Heat Continue to Roll, Pound Pacers, 105-90

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) --  The Miami Heat got off to their best start in franchise history on Tuesday night with a 105-90 win over the Indiana Pacers (17-11).

LeBron James led the way for Miami (23-7) with 23 points.  With the win, they became the first NBA team in 33 years to win three straight games in three nights on the road.

"We just wanted to keep the momentum going.  It's another challenge for us," said James.  "This is a team that loves challenges.  We wanted to continue to get better.  We did that on these three games."

The three-game stretch matched an accomplishment set by Phoenix from Dec. 21-23, 1979.

"We're just playing well right now," said Dwyane Wade who chipped in 16 points of his own.  "On both ends of the floor we're being very unselfish, everything's working.  The biggest thing is everyone is healthy.  We just know what we're going to get."

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Red Wings Set NHL Record

Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images(DETROIT) --  The Detroit Red Wings(39-17-2) beat the Dallas Stars (28-25-3) 3-1 on Tuesday night for their 21st straight win at home which set the NHL record.

The single-season record of 20 was set by the Boston Bruins during the 1929-30 season and matched by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1976.

Fans at Joe Louis Arena have not seen their team lose at home in over three months.

"It's something special, especially with all the great teams I have been on over the years," said Captain Nicklas Lidstrom.  "Fans really got into it late in the game; it was great to see and a great accomplishment for the team."

Throughout the final minute of the game, fans chanted, "21! 21!"

"We didn't spend any time thinking about this or talking about it," said coach Mike Babcock.  "We're thrilled that this has happened for our team.  I think this is really good for our logo and our ownership and our team."

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The Linsanity Continues, Knicks Stun Raptors, 90-87

New York Knicks/NBA(TORONTO) --  The Linsanity train rolled into Toronto on Tuesday night and departed with its sixth straight win with Jeremy Lin in the lineup.

Lin hit a last second three-pointer to give the Knicks (14-15) a 90-87 win over the Raptors (9-21) on Tuesday night.  A season-high crowd of 20,092 witnessed the Linsantity and Jose Calderon was the victim this time. 

Calderon had the duty of guarding Lin but he was no match and had an up-close view of the pull-up jumper from the top of the key that gave the Knicks their first lead since the opening quarter with a half a second left to play.

"It's not because of me, it's because we're coming together as a team," Lin said. "We started making these steps earlier but we were still losing close games and so obviously it wasn't fun. But when you win, that solves a lot of problems. We've been winning and we've been playing together."

"I'm just glad it went like this so we can calm the Linsanity down," joked Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni.

The Sacramento Kings (10-18) will be the next team in line to try and stop Lin tonight at Madison Square Garden.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 2/14/12

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The New York Knicks (14-15) defeated the Toronto Raptors (9-21), 90-87.

The Miami Heat (23-7) scorched the Indiana Pacers (17-11), 105-90.

The San Antonio Spurs (20-9) lassoed the Detroit Pistons (8-22), 99-95.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (22-6) pounded the Utah Jazz (14-14), 111-85.

The Memphis Grizzlies (15-14) rocked the Houston Rockets (16-13), 93-83.

The Chicago Bulls (24-7) crowned the Sacramento Kings (10-18), 121-115.

The Denver Nuggets (17-12) cruised past the Phoenix Suns (12-17), 109-92.

The Washington Wizards (7-22) outlasted the Portland Trail Blazers (15-14), 124-109.

The Los Angeles Lakers (17-12) downed the Atlanta Hawks (18-11), 86-78.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (6) Ohio State (22-4) got by Minnesota (17-9), 78-68.

TCU (15-10) upended (11) UNLV (22-5) in overtime, 102-97.

(14) Florida (20-6) bounced Alabama (16-9), 61-52.

Clemson (13-12) downed (22) Virginia (19-6), 60-48.

NHL: The New York Rangers (37-13-5) shutdown the Boston Bruins (34-18-2), 3-0.

The New Jersey Devils (32-20-4) skated past the Buffalo Sabres (24-26-6), 4-1.

The Nashville Predators (33-18-6) one upped the Chicago Blackhawks (29-21-7), 3-2.

The Detroit Red Wings (39-17-2) topped the Dallas Stars (28-25-3), 3-1.

The Ottawa Senators (29-22-8) blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning (24-26-6), 4-0.

The Columbus Blue Jackets (17-34-6) stung the St. Louis Blues (34-15-7), 2-1.

The Anaheim Ducks (23-24-9) tamed the Minnesota Wild (25-23-8), 2-1.

The New York Islanders (24-24-8) took care of the Winnipeg Jets (26-26-6), 3-1.

