Knicks win again
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks improved to 8-1 Tuesday night for only the third time in team history, a good omen for them considering they won NBA championships the other two seasons.
Carmelo Anthony poured in 29 points and the Knicks drained 14 three-pointers in a 102-80 rout of the Hornets at New Orleans. Raymond Felton provided five of the three-pointers and finished with 15 points as the Knicks won their second straight since their only loss of the season.
The Hornets played without first-overall draft pick Anthony Davis, who sat out due to tenderness in his left ankle.
The Los Angeles Lakers were winners in their first game under new coach Mike D'Antoni. Kobe Bryant dropped in 25 points and Dwight Howard added 23 and 15 rebounds in a 95-90 triumph over Brooklyn. Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL') and Metta World Peace each had 17 points for the Lakers, who are 5-1 since former coach Mike Brown was dismissed.
The Philadelphia 76ers have a three-game winning streak following a 106-98 comeback win over the visiting Toronto Raptors. The Sixers trailed 87-80 early in the fourth quarter before Nick Young drained a pair of three-pointers during a 12-5 spurt. Young finished with 23 points off the bench, and Jason Richardson scored six of his 21 points late in the game.
Warriors center Bogut to miss 3 more games
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (BOH'-gut) is scheduled to miss at least the next three games as he continues to strengthen his surgically repaired left ankle.
The Warriors anticipate Bogut being able to run on a special anti-gravity treadmill later this week and return to practice next Monday. The 2005 No. 1 overall pick fractured his ankle Jan. 25 with Milwaukee and missed the rest of the season after being traded to Golden State for guard Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOP 25 SCHEDULE
Butler steps on Heels...Shabazz creates a buzz in Brooklyn
UNDATED (AP) — The Butler Bulldogs are looking like an NCAA tournament team once again following a one-year absence.
Rotnei Clark and Kellen Dunham each scored 17 points as the unranked Bulldogs beat No. 9 North Carolina in the second round of the Maui Invitational. Butler never trailed and led by as many as 27 in the second half before dealing the Tar Heels their first loss in five games.
The Bulldogs allowed just 18 first-half points, one day after beating Marquette with a wild three-pointer at the buzzer.
In other top-25 action, Top-ranked Indiana is 5-0 after outlasting Georgetown 82-72 in overtime to win the Legends Classic in Brooklyn. Cody Zeller had 17 points and eight rebounds, while Jordan Hulls added 17 points to the victory. Yogi Ferrell scored half of his 14 points in OT, including a three-pointer that put the Hoosiers ahead by 10 with about a minute to play.
Patric Young had 13 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high six blocks as seventh-ranked Florida silenced Savannah State 58-40. The Gators played the final 13-plus minutes without leading scorer Kenny Boynton, who sprained his left ankle while driving to the basket.
Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points in 28 minutes of his first collegiate start as 11th-ranked UCLA bounced back from Monday's loss to Georgetown by downing Georgia 60-56 in the consolation game of the Legends Classic. Muhammad accounted for one-third of his team's points after scoring 15 off the bench in his college debut against the Hoyas.
No. 12 Kansas was a 73-59 winner against Saint Louis in the CBE Classic title game. Jeff Withey matched a career high with 25 points and Travis Releford scored 21 of his 23 in the first half.
Doug McDermott and Gregory Echenique scored 17 points apiece as 14th-rated Creighton crushed Longwood 105-57 on Tuesday night. Ethan Wragge and Will Artino each added 13 points for the 4-0 Bluejays, who have won all their games this season by at least 20 points.
Keith Appling scored 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting as No. 15 Michigan State escaped with a 74-70 win over Boise State. The Spartans played most of the game without high-scoring freshman Gary Harris because of a shoulder injury suffered in the opening minute.
No. 22 Cincinnati is 4-0 after Cashmere Wright scored a career-high 28 points in a 91-72 win over Campbell. Jaquon Parker set a season high with 21 points, and Sean Kilpatrick added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bearcats.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GRINNELL PLAYER-138 POINTS
Jack Taylor scores 138 points for Grinnell
GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) — The NCAA single-game scoring record was shattered Tuesday by a player from Division III Grinnell College.
Jack Taylor poured in 138 points to lead a 179-104 rout of Faith Baptist Bible, breaking the old mark of 113 set by Rio Grande's Bevo Francis in 1954.
Taylor hit 27 of his 71 three-point attempts and was 52-of-108 overall from the field. He also hit seven of his 10 free throws while playing 36 minutes.
Faith Baptist was led by David Larson, who scored 70 points on 32-of-44 shooting.
Reeds wins appeal...Batch to start
UNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens will have Ed Reed available for Sunday's game at San Diego.
The safety has avoided a one-game suspension for illegal hits following an appeal with the NFL. He instead will be fined $50,000 rather than lose an entire game check.
