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UConn ends Baylor’s home winning streak

Tue., Jan. 14, 2014

Women’s basketball: Breanna Stewart had 18 points and 11 rebounds as top-ranked Connecticut won 66-55 at No. 7 Baylor, ending the Lady Bears’ national-best 69-game home winning streak Monday night.

In a matchup of the last two national champions, defending champ UConn (18-0) held on to win its closest game this season. The Huskies had beaten their first five ranked opponents by an average margin of 22 points, and nobody had finished within 17 of them.

Baylor (14-2) hadn’t lost at home since a 70-54 defeat to Texas in its regular-season home finale March 7, 2010.

McCray has breast cancer: South Carolina assistant coach Nikki McCray said she’s being treated for breast cancer.

McCray said Monday she was diagnosed in November and was told by doctors her condition was treatable. McCray said she’ll continue coaching through the season, if possible.

Colorado loses Dinwiddie for season

Men’s basketball: No. 21 Colorado has lost leading scorer Spencer Dinwiddie for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

The school said the junior guard had an ACL injury and will require surgery once the swelling in the knee goes down. Dinwiddie was hurt in a noncontact play during the first half of a 71-54 loss at Washington on Sunday.

Jayhawks stay perfect in Big 12: Naadir Tharpe scored a career-high 23 points, freshman Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 19 rebounds and No. 15 Kansas beat No. 8 Iowa State 77-70 in Ames, Iowa, for its third straight win to open Big 12 play.

The Jayhawks (12-4, 3-0) handed the Cyclones (14-2, 2-2) their second consecutive loss.

Northern Arizona routs Southern Utah: Max Jacobsen scored 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting as Northern Arizona (6-9, 3-1 Big Sky) cruised to a 70-36 victory over host Southern Utah (1-12, 0-4).

Anthony leads Knicks to fifth straight win

NBA: Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and 16 rebounds, and the New York Knicks held the visiting Phoenix Suns without a field goal in overtime to win 98-96 for their fifth straight victory.

Goran Dragic had 28 points and eight rebounds for the Suns, who dropped their third straight game.

Raptors add to Bucks’ woes: Kyle Lowry scored 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat visiting Milwaukee 116-94 to hand the Bucks their sixth straight loss.

DeMar DeRozan added 19 points and Patrick Patterson 18 as Toronto won for the eighth time in nine games.

Jets make Maurice winner in debut

NHL: The Winnipeg Jets found the energy they have lacked for weeks and made new coach Paul Maurice a winner in his debut behind the bench by routing visiting Phoenix 5-1.

Maurice took over after Claude Noel was fired Sunday, ending his 2 1/2 years as the first coach of the Jets after the franchise relocated from Atlanta.

Kings edge Canucks: Jonathan Quick made 28 saves in his 27th NHL shutout, Dustin Brown scored 24 seconds into the third period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat visiting Vancouver 1-0 for their fourth win over the Canucks this season.

Bradley officially signs with Toronto

Soccer: Toronto FC unveiled Michael Bradley as its newest designated player, signing the American midfielder from Italian club AS Roma.

Striker Jermain Defoe, signed from English club Tottenham Hotspur last Friday, was introduced along with Bradley.

Parkhurst returning to MLS: American defender Michael Parkhurst is following Clint Dempsey and Bradley back to Major League Soccer, leaving Augsburg of the Bundesliga to sign with the Columbus Crew.

BCS era over, but coaches’ poll remains

Miscellany: The weekly college football coaches’ poll will go on, though it won’t have a direct say in which teams play for the national championship anymore.

Grant Teaff, president of the American Football Coaches Association, said Monday the poll that started in 1965 will continue to be a part of college football. The coaches’ poll had been part of the formula used by the BCS to determine which teams play in the championship game the last 16 seasons.

Emmert: Stipends gain support: NCAA president Mark Emmert said providing a stipend to student-athletes seems less threatening to schools that earlier knocked down a proposal to increase the value of a scholarship to cover the full cost of attendance.

The NCAA convention meets this week in San Diego. At the top of the wish list for the wealthiest conferences is freedom to provide a stipend to all athletes.

Emmert told reporters: “It seems to be a much less controversial notion today than it was 18 months ago.”

Spaniards keep Dakar lead: Spaniards Nani Roma (cars) and Marc Coma (motorcycles) maintained their leads in the overall standings of the Dakar Rally after the eighth stage finished in Calama, Chile. The race finishes Saturday in Valapariso, Chile.

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