Raptors bench helps unseat Spurs

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SAN ANTONIO -- Jason Kapono scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, and the Toronto Raptors beat San Antonio 83-73 last night, the Spurs' second home loss of the season.

The Raptors, who enjoyed a nearly weeklong layoff in the midst of a seven-game road trip, snapped a three-game losing streak.

Kris Humphries added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto, and Jose Calderon contributed 14 points.

Chris Bosh had 10 points and nine rebounds but didn't play in the fourth as coach Sam Mitchell stuck with his reserves.

Michael Finley led the Spurs with 20 points and Tony Parker added 15. Tim Duncan scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

The Spurs shot poorly from the field (32%) and struggled without super sub Manu Ginobili, who is out with a sprained left index finger.

Andrea Bargnani added 11 for Toronto.

SPOON FLIES

CALGARY - Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deerneared his world record time en route to the gold medal in the men's 500 metres at the Canadian single distances long track speed skating championships at the Olympic Oval.

Wotherspoon clocked 34.44 seconds in the first race and 34.13 in the second for a combined time of 68.57 seconds. His second clocking was just 0.10 seconds off his world record time set a month ago in World Cup competition.

"It was good to come back and near the times I did at the first two World Cups,'' said Wotherspoon. "I feel confident now for the second half of the season.''

In the women's 500, Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg clocked 38.45 seconds in the first race and 38.41 in the second for a combined time of 76.86 seconds.

"I got big lead in that first race and that took the pressure off,'' said Rempel, the Canadian champ in the event for the third straight year.

APOLOGY ISSUED

SAN ANTONIO -- Texas A&M apologized to Penn State after a student leader mocked Joe Paterno by telling a crowd that the 81-year-old coach needs "a casket."

Paterno and his Penn State team face A&M tonight in the Alamo Bowl.

One A&M yell leader, during a pep rally Thursday night, told the crowd that Paterno was "on his death bed" and "someone needs to find him a casket." The remarks drew boos from the crowd.

Paterno, at a news conference yesterday at the Alamodome, said he was backstage with Aggies interim coach Gary Darnell when the comments were made, but did not hear them.

"I think everybody has to take things with a grain of salt," Paterno said. "Some young guy went up there, trying to be funny. Maybe he's accurate, I don't know."

POSITIVE TEST

LEIPZIG, Germany -- German heavyweight Timo Hoffmann faces a one-year suspension after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.

The positive test came after the 33-year-old Hoffmann's Nov. 17 loss to unbeaten prospect Alexander Dimitrenko (27-0, 17 knockouts).

"Timo is just as shocked as me, we can't explain the finding," trainer Uwe Schuster said. "I've never had anything to do with doping."

JONES WORKS WITH KNICKS

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Roy Jones Jr. believes he is proof that the New York Knicks can recover from getting beat up.

"Look at me. My last three years was really, after I beat John Ruiz, it just went downhill for a minute," Jones said. "That happens. But the true professionals come back through that. If you're a true professional you can battle back through that. That's when you find out what they're made of."

Jones took time from training for his Jan. 19 bout against Felix Trinidad at Madison Square Garden to join the Knicks for workouts at their training centre.

"Shot was a little suspect, but nobody got close enough to him," Knicks coach Isiah Thomas said. "I don't think anybody wanted to challenge him for fear that he may punch him."


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