The Wizards were 17-32 not that long ago and have not spent one single day over .500 in the last three seasons. The Raptors started 2-8 and recently had a nine-game losing streak, their worst run in a decade. The NBA's play-in tournament is coming, meaning the races toward the bottom of the Eastern and Western Conferences over the final four weeks might be just as compelling as the ones at the tops of the standings down the stretch.
San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau broke ice hockey legend Gordie Howe's record for the most appearances in NHL history on Monday, playing his 1,768th game in a 3-2 defeat to the Vegas Golden Knights.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) TCU has added transfer guard Micah Peavy, the 2020 Texas high school Class 6A player of the year who started 25 games for Big 12 rival Texas Tech as a freshman this past season. Peavy is at least the fourth Division I transfer who has joined the Horned Frogs this spring. TCU said Monday night that Peavy is part of an incoming class with guard Damion Baugh from Memphis, guard Maxwell Evans from Vanderbilt and guard Shahada Wells from Texas-Arlington.
Familiar names returning to the top of leaderboards, and a travelling American winning a return ticket home dominate AFP Sport's golf talking points this week:
Steph Curry extended his scoring streak with an electrifying 49-point display as the Golden State Warriors upset the Philadelphia 76ers 107-96 on Monday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) ESPN college basketball analyst Bob Valvano, the brother of late North Carolina State men's basketball coach and broadcaster Jim Valvano, says on social media that he has leukemia, an aortic aneurysm and some kidney damage. Jim Valvano, who died in April 1993 from adenocarcinoma, a glandular cancer, led heavy underdog N.C. State to the 1983 NCAA championship upset of Houston before going on to a broadcasting career.
WASHINGTON (AP) Bradley Beal scored 30 points, Davis Bertans made six 3-pointers in his return from paternity leave, and the Washington Wizards beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 119-107 on Monday night. Bertans, who missed the previous two games while his wife gave birth to a son, finished with 21 points while making half of his dozen 3-point attempts. The Wizards have won five straight, matching a season high, and seven of eight to claw back into playoff contention in the Eastern Conference.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Stephen Curry stripped off his No. 30 jersey and handed stuffed duffle bags full of memorabilia to a Delaware state trooper who stopped in full uniform to shoot hoops on the playground with neighborhood kids. Curry put on a 3-point spectacle in Philly worthy of the trooper's own effort. Curry hit 10 3-pointers and scored 49 points to extend his sizzling stretch, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 107-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
DETROIT (AP) Frank Jackson scored 20 points, including a tiebreaking baseline drive in the final minute, lifting the Detroit Pistons to a 109-105 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. Josh Jackson grabbed it and then scored to go up 107-103 with 16.5 seconds remaining, giving the Cavaliers their fifth loss in six games. Collin Sexton scored 28 points and Darius Garland added 23 for the Cavaliers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA has signed Rutgers transfer Myles Johnson, who will be a senior in the fall when he enrolls in graduate school. Johnson averaged 8.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks starting 22 of 28 games for Rutgers last season, when the Scarlet Knights lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Charlotte Hornets rookie guard LaMelo Ball was cleared to resume individual basketball activity after a CT scan confirmed his broken right wrist has healed, the team announced Monday. Ball sustained the injury on March 20 in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. ESPN reported that Ball could return to action in seven to 10 days.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets guard LaMelo Ball has been cleared to return to individual basketball activity by doctors after having a cast removed from his right wrist. Ball sustained a fractured right wrist during the Hornets' March 20 game against the Los Angeles Clippers and has not played since. Ball underwent further evaluation on his wrist Monday by Dr. Michelle Carlson of The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin has added Wake Forest transfer Jahcobi Neath to its backcourt. Neath, who is 6-foot-3, averaged 3.8 points, 1.7 assists and 15.8 minutes this past season as a sophomore at Wake Forest. As a freshman, Neath had 5.3 points, 2.2 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game.
Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw away to Leeds United on Monday in a match overshadowed by the furious response to the Merseysiders' planned involvement in a breakaway European Super League (ESL).
The Los Angeles Clippers aim to continue their recent dominance over Portland when they visit the Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. The Clippers have won the past five meetings, including two home victories this season by an average of 20 points. Los Angeles averaged 130.5 points in the triumphs.
Veteran quarterback Alex Smith announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday, bringing the curtain down on a 16-year career that saw him battle back from a life-threatening leg injury.
The United States Golf Association said Monday that a limited number of spectators will be allowed at the men's and women's US Open championships taking place in California in June.
Antron Pippen, the son of Basketball Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen and once a top college prospect, has died. Scottie Pippen announced the death on his social media platforms, saying his oldest child died Sunday. ''I'm heartbroken to share that yesterday, I said goodbye to my firstborn son Antron,'' Scottie Pippen wrote Monday.