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In brief: UConn women beat Duke for 7th straight time

Wed., Dec. 18, 2013

College women: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 21 points on a career-high seven 3-pointers, and No. 1 Connecticut beat second-ranked Duke 83-61 on Tuesday night in Durham, N.C.

Breanna Stewart had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies (11-0).

UConn shot 49 percent, held the Blue Devils without a field goal for a critical 8 1/2-minute stretch while pushing its lead well into the 20s and turned the 52nd meeting of Nos. 1 and 2 into the latest blowout in this series.

Stefanie Dolson had 14 points and Bria Hartley finished with 13 for UConn, which won its seventh straight against Duke. The previous six were decided by average of nearly 30 points.

Chelsea Gray had 13 points and Haley Peters finished with 11 for Duke (10-1), which had its 24-game winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium snapped – a run that dated to UConn’s last visit in 2011.

Lady Vols move to 10-0: Bashaara Graves scored 17 points to lead five Lady Vols in double figures and No. 3 Tennessee trounced Tennessee State 94-43 in Knoxville, Tenn., to continue its fastest start since its 2007-08 national championship season.

The Lady Vols (10-0) have won each of their games by at least nine points. Tennessee also started 10-0 in 2007-08.

Prather lifts Florida past Memphis

College men: Casey Prather scored 22 points, including Florida’s last eight of the game, and the 16th-ranked Gators beat No. 15 Memphis 77-75 in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Shaq Gooodwin made two free throws with 19 seconds left to bring Memphis within 77-75.

Florida’s Scottie Wilbekin missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 17 seconds left, giving the Tigers a chance for the tie or win.

After calling a timeout with 10.8 seconds to go, Memphis’ Joe Jackson drove to the basket but his shot was partially blocked and the clock ran out.

Blazers edge Cavs, now 11-0 vs. East

NBA: Damian Lillard made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining, lifting the visiting Portland Trail Blazers to a 119-116 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Lillard had a career-high eight 3-pointers while scoring 36 points.

Portland (22-4) has the best record in the NBA and is 11-0 against the Eastern Conference. The Blazers have won five straight and are 12-2 on the road.

Durant scores 30 as Thunder drop Nuggets: Kevin Durant scored 30 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the host Denver Nuggets 105-93 for their seventh consecutive victory.

Durant had 30 or more points in a game for the 12th time this season, most in the NBA. He is averaging a league-high 28.6 points.

Wild end Canucks’ winning streak

NHL: Jason Pominville slipped a shot past Roberto Luongo’s glove in the third round of a shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 victory over Vancouver in St. Paul, Minn., ending the Canucks’ winning streak at seven games.

Josh Harding made 29 saves to win for the fifth time in his last six starts.

Sharks sweep Blues: Joe Pavelski scored the first of three straight goals by San Jose, and Antti Niemi stopped 20 shots to lead the visiting Sharks over St. Louis 4-2.

San Jose completed a season sweep of the Blues, winning all three games by a combined 16-7. St. Louis has lost two in a row after winning eight of 11.

Sabres get rare victory: Marcus Foligno, Matt Moulson and Matt Ellis scored in the third period to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 win over the visiting Winnipeg Jets.

It was Buffalo’s first regulation win since Nov. 15 against Toronto, when interim head coach Ted Nolan took over for the fired Ron Rolston.

Boll has ankle surgery: Columbus right wing Jared Boll will be out three to four months after surgery to repair a torn tendon in his ankle.

Schild beats sister for World Cup win

Miscellany: Marlies Schild overtook her younger sister in Courchevel, France, to win her 34th World Cup slalom race. The 2011 slalom world champion was third after the first run, with Bernadette Schild posting the fastest time in the morning. But the elder Schild finished the second run in 53.26 seconds to clinch victory ahead of Frida Hansdotter of Sweden. Bernadette Schild wound up third.

Bayern closes on another title: Bayern Munich closed in on its fifth trophy of 2013 by defeating Asian champion Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 in Agadir, Morocco, to reach the Club World Cup final.

The Champions League winners will face Atletico Mineiro of Brazil or Moroccan champion Raja Casablanca, who play today, in Saturday’s final.


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