A look at some of the big sports stories making headlines today, Monday, Feb. 23.
UTES FALL TO OREGON, CAVS WIN AGAIN
Utah is in danger of falling from the top 10 in The Associated Press men’s basketball poll.
Dillon Brook scored 11 straight points for Oregon in the second half of a 69-58 triumph over the ninth-rated Utes. Brooks finished with 19 points and the Ducks improved their NCAA tournament chances by improving to 20-8.
Delon Wright scored 20 points for Utah which fell to 21-5 and dropped a game behind Arizona in the Pac-12 race.
Meanwhile, second-ranked Virginia fared much better on the scoreboard as Anthony Gill contributed 13 points and Darion Atkins added 11 in a 51-41 triumph over Florida State. The Cavaliers managed to win after starting guards Malcolm Brogdon and London Perrantes suffered facial injuries from a collision with Virginia ahead just 31-28 with 15 minutes to play. Both headed to the locker room, and Brogdon went back into the game a few minutes later to help the Cavs improve to 25-1.
Elsewhere on Sunday’s top-25 schedule
CURRY SITS OUT AS WARRIORS FALL
The Golden State Warriors stumbled in their first game without Stephen Curry this season.
Curry sat out with soreness in his right ankle while Rodney Stuckey torched the Warriors for 30 points in Detroit’s 104-98 win. C.J. Miles finished with 13 points, including a 3-pointer that put the Pistons ahead 101-97 with 26.5 seconds left.
The Warriors lost for just the second time in nine games despite Klay Thompson’s 39 points. Golden State still owns the NBA’s best record at 43-10.
In other NBA action:
DURANT UNDERGOES SURGERY
Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant has had surgery to alleviate foot pain and is expected to return before the playoffs. A screw was replaced from his October operation for a broken bone in his right foot.
Durant has played in just 27 games this season because of the broken foot, sprained right ankle and sprained left big toe.
In other NBA injury news:
CANUCKS BLANK ISLANDERS
The Metropolitan Division race is a little tighter after the first-place New York Islanders went 2-2-1 on what was a five-game, seven-day stretch.
The Isles followed Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss in Washington with a 4-0 shutout loss to Vancouver. Eddie Lack turned back 27 shots in place of Ryan Miller, who left the game with an apparent leg injury in the second period. Henrik Sedin assisted on power-play goals by Zack Kassian and Radim Vrbata in the second period before Bo Horvat and Yannick Weber capped the Canucks’ scoring.
The outcome leaves the Islanders just two points in front of the New York Rangers, three points ahead of Pittsburgh and four better than Washington.
The New York Rangers are 6-0-1 in their last seven games after Martin St. Louis scored twice in regulation and once in the shootout to lead a 4-3 triumph over Columbus. Rick Nash bailed out the Rangers with the deciding shootout goal after New York blew a 3-0 lead.
The Penguins are 5-1 winners against Florida behind two goals apiece from Patric Hornqvist and Evgeni Malkin. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 shots as the Pens won for the second straight day.
The Capitals’ four game winning streak is over following Michael Del Zotto’s tiebreaking goal with 4:13 left in the Flyers’ 3-2 triumph over Washington in Philadelphia. Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds scored power-play goals, but the Flyers blew a 2-0 lead before improving to 8-1-4 in their last 13 games.
Also on ice:
SHORE JERSEY SELLS FOR BIG BUCKS
An NHL jersey once worn by Hall of Fame defenseman Eddie Shore has sold for $119,500.
Shore was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947, the same year the Bruins retired his number. He was a four-time winner of the NHL’s Most Valuable Player of the Year Award.
HAHN GETS FIRST PGA WIN
James Hahn has won the Northern Trust Open in a three-man playoff with Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey.
Hahn clinched it with a 25-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole for his first PGA Tour title and a trip to the Masters. He saved par on the 18th in regulation for a 2-under 69 and a 6-under total.
ALONSO IN CRASH
Fernando Alonso was taken to the hospital by helicopter after crashing his McLaren during Formula One preseason testing.
McLaren said in a statement that the two-time world champion “was conscious and spoke with the doctors” after having received first aid at the circuit’s medical center. It was later learned that the Spaniard suffered a concussion when he went off the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit at turn three, and the right-hand side of his car hit the wall.
The 33-year-old Alonso rejoined McLaren this season after a disappointing fifth and final campaign with Ferrari.