Update on the latest in sports:


Associated Press

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 21 at 9:01 AM


Harbaughs to meet in Super Bowl as 49ers, Ravens win

UNDATED (AP) — It'll be the Battle of Brothers in New Orleans in two weeks.

John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens topped New England 28-13 to win the AFC title game and set up a Super Bowl meeting with his brother Jim. It will be the Ravens first Super Bowl appearance in 12 years.

Joe Flacco threw three second-half touchdown passes while the Ravens shutout Tom Brady and the Patriots offense after intermission. New England held a 13-6 halftime lead. Brady had been 67-0 at home when leading at the intermission.

The Baltimore victory avenged a loss to New England in last year's conference title game.

The win extends Ravens' linebacker Ray Lewis' career and gives him a chance to go out on top. He's announced this is his last season.

Earlier Sunday, Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers staged their own comeback, rallying from 17 points down to beat Atlanta 28-24 in the NFC title game.

Frank Gore scores on a 9-yard run with 8:23 to go to complete the comeback and send San Francisco to the Super Bowl for the sixth time in franchise history. Gore had two touchdowns.

Niners quarterback sensation Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk) shredded the Atlanta defense, completing 16 of 21 passes for 233 yards and a score.

Atlanta raced out to the 17-0 lead early in the second quarter on the strength of two of Matt Ryan's three touchdown passes and led 24-14 at the half.

The 49ers pulled off the biggest comeback victory in an NFC championship game, according to STATS. The previous NFC record was 13 points.

But it's the 49ers that are Super Bowl bound this time. It'll be the sixth appearance in the NFL's big game for the franchise, but the first since 1995. The Niners have won the previous five.


Nuggets surprise Thunder

UNDATED (AP) — Kenneth Faried scored the go-ahead layup in overtime to propel Denver to a 121-118 win over Oklahoma City, ending the Thunder's six-game winning streak.

Corey Brewer scored 26 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Nuggets, who reversed a 20-point loss to Oklahoma City last Wednesday. Danilo Gallinari added 18 points and Faried finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The Thunder got 37 points from Kevin Durant and 36 from Russell Westbrook.

The game was a difficult one emotionally as well for Thunder coach Scott Brooks, whose 79-year-old mother, Lee, died on Saturday.

In other Sunday action;

— Landry Fields had a season-high 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Toronto over the Lakers 108-103. It was the fifth straight road loss for the 17-23 Lakers, who were paced by Kobe Bryant's 26 points.

— Shawn Marion scored 20 points and O.J. Mayo and Vince Carter added 15 each in the Mavericks 111-105 win over Orlando. Dallas held off a fourth quarter Magic charge that saw Orlando reduce a 13-point deficit to just a basket, before the Mavs put it away.

— Rookie Andre Drummond scored 16 points and had seven rebounds to lead Detroit over Boston 103-88. Kevin Garnett paced the Celtics with 16.


Maloofs agree to sell Kings to Seattle group

UNDATED (AP) — Two people familiar with the decision says the Maloof family has agreed to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Sunday night because the deal is still pending approval from the NBA Board of Governors.

One person said the Maloofs are selling all 65 percent of their share for $525 million to Hansen, who will move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name.

The Maloofs will still be allowed to look at other bids until the league approves the sale.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said last week he had received permission from NBA Commissioner David Stern to present a counteroffer to league owners from buyers who would keep the Kings in Sacramento.

The deadline for teams to apply for a move for the next season is March 1.


Suns pick Hunter as interim coach

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns picked player development director Lindsey Hunter as interim coach, two days after the team parted ways with Alvin Gentry. This is the first head coaching job for the 40-year-old Hunter.

The 17-year NBA veteran joined the Suns in the scouting department last year and this season took over the team's new player development department.


Sabres continue success in openers

UNDATED (AP) — Thomas Vanek scored twice and added three assists in the Buffalo Sabres' 5-2 season-opening win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Defenseman Tyler Myers scored the go-ahead goal with 5:03 left in the game after the Sabres overcame a 2-1 second-period deficit.

The Sabres are 6-1-1 in their last eight openers.

In other NHL play;

— James Neal scored twice, including in a three-goal first period and Pittsburgh went on the swamp the New York Rangers 6-3. The 2-0 Penguins chased Vezina (VEH'-zih-nuh) Trophy winning goalie Henrik Lundqvist from the nets after taking a 4-1 lead in the second period. Evgeni Malkin had three assists for Pittsburgh.

— Zach Parise (pehr-EE'-say) scored in the first period and Josh Harding made it stand up as Minnesota blanked Dallas 1-0. Harding may 24 saves in his first start since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

— Marian Hossa had a pair of goals for the second straight game as Chicago topped Phoenix 6-4. David Boland also scored twice for the Blackhawks who are off to a 2-0 start.

— Ales Hemsky tied the game in the third period and added the shootout winner to give Edmonton a 3-2 victory over Vancouver.

