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Yankees, Marlins to play in Panama in March

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Yankees will play exhibition games against the Miami Marlins in Panama City on March 15-16 to honor retired New York reliever Mariano Rivera, the first visit of Major League Baseball to the Central American nation since 1947.

Under the long-discussed deal announced Thursday, the careers saves leader will promote the event, and a gala dinner will be held March 14 to benefit the Mariano Rivera Foundation. Proceeds from the dinner will go to Children's Hospital in Panama City.

Some Yankees trained in Panama in 1946 and faced an all-star team from that nation's professional league. The Yankees played the Brooklyn Dodgers there in several games during 1947 as part of a trip that also saw the teams go to Cuba, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

Magic Dreams Productions and Patricia Lynch also will promote the games at Rod Carew Stadium.

Heat's Wade unsure if he'll play in All-Star game

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Dwyane Wade was a late scratch from the Miami Heat's starting lineup against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night because of nerve irritation in his left foot, leaving his status for the All-Star game in doubt.

Wade sat out Tuesday night's victory at Phoenix with a migraine headache and appeared to be in good spirits before Miami's 111-110 win over the Warriors, chatting with reporters for nearly 10 minutes in the locker room. He was listed at his usual shooting guard spot and announced during pregame introductions, but seconds before tipoff the Heat said he would not play.

Wade said he was traveling to New Orleans for Sunday's game but isn't sure if he'll play.

"I'm not optimistic. I'm not pessimistic. I just want to get better," said Wade, a 10-time All-Star who was elected as a starter for the Eastern Conference this season.

Wade said he started to warm-up when his foot began giving him problems and he went to the locker room. He said trainers officially diagnosed him with "foot drop," which is a weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the foot.

"I started feeling a little something in my foot, getting a little numbness," Wade said. "But you don't think nothing of it. As time went on it started going up my leg a little bit, so the nerve going up my leg kind of shut down. Weirdest thing I've ever (felt). When I was out there and moved around and warmed up, I felt I couldn't feel my foot. So I didn't want to do anything."

Toney Douglas, who was traded from the Warriors to the Heat earlier this season, made his second straight start for Miami. It was the final game before the All-Star break for both teams.

Wade has missed 15 games this season, with most of them part of the Heat's plan to rest his nagging knees. For most of the previous two days, though, leg problems were the least of his concerns.

Wade said he woke up Tuesday with a "pounding, pounding headache" after taking an afternoon nap in Phoenix and alerted trainers. He said he took medication and stayed back at the team hotel, listening to the game against the Suns in a dark room because the bright lights from the TV were bothering him.

The Heat beat the Suns 103-97.

Wade said he experienced another strong headache after the team's flight landed in the San Francisco Bay Area and took medicine that "knocked me out." He said he woke up Wednesday morning feeling normal.

The 32-year-old Wade has experienced migraines at times throughout his career. He's averaging 18.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 36 games this season.

"If you've never experienced it before, you really don't understand," Wade said. "There's just no rhyme or reason for it."

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James' 3-pointer lifts Heat past Warriors, 111-110

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) LeBron James capped one of his best games of the season in dramatic fashion, making a step-back 3-pointer with less than a second remaining to carry the Miami Heat past the Golden State Warriors 111-110 on Wednesday night and into the All-Star break on a high note.

With teammate Dwyane Wade scratched from the lineup with a sore left foot, James shouldered the load for the two-time defending NBA champions. He finished with 36 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, saving his best moment for last.

After fellow All-Star Stephen Curry hit a bank shot to start a three-point play that put the Warriors ahead by two, James let the clock tick down on the other end. He swished in a 27-footer with two-tenths of a second left over Andre Iguodala, then patted his chest and high-stepped on the sideline to leave the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 stunned and silent.

SOCHI: What to watch on Thursday

Here's a look at the compelling events, athletes and storylines of the Sochi Olympics on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Skeleton

Women's runs 1 & 2, 2:30 a.m. ET -- CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

The medals won't be awarded until Friday, but gold is expected to come down to American Noelle Pikus-Pace and Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold.

Pikus-Pace, a mother of two, finished fourth at the 2010 Olympics, retired and came back two seasons ago and was in the best form of her life this past season, which she said will be her last.

However, she is now dealing with a back injury and was 11th and 13th in two training runs Monday. Pikus-Pace passed on taking training runs Tuesday and Wednesday.

Yarnold, the World Cup season champion, was the fastest in four training runs. She's looking to make it back-to-back skeleton golds for the Brits after Amy Williams' title in 2010. Williams now works for the BBC.

The other U.S. slider is Katie Uhlaender, the 2012 world champion who has been slowed by concussion effects this season.

Freestyle Skiing

Men's ski slopestyle final, 4:30 a.m. ET -- CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

Two-time reigning Winter X Games champion Nick Goepper, the rare skier out of Indiana, is a medal favorite here. Goepper was among the first skiers to qualify for the Olympics in December and then enjoyed a media whirlwind that took him to the Golden Globe Awards and David Letterman.

The field includes several men who could win gold without a surprise, including Swede Jesper Tjader, Brit James Woods and Norwegian Andreas Haatveit. Also watch out for the other U.S. skiers -- Bobby Brown, Joss Christensen and Gus Kenworthy.

Men’s Hockey

U.S. vs. Slovakia, 7:30 a.m. ET -- CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

Russia vs. Slovenia, 7:30 a.m. ET -- CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

The men's hockey tournament begins in earnest Thursday. All four Group A nations will play at the same time. The U.S. gets a tougher test with Slovakia than Russia does with Slovenia.

It is also important to note that all teams advance from group play to the bracket round, though group results will dictate if nations go straight to quarterfinals or must play first-round elimination games.

The U.S. will start Jonathan Quick in goal against Slovakia. The Slovaks, who pushed Canada in the 2010 Olympic semifinals and ultimately finished fourth, are led by Zdeno Chara and Marian Hossa.

Russia gets going against a nation making its Olympic hockey debut in Slovenia.

Women's speed skating 1000m, 9 a.m. ET -- CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe went one-two in three of four World Cup 1000m races so far this season, but it will be hard to replicate that at the Adler Arena.

Russia's Olga Fatkulina is the 2013 world champion on this ice and took second in the 500m on Tuesday. Richardson was eighth in the 500m; Bowe was 13th. However, Richardson and Bowe are better in the 1000m.

