Here’s a look at some of the big sports headlines making news today, Tuesday, Feb. 3.
PELICANS END HAWKS’ STREAK
The NBA’s longest winning streak of the season is over, but another lengthy unbeaten stretch continues.
The Hawks had won a franchise-record 19 in a row until Anthony Davis had 29 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Pelicans past Atlanta 115-100 at New Orleans. Eric Gordon scored 20 points for the Pelicans, while Tyreke Evans scored 15 points and had 12 assists to help New Orleans win for the sixth time in seven games.
Jeff Teague had a team-high 21 points for the Hawks, who fell behind by double digits in the first quarter and failed to tie it.
Atlanta’s previous loss was Dec. 26 against Milwaukee.
Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving scored 24 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers earned their 11th consecutive victory by slogging their way through a 97-84 decision over Philadelphia. LeBron James finished with 18 points and 11 assists for the Cavaliers, who led by just four entering the final period.
In other NBA action:
RONDO OUT FOR THREE
Dallas Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo will miss at least three games after suffering an orbital fracture to his left eye. Rondo was inadvertently kneed in the face by teammate Richard Jefferson during Saturday’s game against Orlando.
SUPER BOWL WAS SUPER FOR SIN CITY
Las Vegas sports book directors say the Patriots’ win over the Seahawks represented the worst-case scenario for their betting business. Nevada officials report the state’s 191 sports books kept $3.3 million out of the total $116 million wagered on the Super Bowl after keeping $19.7 million last year. Directors of sports books at the Wynn and Westgate Las Vegas say their losses might have been greater if not for side bets.
A spokesman for the Falcons has confirmed the NFL is trying to determine if the team pumped fake crowd noise into the Georgia Dome for home games the last two years. Team spokesman Reggie Roberts says the team has “cooperated fully” after being informed during the season of the league’s investigation.
The Falcons could be fined or penalized with the loss of a draft pick if found to have added fake crowd noise during the opposing team’s huddles or when trying to call a play.
CAVS TOP TAR HEELS
It was quality rather that quantity in Monday’s top-25 men’s basketball, with both games pitting a pair of ranked teams.
Malcom Brogdon scored 17 points and Justin Anderson added 16 to push third-ranked Virginia past No. 12 North Carolina 75-64. Virginia trailed by one before holding the Tar Heels to 38 percent shooting in the second half. The Cavaliers shot 50 percent over the final 20 minutes to get back in the victory column after their season-opening 19-game winning streak was stopped by Duke over the weekend.
Ninth-ranked Kansas also won a top-25 matchup as Wayne Selden Jr. scored 19 points of his 20 points in the second half to spark an 89-76 triumph over No. 15 Iowa State. Selden drilled four of his first five 3-pointers after intermission as the Jayhawks improved to 8-1 in the Big 12, giving them a 1 1/2-game lead in the conference. He hit two uncontested 3-pointers while scoring eight points in a 14-6 run that opened the second half.
DUDA, BELT AVOID ARBITRATION
First baseman Lucas Duda and the New York Mets have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $4.2 million, one-year contract. He hit .253 with 30 homers and 92 RBIs last season.
Also in the majors:
BLUESHIRTS DOUBLE UP PANTHERS
The New York Rangers were sitting in eighth place in the NHL’s tight Eastern Conference race following a loss last Thursday. They are now within three points of the Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders after a 6-3 triumph against Florida.
Rick Nash scored his 30th and 31st goals to move back into a tie with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin for the league lead. Dan Boyle supplied the tiebreaking goal 8:10 into the third period, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 shots in the Rangers’ second straight win.
The Panthers remain eight points behind Washington in the battle for the final East playoff berth.
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