Bulls win streak now 6...Hawks end two-game slide

UNDATED (AP)— Pau Gasol had 17 points and 18 rebounds, Derrick Rose scored 18 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 101-92 for their sixth straight victory. Jimmy Butler added 19 points and 10 assists.

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The Celtics have lost four of their last five games. Boston coach Brad Stevens missed this one to visit cancer-stricken former Butler center Andrew Smith, who played on the Bulldogs' two runs to the national championship game. He has been battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and was scheduled to undergo a bone marrow transplant today, according to The Boston Globe.

Assistant Jay Larranaga filled in for Stevens.

In other NBA games:

— Kent Bazemore scored 22 points, Paul Millsap and Al Horford had 18 apiece and the Atlanta Hawks blew out the Philadelphia 76ers 126-98 to snap a two-game losing streak. Dennis Schroder added 14 points off the bench for the Hawks, who shot 54 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point range against the NBA's worst team, the 4-34 Sixers.

— The Houston Rockets beat the Utah Jazz for the second time in four nights, 104-94. James Harden led the scoring parade with 33.

— Sacramento raced out to a 25-4 lead in the opening five and a-half minutes but needed a late rally to get past the L.A. Lakers 118-115. DeMarcus Cousins had a huge game for the Kings with 29 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.


Lawson gets three-game suspension

HOUSTON (AP) — The NBA has suspended Houston guard Ty Lawson for three games without pay for a drunken-driving case in California last year. He'll be eligible to return for the Jan. 13 game against Minnesota.

The incident in Los Angeles happened in July, about the time Lawson was traded from Denver to the Rockets.


SMU still unbeaten, barely...Arizona falls at UCLA

UNDATED (AP)— SMU is still one of two undefeated Division I men's basketball teams -- barely.

The 15th-ranked Mustangs improved to 14-0 by rallying to beat Cincinnati 59-57 on Jordan Tolbert's tip-in with 28 seconds left.

The short-handed Mustangs are off to the best start in school history. But they had to overcome a seven-point deficit in the final 3 1/2 minutes.

Moore finished with 14 points. He had two 3-pointers in the game-ending 11-2 run for SMU, which along with No. 22 South Carolina are the only undefeated Division I teams.

In other AP Top-25 hoops:

— Bryn Forbes scored 17 points to help No. 5 Michigan State rout Illinois 79-54. The 15-1 Spartans were without Denzel Valentine for a fourth straight game. Valentine participated in pregame warmups and might play at Penn State on Sunday, nearly three weeks after having surgery on his left knee.

— UCLA knocked off seventh-ranked Arizona 87-84. Bryce Alford scored 25 points, hitting a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left.

— Quentin Snider scored a career-high 21 points to help No. 16 Louisville beat North Carolina State 77-72.

— A.J. Hammons scored 17 points and had four blocks while Rapheal Davis added 16 points to lead No. 20 Purdue past Michigan 87-70.


Caps first 30-game winner...11 in a row for Panthers

UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Capitals posted their 30th victory in their 40th game.

The torrid Caps, who lead the NHL with a 30-7-3 record, torched the New York Islanders 4-1 as Alex Ovechkin scored his 497th career goal. Jason Chimera, Nate Schmidt and Nicklas Backstrom also scored.

Braden Holtby made 34 saves between the pipes for the Caps. Holtby improved to 26-4-2, including 18-0-2 in his last 21 games.

In other hockey:

— Reilly Smith and Vincent Trocheck scored 8 seconds apart in the first period and the Florida Panthers extended their franchise-best win streak to 11 games with a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Aleksander Barkov also scored for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo won his career-high ninth straight start behind 30 saves.

— Michael Del Zotto scored his second goal of the game with 37 seconds left in overtime to send the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild.

__ Dallas nipped Winnipeg 2-1 in a shootout. Tyler Seguin and Patrick Sharp scored back-to-back goals to start the shootout as the first-place Stars ended a three-game losing streak.

— Detroit nipped San Jose 2-1. Justin Abdelkader scored his 13th goal early in the third period for the decisive score.

— The Pacific Division-leading L.A. Kings edged Toronto 2-1 to open a 10-point lead over Arizona in that division. Jake Muzzi and Jeff Carter scored in the first eight minutes of the final period for all the Kings scoring.

— Stefan Elliott scored early into the third period and Arizona beat Calgary 2-1.