There's also Dutchwoman Ireen Wuest, the 2013 world silver medalist. Wuest won the 5000m on Sunday at Adler. China's Zhang Hong, too, could keep the U.S. from winning its first Olympic women's speed skating medal since 2002.

Biathlon

Men's 20km individual, 9 a.m. ET -- CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen gets his second chance to become the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time. Bjoerndalen, 40, matched retired Norwegian cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie by winning the 10km sprint Saturday for his 12th career medal. Daehlie has more golds.

Bjoerndalen then finished an agonizing fourth in the 12.5km pursuit on Monday, his first fourth-place finish in 23 career Olympic races. He missed the podium by 1.7 seconds.

Bjoerndalen is not expected to be among the medal contenders in this longer distance, though. The gold is expected to come down to France's flamboyant Martin Fourcade and another Norwegian, Emil Hegle Svendsen.

Figure Skating

Men's short program, 10 a.m. ET -- CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

The cliched saying goes, you can't win the Olympic gold medal in the short program, but you can lose it.

The major players are Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu, who skates at 12:45 p.m. ET, and Canada's Patrick Chan, who goes two skaters later at 12:58. Chan, 23, is the three-time reigning world champion. Hanyu, 19, beat Chan at the Grand Prix Final in December.

Several other men are in the medal picture, including Russian four-time Olympic medalist Yevgeny Plushenko (10:55 a.m.) and Spain's Javier Fernandez (12:51 p.m.).

U.S. skaters Jeremy Abbott and Jason Brown go at 11:21 a.m. and 12:17 p.m., respectively.

Luge

Team relay, 11:15 a.m. ET -- CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

The U.S. looks to build off the momentum of Erin Hamlin's bronze medal in the final Olympic luge event. The team relay, in its Olympic debut, consists of a woman taking a run down the track and rising at the finish to tap a touch pad.

The tap will signal the start for a men's luger, who will take his run and rise to tap the same pad. Finally, a doubles team goes. The doubles' touch on the pad stops the clock.

The U.S. will send Hamlin, Chris Mazdzer (13th in singles) and Christian Niccum and Jayson Terdiman down the Sanki Sliding Center track.

Germany, which won men's and women's singles, is a heavy gold-medal favorite. Russia, Canada, Italy, Austria and even the U.S. could also win medals.

Men's hockey, Canada-Norway, 12 p.m. ET -- CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

The men's hockey nightcap features the defending Olympic champion against a nation that has never made it past the Olympic quarterfinals.

Canada's roster includes 25 NHL players, most of them All-Stars. Norway's roster includes one NHL player, New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello.

The key in this game will be Canada's goalie, Carey Price, who is making his Olympic debut. 2010 Olympic gold-medal game winner Roberto Luongo is slated to start Canada's second game against Austria on Friday. So, we have a competition on our hands.

NCAA proposes rule change to slow up-tempo offense

Not so fast, college football offenses.

A proposed change by the NCAA rules committee would prohibit offenses from snapping the ball until at least 10 seconds had run off the 40-second play clock, slowing down the up-tempo, no-huddle attacks that have been making defenses dizzy.

The rule allows defenses time to make a substitution without the offense changing players - as is currently required - and with no fear the ball will be snapped before 29 seconds are left on the play clock. An exception will be made for the final two minutes of each half, when the offense can snap the ball as quickly as it wants.

"This rules change is being made to enhance student-athlete safety by guaranteeing a small window for both teams to substitute," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, chair of the football rules committee, said in a statement Wednesday. "As the average number of plays per game has increased, this issue has been discussed with greater frequency by the committee in recent years and we felt like it was time to act in the interests of protecting our student-athletes."

The committee also proposed a change to the targeting rule that would eliminate the 15-yard penalty when instant replay officials overturn an ejection. Last year, when a targeting penalty was called, the 15-yard penalty stood even if the replay official determined the player should be allowed to stay in the game.

Both proposals need approval from the playing rules oversight panel, which is schedule to consider them on March 6.

The proposal to slow down offenses will have a hard time passing if the many coaches who run up-tempo these days have anything to say about it.

"It's ridiculous," said Arizona's Rich Rodriguez, who has been at the forefront of the fast football trend.

"For me it goes back to the fundamental rules of football. The offense knows where they are going and when they are going to snap the ball. That's their advantage. The defense is allowed to move all 11 guys before the ball is snapped. That's their advantage.

"What's next? You can only have three downs? If you play that extra down you have more chance of injury."

Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze said he found about the proposal when he got a phone call from Auburn's Gus Malzahn, a fellow advocate of up-tempo offense.

"I said, `Y'all are kidding me. That's not true,"' Freeze told Malzahn.

This is a non-rules change year for the NCAA, but exceptions can be made for rules that affect player safety.

There was much discussion about the pace of the game last season, with some coaches - most notably Alabama's Nick Saban and Arkansas' Bret Bielema - questioning whether something needed to be done to slow down offenses. Safety concerns were cited because of the increased number of plays. The fastest-moving teams - such as Arizona and Ole Miss - average more than 80 plays per game. Texas Tech led the country with 90.3 plays per game last season.

Arkansas ran 64.7 plays per game, 121 out of 125 FBS teams. Alabama was at 65.9, 116th in the country.

Freeze said he was skeptical of the health risks presented by up-tempo offense because he's never seen any data to support the claim.

"I would think they would have some type of study that proves that," he said.

Rodriguez has been pushing the pace with his teams for more than two decades and doesn't buy safety concerns.

"If that was the case wouldn't every team that went fast in practice have more injuries?" he said.

The committee said "10 seconds provides sufficient time for defensive player substitutions without inhibiting the ability of an offense to play at a fast pace. Research indicated that teams with fast-paced, no-huddle offenses rarely snap the ball with 30 seconds or more on the play clock."

Freeze and Rodriguez both said their offenses rarely get plays off within 10 seconds of the ball being spotted.

"If they say it's not occurring anyway, why put in a rule?" Freeze said. "I just don't really understand what we gain from this rule other than a chance to create more chaos."

It's not just the up-tempo coaches who voiced their disapproval with the proposal.

"I just spent two days at Big Ten meetings and it wasn't even brought up," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said. "It doesn't make sense to me." The Scarlet Knights ranked 84th in the country in plays per game (71).

Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville, a former defensive coordinator whose team averaged 78 plays per game (28th in the nation), said the proposal was never discussed during last month's American Football Coaches of Association convention.

"This came out of left field," he said. "It's wrong."

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Ennis' 35-footer keeps No. 1 Syracuse unbeaten

PITTSBURGH (AP) Tyler Ennis made a 35-footer at the buzzer to help No. 1 Syracuse remain unbeaten with a 58-56 win over No. 25 Pitt on Wednesday night.

Syracuse (24-0, 11-0 ACC) remained one of two undefeated teams in Division I along with Wichita State.

Trailing by one with 4.4 seconds left, Ennis caught the inbounds pass and dribble up the court before hitting the shot over two defenders.

Talib Zanna, who led Pitt (20-5, 8-4) with 16 points and 14 rebounds, had given Pitt a 56-55 lead with 4.4 seconds remaining after he hit two free throws.

It was Pitt's first loss at home to a top-five team in the 12-year history of the Petersen Events Center, their on-campus arena. The Panthers (20-5, 8-4) had been 9-0 against top-five teams and 13-1 against teams ranked in the top 10.

C.J. Fair led Syracuse with 14 points.

Pitt had a 54-48 lead with less than two minutes remaining, but Fair made a 3-pointer with 1:40 to go. He then hit a jumper to make it 54-53 with 51 seconds left. After Pitt missed on the other end, Ennis made two free throws with 10 seconds left to give the Orange the lead.

Pitt led 27-24 at halftime and built its lead to nine in the early stages of the second half when Lamar Patterson made a 3-pointer to make it 37-28 with 15 minutes remaining.

Syracuse stormed back with a 17-8 run and tied the score on a Trevor Cooney 3-pointer with 6:53 to go, but Pitt regained control after Zanna converted a three-point play and freshman Jamel Artis sank two free throws for a 50-45 lead.

But it was all Syracuse after that. Pitt's only points in the final 1:59 came from Zanna's two free throws, and the Panthers were outscored 10-3 in the final 1:59.

Syracuse had to play without backup center Baye Moussa Keita, who sat out with a sprained knee. That forced sophomore forward Jerami Grant into duty as the backup center behind Rakeem Christmas.

Pitt had injury issues of its own. Senior forward and leading scorer Lamar Patterson had the thumb on his right hand wrapped for a second consecutive game. After going 1 for 9 in his previous outing against Virginia Tech, Patterson scored 13 points.

Pitt led by as many as seven in the first half. A Patterson 3-pointer with 4:30 to go before halftime capped a 10-3 Pitt run and gave the Panthers a 24-17 lead. It was the third 3-pointer of the half for the Panthers, who also had their way on the offensive glass against Syracuse.

The Panthers outrebounded Syracuse, 18-11, in the first half and scored seven second-chance points from nine offensive rebounds.

Syracuse was able to keep it close and got some unlikely scoring from sophomore guard Michael Gbinije, who led the Orange with seven points. Gbinije, who entered the game averaging only 3.3 points per game, tallied seven points in his previous four games combined.

Syracuse needed Gbinije's production because 3-point specialist Tervor Cooney was held to three points in the first 20 minutes on 1 for 3 shooting from behind the arc.

Miami's Incognito lashes out at Martin on Twitter

Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito lashed out at teammate Jonathan Martin on Twitter Wednesday, saying "The truth is going to bury you and your entire `camp.' You could have told the truth the entire time."

Incognito also wrote Martin told him he thought about committing suicide because he wasn't playing well.

"FACT: Jonathan Martin told me he thought about taking his own life in MAY 2013 b/c he wasn't playing well. Told me he felt worthless," Incognito said on Twitter.

Incognito's series of tweets directed at Martin and his representatives come as the NFL is preparing to release a report on the Dolphins' bullying case which could help clarify their much-publicized relationship.

Martin previously said he was harassed daily by Incognito and other teammates. He alleged their racial, aggressive and sexually charged comments played a role in his departure from the team on Oct. 28.

Incognito recently finished serving a three-month suspension but isn't expected to return to Miami.

He took aim at Martin's agent Kenneth Zuckerman from Priority Sports, on Wednesday, accusing him of releasing information to the media.

"What do you have to say for your actions? Why did you release the VM. What was your goal?" Incognito wrote on Twitter.

Zuckerman said in a brief telephone interview with The Associated Press that he didn't want to respond to Incognito's comments, except to say, "The only thing I would say is I'll let Jason La Canfora's tweet speak for itself."

After Incognito's Twitter rant, La Canfora, who works for CBS Sports and broke the story on the text messages exchanged between the teammates, said on Twitter that Zuckerman "had nothing to do with my reporting."

Zuckerman declined to answer other questions about the case.

Incognito also wrote on Twitter: "the truth will set me free. I can't say the same about Jon Martin. The truth is what he's hiding from."

Incognito's final tweet referred all questions to his attorney Mark Schamel, who did not return phone calls to the AP.

Martin abruptly left the Dolphins last October and was hospitalized. He underwent counseling for emotional issues.

Incognito was suspended Nov. 3, causing him to miss his final eight games.

The NFL report, which is headed up by Ted Wells, is expected to be released and could help shed some light on what role Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and his staff, as well as the front office, had in the case. The concern is whether or not Incognito was ordered to toughen up Martin, who struggled after earning a starting job in 2012 as a rookie.

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AP Sports Writer Steven Wine in Miami contributed to this report.

Duke-UNC postponed due to winter storm

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Wednesday's rivalry game between No. 8 Duke and North Carolina has been postponed due to a storm that brought enough snow and ice to paralyze many area roads.

The game will be played Feb. 20, though the time is still undetermined.

The postponement came about 3 1/2 hours before the scheduled tipoff at 9:10 p.m.

UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement that Duke's bus couldn't make it to the Durham campus to pick up the Blue Devils for the 11-mile drive to Chapel Hill. He called the postponement "the best decision to make at this time" due to safety concerns.

Atlantic Coast Conference policy states that games will go on in during bad weather if teams, officials and operations staffers can make it to the venue.

AP Source: Burnett, Phillies agree to deal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) On the day Cole Hamels announced he won't be ready for the season opener, the Philadelphia Phillies helped their ailing starting rotation.

A person familiar with the deal said that A.J. Burnett agreed to a one-year contract with the Phillies on Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Phillies haven't made an official announcement.

