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Last Update on January 28, 2015 06:33 GMT

CAVALIERS-PISTONS

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 38 points and LeBron James added 32 to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to their seventh straight victory Tuesday night, 103-95 over the Detroit Pistons.

The Cavs avenged a 23-point home loss to Detroit late last month. That game was part of a seven-game winning streak for the Pistons, but now Detroit is struggling to overcome the loss of Brandon Jennings, who ruptured his left Achilles tendon last weekend and will miss the rest of the season.

James fell to the floor near the basket during the final seconds of the third quarter and got up grimacing, apparently concerned about at least one of his wrists. He went to the bench, but only briefly. His two-handed breakaway dunk early in the fourth put Cleveland up 80-68.

CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Cam Atkinson and Fedor Tyutin each had a goal and an assist, and Curtis McElhinney made 25 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.

Mark Letestu and Ryan Johansen also scored, and Nick Foligno, captain of one of the teams in Sunday's NHL All-Star game played on the Blue Jackets' home ice, had two assists. Johansen was the All-Star MVP.

McElhinney, starting in place of top goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who will miss four to six weeks with a groin injury, made several big saves down the stretch.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist, and Andre Burakovsky and Troy Brouwer also scored for the Capitals, who have lost four in a row (0-3-1). Braden Holtby made 26 saves and Matt Niskanen had two assists.

T25-XAVIER-GEORGETOWN

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Myles Davis scored 19 points in his third start of the season, and Xavier held No. 21 Georgetown without a field goal for more than 11 minutes in the first half Tuesday night in a 66-53 victory that completed a sweep of the Hoyas.

Davis went 6 for 9 from the field, including back-to-back 3-pointers to cap an 18-4 run in which the Musketeers totally shut down Georgetown's motion offense. Aaron Bowen made a layup with 11:17 remaining in the first half, and the Hoyas didn't make another field goal until Isaac Copeland's mid-range buzzer-beater made the score 29-16 at halftime.

Georgetown got as close as seven late in the second half, but the Hoyas went cold again -- going more than three minutes without a field goal -- as Xavier (14-7, 5-4 Big East) closed with a 12-6 run to snap a five-game road losing streak.

BALL ST-AKRON

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Pat Forsythe scored a career-high 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting and Akron beat Ball State 59-47 on Tuesday night, winning its 12th straight game in the series.

Noah Robotham had five assists for the Zips (14-6, 5-2 Mid-Atlantic Conference).

Akron tied it at 7 then again at 20 before Forsythe scored two free throws and a layup for a 24-22 Zips lead. Bo Calhoun hit two free throws for Ball State to tie it at 24 at halftime. Neither team shot better than 33.3 percent in the half.

Akron pulled ahead on a 9-2 run, then used a 9-1 run to lead 46-35 midway through the second half after a layup by Deji Ibitayo. Aaron Jackson scored four points amid a 7-0 run and the Zips led 59-44 with 2:06 to go and the Cardinals couldn't catch up.

Calhoun led Ball State (7-11, 2-5) with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

CENT MICHIGAN-KENT ST

KENT, Ohio (AP) -- Devereaux Manley and Kris Brewer scored 16 apiece, and Jimmy Hall had 15 points and 15 rebounds to help Kent State beat Central Michigan 63-53 on Tuesday night to extend its win streak to six games.

Manley scored seven-straight points to start a 17-0 run by Kent State (15-5, 6-1 Mid-American) which opened up a 41-26 lead with 13 minutes to play. Central Michigan went scoreless for more than 7 1/2 minutes during that stretch.

The Chippewas (14-4, 4-3) responded by scoring 12 in a row, including back-to-back three-point plays by Chris Fowler and Austin Keel to cap the spurt, trimming its deficit to 43-40 with 8:33 left.

Central Michigan, however, would get no closer, shooting just 5-of-18 from the field and 2-of-5 from the free throw line in the final 8:30.

Fowler led Central Michigan, which came into the game averaging 83.9 points per game, with 15 points.

MIAMI (OHIO)-TOLEDO

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Jonathan Williams scored 18 points with 10 rebounds and Toledo held off Miami (Ohio) 70-65 on Tuesday.

Toledo (12-8, 4-3 Mid-American) used a 9-4 run midway through the first half -- sparked by Stuckey Mosley's 3-pointer -- to lead 34-27 at the break.

The lead reached 10 on Williams' 3-pointer two minutes after intermission. Willie Moore's layup capped an 8-0 run for Miami which tied it at 65 with 1:11 left, but Williams made 3 of 4 from the line and Miami missed its last two shots. Williams' dunk as time ran out was the exclamation point on the win.

Julius Brown and J.D. Weatherspoon scored 13 points apiece for Toledo, which shot 49 percent as a team. Nathan Boothe added 10 points, five boards and five assists.

Miami (7-13, 2-5) was led by Eric Washington's 16 points. Logan McLane added 14 points and seven boards.

