No. 2 Irish see 21-game win streak cease

MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012

Women’s basketball: Brooke Hampton made two free throws with 4.6 seconds remaining and West Virginia beat No. 2 Notre Dame 65-63 on Sunday in South Bend, Ind., snapping the Irish’s 21-game winning streak.

Asya Bussie had 22 points for the Mountaineers (18-6, 8-3 Big East), including a turnaround jumper with 39 seconds left, tying the game at 63.

Skyler Diggins had 32 points for the Irish (24-2, 11-1), which entered the game leading the nation at 83.2 points per game.

Diggins missed a contested layup that could have tied the score with less than 10 seconds to play. She fouled Hampton at midcourt as she went for a steal with 4.6 seconds to go.

Hampton then made the free throws that gave her four points for the game – all from the line.

Natalie Novosel of Notre Dame missed a final 15-foot jumper at the buzzer.

• Prehalis lifts Buckeyes over Boilermakers: Samantha Prahalis hit a 3-pointer from the right wing with 41 seconds left, giving No. 10 Ohio State (22-3, 9-3 Big Ten) the boost it needed to hold on to an 80-71 win over No. 16 Purdue (19-6, 9-3) in Columbus, Ohio.

Prahalis finished with 26 points.

Bryant’s late jumper buries Raptors

NBA: Kobe Bryant hit a baseline jumper with 4.2 seconds left and the Los Angeles Lakers wrapped up a six-game road trip by holding on to beat the host Raptors 94-92, their eighth victory in nine meetings with Toronto.

Bryant, who scored 27 points, took an inbound pass from Metta World Peace and shot over the outstretched arms of James Johnson to deny the Raptors, who battled back after trailing by as many as 18.

• Lakers eying Arenas: Los Angeles Lakers officials have attended a private workout for Gilbert Arenas in Southern California, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

The Lakers are considering the free-agent guard to boost their struggling offense.

• Rondo, Celtics hold off Bulls: Rajon Rondo recorded a triple-double with 32 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Celtics to a 95-91 win over the Chicago Bulls, who were without star guard Derrick Rose.

Kevin Garnett added 13 points and 12 rebounds, reserve JaJuan Johnson had 12 points and Ray Allen 11 for the Celtics, who snapped a two-game skid. Rondo had season highs in both points and assists.

Rose, hampered by back spasms, is expected to see a specialist today after the team returns to Chicago.

• Wizards wipe away Pistons’ win streak: JaVale McGee had 22 points and eight rebounds, and John Wall dished out 14 assists as the Washington Wizards routed the Detroit Pistons 98-77 in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Detroit entered the game on a season-best four-game winning streak, but saw it end when the Wizards went on a 22-2 run during the second half.

Greg Monroe had a game-high 27 for Detroit.

Detroit ties mark for successive home wins

NHL: The Detroit Red Wings equaled an NHL record with their 20th straight win at home, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on the strength of Johan Franzen’s tiebreaking goal early in the third period.

Philadelphia rookie Brayden Schenn had a career-high two goals, helping the Flyers take the first of two leads they couldn’t keep against a team that hasn’t lost at home since Nov. 3.

• Red-hot Blues roll over Sharks: Alex Pietrangelo had two goals, David Perron also scored with a two-man advantage and Andy McDonald added an assist in his return from a concussion that sidelined him for 51 games, sending the St. Louis Blues to a 3-0 victory over the visiting San Jose Sharks.

Jaroslav Halak earned his sixth shutout in just 10 starts as the Blues extended a franchise record by earning at least one point in 19 consecutive home games. They’re 16-0-3 at home since a 5-2 loss to Chicago on Dec. 3 .

U.S. completes rout of Swiss at Davis Cup

Tennis: The United States completed a 5-0 rout of Switzerland in the Davis Cup in Fribourg, Switzerland, with 19-year-old Ryan Harrison and John Isner winning closing singles matches.

The U.S. was already assured of advancing after winning Saturday’s doubles in the first-round series in the World Group. The Americans will play on the road in the April 6-8 quarterfinals against France or Canada.

Harrison made a winning Davis Cup debut, beating Michael Lammer 7-6 (0), 7-6 (4) to extend the Americans’ lead to 4-0. Isner, who beat Roger Federer on Friday, ensured a shutout in defeating Marco Chuidinelli 6-3, 6-4.

• Hantuchova wins another Pattaya Open: Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova won her second straight Pattaya (Thailand) Open title, defeating Russia’s Maria Kirilenko 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3.

• Kerber beats Bartoli for first WTA title: Angelique Kerber of Germany won her first WTA title, overpowering second-seeded Marion Bartoli of France 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3 in the Open GDF Suez final in Paris.

Dolphins close to adding CFL star RB

Miscellany: The Miami Dolphins are reportedly close to a deal with CFL standout running back Jerome Messam.

According to the Edmonton Journal, Messam, who was awarded the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian Player honor after rushing for 1,057 yards and scoring six touchdowns in 18 games during the 2011 season, plans to leave the Edmonton Eskimos to sign with the Dolphins.

However, a deal has not been finalized and Messam must pass a physical.

• Force gets 134th Funny Car win: John Force earned his 134th career Funny Car win at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif.

The 62-year-old Force used finished in 4.080 seconds at 315.84 mph in a Ford Mustang.

• UConn hires new A.D.: Connecticut has hired Warde Manuel as its new athletic director.

Manuel had been the A.D. at the University at Buffalo for six years. The university said that he would sign a five-year contract, with the school holding the option for a two-year extension.

He will be paid a base salary of $450,000 and is eligible for a $100,000 performance incentive annually if certain academic and athletic goals are achieved and for another $100,000 in deferred compensation after five years.

• Rangers finalize deal with Napoli: Catcher Mike Napoli and the Texas Rangers finalized a $9.4 million, one-year contract to avoid a salary arbitration hearing.

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