In brief: Tar Heels stun top-ranked Spartans
Men’s basketball: J.P. Tokoto had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to help North Carolina (5-2) to a 79-65 win over No. 1 Michigan State (7-1) in East Lansing, Mich., Wednesday night.
The Tar Heels took control from the start, never trailed and used a 12-1 run to take a 65-52 lead with 6:02 left.
Gary Harris had 17 points and Keith Appling scored 13, but both Michigan State guards missed 10 of 15 shots.
• Wisconsin holds Virginia under 40 points: Josh Gasser scored 11 points and Wisconsin earned a 48-38 win over Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Charlottesville, Va., giving coach Bo Ryan his 300th victory with the Badgers.
Wisconsin (9-0) held Virginia (7-2) to 23-percent shooting (11 for 47).
Trail Blazers end Thunder’s win streak
NBA: LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 38 points and added 13 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped Oklahoma City’s eight-game winning streak with a 111-104 victory over the Thunder in Portland, Ore.
Portland’s Nicolas Batum hit a 3-pointer with 29.9 seconds left that all but sealed it.
• Korver sets 3-point mark in Hawks’ win: Kyle Korver scored a season-high 23 points and tied the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer in the Hawks’ 107-97 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in Atlanta.
Korver tied Dana Barros’ record with a 3-pointer in his 89th straight game.
• George guides Pacers past Jazz: Paul George scored 19 points and the Indiana Pacers beat the Jazz in Utah for the first time since Nov. 29 2005, winning 95-86.
• Smoke postpones game in Mexico City: The game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed due to smoky conditions following a fire at the Mexico City arena. The game will be made up in Minnesota at a later date.
• Pelicans’ Davis won’t need surgery: Anthony Davis says he won’t need surgery on his broken left hand and expects to remain as involved as possible with team activities while he heals.
Canadiens edge Devils in shootout
NHL: David Desharnais scored the tying goal with 37 seconds left in the third period and added a goal in the shootout as the Montreal Canadiens rallied for a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Newark, N.J.
Rookie Reid Boucher, making his NHL debut, scored for the Devils in the shootout.
• Flyers storm back: Sean Couturier had two goals and two assists as Philadelphia scored four goals in the third period to rally for a 6-3 road win over Detroit.
• Rangers pay Lundqvist: Goalie Henrik Lundqvist, in the final year of a six-year deal, agreed to a seven-year contract reportedly worth $59.5 million with the New York Rangers, making him the highest paid goalie in the game with an $8.5 million salary-cap charge.
• Blue Jackets add backup goalie: Columbus added goalie Mike McKenna to back up Curtis McElhinney, who will start in place of the injured Sergei Bobrovsky. Bobrovsky suffered an unspecified lower-body injury in Tuesday’s win over Tampa Bay.
Vonn gets go-ahead to resume training
Skiing: The U.S. Ski Team says Lindsey Vonn has been cleared to begin World Cup downhill training.
Vonn expected to start the first official training session at Lake Louise, where she has won 14 races, including three each of the past two years.
The team says that a decision on whether Vonn will return to competition for the first time since a crash at the world championships last February will be made after today’s training session.
• Snow suspends downhill training: The second men’s World Cup downhill training session in Beaver Creek, Colo., was canceled due to heavy overnight snowfall.
The racers will try to squeeze in a training run today.
Mettenberger’s LSU career finished
Miscellany: LSU has announced that quarterback Zach Mettenberger’s playing career with the Tigers is officially over following a left knee injury suffered in the fourth quarter of No. 14 LSU’s win over Arkansas last Friday.
Instead of preparing for the Tigers’ pending bowl game, Mettenberger will require surgery and his rehabilitation will take place when he would have been preparing for next spring’s NFL draft.
Freshman Anthony Jennings likely will start the bowl game
• British trainer banned for doping horses: A British trainer who administered anabolic steroids to horses in his care has been given a five-year ban.
Gerard Butler was handed the punishment following a British Horseracing Authority hearing in London that considered seven breaches of racing rules.
• New Jersey F1 race delayed: A Formula One race planned for next year in New Jersey with the New York City skyline as a backdrop has been postponed.
Race promoter Leo Hindery Jr. said it’s been a challenge arranging the event’s “financial structure,” but he hopes the Grand Prix of America in New Jersey can debut in 2015.
• Konerko stays with White Sox: Veteran slugger Paul Konerko has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Chicago White Sox.