Jeremy Roach tied a career high with 22 points and No. 15 Duke led virtually the entire way in a 74-62 victory over Iowa at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic for cancer research. With cancer survivor Dick Vitale calling the game for ESPN, the Blue Devils won their third straight since a 19-point loss to Purdue last month in the championship game of the Phil Knight Legacy. Mark Mitchell added 13 of his 17 points in the second half for Duke. Kyle Filipowski had 12 points and 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double, and Ryan Young grabbed 11 boards. Patrick McCaffery led the Hawkeyes with 12 points.
Ville Husso made 28 of his 44 saves in the third period and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2. The Red Wings got goals from Michael Rasmussen, Jonatan Berggren, Adam Erne and David Perron. Detroit, which has missed the playoffs in each of the last six seasons, moved into a third-place tie in the Atlantic Division with Tampa Bay. Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots for the Lightning.
JaKobe Coles scored a career-high 21 points, Damion Baugh had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists and No. 24 TCU beat Jackson State 78-51 for its fifth straight victory. Coles scored 12 points in the opening 10 minutes as TCU led 25-11 and he matched his career high with 15 points by halftime. Coles had the final six points of an 8-0 run early in the second half for a 54-34 lead. Shahada Wells added 14 points and Chuck O’Bannon Jr. scored 11 for TCU. Coltie Young made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for Jackson State.
NEW YORK (AP) — Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 12 of his 16 points in overtime, including the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:34 remaining, and No. 17 Illinois rallied to hand second-ranked Texas its first loss of the season, 85-78 on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.
Los Angeles star center Anthony Davis was forced to leave Los Angeles’ game against the Cleveland Cavaliers after the first quarter and his teammates struggled without him in a 116-102 loss. Davis had scored 99 points in his previous two games and had been on a tear over the past 10 as the Lakers went 8-2 to erase most of a horrible start this season. He scored just one in eight minutes before he was forced to leave. Lakers coach Darvin Ham said Davis’ symptoms gradually got worse during the course of the day. Ham said Davis is unlikely to play on Wednesday in Toronto. He also stressed Davis had not tested positive for COVID-19.
Kihei Clark scored 17 points, Jayden Gardner had 14 points and eight rebounds, and No. 3 Virginia beat feisty in-state rival James Madison 55-50. The unbeaten Cavaliers lost lost starting guard Reece Beekman to a right leg injury early in the first half. But they prevented the Dukes from winning a second straight December game in Charlottesville. James Madison beat Virginia 52-49 last Dec. 7. Takal Molson scored 20 points for James Madison, including a 3-pointer that tied the game at 42-all with 7:47 to play. Gardner responded for Virginia by scoring five straight points in a 9-1 run.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have won baseball’s first draft lottery and will get the top pick of eligible amateur players in July. The Washington Nationals will select second after finishing last season with the worst record in the majors. The Detroit Tigers will choose third, after Oakland fell from the second-worst record to the No. 6 draft pick when the ping pong balls were plucked at baseball’s winter meetings in San Diego. The Nationals, Athletics and Pirates entered the lottery with the best chance for the No. 1 choice at 16.5% for each team. It will be the sixth time the Pirates pick first and second in three years.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Kyle Connor had two goals and an assist as the Jets spoiled Paul Maurice’s return to Winnipeg with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
The active Philadelphia Phillies have added Taijuan Walker to their rotation, agreeing to a $72 million, four-year contract with the right-hander. A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it was pending a physical. It was the second major free-agent score for the Phillies at the winter meetings after they reeled in shortstop Trea Turner on Monday with a $300 million, 11-year deal. Walker and Turner join a Phillies team that made it to the World Series this year before losing to the Houston Astros.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Maddy Siegrist had 24 points and seven rebounds, Lucy Olsen added 14 points and No. 25 Villanova beat winless American University 83-42 on Tuesday night.
Chucky Hepburn scored 13 points and Steven Crowl added 12 as Wisconsin handed No. 13 Maryland its first loss under coach Kevin Willard, 64-59. Wisconsin opened a 58-45 lead with a 13-point run, capped by Crowl’s two free throws with 3:46 remaining. The Badgers hung on despite making just 15 of 25 free throws in the second half and no field goals over the final 4:03. Jahmir Young scored 17 points and Julian Reese had 10 for Maryland, which entered averaging 80.8 points per game and outscoring opponents by 19.8.
Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, and the L.A. Kings took a decisive 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. Matt Roy, Mikey Anderson and Kevin Fiala also had goals, and Anze Kopitar registered three assists for the Kings, who kicked off a six-game road trip. Pheonix Copley made 31 saves in his first appearance for L.A. Drake Batherson and Thomas Chabot each scored power-play goals for Ottawa, but the home team looked uninspired for long periods of play.
