Nuggets drop second straight...LeBron on the mark again
UNDATED (AP) — The latest LeBron James shooting streak has reached record proportions.
James is the first player in NBA history to score 30 points and shoot at least 60 percent in six straight games after finishing with 30 on 11-of-15 shooting in Miami's 117-104 win over Portland. He's hit 67 of his 92 shots and averaged 31 points during the Heat's current six-game winning streak. According to the Heat, only Adrian Dantley and Moses Malone had done the 30-point, 60-percent streak in five straight outings.
Chris Bosh scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 24 points to help Miami stretch its lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference to three games over New York.
Also in the NBA, the Denver Nuggets now have back-to-back losses since their nine-game winning streak. Rudy Gay drained a pull-up jumper with less than five seconds remaining as Toronto knocked off the Nuggets 109-108. DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points and Gay finished with 17 to help the Raptors pick up their third straight win.
Oklahoma City committed 20 turnovers and ended a four-game winning streak by falling 109-94 at Utah. Al Jefferson scored 23 points, Paul Millsap had 18 and the Jazz bench outscored the Thunder subs 49-25.
Memphis also has a three-game winning streak after Marc Gasol's (gah-SAHLZ') 24 points and 12 rebounds led the Grizzlies past Sacramento 108-101. Mike Conley finished with 22 points and Tony Allen added a season-high 19 to the win.
Dwight Howard and Antawn Jamison each scored 19 points in the Los Angeles Lakers' 91-85 decision over Phoenix. The Lakers outscored the Suns by 12 in the fourth quarter and won despite Kobe Bryant's four points on 1-of-8 shooting.
James Harden poured in 27 points and had seven rebounds in Houston's 116-107 win at Golden State, the Warriors' season-high fifth straight loss. Chandler Parsons added 21 points and nine assists to the win.
Rose not ready
DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former league MVP Derrick Rose tells USA Today that he's "far away" from returning from surgery on the knee he injured in last season's playoffs. And the Chicago Bulls guard says he has no specific timetable for a return.
Rose has been traveling and practicing with the team but says he's not coming back until he's "110 percent."
In other NBA news:
— Boston Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season. Barbosa injured the knee in Monday's game against the Charlotte Bobcats.
— Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger could make his season debut Wednesday against Charlotte after participating in his second full practice Tuesday afternoon. Coach Frank Vogel told reporters that Granger looked a "little rusty" and that the Pacers were eager to finally get him back on the court. The Pacers have been waiting more than three months for their leading scorer the last five seasons to recover from patellar tendinosis in his left knee.
— The Denver Nuggets are without forwards Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler and guard Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH'-lah) for tonight's game in Toronto. Gallinari was ruled out with a sinus infection, Iguodala has a strained neck and Chandler is bothered by a sore groin. Gallinari and Iguodala are averaging a combined 30.6 points this season.
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Spartans hammer Wolverines...Gators finally beat Wildcats
UNDATED (AP) — Michigan and Michigan State squared off as top-10 men's basketball teams for the first time on Tuesday, but the game quickly became a rout.
The eighth-ranked Spartans led by as many as 16 points in the first half and 30 in the second before settling for a 75-52 pounding of the fourth-ranked Wolverines. Gary Harris scored 17 points and Derrick Nix had 14 to help the Spartans improve to 10-2 in the Big Ten, breaking a first-place tie with Indiana.
The Wolverines never led in losing for the third time in four games.
Seventh-ranked Florida is 10-1 in the SEC after winning a top-25 battle against Kentucky.
Scottie Wilbekin had 14 points and eight assists as the Gators thumped the No. 25 Wildcats 69-52. Pat Young added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Florida, which beat the Wildcats for the first time in six tries and ended Kentucky's six-game winning streak.
The Wildcats finished the game without Nerlens Noel, the nation's leading shot-blocker who injured his left knee in the second half.
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Big East, NBA negotiating rights package
NEW YORK (AP) — Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press the Big East conference is closing in on a six-year contract with NBC Sports Network for football and basketball rights that will pay members around $20 million per year.
