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Lasorda reunites with Massimino at Northwood graduation

By Matt Lincoln/CBS 12
 
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -  Tommy Lasorda has been a leader of men for decades with the Dodgers.
     That history was why Northwood wanted him to motivate its 2014 graduating class Tuesday.
      Lasorda was the commencement speaker and also received an honorary degree from the school, his 11th honorary degree. The 86 year old has been taking advantage of these invitations to speak to young people all over the country.
      And it doesn't hurt when one of your good friends is the basketball coach - Lasorda and Rollie Massimino go back almost 40 years and there's a mutual respect between the coaching legends.
      Lasorda also said Tuesday that he misses Dodgertown.. and wishes his team still had their spring training in Vero Beach.Lasorda reunites with Massimino at Northwood graduation

Wednesday, May 7 2014, 10:46 AM EDT

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NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors tasted defeat last night for just the seventh time in 43 games.

Chicago put an end to the Warriors' team-record 19-game home winning streak by beating Golden State 113-111 on Derrick Rose's jumper with seven seconds left in overtime. Rose finished with 30 points and Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL') added 18 and 16 rebounds as the Bulls dropped the Warriors' NBA-leading record to 36-7.

Klay Thompson scored a team-high 30 points for the Warriors but missed a shot as time expired.

Also in the NBA:

-- Zach Randolph had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies past the Mavericks 109-90 in Dallas. Marc Gasol added 15 points and a game-high six assists as the Grizzlies earned their fourth straight win and improved to 8-1 in their last nine.

-- Toronto beat Indiana 104-91 as DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points and Kyle Lowry added 19. The Atlantic Division-leading Raptors claimed their third straight win and improved to 30-15, a team record for victories before the All-Star break.

-- Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 38 points and LeBron James had 32 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their seventh straight win, 103-95 against Detroit. Irving and James combined to produce 24 of the Cavaliers' 39 baskets and 70 percent of the team's points.

-- The Los Angeles Lakers earned their ninth straight loss by blowing a 19-point lead in a 98-92 victory by Washington. John Wall had 21 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds in the Wizards' fifth consecutive win over the Lakers.

-- Brandon Knight had 17 points and six assists to lead Milwaukee's balanced attack in a 109-102 triumph at Miami. Khris Middleton also had 17 points and Jerryd Bayless had 15 for the Bucks, who had seven players with at least 10.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-VANDY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A jury has convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players of raping a former student. The jury deliberated for three hours before rejecting claims that Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack. They face decades in prison when they are sentenced March 6.

SUPER BOWL

PHOENIX (AP) -- Super Bowl media day offered little in the way of substance as the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots fielded questions in Phoenix.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick (BEHL'-ih-chik) and quarterback Tom Brady didn't comment much on all the controversy surrounding the team and deflated footballs, saying the topic will not be part of the teams mindset. Both coach and player stressed the team is focused on one thing, the NFC champion Seahawks.

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch took part in the festivities for five minutes. He set a timer on his phone, caught a bag of Skittles tossed from the crowd and stopped to pick up a reporter's recorder off the floor before he walked away.

NFL-COACHES

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Former Cleveland Browns' coach Rob Chudzinski has been named associate head coach to assist Chuck Pagano (puh-GAH'-noh) with the Colts. Chudzinski was hired last year as a special assistant to Pagano after one season as Cleveland's head coach.

TOP 25 MEN'S BASKETBALL

UNDATED (AP) -- Virginia Commonwealth was the highest-ranked men's basketball team in action Tuesday, and the Rams had little trouble picking up their 12th consecutive victory.

Freshman Terry Larrier scored 15 points and 14th-ranked VCU pulled away with a 16-2 run early in the second half to thump George Washington 72-48. The Rams won easily despite getting just 15 points combined from leading scorer Treveon Graham and Melvin Johnson.

VCU took control while the Colonials made just one field goal in the final 10:50 of the first half.

In other top-25 action:

-- Tarik Phillip matched a career-high 12 points and No. 17 West Virginia improved to 17-3 by beating Kansas State 65-59. The Mountaineers forced 25 turnovers and held the Wildcats to 36 percent from the field.

-- Oklahoma State knocked off No. 20 Baylor 64-53 behind Phil Forte's four 3-pointers and 16 points. Le'Bryan Nash chipped in 13 points as the Cowboys dropped the Bears to 3-4 in the Big 12.

-- Myles Davis scored 19 points and Xavier kept No. 21 Georgetown without a field goal for more than 11 minutes in the first half of a 66-53 triumph over the Hoyas. Davis went 6-for-9 from the field, including back-to-back 3-pointers to cap an 18-4 run.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Islanders own a share of the NHL's Eastern Conference lead following another victory against their bitter rivals.

The Islanders are 3-0 against the Rangers this season after Jaroslav Halak (YAH'-roh-slahv hah-LAHK') turned back 40 shots in a 4-1 victory at Nassau Coliseum. Halak was seconds away from his second straight shutout of the Blueshirts until Carl Hagelin beat him with 8.1 seconds left. Mikhail Grabovski, Matt Martin, Ryan Strome (strohm) and John Tavares did the scoring in the Islanders' sixth victory in seven games.

The Isles now sit one point ahead of Tampa Bay in the East and remain three points in front of Pittsburgh for the Metropolitan Division lead.

