AP Sports Wrap From Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015
UNDATED (AP) — Freshman Brandon Ingram had season highs of 26 points and 14 rebounds in seventh-ranked Duke's 99-65 win over Georgia Southern. Grayson Allen added 18 points, Matt Jones had 16 and Derryck Thornton finished with 15 for the Blue Devils, who improved to 9-1.
Duke shook off a little rust in the victory. The Blue Devils were playing their first game in 10 days due to final exams.
In other AP Top-25:
— Bryce Alford scored a season-high 27 points for No. 22 UCLA as the short-handed Bruins posted their fifth consecutive victory, holding off Louisiana-Lafayette 89-80. The Bruins are 8-3.
— Farad Cobb matched his season high with 20 points, Gary Clark added 19 and No. 23 Cincinnati recovered from its loss to crosstown rival Xavier on Saturday by beating Norfolk State 75-59.
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Cyclones lose Mitrou-Long
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State starting guard Naz Mitrou-Long is out for the rest of the season because of his ailing hips. The fifth-ranked Cyclones say Mitrou-Long'S surgically repaired hips haven't responded the way he would like.
Mitrou-Long says he'll seek a medical redshirt after playing eight games and averaging 12 points in his senior year.
Mitrou-Long's absence will further deplete Iowa State's thin rotation.
Though the 9-0 Cyclones will finally have transfer Deonte Burton eligible for Saturday's game against Northern Iowa, they'll still be only seven players deep.
Cavs win in Beantown
UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James scored 24 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 89-77 victory over the Boston Celtics in a rematch of their bruising first-round playoff series last season. Kevin Love scored 20 with eight rebounds in his first game back in Boston since suffering a shoulder injury in last season's playoffs.
In other NBA:
— Randy Foye scored 19 points, and the Denver Nuggets picked up their sixth win in seven games with a 112-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kenneth Faried (fah-REED') added 19 points and 10 rebounds.
__ The L.A. Lakers enjoyed a rare laugher by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 113-95. Kobe Bryant led the way with 22 points for the 4-21 Lakers.
__ Sacramento topped the Houston Rockets 107-97. DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 26 points. Rudy Gay added 17 points and 13 boards.
Bucks' Vasquez out 3 months
UNDATED (AP)— — Milwaukee Bucks guard Greivis (GREE'-vihs) Vasquez will be out for at least three months after undergoing surgery on his right ankle.Vasquez had surgery in New York to remove a bone spur and loose bodies
Stars stay on top...Kane's point streak ends at 26
UNDATED (AP)— On NHL ice, Tyler Seguin (SAY'-gihn) broke open a tight game with two second-period goals 30 seconds apart, and the Dallas Stars beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1. Goalie Kari Lehtonen (LAY'-tih-nehn) improved to 11-1-0 by making 34 saves. Dallas has the best record in the NHL at 23-6-2 with 48 points.
In other NHL:
— Semyon Varlamov (vahr-LAY'-mawf) stopped 29 shots for his first shutout of the season, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-0 victory over Chicago. The ends Blackhawks star Patrick Kane's points streak at 26 games.
__ Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello each had a goal and an assist to lead the New York Rangers over Edmonton 4-2. That ends the Oilers' six-game winning streak.
— Paul Stastny scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:38 left, and the St. Louis Blues fought back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3.
— Kris Russell scored 1:23 into overtime and the Calgary Flames beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 for their sixth straight victory.
__ Thomas Vanek scored one of Minnesota's three power-play goals and pitched in three assists in theMinnesota Wild's 6-2 rout of Vancouver.
— Reilly Smith, Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad all scored in the second period to lead the Florida Panthers to a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders.
— The New Jersey Devils blanked Buffalo 2-0. Cory Schneider made 25 saves to earn his second shutout of the season.
— San Jose whacked Montreal 3-1. Joe Pavelski scored his 14th goal and added one assist.
— Tampa Bay scored a 5-4 overtime win in Toronto. Vladimir Namestnikov (nah-MEHST'-nih-kawf) got the game-winner in OT.
— Philadelphia edged Carolina 4-3 in overtime. Shayne Gostisbehere (gaws-TIHS'-bayr) scored 1:42 into
Coyotes lose goalie Smith
UNDATED (AP) — Arizona goalie Mike Smith is expected to miss at least two months after undergoing abdominal surgery. Smith had been bothered by the injury earlier in the season and received treatment for it, but it continued to linger.
