Clippers take out Thunder
UNDATED (AP) — Blake Griffin had 22 points and 12 rebounds after being involved in a first-half scuffle that resulted in two ejections, sparking the Clippers to a 111-103 win over Oklahoma City.
Serge Ibaka of the Thunder and Matt Barnes of the Clippers were ejected, and Griffin received a technical foul for his part in the altercation with 6 seconds left in the second quarter.
Kevin Durant had 33 points and 10 assists to lead the Thunder, who had won four straight. Russell Westbrook added 19 points and 10 assists.
Jamal Crawford scored 20 points off the bench for the Clippers, who had six players in double figures while winning their third in a row.
In other NBA play;
— Gordon Hayward scored 27 points and dealt out 10 assists to help Utah beat New Orleans 111-105 for the Jazz's first win of the season. Richard Jefferson chipped in 22 points to help Utah snap an eight-game losing streak.
— Tony Wroten's first career triple-double helped carry Philadelphia to a 123-117 overtime win over Houston. Wroten posted career highs with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in his first start for injured rookie Michael Carter-Williams.
— Tony Parker had 16 points, leading six Spurs in double figures in San Antonio's 92-79 victory over Washington. The Spurs held a double digit lead for all but about 15 minutes in remaining undefeated at home.
— Arron Afflalo scored a career-high 36 points to help rally Orlando to a 94-91 win over Milwaukee. Afflalo scored 29 points in the second half including 11 straight in the fourth quarter. Orlando trailed by 19 in the second quarter.
— Al Jefferson had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead Charlotte to an 89-83 win over Boston, snapping the Celtics' four-game winning streak. The Bobcats snapped a two-game skid in coach Steve Clifford's second game back since having to stents placed in his heart last week. Jeff Green paced Boston with 19 points.
— Carmelo Anthony's 25 points helped New York recover from blowing a 17-point lead in a 95-91 win over Atlanta. After the Hawks took a six point lead in the fourth quarter, Anthony sparked an 11-0 run to regain control of the game. Jeff Teague had 25 points to lead Atlanta.
— Kevin Love had 33 points and Ricky Rubio dished out 16 assists in Minnesota' 124-95 win over Cleveland. The Timberwolves led by as many as 39 points, allowing their starters to sit the entire fourth quarter. Kyrie Irving scored 20 points for the Cavs.
— Damian Lillard hit a layup with 6.5 seconds left to give Portland a 90-89 victory over Phoenix.
— Timofey Mozgov matched his career high with 23 points in Denver's 111-99 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Pau Gasol (POW guh-SAWL') paced the Lakers with 25 points.
— Rudy Gay scored 23 points in his return to Memphis in Toronto's 103-87 win. Gay spent his first six-plus years in the league with the Grizzlies before being traded on Jan. 30. Mike Conley's 29 points led Memphis.
— Marcus Thornton scored a season-high 24 points to pace Sacramento to a 107-86 win over Brooklyn. The Kings snapped a five-game losing streak.
Scherzer, Kershaw grab Cy Youngs
UNDATED (AP) — Detroit's Max Scherzer is runaway winner for the American League Cy Young Award, getting 28 of a possible 30 first-place votes.
Scherzer had a dream season in 2013, winning his first 13 games before finishing with a 21-3 record and 2.90 ERA.
For the second time in three years, the National League Cy Young Award goes to the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw. He had a Major League best ERA of 1.83, a league high 232 strikeouts and a 16-9 record. Kershaw picked up all but one of the first-place votes.
MLB to quiz A-Rod
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is tentatively scheduled for an investigatory interview with Major League Baseball on Friday in New York, according to a person familiar with the process, which would enable the New York Yankees third baseman to testify at his grievance next week.
The interview could be called off, the person said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.
MLB has been expected to assert that Rodriguez should not be allowed to testify at his grievance if he first refused to answer MLB's questions at the investigatory interview.
Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games by MLB on Aug. 5 for alleged violations of the sport's drug agreement and labor contract. The, players' association filed a grievance to overturn the penalty. The case is being heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz and is scheduled to resume Monday.
Pedrioa has thumb surgery
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is expected to be ready for Boston's opener at Baltimore on March 31 after surgery on his left thumb. The operation was to repair the ulnar collateral ligament that was injured on opening day. The 2008 AL MVP appeared in 160 games, batting .301 with 42 doubles and 84 RBIs while helping the Red Sox win the World Series for the second time in his seven-year career.
T25 FOOTBALL-WINSTON INVESTIGATION
'Noles Winston being investigated
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis (JAY'-mihs) Winston is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault reported nearly a nearly a year ago. The university and Winston's attorney confirmed today that the Tallahassee Police Department is conducting an investigation.
Police officials refused to answer any questions, although they did release a heavily redacted two-page incident report. The report does not mention Winston by name, but it says the incident took place between 1:30 and 2 a.m. last Dec. 7.
It describes the suspect in the sexual assault case as being between 5-foot-9 inches and 5-11. Winston is listed by Florida State as being 6-4.
Winston had led the Seminoles to a 9-0 record and the No. 2 ranking in the BCS standings. The school says there is no change in his status for Saturday's game against Syracuse.
T25 FOOTBALL-BAYLOR-BRILES EXTENSION
Briles gets extension
UNDATED (AP) — Baylor coach Art Briles has agreed to a new 10-year contract with the fourth-ranked Bears, the team he has taken from perennial Big 12 loser to the conference's lone remaining undefeated team. Baylor regents approved the deal Wednesday. Financial terms weren't revealed, which is standard policy for the private university.
Briles told The Associated Press on he is humbled by the new deal that goes into effect after this season.
