Created: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 04:15:23 EST
Updated: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 04:15:23 EST
Gasol helps Grizzlies beat Thunder...Pacers win again to give Vogel All-Star nod
UNDATED (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies knocked off one of the NBA's top teams in Marc Gasol's (gah-SAHLZ') return to the court.
Courtney Lee scored a season-high 24 points and Zach Randolph had a double-double as the Grizzlies downed Oklahoma City 90-87 in Memphis. Gasol played 24 minutes and finished with 12 points in his first game since missing almost eight weeks due to knee surgery. Randolph finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds as the Grizzlies dealt the Thunder their third loss in four games.
The loss drops Oklahoma City two games behind West-leading San Antonio.
The Indiana Pacers are an NBA-best 30-7 following their fifth victory in six games.
Paul George drained four 3-pointers while scoring 31 points as the Pacers hammered Sacramento 116-92. David West had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, while Lance Stephenson chipped in 13 points, five boards and five assists.
The victory clinched the Eastern Conference coaching spot in the All-Star game for Frank Vogel since the Pacers are guaranteed to have the best winning percentage in the conference through games of Feb. 2. Miami's Erik Spoelstra (SPOHL'-struh) is ineligible after coaching last year.
Also in the NBA:
— Al Jefferson scored a season-high 35 points and finished with seven rebounds and five assists in Charlotte's 108-98 triumph over New York. Gerald Henderson chipped in 17 points for the Bobcats, who halted a three-game skid and ended the Knicks' five-game winning streak.
— Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) and Anderson Varejao (VAR'-eh-zhow) led Cleveland's 120-118 win over the Lakers in Los Angeles. Deng had a game-high 27 points and Varejao added 18 and 18 rebounds as the Cavaliers dealt the Lakers their fifth straight loss.
Lions move to Plan B, hire Caldwell after Whisenhunt chooses Titans
UNDATED (AP) — It didn't take Jim Caldwell very long to become an NFL head coach again.
The Detroit Lions say they've hired Caldwell as their new coach and will introduce him at a news conference Wednesday. He takes over for Jim Schwartz, who was let go after a second-half collapse led to a 7-9 season.
Caldwell spent this season as Baltimore's offensive coordinator and was head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-11. He led the Colts to the Super Bowl in his first season but was dismissed following a 2-14 campaign that left him 26-22.
San Diego Chargers assistant and former Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt (WIHZ'-en-hunt) was seemingly Detroit's top choice. But he chose to take the head coaching job at Tennessee on Monday night.
Meanwhile, Whisenhunt says the one thing he's learned about the NFL is the importance of chemistry, and he decided the Titans were the best fit for his second chance to run a team. The Titans have introduced Whisenhunt as their 17th head coach and only their third since moving to Tennessee.
Whisenhunt's decision prompted the Chargers to elevate Frank Reich (ryk) from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator.
Also in the NFL, the New York Giants have hired Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo as their offensive coordinator. McAdoo replaces Kevin Gilbride, who retired.
Judge shoots down deal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Philadelphia has preliminarily rejected a $767 million settlement of NFL concussion claims, fearing the sum may not be enough.
U.S. District Judge Anita Brody has asked for more financial details from all parties. In her ruling the judge says the settlement is designed to cover nearly 20,000 men for 65 years.
The awards would vary based on an ex-player's age and diagnosis. A younger retiree with Lou Gehrig's disease would get $5 million, those with serious dementia cases would get $3 million and an 80-year-old with early dementia would get $25,000. Retirees without symptoms would get baseline screening, and follow-up care if needed.
Stanford players leaving for the pros
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Free safety Ed Reynolds and right tackle Cameron Fleming are the latest Stanford players to announce they are forgoing their final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.
Reynolds ranked third on the Cardinal with 87 tackles last season. Fleming started on the right side of Stanford's stout offensive line the past three years.
