In brief: Bearcats rally to top Huskies
Men’s basketball: Sean Kilpatrick scored 26 points, and Justin Jackson led a second-half surge that rallied No. 7 Cincinnati to its 15th straight win, 63-58 over No. 22 Connecticut on Thursday night.
The Bearcats (22-2, 11-0 American Athletic) trailed most of the game, their first with a No. 7 ranking that is their highest in 10 years. A crowd of 12,432 – their biggest of the season – watched them close it out with free throws.
Cincinnati has won 18 straight at home, including all 16 this season. The Bearcats are off to their best start in 12 years.
Shabazz Napier scored 16 for the Huskies (17-5, 5-4).
Anderson guides Nets to win over Spurs
NBA: Alan Anderson scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half, helping the Brooklyn Nets pull away from the short-handed San Antonio Spurs for a 103-89 win in New York.
Despite playing without Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard, their top four scorers, the Spurs were still within five points early in the fourth quarter before the Nets pulled away.
Deron Williams added 16 points and eight assists as Brooklyn ended a six-game losing streak to San Antonio with its first victory since March 29, 2010.
• Curry, Thompson take down Chicago: Stephen Curry had 34 points and nine assists. Klay Thompson scored 22 points and the undermanned Golden State Warriors rallied from 16 down in the first half to beat the Chicago Bulls 102-87 at Oakland, Calif.
Taj Gibson had 26 points and 13 rebounds filling in for Carlos Boozer, and Kirk Hinrich scored 15 points as Chicago dropped to 2-3 on its road trip, which ends Sunday at the Los Angeles Lakers.
• Cavaliers fire GM Grant: The flailing Cleveland Cavaliers fired general manager Chris Grant.
With the Cavs sliding further toward the bottom in another disappointing season, owner Dan Gilbert decided to make the move a day after Cleveland was beaten Wednesday night by an injury-ravaged Los Angeles Lakers team that finished the game with just five players.
Pacioretty scores third career hat trick
NHL: Max Pacioretty scored three goals for his third career hat trick – despite missing on two penalty shots – to help the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-2 home victory over the Canucks, extending Vancouver’s losing streak to six games.
The Canucks are winless (0-3) since coach John Tortorella’s return from a 15-day suspension.
• Oshie nets winner in ovetime: T.J. Oshie scored 3:29 into overtime, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Boston Bruins.
Alexander Steen and Jaden Schwartz also scored for St. Louis, which blew Boston’s 2-0 lead in the third period.
• Niederreiter increases home streak: Nino Niederreiter’s goal with 2:44 left in overtime lifted Minnesota to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators, the fifth straight win for the Wild in St. Paul, Minn.
Loupe leads at Pebble Beach despite rain
Golf: Andrew Loupe shot 8-under-par 63 to lead the AT&T Pebble Beach (Calif.) National Pro-Am.
Loupe had to wait three hours to tee off because of rain, and then he played bogey-free on the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula. That gave him the lowest score among those who finished their rounds.
Loupe never had to scramble for par, missed only one fairway and only two of his birdies were over 10 feet.
Stuart Appleby, Jim Renner, Richard Lee and Scott Gardiner had 65s at Monterey Peninsula. Phil Mickelson, a four-time champion, was at 5 under through 15 holes when the round was stopped because of darkness.
Jimmy Walker, already a two-time winner this season, got up-and-down for birdie on the 18th for a 66, the best score at Pebble.
Jordan Spieth had the best round at Spyglass Hill at 67.
Chris Williams (Moscow High) shot a 70 and Alex Prugh (Ferris HS) closed with a first-round 74.
• Woods to skip Match Play championship: Tiger Woods announced on his website that he wasn’t planning to compete in the first World Golf Championship in Arizona in two weeks.
He says his plan was to attend the Sochi Olympics in Russia before his girlfriend and champion skier Lindsey Vonn got injured.
Instead, he will stay home and prepare for three tournaments in Florida. He’ll next play the Honda Classic on Feb. 27 followed by title defenses at Doral and Bay Hill.
This means the Match Play will be without three of the top players in the world – Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott.