Young returns, helps Lakers beat Raptors
NBA: Nick Young returned from suspension to score 29 points, Pau Gasol had 22 and Los Angeles beat the Raptors 112-106 in Toronto on Sunday, just the Lakers’ third win in 15 games.
Young scored 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers overcame a 19-point first-half deficit.
DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points for Toronto, which had won six straight at home.
• Magic snap 10-game skid: Arron Afflalo had 20 points and 13 rebounds, Tobias Harris added 18 points and the Orlando Magic snapped a season-high 10-game losing streak with a 93-91 win over the visiting Boston Celtics, who have lost nine straight on the road and 11 of 12 overall.
• Bucks still winless in 2014: Patty Mills had 20 points, Tim Duncan had 11 points and 13 rebounds in limited action, and San Antonio kept visiting Milwaukee winless in the new year with a 110-82 victory.
Brandon Knight scored 21 points for Milwaukee, which has lost nine straight.
• Ankle sprain sidelines Bobcats’ Walker: The Bobcats said starting point guard Kemba Walker is expected to miss 10 to 14 days with a second-degree sprain in his left ankle.
Kane’s shootout goal lifts Blackhawks
NHL: Patrick Kane scored in a shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Boston Bruins in a rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup finals.
Marian Hossa and Brandon Bollig scored for Chicago, which beat Boston in six games to win the title last June.
• Rangers down Caps: Rick Nash scored two of New York’s three first-period goals, and Henrik Lundqvist won for the fifth time in six outings as the Rangers beat the visiting Washington Capitals 4-1.
Kansas sends Baylor to second loss in row
Women’s basketball: Chelsea Gardner scored 28 points and Natalie Knight added 18 as Kansas upset No. 7 Baylor 76-60 in Lawrence, Kan.
The loss ended Baylor’s 44-game winning streak in Big 12 regular-season games and was the Bears’ second straight loss overall after they fell to No. 1 Connecticut last week.
Odyssey Sims scored 31 points for the Bears, but she was held to only 10 points in the second half.
• Vandy upends LSU: Jasmine Lister scored 25 points, including a trio of 3-pointers and 10-for-10 shooting from the foul line, to lift No. 24 Vanderbilt past No. 14 LSU 79-70 in Nashville, Tenn.
• Virginia cruises past Florida State: Faith Randolph scored a career-high 26 points and Virginia rolled past No. 17 Florida State 85-68 in Charlottesville, Va.
• Putback lifts Purdue: Whitney Bays got a crucial offensive rebound and then made the game-winning putback to lift No. 22 Purdue past No. 18 Nebraska 77-75 in Lincoln, Neb.
• Saunders paces Hurricanes: Krystal Saunders downed six 3-pointers and scored 22 points in helping Miami upset No. 20 North Carolina State 80-71 in Coral Gables, Fla. The Wolfpack have dropped seven straight against the Hurricanes.
Lolo Jones selected for bobsled team
Winter sports: Lauryn Williams and Lolo Jones have been selected for the U.S. bobsled team that will compete in next month’s Sochi Olympics.
They are now positioned to join a group of eight other Americans who have competed in both the Summer and Winter Games. Williams is a three-time summer Olympian who helped the U.S. win a gold medal in the 400-meter relay at the London Games. Jones is a two-time veteran of the summer games in the 100-meter hurdles, missing out on gold in Beijing after a late stumble.
• Pinturault goes from seventh to first: Alexis Pinturault of France soared from seventh place after the first run to win a World Cup slalom in Wengen, Switzerland, in 1 minute, 42.87 seconds.
Pinturault was almost a half-second faster than everyone else in the afternoon to finish 0.34 ahead of Felix Neureuther of Germany.
• Luger Geisenberger repeats: Natalie Geisenberger captured the World Cup women’s luge championship for the second straight year after the German and strong Sochi Olympics favorite clinched the season-long title with a victory in the circuit’s next-to-last race in Altenberg, Germany.
In the team relay, Russia finished first, followed by Canada in second and Germany third.
• Greubel, Williams earn first golds: Jamie Greubel and Lauryn Williams of the United States won a women’s World Cup bobsled race in Igls, Austria, the first gold medal for each this season. The U.S. team of Elana Meyers and Aja Evans took the silver medal.
In the four-man race, Latvian pilot Oskars Melbardis won for the second straight weekend, beating the top U.S. sled of Steven Holcomb, Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fogt by 0.11 seconds.
• Snow postpones downhill: Heavy overnight snowfall has forced organizers to postpone Sunday’s women’s World Cup downhill in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
The race had already been postponed from Saturday in place of a super-G. The new schedule calls for a super-G Thursday, downhills Friday and Saturday and a super-G Sunday.
Five MLB teams make bids for Tanaka
Miscellany: Five major league teams have reportedly made formal offers of at least six years and more than $100 million to Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka as the bidding enters its final stage.
According to Japan’s Nikkan Sports, the Yankees were joined by the Dodgers, Cubs, White Sox and Diamondbacks in making offers to Tanaka, the 25-year-old right-hander.
Tanaka must sign with a major league club by Friday or his rights revert to his Japanese team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA for Rakuten in 2013.
• Runner Chataway dies at 82: Christopher Chataway, a former 5,000-meter world record-holder who helped Roger Bannister break the 4-minute mile, has died. He was 82. Chataway, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1995, died Sunday at a hospice in London after more than two years fighting cancer.