Spurs, Wolves postponed in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Maybe the NBA's new slogan should be, "We're smoking!"
Wednesday's game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves in Mexico City had to be postponed because of smoky conditions inside the arena. A league spokeswoman says the venue was evacuated about 45 minutes before the scheduled tipoff after a generator malfunction outside the arena sent smoke pouring into the building.
Lights went out in parts of the arena during warmups, and smoke began coming out of vents in the upper deck. The court quickly became cloudy.
Mexico City Police said in a statement there was a fire in the generator room on the fourth floor of the facility.
The game will be made up in Minnesota at a later date.
It was supposed to be the first NBA regular-season game in Mexico since the Mavericks faced the Rockets on Dec. 6, 1997.
Pacers top Jazz...Nuggets' streak ends in Cleveland
UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers were able to avoid their first losing streak of the season by dominating the latter stages of a 95-86 win at Utah.
Paul George had a team-high 19 points for the Pacers, who went on a 9-0 run to take an 88-76 lead. Lance Stephenson scored 15 points, Luis Scola had 14 and Roy Hibbert added 13 in the Pacers' first victory in Salt Lake City since November 2005.
Indiana is an NBA-best 17-2 following its eighth victory in nine games.
The Denver Nuggets' seven-game winning streak has been stopped by a team that hadn't won two straight until Wednesday.
Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and Tristan Thompson had a double-double as the Cavaliers beat the Nuggets 98-88 in Cleveland. Thompson finished with a career-high 21 rebounds and 17 points in the Cavs' most lopsided win of the season. Anderson Varejao (VAR'-eh-zhow) added a season-high 18 points and had 13 rebounds for Cleveland.
Oklahoma City had won eight straight until Portland knocked off the Thunder 111-104. LaMarcus torched the third with 38 points on 17 of 28 shooting while grabbing 13 rebounds. Damion Lillard and Nicolas Batum (mah-TOOM') each added 14 points as the Trail Blazers improved to 16-3, tops in the Western Conference.
Also in the NBA:
— Kyle Korver scored a season-high 23 points and tied the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer as Atlanta topped the Los Angeles Clippers 107-97. Paul Millsap finished with 25 points and Al Horford added 21 to help the Hawks snap a two-game losing streak.
— Andre Drummond was one of three Pistons with double-doubles, delivering 24 points and 19 rebounds in Detroit's 105-98 win at Milwaukee. Greg Monroe contributed 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings had 17 points and 11 assists in his return to Milwaukee.
— Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, including the tiebreaking free throw with 32.3 seconds left in the Dallas Mavericks' 100-97 triumph at New Orleans. Vince Carter chipped in 15 points for the Mavs, who trailed by eight late in the third quarter.
— Phoenix beat Houston 97-88 as Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and seven assists, while Dwight Howard added 15 points and 18 rebounds. Rockets guard James Harden shot just 3-for-17 from the field and 0-for-10 from the arc in scoring 14 points.
Bobcats forward out at least four weeks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be out four to six weeks with a broken left hand.
Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his left hand during Tuesday night's game at Dallas. He is averaging 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game this season, shooting 50 percent from the field.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOP 25 SCHEDULE
Heels stun Spartans...Buckeyes handle future rival
UNDATED (AP) — It's becoming difficult to figure out the North Carolina men's basketball team. The Tar Heels have lost to the likes of Belmont and Alabama-Birmingham, yet they've managed to beat the defending national champions late last month and knock off the nation's current No. 1 team last night.
J.P. Tokoto had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds as the Heels beat Michigan State 79-65. Kennedy Meeks had a team-best 15 points for the Tar Heels, who never trailed and used a 12-1 run to take a 65-52 lead with about six minutes left.
Gary Harris had a game-high 17 points in the Spartans' first home loss to an unranked nonconference team since December 2002 against Toledo.
Fifth-ranked Ohio State earned a victory in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge by knocking off a future Big Ten member.
LaQuinton Ross hit his first four 3-point attempts and scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half of the Buckeyes' 76-60 win over Maryland. Sam Thompson added 14 points and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 12 as Ohio State dealt the Terrapins their 13th consecutive road loss against ranked opponents.
Also in Top-25 action:
— Seventh-ranked Louisville hammered Missouri-Kansas City 90-62 behind Montrezl Harrell, who scored 14 points to lead five Cardinals in double figures. Chane Behanan (shayn beh-HA'-nehn) came off the bench to score 11 points and grab 11 rebounds while helping the Cardinals force 20 turnovers that led to 29 points.
— Josh Gasser scored 11 points and Bo Ryan picked up his 300th victory as Wisconsin's head coach in a 48-38 stifling of Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The eighth-ranked Badgers held the Cavaliers to 23 percent shooting and improved to 9-0, their best start since opening 11-0 20 years ago.
— Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points and James Bell had 14 to lead No. 14 Villanova to a 77-54 win over Penn. The Wildcats improved to 8-0 despite a 7:29 scoreless streak to open the second half.
