December 11, 2011 in Sports

Hoosiers pull off big upset over Wildcats

 
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Indiana’s Victor Oladipo is elated after upsetting No. 1 Kentucky.
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Men’s basketball: Christian Watford’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the left wing stood up to a replay review Saturday, giving the Hoosiers a 73-72 upset in Bloomington, Ind.

The lead changed hands five times in the final 121 seconds before Watford’s big shot set off a wild scene, with Indiana fans storming the court and crowding around players. Watford finished with 20 points in Indiana’s first upset of a top-ranked team since taking down Duke in the 2002 NCAA tournament.

Victor Oladipo had 13 points and five Hoosiers wound up in double figures. Indiana is 9-0 for the first time since 1989-90.

Kentucky (8-1) was led by Doron Lamb with 19 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with 18.

• No. 13 Jayhawks upset No. 2 Ohio State: In Lawrence, Kan., Thomas Robinson scored 21 points, Elijah Johnson added 15 and No. 13 Kansas never trailed in a 78-67 victory over second-ranked Ohio State, which had to play without star forward Jared Sullinger (back spasms).

Freshman forward Kevin Young came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points, and Tyshawn Taylor had nine points and a career-best 13 assists for the Jayhawks (6-2).

William Buford had 17 of his 21 points in the second half for Ohio State (8-1), which was playing on the road for the first time this season. DeShaun Thomas added 19 points.

• North Carolina holds off Long Beach State: John Henson had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help fourth-ranked North Carolina (8-2) overcome a 45-40 halftime deficit to beat Long Beach State 84-78 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

North Carolina led by as many as 11 points in the second half, but the Tar Heels couldn’t pull away and had to keep making plays into the final seconds to stop the 49ers (4-5).

Casper Ware finished with a career-high 29 points for Long Beach State, which shot 47 percent and outrebounded the Tar Heels 36-34 for the game.

Wild run win streak to club-high seven

NHL: Kyle Brodziak scored twice, Niklas Backstrom returned from a three-game absence to make 35 saves and the NHL-leading Minnesota Wild beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 in Glendale, Ariz., to run their franchise-record road winning streak to seven games.

Backstrom, who missed three games because of a strained groin muscle, returned to appear in his 300th career game. The Wild were without Devin Setoguchi, Cal Clutterbuck and Josh Harding, all of whom missed their second consecutive game with unspecified injuries.

• Rangers reach regular-season win No. 2,500: Carl Hagelin scored twice to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y., giving the franchise its 2,500th regular-season win.

• Oilers’ Sutton suspended: Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton has been suspended without pay by the NHL for eight games for charging Carolina’s Alexei Ponikarovsky on Wednesday.

The suspension will cost Sutton $207,317. He was given a minor penalty for boarding on the play in the third period of the Oilers’ 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes.

Suspended for the second time in the past 18 months, Sutton is classified as a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

• NHL removes Wideman’s hat trick: After review, the NHL has changed the scoring on the Washington Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman’s third and final goal in Friday night’s 4-2 win over Toronto.

Wideman said after the game that the puck went in the net off teammate Brooks Laich.

The league agreed. Laich now gets credit for the goal, with assists to Wideman and John Carlson.

Canada’s Chan wins men’s single title

Figure skating: Canada’s Patrick Chan won his second consecutive ISU Grand Prix Final title in Quebec City.

The 20-year-old from Toronto fell on his triple Lutz and touched two hands down on his quad toe loop, but still earned first-place marks of 173.67 for his performance to music from “Concierto de Aranjuez,” and 260.30 overall.

Earlier in day, Carolina Kostner of Italy won gold in women’s singles. The 24-year-old scored 121.05 points in the free program for 187.48 points overall, to top a field that was missing two-time world champion Mao Asada of Japan.

Top-ranked Donald nears history in Dubai

Golf: Top-ranked Luke Donald is on the verge of becoming the first golfer to win the European and American money titles, shooting a 6-under-par 66 in the third round of the Dubai World Championship.

Rory McIlroy, who struggled with a 71, needs to win and Donald needs to finish outside the top nine for any chance of overtaking him for the European money title.

Leader Alvaro Quiros heads into the final round holding a two-stroke lead over Paul Lawrie (66) of Scotland. The big-hitting Spaniard shot a 70 on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates for a 14-under 202 total.

• Bradley, Steele take one-stroke lead in shootout: PGA champion Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele shot a 10-under 62 in better-ball play to take a one-stroke lead over Mark Calcavecchia and Nick Price in the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Bradley and Steele had a 19-under 125 total at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla.

The event will finish today with a scramble round.

Jones chokes out Machida at UFC 140

Miscellany: Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (15-1) survived a challenging first round to choke out former champion Lyoto Machida (17-3) at 4:26 of the second round in UFC 140 in Toronto.

In the co-main event, former heavyweight champion Frank Mir (16-5) rallied to submit Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-7-1 with one no contest) in the first round.

Earlier, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira – Rodrigo’s twin brother – pounded out a first-round TKO over former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz.

• Peterson tops Khan for title: Hometown favorite Lamont Peterson had a controversial split-decision over champion Amir Khan to capture the WBA and IBF junior welterweight titles in Washington.

Peterson, helped by referee Joe Cooper taking two points away from Khan for pushing in the seventh and 12th rounds, received scores of 113-112 on two judge’s cards. The other had Khan winning 115-110.

Earlier, heavyweight Seth Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs) improved his chance to fight for a heavyweight title with a second-round TKO of Timur Ibragimov (30-4-1, 16 KOs).

• Jones wins unanimous decision: Roy Jones Jr. (55-8-1) won a 10-round unanimous decision against Max Alexander (14-6-1) in Atlanta, snapping a three-match losing streak.

Jones fought the more stylish fight while winning all three judges’ cards: 100-90, 99-91 and 100-90.

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