Lakers talking to Jackson
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers spoke to 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson on Saturday about returning for a third stint on their bench and say they will meet with Jackson next week. The Lakers fired coach Mike Brown on Friday after a 1-4 start and now are looking at Jackson, who won five titles in 11 seasons with the Lakers.
Interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff led the Lakers to a blowout win over Golden State Friday night. The Lakers said Bickerstaff will coach the club in a home game against Sacramento on Sunday night.
Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard have voiced their interest in playing for Jackson. Bryant says as long as Jackson's health is up to it, he thinks Jackson would return.
Third straight road win for Sixers...Beat goes on for Wizards and Pistons
UNDATED (AP) —The Philadelphia 76ers are proving to be road warriors in the early NBA going. Thaddeus Young, Jrue (zhroo) Holiday and Nick Young scored 16 points apiece and the 76ers beat Toronto 93-83 for their third straight road victory. It's the first time the 76ers have done that since February 2003.
It's also Philadelphia's fifth victory in six meetings with the Raptors. Spencer Hawes had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Dorell Wright added 15 points for Philadelphia which won its third straight, with all three victories on the road.
In other NBA action:
— Paul George scored 20 points and the Indiana Pacers beat the winless Washington Wizards 89-85. Roy Hibbert added seven points, 11 rebounds and two blocks for the Pacers, who ended a three-game slide.
__ James Harden scored 20 and the Houston Rockets kept the Detroit Pistons in the winless category as well, 96-82.
— Nate Robinson scored 18 points and the Chicago Bulls beat Minnesota 87-80. That ends the Timberwolves' three-game winning streak.
— Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds to help the Charlotte Bobcats snap a 16-game losing streak against the Dallas Mavericks with a 101-97 overtime win.
T25 FOOTBALL-FINAL SCORES AND HIGHLIGHTS
Aggies pull upset of top-ranked Tide...K-State's BCS title hopes alive
UNDATED (AP) — There's been a huge upset in college football that has shaken up the race for the national championship. Top-ranked Alabama fell behind Texas A&M 20-0 and lost to the 15th-ranked Aggies 29-24 at Tuscaloosa.
The victory probably knocks 'Bama out of the national championship hunt. And it also probably ends the six-year streak of Southeastern Conference teams playing in the BCS title game. It's the Aggies' biggest win since joining the SEC this year.
Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel passed for 253 yards and rushed for 92 and led the Aggies to a 20-0 first quarter lead.
The Crimson Tide, which fell to 9-1, didn't go down without a fight.
AJ McCarron nearly pulled off a second straight scintillating comeback. He threw one touchdown pass to cut the Aggies' lead to five. After driving Alabama deep into Aggie territory, McCarron ran out of luck when Deshazor Everett intercepted his fourth-down pass at the goal line with 1:36 left.
In other AP Top-25 action:
— Collin Klein ran for two touchdowns and No. 3 Kansas State bolstered its national title hopes with a 23-10 victory at Big 12 newcomer TCU. The Wildcats improved to 10-0 for only the second time under coach Bill Snyder, and moved within two wins of likely reaching their first BCS championship game.
—No. 5 Georgia overwhelmed Auburn 38-0, sending the Bulldogs back to the SEC championship game. Aaron Murray passed for 208 yards and three touchdowns. Freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each ran for more than 100 yards.
— Seventh-ranked Florida escapes the biggest upset in school history by scoring twice in the final two minutes of a 27-20 home victory over Louisiana-Lafayette. Jelani Jenkins provided the game-winning score by returning a blocked punt 36 yards for a touchdown with two seconds left on the clock. The Gators improve to 9-1.
— Zach Mettenberger passed for 273 yards and two touchdowns, and ninth-ranked LSU kept alive faint hope of a SEC title with a 37-17 victory over No. 23 Mississippi State.
— Tajh Boyd threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns in No. 10 Clemson's 45-10 victory over Maryland. That's, the Tigers' sixth straight victory and 12th in a row at Death Valley.
— Syracuse dropped 11th-ranked Louisville to 9-1 by hammering the visiting Cardinals 45-26. It's the most points Louisville has given up this season. Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns in his final home game.
—Connor Shaw threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score to lead No. 12 South Carolina past Arkansas 38-20. The Gamecocks finish with six league wins for only the second time in 20 years of SEC play.
— Landry Jones threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns, Damien Williams ran for 99 yards and two scores and No. 14 Oklahoma beat Baylor 42-34.
— Kevin Hogan threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start, and No. 16 Stanford overcame four turnovers to rally past No. 13 Oregon State 27-23 and stay in control of its Pac-12 title hopes.
— Taylor Martinez threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner for Nebraska's first lead, and the No. 18 Cornhuskers rallied to beat Penn State, 32-23.