Freshman Keyonte George scored 22 points, redshirt freshman Langston Love added 20 and No. 12 Baylor beat Tarleton State 80-57. The Bears had trouble early pulling away from the Texans, led by former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie. Baylor finally took a double-digit lead not long after halftime. The Bears were was playing for the first time since a school-record run of 54 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 ended. Shakur Daniel scored 13 points for the Texans. Tarleton was playing Baylor for the first time since 1986 and the ninth time overall.
Matt Murray made 44 saves for his first shutout of the season and Mitch Marner extended his Toronto-record point streak to 20 games with an early assist as the Maple Leafs beat the Dallas Stars 4-0. John Tavares, Auston Matthews, Rasmus Sandin and Alexander Kerfoot scored for the surging Maple Leafs, who are 9-0-3 in their last 12 games. Dallas went 0 for 7 on the power play, including a four-minute double minor and a 5-on-3 for 1:38. The Stars were shut out for the first time this season. Jake Oettinger stopped 25 shots.
Donovan Mitchell scored a season-high 43 points and Jarrett Allen returned from injury to add 24, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 116-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in LeBron James’ only visit home this season. The Cavs improved to an NBA-leading 11-1 on their floor. Mitchell took over in the second half and scored 29 points with the kind of performance James did routinely during his 11 seasons for the Cavs. James finished with 21 points and 17 rebounds, losing for just the third time in 20 games against the Cavs. The Lakers played the final three quarters without star center Anthony Davis because of illness.
Bryce Thompson scored 17 points and Oklahoma State pulled away from Sam Houston in the second half for a 65-51 win. Thompson hit 4 of 6 from 3-point range to help the Cowboys (6-3) turn away a Bearkats squad that has victories over Power 5 schools Oklahoma and Utah this season. Moussa Cisse grabbed 13 rebounds to lead a 37-22 dominance on the boards and blocked four shots. Tyreek Smith, John-Michael Wright and Avery Anderson III scored 10 points apiece. Qua Grant scored 15 points and Donte Powers 10 to lead Sam Houston.
Kyle Connor had two goals and an assist as the Jets spoiled Paul Maurice’s return to Winnipeg with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. Mark Scheifele had a pair of power-play goals and Adam Lowry added an empty-netter for the Jets. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 38 of 40 shots. Zac Dalpe and Carter Verhaeghe scored for Florida. Spencer Knight made 12 saves on 15 shots before being replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky early in the second. Bobrovsky stopped 16 of 17 shots. The game marked Maurice’s return to Winnipeg, where he spent parts of nine seasons coaching the Jets before leaving abruptly midway through last season.
Noel Acciari and Colton Parayko scored 13 seconds apart in the third period and the St. Louis Blues defeated the New York Islanders 7-4 on Tuesday night. Josh Leivo had a goal and an assist and Thomas Greiss made 36 saves and the Blues snapped a four-game skid in the finale of a three-game northeastern road trip. Ivan Barbashev, Ryan O’Reilly and Robert Thomas also scored for St. Louis.
The Oakland Athletics will have their relocation fee waived if they decide to move to Las Vegas, and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says 2023 is a big year when it comes to the future of the franchise. Speaking at baseball’s winter meetings in San Diego, Manfred also said the Los Angeles Angels are hoping to have their sale resolved by opening day. He had no update on the sale process for the Washington Nationals. The A’s have played at the Coliseum since 1968 and their lease expires after the 2024 season.
The World Cup venue in Okinawa will have a preview tournament run in March when the East Asia Super League tips off for Season 1 with its inaugural Champions Week in Japan. EASL organizers say all eight qualified teams will contest Champions Week from March 1-5. The championship match and the third-place playoff will be hosted by the Ryukyu Golden Kings at the stadium that will host games during the basketball World Cup starting Aug. 25 next year. A total of 10 games will be played in Champions Week, with Japan’s domestic league champion Utsunomiya Brex hosting the first six in the group stage and Ryukyu Golden Kings hosting two group games and the playoffs.
Yvonne Ejim scored a career-high 32 points shooting 13 for 17 and No. 22 Gonzaga put away Queens in the second quarter and went on to a 73-49 win. Ejim was 8 for 9 from the field and 6 for 8 from the foul line in the first half putting up one less point than the Queens team. Gonzaga led 37-23 at the break. Adia Brisker scored 25 points for Queens.
