Wizards fall again
UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Wizards are halfway toward tying an NBA record for most consecutive losses to start a season. They are 0-9 for the first time in franchise history after their starters combined for just eight baskets and 31 points in a 96-89 loss to the visiting Indiana Pacers.
David West scored 13 of his season-best 30 points in the fourth quarter as the Pacers won for only the second time in their first eight road games. Roy Hibbert broke out of a slump with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the 5-7 Pacers.
Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 18 points in 30 minutes off the bench, although he also missed eight of his 12 shots.
The NBA schedule includes Charlotte's 102-98 win over visiting Milwaukee, a game the Bobcats trailed by 11 in the fourth quarter. Ramon Sessions scored nine of his 23 points in the final period, including a pair of game-clinching free throws with 4.2 seconds to play.
Al Horford had 15 points and nine boards as Atlanta downed Orlando 81-72. Glen Davis was the lone Magic player with more than nine points, finishing with 11.
Roy to miss more time
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy will miss at least the next month after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee today.
Roy signed a two-year deal with Minnesota in the offseason after sitting out all of last year due to a chronic right knee injury. He missed a few days before the start of the regular season with knee soreness and only played five games before needing surgery.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has hit Memphis forward Zach Randolph with a $25 thousand fine for his actions during a game against Oklahoma City last week. Randolph confronted the Thunder's Kendrick Perkins after both were ejected with just over two minutes to play.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers are going to spend at least a month without reigning Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving because of a broken finger suffered Saturday against Dallas.
The team initially said the finger was only bruised and he played against Philadelphia on Sunday, scoring a season-low 9 points.
UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Indiana trailed at halftime tonight before reaching the finals of the Progressive Legends Classic in Brooklyn.
Victor Oladipo had 15 points and eight rebounds as the Hoosiers downed Georgia 66-53. Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford each had 14 points for the 4-0 Hoosiers, who missed 11 of their first 12 three-point attempts and trailed by four early in the second half.
Next up for Indiana is unranked Georgetown, which surprised No. 11 UCLA 78-70. Markel Starks shot 9-for-14 in scoring 23 points for the 3-0 Hoyas.
No. 9 North Carolina coasted to a 95-49 win over Mississippi State in the first round of the Maui Invitational. Leslie McDonald poured in 21 points and P.J. Hairston added 18 in just 15 minutes for the 4-0 Tar Heels.
T25 BASKETBALL-MEN'S AP POLL
Hoosiers remain No. 1
UNDATED (AP) — Indiana is still a runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll and Louisville is again a solid second.
The 3-0 Hoosiers received 46 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. The 5-0 Cardinals picked up the remaining 19 votes for No. 1.
Ohio State and Michigan both move up one place to third and fourth, while Duke, which beat Kentucky, jumps from ninth to fifth. The Wildcats drop five spots to No. 8.
Syracuse and Florida are Nos. 6 and 7. North Carolina and Arizona round out the Top Ten.
No. 20 Oklahoma State and 23rd-ranked Colorado are this week's newcomers, replacing Notre Dame and Wisconsin.
NCAA-CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT-BIG TEN
Terps changing affiliation and Scarlet Knights expected to follow
NEW YORK (AP) — The Big Ten is making its mark on the East Coast.
The Maryland Terrapins are heading to the Big Ten after being a charter member of the ACC, which was founded in 1953. School president Wallace D. Loh (loh) and other university officials involved in the decision felt the potential money to be made in the Big Ten was more significant than the $50 million exit fee and the tradition associated with belonging to the ACC for 59 years.
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said Maryland's entry was approved unanimously by the conference's 12 presidents.
Maryland's decision gives the Big Ten a foothold in the Washington-Baltimore market, and the conference is about to expand that into the Philadelphia-New York area. Rutgers is expected to follow suit by Tuesday, splitting from the Big East and making it an even 14 schools in the Big Ten.
MLB-MARLINS-BLUE JAYS TRADE
Marlins salary dump to Toronto moves forward
UNDATED (AP) The Miami Marlins finalized their big salary dumping trade that sends All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes (RAY'-uhs) to the Toronto Blue Jays with pitchers Mark Buehrle (BUR'-lee) and Josh Johnson, catcher John Buck and outfielder Emilio Bonifacio (boh-nih-FAH'-see-oh) for seven relatively low-priced players.
The deal was agreed to last week and completed after Commissioner Bud Selig decided not to block it.
Also in the majors, the Chicago Cubs and veteran right-hander Shawn Camp have agreed to a one-year contract. The 37-year-old right-hander was 3-6 with two saves and a 3.59 ERA over a career-high 80 relief appearances last season.
