BOSTON (AP) – The Miami Heat now own the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, picking up their 23rd consecutive victory with a 105-103 comeback at Boston. The Heat trailed by 13 with eight minutes left before closing on a 22-7 run. LeBron James scored a team-high 37 points, including the tiebreaking jumper with 10.5 seconds left.
UNDATED (AP) – Gonzaga (gahn-ZA’-guh) winds up on top in the final Associated Press top-25 men’s basketball poll. The Bulldogs hauled in 45 of 65 first place votes, while second-ranked Louisville claimed the other 20. Rounding out the top five are Kansas, Indiana and Miami.
PHOENIX (AP) – The NFL will not be adding teams to the playoffs this season, but still is discussing an expanded postseason. Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL’) says that the league’s competition committee has looked into adding teams to the playoffs, and the topic will be discussed at this week’s owners meetings. However, he says any adds won’t happen this year.
UNDATED (AP) – The Tennessee Titans have released veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, which buys the team some more cap space after they couldn’t work out an agreement trimming his $5.5 million salary for 2013. The 37-year old spent the past two seasons with the Titans, losing his starting job to Jake Locker last season. Hasselbeck has 34,517 yards passing with 201 touchdowns in his 14-year NFL career.
UNDATED (AP) – San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley will miss at least the first two weeks of the regular season after breaking the tip of his left thumb while sliding into second base on Sunday. Headley led the National League with 115 RBIs last season and paced Padres regulars with 31 homers and a .286 average.