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Top-ranked Baylor beats Oklahoma 84-74 for 20th win in row
UNDATED (AP) — James Akinjo matched his career high with 27 points, Adam Flagler scored 22 and top-ranked Baylor stretched its national-best winning streak to 20 games with an 84-74 win over Oklahoma. Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua added 12 points for the 14-0 Bears. Their winning streak began with their six wins in last season’s NCAA Tournament on way to their first national championship. Tanner Groves had 13 points to lead four players in double figures for first-year coach Porter Moser and the Sooners. Both teams shot 56% from the field. Baylor sealed the game with seven free throws over the final 40 seconds.
In other college basketball action:
— No. 6 Kansas overcame a scoreless streak of more than 9 1/2 minutes to beat Oklahoma State 74-63 in the delayed Big 12 Conference opener for both teams. David McCormack had 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, and Ochai Agbaji scored 16 points for the Jayhawks. Kansas missed 19 straight shots to end the first half, allowing the Cowboys to pull even at 29-29 by halftime. But the Jayhawks made seven straight shots during a 20-8 run early in the second half that put them back ahead by double digits. Kansas has won eight straight. Isaac Likekele led Oklahoma State with 16 points.
— Freshman Paolo Banchero had 17 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 2 Duke beat Georgia Tech 69-57 in its return from a COVID-19 outbreak that had led to a pair of postponements. Duke had a rough night on offense and shot a season-low 37.3%. The Blue Devils finished with a 48-35 rebounding advantage and more than doubled the Yellow Jackets in second-chance points. ACC-leading scorer Michael Devoe finished with 21 points for Georgia Tech. All but five of those came in the final 11-plus minutes. Georgia Tech shot just 33%.
— Wendell Green Jr. scored a season-high 22 points and No. 9 Auburn beat South Carolina 81-66 for its 10th straight win. The Tigers led by 21 points in the second half, but held on after the Gamecocks drew within 63-55 with about seven minutes to play. Green came through again with two foul shots before 7-foot-1 Walker Kesslen jammed home a bucket to restore the double-digit lead. Kessler followed up a triple double last game with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks as Auburn opened 2-0 in the SEC for the first time in four years.
— Marcus Carr scored 19 points, Timmy Allen had 17 and No. 14 Texas rallied in the second half to beat Kansas State 70-57. Courtney Ramey added 14 points and Dylan Disu had 10 for Texas, which has won six in a row. Kansas State led 35-29 at halftime, but the Longhorns opened the second half with an 18-2 run. Nijel Pack scored 21 points, 15 in the first half, and Selton Miguel finished with 13 points for the Wildcats. Kansas State was missing seven players and coach Bruce Weber because of COVID-19 protocols.
— Tari Eason capped his 13-point performance with a dunk following a Kentucky turnover with 13 seconds left, and No. 21 LSU held off No. 16 Kentucky 65-50. Xavier Pinson added 11 points for LSU, capped by his flamboyant dunk in the final seconds after another Wildcats turnover. Kentucky’s Davion Mintz played 28 minutes after an injury to starting point guard and assist leader Sahvir Wheeler and led the Wildcats with 16 points.
— Justin Lewis had a career-high 23 points plus 11 rebounds as Marquette broke out of its slump Tuesday night with an 88-56 blowout of No. 16 Providence that snapped the Friars’ eight-game winning streak. Marquette emphatically ended its four-game skid by scoring 20 straight points late in the first half. The Golden Eagles’ lead never dropped below 20 throughout the second half. That represented a major reversal of fortune for Marquette. The Golden eagles had faced double-digit deficits in the second half of each of their first three Big East games.
— Jared Rhoden scored 17 points, Alexis Yetna had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 24 Seton Hall beat Butler 71-56. Bryce Aiken added 12 points and seven assists for the Pirates, who avoided their first 0-3 start in Big East play since 2009-10. Seton Hall has won four of its past six at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Bryce Golden scored 20 points for Butler, and fellow big man Bryce Nze added 12 points. The Bulldogs were outrebounded 36-25 even though Seton Hall played without Tyrese Samuel, who averages 10.8 points and 6.9 boards.
