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No. 24 Tigers upset No. 12 Cardinals

Fri., Jan. 10, 2014

Men’s basketball: Joe Jackson and Shaq Goodwin each scored 15 points and No. 24 Memphis (11-3, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) rallied late for a 73-67 upset of No. 12 Louisville (13-3, 2-1) Thursday night in Louisville, Ky.

Geron Johnson added 13 points, Chris Crawford 12 and Austin Nichols 10 as all five starters scored in double figures to help the Tigers end a four-game losing streak to the defending national champions.

Kentucky hangs on to beat South Carolina

Women’s basketball: Aleighsa Welch had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and freshman Alaina Coates added 10 points and 17 rebounds to lead No. 10 South Carolina (15-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) to a 68-59 win over No. 9 Kentucky (13-3, 1-2) in Columbia, S.C.

The Gamecocks held the SEC’s highest-scoring team 33 points below their average.

• Aggies upset Tigers: Courtney Williams led Texas A&M with 17 points as the Aggies (12-4, 2-0 SEC) climbed back in the final 40 seconds for a 52-48 win over No. 12 LSU (12-3, 1-1) in Baton Rouge, La.

NBA: Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points, Andrea Bargnani had 19, and the New York Knicks beat the visiting Miami Heat 102-92 for their season-high third straight win.

Raymond Felton had 13 points and 14 assists for the Knicks, who seized control with a 16-2 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to beat the Heat for the fourth time in five games over the last two seasons.

• Nuggets beat Thunder: Randy Foye had a season-high 24 points and Denver Nuggetsbeat the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 101-88 for its fourth win in a row after an eight-game losing streak.

• Surging Suns lose Bledsoe: A person with knowledge of the situation says Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe will undergo surgery on his right knee and will be sidelined indefinitely.

Boyes lifts Panthers past Sabres in SO

NHL: Brad Boyes scored in regulation and the shootout, lifting the Florida Panthers over the Sabres 2-1 in Buffalo, N.Y.

Tim Thomas made 23 saves and was perfect in the shootout for Florida, which won its first road game since Dec. 19.

• Hurricanes, Sabres game rescheduled: The league announced that the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres will play at Buffalo, N.Y., on Feb. 25, making up for the game that was postponed on Tuesday after a blizzard all but shut the city down.

Sources: Alabama interested in Kiffin

College football: A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press former Southern California coach Lane Kiffin is being considered by Alabama to replace offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Nussmeier’s departure to Michigan was not yet official and the search for his replacement was not being made public.

• Louisville makes Petrino hiring official: Louisville officially announced the hiring of Bobby Petrino for a second stint as Cardinals’ football coach on its website after a unanimous vote by the school’s athletic association. Petrino led the Cardinals to a 41-9 record from 2003-06.

• McGee leaves UAB to join Petrino: UAB football coach Garrick McGee has stepped down, and a person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that he has agreed to become Bobby Petrino’s offensive coordinator at Louisville.

• Cyclones introduce Mangino as OC: Mark Mangino was officially introduced as Iowa State’s new offensive coordinator. It is Mangino’s first job at a major program since he left Kansas amid allegations of player mistreatment following the 2009 season.

• Stanford’s Montgomery honored: Ty Montgomery of Stanford has been named winner of the Jet Award as the top return specialist in college football. Montgomery averaged 31 yards on kickoff returns and ran back two for TDs.

Gold moves closer to Olympic berth

Miscellany: Gracie Gold took a big step toward an Olympic berth by winning the women’s short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston.

Gold’s career-best 72.12 points easily put her ahead of last year’s junior champion, Polina Edwards, and 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu. Two-time defending U.S. champion Ashley Wagner was fourth.

Earlier, hometown favorites Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir ignored all the pressure of carrying the hopes of friends and family in the crowd to run away with the pairs short program.

The defending champs staked themselves to a huge lead of 6.63 points.

• Bae grabs early lead at Sony Open: Sang-Moon Bae made seven birdies in pristine conditions along the shores of Oahu for a bogey-free 63 and the early lead in the Sony Open in Honolulu.

Chris Kirk rallied for a 29 on the back nine and was one shot behind among the early starters with a 6-under in the first full-field event of the year.

Spokane native Alex Prugh opened with a 1-under 69.


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