-round pick in 2014 becomes first-round pick if Rangers win two playoff rounds. (Other conditional picks based on Callahan re-signing)
Result: Rangers reached Stanley Cup final, sent 2014 first-round pick to Lightning.
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2013
Bruins got: RW Jaromir Jagr
Stars got: LW Lane MacDermid, RW Cody Payne, conditional 2013 second-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes 2013 first-rounder if Bruins win two playoff rounds.
Result: Bruins reached Stanley Cup Final, sent 2013 first-round pick to Stars.
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Rangers got: LW Ryane Clowe
Sharks got: 2013 second-round pick, 2013 third-round pick, conditional 2014 fifth-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes second-rounder if Rangers win two playoff rounds or re-sign Clowe.
Result: Rangers lost in second round and don’t re-sign Clowe, sent 2014 fifth-round pick to Sharks.
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Blues got: D Jay Bouwmeester
Flames got: D Mark Cundari, rights to G Reto Berra, conditional 2013 first-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes 2014 first-rounder plus 2013 fourth-rounder if Blues miss playoffs.
Result: Blues made playoffs, sent 2013 first-round pick to Flames.

No. 1 Kansas rallies to beat Oklahoma 73-63 on Senior Night

By AMIE JUST, Associated Press
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Frank Mason III walked toward the court with his son by his side, flanked by his father, who tried in vain to hold back to the tears before his son played his final game at Allen Fieldhouse.
“I couldn’t believe that this was the last time,” the elder Mason said later, reflecting on the pregame ceremony. “It feels like a dream. He’s a hell of a role model. I’m proud to have a son like that.”
The senior guard proceeded to pour in 23 points for Kansas on senior night, and Devonte Graham hit a series of crucial 3-pointers in the second half, helping the top-ranked Jayhawks rally from a 10-point hole to beat Oklahoma 73-63 on Monday night.
“I don’t think there’s been any player tougher than Frank Mason,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said in the moments after the game, when he introduced Mason for his going-away speech. “Best guard I’ve ever coached.”
Graham finished with 16 points and Josh Jackson had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Big 12 champion Jayhawks (27-3, 15-2), who trailed 54-42 before finishing the game on a 31-11 run.
The Sooners (10-19, 4-13) were poised to spring a big upset on the day the Jayhawks ascended to No. 1 for the first time this season. But after they took their biggest lead with just over 10 minutes to go, Mason got the comeback started with a nifty basket inside.
He added a steal moments later to set up Lagerald Vick’s 3-pointer, and Jackson scored before Graham hit back-to-back shots from beyond the arc. And when Mason added another basket moments later, the Jayhawks had put together a 17-2 charge that gave them a 64-58 lead with about 5 minutes left.
“When we lost our composure a bit, it went south pretty quickly,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “Just have to be stronger, fight through what’s happening. We weren’t tough enough during that time.”
Kansas slowly drew away to make senior night memorable for Mason, big man Landen Lucas and reserve guard Tyler Self, whose father — the Jayhawks’ coach — called him “my favorite Jayhawk of all time.”
“It was an unbelievable experience,” Tyler Self said.
Kameron McGusty had 14 points and Khadeem Lattin and Kristian Doolittle added 12 points apiece for the Sooners, who have won just once in 10 true road games this season. They’ve lost six straight.
There was a far different story brewing in the first half.
Oklahoma shot 25 percent from the floor. The Jayhawks weren’t a whole lot better. And with both teams turning the ball over on every other possession, it was a struggle for them to forge a 28-28 halftime tie.
It was a far cry from last year’s triple-overtime thriller between them at the Phog.
The Jayhawks so often bury teams at home coming out of halftime, but the Sooners made them work for it Monday night. They built a 43-36 lead when Jamuni McNeace got going inside, then stretched it to 49-39 when Lattin hit a pair of free throws with 11:35 left in the game.
Their high-water mark came moments later.
After that, it was all Kansas.
QUOTABLE
“If I had the chance to play here four more years, I swear I would.” — Mason.
FATHERLY LOVE
Bill Self teared up as his son took the floor well after the game, with a full house still sitting in the stands, and delivered his finishing speech.
“Dad, you gave me the opportunity of a lifetime,” Tyler Self said. “You taught me what it means to be a man. I hope that someday I can be the father you are.”
