Sweet 16 for Clippers...Nets win for P.J., extend Bobcats' skid...Pistons beat Heat
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers put a little drama into their 16th consecutive victory.
The Clippers extended their club-record winning streak by rallying from a 19-point, second-half deficit to beat the Jazz 116-114 in Utah. Chris Paul scored L.A.'s final seven points and finished with 29 as the Clippers improved to an NBA-best 24-6.
Blake Griffin added 22 points and 13 rebounds, and DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 10 boards for the Clippers, who closed the third quarter on a 29-14 run to pull within 88-84.
In other NBA action:
— Houston's five-game winning streak is over after Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) combined for 84 points in San Antonio's 122-116 win over the Rockets. Parker finished with 31 points and 10 assists, Duncan contributed 30 points and Ginobili added a season-high 23.
— P.J. Carlesimo (kahr-LES'-ih-moh) won his first game as Brooklyn's interim coach as Brook Lopez delivered 26 points and 11 rebounds in the Nets' 97-81 win over Charlotte, the Bobcats' 17th consecutive loss. Deron Williams scored 19 points for the Nets, who led by as many as 29 before winning for only the second time in seven games.
— Danilo Gallinari (dah-NIH'-loh gah-lih-NAHR'-ee) scored a career-high 39 points as Denver dealt Dallas its fifth straight loss, 106-85. Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki appeared in his third game since undergoing knee surgery, finishing with five points in 17 minutes.
— LeBron James' 35 points weren't enough for Miami in a 109-99 loss to Detroit. Will Bynum had 25 points and 10 assists to help the Pistons end the Heat's six-game winning streak. Miami played without Dwyane (dwayn) Wade, who was suspended for the game after kicking a Charlotte player on Wednesday.
— Sacramento blew a 27-point lead before beating New York 106-105 on James Johnson's three-pointer at the buzzer. Marcus Thornton scored 18 points and Johnson had 17 for the Kings.
David Lee's 25 points and 12 rebounds led Golden State to a 96-89 triumph over Philadelphia. Jarrett Jack had 16 points for the Warriors, who blew most of a 20-point lead in the second half before improving to 20-10.
Jeff Teague scored a career-high 27 points and Atlanta closed on a 9-0 run to beat Cleveland 102-94. Al Horford added 14 points and 11 boards as the Hawks improved to 8-4 on the road.
— George Hill dropped in 22 points and David West added 14 and seven rebounds, guiding Indiana to a 97-91 triumph against Phoenix. The Pacers have won four straight and seven of eight.
— The Los Angeles Lakers won for the sixth time in seven games as Dwight Howard came through with 21 points and 14 rebounds in a 104-87 romp over Portland. Kobe Bryant was high man for the Lakers with 27 points as they reached the .500 mark again.
— Jordan Crawford scored 27 points and Washington halted an eight-game losing streak by topping Orlando 105-97. Nene (neh-NAY') added season highs of 23 points and 11 rebounds as the Wizards improved to 4-23, still worst in the league.
— Kyle Lowry hit two big baskets in overtime and DeMar DeRozan finished with 30 points as Toronto outlasted New Orleans 104-97. The Raptors scored nine of the first 11 points in OT after coughing up a seven-point lead in the last 90 seconds of regulation.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BOWL GAMES
Bobcats crush Warhawks...Hokies rally
UNDATED (AP) — Two of the day's three college football bowl games are in the books.
It was a record-setting day for Ohio as the Bobcats clobbered Louisiana-Monroe 45-14 at the Independence Bowl in Shreveport.
The Bobcats broke several Independence Bowl marks, including the 31-point margin of victory and 556 total yards.
Tyler Tettleton threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns, Beau Blankenship scored four touchdowns and Chase Cochran caught three passes for 162 yards and a touchdown.
Virginia Tech beat Rutgers 13-10 in the Russell Athletic Bowl, thanks to Cody Journell's 22-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime. Logan Thomas threw for 192 yards and the game's lone passing touchdown to help the 7-6 Hokies rally from a 10-0 halftime deficit and end the season on a three-game winning streak. The Scarlet Knights fell to 9-4 when Nick Borgese missed a 42-yard field goal attempt on the final play.
D.J. Johnson's 39-yard interception return set up Ryan Bustin's 28-yard field goal as time expired to give Texas Tech a 34-31 comeback victory over Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl at Houston. The Golden Gophers led 31-24 until Eric Ward scored on a 35-yard pass play with just over a minute remaining.
Ault ends 28-year run with Wolf Pack
RENO, Nevada (AP) — Chris Ault has stepped down after 28 years as Nevada's head football coach.
Ault leaves as the winningest coach in program history, going 233-109-1 and taking the Wolf Pack to 10 bowl games in 12 FBS seasons. Perhaps his most famous contribution came late in his career, when he invented the Pistol offense in 2005, a scheme now employed by hundreds of teams at every level of football.
NHL makes new offer to players
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL says it's made a new contract offer to the players in an attempt to end the lockout and save the season.
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says in a statement Friday that a "comprehensive" proposal was made a day earlier and he's waiting for a response.
He adds that the league is "hopeful" that once the union and its negotiating committee review the proposal "they will share it with the players. We want to be back on the ice as soon as possible."
