WACO, Texas (AP) — Johnathan Motley had 21 points with 16 rebounds and No. 9 Baylor ended a two-game slide with a 60-54 victory over Oklahoma last night to remain tied for second place with No. 12 West Virginia and Iowa State in the Big 12. Baylor held on despite not making a field goal in the last 6 minutes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 19-39 Los Angeles Lakers will have a new look in the front office when they resume play after the All-Star break. Luke Walton remains coach but Magic Johnson is now running the basketball side of things as new president of basketball operations. General manager Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss, who had been the Lakers’ executive vice president of basketball operations, were sacked yesterday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lou Williams, who had been the Lakers’ leading scorer at 18.6 points a game, won’t be a part of the new Lakers look under Magic Johnson. Williams was traded to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer and a future draft pick yesterday.
UNDATED (AP) — One more night off from the seven-day NBA All-Star break before action resumes in the stretch run for the playoffs. The Cleveland Cavaliers start their final 27-game part of the regular season by hosting the lowly New York Knicks in one of six games on the NBA schedule Thursday night.
PHOENIX (AP) — Major League Baseball intends to give the players’ association the required one-year advance notice that would allow management to unilaterally change the strike zone, install pitch clocks and limit trips to the pitcher’s mound starting in 2018. Under baseball’s labor contract, management can alter playing rules only with agreement from the union — unless it gives one year’s notice. With the one year of notice, management can make changes on its own.