Thursday's Results

Top-25 College Basketball
Shabazz Muhammad netted 23 points and the UCLA Bruins handed No. 6 Arizona its first  home loss in  an 84-73 decision at McKale Center. David Wear and Jordan Adams, who went without  a field goal in a loss to Oregon last Saturday, each chipped in 15 points for the Bruins (16-4, 6-1 Pac-12) in their first road win against  their  Pac-12 rival since  March 2, 2008.  Arizona (16-2, 4-2) got 23 points  from  Nick Johnson and  16 from Mark  Lyons, but never fully recovered from a slow start.

Elsewhere in the Top-25:
(2) Michigan 68, Purdue 53
(10) Gonzaga 83, BYU 63
Richmond 86, (19) VCU 74 (OT)
(23) Ole Miss 62, Tennessee 56

National Hockey League
Jakub  Voracek  netted  the  deciding  goal in  the  second  period  and  Ilya Bryzgalov  stopped  18-of-19  shots,  as the  Philadelphia  Flyers  avoided  a franchise-worst  start  with a gritty  2-1 victory  over the New York Rangers. Wayne  Simmonds  provided the other score  for the Flyers, who had dropped the first  three games  of their truncated schedule and had never before lost four games in regulation to begin any season.

Elsewhere in the NHL:
New York Islanders 7, Toronto Maple Leafs 4
Montreal Canadiens 4, Washington Capitals 1
Carolina Hurricanes 6, Buffalo Sabres 3
Ottawa Senators 3, Florida Panthers 1
St. Louis Blues 3, Nashville Predators 0
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Dallas Stars 2 (OT)
Colorado Avalanche 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 0
Edmonton Oilers 2, Los Angeles Kings 1 (OT)
San Jose Sharks 5, Phoenix Coyotes 3

National Basketball Association
The  contest  was marked as the  second showdown of the season between Carmelo Anthony  and  Kevin Garnett,  but it was  J.R. Smith who  stole the show late. While  he only made 3-of-16 from the field on the night, Smith buried a clutch 3-pointer  and forced a  key turnover down the stretch to help the Knicks come away  with an 89-86  victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on Thursday. Albeit  another rough  shooting  performance, Anthony  scored  a team-best  28 points  on 11-of-28 from the field to help the Knicks avenge their loss to the Celtics  on  Jan. 7  at Madison Square  Garden, where things  got a bit chippy between  Anthony  and Garnett.  The two  got in a  heated exchange during that contest,  and Anthony  confronted Garnett  after the  game, which  resulted in a  one-game  suspension for  the Knicks' superstar.

Elsewhere in the NBA:
Toronto Raptors 97, Orlando Magic 95
Phoenix Suns 93, Los Angeles Clippers 88

=== As of 2:05 a.m. (et) ===

=== BASEBALL ===

The  Arizona Diamondbacks  have  finally unloaded  Justin  Upton, dealing  the outfielder  to  the Atlanta Braves in  a seven-player package. Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson are heading to Atlanta in exchange for utilityman Martin Prado,  pitcher  Randall Delgado and  minor leaguers Nick Ahmed, Brandon Drury and  Zeke Spruill. The deal unites the Upton brothers, as B.J. signed with the Braves as a free agent earlier this offseason. Arizona had been trying to deal Justin Upton all winter and earlier this month reportedly had a trade in place with  the Mariners,  but Upton apparently invoked his limited no-trade clause. The  two-time All-Star is  a career .278 hitter with 108 homers and 363 RBI in his six big league seasons -- all spent with Arizona.


The  New  York Mets have  reportedly agreed to  a one-year contract with free-agent pitcher Shaun Marcum. The deal is still pending a physical. Marcum spent the  past two seasons  with Milwaukee and was 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 21 starts last  year. He battled elbow issues last year after going 13-7 with a 3.54 ERA in 2011. The 31-year-old right-hander joined the Brewers after five seasons in Toronto  and owns  a  career mark  of  57-36 with  a 3.76  ERA  in 174  games, including 149 starts. He missed the entire 2009 campaign recovering from Tommy John surgery.

