NHL, union reach tentative agreement
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL and the players' association have announced a tentative labor agreement that will save the hockey season.
A marathon negotiating session that lasted more than 16 hours and stretched from early Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning produced a deal that will ultimately end the lockout that has reached its 113th day.
The 10-year deal still must be ratified by a majority of the league's 30 owners and the union's membership of approximately 740 players.
The NHL avoided the embarrassment of having a second season lost because of a labor dispute when no other North American sports league ever had to cancel one. A lockout eight years ago that ushered in a salary-cap system to hockey for the first time wiped out the entire 2004-05 season.
Packers and Texans win on Wild Card Saturday
UNDATED (AP) — The NFL's second season got under way with Houston and Green Bay moving onto next weekend's divisional playoffs.
— Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers showed how dangerous they can be when they're at full strength. The Packers overwhelmed the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 in an NFC wild-card game that was never really close.
John Kuhn scored two touchdowns. DuJuan Harris added another and Rodgers connected with an NFL playoff-record 10 receivers as he threw for 274 yards. Defensively, the Packers finally managed to contain Adrian Peterson and were all over Vikings backup Joe Webb, pressed into service because of Christian Ponder's elbow injury.
Peterson was held to 99 yards. He had rushed for 199 and 210 in the first two games against the Packers. Webb, who hadn't thrown a pass all season, was sacked three times and off target all night. His only highlight was a 50-yard scoring pass to Michael Jenkins late in the fourth quarter.
Green Bay will be at San Francisco next Saturday.
— Houston held off Cincinnati 19-13 in the first AFC wild-card round. The Texans' victory was built on the rushing of Arian Foster and solid defense, and reversed a slide that saw them lose three of their last four regular-season games to lose home-field advantage in the AFC.
Foster gained 140 yards, becoming the first player with at least 100 yards rushing in his first three postseason games. He scored on a 1-yard run and also had eight receptions.
"It only takes one week to turn things around in the NFL and we did that," said Foster, whose team lost to Minnesota and Indianapolis to slip to the AFC's third seed.
Cincinnati gained only 198 yards and had 12 first downs. Its touchdown came on Leon Hall's interception return.
Houston moves on to play at New England next Sunday.
Rivera coming back...Rutgers running back going pro
UNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Panthers are bringing back coach Ron Rivera for next season. A team spokesman says Rivera met with club owner Jerry Richardson and was told he will be back for a third season.
After a 1-5 start to the 2012 season the Panthers went 6-4 the rest of the way, including four straight wins to close the season.
In other NFL news:
— Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison has elected to forego his final two years of eligibility and enter the NFL draft. He is the sixth player since 2008 to leave the school early for the draft. For his career, Jamison rushed for 1,972 yards and 13 touchdowns in 25 games.
'Melo hits 40...Celtics rally from 19 down
UNDATED (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 16 of his season-high 40 points in the fourth quarter, helping the New York Knicks outlast the Orlando Magic 114-106. J.R. Smith added 18 points off the bench for the Knicks. Tyson Chandler added 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Knicks have won two straight overall and four in a row over the Magic, dating back to last season.
In other NBA action:
— Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh) had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Boston Celtics rallied to beat the Atlanta Hawks 89-81. Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 26 points in the third quarter as the Celtics erased a 19-point deficit in the second half.
— Brook Lopez scored 18 points in 17 minutes to lead six players in double figures, and the Brooklyn Nets breezed past the Sacramento Kings 113-93 for their third straight victory.
— Roy Hibbert had 20 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 95-80 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
— James Harden scored 29 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, and the Houston Rockets defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-104.
— Tony Parker had 20 points and Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) added 19 and the San Antonio Spurs routed the Philadelphia 76ers 109-86.
— The L.A. Clippers trounced Golden State 115-89. Chris Paul led the way with 27 points and nine assists.
— Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points and the Denver Nuggets rebounded from a rare home loss to beat the Utah Jazz 110-91. Denver lost to Minnesota Thursday night.
— Eric Gordon completed a three-point play with 4.7 seconds left in overtime and the New Orleans Hornets won 99-96 Saturday night at Dallas to spoil the Mavericks' first game this season with Dirk Nowitzki (noh-VIHT'-skee) in the starting lineup. Nowitzki had 20 points in 34 minutes in his most extensive action of the season.
— Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM') and Wesley Matthews each made five 3s and scored 26 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers over the injury-depleted Minnesota Timberwolves 102-97
No Love again in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has re-fractured his right hand.
The team said an MRI on Saturday revealed that Love re-fractured his third metacarpal in the hand and that he will be examined by a hand specialist in New York.
The original injury, sustained Oct. 17, forced Love to miss the first three weeks of the season and has hampered his shooting. He re-injured the hand during the third quarter Thursday night at Denver.
Love is averaging 18.3 points and 14 rebounds, both team highs, in 18 games.
Illini upset Buckeyes...'Zags win sixth straight
UNDATED (AP) — Ohio State, the eighth-ranked team in the AP poll, was upset by No. 11 Illinois 74-55. Brandon Paul led the way for the winners with 19 points. The 14-2 Illini led 37-25 at halftime and used a 13-2 run early in the second half to build a 50-27 lead. Ohio State is now 11-3.
In other AP Top-25 hoops:
— Duke, the No. 1 team in the Associated Press men's poll has racked up another win. Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry each had 22 points in an 80-62 win over Wake Forest. The Blue Devils are now 14-0 while Wake is 7-6.
— Third-ranked Arizona dodged an upset by holding off Utah 60-57 to remain undefeated at 14-0. Solomon Hill had 19 points. Mark Lyons hit two free throws with 7.2 seconds left to seal it for the Wildcats.
