January 10, 2011 in Sports

Kansas avoids collapse, beats Michigan in OT


College Basketball: Marcus Morris scored 22 points, and No. 3 Kansas outlasted Michigan 67-60 in overtime Sunday to remain undefeated.

The Wolverines (11-5) rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit and scored the last six points of regulation to tie the game at 51. Zack Novak made a 3-pointer at the start of overtime to give Michigan its first lead of the game, but the Jayhawks (15-0) scored the next eight points, all by Morris and his twin brother Markieff.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points for the Wolverines.

Kansas finished at 36 percent from the field and 4 of 24 from 3-point range. Michigan was 33 percent from the field and 4 of 28 from long distance.

• Villan ova hands Cincinnati first loss: Corey Fisher scored 21 points and Maalik Wayns had 13 of his 15 in the second half as Villanova handed visiting Cincinnati its first loss of the season.

Fisher had 20 points in a dynamic first half for the Wildcats (14-1, 3-0 Big East).

• Georgia upsets No.10 Kentucky: In Lexington, Ky., Khaalidah Miller scored 24 points, hitting 10 of her 14 shots, to help Georgia upset Kentucky, ending the Wildcats’ 25-game home winning streak.

Georgia (12-3, 2-0 SEC) clung to a two-point lead with 6.6 seconds left when Ronika Ransford missed the front end of a one-and-one. A’Dia Mathies had a chance to send the game to overtime, but her 4-footer bounced off the backboard and glanced off the front of the rim.

Miami outlasts Portland in overtime

NBA: LeBron James had 44 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, Dwyane Wade added 34 points and eight rebounds, and the Miami Heat beat the Portland Trail Blazers 107-100 in overtime Sunday night in Portland for their 13th straight road victory.

James buried two deep 3-pointers and made two free throws in the extra period for the Heat (30-9), who have won 21 of their last 22 games after a slow start to the season. Chris Bosh added 18 points and eight rebounds. The Big Three combined for all but 11 of Miami’s points.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for the Blazers (20-18), who had an eight-game home win streak snapped. Nicolas Batum added 22 points and Wesley Matthews had 14.

• Nets ‘advancing’ on Anthony deal: The Nets are closing in on a deal to bring Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey.

Talks on a three-team trade with the Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons are “advancing,” a person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press.

The trade would reunite Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton in New Jersey along with Anthony, the person said on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss the talks.

The deal would fall apart if Anthony refused to sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension with the Nets. Billups also has said he would be reluctant to leave Denver.

• Cavs lose Varejao for season: Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao is done for the season with a torn ankle tendon that will require surgery.

Varejao got hurt while running in practice on Thursday.

On Sunday, he underwent a second MRI in Phoenix that revealed “a complete tear of the peroneus longus in the midfoot of the right ankle and foot.”

Hurricanes edge Thrashers in OT

NHL: In Raleigh, N.C., Erik Cole scored 2:09 into overtime to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Tuomo Ruutu, Zac Dalpe and Jeff Skinner also scored for the Hurricanes, who are 5-0-2 in their last seven games.

Bryan Little scored twice and Niclas Bergfors added the Thrashers’ other goal as Atlanta rallied from a two-goal deficit to earn a point. Ondrej Pavelec made 30 saves.

• Stars stretch road streak to seven: In St. Paul, Minn., Jamie Benn scored twice, backup goalie Andrew Raycroft notched his second shutout of the season with 26 saves and the Dallas Stars matched a franchise record with their seventh straight road victory, 4-0 over the Minnesota Wild.

Bellotti says no contact with Stanford

Miscellany: Former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti says Stanford has not reached out to him about its coaching vacancy and he hasn’t tried to contact Cardinal officials.

Bellotti is now working as an analyst for ESPN and will be part of the coverage for the BCS title game tonight between No. 1 Auburn and No. 2 Oregon.

He told reporters that if he was at Stanford, he would hire Boise State coach Chris Petersen.

• Soderling beats Roddick in Brisbane International: Top-seeded Robin Soderling beat defending champion Andy Roddick 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane, Australia.

Soderling’s strong serve and pinpoint service returns stymied Roddick throughout.

• Wawrinka beats Malisse for Chennai title: Third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland defeated Xavier Malisse of Belgium 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 to win the Chennai Open in India.

Wawrinka overpowered his opponent with a string of passing shots and cross-court winners.

• Byrd wins with birdie on last hole: In Kapalua, Hawaii, Jonathan Byrd opened the PGA Tour season by winning the Tournament of Champions in a sudden-death playoff against Robert Garrigus, who missed a 3-foot par putt on the second extra hole.

Byrd twice had birdie putts on the par-5 18th hole for the win and missed.

• Confusion over Beckham’s proposed loan:

David Beckham will begin training with Tottenham and the club hopes a loan deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy can still be completed.

Beckham wanted to play for the Spurs for two months during the Major League Soccer offseason, despite the Galaxy’s reluctance to allow its star to risk another injury.

The former England captain injured his Achilles’ tendon while at AC Milan last March and was out until September.

• Kostelic wins World Cup slalom at Adelboden: Ivica Kostelic of Croatia won a World Cup slalom race to take the lead in the overall standings.

Kostelic defended a big lead after the morning run and finished in a combined two-leg time of 1 minute, 50.90 seconds in Adelboden, Switzerland.

• Vonn places 2nd behind Gut in women’s World Cup super-G: Lindsey Vonn made a couple of mistakes and Swiss teen Lara Gut capitalized, putting aside off-the-slopes struggles to win the World Cup super-G race for her second career victory.

The 19-year-old Swiss finished in 1 minute, 12.82 seconds and beat Vonn by 0.53.

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