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Clippers fight back to beat Jazz in Utah

Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson defends against Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) in the third quarter. (Associated Press)
Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson defends against Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) in the third quarter. (Associated Press)

NBA: Blake Griffin scored 30 points, Jamal Crawford added 20 off the bench and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Utah 105-104 on Monday night to hand the Jazz their first loss at home this season.

Crawford made a pair of free throws late and ex-Clipper Randy Foye countered with a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left. But Foye’s desperation 3 after stealing the ensuing inbounds pass missed its mark.

It was the third straight victory for the Clippers (11-6).

Chris Paul added 14 points for Los Angeles, with six in the fourth quarter after the Clippers entered the final period trailing by 10.

• Blazers need OT to stop Bobcats: LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Luke Babbitt hit a pair of clutch 3-pointers and the visiting Portland Trail Blazers overcame an 18-point fourth quarter to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 118-112 in overtime.

The Blazers trailed 97-79 with 5:17 left in regulation, but stormed back to tie the score and sent it into overtime on Babbitt’s 3 with 22 seconds left.

• Pistons top Cavs: Brandon Knight scored 17 points, Kyle Singler and Tayshaun Prince had 15 apiece and Detroit beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 89-79 in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Eastern Michigan no match for Syracuse

College Basketball: Michael Carter-Williams had 11 points and 11 assists, freshman Jerami Grant had a season-high 11 points and two blocks, and No. 4 Syracuse beat visiting Eastern Michigan 84-48.

Syracuse (6-0) has won 48 straight nonconference games and boosted its home winning streak to 26 games.

Carter-Williams, who led the nation in assists at 9.2 per game, had an erratic first half and finished with six of the Orange’s 18 turnovers. Eastern Michigan had 24 turnovers and was outscored 31-9 on the miscues.

• Calhoun reveals he had cancer surgery: Former UConn coach Jim Calhoun says he had surgery in May to remove an apparent cancerous growth from his lungs.

Calhoun told YES network that doctors removed the growth, concerned it might be related to a previous skin cancer.

Calhoun also told YES that he has not completely ruled out a return to coaching.

• No. 2 UConn women beat No. 9 Maryland: Stefanie Dolson scored 14 points and Breanna Stewart added 13 to lead No. 2 Connecticut to a 63-48 victory over No. 9 Maryland in Hartford, Conn., in the Jimmy V Classic.

Kelly Faris added eight points, eight steals, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Huskies (7-0). She helped hold Maryland All-American Alyssa Thomas to six points.

Former Husky Lee gets PGA card

Golf: Former Washington Husky Richard Lee cruised to a fourth-place finish at the final Q-school in La Quinta, Calif., and once again secured priority for the 2013 PGA Tour season.

Richard Lee entered Monday’s final round in ninth and shot a 4-under 68 on the TPC Stadium Course and ended up two strokes behind D.H. Lee of South Korea, the winner. D.H. Lee birdied his last three holes for a 67 giving him the highest priority ranking for next year and a $50,000 check.

The heartbreak this year belonged to Edward Loar, who started the final round two shots out of the lead. He finished double bogey-bogey and missed by two shots.

Another former Husky, Alex Prugh of Spokane, finished well off the pace.

SI’s Sportsman of the Year: LeBron James

Honors: LeBron James of the Miami Heat is Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.

In 2012, James became an NBA champion for the first time, won his second Olympic gold medal and captured his third NBA MVP trophy.

NHL talks set to resume today

Miscellany: The NHL labor talks are set to resume today with six owners and players scheduled to meet without a couple of the key figures from each side.

The meeting will include the small group of owners and players, staff members and counsel on each side, but commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr will not be present.

• Utah announces bid for Winter Olympics: Utah officials announced plans for a longshot bid for another Winter Olympics.

The bid for 2026 is contingent on the U.S. Olympic Committee deciding it will endorse a city for those games.

• LeMond wants to run UCI after Armstrong scandal: Greg LeMond, a former three-time Tour de France champion, says the president of the International Cycling Union can’t remain in his job while a panel examines possible links between the organization and the doping case involving Lance Armstrong, and LeMond said he would be willing to run cycling in the interim.

• Dutch youth soccer linesman dies after attack: A man who was working as a linesman during a youth soccer match in the Netherlands has died after being beaten and kicked by several players.

Richard Nieuwenhuizen collapsed and died hours after players from the Amsterdam club Nieuw Sloten punched and kicked him.