National Sports News

Last Update on January 28, 2015 08:46 GMT

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors tasted defeat last night for just the seventh time in 43 games.

Chicago put an end to the Warriors' team-record 19-game home winning streak by beating Golden State 113-111 on Derrick Rose's jumper with seven seconds left in overtime. Rose finished with 30 points and Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL') added 18 and 16 rebounds as the Bulls dropped the Warriors' NBA-leading record to 36-7.

Klay Thompson scored a team-high 30 points for the Warriors but missed a shot as time expired.

Also in the NBA:

-- Zach Randolph had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies past the Mavericks 109-90 in Dallas. Marc Gasol added 15 points and a game-high six assists as the Grizzlies earned their fourth straight win and improved to 8-1 in their last nine.

-- Toronto beat Indiana 104-91 as DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points and Kyle Lowry added 19. The Atlantic Division-leading Raptors claimed their third straight win and improved to 30-15, a team record for victories before the All-Star break.

-- Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 38 points and LeBron James had 32 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their seventh straight win, 103-95 against Detroit. Irving and James combined to produce 24 of the Cavaliers' 39 baskets and 70 percent of the team's points.

-- The Los Angeles Lakers earned their ninth straight loss by blowing a 19-point lead in a 98-92 victory by Washington. John Wall had 21 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds in the Wizards' fifth consecutive win over the Lakers.

-- Brandon Knight had 17 points and six assists to lead Milwaukee's balanced attack in a 109-102 triumph at Miami. Khris Middleton also had 17 points and Jerryd Bayless had 15 for the Bucks, who had seven players with at least 10.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-VANDY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A jury has convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players of raping a former student. The jury deliberated for three hours before rejecting claims that Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack. They face decades in prison when they are sentenced March 6.

SUPER BOWL

PHOENIX (AP) -- Super Bowl media day offered little in the way of substance as the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots fielded questions in Phoenix.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick (BEHL'-ih-chik) and quarterback Tom Brady didn't comment much on all the controversy surrounding the team and deflated footballs, saying the topic will not be part of the teams mindset. Both coach and player stressed the team is focused on one thing, the NFC champion Seahawks.

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch took part in the festivities for five minutes. He set a timer on his phone, caught a bag of Skittles tossed from the crowd and stopped to pick up a reporter's recorder off the floor before he walked away.

NFL-COACHES

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Former Cleveland Browns' coach Rob Chudzinski has been named associate head coach to assist Chuck Pagano (puh-GAH'-noh) with the Colts. Chudzinski was hired last year as a special assistant to Pagano after one season as Cleveland's head coach.

TOP 25 MEN'S BASKETBALL

UNDATED (AP) -- Virginia Commonwealth was the highest-ranked men's basketball team in action Tuesday, and the Rams had little trouble picking up their 12th consecutive victory.

Freshman Terry Larrier scored 15 points and 14th-ranked VCU pulled away with a 16-2 run early in the second half to thump George Washington 72-48. The Rams won easily despite getting just 15 points combined from leading scorer Treveon Graham and Melvin Johnson.

VCU took control while the Colonials made just one field goal in the final 10:50 of the first half.

In other top-25 action:

-- Tarik Phillip matched a career-high 12 points and No. 17 West Virginia improved to 17-3 by beating Kansas State 65-59. The Mountaineers forced 25 turnovers and held the Wildcats to 36 percent from the field.

-- Oklahoma State knocked off No. 20 Baylor 64-53 behind Phil Forte's four 3-pointers and 16 points. Le'Bryan Nash chipped in 13 points as the Cowboys dropped the Bears to 3-4 in the Big 12.

-- Myles Davis scored 19 points and Xavier kept No. 21 Georgetown without a field goal for more than 11 minutes in the first half of a 66-53 triumph over the Hoyas. Davis went 6-for-9 from the field, including back-to-back 3-pointers to cap an 18-4 run.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Islanders own a share of the NHL's Eastern Conference lead following another victory against their bitter rivals.

The Islanders are 3-0 against the Rangers this season after Jaroslav Halak (YAH'-roh-slahv hah-LAHK') turned back 40 shots in a 4-1 victory at Nassau Coliseum. Halak was seconds away from his second straight shutout of the Blueshirts until Carl Hagelin beat him with 8.1 seconds left. Mikhail Grabovski, Matt Martin, Ryan Strome (strohm) and John Tavares did the scoring in the Islanders' sixth victory in seven games.

The Isles now sit one point ahead of Tampa Bay in the East and remain three points in front of Pittsburgh for the Metropolitan Division lead.

Detroit is the other Eastern Conference co-leader following a 5-4 victory over Florida. Luke Glendening tallied twice while the Red Wings scored four consecutive goals in the second period of their sixth straight win.

