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Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn

(AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs are the latest team to fail to end the Oklahoma City Thunder's winning streak.
Russell Westbrook had 31 points and the Thunder led the last three quarters of a 113-100 win at San Antonio. Reggie Jackson had 21 points for Oklahoma City, which outscored the Spurs 40-29 in the second quarter of their ninth consecutive victory.
Kevin Durant added 17 and Serge Ibaka produced a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds for Oklahoma City.
The Spurs lost for just the second time in eight games despite Tony Parker's 23 points.
The Thunder remain in a virtual tie with Portland for the NBA's Western Conference lead, although Oklahoma City is percentage points ahead. The Trail Blazers kept pace as Damian Lillard poured in 29 points in a 110-107 victory against New Orleans. LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Mathews each added 18 points in the Blazers' league-high 23rd win.

In Saturday's other finals:
-- Dwight Howard delivered 35 points and 19 rebounds to lead the short-handed Rockets to an easy 114-97 victory at Detroit. Howard went 13 of 18 from the field and helped the Rockets overcome the absences of injured guards James Harden and Jeremy Lin.
-- Eric Bledsoe scored 25 points and Phoenix matched its season high with 15 3-pointers in a 123-108 win against Dallas. Gerald Green shot 4-for-8 from beyond the arc in the Suns' seventh victory in eight games.
-- Trevor Ariza (ah-REE'-zuh) finished with 27 points, grabbed eight rebounds and ignited a 14-1 run in the fourth quarter of Washington's 106-99 comeback win at Boston. John Wall chipped in 20 points and nine assists in the Wizards' third straight win.
-- Zach Randolph had 25 points and 15 rebounds, and Memphis snapped a five-game losing streak with a 95-87 victory over New York. Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks with 30 points.
-- Chicago's four-game losing streak is done after Carlos Boozer's 19 points and nine rebounds helped the Bulls trounce Cleveland 100-84. D.J. Augustin (AW'-guhs-teen) finished with 18 points and 10 assists, and Joakim (JOH'-keem) Noah added 11 points and 18 rebounds.
-- Trey Burke scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as Utah beat Charlotte 88-85 to end the Bobcat's three-game winning streak. Gordon Hayward had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz.
-- Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas each scored 23 points in Sacramento's 105-100 triumph at Orlando. The Kings hit a season-high 12 three-pointers in ending a three-game skid.
-- Khris Middleton scored 27 points and Caron Butler added 22 in Milwaukee's 116-106 win over Philadelphia. Brandon Knight contributed 21 points and six assists as the Bucks won for only the sixth time in 27 games.

Buckeyes, Spartans rally
(AP) -- Third-ranked Ohio State managed to stay unbeaten by staging a frantic, two-minute rally at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
The Buckeyes trailed by eight with 1:54 remaining before closing on a 14-3 run to beat Notre Dame 64-61. Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored seven of his nine points in the final 33 seconds to help OSU improve to 12-0.
LaQuinton Ross had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Ohio State, while Amir Williams added 13 points.
Jerian Grant hit a 3-pointer as the shot clock was expiring to give the Fighting Irish a 58-50 lead before the Buckeyes stormed back.

In results from other top 25 games:
-- Fifth-ranked Michigan State trailed by five before going on a 23-8 run to take control in a 92-78 win at Texas. Adreian Payne scored a career-high 32 points on 10 of 13 from the field and 11 of 12 from the line.
-- Russ Smith scored 12 of his 18 points in the first half of Louisville's sixth straight win, an 85-56 romp over FIU. Wayne Blackshear's 13 points helped the sixth-ranked Cardinals improve to 11-1.
-- Eighth-ranked Villanova is 11-0 for the first time in 52 years after freshman Josh Hart came off the bench to score 19 points in the Wildcats' 88-67 pounding of Rider. JayVaughn Pinkston added 14 points for Villanova, which shot 50 percent from the field in its final non-conference home game of the season.
-- Marcus Paige scored 11 of his 17 points in overtime to help 14th-ranked North Carolina hold off Davidson 97-85.
-- Shaq Goodwin shot 10-for-12 while scoring 20 points and grabbing eight rebounds to lead 15th-ranked Memphis over Southeast Missouri State, 77-65.
-- No. 16 Florida was a 66-49 winner against Fresno State behind Casey Prater's 16 points and Will Yeguete's 10 rebounds.
-- Tarik (TAR'-ihk) Black came off the bench to score 17 points, Joel Embiid (EHM'-beed) also had 17 and No. 18 Kansas hammered Georgetown 86-64.
-- Julius Randle scored a career-high 29 points and led a second-half rally that pushed No. 19 Kentucky past stubborn Belmont 93-80.
-- Thomas Gipson and Marcus Foster each had 14 points as Kansas State beat No. 21 Gonzaga 72-62 in Wichita.
-- Ian Miller hit a pair of free throws with 1:06 remaining to put Florida State ahead to stay in a 60-55 victory against No. 22 Massachusetts.
-- Tracy Abrams scored a season-best 22 points and made two free throws with 4.6 seconds to lift Illinois over No. 23 Missouri 65-64.
-- Winston Shepard scored 14 points, seven straight during a 13-0 run that allowed No. 24 San Diego State to pull away in a 65-36 pounding of McNeese State.