Jim Leonhard says he won’t be back on Wisconsin's staff next season. The longtime defensive coordinator has been part of Wisconsin's coaching staff since 2016. He went 4-3 as the Badgers' interim coach this season following the firing of Paul Chryst. Leonhard had said he hoped to get the permanent job. Instead, Wisconsin instead hired Luke Fickell away from Cincinnati. Leonhard says he will work as Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator for the Badgers' Dec. 27 Guaranteed Rate Bowl matchup with Oklahoma State.
Defenseman Dougie Hamilton had a goal and two assists, Vitek Vanecek made 24 saves for his second shutout and the NHL-leading New Jersey Devils defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Tuesday night. Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt scored goals and Jack Hughes had two outstanding assists for the Devils, who are a league-best 21-4-1 despite losing their first two games. Arvid Soderblom made 26 saves for the slumping Blackhawks, who are 1-9-1 in their last 11. They were also shut out by the New York Islanders 3-0 on Sunday.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored a season-high 43 points and Jarrett Allen returned from injury to add 24, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 116-102 win on Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Lakers in LeBron James’ only visit home this season.
Ja’Vier Francis scored 14 points, star Marcus Sasser had 12 in the first eight minutes before leaving with a cut over his eye, and top-ranked Houston coasted to a 76-42 win over North Florida. Sasser, who entered the game averaging 17.5 points, made two 3-pointers early as the Cougars scored the first eight points of the game. He continued his hot start, scoring 12 points as Houston (9-0) built a 24-13 lead with about 12 minutes left in the first half. But he got hit in the face soon after and left the game with the cut above his left eye. A school spokesman said he received stitches for the cut and was questionable to return. But, he didn’t come back with the Cougars holding a huge lead for the rest of the game.
Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 12 of his 16 points in overtime, including the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:34 remaining, and No. 17 Illinois rallied for an 85-78 victory over second-ranked Texas in the Jimmy V Classic. Matthew Mayer, who faced Texas several times at Baylor, tied a career high with 21 points as he made his first seven shots and finished 8 of 10. Jayden Epps added 11 points, including the final five points of regulation at Madison Square Garden. Shannon took over in the extra period to help Illinois beat a ranked foe for the second time this season. Timmy Allen scored a season-high 21 points for previously unbeaten Texas.
John Lowe, who created the quality start statistic while covering baseball for the Detroit Free Press and other newspapers for more than three decades, has won the BBWAA Career Excellence Award. The honor was announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Lowe got 137 votes from BBWAA members. The late Gerry Fraley was second with 135 and Bruce Jenkins drew 106. Lowe will be honored during Hall of Fame induction weekend next July in Cooperstown, New York. In 1985, Lowe created the quality start stat, which has since become part of the baseball landscape — six innings pitched, no more than three earned runs allowed. Lowe retired in 2014 after 29 years with the Free Press following previous stints with the Los Angeles Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
David N’Guessan scored 23 points to lead Kansas State to an 81-64 victory over Abilene Christian. N’Guessan made all nine of his field goals but was 4 of 11 from the line. Markquis Nowell added 15 points and matched a season high with 12 assists for Kansas State (8-1). Keyontae Johnson and Nae’Qwan Tomlin added 12 points apiece. Nowell underhanded a pass off the backboard and a trailing Johnson slammed it home to cap a 27-15 run to open the second half as K-State built a 62-49 lead. Abilene Christian pulled within 11 points with 2:20 remaining but didn’t get closer. Tobias Cameron scored 14 points for Abilene Christian (5-4).
Grant Sherfield, without a basket in the first half, scored all but two of his 24 points in the second when Oklahoma turned a tie game into a 75-53 victory over Kansas City. Sherfield was 5 of 6 from 3-point range, with the Sooners shooting 58% from the floor. Sherfield, a point shy of his season high, has reached double figures in every game this season. Tanner Groves and Milos Uzan added 11 points each and Sam Godwin 10. RayQuawndis Mitchell led the Roos with 18 points but scored only two in the second half. Allen Davis Mukeba added 10 points.
Sidney Crosby scored twice and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1. Bryan Rust and Teddy Blueger also scored for Pittsburgh, which has won three straight. Crosby and Rust scored 47 seconds apart in the second period as the Penguins turned a one-goal deficit into a 2-1 lead. Tristan Jarry made 38 saves for Pittsburgh. Johnny Gaudreau scored his ninth goal of the season for Columbus, but the Blue Jackets lost to the Penguins for the 12th straight time in Pittsburgh.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 31 points, Alec Burks added 18 and the Detroit Pistons pulled away in the second half to beat the Miami Heat 116-96. Saddiq Bey scored 14, Isaiah Stewart had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Cory Joseph also scored 11 for the Pistons, who trailed 50-47 at halftime — then outscored Miami 69-46 in the final two quarters. It was Detroit’s biggest margin of victory this season. Tyler Herro led all scorers with a season high-tying 34 points for Miami, which has dropped three of its last four games.
