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Associated Press

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 26 at 12:03 AM

NBA-SCHEDULE

Hawks win again

UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have moved into a tie with Brooklyn for fourth place in the NBA's Eastern Conference as the two clubs vie for home court advantage in the opening round of the playoffs

Al Horford scored 23 points and grabbed 22 rebounds as the Hawks whipped Detroit 114-103. Josh Smith also had 23 points for the Pistons, who led by 26 in the third quarter before winning for the fifth time in six games.

Jeff Teague (teeg) had 20 points for Atlanta, which shot 14 of 33 from 3-point range.

The other NBA final had Washington beating Toronto 90-84. Bradley Beal scored 20 points and Emeka Okafor (eh-MEK'-uh OH'-kah-fohr) grabbed 13 rebounds in the Wizards' third straight win. The Raptors lost for only the second time in eight games despite DeMar DeRozan's 25 points.

NBA-THUNDER-FISHER

Thunder bring back Fisher

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed veteran Derek Fisher, filling an opening for a third point guard that was created when Eric Maynor got traded to Portland.

Fisher joins Oklahoma City for the stretch run for the second straight season. He played in 20 regular-season games and then all 20 playoff games last season. He has not played in the NBA this season after being unsigned as a free agent during the offseason.

TOP-25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

Gardner leads Golden Eagles

UNDATED (AP) — Marquette has bolstered its chances for a No. 1 seed in the Big East tournament by defeating Syracuse.

Davante Gardner scored a career-high 26 points and the 22nd-ranked Golden Eagles improved to 11-4 in the conference with a 74-71 win over the 12th-ranked Orange. Gardner shot 7-for-7 from the field and 12-for-13 from the line to help Marquette pull within one game of Georgetown for first place in the Big East.

C.J. Fair had 20 points for Syracuse (22-6, 10-5), which has lost three of five to drop into a tie for fourth with No. 21 Notre Dame.

Kansas State has 12 conference wins for the first time in 40 years after Thomas Gipson scored 20 points and Angel Rodriguez added 16 to lead the 13th-ranked Wildcats to a 75-55 win over Texas Tech. The Wildcats did not take control until the second half, when reserve Nino Williams jump-started the Kansas State offense with 11 straight points as part of a 24-6 run.

Kansas State currently leads the Big 12 by a half-game over Kansas, which is taking on Iowa State right now.

T25-MEN'S POLL

Hoosiers roll on

UNDATED (AP) — Indiana is one vote shy of being a unanimous No. 1 in the men's AP college basketball poll. The Hoosiers are occupying the top spot for a fourth straight week and tenth time this season.

Gonzaga got the other No. 1 vote and moves up a notch to replace Miami at No. 2 while Duke and Michigan jump three places to third and fourth. Miami falls to No. 5 following a weekend loss to unranked Wake Forest.

Kansas moves up three spots to sixth while Georgetown leapfrogs from 11 to seven. Florida drops from five to eight, Michigan State tumbles from fourth to ninth after back-to-back losses and Louisville remains at No. 10.

Saint Louis jumps into the poll at No. 18. And Louisiana Tech moves in at No. 25. It's the Bulldogs first appearance since a 13-week run during the 1984-85 season and just their second overall.

T25-WOMEN'S POLL

It's unanimous

UNDATED (AP) — Baylor remains No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll for an eighth straight week. The Lady Bears received all 40 first-place votes for the first time since returning to the top spot.

The first seven stayed unchanged with Notre Dame, UConn, Stanford, Duke, California and Penn State following Baylor.

NHL-SCHEDULE

Habs take over conference lead despite loss

UNDATED (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens have moved to the top of the NHL's Eastern Conference standings, 10 months after finishing dead last. But they had to settle for just one point tonight after the Ottawa Senators knocked off the Habs 2-1 in a shootout.

Ben Bishop stopped 44 of 45 shots before making four more stops in the shootout. Peter Regin (REE'-gihn) ended the game by scoring on the Senators' fifth shootout attempt, allowing Ottawa to pull within one point of the Canadiens.

Andre Markov scored for the Canadiens, who outshot Ottawa 45-24.

Nikolai Kulemin (KOO'-leh-mihn) had a goal and an assist as Toronto beat Philadelphia 4-2 to improve to 8-4 on the road. Ben Scrivens stopped 23 shots and helped the Maple Leafs weather a double-minor to former Flyer James van Riemsdyk (REEMZ'-dyk) in the third period.

NHL

Brodeur mending...Clowe banished...Caps looking ahead

UNDATED (AP) — The New Jersey Devils say goaltender Martin Brodeur (broh-DOOR') is listed as day to day after tests were performed on his sore back today.