Burnett's deal reportedly is worth $16 million. If Hamels is healthy, he gives the Phillies a formidable top three along with Cliff Lee.

Kyle Kendrick is slotted to be fourth in the rotation. Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, and Cuban righty Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez will compete for the fifth spot. Youngsters Jonathan Pettibone and Ethan Martin provide insurance.

Hamels told reporters in Clearwater, Fla., that he has left biceps tendinitis, but expects to pitch in April.

Burnett was 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA for Pittsburgh last season. The 37-year-old right-hander is 147-132 with a 3.99 ERA in 15 major league seasons. He helped the New York Yankees beat the Phillies in the 2009 World Series, winning Game 2 of the six-game series.

Hamels initially said he felt discomfort in his shoulder. He called the ailment a "kink in the system" after he rebooted his throwing program in mid-to-late November.

"It was cranking back up on top of the weightlifting I was doing," Hamels said. "I think it was just getting into the exercises too fast, too soon."

A three-time All-Star and MVP of the 2008 World Series and NLCS, Hamels is coming off a poor year. He was 8-14 with a 3.60 ERA in his first full season after signing a $144 million, six-year contract in July 2012.

Hamels, who made his first opening day start last year, said he no longer is feeling pain or discomfort, but is "eight to 10 days" behind the rest of the pitchers in camp.

Phillies pitchers and catchers reported to camp on Wednesday, and they will hold their first official workout on Thursday. Hamels is hoping to throw his first bullpen session in eight to 10 days.

Yankees star Jeter to retire after 2014 season

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he will retire after this season "with absolutely no regrets," ending one of the greatest careers in the history of baseball's most storied franchise.

The 39-year-old New York captain posted a long letter on his Facebook page Wednesday saying that 2014 will be his final year.

A 13-time All-Star who has led the Yankees to five World Series championships, Jeter was limited to 17 games last season while trying to recover from a broken left ankle sustained during the 2012 playoffs.

"I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball," he wrote.

"I have gotten the very most out of my life playing baseball, and I have absolutely no regrets," he said.

Jeter was the last link to the powerful Yankees teams that won three straight World Series crowns from 1998-2000. Longtime teammates Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte retired after last year.

"Derek Jeter is Mr. Yankee of his era," Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner told The Associated Press. "He was the face of one of the greatest teams ever."

But Jeter's joyride hit a big speed bump recently.

"Last year was a tough one for me. As I suffered through a bunch of injuries, I realized that some of the things that always came easily to me and were always fun had started to become a struggle," Jeter wrote. "The one thing I always said to myself was that when baseball started to feel more like a job, it would be time to move forward."

"So really it was months ago when I realized that this season would likely be my last. As I came to this conclusion and shared it with my friends and family, they all told me to hold off saying anything until I was absolutely 100 percent sure," he wrote.

"And the thing is, I could not be more sure," he wrote.

Jeter hit just .190 with one homer and seven RBIs last season.

His agent, Casey Close, said Jeter wanted to declare his intentions before the Yankees start spring training later this week so that his future status wouldn't be a distraction.

"I'm excited for him. It's kind of nice to see him go out on his own terms," Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said at spring camp in Glendale, Ariz.

Mattingly finished up his All-Star career with the Yankees in 1995, the same season Jeter made his big league debut.

"I saw him when he first showed for spring training. I always think about spring training when I think about him, just because he was this 17-year-old kid right out of high school who looked out of place. He was skinny, but he was tough. He's been winning since the day he got there," Mattingly said.

Jeter is the Yankees' career hits leader with 3,316. He is a lifetime .312 hitter in 19 seasons, with 256 home runs and 1,261 RBIs.

Jeter has scored 1,876 runs and stolen 348 bases. He also is a five-time Gold Glove winner.

Added up, his numbers put him among the greats in Yankees history, with fans often invoking the names of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and others when mentioning Jeter's legacy.

As for rating Jeter's place with the Yankees, Mattingly said: "It's hard. You're talking about DiMaggio, Gehrig and Mantle. But he's right there. He's got to be one of those."

Plus, No. 2 is defined by so much more than his numbers. His backhanded flip in the playoffs, his diving catch into the stands, his speech to close old Yankee Stadium and his home run for career hit No. 3,000.

As for rating Jeter's place with the Yankees, Mattingly said: "It's hard. You're talking about DiMaggio, Gehrig and Mantle. But he's right there. He's got to be one of those."

An October presence for so many years - he's a career .321 hitter in seven World Series - he also became Mr. November in 2001. His winning, 10th-inning homer came shortly after midnight in a Game 4 that began on Halloween.

"Just as DiMaggio represented his era, Mantle represented his era and Ruth represented his era. And Reggie represented the 70s teams," Steinbrenner said.

Jeter was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1996, the season the Yankees won their first World Series and re-established themselves as a major force. He was the MVP of the World Series.

Jeter has said he's fully ready for spring training this year and set to play.

Jeter worked out at the Yankees' spring training complex on Wednesday and left around noon, giving no hint that he was about to announce his plans.

Commissioner Bud Selig said that during his tenure, "Major League Baseball has had no finer ambassador than Derek Jeter."

"Derek has represented all the best of the national pastime, on and off the field," Selig said in a statement. "He is one of the most accomplished and memorable players of his - or any - era."

"Derek is the kind of person that generations have emulated proudly, and he remains an exemplary face of our sport," he wrote.

A staple for so long in the Yankees' lineup, Jeter missed the first 91 games last year after setbacks in spring training and the early months of the season.

Even after his 2013 debut, things didn't go well. Jeter felt pain in his right quadriceps when he returned July 11 and again went on the disabled list.

Jeter returned July 28 for three games, but strained his right calf. He played from Aug. 26 through Sept. 7, leaving for a pinch runner after hitting a single against Boston. Four days later, the Yankees said Jeter was done for the year.

The Yankees will open the 2014 regular season on April 1 in Houston. Their home opener is April 7 against Baltimore.

Like Rivera last year, Jeter is sure to be saluted wherever he goes in this final season.

"Now it is time for the next chapter," he wrote. "There are many things I want to do in business and in philanthropic work, in addition to focusing more on my personal life and starting a family of my own. And I want the ability to move at my own pace, see the world and finally have a summer vacation."

"But before that, I want to soak in every moment of every day this year, so I can remember it for the rest of my life. And most importantly, I want to help the Yankees reach our goal of winning another championship," he said.

