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COLLEGE FOOTBALL-HEISMAN FINALISTS
NEW YORK (AP) -- Four quarterbacks and two running backs are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy, to be awarded Saturday in New York.
Florida State's Jameis (JAYM'-ihs) Winston, Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') and Alabama's AJ McCarron made the cut, as did Auburn's Tre Mason and Andre Williams of Boston College. It's the largest number of Heisman finalists since 1994.
Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the award now that a sexual assault complaint against him in Tallahassee, Fla., has been closed without charges being filed. He could also become the second freshman to win the award, one year after Manziel did it.
Manziel hopes to become the second player to win the award twice and the first since Ohio State's Archie Griffin in 1974 and `75.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers are 2-1 on their seven-game road trip following a victory in Philadelphia.
Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan carried the Clippers to a 94-83 win over the 76ers. Griffin had a team-high 26 points for the Clippers, who broke open the game with a 13-0 run early in the second half. Paul added 25 points and 13 assists, while Jordan had 11 points and a season-high 21 rebounds.
In other NBA action:
-- Kemba Walker scored 27 of his 31 points in the second half to lead Charlotte's 115-111 verdict over visiting Golden State. The Bobcats led wire to wire despite Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry, who had a season-high 43 points in his hometown.
-- Wilson Chandler scored 17 points and Nate Robinson added 16 in Denver's 75-74 victory at Washington. The Nuggets trailed by 12 in the second half before finishing 4-2 on their six-game road trip.
-- Memphis jumped out to a 51-30 halftime lead before holding off Orlando 94-85. Zach Randolph had 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Jon Leuer chipped in 16 points and 12 boards off the bench.
UNDATED (AP) -- Just what the Memphis Grizzlies needed, another injury.
This time it's swingman Quincy Pondexter who's out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his right foot. He says his return could be a while after he was injured early in Saturday's loss to Golden State.
Memphis center Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') is out indefinitely after spraining the MCL in his left knee. Zach Randolph, Tony Allen and Ed Davis have missed games recently with injuries, leading to the Grizzlies' disappointing 9-10 record.
Elsewhere around the league:
-- Milwaukee general manager John Hammond says center Zaza Pachulia (pah-KOOL'-yuh) will be sidelined with a right foot fracture suffered in last week's 105-98 loss to the Detroit Pistons. The 6-foot-11 center will have to wear a walking boot before being re-examined in four weeks. He had been a solid contributor on a team beset by injuries, averaging 6.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in 17 games.
-- New Orleans say guard Tyreke Evans is expected to miss up to two weeks because of a sprained left ankle. He was injured in the Pelicans loss to Oklahoma City Friday.
UNDATED (AP) -- The trade sending Rudy Gay from the Toronto Raptors to the Sacramento Kings is complete.
The teams announced the seven-player deal Monday, less than 24 hours after they reached an agreement. The Raptors received Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes. The Kings also acquired Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy.
MLB-HALL OF FAME
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox have been unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.
Each of the inductees won more than 2,000 games in managerial careers that spanned more than four decades. Torre became the fifth manager to win at least four World Series titles. La Russa won championships with Oakland and St. Louis. Cox led Atlanta to one championship and 14 straight division titles.
They will be inducted July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y., along with any players chosen by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
UNDATED (AP) -- Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay has retired after 16 seasons in the major leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. The 36-year-old right-hander cited a desire to avoid surgery for an ailing back and spend more time with his family,
Halladay signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Blue Jays, where he spent the first 12 years of his career. He choked up and held back tears while making the announcement at a news conference at the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Halladay was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in 416 career games, including 390 starts. He had 67 complete games and 20 shutouts.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says he's thinking about sitting starting quarterback Robert Griffin III for the rest of the season because of concern that the quarterback could be injured. The possibility came a day after the Washington was routed by Kansas City 45-10.
Shanahan points out Griffin has been sacked 24 times in five games, and that two of the Redskins' three remaining games will be played on artificial turf, including Sunday at Atlanta.
It's a reversal of Shanahan's previous stance that Griffin needed as many game snaps as possible to improve. Washington is 3-10.
UNDATED (AP) -- Arizona rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu is done for the season after suffering a torn ACL and further left knee damage. He was injured in yesterday's win over St. Louis while returning a kick. Mathieu's terrific rookie NFL season has come to a premature end.
Arizona coach Bruce Arians says Mathieu will undergo surgery.
In other injury news;
-- New England has placed tight end Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve with a damaged right knee suffered in Sunday's win over Cleveland. Gronkowski was hurt when he was hit on the right knee by safety T.J. Ward after a reception. Gronkowski missed the first six games this season after forearm and back surgeries. In the next six games, he led all NFL tight ends with 37 catches and 560 yards receiving. On Sunday, he had two catches for 32 yards.
-- Wes Welker is unlikely to suit up for Denver's game Thursday against San Diego after leaving yesterday's win over Tennessee with his second concussion in four games.
-- Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie a concussion in Sunday's win over Oakland, leaving his status uncertain for the team's game against Carolina.
-- A person familiar with the injury tells The Associated Press that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has a torn ACL and damaged MCL. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team made no announcement. There was no word on when surgery would be done.
-- X-rays on Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson showed no broken bones in his right foot, but he was having a CT scan for further evaluation. He was injured in yesterday's loss to Baltimore.
-- An MRI shows Panthers backup running back Jonathan Stewart tore the MCL in his right knee in last night's loss to New Orleans. Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Stewart will be out a minimum of 10 days.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL-POLL
UNDATED (AP) -- Arizona has moved up one spot to No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, the Wildcats' first top ranking since 2003. The 9-0 Wildcats received 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.
Second-ranked Syracuse is second, followed by Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State. The Spartans fell four spots from first following last week's home loss to North Carolina.
Louisville, Oklahoma State, Duke, Connecticut and Villanova round out the top 10. `Nova was unranked two polls ago.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOP 25 SCHEDULE
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- The lone top-25 men's basketball game on Monday's schedule had No. 23 Iowa clobbering Fairleigh Dickinson 92-59.
Gabe Olaseni tied a career high with 14 points and had 10 rebounds as the Hawkeyes improved to 10-1. Melsahn Basabe had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who broke the game open with an early 19-0 run.