Meanwhile, 5-year-old Amari Mason was in the stands for the first time to see his father play.
“He means the world to me,” Mason said in his speech. “Everything I do is for you.”
BIG PICTURE
Kansas: Mason pieced together his 23rd consecutive game in double-digits scoring, a big reason why the senior guard is a national player of the year candidate. He got off to a slow start, but he showed senior leadership when the Jayhawks were making their late run.
Oklahoma: This is the first time since the 2011-12 season the Sooners will finish with a record under .500. Since the inception of the program in 1908, Oklahoma has only had 26 losing seasons.
NEXT UP
Kansas visits Oklahoma State to finish the regular season Saturday.
Oklahoma has its own home finale against TCU on Saturday.
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Guy, Perrantes help No. 23 Virginia beat No. 5 UNC 53-43

By HANK KURZ Jr., AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia coach Tony Bennett took the blame for a poor approach in No. 23 Virginia’s 24-point loss at No. 5 North Carolina nine days ago.
On Monday night, he gave his team the credit for making a new approach work in a 53-43 victory against the Tar Heels.
Kyle Guy scored 17 points, London Perrantes had 13 and the Cavaliers used a small lineup to neutralize the Tar Heels’ size advantage. It produced the lowest-scoring game for North Carolina in Roy Williams’ 14 years as coach, and the lowest overall since 1979.
“We made a commitment about three weeks ago or two weeks ago that we’re just going to be a better defensive team by the end of the year,” said Bennett, whose team had already ranked as the stingiest scoring defense in the country much of the year. “We just have to be.”
Against the Tar Heels, the smaller, quicker lineup forced 12 first-half turnovers and freshmen sharpshooters Guy and Ty Jerome gave Perrantes to offensive lift Virginia needed, hitting all four of the Cavaliers’ first-half 3-pointers as they took a 27-23 lead into the locker room.
The Tar Heels (25-6, 13-4) got within 40-39 with 9:26 left, but Perrantes made back-to-back 3s, rousing the crowd at John Paul Jones Arena to deafening levels. When Jack Salt added a putback that lingered on the rim, then dropped, the outcome seemed certain.
Guy, who got his second straight start, has energized the offense. He scored 19 in a victory at North Carolina State on Saturday.
“If he’s hitting shots and we can get him going quick, we’re going to find him. We’re able to get in the lane and make drives and kicks or we have any sets we run for him, if he’s able to get going, he spaces and opens the floor for a lot of people,” said Devon Hall, who scored 11.
North Carolina, averaging 86.2 points, scored just four points in the game’s last 9:26.
“Tonight I don’t think it was as much what we did wrong as much as how good their defense was,” Williams said.
The Tar Heels, who had won four straight, were led by Joel Berry II with 12 points. ACC player of the year contender Justin Jackson managed just seven points after missing seven of 10 shots, and the team shot just 35.4 points (17 for 48). They were 4 for 16 from 3.
After ending their longest losing streak since Bennett’s first year on Saturday , Isaiah Wilkins thinks Virginia is rebounding well.
“It’s just one win,” he said. “One win changes a lot for the confidence. We got the win at N.C. State and guys are back shooting the ball. We got a swagger back and a little confidence back.”
HE SAID IT
“He’s a heck of a kid and a heck of a competitor. I really enjoy watching him play when he’s playing someone else.” — Roy Williams on Virginia senior guard London Perrantes, who made his 129th career start Monday night, a Virginia program record.
SWINGING
Virginia was outrebounded 44-26 at North Carolina on Feb. 18 , but just 38-35 Monday night. … They were 2 for 20 on 3-pointers in Chapel Hill, with Perrantes, guy and Jerome a combines 1 for 12, but 10 for 24 in the rematch with the same trio going 9 for 18.
BIG PICTURE
North Carolina: The Tar Heels might not have been as sharp as they would have been had they not already clinched at least a share of the ACC regular season title, but Monday night’s game marked the fourth time this season they have scored 23 or fewer points in the first half. They also had 12 turnovers by halftime after averaging just 9.7 in their previous seven games.
Virginia: After coach Tony Bennett used his freshmen sparingly in the second half of four consecutive losses that demonstrated their offensive challenges without the young players, Bennett appears to be willing to sacrifice defensive experience for offensive necessity, and Guy and Ty Jerome have provided a scoring boost.
