Ducks stun No. 4 Arizona
UNDATED — E.J. Singler scored 14 points and Oregon overcame a slow start to beat No. 4 Arizona 70-66 on, handing the Wildcats their first loss of the season.
Dominic Artis, Carlos Emory and Tony Woods had 10 points apiece for the 13-2 Ducks, who have won 17 straight home games, including all 11 this season.
Mark Lyons scored 21 and Solomon Hill added 16 points to lead the Wildcats who entered as one of three undefeated teams in the country after 14 straight wins.
It appeared they were going to stay that way when the Wildcats jumped out to an 11-0 lead. But the Ducks outscored Arizona 41-19 the rest of the first half to lead by 11 at halftime.
The Wildcats got as close as four points with 1:18 but couldn't complete the comeback.
In other top 25 action;
— Kelly Olynyk scored 31 points as No. 9 Gonzaga held off Saint Mary's 83-78 in the latest edition of one of the best rivalries on the West Coast. The 16-1 Bulldogs won their seventh straight with the help of 22 points from Kevin Pangos. Gonzaga led by 20 early in the second half but had to stave off a furious rally by the Gaels to wrap up the win.
— Branden Dawson scored a career-high 17 points, including a late steal and tiebreaking dunk that helped No. 22 Michigan State hold off Iowa 62-59. Gary Harris had 14 points for the Spartans, who hung on late for their eighth win in nine games.
Anthony Clemmons missed a free throw that would have tied it with 12 seconds to go and air-balled a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Iowa (11-5, 0-3) lost its third straight.
Blazers edge Heat
UNDATED (AP) — Wesley Matthews' 3-pointer put Portland in front with 26.9 seconds left and the Trail Blazers hung on to beat the Miami Heat 92-90. It was the fourth straight win for Portland and ninth straight at the Rose Garden.
The Blazers held LeBron James to 15 points, snapping his 54-game streak with at least 20 points that dated back to last season. The Eastern Conference leading Heat have lost five of their last eight.
Nicolas Batum paced Portland with 28 points. Chris Bosh led Miami with 29.
Around the rest of the NBA;
— Paul George scored seven of his 24 points in a 13-0 fourth-quarter run, leading Indiana past the short-handed New York Knicks 81-76. New York played without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony who was sitting out a one-game suspension handed down by the NBA.
— O.J. Mayo scored 24 points and Vince Carter added 23 to help Dallas rally from 17 points down to beat Sacramento 117-112 in overtime. The win snapped the Mavericks four-game losing streak.
Cavs center has leg surgery, out two months
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (VEHR'-eh-zhow) had surgery to repair a split leg muscle, an injury that could sideline him two more months.
Varejao had the operation on Thursday at The Cleveland Clinic.
The NBA's leading rebounder has been sidelined since getting hurt against Toronto on Dec. 18. His injury was initially believed to be just a bad bruise, but further testing revealed that the quadriceps muscle tore near his right knee.
Varejao was averaging 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds when he got hurt.
Browns hire Chudzinski as head coach
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have hired Carolina offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski as their new coach.
Chudzinski first head coaching job comes with the team he loved as a kid. The 44-year old had two previous assistant coaching stints with the Browns in 2004 and 2007. He becomes Cleveland's sixth full-time coach since 1999.
Chudzinski, who grew up in Ohio and rooted for the Browns as a kid, interviewed with the team on Wednesday. He has spent the past two years working with Carolina working with quarterback Cam Newton.
The Browns have been searching for a coach since firing Pat Shurmur on Dec. 31 after a 5-11 season.
Coach fired after team's worst season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars fired coach Mike Mularkey after one season Thursday. The 2-14 record the Jags had in 2012 was the worst in franchise history.
New general manager David Caldwell made the announcement, giving him a clean slate heading into 2013. Caldwell added there were no plans for the Jaguars to attempt to acquire Jets back-up quarterback Tim Tebow (TEE'-boh). The former Heisman Trophy winner from Florida is a Jacksonville native.
Gruden interviews with Arizona
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden (GROO'-den) is the latest to interview for the vacant head coaching job with the Arizona Cardinals. Gruden says his interview at Cardinals headquarters was his first for a head coaching job with any NFL team. He says he may interview with the Philadelphia Eagles next week.
The Cardinals also have interviewed their defensive coordinator, Ray Horton, and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
Eagles continue coaching search
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Chicago coach Lovie Smith has interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles, making him the seventh candidate to pitch to become Andy Reid's replacement.
Smith was fired by the Bears a day after the season ended, the same day that the Eagles let Reid go. Reid has since become Kansas City's new head coach.
Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden are on the list of Eagles candidates who have yet to interview.
Coordinators named by Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has named his offense and defensive coordinators. Mike Pettine has been hired as the Bills new defensive boss while Nathaniel Hackett will be running the offense.
Pettine spent the past four seasons as the New Jets defensive coordinator while Hackett will be following Marrone, Syracuse's former coach, to Buffalo. Hackett has spent the past four seasons working as Marrone's offensive assistant at Syracuse.
Niners stay with Akers
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — David Akers is keeping his job as San Francisco's starting kicker for Saturday's playoff game against Green Bay. The 49ers (11-4-1) signed Billy Cundiff on Jan. 1 to compete with Akers, who has struggled this season while making only 29 of 42 field-goal attempts. Akers revealed last week he underwent double hernia surgery last February, then re-aggravated the area when he slipped on the field during practice.
The 15-year veteran understood why Cundiff was brought in, but Akers made it clear he wants to remain the kicker.
