Jan. 4 Sports Briefs

Friday, January 4, 2019

No. 1 UConn’s 126-game win streak ends at No. 8 Baylor

WACO, Texas (AP) — Geno Auriemma knew that topranked UConn couldn’t keep winning every regular-season game it played, even though the Huskies had won 126 in a row. That winning streak of more than four years ended with a 68-57 loss Thursday night at No. 8 Baylor, which won against a No. 1 team for the first time. “What is disappointing for me, not that we lost. How long did you think you were going to win every game in the regular season, 10 years?,” Auriemma said. “So I’m not surprised that we lost, but it was disappointing that we struggled so much on the offensive end.” The Huskies (11-1) hadn’t lost a regular-season game in regulation since a 76-70 home loss to Baylor in a Nos. 1 vs. 2 matchup on Feb. 18, 2013 — a span of 163 games. Their only regular-season loss since then was 88-86 in overtime at Stanford on Nov. 14, 2014.

NHL: Minnesota rallies in 3rd period to beat Leafs 4-3

TORONTO (AP) — Zach Parise broke a tie off a turnover early in the third period and Minnesota rallied to beat Toronto 4-3 on Thursday.Auston Matthews lost the puck to Parise, who beat goalie Michael Hutchinson high over his glove at 4:21 for his 18th goal of the season. Minnesota overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2. Toronto got a power play midway through the period, with Matthews hitting the post short side on Devan Dubnyk. The Leafs pulled Hutchinson with 2:45 left, but were unable to get anything past the Wild netminder, including a chance that dribbled off the post in the dying seconds. Jared Spurgeon had a goal and two assists, Charlie Coyle added a goal and an assist, and Mikko Koivu also scored for Minnesota. Dubnyk stopped 38 shots. Mitch Marner scored twice and William Nylander had the other goal for Toronto. John Tavares added two assists, and Hutchinson made 30 saves in his debut in an emergency recall from the minors.

Murray scores 17 in 4th to lead Nuggets over Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Jamal Murray scored 17 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and Denver beat Sacramento 117-113 Thursday for its fourth straight win. Nikola Jokic had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and the Nuggets maintained their lead atop the Western Conference by winning for the eighth time in 10 games. Mason Plumlee added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Buddy Hield had 29 points to lead the Kings, who have lost three straight.

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