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MEXICO CITY (AP) — The first regular-season NBA game in Mexico since 1997 had to be postponed due to heavy smoke that filtered through the arena. The San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves were warming up before last night's game when several lights went out and smoke began coming out of vents in the upper deck. Mexico City Police said in a statement the smoke was caused by a fire in the generator room on the fourth floor of the arena.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — North Carolina has knocked off the top-ranked team in men's basketball as J.P. Tokoto had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in the Tar Heels' 79-65 win at Michigan State. The Tar Heels are the first unranked nonconference team to beat the Spartans in East Lansing since Toledo in December 2002. North Carolina's season includes a win over defending national-champion Louisville and losses to Belmont and Alabama-Birmingham.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The prosecutor overseeing the investigation of sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston says it is completed. State Attorney Willie Meggs has scheduled a news conference for this afternoon to announce his findings in the December 2012 incident. A lawyer for Winston has suggested that the star quarterback and the accuser had consensual sex, but the victim's family has accused the 19-year-old of rape.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The NFL has fined Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $100,000 for interfering with a play against the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving. The league said it would consider docking Pittsburgh a draft pick "because the conduct affected a play on the field." The NFL also said Tomlin should have been flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct for nearly colliding with Baltimore's Jacoby Jones during a kickoff return midway through the third quarter of a 22-20 Ravens victory.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms with free-agent closer Joe Nathan on a two-year contract with a club option for 2016. Nathan went 9-7 with 80 saves and a 2.09 ERA in two seasons with the Rangers before becoming a free agent last month. He addresses a pressing need for the Tigers, who won the AL Central at 93-69 but finished just 11th in the American League with 39 saves.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Indiana Pacers are an NBA-best 17-2 following their eighth victory in nine games, a 95-86 triumph at Utah. Paul George had a team-high 19 points for the Pacers, who went on a 9-0 run to take an 88-76 lead. Lance Stephenson scored 15 points, Luis Scola had 14 and Roy Hibbert added 13 in the Pacers' first victory in Salt Lake City since November 2005.
NEW YORK (AP) — Goalie Henrik Lundqvist has agreed to a contract extension with the New York Rangers. The 31-year-old has been a Vezina Trophy finalist as the NHL's top goaltender in five of his eight seasons, winning the award in 2012. Lundqvist has a 284-182-57 career record with a 2.26 goals-against average and 47 shutouts. He was a seventh-round draft pick by the Rangers in 2000 and made his NHL debut in 2005.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Detroit Pistons rode a strong second-half performance to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-98 Wednesday night. Ersan Ilyasov scored a season high 22 points and had 10 rebounds off the bench to lead the Bucks, who have lost 13 of 14. Khris Middleton added 14 points for Milwaukee.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Josh Gasser scored 11 points and No. 8 Wisconsin won a defensive struggle against Virginia 48-38 Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, giving coach Bo Ryan his 300th victory with the Badgers. The unbeaten Badgers extended their best start since 1993-94 by limiting Virginia to 23 percent shooting.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expects a decision to be made by Friday or Saturday at the latest about whether he'll be cleared to return to face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Rodgers has missed a month with a fractured left collarbone. He is back at practice on a limited basis. Falcons coach Mike Smith says he's preparing as if Rodgers is playing.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Police gave Bucks center Larry Sanders two municipal citations for disorderly conduct and assault and battery in a fight last month at a downtown Milwaukee nightclub. The Milwaukee County district attorney's office has said it has no plans to issue criminal charges against Sanders. Sanders' attorney, Michael Hart, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Sanders was not the aggressor in the altercation.