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AP freelance writers Mark Didtler in Tampa, Fla., and Norm Frauenheim in Glendale, Ariz., contributed to this report.

Patrick to drive in Nationwide race at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Danica Patrick will pull double duty at Daytona International Speedway.

Patrick will drive in the second-tier Nationwide Series season opener the day before the Daytona 500, which is scheduled for Feb. 23.

The former IndyCar star and current Stewart-Haas Racing driver will run a third entry for Turner Scott Motorsports. A rookie in the Sprint Cup Series last season, Patrick also drove two Nationwide races for Turner Scott. She led five laps at Daytona last February before an electrical problem ended her day. She crashed at Talladega in May.

Patrick will drive the No. 30 Chevrolet Camaro, which is sponsored by the Florida Lottery.

Patrick made her Nationwide debut at Daytona in 2010. She has raced in 60 Nationwide events, including a full season in 2012.

Five-year-old fox terrier Sky wins Westminster

NEW YORK (AP) — From wire to wire, Sky was America's top dog.

The 5-year-old wire fox terrier won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night, finishing off a year in which she was ranked the nation's No. 1 dog.

Handler Gabriel Rangel scooped up Sky in one arm and kissed judge Betty Regina Leininger's hand after the title was awarded inside a nearly full Madison Square Garden.

Rangel may've learned that from his dog.

"Her personality is she loves to kiss people and she connects with everybody," Rangel said.

This was Sky's 129th best in show ribbon overall — she became a Triple Crown winner in dogdom, too, having previously taken the National Dog Show and the top AKC event.

A wire fox terrier has won 14 times at the nation's top dog show. No other breed has won more than eight times.

The winner with the ginger-and-white coat and little terrier goatee beat out an impressive lineup for the final ring. Also competing were a standard poodle, a bloodhound, an Irish water spaniel, a Cardigan Welsh corgi, a miniature pinscher and a Portuguese water dog.

Matisse the Portie had a great history. He is a cousin of President Barack Obama's newest house pet — the White House, that is.

But once again, a terrier prevailed. Terriers have taken 46 of the 105 best in show ribbons presented at an event that dates to the late 19th century.

"She has the 'it' factor. She owned this night," Leininger said.

The standard poodle named Ally was chosen as the runner-up.

Nathan the bloodhound was clearly the crowd's pick as all seven dogs circled around in the final ring. The min pin called Classie had won 121 times.

Rangel, who lives with Sky in Rialto, Calif., has plenty of experience in winning. He guided Sadie the Scottish terrier to victory at Westminster four years ago.

There were 2,845 dogs entered in the 138th Westminster Kennel Club show. They were eligible in 190 breeds and varieties.

Sky entered the ring only a half-hour or so after winning the terrier group, and was still fresh.

"We're kind of saving it," Rangel said shortly before the final competition.

By Wednesday night, the pooch might be pooped. She's scheduled to tour the morning TV news shows, eat a steak lunch at famed Manhattan restaurant Sardi's and also go up the Empire State Building.

And on Thursday night, Sky was set to make her Broadway debut with a walk-on part in the Tony Award-winning musical "Kinky Boots."

Pretty lofty doings, indeed, for a dog with the champion's name of Afterall Painting The Sky and accustomed to top treats.

"It's like winning an Oscar," said Victor Malzoni Jr., one of the owners who is an economist from Brazil.

Poodles always seem to show up well at these events, and Ally represented her breed well. She takes three to four hours to prep, and came out perfectly trimmed.

Fancy that.

The Cardigan Welsh corgi called Coco might've been familiar to dog fanciers at the Garden, and to the several million who tune each year to the Westminster telecast.

Queen Elizabeth II loves all kinds of corgis, and is often seen with them in her royal reign.

The Irish water spaniel called Riley originally came from the Seattle. In this, an event known as the Super Bowl of dogs, she was trying to repeat the win that the Seahawks posted in the real Super Bowl this month right across the Hudson River.

Wyoming upends No. 5 San Diego State, 68-62

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Riley Grabau scored 17 points, Larry Nance Jr. had 14 and Wyoming beat No. 5 San Diego State 68-62 on Tuesday night to end the Aztecs' 20-game winning streak.

The victory by Wyoming (15-9, 6-5 Mountain West Conference) came almost 16 years to the day after the Cowboys last beat a top-5 team at home, a 62-56 win over No. 5 Utah.

Fans stormed the court after the final buzzer, mobbing Wyoming players.

Dwayne Polee II led San Diego State with 15 points, followed by Xavier Thames with 13.

The Aztecs (21-2, 10-1) won 20 in row after losing to Arizona in their second game of the season. Their streak tied the school mark set by the 2010-11 team, which finished a school-record 34-3 after reaching the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history.

Roy Oswalt retiring after 13 seasons in majors

Roy Oswalt retired from baseball on Tuesday after winning 163 games and making three All-Star teams in 13 major league seasons.

The pitcher's agent, Bob Garber, confirmed the decision and said Oswalt would go to work for his agency, RMG Baseball. Oswalt will be vice president of baseball operations.

"Roy is now going to be representing players with me," Garber said Tuesday night. "He's now an agent."

The 36-year-old right-hander had a 163-102 career record with a 3.36 ERA. Oswalt won 20 games in consecutive seasons (2004-05) with the Houston Astros and was the 2005 NL championship series MVP. He pitched more than 200 innings seven times but was hampered by injuries in recent years.

"He was a tremendous competitor," Giants right-hander Matt Cain said. "He was one of the guys I always loved to watch pitch. I remember facing him for the first time and I knew if I gave up more than a couple runs that it wasn't going to be a good day for us. He went about his business every fifth day like a true pro."

Oswalt got hurt with Houston on June 11, 2003, when he and five other pitchers combined to no-hit the New York Yankees in an 8-0 victory in the Bronx. It was the only six-pitcher no-hitter until Seattle did the same thing against the Dodgers on June 8, 2012.

Oswalt strained his right groin and left in the second. He looked toward catcher Brad Ausmus after his second pitch of the inning, his 23rd of the game, and immediately was replaced.

The Yankees had gone 6,980 games - the longest streak in major league history - without being no-hit, since Hoyt Wilhelm's 1-0 victory for Baltimore on Sept. 20, 1958.

