Horned Frogs pull the upset...Big night for the Sycamores
UNDATED (AP) — Garlon Green scored 20 points and TCU held on for a 62-55 upset of fifth-ranked Kansas for the Horned Frogs' first Big 12 victory. TCU held the Jayhawks to just 13 points in the first half in building a huge lead the Horned Frogs never lost.
The Jayhawks were coming off a loss four days earlier against Oklahoma State. They have their first losing streak in more than seven years. They had played 264 games in a row since January 2006 without consecutive losses, the longest active streak in NCAA Division I.
In other AP Top-25 hoops:
— Mark Lyons scored a season-high 25 points and led a key stretch in the second half, helping No. 7 Arizona hold off Stanford 73-66 on the 40th anniversary of the first game at the McKale Center.
— Wayne Blackshear scored a career-high 19 points and hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 23-2 run early in the second half that carried No. 11 Louisville to a 68-48 victory over Rutgers.
— Gary Harris scored 15 points and Keith Appling added 14 points before leaving the game with an injury to help No. 12 Michigan State bounce back from a poor first half to beat No. 18 Minnesota 61-50.
— Rotnei (RAHT'-nee) Clarke scored 17 points and No. 14 Butler defeated St. Bonaventure 77-58. The victory moved Butler into a share of the Atlantic 10 lead with VCU.
— Jamal Fenton scored all five of his points in a late surge for No. 15 New Mexico, helping the Lobos ground Air Force 81-58.
— Jake Odum scored 22 points and R.J. Mahurin added 17 to help the unranked Indiana State Sycamores pull off a stunningly easy 76-57 win over No. 16 Creighton (KRAY'-tuhn). It's the 1,400th victory in Indiana State history.
— Kadeem Batts scored 25 points and Providence narrowly won its second straight game after holding a late lead, beating No. 17 Cincinnati 54-50.
— Michael Cobbins blocked a shot then converted a fast-break layup with two-tenths of a second left in overtime, lifting No. 22 Oklahoma State over Baylor 69-67.
— Todd Mayo and Vander Blue both scored 13 points to help No. 24 Marquette rout South Florida 70-47.
Thunder rout road-weary Warriors...Knicks hit a Wall...Pacers hit a triple
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors didn't settle into their Oklahoma City hotel until nearly dawn, and it showed. The Oklahoma City Thunder won their 15th straight game against a Western Conference team by throttling the Warriors 119-98 behind Kevin Durant's 25 points. Russell Westbrook added 22.
The Thunder were able to win back-to-back games for the first time in nearly three weeks with a 16-4 run to start the fourth quarter that featured 10 points from sixth man Kevin Martin.
In other NBA action:
— John Wall had 21 points and nine assists, Trevor Ariza (ah-REE'-zuh) scored 20 points and the Washington Wizards broke the New York Knicks' five-game winning streak with a 106-96 victory. Among those in attendance for Wall's performance in Washington was his old college coach from Kentucky, John Calipari. The Wizards also snapped New York's 10-game winning streak over them.
— Three games in three nights translated into three victories for the iron men Indiana Pacers. Roy Hibbert had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Pacers to an 88-69 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
— Jeff Teague had 22 points and a season-high 13 assists, Josh Smith added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-92. Al Horford finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the Hawks snap a two-game skid.
— LeBron James scored 32 points, Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 31 points and eight assists, and the Miami Heat held off the Houston Rockets 114-108. The Heat are 20-3 at home.
— Eric Bledsoe had 27 points, including 19 in the second half, and the Los Angeles Clippers ended their three-game losing streak with an 86-76 win over the Orlando Magic.
— Kevin Garnett scored a season-high 27 points with 10 rebounds, Paul Pierce had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics won their fifth straight game by beating the Toronto Raptors 99-95.
— Brook Lopez had 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets won at Detroit for the first time since 2006, holding off the Pistons 93-90.
— New Orleans topped Phoenix 93-84. Greivis Vasquez (GREE'-vihs) led the Hornets with 19.
— Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in just three quarters, rookie Dion Waiters added 19,and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled to a 122-95 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
— O.J. Mayo scored 28 points, Vince Carter hit a critical jumper in the final minute, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-99 for coach Rick Carlisle's 500th career victory.
— Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson each scored 19 points, Enes Kanter had 17 and a career-high five blocks, and the Utah Jazz defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 100-86.
— Danny Green hit eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 28 points to help the San Antonio Spurs to their 11th straight win, 104-94 over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Gasol has foot injury...Seattle group files to move Kings
UNDATED (AP) — Pau Gasol (POW guh-SAWL') has been diagnosed with a tear of the plantar fascia of his right foot and could be out four to six weeks.
The Lakers say an MRI revealed the injury. The team said the results will be sent to team doctors in Los Angeles for analysis and that Gasol will return Thursday to be examined by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo and foot specialist Dr. Kenneth Jung.
In other NBA news:
— NBA Commissioner David Stern says the group that has reached agreement to purchase the Sacramento Kings has formally filed to relocate the franchise to Seattle. Stern called the Seattle group, led by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer, "very strong."
— The NBA for the most part has managed to avoid the major performance-enhancing drug scandals that have plagued the NFL and Major League Baseball over the last decade. Commissioner David Stern is hoping to keep it that way. Stern said that he thinks the NBA is on track to begin testing its players for human growth hormone, perhaps as early as next season.
B's rally past Habs
UNDATED (AP) — In renewing one of the most storied rivalries in hockey, the Boston Bruins rallied with two goals in the final period to edge Montreal 2-1 at Bell Centre. In winning, the B's take over first place in the Eastern Conference about a fifth of the way through the NHL's abbreviated 48-game schedule this season.
