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Associated Press

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 7:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 12 at 7:35 AM


Cavs dump Lakers...Knicks rally to beat Nets

UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers are the latest team to hand the Los Angeles Lakers an embarrassing loss.

The Cavaliers entered tonight's NBA schedule with a 4-17 record before Kyrie Irving and C.J. Miles each scored 28 points in a 100-94 win over the Lakers. Irving also had 11 assists in 39 minutes after missing the Cavs' previous eleven games with a broken finger.

Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 42 points and Dwight Howard added 19 and 20 rebounds. But Howard also shot 3-of-9 from the field, and the Lakers' bench scored just 16 points.

The Cavaliers ended a five-game skid and dealt the Lakers their eighth loss in 11 games.

Also in the NBA, Carmelo Anthony poured in a season-high 45 points and Jason Kidd drained a tiebreaking three-pointer with 24 seconds left as New York rallied for a 100-97 win at Brooklyn. Kidd had 18 points for the Knicks, who rallied from an early 17-point deficit to improve to 16-5. The Nets have lost five straight since an 11-4 start.

Denver was a 101-94 winner over Detroit behind Ty Lawson's 26 points, seven assists and five rebounds. The Nuggets trailed by as many as 17 in the first quarter but outscored the Pistons 31-17 in the second period to take a 48-42 lead into intermission.

Washington won a battle of conference cellar-dwellers as Jordan Crawford's 26 points carried the Wizards past the Hornets 77-70 at New Orleans. Hornets rookie Anthony Davis had 13 points and eight rebounds in nearly 25 minutes off the bench after missing 11 games with what trainers called a stress reaction in his left ankle.


Former commissioner vacates all discipline against players in Saints bounties case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's being seen as a sharp rebuke to Commissioner Roger Goodell's (guh-DEHLZ') handling of the NFL's bounty investigation -- former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue (TAG'-lee-uh-boo) today overturned the suspensions of four current and former New Orleans Saints players.

Tagliabue found that three of the players engaged in conduct detrimental to the league, and says they participated in a performance pool that rewarded hard tackles and other plays that could merit fines. But he stressed that the team's coaches were very much involved and, along with others in the Saints' organization, had "contaminated" the case.

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma initially had been suspended the whole season, while Saints defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove received shorter suspensions.


NY services held for NFL player in murder-suicide

DIX HILLS, N.Y. (AP) — More than 100 mourners attended a wake Tuesday in New York for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend and himself.

The 25-year-old Long Island native was in an open casket in an auditorium-size room at a church in Dix Hills, 30 miles east of New York City.

Police say the Belcher shot 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins and then shot himself Dec. 1. The couple had a baby daughter named Zoey.


Team supports Brent

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are standing behind Josh Brent after the defensive tackle was accused of driving drunk and causing a wreck that killed practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown.

Brent was greeted warmly by coach Jason Garrett at the team's headquarters Monday, a day after he was released from jail on $500,000 bond on an intoxication manslaughter charge.

Brent attended a memorial service for Brown in Dallas today and could be seen hugging Brown's mother. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday in St. Louis.

An arrest affidavit says officers who arrived at the crash scene found Brent pulling Brown from the wreck. However, a woman who arrived moments after the accident said Brent didn't try to save his friend's life until she begged him.

Stacee McWilliams told The Dallas Morning News that Brown was alive, injured and calling out, "and his own friend walked away." McWilliams told the newspaper Monday she could no longer talk about the case on the instruction of Irving police.

Brent's attorney told the AP that an investigating officer told him the woman's story didn't match the circumstances surrounding Brown's death.


Jets bring back WR Braylon Edwards

UNDATED (AP) — Braylon Edwards is back with the New York Jet, a week after bashing them for their handling of quarterback Mark Sanchez.

The veteran wide receiver was awarded to New York off waivers from Seattle on Tuesday as the Jets try to bolster their injured receiving corps.

Elsewhere around the NFL:

— The New England Patriots have placed wide receiver Donte' Stallworth on injured reserve with an ankle injury, ending his season after just one game. Stallworth signed with the team last week and scored on his only reception in Monday's rout of Houston.

— The Chicago Bears placed kicker Robbie Gould (gold) on injured reserve with a strained left calf. To replace one of the most accurate kickers in league history, the team has signed Olindo Mare (oh-LIHN'-doh MAHR'-ay) to a one-year contract.

— Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy have returned to practice and could be active when the Philadelphia Eagles host Cincinnati on Thursday night. Both players have been sidelined by concussions since November.

— The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting guard Mike Brewster on injured reserve with a broken hand and signed running back Keith Toston. Toston spent the preseason with the Jaguars before being waived in final cuts.

