Wizards stun Heat...Thunder outscore Nets
UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Heat had to figure their winning streak would come to an end one of these days. They couldn't have expected it to be stopped in Washington.
The Wizards won for only the second time in 15 games, overcoming LeBron James' triple-double in a 105-101 win over the Heat, halting Miami's six-game winning streak. Jordan Crawford led the victory with 22 points, including three free throws over the final 11 seconds. Kevin Seraphin grabbed 10 rebounds and added 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting for the Wizards, who've actually won their last three meetings with the Heat.
James finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists but missed a pair of three-point tries over the last 18 seconds. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 24 points for the Heat, who erased a 12-point deficit before falling to 12-4.
Brooklyn was beaten by a division leader for the second straight game as Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook added 25 in Oklahoma City's 117-111 win over the Nets. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) added 18 points and Thabo Sefolosha (TAH'-boh she-feh-LOH'-shuh) chipped in 14 as the Thunder won their sixth in a row and surpassed the 100-point mark for the 10th straight time.
The NBA schedule includes Minnesota's 105-88 win at Philadelphia behind John Howard's 16 points and 10 rebounds. Alexey Shved hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 for the Timberwolves, who raced to a 23-point lead in the first half.
Houston erased a 13-point deficit over the final 10 minutes of a 107-105 comeback win against the Los Angeles Lakers. Tony Douglas had a season-high 22 points and Greg Smith added a career-best 21 to help the Rockets withstand Kobe Bryant's 39 points.
Indiana was an 80-76 winner at Chicago as Paul George finished with 34 points and nine rebounds. Roy Hibbert added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who closed a four-game trip with three victories.
Zach Randolph established season highs with 38 points and 22 rebounds as Memphis downed Phoenix 108-98 in overtime. Randolph was 15 of 22 from the field and dominated in the latter stages of the fourth quarter and early minutes of overtime.
Wolverines, Cardinals win with ease...Mizzou tested by state rival
UNDATED (AP) — The third-ranked Michigan Wolverines are off to their first 8-0 start in 16 years following an easy win over Western Michigan.
Trey Burke had 20 points and seven assists as the Wolverines rolled to a 73-41 win over the Broncos. Nik Stauskas added 11 points for Michigan, which turned the game into a rout with a 22-2 run in the second half.
Also on the top-25 schedule, fifth-ranked Louisville had a season-high 18 steals and forced 27 turnovers in an 80-38 pounding of College of Charleston. Wayne Blackshear had 18 points and contributed to a 22-7 spurt that put the Cardinals ahead 36-14.
No. 8 Arizona brushed aside its 27 turnovers and beat Southern Miss 63-55. Nick Johnson scored 23 points, and Kevin Parrom added 13 of his 14 in the second half.
Laurence Bowers scored a career-high 26 points and Phil Pressey added 17 as 12th-ranked Missouri beat Southeast Missouri State 81-65. Missouri trailed by 10 at halftime and was behind for 17 minutes until Bowers hit a jumper to put the Tigers ahead 57-56 with just under 11 minutes left.
No. 13 Illinois closed on an 18-10 run to pull out a 72-64 triumph over Western Carolina. D.J. Richardson scored 13 points for the Illini, including three-pointers on consecutive possessions to put Illinois ahead 62-56.
Andre Hollins scored 20 of his 22 points by intermission before No. 14 Minnesota completed an 88-64 pounding of South Dakota State. Hollins swished his first six 3-point attempts and finished 8 for 9 from the field for the 9-1 Gophers.
Otto Porter's 14 rebounds and eight rebounds led No. 15 Georgetown to a 64-41 rout of Texas. It was the Longhorns' lowest point total since Rick Barnes took over as head coach for the 1998-99 season.
Justin Hawkins had 15 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in a second-half rally that put No. 21 UNLV in front, and the Runnin' Rebels defeated tenacious Portland 68-60. Playing their first game on the road this season, the Runnin' Rebels (6-1) were without top rebounder Mike Moser.
Richard Howell dropped in 13 points and grabbed all 10 of his rebounds in the second half as No. 25 North Carolina State nipped Connecticut 69-65. C.J. Leslie had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Wolf Pack.
Auburn, Arkansas hire coaches
UNDATED (AP) — A pair of struggling SEC football programs have found new head coaches.
Auburn has hired Gus Malzahn, who was the offensive coordinator during the Tigers' 2010 national championship run, but spent last season at Arkansas State in his first college head coaching position. His Red Wolves went 9-3.
Auburn was looking for a coach to revive a program that made an unprecedented fall two years after winning a national title with Cam Newton operating Malzahn's high-powered offense to perfection. Auburn fired Gene Chizik a day after the Tigers completed a 3-9 season.
Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema (BEE'-leh-mah) has agreed to become the new coach at Arkansas, taking over a program that stumbled from scandal into an awful season that had begun with hopes of challenging for a national championship.
Bielema has agreed to a deal between 5-7 years with the Razorbacks, according to a person familiar with the situation, which was first reported by Yahoo Sports. The 42-year-old coach went 68-24 in seven seasons with the Badgers.
Arkansas was 21-5 in 2010 and '11 but went 4-8 this season under John L. Smith. He replaced Bobby Petrino (peh-TREE'-noh) earlier this year after a scandal in which Petrino hired his mistress to work in the school's football department.
In other college football news, Boston College has hired Steve Addazio away from Temple to be the Eagles' next football coach. The Connecticut native went 13-11 in two seasons with the Owls, including 4-7 last season. Addazio replaces Frank Spaziani, who was fired after four seasons and a 22-29 record at BC.