Aaron Judge remains a free agent as baseball's winter meetings continue in San Diego. While much of the majors awaited the resolution of Judge’s free agency, Taijuan Walker agreed to a $72 million, four-year contract with Philadelphia, Mitch Haniger got a $43.5 million deal from San Francisco and Cody Bellinger reached a $17.5 million, one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs. Negotiations continued for some marquee free agents, including shortstops Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson, along with catcher Willson Contreras and left-hander Carlos Rodón. Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol says the team recently met with Contreras and his representatives.
Miles Kelly hit a huge 3-pointer and then a drive for the game-winner as Georgia Tech rallied to beat Georgia 79-77, taking advantage of a nightmarish final minute for Bulldogs guard Terry Roberts. Roberts missed a 3-pointer, turned the ball over twice with bad passes, and was called for an offensive foul as he was trying to drive toward the hoop for the basket that would’ve sent the game to overtime. A pair of second-chance buckets seemingly put Georgia in control with a 77-73 lead. The Bulldogs wouldn’t score again as Kelly led the comeback for the Yellow Jackets.
The injury-riddled Colorado Avalanche will be without leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon for about a month after he suffered an upper-body injury on Monday night in a loss to Philadelphia. The team announced the news on social media. MacKinnon has eight goals and 26 assists for the defending Stanley Cup champions. He joins a long list of banged-up players, including Valeri Nichushkin, Evan Rodrigues, Bowen Byram, Josh Manson, Darren Helm and Gabriel Landeskog. Forward Artturi Lehkonen has been sidelined, too.
Standout freshman Nick Smith Jr. scored 22 points to help No. 9 Arkansas overcome a sluggish offensive showing and outlast North Carolina-Greensboro 65-58. Smith was playing just his third game. The Razorbacks shot 33.3% and trailed for a majority of the game. Arkansas didn’t take the lead for good until Devo Davis made a pair of free throws with 4:04 left. Makhi Mitchell had 13 points and 14 rebounds for Arkansas, Davis had 10 points and 10 boards, and Black scored 11 points. Donovan Atwell led UNC Greensboro with 12 points and Dante Treacy added 11.
Clarence O. Daniels II scored a career-high 34 points, Nazim Derry hit a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left in overtime and New Hampshire beat Boston College 74-71 for its first road win in the series. New Hampshire (3-5) ended a 15-game losing streak in the series and won for the first time in 23 tries at Boston College (5-5). The Eagles are now 0-2 against the America East Conference this year — against the teams picked seventh and ninth in the preseason poll. Daniels sank a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining to force overtime tied at 64.
Novak Djokovic will open his 2023 campaign in Adelaide as he prepares for a shot at a 10th Australian Open crown a year after having his visa revoked on the eve of his title defense. The 21-time major winner has been granted a visa by the Australian government and has been listed to play at the Adelaide International which starts Jan. 1. Serbia isn’t contesting the inaugural United Cup team competition, leaving Djokovic free to play regular warmup tournaments head of the Jan. 16-29 Australian Open. He’ll be joined in the men’s draw at Adelaide by Russians Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada and Andy Murray.
Outfielder Mitch Haniger and the San Francisco Giants have agreed on a $43.5 million, three-year contract at the winter meetings. A native of nearby Mountain View, Haniger is coming home to the Bay Area after five seasons with Seattle. He helped the Mariners reach the playoffs for the first time since 2001. The deal came as the Giants pursue another Californian, top free agent Aaron Judge. an Francisco missed the playoffs at 81-81 this past season on the heels of a franchise-record 107 wins and an NL West title in 2021.
Terquavion Smith scored 33 points, Jarkel Joiner added 29 and North Carolina State beat Coppin State 94-72 in a game in which the Wolfpack led from the start. Smith started and ended a 3-point parade with a four-point play for a 38-15 advantage with 10:04 before halftime. Smith went 4 for 4 from deep in a 90-second span, and Smith and Breon Pass each sank 3s. The Wolfpack led 49-32 and remained up by double digits the entire second half. Sam Sessoms scored 24 points for Coppin State.
Maddy Siegrist had 24 points and seven rebounds, Lucy Olsen added 14 points and No. 25 Villanova beat American University 83-42. Siegrist scored 15 points in the opening 13 minutes as Villanova led 34-15. The Wildcats extended it to 46-23 by halftime before starting the second half on a 9-0 run for a 32-point lead. Villanova added an 8-0 run in the fourth quarter for its largest lead of the game at 79-36. The Wildcats held American to 15-of-50 shooting (30%) and scored 21 points off 19 turnovers. Christina Dalce scored 13 points for Villanova.
