Northeast storm disrupts travel for sports teams
UNDATED (AP) — Several professional and college sports teams have been forced to rearrange their travel plans because of the massive storm that's sweeping through the Northeast.
The NBA's New York Knicks were stuck in Minnesota after playing the Timberwolves on Friday night, hoping to try to fly home sometime today. The San Antonio Spurs were also staying overnight in Detroit, awaiting word on when they might be able to fly to New York for their game Sunday night at Brooklyn.
Airlines canceled more than 5,300 flights through Saturday, and New York City's three major airports and Boston's Logan Airport are closed.
The Brooklyn Nets planned to take a train home instead of flying from Washington D.C. after losing to the Wizards last night.
Pistons end Spurs' streak...Heat, Knicks win
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs were without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili (jih-NOH'-blee) as they tried to stretch their winning streak to a dozen games. Tony Parker carried the offense with a game-high 31 points, but the Spurs trailed by as many as 21 in the second quarter before falling to the lowly Detroit Pistons 119-109.
Greg Monroe had 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, including six points during a 10-3 run that put Detroit ahead 95-78. Brandon Knight finished with 24 points and Charlie Villanueva added 21 as the Pistons improved to 19-32.
Detroit's win allowed Oklahoma City to pull within a half-game of the Western Conference-leading Spurs. The Thunder scored 21 straight points in the third quarter of a 127-96 romp over Phoenix. Kevin Durant scored 21 points and Thabo Sefolosha (TAH'-boh seh-foh-LOH'-shuh) added a season-high 18 in Oklahoma City's third straight win.
Miami still leads the East by 1 ½ games over New York after both teams won on Friday.
LeBron James poured in 30 points and Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 20 as Miami thumped the Los Angeles Clippers 111-89. The Clippers got Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin back from injuries, but that trio of starters combined for only 23 points in L.A.'s fourth loss in five games.
Carmelo Anthony contributed 12 of his 36 points while the Knicks outscored Minnesota 24-7 over the last seven minutes of a 100-94 win over the Timberwolves. J.R. Smith started the rally with a three-pointer and notched eight of his 15 points during the spurt.
In other NBA action, Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') shot 9-for-14 and finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead Memphis past Golden State 99-93. The Warriors dropped their third in a row despite Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry's 32 points and eight assists.
Greivis Vasquez posted his first career triple-double and Eric Gordon had a game-high 27 points as New Orleans topped Atlanta 111-100. Vasquez provided 21 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for the Hornets as they rallied from a 14-point first half deficit.
Rudy Gay scored 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, including the tiebreaking jumper with 1.7 seconds left in Toronto's 100-98 victory at Indiana. DeMar DeRozan scored 22 for the Raptors, who forced OT on Amir Johnson's buzzer-beating tip-in.
Chicago's Carlos Boozer had 19 points in a 93-89 win at Utah. Nate Robinson chipped in 18 points and nine assists for the Bulls, who won despite blowing an eight-point halftime lead and scoring just 35 points after intermission.
James Harden went 13-for-16 from the field and delivered 35 points and 11 assists in Houston's 118-103 win over Portland. Chandler Parsons chipped in 20 points to help the Rockets move two games ahead of the Trail Blazers for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
Nene (neh-NAY') had 20 points and 11 rebounds as Washington downed Brooklyn 89-74. The Wizards reeled off a 22-2 spurt while the Nets went 0-for-12 from the field to start the second quarter.
Kobe Bryant scored all 20 of his points in the second half and finished with eight assists and seven rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers rallied for a 100-93 win at Charlotte. Steve Nash and Earl Clark each had 17 points for the Lakers, who trailed by 20 in the second half before winning for the fourth time in five games.
Cleveland was a 119-108 winner over Orlando behind Kyrie Irving's 24 points, eight assists and six rebounds. The Cavaliers shot 7-for-14 from three-point range and had just six turnovers.
Drummond, Richardson out
UNDATED (AP) — Detroit rookie Andre Drummond is expected to miss four to six weeks because of a stress fracture in his back. The 6-foot-11 Drummond is averaging 7.3 points and 7.5 rebounds this season. He was selected to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge as part of NBA's All-Star Weekend later this month.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Richardson started 33 games for the Sixers this season, averaging 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.21 steals across 28.4 minutes per game. He missed the past eight games with the injury before the team ultimately decided on surgery.
Stars top Ducks
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars earned their third straight win while cooling off the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL's only game of the night.
Power-play goals by Trevor Daley and Jamie Benn helped the Stars down the Ducks 3-1. Loui Eriksson finished with a goal and an assist, and Alex Goligoski set up two goals as the Stars ended the Ducks' four-game winning streak.
Nick Bonino had the lone goal for the Ducks, who slipped to 7-2-1.
