W.Va. suit accuses diocese of knowingly employing pedophiles

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s attorney general has sued a local Catholic diocese and its former bishop, claiming they knowingly employed pedophiles.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the suit against the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and Bishop Michael Bransfield on Tuesday.
The suit alleges the diocese and Bransfield chose to cover up arguably criminal behavior and says the diocese employed admitted sexual abusers and priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse without adequate background checks.
A diocese spokesman didn’t return a voicemail message, and no one responded immediately to a voicemail left with a phone number listed for Bransfield.
Earlier this month, Catholic Church officials announced they were imposing ministerial restrictions on Bransfield after an investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed adults and committed financial improprieties. He resigned last year.

Justices reject B&B owner who denied room to gay couple


The Associated Press

HONOLULU — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place Hawaii court rulings that found a bed-and-breakfast owner violated the state’s anti-discrimination law by refusing to rent a room to a lesbian couple.

The justices rejected an appeal from Aloha Bed & Breakfast owner Phyllis Young, who argued that she should be allowed to turn away gay couples because of her religious beliefs.

“Mrs. Young will rent a bedroom in her home to anyone, including those who are LGBT, but will not rent to any romantic partners other than a husband and wife,” her attorney, James Hochberg, said in a statement. “This kind of governmental coercion should disturb every freedom-loving American no matter where you stand on marriage.”

The case involved an effort by Diane Cervelli and Taeko Bufford of Long Beach, Calif., to book a room at Aloha Bed & Breakfast in 2007 while they were visiting a friend nearby.

When they specified they would need just one bed, Young told them she was uncomfortable reserving a room for lesbians and canceled the reservation.

Cervelli and Bufford filed complaints with the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission.

Young told the commission she is Catholic and believes that homosexuality is wrong, according to the appeals court ruling.

The commission found the business illegally discriminated against the couple and issued Cervelli and Bufford “right to sue” notices.

They filed their lawsuit in 2011.

“The freedom of religion does not give businesses a right to violate nondiscrimination laws that protect all individuals from harm, whether on the basis of race, gender, or sexual orientation,” Peter Renn, an attorney who represents the couple, said in a statement.

Last year, the Hawaii Supreme Court rejected Young’s appeal of a lower court ruling that ordered her to stop discriminating against same-sex couples.

State gas prices at $2.59

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 7 cents from a week ago to about $2.59 per gallon.
The Dearborn-based auto club said Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 3 cents more than a year ago. AAA says the statewide average rose to a new 2019 high of $2.62 per gallon last Wednesday before easing later in the week. AAA says more increases are expected.
The state’s highest average was about $2.65 a gallon in the Traverse City area. The lowest average was about $2.53 in the Flint area.
Prices in the Detroit area were about $2.59 per gallon, up about 7 cents from a week ago.
AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state.

Presidential contenders O’Rourke, Gillibrand visit Michigan

Associated Press
CENTER LINE, Mich. — Democratic presidential contenders showed Michigan’s importance on Monday, campaigning early in a state that Donald Trump became the first Republican in decades to win.
Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York stopped in the vote-rich Detroit area for multiple events, a year before the state’s primary. Trump, himself, will campaign in Michigan next week — another sign that the 2020 race is intensifying.
“I wanted to be here in this state as early as I possibly could,” O’Rourke said after touring a carpentry apprenticeship school in Oakland County on Monday — a day he also reported raising more than $6 million online in the first 24 hours of his campaign. It was one of three stops he made.
Earlier at a coffee shop in Macomb County, a man in the crowd of more 200 asked O’Rourke how Democrats can win back white blue-collar workers who helped carry Trump to a narrow victory over Hillary Clinton. O’Rourke responded that Trump has been “very successful at exacerbating the divisions and differences” among Americans with a “divide-and-conquer approach.”
“We can succumb to that and return in kind. Or we can transcend that and be above that,” he said, adding that citizens must confront “the hard truths of slavery and segregation and suppression, the way that wealth was built in this country.”
He said income inequality in the U.S. is “obscene” and called for significant government spending on education and infrastructure.
In Oakland County, Gillibrand participated in town hall that was to air Monday night on MSNBC. She blasted Trump for spreading “fear and hate and degradation across this country” and touted her ability to “bring people together” and pass bipartisan legislation, noting that she won a Republican congressional district before later winning re-election to the Senate by a wide margin. She told reporters that Michigan is a lot like upstate New York.
“I think these are places that very much felt left behind in the last election, that they didn’t hear their stories being talked about enough. And so they didn’t feel like the Democrats were going to help them. I’m going to help every person in this country,” said Gillibrand, who formally joined the crowded Democratic field on Sunday.
Gillibrand also campaigned at an event hosted by Fems for Dems inside a Clawson furniture and women’s clothing store, talking up policy priorities such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. In attendance was Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has encouraged presidential candidates to visit the state and said Gillibrand was “the first to call.”
“We know that all roads to the White House run through Michigan,” said Whitmer, who is not backing a candidate yet.
O’Rourke spoke with a number of students during his tour of the training facility, including Malcolm Kennedy, a 40-year-old Detroit resident who is going into his third year of the program.
Kennedy said he hopes O’Rourke’s visit is a sign that presidential candidates will be spending more time in Midwestern states than they did during the 2016 election cycle.
“That’s something I think that was taken for granted in the last race in regards to the Midwest in a sense,” Kennedy said. “It was almost as if I feel like it was almost like a given.
“Hopefully, we get a little bit more attention, not just Michigan, Ohio, all the manufacturing places.”

