James scores 61, sets career, team records
NBA: LeBron James scored a career-high 61 points, breaking Glen Rice’s franchise record, and the Miami Heat defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 124-107 on Monday night in Miami.
James made 22 of 33 shots from the field, including his first eight 3-point attempts. His career best had been 56 points, on March 20, 2005, for Cleveland against Toronto.
Rice scored 56 to set the Heat record on April 15, 1995, against Orlando.
James had 24 points at halftime, then added 25 in the third quarter. The record-breaker came with 5:46 left, when James spun through three defenders for a layup that fell as he tumbled to the court.
Al Jefferson had 38 points and 19 rebounds for the Bobcats, his huge night merely an afterthought.
• Love double-double drops Nuggets: Kevin Love scored 33 points and tied a season high with 19 rebounds for his NBA-best 50th double-double this season, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the skidding Denver Nuggets 132-128 for their third win in a row.
Love topped 30 points for the 11th time in his last 14 starts, helping Minnesota wrap up a 4-1 trip out west.
• Nets to extend Collins: A person with knowledge of the situation says the Brooklyn Nets will sign Jason Collins to a second 10-day contract.
Collins signed his original deal on Feb. 23, becoming the NBA’s first openly gay player, and it expires today.
• Abdul-Jabbar wants to assist Bucks: Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said he would be interested in returning in some capacity to the Milwaukee Bucks, the franchise that drafted him first overall in 1969.
Bucks owner Herb Kohl said in December he was looking to add to the ownership group in hopes of building a new arena and cementing the team’s long-term future in Milwaukee.
Abdul-Jabbar said before the Bucks’ game Monday night against Utah that no one had approached him, though he would “definitely offer” his services if he got a call.
Top-ranked UConn routs No. 3 Louisville
Women’s basketball: Breanna Stewart had 22 points and 14 rebounds and top-ranked Connecticut blew out No. 3 Louisville 68-48 to complete an unbeaten regular season.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 13 points and 10 boards for the Huskies (31-0, 18-0 American Athletic Conference), who outrebounded Louisville (28-3, 16-2) 47-30 and outran the Cardinals to add the inaugural league title to their collection of Big East trophies.
Tar Heels escape after blowing lead
Men’s basketball: James Michael McAdoo hit the go-ahead shot in the lane with 3:09 left and Marcus Paige blocked Eric Atkins’ driving shot on the final play to seal No. 14 North Carolina’s 63-61 victory over Notre Dame at Chapel Hill, N.C.
McAdoo finished with 14 points to lead the Tar Heels (23-7, 13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who blew a 14-point halftime lead and had to fight to the horn for their 12th straight win in their home finale.
• Florida tops AP poll: Florida, Wichita State and Arizona are the top three teams in the Associated Press college basketball poll for the second straight week.
The Gators (27-2), who are on a school-record 21-game winning streak, were a solid No. 1, receiving 46 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.
Wichita State (31-0), the first team since Saint Joseph’s in 2004 to enter its conference tournament undefeated, was No. 1 on 14 ballots, while Arizona (27-2), which was ranked No. 1 for eight weeks earlier this season, got the other five first-place votes.
Connecticut and Oklahoma returned to the Top 25 this week replacing Ohio State and Texas.
Olympic pair skipping world championships
Figure Skating: Olympic gold medalist ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White will not compete at the world championships later this month.
The Americans announced in Colorado Springs, Colo., that they would not defend their world title in Saitama, Japan, on March 24-30. As far as their competitive future beyond worlds, White said in a news release that “we will leave our options open.”
Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton will take their spot after finishing fifth at the U.S. Championships in January.
Former champion Tarver arrested
Boxing: Former world champion Antonio Tarver was arrested in Clearwater, Fla., on a felony theft and bad check warrant stemming from unpaid IOUs at a Las Vegas Strip casino.
The Florida Highway Patrol arrested Tarver on Saturday night after a traffic stop.
Tarver, who lives in the Tampa Bay area, was named in a criminal complaint filed in Las Vegas alleging that he failed to repay three casino loans totaling $200,000 obtained in July 2012 at the Wynn Las Vegas resort.