Jefferson's 27 points lift Jazz over Suns 94-81
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Al Jefferson had 27 points and 14 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz built a 22-point lead and held on for a 94-81 victory Saturday night over the Phoenix Suns.
Michael Beasley's follow dunk after a Jazz turnover cut Utah's lead to 79-74 with about 5 minutes remaining.
But Jefferson's steal and 19-footer by Paul Millsap halted a nearly 6-minute scoreless streak for the Jazz and started a 7-0 run, capped by Marvin Williams' 3 pointer.
Millsap added 18 points and 13 rebounds for Utah.
Luis Scola led the Suns with 21 points and Jared Dudley scored 16.
Jamaal Tinsley went scoreless starting in place of injured Mo Williams but handed out 14 assists for the Jazz, who are 3-0 at home.
Logano wins as Sadler wrecks to hurt title chances
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Joey Logano picked up his ninth Nationwide Series win of the season, and a wreck by Elliott Sadler helped Ricky Stenhouse Jr. move a big step closer toward a second championship.
Logano was dominant Saturday at Phoenix, but was under pressure late from Brian Vickers and Stenhouse. But as they closed in on the white flag for what should have been the final lap, Sadler imploded.
The championship contender was running 12th and racing hard — too hard — with Justin Allgaier and Cole Whitt when he triggered a three-car accident.
Sadler and Stenhouse started the race tied in the Nationwide standings. Now Stenhouse goes into Homestead up 20 points in the standings.
Stenhouse can clinch the title by finishing 16th or better in the finale.
Keselowski matures on track to get into title race
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — It would have been easy for Brad Keselowski to wreck Jimmie Johnson at the end of last week's race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Keselowski would have won the race, surged ahead of Johnson in their championship battle and maybe even put enough separation on him to win his first career Sprint Cup title.
But Keselowski said he wouldn't have felt good about winning that way. So he raced Johnson hard — but clean — on the final restart at Texas and wound up finishing second.
Johnson went on to his second consecutive victory, and took a seven-point lead over Keselowski into Sunday's race at Phoenix.
So why didn't Keselowski go for broke?
Because he's not the same driver he was three years ago.
AP Sources: Patrick won't run Indianapolis 500
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Danica Patrick has decided not to race in the Indianapolis 500 next season.
Multiple people familiar with her plans tell The Associated Press that Patrick has decided running the Indy 500 would be a distraction to her NASCAR efforts. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because Patrick has not officially announced her plans.
Patrick declined to comment Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway.
She left IndyCar at the end of last season for a full-time move to NASCAR, and is going full-time into the Sprint Cup Series in 2013.
She'll drive for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Cup Series.
No. 21 USC rebounds for 38-17 win over Arizona St.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marqise Lee caught 10 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown, Curtis McNeal rushed for 163 yards and two more scores, and No. 21 Southern California bounced back from consecutive losses with a 38-17 victory over skidding Arizona State on Saturday.
Matt Barkley threw for 222 yards and three TDs while becoming the leading passer in conference history for the Trojans (7-3, 5-3 Pac-12), who overcame a slow start and five turnovers to snap their two-game skid. USC hasn't lost three straight since 2001, former coach Pete Carroll's first season.
Taylor Kelly passed for 174 yards and Alden Darby returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown for the Sun Devils (5-5, 3-4), who lost their fourth straight. Arizona State managed just 250 total yards and scored all of their points off USC's turnovers, getting shut out in the final 27 minutes.
Carey's 366 yards lead Arizona past Colorado 56-31
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Ka'Deem Carey ran for a Pac-12 record 366 yards and scored five touchdowns, powering Arizona to a 56-31 rout of Colorado on Saturday.
Carey, who carried 25 times, broke the record of 357 rushing yards set by Washington State's Rueben Mayes at Oregon on Oct. 27, 1984. The sophomore's five rushing TDs tied a conference record.
