Davidson shocks No. 12 Jayhawks
Men’s basketball: Nik Cochran scored 21 points, including a clutch 3-pointer in the closing minutes, and Davidson shocked No. 12 Kansas 80-74 on Monday night in Kansas City, Mo., to exact a little bit of revenge over an epic NCAA tournament loss three years ago.
JP Kuhlman added 15 points and De’Mon Brooks had 13 for the Wildcats (7-3), who led the final 23-plus minutes to knock off the defending Big 12 champs in their home away from home.
The Jayhawks (7-3) had won 13 of the 15 games they had played at the Sprint Center, about a 30-minute drive from their campus in Lawrence, including the last two Big 12 titles. The losses also came out of conference – to Syracuse and Massachusetts.
It was the first meeting between the schools since the NCAA regional final in 2008, when Kansas managed a 59-57 victory when a last-second shot by Davidson’s Jason Richards clanked off the rim, and the Jayhawks would go on to win the fifth national championship in school history.
• LSU upsets No. 10 Marquette: Ralston Turner scored 22 points and LSU extended its winning streak to five games while handing No. 10 Marquette its first loss of the season, 67-59 in Baton Rouge, La.
Justin Hamilton closed out a 13-point performance by making seven free throws in the last 53 seconds to ensure the Tigers (8-3) held off a comeback attempt by the Golden Eagles (10-1).
• Leonard helps No. 25 Illinois edge Cornell: Meyers Leonard had 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead No. 25 Illinois to a 64-60 victory over Cornell in Champaign, Ill.
After trailing for the most of the game, Illinois (11-1) was sparked by D.J. Richardson’s nine points in the second half and narrowly avoided its second consecutive loss.
Josh Figini scored all 14 of his points in the first half to lead Cornell (4-4).
• Idaho St. coach O’Brien resigns: Idaho State men’s coach Joe O’Brien resigned after a 2-8 start to the season.
Athletics director Jeff Tingey said assistant coach Deane Martin will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2011-12 season.
Tingey did not give a reason for O’Brien’s resignation.
• Syracuse still on top of AP poll: Syracuse is on top of the Associated Press men’s college poll for a second week and UNLV and Virginia are newcomers to the Top 25.
The Orange (11-0) received 53 first-place votes. The next six places remained the same from last week: Ohio State, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Baylor and Duke.
Connecticut, Missouri and Marquette all moved up one place to round out the top 10.
Brown, Kings beat Maple Leafs in SO
NHL: Dustin Brown scored the only goal of a shootout and the Los Angeles Kings wrapped up a road trip with a 3-2 win over the host Maple Leafs.
Toronto goalie James Reimer made 40 saves, and Justin Williams and Brown scored in regulation for Los Angeles.
John-Michael Liles and Matt Frattin scored for Toronto, which has two wins in the last nine games.
• O’Reilly delivers shootout win for Avalanche: Ryan O’Reilly scored in the first round of a shootout and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 for their sixth consecutive victory in Denver.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned away a shot by Matt Read in the shootout and had 31 saves for the Avalanche.
• Ryder lifts Stars over Ducks: Michael Ryder scored the go-ahead goal at 6:42 of the third period after Dallas had wasted a three-goal lead, and the host Stars went on to 5-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Eric Nystrom added an insurance goal for Dallas at 14:19 of the third.
• Sabres’ Vanek misses practice: Buffalo Sabres leading goal-scorer Thomas Vanek missed practice due to an upper-body injury, though coach Lindy Ruff said Vanek is likely to play at Ottawa tonight. Vanek’s 17 goals are tied for sixth in the NHL.
• League suspends Bruins’ Lucic for one game: Bruins forward Milan Lucic was suspended without pay by the league for Monday night’s game against Montreal.
The league punished Lucic for hitting Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo from behind and into the boards on Saturday. He will forfeit $22,072.07 for the hit.
• Flames’ Bourque suspended two games for hit: Calgary forward Rene Bourque was suspended for two games without pay because he hit Chicago’s Brent Seabrook from behind in Sunday’s game. The league says Bourque will lose just over $36,000 for the hit.
Phillies, Rollins finalize contract
MLB: Jimmy Rollins and the Philadelphia Phillies have finalized a $33 million, three-year contract.
The deal includes a vesting option for a fourth year at $11 million. If not vested, that could be a club option at $8 million or a player option at $5 million.
Rollins has spent his entire career with the Phillies after being selected in the second round of the 1996 amateur draft.
• D-backs reach two-year deal with OF Kubel: The Arizona Diamondbacks have reached agreement on a two-year, $15 million contract with free agent outfielder Jason Kubel.
General manager Kevin Towers confirmed the deal, saying it was contingent on Kubel passing a physical. The contract includes a mutual option for a third year.
• Francisco signs two-year contract with Mets: Reliever Frank Francisco has signed a two-year contract with the New York Mets.
The 32-year-old Francisco has appeared in 50 or more games in each of the last five years. He had 25 saves with the Rangers in 2009.
• Cameron, Nats agree to minor league deal: Outfielder Mike Cameron has agreed to a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals and an invitation to spring training.
Cameron, who turns 39 in January, split last season between the Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins.
For his career, Cameron has hit .249 with 278 homers, 968 RBIs and 297 steals over 17 seasons with eight clubs.
Baylor women remain in top spot of AP poll
Women’s basketball: Baylor is still the unanimous choice as the No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll after winning its showdown with No. 2 Connecticut.
The Lady Bears received all 40 first-place votes after edging UConn 66-61 on Sunday night. The Huskies remain second, with Notre Dame, Stanford and Maryland following.
Tennessee, Miami, Kentucky, Duke and Texas A&M round out the Top 10.
Hirscher dominates for slalom victory
Skiing: Austria’s Marcel Hirscher won the slalom in Alta Badia, Italy, and took over the overall World Cup lead, giving the sport’s most powerful team hope of winning skiing’s biggest prize for the first time in six years.
Leading after the opening run, the technical specialist completed the Gran Risa course in a two-leg combined time of 1 minute, 47.16 seconds. Olympic slalom champion Giuliano Razzoli finished second, a distant 0.56 seconds behind, and Felix Neureuther of Germany was third, 0.60 back.