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John Isner hoping to make the most of Delray Beach Open

By John Evenson

The ATP World Tour will take over the the Delray Beach Tennis Open by the Venetian Las Vegas on Monday, and the # 1 player in the country, and the # 1 seed, John Isner says he's ready to get into the groove.

"I haven't really practices that much since the Australian Open," admits Isner, " so I'm just trying to get fit, just get the feel of putting hours on the court."

Isner says he loves player at Delray, an easy drive from his home in Tampa, and that he should be in for a challenge with the talent he'll be facing this week. Win or lose he says he's using the tournament to build for later in the year.

"I want to win this tournament, but if that doesn't happen so be it."John Isner hoping to make the most of Delray Beach Open

Monday, February 17 2014, 10:44 AM EST

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UNDATED (AP) ---- It took LeBron James exactly one bad game in his new uniform to step up his game. After struggling against the Knicks in his Cleveland debut, James poured in 36 points in leading the Cavaliers to a 114-108 overtime win at Chicago. James scored eight points in the OT.

Kevin Love, the other superstar who followed James to Cleveland over the summer, added 16 points and 16 rebounds.

Derrick Rose scored 20 points for Chicago, but his first meaningful home game in about a year was spoiled by a sprained left ankle and the dominant performance by the Cavaliers' megastar. Rose, sidelined for most of the past two seasons by knee injuries, came up hobbling in the first half and headed to the locker room in the fourth quarter.

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-- Steve Ballmer is 2-0 as new owner of the L.A. Clippers. Blake Griffin had 39 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the Clippers' 118-111 win over the 0-3 Lakers. The Clippers clinched it by making 16 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter. Kobe Bryant had 21 points and seven assists for the Lakers.

-- Zach Randolph scored 11 of his 22 points in the third quarter and added 13 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 97-89 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Marc Gasol (gah-SAWL') had 20 points and six rebounds. Mike Conley added 17 points for the Grizzlies, who are 2-0 for just the third time in franchise history.

-- O.J Mayo scored 10 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter and rookie Jabari Parker had 11 points and 10 rebounds in his Milwaukee debut to lead the Bucks to a 93-81 win over Philadelphia.

-- Rudy Gay scored 40 points -- one off his career high -- including a pair of key 3-pointers, and the Sacramento Kings surprised the Portland Trail Blazers 103-94.

-- Isaiah Thomas scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the Phoenix Suns beat the San Antonio Spurs 94-89.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State and shooting guard Klay Thompson have agreed to a four-year maximum contract extension worth about $70 million, a person with knowledge of the deal has told the Associated Press. The person says there is no opt out clause for either side in the new deal.

Thompson and the team had until the end of Friday to get a deal done or Thompson could become a restricted free agent next summer, when the Warriors would've had an opportunity to match any offer sheet he signed.

Thompson has become one of the NBA's top two-way guards since being drafted by the Warriors with the 11th overall pick in 2011.

In other NBA news:

-- Ricky Rubio is getting a four-year, $56 million contract extension from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rubio is in his fourth season with the Wolves since coming over from Spain in 2011. He has yet to make an All-Star team, but has become the face of the franchise after they traded Kevin Love this summer.

-- The Cavaliers have signed starting center Anderson Varejao (VAR-eh-zhow) to a contract extension. Terms of the deal were not immediately known. Varejao was in the final year of a six-year contract he signed in 2008. He was eligible to become a free agent this summer, but the Cavs decided to lock him up for a few more seasons.

-- Alec Burks has agreed to a new four-year, $42 million dollar contact with Utah. That's what a person with knowledge of the deal tells the Associated Press. The deal could be worth $45 million with incentives. He averaged 14.0 points and 3.3 rebounds and is off to a nice start this season with 16.5 points on 50 percent shooting in the Jazz's first two games.


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Nyquist had a pair of power-play goals. Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar also scored in a four-goal first period to help the Red Wings win their third straight at Joe Louis Arena.

Jimmy Howard made 28 saves between the pipes for Detroit.

In other hockey:

-- Toronto outscored Columbus 4-1. Phil Kessel scored his sixth goal of the season and added two assists.