— Patrick Marleau (MAR'-loh) scored a pair of goals in San Jose's 4-1 win over Calgary.


Hockey fans tuning back in...Leafs extend Lupul

UNDATED (AP) — NHL fans have tuned in to hockey's return to television.

NBC's broadcast Saturday earned the highest preliminary rating for a non-Winter Classic regular-season game since 2002. The network says its regional coverage of Blackhawks-Kings and Penguins-Flyers averaged a 2.0 overnight rating. That's up 67 percent from the average for regular-season games on NBC last year.

The abbreviated NHL season opened Saturday after a lockout wiped out the first three months.

In other hockey news:

__ Forward Joffrey Lupul (LOO'-pul) has signed a five-year contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lupul is now signed through to the 2017-18 season. Sunday's deal comes a day after Lupul was picked as one of the Leafs' alternate captains. The 29-year-old played 66 games last season and ranked second with 25 goals last season.

— New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano is out of the hospital following Saturday night's surgery to treat kidney stones. But it's not known when he will make his season debut behind the bench.


Hoosiers take care of business

UNDATED (AP) — Cody Zeller scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and No. 2 Indiana beat Northwestern 67-59. In the wake of top-ranked Louisville's loss to Syracuse on Saturday, the Hoosiers would appear poised to take over the top spot when the new AP rankings come out on Monday.

Jordan Hulls added 15 points. Christian Watford scored 14, and the 16-2 Hoosiers hung on after things got tense down the stretch. They led by as much as 17 in the first half but Northwestern twice cut the lead to five points but could get no closer.

Zeller, the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year, hit 9 of 10 free throws and dominated inside as Indiana pounded the Wildcats 36-24 on the glass.

Richard Howell scored the go-ahead basket with 1:56 left to help No. 14 North Carolina State hold off Clemson 66-62. Howell finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds for the 15-3 Wolfpack (15-3, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who never trailed yet still found itself in a tight game against a league opponent that wouldn't go away. N.C. State scored the game's first 10 points and led by nine early in the second half.

Ultimately, the Wolfpack held on, with Howell's three-point play breaking a tie. Freshman T.J. Warren scored 21 points in the win.

Devin Booker scored a career-high 27 points for the Tigers who fall to 10-7.


Ducks hire Helfrich to succeed Kelly

UNDATED (AP) — Oregon has hired Mark Helfrich as its football coach, promoting him from offensive coordinator as the successor to Chip Kelly. Kelly left the Ducks to coach the Philadelphia Eagles. Helfrich's promotion does not come as a surprise. Before Kelly left for the NFL, the offensive coordinator was considered the front-runner for the position.


Azarenka, Kuznetsova advances

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Top-seed Victoria Azarenka easily moved into the quarterfinals at the Austalian Open with a 6-1, 6-1 romp over Elena Vesnina. The defending champ took just 57 minutes to earn the victory.

Two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova (svet-LAH'-nah kooz-NET'-so-vah) also moved into the final eight with an upset of former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

Wozniacki lost her No. 1 ranking to Victoria Azarenka last year after falling in the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park to Kim Clijsters.


Gay wins 3-way playoff

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Brian Gay birdied the second extra hole to win a three-way playoff at the Humana Challenge. Gay came from six shots back in the final round by shooting a 9-under 63. That got him to 25 under tied with Charles Howell III and Swedish rookie David Lingmerth. Howell closed with a 64 while Lingmerth fired a 62.

Lingmerth hit into the water on the first playoff hole and was eliminated when Gay and Howell birdied. Howell hit into the bunker on the second playoff hole and missed his par putt before Gay ended it for his fourth Tour victory.


Frost, Cook in playoff

KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — John Cook caught David Frost on the final hole of regulation, then beat him with birdie on the second playoff hole to win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

Cook closed with a 5-under-67 to catch Frost at 17-under 199. Cook drained a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th green.

Frost shot 69.


Te'o to be interviewed by Couric

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (MAN'-ty TAY'-oh) will be interviewed by Katie Couric, the first on-camera interview given by the All-American since news broke about the dead girlfriend hoax.

Te'o and his parents will appear on Couric's syndicated daytime talk show Thursday. ABC News announced the interview Sunday, but gave no details as to when it will take place and where.

Te'o gave an off-camera interview with ESPN on Friday night. He insists he was the victim of the hoax, not a participant. The Heisman Trophy runner-up said he had an online romance with a woman he never met and in September was informed that the woman died from leukemia.


Famed Miami baseball coach dies

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Ron Fraser, the coach who was called "the wizard of college baseball" and turned Miami into one of the game's powerhouse programs, has died.

Fraser's family spokesman, Tony Segreto, says he died Sunday morning. Fraser had been battling Alzheimer's disease for many years.

Fraser led Miami to the 1982 and 1985 national titles and took the Hurricanes to the College World Series 12 times. He spent 30 years at the school, retiring in 1992 with 1,271 wins.