Villanova dumps poor-shooting Hoyas
Michael Bradley scored 24 points, and Villanova won a matchup of bad shooting vs. bad ball-handling to upset No. 18 Georgetown, 59-56, Monday night.
Playing most of the game without injured point guard Jermaine Medley, Villanova had 23 turnovers -- but Georgetown faltered by shooting just 27 percent. The Hoyas' only field goal over the final 4:55 was Demetrius Hunter's three-pointer with 5.6 seconds to play.
Villanova (15-8, 6-5 Big East) has won three straight. Georgetown (19-5, 6-5), once ranked in the Top 10, is 3-5 since starting 16-0.
Bradley was 7 for 10 from the field, 9 for 12 from the free-throw line, had eight rebounds and three steals -- but also had seven turnovers as he battled a collapsing Georgetown defense. Gary Buchanan had eight turnovers, but he hit a three-pointer with 15 seconds remaining to give the Wildcats a 58-52 lead.
With 4.6 seconds to go, Buchanan missed a free throw; he had made a Division I-record 73 in a row.
"The record is over," Buchanan said. "It's one of those things where I'll take the win over the record any day. I rushed it."
He made his second shot. Georgetown's Kevin Braswell missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.
In the other Top 25 game Monday, Terry Black scored 20 points as Baylor rode a nearly flawless first half to an 85-77 victory over No. 6 Kansas.
The Bears (16-6, 5-6) scored the game's first 10 points and led by 25 after the first half, marking the biggest halftime deficit Roy Williams has faced in his 13 years coaching Kansas.
Although the Jayhawks (19-4, 8-3) got within four, Baylor held on for its first win over a Top 10 team since beating No. 3 Arkansas in 1990.
In other college basketball news:
North Carolina remained No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for the second straight week, with Stanford and Duke remaining second and third. Illinois jumped from seventh to fourth.
Jerry DeGregorio announced Monday he will not return as Rhode Island's men's basketball coach next season after a 10-44 record that is the worst two-year stretch in school history.
NASCAR gives out penalties to crew chiefs
Crew chiefs Tony Furr and Kevin Cram were fined and suspended for technical violations found during inspections after the opening round of qualifying for the Daytona 500.
NASCAR also handed out a series of smaller penalties for technical violations found prior to the season-opening race.
Furr, crew chief for Jerry Nadeau's Hendrick Motorsports entry, was fined $12,500, suspended for four races and placed on probation for the rest of the season after two separate violations were found on the No. 25 car.
He was hit with a $2,500 fine for fuel cell violations found prior to Saturday's time trials, and $10,000 and the suspension after Nadeau's Chevrolet failed to meet minimum height standards after qualifying and a subsequent investigation revealed an apparent attempt to circumvent the rules.
Cram, crew chief for rookie Jason Leffler, who was recently hired to drive for Chip Ganassi, was also fined $10,000, suspended for four weeks and placed on season-long probation for fuel violations. All the teams are required to use the same gasoline.
All suspensions begin Feb. 23.
Tyson wants to fight Lewis this summer
Mike Tyson said he's ready to fight heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis this summer, telling his manager to start negotiations as soon as possible for a fight that could be the richest ever.
The fight still faces huge hurdles before it could be made, but Tyson and Lewis are now both on the record as saying they want to fight sometime this year.
"Mike would love to have this fight as his birthday gift," manager Shelly Finkel said of the former heavyweight champion, who turns 35 on June 30. "If Lennox is serious about making this fight, there's nothing avoiding it happening on our end."
Lewis' business manager, Adrian Ogun, said on Sunday he was ready to begin talks for the fight, but said he wasn't sure if Tyson's camp wanted the fight.
Finkel said he called Tyson on Monday and got the former champion's approval for the fight.
The fight could surpass the second Tyson-Evander Holyfield fight as the richest ever. But, despite the willingness of both fighters to meet, it is still a long way from reality.
Lewis is under contract to HBO, while Tyson has a contract with Showtime, and unless the cable channels can come to an agreement there will be no fight. In addition, the two camps would have to agree on purses, with both fighters feeling they should get the bigger payday.
Bichon, Kerry Blue make Westminster final
A Bichon Frise who's already won 97 titles and a Kerry Blue Terrier riding high after a big run in England are among seven finalists for the best-in-show trophy at the 125th Westminster Kennel Club competition tonight (8, USA). A total of 2,500 dogs in 158 breeds and varieties entered, all hoping to become top dog.
Terriers have taken 42 of the previous 92 best-in-show titles at Westminster. Neither a Bichon nor a Kerry Blue has ever won. Jack Russell Terriers made their debut at Westminster. The breed, made even more popular by Eddie on the "Frasier" television show, had not participated in the past because of a split among Jack Russell fanciers and factions.
The Bichon, 3-year-old Special Times Just Right! easily won in the non-sporting group.
The nearly 5-year-old Torum's Scarf Michael, was best among the Terriers. A Standard Schnauzer, Charisma Jailhouse Rock, won best-in-group among working dogs. A Shih Tzu, Charing Cross Ragtime Cowboy, won the toy group.
Sporting, hound and herding dogs get their chance to show today. The winners in all seven groups meet at night.
Around & About
Mark Davidson's goal with 4:57 left in the third period gave the Mississauga Chargers a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Lightning and a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League playoff series. Trent Flory scored for Buffalo in the fight-filled game played at the West Seneca Recreation Center. Nat Stempniak and Nick Watroba had the assists. Brian Tefft had 26 saves in goal for the Lightning. Game Four is Wednesday night at 7:30 in Mississauga. The fifth game will be Friday night at 9 at West Seneca.
Boston College destroyed a 25-year hex by beating Boston University, 5-3, in the Beanpot Tournament's championship game, giving BC its first Beanpot title since 1994 and its first Beanpot victory over the Terriers in 13 tries. BU (12-14-2) has owned the tournament of late, winning six in a row and nine of 10 coming into this year. But BC (22-7-1), the No. 2 team in the country, took an early 3-0 lead and held on as BU twice cut the lead to one goal. Northeastern beat Harvard, 8-7, in the consolation game
Buffalo Blizzard defender Carlos Zavala Monday was named National Professional Soccer League defensive player of the week. In two games last week, Zavala scored two goals and an assist and blocked five shots. The 31-year-old native of Mexico will start for the American Conference in Wednesday's NPSL All-Star Game at HSBC Arena.