Mbakwe leads Gophers past No. 1 Hoosiers
Men’s college basketball: Trevor Mbakwe had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help Minnesota take down No. 1 Indiana 77-73 on Tuesday night at Minneapolis, the seventh time the top-ranked team in The Associated Press’ poll has lost this season.
Andre Hollins added 16 points for the Gophers (19-9, 7-8 Big Ten), who outrebounded Cody Zeller and the Hoosiers 44-30 and solidified their slipping NCAA tournament case.
Zeller was held to nine points with four turnovers for the Hoosiers (24-4, 12-3), who have held the No. 1 ranking for 10 of 17 polls this season including the last four. Victor Oladipo scored 16 points and Jordan Hulls had 14 of his 17 before halftime.
Mbakwe, a sixth-year senior, posted his conference-leading seventh double-double for Minnesota, which had 23 offensive rebounds.
• Volunteers upset No. 8 Gators: Jordan McRae scored 27 points and Tennessee (17-10, 9-6 SEC) boosted its NCAA tournament hopes by beating No. 8 Florida (22-5, 12-3) 64-58 at Knoxville, Tenn., the Volunteers’ sixth consecutive victory.
The SEC-leading Gators were playing without injured forward Will Yeguette (knee) and guard Michael Frazier II (concussion).
• Badgers rout Cornhuskers: Reserve Sam Dekker matched his career high with 19 points to lead No. 17 Wisconsin (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) to a 77-46 victory over Nebraska (13-15, 4-11) at Madison, Wis.
• Xavier snaps Memphis streak at 18: Brad Redford hit a long 3-pointer that put Xavier (16-11) back ahead after wasting a 13-point lead and the Musketeers ended No. 19 Memphis’ 18-game winning streak with a 64-62 win at Cincinnati.
Memphis (24-4) was the only Division I school that hadn’t lost a road game this season.
LeBron has 40 points, 16 assists in victory
NBA: LeBron James had 40 points and 16 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 39 and the Miami Heat pushed their winning streak to 12 games by outlasting the Sacramento Kings 141-129 in double overtime.
Miami’s 12-game winning streak is the longest in the NBA and matches the second-longest in franchise history.
• West sparks Pacers: David West had 28 points and seven rebounds, and the host Indiana Pacers overcame the ejection of Roy Hibbert following a fourth-quarter scuffle to beat visiting Golden State 108-97.
• Nets edge Hornets: Deron Williams scored 33 points, Brook Lopez added 20 while playing against his twin brother, Robin, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped a two-game skid with a 101-92 win over the host New Orleans Hornets.
• Cavaliers end skid against Bulls: Dion Waiters scored 25 points to help make up for the absence of injured Kyrie Irving, and the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Chicago Bulls with a 101-98 victory.
• Nowitzki’s big night not enough: Monta Ellis scored 22 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks spoiled Dirk Nowitzki’s first game in nearly 10 years with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds with a 95-90 victory against the host Dallas Mavericks.
Nowitzki had 21 points and 20 rebounds for the Mavericks.
• Griffin powers Clippers: Blake Griffin scored 24 points, keying a decisive second-quarter burst that put the Clippers in command, and Los Angeles beat the visiting Charlotte Bobcats 106-84 to improve to 23-6 at home.
The Bobcats have lost four straight and 12 of 14. The team fell to 7-23 on the road.
Kopecky has hat trick in Florida’s 6-4 win
Hockey: Tomas Kopecky recorded his first career hat trick and Tomas Fleischmann had the go-ahead score for his 100th career goal, lifting the Florida Panthers to a 6-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Sunrise, Fla.
• Jets roll on road: Olli Jokinen scored twice and Evander Kane had a goal and assist in the second period for the surging Winnipeg Jets, who closed a 4-1 road trip with a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers.
• Wild down Flames in OT: Zach Parise scored 27 seconds into OT to lift the Minnesota Wild 2-1 over the Calgary Flames in St. Paul, Minn.
Calgary’s Mark Giordano was given a delay-of-game penalty with 43 seconds to go. The penalty carried over into the extra period, and Parise beat goalie Joey MacDonald for the 4-on-3 winner.
Notre Dame rallies to defeat Syracuse
Women’s college basketball: Kayla McBride scored 25 points and Skylar Diggins added 24 points and eight assists as second-ranked Notre Dame (26-1, 14-0 Big East) overcame a 15-point first-half deficit to beat No. 22 Syracuse (22-5, 10-4) 79-68 at South Bend, Ind., the 21st straight victory for the Fighting Irish.
• Stringer wins 900th game: C. Vivian Stringer became the fourth women’s college basketball coach to reach 900 wins as Rutgers cruised past South Florida 68-56 at Piscatway, N.J.
Stringer joined Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and Sylvia Hatchell. Mike Krzyzewski, Bob Knight and Jim Boeheim have done it on the men’s side.
Ronaldo scores twice in Real Madrid win
Soccer: Cristiano Ronaldo got the better of Lionel Messi, scoring twice to lead Real Madrid to a 3-1 win at Barcelona and a spot in the Copa del Rey final.
After the first leg of their semifinal ended 1-1, Madrid neutralized Barcelona’s passing game and counterattacked to perfection at the Camp Nou to hand its archrival its first home loss in any competition since last April.
• Everton ousts Oldham: Everton reached the quarterfinals of the FA Cup by beating Oldham 3-1 on Tuesday, ending the third-tier club’s memorable run with a routine victory at Liverpool, England. .
• Freiburg advances: Freiburg conceded two goals inside the first four minutes, battled back with a man up to level the score from a last-gasp penalty and then clinched the winner in extra time to advance to the semifinals of the German Cup for the first time with a 3-2 victory in Mainz.
In the other quarterfinal, Wolfsburg won 2-1 at third-division Kickers Offenbach.
• Beckham to start: David Beckham will make his first start for Paris Saint-Germain in the French Cup match against rival Marseille today.
Beckham made his debut for PSG in the 2-0 league win over Marseille on Sunday, coming in during the 76th minute and helping create the second goal.