AP Wednesday Sports Roundup
Sixers win! Sixers win! Sixers win!
UNDATED (AP) — After starting the season with 18 straight losses -- and a 28-game losing streak dating back to last season -- the Philadelphia 76ers are celebrating their first win of the NBA season.
Philadelphia topped the L.A. Lakers 103-91 in Philadelphia native Kobe Bryant's final game in his hometown. The Lakers superstar says he's retiring at the end of the season. Bryant scored 20, hitting three 3-pointers in the opening 90 seconds.
The Sixers' 28-game losing streak was the longest in the history of U.S. pro sports.
Robert Covington scored 23 points, and Jerami Grant and Nerlens Noel each had 14 for Philly.
In other NBA:
— Deron Williams had a season-high 30 points and the Mavericks defeated the Trail Blazers 115-112 in overtime in Wesley Matthews' first trip back to Portland since signing with Dallas as a free agent. Dirk Nowitzki added 28 points. Matthews finished with 18 points in his return as the Mavs snapped a four-game road losing streak.
— The Washington Wizards broke their four-game losing streak in a big way. John Wall had 35 points and 10 assists in leading the Wizards to a 97-85 road victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James had 24 points, but the Cavaliers lost for the first time in 10 games this season at Quicken Loans Arena.
— The Brooklyn Nets posted their fourth straight home win, 94-91 over Phoenix. Brook Lopez scored 23 points. Jarrett Jack scored 11 and dished out eight assists.
— Marc Gasol scored a career-high 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the New Orleans Pelicans 113-104.
— Orlando scored a 96-93 road win at Minnesota. Nikola Vucevic had 18 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, and the Orlando Magic won their fourth straight game.
Make it 20 straight for Kane...Habs win on late power play goal
UNDATED (AP) — Chicago forward Patrick Kane scored a power-play goal at 5:21 of the second period to extend his point streak to 20 games but it wasn't enough as the Blackhawks fell to the Minnesota Wild 2-1. Kane has 12 goals and 20 assists during the record-breaking run for a U.S.-born player.
Ryan Suter got the game-winner with 7:56 left.
In other NHL:
— Montreal shaded Columbus 2-1. Max Pacioretty scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with 2:09 left. It was his 13th of the season.
— Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists and Phil Kessel scored twice to help the Pittsburgh Penguins get their first win in San Jose in more than 18 years, 5-1 over the Sharks.
— The L.A. Kings posted a 2-1 win over Vancouver in overtime. Anze Kopitar got the game-winner in OT, his eighth goal of the season.
— Detroit beat Buffalo 5-4 in a shootout. Brad Richards scored on Detroit's third attempt in a shootout and Jack Eichel missed the net on the ensuing chance
— Filip Forsberg scored twice and added an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a come-from-behind 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes
— Matt Duchene scored a goal, Reto Berra made 27 saves as the Colorado Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1.
— Sean Couturier had an empty-net goal and two assists in the Philadelphia Flyers' 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
— Derek MacKenzie scored twice, and the Florida Panthers beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1.
__ Calgary scored on all three of its chances in the shootout and downed Dallas 4-3.
Tar Heels topple No. 2 Maryland...Newcomer a hit for Kansas...'Nova improves to 7-0
UNDATED (AP) — Maryland and North Carolina used to tangle regularly as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Now a member of the Big Ten, the second-ranked Terps ventured to Tobacco Road -- and it didn't end well for Maryland.
Ninth-ranked North Carolina handed the second-ranked Terps their first loss of the season, 89-81. Marcus Paige scored 20 points in his season debut following a hand injury.
Brice Johnson added 16 points for the 6-1 Tar Heels. North Carolina shot 53 percent and repeatedly capitalized on Terrapins miscues to hang on in a tough matchup.
In other Top-25 hoops:
— Wayne Selden Jr. scored 18 points, Perry Ellis added 15 and fourth-ranked Kansas used a big second-half run to rout Loyola 94-61 in Cheick Diallo's much-anticipated debut with the Jayhawks. Diallo, a five-star prospect from Mali, had 13 points and six rebounds.
— Abdel Nader scored 21 points, Jameel McKay had 15 to go with a career-high 19 rebounds and fifth-ranked Iowa State beat North Dakota State 84-64.
— Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart each scored 18 points and No. 8 Villanova made 11 3-pointers to beat Saint Joseph's 86-72. Ryan Arcidiacono added 17 points for Villanova, which is 7-0.
— Malcolm Brodgon scored 22 points for his third straight game with at least 20 points to lead No. 10 Virginia to a 64-58 win against Ohio State.
— No. 11 Purdue enjoyed a 72-59 road victory at Pittsburgh. A.J. Hammons scored a season-high 24 points off the bench for the Boilermakers.
__ Davon Reed's 3-pointer gave Miami the lead in overtime and the No. 21 Hurricanes made three free throws in the last 15 seconds to beat Nebraska 77-72.
