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Tuesday's Results
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Top-25 College Basketball
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Villanova  used  15  points  from  Ryan Arcidiacono  and  a  stifling  overall defensive effort to hand reeling Louisville a 73-64 loss in a Big East matchup from  the Wells  Fargo  Center. JayVaughn  Pinkston added  11  points and  six rebounds for the Wildcats (12-7, 3-3 Big East), who outscored the fifth-ranked Cardinals  20-11 over the final four minutes to end a streak of three straight conference  losses.  After falling out of  the top spot in the polls following Saturday's  narrow  home loss to Syracuse,  Louisville (16-3, 4-2) was held to just  39.7 percent  shooting  from the  field and  committed  17 turnovers  to receive a second straight setback following an 11-game win streak.

Elsewhere in the Top-25:
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(3) Kansas 59, (11) Kansas State 55
(13) Michigan State 49, Wisconsin 47
(14) Ohio State 72, Iowa 63
Wake Forest 86, (18) North Carolina State 84
(22) Missouri 71, South Carolina 65

National Hockey League
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The  San Jose Sharks  scored six goals in the first period and continued their road  success  against the Edmonton  Oilers with  a 6-3 victory Tuesday night. Patrick  Marleau and  Logan Couture each registered two goals and an assist in the  Sharks'  opening-frame barrage. Antti  Niemi made  26 saves for San Jose, which  set a franchise record for most goals scored in one period on the road. The Sharks improved to 9-1-2 in their last 12 games at Rexall Place.

Elsewhere in the NHL:
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Winnipeg Jets 4, Washington Capitals 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Carolina Hurricanes 1
Montreal Canadiens 4, Florida Panthers 1
New Jersey Devils 3, Philadelphia Flyers 0
Dallas Stars 2, Detroit Red Wings 1
Nashville Predators 3, Minnesota Wild 1
Chicago Blackhawks 3, St. Louis Blues 2
Colorado Avalanche 3, Los Angeles Kings 1

National Basketball Association
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Kevin  Durant  scored 13 of  his game-high 32 points  in the fourth quarter to lead  the Oklahoma City  Thunder to a 109-97 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday in a battle of the NBA's elite. Durant was seemingly unconscious in the  final frame, converting 5-of-6 field goal attempts and 3-of-3 from behind the  arc  over the final 12  minutes. The reigning three-time scoring champion also  grabbed seven rebounds and dished out seven assists for the Thunder, who improved to an NBA-best 33-9 with the win.

Elsewhere in the NBA:
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Cleveland Cavaliers 95, Boston Celtics 90
Detroit Pistons 105, Orlando Magic 90
Milwaukee Bucks 110, Philadelphia 76ers 102

=== As of 7:35 a.m. (et) ===

=== TENNIS ===

Four-time  champion Roger Federer and two-time runner-up Andy Murray won their respective  quarterfinal matches  on  Wednesday at  the  Australian Open.  The second-seeded  former  world No.  1  Federer  outlasted Frenchman  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3. The third-seeded Murray thoroughly dominated  Frenchman  Jeremy Chardy  in a  6-4, 6-1, 6-2  triumph at Rod Laver Arena. Murray, who has yet to drop  a  set at this  fortnight, raced out  to a 4-0  lead  in  the opening  set.  Chardy  earned  a  break while  winning  the next  three  games before  Murray  regained  control. The  25-year-old  Murray committed  just three  unforced  errors  while taking  the  second  set in  32 minutes.  He  needed  only 35  more  minutes  to  reach  his 12th  Grand  Slam semifinal.

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Sloane  Stephens  outlasted an injured  Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals  on Wednesday to set up a semifinal matchup with World No. 1 and defending  champion Victoria Azarenka. The 29th-seeded Sloane Stephens reached her  first career  major  semifinal with  a  3-6, 7-5,  6-4  victory over  her American  compatriot. Williams suffered back spasms during the second set that clearly  affected her play. Azarenka, meanwhile, cruised to a 7-5, 6-1 victory over two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

=== NBA ===

The  Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired a trio of players and a draft pick from Memphis  as  part of  a trade  that will  help the  Grizzlies avoid paying the luxury  tax this  season. Memphis sent forward Marreese Speights, guards Wayne Ellington  and Josh  Selby and a future first-round draft pick to Cleveland in exchange  for forward Jon Leuer. The swap will free up some $6 million to keep the Grizzlies under the luxury tax threshold. Memphis would have had to pay $4 million  for being over the line. Cleveland also needed front court help after it  was revealed  Monday that  center Anderson  Varejao will  be lost  for the season because of a blood clot.

