• Blakeney’s 31 points leads LSU past Miss. St., 88-77

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Antonio Blakeney scored a career-high 31 points, and LSU moved into sole possession of first place in the Southeastern Conference with an 88-77 victory over struggling Mississippi State on Saturday night.

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant reacts after sinking a 3-point shot late in the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. The Lakers won 99-96. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Resurgent Kobe Bryant leads Lakers past Pelicans, 99-96

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kobe Bryant kept his right arm extended upward, his hand dangling as he held his follow-through on a 3-point shot with a minute to go.

  • Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart (30) goes to the basket over Tulane center Chinwe Duru (45) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Breanna Stewart, top-ranked UConn overwhelm Tulane 96-38

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It took UConn star Breanna Stewart all of 11 seconds to recognize a soft spot in Tulane’s zone defense and start exploiting it to devastating effect.