Duke opens impressively
UNDATED (AP) — Preseason All-American Jahlil Okafor scored 19 points in his college debut to lead fourth-ranked Duke to a 113-44 season-opening win over Presbyterian in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Okafor’s highly touted fellow freshman also figured prominently in the win. Greyson Allison scored 18 while Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones scored 15 each.
Duke shot 61 percent, hit 16 3-pointers and had 30 assists — three shy of the school record — in the third most-lopsided victory in school history.
In other finals;
— Andrew Harrison scored 16 points and No. 1 Kentucky dominated Grand Canyon in an 85-45, season-opening blowout to open their second straight season atop the rankings. Despite missing a bunch of easy chances, Kentucky still shot 49 percent. The Wildcats held the Antelopes to 15 of 48 shooting, outrebounded them 51-21 and blocked 10 shots. Willie Cauley-Stein added 12 points, Dakari Johnson had 13 rebounds and 10 points and Trey Lyles had 14 points for Kentucky
— Brandon Ashley scored a career-high 21 points in his return to the lineup to help No. 2 Arizona shake off Mount St. Mary’s 78-55. Ashley finished 9 of 10 from the floor in his return from missing the final 16 games last season with a broken foot.
— Frank Kaminsky scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help No. 3 Wisconsin beat Northern Kentucky 62-31.
— Freshman Devonte’ Graham scored 14 points off the bench to lead fifth-ranked Kansas to a sloppy 69-59 season-opening win over UC-Santa Barbara. Perry Ellis had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks.
— Brice Johnson scored 12 points to help North Carolina beat North Carolina Central 76-60. Kennedy Meeks and J.P. Tokoto each added 10 for the Tar Heels, who scored the first 11 points and led by double figures much of the night.
— No. 7 Florida got 15 points from Dorian Finney-Smith in a 68-45 win over William & Mary. Michael Frazier III chipped in with 12 points for the Gators who won their 24th straight season opener.
— Father beats son as No. 8 Louisville topped Minnesota 81-68. Montrezl Harrell scored 30 points for the Cardinals coached by Rick Pitino. His son, Richard, coaches the Golden Gophers.
— Ninth-ranked Virginia got 18 points from Justin Anderson in a 79-51 win over James Madison. Freshman Isaiah Wilkins debuted with 8 points, 5 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals in 19 minutes. He’s the stepson of former NBA great Dominique Wilkins.
— Freshman Myles Turner scored 15 points in his college debut and No. 10 Texas romped to an 85-50 season-opening win over North Dakota State.
— No. 11 Wichita State got 17 points from Tekele Cotton and 16 from Ron Baker in a 71-54 win over New Mexico State.
— Dylan Ennis scored 19 points while Darrun Hilliard and Daniel Ochefu combined for 10 in the decisive second-half run as No. 12 Villanova rallied for a 77-66 victory over Lehigh. Down by six with just over 15 minutes left, the Wildcats went on a 22-7 spree to take control.
— Kyle Wiltjer scored 18 points and No. 13 Gonzaga routed Sacramento State 104-58 in the season opener for both teams.
— Junior Georges Niang had a career-high 30 points and nine rebounds as No. 14 Iowa State beat Oakland 93-82. UNLV transfer Bryce Dejean-Jones had 20 points in his debut for the Cyclones, who improved to 5-0 in openers under coach Fred Hoiberg.
— Melvin Johnson scored 20 of his 23 points in the decisive first half and No. 15 Virginia Commonwealth defeated Tennessee 85-69 in the Veterans Classic. Treveon Graham added 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Rams.
— Aqeel Quinn scored 15 points and Winston Shephard had 14 for No. 16 San Diego State in a 79-58 win over undermanned Cal State Northridge.
— Defending national champ UConn got 24 points from Ryan Boatright in shaky 66-53 season-opening win over Bryant. The 17th-ranked Huskies trailed at home by nine points early in the second half.
— Travis Trice scored a career-high 25 points, and No. 18 Michigan State struggled against pesky Navy before squeezing out a 64-59 victory.
— Freshman D’Angelo Russell had 16 points, four rebounds and six assists to lead No. 20 Ohio State over UMass-Lowell 92-55. Sam Thompson and Marc Loving added 14 each.
