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No. 1 Kentucky deals UCLA lopsided loss

Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison scores over UCLA’s Kevon Looney. (Associated Press)
Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison scores over UCLA’s Kevon Looney. (Associated Press)

College basketball: Devin Booker had 19 points, and No. 1 Kentucky scored the game’s first 24 points in an 83-44 victory over UCLA on Saturday in Chicago.

Aaron Harrison added 15 points, and the Wildcats (12-0) handed the Bruins (8-4) one of their most lopsided losses ever.

The 24-0 run at the start of the game was eight shy of the record between two Division I teams, set by Connecticut against New Hampshire on Dec. 12, 1990. And the 39-point margin was nine shy of the Bruins’ record.

The Wildcats led 41-7 at the intermission. It was the lowest point total in a half for UCLA and the fewest by a Kentucky opponent since December 1943.

• Tigers stun Spartans: Chris Thomas scored 22 points, and the unheralded Texas Southern Tigers (2-8) beat 25th-ranked Michigan State (8-4), outlasting the Spartans 71-64 in overtime in East Lansing, Michigan.

The Tigers were coming off a 40-point loss to Gonzaga.

• Indiana upsets Butler: Troy Williams matched his career high with 22 points and Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell added 20 to help the Indiana Hoosiers (9-2) upset the 23rd-ranked Butler Bulldogs (8-3) in Indianapolis.

• Villanova holds off Syracuse: JayVaughn Pinkston had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Darrun Hilliard scored 23, keeping the No. 7 Villanova Wildcats (11-0) undefeated with an 82-77 overtime win over the Syracuse Orange (6-4) in Philadelphia.

• VCU whips Cincinnati: Melvin Johnson scored 18 points with four of Virginia Commonwealth’s 15 3-pointers and the Rams (8-3) rolled to a 68-47 road win over the Cincinnati Bearcats (7-3), who were playing without coach Mick Cronin, who was diagnosed with an aneurysm earlier in the day.

• Lady Vols crush Cardinal: Ariel Massengale scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half and the 10th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers (9-2) breezed their way to a 59-40 victory over the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal (6-4) in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Trail Blazers shoot down Pelicans

NBA: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Damian Lillard added 17 points and seven assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 114-88 win over the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans.

• Hornets end skid against Jazz: Kemba Walker had 20 points, Al Jefferson added 19 points and 10 rebounds and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Utah Jazz for the first time in six years, 104-86 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

• Korver sparks Hawks: Kyle Korver scored 22 points, including seven points late in the fourth quarter, to help the Atlanta Hawks hold on for a 104-97 win over the Houston Rockets in Houston.

• Clippers stop Bucks: Chris Paul scored nine of his 27 points in the final 4:04 and Blake Griffin scored 24, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 106-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in L.A.

• Suns keep Knicks reeling: Eric Bledsoe had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Isaiah Thomas scored 22 and the Phoenix Suns dealt the New York Knicks their fourth straight loss, 99-90 in New York.

Islanders rally late, shock Lightning

NHL: John Tavares and Anders Lee scored 12 seconds apart in the third period, and the New York Islanders stunned the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 with a late comeback in Uniondale, New York.

• Big rally for Sharks: Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored with 21 seconds left in regulation and Brent Burns delivered a power-play goal at 4:22 in overtime to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues in San Jose, California.

• Pouliot’s debut with Penguins successful: Derrick Pouliot scored in his NHL debut and Sidney Crosby had a third-period goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers in Pittsburgh.

• Blue Jackets edge Blackhawks: Jack Johnson scored the winner in the ninth round of a shootout and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 39 shots in regulation and eight in the tiebreaker to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Columbus, Ohio.

• Giroux propels Flyers: Claude Giroux had two goals and two assists, Jakub Voracek added four assists to take the NHL scoring lead and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-4 in Toronto.

• Rangers win shootout: Mats Zuccarrello scored in the shootout, and the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in Raleigh, North Carolina, for their fifth consecutive win.

• Capitals cast out Devils: Braden Holtby made 21 saves, Nicklas Backstrom had two goals and an assist and the Washington Capitals rolled to a 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Newark, New Jersey.

• Kings power past Coyotes: Defenseman Alec Martinez scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period during a power play, Marian Gaborik also connected with the man advantage for his sixth goal in four games, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 in Los Angeles.

Penn State repeats as volleyball champs

Volleyball: Megan Courtney and Aiyana Whitney each had 11 kills, and Penn State defeated Brigham Young 25-21, 26-24, 25-14 in Oklahoma City to win their second consecutive NCAA women’s volleyball championship.

Penn State (36-3) won its sixth title in the past eight years. BYU (30-5) was trying to become the first unseeded team to win the title.

Vonn captures World Cup downhill

Winter sports: Just four races back into her skiing career, Lindsey Vonn is on the verge of World Cup history.

After clinching a second straight win – and third consecutive podium – with a downhill victory in Val d’Isere, France, the 30-year-old American now has the chance to secure a 62nd career win in today’s super-G and move even with Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proll for all-time wins.

• American women win bobsled: Americans Elana Meyers Taylor and Charrelle Garrett won the World Cup women’s bobsled race in Calgary, Alberta, for their second straight victory.

After the victory, Meyers Taylor and Canadian Kaillie Humphries became the first women to race in a four-man event in World Cup bobsled history. Humphries finished 15th, while Meyers Taylor placed 16th. Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis won in 1:47.84. U.S. star Steven Holcomb was seventh in 1:48.29.

• Jansrud wins super-G: Olympic champion Kjetil Jansrud extended his overall World Cup lead by winning a super-G in Val Gardena, Italy, for his fourth win of the season.


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