And Gerald Laird will get $3 million over the next two years as Atlanta's backup catcher to Brian McCann. The 33-year-old Laird played for AL champion Detroit this past season, batting .282 with two homers and 11 RBIs.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MIAMI-NCAA INVESTIGATION
The U self-imposes again
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The University of Miami is self-imposing a postseason ban for the second straight year in response to a lengthy and ongoing NCAA investigation into the school's compliance practices.
School officials announced the decision shortly before the 6-5 Hurricanes took the field for their first practice for what now is their season-finale at Duke this weekend.
By self-imposing another ban, Miami is hoping to lessen the hit of any looming sanctions that could be handed down by the NCAA. Miami's decision effectively ends the ACC's Coastal Division race; Georgia Tech will play Florida State for the ACC crown and an Orange Bowl berth.
Gagliardi has had enough...Price stepping down
UNDATED (AP) — College football's winningest coach is retiring at the age of 86. John Gagliardi (guh-LAHR'-dee) spent 60 years of his 64-year career at Division III St. John's University in Minnesota.
He surpassed Eddie Robinson for the career coaching victories record in 2003 and won four national titles with the Johnnies, who were 5-5 this season. Gagliardi retires with a record of 489-138-11.
Meanwhile, UTEP (YOO'-tehp) coach Mike Price is retiring after a 31-year career notable for two Rose Bowl bids at Washington State and a drinking binge that cost him the Alabama job before he ever coached a game for the Crimson Tide.
Price announced the decision with one game left in his ninth season with the Miners, who are 3-8. He led UTEP to 8-4 records and bowl games his first two years in El Paso but hasn't had a winning record since.
In other college football news, Texas A&M freshman linebacker Michael Richardson has been released from the hospital after surgery for a cervical spine injury that occurred against Sam Houston State on Saturday.
Richardson complained of pain in his neck after the game and he was taken to the hospital that night. Surgery was performed on Sunday and he was released from the hospital Monday.
Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson will play Saturday at No. 9 Texas A&M after he was suspended for last week's 31-27 loss to Syracuse for violating team rules. Coach Gary Pinkel also said Monday that quarterback James Franklin is questionable for the game after suffering a concussion on an option play in the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss.
Reed to sit
NEW YORK (AP) — Baltimore Ravens star safety Ed Reed has been suspended for one game by the NFL for repeated violations of rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.
The 11-year veteran will miss Sunday's game against San Diego. Reed is suspended for three violations of the player safety rules in the past three seasons. The latest came in Sunday night's 13-10 victory over Pittsburgh when he was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter for a hit to the head of receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
Lions will bench WR Young vs. Texans
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions are benching wide receiver Titus Young for Thursday's game against Houston following what coach Jim Schwartz calls "unacceptable" behavior during Sunday's loss to Green Bay. Schwartz does not characterize the move as a suspension or divulge what Young specifically did wrong, but says the second-year pro was sent home from the team's practice facility and will be inactive against the Texans. Young has 33 receptions for 383 yards and four touchdowns this season.
Pats lose valuable offensive weapon for a spell
UNDATED (AP) — The Patriots aren't saying anything, but a person familiar with Rob Gronkowski's injury tells the AP that New England's prolific tight end expects to be sidelined for four to six weeks after having surgery for a broken left forearm.
Gronkowski went to the locker room with the team physician late in Sunday's drubbing of the Colts after blocking on an extra point following the final touchdown of a 59-24 victory. He caught seven passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns before leaving, becoming the first tight end in NFL history with at least 10 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons.
— Broncos coach John Fox says running back Willis McGahee (muh-GAY'-hee) tore a ligament in his right knee Sunday and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season.
— Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather is out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.
— Bills Coach Chan Gailey says running back Fred Jackson is expected to complete his NFL-mandated post-concussion tests on Tuesday, which would clear him to return to practice the following day.
T25 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL-AP POLL
Changing of the guard in women's hoops
UNDATED (AP) — Stanford is the new No. 1 team in women's college basketball, barely edging Connecticut for the top spot in The Associated Press poll.
The Cardinal jumps from fourth after beating former No. 1 Baylor 71-69 on Friday night, ending the Lady Bears' 42-game winning streak.
Baylor, which was first in the previous 21 polls, falls to third.
Stanford receives 21 first place votes, while Connecticut got 17 and Baylor one.
It's the Cardinal's first time at No. 1 since the final poll of the 2005 season.
Where have they been?
NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in eight days, the NHL and the players' association were back at the bargaining table to try again to reach a deal that will end the two-month old lockout. The two sides met for about two hours before adjourning.
This is the 65th day of a lockout that has already wiped out 327 games and threatens the entire season if a settlement isn't reached soon.