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Associated Press

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 10:02 AM


Pats teach Luck a lesson...Ravens win again in Steel City

UNDATED (AP) — NFL scoreboard operators were kept busy on Sunday, with high-scoring games the rule rather than the exception.

The Patriots and Colts outdid them all, with New England beating Indianapolis 59-24.

Veteran quarterback Tom Brady outplayed Colts rookie Andrew Luck, completing 24 of 35 passes for 331 yards and three TDs .Luck threw for 334 yards but tossed three interceptions.

But it was more than a quarterback duel. The Pats scored five touchdowns on offense, two on defense and one on special teams to win their fourth straight. Their 7-3 record is good for a three-game lead over the rest of the AFC East.

Indy's first loss in five games drops them to 6-4.

In other Week 11 results:

__The Baltimore Ravens own a two-game lead atop the AFC North after holding off Pittsburgh 13-10 in a typical, hard-hitting Baltimore-Pittsburgh contest punctuated by teeth-rattling defensive hits. Jacoby Jones' 63-yard punt return produced the only touchdown for the Ravens, who are 8-2 overall. The Ravens have beaten the Steelers three straight times at Heinz Field.

-- Houston outlasted Jacksonville 43-37 in overtime behind a big effort from Matt Schaub. He threw a career-high five touchdown passes, completed a franchise-record 43 passes and finished with 527 yards passing, second most in NFL history. Schaub and Andre Johnson hooked up on the winning TD in overtime when Johnson caught a screen pass and went 48 yards. The Texans are 9-1.

-- Atlanta handed the Arizona Cardinals their sixth straight defeat, 23-19. The Falcons overcame five Matt Ryan interceptions to improve to 9-1.

— Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes, including a 22-yarder to Randall Cobb with 1:55 left to lift Green Bay past Detroit 24-20.

— Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes and Malcolm Jenkins returned an interception for a score to get the New Orleans Saints back to .500 with a 38-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

-- Dallas rallied from a 13-0 halftime deficit to nip Cleveland 23-20 in overtime. Dan Bailey's 38-yard field goal won it.

__ Denver has a commanding three-game lead in the AFC West over San Diego after rallying for a 30-23 win over the Chargers, who've lost five of six to fall to 4-6. Peyton Manning threw three TDs for the 7-3 Broncos.

-- Tampa Bay edged Carolina 27-21 in OT. Josh Freeman threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Clark in overtime to cap a comeback as the Bucs improved to 6-4.

— Robert Griffin III threw a career-best four touchdown passes, and Washington broke a three-game losing streak by mauling Philadelphia 31-6. The Eagles have lost six in a row.

— Mark Sanchez directed a turnover-free offense and Bilal Powell ran for the first two touchdowns of his career as the Jets ended a three-game losing streak by beating St. Louis 27-13.

-- Cincinnati reached .500 by bopping Kansas City 28-6. Andy Dalton threw for 230 yards and accounted for three touchdowns and A.J. Green caught a touchdown pass in his ninth straight game. Cincinnati now plays four straight games against teams with losing records.


Knicks back on track...First triple-double for Durant

UNDATED (AP) — Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and nine rebounds, and the New York Knicks bounced back from their first loss of the season, beating the visiting Indiana Pacers 88-76.

JR Smith added 13 points and Raymond Felton had 11 for the Knicks in their only home outing in a span of seven games.

It wasn't pretty. Neither team shot better than 40 percent.

In other NBA action:

— Kevin Durant notched his first career triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 119-109.

— Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum scored 21 points apiece and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 102-94. The Blazers are on their first-three-game winning streak since the beginning of last season.

— Toronto beat slumping Orlando 97-86, handing the Magic their sixth setback in the last seven games and dropping them to 3-6. DeMar DeRozen had a game-high 20 points for the Raptors, who won for just the third time in 10 games this season.

— Evan Turner had 19 points and nine assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the reeling Cleveland Cavaliers 86-79. Cleveland has lost six straight.

— Reserve forward Andre Blatche scored 22 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to their fifth straight win, 99-90 over the struggling Sacramento Kings.

— Greg Monroe had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Detroit Pistons to their first home win of the season, 103-83 over Boston. The Celtics were playing their fourth game in five nights.

— Kobe Bryant had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his 18th career triple-double, and the revitalized Los Angeles Lakers ran past the Houston Rockets 119-108. Dwight Howard had 28 points and 13 rebounds. The Lakers have won four of five games since firing coach Mike Brown.


D'Antoni delays bench debut

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike D'Antoni postponed his debut on the Los Angeles Lakers' bench, giving the coach a few more days to recover from recent knee replacement surgery. Instead, interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff was guiding the Lakers in their 119-108 win over Houston.

D'Antoni was tentatively planning to take over Sunday night against Houston, a week after the Lakers hired him to replace Mike Brown. But the 61-year-old coach admitted he's not quite ready.

The Lakers host Brooklyn on Tuesday.


Cardinals win by 41...Cowboys upset Wolfpack to win Puerto Rico tourney

UNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Louisville was clicking on all cylinders as the Cardinals more than doubled Miami of Ohio 80-39. Russ Smith had a game-high 23 points and Wayne Blackshear added 14 points and six rebounds.

The Cardinals shot 48 percent overall and hit 12 of 26 from behind the arc. The Cardinals defense forced 19 turnovers and held Miami to 30 percent shooting.


— Deshaun Thomas tied a career high with 31 points and led No. 4 Ohio State to a 77-66 win over Washington and the championship of the Hall of Fame Tip Off tournament.

Le'Bryan Nash has 23 points and Marcus Smart added 20 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and Oklahoma State earned a 76-56 win over No. 6 N.C. State in the title game of the Puerto Rico Tipoff.

