Wizards fall to Bucks; Young scores 30 points
Nick Young scored a career-high 30 points, but the host Washington Wizards blew another fourth-quarter lead in falling, 97-91, to the Milwaukee Bucks. Michael Redd scored 29 points for Milwaukee (19-21). He traded baskets down the stretch with Young to help the Bucks overcome a deficit that was 13 points in the second quarter, 11 at halftime and five entering the final period. After Young made a 16-foot fadeaway jumper to pull Washington (7-30) within 90-89, Redd answered with a three-pointer with less than 1 1/2 minutes left. Young missed a three as the shot clock expired on Washington's next possession, and that was that. It's the 12th time this season the Eastern Conference-worst Wizards lost a game after leading in the fourth quarter. A healthy Andrew Bogut added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks.
Celtics 115, Raptors 109, OT: : Paul Pierce scored nine of his season-high 39 in overtime and host Boston (31-9) beat Toronto for the second time in a row. One day after Ray Allen's 36 points led Boston to a 94-88 win in Toronto, Pierce led a comeback from a 10-point deficit midway through the third quarter and carried the Celtics to their second straight win after they lost four in a row. Andrea Bargnani, whose three-pointer with one second left sent the game into overtime at 93, led the Raptors (16-23) with 23 points.
Nets 103, Thunder 99, OT: : Rookie Brook Lopez scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in host New Jersey's overtime win. Vince Carter had 21, and Devin Harris, back after missing three of the previous four games with a hamstring injury, had 17. The Nets (19-19) earned a fourth straight home win after starting the season 5-12 in New Jersey. Kevin Durant scored 26 for the Thunder, who fell to 6-33.
Knicks 101, Hornets 95: : David Lee scored 24 points and visiting New York (14-22) ended a three-game losing streak. Quentin Richardson and Al Harrington each hit three-pointers in the final 1:14 to ensure the Knicks withstood a furious Hornets rally that trimmed a 14-point lead to three. David West had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Hornets. Chris Paul added 23 points for New Orleans (22-12). After the game, Knicks center Eddy Curry, who did not play because of a sore right knee, denied the allegations in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by another man. In the suit, the man, Curry's former driver, claims Curry made sexual advances and also used anti-Semitic and racist comments. "This is absolutely false," Curry said. "It's incredible. I can't even believe it."
Jazz 120, Pacers 113: : Mehmet Okur scored a career-high 43 and host Utah (23-15) built a 20-point third-quarter lead and held on to beat Indiana (13-25). Indiana's Danny Granger had 30 points, one night after tying his career high with 42 points.
Trail Blazers 109, Bulls 95: : Travis Outlaw had a season-high 33 points, Greg Oden scored 17 while grabbing 13 rebounds, and visiting Portland (23-14) beat Chicago (16-22) for its third straight win.
Marlins sign Gibbons to minor league deal
Jay Gibbons is getting another chance to prolong his once-promising major league career. The former Oriole, whose career has been marred by injuries and his involvement in baseball's steroid scandal, signed a minor league deal with the Florida Marlins that includes an invitation to major league spring training. Released by the Orioles in March just days before Opening Day, Gibbons, 31, hasn't played in a major league game since Aug. 12, 2007. "I'm excited and appreciative for the opportunity," Gibbons said yesterday from California, where he is preparing for the season. A Rule 5 selection out of the Toronto Blue Jays' organization, Gibbons hit 23 or more homers in three seasons for the Orioles, becoming one of the organization's most popular and productive players. However, persistent injuries prevented him from playing in more than 100 games in four of his seven seasons with the club. Gibbons also became embroiled in the game's steroid controversy after Sports Illustrated reported in September 2007 that he received multiple shipments of performance-enhancing steroids and human growth hormone. Gibbons later admitted to using HGH.
Et cetera:: The Orioles signed utility infielder Jolbert Cabrera and catcher Robby Hammock to minor league deals with invitations to major league spring training. Cabrera, 36, the older brother of free-agent shortstop Orlando Cabrera, hit .252 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 48 games for the Cincinnati Reds last year. He played second base, shortstop, third base and left and right field for the Reds. He's a career .257 hitter over parts of eight major league seasons. Last season was his first major league action since he played in 113 games for the Seattle Mariners in 2004. Cabrera played in Japan during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Hammock, 31, has played 180 major league games over five seasons, all with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He played in 18 games last year, hitting .190 (8-for-42) with no home runs and two RBIs. He's a career .255 hitter. ... The club officially named Jim Thrift, the son of former Orioles top executive Syd Thrift, their advance scout, and Matt Ruebel their national cross checker. Former amateur scout Dean Albany was promoted to regional cross checker. The Orioles also named Orlando Gomez manager of Single-A Delmarva, and former major league catcher Einar Diaz will manage Rookie-level Bluefield. Mike Griffin will serve as Triple-A Norfolk's pitching coach, with Larry McCall guiding Double-A Bowie's pitching staff. JEFF ZREBIEC
Fla.'s Tebow has surgery on nonthrowing shoulder
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow had surgery on his right shoulder - one day after announcing he would return for his senior season - and was expected to be ready for spring practice in April. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner had surgery to remove a bone spur and potentially reduce chronic inflammation. He injured his nonthrowing shoulder in 2007 and re-aggravated it earlier this past season, but he led Florida last week to the Bowl Championship Series national title.
Southern Mississippi: : First-year coach Larry Fedora received an extension, pushing his contract to four years through 2012. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Utah: : Defensive end Paul Kruger and defensive back Sean Smith are entering the NFL draft.
NBC: 'Classic' draws average of 4.4M viewers
The Winter Classic drew the biggest television audience for a regular-season NHL game in nearly 34 years. The Detroit Red Wings' 6-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field in Chicago on New Year's Day attracted an average of 4.4 million U.S. viewers on NBC, the network said. That's the most since a Philadelphia Flyers-New York Rangers game on Feb. 23, 1975, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Stars 5, Red Wings 4, OT: : Trevor Daley knocked his own rebound into the goal 1:51 into overtime to give host Dallas a victory over Detroit, ending the Red Wings' six-game winning streak.