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Wolverines top Spartans to advance to Big Ten title game against Purdue

UNDATED (AP) – It will be 15th-ranked Michigan against No. 8 Purdue in the Big Ten championship game Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Mo Wagner (VAHG’-nur), Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Zavier Simpson each scored 15 points as the Wolverines knocked off second-ranked Michigan State, 75-64. Wagner delivered 14 points in the second half after going 0-for-7 from the field in the opening 20 minutes. He helped Michigan climb back from a 33-29 halftime deficit and advance to the title game for the second straight year.

Miles Bridges had a team-high 17 points for the Spartans, who ended a 13-game winning streak.

For the Boilermakers, Carson Edwards followed Friday’s 26-point performance by scoring 27 in a 78-70 victory against Penn State. Edwards made back-to-back 3s to make it 74-56 with 3:41 left.

Isaac Haas added 17 points and seven rebounds for Purdue, which held conference scoring leader Tony Carr to 12 points on 4 of 18 shooting.

In other top-25 finals:

– Devon Hall dropped in 17 points and top-ranked Virginia completed a 17-1 season in the ACC by holding off Notre Dame, 62-57. Ty Jerome added 13 points for the Cavaliers, who won their fifth in a row and improved to 28-2 overall.

– Trevon Bluiett scored 22 points, and No. 3 Xavier wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Big East Tournament by holding off DePaul, 65-62. The Musketeers won for the 12th time in 13 games, collected their team-record 27th win and ended Villanova’s four-year run as regular-season conference champions.

– Fourth-ranked Villanova clobbered Georgetown, 97-73 as Mikal Bridges scored 24 points and Jalen Brunson chipped in 16 with seven assists. It was Jay Wright’s 413th coaching victory with the Wildcats, tying the school record set by Al Severance from 1936-61.

– Marvin Bagley III had 18 of his 21 points in the second half and finished with 15 rebounds as fifth-ranked Duke handled No. 9 North Carolina, 74-64. Grayson Allen added 15 points in his final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, while teammate Gary Trent Jr. hit three 3-pointers in the final 10 minutes to finish with 13 points.

– Oklahoma State completed a season sweep of Kansas as Kendall Smith scored a career-high 25 points in the Cowboys’ 82-64 thrashing of the sixth-ranked Jayhawks. Mitchell Solomon had 16 points and Oklahoma State won for the third time in four games to prop up their fading chances at an NCAA Tournament berth.

– Killian Tillie was 5-for-5 from beyond the arc while scoring 24 points in leading seventh-ranked Gonzaga to an 83-69 victory over Loyola Marymount in the West Coast Conference quarterfinals. Johnathan Williams added 20 points and 10 rebounds to the Bulldogs’ 28th win.

– Keenan Evans scored 23 points and No. 12 Texas Tech stopped a four-game losing streak with a 79-75 win over TCU. Evans was 6 of 11 from the field and made all 10 of his free throws to help the Red Raiders finish in a second-place tie with West Virginia in the Big 12.

– Bryce Brown poured in 29 points and 14th-ranked Auburn wrapped up a share of the SEC regular-season crown by rallying to beat South Carolina, 79-70. Brown nailed eight 3-pointers for the Tigers, who trailed by 14 midway through the first half before moving to 25-6 overall and 13-5 in the conference.

– Admiral Schofield provided 23 points and No. 16 Tennessee came back from an 11-point, first-half deficit to beat Georgia, 66-61. The Vols clinched a share of the SEC regular-season title, but Auburn will have the top seed in the conference tournament based on the Tigers’ win at Tennessee on Jan. 2

– Syracuse boosted its NCAA Tournament hopes as Oshae Brissett and Tyus Battle each scored 17 points in a 65-62 triumph over No. 18 Clemson. Frank Howard finished with 11 points for the Orange, who shot just 30 percent yet improved to 19-12.

