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Tempers flare as Chicago nips Knicks

SATURDAY, DEC. 22, 2012

NBA: New York’s Carmelo Anthony and three others were thrown out of a foul-filled game, and the visiting Chicago Bulls beat the Knicks for the second time this season, 110-106 on Friday night.

Knicks center Tyson Chandler and Bulls counterpart Joakim Noah were tossed after a fourth-quarter altercation, shortly after New York coach Mike Woodson had been ejected following his second technical, drawing a loud ovation from Knicks fans who angrily booed the officiating for much of the second half.

Luol Deng had season highs of 29 points and 13 rebounds despite briefly leaving the game with an injured left shoulder. Marco Belinelli added 22 points as Chicago won for the fourth time in five games.

Anthony finished with 29 points on 10-of-25 shooting, ending his streak of four straight 30-point games. The Knicks lost for the second time in three home games after winning their first 10.

Clippers notch team-record 12th straight win: Chris Paul had 24 points and 13 assists to help the Los Angeles Clippers, for decades synonymous with long losing streaks, break a 38-year-old franchise record with their 12th consecutive victory, 97-85 over the visiting Sacramento Kings.

Lee, Curry have career nights: David Lee had 23 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists, Stephen Curry set a career high with eight 3-pointers and the Golden State Warriors extended the Charlotte Bobcats’ losing streak to 14 games with a 115-100 victory at Oakland, Calif.

Bucks hold off Celtics in OT: Monta Ellis scored five of his 27 points in overtime and the visiting Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics 99-94 in the teams’ final meeting this season despite blowing a seven-point lead late in regulation.

The Bucks won for the sixth time in eight games, taking three of four against the Celtics, who had a five-game home winning streak snapped despite 35 points by Paul Pierce.

Raptors’ winning streak hits five: DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points, Jose Calderon had 13 points and nine assists and the Toronto Raptors won their fifth straight game, beating the host Orlando Magic 93-90.

Rookie Terrence Ross scored seven of his 13 points in the fourth quarter while Alan Anderson, Ed Davis and Amir Johnson each had 10 points for the Raptors.

Zeller-led Hoosiers improve mark to 11-1

Men’s basketball: Cody Zeller had 24 points and six rebounds, leading four Indiana players into double figures, and the sixth-ranked Hoosiers routed Florida Atlantic 88-52 at Bloomington, Ind.

The Hoosiers (11-1) have won 29 straight home games against nonconference foes.

Florida Atlantic (5-7) was led by Greg Gantt, who scored 25 points for 1,556 in his career.

Cooley sparks Notre Dame: Jack Cooley had 24 points and 15 rebounds, both season highs, to lead No. 22 Notre Dame (12-1) to an 89-67 win over Niagara (5-7) at South Bend, Ind.

Diggins, Achonwa guide No. 5 Irish

Women’s basketball: Skylar Diggins scored 24 points, and Natalie Achonwa added 22 points and 14 rebounds as No. 5 Notre Dame (9-1) beat No. 22 Texas A&M (8-4) 83-74 in the title game of the World Vision Classic at Las Vegas – a rematch of the 2011 NCAA tournament championship game won by Texas A&M.

No. 8 California triumphs: Layshia Clarendon scored a season-high 28 points, one of five California players in double figures, and the eighth-ranked Golden Bears (9-1) matched the best start in school history with an 88-79 win over No. 19 Kansas (9-2) at Berkeley, Calif.

New Badgers coach won’t stand in way

College football: New Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen says he will be a “fly on the wall” during Rose Bowl preparations.

Andersen was introduced Friday as the Badgers’ new coach. He will take over for Bret Bielema, who left for Arkansas earlier this month.

Athletic director and former Badgers coach Barry Alvarez is coaching the team in the Rose Bowl against Stanford at the request of players.

“These kids need to go win a Rose Bowl. The last thing they need for me is to hang around Coach Alvarez,” Andersen said.

Cardinal nose guard declared ineligible: Stanford declared senior defensive lineman Terrence Stephens ineligible for the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin because of a secondary violation of NCAA rules related to his rental of off-campus housing.

Gehring, Celski produce sweeps

Speedskating: Lana Gehring and JR Celski dominated the competition at the U.S. short track speedskating championships at Kearns, Utah. Gehring and Celski swept gold in the 1,500 and 500 meters at the Utah Olympic Oval.


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