NBA: Once again, LeBron James helped the Cleveland Cavaliers reach a milestone in the NBA standings.
First to 40 wins one year.
First to 40 losses the next.
Dwyane Wade scored 26 of his 34 points in the first half, James finished with 24 points and eight assists and the Miami Heat beat the Cavaliers for the third time since the two-time MVP changed cities, winning 117-90 Monday night in Miami to hand Cleveland its 21st straight loss – as many as it dropped in the entire 2009-10 regular season.
Cleveland (8-40) is now two losses shy of tying the single-season NBA futility streak record shared by the 1995-96 Vancouver Grizzlies and 1997-98 Denver Nuggets. Overall, the Cavaliers have lost 31 of 32 games, along with 24 straight on the road.
• Mavericks add to Wizards’ road woes: Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, Tyson Chandler added 18 points and 18 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks stretched their winning streak to five games with a 102-92 victory over Washington, keeping the Wizards winless on the road.
Washington dropped its fifth straight and slipped to 0-24 on the road, the third-worst road start in NBA history.
Dallas holds the record, dropping its first 29 on the road in 1992-93.
No. 13 Hoyas hold on over No. 15 Cardinals
Men’s basketball: Chris Wright scored a season-high 24 points, and No. 13 Georgetown (17-5, 6-4 Big East) overcame an ugly night in Washington to get its fifth straight win, blowing an 11-point second-half lead before pulling out a 62-59 victory over No. 15 Louisville (17-5, 6-3).
Wright went 8 of 8 from the free throw line, including making two with 4.4 seconds left that forced the Cardinals to attempt a 3-pointer to tie. Peyton Siva dribbled down the court and missed from the top of the key at the horn.
Terrence Jennings scored 18 points for the Cardinals in a game that featured 32 turnovers – 16 for each team.
• Buckeyes unanimous No. 1: Ohio State (22-0, 9-0 Big Ten), the lone remaining unbeaten, is a unanimous No. 1 in the Associated Press poll.
Kansas and Texas escaped last week without a loss and jumped four places to second and third. Rounding out the top 10 are Pittsburgh, Duke, Connecticut, San Diego State, BYU, Notre Dame and Kentucky.
Washington slipped to 20th from No. 18.
Moore leads UConn to rout of Duke
Women’s basketball: Maya Moore scored 29 points and No. 2 Connecticut routed Duke 87-51 in Storrs, Conn., handing the third-ranked Blue Devils their first loss of the season.
The senior All-American also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out seven assists for the Huskies (21-1), who opened the game on a 23-2 run and ran away from the Blue Devils (20-1).
Jasmine Thomas had 13 points to lead Duke, which was making its first visit to Gampel Pavilion. She hit just four of her 16 shots.
• Baylor retains top spot: Baylor remains No. 1 after its closest game in two months.
The Lady Bears received 25 first-place votes in the Associated Press poll. They are followed by Connecticut, Duke, Stanford and Tennessee in a top 5 that is unchanged.
Baylor edged No. 6 Texas A&M 63-60 on Sunday.
U.S. exhibition in Egypt cancelled
Soccer: The U.S. national soccer team canceled its Feb. 9 exhibition against Egypt in Cairo because of the political turmoil there.
The game against the Egyptian national team had been announced Dec. 13. In the last week, street protests aiming for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak have caused disruption in Cairo and Alexandria.
The U.S. State Department has recommended American citizens avoid travel to Egypt “due to ongoing political and social unrest.” On Sunday, the State Department authorized the voluntary departure of dependents and nonemergency employees, saying “U.S. citizens currently in Egypt should consider leaving as soon as they can safely do so.”
• ESPN acquires 2012, 2016 Euros: ESPN has acquired U.S. broadcast rights to the European Championship in 2012 and 2016 and will televise every game of both tournaments.
Plans include broadcasting Euro matches on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3.com, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio and ESPN Mobile.
The 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine will have 31 games and runs from June 8 to July 1. The field expands from 16 to 24 teams for the 2016 tournament in France, which will have 51 matches.
Authorities defend actions at fatal fight
Boxing: A member of the Arkansas Athletic Commission says a man who died after a boxing match had been examined by a physician before getting in the ring.
Authorities say 28-year-old Anthony Jones of El Dorado, Ark., died Sunday morning at University Hospital in Little Rock. He was taken there Saturday night after his fight with Quincy Palmer in Benton was stopped in the second round after Jones was sent to the mat by a blow to the head.
Jason Stuart of the Arkansas Athletic Commission said he was commissioner in charge at ringside, and everything at the event followed proper procedures.
Austrian skier awakened from induced coma
Skiing: Austrian skier Hans Grugger awoke from an induced coma and was breathing on his own 11 days after undergoing brain surgery in Innsbruck, Austria, following a near-fatal downhill training crash.
“Respiration has improved so well that we have been able to remove the breathing machine,” University Hospital medical director Alexandra Kofler said. “The patient is now breathing unaided.”
Kofler said doctors would start neurological tests today, which could indicate the skier’s recovery.
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