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NBA: Charlotte 101, Toronto 96

Toronto -- Tyrus Thomas scored 12 of his 14 points in the final period Wednesday, helping Charlotte win for the second time this season with a 101-96 triumph over Toronto.

The Raptors have lost six in a row since their lone victory, which came Oct. 29 against Cleveland.

Thomas gave Charlotte a three-point lead with a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left and Stephen Jackson then stole the ball from Andrea Bargnani to clinch the Charlotte win.

Jackson led Charlotte in scoring with 20 and Gerald Wallace contributed 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Toronto was led by 23 points from Bargnani and 20 from Sonny Weems. The Raptors had an eight-piont advantage late in the third period, but could score just three points over the first 4 minutes of the fourth.

Rolen picks up eighth Gold Glove

St. Louis -- Cincinnati third baseman Scott Rolen was announced Wednesday as a winner of his eighth Gold Glove when the National League defensive awards were released.

While it was the eighth Gold Glove overall for Rolen, it was his first since 2006. He previously won three Gold Gloves while with the Philadelphia Phillies (1998, 2000, '01) and four (2002, '03, '04, '06) when he played for St. Louis.

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina and Philadelphia outfielder Shane Victorino each won their third consecutive Gold Glove. Other National League outfielders to win 2010 Gold Gloves were Houston's Michael Bourn, who also won last year, and first-time honoree Carlos Gonzalez of Colorado.

NBA: Portland 100, Detroit 78

Portland, Ore. -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 points and had 17 rebounds Tuesday to lead the Portland Trail Blazers past the Detroit Pistons 100-78.

Rudy Fernandez scored 13 points off the bench and Brandon Roy added 11 in the romp, which was Portland's second consecutive victory.

Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 17 points. Austin Daye chipped in 15 plus eight rebounds.

The loss ended a welcome two-game winning streak for the Pistons, who had lost their first five games of the season.

The Pistons shot 42.5 percent from the field and struggled to a 10-of-18 total from the free-throw line. Portland outscored Detroit in the fourth quarter 26-15 with help from an 8-0 run midway through the period.

NHL: Calgary 4, Colorado 2

Denver -- Two goals by Curtis Glencross helped carry the Calgary Flames to a 4-2 road win over the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday.

David Moss scored the game-winner late in the third period and also had an assist in the win, which ended a four-game winless streak for the Flames.

Moss knocked in a rebound off a shot by Niklas Hagman at 15:45 of the third period to break a 2-2 tie at Pepsi Center. Glencross scored an empty net insurance goal at 19:26.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 29 saves in goal for the Flames. Colorado's Peter Budaj had 21 saves.

Brandon Yip and Chris Stewart accounted for Colorado's goals.

Ferrer wins Valencia Open

Valencia, Spain -- No. 4-seeded David Ferrer claimed a straight-set win Sunday over Marcel Granollers in the championship match of the Valencia Open tennis tournament in Spain.

Ferrer, collecting his second title of 2010, beat Granollers 7-5, 6-3. Ferrer landed 75 percent of his first serves and finished by taking 69 percent of the points on serve. He also had three breaks in seven break-point situations.

Granollers was able to convert just one of his four break-point chances, that coming in the first set. But Ferrer got two breaks in that set when he won nearly as many points (28-22) off Granollers' serve as Granollers set.

Ferrer combined one service break with winning 71 percent of the points on serve in taking the second set.

Federer beats Djokovic in Swiss Indoors

Basel, Switzerland -- Roger Federer topped Novak Djokovic in three sets Sunday and won his fourth Swiss Indoors tennis title in five years.

Federer, No. 2 in the world, defeated the third-ranked Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in a rematch of the 2009 Swiss Indoors final. Djokovic won that match, ending Federer's string of Swiss Indoors titles from 2006-08. Federer improved to 12-6 -- including 3-1 this year -- lifetime against Djokovic.

There were two service breaks in the first two sets. Federer won the first set behind a third-game break and Djokovic evened the match by breaking Federer's serve in the second game of the second set.

COL FB: Oklahoma State 55, Baylor 28

Stillwater, Okla. -- Brandon Weeden threw for 435 yards and three touchdowns Saturday in No. 18 Oklahoma State's 55-28 romp over visiting No. 22 Baylor.

Weeden completed 34-of-42 passes in a game in which the Cowboys (8-1, 4-1 Big 12) compiled an impressive 725 yards of total offense.

Justin Blackmon caught 13 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown. He also ran 69 yards for a touchdown. Bo Bowling caught nine balls for 101 yards.

Oklahoma State led 28-0 at halftime and kept on rolling despite four second-half touchdowns by the Bears (7-3, 4-2).

Robert Griffin was 30-of-48 for 267 yards and one interception for the Bears, whose three-game winning streak came to an end. Jay Finley and Terrance Ganaway each scored two rushing touchdowns.

Edwards wins Texas; Keselowski takes title

Fort Worth, Texas -- Carl Edwards edged Kyle Busch during a two-lap overtime and Brad Keselowski won his first Nationwide Series title Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Edwards denied Busch his sixth Nationwide title and instead handed it to Keselowski with his first-place finish at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.

Edwards took over the lead after passing Trevor Bayne following a late-race restart. A green-white-checkered finish was set up after separate incidents involving Brian Scott and Clint Bowyer in the closing laps.

COL FB: Clemson 14, North Carolina St. 13

Clemson, S.C. -- Clemson upended 25th-ranked North Carolina State 14-13 Saturday on a late touchdown run by Jamie Harper.

Harper, who finished the game with 60 yards on 25 carries, broke through from 4 yards out to rally the Tigers (5-4, 3-3 ACC) with 6:18 to play.

Clemson frustrated the Wolfpack on their final two possessions of the game and won for the third time in their last four starts. North Carolina State has lost two of their last three.

Tigers quarterback Kyle Parker finished 20-of-29 for 214 yards, a touchdown and an interception. DeAndre Hopkins added 80 yards on five catches.

COL FB: Michigan State 31, Minnesota 8

East Lansing, Mich. -- Edwin Baker ran for 179 yards and four touchdowns to lead 16th-ranked Michigan State to a comfortable 31-8 win over visiting Minnesota Saturday.

The Spartans (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) held Minnesota (1-9, 0-6) to 267 total yards of offense and kept the Gophers off the scoreboard until the fourth quarter when Adam Weber threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to MarQueis Gray.

Michigan State generated 320 total yards and was an efficient 5-of-13 on third down conversions.

Kirk Cousins was 9-of-20 passing for 131 and Baker carried the ball 27 times. His three TDs in the first half staked the Spartans to a 21-0 lead at the break.

Minnesota's Weber finished with 167 yards on 15-of-22 passing. DeLeon Eskridge had 31 yards on 17 carries.