Bulls shock Heat, ending 27-game winning streak
UNDATED (AP) — It's over in the most improbable way!
Miami's quest to break the NBA record for consecutive wins was ended by a Chicago Bulls team that was without four key players. The final of 101-97 ended the Heat's winning streak at 27, six short of the mark set by the 1971-72 Lakers.
Luol Deng paced the undermanned Bulls with 28 points in 44 minutes and Carlos Boozer chipped in with 21 and 17 rebounds in a bruising game that had playoff intensity.
LeBron James did his best to keep the streak going with 32 points. He even picked up a flagrant foul in the physical final few minutes.
Chicago was without star guard Derrick Rose, who's been out all season, as well as Joakim (JOH'-kihm) Noah, Marco Belinelli and Richard Hamilton.
It was Miami's first loss since February 1.
In other NBA play:
— Al Horford scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter as Atlanta reached the playoffs for a sixth straight season with a 107-88 win over Toronto.
— Tim Duncan had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead San Antonio over Denver 100-99. Nuggets veteran guard Andre Miller missed a short jumper at the buzzer to send Denver to its second straight loss after a 15-game winning streak.
— Reggie Evans grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds and matched his career high with 22 points as Brooklyn beat Portland 111-93. It was the Nets' 20th road win of the season, matching a franchise best.
— Isaiah Thomas had 31 points and seven assists to help Sacramento earn a rare road win, 105-98 over Golden State. The Kings went into the game with an NBA worst 6-30 road record.
— Russell Westbrook scored 21 points, Kevin Durant added 20 and Oklahoma City beat Washington 103-80.
— Jeff Green hit the winning layup at the buzzer to give Boston a 93-92 win over Cleveland that snapped the Celtics five-game losing streak. Green finished with 21.
— J.R. Smith scored 35 points to pace the Knicks to a 108-101 victory over Memphis, for New York's sixth straight win. The Grizzlies trailed by as many as 30 in the second half but cut it to four with 33 seconds left. Mike Conley had 26 for Memphis.
— Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Indiana to a 100-91 victory over Houston.
— Kobe Bryant had 31 points and seven assists in the Lakers' 120-117 win over Minnesota. Dwight Howard added 25 points and 16 rebounds. The Lakers were playing their first game without defensive stopper Metta World Peace, who will have surgery on a torn meniscus on Thursday and miss at least six weeks.
— Al Jefferson and Gordon Hayward scored 25 points apiece as Utah defeated Phoenix 103-88 to stay within a game of the eighth-place Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference playoff battle.
— Spencer Hawes scored 15 points and pulled down a career high 17 rebounds to lead Philadelphia in a 100-92 win over Milwaukee. Jrue (droo) Holliday and Damien Wilkins each scored 18 for the 76ers who won their third straight at home. The Bucks have lost four straight.
— Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker each scored 34 to help Charlotte top Orlando 114-108 in a meeting of the NBA's worst teams. The Magic have lost eight in a row.
Huskies extend Auriemma
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma (aw-ree-EH'-muh) has signed a new $10.86 million contract, a deal designed to keep him at the school through the 2017-18 season.
The 59-year-old Hall of Famer has guided the Huskies have to seven national titles and 13 Final Fours in his 28-year career at the school.
Smart, Pastner get extended
UNDATED (AP) — Shaka Smart and VCU have agreed in principle to a deal to keep the coach in charge of the men's basketball program.
The extension adds to a contract that already is scheduled to run through 2020.
Since guiding VCU to the Final Four in 2011, Smart's name has been among the first mentioned whenever a high profile job comes open.
— Memphis men's basketball coach Josh Pastner has agreed to terms on a contract extension after leading the Tigers to a 31-5 mark this season. Pastner owns a 106-34 record and has led Memphis to three NCAA tournaments in four seasons.
— Northwestern has hired longtime Duke assistant Chris Collins to be its new head basketball coach. The Wildcats have never made it to the NCAA tournament.
Iowa, BYU advance
UNDATED (AP) — Iowa, BYU and Baylor will join Maryland in the NIT semifinals in New York.
Roy Devyn Marble scored 24 points to lead Iowa over Virginia 75-64. The Hawkeyes win snapped Virginia's 19-game home court winning streak and finished off the Cavaliers 23-12 season.
BYU cruised into the semifinals with a 79-62 win over Southern Mississippi. Tyler Haws led the way with 25.
Pierre Jackson had 20 points and 13 assists in his final home game for Baylor as the Bears beat Providence 79-68.
Habs rally to win in Boston
UNDATED (AP) — Andrei Markov tied it with 8.2 seconds left in regulation, and Brendan Gallagher scored the only shootout goal to give Montreal a 6-5 victory Boston.
The victory snapped a tie for the second-most points in the Eastern Conference, giving the Canadiens 47. They lead the Northeast Division by a point over the Bruins.
In the shootout, all six Bruins players were stopped. The first five Canadiens couldn't score, either. Then Gallagher put the puck between Tuukka Rask's pads.
