Pacers breeze to 5-0...Thunder keep hex on Mavs
UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers are 5-0 for the first time since 1971-72. Paul George had 21 points and six rebounds to lead Indiana past Chicago 97-80. David West had a season-high 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Luis Scola, Donald Sloan and Lance Stephenson accounted for all the points in a decisive 12-2 run in the fourth quarter to break open a close game. Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) and Derrick Rose each had 17 for Chicago.
In other NBA action:
— Kevin Durant had 23 points and 10 assists, and Russell Westbrook scored 22 points as Oklahoma City pulled away in the second half for a 107-93 victory over Dallas. The Thunder have beaten the Mavs 11 straight times.
— Nik Vucevic (VOO'-seh-vich) had 30 points and 21 rebounds and hit six free throws in the final 23 seconds to help the Orlando Magic upset the L.A. Clippers, 98-90. The Magic are on a three-game winning streak for the first time since last December.
— Brandon Bass scored 20 points and Jeff Green added 18 to lead Boston to its first win of the season, 97-87 over the Utah Jazz. The attendance of 17,130 at TD Garden was about 1,500 fans short of a sellout, ending a streak of 289 games dating to the end of the 2006-07 season.
— The Washington Wizards notched their first victory, 116-102. John Wall led seven Wizards in double figures with 24. Marcin Gortat (MAHR'-chin GOHR'-tot) had 19 points and 12 rebounds.
— Gerald Henderson broke out of his shooting slump with a season-high 23 points, and the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Toronto Raptors 92-90. Henderson, who came into the game shooting 31 percent, made 10 of 17 from the field.
— Eric Gordon scored 19 points, Anthony Davis added 18 points and nine rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-84.
— Klay Thompson scored 19 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and Harrison Barnes scored 14 points in his season debut to help the Golden State Warriors to a 106-93 victory over Minnesota.
— Milwaukee outscored Cleveland 109-104. O.J. Mayo led the Bucks scoring parade with 28. Gary Neal had 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter.
— Tony Parker scored 15 of San Antonio's final 16 points and the Spurs withstood a hectic finish to beat the Phoenix Suns 99-96. Parker finished with 20 for the 4-1 Spurs.
Chandler out of action
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have lost center Tyson Chandler for between 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his right leg. The team says that tests showed no ligament or nerve damage and surgery is not required. Chandler left in the first quarter of a 102-97 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday.
The Knicks are off to a 1-3 start this season.
Rangers erupt against Pens
UNDATED (AP) — On NHL ice, the New York Rangers had been one of the more offensively challenged teams in the early going. But the Blueshirts erupted against Pittsburgh, tying their season high in goals in routing the Penguins 5-1.
Brian Boyle scored his first goal of the season and Ryan Callahan added his first since returning from a broken thumb
Pittsburgh had won four straight and defeated New York eight times in their past nine meetings. But Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan scored 1:05 apart late in the first period to send the Rangers to their fourth win in five games.
In other hockey action:
— Nashville handed the Colorado Avalanche just their second loss in 14 games, 6-4. That ended the Avs' six-game winning streak. Colin Wilson had two goals and two assists. Viktor Stalberg added a goal and an assist.
— Defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago routed Winnipeg 4-1. Patrick Kane scored his ninth goal of the season and Jonathan Toews (tayvz) notched his eighth.
— Anaheim routed Phoenix 5-2. Corey Perry netted his 10th goal for the Ducks. Ryan Getzlaf added his seventh of the season.
AP source: Cubs to name Renteria manager...Silver Sluggers named
CHICAGO (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria (REHN'-tur-ree-uh) is set to become the Chicago Cubs' manager. The Cubs are expected to make the formal announcement today.
The move ends a long search that began with the Cubs targeting New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, only to be denied a shot when he decided to stay in the Bronx.
Instead, the Cubs are hoping Renteria can help develop their young players and lead them to their first championship since 1908.
He replaces Dale Sveum (swaym), who was fired after two seasons.