=== NHL ===

Detroit  Red  Wings forward  Tomas Holmstrom made  it official, announcing his retirement  after a  15-year NHL  career  during a  Tuesday press  conference. The  native of  Sweden, who will turn  40 on Wednesday, recorded just 11 goals and  24 points  in 74 games a  season ago. A left-handed shooter and less than strong  skater, Holmstrom made his reputation by disrupting goaltenders, often standing  atop the crease providing screens. He participated in 1,026 regular- season  games --  sixth- most in franchise history behind Gordie Howe (1,687), Nicklas  Lidstrom (1,564),  Alex Delvecchio (1,549), Steve Yzerman (1,514) and Kris  Draper (1,137) -- while recording 243 goals and 530 points, while adding 46  goals and 97  points in 180 postseason appearances. He hangs up the skates as  the  last remaining player  of five  who won all  four Cups in recent club
history, alongside Lidstrom, Draper, Kirk Maltby and Darren McCarty.

=== NFL ===

NFL  commissioner  Roger Goodell has  reinstated New Orleans Saints head coach Sean  Payton, effective  immediately. Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 season  for  his role  in the Saints'  bounty scandal, but  can now attend the Super  Bowl  in the  Superdome next  week and  can resume  all duties with the Saints.  Goodell and  Payton met Monday in New York, and the commissioner said Tuesday  in a  statement that Payton "fully complied with all the requirements imposed  on him  during his suspension" and "accepts his responsibilities as a head coach and the vital role that coaches play in promoting player safety and setting  an example for  how the game should be played at all levels." Without Payton this season, the Saints struggled to a 7-9 record under interim coaches Joe Vitt and Aaron Kromer.

=== BASEBALL ===

The  Boston  Red Sox  signed catcher/first  baseman Mike  Napoli to a one-year contract  on  Tuesday. The deal is  worth $5 million, with incentives that can bring  it up to $13 million. Napoli hit just .227 with 24 home runs and 56 RBI in 108 games for the Texas Rangers last season, his second with the franchise, and  earned his first career All-Star selection. He split time between catcher (69  starts), first  base (24 starts) and designated hitter (9 starts). Over a seven-year  career  with the  Angels and Texas,  the 31-year-old South Florida native  is a .259  hitter who has slugged 146 homers and driven in 380 runs in 727 games.

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The  Cincinnati Reds will reportedly host the 2015 All-Star Game. According to a  Cincinnati newspaper,  baseball commissioner Bud Selig will be in the Queen City to make the announcement on Wednesday. Cincinnati has not hosted the All- Star  Game  since 1988 at Riverfront  Stadium. It will be the fifth Mid-Summer Classic for Cincinnati and the first at Great American Ball Park, which opened in 2003. Riverfront Stadium was also the site of the 1970 All-Star Game, while Crosley Field also welcomed the contest in 1938 and 1953. This year's All-Star Game  will be  at Citi Field in New  York, while the 2014 game will be held at Minnesota's Target Field.

=== COLLEGE ===

The  Mountain  West Conference  announced  on  Tuesday  the formation  of  two football divisions and a conference championship game, which will begin in the 2013-14 season. Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and  Wyoming will  play in  the Mountain  Division and  Fresno State,  Hawaii, Nevada,  San Diego  State, San  Jose  State and  UNLV  will play  in the  West Division. Each team will play five divisional games and three cross-divisional contests  annually.  There will not  be divisions  for Mountain West men's and women's  basketball.  Each team will  play an 18-game conference schedule that will  include  home and home games  with eight opponents and single-play games against a rotation of two remaining teams in the conference.

 

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