Saturday, December 28, 2013
Pacers keep rolling
UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers lead the NBA's Eastern Conference at 24-5 after dominating the second half of a 105-91 victory over Brooklyn.
Paul George scored 24 points for the Pacers, who led just 58-56 at halftime before holding the Nets to 35 points the rest of the way. Lance Stephenson chipped in 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while George Hill added 21 points in the Pacers' fourth consecutive win.
In other NBA action:
— Washington ended a three-game home losing streak by beating Detroit 106-82 behind John Wall's 20 points and 11 assists. Marcin Gortat (mahr-SEEN' GOHR'-that) added 16 points for the Wizards, who closed the first half on a 20-4 spurt to pull away.
— Kyle Lowry had a season-best 32 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds as Toronto beat New York for the second consecutive night, 115-100. Terrence Ross made a career-high seven 3-pointers and finished with 23 points.
— Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford each scored 19 points to help Boston beat Cleveland 103-100. Brandon Bass added 15 points and had a game-saving blocked shot in the closing seconds after the Celtics blew most of a 19-point, fourth-quarter lead.
Cavs suspended Bynum
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum has been suspended indefinitely for detrimental conduct and banned from all team activities.
It's possible that Bynum has played his final game with the Cavs after signing a two-year, $12 million contract with the team this summer.
Earlier this season, Bynum talked about retirement and said his numerous knee problems have been a challenge to overcome. The 7-footer has been too inconsistent and doesn't seem to have any passion to play. He missed all 11 shots from the field in a game this week against Detroit.
Syracuse, Kentucky win top-25 matchups
UNDATED (AP) — Syracuse and Kentucky have won the day's only matchups of top-25 men's basketball teams.
Trevor Cooney scored 21 points, Tyler Ennis had 20 and C.J. Fair added 17 as the second-ranked Orange beat No. 8 Villanova 78-62 in a game between two of nine unbeaten teams left in Division I. The Orange improve to 12-0 while the Wildcats fall to 11-1.
Villanova jumped out to a 25-7 lead, only to see Syracuse respond with a 40-12 run to take the lead before the first half was over. James Bell hit a career-high six 3-pointers and matched his career high with 25 points to lead Villanova before fouling out with 1:42 left.
Kentucky guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison combined for 28 points, 11 during a critical second-half stretch as the 18th-rated Wildcats knocked off No. 6 Louisville 73-66. The Harrison twins fueled a 17-6 run that gave Kentucky a 68-58 lead with four minutes left. Andrew Harrison and James Young each had 18 points, and Julius Randle added 17 despite missing most of the second half with leg cramps.
In Top 25 finals:
— No. 4 Wisconsin had no trouble improving to 13-0 as Sam Dekker had 16 points and 11 rebounds in a 80-43 romp over Prairie View. The Badgers closed out their nonconference schedule with their best start since the 1913-14 squad went 15-0.
— Keith Appling scored 16 of his career-high tying 27 points in the first half to help No. 5 Michigan State pull away and rout New Orleans 101-48. Gary Harris scored 19 and Adreian Payne had 17 in the Spartans' final tuneup before beginning the Big Ten season Tuesday night at Penn State.
— Jabari Parker scored 23 points to pace No. 9 Duke over Eastern Michigan 82-59. Andre Dawkins added 20 points with a season-high six 3-pointers to help the Blue Devils improve to 10-2 with their fourth straight win.
— Shabazz Napier had 15 points to lead five players in double figures as No. 15 Connecticut rolled past Eastern Washington 82-65.
— Michael Dixon's 14 points paced No. 17 Memphis to a wire-to-wire 75-61 win over Jackson State.
— Derrick Gordon's put-back with 1.1 seconds left in overtime lifted 23rd-ranked Massachusetts past Providence 69-67.
Irish rally to win
UNDATED (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater looked very good in what could have been his final college game.
Bridgewater threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as 18th-ranked Louisville hammered Miami 36-9 in the Russell Athletic Bowl at Orlando. He was 35 for 45 for career-high 447 yards in helping the Cardinals complete the second 12-win season in the program's history.
Bridgewater is projected to be a top NFL draft pick if he comes out this spring. He set school records with 31 touchdown passes this season and 27 wins as Louisville's starter.
No. 25 Notre Dame and unranked North Carolina also came away with bowl victories.
Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals including three in the decisive second half to lead the Irish over Rutgers 29-16 in the Pinstripe Bowl. Tommy Rees passed for 319 yards in his final game for the 9-4 Fighting Irish.
T.J. Logan returned a kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown, and Ryan Switzer scored on an 86-yard punt return to help the Tar Heels beat Cincinnati 39-17 in the Belk Bowl. Marquise Williams threw for 171 yards and a touchdown, and Romar Morris scored on two short touchdown runs as North Carolina capped a 7-6 season with its sixth victory in seven games.
Sens beat B's
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins missed a chance to push closer to the NHL's Eastern Conference lead.
The Bruins erased a 3-1 lead before Bobby Ryan scored with 4:35 remaining to give Ottawa a 4-3 triumph over Boston. Cory Conacher provided a goal and an assist as the Senators kept the Bruins three points behind the East-leading Pittsburgh Penguins.
Elsewhere on ice:
— Tomas Plekanec (pleh-KAH'-nehts) scored in regulation before Lars Eller provided the lone shootout tally in Montreal's 2-1 win at Tampa Bay. Carey Price made 14 of his 23 saves in the third period as the Canadiens ended the Lightning's five-game winning streak.
— Henrik Zetterberg scored a goal in his first game back from an injury to help Detroit beat Florida 4-3. Zetterberg leads the Red Wings with 31 points despite missing the previous 11 games with a herniated disk in his back.
— Cory Schneider stopped 30 shots and Travis Zajac (ZAY'-jak) scored with 6:57 remaining to give New Jersey a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders.
Blues lose Steen, Bruins lose Seidenberg
UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have placed star forward Alex Steen on the injured list with a concussion. General manager Doug Armstrong says the league's No. 2 goal scorer will be out indefinitely.
Steen hasn't played since he left a game against Edmonton on Dec. 21 with what the team called an "upper body injury."
— The season is over for Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who tore two ligaments in his right knee in Friday's win over Ottawa. General manager Peter Chiarelli says in a statement the expected recovery is six to eight months.
Americans roll to victory
MALMO, Sweden (AP) — Matt Grzelyck, Jack Eichel and Ryan Hartman each had a goal and an assist, leading the defending champion United States to a 6-3 victory over Slovakia at the world junior hockey tournament.
Miami of Ohio's Riley Barber, Boston University's Dan O'Regan and New Jersey Devils prospect Stefan Matteau also scored for the Americans who improved to 2-0-0 in a Group A play.
Canada lost to the Czech Republic 5-4 in a shootout, the first time the Czechs have beaten the Canadians in 20 years.
Puig arrested for reckless driving
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) has been arrested on a reckless driving charge for the second time this year. The Florida Highway Patrol clocked him going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone. Saturday morning.
Puig was charged with reckless driving and speeding in April after Chattanooga, Tenn., police clocked him going 97 mph in a 50 mph zone.
SKIING-WORLD CUP GIANT SLALOM
Shiffrin finishes third in GS
LIENZ, Austria (AP) — American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin wound up third at the World Cup giant slalom, giving her a second podium finish in GS this month. She previously finished second in Colorado Dec. 1. Austria's Anna Fenninger won Saturday's race for her fifth career victory.