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Sports briefs: Jan. 4

NBA

Bobcats keep rolling on road, snap Cavs' seven-game streak

The road is suddenly becoming a friendly place for the Charlotte Bobcats.

Less than 24 hours after pulling off a surprising win at Miami, the Bobcats topped that with a 91-88 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.

Ronald Murray hit a three-pointer with 56 seconds left to put Charlotte up for good, and the Bobcats shocked the Cavaliers, snapping Cleveland's seven-game win streak and an 11-game winning streak at home.

"We hung in and got a win on the road against a great team," Charlotte Coach Larry Brown said. "We're all happy."

Murray's basket from the top of the key broke an 83-all tie and capped an outstanding effort for the Bobcats, who led for most of the second half.

"The shot clock was running down and I had a chance to go one-on-one," Murray said. "I was able to knock it down. That was a momentum changer. It put the pressure on them."

LeBron James, who scored 29 points, missed a potential tying three-point attempt from the left corner as time expired.

Raptors 91, Spurs 86: Chris Bosh scored 22 points to become the leading scorer in Raptors history and lead Toronto to a home victory over the Spurs. Bosh, who also had 15 rebounds, made a jumper from the top of the key with 1:39 left in the third quarter to eclipse Vince Carter's mark of 9,420 points.

Knicks 132, Pacers 89: Wilson Chandler scored 23 points, David Lee added 22 points and 16 rebounds, and the host Knicks flirted with the biggest victory in franchise history. The Knicks' largest victory is by 48 points, done three times. New York still led this one by 48 with 3:15 remaining.

Arenas to meet authorities Monday

A day after acknowledging "bad judgment" for bringing guns to the locker room, embattled guard Gilbert Arenas was not talking after practice. The Wizards star is to meet with law enforcement Monday. Arenas is being investigated by federal and local authorities. On Saturday, Arenas also denied that he gambles and said there are misconceptions about a dispute between him and teammate Javaris Crittenton. Coach Flip Saunders spoke at practice Sunday and questioned the way in which Arenas is being portrayed. The coach said various reports are trying to "lump a lot of things together." He added that such an approach toward Arenas is "not fair to him from that standpoint."

Horse Racing

Quality Road wins in return to Florida

Quality Road won the Grade III, $100,000 Hal's Hope Stakes by 2¾ lengths Sunday on opening day at Gulfstream Park. The victory came on the same track where Quality Road won the Florida Derby last spring. He missed the Triple Crown races because of hoof injuries and refused to enter the starting gate for the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park in November. There was no repeat, and Quality Road took the lead early along the inside. He was briefly challenged but won going away.

"He was acting perfect in the gate; there were never any concerns there," jockey John Velazquez told Bloodhorse. "Once we got out, he just did everything nice and easy. With the way we've been breezing him, when (You and I Forever) came up beside him, I had to let him know it was time to do some running, and he just took off from there. I was never really worried."

You and I Forever was second and Congressional Page finished third.

Tennis

Federer confident ahead of '10 debut

Roger Federer expects to carry his momentum from 2009 into the New Year now that the back injury that bothered him last season has fully healed. The Swiss star lost to Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic early last year before recovering to win his first French Open title and then Wimbledon for his 15th Grand Slam tournament title to surpass Pete Sampras' record.

"Last year, I had a problem at the start of the season with my back," Federer said on Sunday ahead of the start of the Qatar Open on Monday. "I lost to Murray, Djokovic and Rafa, who got the better of me at the start of the season. But I feel fine now because I have been practicing enough to feel confident of winning."

Wickmayer wins return from ban

Yanina Wickmayer made a winning return to the WTA Tour after her ban for breaching anti-doping regulations was lifted, beating Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4 on Monday in the ASB Classic in New Zealand. Wickmayer, ranked 16th, and compatriot Xavier Malisse were banned for one year in November for failing on three occasions to report their whereabouts to drug testers under World Anti-Doping Agency regulations. A Belgian civil court lifted the bans on Dec. 16, pending appeals against their suspensions.

Former Fifth Third winners defeated

Tommy Robredo and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez each won their singles matches before combining in mixed doubles to give Spain a 3-0 win over the United States at the Hopman Cup in Australia on Sunday. Robredo beat John Isner 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4) after Martinez Sanchez gave Spain a 1-0 lead by beating Melanie Oudin 6-4, 6-4. Martinez Sanchez and Robredo then beat the American pair 6-4, 7-5 to complete the victory. Isner and Oudin are both former winners of the Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington.

Etc.

U.S. snowboarder still critical

American snowboarder Kevin Pearce remains hospitalized in critical condition in Utah after sustaining a severe brain injury in a training accident. His spokeswoman, Danielle Burch, said Sunday his condition hasn't changed. Pearce was injured Thursday in Park City as he prepared for next week's Olympic qualifying events. Burch said Pearce was completing a twisting double back flip when he landed on his head. He was wearing a helmet.

The last word

The Detroit Lions completed a 2-14 season Sunday, one year after becoming the first NFL team in history to go 0-16. Linebacker Ernie Sims couldn't find the silver lining in a season with two more wins:

"Losing is losing. Just because we won two games doesn't make us feel any better. That's what I've been experiencing ever since I've been here. I'm sick of losing."

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