In other NHL play;
— Antti Niemi (AN'-tee nee-YEH'-mee) turned aside 22 shots for his second shutout of the season as San Jose blanked Anaheim 4-0. Joe Pavelski started a three-goal first period outburst by scoring a minute into the game. The victory was the Sharks second over the Ducks in three days and moved San Jose into a seventh place tie with St. Louis in the Western Conference standings.
— Mike Cammalleri scored twice in the second period to lead Calgary to a 4-3 win over Colorado. Flames captain Jarome Iginla was out of the lineup for the first time in nearly six years amid speculation that he will traded to Boston.
— Mikko Koivu scored in overtime to give Minnesota a 4-3 win over Phoenix. Ryan Suter scored with 54.3 second left in regulation to tie it for the Wild. Minnesota has won seven straight, while the Coyotes dropped their seventh in a row.
Falcons land Umenyiore
UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have reached agreement with free-agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora (OH'-see yoo-mihn-YOHR'-uh) on a two-year contract.
The 31-year-old had only six sacks for the Giants in 2012. Umenyiore had a career-high 14½ sacks in 2005, but the two-time Pro Bowl selection has reached double figures in only one of the last four years. He had 11½ sacks in 2010.
In other NFL developments;
— The Oakland Raiders have released defensive tackle Tommy Kelly cutting ties with the longest-tenured position player on the roster. His release gets his $6.5 million dollar salary for 2013 off the Raiders books.
— The Giants put a little more money in the Victor Cruz contract fund this week by cutting the salary of right tackle David Diehl by nearly $3.5 million. Cruz has been the team's leading receiver the last two seasons and remains a free agent.
— Baltimore has agreed to a three-year deal with former Oakland Raiders defensive back Michael Huff, who played his entire seven-year with the Raiders before being released last week. Huff started all 16 games for Oakland last season, 14 at cornerback and two at free safety.
Wainwright gets new deal
UNDATED (AP) — Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals have agreed to a new contract that guarantees the Cardinals ace an additional $97.5 million over five years through 2018. Wainwright had been eligible to become a free agent after the World Series.
A 31-year-old right-hander was 14-13 with a 3.94 ERA last year after missing the Cardinals' World Series championship season in 2011 because of elbow surgery.
The new agreement was confirmed by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not yet been announced. The Cardinals scheduled a news conference for Thursday at their spring training camp in Jupiter, Fla.
Hughes to miss start of the season
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes will join Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) and Curtis Granderson on New York's disabled list for the start of the season. Hughes is expected to miss his first turn through the rotation, due to a bulging disk in his upper back.
New York general manager Brian Cashman said there is no timetable for Jeter's return.
Veteran broadcaster and ex-player to retire
NEW YORK (AP) — Tim McCarver says this season's World Series will be his last. The 71-year old has announced that he will retire at the end of the season, his 55th straight in Major League Baseball as either a player or broadcaster. McCarver says officials from Fox television talked to him about a new contract at the end of last season but that his mind was already made up.
Sharapova reaches semis
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Four-time runner-up Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) has moved into the semifinals of the Sony Open with a grueling 7-5, 7-5 win over Sara Errani. The No. 3 seed moved on despite 57 unforced errors, including 13 double-faults. The match lasted 2½ hours.
Sharapova will next meet Jelena Jankovic (yeh-LAY'-nuh YANK'-oh-vihch), who beat Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.
In men's quarterfinal action, third-seed David Ferrer topped Jurgen (YUR'-gihn) Melzer 4-6, 6-3, 6-love. Tommy Haas scordd a 6-3, 6-1 win over Gilles Simon.
Logano, Hamlin text following crash
HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano have traded text messages and it didn't go well. The exchange came after their final lap wreck Sunday in Fontana, Calif. that knocked Hamlin out of action for six weeks with a compression fracture in his back.
Hamlin told the Associated Press the conversation was "short and unproductive."
Logano twice refused interview requests as he and team owner Roger Penske (PEHN'-skee) played in a pro-am golf tournament near Houston. Penske also says he's texted back and forth with Hamlin.
Logano and Hamlin were battling for the win Sunday when they got tangled up, sending Hamlin head-on into the interior wall of the track.
Former boxer Gomez seriously ill
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Former Puerto Rican world champion Wilfredo Gomez is in critical condition in a hospital following respiratory failure. A family spokesman, Erick Rodriguez, told The Associated Press that the 56-year-old ex-boxer is struggling to recover from a lung infection.
Gomez is widely regarded as the best Puerto Rican boxer in history. He was a three-time world champion with the WBA and WBC at super bantamweight, featherweight and junior lightweight. He retired for good in 1989 with a 44-3-1 record and 42 knockouts.
Ex-Bull Boerwinkle dies
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago Bulls center Tom Boerwinkle has died. He was 67.
Bulls spokesman Tim Hallam says a family member informed team officials of Boerwinkle's death, and the University of Tennessee issued a statement saying the former Volunteers player died Tuesday at his home near Chicago after a lengthy illness.
The 7-foot Boerwinkle was drafted fourth overall in 1968 and averaged 7.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 10 seasons with the Bulls. He had a franchise-record 37 rebounds in a 1970 game against the Phoenix Suns.