— Eighth-ranked Syracuse opened its home schedule by beating Wagner 88-57 for a 34th straight victory in the Carrier Dome against nonconference opponents. Brandon Triche (trish) was high man for the Orange with 21 points.

— Mason Plumlee scored a career-high 28 points, and No. 9 Duke routed Florida Gulf Coast 88-67 for its school-record 96th straight nonconference win at home.

— Kenny Boynton had 20 points and Will Yeguete scored 11 and grabbed 13 rebounds to help No. 10 Florida pull away to a 66-45 victory over Middle Tennessee.

— No. 15 Creighton defeated overmatched Presbyterian 87-58. Doug McDermott scored a team-high 24 points and Ethan Wragge scored 18 points on six three-pointers. The Bluejays are 3-0 on the season.

— Brady Heslip had a career-high 29 points on eight 3-pointers, Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson had double-doubles and No. 16 Baylor bounced back from its first loss to beat St. John's 97-78 and take third place at the Charleston Classic.

— Elias Harris scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and No. 19 Gonzaga topped South Dakota 96-58.

— No. 21 Michigan State pounded Texas Southern 69-41 to improve to 2-1. Gary Harris scored 19 points to lead the Spartans to their 36th-straight victory in a home opener.

__ No. 22 Wisconsin routed Cornell 73-40. Ben Brust and Jared Berggren both led the Badgers with 18.

__ In a double-overtime thriller, Connecticut reached the final of the Paradise Jam in U.S. Virgin Islands by beating Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-uh-pee-ak) 89-83. UConn plays New Mexico in the final.

— Cincinnati beat up on N.C. A&T to the tune of 93-39. Sean Kilpatrick hit all eight of his shots from behind the arc and scored a career-high 29 points to help the Bearcats improve to 3-0.


Irish on top, Alabama No. 2 in AP and BCS rankings

NEW YORK (AP) — Notre Dame is the beneficiary of losses by the top two teams in last week's AP poll.

The Fighting Irish jump two slots to No. 1 -- and it's unanimous. It's Notre Dame's first time at the top since 1993.

A week after dropping from 1 to 4 following its first loss, Alabama moves up to No. 2, followed by one-loss Georgia and undefeated Ohio State.

Notre Dame and Alabama are 1-2 in the BCS standings as well. Notre Dame needs only to beat struggling rival Southern California to secure a spot in the BCS title game for the first time.

Alabama has to win two games. The Crimson Tide must beat lowly Auburn at home to reach the SEC championship where the Tide will probably meet Georgia.

After losing on Saturday, Oregon falls from first to fifth while Kansas State drops from 2 to 7 in the AP Rankings. Florida sits at No. 6.

LSU, Texas A&M and Florida State continue the round out the top 10.


Barkley out in Trojans' game against No. 1 Notre Dame

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quarterback Matt Barkley will miss Southern California's regular-season finale against No. 1 Notre Dame on Saturday night with a sprained shoulder.

Coach Lane Kiffin says that Max Wittek will make his first career start in place of Barkley.


Vols boot football coach

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee fired football coach Derek Dooley with one game left in his third-straight losing season in Knoxville. It marks the first time the Vols have gone below .500 in three straight years for more than a century. The last time was 1909-11.

Dooley posted a 15-21 record that included a 4-19 mark in SEC play. His Vols went 0-15 against Top 25 teams.

Tennessee dropped to 4-7 with Saturday's loss to Vanderbilt and must win its season finale against Kentucky to avoid going winless in SEC play for the first time in school history.

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will coach the Volunteers' season finale.


No introductions necessary

MIAMI (AP) — The Marlins are planning on having Juan Pierre take a physical today, amid reports that they have agreed on a $1.6 million, one-year deal.

The 35-year-old outfielder was with Miami for three seasons ending in 2005, helping the franchise win the World Series in 2003. He batted .307 in 130 games last season with the Philadelphia Phillies. His 37 stolen bases tied for fifth-most in the National League.


Keselowski gets job done

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Brad Keselowski finished 15th in the Sprint Cup finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway and that was good enough to claim his first series championship. Roger Penske also collected his first owner's championship at stock car racing's highest level.

The kid who stole the show at the season-opening Daytona 500 ended the year under the biggest spotlight of them all Sunday. Keselowski beat five-time champion Jimmie Johnson to deliver the first Sprint Cup championship to Penske Racing.

He began the day with a 20-point lead over Johnson, who faded to 36th.

Keselowski finished the season 39 points ahead of Clint Bowyer and 40 up on Johnson.

Jeff Gordon won the race.


Hamilton takes checkered flag

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton won the the first Formula One race on American soil since 2007.

Red Bulls' Sebastien Vettel was the runner-up at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and Fernando Alonso was third.

Two-time defending series champion Vettel remains slightly ahead of Ferrari's Alonso in the drivers' championship. The season ends next week in Brazil.


Choi hangs on

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi outdueled fellow South Korean So Yeon Ryu down the stretch to win the season-ending Titleholders by two shots at 14-under-par. The 25-year-old Choi shot a 2-under-par 70 for her second LPGA victory of the year.

The $500,000 top prize pushes her season earnings to a career-best $1.9 million.

Ryu and third-place finisher Brittany Lincicome (LIHN'-sih-kohm) of the U.S. also closed with 70s at The TwinEagles Club in Naples, Florida.


Czech Republic takes possession of Davis Cup

PRAGUE (AP) - The Czech Republic has won its first Davis Cup as an independent nation.

Radek Stepanek secured the victory over visiting Spain by beating Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 in the final match of the best-of-five final.

David Ferrer (feh-REHR') kept alive Spain's hopes of winning a fourth Davis Cup title in five years by beating Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 in the first reverse singles.