Sports in brief: Terry lifts Mavericks over 76ers
Basketball: Jason Terry made a 17-footer with 1.4 seconds left, Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points and the host Dallas Mavericks handed the Philadelphia 76ers their seventh straight loss, 104-102 Monday night.
Jason Kidd chipped in with a season-high 22 points and 11 assists. The Mavericks blew a 17-point lead before winning on Terry’s shot.
Andre Iguodala hit a 3-pointer with 5.6 seconds remaining to tie it at 102. He missed badly on a desperation jumper at the buzzer.
•Bogut, Bucks bounce Bulls: Andrew Bogut returned with 22 points, 15 rebounds and two big blocks in the closing minutes to rally the Milwaukee Bucks to a 99-97 victory over the Chicago Bulls after squandering a big lead.
Brad Miller missed a shot at the buzzer that would’ve tied it after Derrick Rose, who had 17 of his 19 points in the second half, decided to pass up the final opportunity as Chicago lost its fifth straight.
Bogut was supposed to be out up to four weeks with a lower left leg strain, but the former No. 1 pick only missed six games.
•76ers, Iverson discuss return: Allen Iverson and the 76ers have met to discuss a possible return to the team.
Team president Ed Stefanski said in a statement that both parties remain noncommittal about a final decision after a nearly two-hour meeting in Dallas. The 76ers are in town to play the Dallas Mavericks.
•Vandeweghe to coach Nets: New Jersey Nets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe is set to become the team’s coach for the rest of the season.
Vandeweghe won’t coach his first game with the team until Friday, a person with knowledge of the team’s plans told the Associated Press.
•Thumb sidelines Hinrich: Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich will be out one to two weeks with a sprained left thumb.
•Jones looking for shot in WNBA: Disgraced track star Marion Jones is training for a comeback – in the WNBA.
San Antonio Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes confirmed that Jones has been training with his assistants to possibly play in the WNBA, more than a year after the 34-year-old was released from federal prison for lying about her doping use.
Cousins, Wall lead Wildcats rout
College basketball: DeMarcus Cousins scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 5 Kentucky to an easy 94-57 win over UNC-Asheville (0-6) in Louisville, Ky.
John Wall added 12 points and a school freshman-record 14 assists, while Patrick Patterson had 17 points and nine rebounds as the Wildcats (7-0) cruised during their annual appearance at Freedom Hall.
Umberger’s hat trick leads Columbus
Hockey: R.J. Umberger scored three goals for his second career hat trick to lead Columbus past the St. Louis Blues 5-2 in Columbus, Ohio, ending the Blue Jackets’ five-game losing skid.
Kris Russell and Antoine Vermette each added a goal and an assist. Umberger also had an assist.
•Rupp grabs hat trick in Pens’ win: Mike Rupp shook off a leg injury in the third period, snapped a tie with his second goal of the night, and then completed his first NHL hat trick to help the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins sweep a home-and-home series from the New York Rangers with a 5-2 victory.
•Thrashers edge Panthers: Maxim Afinogenov scored with six seconds remaining in the third period to give the Thrashers a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers in Atlanta, for their fourth consecutive victory.
Irish ask for entry into 2010 World Cup
Soccer: Ireland has asked FIFA to be allowed into the World Cup as an extra team after Thierry Henry’s uncalled handball helped France eliminate the Irish in a playoff.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter says that the Irish have written to soccer’s world governing body asking to be let into the 2010 tournament in South Africa because of Henry’s handball.
Meanwhile, soccer’s governing body will consider having extra officials on the field to help referees at next year’s World Cup.
Blatter says Henry’s hand ball against Ireland showed referees need assistance.
Pictures of Sizemore stolen from e-mail
Baseball: Major League Baseball officials have asked Internet sites to remove racy photographs of Cleveland Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore.
Sizemore said the photos – one of them showing him nearly nude – were stolen from his girlfriend’s e-mail account and posted online. He contacted baseball officials to stop the spread of the photos, which began appearing Sunday on various Web sites.
•Full playoff share for Adenhart estate: The Los Angeles Angels voted to give a full postseason share to the estate of Nick Adenhart, the rookie pitcher killed in April in a car accident allegedly caused by a drunken driver.
The Angels’ shares were worth $138,039. Los Angeles lost to the New York Yankees in the A.L. championship series.
Runners’ deaths blamed on heart
Miscellany: Authorities say two men who collapsed during a half-marathon in Detroit this fall died because of heart problems.
The Wayne County medical examiner’s office listed cardiac dysrhythmia – an irregular or abnormal heart rate – as the cause of death for both Daniel Langdon, 36, and Jonathan Fenlon, 26.
•Patrick staying with Andretti: Danica Patrick signed a three-year extension with Andretti Autosport to remain in the Indy Car Series, a deal reportedly in the works for weeks. Patrick’s new deal runs through 2012.
•Orange fires assistants: Syracuse head football coach Doug Marrone has fired offensive coordinator Rob Spence, wide receivers coach Jamie Elizondo and defensive line coach Derrick Jackson, just two days after the Orange’s season ended in a demoralizing loss to Connecticut.
•Nice nabs 2012 figure skating worlds: The 2012 World Figure Skating Championships will be held in Nice, France.
The International Skating Union has scheduled the annual competition to take place in the Mediterranean resort city from March 26-April 1 that year.
•Willenbrock steps down: University of Puget Sound announced that Philip Willenbrock will not return as head coach of the Loggers football team next season.
Willenbrock has served as head coach since 2002, compiling a 24-49 record, including 0-9 this year.