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Associated Press

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 22 at 9:06 AM

NBA-SCHEDULE

Day play highlights NBA

UNDATED (AP) — Stephen (STEH'-fahn) Curry's long range shooting sparked Golden State to a 106-99 comeback win over the Clippers. Curry hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Warriors overcome a seven-point deficit. He wound up with 28 points while Jarrett Jack chipped in with 18 and 10 assists.

There were five lead changes in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors closed with a 14-4 run to put the game away.

Blake Griffin paced the Clippers with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Jamal Crawford scored 24 off the bench.

It's the third time in four games Golden State has beaten the Pacific Division-leading Clippers this season.

In other NBA action;

— Kirk Hinrich (HYN'-rihk) scored 22 points and Marco Belinelli added 15 to lead Chicago to a 95-83 win over the slumping Lakers. Belinelli scored eight of his points during a late 18-4 run that put the Bulls in control. The Lakers have lost nine of their last 11 and six straight on the road.

— Tim Duncan's 24 points and 17 rebounds led San Antonio to a 90-85 win over Philadelphia. Tony Parker added 20 to help the Spurs recover after blowing a 17-point first half lead. Evan Turner had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers.

— Joe Johnson's go ahead jumper with 22 second left helped Brooklyn beat the Knicks 88-85 and tighten up the Atlantic Division race. The Nets improved to 11-2 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo and pull to within a game of the Knicks for first in the division. Deron Williams added 14 points and 12 assists for the Nets, Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and seven assists for the Knicks.

— Jordan Crawford buried a long distance 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Washington a 98-95 win over Portland, sending the Trail Blazers to their sixth straight loss.

— George Hill's free throw with 1.4 seconds to play gave Indiana an 82-81 win over Memphis, in a game a tight as the score would indicate. There were 10 ties and 19 lead changes. Rudy Gay banked in a 24-footer following Hill's free throw, but the shot came after the buzzer. David West had 14 points for the Pacers while Hill added 13.

— Ryan Anderson scored 27 points to lead New Orleans over Sacramento 114-105. The Hornets Anthony Davis sat out the second half with a left ankle sprain. DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 29 points and 13 rebounds.

— Al Horford scored a season-high 28 points and had 10 rebounds to lift Atlanta past Minnesota 104-96. Derrick Williams finished with 17 points and Jose Barea had 14 for Minnesota, which lost for the sixth time in seven games after blowing an 18-point lead in the second quarter.

— Houston snapped a seven-game losing streak as James Harden scored 29 points and hit all 10 of his free throws in the fourth quarter in a 100-94 win over Charlotte. Kemba Walker scored a career-high 35 points for the Bobcats, who set a franchise record with their 15th straight loss at home.

NBA-KINGS

Kings sold and may move

UNDATED (AP) — It looks like the SuperSonics may be returning to Seattle.

The Maloof (mah-LOOF') family has agreed to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen, the league confirmed in a statement Monday morning. The deal is still pending a vote by the NBA Board of Governors.

A person familiar with the decision said that Hansen's group will buy 65 percent of the franchise, which is valued at a total price of $525 million, and move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was waiting approval.

The original SuperSonics became a historic footnote when owner Clay Bennett moved the franchise to Oklahoma City in 2008.

NBA-CAVALIERS

Cavs lose center for the season

CLEVELAND (AP) — There's more bad news for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Center Anderson Varejao (VAR'-eh-zhow), who was enjoying his best year as a pro, will miss the rest of the season because of a blood clot in his lung. The team says he is expected to fully recover but will need to take blood thinners for about three months.

The 6-foot-11 Brazilian was averaging career highs of 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds this season. The 30-year-old Varejao missed the final 41 games with a broken wrist last year.

The Cavaliers are 10-32, second-to-last in the Eastern Conference.

NHL-SCHEDULE

Sabres edge Leafs

UNDATED (AP) — Swiss rookie Damien Brunner scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Brian Lashoff scored in his NHL debut and fellow defenseman Ian White also scored for Detroit, which finally got on the board twice in the second period after being humiliated 6-0 in their opener on Saturday night in St. Louis. Pavel Datsyuk had a goal to send the game into overtime and also had an assist.

Cam Atkinson, James Wisniewski and Vinny Prospal scored goals during regulation for Columbus, which was coming off a 3-2 shootout win at Nashville on Saturday night.

Elsewhere around the NHL;

— Ryan Getzlaff and Daniel Winnick each scored their second goals of the game in the third period as Anaheim edged Calgary 5-4. Curtis Glencross had two goals for the Flames.

— Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist to lead Buffalo to a 2-1 win over Toronto. Ryan Miller turned aside 34 shots and lost his shutout when Nazem Kadri scored on the last of the Maple Leafs seven power plays with 1:42 to go.

— Craig Anderson made 31 saves to lead Ottawa to a 4-0 win over Florida in the Senators home opener. Kyle Turris scored a pair of goals in the win.

— David Ullstrom gave the Islanders a 4-goal lead early in the third period and they withstood a furious comeback to edge Tampa Bay 4-3. The Lightning scored three goals in a 5 ½ minute stretch to make it close.

— T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen scored the only goals in the shootout to lead St. Louis to a 4-3 win over Nashville. It's the second straight shootout loss for the Predators.

— Tyler Seguin (SAY'-gihn) and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhehr-ahn) scored in the shootout to lift the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over Winnipeg. Brad Marchand had the regulation goal for the 2-0 Bruins. Tuukka Rask (TOO'-kah rask) made 26 saves in regulation and held the Jets to only Blake Wheeler's score in the shootout.

