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Saturday, 09 February 2013 16:12

NBA Sacramento 120 Utah 109

SACRAMENTO, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Thornton teamed up for 49 points Saturday and the Sacramento Kings broke a four-game skid with a 120-109 win over Utah.

Thomas provided 25 points and Thornton chipped in 24 for the Kings, who had fallen to the Jazz in a Monday contest.

Jason Thompson helped out with 21 points while DeMarcus Cousins supplied a double-double of 13 and 11 rebounds for Sacramento.

Alec Burks came off the bench to pop in 24 points, but it wasn't enough for the Jazz, who fell to 9-18 on the road.

Utah's Al Jefferson struck for 16 points.
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Saturday, 09 February 2013 16:25

Dolphins agree to stadium tax referendum

MIAMI, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The Miami Dolphins have dropped their objections to a taxpayer vote on a $400 million upgrade of Sun Life Stadium, The Miami Herald reported Sunday.

The newspaper said sources it identified as close to the matter say Dolphins executives and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez expect to announce the referendum agreement Monday.

Under the new scenario, Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, would change his proposed legislation to require a countywide vote on the plan, a source said.

Dolphins executives want the vote by May 22, which is when the NFL is expected to name the 2016 Super Bowl site. The Dolphins are bidding to host the big event.

Club owner Stephen Ross has agreed to use private dollars to pay for at least $201 million of the project, with state and county taxpayers picking up no more than $199 million.

As recently as last month, Ross was opposed to voters having a say, contending there wasn't enough time, The Herald said. But the stadium bill didn't make area lawmakers' priority list for this year's session, prompting the Dolphins to rethink their position, the newspaper said.
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Saturday, 09 February 2013 16:26

COL BKB San Diego St 75 Fresno St 53

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Jamaal Franklin's double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds Saturday helped push 25th-ranked San Diego State past Fresno State 75-53.

James Rahon also racked up 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from field as the Aztecs (18-5, 6-3 MWC) notched their fourth victory in five games.

Winston Shepard came off the bench to put in 10 points while Chase Tapley supplied nine and six assists for San Diego State.

Tyler Johnson had 14 points to go with eight rebounds for the Bulldogs (8-14, 2-7).

Fresno State's Braeden Anderson added 12 points with six boards.
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Saturday, 09 February 2013 16:30

NHL Vancouver 5 Calgary 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Jordan Schroeder scored his first two NHL goals and Cory Schneider made 33 saves Saturday, powering the Vancouver Canucks over Calgary 5-1.

Schroeder, a Minnesota native taken by the Canucks in the first round of the 2009 NHL draft, put in a go-ahead goal midway through the second period and also scored the final tally for Vancouver.

Kevin Bieksa and Alexandre Burrows each notched a goal and assist, while Daniel and Henrik Sedin provided two assists apiece as the Canucks surged to their fifth straight win.

Schneider made 14 of his saves in their period.

Lee Stempniak scored and Leland Irving -- subbing for the injured Miikka Kiprusoff -- was lit up for five goals on 31 shots for the Flames, whose two-game winning streak was snapped.
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Saturday, 09 February 2013 16:43

Indians sign Giambi to minor league deal

CLEVELAND, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Cleveland said Saturday night it's taking a low-cost flyer on Jason Giambi, signing the 42-year-old to a minor league deal as a possible designated hitter.

The Indians have Giambi a spring training invite after failing to sign Travis Hafner or Jim Thome. He will make $750,000 if he makes the big league club, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported.

Giambi hit .280 hitter with 429 homers and 1,405 RBI over 18 major league seasons, the last three with Colorado. In 2012, he hit .225 in 60 games, producing only one homer and eight RBI.
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Saturday, 09 February 2013 23:34

This week in college basketball

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- This week's schedule and results in college basketball for USA Today Coaches' Poll ranked teams:

(Games Feb. 4-10)

(All times EST)

By day


No. 9 Syracuse 63, Notre Dame 47

No. 25t Pittsburgh 56, Seton Hall 46



Arkansas 80, No. 2 Florida 69

No. 3 Michigan 76, No. 10 Ohio State 74 (OT)

No. 11 Miami (Fla.) 72, Boston College 50

No. 15 Kansas State 68, Texas Tech 59

Southern Illinois 64, No. 22 Wichita State 62



Texas Christian 62, No. 5 Kansas 55

No. 7 Arizona 73, Stanford 66

No. 8 Michigan State 61, No. 18 Minnesota 50

No. 12 Louisville 68, Rutgers 48

Indiana State 76, No. 13 Creighton 57

No. 14 Butler 77, St. Bonaventure 58

No. 16 New Mexico 81, Air Force 58

Providence 54, No. 17 Cincinnati 50

No. 23 Mississippi 93, Mississippi State 75

No. 24 Oklahoma State 69, Baylor 67 (OT)

No. 25t San Diego State 63, Boise State 62



Illinois 74, No. 1 Indiana 72

No. 4 Duke 98, North Carolina State 85

No. 6 Gonzaga 82, Pepperdine 56

Colorado 48, No. 19 Oregon 47

Texas A&M 70, No. 20 Missouri 68



No ranked teams scheduled.