=== TENNIS ===

The  other semifinal match on the men's side will take place Friday as second- seeded  Roger  Federer will take on  third-seeded Andy Murray in a blockbuster match.  The winner  of that match will  take on Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday. 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.


The  women's  final is  set as China's  sixth seed  Li Na and  world No. 1 and defending  champion Victoria Azarenka will meet on Saturday. Both were winners on   Thursday   as  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,  while Azarenka gutted out a 6-1, 6-4 decision over  American  Sloane Stephens,  who had  taken out  Serena Williams in  the quarters.

=== NBA ===

New  Orleans Hornets  owner Tom Benson announced Thursday that the name of the team will change to the New Orleans Pelicans, beginning in the 2013-14 season. The  name was  changed to the Pelicans  largely due to its connection with the state  of Louisiana. It  has been the state bird for over a century and can be found  on both the state's flag and seal. The team's colors will be blue, red, and  gold. The team kept the Hornets nickname when it relocated from Charlotte for  the  start of the 2002-03  season. New Orleans previously hosted the Jazz from 1974-79 until the franchise left for Salt Lake City and kept the moniker.


The San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan and the Miami Heat's Chris Bosh headline the 14  reserves  announced Thursday  for the  2013 NBA  All-Star Game in Houston. Center  Tyson Chandler  of the  New York  Knicks, forward  Paul George  of the Indiana  Pacers, guard  Jrue Holiday  of the  Philadelphia 76ers,  guard Kyrie Irving  of the Cleveland Cavaliers and center Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls will  all  be making  their first  appearances in the  game. Joining Duncan as reserves  in the West are his teammate and guard Tony Parker, forward LaMarcus Aldridge  of  the Portland  Trail Blazers,  guard James  Harden of the Houston Rockets,  center David Lee of the Golden State Warriors, forward Zach Randolph of  the  Memphis Grizzlies  and guard  Russell Westbrook  of the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The  62nd NBA All-Star  Game will be played  at the Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 17.

=== GOLF ===

Defending  champion Brandt Snedeker and K.J. Choi carded matching rounds of 7- under  65 on  Thursday and  they  share the  first-round lead  at the  Farmers Insurance  Open.  Snedeker's 65  came on  the easier  North Course, while Choi played the longer, more difficult South Course. Players will rotate courses in round  two, before the South Course hosts the final two rounds. Former Masters champion  Mike Weir headlines a  group  of eight  players tied  for third  at minus-6.  Of  the top  10 on the  leaderboard, only Choi  and Josh Teater (66) played  the South  Course. Tiger  Woods,  who has  won this  title six  times, bogeyed  two  of his last  four holes as  he carded a  4-under 68 on the South
Course. He is tied for 20th.


LSU  head football  coach Les Miles is getting a contract extension and raise. Miles  will  receive annual  compensation of  $4.3 million  per year for seven years  under  the terms of  the new  contract amendment. His previous contract paid about $3.75 million annually through 2017. The new deal will be presented to  the LSU  Board of Supervisors on  Feb. 1. The Tigers went 10-3 this season and  lost  to Clemson  in the  Chick-fil-A Bowl. The  59-year-old Miles has an eight-year  record of  85-21 at LSU. He  led the Tigers to a national title in the 2007 season.

=== NFL ===

The New Orleans Saints announced Thursday that they have parted ways with both defensive  coordinator  Steve Spagnuolo and  secondary coach Ken Flajole. Both coaches were released as New Orleans head coach Sean Payton confirmed he plans on  switching  to a  3-4 defense for  next season. The  Saints were ranked the worst  team  in opposing  rushing yards  per game  (292.6) and second-worst in passing yards per game (147.6) last season.


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