A Fair night for unbeaten Orange
UNDATED (AP) — C.J. Fair had 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, Michael Carter-Williams added 15 points and 10 assists and fourth-ranked Syracuse routed Long Beach State 84-53 to stay unbeaten.
Syracuse is 7-0. The ' Cuse ran its home winning streak to 27 games, tops in the nation. Syracuse has won 49 consecutive regular-season nonconference games. Long Beach State is 3-5 after its two-game winning streak ended.
In other AP Top-25 hoops:
__ Sean Kilpatrick scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half and No. 11 Cincinnati set a school record with 23 steals in an 87-53 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock. The Bearcats are 8-0 for the second time in three seasons.
__Doug McDermott scored 27 points, Gregory Echenique (eh-CHEH'-neek) had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 16 Creighton (KRAY'-tin) pulled away in the second half for a 64-42 victory over Nebraska.
Optimism gets iced
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has rejected the players' latest offer for a labor deal, and negotiations have broken off at least until the weekend. The talks broke off after just one hour Thursday night.
After several hours of waiting for discussions to resume for a third straight day, the conversations didn't go well and had none of the momentum that existed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Union chief Donald Fehr (feer) says NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly left a voicemail with the union that said "some things or everything" the league has offered is now off the table.
Friday is the 83rd day of the NHL lockout.
Broncos leading Raiders late
OAKLAND (AP) — An AFC West game is being played this evening in Oakland as the Raiders entertain the Broncos. The Broncos are leading the Raiders 26-7 in the fourth quarter.
Denver comes in with a record of 9-3 while the Raiders are 3-9. The two teams are really going in different directions as Denver has won its last seven games while Oakland has dropped five in a row. The Raiders have already been eliminated from playoff contention, while Denver has wrapped up the division title.
Running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are returning to the Raiders after missing the previous four games with sprained right ankles.
-In other NFL news:
-Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will start Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. Roethlisberger missed the last three weeks with a sprained right shoulder and dislocated rib but practiced for the second straight day today without incident.
- Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Chris Hairston has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season with a bruised right ankle.
-The Cincinnati Bengals have signed kicker Josh Brown to fill in for the injured Mike Nugent, who hurt his right calf and didn't practice Wednesday.
—Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says the reason Percy Harvin was placed on season-ending injured reserve was based "purely" on his slow-healing sprained left ankle. Frazier said it was not because Harvin had any previous clashes with the team.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have acquired outfielder Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins for right-handers Vance Worley and Trevor May. Revere fills Philadelphia's need for a center fielder. The 24-year-old left-handed hitter hit .294 with 40 stolen bases in 124 games last season.
Worley was 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA last year after going 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA as a rookie in 2011. He had elbow surgery in September, but is expected to be ready for spring training. May was 10-13 with a 4.87 ERA at Double-A Reading.
-In other baseball news:
-Free agent first baseman James Loney and the Tampa Bay Rays have completed their $2 million, one year contract. Loney hit a combined .249 with six homers and 41 RBIs for the Dodgers and Red Sox. He had 90 RBIs in 2008 and 2009 and 88 RBIs in 2010 for Los Angeles, but his production has dropped since then.
- Reed Johnson, the top pinch hitter in the National League last season, rejoined the Atlanta Braves with a one-year contract that includes a club option for 2014. Atlanta acquired Johnson and pitcher Paul Maholm (mah-HAH'-luhm) from the Chicago Cubs on July 30. Johnson hit a combined .290 with three home runs and 20 RBIs last season. He batted .419 as a pinch hitter.
__ Catcher Wil Nieves (nee-EH'-vehs) and the Arizona Diamondbacks have completed their $800,000, one-year contract. The 35-year-old Nieves batted .306 in 12 games with the D-Backs this year, but was non-tendered. He came back at a new salary level. The D-Backs also signed 35-year-old infielder-outfielder Eric Hinske.
Te'o wins more hardware...Back to the future in Madison
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (MAN'-ty TAY'-ow) has won the Walter Camp national player of the year and the Maxwell Award given the nation's most outstanding player.
Te'o beat out finalists and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, USC receiver Marqise (mar-KEES) Lee and Oregon running back Kenjon Barner.
__ Teo also won the Chuck Bednarik Award for outstanding defensive player.
__ Johnthan Banks has won the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back.
__K-State's Collin Klein won the Johnny Unitas Award, given to the best senior QB.
__Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel won the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's best QB.
— Louisiana Tech's Ryan Allen has won the Ray Guy Award for the second consecutive year as the best punter.
__Wisconsin's Montee Ball won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's most outstanding running back.
__ Tulane's Cairo Santos won the Lou Groza Award for outstanding placekicker.
__ Offensive tackle Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M is the Outland Trophy winner for outstanding interior lineman.
__ Southern California's Marquise (mar-KEES') Lee is the Fred Biletnikoff Award winner for best college receiver.
In other college football news:
__Barry Alvarez is headed back to the Wisconsin sidelines. For one game, at least. He says he'll coach the Badgers in next month's Rose Bowl, where they'll play No. 8 Stanford. Alvarez coached Wisconsin for 16 seasons. The move comes a day after former coach Bret Bielema (BEE'-leh-mah) took the job at Arkansas.
— Charlie Strong is staying at Louisville. The football coach says he has turned down an offer from Tennessee and will stay with the Cardinals. Strong is 24-14 in three seasons at Louisville. The Cardinals play Florida in the Sugar Bowl.
— Arkansas State says defensive coordinator John Thompson will serve as interim coach for the Red Wolves as they prepare to play No. 25 Kent State in the GoDaddy.com bowl next month. Thompson takes over for Gus Malzahn, who's leaving Arkansas State for Auburn after one season.
— Mike Gundy says he intends remain at Oklahoma State amid a report that he was offered the Tennessee job. The Cowboys finished 7-5 and are playing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year's Day.
Hunter-Reay picks up $1 million bonus
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ryan Hunter-Reay finally picked up his IndyCar championship and $1 million bonus Thursday night during the season-ending banquet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Simon Pagenaud was honored as rookie of the year. Charlie Kimball won the Tony Renna Rising Star Award.