No. 2 Florida 83, Mississippi State 58

Wisconsin 65, No. 3 Michigan 62 (OT)

Oklahoma 72, No. 5 Kansas 66

No. 6 Gonzaga 74, Loyola Marymount 55

No. 8 Michigan State 78, Purdue 65

No. 11 Miami (Fla.) 87, North Carolina 61

Notre Dame 104, No. 12 Louisville 101 (5OT)

Illinois State 75, No. 13 Creighton 72

No. 14 Butler 59, George Washington 56

No. 15 Kansas State 79, Iowa State 70

Nevada-Las Vegas 64, No. 16 New Mexico 55

No. 25t Pittsburgh 62, No. 17 Cincinnati 52

No. 19 Oregon 73, Utah 64

No. 20 Missouri 98, No. 23 Mississippi 79

No. 21 Georgetown 69, Rutgers 63

No. 22 Wichita State 79, Missouri State 50

No. 24 Oklahoma State 72, Texas 59

No. 25t San Diego State 75, Fresno State 53



No. 1 Indiana at No. 10 Ohio State, 1 p.m.

No. 5 Duke at Boston College, 6 p.m.

California at No. 7 Arizona, 7 p.m.

St. John's at No. 9 Syracuse, 3 p.m.

Illinois at No. 18 Minnesota, 6 p.m.



By team

No. 1 Indiana (20-3)

Lost at Illinois 74-72, Thursday

At No. 10 Ohio State, 1 p.m., Sunday


No. 2 Florida (19-3)

Lost at Arkansas 80-69, Tuesday

Defeated Mississippi State 83-58, Saturday


No. 3 Michigan (21-3)

Defeated No. 10 Ohio State 76-74 (OT), Tuesday

Lost at Wisconsin 65-62 (OT), Saturday


No. 4 Duke (20-2)

Defeated North Carolina State 98-85, Thursday

At Boston College, 6 p.m., Sunday


No. 5 Kansas (19-4)

Lost at Texas Christian 62-55, Wednesday

Lost at Oklahoma 72-66, Saturday


No. 6 Gonzaga (23-2)

Defeated Pepperdine 82-56, Thursday

Defeated Loyola Marymount 74-55, Saturday


No. 7 Arizona (21-2)

Defeated Stanford 73-66, Wednesday

Vs. California, 7 p.m., Sunday


No. 8 Michigan State (20-4)

Defeated No. 18 Minnesota 61-50, Wednesday

Won at Purdue 78-65, Saturday


No. 9 Syracuse (19-3)

Defeated Notre Dame 63-47, Monday

Vs. St. John's 3 p.m., Sunday


No. 10 Ohio State (17-5)

Lost at No. 3 Michigan 76-74 (OT), Tuesday

Vs. No. 1 Indiana, 1 p.m., Sunday


No. 11 Miami (Fla.) (19-3)

Defeated Boston College 72-50, Tuesday

Defeated North Carolina 87-61, Saturday


No. 12 Louisville (19-5)

Won at Rutgers 68-48, Wednesday

Lost at Notre Dame 104-101 (5OT)


No. 13 Creighton (20-5)

Lost at Indiana State 76-57, Wednesday

Lost to Illinois State 75-72, Saturday


No. 14 Butler (20-4)

Defeated St. Bonaventure 77-58, Wednesday

Won at George Washington 59-58, Saturday


No. 15 Kansas State (19-4)

Won at Texas Tech 68-59, Tuesday

Defeated Iowa State 79-70, Saturday


No. 16 New Mexico (20-4)

Defeated Air Force 81-58, Wednesday

Lost at Nevada-Las Vegas 64-55, Saturday


No. 17 Cincinnati (18-6)

Lost at Providence 54-50, Wednesday

Lost to Pittsburgh 64-55, Saturday


No. 18 Minnesota (17-6)

Lost at No. 8 Michigan State 61-50, Wednesday

Vs. Illinois, 6 p.m., Sunday


No. 19 Oregon (19-5)

Lost to Colorado 48-47, Thursday

Defeated Utah 73-64, Saturday


No. 20 Missouri (17-6)

Lost to Texas A&M 70-68, Thursday

Defeated No. 23 Mississippi 98-79, Saturday


No. 21 Georgetown (17-4)

Won at Rutgers 69-63, Saturday


No. 22 Wichita State (20-5)

Lost at Southern Illinois 64-62, Tuesday

Defeated Missouri State 79-50, Saturday


No. 23 Mississippi (18-5)

Defeated Mississippi State 93-75, Wednesday

Lost at No. 20 Missouri 98-79, Saturday


No. 24 Oklahoma State (17-5)

Defeated Baylor 69-67 (OT), Wednesday

Won at Texas 72-59, Saturday


No. 25t Pittsburgh (20-5)

Defeated Seton Hall 56-46, Monday

Won at No. 17 Cincinnati 64-55, Saturday


No. 25t San Diego State (18-5)

Defeated Boise State 63-62, Wednesday

Defeated Fresno State 75-53, Saturday
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Sunday, 10 February 2013 00:18

Sterne wins European Tours Joburg Open

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Richard Sterne posted an 8-under-par 64 Sunday in pulling away and winning the European Tour's Joburg Open by seven strokes.

