Seton Hall shocks No. 9 Syracuse
Men’s basketball: Jeremy Hazell led a long-range Seton Hall barrage with 28 points and the suddenly hot-shooting Pirates stunned No. 9 Syracuse 90-68 on Tuesday night at Syracuse, N.Y., handing the Orange their third straight loss.
Syracuse (18-3, 5-3 Big East) had lost two straight to top 10 conference foes, on the road at Pittsburgh a week ago and on Saturday at home to Villanova.
That trend continued against Seton Hall (9-12, 3-6), which had lost three straight. The Pirates torched Syracuse’s zone defense for seven 3s in the first half, four by Hazell.
• No. 1 Ohio State rolls: William Buford had 19 points, Jared Sullinger added 17 and No. 1 Ohio State routed No. 12 Purdue 87-64 at Columbus, Ohio.
Ohio State used an 11-0 first-half run to take control and never let up.
• No. 24 Florida prevails in double OT: Chandler Parsons took control in the second overtime after the teams traded tying last-second shots, leading No. 24 Florida to a 104-91 win over Georgia in Athens, Ga.
• Spartans dismiss Lucious from team: Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says junior guard Korie Lucious has been dismissed from the team for the rest of the season.
Izzo says in a release that Lucious “displayed conduct detrimental to the program.” In a reserve role he averaged 6.5 points in 18 games for the 25th-ranked Spartans.
Bryant leads Lakers in rout of Jazz
NBA: Kobe Bryant scored 21 points in three quarters and the Los Angeles Lakers led all the way in defeating visiting Utah 120-91, handing the Jazz their fifth straight loss overall and on the road.
Pau Gasol added 20 points and Andrew Bynum had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who won their seventh in a row at home.
• Gordon out for Clippers: The Los Angeles Clippers will be without leading scorer Eric Gordon at least three weeks because of a wrist injury.
Gordon is averaging 24.1 points, eighth best in the NBA.
Mariners expect Bradley to join team
MLB: The Seattle Mariners are planning to have Milton Bradley compete for a starting job in spring training despite his arrest last week, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said.
The Mariners open their spring camp in Peoria, Ariz., with pitchers and catchers on Feb. 13, followed by the full squad reporting on Feb. 18. Before that, Bradley has a court date on Feb. 8 in Southern California pertaining to his arrest for allegedly threatening a woman, a felony charge.
“Obviously, there’s a legal process that Milton has to go through,” Zduriencik said. “As of right now, he’s a part of the organization, and we’re planning on him coming into spring training and competing for a job.”
• Rangers trade former Spokane Indian Francisco: The Texas Rangers traded former closer Frank Francisco and cash to Toronto for catcher-first baseman Mike Napoli, giving the A.L. champions a much-needed versatile bat off the bench and the Blue Jays more bullpen depth.
Francisco played briefly for the Spokane Indians in 2006.
U.S. women’s soccer takes down China
• Miscellany: After stumbling through World Cup qualifying and losing their opener in China, the U.S. women’s team beat the hosts to win their first warmup for this summer’s tournament at Chongqing, China.
Carli Lloyd scored her second goal of the tournament in the 31st minute and Amy Rodriguez added a goal in the 68th to lead the United States over China 2-0 for a first-place finish in the Four Nations Tournament.
• Twelve Iowa football players hospitalized: The University of Iowa says 12 football players have been hospitalized for symptoms likely related to offseason workouts.
The school has declined to release the names of the players being treated, citing privacy laws. It said in a statement that they are responding well to treatment.
• Fourteen convicted in beating death: A Belgrade court convicted 14 Serbs of the fatal beating of a French soccer fan, describing a brutal scene in which the attackers cornered the man, hit him with iron bars and threw him down a narrow stairway in Belgrade, Serbia.
The Higher Court sentenced the men to between 4 and 35 years in prison, with four ringleaders receiving sentences of between 30 and 35 years in jail. The court said most of them brutally attacked Brice Taton in front of a cafe before Partizan Belgrade’s Europa Cup match against Toulouse on Sept. 17, 2009.
• Frenchman wins slalom: Jean-Baptiste Grange of France won a World Cup night slalom at Schladming, Austria, giving him his second victory in three days and a big boost leading to next month’s world championships.