Minnesota wins fifth straight
SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Kevin Garnett scored 24 points Wednesday night as the Minnesota Timberwolves outlasted the Utah Jazz, 98-87, for their fifth straight victory.
Garnett added eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks as the Timberwolves defeated the Jazz for the third straight time. Utah had a season-high, four-game winning streak snapped.
Terrell Brandon chipped in 14 and nine assists for the Wolves, who have won by double digits in every game during their streak.
Minnesota held a 91-71 edge after Gary Trent made a 19-footer with 4:42 remaining, but Utah went on a 15-2 run capped by Scott Padgett's baseline jumper with 1:16 left.
Wally Szczerbiak, who finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, ended the surge with a layup with 61 seconds to go and Minnesota held on.
Other NBA results: Washington 82, Miami 80; San Antonio 108, Toronto 95; Phoenix 114, Sacramento 88; Los Angeles Clippers 114, Seattle 94.
Colorado extends unbeaten streak
DENVER, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Shjon Podein's shorthanded goal in the second period snapped a tie and opened the floodgates Wednesday night as the Colorado Avalanche extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 5-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Columbus goaltender Marc Denis matched Colorado's Patrick Roy through the first 1 1/2 periods, but made a crucial mistake on the power play midway through the second. He came out from between the pipes to play the puck behind the net, but mishandled it when Steve Reinprecht challenged him.
Reinprecht gained control and dumped the puck in front of the net. Podein skated in unmarked and scored his first shorthanded goal of the season to make it 2-1.
The Avalanche scored three times in the third period and matched their season high. They also scored five goals against Columbus on Oct. 20.
Colorado is 8
2 in its last 10 games, tying the third-longest unbeaten streak in franchise history.
Other NHL results: Carolina 4, Florida 1; Nashville 4, New York Rangers 2; Atlanta 3, Montreal 3; Dallas 4, Buffalo 3; Boston 4, Pittsburgh 2; Chicago 2, St. Louis 2; New Jersey 3, New York Islanders 2 in overtime; Tampa Bay 3, Calgary 1.
Kansas fights off Princeton
Collison scored 19 points while making eight of nine shots from the field and Miles added a season-high 16 as the Jayhawks extended their longest winning streak since taking 10 in a row from Dec. 12-Jan. 27 of last season.
The Jayhawks scored the first 10 points of the second half to open a 45-29 lead. Ed Persia hit a three-pointer for the Tigers' first points, 5 1/2 minutes into the period.
But after Persia hit another shot from beyond the arc to make it 45-35, Kansas went on a 13-2 run, capped by a pair of free throws from Miles at the 9:33 mark. Princeton got no closer than 15 points thereafter.
Drew Gooden added 15 points for Kansas (7-1), which improved to 9-0 all-time against Ivy League opponents.
Issel suspended for ethnic slur
DENVER, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Denver Nuggets coach Dan Issel was suspended four games without pay Wednesday for shouting an ethnic slur at a fan after Tuesday night's loss to the Charlotte Hornets.
Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe announced the suspension, saying the approximately $112,000 in lost salary would be put back into the team's community fund.
KUSA-TV in Denver aired the footage in which the Hall of Famer confronted a heckling fan as he left the court after a 99-96 home loss to the Charlotte Hornets.
Issel is heard yelling on the tape, "Hey, go buy another beer! Go drink another beer, you (expletive) Mexican piece of (expletive)!"
A day later, Issel was unable to hold back back tears while expressing regret for the incident.
"I apologize to the fans of the Denver Nuggets, the organization and the city of Denver for that uncaring and unchristian-like comment," Issel said. "I take full responsibility for my action. I'm sorry for the embarrassment it has caused my team and my family."
While admitting that the severity of the issue would be open to debate, Vandeweghe, cited his former teammate's long tenure in the Denver community before enforcing the penalty.
"If you look at his 25-year career, given his entire career to the city of Denver, this is not something that you throw away," Vandeweghe said. "Dan is very sorry and apologetic. We apologize to that fan in particular and to the city of Denver."
Vandeweghe said he contacted the NBA office and that a decision was made to handle the matter on the team rather than league level.
Erstad deal falls through
BOSTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Hours after both general managers agreed on a deal that would send Anaheim outfielder Darin Erstad to the Chicago White Sox for four players, Angels management apparently has killed the deal in a dispute over marketability.
A radio report in Chicago said the deal fell through when Angels executives came to the conclusion that the four players headed to Anaheim -- outfielder Chris Singleton, promising righthander Jon Garland and two minor leaguers -- were not "marketable" enough for a player of Erstad's stature.
The initial report had Angels general manager Bill Stoneman and White Sox general manager Ken Williams agreeing on the deal.
In deals that did take place as the baseball meetings in Boston continued:
* The Arizona Diamondbacks, who won the World Series with a veteran-laden club, got a little younger with the signing of free agent right fielder Jose Guillen to a one-year contract.
* The New York Yankees reportedly have agreed on a two-year, $10 million deal with free agent outfielder Rondell White.
* Seattle re-signed lefthanded reliever Norm Charlton to a one-year contract.
California hires new football coach
BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Jeff Tedford, the offensive coordinator at Oregon who earned a reputation as a developer of quarterbacks, was hired Wednesday as the new football coach at California.
Tedford, who served as both offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Ducks since 1998, takes over for Tom Holmoe, who announced his resignation in November before completing a 1-10 season.
Terms of Tedford's contract were not disclosed.
While the 40-year-old Tedford has never been a head coach, he was a respected tutor for Heisman Trophy finalist Joey Harrington as well as Akiki Smith, who was selected as the third overall choice in the 1999 NFL draft. As an assistant with at Fresno State, he coached Trent Dilfer, now with the Seattle Seahawks.
Tedford will remain with the Ducks through the Fiesta Bowl against Colorado on Jan. 1. Oregon was 10-1 this year.
Rangers acquire Barnaby
NEW YORK, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The New York Rangers Wednesday acquired veteran enforcer Matthew Barnaby from the Tampa Bay Lightning for left wing Zdeno Ciger.
Barnaby, the NHL penalty-minutes leader last season who accumulated 112 in 30 career games against the Rangers, adds toughness to a team that is winless in four games (0-3
1) since Dec. 2, when New York blanked Tampa Bay.
Acquired by the Lightning from the Pittsburgh Penguins in February, Barnaby was without a point in 29 games with Tampa Bay this season. He has recorded 70 penalty minutes and a minus-7 plus-minus ratio.
Barnaby signed a multi-year contract with the Lightning during the offseason after tallying five goals, eight assists and 265 penalty minutes in 76 games last season. In 504 career games, the right wing has 66 goals, 101 assists and 1,814 penalty minutes.
Barnaby, who began his career in Buffalo, set career highs with 19 goals and 43 assists for the Sabres in 1996-97.