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    Jayden Gardner scored 17 points and made a jumper near the foul line in the final minute as No. 6 Virginia withstood a second-half surge by Syracuse to win its seventh straight game, 67-62. Also No. 11 Texas beats No. 10 Baylor, and Texas Tech upsets No. 13 Iowa State.

      Purdue is this season's first unanimous No. 1 team in the AP men’s college basketball poll. The Boilermakers have won eight straight games since a one-point loss to Rutgers on Jan. 2. They were followed in the AP Top 25 by Tennessee, Houston, Alabama and Arizona.

        Former MVP Candace Parker announced Saturday on social media she would sign with the defending champion Las Vegas Aces. Parker spent the past two seasons playing for her hometown Chicago Sky. She led Chicago to the WNBA championship in 2021 and won the 2016 title playing for the Los Angeles Sparks. Parker adds to an already loaded lineup that includes reigning MVP A'ja Wilson, who also won the league's top award in 2020.

          LeBron James is closing in on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's NBA career scoring record. And now, he has caught Abdul-Jabbar on another page of the All-Star record book. James was announced Thursday as an NBA All-Star for the 19th time, the Los Angeles Lakers' star tying Abdul-Jabbar for the most selections in league history. James was the leading overall vote-getter and will be the captain of one of the teams for the Feb. 19 All-Star Game in Salt Lake City. Eastern Conference voting leader Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will captain the other side.

          Someone will win NBA Defensive Player of the Year this spring, even after a season where no one seems to be able to stop or even slow down anyone with the ball. It’s almost certain that more players will average 20 points per game than ever before.

          Breanna Stewart is the biggest WNBA free agent on the market this offseason and the former MVP has a host of teams courting her, including the Seattle Storm where she's spent her entire career. She's one of five former league MVPs who are unrestricted free agents this year. Candace Parker, Nneka Ogwumike, Diana Taurasi and Tina Charles all could potentially change teams in the coming weeks. Brittney Griner, who was returned to the U.S. last month in a prisoner swap after her 10-month saga in Russia, has said that she'll remain in Phoenix.

          CLEVELAND — Jordan Poole scored 32 points and the Golden State Warriors put on a shooting display by making 23 3-pointers while star Stephen Curry sat on the bench for a 120-114 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

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          CLEVELAND — Steve Kerr doesn’t like being the bad guy, and empathizes with fans who get upset when NBA teams rest star players.

          PARIS — With Victor Wembanyama sitting courtside and watching some of the players he’ll go up against next season, Zach LaVine scored 30 points and the Chicago Bulls never trailed in a 126-108 win over the Detroit Pistons at the NBA Paris Game on Thursday.

          Antoine Davis of Detroit Mercy is the nation’s leading scorer and he recently broke the Division I record for career 3-pointers. After Detroit Mercy plays this Saturday at IUPUI, there is a good chance that only the late Pete Maravich will be ahead of Davis on the NCAA all-time scoring list.

          Authorities say a University of Alabama basketball player charged with capital murder provided the gun used in the fatal shooting. Investigators wrote in a court document that Darius Miles admitted to providing the handgun immediately before the shooting. Another man is accused by police of firing the gun and killing a young woman near the university’s campus.

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