Top-25 College Basketball
Freshman Gary Harris scored 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range as
eighth-ranked Michigan State dominated rival No. 4 Michigan, 75-52, in the
series' first-ever Top-10 matchup. Derrick Nix netted 14 points on 7-of-10
shooting from the field and Keith Appling added 11 points and seven rebounds
for the Spartans (21-4, 10-2 Big Ten), who have won four straight and 10 of
their last 11 games overall.
Elsewhere in the Top-25:
(7) Florida 69, (25) Kentucky 52
National Basketball Association
LeBron James has taken the idea of "being hot" to another level. On Tuesday,
James became the first player in NBA history to score at least 30 points and
shoot at least 60 percent in six straight games, as the Miami Heat downed the
Portland Trail Blazers, 117-104, at American Airlines Arena. James finished
with 30 points on 11-of-15 shooting (73.3 percent), while also dishing out
Elsewhere in the NBA:
Toronto Raptors 109, Denver Nuggets 108
Memphis Grizzlies 108, Sacramento Kings 101
Utah Jazz 109, Oklahoma City Thunder 94
Houston Rockets 116, Golden State Warriors 107
Los Angeles Lakers 91, Phoenix Suns 85
National Hockey League
Roberto Luongo made 25 saves to backstop the streaking Vancouver Canucks to a
2-1 win over the visiting Minnesota Wild. Kevin Bieksa and Jannik Hansen
supplied the goals for the Canucks, winners of six in a row. They also
continued their home dominance of the Wild, who fell to 0-9-2 in their last 11
trips to Rogers Arena.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
Carolina Hurricanes 4, New Jersey Devils 2
Washington Capitals 6, Florida Panthers 5 (OT)
New York Rangers 4, Boston Bruins 3 (SO)
Ottawa Senators 2, Buffalo Sabres 0
Montreal Canadiens 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (SO)
Philadelphia Flyers 3, Winnipeg Jets 2
Nashville Predators 1, San Jose Sharks 0 (OT)
Anaheim Ducks 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2 (SO)
Dallas Stars 4, Edmonton Oilers 1
The Seattle Mariners formally announced on Tuesday that the team has reached
agreement with ace pitcher Felix Hernandez on a new long-term contract that
will reportedly make the 2010 American League Cy Young winner the richest
hurler in MLB history. Hernandez will officially sign the pact, which was
reported by USA Today Sports last week to be worth a total of $175 million
over the next seven seasons, during a press conference scheduled for 5 p.m.
(et) on Wednesday. The two sides had initially come to terms on the record
contract last Thursday, but the deal had been held up over concerns by the
Mariners over Hernandez's elbow following a physical exam. Hernandez had two
years and $39.5 million on a five-year extension he signed with Seattle prior
to the 2010 season. The new arrangement will pay the standout right-hander $25
million annually through 2019. The three-time All-Star has started at least 33
games and thrown over 230 innings in each of the last four seasons, and has
compiled a 98-76 record with a 3.22 earned run average over 238 starts since
breaking into the majors as a 19-year-old with Seattle in 2005.
The Cincinnati Reds avoided arbitration with Mat Latos by agreeing to a two-
year contract with the right-hander on Tuesday. The deal is reportedly worth
$11.5 million. Latos went 14-4 with a 3.48 ERA in 33 starts last season, his
first with the Reds. The 25-year-old is 41-33 with a 3.41 ERA in 105 career
games with the Padres and Reds.
As if losing to Florida by double-digits wasn't bad enough, Kentucky might
have to deal with an even bigger loss, as freshman forward Nerlens Noel went
down with an apparent left knee injury around the midway point of the second
half in the Wildcats' 69-52 defeat Tuesday night. Noel, who leads the nation
in blocked shots with 4 1/2 per game, landed awkwardly after chasing down UF's
Mike Rosario on a fast break layup with 8:03 to play. He blocked the shot
along the way, but remained laying in pain on the floor for several minutes
before his fellow teammates carried him off the court and into the locker
room. Noel, who has averages of 10.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per
contest in 23 games this season, has been a focal point of Kentucky's recent
success after a slow start earlier in the year.
The Boston Celtics will lose yet another player for the rest of the season.
Guard Leandro Barbosa suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Monday's
game against the Charlotte Bobcats. The 30-year-old underwent an MRI exam
Tuesday that confirmed the injury, though no surgery date has been scheduled.
Barbosa becomes the third Celtics player lost for the season. Starting point
guard Rajon Rondo also suffered a torn ACL last month, while rookie forward
Jared Sullinger recently underwent back surgery.
The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday that
it has recommended dropping wrestling as a sport from the 2020 Olympic Games.
Wrestling, governed by the International Federation of Associated Wrestling
Styles (FILA), will now join seven other sports that are fighting for
inclusion in the 2020 Olympics. The list includes baseball/softball, karate,
roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu. The eight
sports are scheduled to make presentations to the IOC executive board in St.
Petersburg, Russia, in May. The board will pick which sport or sports to
propose for 2020 inclusion, with the final vote being made by the general
assembly in September. Wrestling, which combines freestyle and Greco-Roman
events, goes back to the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896.
The Columbus Blue Jackets fired executive vice president and general manager
Scott Howson on Tuesday. Howson was named the second GM in the Blue Jackets'
history on June 15, 2007. The Blue Jackets compiled a 173-190-59 record and
made their lone playoff appearance in 2009 during Howson's tenure, but the
club finished last in the NHL with 65 points last season and currently stands
near the bottom of the Western Conference standings with a 4-7-2 record.
Howson also drew significant criticism for orchestrating last summer's trade
that sent franchise cornerstone Rick Nash to the New York Rangers.