Top-25 College Basketball
Erik Murphy was unstoppable for Florida, scoring a game-high 24 points to lead
the No. 10 Gators past the 22nd-ranked Wisconsin Badgers, 74-56, on Wednesday.
Murphy shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the field and also pulled down eight
rebounds, while Mike Rosario added 15 points for a Gators (2-0) team that shot
an incredible 61.9 percent for the game. Wisconsin fell behind early and never
recovered. Jared Berggren and Sam Dekker scored 11 apiece for the Badgers
(1-1), who were coming off a season-opening blowout victory over Southeastern
Elsewhere in the Top-25:
(15) Creighton 77, UAB 60
National Basketball Association
Greg Monroe had 19 points and 18 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons ended their
season-opening eight-game losing streak in convincing fashion, rolling to a
94-76 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Pistons
used a combination of balanced scoring, suffocating defense and dominance on
the glass to record their long-awaited first win of the 2012-13 campaign.
Elsewhere in the NBA:
Boston Celtics 98, Utah Jazz 93
Houston Rockets 100, New Orleans Hornets 96
Milwaukee Bucks 99, Indiana Pacers 85
Charlotte Bobcats 89, Minnesota Timberwolves 87
Memphis Grizzlies 107, Oklahoma City Thunder 97
Dallas Mavericks 107, Washington Wizards 101
Chicago Bulls 112, Phoenix Suns 106 (OT)
Golden State Warriors 92, Atlanta Hawks 88
Los Angeles Clippers 107, Miami Heat 100
=== As of 9:45 a.m. (et) ===
=== BASEBALL ===
New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey capped a storybook 2012 season by being
named the National League's Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers'
Association of America, with Tampa Bay Rays southpaw David Price capturing the
honor in the American League. Dickey, a journeyman knuckleball specialist who
had never recorded more than 11 victories in any of his previous nine major
league seasons, was named first on 27-of-32 ballots cast to easily outdistance
2011 NL Cy Young recipient Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Price,
meanwhile, edged reigning Cy Young honoree Justin Verlander of Detroit by a
mere four points in the closest vote in AL history except for 1969, when
Baltimore's Mike Cuellar and the Tigers' Denny McClain shared the award after
tying in the balloting. The Tampa ace was first on 14 of the 28 ballots and
second on 13 others, while also receiving one third-place vote for a total of
153 points. Verlander earned 13 first-place votes, 13 seconds and was third on
two other ballots to tabulate 149 points.
The Tigers and free agent outfielder Torii Hunter have agreed to a two-year
contract, according to multiple reports. The deal is pending a physical
and is said to be worth $26 million. The 16-year veteran batted a career-high
.313 with 24 doubles, 16 home runs and 92 RBI through 140 games for the Angels
last season. A nine-time Gold Glove winner and four-time All-Star, Hunter is a
career .277 hitter with 406 doubles, 297 homers and 1,143 RBI over 1,947 games
with the Minnesota Twins and Angels.
=== NFL ===
Week 11 of the NFL season gets underway on Thursday with an AFC East battle as
the Buffalo Bills host the Miami Dolphins. Each team lost their matchup the
week before as Buffalo dropped a shootout in New England while Miami got
trounced at home by Tennessee. The loss was the second straight for the
Dolphins and the team sits two games behind the Patriots for the top spot in
the division while the Bills have lost three straight and are tied with the
Jets for last place in the division. The Dolphins won both games against the
Bills last season.
Byron Leftwich will start at quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers' key
divisional matchup against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, the team announced
Wednesday. Leftwich replaced Ben Roethlisberger in the third quarter of
Monday's 16-13 overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs when
Roethlisberger sprained the sternoclavicular joint in his right shoulder
during a sack and completed 7-of-14 passes for 73 yards. Roethlisberger also
suffered a dislocation of his first rib, which could puncture his aorta if it
moves a certain way when hit. Leftwich, the seventh overall pick by the
Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2003 draft, has a 24-25 career record as a starter
while completing 58.2 percent of his passes for 10,333 yards with 58
touchdowns and 41 interceptions. It will be his first start since Sept. 27,
2009, when he was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Pittsburgh enters
Sunday night's contest trailing the Ravens by one game for the top spot in the
The Green Bay Packers have ruled out linebacker Clay Matthews for Sunday's
game against Detroit due to a hamstring injury the star pass rusher suffered
in the team's last outing. Matthews got hurt in the third quarter of Green
Bay's 31-17 victory over Arizona on Nov. 4, with head coach Mike McCarthy
stating during the Packers' recent bye week that the sack artist could be
sidelined "a couple of weeks." McCarthy officially declared Matthews
unavailable for the Detroit game following Wednesday's practice. Matthews has
recorded a team-best nine sacks through the first nine games, the fifth-
highest total in the NFL this season. McCarthy had better news regarding wide
receiver Jordy Nelson, who appears on track to return from an ankle sprain
that knocked him out of the Week 9 win over the Cardinals in the first
quarter. The fifth-year pro did participate in Wednesday's practice on a
Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid has yet to rule out quarterback Michael
Vick for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins. Reid said Wednesday
Vick is continuing to rest after sustaining a concussion in last Sunday's loss
to the Dallas Cowboys. Vick is still experiencing headaches, which are
preventing him from undergoing a series of tests that would allow him to
return to the field. Rookie Nick Foles worked with the first-team offense in
practice and will make his first NFL start if Vick isn't cleared to play.
Reid did rule wide receiver Jason Avant out with a hamstring injury.
>>Bulls Hold Off Suns In OT
(Phoenix, AZ) -- Carlos Boozer posted 28 points and 14 rebounds as the Bulls took a 112-106 win in overtime against the Suns. Joakim Noah had 21 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for Chicago, which bounced back from a loss to Boston on Monday. The Bulls play the second game of their five-game road trip on Saturday against the Clippers.
>>Cutler Status Unknown
(Chicago, IL) -- With the Bears not practicing on Wednesday, there was no update on the status of quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler suffered a concussion on Sunday night against the Houston Texans. The Bears take on the 49ers on Monday night.
>>Jets Sign RB Bell
(Florham Park, NJ) -- The New York Jets have signed running back Kahlil Bell. The 25-year-old was waived by Chicago last month after rushing for 32 yards in two games. Bell has run for 589 yards on 131 carries and caught 21 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown in 22 career games with the Bears.
>>DePaul Hosts Gardner-Webb
(Rosemont, IL) -- The DePaul Blue Demons host Gardner-Webb tonight at Allstate Arena. DePaul started off the season with a 91-59 thrashing of UC Riverside in Chicago. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m.