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first_imgOden had 19 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, Ron Lewis scored 16 points and Mike Conley Jr. finished with 10 assists and five steals for Ohio State, which is looking for its first No. 1 ranking since 1962. Chargers wrap up coach interviews SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Chargers finished the first round of interviews for their head coaching vacancy when they met with New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs on Sunday. General manager A.J. Smith and president Dean Spanos – who fired Marty Schottenheimer on Monday night – will review what they gleaned from the six candidates before deciding how to proceed, Smith said in a statement released by the team. Favre to have ankle surgery soon DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Brett Favre will have ankle surgery in the next few weeks, and Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says the three-time MVP will have plenty of time to recover for minicamps. The 37-year-old quarterback was supposed to have surgery on his left ankle the day after the season, but skipped it and had yet to reschedule. Hardaway gives another apology MIAMI – Former NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway apologized again Sunday for his anti-gay remarks, telling a Miami television station that he “didn’t mean” to say what he said in a South Florida radio interview last week. “I don’t hate gay people,” Hardaway said in an interview at his home. “I’m a good-hearted person. I interact with people all the time. … I respect people. For me to say `hate’ was a bad word, and I didn’t mean to use it.” Notable TENNIS: Amelie Mauresmo won a $1.3 million diamond-studded racket trophy Sunday, beating Kim Clijsters 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the final of the Diamond Games tournament. … Andy Murray fought back after falling behind a set and a break to Ivo Karlovic to win his second career title at the SAP Open, beating Karlovic 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (2) in a thrilling final. … Wild-card Guillermo Canas won for the first time since returning from a doping ban, upsetting top-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the Brazil Open. … Yaraslova Shvedova won her first WTA Tour title by stunning top-seeded defending champion Mara Santangelo 6-4, 6-4 at the Sony Ericsson International. NHL: The Edmonton Oilers sent defensemen Marc-Andre Bergeron to the New York Islanders on Sunday for defenseman Denis Grebeshkov. CYCLING: Levi Leipheimer repeated his winning performance from last year, leading an American sweep Sunday in the Amgen Tour of California prologue. SWIMMING: Natalie Coughlin and Michael Phelps dominated the Missouri Grand Prix again Sunday night, each winning a pair of races in the final major competition before next month’s world championships in Australia. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Briann January had a career-high 22 points, nine assists and six steals to lead No. 10 Arizona State to an 80-69 victory over UCLA on Sunday. From wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MINNEAPOLIS – The last time Ohio State was No. 1 in the AP men’s basketball poll, John Havlicek, Jerry Lucas and a sub named Bob Knight were leading the Buckeyes to the NCAA championship game. That was 45 years ago, but after Greg Oden and No. 2 Ohio State breezed to an 85-67 victory over Minnesota on Sunday, Hondo and the General might finally have some company. last_img


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