Perry scores late to finish Ducks’ rally
NHL: Corey Perry scored his league-leading eighth game-winning goal of the season with 0.6 seconds on the clock in overtime, giving the Anaheim Ducks a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night in Anaheim, Calif.
The Ducks, off to a franchise-best 31-8-5 start and 17-0-2 at the Honda Center, are the only team in the league without a regulation loss at home. Anaheim is also the third NHL team to open a season with a home point streak of 19 or more games, joining San Jose (2008-09) and Philadelphia (1979-80).
• Sharks break through in Chicago: Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored in a shootout, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Blackhawks 3-2 for their first victory in Chicago in three years.
Warriors top Wizards for ninth straight win
NBA: Klay Thompson scored 26 points, Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut connected on a trick play worthy of the NBA’s slam dunk contest, and the Golden State Warriors have their longest in-season winning streak since 1975 after beating the Wizards 112-96 in Washington.
The Warriors won their ninth in a row by turning the third quarter into a laugher, opening the period with a 30-5 run that included a sequence in which Curry drove into the paint and sent the ball flying out of his hand and off the backboard above the rim. The carom went right to a leaping Bogut, who timed the play perfectly for a dunk.
• Pacers hold off Cavs: Paul George scored 16 points, Roy Hibbert made a putback and two free throws in the final 1:09 and the visiting Indiana Pacers held off Cleveland’s late rally for an 82-78 win.
• Heat rally past Raptors: LeBron James scored 30 points, Michael Beasley came off the bench to add 17 and the Miami Heat held on down the stretch to beat the visiting Toronto Raptors 102-97.
The Heat successfully overcame a deficit entering the fourth quarter for the seventh time in 13 tries. Miami was down by five entering the fourth, then opened the final period with a 7-0 run and never trailed again.
Aztecs end Jayhawks’ home winning streak
College men: Xavier Thames scored 16 points, four on free throws in the closing seconds, and No. 21 San Diego State held on to beat No. 16 Kansas (9-4) 61-57, ending the Jayhawks’ 68-game nonconference winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse.
Skylar Spencer finished with 13 points and Josh Davis had 10 for the Aztecs (12-1), who have won 11 straight since losing to No. 1 Arizona on Nov. 14. That streak is tied for the second-best in school history and trails only the 20-0 start from 2010-11.
• Wake Forest tops North Carolina: Travis McKie scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half to help Wake Forest (11-3, 1-0) beat No. 19 North Carolina (10-4, 0-1) 73-67 in Winston-Salem, N.C., in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak in the long-running series, giving Wake Forest its first win against North Carolina since 2010.
Gators upset Wildcats for eighth win in row
College women: Jaterra Bonds scored 23 points to lead Florida to an 83-73 upset of No. 6 Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., for the Gators’ eighth straight victory.
Florida (12-3, 2-0 SEC) trailed 70-69 with 4 minutes left but outscored the Wildcats (12-2, 1-1) 14-3 the remainder of the game for the final margin.
• N.C. State edges Syracuse: Miah Spencer’s layup with just over a minute to play put North Carolina State (14-1, 1-0) ahead and the Wolfpack sealed the win from the free-throw line, knocking off No. 20 Syracuse (11-3, 0-1) 67-62 in Raleigh, N.C., in the ACC opener for both schools.
Winter sports: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen scored at 9:42 of overtime to give Finland its third world junior hockey title, 3-2 over Sweden in Malmo, Sweden.
Finland also won the under-20 event in 1987 in Czechoslovakia and 1998 at home in Helsinki.
In the third-place game, Russia beat Canada 2-1.
• Loch cruises to luge victory: Felix Loch of Germany easily won his third World Cup luge race of the season, posting the fastest heat in both runs in Konigssee, Germany, and beating Italy’s Armin Zoeggeler by nearly a second.
Later Sunday in the team relay, Loch helped Germany to another gold, teaming with Natalie Geisenberger and the doubles team of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt to win.
• Kiriasis wins at home: Sandra Kiriasis drove to a World Cup bobsled win on her home track in Winterberg, Germany, edging Elana Meyers of the United States.
Kiriasis and brakeman Franziska Fritz finished two runs in 1 minute, 55.41 seconds – a mere 0.01 seconds ahead of Meyers and Lolo Jones.
Later Sunday, Germany swept a four-man race, dominating once again on home ice.
• Shiffrin beats elements, field: American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin fought through snow and rain in Bormio, Italy, to win her second World Cup slalom of the season, showing her ability to deal with all types of conditions a month before the Sochi Olympics.
Shiffrin now leads the discipline standings by 62 points, with four more slaloms left to defend her season-long title from last year.
• Celski earns 1,000 spot: J.R. Celski won the 1,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic short track speedskating trials in Kearns, Utah, giving him three individual events to compete in at the Sochi Games.
He’ll be joined on the men’s team by Eddy Alvarez, Chris Creveling, 2010 Olympian Jordan Malone and Kyle Carr.
Jessica Smith won both of the women’s 1,000 finals, and she’ll skate in three individual events in Sochi. Joining her on the women’s team are 2010 Olympian Alyson Dudek and Emily Scott.
Wawrinka cruises to Chennai Open title
Miscellany: Top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka regained the Chennai Open tennis title without dropping a set in the tournament when he defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 7-5, 6-2 in Chennai, India.
It was the fifth ATP title for 2011 champion Wawrinka, who is ranked a career-best eighth.
• Three atop Kapalua leaderboard: Webb Simpson fired a 5-under 68 to forge a three-way tie for the lead with Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth going into the final round of the Tournament of Champion in Kapalua, Hawaii.
Johnson and Spieth each had a 69 to join Simpson at 14-under 205.
• Dakar rally gets underway: Carlos Sousa of Portugal (cars) and Joan Barreda Bort of Spain (motorcycles) led the Dakar Rally after Sunday’s first stage in Argentina.
The two-week rally, with more than 400 entered, will wind through Argentina into Bolivia, and then head south to the finish in Valparaiso, Chile.