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Top-25 College Basketball

Trevor Mbakwe had 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Gophers tallied their first
win  over a  No. 1 team since  1989 in a 77-73 triumph over Indiana. Minnesota
(19-9,  7-8 Big  Ten) began the year  15-1, but entered play Tuesday losers in
eight  of its  past 11 and had a  2-4 mark for the month. Jordan Hulls knocked
down  five 3-pointers  and finished with 17 points to lead the Hoosiers (24-4,
12-3),  who  had their four-game winning  streak snapped. Cody Zeller, who was
blocked  emphatically by Mbakwe and Rodney Williams on separate occasions, had
just  nine points and turned the ball over four times. The Hoosiers still lead
the Big Ten by a game over Michigan State.

Elsewhere in the Top-25:


Tennessee 64, (8) Florida 58
(17) Wisconsin 77, Nebraska 46
Xavier 64, (19) Memphis 62

National Basketball Association

Despite  playing  their fifth  game in  seven days, the  Miami Heat kept their
season-high  winning streak alive. But it wasn't easy. LeBron James and Dwyane
Wade  combined for 79 points, and the Heat tallied their 12th straight victory
in  a  141-129 double-overtime triumph over  the Sacramento Kings. James had a
season-high 40 points, to go with a career-high 16 assists and eight rebounds,
while  Wade  added 39 points, eight  boards and seven assists for Miami, which
hasn't  lost since Feb. 1 when it fell to the Indiana Pacers. The Heat are two
wins  away  from the  franchise's longest winning  stretch of 14, accomplished
from Dec. 6, 2004-Jan. 1, 2005.

Elsewhere in the NBA:

Indiana Pacers 108, Golden State Warriors 97
Orlando Magic 98, Philadelphia 76ers 84
Cleveland Cavaliers 101, Chicago Bulls 98
Brooklyn Nets 101, New Orleans Hornets 97
Milwaukee Bucks 95, Dallas Mavericks 90
Phoenix Suns 84, Minnesota Timberwolves 83 (OT)
Los Angeles Clippers 106, Charlotte Bobcats 84

National Hockey League

Evander Kane and Olli Jokinen each scored a pair of goals as the Winnipeg Jets
continued the New York Rangers' recent struggles with a 4-3 victory at Madison
Square Garden. Kane added an assist, while both Anthony Peluso and Ron Hainsey
came  up with a  pair of helpers to help the Jets close out a successful five-
game  road  trip with a  4-1-0 record. Winnipeg  also used a three-goal second
period  and a solid 30-save effort from Ondrej Pavelec to prevail and deal the
reeling Rangers a fourth consecutive defeat (0-3-1).

Elsewhere in the NHL:

Washington Capitals 3, Carolina Hurricanes 0
Dallas Stars 5, Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (OT)
Boston Bruins 4, New York Islanders 1
Buffalo Sabres 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 1
Florida Panthers 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 4
Minnesota Wild 2, Calgary Flames 1 (OT)
Phoenix Coyotes 4, Vancouver Canucks 2
San Jose Sharks 3, Colorado Avalanche 2 (SO)

NHL

The  National  Hockey League  on Tuesday revealed  a tweaked realignment plan,
which  calls for  four groupings based primarily on geographic proximity split
into  Atlantic,  Central, Midwest  and Pacific  Divisions, while retaining the
names  for  both the  Eastern and  Western Conferences.  According to the memo
circulated  amongst the  30  teams, the  breakdown for  the  new divisions  is
expected  to  be: Carolina,  Columbus,  New  Jersey, the  Islanders,  Rangers,
Philadelphia,  Pittsburgh and  Washington  in the  Atlantic; Boston,  Buffalo,
Detroit,  Montreal, Ottawa,  Toronto, Florida  and Tampa  Bay in  the Central;
Chicago,  Colorado,  Dallas, Minnesota,  Nashville, St.  Louis and Winnipeg in
the  Midwest and  Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, San Jose, Los Angeles
and  Phoenix  for the Pacific. An  altered schedule matrix would see each team
play  teams in the other conference both home and away. One new wrinkle to the
postseason  would be  the introduction  of a  wild card.  If approved  by both
sides, the new format will be in place for the 2013-14 season.

The  Philadelphia Flyers  brought back  one-time star  forward Simon  Gagne on
Tuesday.  The 32-year-old  was  acquired  from the  Los  Angeles  Kings for  a
conditional 2013 draft pick. According to the LA Times, if the Flyers make the
playoffs,  it will be a fourth-round slot and if not, it will be a third-round
pick.  The Quebec  native returns  to  Philadelphia as  the franchise's  10th-
leading  point producer (524), ninth in goals (259) and 16th in assists (265),
and  15th in total  playoff points (47) in 664 games over 10 seasons.

The  Montreal Canadiens  and Dallas Stars exchanged a pair of skilled forwards
on  Tuesday,  with Michael  Ryder going back  to the Habs  for Erik Cole. Also
heading to Montreal is a third-round draft pick in 2013.

Minnesota  Wild forward  Cal Clutterbuck has been placed on injured reserve as
he  continues  to recover  from a  thigh contusion.  Clutterbuck was hurt last
Thursday  after  a questionable  hit  from  Edmonton's  Taylor Hall,  who  was
assessed a major penalty for kneeing and subsequently suspended two games. The
25-year-old Clutterbuck has two goals and two assists in 16 games this season.

Columbus  Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski is expected to be sidelined
for awhile with a broken bone in his foot. Wisniewski was hurt during Sunday's
game  against Chicago and Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on Tuesday said the
veteran  blueliner will  be out "an extended period of time." Wisniewski leads
the  Blue Jackets defense  with three goals and has added six assists for nine
points in 15 games this season.

NBA


Cleveland  Cavaliers  guard Kyrie  Irving missed Tuesday's win against Chicago
with  a hyperextended  right knee.  Irving has  averages of  23.3 points,  5.6
assists  and 3.6  rebounds in  45  contests this  season. The  Cavs, who  beat
Chicago,  101-98,  have listed  him  as  day-to-day,  leaving his  status  for
Wednesday's home game against Toronto also in question.

COLLEGE

The  Big 12  Conference admitted on Tuesday that errors were made by officials
during  Monday night's Kansas versus Iowa State men's college basketball game.
As  Iowa  State held a  two-point edge over Kansas  in the closing seconds, it
appeared that the officials missed a potential charging violation, then called
a  foul on the  Cyclones' Georges Niang as he and the Jayhawks' Elijah Johnson
battled for the ball on the baseline. Johnson then connected on two game-tying
free  throws with  4.9 seconds remaining to force overtime. Eventually, Kansas
persevered for a 108-96 triumph.

 

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