Oswalt was 0-6 with an 8.63 ERA in nine outings and six starts for Colorado last year. He signed a minor league deal with the Rockies in May 2013 and missed time with a strained left hamstring.

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington was thrilled to acquire Oswalt in the middle of the 2012 season, when he went 4-3 with a 5.80 ERA in 17 appearances with nine starts.

He joined the Rangers on June 22, 2012, but didn't know if the team just planned to trade him away. Washington often said Oswalt "has been a pro" in handling a tough, unclear situation that called for him to be used primarily out of the bullpen.

That was after Oswalt spent two stints on the disabled list during 2011 with Philadelphia because of lower back inflammation. He went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts for the Phillies that year, and his 139 innings were his fewest since 2003. He didn't go more than 59 innings in his last two years.

A 23rd-round pick by Houston in the 1996 amateur draft, Oswalt pitched his first nine-plus seasons for the Astros (2001-10) and then played for Philadelphia (2010-11), Texas (2012) and the Rockies (2013).

On Aug. 25, 2010, Oswalt became the first Phillies pitcher to play a position in the field in 39 years after Ryan Howard was ejected in the 14th inning of a 4-2, 16-inning home loss to the Astros. With the Phillies out of position players, Oswalt went to left field and Raul Ibanez took over at first for Howard.

Oswalt drew a rousing ovation from the crowd when he caught a routine fly ball. He was the first Philadelphia pitcher to play a position since Bill Wilson on Aug. 6, 1971.

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AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.

After chartering 787, Tanaka introduced by Yanks

NEW YORK (AP) The latest high-priced addition to the New York Yankees stood at the dais in front of a large news conference, put on his pinstriped jersey with No. 19 and smiled.

"Hello. My name is Masahiro Tanaka," he said slowly in English. "I'm very happy to be a Yankee."

After chartering a Boeing 787 Dreamliner for his trip from Tokyo to New York, the 25-year-old right-hander with the $155 million, seven-year contract was introduced Tuesday not in the news conference room downstairs at Yankee Stadium, but in the Legends Suite Club, where the high rollers congregate on game days.

Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo concluded the team's latest Pacific overture drew New York's most-attended news conference since Hideki Matsui arrived in January 2003.

Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner said obtaining Tanaka was worth the economic pain of exceeding the $189 million luxury tax threshold New York had hoped to stay under this season.

"We needed another starter, and when we do things, we try to do them right," Steinbrenner said. "And this guy, he's tough. He's got tremendous ability. We all know that. And he's going to be very exciting to watch. And he's going to be great for the team, a great teammate. And $189 (million) or not, we wanted a good, quality starter, and we got it."

Tanaka charted a Japan Airlines plane, which seats about 200, for the trans-Pacific trip to New York, reportedly costing about $200,000. There were just five passengers on the plane, including his pop star wife Mai Satoda, plus their poodle Haru. The flight, originally scheduled to depart at noon, was delayed many hours by a snowstorm.

"There wasn't many choices of planes," Tanaka said through a translator when asked about the big jet.

And a lengthy commercial trip could have been uncomfortable.

"I thought about my conditioning, just wanted to get here in the best condition possible," he said.

For his first meal in New York, he ventured outside his room at the Mandarin Oriental hotel overlooking Central Park.

"I ate a sushi," he said, "which I bought at a grocery store nearby."

New York, which also added Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran during the offseason, figures to have a big following in Japan this year. Tanaka joins pitcher Hiroki Kuroda and outfielder Ichiro Suzuki on the roster, and reliever Yoshinori Tateyama will be at spring training with a minor league contract.

"This would make the Boss proud," general manager Brian Cashman said in a reference to late owner George Steinbrenner. "The Yankees obviously are about always trying to acquire the best talent and a collection of talent that can compete for a championship, but he also liked a lot of attention, and this certainly represents a lot of attention. So this is Yankee big. This is Steinbrenner big."

Tanaka was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year, leading the Rakuten Golden Eagles to the Japan Series title. That left him with a 99-35 record and a 2.30 ERA in Japan, where he had 53 complete games in 172 starts.

New York had one of the most successful Japanese players in the major leagues in Matsui, the 2009 World Series MVP. And the Yankees experienced costly flops with pitchers Hideki Irabu and Kei Igawa.

Manager Joe Girardi was behind the plate for Irabu's debut in 1997.

"They feel a little bit more weight of representing their country than maybe players that are here on an everyday basis, because they kind of pave the way for the next guy and then the next guy," he said.

Girardi's advice: "Don't feel like you have to live up to the contract."

On a tour of the U.S. with a Japanese high school all-star team in 2006, Tanaka met Matsui when one of the young pitcher's games was rained out. During the offseason, he spoke briefly about his pending decision with Matsui, who plans to be a guest instructor at Yankees spring training.

New York appealed to Tanaka's desire to pitch on the biggest stage.

"This is where you need to be. A great star. The biggest franchise. The biggest brand. The biggest city," Yankees President Randy Levine remembered saying during the team's pitch to the player on Jan. 8 in Beverly Hills, Calif. "He said some other teams he had met with wanted him to transition in, and he didn't like that. He wanted to take the ball on Day One, and that told us a lot about him."

Tanaka sounded prepared for the Yankees' win-or-else mentality.

"I've heard that this place is - it could be very harsh to you at times," he said. "Just wanted to put myself, though, in this environment and try to see where I can get to with my ability."

Cashman is trying to lower expectations, saying Tanaka will slot in as No. 3 in the rotation behind CC Sabathia and Kuroda.

"We could be getting more than a 3. Maybe it's a 2. Maybe it's even a 1 at some point," Cashman said. "I think that the adjustments are real, and as excited as we are to have and as much as we need a player of his capabilities, I want to make sure that people understand how difficult this game is over here and that there should be expectations of growing pains."

Nolan Ryan to rejoin Astros as executive advisor

HOUSTON (AP) Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan rejoined the Houston Astros on Tuesday as an executive adviser.

Ryan worked as a special assistant to the general manager in Houston from 2004 until he became president of the Texas Rangers in 2008. He added CEO to his title with the Rangers in 2011 and remained in that position until he stepped down in October.

Ryan will serve as an adviser to owner Jim Crane, general manager Jeff Luhnow and his son and president of business operations Reid Ryan.

"I'm very excited to be back with the Astros," the elder Ryan said in a statement. "I'm happy to assist Jim, Jeff and Reid in any way I can. The Astros have a solid foundation with a strong farm system. I think the future is bright for Houston and I'm looking forward to my involvement."