Mills Lane, the Hall of Fame boxing referee who was the third man in the ring when Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield’s ear, died Tuesday. He was 85. Respected for being tough but fair, his “Let’s get it on!” command became the final words heard before many memorable fights. Lane had suffered a stroke in 2002 and his son, Tommy, said his father had taken a significant turn for the worse recently before entering hospice care on Friday. He died at his home in Reno, Nevada, with his wife, Kaye, and two sons in the home.
Joe Girard had 18 points and six assists, Jesse Edwards added 18 points with seven rebounds and Syracuse closed the first half on an 18-0 run en route to a 95-66 win over Oakland. Syracuse trailed 21-20 with 11 minutes left in the first half, but the Golden Grizzlies only made one more field goal before the break. The Orange closed on a 25-3 run, with eight points from Girard, for a 21-point lead after shooting 57% and controlling the glass 24-15. Girard had 15 points and five assists in the first half and Edwards added 12 points and six boards. Edwards had a highlight sequence early in the second half when he blocked a shot in the lane and raced the other way for an alley-oop dunk for a 53-27 lead.
Kevin Wilson will seek to bring Tulsa some of the prolific passing and scoring he’s overseen during six seasons as the offensive coordinator at Ohio State. Wilson was hired as Tulsa’s coach Tuesday and introduced at an afternoon news conference. Wilson is a 37-year coaching veteran who spent six years as Indiana’s head coach, going 26-47 from 2011-16. He then joined Urban Meyer’s staff at Ohio State and stayed on under Meyer’s successor, Ryan Day. At Tulsa, Wilson replaces Philip Montgomery, who was fired after going 43-53 in eight seasons with the American Athletic Conference program, including 5-7 in 2022.
Gonçalo Ramos showed that he has the goods and the goals to stand in for Cristiano Ronaldo by scoring a hat trick at the World Cup in his first start for Portugal’s national team. Portugal beat Switzerland 6-1 and advanced to the quarterfinals for the third time. Ramos says “not even in my wildest dreams did I think about being part of the starting team for the knockout stage.” Those three goals and the smoking pistols goal celebration instantly made Ramos one of the sport’s hottest prospects. Portugal will face Morocco on Saturday for a spot in the semifinals.
Los Angeles Angels general manager Perry Minasian says he's been in frequent contact with two-way star Shohei Ohtani about the team’s offseason moves. Ohtani is back in Japan for the offseason. The Angels’ dealings, their future owner and the team’s performance will all be under the microscope as Ohtani begins his final season before hitting free agency. Despite Arte Moreno putting the team up for sale, the Angels have been proactive since the season ended. They have acquired two players via trade and signed a pair of pitchers.
Outfielder Masataka Yoshida will be able to negotiate with Major League Baseball teams starting Wednesday under the posting system with the Japanese big leagues. A member of Japan’s Olympic team last year, Yoshida will be posted at 8 a.m. EST Wednesday and MLB teams have until 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 20 to reach an agreement. The 29-year-old hit .335 with 21 homers and 88 RBIs in 119 games this year for the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Pacific League. He has a .327 batting average with 133 homers and 467 RBIs over seven seasons in the Japanese majors.
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that former National League MVP Cody Bellinger and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $17.5 million, one-year contract. Bellinger was cut by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Nov. 18 after the 27-year-old outfielder hit .210 with 19 homers in 144 games. Bellinger was the 2019 NL MVP.
New Hall of Famer Sylvester Croom says there has not been enough progress in college football when it comes to the hiring of Black head coaches. Croom, a star player for Alabama in the early 1970s, became the first Black head football coach in the Southeastern Conference in 2004 when he was hired by Mississippi State. Since then, there have been only four others and there are currently no Black head coaches in the SEC. Only one of 16 head coaching vacancies in major college football this year has been filled by a Black coach. Croom called it ‘disappointing’ and ‘frustrating,’ but said he was happy to see Deion Sanders get an opportunity with Colorado.
The end of the year is approaching and that could mean Masters invitations are in the mail. Augusta National has not said if if its criteria will be changed in the wake of rival LIV Golf. Players in the top 50 in the world at the end of the year have historically been invited. Talor Gooch and Jason Kokrak look like they'll stay in the top 50. Louis Oosthuizen dropped out this week. But the South African is playing the Alfred Dunhill Championship this week and has a chance to get in. They hope to be able to see the 13th hole at Augusta National that now measures 545 yards.