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Pacers top Bulls to share division lead

Tue., Feb. 5, 2013

NBA: David West scored 29 points and Paul George had 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, leading Indiana past short-handed Chicago 111-101, and into a share of the Central Division lead with the Bulls.

The Pacers have won three straight and extended their home winning streak to 14, matching the team’s longest since 2002-03.

Marco Belinelli had a season-high 24 points and Nate Robinson had 19 to lead the Bulls. The Bulls played again without starting guards Kirk Hinrich (elbow), Derrick Rose (knee) and center Joakim Noah (foot).

• Heat beat Bobcats: LeBron James scored 31 points and Chris Bosh added 23 to lead Miami past visiting Charlotte 99-94.

James was 13 for 14 from the field, for a career-best 93-percent shooting.

• Wizards beat injury-riddled Clippers: Martell Webster scored 21 points, and the Washington Wizards broke a four-game losing streak Monday night with a 98-90 home win over a Los Angeles Clippers team missing Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.

With Griffin out – for the first time in 197 games – with a strained left hamstring and Paul still dealing with a bruised right kneecap, the Wizards pulled away with a 7-0 run late in the fourth quarter.

• Blazers hang on to beat Wolves: LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help the Portland Trail Blazers avoid a late collapse and hang on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-98 in Minneapolis.

Wes Matthews scored 22 points and Damon Lillard added 21 points for the Blazers.

• Knicks rout Pistons: Tyson Chandler tied a franchise record with his third straight 20-rebound game, Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points, and the New York Knicks beat the Detroit Pistons 99-85 in New York.

Newly acquired Jose Calderon scored 15 points in his Detroit debut.

No. 9 Syracuse snaps two-game losing skid

Men’s College Basketball: C.J. Fair had 18 points and 10 rebounds, freshman Jerami Grant scored a season-high 14 points, and No. 9 Syracuse beat visiting No. 25 Notre Dame 63-47 to snap a two-game losing streak that had dropped the Orange three spots in the rankings.

Syracuse was coming off consecutive road losses against Villanova and Pittsburgh and has only three conference losses in its last 32 Big East games. The Orange have now won a school-record 36 straight games at home, the longest active streak in Division I. Notre Dame had won three straight.

• San Diego escapes LMU in OT: Chris Anderson’s layup with two-tenths of a second left in overtime gave San Diego a 69-68 victory over Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles.

Anderson, who had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Toreros, drove the length of the floor after the Lions’ Anthony Ireland missed the front end of a one-and-one.

Johnny Dee led San Diego with 15 points.

• Indiana moves back into No. 1: For the fifth straight week there is a new No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll. This time it’s Indiana.

The Hoosiers received 58 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel while Florida, which jumped two spots to second, got the other seven. Michigan, Duke and Kansas round out the top five.

Staal brothers lift Hurricanes over Leafs

NHL: Jordan Staal scored his first goal with the Hurricanes, and his brother Eric added the winner in Carolina’s 4-1 victory on the Toronto Maple Leafs’ home ice.

Jeff Skinner had three assists, Patrick Dwyer added a goal and an assist, and Justin Faulk also scored for Carolina. Cam Ward backed up the offense with a 41-save performance.

• Coyotes hold off Wild: Mike Smith stopped 21 shots, Lauri Korpikoski and Martin Hanzal both scored, and the Phoenix Coyotes extended their point streak to five games with a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild in Glendale, Ariz.

• Kunitz given fourth goal: The NHL agrees with Chris Kunitz – he scored four goals instead of three in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ win over Washington Capitals.

Replays appeared to show that Kunitz redirected Paul Martin’s shot from the point for the game’s first goal.

No. 8 Penn St. women reclaim Big Ten lead

Women’s College Basketball: Maggie Lucas scored 17 points, and No. 8 Penn State withstood a second-half rally by No. 13 Purdue with defense to reclaim sole possession of first place in the Big Ten with a 69-61 victory in State College, Pa.

After struggling in the first half, 6-foot-4 center Nikki Greene (six points, nine rebounds) gave the Lady Lions an interior presence in the game’s final 6:39, when Penn State finished off the Boilermakers with a 12-6 run.

• Baylor still the one: Baylor remains No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for a fifth straight week.

The first six stayed unchanged with Notre Dame, Connecticut, Stanford, Duke and California.

Match-fixing probe shows suspect games

Miscellany: The European police agency says a wide-ranging match fixing investigation has uncovered more than 380 suspicious matches, including Word Cup and European Championship qualifiers and two Champions League games.

Europol’s chief Rob Wainwright said the investigation uncovered “match fixing activity on a scale we have not seen before.”

Wainwright says the probe uncovered $10.9 million in betting profits and $2.7 million in bribes.

• Cal reaches settlement with Tedford: California has reached a $5.55 million settlement to pay off the final three seasons of former football coach Jeff Tedford’s contract.

Tedford’s contract called for him to be paid $6.9 million through 2015. Instead he will get $1.8 million in 2013, $1.8 million in 2014 and $1.95 million in 2015.

• Northeastern, BC to meet in Beanpot: Kevin Roy scored three goals, and visiting Northeastern opened the Beanpot hockey tournament with a 3-2 victory over Boston University.

Chris Rawlings made 32 saves for the Huskies, who will face Boston College next Monday.

BC’s Quinn Smith scored a pair of goals and Parker Milner stopped 19 shots in the Eagles’ 4-1 win over Harvard.


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