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Connecticut edges Texas in overtime

Sun., Jan. 9, 2011

College basketball: Kemba Walker, the nation’s leading scorer, made a 15-foot jumper with 5 seconds left in overtime to lift No. 8 Connecticut to an 82-81 victory over No. 12 Texas on Saturday in Austin, Texas.

The Longhorns quickly moved the ball to midcourt before calling timeout, but freshman Cory Joseph’s juggling 3-pointer after the inbound pass fell well short.

Walker finished with 22 points against a tough defensive effort by Texas that shut him down for long stretches of the game. But Walker came up with the big shot when the Huskies needed it, shooting over Dogus Balbay for the winner.

Connecticut (12-2) ended Texas’ 27-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents. Jordan Hamilton and J’Covan Brown each scored 20 points for the Longhorns (12-3).

• Colorado stuns Missouri: Super sophomore Alec Burks scored a career-high 36 points and the Colorado Buffaloes upset ninth-ranked Missouri 89-76 in Boulder, Colo., in their final Big 12 opener.

The Buffaloes (12-4, 1-0), who join the expanded Pac-12 next season, snapped a streak of 13 straight losses in conference openers going back to 1997.

The Tigers (14-2, 0-1) had won nine straight games overall and nine in a row against the Buffaloes, whose last win over a top-10 team was a 93-80 upset of third-ranked Texas on Feb. 4, 2003.

• No. 10 Kentucky loses: Trey Thompkins scored 25 points and Georgia (12-2, 1-0 SEC) upset No. 10 Kentucky (12-3, 0-1) 77-70 in Athens, Ga., pulling away for its ninth straight win.

• Kansas State falls: Jean-Paul Olukemi scored a career-high 22 points in his Big 12 debut and fueled a big second-half run as Oklahoma State (13-2, 1-0 Big 12) raced past No. 17 Kansas State (12-4, 0-1) 76-62 in Stillwater, Okla., to knock off the Wildcats for the second straight year.

• Penn State pulls off upset: Andrew Jones had 16 points and Talor Battle hit an off-balance jumper with 18 seconds left to lift Penn State (9-6, 2-2 Big Ten) past No. 18 Michigan State (10-5, 2-1) 66-62 in State College, Pa.

• No. 13 Georgetown falls: Casey Mitchell scored 28 points and West Virginia (10-4, 2-2 Big East) forced 18 turnovers in Washington for a 65-59 win over the No. 13 Hoyas (12-4, 1-3).

• UCF suffers first loss: Kirk Van Slyke scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half as Houston (9-6, 1-1 Conference USA) built a big early lead and held off No. 19 Central Florida (14-1, 1-1) 76-71 in Houston.

Magic beat Mavericks for ninth straight win

NBA: Dwight Howard had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic extended the NBA’s longest active winning streak to nine games with a 117-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas.

• Bulls thump Celtics: Derrick Rose scored 36 points, Carlos Boozer added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls cooled off the Boston Celtics with a 90-79 victory in Chicago.

• Durant sparks Thunder: Kevin Durant scored 40 points, Russell Westbrook added 22 points and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder avenged a loss at Memphis this week by beating the Grizzlies 109-100 in Oklahoma City.

Daye sparks Pistons: Detroit’s Austin Daye drained a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left to send the game against Philadelphia into overtime and then hit another to open OT to lead the host Pistons to a 112-109 victory.

Red Wings want punishment for hit

NHL: The Detroit Red Wings are calling for the NHL to come down hard on Calgary’s Tom Kostopoulos after he broke the jaw of defenseman Brad Stuart.

Stuart was injured during the third period of Detroit’s 5-4 shootout victory at Calgary, Alberta on Friday night. He will be sidelined six to eight weeks.

• Islanders win in OT: John Tavares scored the winner 3:52 into overtime and Kevin Poulin stopped 34 shots in his first NHL start, lifting the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Denver.

Three share lead in golf tournament

Miscellany: Robert Garrigus made another strong recovery, holing a 50-foot eagle putt on the final hole to get back atop the leaderboard at the Tournament of Champions golf event in Kapalua, Hawaii.

Steve Stricker made it look easy in the toughest conditions of the week for an 8-under 65. Jonathan Byrd joined him in the lead despite a poor pitch on the final hole that made him settle for par and a 67.

The trio of Americans were at 18-under-par 201.

• Federer beats Davydenko: Roger Federer won the Qatar Open tennis tournament without dropping a set when he beat defending champion Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 6-4 in a 79-minute final in Doha, Qatar.

• First tie in men’s giant slalom: American skier Ted Ligety lost his unbeaten streak in World Cup giant slaloms, leaving Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway and Cyprien Richard of France to tie for the victory in Adelboden, Switzerland.

It was the first men’s giant slalom to finish in a tie in World Cup history, a span stretching 45 seasons and 344 races.

• Vonn wins downhill: American Lindsey Vonn won a women’s downhill in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria, earning her fourth victory of the season and moving within four victories of Anja Paerson’s record of 41 World Cup titles.


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