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Sports briefs: Jan. 25


Wizards, Cavaliers both lose 21st straight on road

Amare Stoudemire ended a mini-slump with 30 points, and the New York Knicks snapped a six-game losing streak and dropped the Washington Wizards to 0-21 on the road with a 115-106 victory Monday night. Raymond Felton ended his dismal stretch with 17 points and 15 assists as the Knicks (23-21) avoided falling back to .500 with what would have been their longest skid of the season. They beat Washington for the seventh straight time in Madison Square Garden and sixth in a row overall, sweeping the series for the first time since going 4-0 in 2003-04.

Nick Young scored 22 points for the Wizards, now more than halfway to the NBA's first winless road mark in an 82-game schedule. John Wall had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Brook Lopez scored the tiebreaking basket with 1.4 seconds remaining and the New Jersey Nets beat Cleveland 103-101 on Monday night, handing the visiting Cavaliers their 17th straight defeat. Lopez led the Nets with 28 points and Anthony Morrow scored 16 off the bench. Cleveland's losing streak is its longest since dropping 19 in a row to close the 1981-82 season. The Cavaliers have lost 21 straight road games, matching the team record set from Jan. 13 to April 14, 2003. Their last road win came in New Jersey on Nov. 9.

Kevin Martin scored 34 points and Shane Battier added a season-high 19 to lead the Houston Rockets to a 129-125 victory over the host Minnesota Timberwolves. Chuck Hayes added nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Rockets.

Rudy Gay hit a tiebreaking jump shot with less than a second to play, Zach Randolph had 17 points and 12 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the visiting Toronto Raptors 100-98.

Tayshaun Prince and Tracy McGrady each scored 20 points to help the Detroit Pistons to a 103-96 home victory over the Orlando Magic. The Pistons scored 26 points off 16 Orlando turnovers.

Mavericks add Stojakovic off waivers

Peja Stojakovic used to pile up points against the Dallas Mavericks. Now they're eager to see what he can do for them. Dallas signed Stojakovic off waivers on Monday in a bid to replace some of the scoring punch lost when Caron Butler went down with a season-ending injury. Although Stojakovic has averaged 17.2 points per game over his career, and 19.2 per game against Dallas, the Mavericks realize that's not the guy they are getting.

This is the fourth straight season his average has dropped. He's also played only eight games because of knee injuries, the last on Nov. 26. Dallas is even his third stop; he started with New Orleans and was dealt to Toronto, then was waived on Thursday. The Mavs don't even know when the 33-year-old Stojakovic will suit up.

"We're taking it slow," team president Donnie Nelson said. "Depends on him getting into game shape."


D-backs trade for Tigers' Galarraga

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired Armando Galarraga in a trade with the Detroit Tigers for minor-league pitchers Kevin Eichorn and Ryan Robowski on Monday, giving the Diamondbacks another arm in what should be a pretty good rotation battle in spring training. Galarraga, 29, had an average 2010 season, but gained fame by missing a perfect game when umpire Jim Joyce acknowledged blowing a call with two outs in the ninth inning against Cleveland. Galarraga went 4-9 with a 4.49 ERA in 24 starts and one relief appearance last season with the Tigers. Arizona also signed right-hander Micah Owings to a minor-league contract. Owings, who pitched for the Diamondbacks in 2007-08, was 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 22 relief appearances for the Cincinnati Reds last season.

■ Right-handed reliever Todd Coffey agreed to a $1.35 million, one-year contract with the Washington Nationals. The 30-year-old Coffey went 2-4 with a 4.76 ERA in 69 appearances with Milwaukee in 2010. In six major league seasons, he is 19-17 with 11 saves and a 4.15 ERA in 369 games, all in relief, with the Brewers and Reds.

■ Reliever Tom Henke, early major-leaguer George "Dandy" Wood and Baseball America founder Allan Simpson were chosen for induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Henke was 41-42 with 311 saves from 1982-95, 17th on the career list. Wood was the eighth Canadian to reach the major leagues, and one of only three to come from Prince Edward Island. He hit .273 played from 1880-92 for Worcester, Detroit, Philadelphia and Cincinnati of the National League, Baltimore of the American Association, Philadelphia of the Players League and Philadelphia of the American Association.


Nationwide-only schedule for Hornish

Sam Hornish Jr. said he hopes to run a minimum of 11 Nationwide Series races this season for Penske Racing. Hornish said a lack of sponsorship forced Penske to drop his Sprint Cup Series ride. A deal with Alliance Truck Parts gave Hornish enough funding for eight Nationwide races, and the team will try to add more as the season goes on. "I'm looking forward to getting to run the minimum of 11 races in the Nationwide series, build our brand and maybe bring some new sponsorship to the team," Hornish said. "We're taking baby steps to get back to where we want to be, where I want to be, in the Cup Series."


Penguins' Crosby to miss All-Star Game

Sidney Crosby won't even attend the NHL All-Star game this weekend because he's still recovering from a concussion.

"Sidney is making progress in his recovery but still is not completely symptom-free," General Manager Ray Shero said. "In this situation, when he has not even skated for two and a half weeks and still has not been cleared to resume physical activity we think it's best for him to focus totally on his recovery."

■ Boston center Marc Savard has a moderate concussion, the second time in less than a year that he's been sidelined with the same injury. The team said there's no timetable for Savard's return.

High school Basketball

New event to be held during Final Four

A high school basketball tournament will take place annually during the men's Final Four. The inaugural All-American Championship will be held in suburban Houston, the site of this year's Final Four, on April 1 and 3. Four teams of players will represent each region of the country. This year's invitational tournament will be in Aldine, Texas. A national panel of experts will select the players. The teams will be led by prominent high school coaches and assisted by coaches from the Final Four city.

College football

Auburn's Chizik wins Bowden award

Auburn's Gene Chizik has won the Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award. The winner is selected by the Over the Mountain Touchdown Club in Birmingham, Ala., and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Alabama's Nick Saban won the inaugural award last season.

The last word

The Pittsburgh Steelers, equipped with a record six Super Bowl titles, a 14-4 record, the No. 2 AFC seed and a veteran roster on the verge of three championships in the past six seasons, are underdogs for Super Bowl XLV. Steelers defensive back Ike Taylor said:

"I feel like, deep down, in the back of people's heads, they really don't want us to win. People don't like successful people. Just the tradition we have here, the success we have here, I just feel that a lot of people don't want us to succeed."