The Calgary Flames (27-22-8) popped the Toronto Maple Leafs (28-23-6), 5-1.

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Report: Colts Want Manning To Return At Reduced Salary

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Owner Jim Irsay told the Indianapolis Star Tuesday that he is open to keeping quarterback Peyton Manning at a reduced salary.  If the 11-time Pro Bowler is still with the team on March 8th, he will receive a roster bonus of $28 million.

“To me, this is somebody volleying for some public opinion when in fact everybody knows where this is all headed, unless two people can find some compromise that is really difficult to imagine at this point,” ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter said.

Manning missed the entire 2011 season recovering from neck surgery. Without their four-time MVP under center, the Colts finished the year with a dismal 2-14 record, earning them the overall number-one pick in this April's NFL Draft. They are expected to select highly-touted Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

Manning and Irsay are expected to meet within a week.

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Woods To Compete In Honda Classic

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) -- Tiger Woods announced on his website Tuesday that he will play in the Honda Classic, to be held at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, beginning March 1st.

“We’ve worked hard for this,” Ken Kennerly, Honda Classic executive director said. “We always wanted to make this a premier event on the PGA Tour and we had a great field. It continues to get better and better, but just having Tiger joins us this year puts it over the top.”

The 14-time major champion last played in the event in 1993, when he was a 17-year-old amateur.

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Minnesota Wild Suspend Prospect For Gay Slur Made On Twitter

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Minnesota Wild have suspended prospect Justin Fontaine two games for making a gay slur towards the rock band the Foo Fighters in reference to the Grammys.

Apparently Fontaine isn't a big fan of the band, who took home five awards. When the team found about the tweet sent out by Fontaine, they acted quickly by suspending him.

"Minnesota Sports and Entertainment (MSE) apologizes for the offensive slur that was posted by Justin Fontaine on Twitter last night," the Wild said in a statement Monday night. "Fontaine has been suspended from playing in the next two games for the Houston Aeros."

Fontaine quickly apologized for his offensive tweet.

"My apologies to everyone, it was wrong," Fontaine later tweeted. "Twitter rookie and it came out totally wrong. It was a roommate battle, nothing more."

The 24-year old Fontaine is in his first season with the Aeros.

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Hornets' Eric Gordon To Have Knee Surgery, Out Another Six Weeks

National Basketball Association(NEW ORLEANS) -- It has been a rough season for the 5-23 New Orleans Hornets, and it won't be getting easier anytime soon. Guard Eric Gordon, the key player the New Orleans Hornets acquired before the season in the trade that sent point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers, will miss another six weeks because of knee surgery.

Gordon has played in just two games this season for his new team. If Gordon comes back, he'd be lucky to play in the last 20 games of the season. Gordon was supposed to take away the burden of replacing Paul, who was the team's franchise player for six seasons.

"After consulting with our medical staff, we concluded surgery was the best route and in the best interest of Eric for the long term," Hornets general manager Dell Demps said in a team statement. "Eric is eager to return to the court and we are confident Hornet fans will get to see him soon.

In four NBA seasons, Gordon has averaged 18.1 points per game. He has missed at least 20 games in each of the past three seasons.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Thinks Race Is the Reason For 'Linsanity'

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin's recent high level of play has inspired the latest NBA craze: "Linsanity." After being an under-the-radar player in the NBA to start his career, Lin has revitalized his new team, the Knicks, by averaging nearly 27 points per game over the last five games. However, boxer Floyd Mayweather think "Linsanity" is the result of Lin being Asian.

"Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise," Mayweather said on his Twitter account on Monday.

Lin is the first American-born player of Taiwanese or Chinese descendant to play in the NBA. He is also the first player in NBA history to have at least 20 points and seven assists in each of his first career four starts. In his first four career starts, Lin has scored 109 points, which is the most by any player since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976.

The Knicks have won all five games Lin has started, after previously struggling to remain in the playoff hunt.

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C-USA and MWC Will Form New Conference

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With so many teams being purged from their conferences, the Mountain West and Conference USA decided to form their own. The new conference could start as early as 2013-14.

It would likely contain between 18 and 24 teams.

"This is an exciting development that will stabilize the current conferences and create the first truly national conference with members in five time zones and television viewership from coast to coast," UNLV president Neal Smatresk said in a statement. "This partnership brings together like-minded institutions to improve the integrity and stability of intercollegiate athletics.

Both conferences have lost some big name tems recently. Conference USA lost Memphis, SMU, Houston and Central Florida, while the Mountain West lost Boise State and San Diego State.

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