In Brief


Marquette’s 3-pointers
bury No. 9 Notre Dame

Dwight Buycks scored a career-high 21 points, and Marquette made a blistering 15 of its 21 3-point attempts in a 79-57 upset of No. 9 Notre Dame on Monday night in Milwaukee.

Buycks hit all five of his 3-point attempts, and Jae Crowder added 18 points for Marquette (12-5, 3-1 Big East), which put on its best long-distance shooting performance in 10 years.

Notre Dame (14-3, 3-2) gained five spots in Monday’s poll, its highest ranking since January 2009, but the Fighting Irish had no answer for the Golden Eagles’ marksmanship.

Eric Atkins had 15 points for the Irish, but Big East player of the week Ben Hansbrough had just nine points. Notre Dame shot 39.6 percent, going 3-for-16 from 3-point range.

Also: Coach Mike Krzyzewski said No. 1 Duke continues to be “prepared to play the rest of the season without” injured guard Kyrie Irving.

Krzyzewski said there is “no new news” on the freshman point guard’s status. Irving is out indefinitely after injuring his right big toe last month in a win over Butler. Krzyzewski called the injury a “very intricate-type situation” that’s “too complicated to talk about.”

Virginia scoring and rebounding leader Mike Scott will have a second surgery on his left ankle and miss the remainder of the season, coach Tony Bennett announced. The 6-foot-8 senior averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds in 10 games.


Soccer star Messi named
FIFA’s player of year

Lionel Messi’s mesmerizing performances for Barcelona outweighed a disappointing World Cup, ensuring the Argentina forward was named the world’s best player of 2010.

Messi won the FIFA award for a second straight year, finishing ahead of Barcelona teammates Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez.

The 23-year-old Messi amassed 58 goals last year for an exciting Barcelona team which retained the Spanish league title and leads the standings this season. However, he failed to score in South Africa as Argentina exited in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

Brazil forward Marta won the women’s award for a fifth straight year.

Also: David Beckham will start a monthlong training stint with Tottenham today, after passing a physical for the English Premier League club.

Despite talks stalling over a two-month loan from Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy, the midfielder and Tottenham remain hopeful that a deal can be reached.

Rising PGA Tour player Dustin Johnson withdrew from this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii.

His agent, David Winkle, said in an e-mail that Johnson had some personal matters to attend to at home in South Carolina.

Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki was upset by Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-3 in her opening-round match at the Sydney International, a tuneup event for the Australian Open, which begins next week.

Meadowlands Racetrack officials said they won’t hold racing in April as the state of New Jersey and horse owners search for a deal to keep the track running.

New Jersey is lending the track $1.2 million to keep it going through March. If a buyer for the track can’t be found by then, live racing could shut down.

Bishop Gorman senior cornerback Togasii Peko made an oral commitment to Navy at the conclusion of his official weekend recruiting visit.

Peko, a first-team All-Southwest League selection as a senior, also had a scholarship offer from Southern Utah.

“The (Navy) education is one of the best, also the football program,” Peko said. “It’s like they’re a big family there. Everyone looks out for each other.”

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