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Sports briefs: Dec. 31

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Stanford stops UConn women's 90-game win streak

Top-ranked Connecticut's record 90-game winning streak is over.

The visiting Huskies never led and were beaten by No. 9 Stanford 71-59 Thursday night, ending a run that drew national attention to women's basketball. Stanford was the last school to beat the Huskies, in the 2008 NCAA semifinals.

Jeanette Pohlen hit five three-pointers on the way to a career-high 31 points and the Cardinal (9-2) had the Huskies' number at last — a huge number at that. Stanford won its 52nd straight at Maples Pavilion in a rematch of last season's NCAA title game won 53-47 by two-time defending national champion UConn.

Last week, the Huskies (12-1) topped the 88-game winning streak set by John Wooden's UCLA men's team from 1971-74 by beating No. 22 Florida State 93-62, then won their 90th in a row this week at Pacific.

Tennessee State women lose 82-11

Tennessee State set an NCAA women's Division I record for fewest points in a game in an 82-11 loss at Georgia Tech on Thursday. Georgia Tech led 49-3 at halftime after Tennessee State went 0-for-24 from the field. The Tigers shot 6 percent (3-for-50) for the game.

■ Junior Ethan Spurlin recorded his first career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds in host Transylvania's 92-55 victory over outmanned Cincinnati Christian. Transy (7-2) got its sixth win in a row. Cincinnati Christian (0-10) suited up only six players.

Olivia Akridge scored 24 points and Holly Milburn had 20 to lead the Transylvania women (7-4) past host Spalding 78-57.

■ McDonald's All-American Jelan Kendrick will transfer to Mississippi. The 6-foot-6 Kendrick signed with Memphis but left the team in November. He won't be eligible to play until the second semester next season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Tar Heels win wild Music City Bowl

Casey Barth kicked a 23-yard field goal in the second overtime to send North Carolina past Tennessee 30-27 in a Music City Bowl that will be remembered much more for the crazy finish of regulation that even gave the Tar Heels a chance to keep playing Thursday night. Barth kicked a 39-yard field goal after officials reviewed what had been the final play of the game and decided to penalize the Tar Heels (8-5) for having "more than 11 men" on the field. The Big Ten officiating crew also announced T.J. Yates had spiked the ball with 1 second left.

That allowed Barth kick the field goal that tied it at 20.

Tennessee (6-7) was stunned at the sudden switch that cost the Vols an apparent bowl victory to cap Derek Dooley's first season. Tyler Bray threw a 25-yard TD in the first overtime, but Quan Sturdivant picked him off to end the Vols' last chance in the second OT.

Delone Carter ran for 198 yards and two touchdowns, Marcus Sales caught three long TD passes and Syracuse (8-5) got some help from a celebration penalty on Kansas State to beat the Wildcats 36-34 in the first Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Adrian Hilburn's 30-yard touchdown catch with 1:13 remaining pulled Kansas State within two. But Hilburn saluted the crowd behind the visitor's dugout and was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct, which pushed the 2-point conversion attempt back to the 17-yard line. Carson Coffman overthrew Aubrey Quarles in the end zone.

Josh McNary scooped up a fumble and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown, and Army held on to beat SMU 16-14 in the Armed Forces Bowl in Dallas on Thursday, giving the Black Knights their first winning season since 1996.

Mississippi St. gives Mullen new deal

Mississippi State Coach Dan Mullen agreed to a new contract that will pay him an average of $2.65 million over the next four years. Mullen has a 13-11 record in two seasons at Mississippi State, but the program showed substantial improvement this fall, finishing the regular season with an 8-4 record. The 21st-ranked Bulldogs face Michigan in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1.

■ Heisman Trophy finalist LaMichael James is coming back to Oregon next season. The sophomore running back and the nation's leading rusher had repeatedly suggested he would forgo an early entry to the NFL Draft. Thursday's announcement made it official.

■ Former Kentucky offensive coordinator Brent Pease is the new offensive coordinator at Indiana. Pease spent the past five seasons as Boise State's wide receivers coach. He was UK's offensive coordinator in 2001-02.

NFL

Favre has yet to pass concussion test

Minnesota Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier said Thursday that Brett Favre hasn't passed a post-concussion test, leaving the 41-year-old quarterback roughly three more days to gain medical clearance to play Sunday at Detroit. "We'd love to see him play," Frazier said. "There's no question about that."

■ The NFL has fined the New York Jets $100,000 for violating league rules when assistant coach Sal Alosi tripped Miami's Nolan Carroll on the sideline during a punt return.

Michael Vick missed practice Thursday because of a leg injury and is unlikely to play Sunday when the Eagles host Dallas. The NFC East champion Eagles are locked into the No. 3 seed, so Vick may not have played even if he were completely healthy.

■ Jets Coach Rex Ryan announced Thursday second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez, dealing with a sore right shoulder, will start in the team's regular-season finale against Buffalo.

NBA

Howard's Magic top Stoudemire's Knicks

Dwight Howard had 24 points and 18 rebounds in a bruising battle with Amare Stoudemire, and the host Orlando Magic beat the New York Knicks 112-103 on Thursday night for their fifth straight win. Stoudemire had 30 points, four rebounds and four assists.

■ Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett could miss two weeks with a strained right calf, General Manager Danny Ainge said.

BASEBALL

Killebrew has esophageal cancer

Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Killebrew, 74, released a statement through the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, saying he expects to make a full recovery from the "very serious" condition. Killebrew hit 573 home runs and made 11 All-Star appearances during his 22-year career spent mostly with the Washington Senators and Twins. He ranks 11th on the career homer list.

SPORTS IN THE COURTS

Van Exel's son charged with murder

The 20-year-old son of former NBA player Nick Van Exel has been charged with capital murder in the death of a close friend, Dallas police announced Thursday. Nickey Maxwell Van Exel was arrested Wednesday night and jailed on $1 million bond in the death of Bradley Bassey Eyo, 23. Police said Eyo was found on Sunday with a gunshot wound to his upper body near Lake Ray Hubbard, on the outskirts of Dallas.

The last word

LeBron James, backpedaling after suggesting the NBA should pursue contraction because its talent is "watered down."

"That's crazy, because I had no idea what the word 'contraction' meant before I saw it on the Internet."

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