— Ben Moore scored a career-high 22 points and added a team-high nine rebounds with five assists to lead No. 22 SMU to a 93-54 victory over Lamar.
— Rakeem Christmas had a career-high 21 points for No. 23 Syracuse in an 89-42 win over beat Kennesaw State 89-42 in the Orange’s season opener. Freshman forward Chris McCullough added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
— Brandon Taylor scored 19 points while Jordan Loveridge and Jakob Poeltl added 18 apiece to lead No. 25 Utah to a 90-72 victory over Ball State in its season opener.
— No. 25 Harvard celebrated opening the season in The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in history with a 73-52 win over Division III MIT. The Crimson were led by Wesley Saunders who had 15 points and 9 rebounds.
LeBron leads Cavs over Celtics
UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points, and Cleveland overcame a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 122-121.
James made one of two free throws with 36 seconds left to give Cleveland that one-point lead. The Celtics then lost the ball out of bounds, but Kyrie Irving missed a layup and Avery Bradley rebounded for Boston, which called timeout with 7 seconds to go.
But the Celtics couldn’t get a shot off as Rajon Rondo, who finished with 16 assists, lost control of his dribble near the top of the key just before the final buzzer sounded.
In other NBA play;
— James Harden hit an off-balance layup with 9 seconds left, to lead the Houston Rockets to an 88-87 victory over the winless Philadelphia 76ers. Harden wound up with 35 points. After his basket, the 76ers had a chance to win but Michael Carter-Williams missed a jumper at the buzzer. Philadelphia drops to 0-9 despite leading for most of the game.
— Jrue Holiday went 9-for-10 while scoring 24 points through three quarters, as New Orleans Pelicans blasted reeling Minnesota in a record-breaking 139-91 win. New Orleans’ point total, 56 made field goals, 66.7 percent shooting and 48-point margin of victory all set new franchise records for a game. Their 15 made 3-pointers tied a franchise high.
— Tim Duncan had 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead San Antonio over the Lakers 93-80 for their third straight victory in California. Kobe Bryant scored nine points for the 1-8 Lakers, going 1 for 14 in one of the worst shooting games of his 19-year NBA career.
— Trey Burke made a jumper from the corner as time expired, giving the Utah Jazz a thrilling 102-100 victory over the New York Knicks. Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 33 points for the Jazz, and Derrick Favors added 21 points and 12 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony had an NBA season-high 46 points but it wasn’t enough to keep the Knicks from losing their seventh straight.
— Paul Millsap and Al Horford each scored 19 points to help Atlanta win its fourth straight, 114-103 over Miami. Eight players scored in double figures for the Hawks who led by as many as 19 in the fourth quarter. Mario Chalmers finished with 23 points and a game-high 11 assists for the Heat.
— Kemba Walker scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half in Charlotte’s 103-95 win over Phoenix. It was the Hornets first win in five road games. Eric Bledsoe had 22 points and matched a career high with 11 rebounds for the Suns.
— Brandon Jennings scored 25 of his 29 points in the second half and overtime, leading Detroit to a 96-89 victory over Oklahoma City. Jeremy Lamb set career highs with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City.
—Ty Lawson had 11 points and 10 assists to lead seven players in double figures as Denver beat Indiana 108-87. It was just the second win of the season for the Nuggets and first on the road.
— Tobias Harris had 26 points and 10 rebounds to help Orlando beat Milwaukee 101-85. Brandon Knight scored 14 of his 24 points in the first quarter for the Bucks.
Devils get gift goal in win over Caps
UNDATED (AP) — Mike Cammalleri took advantage of a miscue by Washington goalie Braden Holtby to score in the third period of New Jersey’s 1-0 win over the Capitals. Holtby went behind the net to clear the puck and put it right on Cammalleri’s stick. He didn’t miss for his seventh goal of the season. It was the only mistake by Holtby who made a number of dazzling saves. New Jersey’s Corey Schneider made 30 saves for his first shutout of the season.
