Pacers stay unbeaten
UNDATED — Paul George's 23 points led Indiana to a 91-84 win over Toronto for a franchise-best 6-0 start to the season. Roy Hibbert chipped in with 20 points to help the Pacers remain the only unbeaten team in the NBA. Rudy Gay has 30 for the Raptors, who lost their third in a row.
The Pacers improved to 6-0 for the first time since the 1970-71 season, when the club played in the ABA. They rallied from a halftime deficit for the fifth time this season.
Around the rest of the league;
— Tony Parker scored 18 points, including the last seven for San Antonio, and the Spurs held on for a 76-74 victory over Golden State. Andre Iguodala (ihg-woh-DAH'-lah) had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds when he drove to the basket and tried a layup that rolled off the rim. Kawhi Leonard added 13 points for the Spurs, who improved to a Western conference-best 5-1.
— Carmelo Anthony had 28 points and eight rebounds to lead New York to a 101-91 win over Charlotte. Andrea Bargnani (barn-YAH'-nee) added 25 points as the Knicks spoiled Patrick Ewing's NBA head coaching debut. The former Knicks star was filling in for Charlotte coach Steve Clifford, who underwent a successful procedure earlier in the day to have two stents placed in his heart. Kemba Walker scored 25 points for the Bobcats and Gerald Henderson added 18 points and nine rebounds.
— Kevin Durant had 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to propel Oklahoma City to a 119-110 victory over Detroit. Rookie Steven Adams finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Russell Westbrook scored 20 points despite missing 14 of his 19 field-goal attempts. Josh Smith finished with 25 points for Detroit before fouling out.
— Kevin Love and Kevin Martin each scored 32 points lead Minnesota over Dallas 116-108. Love also had 15 rebounds and eight assists to help the Timberwolves break a two-game slide. Jose Calderon made 6 of 8 3-pointers and scored 21 points for the Mavericks.
— Anthony Davis scored a career-high 32 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and tied a career best with six blocks, leading New Orleans over the Lakers 96-85. Jrue Holiday added 13 points and 13 assists. Chris Kaman led Los Angeles with 16 points.
— Damian Lillard had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead Portland over Sacramento 104-91. DeMarcus Cousins almost singlehandedly carried the Kings with 35 points and nine rebounds.
— Twins Markieff and Marcus Morris helped the Phoenix Suns rally from an 11-point deficit late in the third quarter to beat the Denver Nuggets 114-103. Markief scored 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, while Marcus finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. Ty Lawson led Denver with 29 points.
— Trevor Ariza hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in the extra period as the Washington Wizards topped the Brooklyn Nets 112-108. Nene scored 12 of his 20 points in the final 4½ minutes of the fourth quarter, including a putback with 1.2 seconds to play that sent the game to overtime. Bradley Beal scored 29 points, John Wall had 17 points and 14 assists, and Marcin Gortat had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards.
— Brandon Bass had 16 points, including a pair of free-throws in the closing seconds to help Boston hang on for a 91-89 victory over Orlando. Avery Bradley added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics, who snapped Orlando's three-game winning streak. Aaron Afflalo led the Magic with 23 points.
— Luol Deng scored 19 points while Carlos Boozer added 18 to help Chicago top Utah 97-73 leaving the Jazz winless in six starts. Gordon Hayward scored 15 points for the Jazz, who are off to their worst start since they were in New Orleans in 1974-75, when they lost their first 11 games.
— Evan Turner had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Tony Wroten added 18 points as Philadelphia rolled to a 94-79 win over Cleveland. The Sixers snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 4-2.
Bobcats coach has heart procedure
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford has undergone a successful procedure to have two stents placed in his heart. Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said in a release that Clifford is "resting comfortably" in the hospital but it's too early to know when he'll return to work. Higgins says the 52-year old Clifford checked himself into the hospital Thursday night because he was suffering from chest pains.
The Bobcats are off to a 3-2 start under Clifford, who joined the Bobcats this offseason after spending last year as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing is serving as Charlotte's acting head coach.
No. 1 Kentucky opens with win
UNDATED (AP) — Julius Randle scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half to lead five Kentucky players in double figures in an 89-57 season-opening rout of UNC-Asheville. The 6-foot-9 Randle also grabbed 15 rebounds.
Reserve sophomore forward Alex Poythress added 10 points and 13 rebounds and reserve Marcus Lee added 17 points. Top-ranked Kentucky shot 17 of 30 in the second half to finish 28 of 59 (47.5 percent).
Will Weeks' 19 points led UNC-Asheville, which debuted Nick McDevitt as the Bulldogs' head coach.
