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Johnson cruises past Gordon

Jimmie Johnson reeled in teammate Jeff Gordon, who had led 218 of the 267 laps in yesterday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, to win for the second consecutive week. He took four tires on the final pit stop, chased Gordon for 17 laps, then finally sailed past his Hendrick Motorsports teammate with 17 laps to go to wrap up the win.


Louisville tops UConn again

Edgar Sosa's driving layup with 8 seconds left gave Louisville a 78-76 victory over Connecticut in Storrs, the second for the Cardinals (19-10, 10-6 Big East) over the Huskies (17-12, 7-9) in a month. Kemba Walker led UConn (17-12, 7-9) with 28 points, but his drive to the basket in the final seconds was stuffed by Samardo Samuels . . . Lazar Hayward scored 23 points and Marquette (19-9, 10-6 Big East) won its third straight overtime game with an 84-83 decision over Seton Hall (16-11, 7-9) in Newark . . . Raymar Morgan had 16 points and 11 rebounds and No. 14 Michigan State (22-7, 12-4 Big Ten) rattled off a 16-6 run early in the second half to beat host No. 3 Purdue, 53-44. Purdue is 24-4, 12-4.


T-Wolves suspend Jefferson

The Minnesota Timberwolves have suspended center Al Jefferson for the next two games without pay after his arrest on suspicion of DWI. The Minnesota State Patrol says a trooper stopped the 25-year-old Jefferson on Interstate 394 early yesterday for speeding and changing lanes without signaling . . . Andray Blatche scored a career-high 36 points and had 15 rebounds, and Randy Foye hit two jumpers in the final 44 seconds to lead Washington to an 89-85 comeback victory over the host Nets (6-53) . . . Lamar Odom scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, Pau Gasol had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and the host Los Angeles Lakers overcame an 11-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Denver Nuggets, 95-89 . . . Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire had 41 points and 12 rebounds but teammate Jason Richardson clanged a game-tying, one-handed dunk attempt with 41.8 seconds left, and host San Antonio went on to a 113-110 victory.- AP


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