Howard carries Magic past Lakers
NBA: Dwight Howard scored 21 points and grabbed 23 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic survived a tough shooting performance for a 92-80 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at Orlando, Fla.
Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and Pau Gasol chipped in 13 for the Lakers.
The Magic led by as many as 23 points, helped by Los Angeles’ second consecutive night shooting less than 40 percent.
• Love hits 3 at buzzer as Timberwolves top Clippers: Kevin Love hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer after Ricky Rubio’s tying 3 with 20 seconds to play, lifting the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves to a 101-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Love had 17 points and 14 rebounds. Rubio, Minnesota’s rookie point guard, missed his first 10 field-goal attempts before draining a clutch 3 from in front of the Clippers’ bench.
• Aldridge’s 33-23 night lifts Blazers beat Raptors: LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 33 points and a career-best 23 rebounds, and the visiting Portland Trail Blazers beat the Raptors 94-84 to hand Toronto its seventh consecutive loss.
Raymond Felton scored 14 points, and Marcus Camby and Gerald Wallace each had 10 rebounds.
• Bucks hand Knicks fifth straight loss: Brandon Jennings scored a season-high 36 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks won on the road for the first time this season by beating the New York Knicks 100-86.
• Iguodala rallies 76ers for win over Hawks: Jrue Holiday had 16 points and 11 assists, and Thaddeus Young scored 20 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 90-76 win over the visiting Atlanta Hawks.
The 76ers won for the ninth time in 11 games and improved to 7-1 at home.
• Vanessa Bryant will get three mansions: The wife of Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will keep their three Newport Beach, Calif., homes as the couple finalizes divorce plans, public records show.
Property records on file at the Orange County Clerk-Recorders Office in Santa Ana show that all three mansions, valued at $18.8 million total, were transferred into Vanessa Bryant’s name since their divorce proceedings began in December.
Penguins rally for SO win over Montreal
NHL: Evgeni Malkin scored in his fifth straight game and added the lone goal in the shootout to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 5-4 victory over the visiting Montreal Canadiens.
Pittsburgh won its fifth straight as Malkin capped a two-goal third-period rally with his 25th of the season with less than 3 minutes remaining in regulation. The NHL scoring leader then beat Peter Budaj in the shootout.
• Jokinen leads Hurricanes past Capitals: In Raleigh, N.C., Jussi Jokinen scored two goals, Cam Ward made 22 saves for his 18th career shutout and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals 3-0.
Jiri Tlusty added a late goal and Eric Staal had two assists.
• Purcell lifts Lightning past Stars: Teddy Purcell scored twice, and Mathieu Garon made 27 saves to help the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 2-1.
Martin St. Louis had the primary assist on each of Purcell’s goals.
Lehtonen stopped 20 shots for the Stars.
Toms, Wilson, Crane tied for Humana lead
Golf: In La Quinta, Calif., Mark Wilson shot a 10-under 62 to tie Ben Crane and David Toms for the second-round lead at the Humana Challenge, topping a leaderboard filled with blistering scores for the second straight day.
Crane shot a 63 on the three-course tournament’s Palmer Private course to reach 16-under 128, while Harris English had a 62 on the Nicklaus Private course to join five players in fourth place at 13 under.
• Lehman, Vaughan lead Champions Tour opener: Tom Lehman and Bruce Vaughan shot 7-under 65 to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Kaupuleho-Kona, Hawaii.
Lehman, the player of the year last season on the 50-and-over tour, birdied the final hole at Hualalai Resort to match Vaughan at the top of the leaderboard.
Dodgers file bankruptcy plan
MLB: The Los Angeles Dodgers filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan, a week after resolving a court fight with Fox Sports that threatened plans to sell the club.
The Dodgers filed their plan in bankruptcy court in Delaware, saying the sale of the team should satisfy all creditor claims in full, either through cash payments or assumption of the claims by the new owners.
The Dodgers are asking for a Feb. 22 court hearing for court approval of the statement outlining the reorganization plan and the process for creditors to vote on it.
The Dodgers sought bankruptcy protection in June after baseball Commissioner Bud Selig rejected a new TV deal with Fox that team owner Frank McCourt was counting on in order to make payroll and keep the franchise solvent.
Maine accuser drops lawsuit against Fine
Miscellany: The attorney for a Maine man who accused fired Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him says he’s dropping a civil lawsuit filed in Pittsburgh.
Jeffrey R. Anderson, attorney for Zach Tomaselli, said in a statement that he “will be dismissing his case” against Fine and will no longer represent Tomaselli.
• PSU trustees install new leadership: A banking executive has been charged with guiding Penn State’s Board of Trustees through the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Trustees elected Karen Peetz as president of the 32-member board.
Peetz is a vice chairman of The Bank of New York Mellon.
Peetz said the board will focus on themes of change, reform and transparency.
• Rigondeaux stops Ramos to take WBA title: In Las Vegas, two-time Olympic champion Guillermo Rigondeaux stopped Rico Ramos at 1 minute, 29 seconds of the sixth round to take the WBA super bantamweight title at The Palms in just his ninth professional fight, a record for fewest bouts en route to a major world title.
The undefeated Cuban defector floored the overmatched Ramos with a straight right in the first round, had control throughout and ended it with a left hook to the body.