Redskins' RG3 has surgery on torn knee ligament
WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Griffin III is having surgery on a torn ligament and to determine whether there's any other damage in his ailing right knee.
A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that the procedure is expected to last about two hours this morning. The person said orthopedist James Andrews planned to repair a torn lateral collateral ligament and examine the state of Griffin's ACL.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Redskins have not made an announcement about the latest details surrounding the rookie quarterback's injury.
Early this morning, Griffin tweeted: "Thank you for your prayers and support. I love God, my family, my team, the fans, & I love this game. See you guys next season."
Blatche answers after being questioned...Pacers stop Heat
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers looked like they could survive the absences of starters Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol (pow-gah-SAHL') as they took a 14-point lead in the first half of Tuesday's game at Houston. But the Rockets rallied for their fifth straight win as James Harden scored 31 points and Chandler Parsons added 20 in a 125-112 win over the Lakers.
Harden reached the 25-point mark for the 13th consecutive game to help the Rockets send the Lakers to their fourth straight loss.
Jeremy Lin chipped in 19 points, six rebounds and five assists for Houston, while Carlos Delfino also contributed 19.
Metta World Peace had a season-high 24 points for the 15-19 Lakers.
It was a rather eventful day for Brooklyn Nets forward Andray Blatche (AHN'-dray blach).
Blatche scored 20 points and had seven rebounds as the Nets whipped the 76ers 109-89 in Philadelphia.
Blatche was in action hours after he was questioned by Philadelphia police as part of a sexual assault investigation at an upscale hotel Tuesday morning. Blatche was not charged, and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said preliminary findings of the investigation show Blatche was not involved.
Reggie Evans grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds and Deron Williams scored 22 points as the Nets won their fourth in a row.
Elsewhere in the NBA, Miami was held to a season-low in points as Indiana downed the Heat 87-77. Paul George had 29 points and 11 rebounds in the Pacers' 11th victory in 13 games.
Brandon Jennings shot 5-for-7 from three-point range and finished with a game-high 29 points and nine assists as Milwaukee beat Phoenix 108-99. The Bucks ended a four-game losing streak in their first game under interim coach Jim Boylan, who took over Tuesday morning after the team and Scott Skiles agreed to part ways.
Nikola Pekovic had 25 points and a career-high 18 rebounds as Minnesota topped Atlanta 108-103. Andrei Kirilenko added 21 points for the Timberwolves, who were missing coach Rick Adelman due to personal reasons.
Varejao still sits
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (VAR'-eh-zhow) still has not been cleared to practice or play because of a bruised right knee. Varejao will miss his 11th straight game when the Cavs host Atlanta Wednesday. The NBA's leading rebounder has been out since hurting his knee Dec. 18 against Toronto. The Cavs originally thought Varejao would only miss a couple games, but the injury has lingered.
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Blue Devils stifle Clemson
UNDATED (AP) — The top-ranked Duke Blue Devils are 15-0 following an outstanding defensive display in the first half of a 68-40 rout of Clemson.
The Tigers had just 10 points at halftime, their fewest since scoring nine against Wake Forest in 2001. Clemson never got closer than 12 points the rest of the game.
Quinn Cook poured in a career-high 27 points for the Blue Devils, who've opened a season with 15 straight wins for the sixth time under coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEHF'-skee). Ryan Kelly added 12 points in the first half but sat out the second with what team officials said was a right leg injury.
In other top-25 action, Jabari Brown drained a career-high five straight three-pointers and finished with a career-high 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting as 10th-ranked Missouri clobbered Alabama 84-68. Earnest Ross added a season-best 19 points in the Tigers' SEC debut.
No. 15 Ohio State beat Purdue 74-64 behind 22 points from Deshaun Thomas. The Buckeyes shot 56 percent in giving coach Thad Matta his 100th Big Ten victory.
Creighton made it nine straight wins as Ethan Wragge hit six three-pointers and matched a career high with 22 points to lead the 16th-ranked Bluejays to a 91-61 pounding of Drake. Creighton made a season-high 16 three-pointers and led by 30 points in the first half.
Talib Zanna scored 15 points and Pittsburgh shot 55 percent in a 73-45 romp over 19th-ranked Georgetown in Washington. The Hoyas shot 35 percent in suffering its first 20-point home loss in 13 years.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BCS CHANGES
Rose, Sugar Bowls to host 1st playoff semifinals
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — The BCS conference commissioners have announced the first semifinals in the new playoff system will be played in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015.
In the second year of the playoff, the Orange Bowl will host a semifinal, along with one of three other sites that still have yet to be selected.