– No. 19 Arizona wrapped up its fifth Pac-12 regular-season crown in six seasons as Deandre Ayton had 26 points and 20 rebounds in a 66-54 win against California. Allonzo Trier scored just two points on 1 of 10 shooting, but the Wildcats managed to get the win by closing the game on a 13-1 run.

– Trey Kell scored six points of his 17 points in the final 1:19 to help San Diego State hold off No. 21 Nevada; 79-74. Fellow senior Malik Pope added 16 points in his final home game for the Aztecs.

– Matt Coleman and Kerwin Roach II each scored 22 points as Texas beat No. 22 West Virginia, 87-79 in overtime. The Longhorns pulled away by scoring 11 straight early in OT.

– Jalen Hudson scored 22 points and Chris Chiozza (chee-AH’-zah) broke the school’s all-time assist record in Florida’s 80-67 win against 23rd-rated Kentucky. The Gators won their third straight, swept Kentucky for the first time in four years and secured the No. 3 seed in next week’s SEC Tourney.

– Marshall got by No. 24 Middle Tennessee 76-67 behind Jon Elmore’s 23 points. Redshirt freshman Jannson Williams came off the bench to record a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds to help the Thundering Herd end the Blue Raiders’ 11-game winning streak.



Rockets win 15th in row

UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Rockets have tied the second-longest winning streak in team history while moving a half-game ahead of Golden State in the race for the NBA’s best record.

Eric Gordon scored 29 points off the bench and the Rockets earned their 15th straight win by rallying past the Celtics, 123-120. James Harden had 26 points and 10 assists for Houston, which trailed by six before going on a 10-2 run that put the Rockets ahead 117-115 with 1:16 remaining.

Trevor Ariza (ah-REE’-zah) scored the Rockets’ last five points during the run and finished with 21.

Marcus Morris had 21 points off the bench for the Celtics, who ended a four-game winning streak and fell 1 1/2 games behind the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors.

Also in the NBA:

– The Trail Blazers lead the Northwest Division by a half-game over Minnesota after CJ McCollum’s 28 points led Portland to its sixth straight win, 108-100 over the Thunder. Damian Lillard chipped in 20 points to help the Blazers withstand Russell Westbrook’s 30 points and 11 boards.

– Gary Harris scored 32 points and Will Barton added 23 as the Nuggets earned a 126-117 win at Cleveland. The Nuggets hit three of their 19 3-pointers in the final 2:26 to cut the Cavaliers’ lead in the Central Division to one game over the Pacers. Cavaliers forward LeBron James recorded his 13th triple-double of the season with 25 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds.

– Lonzo Ball scored 18 points on a career-high six 3-pointers in the Lakers’ 116-112 win at San Antonio. Julius Randle had 24 points and hit a pair of free throws that put Los Angeles ahead 109-107 with 1:15 remaining.

– Utah continued its recent surge as Donovan Mitchell scored eight of his 27 points in the final period to navigate the Jazz past the Kings, 98-91. Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) had another double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Jazz won for the 14th time in 16 games since falling nine games under .500.

– Miami had dropped nine of 12 before Kelly Olynyk and Josh Richardson each scored 17 points to carry the Heat past the Pistons, 105-96. Blake Griffin scored 31 points and Andre Drummond contributed 22 and 18 rebounds in Detroit’s eighth loss in 10 games.

– Evan Fournier drained a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 22.5 seconds left and added two free throws to finish with 19 points in the Magic’s 105-100 win against Memphis. Nikola Vucevic also had 19 points as Orlando dealt the Grizzlies their 13th consecutive loss.



Lightning outscore Flyers in shootout

UNDATED (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning have a firmer grip on the NHL’s top record following a wild shootout win over the Flyers.

Steven Stamkos collected a career-high five points and provided the clinching shootout goal as the Lightning beat Philadelphia, 7-6 to improve to 6-0-1 in their last seven games. Stamkos finished with two goals and three assists, and Victor Hedman matched his career high of four points with two goals and two assists.

Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) set up three goals, for Tampa Bay, which is three points ahead of Nashville for the league’s best record. The Lightning are also six points better than Boston in the Atlantic Division.

Claude Giroux (juh-ROO’), Nolan Patrick and Jakub Voracek each had a goal and assist for the Flyers.

The Bruins kept pace with the Lightning by getting an overtime goal from Brad Marchand in a 2-1 verdict over the Canadiens. Torey Krug (kroog) set up both Boston goals and Jake DeBrusk tied the game by scoring on a power play with 2:15 left in the third period.

In other NHL action:

– Alex Ovechkin notched his 40th goal of the season and 598th of his career as the Capitals beat the Maple Leafs, 5-2 at the U.S. Naval Academy. John Carlson added a goal and two assists for Washington, which leads the Metropolitan Division by two points over Philadelphia and three over Pittsburgh. A power surge caused the lights to go out during the third period at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, causing a 15-minute delay.

– Sidney Crosby scored 3:48 into overtime as the Penguins downed the Islanders’ 3-2 to end a three-game losing streak. Derick Brassard tied it with 8:31 left in regulation before Crosby sent the Islanders to their sixth consecutive loss.

– The Stars pulled out a 3-2 win over the Blues on Jamie Benn’s goal 3:04 into overtime. Alexander Radulov (RAD’-yoo-lahv) tied it with 2:56 remaining before Dallas strengthened its hold on the top wild-card slot in the West.

– The Blackhawks’ seven-game road losing streak is over after Jonathan Toews (tayvz) broke a tie on a power play with 1:58 left in a 5-3 victory at Los Angeles. The Kings were less than a half-period away from a 3-1 victory until Artem Anisimov (AHR’-tehm ah-NEE’-see-mahv), Vinnie Hinostroza, Toews and Patrick Kane tallied, sending Chicago to its third win in 14 games.

– Mike Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) and Paul Carey scored 1:16 apart early in the second period to put the Rangers ahead 3-1 in a 3-2 verdict over the Oilers. New York has won three straight and is 3-0-1 since dealing Rick Nash to the Bruins last Sunday.

– Antti Raanta (AN’-tee RAHN’-tah) made 23 saves as the Coyotes rallied to beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Jordan Martinook scored to help NHL-worst Arizona improve to 8-2-1 in its last 11 games.



Saints get Kurt Coleman

The New Orleans Saints and free-agent safety Kurt Coleman have agreed to terms of a three-year contract. That’s according to two people familiar with the situation.

The 29-year-old Coleman is an eight-year veteran who played the past three seasons for Carolina. He started in all 12 games in which he played last season and made 76 solo or assisted tackles.



Sharma still leads in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Shubhankar Sharma remains the leader through three rounds of the Mexico Championship.

The 21-year-old holed a 15-foot par putt on the final hole for a 2-under 69 and a 13-under total, two strokes ahead of Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Tyrrell Hatton and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Sharma is 18 holes away from climbing into the top 25 in the World rankings, three months after being ranked No. 462.

World No. 1 and defending champion Dustin Johnson is among four players at minus-10.



Tolles leads through 36

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Tommy Tolles will carry a one-shot lead over Steve Stricker and Scott Dunlap into the final round of the PGA Tour Champions’ Cologuard Classic at Tucson.

Tolles followed Friday’s 8-under 65 with a 3-under 70 that included a bogey on the final hole.

Stricker lost the lead when he drove into the water on the par-5 18th in a closing double bogey.



Dorne Dibble, who played on 2 Lions title teams, dies at 88

NORTHVILLE, Mich. (AP) – Former Michigan State and Detroit Lions standout Dorne Dibble has died at 88.

Dibble played defensive end and receiver for the Spartans and helped the team finish the 1950 season in the AP top 10 for the first time. He later caught 146 passes for 2,552 yards and 19 touchdowns in helping the Lions win the 1953 and ’57 NFL titles.

Dibble was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

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