Center Tarczewski out 6 weeks
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — No. 19 Arizona will be without center Kaleb Tarczewski for four to six weeks with a stress reaction and strained muscle in his left foot.
Tarczewski was injured in the opening game of the Wooden Legacy against Santa Clara last Thursday and missed the final two games of the tournament.
The 7-foot senior center averaged 8.6 and 7.2 rebounds through Arizona's first five games.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS
It's Clemson, 'Bama, Oklahoma and Iowa
UNDATED (AP) — Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Iowa are the top four teams in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.
The Sooners locked up the Big 12 championship with a blowout victory at Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Both the 12-0 Tigers and 11-1 Crimson Tide head into their conference championship games Saturday needing just a victory to lock up a playoff spot.
The top seed gets to play closest to home, so for Clemson a semifinal game at the Orange Bowl in Miami is also on the line against North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
Iowa plays Michigan State for the Big Ten title Saturday in what effectively is an elimination game for the playoffs.
AP source: Price to Red Sox for $217 million...Dodgers welcome new manager...Newk OK after collapsing
UNDATED (AP) — The Price is right at Fenway Park.
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Boston Red Sox and ace pitcher David Price have agreed to a deal worth $217 million over seven years.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the deal has not yet been signed and is pending a physical.
Price has a 3.09 ERA in eight major league seasons with 1,372 strikeouts and 104 wins. Price is a serious upgrade for the Red Sox pitching staff, which struggled last season as Boston finished 78-84, last in the division.
In other baseball doings:
— The Seattle Mariners and Baltimore were working to complete a trade that would send power hitter Mark Trumbo to the Orioles. The Mariners would get catcher/first baseman Steve Clevenger. The teams were reviewing medical records before finalizing the deal. Trumbo topped 30 homers in consecutive seasons for the Los Angeles Angels in 2012 and 2013.
— Dave Roberts has been introduced as the new manager of the Dodgers, saying he's eager to get to work for the team that hasn't won the World Series since 1988.
— Former Dodger great Don Newcombe collapsed at Roberts' news conference and was taken to the hospital. The 89-year old was resting comfortably at home afternoon and "doing fine," according to a Dodgers spokesman.
— The Twins have signed first baseman Byung Ho Park to a four-year, $12 million contract. Minnesota won the right to negotiate with the South Korean star by bidding $12.85 million dollars under Major League Baseball's agreement with the Korean Baseball Organization. Park hit .343 with 53 homers and 146 RBIs last season. He's a career .281 hitter with 210 homers.
—Free agent relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain has signed a minor league contract with Cleveland. The deal includes an invitation to join the team in spring training. Chamberlain spent last season with Detroit, Toronto and Kansas City. The 30-year-old has a 25-21 career record with a 3.87 ERA and seven saves over nine seasons.
— Mark McGwire was mingling with San Diego Padres coaches at Petco Park, where the team was having organizational meetings. The club wouldn't say why. His appearance came amid speculation that he will be the Padres bench coach. McGwire has been the Dodgers hitting coach the past three seasons.
Roethlisberger dealing with concussion protocol...Gronk hurting
UNDATED (AP) — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a concussion. Roethlisberger says it was just a migraine. Regardless, he'll remain under the concussion protocol this week as the Steelers prepare to face Indianapolis. Roethlisberger removed himself from Sunday's loss to Seattle after being banged up, but says his headache cleared up in 30 minutes.
In other NFL news:
— New England All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a bone bruise and sprain of his right knee during the Patriots' 30-24 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. The tight end will be evaluated on a weekly basis and there is no timetable for his return. Gronkowski has 57 catches for 931 yards and nine touchdowns in 11 games this season.
— Arizona has placed running back Chris Johnson on the injured reserve/designated to return list. The move means the only way he'll play again this season is if the Cardinals reach the Super Bowl. A person with knowledge of the situation says that Johnson chipped or fractured his tibia where it meets his left knee. Coach Bruce Arians says Johnson was hurt in Sunday's win over the 49ers when he took a helmet to the knee.
— Browns starting quarterback Josh McCown is done for the season with a broken collarbone sustained in last night's loss to the Ravens.
— Receiver Terrelle Pryor has agreed to sign with the Browns according to a person familiar with the decision. Pryor was in Cleveland's training camp but was limited by a nagging hamstring injury and was one of the last players cut.
— The season is over for injured Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams, and the team signed three players on to shore up its injury-depleted defense. Buffalo added defensive tackle T.J. Barnes off the Jets practice squad, defensive end Lavar Edwards off the Cowboys practice squad and free-agent linebacker Kevin Reddick, who was on the Bills practice squad earlier this season.
No timetable for return
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods has told reporters he has no idea when his surgically repaired back will heal, nor when he'll be able to play golf again. The former No. 1 golfer has gone through three procedures in the same spot in his back in the last 19 months.
Woods has not played since a tie for 10th in the Wyndham Championship on Aug. 23.