--Nate Thompson scored 2:30 into overtime and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Dallas Stars 2-1.

-- Calgary edged Nashville 4-3. James Neal's power-play goal capped a three-goal third-period comeback for the Flames.


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Matt Kenseth took the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kenseth topped the eight drivers eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with a final-round lap of 199.299 miles per hour.

Jeff Gordon will be outside on the front as one of five Chase qualifiers starting in the top 10. The others are Kevin Harvick (fifth), Ryan Newman (seventh) and Joey Logano (10th). Logano won the April race at the Fort Worth track.

The Chase championship field will be cut from eight to four after the Phoenix event next week, with race winners earning spots in the Nov. 16 finale in Florida.


CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs have hired former Tampa Bay skipper Joe Maddon as their new manager. The move comes just hours after the team fired Rick Renteria, who went 73-89 in his only season on the job. Renteria has been offered another position with the club.

Maddon became available after he opted out of his contract with the Rays earlier this month. He had a 754-705 record in nine seasons in Tampa Bay, leading the club to four playoff appearances, two AL East titles and a five-game loss to Philadelphia in the 2008 World Series.

Maddon will be introduced at a news conference Monday.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people endured a steady drizzle to honor the World Series champ San Francisco Giants today. Clouds of orange, black and white confetti were shot from sidewalk cannons along the parade route as players waved, snapped photos and mugged for the roaring crowds from the top of double-decker buses. It was the third time in five years the team has celebrated a Series win along the now-familiar parade route.


UNDATED (AP) -- Reliever Joakim (WAH'-keem) Soria's $7 million option for 2015 has been picked up by the Detroit Tigers. He joined the team in July in a trade with Texas. Soria had 17 saves for the Rangers, then strained an oblique in August and pitched only 11 innings for the Tigers in the regular season.

Detroit also made $15.3 million qualifying offers to right-hander Max Scherzer and designated hitter Victor Martinez, well ahead of Monday's deadline. Detroit would receive draft-pick compensation if either of those free agent stars signs with another major league team before the amateur draft in June.

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-- Colorado has exercised the $2.25 million option for 2015 on closer LaTroy Hawkins. The 41-year-old right-hander was 4-3 with a 3.31 ERA and 23 saves in 26 chances for the Rockies this season.

-- Cleveland has exercised their $3.5 million option for next season on utilityman Mike Aviles (ah-VEE'-lihs). He hit .247 with 16 doubles, five homers and 39 RBIs in 113 games this season. Aviles played six positions, during the season.


UNDATED (AP) -- Kentucky is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 men's basketball poll for the second straight season. Kentucky received 52 first-place votes from the 65-member panel to become the fourth team to earn consecutive preseason No. 1s.

Arizona is No. 2 in the poll, receiving five first-place votes, with Wisconsin No. 3 getting eight first-place votes but 35 points less than Arizona in overall points. Rounding out the top five are Duke and Kansas. The second five are North Carolina, Florida, Louisville, Virginia and Texas.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- The University of Michigan is looking for an athletic director as Dave Brandon has resigned. He was under pressure as the football team is in the midst of a dismal season and there has been controversy over the school's handling of everything from its concussion protocol to student seating at games. Football coach Brady Hoke's future has been in doubt for a while thanks to his team's lack of progress.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Billy Hurley III made six birdies on his front nine en route to a 5-under 67 that gave him a two-shot lead after the second round of the PGA's CIMB Classic. Hurley matched his score from Thursday for a 10-under total of 134, two strokes ahead of fellow American Kevin Streelman in the jointly sanctioned PGA Tour and Asian Tour event.

A group of seven players was one stroke further back at 7 under, including defending champion Ryan Moore.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Jay Haas birdied four of the last six holes for an 8-under 62 and a four-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's Charles Schwab Cup Championship. First-round leader Tom Pernice (pur-NEES') Jr. was second after a 67 with Kenny Perry six shots off the lead.

The 60-year-old Haas won two weeks ago in North Carolina to become the 18th player to win a Champions Tour event at 60 or older. He has 17 victories on the 50-and-over tour after winning nine times on the PGA Tour.

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