Associated Press Sports Watch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Seminoles knock off Duke, again...Buckeyes, Jayhawks, 'Cuse and Aztecs stay perfect
UNDATED (AP) -- Duke's season-long run at the top of the AP basketball poll will almost assuredly end when the new rankings are released Monday.
The unanimous No. 1 Blue Devils were upset 66-61 by Florida State last night in Tallahassee. Duke's first loss of the season snapped a 25-game winning streak dating back to last year's national championship campaign.
It's the third time in the last nine seasons the Seminoles have upset a No. 1 Duke team.
Derwin Kitchen scored 17 of his game-high 22 points in the second half and Florida State clinched it with five free throws in the final 33 seconds.
Kyle Singler scored a team-high 20 for the Blue Devils, who shot just over 31 percent from the field.
With Duke's loss, the lone remaining unbeaten Division I teams are Ohio State, Kansas, Syracuse and San Diego State, which all won last night.
Here's the rest of the Top-25 action:
-- William Buford scored 19 points and No. 2 Ohio State went on a 12-0 run in the second half holding off Michigan 68-64. That runs the Buckeyes' record to 17-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten. Brady Hoke, Michigan's new football coach, watched the game from a courtside seat in Ann Arbor.
-- Marcus Morris had career highs with 33 points and 13 rebounds, Markieff Morris added 17 points and No. 3 Kansas held off Iowa State 84-79 to win its 20th straight conference opener.
-- Kris Joseph scored 18 points and No. 4 Syracuse remained undefeated with a 76-59 victory over St. John's at Madison Square Garden.
-- Fifth-ranked Pitt mauled 22nd-ranked Georgetown 76-59, dropping the Hoyas to 1-4 in Big East play. Ashton Gibbs hit five three-pointers and scored 22.
-- Sixth-ranked San Diego State moved to 18-0 with a 55-49 win over UNLV. Kawhi Leonard had 15 points and a season-high 17 rebounds.
-- Corey Stokes scored 23 points to lead No. 7 Villanova to its 10th straight win, 88-74 over No. 18 Louisville.
-- Nathan Walkup and David Loubeau scored 16 points apiece and No. 14 Texas A&M extended its winning streak to 12 with a 71-48 victory over Oklahoma State.
-- Marcus Denmon made five 3-pointers and matched his career best with 27 points as No. 15 Missouri ended Nebraska's 11-game winning streak, 77-69.
-- Ramone Moore scored 13 of his 19 points in the last 5:17 of the first half and No. 19 Temple beat St. Bonaventure 83-55.
-- John Jenkins and Festus Ezeli scored 18 points apiece and Vanderbilt beat No. 24 Georgia 73-66 to snap the Bulldogs' nine-game winning streak.
-- Unranked Colorado knocked off Kansas State 74-66. Levi Knutson scored 20 as the Buffaloes beat a ranked team on the road for the first time in 14 years.
-- Redshirt freshman Sean Kilpatrick scored 18 points and No. 25 Cincinnati bounced back from its first loss of the season by beating South Florida 74-66.
Heat's road run ends...Kobe gets 39
UNDATED (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers are no longer a joke. Just ask the Miami Heat. The Clippers ended the Heat's 13-game road winning streak and nine-game overall win streak, 111-105. Eric Gordon led the way with 26. Clippers rookie sensation Blake Griffin had 24 points and 14 rebounds for his 30th double-double. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade led the Heat with 31.
In other NBA finals:
-- Emeka Okafor (eh-MEH'-kuh OH'-kuh-fohr) had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets held off Orlando 92-89 in overtime. That ends the Magic's nine-game winning streak.
-- The L.A. Lakers used a 46-point fourth quarter to beat Golden State 115-110. Kobe Bryant scored 17 of his 39 points in the final 5:49 for the Lakers' sixth straight victory.
-- Kevin Durant scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 points and 13 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped the franchise's 11-game losing streak in Houston with a 118-112 win over the Rockets.
-- Deron (DEHR'-ihn) Williams and reserve C.J. Miles scored 24 points apiece, leading seven Utah players in double figures as the Jazz beat the New York Knicks 131-125.
-- Steve Nash had 23 points and 16 assists, Vince Carter also scored 23 points, and the Phoenix Suns erased a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the New Jersey Nets 118-109 in overtime.
-- Zach Randolph had 34 points and 17 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 26 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Detroit Pistons 107-99.
-- Paul Pierce scored 25 points and Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh) had 10 points and 13 assists to lead the Boston Celtics to a 119-95 rout of Sacramento.
-- Mike Bibby made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left, Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 36 points, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Toronto Raptors 104-101 for their fifth straight victory.
-- D.J. Augustin had 22 points, 12 assists and hit four decisive free throws down the stretch in the Charlotte Bobcats' 96-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
-- Reserve Matt Bonner scored all 17 of his points in the second half and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Milwaukee Bucks 91-84 for their fourth straight win. Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) led the Spurs with 23.
-- Brandon Rush scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Dallas Mavericks 102-89.
James questionable for Thursday with ankle sprain
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- LeBron James sprained his left ankle on Wednesday night and says he will decide Thursday if he will play in Miami's game at Denver.