Pair of Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball seniors developed well

AP Sports Writer
EAST LANSING — Kenny Goins walked on at Michigan State, turning down scholarship offers from Mid-American Conference schools.
Matt McQuaid signed with the Spartans, changing his mind after committing to play for Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown at SMU.
For both players, and coach Tom Izzo, it worked out well.
The Big Ten champions are seeded second in the NCAA Tournament in part because both have gone from being role players to standouts.
“I don’t think a lot of people believed in me, even in my personal life, but that’s the reason I came here,” Goins said Monday. “I was pretty much betting on myself. I made it big, I guess. Hit the jackpot you could say.”
Goins and McQuaid may have to do a little more than usual Thursday against 15th-seeded Bradley and possibly beyond because junior forward Kyle Ahrens is not expected to play again this postseason. Goins, who primarily plays power forward, could be used at small forward to make up for the absence. Ahrens injured his left ankle during the Big Ten Tournament final against Michigan.
“It’s a very, very bad sprain,” Izzo said. “He’s come back from the dead a couple times, but I’m guessing that he’s done.”
Michigan State has been done in the first or second round of the NCAA Tournament in three straight years for the first time with its Hall of Fame coach, who has won a national championship in seven trips to the Final Four.
The Spartans closed the season with 10 wins in 11 games, leaning on Big Ten Player of the Year Cassius Winston along with their two seniors that earned honorable mention recognition in the conference.

Cleveland Cavaliers dump Detorit Pistons 126-119 with Pistons’ Blake Griffin taking break

Associated Press
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers squeaked by without Kevin Love.
The Detroit Pistons, playing without Blake Griffin, weren’t as fortunate.
The Cavaliers made clutch shots down the stretch for a 126-119 win Monday night in a game that featured six ties and five lead changes in the fourth quarter.
Collin Sexton scored 27 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with just under two minutes to play, and the Cavs defeated a Pistons squad that is fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Detroit coach Dwane Casey, whose team beat Toronto on Sunday, was unhappy following the game, especially with the fact that Cleveland shot 58 percent.
“I’m totally disappointed in myself and our team and everyone in our locker room,” he said. “Our defensive disposition was nil. Nil.”
The Pistons (36-34) are sixth in the East, a game ahead of Brooklyn and 2 1/2 in front of Miami, but their previous visit to Cleveland — when they routed the Cavaliers 129-93 on March 2 — might have played a role in this loss.
“I don’t think we came out with a healthy enough respect for our opponent — and we should have,” Casey said.
Love was out with a sore back for Cleveland after taking a hard fall in Saturday’s loss to Dallas, while Griffin sat out to rest for Detroit.
Andre Drummond nearly made up for Griffin’s absence with 21 points and 21 rebounds, but Detroit’s center was also displeased with the outcome.
“We tip-toed around with them the whole game, and they went out and took advantage of it,” he said.

