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John Isner hoping to make the most of Delray Beach Open

By John Evenson

The ATP World Tour will take over the the Delray Beach Tennis Open by the Venetian Las Vegas on Monday, and the # 1 player in the country, and the # 1 seed, John Isner says he's ready to get into the groove.

"I haven't really practices that much since the Australian Open," admits Isner, " so I'm just trying to get fit, just get the feel of putting hours on the court."

Isner says he loves player at Delray, an easy drive from his home in Tampa, and that he should be in for a challenge with the talent he'll be facing this week. Win or lose he says he's using the tournament to build for later in the year.

"I want to win this tournament, but if that doesn't happen so be it."John Isner hoping to make the most of Delray Beach Open

Monday, February 17 2014, 10:44 AM EST

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UNDATED (AP) -- -- Lou Williams scored a career-high 36 points and the Toronto Raptors turned an 18-point deficit into a convincing 110-93 win over Cleveland. That's the Cavaliers' fourth straight loss, falling to 5-7 with their second loss in two nights.

The Raptors have won four in a row and are off to their best start in franchise history at 10-2. They trailed 26-8 less than 4 minutes into the game, but showed why they have the best record in the Eastern Conference. Toronto led 56-54 at halftime and took control midway in the third quarter. The Raptors up by as many as 19 points in the fourth.

Kevin Love scored 23 points to lead Cleveland. LeBron James, who spent the final six and a-half minutes on the bench, finished with 15 points with 10 assists.

In other NBA action:

-- Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Amare Stoudemire added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the New York Knicks dropped the Philadelphia 76ers to 0-13 with a 91-83 victory.

-- Gerald Green scored a game-high 23 points, Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points off the bench and two other starters scored in double figures in the Phoenix Suns' 106-83 road win over Indiana.

-- Chris Bosh scored 14 of his season-high 32 points in the fourth quarter in leading the Miami Heat to a 99-92 victory over Orlando.


UNDATED (AP) -- Florida State is still unbeaten -- barely. Quarterback Jameis (JAY'-mihs) Winston led top-ranked Florida State 66 yards to put Roberto Aguayo in position for a 26-yard game-winning field goal with three seconds left and the Seminoles remained perfect with a 20-17 victory over Boston College.

Florida State is 11-0 overall, and is ranked No. 1 in the AP rankings but third in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Seminoles went into the fourth quarter tied 17-17 with the Eagles. But with less than five minutes left, Winston helped engineer another game-winning drive for their 27th straight victory.

Winston finished with 281 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception.

Elsewhere in Top 25 action:

-- Derrick Henry rushed for two touchdowns and scored a third on a catch, all in the first half, to lead No. 2 Alabama to a 48-14 victory over Western Carolina. The Crimson Tide, which is No. 1 in the College Football Rankings, improved to 10-1.

-- Third-ranked Oregon walloped Colorado 44-10. Marcus Mariota threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 73 yards and another score in perhaps his last game at Autzen Stadium. Freshman Royce Freeman ran for 105 yards and two scores for the Ducks, who are ranked second in the College Football Playoff rankings.

-- Jalin Marshall returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown to give No. 7 Ohio State the lead late in the third quarter and added three late insurance scores to lead the Buckeyes past Indiana 42-27. That's the Hoosiers' sixth loss in a row. The surprisingly close game could impact the playoff hopes of the 10-1 Buckeyes, who are ranked sixth in the College Football Playoff rankings. Ohio State, which was a 34-point favorite, trailed 20-14 midway through the third quarter.

-- Arkansas stunned eighth-ranked Mississippi 30-0. Rohan Gaines returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown, and Arkansas' defense forced six turnovers.

-- Georgia scored two touchdowns on its first three snaps, including an 83-yard touchdown run by Nick Chubb, and the ninth-ranked Bulldogs rolled past Charleston Southern 55-9. Hutson Mason played only the first half and threw three touchdown passes, including two to Chris Conley.

-- Jeremy Langford and Tony Lippett celebrated senior day in style as No. 10-ranked Michigan State smashed Rutgers 45-3 for its 40th win in four seasons and 51st in five. Langford, who played cornerback and wide receiver before returning to running back, rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns.

---- Taylor Kelly threw for four touchdowns and the No. 13 Arizona Sun Devils dominated the second half for a 52-31 victory over Washington State.

-- The 14th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers held off Iowa 26-24 for their sixth straight win. Melvin Gordon surpassed 2,000 yard rushing with 200 yards and two touchdowns.

-- Nick Wilson ran for 218 yards and three touchdowns as No. 15 Arizona overcame an injury to quarterback Anu Solomon to beat No. 20 Utah 42-10. Solomon threw for 58 yards and got his first career rushing touchdown in the first half. He was fitted for a walking boot at halftime because of an apparent injury to his right foot.

---- No. 18 Marshall improved to 11-0 and bettered their chances for a New Year's Bowl by beating UAB 23-18. Rakeem Cato threw for two touchdowns and Ra'shawde Myers recovered a fumble in the end zone for a late score.

