Heat keep division lead...Warriors continue road success
UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks had a chance to overtake the Miami Heat atop the NBA's Southeast Division. Instead, the Heat widened their lead to 1 1/2 games by downing the Hawks 101-92.
LeBron James and Dwyane (dwayn) Wade combined for 53 points on 21-of-29 from the field. James scored 27 points and Wade added 26 as Miami shot 58 percent and improved to 10-1 at home this season.
Also in the NBA, Golden State was a 104-96 winner at Charlotte behind Stephen (STEHF'-ehn) Curry's 27 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. David Lee had 25 points and 11 boards for the Warriors, who are 14-7 after improving to 4-0 on their current seven-game road trip.
Jrue (juh-ROO') Holiday furnished a team-high 25 points in Philadelphia's 104-97 triumph over Detroit. Evan Turner had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers, who shot 54 percent from the floor.
New knee problem for Bynum
UNDATED (AP) — Andrew Bynum says pain in his left knee is keeping him from playing for the Philadelphia 76ers. Bynum says his injured right is feeling better, but he still feels pain in his left knee when he walks and says there's no sense trying to risk making his season debut for the Sixers.
Bynum will have his knees examined again Dec. 20th and says the worst-case scenario is he'll miss at least another month.
And Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving has been cleared to practice after missing 11 games with a broken left finger. He's expected to play for the Cavaliers in Tuesday's game against the Lakers, great news for a team that's gone 2-9 without him.
AP source: Tagliabue bounty ruling coming Tuesday
UNDATED (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are about to get some closure stemming from the NFL's bounty probe of the team.
A person familiar with the decision says former commissioner Paul Tagliabue (TAG'-lee-uh-boo) will rule Tuesday afternoon on the latest round of player appeals in the probe, and that any potential punishment will be delayed by a week.
The person says the delay is designed to give a federal judge in New Orleans the opportunity to rule on pending motions to throw out the suspensions and remove Tagliabue as the appointed arbitrator for these player appeals to the league. The person spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because no rulings have been announced.
The NFL's decision to delay potential sanctions for four current or former Saints means linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith may play Sunday when New Orleans hosts Tampa Bay.
Slumping Ravens fire offensive coordinator Cameron
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The slumping Baltimore Ravens have fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron after losing back-to-back games.
Cameron had run the team's offense since the start of the 2008 season, when Jim Harbaugh took over as head coach. But the Ravens have struggled for consistency this season in both the running and passing game.
Former Colts head coach Jim Caldwell assumes Cameron's duties after serving as Baltimore's quarterbacks coach.
49ers suspend RB Brandon Jacobs
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have suspended running back Brandon Jacobs for the final three games after a series of posts on social media sites addressing his lack of playing time.
One of those posts during the weekend said he was "on this team rotting away."
The 30-year-old Jacobs has five carries for 7 yards while playing in only two games with the NFC West-leading Niners.
In other NFL News:
— Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says Robert Griffin III has a Grade 1 sprain of a ligament in the right knee but might be able to play in next week's game against the Cleveland Browns. The rookie quarterback was hit at the end of a scramble late in regulation in the Redskins' 31-28 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens.
— Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler says he expects to play this week against Green Bay. Cutler left Sunday's loss at Minnesota with a sore neck, but says he got treatment and "unless something drastic happens" he'll be ready to go. Cutler missed a game last month with a concussion.
— Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy have passed concussion tests and could return to Eagles practice once they've been cleared by an independent neurologist. Vick has missed the last four games and McCoy the last three.
— Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will miss next week's game at Oakland with a rib injury, and coach Romeo Crennel (kreh-NEHL') says it's possible Kansas City's leading receiver is done for the season.
— The Jacksonville Jaguars say coach Mike Mularkey has been released from a hospital after a brief stay that included tests, but the team offered few other details. Mularkey showed up at the practice facility a day after his team's 17-10 loss to the New York Jets and started feeling ill.
— Titans tight end Jared Cook has a torn right rotator cuff and will be placed on injured reserve for the final three games. Cook was hurt in Sunday's 27-23 loss to Indianapolis.
