Rockets rain treys on Warriors...Pacers win at home again
UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Rockets were on the mark from beyond the arc Tuesday night.
The Rockets tied an NBA record and set a franchise mark by draining 23 three-pointers in a 140-109 win over Golden State. Jeremy Lin hit five treys and finished with 28 points. Chandler Parsons and James Harden each hit four three-pointers, with Harden finishing with 18 points and Parsons added 16 to the rout.
The Rockets also tied an NBA record with 14 three-pointers in the first half and dished out a season-high 35 assists on 46 field goals overall. They did it while their top three-point shooter, Carlos Delfino, sat out with an injured elbow.
In other NBA action, Paul George scored 29 points and the Indiana Pacers picked up their 15th consecutive home win by downing Atlanta 114-103. David West had 15 points and seven rebounds and George Hill added 15 points and eight assists to help the Pacers to their fourth straight victory overall.
Danilo Gallinari (dah-NIH'-loh gah-lih-NAHR'-ee) and Ty Lawson each scored 22 points and Corey Brewer added 20 off the bench in Denver's 112-104 decision over Utah. The Nuggets own a seven-game winning streak and are tied for fourth in the Western Conference after improving to 21-3 at home.
Kobe Bryant scored 21 points and had eight rebounds in the Los Angeles Lakers' third straight win, a 92-83 decision over the Nets in Brooklyn. The Lakers played without Metta World Peace, who served a one-game suspension for hitting Brandon Knight in the face during Sunday's game against the Pistons.
Goran Dragic (DRAH'-gihch) scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Phoenix past Memphis 96-90. Marcin Gortat (MAHR'-chin GOHR'-that) led the Suns with 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field.
Wolverines outlast Buckeyes...Razorbacks thump Gators
UNDATED (AP) — Tim Hardaway Jr. carried the Michigan Wolverines to victory in a matchup of top-10 teams.
Hardaway keyed a second-half charge and made a huge block in the waning moments as the third-ranked Wolverines beat No. 10 Ohio State 76-74. He finished with 23 points, including five straight three-pointers after the Buckeyes built a 48-40 lead.
Ohio State still had a chance to tie the game until Hardaway blocked a shot by Aaron Craft in the final seconds to secure Michigan's 21st win of the season.
Deshaun Thomas scored 17 points for the Buckeyes.
Second-ranked Florida entered Arkansas with a 10-game winning streak and an 8-0 record in the SEC before unranked Arkansas hit 10 of its first 15 shots and coasted to an 80-69 win over Florida. BJ Young had 13 points for the Razorbacks, who led by as many as 23 in the first half and beat a top-10 team for the first time since 2008-09. The Razorbacks also put together a 16-3 run that put them ahead 67-40 in the second half.
Also in top-25 action, Rion Brown tied a career high with 22 points and eighth-ranked Miami improved to 9-0 in the ACC by silencing Boston College 72-50. Kenny Kadji scored 10 points during the Hurricanes' first four possessions of the second half and finished with 16 points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes.
Rodney McGruder had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 13 Kansas State over Texas Tech 68-59. Angel Rodriguez and Thomas Gipson each added 13 points as the Wildcats improved to 7-2 in the Big 12.
ODU fires basketball coach
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Old Dominion University has fired men's basketball coach Blaine Taylor.
Taylor has the most wins in school history. He compiled a 239-144 record in 12 years. But Taylor's team has struggled this season with a 2-20 record.
Associate head coach Jim Corrigan will serve as the interim coach through the remainder of the season.
Hawks top Sharks
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks remain the NHL's lone team without a regulation loss following a comeback win at San Jose.
Patrick Kane scored twice and the Blackhawks improved to 8-0-2 with a 5-3 win over the Sharks. Kane snapped a 3-3 tie midway through the second period after Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger scored 42 seconds apart in the opening stanza to knot the score for Chicago.
Corey Crawford turned back 30 shots and blanked the Sharks after yielding three goals in the first 11 minutes.
San Jose has suffered back-to-back regulation losses since a 7-0-1 start.
Also on ice, Pittsburgh has a four-game winning streak after James Neal put the Penguins ahead to stay just three minutes into a 4-2 triumph over the New York Islanders. Brandon Sutter provided the eventual game-winner early in the third period.
