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Associated Press

Posted on March 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM


Payback time

UNDATED (AP) — Luke Hancock's 3-pointer with 99 seconds left broke a tie and 10-ranked Louisville went on to gain a measure of revenge with a 58-53 victory at No. 12 Syracuse. The Orange knocked the Cardinals from the No. 1 perch in the AP poll earlier this season with a victory at Louisville.

It's a third straight loss for the Orange, who fall to 22-7. Louisville is 24-5 and in the thick of the Big East's regular-season race with a 12-4 conference record. Syracuse has a league mark of 10-6.


— Eighth-ranked Florida rallied from an eight-point second-half deficit to beat visiting Alabama 64-52, improving to 23-5 this season. The Gators' 23-5 run over the final 10 minutes was sparked by Casey Prather, who ended up with 10 points and nine rebounds. Erik Murphy had a game-high 15 points while helping Florida remain unbeaten at home.

— VCU crushed 20th-ranked Butler 84-52 in a rematch of their unlikely meeting in the national semifinals in 2011. Troy Daniels scored a game-high 20 points to help the 23-6 Rams secure one of the top four seeds in the Atlantic 10 tournament later this month. The Bulldoigs fall to 22-7.


Close races magnified by short season

UNDATED (AP) — Today's nine-game NHL schedule got under way in Philadelphia, where the Flyers are taking on the Ottawa Senators.

Boston is hosting Tampa Bay this afternoon. The Bruins have won four straight and are just one point behind first-place Montreal in both the Eastern Conference and Northeast Division standings. The Canadiens host Atlantic Division leader Pittsburgh tonight.

There are hockey matinees in Buffalo and Winnipeg. The Sabres will host a New Jersey Devils team that is just two points behind the Penguins while the Jets are taking on a Washington Capitals club with the second-fewest points in the league.


Trying to catch a rookie

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Luke Guthrie held a one-stroke lead when they began teeing it up for today's third round of the Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida. The tour rookie fired a 7-under-par 63 yesterday to get to minus-9 for the tournament.

Michael Thompson was alone is second place after 36 holes.

Tiger Woods began the day nine strokes back after making the cut on the number and failed to make a charge. The world No. 2 carded an even-par 70.


Two tied for lead in Singapore

SINGAPORE (AP) — American Stacy Lewis shares a two-stroke lead with Na Yeon Choi after three rounds of the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore. The South Korean birdied the 18th hole to pull into a tie with the reigning LPGA Player of the Year.

Choi signed for a 5-under 67 and Lewis carded a 69.

Paula Creamer, who injured her shoulder in a car accident after a tournament in Thailand last weekend, shot 69 to move into third place at 12-under.


Djokovic again

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) has won his fourth Dubai Championships title. The world No. 1 beat third-seeded Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') 7-5, 6-3 in the final.

It extends Djokovic's unbeaten streak this year to 13 matches.


Maze makes history

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Tina Maze (MAH'-zeh) of Slovenia broke the record for points in a World Cup season by winning a downhill in Germany. She becomes only the third woman to win a race in all five disciplines in a single campaign.

Maze secured the overall World Cup title one week ago and her ninth win of the season took her to 2,024 points in the overall standings. Austrian great Hermann Maier held the previous record of 2,000 points on the men's side.

Laurenne Ross of the United States was 0.39 seconds behind for a career-best second-place result.


Parker out approximately 4 weeks

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An MRI of Tony Parker's left ankle shows the Spurs point guard has a Grade 2 sprain that is expected to keep him out of action for about a month.

San Antonio's leading assist man injured the ankle in the third period of Friday night's win over the Sacramento Kings.

The 30-year-old Parker closed out February averaging 26.1 points and 8.3 assists and had shot 54 percent from the field.

On Friday night, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Parker was "playing better than any other point guard in the league" this year, and that the team would miss him.


Light night in the NBA

UNDATED (AP) — Brooklyn at Chicago highlights a four-game NBA schedule. It's the only game on tonight's slate that features two teams with winning records. The Nets hold down second place in the Atlantic Division just three games back of the Knicks, after last night's loss to Dallas. Chicago trails Indiana by three-and-a-half games for the top spot in the Central Division. The Bulls snapped a two-game skid with a win over the 76ers Thursday, but have only won four of ten.

Golden State is hoping to end what's been a disappointing five-game road trip with a win when it plays at Philadelphia tonight. The Warriors are 1-3 so far after a loss at Boston last night, and have only won three of their last ten. The disappointing 76ers have lost a season-high seven in a row.

Toronto will try to snap a three-game losing streak when they play at Milwaukee, and Portland hosts Minnesota in a showdown of the bottom two teams in the Northwest Division.