Top squads in NCAA Tournament men’s basketball tough to beat

AP Basketball Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. — This year’s NCAA Tournament features a top tier of teams that are heavy Final Four favorites, starting with No. 1 overall seed Duke and star freshman Zion Williamson.
Figuring out how to stop them won’t be easy.
Gonzaga joined the Atlantic Coast Conference trio of Duke, Virginia and North Carolina atop the four regional brackets, followed Michigan State, Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan as No. 2 seeds.
These eight teams have won 85 percent of their games this season. And nearly half of their games lost (18 of 40) have come against another team within this group of 1- and 2-seeds.
That makes for a tricky puzzle, though some clues may be in weaknesses that showed when these top-tier teams lost.
It starts with 3-point shooting and free-throw shooting, though the Blue Devils typically overcome both behind the brilliance of Williamson, fellow freshman RJ Barrett and a tough defense led by Tre Jones.
Duke shoots 30.2 percent on 3s, the worst mark of any tournament team and worst in program history. The struggles stood out in a loss to Syracuse (9 of 43 against the zone) and in losses to UNC (8 of 39 in the first, 8 of 32 in the second).
At the free throw line, 69 percent could be a problem for the Blue Devils in a close game.
Fans already know all about Virginia’s worst-case scenario thanks to No. 16 UMBC trouncing the overall No. 1 Cavaliers in last year’s first round.
This year’s team plays similarly with a style that can reduce its margin for error.
Virginia again has the tough defense and methodical tempo offense, a combination that tests the discipline and patience of its opponent. Behind Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome and De’Andre Hunter, the Cavaliers own their most efficient attack since coach Tony Bennett’s breakout season there in 2014.
If they struggle for stops and get behind, it can be difficult to reverse momentum with fewer possessions to work with thanks to their pace — illustrated in Friday’s loss to Florida State in the ACC Tournament semifinals.
The Tar Heels have three scorers capable of big games with Cameron Johnson, Coby White and Luke Maye. And they’re at their best when loose in transition or attacking the glass.
Things get tougher when the pace slows.
Despite its rebounding prowess, UNC lacks a true post scorer — a staple of Roy Williams’ best teams — and can struggle matching up with bigger teams. And its perimeter strength makes the team more dependent on the 3.
The Zags have KenPom’s most efficient offense (125.1 points per 100 possessions) and a solid frontcourt with Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke and the return of Killian Tillie. Gonzaga is the only team to beat a fully-healthy Duke squad this year.
But the Zags struggled on the perimeter in the West Coast Conference Tournament title game against Saint Mary’s. Their guards couldn’t increase the tempo, so Gonzaga had to grind out halfcourt possessions and made just 2 of 17 3-pointers in the 60-47 loss.
Tennessee: Coach Rick Barnes has expressed concern about his team settling for 3-point shots instead of attacking the paint.
Michigan State: The Big Ten champions often struggle to keep possession. The Spartans rank 319th in the country in turnover margin (minus-2.6) and have averaged 15.8 turnovers in six losses.
Kentucky: Can Kentucky hit more 3s if needed and stop opponents from doing the same? John Calipari’s Wildcats made 199 3s — fewer than all but five power-conference teams — while attempting among the fewest in the country.
Michigan: While John Beilein’s Wolverines have one of the nation’s top defenses, they haven’t rebounded particularly well. Michigan has been outrebounded in five of its six losses by an average margin of more than nine boards per game.

Michigan’s Ignas Brazdeikis, center,looks to pass the ball against Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman, left, and Kenny Goins in the first half of the Big Ten Conference tournament finals on Sunday in Chicago. (AP photo)