The Bruins' Tyler Seguin (SAY'-gihn) tied the game with a goal just 14 seconds into the final period. Dave Krejci (KRAY'-chee) scored the game-winner less than two minutes later.
Goalie Tuuka Rask gave up a first-period goal to P.K. Subban but nothing afterward. He made 20 saves.
In the rest of the brief three-game NHL schedule:
— Viktor Fasth stopped 31 shots for his first NHL shutout and Francois Beauchemin (FRAHN'-swah BOH'-shee-mihn) scored in his 500th career game in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-0 win at Colorado.
— Dallas nipped Edmonton 3-2 in overtime. Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-roh-meer YAH'-gur) scored the game-winner. He has 17 career overtime goals, most in the NHL.
Flames ink goalie
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Flames signed goaltender Danny Taylor to a one-year contract a day after Miikka Kiprusoff (MEE'-kuh KIP'-ruh-sahf) had a lower-body injury in a 4-1 win over Detroit. Kiprusoff, who left Tuesday's game after the second period, is listed day to day.
In other NHL news:
— In a rare deal between two teams that competed against each other in the Stanley Cup finals last year, the New Jersey Devils acquired center Andrei Loktionov from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2013 draft.
— The Winnipeg Jets are sending Scheifele to the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. The 19-year-old forward was selected by the Jets with the seventh overall pick in the 2011 draft. He had not recorded a point in four NHL games this season.
— Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky has been fined $10,000, the maximum allowed under the new NHL collective bargaining agreement, for boarding Los Angeles defenseman Rob Scuderi in Columbus' 4-2 loss to the Kings on Tuesday. He will not be suspended.
SOCCER-WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
Americans lose opener in final qualifying round
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — The road to next year's World Cup just got a little bumpier for Team USA.
A young American defense came apart on a hot, tropical afternoon, and the United States opened the final round of World Cup qualifying with a loss for the first time in 24 years.
Jerry Bengtson took advantage of a defensive mix-up to score the go-ahead goal in the 79th minute, and Honduras rallied to beat the United States 2-1 at San Pedro Sula.
Clint Dempsey put the Americans ahead in the 36th minute but the Americans gave up the lead when Juan Carlos Garcia tied the score four minutes later.
Bengston, who plays for Major League Soccer's New England Revolution, scored the winner when defender Geoff Cameron and goalkeeper Tim Howard got crossed-up leaving Bengston alone for a shot into an open net.
That mixup caused U.S. coach Jurgen (YUR'-gihn) Klinsmann to say: "Overall, there were too many mistakes and too many players today just didn't reach their usual potential."
Goalie Howard said the Americans "did look flat."
The U.S. is trying for its seventh straight trip to the World Cup.
The other two opening matches in the Americans' group ended in ties. Costa Rica and Puerto Rico tied 2-2 and Jamaica and Mexico dueled to a scoreless tie.
Ole Miss hit recruiting bonanza
UNDATED (AP) — Mississippi appears to have hit the jackpot with a football recruiting class that included the consensus No. 1 overall recruit, one of the top receivers and one of the best offensive tackles.
Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (kihm-DEE'-chee) had decided to join his brother Denzel at Ole Miss. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound recruit, has been on several programs' wish list for more than a year, but Ole Miss appeared to be his destination for months because of close family ties.
The Rebels also welcomed receiver Laquon Teadwell and offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. That gives Mississippi three five-star recruits.
Even Miami Heat star LeBron James was impressed. He tweeted, "Ole Miss ain't messing around today".
National champ Alabama looks like it reloaded nicely for another title run. Nick Saban's recruiting class was ranked No. 1 in the country by Rivals.com.
Five-star defensive linemen A'Shawn Robinson and Jonathan Allen, who could play defensive end or outside linebacker, were among six players who were rated as five-star prospects by at least one recruiting service.
Notre Dame's class was highly regarded as well, with most recruiting services rating it among the top five in the country. Coach Brian Kelly landed running back Greg Bryant of Delray Beach, Fla., linebacker Jaylon Smith of Fort Wayne, running back Tarean Folston, who rushed for 1,186 yards and 13 touchdowns for Cocoa (Fla.) High School, and safety Max Redfield of Mission Viejo, Calif.
MLB-HOT STOVE LEAGUE
Romo back in champs' fold... New deal for Leake
UNDATED (AP) — Reliever Sergio Romo and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $9 million, two-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration. The deal announced means the World Series champions have settled all of their potential arbitration cases before hearings.
Romo went 4-2 with 14 saves and a 1.79 ERA last season.
In other baseball news a week before spring training camps open:
— Third baseman Albert Callaspo and the Los Angeles Angels have finalized a two-year contract worth $8. 9 million. The deal calls for Callaspo to receive $4.1 million this year and $4.8 million in 2014. Callaspo hit .252 last year with 10 home runs and 53 RBIs.
— The Reds have avoided salary arbitration with right-hander Mike Leake. He has agreed to a one-year, $3.06 million deal. The deal leaves three Reds still facing arbitration: starters Mat Latos (LAY'-tohs) and Homer Bailey and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. Last year Leake was 8-9 with a 4.58 earned run average in 30 starts.
— Reliever Kyle Farnsworth and second baseman-outfielder Kelly Johnson have finalized one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays. Farnsworth missed much of last season with an elbow strain sustained during spring training and wound up going 1-6 with a 4.00 ERA in 34 appearances for the Rays. Johnson batted .225 with 16 homers and 55 RBI for the Blue Jays in 2012.
— Five-time All-Star Todd Helton was arrested and charged with drunken and careless driving early Wednesday morning. In a statement released by the Rockies, Helton says he is embarrassed and apologized to his family, the team and the community. Helton is a career .320 hitter. The 39-year-old played only 69 games last year before undergoing hip surgery in August. He is expected to return for his 17th season this year.