December 16, 2012 in Sports

Butler upsets No. 1 Indiana in overtime

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Butler guard Alex Barlow, center, is lifted up by his teammates after Barlow hit the game-winning jumper with 2.4 seconds left.
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College Basketball: The most unlikely player on the roster made a most unforgettable shot for Butler.

Walk-on Alex Barlow drove in for a spinning 6-foot jumper with 2.4 seconds left in overtime and the Bulldogs toppled No. 1 Indiana 88-86 Saturday in Indianapolis for their first victory over a top-ranked team in school history.

Barlow, a sophomore, had scored only 12 points this season.

But the Bulldogs (8-2) put the ball in his hands with 19.3 seconds to go. As the clock ran down, Barlow slowly moved toward the lane, then took a couple of dribbles, stopped and put up a shot that hit the back of the rim and dropped in.

The Hoosiers (9-1) called timeout to set up a play but could only muster a half-court heave from Jordan Hulls that missed. Butler had three players foul out overall, and overcame a seven-point deficit in the second half.

The Hoosiers were led by Cody Zeller, who had 18 points.

• No. 8 Arizona edges No. 5 Florida: Mark Lyons hit a contested layup with 7 seconds left and No. 8 Arizona rallied from a six-point deficit in the final minute to pull out an improbable 65-64 win over No. 5 Florida (7-1) in Tucson, Ariz.

Solomon Hill had 18 points, Nick Johnson added 15 and Lyons 14 to give Arizona (8-0) its best start since opening the 1998-99 season 8-0.

• No. 6 Louisville rallies to beat Memphis: Chane Behanan scored 22 points and No. 6 Louisville rallied from 16 points down in the first half to beat host Memphis 87-78.

Louisville (9-1) trailed 25-9 in the first half before pulling out its fourth straight win in this rivalry with a team the Cardinals have played in three different conferences.

Russ Smith scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half for Louisville.

• UNC holds on to beat East Carolina: James Michael McAdoo scored 19 points to help No. 21 North Carolina (8-2) hold off East Carolina 93-87 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Akeem Richmond scored 17 points to lead East Carolina (6-2). The Pirates kept cutting into UNC’s lead and got as close as four points in the final minute, though they couldn’t overtake the Tar Heels.

Knicks overcome Irving’s 41, top Cavs

NBA: Raymond Felton scored 25 points, Tyson Chandler had 23, and the New York Knicks overcame Kyrie Irving’s career-high 41 points and the absence of Carmelo Anthony to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-102.

The Knicks won their fourth straight when Anderson Varejao missed the second of two free throws with 1 second left.

Irving broke a bone in his jaw during Friday’s game against Milwaukee and wore a protective mask.

• Rubio’s return sparks Wolves to win over Mavericks: Ricky Rubio made a triumphant return to the court with nine assists and eight points in 19 minutes, energizing the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 114-106 overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Minneapolis.

O.J. Mayo had 20 points, six assists and five rebounds and Shawn Marion had 14 points and 10 boards for the Mavericks, who led by 13 early before Rubio came off the bench for the first time since tearing the ACL and LCL in his left knee in March.

Popovic maintains Australian PGA lead

Golf: Daniel Popovic shot a 3-under-par 69 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of an Australian PGA championship in Coolum, Australia.

Popovic, outside the top 1,000 in world rankings, had a 54-hole total of 13-under 203 on the Palmer Coolum Resort course.

• Schwartzel in front at Alfred Dunhill: Charl Schwartzel shot an 8-under 64 to take a 10-stroke lead after three rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane, South Africa.

The South African birdied five of his first eight holes and then had four birdies in a row from No. 12 to sit at 21 under.

FIFA reports exhibitions fixed

Soccer: A FIFA report into match-fixing in the weeks before the 2010 World Cup has found “compelling evidence” that one or more exhibition games involving host South Africa were fixed.

The South African Football Association conceded that it had been “infiltrated” two years ago by now-convicted match-fixer Wilson Perumal and his “bogus” company Football4U, which was a front for Asian betting syndicates.

No players have been implicated in fixing matches. Referees appointed by Perumal’s Football4U were thought to have manipulated one or more of South Africa’s exhibitions for betting markets.

• United holds lead over City: Manchester United maintained a six-point lead over Manchester City in the English Premier League by beating Sunderland 3-1 on goals by Robin van Persie, Tom Cleverley and Wayne Rooney.

Lochte sets world mark in 100 IM

Miscellany: Ryan Lochte broke the 100-meter individual medley world record in the semifinals of the short-course world swimming championships in Istanbul, finishing in 50.71 seconds.

The original mark was set by Slovenia’s Peter Mankoc in December 2009.

The United States won the women’s 400 freestyle relay, with Megan Romano, Jessica Hardy, Lia Neal and Allison Schmitt finishing in 3:31.01.

• Nyman wins World Cup downhill: American skier Steven Nyman took advantage of changing conditions for an improbable win in a shortened World Cup downhill because of heavy snowfall and low visibility in Val Gardena, Italy.

Nyman’s time was 1 minute, 28.82 seconds.

• Rush, Lumsden win bobsled race: Canada’s Lyndon Rush and brakeman Jesse Lumsden raced to their first World Cup two-man bobsled victory of the season, and American Katie Uhlaender won the women’s skeleton race in La Plagne, France.

• Donaire stops Arce: Nonito Donaire stopped Jorge Arce with a left late in the third round to retain the WBO super-bantamweight championship at Toyota Center in Houston.

• Violence wins CashCall Futurity: Violence beat Fury Kapcori by 1 1/4 lengths in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity for 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif.

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