And Tulsa has fired its athletic director a week after he was named in a federal investigation into an alleged bookie in Oklahoma City. University president, Steadman Upham, released a statement Tuesday night saying he has terminated Ross Parmley, effective immediately.
Bosox get Victorino...Nats eyeing Haren
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have a new center fielder, and the Washington Nationals are close to adding another piece to their starting rotation.
Free-agent Shane Victorino and the Red Sox have worked out a three-year deal worth $39 million. Victorino stole a career-high 39 stolen bases last season but hit only .255 with 11 homers and 55 RBIs in time spent with the Phillies and Dodgers.
A person familiar with the talks tells The Associated Press that free agent pitcher Dan Haren and the Washington Nationals are close to completing a one-year deal for $13 million. Haren was 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA in 30 starts for the Los Angeles Angels this year after winning a career-high 16 games in 2011.
The NL East champions already have a formidable rotation led by Gio (JEE'-oh) Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg (STRAHS'-burg) and Jordan Zimmermann.
Also simmering on the hot stove:
— The World Series champion San Francisco Giants kept NL championship series MVP Marco Scutaro (SKOO'-tah-roh), giving the second baseman a $20 million, three-year contract. Scutaro hit .362 with three homers and 44 RBIs in 61 games for the Giants during the regular season before earning MVP honors in the NLCS.
— The Texas Rangers and injured closer Joakim Soria have worked out a two-year, $8 million contract with a club option for 2015. The two-time All-Star with Kansas City is recovering from Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss all of last season.
— The first deal of the winter meetings as Houston Astros shipping reliever Wilton Lopez and a player to be named to the Colorado Rockies for right-handers Alex White and Alex Gillingham. Lopez was 6-3 with 10 saves and a 2.17 ERA in 64 games for the Astros last season.
Belcher asleep in car, told cops he was waiting for girlfriend
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police say Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher spent some of his final hours sleeping in his car outside an apartment building, waiting for someone he described as his "girlfriend."
The apartment complex is about 10 miles from the Kansas City home Belcher shared with 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, the mother of their 3-month-old daughter Zoey. Belcher, 25, shot Perkins at their home Saturday morning before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, where he committed suicide in the practice facility's parking lot, police said.
Police spokesman Darin Snapp says the officers who spoke to Belcher at about 2:50 a.m. Saturday determined he didn't have any outstanding warrants. He says Belcher made a phone call and that a few minutes later, a woman let him into the building.
Hours after that, Belcher shot and killed Perkins, then then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and killed himself in the parking lot in front of team officials.
NFL-REDSKINS-CEDRIC GRIFFIN SUSPENDED
Redskins lose Cedric Griffin for rest of regular season
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Bears might have to make their playoff push without the services of their top defensive player.
Linebacker Brian Urlacher acknowledges he could miss the rest of the regular season because of a hamstring injury, meaning he might have played his last game with the Bears since his contract is up after the season.
In an interview Tuesday with FOX Chicago, Urlacher says doctors tell him he could be out "two to four weeks, three, could be four." The Chicago Tribune, citing sources, reported earlier in the day that he was expected to miss three games and possibly the rest of the regular season because of a Grade 2 right hamstring strain.
Urlacher came up lame in coverage on the second-to-last snap Sunday in an overtime loss to Seattle.
In other NFL news, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says Ike Taylor's streak of playing in 135 straight NFL games will end Sunday when Pittsburgh hosts San Diego. The veteran cornerback sustained a fractured right ankle in last weekend's 23-20 win over Baltimore and will likely be out for at least two weeks.
Tomlin is optimistic Ben Roethlisberger's (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gurz) sprained right shoulder will be good enough to play for the first time in nearly a month. But he says it is still too early in the week to tell whether his star quarterback will be available against the Chargers.
New England has placed receiver Julian Edelman on injured reserve with an unspecified foot injury suffered in Sunday's win over Miami. The Patriots signed Donte' Stallworth in his place.
Washington Redskins cornerback Cedric Griffin has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances. Griffin will be eligible to return to the active roster on Dec. 31.
The Miami Dolphins have placed left tackle Jake Long on injured reserve because of a left triceps injury, ending his season and perhaps his tenure with the team. The perennial Pro Bowl pick and No. 1 overall choice in the 2008 draft was hurt in Sunday's loss to New England. Long might have played his final game for Miami because he can become an unrestricted free agent this winter.
The Detroit Lions put wide receivers Titus Young and Ryan Broyles on injured reserve. Broyles needs right knee surgery and Young has been inactive for the last two games after what coach Jim Schwartz called "unacceptable" behavior in a game against Green Bay last month.
Arizona has released Todd Heap, bringing an end to the former All-Pro tight end's two-season, injury-plagued time in the desert. The former first-round pick appeared in only two games this season, and in 12 games over his time with the Cardinals.
The Seattle Seahawks have cut wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who had just eight receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown in 10 games. The Seahawks also placed starting left guard James Carpenter on the season-ending reserve/non-football illness list.
Houston is still No. 1 in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings. New England and Atlanta are tied for second, ahead of Denver and San Francisco.
The father of Raiders coach Dennis Allen has passed away. The team says former NFL linebacker Grady Allen died overnight at age 66 from cardiac arrest.
NHL talks resume without two key figures
NEW YORK (AP) — NHL owners and players are meeting in New York in an unusual session aimed at kick-starting stalled labor talks.
A group of about a-half dozen owners and 18 players got together without Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr in attendance. The hope is some candid, face-to-face talks will result in a breakthrough.
McIlroy recognized for 2012 performance
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Rory McIlroy has been voted PGA Tour player of the year by his fellow competitors. The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland won four times on the U.S tour this year, including the PGA Championship for his second major title.
McIlroy also won the PGA Tour money title and the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average.
John Huh is the rookie of the year.