In other NHL finals;
— Pasqual Dupuis (pahs-KAHL’- doo-PWEE’) scored both goals for the Penguins in their 2-1 win over Toronto. Sidney Crosby added an assist to move into sole possession of the NHL scoring lead. It was Pittsburgh’s eight win in nine games.
— Kyle Okposo scored the deciding goal in the shootout to help the Islanders recover from blowing a two-goal lead and beat Florida 4-3.
— Martin Hanzal had a natural hat trick to lead Arizona to a 5-0 win over Vancouver. Hanzal scored the last two goals nine seconds apart in the second period. Devan Dubnyk stopped 35 shots to earn the shutout.
— Johan (YOH’-hahn) Franzen and Tomas Tatar both scored during Detroit’s dominant second period in a 4-1 win over Chicago. Franzen scored his fifth goal early in the period to break a 1-1 tie. Tatar added his fifth a minute later. The Blackhawks were outshot 20-8 in the period. The two-goal lead was plenty for Jimmy Howard, who stopped 25 shots for his seventh victory.
— James Wisniewski and Nick Foligno both scored twice in the Blue Jackets 4-3 win over Philadelphia. That snapped the Blue Jackets’ nine-game losing streak. Ryan Johansen had four assists for the Blue Jackets, who avoided a team record for consecutive losses.
Deal in place for Martinez
DETROIT (AP) — Victor Martinez and the Tigers have put the finishing touches on a four-year, $68 million dollar contract. The 35-year old is coming off perhaps his best season in which he hit .335 with 32 home runs and drove in 103 runs.
Martinez was the runner-up to the Angels’ Mike Trout in the AL MVP voting.
Harvick is top qualifier among final four
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Harvick will have the advantage among the four title contenders when the green flag flies Sunday for the Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead.
Harvick was the top qualifier among the four, grabbing the fifth spot in the field. Denny Hamlin will start eighth, Joey Logano 12th and Ryan Newman 21st.
The top finisher among the four will be the season champion.
Jeff Gordon is the pole sitter.
Browns lose Taylor
UNDATED (AP) — Cleveland defensive lineman Phil Taylor will miss the rest of the season with a right knee injury. The fourth-year pro faces surgery next week. Coach Mike Pettine (PEHT’-ihn) says Taylor should be ready for next summer’s training camp.
— Bruising Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Kansas City with calf and rib injuries. He practiced Friday after missing the previous two days of workouts.
— Miami has lost reserve cornerback Will Davis for the rest of the season. He suffered a knee injury in Thursday night’s win over the Bills.
— Buffalo cornerback Leotis McKelvin is out indefinitely with a broken right ankle suffered in the loss to Miami Thursday night.
— Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams has returned to practice and is expected to start against the Falcons on Sunday. He sat out the last two days of practice with a foot injury.
Ryan fined for swearing
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has been fined $100,000 by the NFL for the postgame use of a profanity that was picked up on video. Ryan has been fined twice in the past for public obscenities and was considered a repeat offender by the league.
Two members of the Jets were also fined, quarterback Michael Vick was hit with an $8,268 fine, for flipping a ball at an opponent, while defensive end Jason Babin was fined $16, 537 for unnecessary roughness.
Putnam chases first win
PLAYA del CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Michael Putnam birdied five of the first eight holes on the way to a 7-under 64 and the halfway lead at PGA Tour’s OHL Classic.
Putnam’s 12-under total is one better than Shawn Stefani and Jason Bohn who both shot 65.
Putnam is looking for his first PGA Tour win in 96 starts.
LPGA-LORENA OCHOA INVITATIONAL
Kim still leads
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Christina Kim shot a 3-under 69 to maintain the lead after two rounds of the LPGA Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Kim is 10-under after two rounds, good for a one-shot lead over Paula Creamer who shot a 65.
Kim is looking for her first victory since 2005.
Colombia tops US
LONDON (AP) — Teofilo “Teo” Gutierrez headed in a tiebreaking goal in the 87th minute giving Colombia 2-1 win over the United States in an exhibition at Fulham’s Craven Cottage.
Jozy Altidore converted a penalty kick in the 10th minute for the U.S. Third-ranked Colombia tied the score on a 61st-minute goal by Carlos Bacca.