With Pac-12 leading passer Matt Scott out with a concussion, junior college transfer B.J. Denker completed 12 of 14 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns in his first start for Arizona (6-4, 3-4). He also ran for 44 yards and a touchdown.
In his first start this season, Colorado's Nick Hirschman was 12 of 13 for 123 yards and one interception. Christian Powell rushed for 137 yards and two scores for the Buffaloes (1-9, 1-6).
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S Utah stuns N Arizona in 3 OTs 35-29
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Southern Utah's Cody Larsen sacked Northern Arizona's Cary Grossart for a 15-yard loss on a fourth-and-3 play, keeping the Lumberjacks out of the end zone in the third overtime and preserving a 35-29 victory for the Thunderbirds on Saturday.
The loss dropped Northern Arizona (8-2, 6-1 Big Sky) into a tie for the conference lead with Eastern Washington and Montana State. Southern Utah (5-6, 4-4) also gave Eastern Washington its only conference setback.
The difference for Southern Utah in the third overtime proved to be Easton Pedersen's 22-yard touchdown pass from Brad Sorensen.
Sorensen rushed for a 4-yard TD for the first Southern Utah points in overtime, and threw a 14-yard TD pass to Fatu Moala. Northern Arizona's TDs in overtime came on a 12-yard pass from Grossart to Dejzon Walker and a 17-yard pass from Grossart to Ify Umodu.
Grossart threw four TD passes, but was sacked six times.
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Sun Devils beat Central Arkansas 79-64 on opener
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Jordan Bachynski had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Jahii Carson was steady in his debut and Arizona State used a big first-half run to roll over Central Arkansas 79-64 in its season opener Saturday night.
Uneven early, the Sun Devils broke it open with a 20-2 run late in the first half and never let the Bears back in it, forcing 19 turnovers while Bachynski blocked a school-record nine shots.
Carson didn't look like a player who hadn't played in nearly two years, scoring 14 points while handing out five assists. Evan Gordon, a transfer who sat out last season, added 14 points for the Sun Devils.
Central Arkansas, opening its third season under former NBA player Corliss Williamson, struggled against Arizona State's pressure and had no one who could match up with Bachynski inside.
Oregon beats Northern Arizona 83-73
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Tony Woods scored 14 points, including an emphatic two-handed dunk late in the game to put Oregon up for good in an 83-73 victory against Northern Arizona on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.
Damyean Dotson also scored 13 points for the Ducks, E.J. Singler added 12 points and eight rebounds, and Dominic Artis had 10 in the season-opener for Oregon, which sealed the win with a game-ending 16-6 run.
The Ducks, who returned only four scholarship players with game experience, started three freshmen against the Lumberjacks and played six, but it was the veterans who ignited the rally.
Oregon trailed 67-66 with 5:43 to play following back-to-back 3-pointers by NAU's Dewayne Russell and Blake Hamilton.
But Woods, a senior center, put the Ducks on top when he thundered home a dunk for a 68-67 advantage.
Singler followed with a rebound basket and Carlos Emory drained a 3-pointer as the Ducks took off on a 13-0 run that ended with a 79-67 lead.
The Lumberjacks missed eight straight shots during Oregon's run.
Russell finished with 15 points to lead NAU.
ASU now talking with Phoenix on baseball move
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona State University is talking with Phoenix officials about moving its baseball program to a city-owned facility after discussions to share a new Chicago Cubs stadium in Mesa fell apart.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says ASU President Michael Crow called him shortly after talks with the Cubs came to a halt last week.
The Arizona Republic reports that Phoenix Municipal Stadium has been viewed as a logical alternative for ASU. It is currently the spring-training home of the Oakland Athletics, but Mesa and the A's expect to complete a deal soon that would move the team to Hohokam Stadium in 2015.
City officials say negotiations are in the early stages and no agreements have been signed.
ASU is trying to find a new baseball venue to replace Packard Stadium.