No. 3 Arizona barely survives push by No. 17 San Diego State

  • Updated: December 26, 2012 - 1:17 AM

Nick Johnson blocked a layup by Chase Tapley in the closing seconds as No. 3 Arizona rallied from an eight-point deficit in the second half and won 68-67 over No. 17 San Diego State on Tuesday night in the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.

Mark Lyons hit two free throws with 13 seconds remaining for the last points by Arizona (12-0), which is off to its best start in 25 years.

Tapley led the Aztecs (11-2) with 19 points. He had a clear path down the left side of the lane until Johnson slid over and swatted the ball away, with the buzzer sounding during a battle for the loose ball. Neither team led by more than two points over the last 10 minutes.

BASEBALL

Andruw Jones arrested

Former Atlanta Braves center fielder Andruw Jones was free on bond after being arrested in suburban Atlanta early Tuesday on a battery charge, according to jail records.

Around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, police responded to a call for a domestic dispute between Jones and his wife in Duluth. Gwinnett County Detention Center records say Jones was released on $2,400 bond by 11 a.m.

Jones earlier this month signed a $3.5 million, one-year contract to play for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League.

Former Rangers owner dies

Brad Corbett, who owned the Texas Rangers from 1974 to 1980 and wasn't afraid to regularly switch out managers, died on Christmas Eve. He was 75.

Corbett's daughter, Pamela Corbett Murrin, said her father died in his sleep. She said he had not been sick recently.

Under Corbett's ownership, the team had six managers in six years -- four in the 1977 season alone. An article on the Rangers' website also said the team had its first four winning seasons under Corbett and finished second in the AL West three times. The 94 victories in 1977 remained the most in team history until 1999, it said.

TENNIS

Nadal delays return

Rafael Nadal's return to competition has been delayed by a stomach virus.

The Spaniard was scheduled to play in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on Thursday after missing seven months because of tendinitis in his left knee. But he said on his Facebook page Tuesday that his doctors had ordered him to pull out because he was running a fever.

"My rehab has gone well, my knee feels good and I was looking forward to competing," he said.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Andy Murray are entered in the tournament.

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