Nuggets steal a win...Grizzlies rally to beat Sixers...Warriors end slide
UNDATED (AP) — The Denver Nuggets stretched their winning streak to four games and improved to 17-3 at home by winning a thriller against Indiana.
Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH'-lah) drained a free throw with 0.4 seconds left to give the Nuggets a 102-101 triumph over the Pacers. Iguodala stole the ball from Paul George and called time out with a half-second remaining before he was fouled by George on the inbounds pass. Iguodala finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, while teammate Danilo Gallinari provided a game-high 27 points.
Also in the NBA, the Memphis Grizzlies rallied from a 17-point deficit and earned a 103-100 win over Philadelphia. Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') scored a season-high 27 points, Rudy Gay finished with 26 and Jerryd Bayless added a season-best 21 to help the Grizzlies win while starting point guard Mike Conley sat out with a sprained ankle.
David Lee had 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Warriors topped the Toronto Raptors 114-102 to end a two-game skid. Andrew Bogut (BOH-guht) returned from an ankle injury to score 12 and help the Warriors earn their first victory in four games against Eastern Conference opponents this month.
Utah suffered its most lopsided home loss in franchise history as James Harden scored 25 points in Houston's 125-80 rout of the Jazz. Carlos Delfino and Marcus Morris each hit four 3-pointers for the Rockets, who made 16 of 34 from beyond the arc.
Jimmy Butler's game-high 19 points led Chicago's 93-85 win over Charlotte. Luol Deng (LOO'-ehl dehng) added 12 points and four rebounds in his first start since missing five games with a hamstring injury.
Brooklyn was a 97-77 winner against Orlando behind Deron Williams' 20 points and nine assists. Brook Lopez finished with 16 points and Joe Johnson added 13 as the Nets picked up their eighth straight home win and tied an NBA team record with their 11th victory in January.
Sacramento halted a four-game skid by beating Washington 96-94 on Isaiah Thomas' nine-footer with one second remaining. Thomas had 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and also had seven assists.
Slumping Timberwolves get coach back
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Coach Rick Adelman has returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves after spending three weeks with his ailing wife. He rejoins a club that lost nine of 11 games in his absence.
Adelman ran practice on Monday and says he plans to be on the bench against the Clippers on Wednesday night if all goes well. Mary Kay Adelman is being treated for an undisclosed condition.
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Jayhawks still own nation's longest winning streak
UNDATED (AP) — The second-ranked Kansas Jayhawks extended a pair of streaks by winning their first-ever meeting with West Virginia.
Travis Releford and Jeff Withey each scored 15 points and the Jayhawks shot 54 percent in a 61-56 win over the Mountaineers. Ben McLemore added 13 points for Kansas, which stretched the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games and held its opponent under 60 points for the sixth consecutive game.
No. 12 Louisville barely managed to end its three-game losing streak as Russ Smith and Gorgui Dieng (GOHR'-kee jehng) combined for 34 points, including four free throws in the final 12 seconds of a 64-61 triumph over Pittsburgh. Smith finished with 20 points, while Dieng contributed 14, 12 rebounds and five blocks to help the Cardinals improve to 17-4 overall.
And Vander Blue's career-high 30 points led No. 25 Marquette past South Florida 63-50. The Golden Eagles moved into a first-place tie with Syracuse in the Big East at 6-1.
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Wolverines back on top following lengthy absence
UNDATED (AP) — Michigan is No. 1 in the AP college basketball poll for the first time since the start of the 1992-93 season. The Wolverines received 51 first-place votes, while second-ranked Kansas claimed 13. Third-ranked Indiana is followed by Florida and Duke, which was No. 1 last week before a lopsided loss at Miami.
Syracuse, Gonzaga, Arizona, Butler and Oregon round out the top 10.
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Lady Bears still a strong No. 1
UNDATED (AP) — Baylor remains No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll for a fourth straight week after two more Big 12 wins.
The Lady Bears cruised to victories over Iowa State and Oklahoma and have 30 straight Big 12 regular-season victories. Baylor had 37 first-place ballots.
Notre Dame and UConn stayed second and third. The Huskies received the other three first-place votes.
Krejci lifts B's
UNDATED (AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes entered Monday's NHL action having allowed a league-high 20 goals in five games before a recent call-up gave them their first shutout of the season.
Chad Johnson handled 22 shots and the Coyotes won for just the second time by blanking Nashville 4-0. Johnson was promoted from Portland of the AHL last week after Mike Smith was hurt.
Keith Yandle had a power-play goal and two assists for Phoenix.
Elsewhere on ice, David Krejci (KRAY'-chee) scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:50 to play, giving the Boston Bruins a 5-3 victory over the Hurricanes. Zdeno Chara (zuh-DAY'-noh CHAH'-rah) had a goal and two assists for the Bruins, who blew a two-goal lead in the second period before improving to an Eastern Conference-leading 4-0-1.
Edmonton scored four power-play goals and Devan Dubnyk (DOOB'-nyihk) made 37 saves as Edmonton beat Colorado 4-1. The Oilers took control on goals by Ales Hemsky (AL'-ehsh HEM'-skee) and Jordan Eberle (EB'-ur-lee) 2:42 apart late in the first period.