NFL-AP Pro32 Power Rankings

Patriots top the list

UNDATED (AP) — The New England Patriots top this week's AP Pro32 power rankings following a 42-14 rout of Houston that dropped the Texans to fourth.

Denver is second, followed by San Francisco. Atlanta slipped two spots to fifth with Sunday's loss to Carolina.


Wolverines clobber Bearcats

UNDATED (AP) — The third-ranked Michigan Wolverines are off to their first 10-0 start since their 1988-89 national championship season.

The Wolverines allowed just 14 first-half points and rolled to a 67-39 laugher over Binghamton. Trey Burke finished with 19 points and Nik Stauskas added 12 for Michigan, which took command with an early 19-2 spurt.

Also in top-25 action, Brandon Paul scored 14 points and 10th-ranked Illinois improved to 11-0 by pulling out a sluggish 64-54 win over Norfolk State. D.J. Richardson added 11 points despite suffering a badly bruised shoulder late in the first half.


New talks scheduled

TORONTO (AP) — The NHL and its players' union will return to bargaining Wednesday at an undisclosed location in an effort to save the hockey season. The Canadian Press reported the resumption of talks, citing unidentified people on both sides of the dispute.

Tuesday marked the 87th day of the lockout. Wednesday's session will be the first meeting since the sides criticized each other after talks broke off last week.


No. 2 Alabama places 4 on AP All-America team

NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama is No. 1 when it comes to All-Americans.

The second-ranked Crimson Tide placed four players on The Associated Press All-America team released Tuesday. Among them was center Barrett Jones, who became a two-time first-team selection.

Notre Dame and Texas A&M were second with four players on the three teams, though linebacker Manti Te'o was the only Fighting Irish player to make the first team. Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was the first-team quarterback.

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones also became two-time All-Americans.


New coach at Southern Miss

UNDATED (AP) — Southern Mississippi has hired Todd Monken as its next football coach.

He comes to the Golden Eagles after two successful seasons as Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator. The Cowboys are averaging nearly 45 points per game this season.

Monken replaces Ellis Johnson, who was fired after just one season in which the Golden Eagles finished with an 0-12 record.

In other college coaching news, defensive coordinator Kent Baer will be San Jose State's interim coach for the Military Bowl. Baer takes over for Mike MacIntyre, who left Monday to take the head coaching job at Colorado.


Yankees getting Youkilis...Dodgers introduce Greinke

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees have found a replacement for third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who's expected to miss at least the first half of next season following hip surgery.

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free agent Kevin Youkilis (YOO'-kih-lihs) and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a one-year deal. The contract is worth $12 million and pending a physical.

The 34-year-old Youkilis is coming off the worst season of his major league career, hitting .236 with 19 homers and 60 RBIs. He batted .308 from 2008-10 but has since posted a .246 average.

In other baseball news:

— The Cleveland Indians have pulled off a three-team deal with the Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Indians sent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, utilityman Jason Donald and cash to the Reds, while shipping reliever Tony Sipp and first baseman Lars Anderson to the Diamondbacks. The Tribe picked up outfielder Drew Stubbs from Cincinnati and pitchers Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw from the D-Backs.

— Brandon McCarthy officially became a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks once the two sides finalized a two-year, $15.5 million contract on Tuesday. McCarthy was 8-6 with a 3.24 ERA for Oakland last season, missing the last four weeks after getting hit in the right side of the head by a line drive.

— Pitcher Zach Greinke (GRAYN'-kee) says he decided to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers because he believes they have a team in place that could win the World Series for several years. The Dodgers introduced Greinke at a news conference today after signing him to a six-year, $147 million package.


PGA America to name Ryder Cup captain this week

UNDATED (AP) — The PGA of America says it would reveal the next U.S. captain during a segment Thursday of NBC's "Today" show, followed by a news conference in the Empire State Building.

Golf Digest cited sources it did not identify in reporting the PGA of America planned to pick Tom Watson.


Armstrong resisted subpoena, then wanted secrecy

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — According to recently released court documents, Lance Armstrong resisted turning over records sought by U.S Postal Service investigators, then tried to keep the inquiry under seal and out of the public eye.

In 2011, Postal Service officials investigating Armstrong and his teams for doping wanted records from his team management groups, financial statements, training journals and correspondence with a former training consultant.

The Postal Service was Armstrong's main sponsor when he won the Tour de France from 1999-2004.


Former world No. 1 to return to the court

MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') is ready to return to tennis. He has confirmed on his Facebook page and Twitter account that he will play in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi (AH'-boo DAH'-bee) at the end of the month following a six-month break to recover from a knee injury.