Smith is 10-9-1 with a 3.06 goals-against average in 22 starts this season. He had a similar injury with Dallas in 2004.
— Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is undergoing the NHL's concussion protocol and is out indefinitely. Coach Mike Sullivan says Fleury approached the staff following Monday night's 4-1 loss to Washington and said he did not feel right. He is 13-10-2 with a 2.29 goals against average. His .926 save percentage is 10th best in the NHL. Jeff Zatkoff will start against the Bruins.
Pittsburgh will also be without forward Beau Bennett for 4-6 weeks after he suffered an upper body injury against the Capitals.
Hits leader reacts to commissioner ruling
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Pete Rose says Monday's ruling by baseball commissioner to not reinstate the all-time hits leader was disappointing. But the 74-year old says he still holds out hope to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected his bid to get back in the game partly because Rose still bets legally in this gambling town, but Rose says he still has a lot to offer the sport.
Rose received a lifetime ban from baseball commissioner Bart Giamatti (jih-MAH'-tee) in 1989 for betting on baseball.
Hot Stove League updates
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have announced the signing of free agent outfielder Jason Heyward. He agreed to a $184 million, eight-year contract with the team last week. It's been a busy off-season for the Cubs, who won 97 games last season and advanced to the National League Championship Series before losing to the Mets, as they have also added pitchers John Lackey and Adam Warren along with infielder Ben Zobrist.
— After spending six seasons playing in Japan right-handed closer Tony Barnette has signed a two-year contract with the Texas Rangers. The deal includes a club option for 2018. The 32-year old had a team-record 41 saves with a 1.29 ERA in 59 games last season for the Yakult Swallows in the Japan Central League.
— Baltimore has wrapped up the services of All-Star reliever Darren O'Day for another four years. Pitching for the O's last season he went 6-2 with six saves and a 1.53 ERA in 68 games. He has now re-signed with the team for $31 million.
— Lefty reliever Jerry Blevins (BLEH'-vihnz) is staying with the New York Mets, agreeing to a one-year contract that guarantees him $4 million and allows him to earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses. The 32-year-old left-hander was acquired from Washington on May 30 and appeared in seven games, retiring all 15 batters he faced.
Ravens sign QB Mallett...Manning to practice, but Osweiler gets start Sunday
UNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have signed free agent quarterback Ryan Mallett, who played in six games with Houston earlier this season. Jimmy Claussen started in Sunday loss to Seattle after injuries sidelined Joe Flacco and Matt Schaub.
Mallett started four games with the Texans this season before being cut on Oct. 27. He threw three touchdown passes and four interceptions.
The Ravens have placed defensive end Chris Canty on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle.
In other moves:
— Peyton Manning is set to return to practice Wednesday for the first time in a month, but he'll be a sideline spectator again Sunday when Brock Osweiler makes his fifth consecutive start Sunday at Pittsburgh. The Broncos are 3-1 in Osweiler's starts and 7-2 when Manning starts.
— The Falcons have placed starting safety William Moore on injured reserve with an ankle injury. Moore suffered a high ankle sprain in the 38-0 loss at Carolina on Sunday, the team's sixth straight loss. He had 51 tackles and two interceptions this season.
7/8— Browns wide receiver Brian Hartline has been placed on injured reserve after undergoing surgery for a broken left collarbone, ending his first season with Cleveland. He was injured in Sunday's win over San Francisco after catching eight passes for 107 yards.
— Cornerback Janoris Jenkins was limited coming off a concussion that sidelined him last week, but the St. Louis Rams are hopeful he will be able to play Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
U.S. star out of action
UNDATED (AP) — Olympic and world slalom champion Mikaela (mih-KAY'-luh) Shiffrin of the U.S. says there is still no timetable for her return to skiing after tearing a knee ligament while warming up last weekend. Shiffrin posted an update on Instagram and said she does not need surgery but doesn't know when she will race again.
Naismith recording uncovered
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A University of Kansas researcher has discovered what is believed to be the only audio recording of basketball inventor James Naismith.
Michael J. Zogry, an associate professor of religious studies, obtained the nearly 3-minute audio in November from the Library of Congress. It was part of a radio show from New York station WOR-AM called "We the People." During the Jan. 31, 1939, program, Naismith explained how he set up the game with two peach baskets at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, in December 1891.
The first game didn't go smoothly. Naismith said the players almost immediately started tackling each other — and worse. Two young men suffered black eyes while another was knocked out, and he had to pull players apart, he said.