TOP-25 MEN'S BASKETBALL
Illini surprise Hoosiers
UNDATED (AP) — For the fifth time in as many weeks, the No. 1 team in the AP college basketball poll got knocked off.
A defensive breakdown on an in-bounds pass led to Tyler Griffey's uncontested layup at the buzzer, giving Illinois a 74-72 come-from-behind victory over top-ranked Indiana.
The Illini trailed by double digits most of the second half before closing the game on a 13-2 run over the final 3:36.
D.J. Richardson led Illinois with 23 points. Griffey finished with 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Indiana drops to 20-3 and will likely lose the No. 1 ranking when a new poll comes out next week.
Indiana's loss gives fourth-ranked Duke an opportunity to reclaim the No. 1 ranking again. Mason Plumlee poured in 30 points and the Blue Devils improved to 20-2 with a 98-85 decision over North Carolina State. Seth Curry added 26 points and Quinn Cook had 21 as the Blue Devils won their fourth in a row. Duke never trailed, shot 54 percent and led by as many as 21.
In other top-25 action, Kevin Pangos scored 14 points and sixth-ranked Gonzaga cruised to an 82-56 win over Pepperdine. The Bulldogs shot 12-for-27 from three-point range and held the Waves to 36 percent shooting from the field.
Andre Roberson scored 10 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and hit the game-winning bucket with 29 seconds left as Colorado handed No. 19 Oregon its third straight loss, 48-47. Roberson's final basket capped an 8-0 run that ended the Ducks' 20-game home winning streak.
Fabyon Harris capped his 17-point night by draining a go-ahead three-pointer with 12 seconds left to give Texas A&M a 70-68 win over No. 21 Missouri. The Tigers are 0-5 in true road games this season.
Nuggets crush Bulls, Celtics clobber Lakers
UNDATED (AP) — The Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics enjoyed very easy victories last night.
Wilson Chandler scored a game-high 24 points and the Nuggets improved to 22-3 at home with their eighth straight win, a 128-95 laugher against Chicago. Kenneth Faried added 21 points and 12 rebounds for Denver, who had 100 points by the end of the third quarter and shot 58 percent for the game.
Daequan Cook's 19 points led the Bulls.
Paul Pierce had 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Celtics blasted the Los Angeles Lakers, 116-95 for their sixth straight win. Jeff Green came off the bench to add 19 points, while Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry each finished with 15.
The Celts carried a 26-point lead into the final period and ended the Lakers' three-game winning streak.
Dwight Howard started for L.A. after missing three games with a sore right shoulder, providing nine rebounds and just nine points in 28 minutes before fouling out. Kobe Bryant had a game-high 27 points for the Lakers, who lost for only the second time in eight games as they try to move back into the NBA playoff picture.
Love returns to practice
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Love resumed practicing with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the first time since having surgery on his broken right hand Jan. 15. He has not been cleared for contact work, but says he hopes to be back on the court sometime in the middle of March.
Timberwolves fans worry that Love wants out of Minnesota. But he says "they need to realize I love being here."
Devils silence Lightning
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks remain the lone NHL team without a regulation loss this season following an easy win at Phoenix.
Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist as the Hawks ripped the Coyotes 6-2. Kane already has 18 points this season after scoring twice on 5-on-3 power plays during the Blackhawks' four-goal first period. Viktor Stalberg, Jonathan Toews (taqyvz) and Bryan Bickell each had a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks improved to 9-0-2.
Ilya Kovalchuk (KOH'-vul-chuhk) snapped a 1-1 tie with a short-handed goal late in the second period of the Devils' third straight win, 4-2 against Tampa Bay. Andy Greene and Patrik Elias (EH'-lee-ahsh) iced the game with power-play goals 14 seconds apart with less than five minutes remaining.
Elias also had two assists for the Devils, who improved to 6-1-3 and handed the Lightning their third consecutive loss since a 6-1 start.
Also on ice, teenage rookie J.T. Miller scored his first two NHL goals and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots as the New York Rangers handed the Islanders their third straight loss, 4-1. The Rangers have beaten the Islanders eight straight times at Madison Square Garden, outscoring them 35-11.
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Maluniskin each had a goal and two assists in Pittsburgh's 5-2 triumph over Washington. Crosby stretched his point streak to six games and helped the Penguins pick up their fifth consecutive win.
Calgary beat Columbus 4-3 on Alex Tanguay's (TAN'-hayz) goal 67 seconds into overtime. Roman Cervenka, Mikael Backlund and Lee Stempniak (STEHMP'nee-ak) also tallied in the Flames' second straight win.