Ducks get Tokarski from Habs

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Anaheim has acquired goalie Dustin Tokarski from Montreal in exchange for left wing Max Friberg.

The move comes a day after Ducks All-Star goalie John Gibson left a shutout loss to Toronto with an upper body injury, but the trade isn't thought to be related to that.

Tokarski is 10-12-5 in 33 career NHL appearances with Montreal and Tampa Bay.


Manning returns as Broncos starter

DENVER (AP) — The Broncos are turning things back over to Peyton Manning.

Coach Gary Kubiak has announced that Manning will get the start in Denver's Jan. 17 playoff game, replacing Brock Osweiler who did a good job stepping in for Manning while he was recovering from a left foot injury.

Manning missed seven starts with a torn plantar fascia. He returned to action Sunday when he relieved Osweiler in the second half and led the Broncos to a 27-20 win over San Diego that secured the AFC's top seed.


Favre among 15 finalists

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Brett Favre (farv) is one step away from entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The quarterback who left the NFL after the 2010 season as the leader in most career passing categories, is among three first-time eligibles to make the list of 15 finalists. Receiver Terrell Owens and guard Alan Faneca, also in their initial year of eligibility, made the cut.

The class of 2016 will be decided on Feb. 6, the day before the Super Bowl, with inductions scheduled for August.

Also making the cut to 15 are Morten Andersen, Steve Atwater, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Joe Jacoby, Edgerrin James, John Lynch, Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner.


Bulldogs' Floyd heading to NFL

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd is bypassing his senior season to enter the NFL draft. The 6-foot-4, 231-pounder is widely projected as a first-round pick.

Floyd was a Butkus Award finalist. He ranked second on the team with 74 tackles and led the Bulldogs with 4 ½ sacks. He shared the team lead with 10 ½ tackles for loss. For his career, Floyd had 17 sacks, the 11th highest in school history.


Griffey, Piazza get HoF caps

NEW YORK (AP) — Ken Griffey Jr. will go into the Hall of Fame with a Seattle Mariners' cap and Mike Piazza will have a New York Mets' hat.

The pair made their announcements a day after they were elected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Griffey spent a lengthy period of his career with Cincinnati, and Piazza reached the major leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Griffey is the first Mariners' player in the Hall.

Induction ceremonies will be held in Cooperstown on July 24.


Dodgers ink Japanese pitcher

UNDATED (AP) — The Dodgers have finalized a $25 million, eight-year contract with Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda, a deal that could be worth $106.2 million if he stays healthy.

The team introduced the 27-year-old right-hander during a news conference at Dodger Stadium.

Maeda has had elbow issues but says he's confident he will be able to pitch a full season in the major leagues.


— The Washington Nationals have introduced new second baseman Daniel Murphy after he left the Metes for a three-year, $37.5 million contract.

— The Giants have agreed on a $31 million, three-year deal with free-agent outfielder Denard Span, pending a physical. The 31-year old Span batted .301 with five homers, 22 RBIs and a .365 on-base percentage in 61 games last season with Washington. He missed time with injuries to his back, left hip and right core.


We're underway in 2016!

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — The 2016 PGA Tour season is underway. Jordan Spieth  started the year the way he spent most of 2015 -- in contention near the top of the leaderboard.

Spieth birdied the final hole to shoot a 7-under 66 to climb one stroke back of Patrick Reed for the first-round lead at the Tournament of Champions event in Hawaii. Reed is defending champion at Kapalua and has top 10s in his last six tournaments around the world.

This event is limited to players who won tournaments in 2015.

Brandt Snedeker, J.B. Holmes and Danny Lee are tied one shot off the lead.


Safarova out because of infection

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The WTA Tour says French Open finalist Lucie Safarova has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of the lingering effects of a bacterial infection she picked up last year.

The 28-year-old Czech is the ninth-ranked women's player in the world.


Platini drops out of FIFA race

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Michel Platini's dream of becoming the next FIFA president is over.

The head of European soccer has told The Associated Press he's withdrawing from the race to succeed his mentor Sepp Blatter while Platini fights to have his eight-year ban overturned.

Platini says the deadline for the Feb. 26 election is too short and renders his candidacy impossible.


Beyonce is halftime artist

NEW YORK (AP) — Beyoncé  is returning to the Super Bowl halftime show. Pepsi confirmed to The Associated Press that the 34-year-old singer will perform at the Feb. 7 show at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.