In other Top-25 action;
— Gary Harris scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half and added 10 rebounds to help No. 2 Michigan State rout McNeese State 98-56. The game was a tuneup for the Spartans' next game against top-ranked Kentucky. Michigan State scored 10 straight points after trailing 13-12 early in the game and opened the second half with an 11-0 run blow the game open.
— Jabari Parker scored 22 points in his debut for No. 4 Duke, and the Blue Devils routed Davidson 111-77. Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood added 22 points in his first game with the Blue Devils. Duke shot a blistering 70.4 percent from the field.
— Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points in his highly anticipated debut, leading No. 5 Kansas to a sluggish 80-63 victory over Louisiana-Monroe. Andrew White III and Perry Ellis added 12 points each for the youthful Jayhawks, who are replacing all five starters from last season. Marvin Williams had 19 points and six rebounds for the Warhawks.
— Aaron Gordon scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 6 Arizona over Cal Poly 73-62. Gordon added four blocked shots in his collegiate debut. Six players reached double figures for the Wildcats.
— Caris LeVert scored 17 points and Glenn Robinson III added 15 to lead No. 7 Michigan over Division I newcomer UMass-Lowell 69-42. The visiting River Hawks actually led by two points in the second half but then went scoreless for over ten minutes as Michigan pulled away.
— Le'Bryan Nash had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead five scorers in double figures as No. 8 Oklahoma State routed Mississippi Valley State 117-62. The Cowboys took control with a 34-10 run over the final nine minutes of the first half to open a 34-point lead.
— Trevor Cooney had seven 3-pointers and 27 points, both career highs, to lead No. 8 Syracuse over pesky Cornell 82-60 on in the season opener for both teams. Syracuse has won 34 straight against the Big Red.
— Tenth-ranked Florida tipped off its college basketball season with a tough 77-69 win over North Florida. Casey Prather led the way with 28 points for the Gators who were short-handed due to suspensions and injuries. Florida won a season opener for the 23rd straight season.
— James Michael McAdoo had 21 points and nine rebounds helping No. 12 North Carolina beat Oakland 84-61. The Tar Heels played without leading scorer P.J. Hairston and senior guard Leslie McDonald due to NCAA eligibility issues.
— Juvonte Reddic had 13 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 14 VCU past Illinois State 96-58. The Rams used a 33-7 first-half run to take command in their season opener.
— Senior forward Davante Gardner scored 25 points to help No. 17 Marquette beat Southern 63-56.
— Shabazz Napier scored 18 points and Niels Giffey added 13 and No. 18 Connecticut survived Maryland's second-half surge in a 78-77 victory. The Huskies nearly blew all of a 17-point lead over the final minutes at in the season opener for both teams.
— Joseph Young had 24 points as No. 19 Oregon beat Georgetown 82-75 in a season opener played at a U.S. army base in South Korea. Georgetown center Joshua Smith scored 25 points.
— Josh Gasser scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures as No. 20 Wisconsin opened the season with an 86-75 victory over St. John's. D'Angelo Harrison had 27 points for the Red Storm.
— Jerian Grant had a career-high 26 points to lead No. 21 Notre Dame to a 74-62 win over Miami (Ohio) in the season opener for both teams. Notre Dame jumped out to a big lead early, going up 21-6 midway through the first half.
— South Carolina transfer Anthony Gill scored 13 points in his Virginia debut leading the 24th-ranked Cavaliers past James Madison 61-41. Virginia held JMU scoreless for nearly 7 minutes in the first half.
— Kenny Chery scored 14 points, Cory Jefferson had 13 points and 11 rebounds for No. 25 Baylor in a 72-60 win over cold-shooting Colorado. Josh Scott had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Buffaloes, who shot 33 percent and went 2 of 19 from 3-point range.
Louisville rolls past UConn
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater threw for 288 yards and a touchdown to lead No. 20 Louisville to a 31-10 victory over winless Connecticut. Bridgewater has thrown 24 touchdown passes this season and has at least one scoring pass in 21 straight games.
The win kept the Cardinals (8-1, 4-1 American Athletic Conference) a game out of first place in the AAC, behind the winner of the game Saturday night between Houston and Central Florida.
Athletes get partial win in court
UNDATED (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit challenging the way the NCAA has used the images and likenesses of college athletes can move forward, but denied class action status to the plaintiffs that could have potentially put the NCAA on the hook for billions of dollars in damages.
The case could still dramatically change the way the NCAA does business and its definition of amateurism, but U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled there was no way to determine which former players might have been harmed by the NCAA rules. Currently, college athletes cannot be compensated for use of their names, likenesses and images.
Former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon is the lead plaintiff among 16 former college athletes and some current college football players in the long-running legal battle with the NCAA.