Detroit is the other Eastern Conference co-leader following a 5-4 victory over Florida. Luke Glendening tallied twice while the Red Wings scored four consecutive goals in the second period of their sixth straight win.

The Lightning owned the East lead until Justin Faulk and Eric Staal each had a goal and an assist in Carolina's 4-2 win over Tampa Bay. Staal and Nathan Gerbe (GUR'-bee) scored to put the Hurricanes ahead 2-0 just over six minutes into the game.

Pittsburgh trailed 3-2 until David Perron (peh-RAHN') and Brandon Sutter scored power-play goals in the third period of the Penguins' 5-3 triumph over Winnipeg. Kris Letang (leh-TANG') had a career-high five assists in the Pens' first victory in five games.

Elsewhere on ice:

-- Anaheim kept its three-point lead over Nashville atop the Western Conference by earning its sixth straight win, blanking Vancouver 4-0. Rickard Rakell (REEE-kahrd rah-KEHL') had a goal and an assist to back Frederick Andersen, who stopped just 17 shots in his third shutout of the season.

-- Craig Smith scored 2:46 into overtime to give the Predators a 4-3 win over Colorado and a five-point lead over St. Louis and Chicago in the Central Division. Rookie Filip Forsberg notched his 16th goal of the season and Mike Ribeiro (rih-BEHR'-oh) had three assists as the Predators halted a two-game skid.

-- Montreal is just two points off the East lead after Carey Price stopped 39 shots in the Canadiens' third straight win, 3-2 against Dallas. Brendan Gallagher's power-play goal put the Habs ahead 3-1 early in the second period.

-- Washington absorbed its fourth consecutive loss as Cam Atkinson and Fedor Tyutin (FEH'-dur TOO'-tihn) each had a goal and an assist in the Blue Jackets' 4-3 triumph over the Capitals in Columbus. Mark Letestu (leh-TES'-too) and Ryan Johansen also tallied in the Blue Jackets' third victory in four games.

-- Calgary has a firmer grasp of the final Western Conference playoff berth after Johnny Gaudreau (GOO'-droh) scored twice in a 4-1 victory against Buffalo. Joe Colborn had a goal and an assist in the third period to help the Flames move three points ahead of the ninth-place Kings.

-- Wayne Simmonds scored once in regulation before delivering the lone shootout goal in Philadelphia's 4-3 comeback win against Arizona.

-- Minnesota beat Edmonton 2-1 on Charlie Coyle's goal with 4:23 remaining.

NHL-BLUES

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Martin Brodeur (mahr-TAN' broh-DOOR') has made his final NHL save. The NHL's all-time leader in wins and shutouts by a goaltender will formally announce his retirement at a news conference Thursday and discuss his new front office position with the St. Louis Blues.

Brodeur wrapped up a 22-year career with St. Louis after signing as a free agent on Dec. 2. He was 3-3-0, with his final victory coming in a 3-0 shutout over Colorado on Dec. 29.

He spent his first 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils, winning three Stanley Cups and four Vezina (VEH'-zih-nah) trophies as the league's top netminder.

The Montreal native was 691-397-176 with a 2.24 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and 125 shutouts in 1,266 career appearances.

NHL-KINGS-RICHARDS

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings have assigned underperforming center Mike Richards to their AHL affiliate in Manchester after he cleared waivers. The 29-year-old Richards has scored just five goals and 15 points in 47 games this season. He has five years remaining on a 12-year, $69 million contract.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- One Williams sister won her quarterfinal match at the Australian Open, while another lost.

Serena Williams moved one step closer to her 19th Grand Slam title by beating Dominika Cibulkova (see-bul-KOH'-vah) 6-2, 6-2 in 65 minutes. Williams has won the tournament each time she has advanced to the semifinals.

Venus Williams was a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 loser against fellow American Madison Keys. Williams was ahead 3-1 in the final set before Keys broke serve three times in a row to close out the match.

Defending men's champion and fourth seed Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRIN'-kah) advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 win over U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori (nee-shee-KOHR'-ee). The fifth-seeded Nishikori saved five match points before Wawrinka fired his 20th ace to close out the match.

In the later match, the top seed won through. Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) reached his 25th Grand Slam semifinal by beating No. 8 Milos Raonic, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2. He cruised through his quarterfinal without ever facing a break point by his 24-year-old opponent, a rising Canadian star known for having one of the biggest serves in the game.

Djokovic faces Wawrinka in the semifinals.

MLB-CONTRACTS

UNDATED (AP) -- The American League champion Royals and outfielder Jarrod Dyson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $1,225,000.

The former 50th-round amateur draft pick stole a career-high 36 bases and hit .269 with one homer and 24 RBIs in 290 plate appearances last season.

And San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $3,175,000. Crawford batted .246 with 10 homers and 69 RBIs last season, helping the Giants win the World Series for the second time in three years since Crawford became the starting shortstop.

NASCAR-STEWART

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Walking without a limp for the first time in 18 months, Tony Stewart declared himself pain-free and never more eager to start a season.

After a tumultuous two seasons that affected him both physically and mentally, the three-time NASCAR champion said his troubles are behind him and he finally feels like the old Smoke again.

His chance to prove it begins next month at Daytona International Speedway. That's where Stewart will climb back into his No. 14 Chevrolet for the first time since November, when his 15-year winning streak in the Sprint Cup Series came to an end.

He failed to win a race last year for the first time since his 1999 rookie season.

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