Last Update on December 01, 2015 03:57 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- Maybe they were looking ahead to Thursday's showdown with UCLA, but the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats looked anything but dominant in their 75-63 victory over Illinois State. The Wildcats show just 43 percent against the outmanned Redbirds.
Isaiah Briscoe scored 18 points and Jamal Murray added 16 as Kentucky overcame a sluggish first half. Kentucky played without injured starting point guard Tyler Ulis, out with an elbow injury. Still the Wildcats improved to 7-0.
Outrebounded 20-12 in the first half, Kentucky beat Illinois State 27-17 on the boards and held the Redbirds to 29 percent shooting in the second half.
Marcus Lee added 13 points and 12 rebounds for his second double-double in five games while Alex Poythress had 11 points for Kentucky.
UNDATED (AP)-- Reggie Jackson had 31 points and Andre Drummond added 24 points and 13 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons beat the Houston Rockets 116-105.
The game was decided in the first half. That's when the Pistons built a 23-point lead over a team that went to the Western Conference finals six months ago. Houston shot 31 percent in the opening half and never threatened.
In other NBA:
-- Boston ended a three-game road losing streak by beating Miami 105-95. Avery Bradley scored 25 points, Jared Sullinger had 17 as Boston put six players in double figures.
-- Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAWL') had 18 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots, and the Chicago Bulls snapped San Antonio's five-game winning streak with a 92-89 victory over the Spurs. Jimmy Butler scored 14 points and reserve Doug McDermott had 12 for Chicago
-- Greg Monroe had 18 points in leading Milwaukee past Denver 92-74. Milwaukee forced 24 turnovers that led to 35 points.
UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Rangers and crosstown Islanders both won in advance of their showdown Wednesday night. Mats Zuccarello and Oscar Lindberg scored first-period power-play goals and the New York Rangers beat Carolina 4-3 to keep up their mastery of the Hurricanes. The Rangers have won 11 straight against the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden.
Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard also scored and New York improved to 18-1-0 in its last 19 meetings with Carolina.
In other hockey:
-- Cal Clutterbuck broke a tie 1:52 into the third period and the New York Islanders beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-3.
-- Toronto blanked Edmonton 3-0. Rookie Garret Sparks became the first Maple Leafs goalie with a shutout in his NHL debut.
UNDATED (AP) -- Montreal goalie Carey Price will be out of action for at least six weeks with a lower-body injury. He was hurt during the Canadiens win over the Rangers last week. However, he will not require surgery.
Price has already been sidelined for a nine-game stretch but the Canadiens played through it. They lead the NHL with 39 points. There is only a slim chance he could return for the Winter Classic outdoor game Jan. 1 in Foxborough, Massachusetts, if he heals quickly.
In other NHL injury news:
-- Rangers' center Derek Stepan will miss four to six weeks with broken ribs. Stepan sustained the injury in Friday's loss to Boston. He heads to the sidelines with six goals and six assists in 23 games this season.
MLB-HOT STOVE LEAGUE
DETROIT (AP) -- Free agent pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has finalized a $110 million, five-year contract with the Detroit Tigers.
Zimmermann gets $18 million in each of the next two seasons, $24 million in 2018 and $25 million in each of the final two years. He has a full-no trade provision through 2018, then can be dealt to 10 teams without his permission during 2019-20.
The 29-year-old right-hander went 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA last season for Washington, striking out 164 with 39 walks. The previous year, he went 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA.
Detroit will forfeit its second-round pick in June's amateur draft and Washington will gain a compensation selection, No. 38 overall.
In other baseball doings:
-- Reliever Jim Johnson is returning to the Atlanta Braves, agreeing to a $2.5 million, one-year contract. That bolsters an Atlanta bullpen that didn't have anyone with double-figure saves last season. Johnson saved nine games for the Braves before he was dealt to the Dodgers at the trade deadline.
