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Last Update on January 31, 2015 06:36 GMT

KINGS-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving combined for 44 points, and LeBron James scored 19 in his return from a one-game absence, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Sacramento Kings 101-90 on Friday night for their ninth straight win.

Love led Cleveland with 23 points, including 16 in the first quarter, while Irving, who scored an arena record 55 points Wednesday against Portland, added 21.

James returned after missing Wednesday's game with a sprained right wrist. He was 7 for 16 from the field in 33 minutes, but made five straight shots, including a 3-pointer and a dunk off a behind-the-back dribble, as Cleveland put the game away early in the fourth quarter.

A team trainer placed a brace on James' wrist in the third quarter, which he wore the remainder of the game.

LOVE'S RETURN

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kevin Love says he isn't expecting a warm welcome when he plays in Minnesota for the first time since he was traded to Cleveland.

The Cavaliers visit the Timberwolves on Saturday night. Love says he expects to hear plenty of boos.

Love spent six years in Minnesota before he was traded to Cleveland last summer. He supplanted Kevin Garnett as the face of the Timberwolves franchise, but the team never made the playoffs.

Love asked for a trade last summer. The Wolves received Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young in return.

Love says he expects a reception similar to the one he got early in his career in Portland. Fans booed him there because the Oregon native chose to go to college at UCLA.

BLUE JACKETS MOVES

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Ryan Murray off injured reserve and assigned right wing Josh Anderson to their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Murray has missed the last 36 games because of a knee injury.

The 21-year-old Murray, the No. 2 pick overall in the 2013 draft, also missed the first seven games of the season because of an offseason knee surgery. He has four goals and 17 assists and a +4 plus/minus rating in 66 NHL games.

The 20-year-old Anderson made his NHL debut on Jan. 16 and picked up an assist for his first NHL point on Thursday night at Florida.

CINCINNATI-MOVING UP

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Point guard Troy Caupain's best game gives Cincinnati a sense it's still in the race.

The sophomore scored a career-high 20 points before picking up his second technical foul on Thursday night while leading the Bearcats to a 70-58 win over Connecticut.

The Bearcats (15-5, 6-2) are alone in third place in the American Athletic Conference, trailing Tulsa (8-0) and Southern Methodist (8-1). Cincinnati plays at SMU next Thursday and at Tulsa on March 4.

The Bearcats have gotten their bearings after coach Mick Cronin was sidelined in December by medical issues. He can't coach games or practice the rest of the season. They're 8-3 under associate head coach Larry Davis.

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Last Update on January 31, 2015 19:59 GMT

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Serena Williams is the Australian Open women's champion for the sixth time.

Playing with a hacking cough, Williams defeated Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 (5) for her 19th Grand Slam title. The 33-year-old Williams also became the oldest winner of the Australian women's title in the Open era. And she moved into outright second place on the list of major winners in the Open era, behind only Steffi Graf's 22.

Williams now has won 16 in a row and is 17-2 in career matches against No. 2 Sharapova, who hasn't won a head-to-head meeting since 2004.

On tap tonight, U.S. time, Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich), the top-seed, is facing sixth-seed Andy Murray for the men's title.

T25-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- A check of afternoon play in men's Top-25 basketball shows an upset.

The upset came in Pittsburgh as the unranked Panthers knocked off No. 8 Notre Dame 76-72. The loss comes just days after the Irish beat No. 4 Duke in South Bend. Pittsburgh guard James Robinson hit a runner with 12 seconds remaining to give the Panthers the lead for good in the victory. Robinson finished with 14 points and 10 assists for his first career double-double. Pitt is now 14-8 while the loss drops the Irish to 20-3.

The highest-ranked school in action was fifth-ranked Wisconsin, which is now 18-2. The Badgers got 24 points from Frank Kaminsky in a 74-63 win over Iowa, which upped Wisconsin's Big Ten record to 6-1. Nigel Hayes scored 14 points and Sam Dekker and Josh Gasser each added 11 for the Badgers. Wisconsin had 21 second-chance points to win its fifth straight against the 13-8 Hawkeyes, which have lost three straight.

Devin Williams scored 18 points and No. 17 West Virginia forced 26 turnovers in a 77-58 win over Texas Tech. Daxter Miles Jr. added 12 points, Juwan Staten had 11 and Gary Browne scored 10 for the Mountaineers who are now 18-3. The Mountaineers swept the season series with the Red Raiders and have exceeded their win total from last season.

The big game of the day is tonight, when fourth-ranked Duke plays at Virginia. The unbeaten Cavaliers are 19-0 and ranked second in the AP men's poll.

The No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats are also in action tonight with a home game against Alabama. The 'Cats are 20-0.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks have the second half of a back-to-back scheduling challenge tonight. But the way the Hawks are playing, it might not matter. Atlanta, which won its 18th straight last night with a 105-99 victory over Portland, takes on lowly Philadelphia tonight as the Hawks try to keep their franchise-record winning streak growing.

That's one of 11 games on the NBA schedule tonight. Elsewhere, Dallas is at Orlando, Washington hosts Toronto, Indiana hosts Sacramento, Houston is at Detroit, Memphis is home to Oklahoma City, red-hot Cleveland is at Minnesota after beating Sacramento 101-90 last night for the Cavaliers' ninth straight victory, Portland is at Milwaukee, Denver hosts Charlotte, the L.A. Clippers are at San Antonio and the Golden State Warriors have the second half of a back-to-back situation by hosting Phoenix.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- There are three matinees are dotting the 11-game NHL slate. First up, the Washington Capitals invade the Bell Centre to take on the Canadiens. The Caps are coming off a 4-0 shutout of Pittsburgh Wednesday night in which Braden Holtby recorded his fifth shutout of the season with 27 saves. Alex Ovechkin moved to the top of the NHL scoring parade with two goals.

Also this afternoon, the surprising New York Islanders are in Detroit to face the Red Wings. The Isles are coming off their 5-2 loss to Boston Thursday night.

The other day game has Arizona at Ottawa to play the Senators.

Elsewhere in the NHL tonight, Dallas is at Winnipeg, Boston hosts the L.A. Kings, New Jersey is home to Florida, Toronto is at Philadelphia, the Rangers are home against Carolina, Tampa Bay hosts Carolina, Edmonton is at Calgary and San Jose is home to Chicago.

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