— Kelly Olynyk poured in a career-high 33 points, and No. 10 Gonzaga held off a late rally to beat Santa Clara 81-74 for its sixth straight victory.
— Phil Pressey scored a career-high 26 points and Laurence Bowers added 16 to help No. 12 Missouri get by Bucknell 66-64.
— JaKarr Sampson scored 16 points and D'Angelo Harrison added 15 as St. John's nipped No. 14 Cincinnati 53-52 in yet another close game between the teams. Cashmere Wright finished with 23 points.
— Davante Gardner made two free throws with 8.3 seconds left and Marquette had to hang on to beat No. 15 Georgetown 49-48. With Marquette leading 49-46, Greg Whittington of the Hoyas was fouled by Trent Lockett on a baseline 3-point shot with 2.3 seconds left. He made the first two free throws and after Marquette coach Buzz Williams called a timeout, hit the front of the rim on the final attempt.
— Doug McDermott had 25 points and nine rebounds and No. 16 Creighton used a 19-4 run to break open a close game in the second half in a 79-66 victory over Indiana State. The Bluejays, who have won eight straight, are now 14-1 while the Sycamores are 9-5.
— Kellen Dunham scored 15 points and Khyle Marshall added 13, leading No. 17 Butler past New Orleans 57-44. The 12-2 Bulldogs are 7-0 at home this season and will take a nine-game winning streak into their Atlantic 10 debut Tuesday night at Saint Joseph's.
— Freshman Gary Harris scored a season-high 22 points and No. 18 Michigan State used a 28-7 run in the second half to pull away for an 84-61 victory over Purdue. The win gives the Spartans a 12-3 record, while the Boilermakers fell to 7-7.
— Scott Martin had a season-high 22 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers, as No. 21 Notre Dame beat Seton Hall 93-74. Jack Cooley added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Irish, who have won 11 straight. The winning streak is the second-longest for Notre Dame, which is 13-1, in 13 seasons under coach Mike Brey.
— Scott Wood atoned for a scoreless first half with 12 points in the second, hitting two 3-pointers and six free throws down the stretch as No. 23 North Carolina State held off Boston College 78-73.
— Eli Carter scored 23 points and Rutgers held off a second-half rally to defeat No. 24 Pittsburgh 67-62. The victory was the first for Rutgers coach Mike Rice since returning from a three-game school-imposed suspension for inappropriate behavior earlier this week. The Scarlet Knights have won 10 of 13 games this season while the Panthers, who have lost two straight, are 12-3.
— Rodney McGruder scored all but two of his 28 points in the second half as No. 25 Kansas State beat 22nd-ranked Oklahoma State 73-67. McGruder was 10 of 13 from the field and hit all five of his 3-pointers after the break as the Wildcats upped their record to 12-2.
T25 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Top team upset
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Kayla McBride scored 21 points and Skylar Diggins added 19 to help No. 5 Notre Dame upset top-ranked Connecticut 73-72 in the Big East conference opener for both teams. Trailing 73-72 with 6 seconds left, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis missed a 3-pointer from the corner and the Irish (12-1, 1-0 Big East) got the ensuing rebound and ran out the clock. Each team is now 12-1 overall.
Ole' Miss prevails
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Bo Wallace threw three touchdown passes and Mississippi beat Pittsburgh 38-17 in the BBVA Compass Bowl to complete an impressive turnaround under first-year coach Hugh Freeze. Ole Miss finished the season 7-6 after going 2-10 in 2011.
The loss left Pittsburgh with a record of 6-7.
North Dakota State wins another title
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Quarterback Brock Jensen ran for three touchdowns, Sam Ojuri scored twice and North Dakota State beat Sam Houston State 39-13 in a title-game rematch Saturday for its second straight FCS championship. Jensen scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard sneak in the third quarter, and Ojuri had a 2-yard TD run on fourth-and-1 after the Bison (14-1) got the ball with a fourth-down stop. The Bearkats finished at 11-4.
PGA-TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Start of season opener delayed, again
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — The wind remained so strong that the first round of the Tournament of Champions PGA event has once again been delayed. The opening round, first slated for Friday, will now be played today.
Some holes on the back nine are so exposed that when officials dropped a golf ball on the green, it actually rolled up uphill.
The plan is to play 36 holes today and get in 54 holes by Monday afternoon, making it likely that the Tournament of Champions will be decided over 54 holes for the first time since 1997 when it was at La Costa.
U.S. wins junior championships
UFA, Russia (AP) — The United States won the world junior ice hockey championships as Rocco Grimaldi scored twice and Vince Trocheck added an empty-net goal for a 3-1 win over Sweden in the final. U.S. goalie John Gibson had 26 saves and was named the MVP of the tournament.
This is the third title for the Americans, who also won in 2004 and 2010.
Wozniacki quick first-round victor
SYDNEY (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) beat Poland's Urszula Radwanska 6-1, 6-2 in hot conditions Sunday in the first round of the Sydney International. The men's tournament starts Monday.
Gasquet beats Davydenko
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Richard Gasquet (ree-SHARD' gas-KAY') won the Qatar (GUH'-tur) Open for his eight career title, coming from a set down to beat Nikolay Davydenko (NIH'-koh-ly dah-vee-DENK'-oh) 3-6, 7-6, 6-3. Having pulled out of the Sydney tournament because of elbow trouble, Gasquet says he will be ready for the upcoming Australian Open.
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Spain has defeated Serbia 2-1 to win the Hopman Cup for the fourth time. Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues (meh-DEE'-nah gah-REE'-gez) won the deciding mixed doubles 6-4, 7-5 against Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) and Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH'-noh-vich).