UP NEXT
The Tar Heels close the regular season at home against Duke on Saturday night.
Virginia wraps up the regular season looking to avenge an earlier loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon.
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Despite cold Curry, Durant and Warriors beat 76ers 119-108

By AARON BRACY, Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Stephen Curry is surrounded by stars with the Golden State Warriors. He’s never needed them more than Monday night.
Kevin Durant had 27 points in his return to the lineup and the Warriors overcame the worst 3-point shooting performance of Curry’s career in a 119-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
Curry was 0 for 11 from 3-point range. That topped his previous worst outing without making a 3 when he went 0 for 10 from distance on Nov. 4 against the Lakers. The two-time reigning MVP leads the league by a wide margin with 231 3-pointers this season.
“On a night like tonight where Steph doesn’t have it going, we have a lot of other guys who can score and make plays,” coach Steve Kerr said. “A lot of them came through.”
Curry still had 19 points, making 7 of 12 2-point attempts and all five of his free-throw tries.
“I forgot to adjust to the thickness of the air,” Curry joked, adding that “it happens, but you have to find other ways to impact the game.”
Klay Thompson scored 21 points and Draymond Green had 14 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and five steals for the Warriors, who opened a five-game East Coast trip by winning their fourth straight and boosting their NBA-best record to 50-9. Durant returned after missing a game with a right hand injury.
“There are games where the shots just aren’t falling,” Green said. “It was a good effort by everybody to chip in. Sometimes it has to be a complete team effort, and tonight it was.”
Dario Saric had 21 points for Philadelphia, which once again played without big man Joel Embiid. The 76ers announced earlier Monday that Embiid would be out indefinitely after experiencing swelling and soreness in his left knee following recent practices. Embiid leads the team with 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game but has missed 14 straight games and 17 of the last 18.
The Warriors took control in the third quarter, using a 12-3 run over the first 2:31 of the period to turn a three-point halftime edge into a 71-59 cushion. The lead grew to 84-70 with 3:41 left in the third on Durant’s two free throws.
Philadelphia tried to make it a game, but Golden State had too much firepower, even as it made just 6 of 29 from deep.
“That’s the dangerous part of picking a game plan,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “When you take away something, something else gets exposed. It’s hard to guard everything. That’s the Holy Grail, what they have.”
NOT CURRY’S NIGHT
Curry air balled his first 3-point try of the game and missed the rim from deep again later in the first quarter.
Curry displayed his frustration throughout the first half with head shakes, leg slaps and some choice words to himself.
“All but three of them were almost wide open,” he said.
Curry followed up his miserable performance against the Lakers by setting an NBA record with 13 made 3-pointers on Nov. 7 against New Orleans. He’ll get a chance for a similar rebound on Tuesday night at Washington.
“I don’t ever get down on myself,” he said. “I still have confidence the next one is going in.”
HART GETS BEAT, TOO
Comedian Kevin Hart, a Philadelphia native, was seated courtside next to 76ers owner Josh Harris. Hart visited the Warriors locker room after the game, but during it, he tried unsuccessfully to distract Golden State.
“It’s impossible to give a PG-rated version of what he was saying,” Green said.
TIP-INS
Warriors: Curry remained three 3-pointers shy of tying Kobe Bryant for 11th on the NBA career list with 1,827. … Golden State missed 15 of its 16 3-point attempts in the first half.
76ers: Top pick Ben Simmons had bone marrow injected into his foot to stimulate bone growth and speed up the healing process. Philadelphia announced last week that Simmons would miss the entire season after fracturing his right foot in training camp. … Jahlil Okafor followed his season-high 28 points in Saturday’s 110-109 loss at the Knicks with four points in 17 minutes.
UP NEXT
Warriors: Play the second game of five-game East Coast trip Tuesday night in Washington.
76ers: Host Miami on Wednesday night.

