AP Wednesday Sports Roundup
Sixers continue latest losing streak.
UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have added another game to their latest double-digit losing streak.
The Sixers absorbed their 11th consecutive loss and fell to 1-29 with a 104-90 setback against Memphis in Philadelphia. The Grizzlies shot 47 percent and scored 36 points off the 76ers' 28 turnovers.
Marc Gasol led five Grizzlies in double-figures with 19 points, while Mike Conley added 18 and six assists.
Jahlil Okafor had 18 points for the 76ers, who are well on the way to breaking their NBA record of 73 losses in a season. They are off to the worst 30-game start in league history, topping their 3-27 mark in 1972-73.
The 76ers play their next six games on the road, where they have dropped 22 straight dating to last season.
Also in the NBA:
— DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points and Bismack Biyombo had a career-high 20 rebounds as Toronto knocked off Dallas 103-99. Kyle Lowry added 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Atlantic Division leaders.
— Kentavious Caldwell-Pope drained a go-ahead jumper with 55.5 seconds left to complete Detroit's comeback in a 93-92 victory at Miami. Reggie Jackson had a team-high 18 points for the Pistons, who stormed back from an 18-point deficit and shot 15-for-29 from 3-point range.
— Kobe Bryant tied a season high with 31 points and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a 21-point, first-half deficit to beat Denver 111-107. Bryant hit two free throws and a jumper in the final 1:23 to seal the Lakers' fifth win of the season.
Noah out 2 weeks with sprained shoulder
CHICAGO (AP) — Bulls center Joakim Noah will miss at least two weeks because of a sprained left shoulder suffered in last night's loss to Brooklyn. He was on defense when a leaping Andrea Bargnani came down hard on Noah's left arm, bending it back awkwardly. Noah is averaging 4.5 points and 8.8 rebounds this season.
Spartans hold off Oakland
UNDATED (AP) — The top-ranked Michigan State Spartans came very close to suffering their first loss of the college basketball season.
Bryn Forbes shot 7 of 9 from 3-point range while scoring a career-high 32 points, but the Spartans needed overtime to beat Oakland 99-93. Eron Harris finished with 27 points for Michigan State, which trailed by 15 before improving to 13-0 for the first time in school history.
The Spartans were playing their first game without Denzel Valentine, who is expected to miss 2-3 weeks following minor knee surgery.
In other top-25 finals:
— Perry Ellis scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half as No. 2 Kansas beat San Diego State 70-57. The Jayhawks saw a 16-point, first-half lead shrink to four twice in the second half before they improved to 10-1.
— Buddy Hield poured in 25 points on 8 of 13 shooting as No. 3 Oklahoma cruised to an 88-60 win over Washington State. Isaiah Cousins chipped in 13 points for the 9-0 Sooners.
— Fifth-ranked Virginia pulled out a 63-62 win over visiting California on a 3-pointer by London Perrantes with 10 seconds left in overtime. Anthony Gill had a team-high 17 points for the 10-1 Cavaliers, who never led until there was just 1:04 left in regulation.
— Sixth-ranked Xavier is 12-0 after turning an 18-point deficit into a 78-70 triumph at Wake Forest. Trevon Bluiett scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, and freshman Edmond Sumner added 13 of his season-high 21 points after intermission to help the Musketeers continue the longest season-opening winning streak in team history.
— No. 8 Arizona handled Long Beach State 85-70 as Freshman Allonzo Trier scored 20 points. The Wildcats shot 28-for-32 from the line in their 46th consecutive home win, the longest active streak in the country.
— Roosevelt Jones furnished 12 points and 10 rebounds in No. 9 Butler's 88-52 pounding of Southern Utah. Tyler Lewis had nine points and eight assists for the Bulldogs, who led by as many 41 points on the way to their seventh straight win.
— Georges Niang led Iowa State with 24 points and 10 rebounds, but the 11th-rated Cyclones needed Abdel Nader's 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to pull out an 81-79 victory at Cincinnati.
— Ivan Cruz Uceda scored 20 points and Tonye Jekiri added 10 and 14 rebounds as 13th-ranked Miami handed La Salle its worst loss since the program began in 1931, 95-49.
— A.J. Hammons had 21 points and 10 rebounds as No. 14 Purdue rallied for its 15th straight win at Mackey Arena, beating Vanderbilt 68-55.
— Trey Lewis scored 17 points and Damion Lee added 14 in No. 16 Louisville's 75-47 verdict over Missouri-Kansas City.
— No. 17 Villanova thumped neighboring Delaware 78-48 behind Josh Hart's 18 points and 14 boards.
— SMU coach Larry Brown returned from a nine-game suspension and Nic Moore dropped in 25 points as the 18th-ranked Mustangs beat Kent State 90-74 to improve to 10-0.
— DePaul surprised 20th-ranked George Washington as Billy Garrett Jr. scored 20 points and Eli Cain added 16 to lead the Blue Demons' easy 82-61 win over the Colonials.
— Jordan Loveridge scored 14 points and No. 24 Utah put together runs of 12-0 and 18-5 in the first half of a 105-58 dismantling of Delaware State.
— Duane Notice scored 20 points to lead unbeaten and No. 25 South Carolina over St. John's 75-61
Stars blank Hawks...Wild top reeling Habs
UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens were the NHL's two best teams at the quarter-mark of the NHL season. The Stars have continued their torrid pace, while the Canadiens have flatlined.