-- Briean Boddy-Calhoun ripped the ball out of Nebraska receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El's hands at the Minnesota 2-yard line after Mitch Leidner scored the go-ahead touchdown, and the Gophers overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to upset No. 21 Nebraska 28-24.

-- Dee Hart matched a school record with six touchdowns and No. 22 Colorado State amassed a program-best 698 yards of offense as the Rams routed New Mexico 58-20. The Rams have won nine straight.

-- Oklahoma freshman Samaje Perine (suh-MAHR'-jay PEE'-ryn) set a major college record by running for 427 yards in a driving rainstorm, scoring five touchdowns and leading the No. 23 Sooners over Kansas 44-7. The rushing mark fell one week after Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon set the mark by rushing for 408 yards against Nebraska.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Ross Scheuerman ran for a school-record 304 yards and scored three touchdowns at Yankee Stadium, leading Lafayette past Lehigh 27-7 in the 150th edition of the most-played rivalry in college football.

For the first time since 1891, the Patriot League rivals from Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley played at a neutral site, and the Leopards and Mountain Hawks turned out to be a huge hit in the Bronx. A sellout crowd of 48,256 was the second-largest for a college football game at the new Yankee Stadium.


UNDATED (AP) -- Kennedy Meeks had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Justin Jackson added 18 points and No. 6 North Carolina defeated Davidson 90-72 to remain unbeaten on the young season. The 3-0 tar Heels got 13 points from Marcus Paige and 10 points and seven rebounds from J.P. Tokoto for their first road win of the season.

The Tar Heels outshot Davidson 47 percent to 33 percent.

Elsewhere in top-25 hoops:

-- Rhode Island upset No. 22 Nebraska 66-62 in overtime. E.C. Mathews scored 26 points, including six in overtime.

-- Nic Moore scored 22 points, Keith Frazier added a career-high 17 and No. 22 SMU bounced back from a pair of losses on the road to beat Eastern Washington 77-68.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens, with the best record in hockey at 16-5-and-1, won for the eighth time in nine games by blanking arch-rival Boston 2-0. The Canadiens are 3-0 against the Bruins this year. Carey Price recorded his second shutout of the season by stopping 33 shots.

Andrei Markov became the fourth Canadiens defenseman to score 100 goals. Tomas Plekanec (pleh-KAH'-nehch) scored the other goal.

Bruins goalie Tuukka (TOO'-kuh) Rask fell to 3-12-3 against the Canadiens in his career. He has never beaten the Canadiens in Boston in the regular season.

In other NHL action:

-- Jaroslav Halak (YAR'-oh-slav HAH'-lak) made 27 saves, and the New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 to sweep a home-and-home series. Anders Lee scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period.

-- Tyler Bozak scored a pair of third-period goals, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 in an Original Six matchup.

-- Brayden Schenn, Mark Streit, Wayne Simmonds and Braydon Coburn all scored for the Philadelphia Flyers in their 4-2 win over Columbus.

-- Steven Stamkos scored his 14th goal of the season and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Minnesota 2-. That ends the Wild's four-game winning streak.

-- Buffalo nipped Washington 2-1. That's only the sixth Sabres victory in their 21 games. Torrey Mitchell scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:42 left.

-- The St. Louis Blues nipped the Ottawa Senators 3-2. Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 12th goal of the season.


ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP)-- One day after arriving in Detroit, the Buffalo Bills took the practice field Saturday afternoon to prepare for a Monday night matchup with the New York Jets. Originally scheduled to play Sunday in Buffalo, the Bills were forced to relocate after a rare November storm dumped more than five feet of snow in the Buffalo area.

The 5-5 Lions are fighting for their playoff lives and cannot afford a loss to the 2-8 Jets.


UNDATED (AP)---- The Cleveland Browns activated star wide receiver Josh Gordon, clearing the way for him to make his season debut on Sunday in Atlanta.

Cleveland officially activated the All-Pro from the exempt/commissioner permission list Saturday and waived backup outside linebacker Keith Pough.

In other NFL news:

-- The New York Giants have signed linebacker Justin Anderson from their practice squad and have waived offensive tackle Charles Brown. The Giants announced the moves on Saturday, a day before their game with the Dallas Cowboys.


LILLE, France (AP) -- Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRIH'-kah) defeated Richard Gasquet (ree-SHARD' gas-KAY') and Julien Benneteau (ZHOO'-lee-ehn BEHN'-eh-toh) 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 to give Switzerland a 2-1 lead over France in the Davis Cup final.

The victory is meaningful because of past Davis Cup history. In six out of the last seven Davis Cups, the team that has won the doubles has gone on to win the Cup. The exception was when Serbia beat France in 2010.

Federer and Wawrinka won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but had lost the last four Davis Cup matches they played together.


NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Julieta Granada has a one-shot lead going into Sunday's final round of the LPGA Tour Championship. Just as close is a four-player race for $1 million.

Granada had four birdies in her round of 2-under 70. Morgan Pressel and Carlota Ciganda of Spain each made big putts on the 18th hole to stay one shot behind.

The Race to CME Globe is razor thin among Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko, So Yeon Ryu and Michelle Wie. All are among the top five in the standings.

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