The Lightning owned the East lead until Justin Faulk and Eric Staal each had a goal and an assist in Carolina's 4-2 win over Tampa Bay. Staal and Nathan Gerbe (GUR'-bee) scored to put the Hurricanes ahead 2-0 just over six minutes into the game.

Pittsburgh trailed 3-2 until David Perron (peh-RAHN') and Brandon Sutter scored power-play goals in the third period of the Penguins' 5-3 triumph over Winnipeg. Kris Letang (leh-TANG') had a career-high five assists in the Pens' first victory in five games.

Elsewhere on ice:

-- Anaheim kept its three-point lead over Nashville atop the Western Conference by earning its sixth straight win, blanking Vancouver 4-0. Rickard Rakell (REEE-kahrd rah-KEHL') had a goal and an assist to back Frederick Andersen, who stopped just 17 shots in his third shutout of the season.

-- Craig Smith scored 2:46 into overtime to give the Predators a 4-3 win over Colorado and a five-point lead over St. Louis and Chicago in the Central Division. Rookie Filip Forsberg notched his 16th goal of the season and Mike Ribeiro (rih-BEHR'-oh) had three assists as the Predators halted a two-game skid.

-- Montreal is just two points off the East lead after Carey Price stopped 39 shots in the Canadiens' third straight win, 3-2 against Dallas. Brendan Gallagher's power-play goal put the Habs ahead 3-1 early in the second period.

-- Washington absorbed its fourth consecutive loss as Cam Atkinson and Fedor Tyutin (FEH'-dur TOO'-tihn) each had a goal and an assist in the Blue Jackets' 4-3 triumph over the Capitals in Columbus. Mark Letestu (leh-TES'-too) and Ryan Johansen also tallied in the Blue Jackets' third victory in four games.

-- Calgary has a firmer grasp of the final Western Conference playoff berth after Johnny Gaudreau (GOO'-droh) scored twice in a 4-1 victory against Buffalo. Joe Colborn had a goal and an assist in the third period to help the Flames move three points ahead of the ninth-place Kings.

-- Wayne Simmonds scored once in regulation before delivering the lone shootout goal in Philadelphia's 4-3 comeback win against Arizona.

-- Minnesota beat Edmonton 2-1 on Charlie Coyle's goal with 4:23 remaining.

NHL-BLUES

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Martin Brodeur (mahr-TAN' broh-DOOR') has made his final NHL save. The NHL's all-time leader in wins and shutouts by a goaltender will formally announce his retirement at a news conference Thursday and discuss his new front office position with the St. Louis Blues.

Brodeur wrapped up a 22-year career with St. Louis after signing as a free agent on Dec. 2. He was 3-3-0, with his final victory coming in a 3-0 shutout over Colorado on Dec. 29.

He spent his first 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils, winning three Stanley Cups and four Vezina (VEH'-zih-nah) trophies as the league's top netminder.

The Montreal native was 691-397-176 with a 2.24 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and 125 shutouts in 1,266 career appearances.

NHL-KINGS-RICHARDS

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings have assigned underperforming center Mike Richards to their AHL affiliate in Manchester after he cleared waivers. The 29-year-old Richards has scored just five goals and 15 points in 47 games this season. He has five years remaining on a 12-year, $69 million contract.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- One Williams sister won her quarterfinal match at the Australian Open, while another lost.

Serena Williams moved one step closer to her 19th Grand Slam title by beating Dominika Cibulkova (see-bul-KOH'-vah) 6-2, 6-2 in 65 minutes. Williams has won the tournament each time she has advanced to the semifinals.

Venus Williams was a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 loser against fellow American Madison Keys. Williams was ahead 3-1 in the final set before Keys broke serve three times in a row to close out the match.

Defending men's champion and fourth seed Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRIN'-kah) advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 win over U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori (nee-shee-KOHR'-ee). The fifth-seeded Nishikori saved five match points before Wawrinka fired his 20th ace to close out the match.

MLB-CONTRACTS

UNDATED (AP) -- The American League champion Royals and outfielder Jarrod Dyson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $1,225,000.

The former 50th-round amateur draft pick stole a career-high 36 bases and hit .269 with one homer and 24 RBIs in 290 plate appearances last season.

And San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $3,175,000. Crawford batted .246 with 10 homers and 69 RBIs last season, helping the Giants win the World Series for the second time in three years since Crawford became the starting shortstop.

NASCAR-STEWART

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Walking without a limp for the first time in 18 months, Tony Stewart declared himself pain-free and never more eager to start a season.

After a tumultuous two seasons that affected him both physically and mentally, the three-time NASCAR champion said his troubles are behind him and he finally feels like the old Smoke again.

His chance to prove it begins next month at Daytona International Speedway. That's where Stewart will climb back into his No. 14 Chevrolet for the first time since November, when his 15-year winning streak in the Sprint Cup Series came to an end.

He failed to win a race last year for the first time since his 1999 rookie season.

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