Bruins-Lightning on hold
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have pushed back the start of Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning by six hours because of the blizzard hitting the Northeast.
The game was scheduled for 1 p.m. Eastern. The Bruins and Lightning each already had road games scheduled for Sunday night.
The storm is expected to clear the area by early Saturday afternoon.
Flames without Kiprusoff, Backlund
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Flames have placed goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and center Mikael Backlund on injured reserve.
Kiprusoff suffered a lower body injury in Calgary's 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday and is considered day to day. Backlund is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks.
Snedeker in the hunt again
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Brandt Snedeker finds himself in contention for a PGA title for the third straight week.
Snedeker and Ted Potter Jr. share the lead at the midway point of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Snedeker shot a bogey-free 4-under-par 68 today for an 8-under total as he seeks a victory following runner-up finishes the last two weeks.
Potter had a chance to take the lead outright until he three-putted the final hole for a 3-under 67.
Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han), John Merrick, Fredrik Jacobson and Patrick Reed are one shot back and one ahead of four others.
Phil Mickelson is six strokes back following his victory last weekend.
Co-leaders in Boca
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Bernhard Langer and Tom Pernice (pur-NEES') Jr. share the lead through one round of the Allianz Championship in Florida. Langer birdied three of his final four holes and Pernice played a six-hole stretch at 6-under before each signed off on a 6-under-par 66. Rocco Mediate and Bart Bryant are part of a six-way tie for third, firing 67s in their Champions Tour debuts.
SKIING WORLDS-MEN'S DOWNHILL
Norway's Svindal wins downhill at Alpine worlds
SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway has won the men's downhill title at the Alpine skiing world championships after a powerful run down the Planai course that no one came close to matching.
Svindal kept a near-perfect line down the entire course to finish in 2 minutes, 1.32 seconds for his second world downhill title. It was his fifth world title overall, to go with an Olympic gold in super-G.
Dominik Paris of Italy, who leads this season's World Cup downhill standings, trailed Svindal by nearly half a second.
NFL-SUPER BOWL-POWER OUTAGE
The blame game
UNDATED (AP) — The manufacturer of a protective device blamed for the power outage that interrupted the Super Bowl says a low "trip setting" on the equipment caused the partial blackout in the Superdome.
S&C Electric Co. of Chicago issued a statement saying the outage would have been avoided if the operator of the relay device had set the trip threshold higher.
The equipment was owned and installed by the local electric utility company that supplies power to the dome.
Entergy New Orleans says the device performed with no problems during January's Sugar Bowl and other earlier events, but has been removed and will be replaced.
MLB-HOT STOVE LEAGUE
D-Backs lock up Hill through 2016...Cards in one-year deal for Freese
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks and second baseman Aaron Hill have agreed to a new three-year, $35 million contract. That puts him under Arizona's control through the 2016 season.
The 30-year-old infielder hit .302 with 26 home runs and 85 RBIs last season. He came to Arizona as part of a trade with Toronto in August 2011 and was a big part of the team's stretch run that won the NL West title that year. He signed a two-year, $11 million contract following the 2011 season and is set to earn $5.5 million this year.
— The St. Louis Cardinals and 2011 World Series MVP David Freese (freez) have reached agreement on a one-year contract that avoids salary arbitration. The third baseman hit .283 with 20 home runs and 79 RBIs last season and earned his first All-Star appearance.
— Chone (shahn) Figgins has signed a minor-league contract with the Miami Marlins with an invitation to their major-league camp beginning next week. The veteran third baseman hit .181 in 66 games with Seattle last season. He's a .277 career hitter with 337 stolen bases in 11 seasons, all in the American League.
— The Mets have signed reliever Brandon Lyon to a one-year deal. The right-hander spent last season with the Astros and Blue Jays. He went 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA in 61 innings.
PENN STATE-SUE PATERNO
JoePa's wife having her say
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Breaking more than a year of silence, Sue Paterno is defending her late husband as a "moral, disciplined" man who never twisted the truth to avoid bad publicity.
The wife of the former Penn State coach is fighting back against the accusations against Joe Paterno that followed the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Her campaign started with a letter sent to former Penn State players.
She writes that the family's exhaustive response to former FBI director Louis Freeh's report for the university on the Sandusky child sex abuse case will officially be released to the public at 9 a.m. Sunday on paterno.com.
Canes make James' promotion permanent
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Blake James has been hired as Miami's athletic director after serving in the job in an interim capacity for the past four months.
It was widely expected that James would get the job, which he first assumed on a temporary basis when Shawn Eichorst left for the same role at Nebraska in early October.
James' hiring comes with the Hurricanes still involved in an NCAA investigation into the school's compliance practices.