Greenway heads to Pro Bowl
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team as an injury replacement for DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys. Greenway will be the first Vikings linebacker to play in consecutive Pro Bowls since Scott Studwell in 1987-88.
Langley makes rookie splash
HONOLULU (AP) — Scott Langley had a memorable rookie debut on the PGA Tour. Russell Henley wasn't too shabby, either.
Langley thrived on a penetrating ball flight and a pure putting stroke for an 8-under 62, giving him a one-shot lead over Henley in the Sony Open.
The two played in the same group and they put on a remarkable show along the back nine at Waialae (wy-uh-LAY'-uh) Country Club. Henley made five birdies on the coming home, but couldn't keep up at the end when he misplayed a chip on the par-5 18th.
Langley played bogey-free and made a couple of long putts, including a 55-footer for eagle on No. 9.
Scott Piercy and Tim Clark were at 66.
Baseball to test more for HGH
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Major League Baseball will test for human growth hormone throughout the regular season and will step up efforts to track the use of artificial testosterone. Players were subject to blood testing for HGH during spring training last year, and the agreement between management and the players' association expands that throughout the season. Those are in addition to urine tests for other performance-enhancing drugs.
Under the changes to baseball's drug agreement, the World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory will keep records of each player.
Deal for Liriano on hold
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The deal between free agent pitcher Francisco Liriano (leer-ee-AH'-noh) and the Pirates is on hold. He injured his right, non-throwing, arm over the holidays. He had reached agreement on a two-year deal worth around $14 million just before Christmas, pending a physical. Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington did not get into specifics about the nature of the injury, only saying the team remains in contact with Liriano.
Fukudome returns to Japan after 5 seasons in MLB
OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Former major league outfielder Kosuke Fukudome (KOHS'-kay foo-koo-DOH'-may) has returned to Japan where he will play for the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League.
The 35-year-old signed a three-year deal with the Tigers after spending five seasons in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.
Fukudome gave up plans to return the majors after being released by the New York Yankees' Triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at the end of the 2012 season.
Before signing with the Cubs in 2008, Fukudome was a key player for the Chunichi Dragons and was named the Central League Most Valuable Player in 2006.
The Tigers have also signed former Minnesota Twins infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka (soo-YOH'-shee nee-shee-OH'-kuh), who struggled in two seasons with the American League team.
Georgia loses another defensive player to NFL
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia has another hole to fill on its defense. Junior nose tackle Kwame Geathers (KWAH'-mee GEH'-thurs) has informed the school that he plans to enter the draft with a year of eligibility remaining. He joins linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree in declaring early for the pros.
Michael Waltrip returns to Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip will enter next month's race with Swan Racing. It's a one-race deal. The team will David Stremme as its full-time driver the rest of the season.
The season-opening Feb. 24 race marks the debut for the team under new owner Brandon Davis.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Danica (DAN'-ih-kuh) Patrick says she does not plan to race in this year's Indianapolis 500 because she wants to concentrate on her first full-time season in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series.
Patrick also skipped the Indy 500 last year, instead running in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the same day. She said Thursday that she will do the same in 2013.
NHL players begin voting
UNDATED (AP) — The players' association has begun electronic voting on whether to approve the new collective bargaining agreement. The balloting will continue until Saturday at 8 a.m.
The league's board of governors unanimously approved the deal that was tentatively agreed to on Sunday, the 113th day of the NHL lockout..
If a majority of the 700 players eligible to vote approve the deal, training camp will start Sunday with the start of a 48-game schedule set for Jan. 19.
Radwanska wins 2nd WTA title in a row
SYDNEY (AP) — Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh) claimed back-to-back WTA titles by dispatching Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-0, 6-0 in the Sydney International final Friday.
A week after winning in Auckland, the Pole reinforced her billing as the top-seeded player in Sydney when she claimed her 12th career WTA title and her ninth straight match to start the 2013 season.
Radwanska faces an Australian qualifier (Bojana Bobusic) in the opening round of the Australian Open next week.
Meanwhile, Kevin Anderson of South Africa beat Julien Benneteau of France 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8) in a match between players separated by a single ranking point to reach the men's final.
Azarenka, Serena in same half of Aussie draw
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Defending champion Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) and title favorite Serena Williams are in the same half of the draw at the Australian Open, meaning they could meet in the semifinals.
No. 2-ranked Maria Sharapova, the French Open champion, is on the other half of the draw and could meet Venus Williams in the third round.
Top-seed Novak Djokovic's (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vichz) bid for a third consecutive Australia Open title got a boost when No. 2-ranked Roger Federer and U.S. Open champion Andy Murray both landed in the other half when the official draw was made Friday.
The Grand Slam tournament starts Monday.
Swiss lab chief disputes USADA claim on Armstrong
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The director of Switzerland's anti-doping lab has disputed claims by U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart that he helped Lance Armstrong avoid being caught for doping.
Lab director Martial Saugy called a news conference Friday to challenge accusations that he provided Armstrong with information on how to avoid detection for use of EPO.
Tygart told the television program "60 Minutes Sports" on Wednesday that Saugy acknowledged to him that he gave Armstrong and team manager Johan Bruyneel, "the keys to beating EPO tests" before the 2002 Tour de France.
Saugy says he and Tygart have "different memories" of their discussion in 2010 soon after U.S. federal investigators opened a probe into Armstrong.
Saugy repeated his claim that his 2002 meeting with Armstrong was ordered by international cycling federation UCI. He denies it was wrong to meet with the rider.