Trojans pound Bulldogs
(AP) -- No. 21 Fresno State was the first top-25 team in action on the 2013 bowl schedule. The Bulldogs also are the first top-25 team to lose a bowl game.
Cody Kessler threw for 344 yards and a Las Vegas Bowl-record four touchdowns as Southern California clobbered Fresno State 45-20. Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor (AG'-oh-lahr) had two touchdown catches apiece and Javorius Allen rushed two more scores to help the Trojans finish 10-4.
Fresno State trailed 35-6 at halftime and dropped to 11-2. Derek Carr passed for just 217 yards and two TDs in his final game with the Bulldogs.

In other college bowl finals:
-- Adam Muema ran for 230 yards and three touchdowns and Quinn Kaehler threw for two scores in San Diego State's 49-24 victory over Buffalo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Kaehler threw for 211 yards and ran for a 29-yard touchdown.

-- Jared Roberts booted a 41 yard field goal as time expired to give Colorado State 48-45 win over Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl. Connor Halliday threw six touchdown passes for the Cougars.

Northwest Missouri State claims another title
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) -- Trevor Adams passed for 277 yards and three touchdowns to lead Northwest Missouri State to a 43-28 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne in the Division II championship game. Adams completed 15 of 25 of passes with touchdowns of 29 and 30 yards to Reuben Thomas.
The 15-0 Bearcats won their fourth national title to match Grand Valley State for second-most behind North Dakota State's five.

(AP) -- A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has agreed to a $130 million, seven-year contract with the Texas Rangers. Choo was Cincinnati's leadoff hitter for 143 games last season, when he had a .423 on-base percentage with 20 stolen bases and 21 home runs.
The deal comes a month after Texas acquired slugging first baseman Prince Fielder in a trade with Detroit for second baseman Ian Kinsler, the Rangers' primary leadoff hitter.

Jones, Kings win again
(AP) -- Los Angeles Kings netminder Martin Jones saw his goals-against average rise a bit on Saturday afternoon, but his winning percentage remains the same.
Jones made 23 saves and was perfect on three shootout attempts as Los Angeles topped Colorado 3-2. He is the second NHL goaltender to win his first eight starts, and the first since Philadelphia's Bob Froese (frohz) in 1982-83. Jones owns a 0.98 goals-against average and hasn't allowed more than two goals in any of his starts, posting three shutouts along the way.
Jeff Carter and Justin Williams scored for the Kings, who are off to their best 37-game start at 25-8-4.
Also on ice:
-- Sidney Crosby stretched his point streak to 10 games by netting his 20th goal and adding two assists in the Pens' 4-3 win over Calgary. Crosby has collected seven goals and 18 points during the 10-game stretch, giving him a league-leading 55 points. The Penguins have won seven straight and 12 of their last 13. They also own a 10-game home winning streak.
-- Anaheim stretched its winning streak to a team-record eight straight by scoring four unanswered goals in the third period of a 5-3 comeback win against the New York Islanders. Ryan Getzlaf (GETS'-laf) completed his second career hat trick by scoring twice in the final period.
-- Reilly Smith scored twice as Boston downed Buffalo 4-1, leaving the Bruins 11-0-1 in their last 12 home games. -- David Krejci (KRAY'-chee) had a goal and an assist to support Tuukka (TOO'-kah rask), who turned back 34 shots.
-- Montreal blew a 3-0 lead before David Desharnais (day-ahr-NAY') scored at 1:43 of overtime to give the Canadiens a 4-3 win at Nashville. P.K. Subban (SOO'-ban), Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-RET'-ee) and Tomas Plekanec (pleh-KAH'-nehch) scored during a 3:07 span of the first period.
-- Antoine Vermette completed a hat trick at 2:23 of overtime to give Phoenix a 4-3 victory over Ottawa. Radim Vrbata (vur-BAH'-tah) also scored to help the Coyotes snap a three-game losing streak.
-- Pavel Datsyuk (DAHT'-sook) scored once in regulation before notching the game-clinching shootout goal in Detroit's 5-4 triumph at Toronto. The Maple Leafs turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead before Tomas Tatar with 6:16 left in the third period.
-- New Jersey knocked off Washington 5-4 on Andy Greene's goal 43 seconds into overtime. The Capitals had a 4-2 lead until Marek Zidlicky and Dainius Zubrus (DYN'-uhs ZOO'-bruhs) scored 2:26 apart midway through the third period.
-- Ryan Johansson and R.J. Umberger each scored twice as Columbus doubled up Philadelphia 6-3. It was a 2-2 tie until Nikita Nikitin set up goals by David Savard and Boone Jenner 2:03 apart early in the final period.
-- Radkos Gudas scored at 2:16 of overtime to lift Tampa Bay over Carolina 3-2. Victor Hedman had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who trailed 2-1 until Martin St. Louis (mahr-TAN' san loo-EE') notched a power-play goal eight minutes into the third period.

Vonn optimistic about Sochi despite new setback
VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) -- Lindsey Vonn is confident that her latest knee trouble will not stop her from competing at the Sochi Games in February. Vonn skied off the course in the World Cup downhill as her troublesome right knee buckled under her and gave way.
She didn't fall but grimaced as she pulled up, clutching her knee.

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