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The Toronto Raptors have been playing great basketball of late and will try to keep it going tonight when they head to Quicken Loans Arena to face the Cleveland Cavaliers. Watch all the action unfold live on TSN or listen to it live on TSN Radio 1050 beginning at 7pm et/4pm pt. Raptors forward Amir Johnson (sprained ankle) participated in the shootaround and expects to play. The Raptors have won two straight and five of their last six. The only setback during that time was a home loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, but the Raps have dropped two of their last three on the road. Toronto had little trouble dispatching the Orlando Magic Sunday night, winning by a final of 105-90. Kyle Lowry didnt miss a shot in the game-altering third, scoring 17 of his 28 points in the frame. The Raptors won the period 36-24 to take command of the game. DeMar DeRozan provided 24 points, Terrence Ross added 16 and Amir Johnson had 12 for the Raptors, whose 52.3 percent efficiency from the field offset 24 turnovers. "We keep coming out sluggish and turn it on later," Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. "We just have to be able to do it for the whole 48 minutes." A Raptors win tonight would clinch a winning record for a third consecutive month, a feat that hasnt happened since 2007. The Cavs have dropped two in a row after a season-high six-game winning streak. Clevelands losing streak started in Toronto on Friday night when the Raps won by seven. On Monday, the Cavaliers fell to the hot Washington Wizards, 96-83 at home. Luol Deng scored 17 points and newly-acquired Spencer Hawes added 16 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for the Cavaliers, who had a three-game home winning streak snapped. Tristan Thompson also had a double-double in defeat with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Kyrie Irving donated 15 points in defeat. "There are so many things we have to figure out -- new pieces, guys missing -- but were not going to use that as an excuse. Time is of the essence right now, especially when we want to do something special here," Irving said. The Cavs have held their opponents under 100 points for seven straight games, the longest stretch since a seven-gamer over the first two weeks of March in 2010. The Raptors are 8-4 in their last 12 against the Cavaliers, but only 4-12 in their last 16 in Cleveland. Rafael Bush Saints Jersey . Chelsea led through Gary Cahills 60th-minute deflected shot but Sergio Aguero levelled the scores in the 78th with a penalty and Samir Nasri scored the winner seven minutes later following an exchange of passes with Carlos Tevez, who returned to action after six months away. Jairus Byrd Saints Jersey . The team said they will announce a corresponding roster move prior to their series opener on Tuesday night in Kansas City. It was an important win coming off a 2-5 road trip through American League East-rival cities Tampa Bay and Boston and because the Tigers are scheduled to pitch the nasty trifecta of Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander over the next three nights. Curtis Lofton Saints Jersey . -- For the final tournament at Sherwood Country Club, Tiger Woods seems intent on leaving a lasting impression. Kenyon Coleman Saints Jersey . – Mats Sundin was the captain. NORMAN, Okla. -- During Kansas shootaround on Wednesday before the Jayhawks faced Oklahoma, coach Bill Self told Wayne Selden Jr. that the freshman needed to be more aggressive on offence. Selden Jr. did what Self told him, scoring a career-high 24 points and going 5 of 10 from 3-point range, and No. 18 Kansas started Big 12 Conference play with a 90-83 win over Oklahoma. Kansas (10-4, 1-0) won its conference opener for the 23rd straight year, a streak that began with the 1991-92 season. Oklahoma, in January 1991, was the last team to beat the Jayhawks in a conference opener. "It was the confidence my teammates and coaches have in me," Selden Jr. said of his successful game. "I was out there just playing and not thinking. "Thats just Kansas basketball. Were trying to start off Big 12 play on the right foot, so we feel like weve got to go after all loose balls and weve got to pick up our defensive intensity. ... I know its tradition-rich and I just want to put forth my best effort and the team wants to put forth its best effort to keep it going." Perry Ellis had 22 points on 6-for-8 shooting and 11 rebounds, helping Kansas shoot 54.7 per cent from the