January 18, 2012 in Sports

Michigan clips Michigan State in wild finish

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Jordan Morgan blocks a shot by Michigan State’s Keith Appling.
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Men’s college basketball: Stu Douglass made a layup with 36.5 seconds remaining, and No. 20 Michigan held on through a wild final sequence to beat No. 9 Michigan State 60-59 on Tuesday night at Ann Arbor, Mich.

On Michigan State’s last possession, Keith Appling drove to the basket but had his shot blocked by Jordan Morgan. Brandon Wood of the Spartans came up with the ball, and Draymond Green was able to get another shot off from near the free-throw line, but it missed.

Freshman Trey Burke scored 20 points for Michigan. He rebounded a miss by Appling in the final minute and turned it into a transition chance, eventually passing to Douglass for the winning layup.

Michigan (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) has won three straight over Michigan State (15-4, 4-2).

Derrick Nix led Michigan State with 13 points.

Hoyas work boards for win: Jason Clark scored a career-high 31 points and No. 10 Georgetown dominated the rebounding in an 83-75 victory over host DePaul. The Hoyas (15-3, 5-2 Big East) outrebounded DePaul 47-25 and consistently worked inside for second shots. Henry Sims added 16 points and Otto Porter had 15 rebounds for Georgetown.

St. John’s upsets No. 7 Rutgers, 62-57

Women’s college basketball: Eugeneia McPherson scored 17 points and Nadirah McKenith added 15 to help St. John’s shock No. 7 Rutgers 62-57 in New York, the Red Storm’s fifth win in six games.

St. John’s (12-7, 4-2 Big East) was up 52-43 with 2:35 left before holding off a late rally by Khadijah Rushdan and Rutgers. Rushdan scored eight points and had an assist to get Rutgers within 57-55 with 22 seconds left.

Rushdan finished with 16 points for Rutgers (15-3, 4-1), which saw its six-game winning streak end.

Howard powers hot Magic to win

NBA: Dwight Howard had 25 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic past the visiting Charlotte Bobcats 96-89 for their fifth straight win.

Jameer Nelson scored 17 points, Hedo Turkoglu had 15 and Von Wafer 13 as the Magic won for the 10th time in 12 games.

James, Bosh lead Heat rally: LeBron James scored 33 points, Chris Bosh added 30 and the Miami Heat used a historic third-quarter turnaround to erase a big deficit and beat visiting San Antonio 120-98, snapping a three-game slide.

Miami outscored San Antonio 39-12 in the third quarter — the second-largest differential for any quarter in Heat history, and the second-worst differential for a period in Spurs history. The Heat trailed 52-35 late in the second quarter.

Mike Miller made his season debut and shot 6 for 6 on 3-pointers, finishing with 18 points and tying his career-high for makes from beyond the arc. And the Heat did it all without Dwyane Wade, sitting out on his 30th birthday because of a sprained right ankle.

Rangers’ Lundqvist earns 4th shutout

NHL: Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and the New York Rangers stayed atop the NHL standings with a 3-0 victory over visiting Nashville that stopped the Predators’ winning streak at five games.

The Predators, who beat the New York Islanders 3-1 on Monday, have won eight of 10. The Rangers had lost two of three entering Tuesday’s game, and still haven’t quite broken out of a scoring slump. New York has averaged about two goals in 12 games since Christmas.

Islanders cool off Caps: Evgeni Nabokov stopped 17 shots to hand the Washington Capitals their first shutout of the season, and the New York Islanders got two goals from PA Parenteau in a 3-0 victory.

The last-place Islanders ended Washington’s seven-game, home winning streak and denied the Capitals’ bid to move past idle Florida into first place in the Southeast Division.

It was the 51st career shutout for the 36-year-old Nabokov and first with New York. He has 301 career wins, including eight this season.

Plastic underwear has ski officials hot

Skiing: The president of the International Ski Federation has called for a rule change to clarify what athletes are allowed to wear under their race suits, following a dispute over Tina Maze’s controversial underwear.

“We have to change our rules,” Gian Franco Kasper said Tuesday. “It has to be made very clear — if (underwear) is plastified, it is forbidden.”

Maze’s one-piece long underwear sparked a debate after the Swiss ski federation staged a protest against the Slovenian racer’s garment following her second-place finish at a World Cup super-G race in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, on Jan 8.

The FIS confiscated Maze’s underwear, but later said the garment had passed permeability tests. Still, the FIS recommended racers not to wear it as it might contain plastic parts that could prevent the body from breathing.

Banning such clothing “is a question of health protection for the athletes,” said Kasper, who believed the current rules leave too much room for interpretation.

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