The 40-year-old Brodeur has missed the past two games for the Devils while dealing with a tweak that he's been feeling for a few weeks. Brodeur last played last Thursday, finishing with 17 saves in New Jersey's 3-2 win at Washington.

In other NHL news, San Jose Sharks forward Ryan Clowe (kloh) has been suspended two games without pay by the league for instigating a fight late in Friday night's 2-1 loss to Chicago. Clowe was assessed a minor penalty for roughing and a game misconduct for leaving the bench on an illegal line change to start a fight with Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw with 8.4 seconds left in regulation. The infraction normally calls for a 10-game suspension, but the line change was deemed legal upon video review.

And the struggling Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Braden Holtby and defenseman John Erskine to two-year deals.

NFL-BRADY CONTRACT

Pats give Brady contract extension

UNDATED (AP) — The New England Patriots have a lot more cap room, thanks to their starting quarterback.

A person familiar with the contract tells The Associated Press that Tom Brady has received a three-year extension from the Patriots worth about $27 million. The new deal clears nearly $15 million from New England's salary cap.

The 35-year-old two-time league MVP was signed through 2014, and has said he wants to play five more years. The three-time Super Bowl champion will make far less in those three seasons than the going rate for star quarterbacks. Brady currently has a four-year, $72 million deal with $48 million guaranteed.

NFL COMBINE-TE'O

Te'o slow at combine

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Linebacker Manti Te'o's (MAN'-ty TAY'-ohz) first appearance on a football field since the BCS championship game didn't go as well as planned.

The Notre Dame star and Heisman Trophy runner-up was clocked at 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock had said Sunday anything faster than 4.7 would be "phenomenal." Anything 4.8 or over would be a "concern."

The workout comes more than a month after Te'o's highly-publicized online romance with a girlfriend was exposed as a hoax and that Te'o was a victim of the hoax.

NFL-COMBINE-LOTULELEI

Top prospect getting checked out

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (loh-too-leh-LAY') is heading home from the NFL's combine after doctors discovered he had a heart condition.

Lotulelei is one of the top prospects in April's draft. Some mock drafts have the Utah star going No. 1 overall. He is expected to undergo more extensive heart tests when he gets back to Utah.

NFL-EAGLES-JENKINS CUT

Eagles say goodbye to Jenkins, Patterson

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have released veteran defensive tackles Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson.

Jenkins signed a five-year, $30 million contract with the Eagles in 2011 and started every game the last two seasons. He was due to make $5.5 million this season, but rebuilding Philadelphia cut the 32-year-old Jenkins on Monday. After spending the first seven seasons of his NFL career with Green Bay, Jenkins left for Philadelphia. He had 5 1-2 sacks in 2011 and four in 2012.

Patterson was the team's longest-tenured player, spending eight seasons with the Eagles. A first-round draft pick in 2005 out of Southern California, the 29-year-old Patterson played in 115 games with 99 starts.

NFL-RAVENS-JONES

Jones has new gig

BALTIMORE (AP) — Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones is the newest contestant on TV's "Dancing With the Stars." He'll be trying to literally follow in the footsteps of past NFL winners Emmett Smith, Hines Ward and Donald Driver.

Jones is known for his dance moves in the end zone after a touchdown. He scored twice in Baltimore's Super Bowl victory over San Francisco.

MLB-WEINER-DRUG PENALTIES

More severe penalties for baseball's drug cheaters?

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Baseball union head Michael Weiner (WEE'-nur) says there's active discussion about increasing the penalties for violating baseball's drug testing program.

Weiner says players have expressed interest in making the sanctions for failed drug tests more severe. He also says there have been discussions with Major League Baseball about possible changes that could take place in 2014.

Under current rules, a player gets a 50-game suspension for a first offense when testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Weiner says players have very little patience for seeing their peers try to cheat the system.

NASCAR-DAYTONA 500-RATINGS

TV ratings up for Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — With Danica Patrick starting from the pole, the Daytona 500's preliminary television ratings are much higher than last year's.

Sunday afternoon's race earned a 10.0 overnight rating and 22 share on Fox. That's up 30 percent from 2012, when rain pushed the event to a Monday night. The network says it's the highest overnight rating since 2006.

Jimmie Johnson won The Great American Race while Patrick was eighth. It's the best finish by a woman at the Daytona 500.

OLYMPICS-PISTORIUS-SHOOTING

Official: Pistorius wants to resume training

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A government officials says Oscar Pistorius has informed South African authorities that he wants to resume athletic training while on bail for the murder case against him.

A spokeswoman for the Olympic runner, however, denies that he was making immediate plans to return to the track while awaiting trial for the Feb. 14 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The double-amputee Paralympian discussed bail terms with his probation officer and a correctional official at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court in the capital, according to correctional officials. The guidelines will determine his daily routine until his next court appearance on June 4.

The timing of any resumption of training was uncertain.

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