Titans get picky against Jets
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The New York Jets' faint playoff hopes have been picked off by the Tennessee Titans.
Mark Sanchez threw four interceptions among his five turnovers as the Jets lost 14-10 at Tennessee, eliminating New York from the postseason chase. Sanchez gave up the ball twice after the two minute warning to kill the Jets' chance at a must win.
The Jets reached the Tennessee 23 just before Michael Griffin picked off Sanchez at the two yard line with under two minutes left. And when Titans punter Brett Kern shanked a punt that landed out of bounds at the Tennessee 25 with 47 seconds left, Sanchez promptly fumbled the ensuing snap and watched Zach Brown pounce on the ball to clinch the outcome.
Chris Johnson carried 21 times for 122 yards, including a 94-yard touchdown run that put the Titans ahead in the second quarter. Griffin had two interceptions for the 5-9 Titans, who dropped the Jets to 6-8.
Boeheim gets 900th
UNDATED (AP) — First came Bob Knight, then Mike Krzyzewski, (shuh-SHEHF'-skee) and finally, Jim Boeheim (BAY'-heim).
Third-ranked Syracuse escaped with a 72-68 home win over Detroit to make Boeheim the third Division I men's basketball coach with 900 career wins. Boeheim was presented a jersey encased in glass with 900 emblazoned on it, 36 years after coaching his first game at the school.
James Southerland had 22 points as the 10-0 Orange extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 30 games. Michael Carter-Williams added 12 points and 10 assists for his sixth straight double-double.
Also in top-25 play, Jabari Brown scored 12 points in his first game in 13 months as 12th-ranked Missouri clobbered South Carolina State 102-51. An 18-2 run midway through the first half gave the Tigers a 31-11 lead with 5:58 left.
Anthony Marshall scored 13 points and Bryce DeJean-Jones added 12 for No. 21 UNLV in a 62-60 victory over UTEP. Katin Reinhardt scored 10 points for the 9-1 Rebels, who had a 17-2 run in the first half and still led by as many as 15 points in the second half.
Notre Dame beat a state rival, 74-62 win over IPFW. Pat Connaughton had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists for the 22nd-ranked Irish, who improved to 10-1.
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Duke moves to No. 1
UNDATED (AP) — Duke is back on top of The Associated Press men's basketball poll. The Blue Devils, who are back on top of the poll for the 123rd time in school history, replace Indiana. The Hooisers suffered their first loss of the season Saturday as they were beaten by Butler in overtime.
The rest of the top-five this week features Michigan, followed by Syracuse, Arizona and Louisville.
The second five this week features Indiana, Ohio State, Florida, Kansas and Illinois.
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Stanford stays on top
UNDATED (AP) — Stanford remains the top team in the AP's women's basketball poll. This marks five straight weeks the school has been No. 1.
Rounding out the top five are Connecticut and Baylor, Duke and Notre Dame.
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Bulldogs may bolt for new conference
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nineteenth-ranked Butler could be changing conferences again. Two days after school President James Danko told The Associated Press he would not rule out the possibility of joining a new conference with the seven Catholic schools that are leaving the Big East, he issued a statement calling the rumors a "tribute" to the Bulldogs' success.
Danko announced in May that the Bulldogs were leaving their longtime home, the Horizon League, for the Atlantic 10. The move was supposed to happen next year but was expedited this summer. Butler will not play its first Atlantic 10 game until January.
Thunder top Spurs to stay atop NBA West...Lin wins in return to Gotham
UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder have an 11-game winning streak and the NBA's best record at 20-4 following a victory over a fellow Western Conference division leader.
Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) tied his career high with 24 points and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds in a 107-93 win against San Antonio. Russell Westbrook had 22 points and nine assists for the Thunder, who scored 11 straight points to take a 71-56 lead late in the third quarter.
Kevin Martin scored 20 and Kevin Durant had 19 while the Thunder held Tony Parker and Tim Duncan to a combined 26 points.
Jeremy Lin made a triumphant return to Madison Square Garden, although he had a lot of help from James Harden.
Lin had 22 points and eight assists as the Houston Rockets downed the New York Knicks 109-96. It was Lin's first game in New York since he left the Knicks last summer for a free-agent deal with the Rockets.
Lin received a warm ovation as the starting lineup was announced, but he got a mixed reception when he left the game with 2:25 remaining and the Rockets leading by 16.
Harden added 28 points and 10 rebounds in the Rockets' second blowout win over the Knicks.
