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In brief: K-State hands Missouri first loss of season

Sun., Jan. 8, 2012

College basketball: Rodney McGruder scored 20 points to lead No. 23 Kansas State past No. 7 Missouri 75-59 Saturday in Manhattan, Kan.

Missouri (14-1, 1-1 Big 12) entered the day as one the nation’s four remaining unbeaten teams but never threatened in the final 30 minutes. Marcus Denmon led the Tigers with 17 points while Michael Dixon added 16.

Will Spradling had 14 points for the Wildcats, (12-2, 1-1) who led by at least a dozen points the entire second half.

K-State held Missouri without a field goal for more than 8 minutes in the first half, taking its lead from 16-10 to 38-19. The Wildcats led 44-25 at halftime, helped by the Tigers going 5 of 22 from the free-throw line in the half.

• Hoyas’ win streak ends: Truck Bryant scored 25 points and West Virginia ended an 11-game win streak for No. 9 Georgetown (13-2, 3-1 Big East) with a 74-62 victory in Morgantown, W.Va.

Kevin Jones added 22 points and 16 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season for the Mountaineers (12-4, 3-1).

• Notre Dame upsets Louisville: Eric Atkins scored six of his 15 points in the second overtime, propelling Notre Dame (10-6, 2-1 Big East) to a 67-65 victory over No. 11 Louisville (13-3, 1-2) in Louisville, Ky.

• Syracuse holds off Marquette: Kris Joseph scored 17 points, Brandon Triche added 16, and top-ranked Syracuse (17-0, 4-0 Big East) remained unbeaten with a gritty 73-66 victory over No. 20 Marquette (12-4, 1-2) in Syracuse, N.Y.

• No. 13 Florida falls: Kenny Hall scored a season-high 13 points as Tennessee (8-7, 1-0 SEC) rolled to a 67-56 upset over No. 13 Florida (12-4, 0-1) in Knoxville, Tenn.

• Irish women edge UConn: Natalie Novosel sank six free throws in overtime and Skylar Diggins scored 22 points to help No. 3 Notre Dame (15-1, 3-0 Big East) rally for a 74-67 win over second-ranked Connecticut (12-2, 2-1) in South Bend, Ind.

Novosel finished with 20 points, including a 10-for-11 showing from the line for the Irish, who won their 12th straight game.

• Ogwumike hits milestones in Stanford win: Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 33 points and 16 rebounds to go over both 2,000 points and 1,000 boards for her career, and the No. 4 Stanford (13-1, 4-0 Pac-12) women rallied from a rare halftime deficit to post a 67-60 victory over Oregon State (10-5, 1-3) and preserve a 71-game home winning streak.

• Buckeyes women drop first game: Courtney Boylan scored 19 points and Sam Arnold added 13 to help Michigan (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) hand No. 8 Ohio State (15-1, 2-1) its first loss of the season with a 73-62 victory in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Hawks end Bulls’ winning streak

NBA: Josh Smith scored 25 points, Joe Johnson and Vladimir Radmanovic each added 17 and the Atlanta Hawks beat Chicago 109-94 in Atlanta to snap the Bulls’ six-game winning streak.

• Spurs top Nuggets: Danny Green scored a season-high 24 points to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets 121-117 in San Antonio.

Danilo Gallinari tied his career high with 31 points for Denver.

• Durant carries Thunder: Kevin Durant hit a jumper with 22 seconds left and nailed two free throws to give the Oklahoma City Thunder a 98-95 win over the Houston Rockets in Houston.

Durant finished with 27 points and six rebounds and Russell Westbrook added 25 points and six assists for OKC.

• James dominates for Heat: LeBron James returned to the lineup and scored 22 of his 32 points in the first quarter, and the Miami Heat rolled to a 101-90 victory over the New Jersey Nets in Newark, N.J., despite playing without Dwyane Wade, who has a bruised left foot. James had missed one game with a sprained ankle.

• Mavericks top Hornets: Vince Carter and Ian Mahinmi had 13 points each to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 96-81 victory over New Orleans in Dallas, handing the Hornets their sixth consecutive loss.

Canucks edge Boston in Cup rematch

NHL: Henrik Sedin broke a tie with the third of Vancouver’s four power-play goals and the Canucks beat the defending champion Boston Bruins 4-3 in Boston in the first game between the teams since the Stanley Cup finals.

• Blue Jackets blank Kings: Curtis Sanford made 31 saves for his sixth career shutout, defenseman Grant Clitsome ended a 22-game goal drought, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 in Los Angeles.

• Penguins’ skid hits four: Ilya Kovalchuk and Adam Henrique each had a goal and an assist and the New Jersey Devils handed the Pittsburgh Penguins their fourth consecutive loss, 3-1 in Pittsburgh.

• Jets win in overtime: Johnny Oduya scored 57 seconds into overtime, lifting the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y.

• Elliott sparks Blues: Kevin Shattenkirk had a goal and an assist and Brian Elliott made 15 saves for his fifth shutout and the St. Louis Blues ended the Colorado Avalanche’s four-game winning streak in a 4-0 victory in St. Louis.

The Blues won their NHL-high 17th game at home and moved ahead of the Red Wings for the Central Division lead.

O’Brien introduced as Penn State coach

Football: After a two-month search to replace legendary head football coach Joe Paterno, Bill O’Brien was formally introduced in State College, Pa.

The 42-year-old issued a statement, then took questions from the media before posing for pictures. He reiterated his intention to remain offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots for the duration of their playoff run. New England has a bye this weekend.

• Gundy gets extension: Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy agreed to the framework of an eight-year contract that extends his current deal four years.

Details are being finalized and the contract is subject to the approval of the Board of Regents.

• Sanders’ son commit to Stanford: Barry J. Sanders’ performance in the All-American Bowl was a bit like father Barry Sanders’ NFL career. He could have done more before he left.

The younger Sanders will get his chance to show more next season at Stanford. He announced he would sign with the Cardinal – and not his father’s alma mater of Oklahoma State – following the game in San Antonio.

He had only three carries in the game, including a 10-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter, and his West teammates beat the East 24-12.

Goegl edges Mancuso in women’s downhill

Snow skiing: Elisabeth Goergl of Austria edged Julia Mancuso of the United States in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, to win the third women’s World Cup downhill of the season.

Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter was third, followed by overall leader Lindsey Vonn of the U.S.

• Hirscher wins men’s giant slalom: Marcel Hirscher of Austria won a World Cup giant slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland, to increase his lead in the overall standings.

Hirscher edged teammate Benjamin Raich by 0.08 seconds. American Ted Ligety placed fourth and retained his lead in the discipline.

Yankees’ Posada planning to retire

Miscellany: Jorge Posada is planning to retire after 17 seasons with the New York Yankee rather than pursue opportunities with other major league baseball teams.

A person familiar with the decision told the AP that the five-time All-Star catcher will announce his retirement this month.

• Tsonga downs Monfils: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shrugged off a slow start to down Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-3 in an all-French men’s tennis final at the Qatar Open in Doha, Qatar.

• Out of Bounds victorious: Out of Bounds rallied in the stretch to upset wagering favorite Secret Circle by a half-length and win the $100,000 Sham Stakes, the first Kentucky Derby prep horse race of the season at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif,.

• Stricker takes big lead: Steve Stricker shot a 10-under 63 to build a five-shot lead through two rounds at the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii.

Stricker played his final five holes in 5 under to get to 15-under 131. He will be paired with Simpson, who shot a 68, in today’s pairing.


 

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