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Hoosiers stun Badgers...Shockers still perfect
UNDATED (AP) — Third-ranked Wisconsin entered the night hoping to stay unbeaten while becoming the first team ever to win 13 straight games over Indiana. Neither happened.
"Yogi" Ferrell scored 25 points and the Hoosiers stormed back from a 10-point deficit over the final 13:27 to beat the Badgers 75-72 in Bloomington. Ferrell hit a pair of free throws with 18.3 seconds left to put Indiana up by three before Wisconsin missed a pair of 3-point attempts.
Traevon Jackson had a career-high 21 points for the Badgers, who slipped to 16-1.
— Fifth-ranked Wichita State is one of three unbeaten teams in Division I after Fred VanVleet had 22 points and seven rebounds to lead the Shockers over Bradley 72-50. Wichita improved to 18-0 overall and 5-0 in the Missouri Valley conference despite little production for their two leading scorers as Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker combined for just 13 points.
In other top-25 action:
— Michael Frazier II scored a career-high 21 points seventh-ranked Florida picked up its school-record 25th consecutive home win by pounding Georgia 72-50. Dorian Finney-Smith scored 14 points for the Gators, who won easily while leading scorer Casey Prather sat out a second straight game with a bruised right knee.
— Michael Qualls contributed 18 points and slammed home a thundering two-hand dunk with 0.2 seconds remaining in overtime to send Arkansas to an 87-85 victory over No. 13 Kentucky. Ky Madden also had 18 points in the Razorbacks' third straight home win over the Wildcats.
— Sean Kilpatrick scored 23 points and hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 12-point run that helped 19th-ranked Cincinnati knock off Temple 69-58.
— Doug McDermott scored 24 of his 28 points in the first half as No. 20 Creighton cruised to its 10th straight win, 88-60 against Butler.
— No. 22 Pittsburgh is 16-1 after Talib Zanna scored 22 points and James Robinson added 16 in the Panthers' 81-74 win at Georgia Tech.
— Marcus Foster scored 18 points and Nino Williams hit four clinching free throws in the closing seconds as Kansas State held on to beat No. 25 Oklahoma 72-66.
Avs top Hawks in OT...Lightning catch Bruins
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks inched a little closer to the NHL's Western Conference lead on Tuesday, but they also suffered their league-leading 11th non-regulation loss of the season.
Tyson Barrie scored his second goal of the game on a power play at 4:09 of overtime to give Colorado a 3-2 triumph over the Blackhawks. Barrie and Ryan O'Reilly scored 1:02 apart late in the first period, but the Hawks managed to tie the game before the Avalanche improved to 6-1-1 in their last eight games despite being outshot 48-26.
Semyon Varlamov (SEHM'-yahn vahr-LAH'-mahv) handled 46 shots and improved to 9-0-5 in his last 14 starts.
Andrew Shaw provided the tying goal for the Blackhawks, who are four points behind West-leading Anaheim.
Tampa Bay and Boston share the Atlantic Division lead after Tyler Bozak collected two goals and an assist in Toronto's 4-3 win over the Bruins. Bozak has six goals and 16 points in his last 12 games.
The Lightning won at Madison Square Garden as Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov (koo-CHEHR'-ahv) scored 9 seconds apart early in the second period of Tampa Bay's 2-1 triumph over the New York Rangers. Ben Bishop stopped 33 shots after missing the Lightning's previous three games with a sprained right wrist.
Also on ice:
— St. Louis won for the eighth time in nine games as T.J. Oshie (OH'-shee) scored twice and Jaroslav Halak (hah-LAHK') made 20 saves in a 2-1 decision over Phoenix. The Blues are within six points of West-leading Anaheim following their fifth consecutive home win.
— Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-roh-meer YAH'-gur), Dainius (DYN'-uhs ZOO'-bruhs) and Adam Henrique (hehn-REEK') each had a goal and an assist in New Jersey's 4-1 triumph at Montreal. Martin Brodeur (mahr-TAN' broh-DOOR') turned back 29 shots as the Devils dropped the Canadiens three points off the Atlantic Division lead.
