Clippers beat Nets … Kobe gets an Oscar … Iditarod has begun

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Austin Rivers scored 27 points and Tobias Harris added 26 as the Los Angeles Clippers rallied for a 123-120 victory over Brooklyn, handing the Nets their ninth consecutive road loss. Rivers hit a go-head 3-pointer with 33.5 seconds left, Lou Williams completed his 21 points with a 15-foot jumper with 8.9 seconds left and rookie Sindarius Thornwell blocked Joe Harris’ 3-point attempt before the buzzer to seal the victory. Caris LeVert led the Nets with 27 points.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant is a winner in retirement, too. The former Los Angeles Lakers star won an Oscar in the animated short category for “Dear Basketball,” a poem he wrote after ending his 20-year career on the court in 2016. He’ll add it to an already jammed trophy collection that includes five NBA championships with the Lakers, two Olympic gold medals, NBA Finals most valuable player awards, a league MVP award and four All-Star game MVP awards.

WILLOW, Alaska (AP) — Mushers and dogs are off and running as Alaska’s Iditarod begins following a trying year for the annual sled dog race. Cody Strathe of Fairbanks and his 16-dog team were the first to take off Sunday. They’re among 67 teams signed up for this year’s long-distance trek. The winner is expected to reach the finish in about nine days. The race is taking place after organizers spent much of the year dealing with problems including a champion’s dog doping scandal.

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — A former NASCAR driver has been arrested on a federal charge of trying to entice a minor into sex. The Orlando Sentinel reports that 59-year-old Rick Crawford was arrested Thursday in Lake Mary after he had been communicating about sex with an undercover sheriff’s deputy posing as a 12-year-old girl. Crawford told investigators he didn’t believe the girl was 12 and would not have followed through with sex if she turned out to be underage. Crawford raced in the NASCAR truck-series from 1997 to 2013.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police have been searching for suspended Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith, who authorities say is suspected of domestic violence. San Francisco police say someone called 911 to report a domestic violence incident at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and that Smith fled the city home before officers arrived. Police say the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.

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