NHL trades based on playoff success are on the rise

By The Associated Press
The NHL deadline trades made since 2013 that hinge on a team’s playoff success:
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2017
Capitals get: D Kevin Shattenkirk, G Pheonix Copley
Blues get: 2017 first-round pick, F Zach Sanford, F Brad Malone, conditional 2019 pick
Conditions: Blues get Capitals’ 2019 second-round pick if they win two playoff rounds in 2017 and Shattenkirk plays in at least half of playoff games or if they re-sign him for 2017-18. Blues get Capitals’ next available seventh-round pick if they trade Shattenkirk before July 1, unless Capitals receive draft pick in fourth round or better, then Blues get next available pick two rounds worse than they get for him.
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Wild get: C Martin Hanzal, F Ryan White, 2017 fourth-round pick
Coyotes get: 2017 first-round pick, 2018 second-round pick, conditional 2019 fourth-round pick
Condition: Conditional 2019 pick becomes third-rounder if Wild win playoff one round or second-rounder if they win two and Hanzal plays in at least half of playoff games.
Result: TBD
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Kings get: G Ben Bishop, 2017 fifth-round pick
Lightning get: G Peter Budaj, D Erik Cernak, 2017 seventh-round pick, conditional 2017 pick
Condition: Lightning get no extra pick if Kings miss playoffs, can receive as high as second-round pick based on Bishop’s role in deep run.
Result: TBD
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Ducks get: RW Patrick Eaves
Stars get: Conditional 2017 second-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes 2017 first-rounder if Ducks win two playoff rounds and Eaves plays in at least half of playoff games in first two rounds.
Result: TBD
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Capitals get: D Tom Gilbert
Kings get: Conditional 2017 fifth-round pick
Condition: Pick is only transferred if Capitals win two playoff rounds and Gilbert plays in at least half of playoff games.
Result: TBD
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2016
Ducks got: F Jamie McGinn
Sabres got: Conditional 2016 third-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes 2016 second-rounder if Ducks win two playoff rounds and McGinn plats in more than half of playoff games.
Result: Ducks lost in second round, sent third-round pick to Sabres.
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Stars got: D Kris Russell
Flames got: D Jyrki Jokipakka, F Brett Pollock, conditional 2016 second-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes 2016 first-rounder if Stars win two playoff rounds and Russell plays in at least half of playoff games.
Result: Stars lost in second round, sent second-round pick to Flames.
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2015
Canadiens got: D Jeff Petry
Oilers got: 2015 second round pick, conditional 2015 fifth-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes fourth-rounder if Canadiens win one playoff round and third-rounder if they win two.
Result: Canadiens reached second round, sent fourth-round pick to Oilers.
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Red Wings got: D Marek Zidlicky
Devils got: Conditional 2016 third-round pick, conditional 2015 pick
Condition: Pick in 2015 only transferred if Red Wings win two playoff rounds and 2016 third-rounder becomes second-rounder but no fifth-rounder sent if Red Wings reach Stanley Cup Final.
Result: Red Wings lost in second round, sent only 2016 third-round pick to Devils.
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Islanders got: F Tyler Kennedy
Sharks got: Conditional 2015 seventh-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes 2016 third-rounder if Islanders win Stanley Cup and Kennedy plays in at least half of games.
Result: Islanders lost in first round, send seventh-round pick to Sharks.
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Blackhawks got: D Kimmo Timonen
Flyers got: 2015 second-round pick, 2016 conditional fourth-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes 2016 third-rounder if Blackhawks win two playoff rounds and 2016 second-rounder if they win three and Timonen plays in at least half of playoff games.
Result: Blackhawks won Stanley Cup with Timonen playing in 16 games, sent 2016 second-rounder to Flyers.
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2014
Kings got: RW Marian Gaborik
Blue Jackets got: F Matt Frattin, 2014 or 2015 second-round pick, conditional 2014 third-round pick
Condition: Pick transferred if Kings win first-round series.
Result: Kings won Stanley Cup, sent 2014 third-round pick to Blue Jackets.
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Canadiens got: LW Thomas Vanek, conditional 2014 fifth-round pick
Islanders got: W Sebastian Collberg, conditional 2014 second-round pick
Condition: Islanders get second-rounder, send fifth-rounder if Canadiens make playoffs.
Result: Canadiens made playoffs, exchanged second-round pick for Islanders’ fifth-round pick.
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Ducks got: D Stephane Robidas
Stars got: Conditional 2014 fourth-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes 2014 third-rounder if Ducks win one playoff round and Robidas plays in at least half of playoff games.
