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Spartans grab top ranking, win over Pilots

Tue., Nov. 19, 2013

Men’s basketball: Keith Appling matched a career high with 25 points to help No. 1 Michigan State pull away for an 82-67 win over Portland (1-2) on Monday night in East Lansing, Mich., in its first game as a top-ranked team in 13 years.

The Spartans (4-0) struggled in the first half, leading by four points after seven lead changes and three ties.

• Earlier Monday, Michigan State earned the No. 1 ranking in the AP poll for the first time since 2000-01.

The Spartans moved up one spot after beating top-ranked Kentucky last week. They took the No. 1 spot with 51 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Kansas, which beat Duke last week, moved from fifth to second while Louisville remained in third.

Kentucky dropped to fourth and was followed by Arizona, Duke, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Syracuse and VCU.

• No. 5 Arizona rolls past FDU: Gabe York scored 20 points, Nick Johnson added 16 and No. 5 Arizona (4-0) crushed Fairleigh Dickinson 100-50 in Tucson, Ariz., to open the NIT Season Tip-Off.

• Bruins roll over Hornets: Jordan Adams scored 21 points to lead No. 22 UCLA (3-0) to an 86-50 rout over Sacramento State (1-2) in Los Angeles.

Curry lifts Golden State to win over Utah

NBA: Stephen Curry scored 22 points, and Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes each had 17 to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 98-87 win over the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.

The Warriors made 12 of 22 attempts from 3-point range and led by as many as 28 points.

Broncos’ Moore has emergency surgery

Miscellany: Broncos safety Rahim Moore is out indefinitely after undergoing emergency surgery in Englewood, Colo., for a condition known as lateral compartment syndrome that can lead to limb loss or death.

Moore left the Broncos’ home win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half Sunday night.

During the night, Moore called the team’s athletic trainer because he was experiencing pain and swelling and was told to see a doctor, who determined he needed the procedure.

• Selvig joins 800-win club: Montana’s Robin Selvig became the eighth women’s basketball coach to reach 800 career wins as the Lady Griz beat Portland 68-61 in Missoula, Mont.

In 36 seasons with Montana, the 61-year-old Selvig has 33 winning seasons and 20 trips to the NCAA tournament.

• No. 8 Missouri to welcome back QB Franklin: Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel said senior James Franklin will quarterback the eighth-ranked Tigers at Ole Miss this Saturday after missing four starts with a sprained throwing shoulder.

Missouri (9-1, 5-1 SEC) went 3-1 with redshirt freshman Maty Mauk at the helm.

• Giants, Hudson closing in on deal: The San Francisco Giants were close to finalizing a two-year agreement worth $23 million with free agent right-hander Tim Hudson.

Before his season was cut short due to a broken right ankle that required surgery, the 38-year-old Hudson went 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 21 starts this year for Atlanta. Hudson won 49 games during the previous three seasons with the Braves.


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