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T25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
(AP) -- Florida can expect to climb to the top of Monday's Associated Press men's basketball poll after the second-ranked Gators picked up their school-record 19th consecutive win just before No. 1 Syracuse dropped its second straight.
Scottie Wilbekin scored 18 points and Michael Frazier II added 17 as Florida rallied to beat Mississippi 75-71. The win gives the Gators an overall record of 25-2 and a 14-0 mark in the Southeastern Conference. The Gators survived a hot start from the Rebels' Marshall Henderson, who scored all 22 of his points in the first half.
Syracuse was a 66-60 loser to fifth-ranked Duke as Rodney Hood scored 13 points and drew a game-changing charging call. The Orange had the ball down 60-58 in the final seconds when Fair drove past Tyler Thornton along the baseline for an apparent tying layup, but official Tony Greene whistled Fair for charging. And when Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim (BAY'-hym) shot onto the court to argue, Greene slapped him with two technical fouls and ejected him.
Freshman Jabari Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils. Jerami Grant finished with 17 points and C.J. Fair added 13 for the Orange.
Syracuse likely will drop below Wichita State after the third-ranked Shockers improved to 29-0 with an 83-54 laugher against Drake.
Tekele Cotton had 21 points and Darius Carter came off the bench to score 15 as the Shockers became the first team to start 29-0 since Illinois in 2005. Fred VanVleet scored 15 for the Shockers, who cut down the nets after the game to celebrate their Missouri Valley championship.

Also in top-25 college hoops:
-- Freshman Aaron Gordon scored 21 of his season-best 23 points in the second half in leading No. 4 Arizona to an 88-61 rout of Colorado. Nick Johnson's 20 points helped the Wildcats pick up their 25th win and improve to 12-2 in the Pac 12.
-- Jordair Jett scored 16 points and Rob Loe added 12 to carry 10th-ranked St. Louis past George Washington 66-59. The Billikens blew a 14-point lead in the second half before picking up their 19th consecutive win.
-- Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points and eighth-ranked Kansas took control of the Big 12 race by clobbering No. 19 Texas 85-54. Joel Embiid finished with 13 points, seven boards and six blocks as the Jawyhawks improved to 12-2 in the conference, good enough for a three-game lead with four remaining.
-- Ninth-ranked Villanova got 18 points from Darrun Hilliard and 12 from Ryan Arcidiacono (ARCH'-ee-dee-ah-koh-noh) in a 57-54 win over St. John's. The Wildcats are 24-3 overall and 12-2 in the Big East following their second straight win.
-- Russ Smith's 18-foot jumper with 2.2 seconds left gave 11th-ranked Louisville a 58-57 victory win over No. 7 Cincinnati, the Cardinals' sixth straight win and 10th in 11 games. Montrezl Harrell had a team-high 21 points for the Cardinals, who blew a 10-point lead in the second half and trailed by three with 90 seconds left.
-- No. 14 Virginia used a 30-5 run in the second half to beat Notre Dame 70-49. Akil Mitchell and Anthony Gill both scored 15 points as the Cavaliers improved to 23-5 on the year.
-- No. 15 Kentucky beat LSU 77-76 on Julius Randle's short jumper in the lane with 3.9 seconds left. Randle finished with eight points and 15 rebounds for Kentucky, which also got 21 points from Aaron Harrison and 20 from James Young.
-- Frank Kaminsky had 21 points and a crucial late steal as 16th-ranked Wisconsin beat No. 15 Iowa 79-74 for its fifth straight win. Sam Dekker added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the 22-9 Badgers, who swept the season series.
-- DeAndre Kane scored 20 points and Georges Niang (johrj nee-ANG') had 19 and eight rebounds to lead No. 17 Iowa State past TCU 71-60. Niang had two 3-point plays in the last five minutes to help the Cyclones pick up their 21st win and improve to 9-5 in the Big 12.
-- Austin Nichols had 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks as No. 22 Memphis beat Temple 82-79 in overtime. Quenton DeCosey scored 23 for Temple but missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with a second left.
-- Chasson Randle drained a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points to help Stanford earn an 83-74 victory over No. 23 UCLA. Josh Huestis tied a career high with 22 points and Anthony Brown had 18 for the Cardinal, who are 18-8 following their fifth victory in six games.
-- Sam Thompson contributed 16 of his 19 points while 24th-rated Ohio State outscored Minnesota 46-18 in the second half of a 64-46 win over the Gophers. The Buckeyes trailed by 12 early in the second half before taking control with a 17-0 run.

