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Leonard repeats as NBA Defensive POY

SAN ANTONIO — For the second straight year, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Leonard received 547 points and 84 first-place votes from the voting panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters.

Vardy faces discipline for actions against West Ham

LEICESTER, England — Premier League leader Leicester Citywill be without striker Jamie Vardy for an extended period of time. Vardy has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour following his second-half dismissal against West Ham on Sunday, the Football Association has announced.

Iannetta avoiding another stagnant start

CLEVELAND — Any assessment of the Mariners at this point comes with the disclaimer heading of "small sample size." That includes veteran catcher Chris Iannetta and his .276 average.

Browner back with Seahawks to rejoin Legion of Boom

The Seattle Seahawks on Sunday officially announced they had agreed to terms with cornerback Brandon Browner, a founding member of the Legion of Boom who was part of the team’s Super Bowl XLVIII champion squad before playing the last two seasons with New England and New Orleans.

NFL concussions settlement upheld by appeals court

A federal appeals court Monday upheld a settlement that calls for monetary rewards estimated to reach nearly $1 billion for many former NFL players who have suffered concussions playing professional football and enhanced medical testing for current and future ones.

Romo ready for offseason program

DALLAS, Texas — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, less than six weeks removed from surgery on his left collarbone, has declared himself ready for the launch of the offseason program that begins Monday.

Curry questionable for Game 2 with ankle injury

OAKLAND, Calif. — Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry was listed as “questionable” by the Warriors for Monday’s Game Two after twisting his ankle during Golden State’s 104-78 win over Houston in their Western Conference playoffs opener on Saturday.

Rams land No. 1 pick in deal with Titans

LOS ANGELES — After shaking up the league landscape in January with a move from St. Louis, the Los Angeles Rams shook up the 2016 NFL draft on Thursday, acquiring the No. 1 overall pick from the Tennessee Titans in a blockbuster deal.

Kings officially fire Karl

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings fired coach George Karl one day after the franchise completed its 10th consecutive losing season.

Warriors earn record-setting 73rd victory

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors earned a National Basketball Association record-setting 73rd regular season victory on Wednesday with a 125-104 blowout win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Lakers’ Bryant scores 60 in swan song

LOS ANGELES ­— Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 60 points in his final career game ­— including 17 straight in the fourth quarter — and the Los Angeles Lakers used a late rally to defeat the Utah Jazz 101-96 on Wednesday at Staples Center.

Lee’s walkoff ends Mariner’s home skid

SEATTLE — Dae-Ho Lee smashed a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the 10th inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday afternoon.

Smith rear ended driver who fatally shot him

NEW ORLEANS — Surveillance video from a New Orleans restaurant appears to show a hit-and-run incident between two vehicles matching the descriptions of those driven by former Saints player Will Smith and Cardell Hayes minutes before Smith was shot and killed on Saturday.

Howard coordinating blood drive for Sager

MINNEAPOLIS — Houston Rockets star Dwight Howard is organizing a blood drive with his charitable D12 Foundation in honor of TNT reporter Craig Sager, who is battling acute myeloid leukemia.

Golden State eyes history today against Grizz

OAKLAND, Calif. — Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Golden State Warriors will try to make history with their 73rd win of the season. The Warriors will eclipse the 1995-96 record held by the Chicago Bulls if they beat a depleted Grizzlies team at home. The game can be seen on ESPN. In their respective 70-win campaigns, Steph Curry averaged a half point less than Michael Jordan, two more assists per game and a rebound less per game.
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Curry is your NBA MVP, and it’s not even close

It was going to be difficult for Stephen Curry to find a way to improve on his magical 2014-15 season, one in which he was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player and led the Golden State Warriors to their first championship in 40 years.