— Isaiah Stevens scored 15 points as No. 20 Colorado State remained undefeated, holding off short-handed Air Force 67-59. CSU shrugged off some rust following a nearly month-long layoff due to COVID-19 concerns. The Rams have captured 11 in a row to match CSU’s 1988-89 NCAA Tournament team for the second-longest winning streak in school history. The top mark was 14 straight by the 2014-15 squad. David Roddy added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Colorado State, which played for the first time since a 66-63 win over Mississippi State on Dec. 11. A young Air Force team missing six players because of virus protocols, including the team’s leading scorer AJ Walker.
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UCLA seeks rival for return to the court
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The UCLA men’s basketball team is back after a nearly two-week shutdown because of COVID-19. Now the fifth-ranked Bruins are trying to find someone to play.
The UCLA staff is furiously working the phones to find a game to schedule, even if it’s not against a Division I opponent.
Morant scores 26, Grizzlies beat Cavs for 6th straight win
UNDATED (AP) — Ja Morant scored six of his 26 points in the final 30 seconds, including the go-ahead hoop, allowing the Memphis Grizzlies to extend their winning streak to six with a 110-106 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Morant gave Memphis a 106-104 lead with a double-pump short jumper, then stripped the ball from Brandon Goodwin and scored on Cleveland’s subsequent possession with 22 seconds remaining. Darius Garland collected 27 points and 10 assists in his return to Cleveland’s lineup after missing four games in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
In other NBA action:
— The Los Angeles Lakers held off the Sacramento Kings 122-114 for their fourth win in five games. LeBron James scored 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and Malik Monk added 11 of his 24 in the final seven minutes. Talen Horton-Tucker scored 19 points for the Lakers, who rallied from a late seven-point deficit with one big basket after another from Monk and James. De’Aaron Fox scored 30 points and Buddy Hield added 26 for the Kings, who scored 11 consecutive points early in the fourth quarter before wilting down the stretch of their second loss in five games.
— Devin Booker scored 33 points, Chris Paul added 11 points and 15 assists, and the Phoenix Suns beat the New Orleans Pelicans 123-110. Mikal Bridges added 23 points for Phoenix, which picked up its seventh win over the Pelicans in the last nine games. He and Cameron Johnson both made five 3-pointers, while veteran center Bismack Biyombo shot 6 for 6 and scored 16. Graham scored 28 points for New Orleans, which has lost four of five. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds.
— Fred VanVleet scored 33 points, Pascal Siakam had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors extended their winning streak to three by beating the San Antonio Spurs 129-104. Gary Trent Jr. scored 21 points as the Raptors evened their record at 17-17, reaching the .500 mark for the first time since they were 7-7 after a Nov. 13 home loss to Detroit. The Raptors have won eight of their past 10 at home.
— RJ Barrett scored 24 of his 32 points in the first half, Julius Randle had 30 points and 16 rebounds in his first game after coming off the COVID-19 health and safety protocols list, and the New York Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers 104-94. Alec Burks added 14 points for New York, which snapped a two-game losing streak.
Utah’s Ingles enters protocols, Jazz last team to join list
UNDATED (AP) — Joe Ingles entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols on Tuesday, the first Utah Jazz player to be added to that list this season. The Jazz had been the only NBA team yet to have a player in protocols this season. All 29 others had a player sidelined by COVID-19 at some point in the last three weeks during this outbreak, many of them placing more than 10 players in the protocols.
Panthers win 4th consecutive game, roll past Flames 6-2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Patric Hornqvist scored twice, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped a season-high 47 shots and the Florida Panthers pushed their winning streak to four games by topping the Calgary Flames 6-2. Joe Thornton got a history-making go-ahead goal late in the first period for Florida, which improved to 18-3-0 on home ice.
Anthony Duclair, Ryan Lomberg and Lucas Carlsson also scored for Florida, and Brandon Montour had the second three-assist game of his career. Johnny Gaudreau got his 14th goal of the season for Calgary and Blake Coleman also scored for the Flames.