— Matt Kavanaugh scored 11 points and No. 25 Dayton went on a 14-2 run to build a 50-30 lead in a 56-46 downing of Delaware State. The 7-1 Flyers were playing their first game as a ranked team since 2009.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-FLORIDA STATE/WINSTON INVESTIGATION
Winston investigation findings to be announced Thursday
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State will know by today if quarterback Jameis (JAYM'-ihs) Winston will be available to play in the ACC title game this weekend and the Seminoles' subsequent bowl game.
The prosecutor overseeing sexual assault allegations against Winston says the investigation is complete and its findings will be revealed at a Thursday news conference. State Attorney Willie Meggs has said he wanted to make sure prosecutors completed a thorough investigation of the December 2012 incident before making a final decision. He has also said several times that it's up to prosecutors to determine whether there is a "reasonable" chance of conviction.
Florida State policy dictates that a student-athlete is suspended from game action until the charge is resolved "absent extraordinary circumstances as determined by the administration."
Mettenberger's college career over
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Zach Mettenberger has played his final game at LSU.
The Tigers quarterback will undergo surgery on his left knee, making him unavailable for the team's bowl game. Mettenberger was injured while throwing a 32-yard completion in the fourth quarter of LSU's win over Arkansas last Friday.
Mettenberger had been widely projected as an early round draft choice. He passed for 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns this season.
Grambling hires Fobbs as head coach
GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — Grambling State has named current McNeese State tight ends coach Broderick Fobbs as the Tigers' next head coach.
Grambling wrapped up a school-worst 1-11 season with a 40-17 loss to Southern in the Bayou Classic last Saturday. The Tigers had three head coaches in a season defined by a midseason player walkout that forced the cancellation of Jackson State's homecoming game in October.
Coach fined and team may lose draft pick
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has been fined $100,000 for interfering with a play against the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving. The NFL also says that it will consider docking Pittsburgh a draft pick "because the conduct affected a play on the field." The fine is the second largest ever handed out to an NFL coach.
In the third quarter of the Ravens' 22-20 win last Thursday, Tomlin was standing on the restricted white border between the sideline and field during Jacoby Jones' kickoff return. Jones had to swerve to avoid colliding with the coach and was tackled after a 73-yard return that might have gone for a touchdown if not for the obstruction. Tomlin briefly stepped onto the field before he jumped back.
He was not penalized during the game for the rule violation.
Detroit lands Nathan
UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms with free-agent closer Joe Nathan on a two-year contract with a club option for 2016. Nathan went 9-7 with 80 saves and a 2.09 ERA in two seasons with the Rangers before becoming a free agent last month. He addresses a pressing need for the Tigers, who won the AL Central at 93-69 but finished just 11th in the American League with 39 saves.
In other major league news:
— The Chicago White Sox and Paul Konerko (kuh-NEHR'-koh) have agreed on a one-year, $2.5 million contract. The 36-year old is a six-time American League All-Star who ranks second on the franchise list to Frank Thomas in homers and RBIs. He dealt with a back issue last season and batted .244 with just 12 homers and 54 RBIs.
— The World Series-champion Boston Red Sox have signed free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski (peer-ZIHN'-skee) to a one-year contract. He replaces the departed Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH'-kee-ah) in the Boston lineup.
— And a person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Wesley Wright, who posted a 3.69 ERA in 70 games with Houston and Tampa Bay last season.
Red Wings lose another home game
UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings are among the NHL's best road teams, but they continue to struggle at Joe Louis Arena.
The Wings' home record is just 5-5-6 after they blew a 3-1 lead in a 6-3 loss to Philadelphia. Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR'-ee-ay) had two goal and two assists, including the game-winning tally during the Flyers' four-goal third period.
Scott Hartnell and Matt Read each had a goal and two assists as the Flyers improved to 12-6-2 since dropping seven of their first eight games.
Elsewhere on ice:
— Montreal is 7-1 in its last eight games after David Desharnais (day-ahr-NAY') provided the tying and winning goals in the Canadiens' 3-2 shootout win over New Jersey. Desharnais scored the tying goal with 37 seconds left in regulation before adding the deciding shootout goal that gave the Habs a home-and-home sweep of the Devils.
— Karri Ramo stopped 29 shots and Calgary scored the last four goals in a 4-1 win over Phoenix. Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie each had a goal and an assist in the Flames' second straight win.
New deal for Lundqvist
NEW YORK (AP) — Goalie Henrik Lundqvist has agreed to a contract extension with the New York Rangers. The 31-year-old has been a Vezina (VEH'-zih-nuh) Trophy finalist as the NHL's top goaltender in five of his eight seasons, winning the award in 2012.
Lundqvist has a 284-182-57 career record with a 2.26 goals-against average and 47 shutouts. He was a seventh-round draft pick by the Rangers in 2000 and made his NHL debut in 2005.
New goalie for Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed reigning Vezina (VEH'-zih-nuh) Trophy-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on injured reserve with a groin strain that will sideline him for four to five weeks. Bobrovsky was injured during the third period of last night's game against Tampa Bay. Curtis McElhinney becomes the team's No. 1 netminder after making eight saves to preserve the Blue Jackets' 1-0 shutout of the Lightning.
The Jackets have recalled netminder Mike McKenna to take Bobrovsky's roster spot.