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North Carolina defeats Duke for ACC title

Duke's Seth Curry, foreground, is pressured by North Carolina's Kendall Marshall. Curry had 20 points in the loss. (Associated Press)
Duke's Seth Curry, foreground, is pressured by North Carolina's Kendall Marshall. Curry had 20 points in the loss. (Associated Press)

Men’s basketball: Harrison Barnes scored 18 points to help No. 13 North Carolina beat No. 4 Duke 81-67 on Saturday night in Chapel Hill, N.C., clinching the Atlantic Coast Conference regular- season championship.

Kendall Marshall had 15 points and 11 assists as the Tar Heels (24-6, 14-2) ended a three-game losing streak to their fierce rival.

Nolan Smith scored 30 points for Duke (27-4, 13-3), while Seth Curry had 20 points with six 3-pointers.

• No. 4 Pitt beats Villanova, clinches Big East title: Ashton Gibbs had 18 points and No. 4 Pittsburgh (27-4, 15-3) clinched the outright Big East title, using a big second half to beat visiting No. 19 Villanova 60-50.

Villanova (21-10, 9-9) was without Corey Stokes (left hamstring) and leading scorer Corey Fisher was limited because of early foul trouble.

• No. 8 Notre Dame edges No. 16 Connecticut: At Storrs, Conn., Ben Hansbrough scored 21 points despite fouling out with over 8 minutes left and No. 8 Notre Dame (25-5, 14-4 Big East) held off Kemba Walker and No. 16 Connecticut (22-9, 9-9) 70-67.

Walker scored 34 points but missed a 3-point attempt with 8 seconds left.

• West Virginia holds off No. 11 Louisville: At Morgantown, W. Va., Truck Bryant sank two free throws with 1 second left to lift West Virginia (20-10, 11-7 Big East) to a 72-70 win over No. 11 Louisville (23-8, 12-6).

• Iowa stuns No. 6 Purdue 67-65: At Iowa City, Iowa, Jarryd Cole had 16 points and 10 rebounds in his final home game and Iowa (11-19, 4-14 Big Ten) stunned No. 6 Purdue (25-6, 14-4) 67-65.

• No. 2 Kansas tops No. 22 Missouri: At Columbia, Mo., Marcus Morris and Thomas Robinson had double-doubles and No. 2 Kansas (29-2, 14-2) wrapped up its eighth straight Big 12 championship by holding on for a 70-66 win over No. 22 Missouri (22-9, 8-8).

Nets, Williams beat Raptors in triple OT

NBA: In London, Travis Outlaw scored the final eight points for New Jersey to help the Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 137-136 in triple overtime and sweep the NBA’s European doubleheader.

Brook Lopez had 34 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets, and Deron Williams added 21 points and 18 assists.

• Trail Blazers rout Bobcats: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the visiting Charlotte Bobcats 93-69.

Patty Mills made four 3-pointers for the Trail Blazers.

Gerald Henderson had 16 points for the Bobcats.

Jeffrey scores two, Pens stop Bruins

NHL: Dustin Jeffrey scored his second goal of the game 1:52 into overtime and the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins snapped the Boston Bruins’ winning streak at seven with a 3-2 victory.

• Ladd’s second goal of game gives Thrashers OT win: Andrew Ladd netted his second goal of the game in overtime, and Blake Wheeler also scored twice for the Atlanta Thrashers, who beat the visiting Florida Panthers 4-3.

Bryans send U.S. to 2-1 lead in Davis Cup

Miscellany: Twins Bob and Mike Bryan put the Americans ahead of Chile 2-1 in the first round of the Davis Cup by beating Jorge Aguilar and Nicolas Massu 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (4) in Santiago, Chile.

Andy Roddick, playing in the Davis Cup for the first time since 2009, will be in position to clinch the best-of-5 series when he faces Paul Capdeville in the first match today. If he wins, Spain will be their next opponent.

• Vonn clinches fourth consecutive downhill title: At Tarvisio, Italy, Lindsey Vonn won the women’s World Cup downhill crown for the fourth consecutive year by finishing second to Sweden’s Anja Paerson.

• Phelps cleans up with two more golds: At Indianapolis, Michael Phelps is back and he’s starting to get that unbeatable appearance, too.

The 14-time Olympic gold medalist beat Ryan Lochte, produced world-best times in two more events and left the Indianapolis Grand Prix with five gold medals – one for each event he entered.

• Sabbatini leads by five shots at Honda Classic: In Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Rory Sabbatini had another good round, shooting a 4-under 66 to take a five-stroke lead at 201 in the Honda Classic.

Alex Prugh (University of Washington/Ferris High) shot a 74 and stands at 219.

• Stay Thirsty wins the Gotham: Stay Thirsty entered the Triple Crown picture with a 3 1/4-length victory over Norman Asbjornson in the $250,000 Gotham Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct in New York.

• Alvarez dominates Hatton: At Anaheim, Calif., Saul Alvarez dominated nearly every minute and unanimously outpointed Matthew Hatton to win the vacant WBC 154-pound boxing belt, picking up the first world title of the 20-year-old’s skyrocketing career at Anaheim, Calif.

• Judah stops Mabuza: Zab Judah knocked out Kaizer Mabuza in the seventh round to regain the IBF junior welterweight boxing title at Newark, N.J.

• Americans Horton, Wieber win American Cup: Jonathan Horton finished in the top three in five of six gymnastics events, good enough to win his third American Cup. Horton and Jordyn Wieber gave the U.S. a sweep of the international invitational at Jacksonville, Fla.

• Davis wins 1,500 to take fourth World Cup season title: In Heerenveen, Netherlands, Shani Davis won the 1,500-meter speedskating World Cup race to guarantee a record fourth straight overall season title in his favorite distance.


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