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NEW YORK (AP) — C.J. Fair scored 13 points to lead ninth-ranked Syracuse over Alcorn State 57-36 in the final game of the Gotham Classic. It was the 901st win for Orange coach Jim Boeheim, one behind Bob Knight for second place all-time among Division I men's coaches. Alcorn State (2-13), which was late arriving because of the weather, dropped to 0-9 on the road in losing its ninth straight.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Eric Gordon had 24 points and seven assists to help the New Orleans Hornets extend the Charlotte Bobcats' losing streak to 18 games with a 98-95 victory. Gordon, who hadn't played since April 22 following knee surgery, was 5 of 13 from the field and 12 of 14 from the free throw line in 24 minutes.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints confirm they have worked out a contract extension with suspended head coach Sean Payton, a deal that's awaiting NFL approval. He was due to begin his seventh season as the Saints' head coach in 2012 before being suspended for the whole season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation.

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