Campaign Coverage 2020

Suns win again...Mavs comeback...Cleveland's Francona back



LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Devin Booker scored 35 points, and the Phoenix Suns rolled past the Oklahoma City Thunder 128-101 to improve to 6-0 in the restart. The Suns entered the day just 1 1/2 games behind eighth-place Memphis and a game behind ninth-place Portland in the race to qualify for a spot in the Western Conference play-in series. Phoenix center Deandre Ayton sat out the first quarter because he missed his coronavirus test on Sunday. He tested negative on Monday, was cleared and gave Phoenix a boost when he entered the game at the beginning of the second quarter.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The short-handed Dallas Mavericks rallied from a 22-point deficit in the second half to stun the Utah Jazz 122-114 on Monday. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Mavericks with 27 points and Seth Curry added 22. Boban Majanovic had 20 points and nine rebounds. It was the biggest comeback for the Mavericks since 2016. The win means Dallas still has a slim shot at earning the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Dallas won despite playing without stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, who were both resting because of nagging injuries. Utah was led by Jordan Clarkson’s 18 points.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss the Milwaukee Bucks’ game Monday with the Toronto Raptors after undergoing oral surgery. Bucks coach Mike Budehnolzer said Monday it was uncertain whether Antetokounmpo would play in the team’s final two seeding games Tuesday against the Washington Wizards and Thursday against the Memphis Grizzlies. Budenholzer said NBA protocols dealing with dental issues enabled Antetokounmpo to get treatment without having to spend any time in quarantine afterward. The Bucks already have clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for a second straight season.

CLEVELAND (AP) ¬ — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will return to the team Tuesday after missing more than a week so he could rest while dealing with a gastrointestinal condition. The team says Francona will be in the dugout when the Indians open a two-game home series against the Chicago Cubs. Francona has missed Cleveland’s past eight games with the gastrointestinal issue, which has bothered him since spring training.

UNDATED (AP) — President Donald Trump joined a U.S. senator and a number of coaches hoping to save the college football season from a pandemic-forced shutdown. There was speculation the Big Ten and the Pac-12 might call off their seasons. Old Dominion canceled fall sports and became the first school in the Bowl Subdivison to break from its league in doing so; the rest of Conference USA was going forward with plans to play. The powerful Southeastern Conference made clear it was not yet ready to shutter its fall season.

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