James was hurt on a drive to the basket midway through the fourth quarter of the Heat's 111-105 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. His momentum carried him out of bounds past the baseline, but he hobbled back onto the court wincing while the Heat still had the ball and sank a 3-pointer from the left corner.
The league's MVP finished the game and had an X-ray afterward, saying there was no damage.
"The doctor told me it's day-to-day so I'll see how I feel tomorrow," James said. "I don't have to be a hero in the regular season if I'm not close to 100 percent."
No Crosby, no problems for Pens...Caps slipping
UNDATED (AP) -- On NHL ice, Alex Goligoski scored twice and added an assist, and the Pittsburgh Penguins scored four power-play goals to end a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over Montreal. That ends the Canadiens' three-game win streak.
Marc-Andre Fleury (marhk-ahn-dray FLOOR'-ee) made 20 saves for the Penguins. Pittsburgh won without Sidney Crosby in the lineup for the first time since its captain was sidelined by a concussion six days ago.
In other hockey action:
-- Dwayne Roloson made 23 saves for his second shutout this month against Washington and the Tampa Bay Lightning blanked the Capitals 3-0 in a matchup of Southeast Division leaders. Tampa Bay has opened a two-point lead over Washington, the defending Southeast Division champion.
-- Bobby Ryan had three goals and an assist and the surging Anaheim Ducks beat the St. Louis Blues 7-4 for their sixth win in seven games.
-- Corey Crawford made 24 saves for his second straight shutout and Dave Bolland and Fernando Pisani had a goal and an assist apiece to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past the Colorado Avalanche 4-0.
Carroll wants Hasselbeck back in '11...Sanchez feeling great
UNDATED (AP) -- Seattle coach Pete Carroll says the Seahawks would like to bring quarterback Matt Hasselbeck back for the 2011 season.
Asked directly about Hasselbeck's future with the franchise during his weekly press conference, Carroll said the team would like to do "everything we can" to have Hasselbeck return for an 11th season with the franchise.
The 35-year-old Hasselbeck is a free agent after this season. He guided the Seahawks to an unlikely 41-36 upset of New Orleans last weekend and is the starting QB for Seattle Sunday against Chicago.
In other NFL news:
-- New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez says his right shoulder is feeling the best it has in "three, four weeks," and fully participated in practice for the first time in nearly a month.
-- The Jets placed starting right tackle Damien Woody on injured reserve with a left Achilles' tendon injury. Wayne Hunter started the last three games of the regular season while Woody was sidelined with the knee injury, and gets the nod against New England.
-- Saying this "isn't my first rodeo," former Carolina Panthers coach John Fox formally interviewed for the vacant Denver Broncos coaching job. Fox is the fifth candidate interviewed to replace Josh McDaniels, who was fired Dec. 6.
-- Police say Brandi Favre (fahrv), the 34-year-old sister of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, faces felony drug charges after she was arrested in a raid on a Mississippi condo where people were making crystal methamphetamine.
Hoke back in Ann Arbor...Miles' deal extended
UNDATED (AP) -- New Michigan football coach Brady Hoke says character and toughness will be the foundation of his program to turn things around in Ann Arbor, just as they were during his previous head coaching stints with Ball State and San Diego State.
In other college football news:
-- Rocky Long has been promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach at San Diego State.
-- LSU and football coach Les Miles have agreed in principle to a new contract that will run through the 2017 season.
-- Michael Floyd, Notre Dame's leading receiver this past season and one of the top pass catchers in school history, has decided to return to the Fighting Irish for his senior season instead of declaring for the NFL draft.
-- All-America receiver Justin Blackmon and quarterback Brandon Weeden say they are both coming back to Oklahoma State for another season.
-- Auburn will hold a celebration for the Tigers' national championship Jan. 22 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn secured its first national championship since 1957 Monday night with a 22-19 win over Oregon.
Top seeds set
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') and Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) will top the seedings in the Australian Open, reflecting their No. 1 rankings in men's and women's tennis. The official draw will be made Friday at Melbourne Park for the Australian Open that starts next Monday.
Isner out Down Under
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- Sixth-seeded David Nalbandian beat defending champion John Isner (IHZ'-nur) of the U.S. 6-4, 7-6 to reach the Heineken Open semifinals.
Isner appeared to be troubled by an arm injury in the Australian Open tuneup event. The American needed treatment on his upper arm or shoulder during the match.
Rain washes out Thursday play at Kooyong Classic
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Rain washed out Thursday's play at the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament, forcing organizers to plan an eight-game "pro-set" match on Friday.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France and Austrian Jurgen Melzer will play that format to produce a semifinalist to take on France's Gael Monfils (GAH'-ehl mohn-FEES') for a spot in Saturday's final.
The other semifinal will be between Lleyton Hewitt and Russian Nikolay Davydenko.
Federer, Nadal to lead flood relief benefit
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play an exhibition match on Sunday ahead of the Australian Open to raise funds for the country's flood victims.
Federer, Nadal, Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) and Kim Clijsters (KLY'-sturz) will join Lleyton Hewitt in a "Rally for Relief" match at Rod Laver Arena. Also participating will be Sam Stosur and retired star Pat Rafter, who both come from the affected state of Queensland.
Federer, Nadal and Clijsters took part in a similar fundraising match last year -- that time following the earthquake in Haiti.

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