NBA-SCHEDULE
(AP) -- The Indiana Pacers have created a little more breathing room between themselves and the Miami Heat in the battle for first place in the NBA's Eastern Conference.
Paul George scored 32 points and David West tied a season high with 30 as the Pacers hung on to beat the Bucks 110-100 in Milwaukee. Lance Stephenson added 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Pacers, who had lost three of their previous five games. Stephenson scored seven straight points to open the fourth quarter, putting the Pacers ahead by 14.
The outcome gives Indiana a two-game lead over the Heat.
Also in the NBA:
-- Washington beat New Orleans 94-93 on Nene's (NAY'-nayz) slam dunk with 0.3 seconds left. Nene finished with 30 points on 13 of 19 shooting, and Marcin Gortat (MAHR'-chin GOHR'-tot) contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds.
-- Dirk Nowitzki (noh-VIHT'-skee) scored 24 points and Vince Carter chipped in 18 to lead Dallas over Detroit 113-102. Monta Ellis had 12 points and 13 assists for the Mavericks.
-- Kevin Love recorded his first career triple double by delivering 37 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Minnesota's 121-104 pounding of Utah. Ricky Rubio had 15 points, and Corey Brewer and Chase Budinger scored 13 apiece as the Wolves won their third straight.
-- Kemba Walker scored 31 points and the Charlotte Bobcats won for the fourth time in five nights by defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 92-89 Saturday. The Bobcats put together an 18-3 run in the fourth quarter to break open the game and improve to 4-0 since the All-Star break.
-- Atlanta ended its eight-game losing streak by erasing a 17-point deficit in the second half of a 107-98 win over New York. Mike Scott scored a career-high 30 points and Jeff Teague added 28 to help the Hawks overcome Carmelo Anthony's 35 points.
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OLYMPICS
SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- The U.S. men's hockey team will leave Sochi without a medal after a somewhat uninspired performance against Finland.
Teemu Selanne (TAY'-moo suh-LAH'-nay) scored two goals and Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask stopped 27 shots as the Finns blanked the Americans 5-0. Finland outscored the Yanks 3-0 in the final period while allowing just five shots on goal.
The Americans were blanked in their last two games and failed to score in their final 137-plus minutes.
Finland has won four medals in the last five Olympics, more than any other nation in the NHL era.
-- Ted Ligety (LIHG'-eh-tee) failed to medal in the men's slalom. After finishing sixth in the first run, he did not finish the second. Mario Matt of Austria won the gold to become the oldest Alpine champion in Olympic history. The best American finish was 13th by Nolan Kasper of Warren, Vt.
-- A former American won the gold in the men's parallel slalom for Russia. The man in question is Vic Wild, who hails from White Salmon, Washington. The 27-year-old left the U.S. for Russia because he didn't feel American officials gave enough support to his event. In Russia, he found the support he wanted, as well as a wife, and now has a gold. His win came just 10 minutes after his Russian wife won the bronze in the women's version of the event.
-- Host Russia has taken the lead in the medals count with 29: 11 gold, 10 silver and eight bronze. The U.S. is two back with nine gold, seven silver and 11 bronze.

MLB-ORIOLES
(AP) -- It looks like the Baltimore Orioles have come to terms with free agent Nelson Cruz. A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the free agent has reached agreement with the O's on a one-year contract worth about $8.5 million, even more if he meets performance bonuses.
He hit .266 with 27 home runs and 76 RBIs in 109 games for Texas last season.
The 33-year-old Cruz was suspended 50 games last year while with the Texas Rangers as a result of Major League Baseball's investigation into the Biogenesis drug scandal.

PGA-MATCH PLAY
Els part of semifinals
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) -- Ernie Els has advanced to the semifinals in the Match Play Championship and is joined by Victor Dubuisson (doo-bih-SAWN'), Jason Day and Rickie Fowler.
Els made birdie from the desert on the par-5 eighth hole to take the lead for good against 20-year-old Jordan Spieth (speeth), and then pulled away for a 4-and-2 victory to reach the semifinals for the first time in 13 years.
Dubuisson earned a 1-up victory over Graeme McDowell. Dubuisson hit par-saving putts on the last three holes and won the match when McDowell narrowly missed a 25-foot birdie putt on 18.
Day reached the semifinals for the second straight year with a 2-and-1 win over Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST'-hy-zehn), who played with a nagging back injury. Rickie Fowler lost a 3-up lead to Arizona grad Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk), only to win the last two holes for a 1-up victory for a shot at Day.

LPGA-THAILAND
Nordqvist leads by one
PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) --Swede Anna Nordqvist shot a 5-under 67 at the LPGA event in Thailand for a 4-stroke lead over top-ranked Inbee Park and American Michelle Wie (wee). She stands 11-under-par and is chasing her first win on the U.S. LPGA Tour since 2009.


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