New York had a four-game winning streak stopped despite a season-high 29 points from rookie Chris Copeland.
Elsewhere in the NBA, The Los Angeles Clippers picked up their 10th consecutive win as Jamal Crawford and Blake Griffin each scored 15 points in an 88-76 win at Detroit. Chris Paul added 14 points and seven assists as the Clippers improved to 8-3 on the road.
Memphis was an 80-71 winner over Chicago behind Mike Conley's 17 points. Zach Randolph added 10 points and 15 boards for the Grizzlies, who outrebounded the Bulls 51-39.
Glen Davis scored 29 points and Orlando ended Minnesota's four-game winning streak by beating the Timberwolves 102-93. J.J. Redick had 18 points and seven assists to help the Magic overcome Kevin Love's 23 points and 15 rebounds.
Shannon Brown scored 14 of his 22 points while Phoenix outscored Sacramento 31-14 in the third quarter of a 101-90 win over the Kings. Jared Dudley finished with 20 points and helped the Suns roar back from a 19-point deficit.
Dickey confirms deal with Jays
NEW YORK (AP) — R.A. Dickey has announced that he and the Blue Jays have agreed on a new contract, clearing the way for the New York Mets to trade the Cy Young winner to Toronto. The Blue Jays will also get catchers Josh Thole (TOH'-lee) and Mike Nickeas (NIK'-ee-uhs), who have experience catching Dickey's knuckleball. The Mets will get catcher John Buck, catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud (DAHR'-noh) and two other minor leaguers for the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner.
The 38-year-old knuckleballer must pass a physical before he joins the Blue Jays, who will pay him $29 over the next three years. Dickey was 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA last season, three years after the Mets signed him to a minor league contract.
Elsewhere in baseball:
— The Tigers have finalized their five-year contract with right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez, who helped Detroit reach the World Series this year. He had a 1.77 ERA in 20 1-3 innings over three postseason starts, but was 1-2 as the Tigers were shut out in each of his losses.
— The Houston Astros have signed veteran Carlos Pena (PAYN'-yuh) to be their designated hitter as the club prepares for its first season in the American League. The 34-year-old Pena spent last season with Tampa Bay, hitting .197 with 19 home runs and 61 RBIs. His most productive year came in 2007 when he hit 46 homers with 121 RBIs.
— The Chicago Cubs have signed third baseman Ian Stewart to a one-year contract. He batted .201 in 55 games this season before season-ending surgery on his left wrist.
— The Athletics have reportedly come to terms on a contract with shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima of Japan's Seibu Lions. Nakajima is a seven-time Pacific League All-Star who hit .302 with 149 home runs, 664 RBIs and 134 stolen bases over 11 seasons with Seibu.
Skins lose Black
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins tackle Jordan Black has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances. The league says Black's suspension begins immediately and will include playoff games if the Redskins advance that far.
Black become the sixth Redskins player suspended by the league in less than two seasons for drugs-related issues.
Pa. prosecutor: Steroids found in Reid's room
EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prosecutor says his investigation into the fatal heroin overdose of Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, revealed there were steroids in his room the day he died.
The Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli says there was no evidence that Reid was giving the steroids to any Eagles players. Garrett Reid's body was found in his dorm room at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, where he was assisting the Eagle's strength and conditioning coach during training camp.
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Good news for fans of the Irish
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix III and offensive tackle Zack Martin will skip the NFL draft and return to school next year. Coach Brian Kelly also says running back Cierre Wood will wait until he receives an evaluation of his draft stock from an NFL advisory committee before deciding if he will return for another season.
The 325-pound Nix anchored one of the top defenses in college football. The junior had 45 tackles and two sacks.
Martin is Notre Dame's top offensive lineman and a three-year starter.
Wood is the team's second-leading rusher with 740 yards and four touchdowns.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WESTERN MICHIGAN
New coach for Broncos
UNDATED (AP) — Western Michigan confirms that it has hired 32-year-old Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant P.J. Fleck as its head coach.
Fleck has worked for Bucs coach Greg Schiano (shee-AHN'-oh) the past three years, serving as receivers coach at Rutgers before following Schiano to Tampa Bay this season to do the same job.
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UC Davis hires Ron Gould as football coach
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Former California running game coordinator Ron Gould has been hired as the new head coach at UC Davis.
Athletic director Terry Tumey announced that Gould would replace Bob Biggs, who retired after the season. Six of Cal's top 10 all-time rushers played under Gould, including NFL players Marshawn Lynch, Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen.