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Casino mogul Adelson pulls out of Raiders-Vegas stadium deal

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has pulled out of a plan to build a $1.9 billion domed stadium for the NFL's Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas.

In a terse statement on Monday, Adelson declared that he had been excluded from talks before the team sent a lease proposal last week to the public board that will own the 65,000-seat stadium.

Adelson says his family and Las Vegas Sands "will no longer be involved in any facet" of the plan.

The Raiders made no immediate comment.

Adelson had pledged $650 million and the Raiders $500 million, with the stadium authority putting up $750 million in Las Vegas tax revenues.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's office says the proposal now is for the Raiders to invest $1.15 billion and accept operating responsibilities.


76ers rally without Embiid to beat Cousins, Kings 122-119

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Robert Covington had 23 points and 10 rebounds to rally the Philadelphia 76ers to their latest surprising win, 122-119 over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

The Sixers overcame 46 points from DeMarcus Cousins and won again without injured center Joel Embiid. Embiid sat out with a left knee contusion. He also will not travel with the Sixers for road games later this week against Dallas and San Antonio. The Sixers officially listed Embiid as doubtful for those two games.

This game was postponed Nov. 30 by the NBA because of condensation on the court at the Wells Fargo Center.

The delay was worth the wait for Philly.

Down 16 in the first half, the Sixers scored 42 points in the third quarter and held on when Arron Afflalo missed a tying 3-point attempt at the horn.


LA Kings place D Matt Greene on injured reserve

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have placed defenseman Matt Greene on injured reserve.

The Kings made the move Monday after the franchise hosted the NHL All-Star weekend. The move is retroactive to Jan. 20.

Greene has been dealing with an accumulation of injuries for much of the season, including back problems and a strained groin, according to coach Darryl Sutter. The Kings didn't cite a specific injury.

The two-time Stanley Cup champion has two points in 26 games for Los Angeles this season. The stay-at-home defenseman has played in just three games in January, missing the past four games, and he is scoreless in 19 straight games since Nov. 8.

The Kings begin the second half of the season Tuesday at Arizona.


76ers C Embiid to sit out next 3 games with knee injury

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been ruled out for their game against Sacramento because of a left knee contusion.

Embiid also will not travel with the Sixers for games later this week against Dallas and San Antonio. The Sixers officially listed Embiid as doubtful for those two games.

The Sixers did not determine Embiid's status for Saturday's game at Miami.

Embiid, who was hurt Jan. 13 against Charlotte, had 32 points and seven rebounds last Friday against Houston. But the 7-foot rookie center sat out Sunday's loss at Chicago.

Embiid averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds while playing in 31 of Philadelphia's first 46 games. The Sixers hosted the Kings on Monday night.

Coach Brett Brown says he still wants Embiid to play in the Rising Stars game during All-Star weekend.


Gonzaga moves to No. 1 for second time in school history

Gonzaga, the last unbeaten team in Division I, moved to No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the second time in school history.

The Zags (22-0) jumped up from third when Villanova and Kansas both were beaten in a week when seven of the top 10 lost.

Gonzaga received 46 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday. The Zags were No. 1 for the last three weeks of the 2012-13 season.

Gonzaga is the fifth team to reach No. 1 this season joining Duke, Kentucky, Villanova and Baylor.

Baylor (20-1), one of the three top 10 teams to not lose, jumped from fifth to second. The Bears had six first-place votes and were one point ahead of Kansas (19-2), which dropped one place after losing at West Virginia before winning at Kentucky. The Jayhawks had nine first-place votes.