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Last Update on January 31, 2015 06:36 GMT


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving combined for 44 points, and LeBron James scored 19 in his return from a one-game absence, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Sacramento Kings 101-90 on Friday night for their ninth straight win.

Love led Cleveland with 23 points, including 16 in the first quarter, while Irving, who scored an arena record 55 points Wednesday against Portland, added 21.

James returned after missing Wednesday's game with a sprained right wrist. He was 7 for 16 from the field in 33 minutes, but made five straight shots, including a 3-pointer and a dunk off a behind-the-back dribble, as Cleveland put the game away early in the fourth quarter.

A team trainer placed a brace on James' wrist in the third quarter, which he wore the remainder of the game.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kevin Love says he isn't expecting a warm welcome when he plays in Minnesota for the first time since he was traded to Cleveland.

The Cavaliers visit the Timberwolves on Saturday night. Love says he expects to hear plenty of boos.

Love spent six years in Minnesota before he was traded to Cleveland last summer. He supplanted Kevin Garnett as the face of the Timberwolves franchise, but the team never made the playoffs.

Love asked for a trade last summer. The Wolves received Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young in return.

Love says he expects a reception similar to the one he got early in his career in Portland. Fans booed him there because the Oregon native chose to go to college at UCLA.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Ryan Murray off injured reserve and assigned right wing Josh Anderson to their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Murray has missed the last 36 games because of a knee injury.

The 21-year-old Murray, the No. 2 pick overall in the 2013 draft, also missed the first seven games of the season because of an offseason knee surgery. He has four goals and 17 assists and a +4 plus/minus rating in 66 NHL games.

The 20-year-old Anderson made his NHL debut on Jan. 16 and picked up an assist for his first NHL point on Thursday night at Florida.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Point guard Troy Caupain's best game gives Cincinnati a sense it's still in the race.

The sophomore scored a career-high 20 points before picking up his second technical foul on Thursday night while leading the Bearcats to a 70-58 win over Connecticut.

The Bearcats (15-5, 6-2) are alone in third place in the American Athletic Conference, trailing Tulsa (8-0) and Southern Methodist (8-1). Cincinnati plays at SMU next Thursday and at Tulsa on March 4.

The Bearcats have gotten their bearings after coach Mick Cronin was sidelined in December by medical issues. He can't coach games or practice the rest of the season. They're 8-3 under associate head coach Larry Davis.

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Last Update on January 31, 2015 16:16 GMT


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Serena Williams is the Australian Open women's champion for the sixth time.

Playing with a hacking cough, Williams defeated Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 (5) for her 19th Grand Slam title. The 33-year-old Williams also became the oldest winner of the Australian women's title in the Open era. And she moved into outright second place on the list of major winners in the Open era, behind only Steffi Graf's 22.

Williams now has won 16 in a row and is 17-2 in career matches against No. 2 Sharapova, who hasn't won a head-to-head meeting since 2004.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Super Bowl is Sunday and today is the final day of preparation for the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, who are trying to become the first team since New England in 2004 and 2005 to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The Seahawks will have a walkthrough this morning followed by the team photo at the stadium.

The Patriots were scheduled to have a walk-through today, but coach Bill Belichick late last night decided against that.

So whatever the Patriots are planning, in the afternoon it's off to their respective hotels, away from the madding crowds for some rest before Sunday's scheduled 6:30 (Eastern Time) kickoff.


UNDATED (AP)-- Fourth-ranked Duke is 17-0 outside the Atlantic Coast Conference and 4-3 in it. The Blue Devils could fall to .500 in ACC play unless they pull off something that no team in college basketball has been able to do: beat Virginia.

The 19-0 Cavaliers have passed every test so far. Last time out, the Cavaliers barely got past Virginia Tech 50-47 last Sunday. But the Blue Devils will provide a sharp upgrade in talent over the Hokies.

Duke seemingly has some internal issues after the dismissal of junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon (SOO'-lah-mahn) from the team last Thursday. Sulaimon was averaging 7.5 points, 2 rebounds and 1.8 assists this year, coming off the bench in every game.

That move came after the fourth-ranked Blue Devils lost at No. 8 Notre Dame 77-73 Wednesday night in a game in which Duke led by 10 points in the second half. They travel to unbeaten and second-ranked Virginia on Saturday night.

In other AP Top-25 today:

Top-ranked Kentucky, fresh off its 20th victory, 69-53 over Missouri Thursday night, hosts Alabama today as Coach John Calipari's club continues its quest for a perfect season.

Third-ranked Gonzaga (gahn-ZAH'-guh) is coming off a 64-46 victory over Portland Thursday night. The 'Zags go outside the West Coast Conference for tonight's game against Memphis. The 'Zags are trying for their 38th straight home win.

Fifth-ranked Wisconsin takes its 18-2 record on the road to play at Iowa. The Badgers already have trounced the Hawkeyes 82-50 last week and have won three in a row.

Seventh-ranked Villanova, also 18-2, also is on the road as it travels to Chicagoland to play DePaul.

Eighth-ranked Notre Dame, which figures to move up the rankings next week after beating Duke Wednesday night, tries to avoid a letdown as the Irish travel to Pittsburgh.

Elsewhere in AP Top 25 action, ninth-ranked Kansas hosts Kansas State, No. 10 Louisville is at 13th-ranked North Carolina, No. 18 Northern Iowa hosts 12th-ranked Wichita State, No. 14 VCU has a bragging rights game against Richmond, No. 15 Iowa State hosts TCU, Texas Tech visits No. 17 West Virginia, No. 19 Texas hosts 20th-ranked Baylor, No. 21 Georgetown tries to rebound from its home loss to Xavier Monday night by traveling to Creighton (KRAY'-tuhn), No. 22 Indiana hosts Rutgers, No. 24 Oklahoma visits Oklahoma State and 25th-ranked Butler is at Marquette in Big East action.


UNDATED (AP)-- The Atlanta Hawks have the second half of a back-to-back scheduling challenge tonight. But the way the Hawks are playing, it might not matter. Atlanta, which won its 18th straight last night with a 105-99 victory over Portland, takes on lowly Philadelphia tonight as the Hawks try to keep their franchise-record winning streak growing.

That's one of 11 games on the NBA schedule tonight. Elsewhere, Dallas is at Orlando, Washington hosts Toronto, Indiana hosts Sacramento, Houston is at Detroit, Memphis is home to Oklahoma City, red-hot Cleveland is at Minnesota after beating Sacramento 101-90 last night for the Cavaliers' ninth straight victory, Portland is at Milwaukee, Denver hosts Charlotte, the L.A. Clippers are at San Antonio and the Golden State Warriors have the second half of a back-to-back situation by hosting Phoenix.


UNDATED (AP) -- There are three matinees are dotting the 11-game NHL slate. First up, the Washington Capitals invade the Bell Centre to take on the Canadiens. The Caps are coming off a 4-0 shutout of Pittsburgh Wednesday night in which Braden Holtby recorded his fifth shutout of the season with 27 saves. Alex Ovechkin moved to the top of the NHL scoring parade with two goals.

Also this afternoon, the surprising New York Islanders travel to Joe Louis Arena to take on the Detroit Red Wings. The Isles are coming off their 5-2 loss to Boston Thursday night.

The other day game has Arizona traveling to Ottawa to play the Senators.

Elsewhere in the NHL tonight, Dallas is at Winnipeg, Boston hosts the L.A. Kings, New Jersey is home to Florida, Toronto is at Philadelphia, the Rangers are home against Carolina, Tampa Bay hosts Carolina, Edmonton is at Calgary and San Jose is home to Chicago.


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