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Top-ranked Baylor beats Oklahoma 84-74 for 20th win in row
UNDATED (AP) — James Akinjo matched his career high with 27 points, Adam Flagler scored 22 and top-ranked Baylor stretched its national-best winning streak to 20 games with an 84-74 win over Oklahoma. Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua added 12 points for the 14-0 Bears. Their winning streak began with their six wins in last season’s NCAA Tournament on way to their first national championship. Tanner Groves had 13 points to lead four players in double figures for first-year coach Porter Moser and the Sooners. Both teams shot 56% from the field. Baylor sealed the game with seven free throws over the final 40 seconds.
In other college basketball action:
— Wendell Green Jr. scored a season-high 22 points and No. 9 Auburn beat South Carolina 81-66 for its 10th straight win. The Tigers led by 21 points in the second half, but held on after the Gamecocks drew within 63-55 with about seven minutes to play. Green came through again with two foul shots before 7-foot-1 Walker Kesslen jammed home a bucket to restore the double-digit lead. Kessler followed up a triple double last game with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks as Auburn opened 2-0 in the SEC for the first time in four years.
— Marcus Carr scored 19 points, Timmy Allen had 17 and No. 14 Texas rallied in the second half to beat Kansas State 70-57. Courtney Ramey added 14 points and Dylan Disu had 10 for Texas, which has won six in a row. Kansas State led 35-29 at halftime, but the Longhorns opened the second half with an 18-2 run. Nijel Pack scored 21 points, 15 in the first half, and Selton Miguel finished with 13 points for the Wildcats. Kansas State was missing seven players and coach Bruce Weber because of COVID-19 protocols.
— Tari Eason capped his 13-point performance with a dunk following a Kentucky turnover with 13 seconds left, and No. 21 LSU held off No. 16 Kentucky 65-50. Xavier Pinson added 11 points for LSU, capped by his flamboyant dunk in the final seconds after another Wildcats turnover. Kentucky’s Davion Mintz played 28 minutes after an injury to starting point guard and assist leader Sahvir Wheeler and led the Wildcats with 16 points.
— Jared Rhoden scored 17 points, Alexis Yetna had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 24 Seton Hall beat Butler 71-56. Bryce Aiken added 12 points and seven assists for the Pirates, who avoided their first 0-3 start in Big East play since 2009-10. Seton Hall has won four of its past six at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Bryce Golden scored 20 points for Butler, and fellow big man Bryce Nze added 12 points. The Bulldogs were outrebounded 36-25 even though Seton Hall played without Tyrese Samuel, who averages 10.8 points and 6.9 boards.
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UCLA seeks rival for return to the court
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The UCLA men’s basketball team is back after a nearly two-week shutdown because of COVID-19. Now the fifth-ranked Bruins are trying to find someone to play.
The UCLA staff is furiously working the phones to find a game to schedule, even if it’s not against a Division I opponent.
Morant scores 26, Grizzlies beat Cavs for 6th straight win
UNDATED (AP) — Ja Morant scored six of his 26 points in the final 30 seconds, including the go-ahead hoop, allowing the Memphis Grizzlies to extend their winning streak to six with a 110-106 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Morant gave Memphis a 106-104 lead with a double-pump short jumper, then stripped the ball from Brandon Goodwin and scored on Cleveland’s subsequent possession with 22 seconds remaining. Darius Garland collected 27 points and 10 assists in his return to Cleveland’s lineup after missing four games in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
In other NBA action:
— Devin Booker scored 33 points, Chris Paul added 11 points and 15 assists, and the Phoenix Suns beat the New Orleans Pelicans 123-110. Mikal Bridges added 23 points for Phoenix, which picked up its seventh win over the Pelicans in the last nine games. He and Cameron Johnson both made five 3-pointers, while veteran center Bismack Biyombo shot 6 for 6 and scored 16. Graham scored 28 points for New Orleans, which has lost four of five. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds.
— Fred VanVleet scored 33 points, Pascal Siakam had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors extended their winning streak to three by beating the San Antonio Spurs 129-104. Gary Trent Jr. scored 21 points as the Raptors evened their record at 17-17, reaching the .500 mark for the first time since they were 7-7 after a Nov. 13 home loss to Detroit. The Raptors have won eight of their past 10 at home.
— RJ Barrett scored 24 of his 32 points in the first half, Julius Randle had 30 points and 16 rebounds in his first game after coming off the COVID-19 health and safety protocols list, and the New York Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers 104-94. Alec Burks added 14 points for New York, which snapped a two-game losing streak.
Utah’s Ingles enters protocols, Jazz last team to join list
UNDATED (AP) — Joe Ingles entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols on Tuesday, the first Utah Jazz player to be added to that list this season. The Jazz had been the only NBA team yet to have a player in protocols this season. All 29 others had a player sidelined by COVID-19 at some point in the last three weeks during this outbreak, many of them placing more than 10 players in the protocols.
Panthers win 4th consecutive game, roll past Flames 6-2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Patric Hornqvist scored twice, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped a season-high 47 shots and the Florida Panthers pushed their winning streak to four games by topping the Calgary Flames 6-2. Joe Thornton got a history-making go-ahead goal late in the first period for Florida, which improved to 18-3-0 on home ice.
Anthony Duclair, Ryan Lomberg and Lucas Carlsson also scored for Florida, and Brandon Montour had the second three-assist game of his career. Johnny Gaudreau got his 14th goal of the season for Calgary and Blake Coleman also scored for the Flames.
Thornton’s first goal came on Dec. 3, 1997, and he has now scored in every calendar year since — 26 consecutive years and counting.
