Checking news on the ice, Buffalo beat Los Angeles 3-2 in a shootout. The NY Islanders defeated Nashville 3-1. It was New Jersey over the NY Rangers 3-2. Carolina passed Colorado 2-1. Washington edged Columbus 4-3 in overtime. Florida passed Anaheim 3-2. Philadelphia blanked Ottawa 5-0. Tampa Bay won against Montreal 2-1 in a shootout. Winnipeg bested Detroit 3-2 in a shootout. Phoenix defeated St. Louis 3-2 in overtime and Calgary fell to San Jose 3-2 in overtime.
In the NBA, LeBron James scored 33 points in just three quarters to lead Miami to a 118-95 win over Milwaukee. Dallas beat Washington 105-95. Golden State beat Detroit 113-95 and the Lakers trumped New Orleans 116-95.
In college basketball, it was the Champions Classic in Chicago. An early season doubleheader worthy of a Final Four line-up saw Kansas and Michigan State come out on top.
Freshman Andrew Wiggins scored 22 and grabbed 10 rebounds to help fifth-ranked Kansas pull away down the stretch and beat No. 4 Duke 94-83. No. 2 Michigan State had a 78-74 victory over top-ranked Kentucky.
Elsewhere, No. 9 Syracuse won against Fordham 89-74. No. 3 Louisville topped Hofstra 97-69. Seventh-ranked Michigan passed SC State 93-59. Eighth-ranked Oklahoma St. edged Utah Valley 93-40. It was No. 10 Ohio St. over Ohio 79-69. No. 20 Wisconsin topped No. 11 Florida 59-53. No. 14 VCU beat No. 25 Virginia 59-56. No. 23 Baylor edged ahead of South Carolina 66-64 and Oakland fell to No. 24 UCLA 91-60.
In other college basketball news, the Siena Saints fell 77-66 to Vermont and UAlbany defeated New Jersey Institute of Technology 71-65.
In the NFL, nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed has been released by the Houston Texans, the latest blow in a disaster of a season.
The Miami Dolphins are delaying their meeting with offensive tackle Jonathan Martin until after Martin meets with NFL officials Friday in New York.
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox says he plans to be back on the sideline this season. Fox had heart valve surgery last week.
Finally in baseball, Cleveland's Terry Francona won the AL Manager of the Year award in a close vote, while Pittsburgh's Clint Hurdle was a runaway winner of the NL Manager of the Year honors.
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