Warriors unraveled in 115-108 loss to Nuggets

DENVER – The Warriors finally settled in this city around 4 a.m. on Saturday, leaving them little time to clear their minds and rest their bodies. The Warriors also arrived here a day removed from an underwhelming performance in Sacramento full of sloppy play and apathy. But even with the Warriors facing burnout for a variety of reasons, Warriors coach Steve Kerr did his best to lighten the mood. “Let it rip and go have some fun,” Kerr told his players. After all, the Warriors are still paid handsomely to play basketball, and they napped during the day at a local Four Seasons hotel. If only it were that easy… Read More

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OHL Roundup: Svechnikov hat trick helps lift Colts past Spitfires

BARRIE, Ont. — Andrei Svechnikov scored a hat trick as the Barrie Colts defeated the Windsor Spitfires 6-2 on Saturday night in Ontario Hockey League action. Aaron Luchuk had a power-play goal and three assists for the Colts (29-18-3). Dmitry Sokolov and Jason Willms also chipped in while Leo Lazarev turned aside 25 shots. Curtis Douglas and Jake Smith scored for Windsor (23-22-4), which got 33 saves from Michael DiPietro. Barrie went 2 for 5 on the power play and the Spitfires converted once on six opportunities. — STING 5 KNIGHTS 1 SARNIA, Ont. — Anthony Salinitri scored the first of three goals in the second period to lift the… Read More

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Undefeated Carruthers clear through to Viterra Championship final

Reid Carruthers has won six consecutive games at the Viterra Championship. One more and his West St. Paul club will be off to the Tim Hortons Brier. Carruthers climbed into the Manitoba men’s final with a 7-3 victory over Team McEwen during Saturday’s Page 1-2 playoff game in Winkler. The Winnipeg side is playing without skip Mike McEwen, who was hospitalized due to a bad case of chicken pox and is unlikely to return. Watch the Viterra Championship live Sunday on Sportsnet and online at Sportsnet NOW starting at 9:30 a.m. ET. Team McEwen, the double defending champion, has pushed forward as a trio with vice B.J. Neufeld moving up… Read More

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Larry Eustachy’s career at Colorado State appears to be over; interim coach called “an enabler” of verbal abuse

FORT COLLINS – For the first time in 196 games, Larry Eustachy didn’t take the floor Saturday when his Colorado State men’s basketball team hosted Mountain West-leading Nevada. The coach’s 27-year career, which has spanned five universities and plagued by controversy throughout, is again mired in turmoil. CSU placed Eustachy on administrative leave just hours before tipoff, and he’ll remain away from the program until the athletic department concludes its investigation into the coach and his behavior. “I have asked head coach Larry Eustachy to temporarily step away from the men’s basketball program, as he has been placed on administrative leave while we conclude our climate assessment,” CSU athletic director… Read More

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Paul, Anderson help Rockets demolish slumping Cavaliers

CLEVELAND — Chris Paul had 22 points and 11 assists, Ryan Anderson added 21 points and the Houston Rockets became the latest team to thump Cleveland on national TV, beating the disconnected Cavaliers 120-88 on Saturday night. James Harden only scored 16 — 15 below his league-leading average — but Houston rolled to its fourth straight win and improved to 11-2 since Jan. 8. Meanwhile, the Cavs’ downward spiral accelerated. Since losing at Golden State on Christmas, LeBron James and his teammates are 0-8 in network broadcasts and have been embarrassed in several matchups against quality teams. They lost by 28 at Minnesota, 34 in Toronto, 24 at home to… Read More

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Price for Pacioretty remains high ahead of trade deadline

The NHL’s Feb. 26 trade deadline is only a few weeks away, and things are still pretty quiet around the league. For now, anyway. It’s a tough market out there, and all it takes is one team or player to set a precedent and drive up the cost of getting a deal done. “I think a lot of the GMs are telling me that’s based on Max Pacioretty and the ask from the Montreal Canadiens,” Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos said during Saturday’s Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada. “Some teams are telling me as many as four pieces: a first-rounder, a second-rounder, a warm roster body, and a top prospect.… Read More

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