New rules likely coming but not to replay

By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer
DENVER (AP) — In no sport but the NFL do players, fans, coaches and general managers annually debate the rules of the game, advocating ways to make pro football better, safer, fairer.
Officiating is especially a hot topic around the league after a blown call late in the NFC championship game pretty much cost the New Orleans Saints a trip to the Super Bowl.
That capped a season which began with the long-awaited clarification of what constitutes a catch and then was marred by widespread confusion over what exactly is a legal takedown of the quarterback. While defenders learned new ways to tackle to avoid flags for even glancing blows to the helmet, they complained about O-linemen illegally blocking too far downfield in the run-pass option craze that has successfully seeped in from the college game.
Giants owner John Mara hears the cries to change the NFL’s replay review system after officials failed to flag the blatant pass interference penalty and a helmet-first hit by the Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman deep in Los Angeles territory in the NFC championship match. The non-calls helped Los Angeles force overtime and eventually win the game to reach the Super Bowl, leading to widespread displeasure with the current system regarding coaches’ challenges.
Mara said last month at the NFL combine that the powerful competition committee isn’t in a rush to change the replay system.
“I just don’t sense a lot of support to use replay to call penalties. I don’t sense a lot of support for the expansion of it, either,” Mara said. “We’re early on, so that might change, but that’s my sense of where we are right now. I’m not saying it won’t change.”
The Canadian Football League has allowed pass interference, either called or uncalled, to be reviewed for the last five years. But the NFL has long been reluctant to expand replays for officiating because it would slow games even further.
Other major moves will be considered by the 32 owners at the league meetings in Phoenix beginning Sunday.
Several teams are proposing big changes to replay and overtime after a season of consistent criticism of officiating and which plays can be challenged or automatically reviewed. Any change requires a 24-vote threshold to pass.
Just like the USFL did with the 2-point conversion and other innovations back in the 1980s, the Alliance of American Football’s debut this spring has brought novel ideas, some of which could find their way into the NFL rule book. Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, a staunch advocate for adding more replay reviews to the NFL, is a big fan of the AAF’s “sky judge,” an official watching from the press box level who can help call penalties from a bird’s-eye view.
“Look how tough it is for these officials, all right. I know as a coach, what’s the worst spot to watch the game from? Sideline. You see the least amount form the sideline. That’s why you put coaches in the box,” Harbaugh said. “OK. So we’ve got all this technology and the fans actually have a better view of the game from an officiating standpoint than the officials do.
“So these clear and obvious mistakes that are inevitably going to get made, it’s not just one play in a championship game; it happens every single week, because the job is so tough and moves so fast and the angles aren’t great,” Harbaugh added. “If we can put somebody up there in the box that has a better angle that can help officiate the game from up there, do that. If we can add more replay, let’s do that.”
Harbaugh said the league would save face by fixing a system everyone knows is flawed.
“Because at the end of the day it’s about the credibility of the sport, and we can’t have the other leagues outpacing us in terms of use of technology to make sure games are fair and well-officiated,” Harbaugh said. “We have great officials. These guys are incredible with what they do. We’ve also put a lot of rules in place that’ve made it really tough on them. They’ve got a lot on their plate.
“So let’s add an official, let’s add two officials, let’s put one up in the box, let’s expand replay if we want. Let’s make sure that at the end of the day the fans walk out of the stadium and walk away from their TV sets knowing that was a good, hard-fought, well-officiated game and the outcome is as it should be and it was correct. The right team won the game.”
Players have their own ideas about ways to make the game better.
Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said the rules already in place need to be enforced, like flagging O-linemen who block too far downfield on the run-pass option plays that have become all the rage, leading to wide-open tight ends as linebackers come up to play the run.
“You can’t have guys 4 or 5 yards downfield and (the quarterback is) still throwing the ball,” Harris said.
“They’ve got to figure out the RPO stuff, but let me suggest a better rule,” teammate Von Miller said. “You know how you can’t hit a defenseless receiver coming across the field? I feel like edge rushers should have the same protection from chippers. I feel like it’s not fair.
“I’m looking right and I’ve got a receiver that shuffles in and blindsides me while I’m focusing on this play. I actually tore my ACL in a play like that in 2013,” Miller said. “I feel like the chips should be gone. I’m dead serious about that. You see guys get blindsided all the time.”
Miller said owners are eager to protect QBs and nowadays great edge rushers are getting paid just like franchise quarterbacks.
“We’ve got a lot of star pass rushers. All it takes is one of those plays and boom, that could be it for one of those guys,” Miller said. “This league is all about protecting the quarterbacks. How come they get protection and we don’t?”
AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner and AP Sports Writer Mike Marot contributed.
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Early reveal UConn women not top seed; Baylor No. 1 overall

