Defense says Pistorius substance not banned
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A substance found in Oscar Pistorius' (pihs-TOHR'-ee-uhs-ez) bedroom was an "herbal remedy" and not banned, according to the athlete's his defense lawyer. His response follows a claim by police that they discovered two boxes of testosterone and needles in the Olympian's house.
Wednesday marks the second day of a bail hearing for the double-amputee sprinter who is charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend. Police Detective Warrant Officer Hilton Botha claimed in Pistorius' bail hearing in a South African court that testosterone was found. Pistorius has been charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The prosecution claims Pistorius intended to kill 29-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp after they had a fight. Pistorius says it was a horrible mistake and that he thought he was confronting a prowler.
Hoosiers finally win at East Lansing
UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Indiana is also No. 1 in the Big Ten Conference after winning at East Lansing for the first time in 22 years.
Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE'-poh) hit the go-ahead putback in the final minute before adding a dunk and a pair of free throws as the top-ranked Hoosiers knocked off the No. 4 Spartans 72-68. He finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and five steals, one game after spraining his left ankle.
Cody Zeller had 17 points for the Hoosiers, who had dropped 17 straight at Michigan State.
Michigan State had won five straight and 11 of 12, with its only loss during the stretch at Indiana.
The win puts Indiana into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten Conference lead at 12-2, one game ahead of the Spartans.
No. 2 Miami struggled for the second straight game before keeping their perfect conference record intact.
Reggie Johnson made a tie-breaking layup with 5.7 seconds left before Durand Scott added a pair of game-clinching free throws in the Hurricanes' 54-50 triumph against Virginia. Shane Larkin scored four of his team-high 11 points in the final 42 seconds as the Canes improved to 13-0 in the ACC with their 14th straight win.
The highest seed to fall was No. 5 Florida, which blew a 13-point lead in the second half and fell 63-60 at Missouri. Laurence Bowers had 17 points and 10 rebounds to help the Tigers improve to 15-0 at home. Phil Pressey added 10 assists, seven points, six rebounds and three steals as the Tigers dropped the Gators to 11-2 in the SEC.
In other top-25 action, Rotnei Clarke scored 16 points and Khyle Marshall added 14 as 15th-ranked Butler silenced Duquesne 68-49. Marshall contributed nine points during a 13-7 run that put the Bulldogs ahead 49-29 early in the second half.
No. 17 Marquette trounced Seton Hall 67-46 behind Vander Blue's 16 points. The Pirates actually led until the Golden Eagles scored 17 straight points over a 5:38 span of the second half.
Jordair Jett scored all 16 of his points in the second half as Saint Louis knocked off No. 24 VCU 76-62. Mike McCall Jr., added 15 points for the Billikens, who won their eighth in a row to take over the Atlantic 10 lead at 9-2.
Grizzlies extend win streak
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have opened the second half of their NBA season in the same manner they entered the All-Star break.
The Warriors suffered their sixth consecutive loss as Al Jefferson scored 24 points and Gordon Hayward added 17 in Utah's 115-101 triumph over Golden State. Seven Jazz players scored in double figures and Utah got 47 points from its reserves.
The Warriors dropped to 30-23 despite Stephen (STEF'-ehn) Curry's game-high 29 points.
The NBA slate includes Chicago's 96-87 win at New Orleans. Leuol Deng scored 20 points, and Carlos Boozer and Joakim (JOH'-kihm) Noah had double-doubles as the Bulls ended a two-game skid. Boozer delivered 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Joakim Noah had 15 points and 17 boards.
San Antonio won its fourth in a row as Tony Parker's 30 points and 11 assists led a 108-102 win at Sacramento. Danny Green added 21 points as the Spurs improved to a league-best 43-12 while moving three games ahead of Oklahoma City.
Danilo Gallinari and Ty Lawson scored 26 points apiece to lift Denver past Boston 97-90. Kenneth Faried had 16 rebounds to help the Nuggets end a three-game losing streak.
Mike Conley scored 19 points and Memphis picked up its fourth straight win by beating Detroit 105-91. Zach Randolph had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis, which trailed by as many as 11 points before closing the first half on a 23-3 spurt.
Joe Johnson provided the two biggest shots while scoring 24 points in New Jersey's 113-111 overtime win against Milwaukee. The Nets had dropped 13 straight to the Bucks before Johnson hit the tying three-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation and hit the game-winner at the buzzer.
DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay each scored 24 points in Toronto's 96-88 win at Washington. The Raptors have won five straight overall, and three in a row on the road for the first time since 2007.
Charlotte was a 105-92 winner at Orlando as Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson contributed 24 points apiece. Byron Mullens added 20 points and 12 rebounds to the Bobcats' first victory in their last eight road games.
Luis Scola dropped in 18 points and Goran Dragic added 16 as Phoenix beat Portland 108-102. The Trail Blazers wasted J.J. Hickson's 25 points and 16 rebounds.
Hawks tie record by beating Canucks
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks coughed up a 3-1 lead in the last three minutes of regulation Tuesday night, but they still managed to tie the NHL record for points in consecutive games to start a season.
Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw scored in a shootout as the Blackhawks outlasted Vancouver 4-3 to improve to 13-0-3. The 16-game point streak matches the mark set by the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks.
Marian Hossa (HOH'-sah) scored twice in the second period after Patrick Sharp knotted the score a few minutes earlier. However, Hossa left the game in the third period after taking a forearm to the back of the head.
Henrik Sedin (sheh-DEEN') set up goals by Alexander Edler and Kevin Bieksa (bee-EHK'-suh) to force overtime, but the Canucks suffered their third consecutive loss since a six-game winning streak.