The Stars top the league with 54 points at 26-7-2 following a 4-0 shutout of the defending Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks. Jason Spezza's power-play goal put Dallas ahead midway through the game before Patrick Sharp, Colton Sceviour and Mattias Janmark added third-period goals.
Antti Niemi needed to make just 20 saves for his 35th career shutout and the Stars' third straight win.
The Canadiens lost for the ninth time in 10 games as Jason Pominville and Charlie Coyle provided Minnesota's goals in a 2-1 triumph over Montreal. Darcy Kuemper stopped 24 shots and blanked the Canadiens until Daniel Carr capped the scoring with 7:14 remaining.
The Canadiens have scored just 15 goals during their 10-game slide. They scored 35 goals during their season-opening, nine-game winning streak.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Vladimir Tarasenko notched his 22nd goal and Jake Allen turned back 32 shots as St. Louis blanked the Bruins 2-0 in Boston. Tarasenko has six goals and 11 points during his seven-game point streak.
— San Jose trailed 3-1 until Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski each scored twice in the Sharks' 5-3 win at Los Angeles. Pavelski scored a pair of power-play goals 1:32 apart in the third period to put the Sharks ahead and send the Kings to their fourth loss in five games since a seven-game winning streak.
— The New York Rangers had dropped six of seven before Mats Zuccarello scored a power-play goal 2:37 into overtime to give the Blueshirts a 3-2 win against Anaheim. Derick Brassard tallied twice for the Rangers, who sent the Ducks to their fourth loss in five games.
— Kyle Palmieri, Jordin Tootoo and David Schlemko scored during a 2:12 span to give New Jersey a 3-0 lead in the first period of a 4-3 win at Detroit. Cory Schneider handled 25 shots as the Devils halted a three-game skid and handed the Red Wings their fourth loss in five games.
— Johnny Gaudreau recorded his second hat trick of the month and third of his career in Calgary's 4-1 verdict over Winnipeg. The Flames ended a two-game skid and won first the eighth time in 10 games.
— Shootout goals by Brandon Pirri and Aleksander Barkov sent Florida to its fifth straight win, 2-1 over Ottawa. Craig Anderson made 39 saves in front of the Senators' net.
— Vancouver beat Tampa Bay 2-1 on Daniel Sedin's tiebreaking goal with 8:51 remaining. Sven Baertchi also scored and Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 shots as the Canucks won for the second time in six games.
— Shane Doan scored twice and assisted on Connor Murphy's game-winner to push Arizona past Toronto 3-2. Doan scored 14 seconds apart in the first period and set up Murphy's tiebreaking tally 6:06 into the third.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BOWL GAME
Akron gets first bowl win
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Akron Zips have earned their first bowl victory.
Robert Stein drilled three field goals, including a 46-yard field goal with 8:15 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Zips downed Utah State 23-21 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise.
Jatavis Brown was a beast on defense, recording eight tackles along with 1 1/2 sacks, 2 1/2 tackles for loss and a critical forced fumble.
The Zips have their first eight-win season since moving up to FBS in 1987.
T25-AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR
McCaffrey takes AP award
UNDATED (AP) — Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey is The Associated Press college football player of the year. He's the first non-Heisman Trophy winner to earn the honor in six years.
McCaffrey was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy to Derrick Henry, but received 29 of 60 votes from the AP Top 25 media panel to edge the Alabama running back.
Henry received 16 votes and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was third with 11.
McCaffrey is the first Stanford player to win the award since it was first handed out in 1998.
He ran for 1,847 yards and eight touchdowns, caught a team-best 41 passes for 540 yards and four scores and averaged 28.9 yards per kickoff return with another score. He also threw two touchdown passes.
MLB-HOT STOVE LEAGUE
Cardinals land Leake
UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have filled a pitching void after losing starting pitcher John Lackey, working out a five-year, $80 million contract with free agent Mike Leake.
The 28-year-old right-hander is 64-52 with a 3.88 ERA in six big league seasons. He was 11-10 with a 3.70 ERA in 190 innings for Cincinnati and San Francisco this year.
In other baseball:
— A person familiar with the negotiations says the New York Mets and outfielder Alejandro De Aza have agreed to a one-year, $5.75 million contract, pending a physical. The left-handed-hitting De Aza batted .262 with seven homers, 31 extra-base hits and 35 RBIs in 325 at-bats for Baltimore, Boston and San Francisco this year. He is seen as a compliment to right-handed-hitting center fielder Juan Lagares.
Beckham appeal set
NEW YORK (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. is going to have the appeal of his one-game suspension heard on Wednesday.
The NFL says that former Washington and Philadelphia wide out James Thrash will be the hearing officer for the appeal by the New York Giants receiver.
The league suspended Beckham on Monday for his conduct against Carolina, when he drew three personal foul penalties. The league cited "multiple violations of safety-related playing rules."
Panthers no longer going batty
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina coach Ron Rivera will no longer allow his players to bring baseball bats on the field before games even though he said the Panthers have done nothing wrong.
The Panthers coach banned the bats following what he says are untrue reports that some players taunted Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. with physical threats and homophobic slurs before Sunday's game.
Rivera said the Panthers wouldn't stand for that behavior and the team found no evidence that occurred.
Platini suffers appeal setback
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has told presidential hopeful Michel Platini that he cannot bypass its appeals process by challenging his eight-year ban directly at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Platini had been hoping to cut out the required FIFA appeals procedure as he races to try to overturn his ban before the Feb. 26 presidential election.
Platini was banned on Monday for eight years along with Sepp Blatter over a 2011 payment of $2 million from FIFA that the president authorized for the former France captain.