Thunder win easily...Heat stay atop East...Pacers pull even with Bulls in Central
UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder are a little closer to first place in the NBA's Western Conference following a blowout win over Dallas.
Russell Westbrook scored 24 points and Kevin Durant had a double-double as the Thunder clobbered the Mavericks 112-91. Durant had 19 points and 10 rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter with the game well in hand.
Kevin Martin added 17 points off the bench for the Thunder, who led by as many as 33 in the fourth quarter and climbed within 1 ½ games of the West-leading San Antonio Spurs.
The Clippers lost their third in a row to fall 4 ½ games behind the Spurs. Martell Webster scored 21 points and Emeka Okafor (eh-MEH'-kuh OH'-kah-fohr) grabbed 14 rebounds as the Wizards topped the Clippers 98-90 to end a four-game losing streak. Nene (neh-NAY') and Garrett Temple each scored 15 points to help Washington improve to 12-35.
The Miami Heat still lead the Eastern Conference by a half-game over New York after both teams won on Monday.
LeBron James shot 13-for-14 and finished with 31 points as the Heat downed Charlotte 99-94. Chris Bosh finished with 23 points, and Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 20 and 12 rebounds in Miami's ninth victory in its last 10 home games. The Bobcats fell to a league-worst 11-36
Tyson Chandler tied a team record with his third straight 20-rebound game as the Knicks rolled past Detroit 99-85. Carmelo Anthony poured in 27 points, Amare Stoudemire finished with 20 and J.R. Smith added 16 in the Knicks' fifth straight win.
In other NBA action, Indiana has moved into a tie with Chicago for the Central Division lead by downing the Bulls 111-101. David West scored 29 points and Paul George added 21 and 11 rebounds to lead the Pacers to their 14th consecutive home victory.
Portland was a 100-98 winner at Minnesota behind 25 points and 13 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge. Wes Matthews chipped in 22 points and Damon Lillard added 21, but each had five of the Trail Blazers' season-high 28 turnovers.
Randy Foye scored six of his 20 points in overtime as Utah downed Sacramento 98-91. The Kings played the second half without leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins, who was ejected for arguing with officials at midcourt during the halftime break.
Spencer Hawes provided 21 points and 14 rebounds as Philadelphia beat Orlando 78-61, giving the 76ers their first three-game winning streak since late November. Jrue (juh-ROO') Holiday added 13 points and 14 assists for the Sixers, who put together a 14-1 spurt in the third quarter to pull away.
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
'Cuse ends slide
UNDATED (AP) — The ninth-ranked Syracuse Orange halted a two-game skid tonight while stretching the nation's longest home winning streak to a school-record 36 games.
C.J. Fair had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Orange downed No. 25 Notre Dame 63-47. Freshman Jerami Grant added a season-high 14 points for Syracuse, which held the Irish to 35 percent shooting.
It matched the season low for points for the Irish, who were held to 47 in a home loss two weeks ago to Georgetown.
The only other top-25 game was a Big East matchup as Lamar Patterson's 12 points led No. 23 Pittsburgh to a 56-46 triumph against visiting Seton Hall. Freshman center Steven Adams added eight points, 15 rebounds and two blocks as the Panthers won for the sixth time in their last seven games.
Hoosiers back on top
UNDATED (AP) — For the fifth straight week there is a new No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll. This time it's Indiana.
The Hoosiers held the top spot for the first five weeks of the regular season. They moved up two places following their weekend win over No. 1 Michigan and No. 2 Kansas' loss to Oklahoma State.
Duke started the current streak of new No. 1s and was followed by Louisville, Duke again, Michigan and Indiana.
The Hoosiers received 58 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel while Florida, which jumped two spots to second, got the other seven.
Michigan fell to third and is followed by Duke, Kansas, Gonzaga, Arizona, Miami, Syracuse and Ohio State.
T25-WOMEN'S AP POLL
Baylor continues run at the top
UNDATED (AP) — Baylor remains No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll for a fifth straight week after cruising to two more Big 12 wins.
The Lady Bears received 37 first-place votes.
The first six stayed unchanged with Notre Dame, Connecticut, Stanford, Duke and California following Baylor. UConn got the other three first place votes.
Sharks finally lose in regulation...'Cames beat Leafs
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are now the last remaining NHL team without a regulation loss this season.
San Jose was 7-0-1 until The Anaheim Ducks scored twice in the third period to rally for a 2-1 win over the Sharks.
Saku Koivu (SAK'-oo KOY'-voo) tied the score early in the final stanza, about 9 ½ minutes before Sheldon Souray (SOO'-ray) notched the game-winner.
The Sharks failed to score after Logan Couture's (koo-TURZ') power-play tally late in the first period.
The surprising Ducks are off to a 6-1-1 start, third-best in the Western Conference.
Also on ice, the Staal brothers had a hand in Carolina's 4-1 win at Toronto. Jordan Staal scored his first goal as a Hurricane and Eric provide the game-winner to support Cam Ward's 41-save effort. Jeff Skinner had three assists and Patrick Dwyer collected two points as the 'Canes evened their record at 4-4.
Jamie Benn scored his first two goals of the season as Dallas dealt Colorado its first home loss of the season, 3-2. Brenden Morrow also scored, and Kari Lehtonen made 29 saves for the Stars.
Phoenix stretched its point streak to five games as Mike Smith made 21 saves in a 2-1 triumph over Minnesota. Lauri Korpikoski (kohr-pih-KAHS'-kee) and Martin Hanzal provided the scoring that allowed the Coyotes to overcome Zach Parise (pah-REE'-sayz) 200th career goal.
