Visiting Bulls outmuscle Heat
UNDATED (AP) — Carlos Boozer scored 27 points and the Chicago Bulls dominated on the boards to become only the third visiting team to win in Miami this season, beating the Heat 96-89. Chicago outrebounded Miami 48-28 and had 20 second-chance points to seven for the Heat.
The Eastern Conference-leading Heat fell to 15-3 at home. Their other home losses came against the Knicks and Warriors.
Miami's LeBron James scored 30 points, extending his streaks of scoring at least 20 points to 31 consecutive games this season, and 52 games in a row overall when including last year's playoff run. He has scored at least 25 in eight consecutive games
The first meeting between the teams this season was bruising, and the Bulls repeatedly outfought the Heat on the boards.
Russell Westbrook scored 27 points and Kevin Durant added 26 to lead Oklahoma City to a 109-85 win over Philadelphia. The Thunder bounced back from a rare home loss by making eight of its first 10 3-point attempts in the second half and never trailed after scoring the final five points before halftime.
Serge Ibaka chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds and Kevin Martin had 16 points off the bench for the Thunder, who haven't lost consecutive home games since dropping two of the first three to start the 2010-11 season.
Nick Young led Philadelphia with 21 points, and Jrue (DROO) Holiday had 15 points and nine assists. The Sixers fell to 2-5 on their eight-game road trip, which concludes Saturday night at San Antonio.
In other NBA action;
— Wesley Matthews scored 21 points while J.J. Hickson added 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Portland to an 86-84 win over Memphis. Rudy Gay tossed up a shot from near the top of the key for the Grizzlies but it missed the mark. He finished with 19 points.
— James Harden scored 29 points to lead Houston to a 115-101 victory over Milwaukee. Harden shot 11 of 18 from the floor to help the Rockets win for the 10th time in 13 games.
— Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo each scored 18 points to lead Boston to a 94-75 win over Indiana. Garnett was ejected in the fourth quarter for a flagrant foul.
— Kyrie Irving capped a 33-point performance by hitting a pull up jumper with one second left to give Cleveland a 106-104 win over Charlotte. Irving knocked down 14 of his team's final 16 points to help the Cavaliers snap a three-game losing streak.
— Joe Johnson's jumper with 0.7 seconds left in the second overtime lifted the Brooklyn Nets to a 115-113 victory over the Washington Wizards. The Nets improved to 4-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.
— Austin Daye had a season-best 20 points to lead Detroit to their fourth straight win 85-84 over Atlanta. The Hawks trailed by as many as 19 but had a chance to win in the final seconds, before Andre Drummond blocked Lou Williams' jumper at the buzzer to preserve the win.
— DeMarcus Cousins scored a season-high 31 points and matched his career high with 20 rebounds to lead Sacramento over Toronto 105-96. John Salmons scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the Kings.
— Al Jefferson scored 21 points and Paul Millsap added 19 to lead Utah past slumping Phoenix.
Reid takes Chiefs job
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid pulled up to Arrowhead Stadium in a black SUV, stepped out of it wearing a dark suit and red tie, and walked briskly toward the doors of the Kansas City Chiefs' home.
It's his new home, as it turned out.
The longtime Eagles coach signed a five-year deal, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the terms of the contract.
The Chiefs have scheduled an introductory news conference for Monday.
Reid's agreement was finalized shortly after the Chiefs announced they had parted ways with general manager Scott Pioli (pee-OH'-lee after four tumultuous seasons in Kansas City.
It's expected that Reid will pursue longtime Packers personnel man John Dorsey or former Browns GM Tom Heckert — or perhaps both of them — to work with him in the front office.
Browns set to interview Kelly
CLEVELAND (AP) — Chip Kelly is close to taking his fast-paced offense to the NFL.
A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Browns are nearing a deal with Oregon's offensive mastermind to be their next coach.
The Browns interviewed Kelly on Friday and the Ducks coach was supposed to meet with Philadelphia in Arizona. However, a person familiar with the interviews says the Eagles are "heading in another direction" because Kelly is nearing a deal with Cleveland.
Eagles set coaching interviews
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles will interview Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley for their coaching vacancy.
The Eagles, who fired Andy Reid Monday after a 4-12 season in which they finished in last place in the NFC East, have already interviewed Penn State's Bill O'Brien and Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong. O'Brien is remaining at Penn State.
Team officials will meet with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy Sunday in Denver, and are also expected to talk with Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
Bills have McCoy interview slated
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A person familiar with the Buffalo Bills' coaching search says the team is still scheduled to interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy this weekend.
The person says the meeting is set to take place in Denver on Saturday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not revealed their itinerary.
The Broncos have a playoff bye this week and have allotted teams time to interview McCoy in Denver this weekend. McCoy has also been linked as a candidate for coaching vacancies in Arizona, Philadelphia and Chicago.
Rivera to meet with Panthers owner
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has scheduled a meeting with Ron Rivera Saturday morning to discuss the coach's future with the team.
The person spoke to The Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because the meeting has not been publically announced.
It's uncertain if Richardson will inform Rivera whether he will be remain Carolina's coach at the meeting or gather input and make a determination at a later date.
