In brief: Heat rally to win 20th straight
NBA: LeBron James scored 27 points and the visiting Miami Heat became the fourth team to win at least 20 consecutive games in a season, rallying to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 98-94 on Wednesday night.
The 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers have the record with 33 consecutive wins.
• Memphis rolls: Marc Gasol scored 21 points and the surging Memphis Grizzlies beat the host Los Angeles Clippers 96-85 for their 14th victory in 15 games.
• Hawks edge Lakers: Devin Harris scored 17 points and the shorthanded Atlanta Hawks shook off a 20-point third quarter by Kobe Bryant, snapping a three-game losing streak with a 96-92 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers.
Bryant finished with 31 points, but made just 11 of 33 shots. He drove the baseline with a chance to force overtime but watched his jumper slide off the rim with 3 seconds remaining. He landed on Dahntay Jones’ foot and twisted his left ankle, crumpling to the court in pain.
Morgan leads U.S. women
Soccer: The United States has won the prestigious Algarve Cup for the ninth time, beating Germany 2-0 at Faro, Portugal.
Alex Morgan scored both goals in the first half as the American women won their first significant tournament under new coach Tom Sermanni, who took over in late 2012.
• Bayern Munich advances: Host Bayern Munich staved off an improbable comeback attempt by Arsenal and advanced in the Champions League despite a 2-0 loss, leaving England without a team in the quarterfinals for the first time in 17 years.
While the Gunners’ win tied the home-and-home series 3-3, and Bayern Munich advanced because of a 3-2 advantage in away goals.
Malaga became the third Spanish team to advance, beating visiting Porto 2-0 for a 2-1 aggregate win.
Chan skates to world record
Miscellany: Two-time defending champion Patrick Chan of Canada shattered the world record for the short program at the World Figure Skating Championships.
Chan’s score of 98.37 for his elegantly sublime performance beat the previous world record by more than three points. He is almost seven points ahead of Denis Ten of Kazakhstan going into Friday night’s free skate at London, Ontario.
Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov edged Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford in the pairs short program.
• Canadiens win shootout: Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller scored shootout goals, and host Montreal won its fourth straight by beating the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in a shootout.
• Anaheim’s Perry suspended: Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry has been suspended for four games without pay by the NHL for a high, late check on Minnesota’s Jason Zucker.
• Injured Vonn wins title: Injured Lindsey Vonn wasn’t on the mountain, but she still won her sixth straight World Cup downhill title. Thick fog forced cancellation of the race at Lenzerheide, Switzerland. That allowed Vonn to retain her title, beating Tina Maze of Slovenia by one point.