NBA: Tony Parker scored 24 points and the San Antonio Spurs handed the visiting Los Angeles Lakers their fifth straight loss with a 108-105 victory Wednesday night.
Manu Ginobili added 19 points and Tiago Splitter and Stephen Jackson had 14 each for San Antonio, which has won 11 straight at home.
Kobe Bryant had 27 points for Los Angeles. He was 10 for 24 from the field, missing a 3-pointer on his final attempt that would have tied the game.
• Clippers extend home winning streak: Chris Paul had 19 points and 16 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 99-93, extending their franchise-record home winning streak to 13 games.
Matt Barnes added 19 points off the bench, and Blake Griffin had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers (29-8), who took sole possession of the NBA’s best record.
• Love needs surgery: Minnesota’s Kevin Love will miss the next eight to 10 weeks after needing surgery to repair a right hand that is broken for the second time this season.
• Anthony suspended: Carmelo Anthony has been suspended one game for confronting Kevin Garnett after the New York Knicks’ loss to Boston on Monday.
Wolverines rip Huskers for 16th straight win
College men: Glenn Robinson III had 14 points, including a pair of crucial dunks in the second half, and No. 2 Michigan (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) equaled its best start to a season with a 62-47 victory over host Nebraska.
• Early scores 39 for Shockers: Cleanthony Early scored 39 points to help No. 23 Wichita State (15-1, 4-0 Missouri Valley) beat host Southern Illinois 82-76.
• Coleman leads Gophers: Joe Coleman scored 29 points and Andre Hollins added 22 to help No. 8 Minnesota (15-1, 3-0 Big 10) earn a road win over No. 12 Illinois (14-3, 1-2).
Owners approve NHL labor contract
NHL: NHL owners have ratified the tentative labor deal. All that now remains is player approval to finally start the hockey season.
Players are expected to vote Friday and Saturday.
• Leafs fire GM: The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired general manager Brian Burke. The Leages last made the playoffs in 2004 and hasn’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967.
Woods will start tour season at Torrey Pines
Miscellany: Tiger Woods is returning to Torrey Pines to start his PGA Tour season.
Woods is a seven-time winner at Torrey Pines as a pro, including the U.S. Open in 2008. He skipped the Farmers Insurance Open last year to play in Abu Dhabi, but that tournament is a week earlier this year. That enables Woods to get back to San Diego for the Farmers Insurance Open on Jan. 24-27.
• Crimson Tide hires Colorado assistant: Alabama has hired Colorado defensive coordinator Greg Brown as secondary coach.
Coach Nick Saban said that Brown’s college and NFL experience “made him the perfect fit for the position.”
• Taurasi honored: Diana Taurasi has been chosen USA Basketball’s female athlete of the year for 2012 after leading the Americans to a fifth straight Olympic gold medal.
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