One person said the deal would likely be announced within the next two weeks. The Big East first has to go through the process of allowing ESPN to match the offer. ESPN is the current Big East rights-holder for football and first reported the network's offer to the Big East.
Sharks fall again...Canes end Devils' streak
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have played more than one-fourth of their season without suffering a regulation loss. But their lead in the NHL's Western Conference was cut to four points over Anaheim when the Ducks beat the Hawks 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday night.
Viktor Fasth made two stops in the shootout and 28 during the game to remain perfect in six starts. Corey Perry and Nick Bonino tallied in the shootout to give the Ducks a 3-1 record on their six-game road trip.
The Blackhawks were about to improve to 11-0-2 until Andrew Cogliano scored with 2:40 left in regulation.
Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks still haven't won since they opened the NHL season 7-0.
The Sharks dropped to 0-3-3 in their last six contests with Tuesday's 1-0 overtime loss at Nashville. Colin Wilson scored at 2:08 of the extra session to support Pekka Rinne's (PEK'-uh RIN'-ayz) second shutout of the year. Wilson's tally ended the Predators' club-record streak of over 176 minutes without scoring a goal.
The Carolina Hurricanes are heading back to Raleigh following a 4-1-1 road trip capped by tonight's 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.
Jiri Tlusty (tuh-LOOS'-tee) scored the tiebreaking and insurance goals in the third period, one night after scoring twice and collecting four points against the Islanders.
Jussi Jokinen (YOO'-see YOH'-kih-nehn) and Patrick Dwyer also scored as the Hurricanes stopped the Devils' five-game winning streak.
Also on ice, the New York Rangers blew a 3-0 lead in the third period before Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan scored shootout goals to give the Blueshirts a 4-3 win over Boston. Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand scored 48 seconds apart over the final 1:31 of regulation to force overtime.
Montreal also pulled out a 4-3 shootout win after blowing a three-goal lead in the third period. Carey Price stopped all three shots in the shootout, allowing David Desharnais' (day-shahr-NAYZ') goal to stand up.
Craig Anderson stopped 42 shots and Ottawa ended a two-game skid by blanking Buffalo 2-0. Erik Karlsson and Erik Condra scored less than two minutes apart in the second period to support Anderson's second shutout of the season.
Roberto Luongo turned back 25 shots and Vancouver claimed its sixth straight win by downing Minnesota 2-1. Goals by Kevin Bieksa (bee-EHK'-suh) and Jannik (YAH'-nik) Hansen put the Canucks ahead 2-0 midway through the game.
Jakub Voracek set up goals by Brayden Schenn and Tye McGinn as Philadelphia held off Winnipeg 3-2 Ilya Bryzgalov (brihz-GAH'-lahv) stopped 24 shots and allowed only a pair of goals by Andrew Ladd.
Third-period goals by Eric Nystrom, Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-roh-meer YAH'-gur) and Ryan Garbutt were the difference in the Dallas Stars' 4-1 win at Edmonton. Kari Lehtonen (LEH'-toh-nehn) made 36 shots and blanked the Oilers following Taylor Hall's first-period goal.
Washington completed a home-and-home sweep of Florida by beating the Panthers 6-5 on Troy Brouwer's (BROW'-urz) goal 32 seconds into overtime. The Panthers led 5-3 until Eric Fehr and Alex Ovechkin scored in the final 5:07 of regulation.
Blue Jackets dismiss GM...Leafs netminder
UNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have fired general manager Scott Howson after nearly six years at the post.
The Blue Jackets went 173-190-59 during Howson's reign and made their lone Stanley Cup playoff appearance after a franchise-best 41-31-10 mark in the 2008-09 season. They are 4-7-2 this year following Monday's 6-2 win over San Jose.
In other NHL news, the Toronto Maple Leafs say goalie James Reimer will miss at least a week because of a strained knee ligament. Reimer was injured in the second period of Toronto's 5-2 home victory over Philadelphia Monday night. He is 6-3 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a shutout in 10 appearances this season.