Rivera has two years remaining on a four-year contract.
Browner to start for Seattle
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Cornerback Brandon Browner is expected to start for the Seattle Seahawks in the playoff opener Sunday at Washington despite just returning this week from his four-game suspension.
Coach Pete Carroll was pleased with a nearly empty injury report Friday. The only players listed were running back Marshawn Lynch (back) and cornerback Jeremy Lane (knee). Both were probable and expected to play.
Ponder, Winfield listed as questionable vs Packers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have listed quarterback Christian Ponder and cornerback Antoine Winfield as questionable for their playoff game Saturday against Green Bay.
Ponder was limited in practice all week with a bruised right elbow. He hurt it when it hit a Packers helmet on the follow-through on Sunday, and he remained in the game to finish one of the best performances of his career. Coach Leslie Frazier said yesterday he expected Ponder to be able to play on Saturday.
Winfield did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday and did so on a limited basis on today because of a broken right hand. He had to come out of the game on Sunday when it swelled up on him, but Winfield said he will definitely play in the rematch.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-COTTON BOWL
Manziel leads Aggies to win
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') ran for two touchdowns, threw for two more and had a Cotton Bowl-record 516 total yards as 10th-ranked Texas A&M bounced No.l 12 Oklahoma 41-13.
The Aggies (11-2) never trailed after Manziel tiptoed the sideline for a 23-yard TD run on their opening drive of the game. Texas A&M took control of the game by scoring touchdowns on its first three drives in the third quarter, going ahead 34-13 when Manziel threw a 33-yard TD pass to Ryan Swope on a fourth-and-4 play.
Oklahoma (10-3), which like the Aggies entered the game with a five-game winning streak, went three-and-out on its first three drives after halftime.
Manziel set an FBS bowl record with his 229 yards rushing on 17 carries, and completed 22 of 34 passes for 287 yards.
TOP 25 GEORGIA-JONES
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones of Georgia will enter the NFL draft. He passed up a chance to leave school last season, opting to stick with the Bulldogs for the chance to win a championship. Georgia lost to Alabama 32-28 in the Southeastern Conference title game, just missing a chance to play for the BCS crown against top-ranked Notre Dame.
Jones made a quick decision, announcing his plans three days after a 45-31 victor over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. He is expected to be one of the top picks in the draft.
The 6-foot-3, 241-pounder played 26 games with Georgia after transferring from Southern Cal. He had 28 sacks, the third most in school history.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-LSU-NFL DRAFT
Tigers losing players to NFL draft
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU says safety Eric Reid, cornerback Tharold Simon, running back Spencer Ware and punter Brad Wing say they are entering the NFL draft.
Those decisions mean the Tigers will lose at least three defensive regulars, with linebacker Kevin Minter also having informed the school he'd be leaving this week.
Reid and Minter both were named AP second-team All-America for 2012.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-FLORIDA-NFL DRAFT
Gators heading to NFL early
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No. 4 Florida is losing at least three underclassmen to the NFL. Tight end Jordan Reed, the team's leading receiver this season, declared for the NFL draft Friday. He joined safety Matt Elam and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd as Florida players skipping their senior season.
NHL talks to continue
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal mediator held over 12 hours of separate talks with the NHL and the players' association Friday before stopping for the night with a promise to get going again in the morning.
The sides remained apart all day, buffered by the presence of federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh, who shuttled back and forth between the two sides. He started at 10 a.m. EST and wrapped up discussions for the day shortly before 11 p.m.
Similar talks were scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
It still isn't known when the league and the union will get back together at the bargaining table. Neither side provided details, but the all-day discussions at least provided a glimmer of hope that perhaps progress was being made from afar.
PGA TOUR-TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Windy in Hawaii
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — The PGA Tour season now starts on Saturday.
Wind squalls that howled down off the mountains above Maui were so severe Friday that tour officials scrapped the first round of the Tournament of Champions. All scores were erased — only 20 players in the 30-man field even had scores on their cards — and the round will start over Saturday with 36 holes, weather permitting.
Myers signs with Tribe
CLEVELAND (AP) — The chance to start again convinced Brett Myers to sign with the Cleveland Indians. The right-hander, who spent the majority of his career as a starter before pitching in relief last season for Houston and the Chicago White Sox, has signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Indians.
Cleveland has penciled Myers into their starting rotation behind Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez. Myers passed a physical before finalizing his deal, which includes an $8 million club option for 2014.
Report: Armstrong pondering confession
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The New York Times is reporting that Lance Armstrong, who has strongly denied the doping charges that led to him being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, has told associates he is considering admitting to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
The report cited anonymous sources and said Armstrong was considering a confession to help restore his athletic career in triathlons and running events at age 41. Armstrong was been banned for life from cycling and cannot compete in athletic events sanctioned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Yet Armstrong attorney Tim Herman denied that Armstrong has reached out to USADA chief executive Travis Tygart and David Howman, director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Herman told The Associated Press he had no knowledge of Armstrong considering a confession and said: "When, and if, Lance has something to say, there won't be any secret about it."