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Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23) take a shot as UNLV guard Jelan Kendrick (22) defends during an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

UNLV snaps No. 3 Arizona’s 39-game nonconference winning streak

- Associated Press

Even when the shots were not falling, Arizona could always rely on its defense to pull out close games. The Wildcats had a hard time stopping UNLV at all, much less at the end of the game, and now its long nonconference winning streak is over.

Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo tries to get an official's attention in the second half of the Army-Navy NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Navy’s triple-option offense could meet its match in Poinsettia Bowl

- The Washington Times

As a quarterback at New Mexico, Rocky Long ran a triple-option offense. As San Diego State’s defensive-minded coach, he’ll use his 3-3-5 alignment to try to stop junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds and the rest of the Midshipmen.

Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon, left, dunks over Cleveland State forward Derek Sloan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

No. 6 Virginia easily handles Cleveland State

- Associated Press

Justin Anderson scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half, helping Virginia shake off the rust of an 11-day layoff for exams and defeat Cleveland State, 70-54.

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Ex-Maine basketball player shot dead outside Chicago

- Associated Press

Police asked the public for help Friday in solving the killing of a former standout University of Maine basketball player who was found shot outside his suburban Chicago home this week.

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014, file photo, incumbent Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, raises his arms over his head with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, left, and his wife Cathy Malloy, right, to celebrate his reelection victory in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Prom day stabbing, election among 2014 top stories

- Associated Press

The triumph and disgrace of political leaders dominated Connecticut headlines in 2014 as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy won re-election to a second term and former Gov. John G. Rowland became a two-time felon with a new federal conviction.

Nebraska guard Shavon Shields (31) reacts to missing a dunk in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Ohio at the Diamond Head Classic on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

Nebraska beats Ohio 71-58 for 5th place

- Associated Press

It may be a modest two-game winning streak, but the Nebraska Cornhuskers are hoping to parlay that into some early success when they open Big Ten Conference play next week.

Top 25 Capsules

- Associated Press

Christian Wood had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Rashad Vaughn added 21 points and UNLV pulled off one of its biggest wins in recent years by knocking off No. 3 Arizona 71-67 Tuesday night.

Loyola of Chicago rallies to beat Boise State 48-45

Associated Press

Milton Doyle scored the go-ahead basket to lead Loyola of Chicago in a 48-45 comeback victory over Boise State on Tuesday to win the Las Vegas Classic and the Ramblers' sixth straight game.

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2014, file photo, Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet shoots during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Detroit in Detroit. Guided by his headstrong mother and his stepdad, a police officer in Rockford, Ill., VanVleet rose above his surroundings. Now, he's the All-American point guard making No. 11 Wichita State a national title contender. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

From Rockford to Wichita State, VanVleet shines

- Associated Press

Fred VanVleet walks into the training room deep within Koch Arena. He gently pulls off his shirt to reveal a cut-up elbow, a bruised shoulder, a nasty gash on the palm of his hand.