The site of the first championship is also still to come, though Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, seems to be the front-runner.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WASHINGTON STATE-ABUSE
Courgars, Leach cleared in abuse probe
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Pac-12 report says it's investigation found no evidence of physical or mental abuse of players in the Washington State football program under coach Mike Leach.
The findings of the independent review mirrored the findings of Washington State's own internal review of the allegations, which was released last month.
Former Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson contended near the end of last football season that players were suffering physical and mental abuse at the hands of coaches. Wilson quit the team, and subsequently recanted his allegations.
Eagles to interview ex-Bears coach
UNDATED (AP) — The Eagles will interview Lovie Smith for their coaching vacancy on Thursday.
Smith was fired after nine seasons with the Bears. He led Chicago to three division titles and one NFC championship. He lost his job after the team went 3-5 following a 7-1 start and missed the playoffs.
The Eagles, who fired Andy Reid after 14 seasons, also plan to interview Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley this week.
In other coaching search news:
— A person familiar with the interview tells The Associated Press the Browns have met with Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman. He is the fifth known candidate to interview with the Browns, who fired Pat Shurmur last week after two seasons.
— Minnesota assistants Mike Singletary and Mike Priefer will interview for the Chicago head coaching vacancy. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has confirmed that the Bears made the request.
Bryant has finger surgery...Ryan out as defensive coordinator
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has undergone successful surgery on his broken left index finger after postponing the procedure for the final three games of the season.
Bryant broke the finger in the fourth quarter at Cincinnati on Dec. 9 and caught a game-changing touchdown pass after the injury. He had a career-high 224 yards two weeks later against New Orleans.
The Cowboys also fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan after two seasons with the team.
New GMs in Arizona, Jacksonville
UNDATED (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to hire Atlanta director of player personnel David Caldwell as general manager, charging him with turning around one of the league's worst teams.
His first move will be deciding the fate of coach Mike Mularkey, who went 2-14 in his first season in Jacksonville and has lost 20 of his last 23 games as a head coach.
The Arizona Cardinals have promoted Steve Keim to general manager. He joined the Cardinals in 1999 as a scout and was promoted to the player personnel position last year.
Nats re-sign LaRoche.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam LaRoche (luh-ROHSH') has signed a two-year deal to stay with the Washington Nationals. The 33-year old's deal includes a mutual option for a third year.
LaRoche had been looking for a three-year deal after hitting .271 with 33 homers and 100 RBI's last season.
A-Rod hip surgery set
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is scheduled for hip surgery on Jan. 16. The New York Yankees third baseman could be sidelined until the All-Star break because of the injury, which was disclosed by the team last month.
A-Rod has been undergoing physical therapy in preparation for the operation by Dr. Bryan Kelly of the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Cardinals lose forward Behanan to injury
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville sophomore forward Chane Behanan will miss up to 10 days with a left high ankle sprain sustained Monday in practice.
Cardinals coach Rick Pitino says Behanan will miss Wednesday night's Big East Conference contest at Seton Hall and possibly four games overall. Behanan is averaging 11.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
GOLF-TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Johnson wins by five at Kapalua
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Dustin Johnson has extended his own winning streak by shooting a final round 5-under-68 to win the season-opening Tournament of Champions by four shots over defending champ Steve Stricker. Johnson's victory now makes it six straight years in which he's won at least once. He also has won the last three 54-hole events that were reduced to three rounds due to weather.
Owners to vote on pact
NEW YORK (AP) — NHL owners will gather in New York on Wednesday to vote on the tentative labor agreement reached with the union last weekend.
If a majority approves, as expected, the NHL will move one step closer toward the official end of the lockout.
As of Tuesday afternoon, a memorandum of understanding of the deal hadn't been completed, so the union has yet to schedule a vote for its more than 700 members. A majority of players also must approve the deal for hockey to return to the ice.
If there are no snags, ratification could be finished by Saturday and training camps can open Sunday. A 48-game regular season would then be expected to begin on Jan. 19.
Isner loses to Harrison in Sidney
SYDNEY (AP) — Top-seeded John Isner lost 6-4, 6-4 to fellow American Ryan Harrison in the second round of the Sydney International on Wednesday.
The exit of Isner, who was promoted to the No. 1 seed after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh) and Richard Gasquet (ree-SHARD' gas-KAY') withdrew, followed two more injury withdrawals: No. 2 and 2011 Sydney champion Giles Simon (neck) and No. 6 Radek Stepanek (back).
Isner, who withdrew from the Hopman Cup mixed team competition in Perth last week with a right knee injury, lasted 71 minutes against No. 64-ranked Harrison.
The Australian Open starts Monday, leaving injured players little time to prepare for the season's first major.
In the women's draw, top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh) of Poland advanced to the semifinals with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Italy's Roberta Vinci (VIHN'-chee).