Update on the latest in sports:


Nuggets silence Thunder...Knicks top Heat

UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs have strengthened their holds on the NBA's two conference races following last night's losses by Miami and Oklahoma City.

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and the Knicks earned their third straight win by downing the Heat 102-92 in New York. Raymond Felton added 13 points and 14 assists, while Andrea Bargnani (bahrn-YAH'-nee) added 19 points on 9 of 13 shooting. Iman Shumpert hit four 3-pointers and had 12 points for the Knicks, who shot 54 percent and out-rebounded the Heat 43-32.

The Heat ended a three-game winning streak and fell to 27-9, 1 1/2 games behind the East-leading Pacers. LeBron James had 32 points and Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 23 for Miami.

The Thunder were clobbered in Denver as Randy Foye scored 24 points in the Nuggets' 101-88 win over Oklahoma City. Ty Lawson had 16 points and 14 assists for the Nuggets, who led by 23 after outscoring the Thunder 29-15 in the third quarter.

Kevin Durant had a game-high 30 points but hit just seven baskets as Oklahoma City suffered its second straight loss and fell one game behind West-leading Portland.


Surgery for Bledsoe

PHOENIX (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe will undergo surgery on his right knee and will be sidelined indefinitely.

Bledsoe was averaging 18 points and 5.8 assists before missing the last four games with what had been described as a sprained right knee.


Another new coach in the nation's capital

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Jay Gruden has been introduced as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins, the seventh hired by owner Danny Snyder since he bought the franchise 15 years ago.

The brother of former NFL head coach Jon Gruden was a given a five-year contact for his first NFL head coaching gig, taking over a 3-13 team that has finished last in the NFC East in five of the last six seasons.

The 46-year-old Gruden spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals.


Hall finalists announced

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — First-year nominees Derrick Brooks, Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison and Walter Jones are among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Michael Strahan also was selected a modern-era finalist along with Charles Haley, Kevin Greene, Andre Reed and Jerome Bettis. The other modern-era finalists are Tim Brown, John Lynch, Will Shields, Aeneas Williams, Morten Andersen and Edward DeBartolo Jr. Senior nominees Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey were announced in August.

The 46-member selection committee will vote Feb. 1 in New York, with a minimum 80 percent required for induction.


Vandy AD says Franklin still deciding

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams would not confirm head football coach James Franklin has an offer from Penn State, but has indicated Nittany Lions officials have been in contact with the coach. CBS.com was first among several media outlets to report Franklin is expected to be Penn State's replacement for Bill O'Brien, who left for the Houston Texans. Penn State has announced that a new compensation committee is scheduled to meet Saturday morning in a closed session to discuss a contract for someone not yet being identified by the school.


He's back

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bobby Petrino (peh-TREE'-noh) is back as football coach at Louisville. He held the job from 2003-06 and left with a record of 41-9. He replaces Charlie Strong, who left last weekend for the job at Texas.

Petrino, who is a lifetime 83-30 college coach, is taking over a team that went 12-1. He led Western Kentucky to a record of 8-4 this past season.


Report: Kiffin may land at Alabama...Four players leaving for NFL

UNDATED (AP) — Former Southern California coach Lane Kiffin is being considered by Alabama to replace offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, a person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press. The person says there is mutual interest between Kiffin and Alabama coach Nick Saban. Kiffin, who spent a week in Tuscaloosa, Ala., last month exchanging ideas with Tide coaches.


Mason to bolt Tigers

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn tailback Tre Mason is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Mason ran for 24 touchdowns last season and broke Bo Jackson's 28-year-old school single-season record with 1,816 yards. In Monday's BCS championship game, he rushed for 195 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Tigers loss to Florida State.


Arizona beats UCLA...Tigers dump Cardinals

UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Arizona has tied the best start in team history despite blowing a 13-point lead with 6:16 to play and committing a season-worst 17 turnovers.

Nick Johnson scored 22 points and No. 1 Arizona withstood UCLA's late 15-1 run to beat the Bruins 79-75. Kaleb Tarczewski shot 6-for-6 from the field and scored 16 points for the Wildcats, who snapped a three-game skid against the Bruins in the lone regular-season meeting between the longtime conference powers.

Arizona is 16-0 for the first since the 1931-32 campaign.

Memphis has won last night's lone matchup of Top-25 men's basketball teams.

Joe Jackson and Shaq Goodwin each scored 15 points as the 24th-ranked Tigers rallied late for a 73-67 upset of No. 12 Louisville. Memphis trailed 61-55 with 5:26 remaining before closing on an 18-6 run to beat the defending national champions for the first time in five tries.

In other top-25 action:

— No. 17 Oregon was beaten on its home floor as Jordan Mathews scored 32 points on 10 of 14 shooting to lead unranked California past the Ducks 96-83.

