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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Julius Randle had 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and rookie Lonzo Ball made a triumphant return to the lineup as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks 124-102. Ball, who was sidelined for 15 games with a knee injury, had nine points, seven rebounds and six assists in 17 minutes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs are trading Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams for what is expected to be a package of draft picks, according to published reports. ESPN.com first reported the trade, which will not become official until the start of the new league year on March 14.
PHOENIX (AP) - Super-sub Lou Williams had 35 points in 33 minutes _ including a 23-point second quarter, Los Angeles scored the first 19 of the game and the Clippers handed the staggering Phoenix Suns their eighth loss in a row, 128-117. Tobias Harris added 30 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who have won eight of their last 11. Devin Booker and T.J. Warren scored 27 apiece for the Suns, who have dropped 13 of their last 14
CHICAGO (AP) - Jean-Francois Berube made 42 saves in his first start for Chicago to help the Blackhawks beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1. Defenseman Jan Rutta, activated from injured reserve Friday, and Nick Schmaltz scored, and Artem Anisimov added an empty-netter with 30.5 seconds left.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Fernando Tatis Jr. wasted no time in showing the San Diego Padres how much talent he has. One of baseball's top prospects and the son of a former major leaguer, Tatis hit a monster opposite-field home run in his second at-bat in the Padres' spring opener against the Seattle Mariners.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Oakland found its closer in Blake Treinen last summer, and its bullpen transformation continued when it acquired offseason targets Yusmeiro Petit and Ryan Buchter this winter. For a team that had 25 blown saves, one short of the major league high, and converted only 58 percent of its save chances a year ago, it is another step forward.
SEATTLE (AP) - Brittany McPhee scored 25 points and No. 16 Stanford took an 86-79 win despite a career-high 40 points from Amber Melgoza and a stern test from last-place Washington. Melgoza was 14-of-26 shooting and made a career-high five 3-pointers in scoring the most points by a Pac-12 Conference player this season.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - Rodney Purvis scored 14 points, Xavier Silas had 13 and sparked the Americans' strong start, and the U.S. beat Cuba 84-48 to remain unbeaten in qualifying for the 2019 Basketball World Cup. The Americans raced to a 15-0 lead and improved to 3-0 in Group C. Coach Jeff Van Gundy had to adjust to a new roster of G League players, with only two returning from the Americans' first two games in November. The new group limited the Cubans to 25 percent shooting.
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