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Last Update on January 29, 2015 11:34 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers' lengthy winning streak appeared to be in jeopardy once the team announced that LeBron James wouldn't play on Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers because of a sprained right wrist. Kyrie Irving more than picked up the offensive slack by posting the greatest scoring performance of his four-year NBA career.
Irving shot 11-for-19 from 3-point range while scoring a NBA season-high 55 points as the Cavs earned their eighth straight win, 99-94 against Portland. The game was tied at 94 until he drained a 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left. Irving added a pair of free throws to ice the victory.
Timofey Mozgov (TIM'-oh-fay MAHZ'-gahv) added 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Cavaliers moved seven games over .500 for the second time all season.
Also in the NBA:
-- Atlanta has run its team-record winning streak to 17 games as Paul Millsap delivered 28 points and 15 rebounds to a 113-102 triumph against Brooklyn. Al Horford chipped in 20 points and 12 rebounds to help the Hawks win for the 31st time in 33 games and take a seven-game lead in the Eastern Conference.
-- Toronto is 31-15 after draining a season-high 17 3-pointers in a 119-102 win against Sacramento. Lou Williams provided 27 points and Greivis Vasquez had 18 in the Raptors' fourth consecutive win.
-- Jamal Crawford canned four 3-pointers and finished with 21 points as the Los Angeles Clippers picked up their eighth straight win, 94-89 at Utah. Chris Paul produced 21 points and six assists in the Clippers' 13th straight win against the Jazz.
-- Josh Smith scored 18 points and James Harden added 17 as Houston downed Dallas 99-94. The Rockets picked up their third straight win and sent the Mavericks to their fourth consecutive loss.
-- Tony Parker scored 17 points and Danny Green delivered 16 in San Antonio's 95-86 triumph over Charlotte. Tim Duncan added 12 points and 14 rebounds to the Spurs' sixth consecutive home win.
-- Goran Dragic (DRAH'-gihch) scored 20 points and the Phoenix Suns led by as many as 18 in the fourth quarter before holding off Washington 106-98. Markieff (mahr-KEEF') Morris had 16 points, including a 15-footer that put the Suns ahead 103-97 with 23.9 seconds remaining.
-- New York beat Oklahoma City 100-92 behind Carmelo Anthony's 31 points and 10 rebounds. Lance Thomas scored a season-high 17 points against his former team, and Langston Galloway added 18 to the Knicks' fourth victory in five games.
-- Arron Afflalo (af-LAH'-loh) scored 18 points and Denver halted a seven-game losing streak by defeating New Orleans 93-85. Afflalo hit four 3-pointers, the last with 2:32 left to increase Denver's lead to 89-85.
-- Kevin Martin returned from a fractured right wrist to score 21 points in Minnesota's 110-98 win over Boston. Gorgui Dieng (GOHR'-gee jehng) added 16 points and 14 rebounds to help the Timberwolves end a 10-game home losing skid.
-- Philadelphia had dropped six straight before Michael Carter-Williams contributed 14 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to the 76ers' 89-69 stifling of Detroit. Robert Covington added a team-high 19 points as the Sixers handed the Pistons their fourth consecutive loss.
UNDATED (AP) -- Kobe Bryant's season is officially over.
The Los Angeles Lakers guard has undergone surgery to repair his torn right rotator cuff. Bryant is expected to need nine months to recover from his third straight season-ending injury, but the Lakers say their superstar doesn't believe his career is finished.
Bryant hurt his right shoulder while dunking last week in New Orleans.
In other NBA injury news:
-- Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will miss a minimum of six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair his injured left knee. Walker leads the Hornets in points, assists and steals.
-- And Denver's JaVale McGee is back after missing 26 consecutive games with a strained muscle in his lower left leg.
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UNDATED (AP) -- Notre Dame remains second in the ACC after winning a battle of top-10 teams.
Jerian Grant scored 23 points and had 12 assists as the eighth-ranked Fighting Irish knocked off No. 4 Duke 77-73. Grant hit a jumper as the 24-second clock was expiring to put the Irish ahead 73-70 with 1:07 to play. Steve Vasturia later beat the shot clock with a 3-pointer that made it 76-72.
Notre Dame is 20-2 overall and 8-1 in the conference. Duke is 4-3 in the ACC, its worst start in league play since 1995-96.
In other top-25 action:
-- Sixth-ranked Arizona is 7-1 in the Pac-12 after Grab York dropped in 16 points and Brandon Ashley had 13 in a 90-56 pounding of Oregon. Stanley Johnson had 12 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Wildcats.
-- No. 9 Kansas trailed by a point before Frank Mason III hit a layup to spark a 12-0 run in the Jayhawks' 64-61 victory at TCU. Mason had 16 points and provided the Jayhawks' final basket with 3:35 remaining.
-- Chris Jones scored 28 points and Terry Rozier contributed 23 in 10th-ranked Louisville's 81-72 win at Boston College. The Eagles cut a 10-point deficit to 62-61 with about five minutes left before Jones scored 10 of the Cardinals' next 12 points.
-- Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 27 points to lead No. 12 Wichita State past Loyola 58-47. Ron Baker added 16 points for the 19-2 Shockers, who are 9-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
-- Paul Jesperson matched his season-high with 13 points and Seth Tuttle also had 13 as 18th-ranked Northern Iowa earned a 59-52 win over Southern Illinois. Jesperson had scored 12 points in his previous eight games before shooting 5-for-6 from the field, helping the Panthers improve to 8-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
-- Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 24 points and Georgia Tech earned its first ACC victory of the season by shocking No. 23 Miami 70-50. The Yellow Jackets shot a season-high 57 percent and scored 34 points in the paint.
