James, Bosh combine for 63 in wild rally without Wade
LeBron James scored 33 points, Chris Bosh added 30, and the Heat used a huge third-quarter turnaround to erase a big deficit and beat the Spurs 120-98 on Tuesday night, snapping a three-game slide. Miami outscored San Antonio 39-12 in the third quarter — the second-largest differential for any quarter in Heat history, and the second-worst differential for a period in Spurs history. The Heat trailed 52-35 late in the second quarter. Mike Miller made his season debut and shot 6-for-6 on three-pointers, finishing with 18 points and tying his career-high for makes from beyond the arc. And the Heat did it all without Dwyane Wade, sitting out on his 30th birthday because of a sprained right ankle.
■ Dwight Howard had 25 points and 17 rebounds to lead the host Magic past the Bobcats 96-89 Tuesday night for their fifth straight win. Jameer Nelson scored 17 points, Hedo Turkoglu 15 and Von Wafer 13 as the Magic won for the 10th time in 12 games.
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■ Chris Paul did not play Tuesday night against the Jazz, his second straight missed game with a left-hamstring injury. Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said Paul is feeling better, but he wanted to be smart about the injury and wouldn't rush his superstar point guard back. Paul's backup, Mo Williams, was also out against the Jazz.
■ Bulls guard Derrick Rose was held out of the starting lineup for Chicago's game against the Suns on Tuesday because of a sprained left big toe. Rose has now missed three of Chicago's last five games because of the injury, suffered last Tuesday at Minnesota.
Clijsters, Li breeze into third round
Defending champion Kim Clijsters cruised into the third round of the Australian Open Wednesday and then showed just how much support she has at Rod Laver Arena by getting the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to her younger sister. Clijsters needed only 47 minutes to beat Stephanie Foretz Gacon of France 6-0, 6-1 on Wednesday, conceding just 10 points in the first set and showing no signs of a hip complaint that forced her to retire during a semifinal against Daniela Hantuchova at a warmup tournament at the Brisbane International two weeks ago. She could meet Hantuchova in the next round here and has a potential rematch of the 2011 Australian Open finals with Li Na in the fourth. French Open champion Li advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Olivia Rogowska.
Notre Dame lands star QB recruit Kiel
Prized quarterback recruit Gunner Kiel is joining Notre Dame, Coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday, marking one of the most significant recruits he has landed in his two-plus years on the job at Notre Dame. Kiel last year said he would go to Indiana, where his brother was among the quarterbacks, and he later expressed interest in Louisiana State. Instead, he could be in the mix as Kelly decides on a starting quarterback. Kiel was rated by many scouting services as the top recruit in the nation. Last year at Columbus High School in Indiana, he passed for 2,517 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 482 yards and 11 scores. He passed for 7,175 yards in his high school career.
■ Michigan has dismissed receiver Darryl Stonum, who was sentenced to 10 days in jail earlier this month after violating probation in a drunken-driving case. Coach Brady Hoke announced the dismissal Tuesday for a violation of team rules. Stonum started 25 games for the Wolverines, catching 76 passes for 1,008 yards and six TDs.
Ex-Tide star Kirkpatrick arrested
Former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, who is leaving school early to enter the NFL Draft, was arrested early Tuesday on a marijuana possession charge. An arrest report on the Manatee County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office Web site said Kirkpatrick was arrested at 12:48 a.m. and charged with possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana. He was released on $120 bond. Kirkpatrick is regarded as a potential top-10 draft pick. A police report said Kirkpatrick was a passenger in a truck driven by another former Alabama player, Christopher Airreun Rogers, 25, of Baltimore, who police stopped for driving on the wrong side of the road. An officer found marijuana on the floorboard of the passenger side at Kirkpatrick's feet. Rogers told police he purchased the marijuana at a house and was charged with a drug offense.
■ Memphis police said Tuesday they will not conduct a criminal investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against former Amateur Athletic Union President Bobby Dodd because no one has filed a formal complaint against him.
Ex-EKU player Chambers' son dies at 25
James "Frankie" Chambers, the 25-year-old son of former Eastern Kentucky and Transylvania University basketball player Jim Chambers, collapsed during a basketball game in Vannes, France, on Saturday and died Monday, the French basketball federation said Tuesday. The younger Chambers was playing for a pro team from Saint-Brieuc, France, when he collapsed five minutes into Saturday's game. According to his family, the player was revived, then hospitalized. Jim Chambers and one of James' uncles flew to France to be at his side before he died Monday morning. Jim Chambers played professionally in France for 15 years after graduating from EKU in 1983. He now works for Bluegrass Community and Technical College as assistant vice president for student rights and responsibilities.
N.J. sets up federal fight over sports betting
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law Tuesday legalizing sports betting in the state — but only after a federal ban on such gambling is overturned. The governor signed a bill that had been passed overwhelmingly by both houses of the state legislature. It would legalize betting on professional and collegiate sporting games at the Atlantic City casinos and the state's four horse tracks. Next up is a court fight to overturn a federal law that makes it illegal to bet on sports in all but four states. If New Jersey prevails and the law is either overturned by the courts or repealed by Congress, it would free all 50 states to offer sports betting.
■ The new operator of the Meadowlands Racetrack has reached an agreement that will keep the Hambletonian at the northern New Jersey harness track. Leaseholder Jeff Gural and the Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers trotting's most prestigious race, finalized the deal on Tuesday. The race will return to the heat format in 2013 and a Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters will be added in 2014. The Hambletonian has been the flagship event at The Meadowlands for 30 years.
■ After breaking the school record for the third time this year with a 429.90 on the 3-meter dive, Kentucky's Greg Ferrucci was named Southeastern Conference Male Diver of the Week by the league Tuesday. The honor was Ferrucci's third of the season.
■ The draws for the 2012 PNC/KHSAA Boys' and Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls' State Basketball Tournaments will air live on Jan. 27 on WKYT-27. The draw show will begin at 10:30 a.m. on WKYT and will be streamed live through www.khsaa.tv. The draws will replay at 1 p.m. on CWKYT-27.2.
The last word
Whitey Herzog is back on his feet after a fall left him hospitalized for more than three weeks. The 80-year-old former manager who led the St. Louis Cardinals to three NL pennants in the 1980s, including the 1982 World Series win, has recovered after falling at his suburban St. Louis home in September. He spent 23 days in intensive care after bleeding on his brain was discovered. Herzog said he was taking 24 pills every day and said that at one point, he couldn't sleep for six days. Herzog said he wasn't himself:
"I told Mary Lou (his wife) I'd go home and feed the goats. The next day, the nurse would say, 'Did you feed the goats?' I said, 'I don't have any goats.' "