Also on ice, Montreal has a five-game winning streak after scoring twice in the third period to beat the New York Rangers 3-1. Alex Galchenyuk snapped a 1-1 deadlock early in the final period to support Carey Price, who finished with 24 saves.
Antti Niemi (AN'-tee nee-EH'-mee) scored 25 shots and Tim Kennedy scored the tiebreaking goal as San Jose nipped St. Louis 2-1, ending the Sharks' seven-game winless streak. Kennedy tallied with 6:58 left against Jake Allen, who had won the first three starts of his career.
Shea Weber scored 44 seconds into overtime as Nashville handed Detroit its fourth straight loss, 4-3. The Predators blew a pair of one-goal leads in the third period before Weber tallied on the lone shot of the extra session.
Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with just 50 seconds left before Los Angeles completed a 3-1 win over Edmonton. Jonathon Quick turned back 23 shots and was perfect over the last two periods.
Benoit Pouliot (POO'-lee-oh) set up three goals and Anders Lindback stopped 23 shots as Tampa Bay doubled up Toronto 4-2. Steven Stamkos notched his 10th goal of the season and Alex Killorn provided the game-winner in the Lightning's second straight victory since a six-game slide.
Andre Benoit (BEHN'-wah) and Dave Dziurzynski (zur-ZIHN'-zkee) each scored their first NHL goals in Ottawa's 3-1 triumph over the New York Islanders. Craig Anderson stopped 37 shots and was perfect until Travis Hamonic (HAM'-uh-nik) scored to make it 2-1 in the third period.
Andrej Pavelec (AHN'-dray PAHV'-lehk) stopped 29 shots and Winnipeg ended a three-game skid by downing the Sabres 2-1 in Buffalo. Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd did the scoring for the Jets in their third victory in 10 games.
NCAA accuses Miami of lack of institutional control
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami has finally received its notice of allegations from the NCAA. The long-awaited document accuses the Hurricanes of a "lack of institutional control" within its athletic department.
The allegations arrived on Tuesday. The institutional-control charge is typically one of the most severe the NCAA can bring after an investigation of rules violations.
A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that several former members of Miami coaching staffs are named in the notice of allegations, including Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith, who was with the Hurricanes from 2004-11.
Union head: Goodell not trusted
UNDATED (AP) — The head of the NFL players association isn't a big fan of the commissioner.
Union leader Domonique Foxworth says NFL players don't trust Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') because of the Saints bounty case, in particular.
The NFLPA president adds he wouldn't be able to persuade players to have faith in the league even if he wanted to.
Foxworth's comments came during a conference call Tuesday, days before union representatives meet with NFL officials at the scouting combine in Indianapolis, a theme he previously stressed at the NFLPA's pre-Super Bowl news conference.
Foxworth adds that the players are seeking checks and balances such as a neutral arbitrator to improve relations between the union and league.
Flacco looking to cash in
UNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens and Joe Flacco's (FLA'-kohz) agent plan to meet this weekend in their first attempt to reach a new contract for the Super Bowl MVP.
Joe Linta will be in Indianapolis at the NFL's scouting combine for the first negotiations since August. After the team and Flacco couldn't agree on an extension or a new deal last summer, Flacco played out the final year of his rookie contract. Leading Baltimore to a Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers.
Flacco made less than $7 million in 2012, and even if the Ravens franchise him, he would at least double that salary for next season.
Also in the NFL, the New York Jets have cleared about $31 million in salary cap space by cutting veteran linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace and three other players. The moves were expected because New York entered the offseason more than $20 million over the cap for the 2013 season.
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has cut veteran tight end David Thomas and third-year cornerback Johnny Patrick.
The Kansas City Chiefs have released wide receiver Steve Breaston and tight end Kevin Boss as part of their roster overhaul under new coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey.
Former Heisman winner suffers stroke
ANGOLA, La. (AP) — The family of former running back Billy Cannon says the Heisman Trophy winner has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke, adding that he is "alert and resting."
Cannon won the 1959 Heisman Trophy after starring at LSU and went on to a successful pro career with the Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders of the AFL. He later attended dental school and currently works at a state penitentiary at Angola, La., where he has been director of the prison's dental program for about 15 years.
Five more players linked to Biogenesis of America...Pirates extend skipper's contract
UNDATED (AP) — ESPN is reporting that San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera is among five players whose names are listed in the records of a Florida clinic at the center of a Major League Baseball investigation into illegal drugs.
Joining the National League's reigning stolen base champ on the list are Padres reliever Fautino De Los Santos, Oakland reliever Jordan Norberto, Houston outfielder Fernando Martinez and New York Mets outfield prospect Cesar Puello.
The Biogenesis of America clinic run by Anthony Bosch in Coral Gables is now closed. The facility allegedly provided performance-enhancing substances to several players, including Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Nelson Cruz.
ESPN reported that sources said the five additional names were on a list from the clinic as having gotten PEDs. The documents don't prove the players were provided drugs or used them.
In other training camp news, The Pittsburgh Pirates and manager Clint Hurdle have officially agreed to a contract extension that runs through at least the end of the 2014 season. Terms were not disclosed but the deal includes a club option for 2015.
Cubs starter Matt Garza is expected to miss one week with a side muscle injury he sustained while throwing live batting practice. Garza felt a twinge in his side on Sunday, when he faced batters for the first time since last July. He underwent an MRI on Monday which revealed a "mild strain" in his side.
The Atlanta Braves say they will retire Chipper Jones' number and induct him into the team's hall of fame on June 28. The eight-time All-Star spent his entire two-decade career with the Braves before retiring after last season, winning the 1999 National League MVP award and the league batting title in 2008.