NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kobe Bryant is the fifth player in NBA history with at least 30,000 points - and also the youngest at age 34- after scoring 29 in the Los Angeles Lakers' 103-87 win at New Orleans. Wilt Chamberlain was 35 when he hit the mark, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone were each 36 and Michael Jordan was 38. Dwight Howard added 18 points for the Lakers, who trailed by a point at halftime before a 13-0 run helped them end a two-game skid.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The New York Knicks lead the NBA's Eastern Conference at 15-4 after J.R. Smith stole a pass before hitting a fall-away jumper at the buzzer to give them a 100-98 win at Charlotte. Tyson Chandler had 18 points and 17 rebounds to help the Knicks win their fourth in a row. Carmelo Anthony scored 20 of his 23 points in the first half and sat out the final 2:10 after injuring his left hand while diving for a loose ball.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have worked out contracts with a pair of pitchers. Left-hander Sean Burnett has agreed to a two-year contract with the Halos, pending a physical. The Angels also worked out a two-year, $15 million contract with right-hander Joe Blanton, who was 10-13 with a 4.71 ERA in 191 innings for the Phillies and Dodgers last season.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California has a new head football coach after hiring Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes to replace Jeff Tedford. Dykes had a 22-15 record with the Bulldogs, averaging 35.9 points and 452.5 yards per game in his tenure. He takes over a Cal team that went 3-9 this past season and missed a bowl for the second time in three years.
NEW YORK (AP) — NHL labor talks resumed Wednesday and stretched into Thursday morning as the two sides try to end a lockout that's into its 82nd day. Very little information leaked out of the meeting room, but it is believed that each side submitted proposals to the other and spent lots of time apart discussing what was offered. The union and the owners confirmed negotiations would continue later Thursday.