David Clarkson and Patrik Elias (EH'-lee-ahsh) each had three points as New Jersey downed the New York Rangers 3-1. Clarkson had two goals after Adam Henrique (hehn-REEK') opened the scoring five minutes into the game.
Justin Williams set up goals by Anze Kopitar (AHN'-zhay KOH'-pih-tahr), Slava Voynov and Mike Richards as Los Angeles doubled up Columbus 4-2. Jonathan Quick made 18 saves to pick up the victory.
Colin Wilson assisted on goals by Ryan Ellis, Richard Clune and Gabriel Bourque while the Predators were building a 5-0 lead by the midway point of a 6-1 win over the Blues. Martin Erat (EE'-rat) had a goal and two assists as Nashville handed the Blues their first home loss of the season.
Ottawa halted a two-game skid as Chris Neil's goal gave the Senators a 4-1 lead in the second period of a 4-3 verdict over Buffalo. Senators netminder Craig Anderson stopped 20 shots but allowed two goals for the first time in nine games this season.
Tom Sestito had two goals, including the game-winner with 8:49 remaining as Philadelphia beat Tampa Bay 2-1. Ilya Bryzgalov (brihz-GAH'-lahv) handled 21 shots and blanked the Lightning until midway through the third period, less than two minutes before Sestito put the Flyers back on top.
Miikka Kiprusoff (MEE'-kuh KIP'-ruh-sahf) and Leland Irving combined to make 25 saves in Calgary's 4-1 win at Detroit. Curtis Glencross and Mark Giordano had power-play goals for the Flames, who entered the game with just one victory in six games.
Winnipeg beat Florida 3-2 on Bryan Little's power-play goal and 4:44 of overtime. Zach Redmond set up Mark Stuart's tying tally in the third period before assisting on the game-winner.
James van Riemsdyk (REEMZ'-dyk) scored twice and backup Ben Scrivens (SKRIH'-vehnz) stopped 24 shots as Toronto beat Washington 3-2 to improve to 4-1 on the road. Marcus Johansson and Mike Ribeiro (rih-BEHR'-oh) scored power-play goals for the Capitals, who have lost eight of 10 to start the season and sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.
MLB seeks newspaper records on drug story
UNDATED (AP) — Ryan Braun reportedly has been linked to the Florida clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball for allegedly providing banned substances to players.
Yahoo Sports is reporting that the name of the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and 2011 National League MVP is listed in the records from Biogenesis of America. Yahoo says no specific performance-enhancing drugs were noted next to the references to Braun, who tested positive for elevated testosterone levels during the 2011 postseason. He drew a 50-game suspension from MLB that was later overturned.
Braun says his name was in those records because of a dispute over payment to Anthony Bosch, who ran the now-closed anti-aging clinic.
In a statement to The Associated Press released by his representatives, Braun says he had no other relationship with Bosch and has nothing to hide.
The Miami New Times was the first to report the clinic had sold banned drugs to current major league players. Major League Baseball officials have asked the newspaper for records obtained for the story, and New Times editor Chuck Strouse said Tuesday the paper had not yet decided how to respond. Strouse described the MLB move as a request only and noted that the league does not have a law enforcement agency's subpoena power.
The newspaper reported last week that New York Yankees star and three-time American League MVP Alex Rodriguez was among several players who bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances during 2009-12 from now closed Biogenesis of America LLC.
MLB spokesman Pat Courtney says the league had no comment about the information request.
Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers will go to spring training expecting Nelson Cruz will be their right fielder. Cruz was among several players named in the New Times story last week.
In other major league news:
— St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak (MOHZ'-lee-ak) and manager Mike Matheny (muh-THEE'-nee) say pitcher Chris Carpenter almost certainly won't pitch in 2013 and that his star-crossed career is probably over after a recurrence of a nerve injury that cost him most of last season. Carpenter won the 2005 NL Cy Young Award after going 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA, and he was second in 2009 after going 17-4 with a 2.24 ERA. While Carpenter plans to seek further medical evaluation, Mozeliak seemed resigned to losing him.
— Arizona outfielder Gerardo Parra has agreed to a $2.35 million, one-year contract, settling the team's last salary arbitration case of the year. Parra hit .273 with 21 doubles, seven home runs and 36 RBIs in 133 games last year while making 44 starts in center field, 33 in left and 13 in right.