-- Free agent catcher Brayan Pena has agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he will be the backup for All-Star Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-eer moh-LEE'-nah). The 33-year-old switch-hitter receives $2.5 million in each of the next two seasons.
-- A person familiar with the discussions says Barry Bonds is talking with the Miami Marlins about working for them as a hitting coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the discussions haven't been confirmed publicly.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Free agent pitcher Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) has reportedly turned down a $120 million offer from the Arizona Diamondbacks. A person with knowledge of the situation says Cueto, who pitched for the Royals after a mid-season trade with Cincinnati, rejected a six-year offer.
The Diamondbacks met with Cueto and his representative last week, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the offer had not been made public.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The bottom feeders of the AFC North are playing tonight in Cleveland as the Browns entertain the Ravens. Baltimore is 3-7 while the Browns are 2-8. One of Cleveland's two victories came at the expense of the Ravens when the Browns won in Baltimore, 33-30, in overtime on Oct. 11. The Ravens are leading 24-20 in the second half.
Baltimore backup quarterback Matt Schaub is making his first start of the season as the replacement for injured Joe Flacco (FLAK'-oh). Josh McCown returns to the Browns starting quarterback role after the demotion of Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') for another off-field misstep. McCown passed for a franchise-record 457 yards against the Ravens earlier this season.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Miami Dolphins have dismissed offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. The move by interim coach Dan Campbell came a day after the Dolphins lost to the Jets 38-20. The Dolphins have scored less than 21 points in each of their past five games.
Quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor has been named the team's primary playcaller.
In other NFL news:
-- New York Jets cornerback Marcus Williams has a sprained knee ligament that could keep him out against the Giants next Sunday. Williams started in the Jets' 38-20 win over Miami in place of Darrelle (duh-REHL') Revis, who is still going through the NFL's concussion protocol. Bowles says Revis has made "slight progress," but it's too early to tell if he'll be available. Revis needs to be cleared for physical activities before he can practice or play.
-- The NFL has moved the Dec. 13 game between New England and Houston to prime time. Switched from the Sunday night game to a day game is Seattle at Baltimore.
Sports Scores & Schedules
November 30, 2015 08:07 GMT
AM Prep-Scores and Skeds
Detroit 45, Philadelphia 14
Carolina 33, Dallas 14
Chicago 17, Green Bay 13
Houston 24, New Orleans 6
Kansas City 30, Buffalo 22
Oakland 24, Tennessee 21
Cincinnati 31, St. Louis 7
Minnesota 20, Atlanta 10
Washington 20, N.Y. Giants 14
Indianapolis 25, Tampa Bay 12
San Diego 31, Jacksonville 25
N.Y. Jets 38, Miami 20
Arizona 19, San Francisco 13
Seattle 39, Pittsburgh 30
Denver 30, New England 24, OT
Baltimore at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m.
Charlotte 87, Milwaukee 82
L.A. Clippers 107, Minnesota 99
Memphis 92, Philadelphia 84
Phoenix 107, Toronto 102
Brooklyn 87, Detroit 83
Orlando 110, Boston 91
Houston 116, New York 111, OT
Indiana 107, L.A. Lakers 103
Boston at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
Houston at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
San Antonio at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Denver at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Atlanta, 8 p.m.
Golden State at Utah, 9 p.m.
Dallas at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Portland at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
Florida 2, Detroit 1, OT
Colorado at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Carolina at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
New York vs. Columbus
Leg 1 -- Sunday, Nov. 22: Columbus 2, New York 0
Leg 2 -- Sunday, Nov. 29: New York 1, Columbus 0, Columbus advances on 2-1 aggregate
FC Dallas vs. Portland
Leg 1 -- Sunday, Nov. 22: Portland 3, FC Dallas 1
Leg 2 -- Sunday, Nov. 29: Portland 2, FC Dallas 2, Portland advances on 5-3 aggregate
Sunday, Dec. 6: Portland vs. Columbus, 4 p.m.