NBA: Rookie guard Alexey Shved and Chase Budinger led a furious rally from 22 points down as the Minnesota Timberwolves came back from the huge deficit to stun the Brooklyn Nets 107-96 on Monday night.
Shved made the go-ahead basket with 2:35 remaining and had a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter after going scoreless for the first three. The Timberwolves scored the final 11 points in an impressive rally on the second night of back-to-back games. Seemingly out of the game early in the second half, they overwhelmed the Nets in the fourth quarter with a brilliant effort from their bench.
Shved, a point guard from Russia, hit from in the lane and Budinger made a 3-pointer with 38 seconds to go, making it 103-96 in front of a stunned crowd in the second game at the new Barclays Center.
• Spurs improve to 4-0: Gary Neal scored 17 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the visiting Indiana Pacers 101-79, setting the franchise record for best start to a season at 4-0.
Tim Duncan added 14 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio. Former Spur George Hill led Indiana with 15.
• Anthony helps Knicks stay perfect: Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and JR Smith had 17 to lift the New York Knicks to a 110-88 win over the host Philadelphia 76ers.
Raymond Felton scored 16 points and Tyson Chandler had 14 to lead the Knicks to their first 3-0 start since the 1999-2000 season.
No. 3 K-State hopes QB Klein plays at TCU
College Football: Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is hopeful injured quarterback Collin Klein will be available for next Saturday’s game at TCU.
The Heisman Trophy candidate was hurt during the third quarter of the No. 3 Wildcats’ 44-30 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday. Snyder did not discuss the nature or severity of the injury, but all indications point toward a possible concussion.
Klein layed on the turf for several seconds after scoring his 50th career rushing touchdown. He spent several minutes talking with trainers before his helmet was taken away, which usually signals that a player has sustained some type of head injury.
When asked whether Klein will play against the Horned Frogs, Snyder said: “Hope so.”
• Phillips to coach final two games: Kentucky officials say that fired coach Joker Phillips will be on the sidelines for the Wildcats’ final two regular season games.
After Kentucky announced Sunday that Phillips had been fired and athletic director Mitch Barnhart said the move would be effective at the end of the season.
Earlier, spokesman DeWayne Peevy said that Phillips’ status for the final two games had not been determined. Kentucky (1-9, 0-8 SEC) has lost eight straight.
• Boise St. loses Atkinson: Boise State coach Chris Petersen confirmed that senior DT Mike Atkinson will miss the rest of the season after tearing an ACL in Saturday’s loss against San Diego State.
Red Sox, Ortiz finalize two-year, $26M deal
MLB: David Ortiz, the face of the Red Sox since helping Boston end an 86-year World Series drought in 2004, has finalized a $26 million, two-year contract.
The soon-to-be 37-year-old Ortiz attended a Fenway Park news conference to announce the agreement, which includes bonuses that could raise the value to $30 million.
The eight-time All-Star has hit 343 homers for Boston, fifth on the team’s career list, and has 1,088 RBIs.
• Colon deal filled with incentives: Pitcher Bartolo Colon’s new $3 million contract with the Oakland Athletics could pay him an additional $1.2 million as a starter.
The A.L. West champion A’s announced Saturday they had reached agreement on a one-year deal with the right-hander, who still must sit out the final five games of his 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test.
• Cardinals promote Mabry: The Cardinals have promoted John Mabry to hitting coach as the replacement for Los Angeles-bound Mark McGwire.
NHL, union to return to bargaining table
Miscellany: The NHL and the players’ association are returning to the bargaining table today, hoping momentum generated over the weekend can lead to a long-awaited labor deal.
The sides held negotiations Saturday, the first since Oct. 18, in an undisclosed location and made enough progress to want to talk again just days later. They will get back together today in New York.
It wasn’t determined on Monday who would take part in the talks.
• Murray victorious in opener at ATP finals: Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray won their opening matches in the ATP finals at the O2 Arena in London, setting up a showdown between two of the top three men’s tennis players in the world.
The top-ranked Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (4), 6-3 in Group A, hours after third-ranked Murray rallied to defeat Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Djokovic and Murray will play Wednesday.
Group B, which includes six-time champion Roger Federer, will play today.
• Women’s soccer to play China three times: The U.S. women’s team will play three exhibitions against China in an eight-day span next month, with new coach Tom Sermanni watching as an observer.
In hiring Sermanni last week to replace Pia Sundhage, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Jill Ellis will continue as interim coach for the final five games this year.
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