Duncan leads Spurs to 104-103 win over Rockets (Yahoo Sports)

The San Antonio Spurs hacked Josh Smith for most of the second half against the Houston Rockets on Friday night to keep the ball out of James Harden’s hands. Coach Gregg Popovich’s strategy worked. The Spurs held Harden to 16 points and got their 10th straight victory, 104-103, and a leg up in the playoff standings. Tim Duncan had 29 points and blocked Harden’s layup with 2.9 seconds left to

Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker entering NBA draft (Yahoo Sports)

Sam Dekker cooled off, as promised, after Wisconsin’s tough loss to Duke in the NCAA title game before making the most important decision yet of his young basketball career. The forward is skipping his senior season with the Badgers to enter the NBA draft. ”After lots of thoughts and prayers, I’ve decided that it is in my best interest to enter the NBA Draft at this time,” Dekker said Friday.

Owner: No guarantee Josh Hamilton plays for Angels again (Yahoo Sports)

Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno isn’t certain Josh Hamilton will play for the team again after his latest relapse into substance abuse. Moreno also said the outfielder’s contract contains language protecting the team against a relapse by Hamilton, apparently contradicting his previous statements. Moreno spoke briefly to reporters on the field at Angel Stadium before the club’s home opener against Kansas City on Friday night. When asked if Hamilton

Spieth defends five-shot lead at Masters

Jordan Spieth carried a five-stroke lead into Masters weekend on Saturday, aiming to convert two days of inspired golf into a first major title at the tender age of 21. The Texan has set Augusta National alight with two rounds that saw him record 15 birdies against just one bogey. He is firmly in a winning position, but remains aware that he still has much to do, as he learned

Jordan Spieth gets to 10 under at the Masters before lunch (Yahoo Sports)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — 11:17 a.m. Jordan Spieth is 10-under par at the Masters. The 21-year-old Texan stretched his lead to five strokes with an 18-foot birdie putt at the fifth hole. Just as important, Spieth is making all the testy, par-saving putts that can ruin your day at Augusta National. Tiger Woods started his day with a birdie at the first, getting back to even par for the tournament.