Bulls Bounce Cavs

(Cleveland, OH)  --  Marco Belinelli paced the Bulls with 23 points as they defeated the Cavaliers, 95-85, at Quicken Loans Arena.  Luol Deng added 22 points and seven rebounds, while Joakim Noah posted a double-double with 13 points and 15 boards.  Chicago's record stands at 9-and-8.  Donald Sloan led Cleveland in scoring with 14 points off the bench.  The Cavs, who continue to be without Kyrie Irving, also didn't have starting shooting guard Dion Waiters.  Cleveland dropped to 4-and-15.

Kobe Reaches 30,000 Career Points In Lakers Win

(New Orleans, LA)  --  Kobe Bryant scored 29 points to surpass 30,000 for his career as the Lakers beat the Hornets 103-87 at New Orleans Arena.  The 34-year-old Bryant becomes the youngest player to reach the milestone and fifth overall in NBA history, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.  Dwight Howard added 18 points, eight rebounds and five blocks for LA, which has won eight straight over New Orleans.  Metta World Peace had 11 points and nine rebounds and became the sixth player in NBA history to record 12,000 points, 4,000 rebounds, 1,000 three-pointers and 1,500 steals in a career.  Ryan Anderson poured in a game-high 31 points for the Hornets, who have lost three-of-four.

Jets' Sanchez To Start Again Against Jags

(Florham Park, NJ)  --  Mark Sanchez is still the starting quarterback for the New York Jets.  Head coach Rex Ryan says Sanchez will be under center when the Jets play Sunday at Jacksonville.
Sanchez was benched in the third quarter of this past Sunday's game against Arizona.  Third-stringer Greg McElroy came off the bench to lead the Jets to their lone score in the fourth quarter of a 7-6 win over the Cardinals.  Sanchez was picked off three times in the first half and finished 10-of-21 for just 97 yards.  Backup Tim Tebow [[ TEE-boh ]] was inactive against Arizona because of a rib injury.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan says he believes Mark Sanchez is still their best option.

Tuesday's Results


National Basketball Association


The  Washington  Wizards have had  next to no success  so far this season, but

they've  been  more than  able to hold  their own in  recent meetings with the

mighty  Miami Heat.  Behind 22 points from Jordan Crawford and a 16-point, 10-

rebound effort out of Kevin Seraphin, the Wizards registered only their second

victory  of  the campaign with a  shocking 105-101 decision over the defending

world  champions  at the  Verizon Center, despite  a triple-double from LeBron

James.  A.J. Price added 14 points and Martell Webster scored 13 off the bench

for  Washington, which entered the matchup with a league-worst 1-13 record but

have now won two of three following an 0-12 start.

Elsewhere in the NBA:


Minnesota Timberwolves 105, Philadelphia 76ers 88

Oklahoma City Thunder 117, Brooklyn Nets 111

Indiana Pacers 80, Chicago Bulls 76

Houston Rockets 107, Los Angeles Lakers 105

Memphis Grizzlies 108, Phoenix Suns 98 (OT)

Top-25 College Basketball


Richard  Howell and C.J.  Leslie would have made the late Jim Valvano proud on

Tuesday,  as the frontcourt duo combined for 29 points and 23 rebounds to lead

No.  25 North Carolina State to a 69-65 victory over Connecticut in the finale

of the Jimmy V Classic. With Valvano's immortal "Don't Ever Give Up" sentiment

sewn  on the backs  of their jerseys, the Wolfpack adhered the former NC State

coach's  credo. Howell,  who missed  part of  the first  half after  taking an

inadvertent  elbow to the head, finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while

Leslie added 16 and 13 in the triumph. Lorenzo Brown checked in with 16 points

as  well, while Scott  Wood netted 13 for the Wolfpack (5-2), who had lost two

of three coming in to nearly fall out of the top 25.

Elsewhere in the Top-25:


(3) Michigan 73, Western Michigan 41

(5) Louisville 80, College of Charleston 38

(8) Arizona 63, Southern Miss 55

(12) Missouri 81, Southeast Missouri State 65

(13) Illinois 72, Western Carolina 64

(14) Minnesota 88, South Dakota State 64

(15) Georgetown 64, Texas 41

(21) UNLV 68, Portland 60

=== As of 9:40 a.m. (et) ===

=== NFL ===

Mark  Sanchez  will be the starting  quarterback Sunday when the New York Jets

take  on the  Jacksonville  Jaguars. Jets  coach Rex  Ryan  made the  decision

Wednesday  morning. Sanchez  was benched in the third quarter of last Sunday's

game  against Arizona and Greg McElroy led the Jets to their lone touchdown in

a 7-6 win. Ryan said Monday he was comfortable with any of his quarterbacks as

a  starter,  including the  injured Tim  Tebow, then said  he would wait until

later in the week to make his decision.


Bears  middle  linebacker Brian Urlacher  could miss  the next three games and

possibly  the  remainder of the regular  season due to a significant hamstring

injury,  a Chicago  newspaper reported  on  Tuesday. According  to the  paper,

Urlacher  suffered a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring during the overtime

period  of Chicago's  23-17 loss  to Seattle  while attempting  to chase  down

Seahawks  quarterback Russell  Wilson. The  eight-time Pro  Bowl selection  is

expected  to sit  out  three weeks  with  hopes of  returning  for the  Bears'

regular-season finale at Detroit.


