Rockets down Spurs 104-98
HOUSTON (AP) - Chandler Parsons scored 21 points and Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones added 20 apiece to lift the Houston Rockets to a 104-98 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.
The victory gave No. 4 seed Houston home-court advantage in their first-round playoff series with Portland.
San Antonio used a big run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to go on top and was up by three later in the period when Houston scored eight straight to regain the lead, 95-90.
A layup by Jeff Ayres got the Spurs within four points before James Harden knocked down a long 2-pointer with less than a minute left to make it 100-94.
Marco Belinelli had 17 points to lead the Spurs, who limited the minutes of stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili with their top seed in the Western Conference playoffs already secure.
Mariners add run on replay, beat Rangers 7-1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Mike Zunino homered an inning before adding an RBI single in Seattle's strange six-run outburst that included three Texas Rangers errors and a replay reversal that gave the Mariners a run in their 7-1 victory Monday night.
Roenis Elias worked into the seventh inning with five strikeouts for his first major league victory in the left-hander's third career start.
The Mariners went ahead to stay in the fifth on Zunino's solo homer off Colby Lewis, who made his first big league start in 21 months after elbow and hip operations.
Seattle's six-run sixth got started when Robinson Cano hit a leadoff single and scored on Michael Saunders' triple to left-center - a ball that center fielder Leonys Martin bobbled without getting charged with an error. Kyle Seager followed with an RBI single that chased Lewis, and then things got interesting.
REPLAY DISPUTE-WASHINGTON EJECTED
Rangers manager ejected for replay dispute
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington was ejected from Monday night's game after disputing a ruling overturned by replay that gave the Seattle Mariners a run.
The Mariners had the bases loaded in the sixth when Brad Miller hit a comebacker to pitcher Pedro Figueroa, who threw home. Umpire Paul Schrieber initially ruled an out at the plate, even though catcher J.P. Arencibia bobbled the ball on a transfer without dropping it or making a throw.
Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon challenged the call. After a review that took 3 minutes, 31 seconds, the umpires reversed their ruling, erasing the out and giving Seattle a run.
Washington immediately came out to argue and was ejected by crew chief Ted Barrett after getting to the plate.
On Sunday night, Boston manager John Farrell became the first manager to be ejected for arguing a replay decision. Managers aren't allowed to dispute replay rulings.
Rangers designate McCutchen to make room for Lewis
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Rangers have designated right-hander Daniel McCutchen for assignment to make room on their roster for Colby Lewis.
McCutchen was cut before the series opener against Seattle on Monday night.
Texas selected Lewis' contract from Triple-A Round Rock. He had gone to major league spring training this year as a non-roster invitee.
Lewis has had elbow surgery and a unique hip procedure for a pitcher since last pitching the majors.
McCutchen allowed three runs in 2 1-3 innings in his only appearances for the Rangers this season. Texas has 10 days to trade or release him or to send him outright to the minor leagues.
Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre didn't want to go on DL
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Adrian Beltre was hoping to get back in the lineup for Texas Rangers this week before being told he was going on the disabled list because of a strained left quadriceps.
Beltre said Monday that he didn't agree with the team putting him on the disabled list a day earlier. The third baseman says he had no say in the decision, but also acknowledged it was probably a smart move.
He says he was ready to play Tuesday, a week after coming out of a game at Boston and returning home for an evaluation.
The DL move was retroactive to last Wednesday. The earliest he will be eligible to be activated is April 24, an off day for the Rangers.
Beltre managed hamstring issues while playing 161 games last season.
STEPHEN F AUSTIN-ARKANSAS
Arkansas hosts Stephen F. Austin in baseball
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas baseball team is set to open a nine-game homestand when the Razorbacks host Stephen F. Austin in college baseball.
UA and SFA will play a single game Tuesday at Baum Stadium starting at 6:35 p.m.
Arkansas has never lost to Stephen F. Austin, going 4-0 against the Lumberjacks.
Arkansas will host Vanderbilt in a three-game Southeastern Conference series this weekend in Fayetteville.
Midland-NW Arkansas Texas League game postponed
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - Monday night's Texas League baseball game between Northwest Arkansas and Midland was postponed because of cold weather.
Temperatures were expected to dip into the 30s by game-time, with wind chills in the mid-20s. The game will made up as part of a double-header Tuesday.
The first game Tuesday night between the Naturals and the RockHounds will start at 5:05 p.m. The first pitch of the second game will come 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1.
Both contests Tuesday are scheduled for seven innings.
Tickets for Tuesday's game will be good for both game. Tickets from Monday may be exchanged for an equal-value ticket for any regular season game, as long as tickets are available.
Former Houston coach Curl dies
HOUSTON (AP) - Former Houston women's basketball coach Joe Curl has died, the university announced Monday. He was 59.
The university said Curl died on Monday morning, but gave no further details on his death.
Curl was 193-167 in 12 seasons at Houston. His led the Cougars to the NCAA tournament in 2004 and 2005 and his wins are the most by a coach in school history.
He resigned after the 2010 season citing heart problems.
Curl was named The Associated Press coach of the year in 2004 after the Cougars won the Conference USA regular-season and tournament titles and picked up their first NCAA tournament win.
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