— The Arizona Cardinals have claimed quarterback Brian Hoyer off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hoyer was with the Steelers for three weeks while Ben Roethlisberger was injured.
No change at the top
UNDATED (AP) — Indiana tops The Associated Press men's basketball poll for the sixth straight week.
The Hoosiers are followed in the Top 25 by Duke, Michigan, Syracuse and Florida.
Louisville drops a notch to sixth, ahead of Ohio State, Arizona, Kansas and Illinois.
The AP women's poll has Stanford at No. 1, followed by Connecticut, Baylor, Duke and Notre Dame.
NHL cancels games through Dec. 30
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has eliminated 16 more days from the regular-season schedule, and the entire season will be lost if a deal with the players' association isn't reached soon.
The league has now wiped out all games through Dec. 30.
Negotiations between the league and the players' association broke off last week, but NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Sunday the sides are trying to restart talks this week.
Ludwick stays put...Tigers agree to deal with C Pena...White Sox get Keppinger
UNDATED (AP) — Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick is staying in Cincinnati. He's signed a two-year, $15 million deal that includes a mutual option for the 2015 season. The 34-year-old batted .275 with 26 homers and 80 RBIs in 125 games last season. When first baseman Joey Votto got hurt at midseason, Ludwick emerged as one of the team's most consistent run producers, helping the Reds win the NL Central for the second time in three years.
Elsewhere around the majors:
— The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year contract with backup catcher Brayan Pena. Pena had a .236 batting average with two homers and 25 RBIs in 68 games last season for the Kansas City Royals.
— The Chicago White Sox say they have agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with infielder Jeff Keppinger. Keppinger hit a career-high .325 in 115 games with Tampa Bay last season.
— The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed free agent reliever Jason Grilli to a two-year contract worth $6.75 million. The 36-year-old Grilli went 1-6 with a 2.91 ERA in 64 games this year, averaging 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings.
— The Toronto Blue Jays hired Pat Hentgen as their bullpen coach, bringing the Cy Young winner back into the team's coaching ranks. Hentgen previously served as Toronto's bullpen coach in 2011. He played 10 seasons in Toronto, winning the Cy Young in 1996.
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Three Beavers suspended following arrest
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Three Oregon State players arrested following a fight at a Corvallis bar over the weekend have been suspended from the team.
Senior defensive end Rudolf Fifita, junior defensive tackle Mana Rosa and junior linebacker Dyllon Kalena Mafi have been arraigned and face two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of second-degree disorderly conduct. Mafi faces an additional charge for misrepresenting his age.
Western Kentucky, Colorado, UTEP, land new coaches
UNDATED (AP) — Western Kentucky has hired Bobby Petrino as its new football coach.
The former Arkansas coach is replaces Willie Taggart, who left WKU Saturday to become South Florida's coach.
Petrino had a 34-17 record at Arkansas, but was fired last spring for what the school called a "pattern of misleading" behavior following a motorcycle accident that revealed Petrino was having an extramarital affair.
— Mike MacIntyre is leaving San Jose State for a five-year contract to coach the University of Colorado football team. He's being asked to turn around a program that's had seven straight losing seasons, including a 1-11 record this year that was the worst in the program's 123-year history.
— Former UTEP player Sean Kugler is returning to El Paso to become the Miners' next coach. Kugler is the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He replaces Mike Price, who led the Miners for nine seasons and retired last month.
— All-Big Ten defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins has announced he will give up his senior season at Ohio State to make himself available for the 2013 NFL draft. The 6-foot-3, 322-pounder started every game the past two seasons. He was fifth in tackles for the Buckeyes this season with 55.
— Texas Tech says offensive line coach Chris Thomsen will serve as interim coach of the Red Raiders for their bowl game this month against Minnesota. Thomsen got the nod two days after Tommy Tuberville (TUH'-bur-vihl) left to take the head coaching position at Cincinnati.
Arturo Gatti, Virgil Hill enter boxing hall
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The late Arturo Gatti and five-time world champion Virgil Hill have been elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Gatti died three years ago in Brazil under mysterious circumstances. He won titles in two weight divisions.
Hill won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics and defended his light heavyweight title 20 times.