Bryant helps Lakers hold off Philadelphia
NBA: Kobe Bryant scored 34 points, Metta World Peace added 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak from Nov. 16-20, with a 111-98 road victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.
Dwight Howard had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who improved to 11-14. Darius Morris had a career-high 15 points, all in the first half, and Chris Duhon scored 14.
• Lillard lifts Blazers over Hornets: Rookie Damian Lillard hit a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left and the Trail Blazers held on for a 95-94 victory over the Hornets in Portland, Ore.
J.J. Hickson had a season-high 24 points and added 16 rebounds for the Blazers.
• Calderon’s triple-double propels Raptors over Rockets: Jose Calderon had 18 points, 14 assists, and 10 rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 103-96 win over the visiting Houston Rockets, giving the Raptors consecutive wins for the first time in eight long months.
• McGee paces Nuggets past Kings: Reserve JaVale McGee scored 19 points, Danilo Gallinari had 18 and the Denver Nuggets built a big first-half lead and cruised past the Kings 122-97 in Sacramento, Calif.
The Nuggets scored 16 straight points to break away from a tie in the first quarter, and led by a comfortable margin the rest of the way.
• Bucks’ Przybilla suspended: Milwaukee Bucks center Joel Przybilla has been suspended one game without pay for throwing a basketball that hit a referee during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.
The 7-foot-1 center will serve his suspension Tuesday when the Bucks host Indiana.
No. 10 Illini win to stay unbeaten
Men’s basketball: Brandon Paul scored 17 points, Tracy Adams added 13 and No. 10 Illinois pulled away late to remain unbeaten with a 66-53 win over Eastern Kentucky (9-1) in Champaign, Ill.
In a game between undefeated teams, the Illini (12-0) led by 11 early but needed a late 12-2 run to gain control and help John Groce become the second coach in Illinois history to win his first 12 games.
Foggie, Vanderbilt top No. 12 Oklahoma
Women’s basketball: Christina Foggie scored 17 points, leading four players in double figures, to help Vanderbilt top No. 12 Oklahoma 76-63 in Norman, Okla.
Tiffany Clarke had 16 points and eight rebounds, and Jasmine Lister added 16 points and nine assists. Kady Schrann was 3 of 3 from 3-point range, finishing with 11 points.
• UCLA edges St. Johns in OT: Jasmine Dixon’s layup with 1.2 seconds left lifted No. 14 UCLA (7-1) to a 53-52 overtime victory over St. John’s (5-4) in the championship game of the St. John’s Holiday Classic in New York.
Alyssia Brewer led UCLA with 14 points and 15 rebounds and earned MVP honors of the tournament.
• No. 13 Tennessee topples No. 18 Texas on road: Meighan Simmons poured in 18 points to lead six Tennessee players in double figures as the 13th-ranked Lady Vols (7-1) roared past No. 18 Texas 94-75 in Austin, Texas.
Tennessee shot 46.8 percent from the floor and held the Longhorns (6-2) to 34.3 shooting in beating Texas for the fourth straight year.
Ligety cruises to third giant slalom victory
Skiing: Ted Ligety cruised to his third giant slalom win of the season, slicing down the classic Gran Risa course in Alta Badia, Italy, in a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 37.27 seconds.
Defending overall World Cup winner Marcel Hirscher finished second, 2.04 seconds behind, and Thomas Fanara of France was third, 3.27 back.
• Maze wins fourth straight: Tina Maze of Slovenia won her fourth straight World Cup giant slalom race to extend her overall lead at the top of the standings as defending champion Lindsey Vonn had another disappointing day in Courchevel, France, and failed to finish.
Corinthians earns Club World Cup title
Soccer: Brazil’s Corinthians ended Europe’s five-year winning streak at the Club World Cup in Yokohama, Japan, beating Chelsea 1-0, behind Paolo Guerrero’s goal off a scramble in the 69th minute.
Paulinho broke into the box and laid the ball off to Danilo, whose shot deflected off the legs of defender Gary Cahill. The ball bounded to Guerrero, and the Peruvian headed the ball past goalkeeper Petr Cech and defenders David Luiz and Ashley Cole, who all were on the goal line.
Fernando Torres headed the ball into the goal in the second minute of stoppage time but was ruled offside.
• New women’s league picks name: National Women’s Soccer League will be the name of the new league run by the U.S. Soccer Federation.
The NWSL will start play next spring and replaces the Women’s Professional Soccer league, which folded in May after three seasons. Its predecessor, Women’s United Soccer Association, lasted only three seasons, from 2001-03.
The eight teams in the new league are: Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Sky Blue FC, Washington Spirit, Western New York Flash and Seattle, which has yet to announce its name.
Lochte adds more gold at worlds
Miscellany: Ryan Lochte won two more races at the short-course world championships in Istanbul, finishing the event with six golds and one silver.
Lochte won the 100-meter individual medley in 51.21 seconds, ahead of Kenneth To of Australia and George Bovell III of Trinidad and Tobago.
Lochte then joined the U.S. team of Matthew Grevers, Kevin Cordes and Thomas Shields to win the 4x100-meter medley relay in 3:21.03, with Russia second and Australia third. Lochte’s time of 45.22 seconds was the fastest on the team. He also won silver in the 200 backstroke.
• Schwarz beats Davis in 1,000M speedskating: Samuel Schwarz of Germany beat Shani Davis of the U.S. to win the 1,000-meter World Cup speedskating race in Harbin, China to rise to second in the overall standings.
Schwarz finished in 1 minute, 9.69 seconds – 0.18 ahead of Davis and 0.23 in front of Hein Otterspeer of the Netherlands.
American Denny Morrison leads the standings after five races with 325 points.