field. After a 5-0 start, the Jayhawks lost four of its next eight and were coming off a 61-57 loss to San Diego State on Sunday that ended their 68-game home winning streak against nonconference foes. Kansas has won 11 of the last 12 matchups with Oklahoma. The Jayhawks latest win in the series could be especially important, considering the difficult stretch they face to start the Big 12 campaign. After Oklahoma, Kansas will host No. 25 Kansas State, visit No. 9 Iowa State, then host No. 11 Oklahoma State and No. 7 Baylor, all in succession. "Its going to be a monster," Self said. "Our league is great. When you think about OU and they go down and they win at Texas, and Texas wins at North Carolina. K-State is playing as well as anybody right now. Iowa State is obviously terrific, and Baylor. Weve probably been, nonconference-wise, one of the bigger disappointments in the league, based on our preseason expectations. I think its going to be a fabulous league." Cameron Clark had a career high-tying 32 points for Oklahoma (12-3, 1-1), which lost for the second time in three games. In losses to Louisiana Tech and Kansas, the Sooners gave up 102 and 90 points, respectively. "It is very frustrating," Clark said. "We just have to go back to the drawing board. It all starts on defence. We just have to come together as a group and figured out what it is we are not doing and get better at it." The annual visit to Lloyd Noble Center by the Jayhawks -- who have won or shared nine straight Big 12 titles -- drew fans including country music star Toby Keith, Oklahoma City Thunder chairman Clay Bennett, and Thundeer general manager Sam Presti.dddddddddddd Before the game, Oklahoma football player Sterling Shepard -- who scored two touchdowns in the Sooners win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl -- appeared in a video in which he said, "OK, basketball, we got our big win. Now its time to get yours." But the Sooners never really slowed Kansas and struggled to deal with the Jayhawks size advantage inside. Kansas had a 36-22 edge in rebounding and didnt seem bothered by a subpar game by Andrew Wiggins. The star freshman went 2 of 9 from the field and scored only nine points, only the second time this season he failed to reach double digits. "Kansas is awfully good and did a good job dictating a lot of it, for a majority of the minutes," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "I thought our guys battled hard. There were maybe a couple of stretches in there when we didnt quite compete like we have to against a club like that to have a chance that wed like to have." Kansas led 50-44 at halftime and two free throws by Joel Embild made it 74-62 with 10:39 left. Oklahoma stayed within striking distance and pulled within four points four times, the last time at 87-83 after a turnover by Wiggins and steal by Ryan Spangler led to a dunk by Buddy Hield with 39.9 seconds left. Naadir Tharpe made two free throws moments later to push Kansas lead to six points and, after Clark missed a 3 at the other end, Ellis made the back end of a two-shot free-throw opportunity to make it 90-83 with 29.2 seconds left. Wiggins blocked another 3-point attempt, by Frank Booker, and the Jayhawks eventually were able to run out the clock. Tharpe scored 17 points for Kansas on 5-for-7 shooting. Hield had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Sooners, while Tyler Neal and Jordan Woodard had 10 points each. Woodard got all his scoring at the free-throw line, going 10 for 10 as Oklahoma made 29 of 36. Kansas went 24 for 30 from the line. Kansas shot 64.3 per cent from the field in the first half, led by Selden Jr., who matched his previous career scoring high of 15 a little more than 8 minutes into the game. "We were a team that lacked confidence coming in, so it was nice to see a freshman step up and basically give us confidence early on, because thats about as well as weve executed half-court offence, probably, all year, in the first half," Self said. Kansas jumped to a 20-11 lead, but Oklahoma hung close thanks to 19-of-22 on free throws. With the score tied at 39 with 3:04 left before halftime, Wiggins was called for his second foul and Self protested, earning himself a technical foul. Oklahoma made all four subsequent free throws to go ahead. Foul trouble forced Self to dig deep into his bench and freshman Conner Frankamp hit a 3-pointer and a 2 in the final 1:13 to give Kansas the six-point halftime lead. ' ' '


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