Friday's Sports In BriefBy The Associated Press , Associated Press
Apr. 13, 2013 4:03 AM ET
LOS ANGELES (AP) — PRO BASKETBALL
Kobe Bryant pushed his fraying body and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates relentlessly through the second half of a vital game until he felt a searing pain in his left heel.
Bryant's Achilles' tendon apparently is torn. His season likely is over.
And though the Lakers held on to beat Golden State, Bryant thinks they'll have to continue their playoff chase without their leader.
Bryant scored 34 points while playing much of the second half in obvious pain with an injured left leg, eventually leaving with 3:06 to play in the Lakers' 118-116 win over the Warriors on Friday night.
Bryant hyperextended his left knee early in the half, but didn't come out while the Lakers chased a victory that kept them one game ahead of Utah for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Bryant then hurt himself seriously on a relatively innocent drive to the hoop, altering the Lakers' season and possibly changing NBA history.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA fined Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant $25,000 for making a "menacing gesture," when he pretended to slice his throat after throwing down a big dunk during the Thunder's victory against the Golden State Warriors.
The play that led to Durant's costly celebration occurred with about 1:45 left in the second quarter of Oklahoma City's 116-97 win at Golden State.
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook blocked Stephen Curry's layup, and Durant corralled the ball and went in for a soaring dunk at the other end of the court. He then made throat-slashing gesture and crossed his hands in prayer.
"Kill 'em and pray for 'em after the game," Durant said.
"It's nothing against the team I'm playing against," Durant added. "Come out with a mindset and be friends after the game."
Durant apologized before Friday night's 106-90 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
SEATTLE (AP) — NBA Commissioner David Stern said the sale of the Sacramento Kings would not become a bidding war.
Chris Hansen and the group seeking to purchase the Kings and move them to Seattle is making moves that prove otherwise.
The Seattle group led by Hansen and Microsoft Chairman Steve Ballmer announced they had reached agreement with the Maloof family to raise the purchase price of the Kings by $25 million to an NBA-record $550 million.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs waived forward Stephen Jackson on Friday, a surprising end to his second stint with the team.
The 13-year NBA veteran averaged 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 19.5 minutes in 55 games this season, but the Spurs decided to move on without him even as they battle a number of injuries.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The 14-year-old from China isn't going anywhere in a hurry. And this Masters is still a long way from taking shape.
Despite being the first player at Augusta National to get hit with a one-shot penalty for slow play, teen sensation Guan Tianlang still made history as the youngest player to make the cut in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event.
And it came down to the last shot of a wild and windy day.
Jason Day could have sent the kid home early with a birdie from just off the front of the green on the 18th hole. But the Australian was wide left and tapped in for par, giving him a 4-under 68 and a one-shot lead over fellow Aussie Marc Leishman and the ageless Fred Couples.
The par meant that Guan, who had one shot added to his score on the 17th hole for his second bad time of the round — made the cut under the 10-shot rule.
Day was at 6-under 138, and 18 players were within four shots of the lead, including Tiger Woods.
Woods moved into a share of the lead with a two-putt birdie on the eighth hole, and his game looked to be as sharp as ever — perhaps too sharp. Right when it looked like he might take the outright lead, Woods hit a lob wedge that was so perfect it hit the flag on the par-5 15th and caromed backward off the green and into the water. Instead of having a short birdie putt, he had to scramble to save bogey.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Zack Greinke's pitch sailed up and into Carlos Quentin's upper left arm, and it was on.
Now the Dodgers will be without their $147 million pitcher for at least eight weeks and Quentin was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball, pending an appeal, because of baseball culture and its fuzzy, unspoken guidelines on just when and how it's OK to bean someone.
After Quentin got hit, the San Diego Padres' slugger took a few steps onto the grass. When Greinke, Los Angeles' prize offseason signing, appeared to say something, Quentin tossed his bat aside and rushed the mound.
Quentin and Greinke ended up at the bottom of a huge scrum as players from both sides ran onto the field and jumped in Thursday night.
Greinke took the brunt of the blow, breaking his left collarbone and inciting a fight that didn't even end when the game was over. The Dodgers said Greinke will undergo surgery on Saturday to have a rod inserted into the collarbone.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The best-case scenario is that the left ankle that helps to make Jose Reyes dynamic on the base paths is merely sprained, and that the Blue Jays' star will be back in about four weeks.
Then there's the possibility that everybody in the organization is dreading.
"The other scenario could be three months, or if something comes up we're not expecting, it could be more than that," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said late Friday night.
Reyes hurt the ankle in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals when he couldn't decide whether to slide or go in standing up on a stolen base attempt. Reyes decided late to slide into second base, and his left ankle twisted gruesomely beneath him as he slid over the bag.
The speedster screamed out in pain as he rolled around on the infield dirt, and then pulled his blue jersey over his face as trainers from both dugouts rushed onto the field.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z is applying to become a baseball agent.
The Major League Baseball Players Association said the rapper's application to be certified was received a day earlier.
Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports announced last week they were partnering in the agency business, and Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was the first client. CAA's Brodie Van Wagenen replaced Scott Boras as Cano's listed agent.
NEW YORK (AP) — Robinson Cano jumped up after applying the tag that completed a triple play and thrust his arms above his head. Kevin Youkilis grinned broadly and slapped as many hands as he could. Jayson Nix and Lyle Overbay high-fiving each other, too.
The New York Yankees' makeshift infield was having triple the fun, turning a triple play at home for the first time in 45 years in a 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The NCAA's enforcement staff agreed to strike at least some of former Miami quarterback Kyle Wright's testimony from its case against the Hurricanes, a person with knowledge of the move told The Associated Press.
In its response to Miami's motion that was filed two weeks ago asking for the case to be brought to an immediate end, the NCAA's investigative arm said it would remove some of Wright's testimony "in an abundance of caution" according to the person, who spoke with AP on condition of anonymity because neither the association nor the Hurricanes authorized the move to be revealed publicly.
It's a victory for Miami, though the size of that victory will only be known as the case continues. It's also unclear if the NCAA will drop all of Wright's testimony, or just a portion.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kyle Busch raced to his third consecutive NASCAR Nationwide victory this season and his sixth overall at Texas, leading the 91 of 200 laps Friday night.
Busch is the first six-time winner in the series at the 1½-mile, high-banked Texas track.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trey Burke of national runner-up Michigan won the John R. Wooden Award, completing the sophomore guard's sweep of the major player of the year awards.
Brittney Griner of Baylor won the women's award for the second consecutive year.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Forward Drew LeBlanc of St. Cloud State won the Hobey Baker Award, given to the nation's top college hockey player.
LeBlanc, who helped to lead the Huskies to an appearance in the Frozen Four, becomes the first member of the St. Cloud State program to ever win the coveted award, which was handed out Friday night.