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COL BKB: UNLV 82, Illinois State 51

Normal, Ill. -- Anthony Marshall scored 15 points while playing only 20 minutes Wednesday in sending No. 23 Nevada-Las Vegas soaring over Illinois state 82-51.

The Runnin' Rebels have won their first seven games of the season for a second straight year.

UNLV led by 17 at halftime and got 12 points each from Chace Stanback and Derrick Jasper.

Austin Hill had 15 points for the Redbirds (5-2), who attempted 24 3-pointers and could make only four of them.

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NBA: Utah 110, Indiana 88

Salt Lake City -- Deron Williams dominated with 24 points and 16 assists Wednesday, sending the Utah Jazz to their seventh straight win with a 110-88 crushing of Indiana.

Williams has averaged 10 assists a game for the past five seasons and is third in the NBA in that department this year behind Boston's Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul of New Orleans. He made 10-of-15 shots from the field and helped the Jazz break open a close game early in the third period.

Andrei Kirilenko added 18 points for Utah and Al Jefferson had 17. Utah has won all of its eight games against Eastern Conference foes this season.

The Jazz will play their next four games at home.

Indiana, which had won its previous two games, was led by Darren Collison with 16.

NBA: Houston 109, Los Angeles Lakers 99

Houston -- Shane Battier scored 11 points over the final 3 minutes Wednesday, allowing the Houston Rockets to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 109-99.

The Lakers, who lost just twice in their first 15 games, have dropped four in a row.

Battier made back-to-back 3-pointers to put Houston in front for good, hit another jumper and then made three free throws after he was fouled putting up another long-range shot. He scored 17 points overall.

Kevin Martin paced Houston with 22 points and Louis Scola had 14. The Rockets had lost their previous three meetings with the Lakers.

Kobe Bryant scored 27 points for Los Angeles, but hit just 10-of-24 shots. It is the first four-game losing streak for the Lakers in four seasons.

NBA: Miami 97, Detroit 72

Miami -- LeBron James led the way with 18 points Wednesday and the Miami Heat held Detroit to nine points in the third period on the way to a 97-72 win over the Pistons.

Miami won for the third time in four outings since losing three in a row.

The Heat built a 20-point cushion heading into the fourth period thanks to Detroit's struggles in the third. The Pistons shot only 36 percent from the field for the game and turned the ball over 16 times in their third straight loss.

James made 8-of-15 from the field and attempted only two foul shots. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh both had 16 for the Heat.

Detroit was paced by Greg Monroe with 15 points.

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Texas A&M accepts Cotton Bowl invitation

College Station, Texas -- Texas A&M has accepted a bid to play in this season's Cotton Bowl game, bowl officials announced Tuesday.

The Aggies have compiled a 9-3 regular season record, good enough to earn them an invitation to the Jan. 7 event, where they will face a Southeastern Conference opponent, most likely Louisiana State, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The upcoming appearance will be Texas A&M's first trip to the Cotton Bowl since the 2004 season.

The Aggies won six straight games after starting the season 3-3, downing Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas to end the regular season as one of the nation's hottest teams.

COL FB: Stanford 68, Wake Forest 24

Stanford, Calif. -- Andrew Luck had a hand in five touchdowns Saturday -- four passing and one running -- in No. 19 Stanford's 68-24 smack down of Wake Forest.

Luck accumulated 207 yards on 17-of-23 passing and another 69 yards on three carries for the 3-0 Cardinal.

Stanford got another 76 yards and two scores from Tyler Gaffney, who ran the ball seven times. Chris Owusu caught two TD passes among his three catches for 65 yards.

Tanner Price was held to 8-of-18 passing for 76 yards and an interception for the Demon Deacons, who slipped to 2-1. Price also rushed 16 times for 65 yards and a touchdown.

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COL FB: Stanford 48, California 14

Berkeley, Calif. -- Andrew Luck's two touchdown passes and Stepfan Taylor's three scores Saturday fueled No. 8 Stanford's 48-14 pounding of California.

Luck went 16-of-21 for 235 yards and Stanford scored on its first eight possessions in the 113th annual edition of "The Big Game at Memorial Stadium," one of college football's top rivalry contests.

Luck also scrambled for 72 yards and Taylor carried 15 times for 59 yards for the Cardinal (10-1, 7-1 Pac-10).

Anthony Wilkerson picked up 67 yards on 18 carries in Stanford's sixth straight win, its longest streak since the 1991 season.

NHL: Washington 3, Carolina 2 (SO)

Washington -- Alex Ovechkin scored during a shootout Sunday, boosting the Washington Capitals to their third straight win, 3-2 over Carolina.

Ovechkin's goal was the only tally of the shootout. Alexander Semin and Marcus Johansson found the net in regulation for the Capitals.

After Erik Staal scored with 3 seconds left in the game to forge a 2-2 tie, the two teams played a scoreless extra session during which Caps goalie Semyon Varlamov kept his team in it with a nice stop on an Ian White shot.

Ovechkin got the shootout goal when he faked to the forehand and lifted it past Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward.

Varlamov finished up Washington's win by making shootout saves on Jussi Jokinen and Tuomo Ruutu.

Nadal, Berdych win matches at ATP Finals

London -- World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych claimed straight-set, round-robin victories Wednesday at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Nadal won six consecutive games in one stretch of a 7-5, 6-2 win over third-seeded Novak Djokovic after Berdych had beaten No. 8-seeded Andy Roddick 7-5, 6-3.

Those decisions left Nadal leading Group A with a 2-0 mark while Djokovic and Berdych are 1-1 and Roddick is 0-2 going into Friday's final matches of the round robin.

Djokovic was tied 4-4 with Nadal when he had a contact lens issue. After a lengthy stoppage of play, Djokovic returned and the players split two games. But then Nadal ran off six straight games, winning the first set and taking a commanding 4-0 lead in the second.

NBA: LA Lakers 117, Golden State 89

Los Angeles -- Pau Gasol was perfect from the field and the free-throw line Sunday in the Los Angeles Lakers' 117-89 victory over Golden State.

Gasol went 10-for-10 from the field and was 8-for-8 at the foul line en route to 28 points for the Lakers, who took their fourth consecutive win and downed the Warriors for the 11th straight time. Gasol also hauled down nine rebounds.

Kobe Bryant popped in 20 points and Shannon Brown chipped in with 17 for the victors.

Golden State was led by Dorell Wright's 16 points. Stephen Curry and Jeremy Lin each added 13 in the Warriors' fourth loss in five games.

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