Chris Tanev scored at 4:40 of overtime to complete Vancouver's comeback in a 3-2 win at Edmonton. The Oilers led 2-0 midway through the game and were still up 1-0 until Kevin Bieksa (bee-EHK'-suh) tallied with 2:17 left in regulation.
Rangers and Wild deal
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers have traded rugged forward Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild for forwards Darroll Powe (pow) and Nick Palmieri (pawl-mee-AYR'-ee).
The Rangers have been looking for depth at forward to complement their top line of Rick Nash, Brad Richards and former Wild star Marian Gaborik (MEHR'-ee-uhn GAB'-ohr-ihk). New York is also dealing with the loss of captain Ryan Callahan, who is currently sidelined by a dislocated shoulder.
Ravens Coach and QB share the spotlight
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — What's next for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (FLAK'-oh)?
The MVP of yesterday's Super Bowl says he doesn't anticipate any problems signing a new contract with the Ravens now that his old deal has expired. He was outstanding during the postseason, throwing for 1,140 yards, 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in four games. He could wind up with one of the biggest deals in NFL history, perhaps commanding somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million a year.
Meanwhile, Ravens coach John Harbaugh says it wasn't easy walking across the field to shake his younger brother's hand after beating Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in the NFL championship game.
SUPER BOWL-POWER OUTAGE
New Orleans and NFL shrug off power outage
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu (LAN'-droo) and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') both say they don't think the 34-minute power failure during the Super Bowl will hurt the Big Easy's chances of landing the 2018 NFL championship game.
In an interview Monday with WWL-AM, Landrieu said league owners were impressed with his city's performance -- a sentiment echoed by Goodell at a morning news conference.
Officials for the company that manages the Superdome and power provider Entergy New Orleans say an "abnormality" occurred where stadium equipment intersects with an electric feed early in the third quarter of Sunday's game. Much of the stadium's interior lighting was shut down while the system recycled.
SUPER BOWL-RAVENS CELEBRATION
Charm City ready for parade of champions
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore is in party-planning mode a day after the Ravens' Super Bowl victory.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the city's parade for the team will begin at City Hall around 10:45 Tuesday morning and end with a free celebration at M&T Bank Stadium.
The lineup is still being finalized.
Another large audience tunes into NFL title game
NEW YORK (AP) — Baltimore's win over San Francisco in the NFL championship game fell short of setting a fourth straight viewership record. An estimated 108.4 million people watched Super Bowl 47 on CBS, which requested that the ratings figure not include a 30-minute period when there was a partial power outage in the Superdome.
The Nielsen Company says the Ravens' 34-31 victory over the 49ers was the third most-viewed program in television history. Both the 2010 and 2011 games hit the 111 million mark.
Football viewership in general declined this year. But with a thrilling finish, this year's game did become the fourth Super Bowl to record more than 100 million viewers.
Tigers avoid arbitration with Scherzer
UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have avoided salary arbitration with right-hander Max Scherzer (SHUR'-zur) by working out a one-year pact worth over $6.7 million. Scherzer was 16-7 with a 3.74 ERA and 231 strikeouts during the 2012 regular season before going 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in the postseason, helping Detroit reach the World Series.
In other major league news:
— The Oakland Athletics have acquired infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for first baseman Chris Carter, pitching prospect Brad Peacock and minor league catcher Max Stassi. Lowrie batted .244 with 16 homers and 42 RBIs in 97 games with Houston last season, missing two months with ankle and thumb injuries. Carter batted .239 with 16 homers and 39 RBIs in 67 games with Oakland last year.
— The San Francisco Giants have claimed infielder Tony Abreu (ah-BRAY'-oo) off waivers from the Kansas City Royals. The 28-year-old Abreu hit .257 with one homer and 15 RBIs in 22 games for the Royals in 2012 after spending a majority of the campaign at Triple-A Omaha.
— Former Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb has retired due to shoulder problems that have prevented him from pitching in the majors since 2010. Webb was a 22-game winner in 2008, two years after winning the Cy Young Award with a 16-8 record and a 3.10 ERA.
— Barry Bonds' appeal of his felony obstruction of justice conviction will be heard on Feb. 13 by three federal judges. Baseball's career home run leader was convicted by a jury in 2011 that concluded he gave an "intentionally evasive, false or misleading" answer to a grand jury in 2003 when he was asked whether his personal trainer ever gave him "anything that required a syringe to inject yourself with?"
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BOISE STATE
Boise State suspends two
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State officials say two players have been suspended from the school for violating university rules. The discipline creates uncertainty for the futures of safety Lee Hightower, who started the first seven games last season, and Hayden Plinke, a tight end who played in six games last year.
Officials did not specify the rules violated or if either player would be allowed to return to school.
Soccer dealing with disturbing news
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A wide-ranging soccer match-fixing investigation has uncovered more than 680 suspicious games and found evidence that a Singapore-based crime gang is closely involved in match-fixing, according to Europol. The list includes World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and two Champions League games.
An 18-month investigation by the European Union's joint police body found 380 suspicious matches in Europe and another 300 questionable games outside the continent, mainly in Africa, Asia and South and Central America.
The director of security at world soccer's ruling body FIFA (FEE'-fuh), says the report highlights the need for soccer authorities and police to tackle corruption together.
Star women's baseball player dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the women who helped inspire the movie "A League of Their Own" has passed away. Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis was a star in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s. She was 88.