Everyone got an early look at the women’s NCAA Tournament bracket, revealing that UConn isn’t a No. 1 seed for the first time since 2006.
The accidental early release of the 64-team bracket by ESPN just provided a couple of extra hours for the 11-time national champion Huskies to get fired up about their unusual position.
“If you are going to do that, we’re going to do everything we can to prove everyone wrong,” UConn senior Napheesa Collier said.
The Huskies (31-2) are still playing in the same Albany Regional they would have as a No. 1, and have the same expected potential regional final matchup against Louisville (29-3), the top seed instead.
There was no surprise with perennial Big 12 champion Baylor (31-1) being the No. 1 overall seed. The Lady Bears, who are playing in the Greensboro Regional, have the nation’s longest winning streak at 23 games and were the unanimous No. 1 team in the last Associated Press women’s basketball poll of the season that was released Monday.
The other NCAA No. 1 seeds are defending national champion Notre Dame (30-3) in the Chicago Regional and SEC champion Mississippi State (30-2), the national runner-up each of the past two seasons, in the Portland Regional.
“I feel like for the first time in a long time that every region got as close as it can to the S-curve, and that does my heart good for women’s basketball,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said.
“Not just our region, but if you look at the top 6-8 teams that could win this whole thing, below them they tried as best they could to cover geography but also cover the S-curve,” Mulkey said. “Usually when you look at a bracket, you go, ‘Who got the toughest region?’ I don’t know that anybody got one any tougher than any others.”
Here are some things to know about the women’s NCAA Tournament that starts Friday:
The last time UConn had multiple regular-season losses was 2012-13, when the Huskies won the first of four consecutive national titles. After that, they lost only one regular-season game the next five seasons before their two losses this year — both on the road, at NCAA No. 1 seeds Baylor and Louisville.
“We did lose two games, so I’m surprised we’re a number two. I thought we would be a four or five,” coach Geno Auriemma joked. “I mean, we’re not in one of those conferences that perennially wins women’s basketball national basketball championships, so we can’t be expected to lose two games and not be dropped. I’m just happy they kept us at two.”
While Baylor will have to go to North Carolina for the Sweet 16, readily assuming that the Lady Bears win two games at home, there could be some real local flavor in Greensboro with third-seeded North Carolina State and fourth-seeded South Carolina also in that bracket.
Baylor has won 37 consecutive home games.
Notre Dame would go to Chicago, with that regional’s semifinal and final games only about 90 miles from the South Bend campus. Second-seeded Oregon could draw some huge crowds to the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games in Portland if the Ducks advance.
The selection committee on Sunday announced eight teams being considered for the final at-large berths. Five of those teams got in the field.
Princeton later won the Ivy League tournament championship and an automatic berth.
Tennessee still has perfect attendance in the women’s NCAA Tournament that started in 1982. The Lady Vols got in as a No. 11 seed and joined fellow SEC team Auburn, Indiana and Central Florida as the last four in.
Among the last teams left out were Arkansas, Ohio and TCU. The NCAA said that James Madison was the final team left out.
NCAA Tournament first-timers Abilene Christian, Bethune-Cookman and Towson will make their debuts playing past national champions on their home courts.
Southland Conference tournament champion Abilene Christian (23-9) stays in Texas to play Baylor. Towson (20-12) of the Colonial Athletic Association is a No. 15 seed at UConn. MEAC tournament winner Bethune-Cookman (21-10) is a No. 16 seed headed to play at Notre Dame.
The Summit League was known by a different name the last time the league had an at-large women’s team.
South Dakota State (26-6) got in the NCAA for the ninth time in 11 years with the Summit’s automatic berth after winning the conference tournament.
South Dakota (28-5) is the only the second team from the league to get an at-large bid. The last was Northern Illinois in 1994, when it was the Mid-Continent Conference.
Buffalo and Central Michigan both made it to the Sweet 16 last season as No. 11 seeds out of the Mid-American Conference.
The Bulls and Chippewas are back in the NCAA Tournament.
“I think that us getting in was a fluke in their eyes, and then when we went out and went to the Sweet 16, they said, ‘We’ve got to take these people seriously’,” Buffalo coach Felicia Leggett-Jack said, referring to last year’s MAC run.
MAC tournament champ Buffalo (23-9) is the No. 10 seed in the Albany Regional. Central Michigan (25-7) is the No. 8 in the Chicago Regional.
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Spurs extend streak to 9 straight, beat Warriors 111-105

