NBA loses trendsetter
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers are mourning the loss of their longtime owner.
Jerry Buss died Monday at the age of 80. Buss had been hospitalized for cancer, but the immediate cause of death was kidney failure, according to his assistant, Bob Steiner.
Buss bought the Lakers and Los Angeles Kings from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979 and transformed the NBA team into "Showtime." The Lakers won five championships during the 1980s Showtime dynasty and added five more in an 11-year span of Kobe Bryant's career. The Lakers made the NBA Finals 16 times during his nearly 34 years in charge.
Magic Johnson tweeted after learning of Buss' death, "He was a great man and incredible friend."
NBA commissioner David Stern called Buss a visionary owner whose influence on the league is "incalculable."
Lakers spokesman John Black says the Buss family will continue to run the NBA franchise.
Rose steps up workouts
DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose participated in five-on-five drills Monday, the latest step in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters after practice that Rose "did what everyone else did." Rose has been sidelined since he tore his ACL late in last season's playoff-opening win over Philadelphia.
Jazz assistant arrested on tax charges
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Utah Jazz assistant coach Sidney Lowe has been arrested and charged with failing to file his North Carolina state income taxes for three years.
The state Department of Revenue says Lowe didn't file returns in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the last three years he was head coach at North Carolina State.
Authorities say Lowe kept his home in Wake Forest, north of Raleigh, even after taking the job with the Jazz.
Ducks still rolling...Sens win in shootout...Flyers clobber Isles...Habs, Leafs post shutouts
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are off to the best start in team history, but their lead in the NHL's Western Conference is just two points over Anaheim.
The Ducks picked up their fifth straight win and improved to 12-2-1 with a 3-2 win against Phoenix. Anaheim trailed 1-0 until Peter Holland and Ryan Getzlaf scored 21 seconds apart in the first period. Getzlaf also assisted on Corey Perry's third-period goal, which proved to be the game-winner.
Jonas Hiller made 25 saves as the Ducks won for the ninth time in their last 10 games.
The New Jersey Devils had a chance to move back into sole possession of first place in the NHL's Eastern Conference. Instead, they are tied with Pittsburgh at 22 points apiece following a 2-1 shootout loss to Ottawa.
Jakob Silfverburg scored the lone shootout goal after assisting on Daniel Alfredsson's game-tying tally in the third period. Ben Bishop made 30 saves and was perfect after Stephen Gionta (jee-AHN'-tah) scored 79 seconds into the game.
In other NHL play;
— Claude Giroux (zhih-ROO') and Danny Briere (bree-EHR') netted two goals each and the Philadelphia Flyers stomped the New York Islanders 7-zip. Ilya Bryzgalov (IHL'-yuh brihs-GAH'-lahf) was solid in making 19 saves for his first shutout of the season and 30th in the NHL.
— Paul Stastny (STAS'-nee) and Jamie McGinn scored 13 seconds apart to cap Colorado's four-goal second period in a 6-5 win over the visiting Nashville Predators. Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists in helping the Avalanche beat the Predators for the first time in 10 tries.
— Peter Budaj (BOO'-dy) stopped 19 shots and Montreal did its scoring in the third period of a 3-0 shutout of Carolina. Brandon Prust snapped the scoreless tie 2:06 into the final stanza before Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty scored 18 seconds apart.
— Toronto also posted a 3-0 win over Florida as Ben Scrivens made 37 saves for his second consecutive shutout. Phil Kessel scored the game-winner in the first period, and Clarke MacArthur and Nazem Kadri added a goal and an assist as the Maple Leafs won for the sixth time in seven games.
— Mike Smith stopped 29 shots and Keith Yandle scored the game-winner just 41 seconds into the Phoenix Coyotes' 4-0 win over Calgary. Mikkel Boedker, Antoine Vermette and Raffi Torres added third-period goals to back Smith, who picked up his third shutout of the season and 22nd of his career.
T25-MEN'S AP POLL
Hoosiers a solid No. 1
UNDATED (AP) — Indiana retains the top spot in the AP basketball poll, picking up 43 of 65 first-place votes.
Miami slips up one to No. 2 with 20 first-place votes and Gonzaga jumps from five to three with the other two first-place votes.
Michigan State leapfrogs four spots to No. 4 and Florida moves up two to No. 5.
Duke slips from second to sixth, with Michigan, Syracuse, Kansas and Louisville rounding out the top 10.
VCU is the only new team in the poll, returning at No. 24 after a three-week absence.
The only team to fall out of the rankings was Kentucky, which was No. 25 and dropped out after a pair of losses last week.
TOP-25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
K-State spoils Huggins' return...Irish win despite poor start
UNDATED (AP) — Kansas State moved to the top of the Big 12 standings while spoiling the return of former Wildcats coach Bob Huggins.
