Sports Digest: Bulls fall to the Raptors

2013-12-31T21:15:00Z 2014-06-24T21:10:21Z Sports Digest: Bulls fall to the Raptors nwitimes.com

Pro basketball

BULLS FALL TO RAPTORS: Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points and the Toronto Raptors mounted a fourth-quarter comeback to beat the Bulls 85-79 on Tuesday night.

Luol Deng led Chicago (12-18) with 16 points in his return to the court after missing five games due to a sore left Achilles tendon.

NBA ACKNOWLEDGES MISTAKE IN TIMBERWOLVES' GAME: The NBA has acknowledged another officiating error, and this one that helped the Dallas Mavericks hang on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves.

League President of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn made the announcement Tuesday after reviewing video of the play. The NBA determined that Kevin Love of the Timberwolves was fouled on his right arm by Shawn Marion of the Mavericks while Love attempted a 21-foot shot from the corner at the end of the game Monday.

Thorn said Love should have been awarded two free throws with one second left and the Mavericks leading by two points. They won 100-98.

Ed Malloy was the official who watched the play and didn't make a call as Marion hit Love's arm and caused the ball to sail out of bounds.

Pro football

COLTS PLAYOFF TICKETS ON SALE: Tickets for Saturday's Colts-Chiefs AFC Wild Card game are on sale. Prices range from $56 to $156. The game starts at 3:35 p.m. For details, call 1-800-745-3000 or go to www.ticketmaster.com.

MANNING'S PASSING RECORD STANDS: The NFL says Peyton Manning's single-season record for 5,477 yards passing will stand.

Elias Sports Bureau, the league's official statistician, reviewed a 7-yard pass from Manning to wide receiver Eric Decker and determined it will remain a forward pass and not a lateral, which would have made it a 7-yard run.

That would have subtracted 7 yards from Manning's total, leaving him with 5,470 yards, six shy of Drew Brees' 2011 record.

JAGUARS TO ALLOW JONES-DREW TO TEST FREE AGENCY:  The Jacksonville Jaguars plan to let veteran running back Maurice Jones-Drew test free agency.

General manager Dave Caldwell says Jones-Drew has "earned the right" to test the market in March. Caldwell adds that the Jaguars would decide whether to match another team's offer.

Men's basketball

VILLANOVA HOLDS OFF BUTLER: JayVaughn Pinkston had 22 points and No. 11 Villanova rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 76-73 overtime victory over Butler in the Big East opener for both teams.

Kellen Dunham scored 22 points and freshman Elijah Brown had a season-high 19 for Butler (10-3, 0-1), which dropped to 2-3 at home against Top 25 teams since 2009-10. It was Butler's first loss in seven games at home this season.

College football

ARIZONA CRUISES TO ADVOCARE V100 BOWL WIN: B.J. Denker threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns, Ka'Deem Carey rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns and Arizona had an easy time in beating Boston College 42-19 in the Advocare V100 Bowl.

Arizona (8-5) never trailed, leading 21-6 by halftime and 42-6 early in the fourth quarter. Carey had his 16th straight game with at least 100 yards rushing while Denker added a 14-yard touchdown run.

HUNDLEY, UCLA ROUT VA. TECH: Brett Hundley threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores to help No. 17 UCLA rout Virginia Tech 42-12 in the Sun Bowl.

The Bruins (10-3) outscored the Hokies (8-5) 28-5 in the second half.

MISSISSIPPI STATE EASES PAST RICE: Dak Prescott threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores and Mississippi State trounced Rice 44-7 in the most one-sided Liberty Bowl victory in the game's 55-year history.

By accounting for five touchdowns, Prescott set a Liberty Bowl record.

Around the horn

Rory McIlroy is claiming his first win of the new year — his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. One of the top power couples in sports announced their engagement on Twitter. A spokesman for McIlroy confirmed that he popped the question in Sydney, where Wozniacki is starting to prepare for the Australian Open. ... Tim Tebow says he is not done with the NFL even though helping ESPN launch the SEC Network was too good an opportunity to pass up. The 26-year-old Tebow repeatedly stressed Tuesday he will continue training in hopes of returning to the NFL as a quarterback. ... Two people familiar with the negotiations say Penn State's Bill O'Brien has reached an agreement to coach the Houston Texans. The people spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement hasn't been made.

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