Nets outlast Knicks...A Thunderous rout...Wizards still winless
UNDATED (AP) — The Nets moved closer to the Knicks this fall, and the two teams couldn't be any closer in the NBA's Atlantic Division standings.
The Nets have pulled even with New York for the division lead by downing the Knicks 96-89 in overtime at Brooklyn. Jerry Stackhouse drained the tiebreaking three-pointer with 3:31 remaining as the Nets outscored the Knicks 12-5 in the extra session.
Brook Lopez had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who improved to 9-4 with their third straight win. Deron (DEHR'-ihn) Williams added 16 points and 14 assists as the Nets improved to 7-1 in their new home
It was the first meeting between the two clubs since the Nets left New Jersey. The game originally was supposed to be the season opener for both teams but was postponed due to Superstorm Sandy.
Also in the NBA, Kevin Durant scored 18 points and Oklahoma City opened a 40-point halftime lead in a 114-69 blowout of the Charlotte Bobcats. The Thunder led 64-24 at the break, the fifth-largest halftime lead in the NBA's shot clock era and the biggest since Golden State built a 88-41 edge on Sacramento in Nov. 1991.
Greivis Vasquez had 25 points and 10 assists as New Orleans ended a seven-game losing streak, beating the Clippers 105-98 in Los Angeles. The Hornets blanketed Blake Griffin, who made only one of nine shots in 35 minutes. Griffin finished with a career-low four points and six rebounds before fouling out with 2:36 left.
The Bulls blew a 27-point lead at home and lost 93-92 to Milwaukee. Ersan Ilyasova scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half and fueled a 31-4 run. He scored 12 points in the fourth quarter when Milwaukee outscored Chicago 30-12.
Memphis was an 84-78 winner against Cleveland behind 19 points apiece from Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL'). The Grizzlies closed the game on a 13-4 run to improve to a league-best 10-2.
The Washington Wizards were 118-92 losers to San Antonio to become the 12th team in NBA history to open a season 0-12. Boris Diaw (DEE'-ow) scored 16 points, and Tiago (tee-AH'-goh) Splitter added 15 and 12 rebounds as the Spurs improved to 12-3 with their fourth consecutive win.
Utah is 6-0 at home after Al Jefferson scored a season-high 28 points and Derrick Favors hit three free throws down the stretch to lead the Jazz past Denver 105-103. Favors had a season-high 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds and helped the Jazz erase a 19-point deficit.
Detroit won for the fourth time in 15 games as Brandon Knight scored 16 of his 26 points in the first half of the Pistons' 108-101 win over Portland. The Trail Blazers wasted 32 points from LaMarcus Aldridge.
Battier day to day with knee injury
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat are preparing to be without forward Shane Battier (BAT'-ee-ay) for a few days because of what the team is calling a slight sprain in his right knee.
He did not practice on Monday, and said that he believes the injury "could have been a lot worse than it actually was." He got hurt on an awkward landing Saturday during the third quarter of Miami's win over Cleveland.
Newton lifts Panthers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Carolina Panthers are the latest team to embarrass the Eagles in Philadelphia.
Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others as the Panthers handed the Eagles their seventh straight loss, 30-22. Newton was 18-of-26 for 306 yards, and he also ran 14 times for 52 yards. He closed the scoring by running for a two-yard TD with 4:40 remaining.
Philadelphia's Bryce Brown set a club rookie record with 178 yards rushing, including TD runs of 65 and 5 yards. But he also lost two fumbles and was stopped on fourth-and-one at the Carolina 40 to end a fourth-quarter drive.
Both teams are 3-8.
No word on Niners starting QB
UNDATED (AP) — San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh says he'll announce his starting quarterback for Sunday's game against St. Louis by mid-week so players don't have to face constant questions about the situation. Colin Kaepernick has looked impressive in leading the 49ers to victories the past two weeks in place of the injured Alex Smith, leading to questions about which of the two is now the starter.
The NFC West-leading Niners are 8-2-1, second best in the conference behind 10-1 Atlanta.
Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt (WIHZ'-en-hunt) is sticking with rookie Ryan Lindley at quarterback, at least until Kevin Kolb (KAHB) is healthy enough to play. Lindley threw three interceptions in the loss to the Rams Sunday, and two were returned for touchdowns. It was the Cardinals' seventh loss in a row. For the first time since he was hurt five games ago, Kolb was able to practice on a limited basis last week.
Weeden suffered a concussion
UNDATED (AP) — Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is being treated for a concussion and it's not yet known if he'll play this week at Oakland. Weeden was injured in the closing minutes of Sunday's win over Pittsburgh. He was replaced by backup Colt McCoy, who would play against the Raiders if Weeden is not cleared.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver and return man Kyle Williams says he will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee sustained in Sunday's win at New Orleans.
The Chicago Bears will be without starting right guard Lance Louis for the rest of the season because of a left knee injury, suffered in Sundays' win over Minnesota. Bears coach Lovie Smith says the injury, which was caused on a hit by Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, was unnecessary.