Result: Ducks reached second round, sent 2014 third-round pick to Stars.
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Lightning got: RW Ryan Callahan, 2015 first-round pick, conditional 2014 second-round pick, conditional 2015 seventh-round pick
Rangers got: RW Martin St. Louis, conditional 2015 second-round pick
Condition: Second-round pick in 2014 becomes first-round pick if Rangers win two playoff rounds. (Other conditional picks based on Callahan re-signing)
Result: Rangers reached Stanley Cup final, sent 2014 first-round pick to Lightning.
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2013
Bruins got: RW Jaromir Jagr
Stars got: LW Lane MacDermid, RW Cody Payne, conditional 2013 second-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes 2013 first-rounder if Bruins win two playoff rounds.
Result: Bruins reached Stanley Cup Final, sent 2013 first-round pick to Stars.
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Rangers got: LW Ryane Clowe
Sharks got: 2013 second-round pick, 2013 third-round pick, conditional 2014 fifth-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes second-rounder if Rangers win two playoff rounds or re-sign Clowe.
Result: Rangers lost in second round and don’t re-sign Clowe, sent 2014 fifth-round pick to Sharks.
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Blues got: D Jay Bouwmeester
Flames got: D Mark Cundari, rights to G Reto Berra, conditional 2013 first-round pick
Condition: Pick becomes 2014 first-rounder plus 2013 fourth-rounder if Blues miss playoffs.
Result: Blues made playoffs, sent 2013 first-round pick to Flames.

Chris Bosh: ‘My health is great. I’m feeling good’

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer
MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh has a new job, yet does not sound like he’s abandoning his old one.
More than a year removed from his last NBA game, Bosh said during his debut appearance as an analyst for Turner Sports’ “Players Only” programming that he’s working out — indicating that he has not ruled out trying to play again.
“My health is great,” Bosh said during Monday night’s initial broadcast. “I’m feeling good, still working out and just really still staying ready.”
Bosh said even his children are asking when he’s returning to the NBA, but he did not discuss any specifics about either that or whether he’s still battling the blood clots that derailed his 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons — both times at the All-Star break. Bosh remains under contract with the Miami Heat, but has not been with the team this season after failing a physical in September.
His last NBA game was Feb. 9, 2016. A blood clot was found in his calf two days later, he went back on bloodthinning medication and his playing future has been most uncertain ever since.
“I can’t imagine what you’re going through,” Players Only studio host Chris Webber told Bosh during Monday’s broadcast.
Bosh has watched Heat games on television, continues to have a spot in the team locker room and is in contact with some players from time to time. He hasn’t been around the team, though, and said not having the sort of schedule that he grew used to during his 13 NBA seasons was more difficult to deal with than he would have envisioned.
“I think one of the interesting things that I didn’t anticipate was my mental health, and that’s something that as athletes we have to take into regard because we’re used to a set schedule and we’re used to a certain type of world,” Bosh said. “And that’s something that I’ve really had to work on for my well-being.”
Bosh will continue as an analyst for Turner for the next four Mondays, running through March 27.
The Heat played Monday night in Dallas, and when the highlights of the Mavericks’ victory were shown the in-studio conversation between Bosh, Webber and fellow analysts Isiah Thomas and Baron Davis turned to Miami.
Bosh lauded what the Heat have done in salvaging the season after an 11-30 start, adding that he is “proud of a lot of the guys.”
“I think you just have a bunch of young guys trying to figure it out right now,” Bosh said. “But they’re scrappy. I know one thing — they’re going to prepare. They’re going to play hard every night. … The system is the system, they’re going to run that system and they’re going to roll it out with their guys.”
Bosh did not offer any hints about his future, nor did he specifically say that he plans on returning to the NBA.
Because he has been sidelined for more than a year, the Heat can choose at any time to initiate a process where his contract would be removed from their salary cap. It’s unclear when the Heat will choose to do so, though with Bosh owed more than $52 million over the next two seasons — money he is guaranteed — it is certain Miami will seek the cap relief at some point before next summer.
Bosh also didn’t reveal what he tells his kids when they ask about his comeback plans.
“I’m getting pressure from them too,” Bosh said.
Bosh has been selected to 11 All-Star teams, and helped Miami win NBA titles in 2012 and 2013. He turns 33 on March 24.