-- Purdue knocked off No. 22 Indiana 83-67 as Raphael Davis scored 19 points. The Boilermakers allowed just one basket during a 10 1/2-minute stretch of the first half to go ahead 30-15.
-- Ryan Spangler scored a season-high 20 points and No. 24 Oklahoma allowed the fewest points ever in a Big 12 conference game, crushing Texas Tech 81-36. Buddy Hield scored 15 points and Isaiah Cousins added 13 as the Sooners handed Tubby Smith the most lopsided loss of his coaching career.
PHOENIX (AP) -- It's cold and flu season and apparently even Super Bowl quarterbacks aren't impervious to getting sick. Patriots' signal-caller Tom Brady says he's been dealing with a cold for about four days now but adds he will be ready for Sunday's Super Bowl 49.
Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman reacted by laughing and saying, "His arm doesn't have a cold."
Brady went through a full practice on Wednesday despite his cold. He's listed as probable on the injured report with an ankle problem.
Patriots starting center Bryan Stork practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. Stork is listed as questionable for Sunday's game, along with cornerback Brandon Browner, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, defensive tackles Chris Jones and Sealver Siliga and receiver Brandon LaFell.
Safety Earl Thomas is the only player listed as questionable on the Seahawks' injury report. Thomas participated in full practice as he tries to play through a dislocated shoulder suffered in the NFC title game.
UNDATED (AP) -- A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free-agent reliever Casey Janssen and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a one-year contract with a one-year option.
Janssen had spent his entire big league career with the Toronto Blue Jays, going 29-24 with 90 saves and a 3.52 ERA since 2006. He compiled a 3.94 ERA last season, converting 25 of his 30 save opportunities.
Also in the majors:
-- A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Freese has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal for $6.425 million. Freese batted .260 in his first season with the Angels, getting off to a weak start in his first AL season before finishing with 10 homers and 55 RBIs.
-- The White Sox have come to terms with free agent infielder Gordon Beckham on a $2 million, one-year contract. The Sox also announced that outfielder Dayan Viciedo (dy-AN' vih-see-AY'-doh) has been designated for assignment.
-- Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a four-year, $6 million contract. The 25-year-old is a left-handed hitter who batted .356 during the 2012-13 season for Villa Clara in Cuba.
UNDATED (AP) -- Sidney Crosby returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup after a one-game absence caused by a lower-body injury. He was unable to help his team inch closer to first place in the NHL's Metropolitan Division.
Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) scored twice and Braden Holtby turned back 26 shots as the Capitals knocked off the Pens 4-0 in Washington. Ovechkin took over the NHL goal-scoring lead with his 28th and 29th of the season, putting the Caps ahead 2-0.
Eric Fehr (fehr) and Mike Green added third-period goals 82 seconds apart to support Holtby's fifth shutout of the season and 16th of his career.
The outcome keeps the Penguins three points behind the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders.
Elsewhere on ice:
-- Tyler Toffoli (tah-FOH'-lee) and Jake Muzzin (MUZ'-ihn) scored in the final 6:11 to lift Los Angeles past Chicago 4-3, putting the Kings within one point of Calgary for the final Western Conference playoff berth. Jeff Carter scored twice to help the Kings keep the Blackhawks five points behind the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators.
-- Adam Larsson scored with 2:50 left in regulation before Jacob Josefson and Patrik Elias (EH'-lee-ahsh) netted shootout goals to push New Jersey past Toronto 2-1. The Maple Leafs have scored just six goals during their seven-game losing streak.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Boston Bruins have placed veteran forward Simon Gagne (gahn-YAY') on waivers for the purpose of releasing him. That's according to a person familiar with the decision.
The two-time 40-goal scorer and 2000 Calder Trophy winner was attempting a comeback with Boston after missing all of last season. He had three goals and an assist in 23 games with the Bruins this season.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Top seed Serena Williams and No. 2 Maria Sharapova will compete in another grand slam final, this time at the Australian Open in a rematch of their 2007 championship match.
Williams weathered a barrage of big serves and heavy groundstrokes in the first set before beating 19-year-old Madison Keys 7-6, 6-2. Williams broke Keys twice in the second set, but Keys saved seven match points on serve in the penultimate game before Williams closed with an ace on her ninth match point.
Williams is seeking her 19th major championship and carries a 16-2 lifetime record against Sharapova, including a victory in the 2007 final.
Sharapova has reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time after cruising to a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over No. 10 Ekatarina Makarova. Sharapova had her service broken in the first set before winning the next six games to take control of the match. The five-time major champion has been in command since fighting off a pair of match points in her second-round match against qualifier Alexandra Panova.
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Major business and economic reports scheduled for today:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Labor Department will report today on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. In last Thursday's report, the number of Americans seeking jobless benefits fell for the first time in a month, a sign that layoffs remain low and hiring is probably still healthy.
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"SELMA" STAR COMES TO AID OF BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH
LONDON (AP) -- The actor who plays Martin Luther King in "Selma" is speaking about the racial controversy over fellow British actor Benedict Cumberbatch.
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WINFIELD, Pa. (AP) -- Super Bowl 49 will be the 49th for superfan Tom Henschel.
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