Titans take Whisenhunt...Parker leads Spurs...Syracuse survives scare...Maurice wins Jets debut

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Associated Press

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 2:06 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have hired San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach. The 51-year-old Whisenhunt spent six years coaching Arizona and took the Cardinals to their lone Super Bowl in 2009. He was fired Dec. 31, 2012, with a record of 45-51 in the regular season and 4-2 in the playoffs.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tony Parker hit three big layups over the final 6:11 and finished with a game-high 27 points as the Spurs downed the Pelicans 101-95 in New Orleans. Tim Duncan added 18 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out with 6:02 remaining and San Antonio ahead by just two points. The Spurs' fifth straight win gives them a 30-8 record and a 1 ½-game lead over Oklahoma City and Portland in the NBA's Western Conference.

UNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Syracuse is 17-0 after Trevor Cooney scored 21 points and the Orange put together a 16-1 run in the second half to earn a 69-59 triumph at Boston College. Kansas won a battle of ranked teams as Naadir Tharpe scored a career-high 23 points to lead the 15th-ranked Jayhawks to a 77-70 win at No. 8 Iowa State. Rasheed Sulaimon (SOO'-lih-mahn) capped his 21-point night by hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer with 18.8 seconds left to help No. 23 Duke down Virginia 69-65.

UNDATED (AP) — Paul Maurice was a winner in his first game as Winnipeg's head coach. Five different Jets scored while Dustin Byfuglien (BUF'-lihn) collected two assists in a 5-1 rout of Phoenix. Ondrej Pavelec (AHN'-dray PAV'-ul-lihk) needed to make just 18 saves while the Jets outshot the Coyotes 38-19.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Men's sixth seed Roger Federer and women's No. 2 Victoria Azarenka were among the early winners during Day 2 of the Australian Open. Federer has opened his record 57th consecutive Grand Slam tournament with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 victory over wild-card entry James Duckworth. Azarenka was forced into a first-set tiebreaker before earning a 7-6, 6-2 triumph over Johanna Larsson.

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