Grizzles beat Spurs
UNDATED (AP) — The top two teams in the NBA's Southwest Division squared off Friday and Memphis left the home court with a 101-98 win over San Antonio. The Grizzlies now trail the Spurs by 1 ½ games. Rudy Gay hit a pullup jumper from 14 feet with 27.8 seconds left for the overtime win. Memphis has won four straight and the win was the Grizzlies first over the Spurs since the 2011 playoffs. San Antonio had won five straight in the series since the Grizzlies upset the then-No. 1 seed in the opening round in 2011. Tony Parker forced overtime, beating the buzzer with a 27-footer tying it at 95. He also opened overtime with a 3 that turned out to be the Spurs' only bucket as San Antonio went 1 of 10 from the floor.
— Defending NBA Western Conference champion Oklahoma City racked up another win Friday night. Playing in Los Angeles, the Thunder beat the Lakers 116-101. Kevin Durant had the big night for the Thunder with 49 points, while Kobe Bryant had 28 for the Lakers. The Thunder are now 28-8 and 10-5 on the road. L.A. has dropped six in a row. The Thunder have won seven of nine.
— Golden State is now 23-12 after a 103-97 win over Portland. The Warriors are now 12-5 at home this season. David Lee set the pace for the Warriors with 24 points, while Damian Lillard had 37 for the Blazers.
— Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points, including a crucial 3-pointer in the waning seconds, and the Denver Nuggets came back to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-91. Denver has won four straight and 10 of 13 from the Cavaliers in Denver. Kyrie Irving, playing despite an illness, scored 28 points to lead the Cavaliers.
— Alan Anderson scored 16 points against his former team, Jose Calderon had 15 and the Toronto Raptors won for the 10th time in 13 games, beating the Charlotte Bobcats 99-78. Anderson had four of Toronto's 12 3-pointers, while Calderon and Kyle Lowry each made three.
— The Hawks rallied from a second-half deficit of 15 points to beat Utah 103-95. Devin Harris scored a season-high 24 points for the Hawks. Al Jefferson had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Paul Milsap had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Jazz.
— Paul Pierce scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and Kevin Garnett added 17 points and four blocks as the Celtics held off Houston in a 103-91 win. The Celtics extended their season-high winning streak to five games, but only after surviving a 12-0 run that pulled the Rockets within two points midway through the fourth quarter. James Harden scored 24 and Chandler Parsons added 18 for Houston.
— The Chicago Bulls beat the Knicks in New York 108-101. Luol Deng had a season-high 33 points for the Bulls and Carmelo Anthony pumped in 39 for the Knicks. The Bulls have beaten New York three times this season. The Knicks have also lost three straight.
— Joe Johnson scored 19 points and MarShon Brooks added 17 points off the bench, leading the Brooklyn Nets to their fifth straight victory, 99-79 over the struggling Phoenix Suns. The Nets have won three straight games by 20 or more points for the first time in team history.
— New Orleans has won four straight. The Hornets got 18 points and 13 assists from Greivis Vasquez in a 104-92 victory over Minnesota. Luke Ridnour scored 20 points to lead a balanced Timberwolves offense. Nikola Pekovic added 18 points, Andrei Kirilenko 17, Dante Cunningham 12 and Alexey Shved 11.
— Milwaukee interim coach Jim Boylan has lost his first game. Detroit's Greg Monroe had 26 points and 11 rebounds and teammate Brandon Knight scored 20 points as the Pistons beat the Bucks 103-87. Milwaukee had won its first two games since Boylan replaced Scott Skiles.
Lakers lose forward Hill
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lakers forward Jordan Hill has been told he needs season-ending surgery on his injured left hip. The Lakers announced Friday night that Hill will seek a second opinion before scheduling surgery.
Hill is the Lakers' top backup big man, averaging 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in his first full season with the team. The fourth-year pro joined the Lakers last season in a trade with Houston.
Wizards Wall cleared to play
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Wizards say point guard John Wall has received "full medical clearance" and will make his season debut Saturday night against the Atlanta Hawks. The former No. 1 overall pick has been sidelined since being diagnosed with a stress injury to his left kneecap in September.
Without Wall, the Wizards are 5-28 — the worst record in the NBA.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Knicks big man Marcus Camby is expected to miss two to four weeks because of an injured left foot. The Knicks report that Camby had an MRI which revealed a strained left plantar fascia. The 38-year-old Camby missed much of the early season with the injury, but had recently moved into the starting lineup at power forward for the short-handed Knicks.
Bluejays win lone top-25 game
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Doug McDermott scored a season-high 39 points, including all 18 for Creighton in the first 7:12 of the second half, and the 13th-ranked Bluejays beat Missouri State 74-52. McDermott, the reigning Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, was perfect on his first 10 field goal attempts in the second half as he led the Bluejays to their 10th consecutive win.
Creighton, which is 16-1 and 5-0 in league play, led 32-27 after a sluggish first half in which 5-12 Missouri State deliberately ran a slow, half-court offense and then took advantage when the Bluejays left an opening.
HALL OF FAME FINALISTS
Strahan, Sapp, Ogden among Hall of Fame finalists
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Four linemen in their first year of eligibility, including single-season sacks record holder Michael Strahan (STRAY'-han), are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The hall has announced that defensive end Strahan and defensive tackle Warren Sapp made the cut, along with tackle Jonathan Ogden and guard-tackle Larry Allen.
