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.
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.
=== COLLEGE FOOTBALL ===
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. FoxSports.com 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.