LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBA commissioner David Stern says Jerry Buss was a "visionary owner" whose influence on pro basketball will be felt for decades to come. The L.A. Lakers owner died Monday at the age of 80 due to kidney failure, according to his assistant, Bob Steiner. The Lakers won 10 championships and went to the NBA Finals 16 times after Buss bought the team in 1979.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils had a chance to take over sole possession of the NHL's Eastern Conference lead on Monday until Jakob Silfverberg scored the lone shootout goal in Ottawa's 2-1 triumph over the Devils. Stephen Gionta (jee-AHN'-tah) scored 79 seconds into the game for the Devils, who are tied with Pittsburgh at 22 points apiece. The Senators are two points behind Boston for the Northeast Division lead.
ANAHEIM, Cal. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks picked up their fifth straight win and improved to 12-2-1 with a 3-2 win against Phoenix. Anaheim trailed 1-0 until Peter Holland and Ryan Getzlaf (GETS'-alf) scored 21 seconds apart in the first period. Jonas Hiller made 25 saves as the Ducks won for the ninth time in their last 10 games to pull within two points of Chicago for the NHL's Western Conference lead.
MANHATTAN, KS. (AP) — Will Spradling scored 19 points and Nino Williams came off the bench to add 13 as 14th-ranked Kansas beat West Virginia 71-61. The Wildcats went on an 18-2 run in the first half and improved to 21-5 overall, 10-3 in the Big 12. K-State new leads the conference by a half game over ninth-ranked Kansas and No. 14 Oklahoma State, who play each other Wednesday night.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jerian Grant and Jack Cooley each had 13 points as 25th-ranked Notre Dame rallied for a 51-42 win at No. 20 Pittsburgh. The Irish won despite missing 18 of their first 19 shots and trailing 19-3 with six minutes left in the first half. Eric Atkins added 10 points and seven assists for the Irish, who improved to 9-5 in the Big East and snapped a tie with the Panthers for fourth place in the conference.