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January 21, 2019

UNDATED (AP) — Zach LaVine scored 25 points and the Chicago Bulls broke a 10-game losing streak, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-88 in a meeting of teams that began the day with the worst records in the NBA. In other NBA MLK Holiday action, the Oklahoma Thunder defeated the New York Knicks 127-109. In the nation’s capital the Washington Wizards turned in their best defensive performance this season in beating the Detroit Pistons 101-87. Orlando cruised by Atlanta 122-to 103.

UNDATED (AP) — Tennessee is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll after three of the top five teams lost last week. The Vols received 48 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel on Monday, well ahead of No. 2 Duke with 11. No. 3 Virginia received three first-place votes and No. 6 Michigan State had two. Gonzaga and Michigan rounded out the top five.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Still steaming over a blown pass-interference no-call, Saints owner Gayle Benson says she pledges to aggressively pursue changes in NFL policies that will promote more “fairness and integrity.” Benson says it’s clear the Saints were “unfairly deprived” of a trip to the Super Bowl by the inaction of game officials. Benson has been the sole owner of the Saints since her husband Tom died last March.

NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that pitcher Sonny Gray has agreed to a contract with Cincinnati adding $30.5 million from 2020-22, a deal that allows the New York Yankees to complete his trade to the Reds. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced. New York and Cincinnati had agreed to the trade Friday, pending a window for Gray to reach a long-term deal.

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Ski racing icon Lindsey Vonn is going to take a little time to decide her future. Battling pain in both of her knees and after failing to finish better than ninth in three races this weekend. Vonn told reporters in Italy that t immediate retirement “is a possibility.” The 34-year-old raced over the weekend with braces on both of her knees.

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