Top-25 College Basketball

The  No. 25 Miami  Hurricanes went out and knocked off the nation's No. 1 team
for  the first time in school history with a 90-63 drubbing of top-ranked Duke
at  BankUnited Center. Durand Scott scored 25 points and Kenny Kadji had 22 as
Miami  (14-3,  5-0 ACC),  which had  been 0-6 all-time  against teams atop the
polls, dominated the Blue Devils on both ends of the floor to record its sixth
consecutive  victory in  surprisingly easy fashion. The Hurricanes, ranked for
the  first time  since January of 2010,  made a sizzling 56.9 percent of their
field  goal attempts  and knocked down 9-of-19 tries from 3-point range, while
limiting  the frazzled  Blue  Devils  to a  29.7  percent  shooting clip  that
included a woeful 4-of-23 performance from beyond the arc.

Elsewhere in the Top-25:

(7) Indiana 72, Penn State 49
(8) Florida 64, Georgia 47
La Salle 54, (9) Butler 53
Northwestern 55, (12) Minnesota 48
(15) New Mexico 66, Colorado State 61
(16) Oregon 68, Washington State 61
Drake 74, (17) Creighton 69
(20) Wichita State 62, Missouri State 52

National Hockey League

James  van Riemsdyk netted two goals and one assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs
beat Pittsburgh, 5-2, and spoil the Pens' home opener at Consol Energy Center.
Sidney  Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scored once each for the Penguins, who opened
the year with two road wins over Atlantic Division foes.

Elsewhere in the NHL:

New York Rangers 4, Boston Bruins 3 (OT)
Phoenix Coyotes 5, Columbus Blue Jackets 1
Vancouver Canucks 3, Calgary Flames 2 (SO)

National Basketball Association

Stephen  Curry posted 31 points and seven assists as the Golden State Warriors
held  off the  Oklahoma City Thunder, 104-99, on Wednesday. David Lee added 22
points  and 12  rebounds, while  Klay  Thompson poured  in 19  points for  the
Warriors,  who  have won  three straight.  Kevin Durant  scored a game-high 33
points  with nine  assists and five rebounds for Oklahoma City, which fell for
the second time in three games.

Elsewhere in the NBA:

Atlanta Hawks 104, Charlotte Bobcats 92
Miami Heat 123, Toronto Raptors 116 (OT)
Chicago Bulls 85, Detroit Pistons 82
Denver Nuggets 105, Houston Rockets 95
Memphis Grizzlies 106, Los Angeles Lakers 93
Brooklyn Nets 91, Minnesota Timberwolves 83
San Antonio Spurs 106, New Orleans Hornets 102
Utah Jazz 92, Washington Wizards 88
Portland Trail Blazers 100, Indiana Pacers 80
Phoenix Suns 106, Sacramento Kings 96


Novak  Djokovic will have  a chance to become the first man in the Open Era to
win a third straight Australian Open title after a straight-set semifinal rout
of  David  Ferrer on Thursday night.  The top-seeded Djokovic needed a mere 89
minutes  to dispose  of the Spaniard, 6-2,  6-2, 6-1. The Serbian won the last
two  Aussie  Open crowns and  will be gunning for  his fourth overall title in
Melbourne,  having first  won it  in 2008.  Djokovic will  meet the  winner of
Friday's blockbuster semifinal between Roger Federer and Andy Murray.

China's  sixth seed  Li Na  and world  No. 1  and defending  champion Victoria
Azarenka  will meet  in the women's final after both were straight-set winners
on Thursday.  Li advanced with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 victory  over second-seeded
Russian  Maria  Sharapova, who had  dropped only nine  games in her first five
matches  entering the  semis. Azarenka  gutted out  a 6-1,  6-4 decision  over
American Sloane Stephens, who had taken out Serena Williams in the quarters.


Milwaukee  Bucks  general  manager  John Hammond  has  received  a  three-year
contract  extension  that  will  run  through the  2015-16  season,  the  team
announced  Wednesday.  Hammond, who  was hired  by the Bucks  in April of 2008
following  a  seven-year stint as  vice president  of the Detroit Pistons, was
working  in the  final year of his  former deal. The 58-year-old was named the
NBA's  2009-10 Executive  of the Year after helping guide Milwaukee to a 46-36
record  and an  appearance in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, after a 12-game
improvement  from  the previous season.  The Bucks  have not qualified for the
postseason  in either  of the last two years, however they currently reside in
seventh place of the Eastern Conference standings with a 22-18 record.


The  family of  Junior Seau filed a  wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL on
Wednesday,  claiming  the former linebacker's  suicide was the result of brain
disease  caused by violent hits he sustained while playing football. The suit,
filed in California Superior Court, blames the NFL for its "acts or omissions"
that hid the dangers of repetitive blows to the head. Seau died at age 43 of a
self-inflicted  gunshot in  May  2012. Earlier  this  month, posthumous  tests
revealed  that  Seau suffered  from  chronic  traumatic encephalopathy  (CTE).
The  family is  also suing Riddell, Inc., the manufacturer of NFL helmets, for
its "negligent" design.


The  NCAA  revealed that it has  uncovered an issue of improper conduct within
its enforcement program during the Miami-Florida investigation. NCAA president
Mark Emmert  announced Wednesday that former enforcement  staff members worked
with  the  criminal defense attorney  for Nevin Shapiro  "to improperly obtain
information ... through  a  bankruptcy  proceeding  that  did not  involve the
NCAA."  The NCAA will not deliver allegations against the Hurricanes' football
and  basketball programs  until the facts  surrounding  the investigation  are


The  Cincinnati Reds  will host the 2015 All-Star Game.  Baseball commissioner
Bud Selig and Reds president and CEO Bob Castellini revealed the news during a
Wednesday  afternoon  news conference at  Great American Ball Park. 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


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