LOS ANGELES (AP) — DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Chris Paul added 14 points and 12 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Phoenix Suns 126-101 last night for their franchise-record 50th win. Willie Green and Caron Butler scored 15 points each, and Blake Griffin had nine points, seven assists and five rebounds to help the Clippers end a three-game skid with their second-highest scoring total of the season. They improved to 50-26 overall.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes insist they're not giving up on the season despite trading three veteran players for a minor leaguer and two draft picks. Phoenix made three separate deals at trade deadline, sending Raffi Torres to San Jose, Matthew Lombardi to Anaheim and Steve Sullivan to New Jersey. All three forwards will become unrestricted free agents in the offseason and the prospects of re-signing them weren't good for a team being run by the NHL for the fourth year in a row.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The NFL has suspended Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington for the first four games of next season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The league announced the sanction yesterday. Washington made the Pro Bowl as an alternate last season. He led the Cardinals in 2012 with 140 tackles — 110 of them solo. He had nine sacks, 14 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, an interception, a fumble recovery and six passes defensed.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have acquired quarterback John Skelton off waivers from Arizona to compete for the job backing up Andy Dalton. Cincinnati has signed only one free agent from another club — quarterback Josh Johnson from Tampa Bay, who also will compete for the job. Skelton was a fifth-round pick from Fordham in 2010 who started 17 games in three seasons, including six last year. He has completed 53 percent of his passes for 3,707 yards with 15 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.