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Jan. 16, 2013 at 10:58 PM   |   Comments

Maryland hands N.C. State first ACC loss

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Alex Len scored on a tip-in with a second remaining Wednesday to give Maryland a 51-50 victory over No. 15 North Carolina State.

The loss was the Wolfpack's first in four Atlantic Coast Conference games.

Lorenzo Brown hit a jumper to put North Carolina State in front at 50-49 with 1:43 to play and neither side could score again until just before the buzzer.

The Wolfpack twice missed shots that would have extended their lead and Maryland took over with 15 seconds remaining when North Carolina State's Scott Wood misfired on a jumper.

Pe'Shon Howard attempted would have been a game winning shot with 3 seconds remaining, but it bounced off the rim. Len was there for the rebound and his follow shot brought Maryland the victory.

The result left Miami as the only team without a loss in the ACC at 3-0. The Hurricanes defeated Boston College on Wednesday.

Len was the only Maryland player to reach double figures in the defensive struggle, scoring 10 points. The Terrapins shot just 34 percent and North Carolina State hit 31 percent of its attempts.

Brown led the Wolfpack with 17 points and eight rebounds.


Alex Rodriguez out 6 months after surgery

NEW YORK, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The New York Yankees announced Wednesday Alex Rodriguez had undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left hip and would likely be out of action for six months.

"The surgery went as planned and without complication," the team said in a statement.

Rodriguez is expected to miss the first half of the 2013 season. His hip problem was diagnosed in November after he had gone 3-for-25 with 12 strikeouts during playoff series against Baltimore and Detroit.

Because of the injury, Rodriguez was unable to rotate his hips -- thus causing a lack of power at the plate.

The surgery was Rodriguez' second in five years. He had his right hip repaired prior to the 2009 season.

"I have full confidence that between the operating physician and the patient, whose work ethic is legendary, that this will all work out over time," New York General Manager Brian Cashman said. "But right now, time is a problem. We're going to be missing him for some time. We will deal with that."


San Diego State opts to stay in MWC

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- San Diego State will stay in the Mountain West Conference for all sports, school President Elliott Hirshman announced Wednesday.

Hirshman and SDSU Athletics Director Jim Sterk said in a statement the school has dropped plans for the Aztecs football program to move to the Big East Conference this year and the rest of its teams to join the Big West Conference in the 2013-14 academic year.

Instead, all will stay put in the MWC, the pair said.

"After substantial discussion and consideration of a broad range of factors, San Diego State University will be continuing as a full member of the Mountain West Conference in July 2013," the said.

"We have the deepest respect for our colleagues in the Mountain West, Big East and Big West conferences who whom we have worked collaboratively during the period of conference realignment."

Under the new deal, a portion of the revenue SDSU receives from Aztec teams during the 2012-13 season will be used to pay an exit fee to the Big West Conference.

They won't, however, have to pay a similar fee to the Big East.

SDSU joined Boise State in opting this month to remain in the MWC.


Atlanta bounces back from dismal effort

ATLANTA, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Jeff Teague sent Atlanta storming to a big first-half lead Wednesday and the Hawks went on to down Brooklyn 109-95.

The Hawks had lost six of their last seven, including an embarrassing setback against Chicago Monday in which they scored a franchise-low 20 points in the first half.

Teague made 12-of-18 shots from the field and scored 28 points along with 11 assists. Atlanta built a 16-point cushion at intermission and boosted it to 24 during the third period.

Devin Harris added 18 points for the Hawks and Al Horford had 17 points and 13 rebounds. Atlanta, which had a 10-minute scoreless stretch against Chicago, hit 57 percent of its shots against the Nets.

Brook Lopez scored 22 points for Brooklyn, which will host Atlanta Friday.

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