The Astros have lost more than 100 games in each of the last three seasons, but their minor league system has been ranked among the best in baseball this offseason.

Crane is glad to have Ryan back in Houston after his time with the Rangers.

"We will use his experience, expertise and knowledge to improve the Astros in all areas," Crane said. "He will be an integral part of our management team. Nolan wants to be a part of our success moving forward."

Ryan, who played for the Astros for nine seasons, is major league baseball's career strikeout leader and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999.

"Nolan Ryan's experience and insights will help us on the baseball side - both in terms of decision-making and in maximizing the productivity of our players," Luhnow said. "I'm fortunate as a general manager to get advice and guidance from great former players and Astros - Craig Biggio, Roger Clemens and now Nolan Ryan."

Ryan won 324 games and set records for strikeouts (5,714) and no-hitters (seven) in a 27-year major league career. He signed with the Astros in 1980 and helped them to their first postseason appearance that year and back to the playoffs in 1981 and 1986.

Reid Ryan joined the Astros last season and is looking forward to working with his father.

"The opportunity to work with my father is very special," he said. "He's had success in baseball on many levels and will be a great addition to our organization."

The team said Nolan Ryan will join the team at spring training in the next few weeks.

Americans impressed with Brazil's World Cup setup

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Back with the San Jose Earthquakes after their nearly monthlong stint on the U.S. national team and training in Sao Paulo, Clarence Goodson and Chris Wondolowski believe Brazil will be ready for the World Cup stage come June.

The U.S. held a training camp in Sao Paulo for almost two weeks last month, giving the Americans a feeling of already being acclimated to the culture and an idea of what to expect during this summer's tournament.

Goodson and Wondolowski hope they will return to Brazil in June as part of the Americans' 23-man World Cup roster. They were impressed with their setup in Brazil, which has less than four months to complete venues and finish all other details in some of the 12 cities across the country set to host games.

The Americans will be based out of Sao Paulo FC.

"It was very nice where we were," Goodson said after Tuesday's Earthquakes training. "I know there's been a lot publicized about them not being ready, but everything that we did with the U.S., all the facilities we were at and the hotels, they were all top notch and ready to go. I didn't experience the other part. Certainly everything with the U.S. was top class."

Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez, a member of the Honduran World Cup team, isn't worried about Brazil meeting its deadline and ultimately being prepared.

Bernardez and Honduras are set to face Ecuador at Arena da Baixada - one of the delayed stadiums that could be dropped from competition - on June 30.

"It's not a problem with that," Bernardez said during an interview in Spanish. "I think everything will be fine. We'll be there in June to compete and I think they'll be ready. We're confident it will be a beautiful World Cup."

Brazil promised to finish all 12 World Cup stadiums by the end of last year as planned by FIFA, but five remained under construction as of last week.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann took his players to Brazil for 12 days in January as part of its "dry run" preparations.

"It was hot down there, but it was a great experience and one of those you'll always remember," Wondolowski said. "There's always speculation (about the conditions), but I think when it comes down to it, it will be great."

Bernardez's Honduras team will play four friendlies leading up to the World Cup. First, it will host Tunisia on March 5, then face Colombia on May 31 in either New York or Chicago. Coach Luis Fernando Suarez also is scheduled to lead his team against Ivory Coast at a to-be-determined location June 4 before facing England in its final tuneup three days later at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

CFL players fined for posts about Michael Sam

The Canadian Football League fined two players Tuesday for making inappropriate comments about openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam.

Montreal Alouettes wide receiver Arland Bruce and Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive tackle Bryant Turner Jr. were penalized undisclosed amounts on Tuesday for postings on social media. Bruce misspelled the word "gay" in his message, which urged Sam to "man up" and get on his knees and "submit to God fully."

"The comments made by these players are extremely disappointing and do not represent the CFL's views or the views of the vast majority of our players," CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon said in a statement. "The CFL is supportive of openly gay athletes in professional sports and we commend the courage shown by Michael Sam."

The 36-year-old Bruce is a three-time CFL all-star and two-time Grey Cup champion who appeared in two NFL games with San Francisco in 2003. He and Turner both played college football in the United States, Bruce at Minnesota and Turner at Alabama-Birmingham.

While the CFL was condemning their words, Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization formed in 2010 to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in sports, began to solicit online "signatures" from athletes and fans that will be presented to Sam as a show of solidarity.

Sam was the Southeastern Conference co-defensive player of the year last season at Missouri. He's projected to be a mid-round pick in April's NFL draft and, if so, would be the first openly gay player in league history.

The NFL has publicly pledged its support, but a Sports Illustrated article published after Sam's announcement anonymously quoted several general managers around the league suggesting lukewarm support for drafting an openly gay player.

"It's important for us to show the teams that might be considering him the draft that the public is ready," said Lia Parifax, a board member and co-founder of Athlete Ally. "This is about showing Michael the support from the community at large."

Parifax said more than 1,500 names had been collected as of Tuesday. Former Baltimore fullback Brendon Ayonbadejo, also a member of the board, helped start the campaign. Others who've voiced their support, Parifax said, are current and former NFL players Chris Kluwe, Scott Fujita and Dante Stallworth and retired tennis star Andy Roddick.

Turner apologized in a series of tweets, calling his post "inappropriate and insensitive." The Bombers said team President Wade Miller and general manager Kyle Walters have spoken to Turner.

"It is unfortunate that Bryant made this comment through social media," it said. "Any athlete with the ability and determination has the right to succeed in their sport."

The Alouettes denounced "the regrettable comments" by Bruce.

"Our organization supports all types of diversity. Every individual is unique and free to make his or her own choices," said Jim Popp, the Alouettes' general manager and coach. He said no decision had been made on whether Bruce will remain with the team.

"As an organization, we'll discuss the matter thoroughly and decide what to do next," he said.

Browns CEO, GM leaving team in stunning shakeup

BEREA, Ohio (AP) The Browns fired their coach after one season. Now they're sweeping out their front office.

Owner Jimmy Haslam announced Tuesday that CEO Joe Banner will step down in the next two months and general manager Michael Lombardi is leaving the team.

"Mike and Joe have left us in good position in terms of free agency and cap space as well as this year's draft, where we have 10 overall picks and three of the first 35," Haslam said at a news conference.