— Aaron White had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Melsahn Basabe added 16 points with 10 boards and 20th-ranked Iowa routed Northwestern 93-67.

— Portland surprised No. 22 Gonzaga 82-73 as Bryce Pressley scored 16 points to lead five Pilots in double figures.


Surgery for Verlander

DETROIT (AP) — Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander has undergone muscle repair surgery. The club did not identify the "core muscle" that was repaired. Verlander suffered the injury last month while working out. The former Cy Young winner is expected to need six weeks of rehab before being evaluated again.


Ducks stay hot...Sharks stifle Wings...B's fall to Kings

UNDATED (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have stretched their lead in the NHL's Western Conference by winning for the 15th time in their last 16 games. Ryan Getzlaf (GETS'-laf) scored twice while Anaheim was putting together a four-goal second period to beat Nashville 4-3. Corey Perry tied the game with his team-high 25th goal of the season before Teemu Selanne (TAY'-moo she-LAH'-nee) notched the game-winner late in the middle stanza.

The Ducks trailed 2-0 and 3-2 before stretching their Western Conference lead to four points over Chicago and St. Louis.

The Blues were 5-0 winners at Calgary as Jaroslav Halak (hah-LAHK') stopped 33 shots in his third shutout of the season and 28th of his career. Vladimir Sobotka and Vladimir Tarasenko each had a goal and an assist in the Blues' seventh consecutive win.

Also in the NHL:

— Joe Pavelski scored twice and Joe Thornton had two assists in San Jose's 4-1 victory against Detroit. Antti Niemi (AN'-tee nee-EH'-mee) handled 24 shots as the Sharks won for the seventh time in 10 games to stay nine points off the Western Conference lead.

— Boston is 0-2 on its California road trip after Justin Williams and Alex Martinez scored 61 seconds apart to put Los Angeles ahead 3-0 in the first period of a 4-2 win over the Bruins. Jeff Carter and Dustin Brown also tallied as the Kings won for just the second time in their last eight games.

— Justin Fontaine registered his first career hat trick and Minnesota picked up its fourth straight win by topping Phoenix 4-1. Niklas Backstrom stopped 39 shots and Kyle Brodziak (BRAHD'-zihk) had a goal and an assist for the Wild.

— Dallas absorbed its fourth straight loss as Cory Schneider picked up his third shutout of the season by stopping 26 shots in New Jersey's 1-0 win over the Stars. Michael Ryder scored his team-high 15th goal 8:17 into the second period to help the Devils end a three-game skid.

— Eric Fehr (fehr) scored his second goal of the night with just 52 seconds left to give Washington a 4-3 win at Tampa Bay. Mikhail Grabovski and Marcus Johansson had power-play goals for the Capitals, who blew a 3-1 lead before ending a four-game losing streak.

— Jeff Skinner has 17 goals in his last 17 games and a career-high six-game point streak after netting a goal and an assist in Carolina's 6-1 victory against Toronto. Jordan Staal had a goal and three assists, and Eric Lindholm collected three points in his first game since coming back from the World Junior Championship.

— Tim Thomas stopped 23 shots and Brad Boyes led Florida's offense in a 2-1 shootout win at Buffalo. Boyes tied the game midway through the third period before scoring the lone shootout goal.


Sabres have new GM

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have hired Tim Murray to take over as their general manager.

Murray spent the past seven seasons working for the Senators, and has 20 years of NHL experience since breaking in as a scout with Detroit in 1993. He was serving as Ottawa's assistant GM.


Nadal in same bracket with Murray, Federer

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal got a challenging draw at the Australian Open, with Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro all drawn into his half.

Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) is on the other half with No. 3-ranked David Ferrer.

On the women's side, top-ranked Serena Williams has 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur and two-time finalist Li Na in her half.

Two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova are in the opposite half, meaning they could only meet Serena Williams in the final.

The season's first major starts Monday.


Bae in front early

HONOLULU (AP) — Sang-Moon Bae is the leader through 18 holes of the PGA's Sony Open at Waialae Country Club.

Bae played bogey-free in a 7-under-par 63 that puts him one shot ahead of Chris Kirk.

Ryan Palmer and Brian Stuard are within two shots of the lead.


Former basketball player apologizes for comments in North Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Dennis Rodman has apologized for comments he made in North Korea about a detained American missionary, saying he had been drinking and was under pressure as he organized a game with former NBA players. Rodman has been slammed for not using his influence with North Korea's leader to help free Kenneth Bae, the missionary in poor health who is being confined in North Korea for "anti-state" crimes. In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Rodman implied Bae was at fault.

The former NBA player says he was under pressure and drinking because "my dreams of basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart."