Jazz beats Pacers for 12th win in row
Mehmet Okur scored 24 points and the Utah Jazz beat the host Indiana Pacers, 112-100, last night for its 12th straight victory. Paul Millsap finished with 22 points and nine rebounds, Ronnie Brewer scored 18 points and Deron Williams had 12 assists for the Jazz (41-23), which moved closer to the franchise record of 15 consecutive victories. Troy Murphy hit seven three-pointers and scored 23 for Indiana (28-38).
Other results: : Tim Duncan had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the host Spurs (43-20) beat the Bobcats (28-36), 100-86, stopping their franchise-record winning streak at six. ... Nate Robinson scored 10 of his 32 points in the final five minutes, helping the Knicks (26-37) top the Bucks (30-37), 120-112, for a rare road win.
Stern: : Commissioner David Stern said the NBA and union might have to make "some adjustments" to the labor contract when it expires in two years, but he foresees no "doomsday scenario" for the league because of the current economic crisis. "The predictions of the demise of the NBA were frequent and profound" over the years, Stern said yesterday in Washington at George Washington University, where Wizards owner Abe Pollin was inducted into the School of Business Sports Executives Hall of Fame, "and they've always been wrong."
Trail Blazers-Lakers: : Blazers forward Rudy Fernandez was released from a Portland hospital yesterday after spending the night because of a hard foul he took against the Lakers' Trevor Ariza. Fernandez suffered a bruised chest and a right hip pointer after he was fouled on a fast break by Ariza late in the third quarter of Portland's 111-94 victory Monday night. Ariza was ejected. The foul led to a brief skirmish between the teams. NBA officials yesterday suspended Lakers forward Lamar Odom one game without pay for leaving the bench area.
Mussina: 'It feels good being retired'
Mike Mussina is enjoying retirement and has no desire to pitch again. The former Orioles and Yankees pitcher, on vacation with his family in Tampa, Fla., visited old teammates before New York's game last night with the Cincinnati Reds. "No itch," Mussina, 40, said. "It feels good being retired."
Clemens: : Federal authorities have found performance-enhancing substances on the materials Brian McNamee said he used to inject Roger Clemens, The New York Times reported yesterday. Clemens has said repeatedly that McNamee, his former personal trainer, injected him with B-12 and a painkiller.
Red Sox: : Pitcher Jon Lester is among 19 players who have agreed to one-year deals Lester and the team reportedly had agreed to a five-year, $30 million contract, but the pitcher said Monday that a deal had not yet been reached.
Mariners: : The franchise lost $4.5 million last year, the first time it finished in the red since moving into Safeco Field in 1999, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.
World Baseball Classic:: Former Oriole Eugene Kingsale singled in the tying run and scored the game-winner in the 11th inning as the Netherlands rallied for a 2-1 victory over heavily favored Dominican Republic in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The win marked the Netherlands' second in the tournament over the Dominicans. ... Bobby Abreu and Miguel Cabrera hit consecutive long balls to start a four-homer outburst in the fifth inning that powered Venezuela to a 10-1 victory over Italy in Toronto and a spot in the second round.
Loyola, Navy prevail; No. 1 Virginia is 8-0
Senior Shane Koppens paired three goals with a career-high six assists to propel No. 14 Loyola (4-2) to a 15-11 nonconference win over visiting Bryant (4-3). ... Navy (5-2, 2-1 Patriot) received two goals apiece from Patrick Moran and Brian Striffler in its win over host Lehigh (1-5, 0-1).
National men: : Brian Carroll scored three goals and No. 1 Virginia (8-0) scored five times in the first quarter to roll to a 16-4 victory over visiting Vermont (2-1). ... No. 5 Cornell (3-1) took an 11-1 lead in the third quarter over visiting Canisius (0-3) and finished with a 14-4 victory.
State women: : St. Mary's (5-1) overcame an 8-6 halftime deficit by scoring eight of the game's final nine goals to defeat visiting Roanoke (3-2), 14-9. ... Brittany Baer had her fourth hat trick in as many games and scored the game-winner with 42.8 seconds left, giving host McDaniel (3-1) an 11-10 victory over Elizabethtown (2-1). ... Jensen Paterson scored six goals and Allegheny (1-0) cruised to a 22-14 win over visiting Frostburg State (2-2). ... Goucher (2-2) took a 7-6 lead into halftime but couldn't sustain it in a 14-11 loss to visiting Skidmore (1-1). ... Washington College raced out to a 13-4 halftime lead en route to a 22-5 victory over Salve Regina in San Antonio.
Tomlinson, Chargers agree on 3-year deal
LaDainian Tomlinson is staying with the San Diego Chargers. The running back and the team agreed to a renegotiated three-year deal that gives the team salary cap relief. Financial terms weren't immediately available. The deal ends a two-month saga during which it looked like Tomlinson, the 2006 NFL Most Valuable Player, could be finished with the Chargers.
More off the field: : The Rams released seven-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Pace, 33, who was dogged by injuries in recent seasons. The move cleared $6 million in cap space for the Rams. ... Quarterback Alex Smith, a 2005 No. 1 pick, agreed to a restructured contract sharply reducing his base salary. Smith was due to make nearly $10 million in 2009. The 49ers now have Smith under contract for the next two years; other terms were not disclosed. ... Former NFL place-kicker Tony Zendejas was acquitted in Pomona, Calif., of drugging a woman at his restaurant and raping her.