A look at some of the top sports headlines making news today, Wednesday, Jan. 7.
WILDCATS STILL PERFECT
The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats needed overtime to defeat upset-minded Mississippi 89-86 to remain undefeated and win their 14th straight game. Coach John Calipari’s team got 26 points from Aaron Harrison, who made two big free throws with 1:29 remaining in overtime to give the Wildcats the lead for good.
Devin Booker added 13 points, Andrew Harrison 12, including a free throw with 33 seconds left for Kentucky. Karl-Anthony Towns had 11 as the Wildcats survived their toughest test this season.
Stefan Moody scored 25 points for Ole Miss.
In other AP Top-25 hoops:
- Darrun Hilliard scored 21 points and No. 8 Villanova rebounded from its first defeat of the season by routing No. 24 St. John’s 90-72. Dylan Ennis added 15 points and nine rebounds for the 14-1 Wildcats, who lost to Seton Hall on Saturday.
- Dustin Hogue blocked a 3-point try with under a second left to help 17th-ranked Iowa State hold off Oklahoma State 63-61. Hogue scored all 17 of his points in the second half.
- Marc Loving’s jump shot from the lane with 5.6 seconds left in overtime gave No. 22 Ohio State a 74-72 victory over Minnesota.
- Bobby Portis scored 21 points, Michael Qualls added 15 and No. 23 Arkansas rallied from a first-half deficit of 13 points to beat Georgia 79-75 in the Southeastern Conference opener for each team.
SUNS STUN BUCKS, PISTONS SURPRISE SPURS
The Phoenix Suns just might be the hottest team in the NBA right now. The Suns beat the Milwaukee Bucks on the road 102-96 for their ninth victory in their last 11 games. Markief Morris led the Suns with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Isaiah Thomas added 19 and Goran Dragic 16 for the Suns, who have scored a 100 or more points for the nine straight games.
Brandon Knight scored 26 for the Bucks, who’ve lost four in a row.
In Tuesday night’s only other NBA game, Detroit nipped San Antonio 105-104. Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe each had a double-double. Drummond had 20 points and 17 rebounds and Monroe added 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Pistons pushed their winning streak to six games.
HABS’ WIN STREAK ENDS AT 6
On NHL ice, the Tampa Bay Lightning spotted Montreal an early goal and then scored four unanswered second period goals in beating the Canadiens 4-2 at Bell Centre. Montreal was playing its first home game after winning five straight on the road. The Canadiens had won six straight overall.
Tyler Johnson scored twice in Tampa Bay’s four-goal second period as the Lightning took over the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
In other hockey:
- David Backes) scored four goals to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 6-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Backes notched his 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th goals of the season over a 17-minute span between the second and third periods.
- New Jersey jumped on Buffalo with three goals in the opening period and beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1. Michael Cammalleri notched his 13th goal and added one assist. Patrik Elias had a goal and two assists to reach 1,000 NHL points.
- Wayne Simmonds scored the tying goal in regulation and had the winner in the shootout to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.
- Roman Josi scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Predators improved to 15-2-1 at home.
GIANTS HUDSON HAS ANKLE SURGERY
Giants right-hander Tim Hudson has undergone surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle. It’s the same one he injured during the 2013 season with Atlanta that sidelined him for the final two months.
The 39-year-old pitcher has said the 2015 season might be his final year. He signed a $23 million, two-year contract before last season, when he reached and won the first World Series of his 16-year career. While Hudson posted his first losing record this year at 9-13 with a 3.57 ERA, he provided a key veteran presence in the rotation and became an All-Star for the fourth time.
In other baseball news:
- A person familiar with the negotiations says infielder Stephen Drew and the New York Yankees are working to finalize a $5 million, one-year contract that is laden with performance bonuses. Drew was acquired by the Yankees from Boston on July 31 and hit .150 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 155 plate appearances for New York.
- Free agent pitcher Tom Gorzelanny has agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the Detroit Tigers. The 32-year-old had a 0.86 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 23 appearances for Milwaukee last year. He began the season on the disabled list after offseason left-shoulder surgery.
SEAHAWKS LOST DT HILL
Seattle defensive tackle Jordan Hill has been ruled out of Saturday’s playoff game against Carolina with a severe calf injury suffered while working out last weekend. Hill suffered a knee sprain in the season finale against St. Louis, but was in the process of coming back when he injured his calf.
Coach Pete Carroll said even if the Seahawks advance, Hill will not be able to return. Hill had been a late-season standout with 5 ½ sacks in the final six games of the regular season.
O.J.’S STOLEN HEISMAN FOUND 20 YEARS LATER
Los Angeles police say they’ve recovered a Heisman Trophy honoring O.J. Simpson more than 20 years after it was stolen from the University of Southern California.
The LAPD said in a statement that the trophy was recovered but would give no further details on where or how they found it.
The trophy was stolen during a 1994 burglary at the USC’s athletic department.