January 2, 2012 in Sports

In brief: Anderson, Magic rally past Raptors

 
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Magic forward Ryan Anderson, right, scored 24 points as Orlando stifled the Raptors in the fourth quarter for a 102-96 comeback win.
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NBA: Ryan Anderson scored 24 points and led a fourth- quarter rally on Sunday that sent the Orlando Magic past the Toronto Raptors 102-96 in Orlando, Fla.

The Magic trailed by as many as 16 points, but went on a 16-0 run in the final period. Orlando shot 4 for 5 on 3-pointers during the burst, with Anderson making two of them, as the Magic took a 94-88 lead with 3:05 left.

Orlando outscored Toronto 32-15 in the fourth quarter after entering the period with an 11-point deficit.

Andrea Bargnani paced the Raptors with 28 points.

• Clippers hold off Trail Blazers: Blake Griffin had his second straight double-double, Caron Butler scored 19 points and the Los Angeles Clippers opened the new year with a 93-88 victory over the host Portland Trail Blazers to snap a two-game skid.

Griffin had 20 points and 10 rebounds to go with 17 points by Chris Paul and 13 by reserve Mo Williams in sending the Blazers to their first loss of the season.

Jamal Crawford scored 23 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 for the Blazers.

• Gallinari scores 20 as Nuggets beat Lakers: Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points, Ty Lawson had 17 points and 10 assists and the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 99-90 in Denver.

Pau Gasol had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Andrew Bynum had 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant scored 16 on 6-of-28 shooting.

Burke, Wolverines beat Golden Gophers

Men’s basketball: Freshman Trey Burke scored a season-high 27 points as No. 18 Michigan hung on to beat Minnesota 61-56 in Ann Arbor, Mich., for its seventh straight victory.

The Wolverines (12-2, 2-0 Big Ten) haven’t lost since falling to Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Classic. Julian Welch and Rodney Williams had 11 each for Minnesota (12-3, 0-2).

No. 14 Marquette sneaks past Villanova : Darius Johnson-Odom matched a season-high with 24 points and led No. 14 Marquette to an 81-77 victory over Villanova in Milwaukee.

Reserve forward Davante Gardner had 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles (12-2, 1-0 Big East). Mouphtaou Yarou had 14 points for the Wildcats (7-7, 0-2) and JayVaughn Pinkston had a career-high 13.

• Surging Cincinnati drops No. 22 Pittsburgh: JaQuon Parker scored a career-high 21 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 19 as streaking Cincinnati beat No. 22 Pittsburgh 66-63 in Pittsburgh.

The Bearcats (11-3, 1-0 Big East) have won six straight games since a brawl against crosstown rival Xavier last month led to the suspension of several players.

Cincinnati forced the reeling Panthers (11-4, 0-2) into 17 turnovers to win at Pitt for the first time in 33 years.

Mathies, Kentucky edge Florida Gators

Women’s basketball: A’dia Mathies scored 14 points, Bria Goss added 11 and No. 6 Kentucky beat cold-shooting Florida 59-56 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools in Gainesville, Fla.

The Wildcats (12-2, 1-0) were coming off a rough stretch, losing two of their last three games. Florida (10-4, 0-1) shot 32.8 percent and committed 23 turnovers.

Kostityn’s hat trick puts Preds past Flames

NHL: Sergei Kostitsyn scored three goals to lead the Nashville Predators to their third straight victory, 5-3 over the Calgary Flames in Nashville, Tenn.

Kevin Klein and Matt Halischuk also scored for Nashville.

Jarome Iginla, Rene Bourque and Brendan Morrison scored for the Flames, who have lost three straight.

Kostitsyn’s first goal gave Nashville a 2-1 lead. His second made it 4-1 and he capped the scoring with an empty-net goal.

• Gorges gets six-year extension with Canadiens: The Montreal Canadiens signed defenseman Josh Gorges to a six-year contract extension.

The 27-year-old assistant captain is in his sixth year with Montreal. He leads the team with a plus-6 rating and 101 blocked shots over 39 games. He also has one goal and nine assists.

Penn St. says no coach hired, no top candidate

Miscellany: Penn State president Rodney Erickson said no one has been hired to replace fired football coach Joe Paterno, and the administrator leading the search said there’s no top candidate.

USA Today and ESPN reported that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien is the top candidate for the Nittany Lions job.

University trustees fired Paterno on Nov. 9 in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Death on first day reminds of dangers of Dakar: The death of Argentine bike rider Jorge Martinez Boero on the first day of the Dakar Rally focused attention on the hazards of one of motor sports’ most dangerous events.

Organizers said the 38-year- old died from head and chest injuries during a crash on the first stage in Santa Rosa, Argentina.

The stage from Mar del Plata was won by Leonid Novitskiy of Russia in the cars category, and Francisco Lopez of Chile in bikes.

Spain beats Australia at Hopman Cup: Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues beat Lleyton Hewitt and Jarmila Gajdosova in a mixed doubles third-set tiebreaker Sunday to give Spain a 2-1 victory over Australia in the Hopman Cup in Perth Australia.

The United States, with Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Mardy Fish, meets top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki and Frederik Nielsen of Denmark today.

Yankees, Jones agree to one-year contract

MLB: Andruw Jones is staying with the New York Yankees, agreeing to a $2 million, one-year contract that allows him to earn another $1.45 million in performance bonuses. The deal is subject to a physical.

Jones signed with the Yankees last winter to provide a right-handed bat off the bench and hit .247 with 13 homers and 33 RBIs in 222 plate appearances.

• White Sox trade Frasor to Blue Jays: Reliever Jason Frasor has been traded back to the Toronto Blue Jays by the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitchers Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb.

Chicago acquired Frasor and pitcher Zach Stewart from the Blue Jays for pitcher Edwin Jackson and infielder/outfielder Mark Teahen in July.


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