Thornton’s first goal came on Dec. 3, 1997, and he has now scored in every calendar year since — 26 consecutive years and counting.
In other ice action:
— Filip Forsberg scored twice, Juuse Saros made 41 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2. Yakov Trenin also scored for Nashville, which extended its current run to 9-1-1. The Predators moved past St. Louis into first place in the Central Division with 44 points. Vegas’ offense, which produced 13 goals in the last three games, mustered only two goals late in the third to make things interesting, but it wasn’t enough.
— Troy Terry scored his first NHL hat trick and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1. The right wing is third in the league with 21 goals, including 11 that have either tied the game or given the Ducks a lead. He had a pair of goals in the first period and completed the first hat trick of his five-year career on an empty-net goal with 49 seconds remaining. Sonny Milano also scored and Jamie Drysdale had two assists for Anaheim, which snapped a two-game skid. John Gibson stopped 28 shots. Cam Atkinson scored Philadelphia’s goal and Carter Hart made 29 saves.
— Connor Hellebuyck stopped 26 shots and the Winnipeg Jets won their third straight game, beating the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 Tuesday night. Evgeny Svechnikov, Pierre Luc-Dubois and Nikolaj Ehlers scored for the Jets. Ehlers scored into an empty net with 45 seconds remaining. Shayne Gostisbehere stole the puck at the blue line and scored unassisted to get Arizona on the board at 6:41 of the third. The Coyotes fell to 2-11-1 at home this season. Arizona has the worst record in the NHL at 6-22-3. Arizona’ played for the first time since Dec. 28. The Jets were coming off a 5-4 overtime win at Las Vegas on Sunday.
— Cale Makar scored on a slick move 2:38 into overtime, and the surging Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Makar skated into the left circle, spun away from Chicago center Kirby Dach and then drove to the net. The defenseman beat Marc-Andre Fleury on the stick side for his 14th goal. Colorado forward Logan O’Connor and Chicago captain Jonathan Toews each had a shot go off a post in overtime before Makar’s game-winner.
— Ondrej Palat had two goals and an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning trounced the illness-ravaged Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2 to break a three-game losing streak. Brayden Point added a goal and two assists for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, who scored three power-play goals. Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 20 shots in his 17th win, tying Frederik Andersen of Carolina for the NHL lead.
— David Pastrnak scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:49 left in the third period and the Boston Bruins beat the New Jersey Devils 5-3. Curtis Lazar had a goal and an assist, Oskar Steen scored his first career goal and the Bruins won their third straight since returning to the ice after they had six consecutive games postponed because of COVID-19. Mackenzie Blackwood made 29 saves.
— Tyler Bertuzzi and Pius Suter each scored twice, including short-handed goals on the same penalty, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the San Jose Sharks 6-2. Dylan Larkin and Robby Fabbri also scored for Detroit. Alex Nedeljkovic made 24 saves for the Red Wings. Jasper Weatherby and Alexander Barabanov scored for the Sharks. James Reimer stopped 20 of 24 shots before being replaced by Adin Hill (five saves) at the start of the third period.
Caps players return
UNDATED (AP) — Tied at the top of the NHL with the New York Rangers, the Washington Capitals have almost their entire lineup out of NHL COVID-19 protocol after missing players off and on for the past few weeks. Defenseman Martin Fehervary and goaltender Vitek Vanecek (VEE’-tehk VAN’-eh-chehk) skated Tuesday and appear on track to be back for Washington’s next game Friday at the St. Louis Blues.
The Dallas Stars are also getting healthier after removing captain Jamie Benn from the protocol list. Toronto’s Auston Matthews remains unavailable. San Jose captain Logan Couture (koo-TOOR’), Boston winger Jake DeBrusk and Buffalo forwards Anders Bjork(byohrk), Peyton Krebs and Alex Tuch all are new additions to league virus protocol.