It's yet another stunning development for a franchise that has undergone nearly constant change in the past 15 years.

Haslam also said assistant GM Ray Farmer, who was pursued by Miami to be the Dolphins' GM this winter, has been promoted and will immediately take the over the team's football operations and lead the Browns during free agency and draft. Cleveland has two first-round picks in May's draft and is well under the salary cap to spend on free agents.

Haslam added that president Alec Scheiner will keep his current role.

"Alec Scheiner will run our business side and remain as president, Mike Pettine will be our head coach and Ray Farmer will be our GM," Haslam said. "We will not have a CEO and those three people will report directly to me."

The shake-up comes one month after the Browns finally hired coach Mike Pettine. Banner and Haslam had fired coach Rob Chudzinski after a 4-12 season, the team's sixth straight with at least 11 losses. Wisconsin said Tuesday that coach Gary Andersen was contacted by the Cleveland Browns for their coaching vacancy but decided not to pursue the position following a conversation with the NFL team, which spent 25 days to hire Pettine.

"Mike will have final say on the 45-man roster- who plays on Sundays - and Ray will have final say on the 53-player roster," Haslam said.

Banner, who previously worked in Philadelphia, was hired by Haslam to run the team shortly after his ownership was approved by the league in 2012.

"We appreciate Joe's contributions to the Cleveland Browns, especially in helping us as new owners," Haslam said in a release. "He was committed to creating a successful organization and bringing in talented individuals. We thank him for his work and dedication. We wish him and his family the best."

Banner will transition out of his job over the next two months.

"It is bittersweet leaving the Browns organization," Banner said. "I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Jimmy Haslam and helping him set the infrastructure for this franchise. I am proud of the talented individuals we brought in to help lead this team and feel that the Cleveland Browns are in good hands moving forward."

Lombardi's departure ends a curious second stint with the team.

His hiring was widely panned by some Cleveland media members and many fans because of his time with coach Bill Belichick when he was Cleveland's coach. Lombardi kept a low profile over the past year in Cleveland and was not in attendance at any major news conferences.

"We're also grateful for Mike Lombardi's efforts and commitment since rejoining our organization," Haslam said. "He is an experienced and creative NFL executive with a unique ability to see the big picture. He has tremendous instincts and I know he'll be a valuable addition to any NFL organization. We simply wanted to give Ray this opportunity that he's earned. We wanted to move forward under his leadership and capabilities."

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AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, contributed to this report.

Kansas State holds off No. 7 Kansas, 85-82 in OT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Kansas State's Will Spradling remembers beating Kansas back in 2011, how the students flooded out of the stands in Bramlage Coliseum and joined in a merry celebration at midcourt.

He ought to remember Monday night just as vividly.

The senior guard scored 15 points and was instrumental in holding his young team together down the stretch, helping the Wildcats upend the No. 7 Jayhawks 85-82 in overtime.

"I've played in this game three times now," Spradling said of the annual Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan, which Kansas State had won just twice in 25 tries in Bramlage.

"People were asking me if I'd be nervous today, and really I wasn't nervous at all, until I got into the gym," Spradling said. "But I came out ready to play."

So did the rest of the Wildcats, who blew a nine-point lead with less than 2 minutes left in regulation, but persevered in overtime to pick up another signature victory.

And just like they did three years ago, all those students flooded the court to celebrate.

"I couldn't be more proud of our guys, so happy for them, the seniors," said Kansas State coach Bruce Weber, who'd never beaten the Jayhawks in five tries. "We've talked about leaving a legacy, and to get this on their resume, for the rest of their life, they can remember this."

Marcus Foster scored 20 points to lead the Wildcats (17-7, 7-4 Big 12), despite turning his ankle in the second half and needing a walking boot for the post-game news conference.

"Marcus is Marcus," Weber said of the freshman. "He hit a lot of big shots."

So did Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins, who scored 16 points. It was his putback off his own miss with 6.9 seconds left that forced overtime - only for the Wildcats to answer the call.

"Give them credit though," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "That's kind of deflating the way we came back against them, and they came back in overtime."

Perry Ellis finished with 19 points for the Jayhawks (18-6, 9-2), while Naadir Tharpe added 13 and Brannen Greene scored 10, making two key baskets near the end of regulation.

"I thought momentum was on our side," Kansas coach Bill Self said.

Tarik Black even scored the opening basket of overtime, but every time the Jayhawks tried to build a lead, the Wildcats had an answer - a three-point play by Foster, a free throw by Omari Lawrence, or a big putback from unheralded big man D.J. Johnson, who had nine points.

"We felt good. We felt energized," Ellis said. "We just couldn't get no stops. We couldn't get no stops in the second half and overtime."

Still, it wasn't over until Foster's two free throws with 21.9 seconds left gave Kansas State an 83-79 lead, and Wiggins missed a 3-pointer at the other end. Black missed another shot, and the Wildcats finally corralled the rebound, allowing time to run out.

"If we lost," Weber said, "it would have been a heartbreaker."

Unlike the first meeting in January, when the Jayhawks raced out to a big lead and simply nursed it through the second half, the rivals played to a draw Monday night.

Kansas State surged to an early lead thanks to some poor shooting by the Jayhawks, only to go into a slump of its own. Both teams eventually got into foul trouble as the game began to resemble an old Big Eight tussle, and the result was a 29-29 halftime tie.

In fact, there may have been more bodies on the court than baskets made, and the Jayhawks' Black even had to limp off after twisting his ankle while going up for a rebound.

The angst reached a crescendo midway through the second half, when Thomas Gipson of the Wildcats and Kansas guard Frank Mason got into a shoving match. Both were given technical fouls.

Kansas was already playing without reserve forward Jamari Traylor, whom Self sat for disciplinary reasons. With the nagging injury to Black on top of the foul trouble, one of the deepest teams in the nation had its depth tested in one of the rare instances all season.

"Both teams are beat up," Self said afterward.

After taking a 35-34 lead with 17:34 remaining, the Wildcats ripped off the next nine points. And even when Foster turned his ankle and briefly went to the locker room, Kansas State was still able to match the Jayhawks basket for basket.

The Wildcats couldn't close the game in regulation, though.

Given a second chance in overtime, they finally did.

"We made mistakes," Weber said. "To their credit they came back, but our character, and that's something we talked about, let us overcome the emotion."

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