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Sports Report: Golden State Has Broken The Bulls' Win Record

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry juking player from Washington.

NBA:

It’s a new era for the NBA. The Golden State Warriors have set the NBA record for wins in a season, finishing 73-9 with a 125-104 rout of Memphis. Stephen Curry drained 10 3-pointers while scoring a game-high 46 points. The Warriors broke the previous victory mark of 72 set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

Kobe Bryant has ended his 20-year NBA career with a season-high, 60-point effort in the Los Angeles Lakers' 101-96 comeback win over the Utah Jazz. The Lakers trailed by 10 until Bryant scored 13 straight points in just over two minutes. The No. 3 scorer in NBA history ends his career with 33,643 regular-season points.

Elsewhere Boston beat Miami 98-88, Toronto won against Brooklyn 103-96, Washington topped Atlanta 109-98, Detroit bested Cleveland in overtime 112-110, Indian won against Milwaukee 97-92, Minnesota blasted New Orleans 144-109, Charlotte defeated Orlando 117-103, Chicago trumped Philadelphia 115-105, Houston beat Sacramento 116-81, San Antonio bested Dallas 116-81, Portland topped Denver 107-99, and Phoenix won against the Clippers 114-105.

A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman has been told he will not be back next season. With a team built around All-Star point guard John Wall, and a roster set up to make a bid for Kevin Durant as a free agent this offseason, Washington finished 41-41 and 10th in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards missed the playoffs after reaching the second round each of the previous two years.

NHL:

Last night also marked the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Pittsburgh beat the Rangers 5-2, St. Louis edged Chicago in overtime 1-0, and it was Tampa Bay over Detroit 3-2.

MLB:

In baseball, in the American League, Boston doubled up Baltimore 4-2 to hand the Orioles their first lost of the season. Toronto bested the Yankees 7-2, Seattle won against Texas 4-2 in 10 innings, the Angels beat Oakland 5-1, Cleveland topped Tampa Bay 4-1, the White Sox blanked Minnesota 3-0, and it was Kansas City over Houston 4-2.

In the National League, the Mets beat Miami 2-1, Washington shut out Atlanta 3-0, Philadelphia edged San Diego 2-1, the Cubs blasted Cincinnati 9-2, Milwaukee beat St. Louis 6-4, Colorado defeated San Francisco 10-6, and it was the Dodgers over Arizona 3-1.

In interleague play, Detroit beat Pittsburgh 7-3.

Nick Swisher has signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees, and is expected to join Triple-A Scranton today. The 35-year-old infielder/outfielder played for the Yankees from 2009 to 2012. He was released by Atlanta late in spring training. He's been slowed the past couple years by knee problems.

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom could be headed to the disabled list if he's unable to throw a bullpen session when he rejoins the team tomorrow in Cleveland. DeGrom left last Friday's home opener against Philadelphia after six innings because a muscle in his right side was tight.

Cardinals left-hander Marco Gonzales will have season-ending Tommy John surgery. The 22-year-old Gonzales injured his elbow in spring training after being limited to one start for the Cardinals last season because of shoulder problems. He was drafted by the Cardinals in the first round of the 2013 draft and went 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 games for St. Louis the following season.

In other injury news:

— The Red Sox hope Pablo Sandoval can get in better shape while he's on the disabled list due to a strained left shoulder. The third baseman lost his starting job late in spring training and is 0-for-6 with four strikeouts this season.

— Braves outfielder Hector Olivera has been placed on paid administrative leave by Major League Baseball after he was arrested and charged with assaulting a woman at a hotel outside Washington Wednesday morning. Police say officers were called to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City, where a woman with visible bruises reported that Olivera had assaulted her.

NFL:

The New England Patriots have released defensive lineman Dominique Easley, a first-round draft pick two years ago. New England cut the 24-year-old injury-prone Easley yesterday. His first two NFL seasons both ended on injured reserve.

MMA:

New York is expected to end its ban on professional mixed martial arts when Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs legislation to put the New York State Athletic Commission in charge of the sport.

A signing ceremony is scheduled Thursday at Madison Square Garden, a potentially lucrative venue for big promotions like Ultimate Fighting Championship, which wants to hold an event there late this year. The law takes effect in 120 days, giving the commission time to adopt regulations, train staff and begin licensing promoters and fighters.

The commission already regulates pro boxing. The law also brings amateur MMA, which has continued unregulated in New York, under state jurisdiction. The sport's violence drew opposition from some lawmakers. The law will require increases in medical coverage for professional fighters in New York.

NCAA:

Utah center Jakob Poeltl is giving up his final two years of eligibility to enter the NBA draft, where he is projected to be a lottery pick. Poeltl was named a second-team All-American and was the Pac-12 Player of the Year this season. He ranked second in the Pac-12 with 17.2 points per game, fourth with 9.1 rebounds per game and first with a 64.6 shooting percentage.

Waco, Texas, police say NFL prospect and former Baylor football player Shawn Oakman has been arrested on a charge of sexually assaulting a woman at his Texas apartment earlier this month. A woman told police that Oakman attacked her earlier this month after they met at a Waco nightclub. Oakman told investigating officers they had consensual sex. Oakman was suspended for the 2015 season opener for an unspecified rules violation. He told the Houston Chronicle in January that he had matured and was ready for the NFL.

Lynn Swann has been named Southern California's new athletic director. The former Trojans star receiver will succeed Pat Haden on July 1. Although Swann has no experience in high-level collegiate athletic administration, he is the third straight former USC football player to take the post.

Tennis:

Top-ranked and defending champ Novak Djokovic is out of the Monte Carlo Masters, beaten in the second round by to 55th-ranked Jiri Vesely 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. It's the first time in three years Djokovic has lost a second round match, and his first loss in a Masters-level event since August. Since then, he's won nine of 11 events, including two grand slams, four consecutive Masters titles, and the ATP Finals.

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