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NBA: Nets beat Hawks in overtime

Brook Lopez scored a season-high 32 points as the Nets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 106-99 overtime victory over the slumping Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. Devin Harris added 23 of his 27 points in the second half, Kris Humphries had 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Anthony Morrow had five of his 13 points in overtime in New Jersey's first home game in 10 days. Jamal Crawford had 21 points, and Josh Smith 20 for the Hawks, who have lost three straight.

Nets sixth man Terrence Williams was suspended for the game and for Wednesday night's game in Boston because of repeated violations of team rules, according to coach Avery Johnson. Johnson would not discuss specific violations. "It has been something that we have dealt with for the past two to three weeks or so, and I don't know if he completely understands what we are trying to do," Johnson said, adding that Williams being inactive was a substitute for a fine.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UConn knocks off Michigan State

Kemba Walker scored 30 points and hit a key jumper with less than a minute left, helping Connecticut outlast No. 2 Michigan State, 70-67, in a Maui Invitational semifinal. Connecticut (4-0) refused to be pushed around by a team projected to be a national title contender. The Huskies made it interesting by missing five late free throws, but survived Draymond Green's midcourt heave at the buzzer . . . Jon Diebler scored 20 points and David Lighty 11 to lead No. 3 Ohio State past Morehead State 64-45 . . . Ashton Gibbs scored 20 points and No. 5 Pittsburgh pulled away from smaller Robert Morris after leading by only five points with 11 minutes remaining, winning, 74-53.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Paterno says he's sticking around

Joe Paterno says he plans to return as Penn State coach next season, putting an end to any speculation about retirement. "I'm looking forward to it . . . We've struggled a little bit this year, the youth and the injuries and the whole bit," Paterno said at his weekly news conference. "I had no intentions, and I've never indicated to anybody, including myself, that I was not coming back. It's always been in my mind that now is not the time to go."

NFL: Vick speaks to high schoolers

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick urged high school students in Connecticut to show kindness toward animals, adding to the string of appearances he's made since returning to the NFL from a dogfighting conviction. At Hillhouse High School in New Haven, he told an audience packed with students that he has matured since his involvement with the "Bad Newz Kennels" dogfighting enterprise on his property in rural southeastern Virginia. "I didn't really care what people felt about animals," Vick said in comments reported by the New Haven Register.

TENNIS: Federer defeats Murray

Playing like the Roger Federer of old, the 16-time major singles champion from Switzerland easily beat Andy Murray, 6-4, 6-2, at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Federer is 2-0 at the season-ending tournament for the top eight players in the world, but has still not advanced to the semifinals from Group B. Robin Soderling beat David Ferrer, 7-5, 7-5, in the other Group B match, meaning all players still have a chance to advance.

- AP

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