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In brief: Stuckey leads Pistons past Cavaliers

Mon., Dec. 6, 2010

NBA: Rodney Stuckey added 24 points, 11 assists and six rebounds to help the Detroit Pistons beat the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 102-92 on Sunday night.

Tayshaun Prince added 20 points for Detroit. Antwan Jamison led Cleveland with 22.

• Robinson sparks Celtics’ rout of Nets: Nate Robinson scored 21 points starting in place of an injured Rajon Rondo and lead the Boston Celtics to their seventh straight win, 100-75 over the host New Jersey Nets.

Robinson scored eight points in the first four minutes in place of Rondo, who was a last-minute scratch because of hamstring and foot injuries.

• Nuggets hold off Grizzlies: The Denver Nuggets overcame a third-quarter meltdown that included a technical on Carmelo Anthony for arguing a call and held off the scrappy Memphis Grizzlies 108-107 at home for their seventh straight win.

Arron Afflalo scored 25 points for the Nuggets, while Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 24.

• AP Source: NBA has a deal to buy Hornets: A person familiar with the decision says New Orleans Hornets owner George Shinn has agreed to sell the club to the NBA and that the transaction could be completed within a couple days.

The league has lined up Jac Sperling of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild to be the NBA’s administrator of the team and oversee its sale to a more permanent owner.

The person says current Hornets President Hugh Weber will continue overseeing day-to-day operations of the first NBA team to be owned by the league.

Moore reaches milestone in win

College Basketball: Maya Moore scored 17 points to become the school’s career scoring leader and top-ranked Connecticut routed visiting Sacred Heart 86-32 to win its 86th consecutive game.

Moore hit 8 of 9 shots while playing just 21 minutes. Her 2,355 career points break the record of 2,346 set by Tina Charles last season. Moore also had seven rebounds.

• Davis helps Indiana upset No. 24 Nebraska: Jori Davis scored 21 points and Hope Elam added 14 to help host Indiana upset No. 24 Nebraska 67-61, ending the Huskers’ 37-game regular-season win streak.

Dominique Kelley scored 21 points to lead Nebraska (6-1), which had not lost during the regular season since March 3, 2009. Star freshman Jordan Hooper scored 13 on 5-of-15 shooting.

• Williams leads Arizona past Oklahoma: Derrick Williams scored 16 points to lead Arizona to an 83-60 win over visiting Oklahoma.

Solomon Hill added 10 points as the Wildcats improved to 7-1, their best start since the 2006-07 season, when they began 12-1.

Andrew Fitzgerald scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Sooners (3-5), who have lost five straight.

• Montana beats UCLA: Will Cherry scored 18 points and Brian Qvale added 13 to lead Montana to a 66-57 victory over UCLA in Los Angeles.

Montana (4-3) held the Bruins to 28 points in the first half by cutting off the inside pass and using a collapsing defense when UCLA was able to get the ball into the paint.

Big Ten: No more expansion planned

College Football: The Big Ten says it’s not looking to expand again in the near future.

The conference, which is adding Nebraska as its 12th member next year, released a statement saying it “will not be actively engaged in conference expansion for the foreseeable future and does not expect to be proactively seeking new members.”

• Embree to be named Colorado coach: Jon Embree will be introduced as Colorado’s new football coach this morning.

Embree will be joined in Boulder next month by fellow former Buffalo Eric Bieniemy, who will finish out the season as the Minnesota Vikings’ running backs coach before returning to Colorado to serve as Embree’s offensive coordinator.

• Minnesota hires Kill for football program: Minnesota has hired Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill to take over its struggling football program.

Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi confirmed the decision in a text message to the Associated Press.

Kelly nets hat trick in Senators’ win

NHL: Chris Kelly scored all three goals for Ottawa, including the tiebreaking tally late in the third period of the Senators’ 3-1 victory over the Rangers in New York.

Kelly snapped a 1-1 tie off a feed from Jarko Ruutu in front of the right post. The center flipped the puck over goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s right shoulder with 2:24 remaining. Kelly completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal in the final second of the game.

• Lupul cleared to rejoin Ducks after 1-year absence: Ducks forward Joffrey Lupul has been activated by Anaheim from the long-term injury list after missing nearly a year following back surgery and a subsequent infection.

Lupul underwent surgery on a herniated disk in his back and then developed a serious blood infection that required several months of recovery.

Leon lifts Notre Dame to title over Stanford

Miscellany: Adriana Leon scored in the 63rd minute and Notre Dame defeated Stanford 1-0 for the NCAA Women’s College Cup soccer championship in Cary, N.C.

Melissa Henderson assisted on the goal for the Fighting Irish (21-2-2), who won the third national championship in program history. Notre Dame joined North Carolina as the only schools with at least three Women’s College Cup titles.

Stanford (23-1-2) had its 22-game winning streak snapped and lost in the NCAA championship game for the second year in a row.

• Serbia rallies to capture 1st Davis Cup title: Serbia won its first Davis Cup title, rallying for a 3-2 victory over France in Belgrade, Serbia, when Viktor Troicki beat Michael Llodra 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 in the final singles match.

Troicki dropped to the court in jubilation after the victory.

Novak Djokovic had tied the best-of-5 series 2-2 by beating Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 in the first singles match.

• Trainer Baffert wins 2,000th race: Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has won his 2,000th race. He saddled Free Pourin to victory in the third race at Hollywood Park. The 2-year-old gray colt was ridden by Joe Talamo and is owned by Mike Pegram.

• Ligety wins GS race in Beaver Creek: Ted Ligety captured a World Cup giant slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo.

Ligety flew through the course in a combined time of 2 minutes, 37.67 seconds.

• Vonn wins women’s super-G WCup race at Lake Louise: American Lindsey Vonn won the women’s World Cup super-G race at Lake Louise, Alberta, in 1 minute, 20.72 seconds.

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