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GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Lima Central Catholic (6-0) 68, Bluffton (4-3) 46.
BLUFFTON (TW) - Kayla Verhoff led the Lady T-Birds attack with 17 points as L.C.C. extended its best ever start to a season.
#3 Ohio State (9-0) 86, Bryant (6-5) 48.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 19 points and the Buckeyes pulled away early to beat the Bulldogs.
Amir Williams added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Buckeyes (9-0).
Dyami Starks had 16 points for Bryant (6-5), which was playing its second game in three nights after losing at Notre Dame Monday night, 70-59.
The Bulldogs hung around with the Buckeyes for a while, but then went scoreless over the last 5:25 of the first half and watched the Buckeyes close on an 8-0 run to take a 43-23 lead.
Ohio State then scored the first five points of the second half.
Smith hit 6 of 9 shots from the field including half of his four 3-point attempts. He had eight rebounds and three assists.
Bowling Green (4-5) 79, North Dakota (2-6) 69.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Richaun Holmes had 21 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks to help the Falcons put away North Dakota.
Bowling Green used an 11-0 surge fueled by a three-point play and a dunk from Cameron Black to take a 51-38 lead at the midway mark of the second half. North Dakota could only pull within five for the remainder of the game.
Holmes also dished out four assists, while Black contributed 13 points for the Falcons.
Troy Huff scored 19 points for North Dakota.
#1 Arizona (10-0) 74, New Mexico State (7-5) 48.
TUSCON, AZ (AP) — The Arizona Wildcats posted an easy victory in their first game since moving to the top of The Associated Press men's basketball poll.
Brandon Ashley scored 15 points and the Wildcats shot 52 percent in a romp over New Mexico State.
#4 Wisconsin (11-0) 78, Milwaukee (9-3) 52.
MADISON, WI (AP) - Ben Brust scored 18 points and Frank Kaminsky added 16 as the Badgers silenced in-state rival Milwaukee.
New Orleans (10-10) 111, Detroit (10-13) 106. Overtime
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ryan Anderson drained a pair of key 3-pointers in overtime to push New Orleans past Detroit 111-106. Jason Smith scored 22 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds as the Pelicans snapped a two-game slide.
San Antonio (17-4) 109, Milwaukee (5-7) 77.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Spurs clobbered Milwaukee 109-77 as Tim Duncan had 21 points and 16 rebounds in just 24 minutes. Tony Parker added 15 points and helped the Spurs build a 32-16 lead in the first period.
Oklahoma City (17-4) 116, Memphis (10-11)
MEMPHIS (AP) - Like the Spurs, the Thunder moved within a half-game behind idle Portland for the top spot in the NBA's Western Conference.
Russell Westbrook scored 27 points and Kevin Durant added 18 before both sat out the fourth quarter of the Thunder's victory at Memphis.
L.A. Clippers (15-8) 96, Boston (10-14) 88.
BOSTON (AP) - Head coach Doc Rivers was a winner in his return to the TD Bank Garden.
Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 21 points as Rivers gained a victory in his first game in Beantown since the Celtics traded him to Los Angeles last summer for a first-round draft pick.
Chris Paul had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the Clippers' seventh victory in 10 games.
Golden State (13-10) 95, Dallas (13-10) 93.
OAKLAND, CA (AP) — Stephen Curry capped his 33-point night by draining the tiebreaking jumper with three seconds left to complete Golden State's comeback in a triumph against Dallas.
Minnesota (11-11) 106, Philadelphia (7-16) 99.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat Philadelphia and move back to the .500 mark. Kevin Love had 26 points, 15 rebounds and five assists.
New York (6-15) 83, Chicago (8-12) 78.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York coughed up a 23-point lead before beating Chicago. Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and 10 rebounds in the Knicks' third victory in their last 14 games.
Orlando (7-15) 92, Charlotte (10-12) 83.
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Jameer Nelson had 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as Orlando beat Charlotte to halt a six-game skid.
Utah (5-19) 122, Sacramento (6-14) 101.
SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) — Utah shot 54 percent in a dismantling of Sacramento.
Former Red Volquez returns to NL Central
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL (AP) — Pitcher Edinson Volquez will try to revive his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who've given the right-handed starter a one-year pact worth $5 million. The 30-year-old Volquez went 9-12 with a 5.71 ERA for the Padres and Dodgers last season.
Tigers ink Davis
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL (AP) — The Detroit Tigers and outfielder Rajai Davis have agreed to a two-year contract worth between $9-10 million. The 33-year-old Davis spent the last three seasons with Toronto and hit .260 this year with six homers, 24 RBIs and 45 steals in 331 at-bats. Davis has 268 career stolen bases over eight major league seasons.
Francona: Masterson not being traded
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL (AP) — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has put to rest trade rumors involving right-hander Justin Masterson.
"I called him yesterday and told him whether he liked it or not, he's not getting rid of us," Francona said Wednesday at baseball's winter meetings.
"Knowing you, I doubt if you're reading it. And he said, 'But my mom might.' I said, 'Tell her you're not going anywhere.' I thought it was getting a little out of hand, so I did call him."
Also, catcher Carlos Santana could add third base as another viable option to keep his bat in the lineup. The Indians already planned on using him at first base and designated hitter.
"Santana is down at winter ball just kind of trying," Francona said of his playing third. "I don't know where that's going to go."
MLB to outlaw home plate collisions
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL (AP) — Major League Baseball plans to eliminate home plate collisions, possibly as soon as next season but no later than the 2015 season opener. New York Mets general manager and rules committee chairman Sandy Alderson made the announcement at the winter meetings, citing player safety and concern over concussions as major factors in the decision. Alderson said wording of the rules change will be presented to owners for approval at their Jan. 16 meeting in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
New coach for Boise
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State has found a new football coach a week after losing Chris Petersen to Washington.
Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin has been lured back to Idaho to coach the Broncos. He worked at Boise State from 2001-2010 and was the offensive coordinator for five years under Peterson. He left in 2010 to become offensive coordinator at Texas before taking over the Arkansas State job last season.
UConn gets a coach
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Connecticut has hired Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco as its head football coach. The 40-year-old Diaco takes over a team that went 3-9 this season and fired Paul Pasqualoni after an 0-4 start. Diaco won the 2012 Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach.
Howard suffers knee injury
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard suffered a knee injury in practice on Wednesday, prompting the team to recall netminder Petr Mrazek from the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins. The Red Wings have ruled Howard out for Thursday's game at Tampa Bay and plan to reevaluate him Friday in Detroit.
The Wings also placed forward Henrik Zetterberg on long-term injured reserve, making him eligible to return Dec. 28 against Florida.