— David Ash passed for 364 yards and two touchdowns and No. 19 Texas stomped Iowa State 33-7. Johnathan Gray ran for two touchdowns to help the Longhorns win their fourth straight and improve to 8-2.
-- No. 21 Southern California rebounded from two straight losses by clocking Arizona State 38-17. Matt Barkley threw for 222 yards and three TDs. Marqise (mahr-KEES') Lee caught 10 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown.
— No. 24 Rutgers bounced back from its first loss of the season and a two-week layoff due to the rotten weather in the area by beating Army 28-7. The Scarlet Knights scored three times in the final nine minutes to break open a close game.
— Eric Stephens took the snap out of the wildcat formation, rolled to his right and threw a 3-yard jump pass to Darrin Moore for a touchdown in double overtime to lead 25th-ranked Texas Tech past one-win Kansas 41-34. Seth Doege completed 45 of 59 passes for 476 yards and three touchdowns to help the Red Raiders get to 7-3 on the year.
T25 BASKETBALL-FINAL SCORES
Fighting Irish prevail
UNDATED (AP) — No. 22 Notre Dame got a strong performance by its star player and some solid defense in a 58-49 win over visiting Evansville in the preliminary round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Jack Cooley scored the first nine points of the game and finished with 19.
In the only other Top-25 game, Laurence Bowers had 20 points and seven rebounds in his return from a knee injury that sidelined him all of last season in leading No. 15 Missouri to an 83-69 season-opening victory over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.
Lockout drags on
NEW YORK (AP) — NHL labor talks took a break -- an old-fashioned lunch break.
Instead of returning to the negotiating table for a fifth straight day, representatives from the NHL and the players' association stayed in touch during the morning and then got together for an informal lunch meeting in the afternoon.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and union special counsel Steve Fehr made plans to talk over the weekend to set up the next round of negotiations.
Beljan recovers nicely
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — After spending Friday night in a local hospital with a three-stroke lead, Charlie Beljan carded a 1-under 71 to remain atop the leaderboard after three rounds of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. The 28-year-old rookie is 13-under after 54 holes at Disney and two shots better than Brian Gay, Josh Teater and Charlie Wi (wee).
Beljan was hospitalized Friday, after suffering a panic attack while carding a 64 in round two.
Park takes lead
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Inbee Park will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Lorena Ochoa (lohr-AY'-nah oh-CHOH'-uh) Invitational. The South Korean is 15-under-par after signing for a 6-under 66 in round three.
American Cristie Kerr is alone in second place after carding a 67.
Second round leader Angela Stafford ballooned to a 72 and is four off the pace with 18 holes to play in Mexico.
Johnson's last hurrah
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals are bringing back Davey Johnson for one more season as their manager. At 70 years old, Johnson will be the oldest manager in the majors in 2013.
He'll move into a role as a consultant to the club in 2014.
Last season, Johnson led the Nats to major league-high 98 wins and their first NL East title. Washington lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in an NL division series, blowing a 6-0 lead in the decisive fifth game.
Johnson is one of three finalists for the NL manager of the year award. The winner will be announced on Tuesday.
In other baseball news
— The Los Angeles Dodgers have bid nearly $26 million for a chance to sign South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin. The Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization say they have accepted a posting fee of $25.7 million for the 25-year-old left-hander. The $25.7 million fee will be paid to the Eagles only if Ryu signs with the Dodgers.
Stenhouse pads Nationwide points lead
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Joey Logano picked up his ninth Nationwide Series win of the season, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. moved a big step closer toward a second championship.
Elliott Sadler and Stenhouse started the race tied in the Nationwide standings. Now Stenhouse goes into Homestead up 20 points in the standings.
Stenhouse can clinch the title by finishing 16th or better in next week's finale.
No Danica in next year's Indy 500
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Danica Patrick has decided not to race in the Indianapolis 500 next season.
Multiple people familiar with her plans tell The Associated Press that Patrick has decided running the Indy 500 would be a distraction to her NASCAR efforts.
Del Potro is in, the Bryans are out
LONDON (AP) — Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN' dehl POHT'-roh) clinched the last spot in the final four of the ATP finals by beating two-time defending champion Roger Federer 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 in their final round-robin match.
Federer had already qualified for the semifinal of the season-ending event that features the top eight players.
Bob and Mike Bryan failed to reach the semifinals of the season-ending tournament for the first time in five years. The top-seeded American twins lost to Leander Paes (lee-AN'-dur payz) of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-7, 10-7 after a Champions tiebreaker to finish round-robin play with a 1-2 record.
WORLD CUP SKIING-WOMEN'S SLALOM
Impressive start for American teenager
LEVI, Finland (AP) — Seventeen-year-old American skier Mikaela Shiffrin grabbed a spot on the podium in Finland, finishing third in the first World Cup slalom of the season.
Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany used a blazing second run to overtake local favorite Tanja Poutiainen (TAHN'-yuh poo-tee-EYE'-nen) for first place.