Men’s basketball: Nick Johnson scored 20 points and freshman Aaron Gordon had 10 points and 13 rebounds as No. 4 Arizona rallied from a terrible first half to beat Drexel 66-62 on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York.
The Wildcats used a 25-4 run spanning halftime to wipe out an 18-point first-half deficit and take their first lead of the game, 33-31 on a basket by Brandon Ashley with 16:11 to play.
The Wildcats (6-0) will face No. 6 Dukeon Friday night for the championship at Madison Square Garden.
Duke beat Alabama 74-64 in the other semifinal.
James a winner in return to Cleveland
NBA: LeBron James scored 28 points in his latest return to Cleveland, leading the Miami Heat to their eighth straight win, 95-84 over the Cavaliers.
James added eight rebounds and eight assists in his fifth game as a visitor in Cleveland, improving to 11-1 against the team that drafted him.
Dion Waiters scored a season-high 24 for Cleveland.
• Thunder end Spurs streak: Kevin Durant had 24 points and 13 rebounds, Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 11 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped the visiting San Antonio Spurs’ 11-game winning streak with a 94-88 win.
Malkin lifts Penguins past Maple Leafs
NHL: Evgeni Malkin tallied a pair of goals and added the game-winner in the shootout and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied past the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5.
Chris Conner, Kris Letang and James Neal also scored for Pittsburgh, which erased 4-1 and 5-3 deficits.
• Red Wings extend Ericsson: Detroit signed 29-year-old defenseman Jonathan Ericsson to a six-year contract extension.
• Sabres claim D’Agostini: Buffalo claimed forward Matt D’Agostini a day after he was waived by Pittsburgh.
• Broken leg sidelines Penguins Martin: Pittsburgh’s 32-year-old defenseman Paul Martin, will miss 4-6 weeks after breaking his leg in an OT loss to Boston on Monday.
Two killed as stadium in Brazil collapses
Soccer: Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Sao Paulo, Brazil collapsed, killing at least two people and causing significant damage, the latest setback plaguing what should be soccer’s signature event.
The accident could further delay delivery of the stadium, which was practically finished before the collapse. FIFA has set a December deadline for all 12 World Cup venues to be ready.
• Real Madrid, Man U advance: Nine-time winner Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain qualified for the round of 16 in the Champions League. Juventus kept alive its chances of reaching the knockout stage.
Madrid clinched the top spot in Group B with a 4-1 home win over Galatasaray. United qualified from Group A with a 5-0 rout at Bayer Leverkusen and PSG advanced from Group C by beating Olympiakos 2-1.
Juventus will advance with a draw at Galatasaray on Dec. 10.
• Altidore, Wambach honored: Jozy Altidore and Abby Wambach were named the men’s and women’s athletes of the year by U.S. soccer.
Altidore set a U.S. men’s national team record by scoring a goal in five consecutive matches from June 2 to Aug. 14.
Wambach led the U.S. in scoring with 11 goals and tied for the team lead in assists with six.
• Match-fixing probe prompts arrest: British police investigating match-fixing have arrested six men in a probe of a suspected international betting syndicate in London.
Mundine stops Mosley in WBA title fight
Miscellany: Shane Mosley was stopped in the sixth round by former rugby league player Anthony Mundine in a WBA international super welter- weight title fight in Sydney.
It was first time the 42-year-old American failed to go the distance.
Mosley, 42, quit before the seventh round due to back spasms, dropping his record to 47-9-1. He said he’ll decide on retirement after he returns to the United States.
The 38-year-old Mundine improved to 45-5 with 26 KOs.
• Correction to bar fight story: In a story printed on Nov. 27 about arrests made after a bar fight involving a Montana State football player in Bozeman, Mont., the Associated Press reported erroneously that Riley Masters and Michael Simmons were Montana State University students. They are not.
• Police defend Winston investigation: The Tallahassee (Fla.) Police Department is defending its investigation into sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.
Interim Police Chief Tom Coe issued a timeline saying it demonstrates his department’s professionalism.
The timeline starts with the department taking the alleged victim to the hospital Dec. 7, interviewing her, and collecting DNA and other evidence.
The report says the victim identified her alleged attacker Jan. 10, but her attorney contacted investigators the next day to cancel a planned meeting.
Later that month, Coe says the suspect refused to be interviewed.
• NASCAR buys Iowa Speedway: NASCAR announced it has finalized the purchase of the Iowa Speedway, hoping to solidify the future of the seven-year-old, 0.875-mile tri-oval track in Newton, Iowa. A price wasn’t disclosed.
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