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No. 10 Michigan State men’s basketball rallies to avoid upset against Northwestern

Michigan State's A.J. Hoggard (11) blocks a shot by Northwestern's Boo Buie (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday in Evanston, Ill. Michigan State won 73-67.Paul Beaty/Associated Press

Gabe Brown scored 20 points, Marcus Bingham Jr. added 13, and No. 10 Michigan State men’s basketball rallied from a 13-point first-half deficit for a 73-67 victory over host Northwestern on Sunday. Max Christie had 11 points and Joey Hauser added 10 as the Spartans (12-2, 3-0 Big Ten) won their seventh straight. Pete Nance had 13 points before fouling out and Boo Buie and Chase Audige had 12 points apiece for Northwestern (8-3, 1-1). Northwestern beat then-No. 4 Michigan State 79-65 at Welsh-Ryan Arena last season. The Wildcats led virtually the entire first half and had a 31-18 advantage following a Nance basket with just over three minutes left before the break ... Jacob Falko and Tyler Bertram scored 20 points apiece as Binghamton turned back visiting UMass Lowell 68-63 in an America East Conference opener. Kalil Thomas scored a career-high 21 points and had six rebounds for the River Hawks (8-5). Ayinde Hikim added 13 points ... Freshman Malaki Branham scored 35 points, Jamari Wheeler made two 3-pointers early in overtime, and No. 13 Ohio State beat host Nebraska 87-79. ... Ramon Walker Jr. was first buried on the depth chart and then sidelined with a hand injury, unable to find the playing time he wanted with a Houston team coming off of a Final Four appearance. With the banged-up Cougars needing a big shot, Walker delivered a 3 in front of his own bench to stretch No. 12 Houston’s lead to five in the final minutes to help hold off Temple 66-61 in Philadelphia.

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Duke women come from behind to beat Irish

Elizabeth Balogun scored 27 points including a final go-ahead basket with 30 seconds left to rally No. 15 Duke women’s basketball to a 72-70 victory over No. 17 Notre Dame in Durham, N.C. Miela Goodchild added 13 points and Celeste Taylor and Lexi Gordon 12 each for the Blue Devils (10-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 50 percent and made 10 of 20 from beyond the arc, seven more 3s than Notre Dame, which scored 54 points in the paint, 30 more than Duke ... Zia Cooke had 18 points, Aliyah Boston had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 1 South Carolina bounced back from its first loss of the season with an 80-68 victory over visiting Mississippi State. The Bulldogs (9-4, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) were a late replacement when Mississippi pulled out with COVID-19 issues. Mississippi State was supposed to play at Kentucky on Monday, a game that also was postponed because of the virus ... Ayoka Lee continued to show why she is one of the best post players in the country, scoring 32 points with 10 rebounds, and Kansas State upset No. 10 Baylor, 68-59, in Manhattan, Kan. ... Emily Engstler scored 14 points and hit a layup with three seconds remaining to lift No. 3 Louisville to its 12th straight victory, 50-48, over No. 16 Georgia Tech ... Tamari Key scored 17 points to lead five Tennessee players in double figures as the No. 7 Lady Volunteers rallied to beat Arkansas, 70-63... Sophomore Caitlin Clark scored a career-high 44 points with eight assists, freshman Addison O’Grady recorded her first double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 21 Iowa beat Evansville, 93-56 ... Ali Patberg scored 18 points, Aleksa Gulbe and Mackenzie Holmes each had a double-double, and No. 8 Indiana beat sixth-ranked Maryland, 70-63, in overtime in Bloomington, Ind., for its first victory in the 12-game series … Haley Jones scored 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as No. 2 Stanford pounded Washington State, 82-44, in Pullman, Wash., extending its all-time record to 70-0 against the Cougars ... Alexis Morris scored a career-high 30 points and No. 19 LSU defeated No. 23 Texas A&M, 75-66, in Baton Rouge for the Tigers’ 13th straight victory ... Ashley Joens poured in 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 14 Iowa State rolled to an 88-72 victory over visiting West Virginia in a Big 12 Conference opener ... Que Morrison scored 12 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter to help rally No. 13 Georgia to a 73-69 win over host Florida ... Joanne Allen-Taylor and Audrey Warren scored 14 points apiece and No. 12 Texas defeated host Oklahoma State, 62-51, in a Big 12 Conference opener after both schools endured long layoffs because of COVID-19 protocols ... Sophomore Deja Kelly took advantage of a career-best five 3-pointers to score a career-high 31 points and No. 24 North Carolina cruised to an 81-62 victory over Clemson in Atlantic Coast Conference play in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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TENNIS

US defeats Canada at ATP Cup

The United States beat Canada and defending champion Russia defeated France at the ATP Cup in Sydney, with the Americans taking a much easier route. John Isner and Taylor Fritz beat their Canadian singles opponents and then clinched the match in doubles for a 3-0 win. Isner beat Brayden Schnur, 6-1, 6-4, in 66 minutes to give the Americans the early lead. Schnur was a late replacement for Denis Shapovalov, who withdrew from the opening singles match because of fatigue.

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MISCELLANY

Latvia wins luge World Cup relay, US is third

Latvia won gold in a World Cup luge team relay, with Austria second and the US grabbing third in Winterberg, Germany. The Latvian team finished in 2 minutes, 24.294 seconds and Austria’s team was second in 2:24.652. The Americans — Summer Britcher, Tucker West, and the doubles team of Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman — got the bronze in 2:24.802. It was the second team relay medal of the season for USA Luge, which grabbed silver in the season-opening relay on the new track in Yanqing, China, that will be used for the Beijing Olympics next month ... Britcher was fifth in the women’s race, good enough to ensure that she will be selected for the US Olympic team. When officially selected — USA Luge will nominate its full team later this month — Britcher will become a three-time Olympian ... Christian Pulisic completed Chelsea’s fightback against Liverpool to claim a 2-2 draw in the English Premier League in London. The American soccer star struck in the 45th minute for only a third goal from 11 league appearances this season, three minutes after Mateo Kovacic’s first-time volley from the edge of the penalty area began the recovery.

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