UNDATED (AP) — Missouri filed a notice of appeal with the NCAA’s committee on infractions as it begins to fight what it considers overly harsh sanctions for academic misconduct involving a former tutor. The NCAA banned the football, baseball and softball programs from the postseason for a year and placed the entire athletic department on probation late last month. Missouri also was docked scholarships and given recruiting restrictions among other punishments.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A California judge has signed an arrest warrant for Nebraska football player Maurice Washington. He is charged with a felony count of possessing a video or photograph of a person under 18 who is engaging in or simulating sexual conduct and a misdemeanor count of distributing that video without consent, leading to the person suffering emotional distress. Defense attorney John Ball says his client will voluntarily appear in court in California. The case involves Washington’s former girlfriend.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis suffered a shoulder injury and missed the second half of a 131-122 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Davis was in the game when the first half ended, but kept his left arm still as he walked to the locker room shortly after fouling Nerlens Noel on an attempted shot block in the final second of the second quarter. Thunder guard Russell Westbrook increased his NBA-record triple-double streak to 11 games with 44 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
ATLANTA (AP) — Dennis Smith Jr. scored 19 points and the New York Knicks snapped a franchise-worst, 18-game losing streak with a 106-91 victory in Atlanta. New York never trailed and only was tied twice in its first victory since Jan. 4 against the Lakers. Kadeem Allen and John Jenkins each added 14 points, Damyean Dotson finished with 13 and DeAndre Jordan had 13 rebounds as the Knicks won for just the second time in their last 28 games.
UNDATED (AP) — Third-ranked Gonzaga and No. 9 Houston were Thursday’s winners in top-25 men’s basketball action. Rui Hachimura scored 22 points and Brandon Clarke added 17 in the Bulldogs’ 15th consecutive win, 73-60 over Loyola Marymount. DeJon Jarreau had 18 points, provided seven assists and hit a driving layup that capped a 17-4 run in the second half of the Cougars’ 71-63 win against UConn.
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (3) Gonzaga 73 Loyola Marymount 60
Final (9) Houston 71 UConn 63
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Orlando 127 Charlotte 89
Final N-Y Knicks 106 Atlanta 91
Final New Orleans 131 Oklahoma City 122