Fox out of hospital
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos coach John Fox has been released from the hospital four days after undergoing heart surgery in Charlotte, N.C. Interim coach Jack Del Rio told reporters that Fox was resting at his offseason home in Charlotte. He'll stay in Charlotte to begin his cardiovascular rehabilitation.
Report: Martin to meet with NFL investigator
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin will meet late next week in Los Angeles with the NFL's special investigator to discuss allegations in the team's harassment scandal. The person confirmed the upcoming meeting to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league and team haven't announced the details of the investigation.
Ted Wells, who was appointed to his post by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') on Wednesday, will investigate possible misconduct in the Dolphins' workplace and prepare a report that will be made public. Dolphins guard Richie Incognito was suspended in the wake of allegations by Martin.
Johnson grabs pole
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Points leader Jimmie Johnson has won the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Phoenix.
The five-time series champ takes a seven-point lead over Matt Kenseth into the ninth of 10 Chase for the Cup races. Kenseth qualified 14th.
Denny Hamlin qualified second, followed by Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon.
Martin eyes end of racing
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mark Martin says he has no plans to race beyond next week's season finale at Homestead and the 54-year old driver says he's ready for the next phase of his life. However, Martin shied away from announcing an official retirement Friday when discussing his NASCAR future.
Martin plans to work in an undefined role with Stewart-Haas Racing, which for now calls for him to test the No. 14 Chevrolet until injured driver Tony Stewart can race again.
Considered by many to be the best driver never to win a Cup championship, Martin has 40 wins and will make his 881st career start Sunday at Phoenix
Leafs prevail in shootout
UNDATED (AP) — Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf had a first-period hat trick in a 6-2 win over Buffalo. Getzlaf opened the scoring with an early power play goal, then scored twice within 3 minutes, 11 seconds to bring the hats out onto the ice. He helped out on Cam Fowlers goal. Getzlaf now has 10 goals this season.
The league-leading Ducks outshot the league-worst Sabres 48-27 including a 34-20 edge in the first two periods.
In other NHL play;
— James van Riemsdyk scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. Toronto's Phil Kessel scored a power play goal midway through the third period to open the scoring, but was stopped in the shootout. Michael Ryder tied it with a power-play score with 4:45 remaining in regulation.
— Colorado equaled the franchise record for best 15-game start to a season with a 4-2 win over Calgary. The 13-2 Avalanche tied the mark set by the 1995 Quebec Nodiques., Ryan O'Reilly, Paul Stastny, John Mitchell and Matt Duchene scored for the Avalanche. Mike Cammalleri had both Calgary goals.
— Ondrej Pavelec (PAH'-vah-lehk) made 41 saves and Bryan Little scored twice as Winnipeg beat Nashville 5-0. Olli Jokinen, Eric Tangradi and Devin Setoguchi also scored for the Jets.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers have fired coach Kevin Dineen (duh-NEEN') following a seventh straight loss that has left the team 14th in the 16-team NHL Eastern Conference. Peter Horachek takes over the coaching job. He was the coach of the Panthers AHL affiliate in San Antonio.
Oilers pursue Bryzgalov
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers say they have a verbal agreement in place to sign goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (EEL'-yah brihz-GAHL'-awf) to a one-year contract.
The Philadelphia Flyers bought out of the final seven years of Bryzgalov's $51 million, nine-year contract during the offseason and the 33-year-old Russian goalie attended training camp with the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers on a tryout.
Bryzgalov was 19-17-3 with a 2.79 goals-against average last season for the Flyers. In 425 games in 12 NHL seasons with Anaheim, Phoenix and Philadelphia, he is 208-149-45 with a 2.55 GAA and 30 shutouts.
PGA TOUR-MCGLADREY CLASSIC
Kirk has overnight lead
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Chris Kirk's second straight 4-under 66 has him in the lead in the darkness-suspended second round of the McGladrey Classic in Georgia. Kevin Chappell, Webb Simpson, John Senden and Briny Baird are tied for second, one shot back.
3-way tie for the lead
SHIMA, Japan (AP) — Yuki Ichinose of Japan shot a 6-under 66 to finish in a three-way tie for the lead after the second round of the Mizuno Classic in Japan Saturday.
She carded seven birdies against a lone bogey to finish at 8-under 136 with compatriots Mamiko Higa, who also shot a 66, and overnight leader Shiho Oyama (68).
American Brittany Lincicome shot a 68 and is one stroke off the pace with Japan's Ayako Fujimoto (67). Defending champion Stacy Lewis, who erased a seven-stroke deficit last year, shot a 68 and is tied for 10th at 139. The American is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3.
It's the final tournament in the LPGA Tour's five-event Asian swing.