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Washington looking into recruiting allegations

SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington confirmed to The Associated Press last night that it is looking into recruiting allegations against an assistant football following a report in the Los Angeles Times.

The Times reports that Washington and Southern California, which recently hired head coach Steve Sarkisian away from Washington, are investigating whether Huskies defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi violated NCAA rules by paying for private tutoring and online classes for a recruit.

The newspaper said the allegations involve Andrew Basham, a former defensive lineman and shot putter at Lynnwood High School in Washington. Basham signed a letter of intent with Washington in February, but didn't qualify academically to enroll at the university.

The Times reported that Mike Davis, a throwing coach who helped Basham win a state shot put title, said Lupoi gave him $3,000 for private tutoring for Basham and $1,500 to reimburse Basham's father for online classes.

Lupoi has spent two seasons at Washington after four years at California.


Korver's 3s lead Atlanta past Sacramento

ATLANTA (AP) — Kyle Korver made seven consecutive 3-point attempts on his way to a season-high 28 points, leading the Atlanta Hawks to a 124-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings last night.

Al Horford added 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won two straight and five of seven. Jeff Teague finished with 18 points and tied a career high with 15 assists.

DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points, Rudy Gay had 22 and Isaiah Thomas 20 for the Kings, who allowed a season high in points.


Clippers beat Pelicans 108-95 for 3rd win in a row

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan each had a double-double, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 108-95 last night to give coach Doc Rivers a victory over his son's team.

Griffin had 21 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 4:05 left, and Jordan added 14 points and 20 rebounds in the Clippers' third straight victory. Chris Paul added his own double-double against his former team, with 12 points and 11 assists.

Jared Dudley had 20 points, one of seven Clippers in double figures. Jamal Crawford scored 17 points, making 10 of 11 free throws, and Darren Collison added 14, hitting all nine of his free throws.

Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 24 points and 12 rebounds in his return after missing seven games with a broken left hand.


Thames leads No. 24 SDSU over S. Utah, 76-39

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Xavier Thames scored 16 points and Josh Davis had 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 24 San Diego State to a 76-39 laugher over Southern Utah last night.

Aqeel Quinn added 14 points for the Aztecs (8-1), who had been off for nine days for finals.

Trey Kennedy had 10 points for Southern Utah (1-7).

SDSU sophomore forward Winston Shepard didn't suit up due to unspecified conduct issues. Shepard was suspended for three games last season by the NCAA for violating an unspecified rule.


No. 10 UConn upset by Stanford 53-51 at home

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Chasson Randle scored 22 points and Stanford handed No. 10 UConn its first loss of the season, 53-51 last night.

Josh Huestis added 13 points and Dwight Powell had 10 points and 15 rebounds for Stanford (8-2), which overcame a 10-point halftime deficit in earning their first signature win of the season.

DeAndre Daniels had 15 points for UConn (9-1).

Randle's jump shot with 3½ minutes left gave the Cardinal a 52-49 lead. The Huskies pulled within a point when Daniels tipped in a missed 3-point attempt by Niels Giffey.

But Shabazz Napier missed three shots in the final 40 seconds with a chance to put the Huskies ahead. He passed up an opportunity on UConn's final possession, passing the ball to Omar Calhoun, whose 3-pointer from the right wing bounced off the rim.


Washington St. throttles San Francisco St. 80-50

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Washington State rolled over San Francisco State 80-50 behind a game-high 22 points from DaVonte Lacy at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash., last night.

The Cougars (6-4) used a 13-3 run late in the first half to blow open a close game, and Lacy hit three 3-pointers to give them a 43-31 lead at halftime and overcome a sluggish start and win their third consecutive game.

Washington State trailed most of the first half to the Division II Gators before Lacey's athleticism provided a big spark.

The junior from Tacoma, Wash., had two big dunks and four 3-pointers, scoring 18 points in the first 20 minutes.

Royce Woolridge added 10 points while D.J. Shelton had nine.

Udun Osakue's 11 points led the Gators (4-3).


Santa Clara holds on; beats Sacred Heart 70-61

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Clark scored 30 points, 17 in the second half, as Santa Clara came back to beat Sacred Heart 70-61 in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic last night.

Clark was 9-of-16 shooting for the game and made all four of his free throws in the final minute for Santa Clara (6-5).

Sacred Heart (2-9) led 31-27 at halftime and pushed its lead to eight points in the first two minutes of the second half. But two Clark 3-pointers, during a 12-2 run, gave Santa Clara a 40-38 lead with 15:33 remaining.

Santa Clara's lead was trimmed to two at 48-46, but a quick 6-0 run pushed its lead to eight and the Broncos led by at least five points the rest of the way.

Louis Montes joined Sacred Heart's 1,000-point club, the 19th Pioneer to eclipse the mark. Evan Kelley led the team with 20 points.


Harrison leads St. John's over San Francisco 81-57

NEW YORK (AP) — D'Angelo Harrison scored a game-high 18 points, on 5-of-8 shooting, to lead St. John's in an 81-57 rout of San Francisco last night.

In addition to stellar backcourt play from Harrison, the Red Storm (7-3) punished San Francisco all night on the interior. St. John's out-rebounded the Dons 35-24, including 15-6 on the offensive glass. Those numbers translated to quality looks, and St. John's took advantage — shooting 49.2 percent from the floor.

JaKarr Sampson scored for 14 St. John's, while Orlando Sanchez chipped in with 11 points and 6 rebounds.

St. John's closed out the first half with a 17-7 run in the final 7:14 to take control. They took a 43-31 advantage to the locker room, and never looked back.

Mark Tollefson led the way for the Dons (6-5) with 14 points. Kruize Pinkins added 12.

USF made 20 of 41 field goal attempts, but committed 21 turnovers.


AP source: Padres, Benoit agree to 2-year deal

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have agreed with former Detroit Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit on a $15.5 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the situation said yesterday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending Benoit passing a physical.

In his first season as Tigers closer, Benoit had 24 saves in 26 chances. But in Game 2 of the AL championship series, he allowed a tying grand slam by Boston's David Ortiz that was a turning point in the series.

A starter early in his career, Benoit has been strictly a reliever since 2006 while with the Texas Rangers. He is 44-35 lifetime with a 4.11 ERA and 37 saves.

Benoit, who turns 37 on July 26, is expected to replace setup man Luke Gregerson, who was traded to Oakland for outfielder Seth Smith. He could also be insurance for closer Huston Street, who's been on the disabled list three times the last two seasons.

Street is entering the final year of a $14 million, two-year deal. The Padres hold a $7 million option for 2015.