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Posted on January 3, 2013 at 4:35 AM


Anthony's 31 leads Richmond past Air Force 91-68

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kendall Anthony made seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points Wednesday night, leading Richmond to a 91-68 rout of Air Force.

The 5-foot-8 Anthony, inserted into the starting lineup in place of injured big man Derrick Williams, missed only twice from beyond the arc in topping his previous high of 24 points. Darien Brothers added six 3-pointers and 25 points for the Spiders (10-5), who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Michael Lyons led the Falcons (8-4) with 19 points, but Air Force was taken out early after an explosive scoring burst by Anthony.

He followed a 3-pointer by teammate Deion Taylor with one of his own. After Terry Allen scored on a drive for the Spiders, Anthony hit again from behind the arc.

After a free throw by Kamryn Williams for the Falcons, Anthony hit two more 3s, then made a steal and layup to give Richmond a 39-23 lead.


James wins men's USA Basketball award for 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — LeBron James has been chosen USA Basketball's male athlete of the year for 2012 after equaling Michael Jordan's feat while leading the Americans to a gold medal.

James was also the NBA's MVP and NBA Finals MVP in helping the Miami Heat win the championship. Jordan is the only other player to accomplish that in a calendar year, winning the NBA title, both MVP awards and Olympic gold in 1992.

James averaged 13.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and a team-high 5.6 assists for the Americans in London, where he became one of three U.S. men to compete in three Olympics. He also won gold in 2008 and bronze in 2004.

U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said Wednesday that James was "the central figure on this team," calling him "our leader, our best player, our playmaker."


Playoffs loom, Manning still looking to improve

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning writes down his New Year's resolutions on index cards.

Though he refused to divulge what's on those cards, he never left much doubt about what his day-to-day goals on the football field were for 2012, the year of his comeback.

Work hard. Improve. Keep building chemistry.

Those are the only ways to get to the ultimate goal — winning the Super Bowl, which is something Manning and the Denver Broncos are now favored to do.

Yet to hear Manning tell it, even if the Broncos do win it all, there will still be room for improvement — quite a tall task for a quarterback who compiled some of the best numbers of his career and a team that finished tied for the league's best record at 13-3.


Rookie RB loses grip on ball, backup job

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos coach John Fox makes it pretty clear: running backs have to hold on to the ball to hang on to their jobs.

Rookie Ronnie Hillman is just hoping he's not in the Broncos' doghouse as long as Knowshon (NOH'-shahn) Moreno was.

Moreno didn't suit up for two months after coughing up the football at Atlanta in Week 2, finally getting another chance — and running with it — in November after Willis McGahee blew out a knee.

Hillman didn't see the field again after fumbling Sunday while the Broncos were driving for a score against Kansas City. Cornerback Brandon Flowers returned it 64 yards before tight end Joel Dreessen dragged him down at the 12 with an assist from Peyton Manning.

To get another chance, Hillman has some work to do.


Cardinals complete Horton interview, Reid up next

(Stations: Note Denver Broncos interest.)

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have completed an extensive interview that spread over two days with defensive coordinator Ray Horton in the search for a replacement for fired coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Next up is Andy Reid, the longtime Philadelphia Eagles coach who was among seven NFL head coaches who got the axe on Monday. Reid's interview, while not formally scheduled, could come on Thursday.

Cardinals President Michael Bidwill has identified Horton, Reid and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy as candidates to replace Whisenhunt, who was dismissed after six seasons.

The Cardinals plan to interview McCoy in Denver this weekend.

Horton also has interviewed with the Cleveland Browns and had a session scheduled with the Buffalo Bills.


Bills to interview Cards' Horton for coaching job

(Stations: Note Denver Broncos interest.)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills' coaching search is staying in Arizona for at least one more day with the team set to interview Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

Horton told reporters in Arizona on Wednesday that he will meet with Bills officials later in the day. Horton is a Cardinals' head-coaching candidate to replace Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired Monday.

Whisenhunt, meanwhile, is also a candidate for the Bills job to replace Chan Gailey, who was fired Monday, as well. The Bills website reported team officials interviewed Whisenhunt shortly after arriving in Arizona Tuesday.

A person familiar with Mike McCoy's schedule said the Broncos offensive coordinator is set to interview with the Bills in Denver this weekend.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not revealed their list of candidates.


US women's hockey star Molly Engstrom retires

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Two-time Olympic hockey player Molly Engstrom retired Wednesday from the U.S. women's national team program.

The 29-year-old former University of Wisconsin star was selected the top defenseman in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, leading the United States to a second-place finish. She also played on the bronze-medal team in the 2006 Turin Games, and helped the Americans win four world titles.

Engstrom, from Siren, Wis., had nine goals and 44 assists in 112 international games.