Report: Mike Ditka suffers stroke
CHICAGO (AP) — Hall of Famer Mike Ditka has had a minor stroke, according to an ESPN producer. Seth Markman posted on Twitter that the former Chicago Bears coach and player fell ill Friday and will not appear on the network's NFL shows this weekend. Markman wrote that Ditka "wanted everyone to know he's ok."
Ditka did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press.
He told the Chicago Tribune he was feeling "good right now and it's not a big deal." He was playing cards at a suburban country club Friday when he noticed his hands "weren't working quite right," and he then started having difficulty speaking.
Knicks drop first game
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks have suffered their first loss of the season.
Zach Randolph had 20 points and 15 rebounds and Marc Gasol (gah-SOHL') added 24 points as Memphis beat the Knicks 105-95. The loss leaves New York with a mark of 6-1 while the win is the seventh straight for Memphis, which is 7-1. Rudy Gay helped the cause by scoring 17 points and blocking four shots for the Grizzlies. Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points for New York, while Raymond Felton scored 18 points and handed out five assists.
— Kyle Korver scored 22 points, reserve Lou Williams had 21 and the Atlanta Hawks beat Sacramento 112-96 for their ninth consecutive win against the Kings. Al Horford had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta after missing a game due to an illness. The Hawks carried an 86-70 lead into the fourth quarter and maintained at least an 11-point lead the rest of the way. Korver went 5 for 5 from 3-point range and also had seven rebounds.
— The Lakers are responding to the coaching style of Mike D'Antoni, even though he isn't coaching from the sidelines yet. Kobe Bryant had 31 points, Metta World Peace hit five 3-pointers while scoring 22 points and Los Angeles beat Phoenix 114-102. Dwight Howard had 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Lakers improved to 3-1 under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff with a performance that must have impressed D'Antoni, who watched from the locker room inside Staples Center. The new coach isn't quite ready for sideline duty while recovering from knee replacement surgery, but the Lakers were aggressive after just one practice under their new coach on Thursday.
— Nicolas Batum had a career-high 35 points, rookie Damian Lillard sparked a late comeback and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Houston Rockets 119-117 in overtime. LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points for Portland, including a tiebreaking free throw and key turnaround jumper in the extra session. James Harden had 29 points for the Rockets, who led by as many as 15 before falling behind in the final quarter. Chandler Parsons added 19 points and 11 rebounds.
— Jrue Holiday scored 26 points to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Utah Jazz 99-93. Jason Richardson added 20 points for the Sixers, who snapped a three-game home losing streak. Thaddeus Young scored 14 and Nick Young finished with 12. The 5-4 Sixers dropped the first two games of a five-game home stand to Milwaukee and previously winless Detroit before bouncing back against Utah. Paul Millsap led the Jazz (4-6) with 22 points while DeMarre Carroll added a career-high 17 and Al Jefferson had 15.
— David West and George Hill each scored 15 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Dallas Mavericks 103-83. West and Hill, the Pacers' top two scorers, had combined for 5-for-19 shooting and 10 points in Wednesday's loss to Milwaukee. The Pacers shot 47 percent from the field in their first blowout win of the season. They had gone six games without scoring at least 100 points. O.J. Mayo led the Mavericks with 19 points.
— After trailing by as many as 13 points, the Orlando Magic rallied to come back and beat the Pistons, 110-106. J.J. Redick scored 23 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 42.8 seconds left in the win. Arron Afflalo (uh-FLAH'-loh) scored 19 and Jameer Nelson added 13 points and 10 assists for Orlando, which had each of its starters score in double figures. Detroit dropped to 1-9, two days after ending its franchise-worst 0-8 start.
— Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin each scored 27 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled to their sixth victory in seven games, 110-95 over the New Orleans Hornets. Oklahoma City made 14 3-pointers, with Martin hitting six. Ryan Anderson scored 15 points for New Orleans, which dropped its second straight. Anthony Davis tied a career high with 11 rebounds to go with eight points, but hit only 4 of 14 shots.
— David Lee had 18 points and 13 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors dominated inside during a 106-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Carl Landry added 15 points and seven boards and Stephen Curry had 17 points and six assists for the 5-4 Warriors, who outscored Minnesota 58-22 in the paint. Alexey Shved had 22 points and seven assists and Derrick Williams had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who are also 5-4.