In other ice action:
— Ondrej Palat had two goals and an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning trounced the illness-ravaged Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2 to break a three-game losing streak. Brayden Point added a goal and two assists for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, who scored three power-play goals. Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 20 shots in his 17th win, tying Frederik Andersen of Carolina for the NHL lead.
— David Pastrnak scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:49 left in the third period and the Boston Bruins beat the New Jersey Devils 5-3. Curtis Lazar had a goal and an assist, Oskar Steen scored his first career goal and the Bruins won their third straight since returning to the ice after they had six consecutive games postponed because of COVID-19. Mackenzie Blackwood made 29 saves.
— Tyler Bertuzzi and Pius Suter each scored twice, including short-handed goals on the same penalty, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the San Jose Sharks 6-2. Dylan Larkin and Robby Fabbri also scored for Detroit. Alex Nedeljkovic made 24 saves for the Red Wings. Jasper Weatherby and Alexander Barabanov scored for the Sharks. James Reimer stopped 20 of 24 shots before being replaced by Adin Hill (five saves) at the start of the third period.
Caps players return
UNDATED (AP) — Tied at the top of the NHL with the New York Rangers, the Washington Capitals have almost their entire lineup out of NHL COVID-19 protocol after missing players off and on for the past few weeks. Defenseman Martin Fehervary and goaltender Vitek Vanecek (VEE’-tehk VAN’-eh-chehk) skated Tuesday and appear on track to be back for Washington’s next game Friday at the St. Louis Blues.
The Dallas Stars are also getting healthier after removing captain Jamie Benn from the protocol list. Toronto’s Auston Matthews remains unavailable. San Jose captain Logan Couture (koo-TOOR’), Boston winger Jake DeBrusk and Buffalo forwards Anders Bjork(byohrk), Peyton Krebs and Alex Tuch all are new additions to league virus protocol.
Elsewhere around the NHL:
— New Jersey Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday on his broken jaw. He took a puck to the face off a shot from Washington defenseman Justin Schultz Sunday. Veteran goaltender Jonathan Bernier underwent successful right hip surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. Tomas Tatar was activated off the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list and added fellow forwards Pavel Zacha and Yegor Sharangovich.
Browns’ Mayfield to have surgery
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield will sit out the season finale against Cincinnati so he can undergo shoulder surgery.
Mayfield was sacked nine times in Monday night’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Meanwhile, Cincinnati sacks leader Trey Hendrickson and three other starters are among five Bengals that have been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list. Center Trey Hopkins and left guard Quinton Spain were sidelined along with safety Vonn Bell. The fifth player is Akeem Davis-Gaither.
The Bengals have clinched the AFC North title for their first trip to the playoffs since the 2015 season. Playoff qualifiers Green Bay and Arizona have players coming off and going on the COVID-19 list. Each team has two starters returning.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
— The Kansas City Chiefs should have left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. on the field when they visit the Broncos on Saturday. The Chiefs need to beat the Broncos and hope Tennessee loses to Houston on Sunday to earn the AFC’s No. 1 seed.
— The New York Jets placed left tackle George Fant and defensive end Bryce Huff on injured reserve. Tight end Dan Brown was placed on the practice squad IR. All three were injured in the Jets’ 28-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday.
— Tennessee outside linebacker Bud Dupree has been charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with a physical altercation at a Walgreen’s hours after the Titans clinched their second straight AFC South title. Dupree is scheduled to be booked in three weeks. The Titans issued a statement saying they are “aware of the situation and are gathering additional information.”
— Washington’s NFL team says it will unveil its new name on Feb. 2. The helmets and uniforms will still feature the franchise’s signature burgundy and gold colors.
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Two Cincinnati stars to enter NFL draft
CINCINNATI (AP) — Two of Cincinnati’s biggest stars are leaving early to enter the NFL draft.
Cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner and running back Jerome Ford. Gardner is projected as a first-round pick.
Elsewhere in college football:
— Michigan outside linebacker David Ojabo is entering the NFL draft. The second-team All-American and All-Big Ten player had 11 sacks as a redshirt sophomore. He helped Michigan win its first Big Ten title since 2004 and advance to the College Football Playoff for the first time.
Djokovic gets exemption, will play in Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) will get a chance to defend his Australian Open title after receiving a medical exemption to travel to Melbourne. Australian Open organizers have issued a statement to confirm the granting of a medical exemption to the nine-time champion.
Djokovic has continually refused to reveal if he is vaccinated against the coronavirus. He is seeking a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam singles title.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN-TUNE-UP TOURNAMENTS
Second-ranked Sabalenka loses her season-opening match
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Second-ranked Aryna Sabalenka has had an upset straight-sets loss to No. 100-ranked Kaja Juvan in her first match of the season. The Wimbledon and U.S. Open semifinalist had a first-round bye at the Adelaide International and struggled with her serve in the second-round match against Juvan.
The Adelaide International is one of the main tune-up tournaments for the Australian Open which starts Jan. 17 at Melbourne Park. The win was Juvan’s first against a Top 10 player and earned her a spot in the quarterfinals.
SKIING-WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S SLALOM
Vlhova beats Shiffrin for 4th World Cup slalom win of season
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Slovakian skier Petra Vlhova has won a women’s World Cup slalom in tough race conditions for her fourth win in five races this season.
Mikaela Shiffrin finished five-tenths of a second behind in second place upon her return to competition following a positive COVID-19 test and missing two races last week. Shiffrin was only cleared to race on Monday and was the only racer to finish within two seconds of Vlhova’s winning time.
GOLF-TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Cameron Champ out of Kapalua with positive COVID-19 test
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP)— Cameron Champ has withdrawn from the Sentry Tournament of Champions after testing positive for the coronavirus. Champ got into the winners-only event at Kapalua with his victory at the 3M Open in Minnesota last summer. The field now is at 38 players.