The lockout is in its 104th day. The NHL says it doesn't want a season of less than 48 games. To make that possible, a deal likely must be reached by mid-January. The sides haven't met face to face since talks with a federal mediator broke down Dec. 13.
So far, the league has canceled all games through Jan. 14 plus the Winter Classic and the All-Star game.
Jags place Jones-Drew on IR with foot injury
UNDATED (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed running back Maurice Jones-Drew on injured reserve because of a foot injury.
The 2-13 Jaguars waited nearly two months before ending Jones-Drews' season, holding out hope that last season's NFL rushing leader would get healthy.
In other NFL news:
— Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte expects to start Sunday against the Lions despite an ankle injury suffered last week. Forte went through a full practice Friday and was listed probable for the game at Detroit, which the Bears will need to win if they have any shot at making the playoffs.
— Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $55,000 by the league for his high hit on the New York Giants' Victor Cruz last weekend. Reed struck the wide receiver in the head and neck area, and was penalized for the hit in the game.
— Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was fined $21,000 for abusive conduct toward a game official, and another $10,000 for kicking Oakland's Tommy Kelly after a play was over. New England's Vince Wilfork was docked $30,000 for hitting Jacksonville offensive lineman Steve Vallos in the head with his forearm on a play in which possession changed.
— The Oakland Raiders are ready to get a long look at Terrelle Pryor to see if he can be their quarterback of the future. Pryor got the nod to start Sunday's season finale in San Diego in place of the injured Carson Palmer.
— Cleveland Browns third-string quarterback Thad Lewis will make his first career start Sunday at Pittsburgh. He'll fill in for starter Brandon Weeden and backup Colt McCoy who are both out with shoulder injuries. Also, running back Trent Richardson will miss the game because of a sprained ankle. He's 50 yards shy of 1,000.
— Rex Ryan is denouncing a published report that says he'd welcome being fired if owner Woody Johnson doesn't upgrade the offense. Ryan said at his news conference Friday, "There's no bigger Jet than me" and that he hoped to be coaching the team "for the next 15 years."
Stomach bug knocks Nadal from Aussie Open
MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal says he will not play the Australian Open because of a stomach virus, further delaying his comeback after being sidelined since June.
The Spaniard also will skip the preceding Qatar Open. The Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam tournament, begins Jan. 14. The same virus kept Nadal from making his return at Abu Dhabi this week.
Nadal has been out because of tendinitis in his left knee since a second-round loss to then-100th-ranked Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon. He also skipped the London Olympics.
Nadal says in a statement that his knee is "much better" but the virus prevented him from practicing this past week, and "therefore I am sorry to announce that I will not play in Doha and the Australian Open."
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-TEXAS SUSPENSIONS
2 Longhorns suspended after assault report
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that Texas has sent home backup quarterback Case McCoy and injured linebacker Jordan Hicks on the eve of the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio for violating team rules. A person with knowledge of the suspensions said the players broke curfew.
Longhorns coach Mack Brown did not name the suspended players during a Friday news conference, but he referred to a KENS-TV report that police were investigating two unidentified Texas players in an alleged sexual assault at a San Antonio hotel.
Texas plays Oregon State in Saturday's bowl game.
Ex-Louisville football player sues school, coach
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former University of Louisville football player is suing the school and coach Charlie Strong, saying he was coerced into covering up a beating in the locker room by a pair of teammates.
Former Cardinals defensive lineman Patrick Grant alleges two teammates attacked him during the 2010 season in the locker room at Papa John's Cardinals Stadium. According to the lawsuit, they beat him up so badly that he required immediate urgent care and nearly lost his left eye.
Grant says that on the way to the hospital, the team's trainer told him to lie about the beating coming from teammates.
The school is not commenting.
TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
UNDATED (AP) — The fifth-ranked Indiana Hoosiers continue to roll through their schedule since an overtime loss to Butler two weeks ago.
Jordan Hulls scored a season-high 20 points and Cody Zeller added 16 as the Hoosiers ripped Jacksonville 93-59. Hulls hit three straight three-pointers in the final 90 seconds of the first half to put Indiana ahead 48-33 at the break.
The 12-1 Hoosiers have won three in a row, all by at least 34 points.
UCLA has a five-game winning streak after beating seventh-ranked Missouri. Freshman Shabazz Muhammed tied his season high with 27 points including a go-ahead three-pointer with 61 seconds left in overtime to push the Bruins past the Tigers 97-94.
Pressey finished with 19 points and a career-high 19 assists, including all 12 of his team's in the first half
In other top 25 college action, Kevin Pangos drained seven three-pointers and scored 31 points as 13th-ranked Gonzaga beat Baylor 94-87. Kelly Olynyk added 21 points for the Bulldogs, who shot 52 as Pangos went 10-13 from the field.
UFA, Russia (AP) — The United States fell to Russia 2-1 Friday at the world junior ice hockey championships. Jacob Trouba (TROO'-buh) scored the tying goal for the U.S. which dropped to 1-1 in pool play. Russia scored the winner four minutes into the third on a goal by Vladimir Tkachyov.
Also Friday, Canada remained undefeated in pool play after rallying to beat Slovakia 6-3