November 20, 2011 in Sports

In brief: Blue Hose stun 20th-ranked Bearcats men

 
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Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick avoids a Presbyterian celebration.
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College basketball: Khalid Mutakabbir led Presbyterian’s comeback from a 15-point deficit and hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds left Saturday, rallying the Blue Hose to a 56-54 upset of No. 20 Cincinnati in Cincinnati for one of their biggest wins in five years of Division I basketball.

The Blue Hose (3-2) trailed by 15 with 10 minutes to go. Mutakabbir hit one big shot after another, including his 3 from the left wing that gave Presbyterian its first lead of the second half. He matched his career high with 25 points.

Cincinnati (2-1) had the last shot, but point guard Cashmere Wright’s attempt went too hard off the rim, sending the Blue Hose into a celebration at midcourt while the crowd of 4,960 booed. The Bearcats opened the game in a 1-for-16 shooting slump and made only 35.5 percent for the game.

• Tulane upsets LSU women: Danielle Blagg’s three-point play with 1.6 seconds left lifted Tulane to a 65-62 overtime victory over No. 20 LSU in New Orleans.

LSU rallied from a 10-point deficit with 11:08 left to send the game into overtime. The Lady Tigers had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Jeanne Kenney only made one of two free throws with 1.4 seconds left to tie the game at 58.

• Weather likely wasn’t factor in crash: Federal investigators said that weather likely wasn’t a factor in the plane crash that killed two Oklahoma State women’s basketball coaches this week in Arkansas. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Jason Aguilar said the weather was calm Thursday when the small plane carrying head coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna crashed into a wooded hillside.

New labor deal includes HGH testing

Baseball: Baseball’s new labor contract will include blood testing for human growth hormone, a rise in the minimum salary to $480,000 and luxury taxes on both amateur draft signings and international free agents coming to the major leagues.

Lawyers for players and owners are working to complete a memorandum of understanding on changes to sport’s collective bargaining agreement and hope to sign the deal by Tuesday.

Blood testing for human growth hormone will start when players report to spring training in February, putting MLB ahead of the NFL. The NFL wanted to start HGH testing this season, following that sport’s new labor contract, but the NFL Players Association has not agreed, causing some congressmen to pressure the union.

The five-year deal, replacing one set to expire Dec. 11, ensures 21 consecutive years of labor peace for MLB.

Park, Gal tied for Titleholders lead

Miscellany: Hee Young Park birdied three of the final four holes for a 3-under 69 and a share of the third-round lead with Sandra Gal in the LPGA Tour’s season-ending Titleholders in Orlando, Fla.

Gal, the German player who won the Kia Classic in March for her first LPGA Tour title, shot a 71 in tricky wind conditions to match Park at 7 under at Grand Cypress Resort.

Wendy Ward of Edwall, Wash., is six shots back in a tie for ninth place after shooting 74 for a 215 total.

• Henderson outlasts Rua: Dan Henderson celebrated his return to the UFC with a unanimous decision over Mauricio Rua in a light heavyweight fight in San Jose, Calif.

The 41-year-old Henderson (29-8) controlled the first three rounds of the slugfest, then held on over the final 10 minutes when Rua (20-6) made a furious comeback.

All three judges had Henderson winning 48-47 in the main event of UFC 139. That puts him in line for a possible title shot against champion Jon Jones.

Wanderlei Silva knocked out middleweight champ Cung Le at 4:49 of the second.

• U.S. women tie Sweden: Tobin Heath scored off a rebound in the 81st minute to help the U.S. women’s team tie Sweden 1-1 in an exhibition match in Glendale, Ariz.

• Chan, Tuktamisheva win: Men’s world champion figure skater Patrick Chan overcame a slew of errors to win the Trophee Bompard for the third time and 14-year-old Elizaveta Tuktamisheva captured the women’s title with a clean, composed program that had the Paris crowd on its feet.

Canadiens put end to Rangers’ win streak

NHL: Carey Price made 17 saves for his second straight shutout, and the Montreal Canadiens ended New York’s seven-game winning streak with a 4-0 win over the Rangers in Montreal.

Brian Gionta scored twice and Erik Cole and Tomas Plekanec each had a power-play goal and assist for Montreal.

• Panthers edge Penguins: Stephen Weiss scored with 3:30 left in the third period and the Florida Panthers beat Pittsburgh 3-2 in Sunrise, Fla., capturing their first win against the Penguins in six games.

• Coyotes double up Sabres: Radim Vrbata and Paul Bissonnette scored 66 seconds apart in the second period to lift the Phoenix Coyotes to a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y.

• Wings end road slide: Pavel Datsyuk had two goals, Niklas Kronwall got the go-ahead score during a power play in the second period, and the Detroit Red Wings snapped a five-game road skid with a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

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