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In brief: No. 4 Arizona crushes Oral Roberts to go 9-0

College men: Mark Lyons scored 17 points, Grant Jerrett added 15 and No. 4 Arizona showed no signs of a letdown after its biggest win of the season, rolling over Oral Roberts 89-64 Tuesday night in Tucson, Ariz.

Arizona (9-0) pulled off an improbable victory over then-No. 5 Florida on Saturday. On Tuesday, Wildcats raced to a 17-point first-half lead against ORU and shot 57 percent overall.

N.C. State beats Stanford: Lorenzo Brown scored 18 of his season-high 24 points after halftime to help No. 25 North Carolina State (8-2) pull away to beat Stanford 88-79 at Raleigh, N.C.

Dwight Powell scored 23 for the Cardinal (7-4).

Wade, James lead Heat past T-wolves

NBA: Dwyane Wade scored 24 points, LeBron James added 22 points and 11 assists and the Miami Heat survived a huge rebounding differential to beat the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves 103-92.

Chris Bosh scored 15 points and Mario Chalmers added 12 for the Heat, who gave up 21 of the game’s first 24 rebounds and wound up getting beaten 52-24 on the boards.

Gallinari leads Nuggets: Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 28 points as the host Denver Nuggets beat the San Antonio Spurs 112-106.

Tim Duncan had 31 points – also a season high – to go along with 18 rebounds for the Spurs, who closed a 15-point deficit to three with 3:38 left before the Nuggets closed it out for their third straight win.

Athletics sign Japanese shortstop

Baseball: The Oakland Athletics finalized a $6.5 million, two-year contract with Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima.

Casilla, Giants agree: Right-handed reliever Santiago Casilla completed a $15 million, three-year contract with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

Hernadez joines Rays: The Tampa Bay Rays have signed right-hander Roberto Hernandez, the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona.

Montgomerie elected to Hall of Fame

Miscellany: Colin Montgomerie has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame. Montomerie and Ken Schofield, head of the European Tour for nearly 30 years, were announced as the latest inductees.

U.S. opens against Canada: The U.S. soccer team will open its 2013 schedule with an exhibition game against Canada at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium on Jan. 29.

Seeking their seventh straight World Cup appearance, the Americans open the final round of World Cup qualifying Feb. 6 against Honduras at San Pedro Sula.

MLS begins March 2: Major League Soccer’s season will open March 2 with six games on its earliest start date.

The league said the March 2 matches will be Columbus at Chivas USA, Colorado at Dallas, D.C. United at Houston, Kansas City at Philadelphia, Montreal at Seattle and Toronto at Vancouver.

Kansas City adds Bieler: Sporting Kansas City has introduced Argentine forward Claudio Bieler as a designated player, adding a talented goal-scorer from Ecuador’s Serie A to its roster.


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Lynn Hickey named athletic director at Eastern Washington University

UPDATED: 5:49 a.m.

Her first choice was the right one, Eastern Washington President Mary Cullinan has decided. Lynn Hickey, whom Cullinan hired as interim athletic director 10 weeks ago, is now the school’s permanent Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics, university officials confirmed Tuesday night.