Your Top Plays for Today
The Associated Press
Jan. 05, 2015
Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
VALENCIA ENDS MADRID'S 22-MATCH WIN STREAK
Valencia ended Real Madrid's 22-game winning streak by fighting back for a 2-1 victory, but the blow was softened by Barcelona also stumbling to a 1-0 loss at Real Sociedad in the Spanish league.
MAVERICKS HAND CAVALIERS ANOTHER LOSS
Monta Ellis scored 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 15 and the Mavericks won their fifth straight game, a 109-90 victory over the Cavaliers, whose news on the injury front gets worse by the day.
DEFENDING ASIAN CUP CHAMPS JAPAN WITHOUT KEY DEFENDER
The Asian Cup will be part of a rapid getting-to-know-you phase for the bulk of teams and their coaches in Australia, adding an extra layer of difficulty - and intrigue - to the continental championship.
MANCHESTER CLUBS THROUGH IN FA CUP
Manchester City and Manchester United left it late to avoid embarrassment at the hands of lower-league opposition in the FA Cup, leaving third-tier Sheffield United to deliver the biggest shock of the third round.
ESPN SPORTSCASTER STUART SCOTT DIES AT 49
Stuart Scott, the longtime "SportsCenter" anchor and ESPN personality known for his enthusiasm and ubiquity, died after a long battle with cancer.