Here is the latest sports news: Rockets roll to 16th straight win. Cavs’ Love admits he had panic attack. Steelers franchise tag RB Bell again. NFL referees Hochuli, Triplette retiring. Report: Memphis could fire Smith for Hardaway.

>>Rockets Roll To 16th Straight Win

(Oklahoma City, OK) — The Houston Rockets keep rolling. Chris Paul scored 25 points as they beat the Thunder 122-112 in Oklahoma City for their 16th straight win. Houston became the first team to get to 50 wins this season, matched by Golden State later in the night. The Rockets remain a half-game ahead of the Warriors for the Western Conference lead.

>>Cavs’ Love Admits He Had Panic Attack

(Cleveland, OH) — Cavaliers star Kevin Love isn’t hiding from his mental health issues. Love admitted in a piece for The Players’ Tribune that he had a panic attack during a November 5th loss to Atlanta that led to him going to the hospital with stomach pain and shortness of breath. ESPN reports Love had another panic attack in January that had not been revealed.

>>Steelers Franchise Tag RB Bell Again

(Pittsburgh, PA) — Le’Veon Bell is going to have to make a decision. The Steelers placed the franchise tag on their star running back for the second straight season. If Bell signs the tender, he’ll earn 14.5-million dollars next season. Pittsburgh has until July 16th to agree to long-term deal with Bell, who previously said he didn’t want to play 2018 under the tag.

>>NFL Referees Hochuli, Triplette Retiring

(New York, NY) — The NFL is losing two of its most noted referees. Ed Hochuli [[ HOCK-yoo-lee ]] and Jeff Triplette are both retiring. Hochuli joined the NFL in 1990 as a back judge and was promoted to referee in 1992. His son, Shawn, will be promoted from back judge to replace him. Triplette first started in the NFL in 1996 and had been a referee since 1999.

>>Report: Memphis Could Fire Smith For Hardaway

(Memphis, TN) — Memphis basketball could be bringing back a familiar face to take over the program. CBS Sports reports Memphis is thinking about firing head coach Tubby Smith and having Anfernee Hardaway replace him. “Penny” played for the Tigers from 1991-to-1993 and was a four-time NBA All-Star. He currently coaches East High School in Memphis.


Philadelphia 76ers 128, Charlotte Hornets 114
Toronto Raptors 106, Atlanta Hawks 90
Washington Wizards 117, Miami Heat 113 (OT)
Houston Rockets 122, Oklahoma City Thunder 112
Dallas Mavericks 118, Denver Nuggets 107
Portland Trail Blazers 111, New York Knicks 87
New Orleans Pelicans 121, LA Clippers 116
Golden State Warriors 114, Brooklyn Nets 101

Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Vegas Golden Knights 1
Winnipeg Jets 3, New York Rangers 0
New Jersey Devils 6, Montreal Canadiens 4
Boston Bruins 6, Detroit Red Wings 5 (OT)
Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Florida Panthers 4 (OT)
Minnesota Wild 6, Carolina Hurricanes 2
Nashville Predators 2, Dallas Stars 0
Chicago Blackhawks 2, Colorado Avalanche 1 (OT)
Anaheim Ducks 4, Washington Capitals 0

MLB Grapefruit League
Boston Red Sox 9, Tampa Bay Rays 1
St. Louis Cardinals 4, Miami Marlins 4
Houston Astros (ss) 10, Washington Nationals 5
Minnesota Twins 9, Boston Red Sox 8
New York Yankees 7, Detroit Tigers 2
Atlanta Braves 5, Toronto Blue Jays 1
New York Mets 9, Houston Astros (ss) 5

MLB Cactus League
Cincinnati Reds 7, Cleveland Indians 6
Chicago Cubs 9, Los Angeles Dodgers 5
Oakland Athletics 5, Texas Rangers 3
Chicago White Sox 6, Milwaukee Brewers 4
Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Los Angeles Angels 4
San Diego Padres 5, Kansas City Royals 4
Colorado Rockies 3, Seattle Mariners 2

Top-25 Men’s Basketball (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
#6 Gonzaga Bulldogs 74, BYU Cougars 54 (West Coast Conference Championship at Las Vegas, NV)

>>WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

7:00 p.m. – Utah Jazz at Indiana Pacers
8:00 p.m. – Houston Rockets at Milwaukee Bucks
8:00 p.m. – Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons
8:00 p.m. – Memphis Grizzlies at Chicago Bulls
10:00 p.m. – New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings
10:30 p.m. – Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Lakers
10:30 p.m. – Cleveland Cavaliers at Denver Nuggets

7:30 p.m. – Calgary Flames at Buffalo Sabres
8:00 p.m. – Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers
10:00 p.m. – Arizona Coyotes at Vancouver Canucks

MLB Grapefruit League
1:05 p.m. – Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays
1:05 p.m. – Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals
1:05 p.m. – Boston Red Sox (ss) at Philadelphia Phillies
1:05 p.m. – Miami Marlins at Houston Astros
1:05 p.m. – Toronto Blue Jays (ss) at Detroit Tigers
1:05 p.m. – Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox (ss)
1:07 p.m. – Pittsburgh Pirates at Toronto Blue Jays (ss)
1:10 p.m. – New York Yankees at New York Mets

MLB Cactus League
3:05 p.m. – San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants
3:05 p.m. – Milwaukee Brewers at Kansas City Royals
3:05 p.m. – Cincinnati Reds at Chicago White Sox
3:10 p.m. – Texas Rangers at Colorado Rockies
3:10 p.m. – Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels
8:05 p.m. – Chicago Cubs at Cleveland Indians
8:40 p.m. – Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners

Top-25 Men’s Basketball (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
9:00 p.m. – #12 North Carolina Tar Heels vs Syracuse Orange (ACC Tournament at Brooklyn, NY)

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