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonia Spurs aren’t concerned with making statements. They just want to pile up as many victories as they can late in the season.
DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and nine rebounds, LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points and 13 rebounds and Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 111-105 on Monday night for their ninth straight win.
“We’re just trying to get wins, man, that’s all,” Spurs forward Rudy Gay said. “We’ve had wins, we’ve had big wins, we’ve had some bad losses, (too). It just feels good to win the games we think we should.”
San Antonio won its 11th straight at home and moved into fifth in the Western Conference following the Thunder’s loss to Miami. The Spurs also clinched a winning record for the 22nd straight season.
Stephen Curry had 25 points after a slow start and Kevin Durant added 24 for the Warriors, who entered the game having won two straight. Golden State dropped into a tie with Denver for first place in the West with matching 47-22 records.
“That’s the hottest team in the league and obviously really well-coached,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They were executing and I thought they outexecuted us, outcoached us. They deserved to win.”
San Antonio’s winning streak is second only to Golden State’s 11 straight wins earlier this season. Remarkably, the Spurs’ longest winning streak since 2016 comes directly after they went 1-7 for their worst Rodeo Road Trip ever.
San Antonio has beaten Golden State, Denver, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Portland and Detroit during its streak. All of those clubs are among the top six teams in their conference.
“Guys are playing better,” Aldridge said of the turnaround. “We’re trying to be better defensively. Communication has been better and it’s just winning time. I think everyone senses that.”
Golden State was without DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala, who both sat with injuries, but remained within two possessions in the final minute.
The Warriors had to rally in the second half after a sluggish start.
Curry and Klay Thompson opened the game a combined 0 for 11, but the Warriors’ defense allowed them to tie the game at 25 when Curry threw in a 61-footer to close the first quarter.
Curry finished 9 for 25 from the field and Thompson finished with 14 points on 5-for-18 shooting. Thompson said the “Splash Brothers” struggles were their own rather than anything the Spurs did defensively.
“Just missed shots,” Thompson said. “That’s all it is. Shots that we normally hit, too. Yeah, they’re a smart disciplined team but it’s not like we weren’t getting to our spots and getting good looks. Just didn’t go in.”
After trailing by 11 in the third quarter, the Warriors’ offense awoke to silence the sold-out crowd with a 16-5 run to forge a 75-all tie. The run included a shakedown, step-back 3-pointer by Curry and a pair of quick passes from Curry to Draymond Green to Shaun Livingston for an emphatic dunk. Curry had eight points in the run.
“Every time we made a run, they countered and they made a run,” Green said.
DeRozan scored 10 points in the final quarter, including a pair of pull-up jumpers over Thompson, to seal the victory.
Gay added 17 points for San Antonio and Derrick White had 12.
Warriors: Cousins sat the game out with a sore right foot and Iguodala missed the game following dental work. … Andrew Bogut started the game after signing with the team March 6 after playing this season in Australia. Bogut spent four seasons with Golden State before rejoining the team as a free agent. … The Warriors have won at least 23 road games in six straight seasons. They lost for the fifth time in 24 games away from home. … Golden State defeated San Antonio by 39 points in their previous meeting, Feb. 6 at Oracle Arena. It was the largest winning margin over the Spurs in franchise history.
Spurs: Aldridge has 18,854 career points, moving past Glen Rice for 69th all-time in league history. Rice had 18,338 career points over 15 seasons beginning in 1989. … DeRozan is the first Spurs guard to make 300 free throws in a season since Manu Ginobili in 2011. .. The Spurs won 13 straight in 2016.
Bogut picked up a foul on an illegal screen 9 seconds into the game.
“That was a welcome to the league, for sure,” Bogut said. “Just like, we know you set some hard screens so we’re just going to blow one early.”
Bogut finished with seven points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes as he reunited with Curry, Thompson and Green. His points included an alley-oop dunk from Curry.
“It was fun,” Curry said. “It’s been what three years (since he last played with Bogut). I came in transition and besides probably (Damian Jones) early in the year, I haven’t thrown a lob like that to somebody. It just felt like second nature at that point. He went up and finished it.”
Warriors: At Minnesota on Tuesday night.
Spurs: Host Miami on Wednesday night.
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