T25-POLL

Blue Devils again in top spot

UNDATED (AP) — Duke is once again the top team in The Associated Press men's basketball poll. The move from the No. 3 spot came a week after the Blue Devils dropped from the top position last week. To regain the No. 1 ranking Duke took advantage of losses by Louisville and Indiana last week. This marks the Blue Devils' fifth week on top this season.

Duke received 39 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Michigan, which jumped from fifth to second, had 11 No. 1 votes. Kansas, which had seven first-place votes, and Syracuse, which knocked Louisville out of No. 1, tied for third. Syracuse received eight No. 1 votes.

Louisville dropped to fifth and was followed by Arizona, Indiana, Florida, Butler and Gonzaga.

T25-SCORES

Syracuse holds off Cincinnati

UNDATED (AP) — C.J. Fair tipped in the go-ahead basket with 19.4 seconds left and No. 3 Syracuse rallied past No. 21 Cincinnati 57-55.Trailing by seven with just over 5 minutes left, Syracuse tied it at 55 on Michael Carter-Williams' 3-pointer from the top of the key with 80 seconds left. Fair's tip came after Jerami Grant drove the lane and missed.

Cincinnati's Cashmere Wright missed a 3 from straight on with 2.9 seconds left and the Orange had their 35th straight win at home, the longest active streak in Division I.

Otto Porter scored 19 points to lead Georgetown to a 63-47 victory over No. 24 Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish's third loss in four games. It was a dismal night for Notre Dame's offense, which recorded season lows in points scored, field goal percentage (35 percent) and assists (11).

T25 BASKETBALL-OHIO STATE

New deal for the coach

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thad Matta (MAH'-tuh) has a new long-term deal to coach basketball at Ohio State. The revised contract will give him a 10 percent increase to more than $3.2 million annually and includes academic bonuses and more stringent wording about NCAA violations.

With years he had already earned through job performance, the five-time Big Ten champion coach will be under contract through July 2019.

The contract requires Matta to report anyone who "may potentially have violated" NCAA rules. That was added to clarify wording which had been troublesome in contracts in the wake of violations committed by football coach Jim Tressel (TREH'-sehl) which led to Ohio State being put on probation and receiving a bowl ban after the 2012 season.

T25-WOMEN'S POLL

Baylor still No. 1

UNDATED (AP) — Baylor remained No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll for a third straight week after two easy victories.

The Lady Bears cruised to wins over Kansas State and West Virginia and have 28 straight Big 12 regular-season victories. Baylor had 35 first-place ballots.

Notre Dame, UConn, Duke and Kentucky rounded out the first five. The Huskies handed the Blue Devils their first loss of the season, 79-49 on Monday night.

The Wildcats were followed by Stanford, California, Penn State, Tennessee and Maryland. None of the Top 10 teams changed as they went 18-0, winning by an average of 22.5 points.

MLB-RANGERS

Murphy agrees to a contract

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Outfielder David Murphy and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a one-year contract worth $5,775,000. The deal came three days after Murphy and the team exchanged salary arbitration figures. They agreed in the middle after Murphy sought $6.5 million and the team offered $5.05 million.

Murphy hit .304 with 15 homers and 61 RBIs in 147 games last year. He was sixth in the AL with a .380 on-base percentage.

NFL-PRO BOWL

Ryan, Brady out of Pro Bowl

UNDATED (AP) — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan sprained his left shoulder in the closing minutes of the NFC championship game and won't be able to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl. Coach Mike Smith says Ryan will need three to four weeks to recover from the injury, which was described as a sprained AC joint to the non-throwing shoulder. No surgery is required.

Ryan is being replaced on the NFC roster by Seattle rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.

New England's Tom Brady is bowing out of the All-Star game with an undisclosed injury. That cleared the way for Indianapolis rookie quarterback Andrew Luck to be added to the AFC squad.

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, defensive tackle Kyle Williams and safety Jarius Byrd have been added to the AFC roster, replacing Super Bowl-bound Baltimore Ravens players Ray Rice, Haloti Ngata (HAH'-loh-tee NAH'-tuh) and Ed Reed.

NFL-EAGLES

Report: Ex-Browns coach joins Kelly's staff

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Browns coach Pat Shurmur is joining Chip Kelly's staff with the Philadelphia Eagles, a person familiar with the hiring told The Associated Press. Shurmur is expected to be Philadelphia's offensive coordinator, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Eagles haven't announced any coaching moves. Shurmur began his NFL coaching career with the Eagles, serving as an assistant under Andy Reid for 10 seasons.

TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Djokovic, Ferrer, Sharapova, Li reaches semis

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) won his 19th consecutive match at Melbourne Park to keep alive his bid for a third successive Australian Open title, beating fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the quarterfinals Tuesday night.

Djokovic has now reached the semifinals at an 11th consecutive major, second only to Roger Federer's streak of 23.

The top-ranked Djokovic will next play No. 4 David Ferrer, who came back to beat fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in five sets.

On the women's side, sixth-seed Li Na moved into the semifinals at the Australian Open with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh). The loss snapped the fourth-seeded Radwanska's 13-match winning streak. She won a pair of warm-up tournaments heading into the Open.

Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) extended her remarkable run at the Australian Open, defeating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-2 today. The second-seed has rolled through her first four matches.

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