GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Markis McDuffie scored 12 points and fifth-ranked Wichita State shook off a slow start to roll past East Carolina 95-60. McDuffie played 20 minutes in his third straight double-figure scoring game as he works his way back from a foot injury that sidelined him for the first 11 games. The Shockers improved to 4-0 in their first season in the American Athletic Conference. B.J. Tyson scored 16 points to lead the Pirates.
OREM, Utah (AP) – Kenneth Ogbe scored 18 points with four 3-pointers and Utah Valley pulled away early in its 95-59 rout of UMKC to win its sixth straight. Conner Toolson and Jerrell DeBerry scored 17 points apiece with three 3s each and Ben Nakwaasah added 13 points with three 3s for the Wolverines (13-5, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference), who made 13 3-pointers and shot 53.3 percent from the floor.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) – Oklahoma State has fired defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. Spencer joined the staff as defensive line coach in 2008 and was elevated to defensive coordinator in 2013. Oklahoma State’s offenses have been outstanding the past several years, but its defenses have lagged behind.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Alabama is losing four more underclassmen to the NFL draft, including All-America safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. Safety Ronnie Harrison and tailback Bo Scarbrough have announced they are skipping their senior seasons, while Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban says defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne is also entering the draft.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and defending champion Roger Federer have been seeded first and second for the Australian Open, setting up what could be a rematch of last year’s final. Grigor Dimitrov is the No. 3 seed, and six-time champion Novak Djokovic is 14th as he comes back from a six-month injury layoff. Simona Halep is No. 1 in the women’s draw, followed by Carolina Wozniacki and Garbine Muguruza.
HONOLULU (AP) – Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk are co-leaders through one round of the PGA’s Sony Open at Honolulu. Both played bogey-free golf in firing 7-under 63s yesterday, putting them one shot ahead of four players. Vaughn Taylor and Brian Harman are at minus-6, as are Kyle Stanley and Talor Gooch.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina State guard Markell Johnson has been cleared to rejoin the team after the dismissal of a felony assault charge against him in his home state of Ohio. A previous court document says Johnson was among four people indicted Dec. 5 for causing “serious physical harm” to a male victim on or about Oct. 8. Johnson had started all 10 games he played, averaging 8.7 points and 6.6 assists while shooting 46 percent.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon has officially taken over as the majority owner of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes following approval from the league board of governors. The former CEO of Santander Consumer USA bought a majority stake in the team from lomgtime owner Peter Karmanos, who will retain a minority stake in the club he moved from Hartford, Connecticut in 1997. Commissioner Gary Bettman has said the club will not move from Raleigh, North Carolina.
UNDATED (AP) – Unraked Oregon and N.C. State picked up victories against top-25 teams on Thursday. Omer Yurtseven scored a career-high 29 points and the Wolfpack held on to beat No. 19 Clemson 78-77. Oregon was a 76-72 winner at No. 11 Arizona State behind Payton Richard’s 18 points, including two free throws with 13.8 seconds remaining.