Elsewhere around the NHL:
— New Jersey Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday on his broken jaw. He took a puck to the face off a shot from Washington defenseman Justin Schultz Sunday. Veteran goaltender Jonathan Bernier underwent successful right hip surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. Tomas Tatar was activated off the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list and added fellow forwards Pavel Zacha and Yegor Sharangovich.
Browns’ Mayfield to have surgery
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield will sit out the season finale against Cincinnati so he can undergo shoulder surgery.
Mayfield was sacked nine times in Monday night’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Meanwhile, Cincinnati sacks leader Trey Hendrickson and three other starters are among five Bengals that have been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list. Center Trey Hopkins and left guard Quinton Spain were sidelined along with safety Vonn Bell. The fifth player is Akeem Davis-Gaither.
The Bengals have clinched the AFC North title for their first trip to the playoffs since the 2015 season. Playoff qualifiers Green Bay and Arizona have players coming off and going on the COVID-19 list. Each team has two starters returning.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
— The Kansas City Chiefs should have left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. on the field when they visit the Broncos on Saturday. The Chiefs need to beat the Broncos and hope Tennessee loses to Houston on Sunday to earn the AFC’s No. 1 seed.
— The New York Jets placed left tackle George Fant and defensive end Bryce Huff on injured reserve. Tight end Dan Brown was placed on the practice squad IR. All three were injured in the Jets’ 28-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday.
— Tennessee outside linebacker Bud Dupree has been charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with a physical altercation at a Walgreen’s hours after the Titans clinched their second straight AFC South title. Dupree is scheduled to be booked in three weeks. The Titans issued a statement saying they are “aware of the situation and are gathering additional information.”
— Washington’s NFL team says it will unveil its new name on Feb. 2. The helmets and uniforms will still feature the franchise’s signature burgundy and gold colors.
Kansas State dominates short-handed LSU 42-20 in Texas Bowl
HOUSTON (AP) — Deuce Vaughn and the Kansas State Wildcats finished a streaky season on a positive note with a dominant 42-20 win over short-handed LSU in the Texas Bowl.
Vaughn, a sophomore running back and first-team All-American as an all-purpose player, rushed for 146 yards on 21 carries. He scored four touchdowns — three rushing and one receiving.
Kansas State also got a strong performance from quarterback Skylar Thompson, who returned to make his final collegiate start after missing the regular-season finale with an ankle injury. Thompson completed 21 of 28 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns. Malik Knowles had two touchdown catches and 42 yards receiving.
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Two Cincinnati stars to enter NFL draft
CINCINNATI (AP) — Two of Cincinnati’s biggest stars are leaving early to enter the NFL draft.
Cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner and running back Jerome Ford. Gardner is projected as a first-round pick.
Elsewhere in college football:
— Michigan outside linebacker David Ojabo is entering the NFL draft. The second-team All-American and All-Big Ten player had 11 sacks as a redshirt sophomore. He helped Michigan win its first Big Ten title since 2004 and advance to the College Football Playoff for the first time.
Djokovic gets exemption, will play in Australian Open, Juvan upsets Sabalenka
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) will get a chance to defend his Australian Open title after receiving a medical exemption to travel to Melbourne. Australian Open organizers have issued a statement to confirm the granting of a medical exemption to the nine-time champion.
Djokovic has continually refused to reveal if he is vaccinated against the coronavirus. He is seeking a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam singles title.
Meanwhile, Second-ranked Aryna Sabalenka has had an upset straight-sets loss to No. 100-ranked Kaja Juvan in her first match of the season. The Wimbledon and U.S. Open semifinalist had a first-round bye at the Adelaide International and struggled with her serve in the second-round match against Juvan. The win was Juvan’s first against a Top 10 player and earned her a spot in the quarterfinals.
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Cameron Champ out of Kapalua with positive COVID-19 test
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP)— Cameron Champ has withdrawn from the Sentry Tournament of Champions after testing positive for the coronavirus. Champ got into the winners-only event at Kapalua with his victory at the 3M Open in Minnesota last summer. The field now is at 38 players.
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