Sterne had five birdies in his first eight holes Sunday and closed with back-to-back birdies in his 64 and a 72-hole total of-27-under 260. It was his second Joburg Open win but first European Tour title since December 2008. He's won six times overall.

Trevor Fisher Jr. and Sterne started the day tied and Fisher took the lead with an eagle at the first hole. But he staggered badly from there with three bogeys on the front nine and a double bogey and a bogey on the back for a 1-over 73 and tournament score of 18-under, which tied for sixth.

Charl Schwartzel shot 66 Sunday and finished second at 20-under with Ricardo Santos, after a final-round 64, ending up tied with Felipe Aguilar and George Coetzee, who both had final rounds of 67, for third.

Down a stroke after the first hole, Sterne tied Fisher with a birdie at the second and moved ahead when Fisher had a bogey at No. 3. He pulled well ahead with a string of birdies over Nos. 6-8 while Fisher had bogeys at 6 and 7.

Sterne cruised in the second nine with six pars and a birdie at 13 before his closing two birdies.
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Sunday, 10 February 2013 01:34

Makarova helps Russia defeat Japan

MOSCOW, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Ekaterina Makarova won a singles match and was part of a winning doubles team Sunday that gave Russia a 3-2 Fed Cup series win over Japan.

Ayumi Morita, who beat fill-in singles opponent Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-1, had Japan on the verge of an upset series win before Makarova took the court Sunday.

However, Makarova ran past Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-1, 6-1 in an hour to keep Russian hopes alive and then teamed with Vesnina for a 6-2, 6-2 win over Morita and Misaki Doi in the decisive doubles match.

Russia heads to the April 20-21 Fed Cup semifinals against the winner of a series between Serbia and the Slovak Republic. The other semifinal has two-time defending champion Czech Republic facing either Italy or the United States.

Morita and Russia's Maria Kirilenko each won singles matches Saturday and were to scheduled to open Sunday's play. But Kirilenko was unable to play and Russia turned to Vesnina. Morita piled up five breaks, including three in the second set, in putting Japan ahead 2-1 in the series.

Makarova answered with her lopsided win over Date-Krumm in 60 minutes, winning 58 percent of the points when receiving serve.

Makarova and Vesnina took control of the first set of the doubles match with three breaks and had two early second-set breaks for the lead before finishing off the match with their fifth break of the day. The Russians won 70 percent of the points on serve and faced one break point.
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Sunday, 10 February 2013 01:37

Kvitova boosts Czechs to Fed Cup win

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Petra Kvitova edged Samantha Stosur for a three-set win Sunday that lifted the defending champion Czech Republic to a Fed Cup series win over Australia.

Kvitova beat Jarmila Gajdosova 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 in Saturday's opening match of the best-of-five series and put the Czech ahead 3-0 with a 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 decision Sunday over Stosur.

The Czechs are looking to be the first team to win three consecutive Fed Cup titles since Spain in 1993-95. Prior to that, Czechoslovakia won three straight years over 1983-85 and the United States won seven times in 1976-81.

The Czech Republic, in the semifinals for the fifth consecutive year, will go against either Italy or the United States in the April 20-21 Fed Cup semi.

Wins Saturday by Kvitova and Lucie Safarova, who beat Stosur 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-4), had the Czechs up 2-0 in the series.

Stosur didn't face a break point in jumping to a 1-0 set lead versus Kvitova and had a match point at 5-4 of the second but Kvitova saved that and rallied in the tiebreaker. Kvitova built a 5-0 lead in the third set only to have Stosur battle back to 5-4 before Kvitova was able to finish off her sixth break of the match and secure the series.

Stosur was a hard-luck loser in both her matches. She won as many points as Safarova (101-101) Saturday and as many as Kvitova (92-92) Sunday. She had more breaks (seven) than Kvitova, also.

New Fed Cup rules abandoned the meaningless fourth singles match but the Czechs made the official score 4-0 when Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka teamed for a 6-0, 7-6 (7-1) win over Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua in a doubles match.
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Sunday, 10 February 2013 02:04

Gasquet wins ATP stop in Montpellier

MONTPELLIER, France, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Richard Gasquet got his second ATP title of 2013 with a straight-set win Sunday over Benoit Paire in the finals of the Open Sud de France tennis tournament.

Gasquet, seeded third in the tournament, rolled to a clear 6-2, 6-3 win over the No. 8-seeded Paire. It was his ninth ATP title overall and second this year. He won the season-opening event in Qatar last month.

Paire fell to 0-2 in championship matches.

Gasquet had breaks in the first and seventh games of the opening set and came out ahead of a series of three consecutive breaks in the second.

Even with losing his serve once, Gasquet dropped a mere eight points in eight games serving. He took half of the points when Paire served.

Gasquet collected about $99,000 along with the championship while Paire earned $52,000 as runner-up.
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