Shootout goals by Jonathon Huberdeau and Peter Mueller pushed Florida past Philadelphia 3-2. Panthers forward Stephen Weiss tied the game at 2, midway through the third period, with his first goal of the season.
Thomas Vanek was Buffalo's star in a 5-4 triumph at Montreal, scoring twice in the third period and once in the shootout. Vanek's league-high 10th goal of the season tied the game with just two seconds left in regulation and allowed the Sabres to win for only the second time in nine games.
Jay Harrison scored 2:19 into overtime and Carolina won 3-2 at Ottawa. Cam Ward handled 45 shots for the Hurricanes, who forced OT on Alexander Semin's (SEH'-mihnz) power-play goal with 7:34 left in regulation.
Toronto turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 win at Winnipeg on goals by Matt Frattin (FRAT'-ihn) and Phil Kessel 54 seconds apart late in the third period. Kessel finally scored his first goal of the season after netting 37 last year.
Pekka Rinne (PEK'-uh RIN'-ay) made 32 saves and Nashville picked up its fourth straight win by blanking Los Angeles 3-0. Colin Wilson scored twice to back Rinne's 32-save effort.
Vancouver also has a four-game winning streak after Corey Schneider handled 22 shots in a 4-1 decision over Minnesota. Mason Raymond had a power-play goal and an assist in the second period.
St. Louis owns a three-game losing streak after Petr Mrazek stopped 26 shots in his NHL debut to lead Detroit's 5-1 win over the Blues. Cory Emmerton and Damien Brunner scored 91 seconds apart in the third period to put the Red Wings ahead 4-1.
Bruins send Thomas' rights to Isles in cap move
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Bruins have shipped goaltender Tim Thomas to the New York Islanders for a conditional second-round draft choice in 2014 or 2015, a deal that's more of a salary cap move for the B's.
Thomas is taking this season off, and the deal provides financial flexibility for the Bruins as they try to get under the cap by Friday's deadline. The 38-year-old goalie is in the final season of a four-year deal that counts for $5 million against the salary cap.
The draft-pick conditions are expected to center around whether or not he plays for the Islanders, which is unlikely.
Flyers extend Timonen
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have signed defenseman Kimmo Timonen (KIM'-oh TEE'-moh-nehn) on a one-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season. Timonen is in his sixth season with the team and has 28 goals and 211 points in 407 games for the Flyers. The 14-year veteran has scored 107 goals and 512 points in 980 NHL games.
Day 2 at Pebble
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Russell Knox and Hunter Mahan share the lead headed into today's second round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Knox fired a 6-under-par 64 at the par-70 Monterrey Peninsula Shore Course, while Mahan carded a 6-under 66 at Pebble Beach.
Greg Owen, Scott Langley and Ryuji Imada are at 5-under after 18 holes on the Monterrey peninsula.
Hernandez about to cash in
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez is close to becoming the highest-paid pitcher in the majors. A person with knowledge of the contract's details tells The Associated Press the Mariners and Hernandez are working on a seven-year, $175 million package. Hernandez's total dollars would top CC Sabathia's original $161 million, seven-year contract with the New York Yankees and his $25 million average would surpass Zack Greinke's (GREHN'-keez) $24.5 million under his new contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Seattle would add $134.5 million of guaranteed money over five years to the contract of the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner, whose current agreement calls for him to receive $40.5 million over the next two seasons.
Tribe inks Aviles
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have signed infielder Mike Aviles (ah-VEE'-lihs) to a two-year contract with a club option for the 2015 season. Aviles, who was acquired in a trade from Toronto in November, gives the Indians depth at second base and shortstop. He spent last season as Boston's primary shortstop, batting .250 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs in 136 games.
The 31-year-old was eligible for salary arbitration before agreeing to the deal. The Indians have not gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since 1991.
Williams lands new job
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It didn't take former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams long to find a new job.
Shortly after his indefinite suspension was lifted by the NFL, Williams became a senior assistant coach for defense with the Tennessee Titans.
He had been suspended for his role in the New Orleans' bounty scandal.
Williams thanked commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') for reinstating him and apologized for his role in the bounty scandal.
Surgery for Peterson
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Running back Adrian Peterson of the Vikings has had surgery for a sports hernia that bothered him for the last month of the NFL season. The league MVP is expected to make a quick recovery "with no long-term concerns", according to the team.
Peterson returned from a torn ACL to rush for 2,097 yards this season, nine short of the league single-season record.