Reed was suspended for one game without pay on Monday by NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks for his third violation in three seasons of the rule prohibiting helmet-to-helmet hits against defenseless players. The third violation occurred in Sunday night's game at Pittsburgh when Reed delivered a hit to the head of receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
Also in the NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says 37-year-old Charlie Batch will start at quarterback on Sunday in Cleveland. Batch is 5-2 while subbing for starter Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) through the years. Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich are both out indefinitely with rib injuries.
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is undergoing a follow-up evaluation with doctors after having a minor procedure last Thursday for an irregular heartbeat. The 49ers canceled Harbaugh's scheduled media conference call minutes before it was to begin Tuesday afternoon, a day after San Francisco's 32-7 victory over the Chicago Bears. The team gave no indication that there is anything of concern with Harbaugh's health in addition to what he went through last week.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler says he is not sure if he will play this week against Minnesota after missing Monday's loss at San Francisco because of a concussion. Cutler said on a radio show he's "going through the process," to get cleared to return, but still has some "hoops to jump through."
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed receiver Jordan Shipley and waived fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou. Shipley has played in 18 games since entering the league as a third-round draft pick by Cincinnati in 2010.
And the Houston Texans remain the top team in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings. The 49ers are second, followed by Atlanta, Denver and Green Bay. Kansas City brings up the rear in the rankings.
MLB-BLUE JAYS MANAGER
Jays welcome back Gibbons
TORONTO (AP) - John Gibbons has been hired for his second stint as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, who also finalized their two-year, $16 million contract with outfielder Melky Cabrera.
Gibbons managed Toronto from 2004-08 and had a 305-305 record, making him the third-winningest manager in franchise history. He succeeds John Farrell, who left the Blue Jays to become Boston's new skipper.
Cabrera was leading the National League in hitting with San Francisco last season when he received a 50-game suspension for a positive test for testosterone. The Giants let him leave after he finished with a .346 average, 11 homers, 25 doubles and 60 RBIs in 113 games.
Checking out the rest of the majors:
— Hiroki Kuroda is staying with the New York Yankees, agreeing to a $15 million, one-year contract. Kuroda posted a 3.32 ERA and led the Yankees with 33 starts and 219 2/3 innings while tying CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh) for the club lead with 16 wins.
— Seattle has designated infielder Chone (shawn) Figgins for assignment with one season remaining on his four-year, $36 million contract. Figgins was a major disappointment with the Mariners, hitting .227 with a .302 on-base percentage in 304 games.
— Free agent reliever Joel Peralta has finalized a $6 million, two-year contract that keeps him with the Tampa Bay Rays. The 36-year-old right-hander went 2-6 with a 3.63 ERA in 76 appearances last season.
— The Royals have re-signed right-hander Jeremy Guthrie to a $25 million, three-year deal. Guthrie went 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts for the Royals last season after being traded by the Rockies, where he was 3-9 with a 6.35 earned run average.
— The Chicago Cubs say they have designated first baseman Bryan LaHair for assignment because he and the club are pursuing an opportunity for him in Japan. LaHair was an All-Star last season before finishing the year with a .259 average, 16 home runs and 40 RBIs in 130 games.
— Seattle has acquired versatile Robert Andino (an-DEE'-noh) from Baltimore in exchange for reserve outfielder Trayvon Robinson.
— And the Colorado Rockies have traded left-handed pitcher Matt Reynolds to the Arizona Diamondbacks for corner infielder Ryan Wheeler.
Cal boots Tedford
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Coach Jeff Tedford has been dismissed after 11 seasons at California that began with great promise and ended with a disappointing run of mediocrity.
He won a school-record 82 games, churned out numerous NFL prospects and spearheaded a facilities upgrade highlighted by a $321 million stadium renovation. But the Golden Bears capped this year's 3-9 campaign with a five-game losing streak.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BIG TEN EXPANSION
Rutgers to join Big Ten
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — The Big Ten will soon be a 14-team conference now that Rutgers has accepted an invitation to join the league, although the school still has to negotiate a release date with Big East officials. Rutgers has been a Big East member since 1991, and its football program has grown exponentially over the past decade. The decision comes a day after Maryland announced it would become part of the Big Ten in the summer of 2014.
Former champ shot in jaw
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Former champion boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho was seriously wounded Tuesday in a shooting outside the Puerto Rican capital, although doctors and his spokesman said he was expected to survive. At least one gunman opened fire on the 50-year-old Camacho and another man who was shot and killed as they sat in a car in the city of Bayamon. The hospital director said the bullet apparently struck Camacho in the jaw but exited his head, lodged in his right shoulder and fractured two vertebrae.
Patrick splitting with husband
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick says she and her husband are divorcing after seven years of marriage.
Patrick announced the split with Paul Hospenthal on her Facebook page. She said the two have amicably decided to end their marriage. Hospenthal is a physical therapist who met Patrick while treating her for a non-racing injury. The two were married in 2005, and he is 17 years older than the 30-year-old NASCAR driver.