Other finalists are running back Jerome Bettis; receivers Cris Carter, Tim Brown and Andre Reed; LB-DEs Charles Haley and Kevin Greene; guard Will Shields; defensive back Aeneas Williams; coach Bill Parcells; and owners Edward DeBartolo Jr. and Art Modell.
The two senior nominees are defensive tackle Curley Culp and linebacker Dave Robinson.
Between four and seven new members will be selected Feb. 2, the day before the Super Bowl, in New Orleans.
Lynch hobbled, expects to play
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has a sprained foot but is probable and expected to play in Sunday's playoff game against Atlanta.
Lynch rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown in last week's wild-card round win over Washington. He did not participate in practice Wednesday and Thursday.
Updates from several teams on coaching staff hires
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — New Chiefs coach Andy Reid began filling out his staff, hiring former Eagles quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson to be his offensive coordinator and longtime Jets assistant Bob Sutton as the defensive coordinator.
Pederson spent the past four seasons on Reid's staff in Philadelphia, while Sutton had stints as the Jets' defensive coordinator and was their assistant head coach this past season.
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have hired former Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin as the replacement for Rob Ryan. The 72-year old Kiffin was hired a day after meeting at team headquarters to interview with coach Jason Garrett and owner Jerry Jones.
Kiffin hasn't coached in the NFL since ending a 13-year run in Tampa in 2008. He spent the past few years coaching in college with his son, Lane Kiffin, at Tennessee and Southern California.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Rod Chudzinski was introduced as the Cleveland Browns sixth head coach since 1999, calling the job a "dream come true." The 44-year old grew up a Browns fan and will try to restore the respectability the franchise once knew.
Chudzinski was the offensive coordinator with Carolina the past two seasons.
CHICAGO (AP) — Longtime NFL assistant and current CFL coach Marc Trestman denies a rumor that the Chicago Bears are set to hire him. In an email to the Montreal Gazette on Friday, Trestman wrote that he has not heard back from the Bears.
Trestman, who coaches the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, interviewed with the Bears this week.
NFLPA won't formally probe RG3's medical care
WASHINGTON (AP) — The NFL players' union does not plan a formal investigation into how the Washington Redskins medical staff handled Robert Griffin III's knee injury. The Players Association says it is satisfied with a report received from the Redskins detailing the procedures used by team physician James Andrews and other staff on the sidelines.
National champs lose three to NFL draft
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The national champion Alabama Crimson Tide is losing some key players. Tailback Eddie Lacy, cornerback Dee Milliner and right tackle D.J. Fluker are entering the NFL draft after helping lead the Crimson Tide to a second straight national title.
New deal for Mora
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA coach Jim Mora has agreed to a one-year contract extension through 2017 after revitalizing the Bruins in his debut season. Mora led UCLA to nine victories, the Pac-12 South title and a Holiday Bowl berth after replacing Rick Neuheisel. The Bruins (9-5) lost their final three games, including two meetings with Rose Bowl champion Stanford and the Holiday Bowl against Baylor.
Earnhardt, Jr. starts wreck, ends testing
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. started a 12-car accident at Daytona International Speedway that essentially shut down a three-day test session.
NASCAR's most popular driver tapped Marcus Ambrose as they drove across the back straightaway, lifting him "like a forklift" and turning him into the wall. Ambrose's car bounced back across the track and collected a host of others.
Others involved included Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne (kayn), defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch.
Henley grabs lead
HONOLULU (AP) — The second round is over at the PGA's Sony Open and the leaderboard is full of American flags. The top spot is held by Russell Henley at 14-under-par, after a 7-under-63. He leads Scott Langley and Scott Pierce of the U.S. by two shots. Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) is three back at minus-11 while Chris Kirk is 10-under par.
Dustin Johnson, the winner of last week's Tournament of Champions, withdrew Friday after nine holes because of the flu. He opened with a 70 and was 3 over on the front nine, at least four shots away from making the cut, when he informed tournament officials that he was too ill to continue.
Players expected to start voting on new deal
NEW YORK (AP) — NHL players continue to vote on whether to approve the new collective bargaining agreement or not. The players association said electronic voting starting at 8 p.m. Thursday night and will last for 36 hours. If a majority of the 700 members in good standing in the players association agree to the deal, training camps can open on Sunday. The 48-game season is likely to begin on Jan. 19.
Report: Lance to admit doping in Oprah interview
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career during an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported late Friday.
The interview, scheduled to be taped Monday and broadcast Thursday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, will be conducted at Armstrong's home in Austin, Texas.
Citing an anonymous source, USA Today reported that the disgraced cyclist plans to admit using performance-enhancing drugs, but likely will not get into details of the allegations outlined in a 2012 report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that led to Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from the sport.
Armstrong representatives declined comment, including his attorney Tim Herman. The New York Times first reported last week that Armstrong was considering making a confession.
Pikus-Pace strikes gold
KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — American Noelle Pikus-Pace got her first World Cup win since 2004, beating two German sliders to the gold medal in a skeleton race on Friday.
Pikus-Pace was injured before the 2006 Olympics and finished fourth in 2010, after which she retired.