Briles is 41-30 at Baylor, which is 8-0 for the first time in school history and the only undefeated team in the Big 12. The Bears are fifth in the BCS standings and have won a school-record 12 games in a row.
No.20 NIU tops Ball St.
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Jordan Lynch threw his second touchdown pass of the game to spark a 21-point outburst over a 5:03 span late in the fourth quarter to give No. 20 Northern Illinois a 48-27 win over Ball State. Lynch followed with a 16-yard touchdown scamper for his second rushing touchdown of the game. He finished with 345 passing yards and 123 more on the ground.
The victory ran the Huskies record to 10-0 and vaulted them ahead of Ball State for first place in the Mid-American Conference West division.
Ducks roll to a win
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Joseph Young scored 28 of his career-high 36 points in the second half to help No. 18 Oregon rout Western Carolina 107-83. Mike Moser added 26 points for the 2-0 Ducks who opened the season with a win over Georgetown in South Korea.
Young made all seven of his shots in the second half and only missed three of his 12 attempts in the game. He was also 15-for-16 from the free-throw line.
Trey Sumler scored 29 in his season debut for the Catamounts (2-1).
Flyers edge slumping Penguins
UNDATED (AP) — Brayden Schenn scored both goals to lead Philadelphia to a 2-1 victory Metropolitan Division-leading Pittsburgh. Ray Emery stopped 30 shots to help the Flyers pull out a last-place with Columbus in the division. Schenn opened the scoring late in the first period and got the tiebreaker late in the second. Philadelphia is 6-3-1 in its last ten games.
Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby scored his ninth goal of the season, and first in eight games. Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves for Pittsburgh, which has lost three straight for the second time this season.
In other NHL finals;
— Zach Parise (pehr-EE'-see) and Jason Pominville scored in the shootout to lift Minnesota to a 2-1 win over Toronto. Parise's goal late in the third period tied the game and helped send the Wild to their fifth win in six games.
— Kari Lehtonen turned away 22 shots to lead Dallas to a 3-0 win over Edmonton. Rick Peverly opened the scoring in the second period and Tyler Seguin (SAY'-gihn) and Antoine Roussel added empty net goals in the final minute.
Sabres clean house
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres fired longtime general manager Darcy Regier (reh-GEER') and first year coach Ron Rolston in a shake-up of the team with the worst record in the NHL.
The moves come with the Sabres off to a 4-15-1 record and just one home win.
Former Sabres star and Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine has been named Buffalo's director of hockey operations and will hire a new general manager. LaFontaine brought back Ted Nolan as the interim coach through the end of the season. Nolan began his coaching career in Buffalo in 1995 and was the coach of the year a season later before leaving the team in a contract dispute.
Coach to return
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's Gary Kubiak (KOO'-bee-ak) will coach the Texans on Sunday against Oakland after missing the last game recovering from a mini-stroke. Kubiak, who returned to work on Monday, says that doctors have limited his work this week but that he will lead the team when the Texans try to break a franchise-record seven-game losing streak against the Raiders.
Manning fails to practice
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Nursing a sore right ankle Peyton Manning sat out practice with the Broncos Wednesday. Manning aggravated the ankle injury when he was hit by a Chargers defensive lineman last Sunday.
The Broncos reported no further damage to Manning's ankle after an MRI on Monday. Interim coach Jack Del Rio said the quarterback's status for practice would be determined during the week but that Manning would definitely play Sunday night against Kansas City.
Manning has been dealing with sore ankles since last month when he took hits in games against Jacksonville and Indianapolis in back-to-back weeks.
Bowe will start
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will start Sunday night's AFC West showdown against the Denver Broncos after his arrest for speeding and alleged possession of marijuana over the weekend. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that he was bound by terms of the collective-bargaining agreement from disciplining Bowe, who was pulled over for speeding. A search of his vehicle revealed what police suspect was marijuana.
Former Raiders' star dies
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Raiders tight end and five-time Pro Bowler Todd Christensen has died from complications during liver transplant surgery. He was 57. After playing for Brigham Young, Christensen was a second-round pick for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1978 NFL draft. He was waived by the Cowboys after training camp but landed the next year with the Raiders, where he played for 10 seasons at tight end. After his retirement in 1988, he went on to a career in broadcasting and most recently worked for CBS Sports Network.
Big MAC matchup tonight
DE KALB, Ill. (AP) — The Mid-American Conference takes center stage in college football tonight as No. 20 Northern Illinois plays host to 9-1 Ball State. The 9-0 Huskies are going for their 25th straight home game victory. Each team is undefeated in conference play, with the Huskies 5-0 and the Cardinals 6-0. Northern has won the last four games in the series, which Ball State leads 20-18-2.
The cost of bolting a conference
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Louisville has agreed to pay the American Athletic Conference an $11 million exit fee so the Cardinals can join the Atlantic Coast Conference next year. Louisville announced last year that it planned to leave what was then called the Big East and join the ACC.
Conference bylaws for the American require members to give two years' notice and pay a $10 million exit fee.
The person familiar with the situation says the school agreed to pay the conference an extra $1 million after amicable negotiations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because financial terms were not disclosed.
Former NFLer Hurd gets 15 years
DALLAS (AP) — Former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for his role in starting a drug-distribution scheme while playing for the Chicago Bears.
The 28-year old pleaded guilty in April to one count of trying to buy and distribute large amounts of cocaine and marijuana.
Authorities say that during his playing days, Hurd was fashioning a separate identity as a wannabe drug kingpin with a focus on "high-end deals" and a need for large amounts of drugs.
Created: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 04:18:11 EST
Updated: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 04:18:11 EST