Vinny Prospal scored the go-ahead goal 82 seconds into the third period to push Columbus past Dallas 2-1. Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF'-skee) turned back 24 shots and was perfect after Philip Larsen scored on a power play early in the second period.
Jeff Carter scored in the second period before providing the lone shootout goal in the Los Angeles Kings' 3-2 verdict over Vancouver. Jonathan Quick made four of his 21 saves in overtime before stopping three more in the shootout.
Subban back in Habs fold
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed defenseman P.K. Subban (soo-BAN') to a two-year deal, about two weeks later than they had hoped.
Subban did not attend training camp and missed the first four games of the regular season while negotiating with the Habs.
He had seven goals and 36 points in 81 games for the Canadiens last season, leading the club in average ice time and finishing seventh among NHL defensemen with 205 shots on goal.
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Woods posts historic eighth victory at Torrey Pines
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Just how dominant was Tiger Woods at in the Farmers Insurance Open? He gave up four shots over the last five holes and still won with ease as he continued his success at Torrey Pines.
Woods became the first PGA Tour player to win eight times at a single course, a mark that includes his playoff win in the 2008 U.S. Open. He closed with an even-par 72 for a 14-under total four strokes ahead of defending champ Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater.
The margin of victory was a bit deceiving. Woods led by eight strokes before suffering a double bogey and bogey on the back nine.
This was Woods' 75th career title. Twenty-two of those victories have come at three courses -- eight at Torrey Pines and seven each at Bay Hill in Florida and Firestone in Ohio. Woods is seven victories away from tying Sam Snead for the all-time record of 82 Tour wins.
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Ravens get raucous send off
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Ravens have arrived in New Orleans after thousands of fans turned out to Baltimore's Inner Harbor this morning to send the team off to their second Super Bowl. Retiring linebacker Ray Lewis, coach John Harbaugh and Ed Reed were among the Ravens who spoke to the crowd before the team got on buses and headed to the airport to fly to New Orleans for Sunday's game. The Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers, who arrived in the Big Easy yesterday.
Congressmen irked at players union
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Chastising the NFL Players Association for standing in the way of testing for human growth hormone, two members of Congress told union head DeMaurice (dih-MOHR'-his) Smith in a letter that they might ask players to testify before their committee.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa (EYE'-suh), a California Republican, and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland asked Smith to turn over documents connected to HGH negotiations between the NFL and the NFLPA.
The two congressmen said they were "disappointed with the NFLPA's remarkable recalcitrance," which they say has prevented progress on this issue.
Bad news for Cowboys defender
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Grapevine, Texas, police say Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jay Ratliff had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit the night he was arrested. He was taken into custody last week, after his pickup truck sideswiped a semitrailer truck.
Ratliff refused a breath test, but police obtained a warrant for a blood sample.
Ratliff's arrest came weeks after fellow Cowboy Josh Brent was indicted on an intoxicated manslaughter count in the Dec. 8 crash that killed his friend and Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown.
Jeter gearing up for return...Cards sign infielder Cedeno
UNDATED (AP) — Derek Jeter has worked out on a baseball field for the first time since breaking his left ankle last October.
The 38-year-old New York Yankees captain fielded 55 grounders on the grass in front of the infield dirt at shortstop at the team's minor league complex. He also hit in a batting cage.
The 13-time All-Star expects to start in New York's opener against Boston on April 1.
In other offseason news from around the major leagues:
— Luke Gregerson's agent says the pitcher has agreed to a $3.2 million, one-year contract with the San Diego Padres. Gregerson was 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA in 77 relief appearances last season, striking out 72 in 71 1-3 innings when he made $1.55 million.
— Juan Rivera has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Yankees after hitting .244 with nine homers and 47 RBIs last year for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
— Infielder Ronny Cedeno (seh-DAYN'-yoh) has agreed to a $1.15 million, one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
— The Phillies have signed veteran reliever Chad Durbin to a one-year contract. The Phils also worked out a minor-league contract with utilityman Yuniesky Betancourt (yoo-NEHS'-kee BET'-ehn-kohrt) and invited him to spring training.
— The Los Angeles Dodgers formally announced a deal with Time Warner Cable to create a new TV channel that people familiar with the situation say assures the team more than $7 billion over 25 years. That is double what Major League Baseball thought the local TV rights were worth when the team was sold out of bankruptcy just last year.
Big East commissioner opens up
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Big East commissioner Mike Aresco says the conference is looking to add another school, and may sign a TV deal with multiple networks.
He says the Big East wants to keep its name as it rebrands, and wants to add one more school to give it 12 playing both football and basketball after Navy joins the league in 2015.
Aresco also says that he hopes deals can be worked out to keep traditional conference rivalry games intact even after the so-called Catholic seven schools leave the Big East to form their own basketball league.
2 Pa. congressmen want scholarships restored
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Two Pennsylvania congressmen want the NCAA to restore football scholarships taken away from Penn State as part of sanctions for the child sex abuse scandal involving retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Reps. Charlie Dent and Glenn Thompson wrote in a letter sent Monday to NCAA President Mark Emmert that taking away up to 40 scholarships harmed players who had nothing to do with the scandal.
Gov. Tom Corbett has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the NCAA sanctions.