Will Spradling scored 19 points and Nino Williams came off the bench to add 13 as K-State downed West Virginia 71-61. Angel Rodriguez finished with 11 points and seven assists for the Wildcats, who took control with an 18-2 run in the opening minutes.
Huggins received a warm reception in his first trip back to Bramlage Coliseum, where he went 23-12 as coach of the Wildcats during the 2006-07 season.
The other top-25 game was in Pittsburgh, where Jerian Grant and Jack Cooley each had 13 points as 25th-ranked Notre Dame rallied for a 51-42 win over the No. 20 Panthers. The Irish won despite missing 18 of their first 19 shots and trailing 19-3 with six minutes left in the first half.
Eric Atkins added 10 points and seven assists for the Irish, who improved to 9-5 in the Big East and snapped a tie with the Panthers for fourth place in the conference.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-CALIFORNIA-MONTGOMERY SHOVE
Cal coach reprimanded
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California coach Mike Montgomery has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 for shoving one of his own players in the chest during a game.
Montgomery will not be suspended by the conference but has received an undisclosed punishment for the incident that occurred in Sunday's win over Southern California.
Montgomery yelled at star guard Allen Crabbe for nonchalant play and then shoved him in the chest with both hands.
Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour called Montgomery's actions unacceptable and he has apologized.
Former Blue Devil dies
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke University says former Blue Devils star Phil Henderson has died at the age of 44.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski says Henderson's mother told him that her son died Sunday at his home in the Philippines, although no cause of death was given. Henderson was a senior captain and the leading scorer on the 1989-90 Duke team that lost to UNLV in the national championship game.
T25-WOMEN'S AP POLL
Lady Bears continue their run at the top
UNDATED (AP) — Baylor remains No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll for a seventh straight week.
The Lady Bears routed Texas Tech and TCU and have 36 straight Big 12 regular-season victories. Baylor has already clinched the conference's regular-season title. The Lady Bears received 38 first-place votes, while UConn received the other two.
The first six stayed unchanged with Notre Dame still ranked second. Stanford, Duke and California are after UConn.
No arbitration hearings this year
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has pitched an arbitration shutout.
Reliever Darren O'Day completed a $5.8 million, two-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles today, becoming the 133rd and final player to settle without a hearing among the 133 who filed for arbitration Jan. 13.
This is the first year since arbitration began in 1974 that no player who filed went to a hearing.
Baseball's previous record low was three hearings, set in 2005 and matched in 2009 and 2011. Arbitration was suspended in 1976 and 1977 while free agency was put in place.
The high was 35 hearings in 1986.
Jeter back on field
UNDATED (AP) — Derek Jeter received an ovation that could be heard throughout Steinbrenner Field when he jogged onto the diamond for the New York Yankees' first full-squad workout Monday.
Jeter took part in most of the team drills, including on-field batting practice for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery last October. The 38-year-old captain, who has been hitting in an indoor cage, also took part in a 25-minute defensive session at shortstop.
Although he didn't take part in agility or running, Jeter got the day's biggest salute from the several hundred fans present when he first appeared. They also cheered when he lined a ball to right on his first BP swing.
— Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for the second time in less than a year and will miss the season. The 27-year-old was first injured May 1 when he hit a wall while chasing a foul popup, cutting short his season after 21 games. Gamel reinjured the knee during the first week of spring training and a MRI revealed the tear.
— The Cubs have traded outfielder Tony Campana to the Arizona Diamondbacks for two 17-year-old pitchers. Campana was designated for assignment last week. The 26-year-old Campana appeared in 184 games over the past two seasons for Chicago. He batted a combined .262 with 1 homer and 11 RBIs.
Packers release veteran center
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have released six-time Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday, who lost his starting job late last season.
Saturday signed a two-year deal with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent last March after 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He had been the Colts' full-time starting center since 2000.
Shalala blasts NCAA for handling of Miami probe
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — University of Miami President Donna Shalala (shah-LAY'-lah) has lashed out at the NCAA, insisting that its long probe of the Hurricanes not only come to a swift end but result in no other penalties against the athletic department.
Shalala called the investigation "unprofessional and unethical" after the NCAA said today it was pressing on with the case against Miami despite several missteps. The NCAA has replaced its enforcement department and has thrown out all ill-gotten information gleaned from two depositions that could have been very damaging for the Hurricanes.
The NCAA released the results of an external probe of how it investigated the Hurricanes, nearly a month after revealing what it called "a very severe issue of improper conduct." Vice president of enforcement Julie Roe Lach lost her job in the fallout.
Sponsors move away from Pistorius
UNDATED (AP) — Oakley and Nike have distanced themselves from Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius after the South African sports star was charged with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend.
Oakley, the eyewear maker, suspended its contract with Pistorius. And Nike, which sells shoes and other athletic gear, said it has no plans to use him in future ad campaigns.