In other baseball news:
— World Series MVP David Ortiz has won his sixth Silver Slugger award as the top designated hitter in voting by major league managers and coaches. Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (kan-OH'), Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera and Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer each were selected for the fifth time. The Orioles led all teams with three sluggers--outfielder Adam Jones, first baseman Chris Davis and shortstop J.J.Hardy. The other two outfielders on the AL squad are the Angels' Mike Trout and Detroit's Torii Hunter.
Pittsburgh and St. Louis each had two winners the National League. First-time winner Pedro Alvarez was joined by Pirates teammate Andrew McCutchen, while St. Louis' Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter each received their first Silver Sluggers. Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Nationals' shortstop Ian Desmond, Cincinnati's Jay Bruce and the Rockies' Michael Cuddyer all were honored, as was Dodgers' pitcher Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee).
Silver Slugger awards are given to the top offensive player at each position in the American and National Leagues.
— Outfielder David DeJesus (deh-HAY'-soos) has agreed to a $10.5 million, two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. The deal includes a club option for 2016. It replaces the $6.5 million salary DeJesus was owed under the 2014 option exercised by the team Sunday. DeJesus is a .279 career hitter.
Dolphins investigator named
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — A senior partner in a New York law firm with experience in sports cases has been appointed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') to investigate possible misconduct in the Miami Dolphins' workplace and prepare a report, which will be made public. Goodell says Ted Wells has begun his work and does not have a timetable for completing it.
Wells has conducted special investigations into the Syracuse basketball sexual harassment case, and the NBA players union leadership dispute. In the latter case, his report led to a change in the head of the union.
The Dolphins have pledged full support in the investigation, the NFL said. A troubled relationship between linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito has left both players sidelined.
Two people familiar with the situation say Martin talked of quitting football earlier in his pro career before leaving the team last week to undergo counseling for emotional issues.
Phillips to coach Texans...Bills QB Manuel ready to go
HOUSTON (AP) — Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will be Houston's interim head coach with Gary Kubiak (KOO'-bee-ak) out indefinitely after suffering a mini-stroke this weekend. Phillips, a former head coach for Dallas, took over after Kubiak was taken to the hospital. Phillips ran Houston's practice on Monday. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison likely will take over the play-calling duties.
The team said that the 52-year-old Kubiak was released from the hospital on Tuesday and is expected to make a full recovery, but there is no timetable for his return to the team.
In other NFL news:
— The New Orleans Saints have moved linebacker Jonathan Vilma to injured reserve, perhaps signaling the end of his career. The move came only three days after he had returned for his first game of this season.
— Buffalo Bills' team president Russ Brandon says rookie starting quarterback EJ Manuel should be ready to return to play at Pittsburgh on Sunday. Manuel has been cleared for contact and was scheduled to return to practice after missing four games with a sprained right knee. The 3-6 Bills have lost three of four since Manuel was hurt in a loss at Cleveland on Oct. 3.
Bills coach Doug Marrone (mah-ROHN') has indicated that rookie receiver Robert Woods won't be available for the game due to a sore left ankle.
— The St. Louis Rams have postponed quarterback Sam Bradford's knee surgery due to swelling. The surgery to repair a torn left ACL was set for Tuesday, but coach Jeff Fisher says no new date has been set. Bradford has been exercising to strengthen the knee and quadriceps prior to surgery. He's also been on his feet a lot at practice and on game days.
Nadal clinches No. 1 ranking
LONDON (AP) — Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking for the third time by defeating Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VINK'-ah) 7-6, 7-6 at the ATP Finals in London. Nadal can't be overtaken by No. 2 Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich).
Nadal is bidding to win the ATP finals for the first time.
Oldest living former NFL player dies
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Clarence "Ace" Parker, the oldest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died. He was 101.
Parker played football, basketball and baseball at Duke University, then starred with the NFL's Brooklyn Dodgers from 1937-41. He won the league's most valuable player award in 1940 for his exploits as a quarterback, defensive back and punter.
Parker left football in 1942 to serve in World War II, then returned to football with the Boston Yanks in 1945. Parker finished his career the following season in the rival American Football Conference playing quarterback for the New York Yankees. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972.