— The Miami Marlins have signed free-agent right-handed pitcher Jon Rauch (rowsh) to a one-year, $1 million contract. Rowsh was 3-7 with four saves and a 3.59 ERA in 73 games for the New York Mets last season.
— Reliever Kyle Farnsworth and second baseman-outfielder Kelly Johnson have finalized one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays.
— The Cleveland Indians have signed free agent outfielder Jeremy Hermida (hur-MEE'-duh) and catcher Omir (OH'-meer) Santos to minor league contracts.
SUPER BOWL-RAVENS CELEBRATION
Charm City out in force to cheer its champions
BALTIMORE (AP) — Ravens fans swarmed the sidewalks of downtown Baltimore and jammed M&T Bank Stadium to honor the team and its 34-31 victory over San Francisco in Sunday's Super Bowl.
The Mayor's Office of Emergency Management estimated that 200,000 people took part in the celebration, with thousands having to be turned back at the stadium. The crowd caused a traffic backup that left players about an hour late for the start of the festivities.
Players and team officials rode from City Hall to the stadium in military vehicles, a trolley and a float designed to look like a miniature football field.
Ray Lewis told Ravens fans that he owed it to them to bring home a second Super Bowl title for the way they supported him during his entire 17-year career with the franchise. The veteran linebacker announced before the playoffs that this would be his "last ride" before retiring.
President Barack Obama phoned coach John Harbaugh (HAHR'-baw) and general manager Ozzie Newsome today to congratulate them on the Super Bowl win.
NFL-NEWS AND MOVES
49ers Harbaugh wants Goldson back
UNDATED (AP) — San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says he'll make it a priority to re-sign franchise safety Dashon Goldson to a long-term contract this offseason.
The 28-year-old Goldson has played on one-year contracts the past two seasons, including the 2012 franchise tag of $6.2 million, and made it clear he's "not for that" again. He had 69 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble this season as San Francisco returned to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years.
The New York Giants have released linebacker Michael Boley after four seasons with the team. The 30-year-old appeared in all 16 games last year with 11 starts. He was fourth on team in tackles with 84, including 61 solo.
The Detroit Lions have released a pair of veteran starters, defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and guard Stephen Peterman. The 34-year old Vanden Bosch made 15 ½ sacks in 43 games for Detroit. Peterman started all 16 games last season.
The Browns have released defensive end Frostee Rucker, who is the first casualty of the team switching from a 4-3 to multi-front defensive scheme under first-year coach Rob Chudzinski. A top free-agent signee last year, Rucker made $6 million when he started all 16 games and finished with 48 tackles and four sacks.
Top recruit commits
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The consensus top recruit in the nation, Robert Nkemdiche (kihm-DEE'-chee), has announced he will attend Mississippi. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end from Loganville, Ga., has been on several programs' wish list for more than a year, but Ole Miss appeared to be his destination for months because of close family ties. His brother Denzel Nkemdiche plays for the Rebels and he led the defense with 82 tackles, including 13 for a loss last season.
Big win for an American
SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — Ted Ligety (LIHG'-eh-tee) produced a blistering finish Wednesday to win the super-G at the world championships, his first career victory in the discipline. The American took risks in the final section of the course to win in 1 minute, 23.96 seconds. The runner-up from France was 0.20 back.
Vonn out for the season, Mancuso medals
SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — America's top skier is done for the season after crashing during the opening event of the world championships in Austria.
Four-time overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn tore ligaments in her right knee and broke a bone in her right leg when she lost her balance while landing after a jump in the women's super-G.
Vonn will head home for surgery next week in Colorado. U.S. Ski Team physician William Sterett was with Vonn on the snow after the crash on Tuesday, then at a local hospital where she was airlifted.
Sterett tells The Associated Press that Vonn will be heading back to Colorado where she will have surgery early next week. He says Vonn has been released from the hospital and is "in good spirits."
Venus Williams to miss Qatar Open
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Venus Williams has withdrawn from next week's Qatar (GUH'-tur) Open due to an ongoing lower back injury. The 23rd-ranked Williams has been hampered by back problems since the Australian Open. Williams lost in straight sets to Maria Sharapova in the third round of the Australian Open, and then lost in the quarterfinals of the doubles alongside younger sister Serena.