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No. 8 Spartans crush No. 4 Wolverines

Wed., Feb. 13, 2013

College basketball: Gary Harris scored 17 points and Derrick Nix had 14 to help No. 8 Michigan State rout No. 4 Michigan 75-52 on Tuesday night in East Lansing, Mich., the rivalry’s first matchup of top 10 teams.

The Spartans (21-4, 10-2 Big Ten) broke a first-place tie in the conference with No. 1 Indiana.

The Wolverines (21-4, 8-4) have lost three of four.

Florida routs Kentucky: Scottie Wilbekin had 14 points and eight assists, Pat Young recorded his sixth double-double of the season and No. 7 Florida (20-3, 10-1 SEC) handled No. 25 Kentucky (17-7, 8-3) 69-52 at Gainesville, Fla.

Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel, the nation’s leading shot-blocker, injured his left knee in the second half and did not return.

No. 1 Baylor women roll: Brittney Griner had 10 points and 11 rebounds and top-ranked Baylor (23-1, 13-0) moved closer to another Big 12 title winning its 52nd consecutive home game, 89-47 over Texas Tech (18-7, 8-5) at Waco, Texas.

LeBron sets record in win over Blazers

NBA: LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to score 30 points and shoot at least 60 percent in six straight games, Chris Bosh scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the host Miami Heat held off the Portland Trail Blazers 117-104.

James scored 30 points on 11-for-15 shooting and Dwyane Wade added 24 points for Miami.

• Jazz knock off Thunder: Al Jefferson scored 23 points, Paul Millsap had 18 and the Utah Jazz beat Oklahoma City 109-94 at Salt Lake City, to break the Thunder’s four-game winning streak.

• Kobe scores four, but Lakers win: Dwight Howard had 19 points and 18 rebounds, Antawn Jamison added 19 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers survived Kobe Bryant’s bizarre four-point performance for their eighth win in 11 games, 91-85 over the visiting Phoenix Suns.

Bryant didn’t attempt a shot in the first half and scored his first basket with 2:13 to play, finishing 1 for 8 with eight turnovers in one of the oddest games of his 17-year career.

Gay sinks game-winner: Rudy Gay hit a pull-up jump shot with less than five seconds remaining and the host Toronto Raptors beat the short-handed Denver Nuggets 109-108.

Harden leads Rockets: James Harden had 27 points and seven rebounds on a nagging left knee and the visiting Houston Rockets beat the slumping Golden State Warriors 116-107. The Warriors have lost five straight.

Granger could play: Injured Pacers forward Danny Granger worked out with the starting unit in Tuesday’s practice and could make his season debut tonight against Charlotte.

Anderson makes 42 saves for Ottawa

NHL: Craig Anderson made 42 saves and Erik Karlsson and Erik Condra scored goals less than two minutes apart in the second period as the Ottawa Senators defeated the visiting Buffalo Sabres 2-0.

Canucks win sixth straight: Robert Luongo made 25 saves, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the visiting Minnesota Wild 2-1 for their sixth straight win.

Caps rally for OT win: Troy Brouwer scored 32 seconds into overtime for the Washington Capitals, who rallied from a late two-goal deficit and beat the Florida Panthers 6-5 in Sunrise, Fla.

Hurricanes beat streaking Devils: Jiri Tlusty scored two goals in the third period and Cam Ward made 26 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes beat New Jersey 4-2 at Newark, N.J., snapping the Devils’ five-game winning streak.

Columbus fires GM: The Columbus Blue Jackets have fired general manager Scott Howson.

During Howson’s tenure, the Blue Jackets went 173-190-59 and made their lone Stanley Cup playoff appearance after a franchise-best 41-31-10 mark in the 2008-09 season.

Williams, Sharapova advance in Qatar

Miscellany: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova eased into the third round of the Qatar Open on Tuesday, dominating their opponents with straight-set victories at Doha, Qatar

Williams, who will regain the No. 1 ranking if she reached the semifinals, showed no signs of the back or ankle injuries that troubled her at the Australian Open during her 6-2, 6-1 win over Russian qualifier Daria Gavrilova.

The third-ranked Sharapova, who won the tournament in her two previous appearances, downed French qualifier Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2.

Paris Saint-Germain wins: Ezequiel Lavezzi scored in the 10th minute and Javier Pastore in the 43rd, giving Paris Saint-Germain a 2-1 win at Valencia on Tuesday night as the European Champions League’s second round began.

At Glasgow, Juventus defeated Celtic 3-0 after errors by defender Efe Ambrose led to goals by Alessandro Matri in the third minute and Mirko Vucinic in the 83rd.


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