— Patrick Marleau scored the lone shootout goal and Antti Niemi (AN'-tee nee-EH'-mee) made 35 saves as San Jose downed Washington 2-1. Niemi was perfect after Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) notched his league-leading 33rd goal midway through the second period.
— Philadelphia topped Buffalo 4-3 on Vincent Lecavalier's (leh-KAV'-ul-yayz) goal with 15 seconds left. Scott Hartnell had a goal and two assists to help the Flyers stop their two-game losing streak.
— The New York Islanders' seven-game road winning streak is over after Scottie Upshall picked up a goal and an assist in Florida's 4-2 win over the Isles. Upshall's short-handed goal put the Panthers ahead 4-0 late in the second period.
— Ryan Ellis ended a 42-game scoring drought by notching the first of Nashville's three third-period goals in the Predators' 4-2 verdict over Calgary. David Legwand had three assists to help Nashville snap a three-game losing streak.
— Ryan Garbutt had a goal and two assists as Dallas dumped Edmonton 5-2 to end a six-game losing streak. Jamie Benn and Cody Eakin each had a goal and an assist for the Stars.
— Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist to support Robin Lehner's 27-save effort in Ottwa's 3-0 whitewash of Minnesota. Clarke MacArthur and Erik Condra also tallied before Lehner completed his second career shutout..
Roberts agrees with Yankees
UNDATED (AP) — Second baseman Brian Roberts and the New York Yankees have completed their $2 million, one-year contract. The deal was agreed to last month and finalized three days after a spot on the 40-man roster opened with the suspension of Alex Rodriguez.
The 36-year old Roberts is a two-time All-Star and an option to replace the departed Robinson Cano (kan-OH').
Also in the majors:
— The Orioles and outfielder Delmon Young have agreed to a minor league contract. He split time last season with the Phillies and Rays, hitting a combined .260 with 11 home runs and 38 runs batted in in 103 games.
— The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a minor league deal with lefty Jeff Francis. The 33-year old split time as a starter and reliever with Colorado last season.
— Cy Young Award winners Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers hurler Max Scherzer (SHUR'-zur) head 146 players who filed for salary arbitration. Also filing today are Tampa Bay pitcher David Price, Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez, Cincinnati pitcher Aroldis Chapman, Arizona outfielder Mark Trumbo, Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters and Washington pitcher Jordan Zimmermann. Players are set to swap proposed salaries with their clubs Friday, and hearings will be scheduled for next month in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Djokovic, Serena advance
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Second seed Novak Djokovic (JOH'-koh-vihch) stayed on track for a fourth consecutive Australian Open singles title with a 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 win over Leonardo Mayer of Argentina. Djokovic is attempting to win a fifth Australian title, the first man to achieve that feat since the Open Era began in 1968.
Third-seeded David Ferrer (feh-REHR') dropped the first three games of his second-round match before beating Adrian Mannarino 7-6, 5-7, 6-0, 6-3.
Seventh seed Tomas Berdych (bur-DEECH') and No. 9 Richard Gasquet (gas-KAY') also advanced.
Women's top seed Serena Williams moved into the third round by cruising to an easy 6-1, 6-2 rout of Vesna Dolonc. Williams improved her record to 60-8 at Melbourne Park, equaling Margaret Court's 60 match wins in the Open era at the Australian championship
Women's fourth seed Li Na (lee nah) won her second-round match, braving 102-degree temperatures to earn a 6-love, 7-6 win over teenager Belinda Bencic. No. 9 Angelique Kerber also advanced. Unseeded American Sam Querrey also advanced, beating No. 23 Ernests Gulbis.
School files suit against ACC
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The University of Maryland has filed a $157 million dollar counterclaim against the ACC. The claim alleges the conference tried to recruit two Big Ten schools after Maryland announced its intention to leave for the Big Ten.
Maryland is also asking the ACC to pay the $16 million the school says has been improperly withheld since November 2012, when the school announced it was leaving for the Big Ten.