Former Lakers' great honored
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's skyhook has been captured in bronze for future generations of basketball fans. Staples Center unveiled a nearly 16-foot-tall statue of the top scorer in NBA history Friday night, immortalizing Jabbar's famed hook shot alongside statues of fellow Los Angeles Lakers greats Magic Johnson and Jerry West.
The 65-year-old Abdul-Jabbar pronounced himself humbled and grateful during a ceremony attended by numerous NBA greats ranging from Johnson and West to Pat Riley and Elgin Baylor, and even Lakers superfan Jack Nicholson.
Wildcats lead the way
UNDATED (AP) — Kentucky, the highest-ranked team in action in men's basketball, walked off the court with a 101-49 win over Lafayette. The game was the home opener for the third-ranked Wildcats. Kyle Wiltjer keyed the win by hitting seven 3-pointers and scoring 23 points. The 2-1 Wildcats shot 65 percent from the field, including 11-of-19 shooting from 3-point range.
—Sixth-ranked North Carolina State rolled to a 94-76 win over UMass at the Puerto Rico Tipoff. T.J. Warren led the way for the Wolfpack with 21 points while Richard Howell added 19 points and nine rebounds. The win gives NC State a record of 3-0 and a spot in the title game against Oklahoma State.
— James Michael McAdoo scored 18 points and Marcus Paige added 15 to help 11th-ranked North Carolina beat Long Beach State 78-63. McAdoo scored 12 points in the second half and finished with eight rebounds as the Tar Heels ended Long Beach State's 23-game home winning streak. The 3-0 Tar Heels got hot from 3-point range during an 18-6 run midway through the second half to pull away.
—Alex Oriakhi had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Earnest Ross added 16 points as No. 14 Missouri beat Nicholls State 74-54. The Tigers, who are 3-0, shot 22 of 51, including 39.3 percent in the first half, bettering its 31 percent from its first two games.
—Colorado earned a measure of revenge against formerly unbeaten Baylor, the 16th ranked team in the AP poll, with a 60-58 victory in the semifinals of the Charleston Classic. The Bears knocked the Buffaloes out of last season's NCAA tournament in the third round. Askia Booker scored 19 points to lead Colorado to its third win in as many outings this season. Baylor star Pierre Jackson was held to 12 points after scoring 31 in Thursday's victory over Boston College.
— Ronald Roberts had 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead Saint Joseph's to a 79-70 overtime victory over No. 20 Notre Dame in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Barclays Center. Roberts scored the first seven points of the overtime as the Hawks pulled away, outscoring the Fighting Irish 13-4 in the extra 5 minutes. The Hawks will play Florida State in Saturday night's championship game. The Seminoles beat BYU 88-70.
— Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright each scored 16 points to lead No. 23 Connecticut to a 77-71 victory over Wake Forest in a tournament in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The Huskies have won all three of their games this season while the Demon Deacons are 1-1.
Cutler won't play San Francisco...Harbaugh expected to coach against Bears
UNDATED (AP) — Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's concussion is keeping him out of the Monday's game against the 49ers in San Francisco. Cutler took seven snaps late in the first half of Sunday's loss to Houston after taking what the Bears say was a helmet-to-helmet hit by Tim Dobbins of the Texans, who has been fined $30,000 by the league.
Jason Campbell will take Cutler's place against the 49ers. He's made 70 starts in his career with the Redskins and Raiders
Elsewhere around the NFL:
— San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh returned to work a day after having a minor procedure for an irregular heartbeat. The reigning NFL Coach of the Year, who turns 49 on Dec. 23, was away from the team yesterday for his procedure at Stanford Hospital.
— Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will miss Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins due to the effects of a concussion. Rookie Nick Foles, who replaced Vick during the 38-23 loss to Dallas on Sunday, and who practiced with the first team all week, will get his first NFL start in a battle of 3-6 teams fighting to save their seasons.
— Browns starting cornerback Joe Haden missed his second day of practice with an oblique injury and could be sidelined for Sunday's game in Dallas. Cleveland's top coverage defender got hurt during Wednesday's workout.
— Injured Dallas running back DeMarco Murray is unlikely to return from a four-game absence Sunday against Cleveland. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says Murray is doing more each day in recovering from a sprained right foot but is doubtful.
Referee Tony Corrente fined one game check for obscenities heard by crowd
NEW YORK (AP) — Bad language is costing NFL ref Tony Corrente. The league is fining him one game check for uttering obscenities with his microphone on during a Nov. 4 game in Indianapolis between the Colts and Miami Dolphins. A referee of Corrente's experience — 18 seasons — earns approximately $9,000 a game.