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's availability for Sunday's

game against the San Diego Chargers will depend on how he performs in practice

this  week.  Steelers coach Mike Tomlin  said on Tuesday that Charlie Batch is

scheduled  to start  Sunday's game.  Roethlisberger, who  has missed  the last

three  games with rib and shoulder injuries, has a chance to prove he is ready

to  play. The Steelers dropped their first two games without Roethlisberger in

the  lineup, but  bounced back with a  win at Baltimore on Sunday. Tomlin also

said  that  cornerback Ike  Taylor could  miss several  weeks with a fractured

right ankle. Cortez Allen will start in his place.


Wisconsin head football coach Bret Bielema, fresh off leading the Badgers to a

third  straight Rose Bowl  trip, was named to the same position at Arkansas on

Tuesday.  Bielema leaves  Wisconsin off  a  70-31 shellacking  of Nebraska  in

Saturday's  Big  Ten  Championship  Game  that  earned  the  Badgers  a  third

consecutive  conference title. The 42-year-old amassed a 68-24 record in seven

seasons  at the  school, including  an  8-5 mark  this year. It is not  yet known

if  Bielema will coach Wisconsin against

Stanford in the upcoming Rose Bowl, or if he will immediately begin attempting

to  restore an  Arkansas program reeling from a disappointing 2012 season. The

Razorbacks  entered  the  campaign  with  high  expectations  even  after  the

administration   fired  head  coach  Bobby  Petrino  in  April  following  the

revelation  of an  extramarital  affair with  a  former Razorbacks  volleyball

player  he hired to work in the athletic department. Arkansas began the season

ranked  10th nationally,  but managed just a 4-8 record under replacement John

L.  Smith and  went 2-6 in SEC  play. The university announced Smith would not

return following the conclusion of the season.


Former  assistant  Gus Malzahn  has accepted  the head  coaching job at Auburn

after  a  one-year stint at  the helm of  the Arkansas State football program.

Malzahn was the Tigers' offensive coordinator from 2009-11 and helped lead the

school  to  a national  championship in  2010 under  recently fired coach Gene

Chizik.  Auburn  went  3-9  and  0-8  in the  SEC  this  year,  which  led  to

Chizik's  dismissal.  The 47-year-old  Malzahn guided Arkansas  State to a 9-3

record and a Sun Belt championship in his lone season with the Red Wolves.


Steve  Addazio  has been named the  new head football coach at Boston College.

The  53-year-old Addazio  heads  to  the Heights  after  just  two seasons  as

Temple's  head  coach, during which  he compiled a  13-11 record with one bowl

berth.  He fills the  slot vacated by Frank Spaziani, who was fired on Nov. 25

after the Eagles finished 2-10, their worst record since a winless campaign in

1978.  Spaziani turned  in a  22-29 mark  over his  four-year tenure  with BC,

including three bowl appearances with one victory.

=== NHL ===

A grouping of six NHL owners and 18 players met for nearly eight hours Tuesday

without  either  commissioner Gary  Bettman  or  union  chief Donald  Fehr  in

attendance.  NHLPA Steve  Fehr called the meeting "constructive" and added "it

might  be the best day we've had." The two sides are expected to meet again on

Wednesday.  The current  work  stoppage,  which began  Sept.  16, has  already

forced  the  cancellation of regular-season games  through Dec. 14, as well as

the  Winter Classic  and All-Star  Weekend.VThe current  work stoppage,  which

began  Sept.  16, has already  forced the cancellation of regular-season games

through Dec. 14, as well as the Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend.

=== BASEBALL ===

The  Boston  Red Sox  have apparently  signed outfielder  Shane Victorino to a

three-year  deal.  The pact  is believed  to be  $39 million  and is pending a

physical.  A  two-time All-Star with two  Gold Gloves to his credit, Victorino

had  spent the majority of his nine-year career with the Philadelphia Phillies

before  being dealt  to  the Los  Angeles Dodgers  at  July's trade  deadline.

Victorino  was already in the midst of his worst year as a pro before the deal

and struggled even more after the trade, hitting just .245 in 53 games for the

Dodgers.  In 154 combined  games, he batted .255 with 11 home runs, 55 RBI, 72

runs scored and 39 stolen bases. He also compiled a .321 on-base-percentage, a

.383  slugging and a  .704 OPS. It was a far cry from a terrific 2011 campaign

that saw the switch-hitter bat .279 with a .355 OBP and a .491 SLG.


The  San Francisco  Giants re-signed postseason hero Marco Scutaro to a three-

year  deal  on Tuesday. is  reporting that the pact is worth $20

million.  Scutaro was acquired by the Giants from Colorado midway through last

season  and was a huge part of San Francisco's success down the stretch, as he

batted.362 in 61 games after hitting .271 in 95 games for the Rockies. The 37-

year-old infielder carried that into the postseason and was the NLCS MVP after

hitting  .500 with  three doubles and four  RBI in the Giants' seven- game win

over the St. Louis Cardinals.


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