No suspension for Lions Suh
UNDATED (AP) — The NFL has decided not to suspend Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM'-uh-kehn soo) for his actions against Houston quarterback Matt Schaub (shawb) in a Thanksgiving Day game.
League spokesman Greg Aiello (eye-EHL'-oh) announced the decision Monday on his Twitter account, adding the "incident' will be reviewed for a potential fine.
Suh's left cleat connected with Schaub's groin area after he threw a pass. The defensive tackle was on his chest after being taken down by an offensive lineman and extended his left foot to hit Schaub below the belt.
A person familiar with the decision says the NFL will not be suspending Saints starting defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley for his kick to the back of offensive lineman Alex Boone's helmet in the final minutes of San Francisco's victory over New Orleans on Sunday.
The person spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because the league has not announced any punishment yet and a fine is still possible later in the week.
Bunkley was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and ejected with 1:05 left for kicking Boone after the Saints had blocked a field goal.
Buc, Pats lose players to suspension
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay cornerback Eric Wright has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Wright is the second Tampa Bay starter disciplined for using Adderall.
Wright signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract with the Bucs as a free agent in March. He started the first 10 games of the season before sitting out Sunday's loss to Atlanta because of an Achilles tendon injury.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots defensive end Jermaine Cunningham has been suspended by the NFL for four games without pay for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Cunningham, a 2010 second-round draft pick from Florida, can return to the active roster on Dec. 24, one day after the Patriots play at Jacksonville.
He had a season-high six tackles in his only start in last Thursday's 49-19 win at the New York Jets.
Big money for Longoria
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has agreed to a new contract through 2022 that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million. The agreement with the three-time All-Star incorporates the remainder of the 27-year-old's existing contract, which called for him to earn about $36.5 million over the next four seasons.
Longoria played in just 74 games in 2012 because of a partially torn left hamstring. He underwent a minor procedure on the hamstring Nov. 20 and is expected to be ready for spring training. The Rays were 41-44 during Longoria's absence, and 47-27 with him in the starting lineup.
Report: Gomes agrees with Boston
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with outfielder Jonny Gomes (GOHMS) on a two-year contract that would reportedly pay him $10 million. The Red Sox have not announced the deal, but a baseball official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because Gomes had yet to take his physical, says that the terms were agreed to.
Gomes is a career .244 hitter who batted .262 with 18 homers and 47 RBIs for the Oakland Athletics last year.
A part-time player for most of his 10-year career, Gomes has played both right and left field.
T25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL-TEXAS-QUARTERBACK
McCoy gets start for Longhorns
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is making a change at quarterback, turning from banged-up starter David Ash to Case McCoy to lead the No. 23 Longhorns in their season finale at No. 7 Kansas State.
McCoy, who hasn't started since the last game of the 2011 regular season, relieved Ash in a 20-13 loss to TCU on Thanksgiving.
Jayhawks win with Withey
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Jeff Withey recorded the second official triple-double in Kansas history, but the 10th-ranked Jayhawks blew most of a sizeable lead before holding off San Jose State.
Withey contributed 16 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record 12 blocks in a 70-57 victory. He scored 10 points during a 20-2 early in the second half, and Kansas increased its lead to 60-36 with about 11 minutes remaining before the Spartans reeled off an 18-2 run to get within six.
Ben McLemore and Travis Relaford each had 13 points for the 5-1 Jayhawks.
T25 MEN'S POLL
Hoosiers stay on top
UNDATED (AP) — Indiana has held on to the top spot in this week's Associated Press top-25 men's basketball poll. The 6-0 Hoosiers received 47 of the first place votes. Second-ranked Duke, which is also 6-0, received the remaining 18 first place votes.
Rounding out the top-five are Michigan, Ohio State and Louisville.
The second five this week consists of Syracuse, Florida, Kentucky, Arizona and Kansas.
T25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-LOUISVILLE
Cardinals lose big man
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Fifth-ranked Louisville has announced that center Gorgui Dieng (GOHR'-gee jehng) will miss four to six weeks with a broken left wrist. The 6-foot-11 junior broke his wrist on Friday against Missouri. Dieng is averaging 8.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks for the 5-1 Cardinals.
T25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-NORTH CAROLINA
Tar Heels will face No. 1 Indiana without Hairston
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina sophomore P.J. Hairston will not play at No. 1 Indiana tonight after suffering a sprained left knee in practice. His status is unclear for Saturday's home game against UAB.
Hairston is third on the team in scoring at 10.8 points off the bench and is shooting 35 percent from 3-point range.
Federal mediation up next for dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) — The NHL and the players association are getting a little help for their respective power plays.
Federal mediators are entering the stalled labor talks, which have led to the first 2½ months of the regular season being canceled. George H. Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, says he has assigned three mediators to assist in negotiations to end the lockout.
Cohen mediated during the 2010 negotiations in Major League Soccer and 2011 talks in the NFL and NBA, along with this year's dispute between the NFL and its on-field officials.
Hockey players and management have not negotiated since last Wednesday.