NFL issues player fines for week 10 games
NEW YORK (AP) — Jacksonville defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali and New England LB Brandon Spikes were fined $25,000 each by the NFL on Friday for hits in recent games. In all, 17 players drew fines for their actions in Week 10 games. The other individual fines were for lesser amounts.
Vols receive additional NCAA penalties
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NCAA has extended Tennessee's probation by two years. The move is part of additional penalties handed down following the ruling that former football assistant coach Willie Mack Garza provided impermissible travel and lodging to a former prospect. This extends a probationary period that started in August 2011 and now runs through Aug. 23, 2015.
Garza, who worked at Tennessee on former coach Lane Kiffin's staff, received a three-year show-cause order. The show-cause penalty means that any school that hires him must prove to the NCAA that it is rules compliant.
Report: Jays secure Cabrera
UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are making more headlines. Just days after pulling off a blockbuster trade with Miami, the Jays have reportedly come to terms on a deal with All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera.
A person familiar with the negotiations said the free agent outfielder and the Blue Jays have reached agreement on a two-year contract worth $16 million. The deal is pending a physical, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.
Cabrera sat out much of last season because of a drug suspension.
In other big-league news:
— The Detroit Tigers have finalized their $26 million, two-year deal with free agent outfielder Torii Hunter. He hit a career-best .313 last season for the Los Angeles Angels with 16 home runs and 92 RBIs. Acquiring a corner outfielder was a major offseason priority for Detroit, and Hunter won nine consecutive Gold Gloves from 2001-09 before gradually switching from center field to right.
— The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a two-year deal with Gerald Laird. The 33-year-old catcher has appeared in the last two World Series. He played for the Detroit Tigers this past season, hitting .282 with two homers and 11 RBIs, and the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011. He'll be the backup for Brian McCann following the departure of David Ross, who signed with the Boston Red Sox.
Logano grabs pole
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Joey Logano won the pole for NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday. Championship contenders Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson were not far behind. Keselowski will start third in the 400-mile race and takes a 20-point lead into the finale over five-time champion Johnson.
Keselowski only needs to finish 15th or better, or 16th or better if he leads at least one lap, and 17th or better if he leads the most laps, to win a first Cup championship for himself and team owner Roger Penske. Johnson will start 10th.
Saint Louis coach will not return because of health issues
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Saint Louis men's basketball coach Rick Majerus (mah-JEHR'-uhs) won't return to the team because of a serious heart condition. The 64-year-old ended the school's 12-year NCAA tournament drought last season with a 26-win team that won its opening game and took top regional seed Michigan State to the wire.
Majerus has a 25-year record of 517-216 with just one losing season and was 95-69 in five seasons at Saint Louis.
Miyazato tales lead
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Ai Miyazato (EYE mee-yah-ZAH'-toh) has a one shot lead after the second round of the season-ending LPGA Titleholders tournament in Naples, Fla. She shot an 8-under-64 to lead Na Yeon Choi after 36 holes of play.
American Brittany Lincecome is tied for third at minus-7.
GOLF-HONG KONG OPEN
Not a good week for No. 1
HONG KONG (AP) — Rory McIlroy has missed the cut at the Hong Kong Open. The top-ranked golfer in the world followed up Thursday's 3-over 73 with a 72 that was capped with a double-bogey on 18.
Michael Campbell is the leader by a stroke after holing a 10-foot birdie putt on his final hole for a 6-under 64. The 43-year-old golfer is 9-under as he tries to end a seven-year winless drought.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Rushing record broken
YULEE, Fla. (AP) — Derrick Henry has broken one of the most coveted and long-standing records in the history of high school football.
Ken Hall ran for 11,232 yards in four years, between 1950 and 1953 at Sugar Land, Texas. The record had long been considered an unbreakable mark. Henry topped the record with a 52-yard run in a Class 4A state playoff game in Yulee, Florida. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound back has rushed for at least 100 yards in every game of his high school career.
Henry has committed to play at Alabama.
TENNIS-DAVIS CUP FINAL
Spain with early lead
PRAGUE (AP) — Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') beat Nicolas Almagro to give the Czech Republic a 1-1 tie with Spain after the opening singles matches in the Davis Cup final. Earlier, Spain's David Ferrer (feh-REHR') topped Radek Stepanek.
The reverse singles are scheduled for Sunday.