The Boston Bruins have added depth at forward by signing Jay Pandolfo to a one-year, two-way contract. Pandolfo was placed on waivers, a move that allows the Bruins to send him to Providence of the AHL.
Minnesota goalie Josh Harding has told the Wild he's feeling a little "off" from medication he takes to fight multiple sclerosis. Harding was diagnosed with the disease last summer but hadn't experienced any setbacks or complications before now. The Wild recalled goalie Darcy Kuemper from their AHL affiliate before tonight's game in Vancouver.
King Felix and M's agree
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Felix Hernadez is just a signature away from officially becoming the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.
King Felix and the Seattle Mariners have reached agreement on a seven-year contract worth $175 million.
Hernandez is 98-76 with a 3.22 ERA in eight seasons with the Mariners.
With Hernandez off the market, Detroit's Justin Verlander and the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw become the most attractive pitchers eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.
Rolen turns down invitation...Latos and Reds agree
UNDATED (AP) — Third baseman Scott Rolen has declined the Reds' offer to attend spring training to compete for a reserve role.
The 37-year-old infielder tells the club that he's keeping his options open, but isn't ready to try to play right now.
The seven-time All-Star has been limited each of the last three seasons by a chronic shoulder problem and back spasms. Rolen became a free agent after last season, when he batted .245 in 92 games with eight homers and 39 RBIs for Cincinnati.
In other baseball news:
— Pitcher Mat Latos (LAY'-tohs) has agreed to an $11.5 million, two-year contract with the Reds, avoiding what would have been baseball's first salary arbitration hearing of the year. Latos went 14-4 with a 3.48 ERA and two complete games in 33 starts last season while helping Cincinnati win the NL Central title.
—Alex Rodriguez will not report to spring training with the Yankees' position players and will work on his rehabilitation from hip surgery in New York. The third baseman is expected to be sidelined until at least the All-Star break following the Jan. 16 operation.
— The Athletics and free agent left-hander Hideki Okajima (hih-DEH'-kee ohokuh-JEE'-muh) have finalized a minor league contract after he passed a physical. The former Red Sox reliever pitched in Japan last year.
— New York Mets closer Frank Francisco is bothered by the same elbow inflammation that caused him to miss the last two weeks of last season. Mets manager Terry Collins says Bobby Parnell and Brandon Lyon will be given the first chance to take over the closer's job.
Barry Bonds seeks dismissal of felony conviction
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Barry Bonds is asking a federal court to toss out his felony obstruction of conviction.
His lawyers and federal prosecutors are scheduled to argue the issue today before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal in San Francisco.
A jury convicted Major League Baseball's career home run leader in April 2011 of obstruction for giving a rambling answer about being a "celebrity child" to a question about whether his personal trainer ever injected him with anything.
His lawyers argue that the answer was neither misleading nor untrue. Prosecutors argue that Bonds meant to confuse the jury.
The former San Francisco Giant and Pittsburgh Pirate isn't expected to appear and the judges will rule on the case later.
UNDATED (AP) — Checking some NFL news and notes, the Chicago Bears have terminated the contract of wideout Johnny Knox after he missed this past season recovering from a back injury.
And the Washington Redskins have hired Keith Burns to be their special teams coordinator. He replaces Danny Smith, who left last month to join the Pittsburgh Steelers. Burns spent last season as Denver's assistant special teams coach.
Russia plans to appeal wrestling's drop from games
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Olympic Committee says it plans to appeal to the IOC to restore wrestling to the games.
The International Olympic Committee voted Tuesday to drop wrestling from the Olympics from 2020.
Wrestling has been one of Russia's strongest sports: Soviet and Russian wrestlers have won 77 gold medals.
Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov says "we will use all of our strength to persuade the IOC not to exclude wrestling from the Olympic program."
Snedeker taking time off
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandt Snedeker has withdrawn from next week's Match Play Championship because of sore ribs.
Snedeker is coming off a torrid stretch of golf in which he was runner-up in consecutive weeks to Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and then won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to rise to a career-best No. 4 in the world.