Thursday's Sports in Brief

Monty Williams urged forgiveness in an emotional eulogy at the funeral of his wife Ingrid in Oklahoma City, where a contingent of NBA coaches and players attended in support.

Williams' wife died Feb. 10 from injuries sustained a day earlier in an accident when her car was struck head-on by an SUV that crossed the center line after losing control. The other driver, 52-year-old Susannah Donaldson, also died.

Williams said that while everybody is praying for him and his family, ''let's not forget there were two people in this situation, and that family needs prayer as well. … We hold no ill will toward the Donaldson family.''

Williams said his wife is where ''we all need to be, and I'm envious of that. But I got five crumb snatchers to deal with,'' he said, referring to his children and drawing laughter from the mourners.

UNDATED – Jeff Green could give the Clippers a better shot in the West and Markieff Morris might strengthen a Wizards playoff push in the East.

Still, the possibilities were more interesting than the realities of the NBA's trade deadline.

There were no deals involving Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, Pau Gasol, Al Horford, or any other All-Star caliber player whose named was floated in recent days.

Major moves will wait for the summer, when a soaring salary cap and a strong free agent class could provide the fireworks that never materialized.

Among the moves that did happen: The Clippers re-united Green with Doc Rivers in a deal that sent Lance Stephenson and a future first-round pick to the Grizzlies, the Wizards gave up a first-round pick and forwards Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair for Morris and the Cavaliers sent Anderson Varejao and got Channing Frye from Orlando.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn's men's basketball team did not report a third consecutive perfect academic progress rate to the NCAA, but the numbers for the last academic year are well within the national guidelines, which measure a school's ability to keep athletes on track to graduate.

The APR for the 2014-15 school year does not become official until the NCAA releases its national report in the spring, but The Associated Press obtained the numbers from UConn this week after submitting an open records request.

The men's team recorded an APR of 957 out of 1,000 for the year, reflecting the transfer of basketball player Rakim Lubin after last season. The program must maintain a four-year APR average of 930 to remain eligible for next year's NCAA Tournament. The team's four year score is 978.

The football team scored a 990, raising its four-year average to 969. The women's basketball team had a 980 and a four-year score of 983.

BASEBALL

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – David Price made his first big-money throws of spring training as Boston's prized offseason acquisition, while new Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke began Day 1 with his new club by drilling on the basics of covering first base.

Johnny Cueto showed off some orange-tinted dreadlocks beneath his off-kilter cap that will fit in perfectly with his new San Francisco Giants colors. His former team, the World Series champion Kansas City Royals, arrived in the desert and were set to get started Friday.

From Arizona to Florida, that familiar sound of baseballs snapping into gloves returned as many clubs held their first spring training workouts for pitchers and catchers that signaled the true start of a new year. In the greater Phoenix area, a cooling cloud cover provided a respite from the unseasonably warm 90-degree temperatures.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman said he would appeal if he is suspended by Major League Baseball under the sport's new domestic violence policy.

Florida prosecutors decided not to file charges against Chapman, whose girlfriend told officers he pushed her, put his hands around her neck and choked her during an argument in October. Broward Assistant State Attorney Stefanie Newman wrote conflicting accounts and insufficient evidence made a conviction unlikely.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said he hopes to have a decision by opening day.

''It's something out of my hands,'' Chapman said through a translator after Yankees pitchers and catchers reported for spring training. ''It's something I can't really talk about. We've got to wait to see what happens.''

BOXING

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Boxing star Manny Pacquiao said that he respects Nike's decision to sever ties with him over his comments about gay relationships but stood pat on his opposition to same-sex marriage and added he's happy that ''a lot of people were alarmed by the truth.''

The American apparel giant said Wednesday that it will no longer have any business dealings with the Filipino boxing champion, adding that it found his comments ''abhorrent.'' Nike says it strongly opposes any kind of discrimination.

''Whatever decision Nike makes is its decision and I respect that and its sponsorship of me now only involves my clothes for my fight,'' Pacquiao told reporters during a break in his training for an April 9 bout with Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas.

''Our contract has already ended aside from sponsoring the boxing,'' he said.

The Bible-quoting Pacquiao, 37, has become an active Christian in recent years and has publicly declared his opposition to same-sex unions. When he was asked by a local TV network as a Senate candidate about his views on same-sex marriages, Pacquiao came under fire for his curt reply.

''It's just common sense,'' Pacquiao said in the remarks posted online by the TV5 network earlier this week.