Saturday, November 16, 2013
Pacers stay perfect
UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have learned first-hand why the Indiana Pacers remain the NBA's only unbeaten team.
Roy Hibbert had season highs of 24 points and eight blocks as the Pacers hammered Milwaukee 104-77. Hibbert shot 8-for-10 and also grabbed 10 rebounds to help Indiana deal the Bucks their fourth consecutive loss.
The Pacers won easily despite having just two players score more than 11 points. Paul George scored 10 of his 22 points in the third quarter before the Pacers became the league's first team since the 2002-03 Dallas Mavericks to open a season 9-0.
In other NBA action:
— Miami beat Dallas 110-104 as LeBron James scored 39 points on 14-of-18 shooting. Dwyane Wade had 17 points, eight assists and a career-best eight steals.
— Tony Parker scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to rally San Antonio to its seventh straight win, 91-82 over Utah.
— Memphis got 28 points and 11 rebounds from Zack Randolph in an 89-86 triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers.
— Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) had 19 points and Joakim (JOH'-keem) Noah scored 18 in Chicago's 96-80 win at Toronto, the Bulls' first road win of the season.
— Atlanta was a 113-103 winner against Philadelphia behind Jeff Teague's career-high 33 points and 10 assists.
— LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and added 12 rebounds to lifted Portland past the Celtics 109-96, the Trail Blazers' first win at Boston in nine years.
— Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored half of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as Charlotte rallied to beat the Cavaliers 86-80 in Cleveland.
— Wilson Chandler scored 19 points, including a 3-pointer and three free throws late in Denver's 117-113 win at Minnesota.
— Joe Johnson stole a pass and dropped in a short jumper as time expired in overtime to give Brooklyn its first road win of the season, 100-98 at Phoenix.
— Josh Smith did a bit of everything in Detroit's 97-90 win at Sacramento, delivering a team-high 21 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, five steals and four blocks.
Smith fined again for tweet
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is becoming an expensive mode of expression for J.R. Smith.
For the second time in as many years, the NBA has fined the Knicks guard $25,000 for a tweet to Detroit's Brandon Jennings that the league said involved "hostile and inappropriate language." Smith responded to a tweet by Jennings that was critical of Smith's brother, Chris, who also plays for the Knicks.
Last year, J.R. Smith was fined $25,000 by the league for a racy tweet.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOP 25 SCHEDULE
Cardinals, Blue Devils roll
UNDATED (AP) — Kevin Ware made a triumphant return to the Louisville Cardinals, eight months after his gruesome injury in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Ware provided five points and two rebounds in 13 minutes to help the third-ranked Cardinals clobber Cornell 99-54. Ware scored just 16 seconds after checking in about six minutes into the game. He was playing for the first time since shattering his leg during last season's Midwest Regional final.
Elsewhere in Top-25 men's hoops:
— Adreian Payne scored 26 points and No. 2 Michigan State followed its win over top-ranked Kentucky by rallying in the second half to beat Columbia 62-53.
— Rodney Hood scored a career-high 28 points and Jabari Parker added 21 to lead fourth-ranked Duke to a 97-64 rout of Florida Atlantic 97-64. Parker also had 10 rebounds and became the first freshman in coach Mike Krzyzewski's (shuh-SHEHF'-skeez) 34 seasons at Duke to begin his career with three consecutive 20-point games.
— Phil Forte and Markel Brown each scored 22 points as No. 8 Oklahoma State beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 97-63.
— Marcus Paige scored 16 of his career-high 23 points in the second half to help 12th-ranked North Carolina escape with a 62-54 win over Holy Cross in the Hall of Fame Tipoff tournament.
Sabres win in Nolan's return
UNDATED (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres were winners in their first game since Ted Nolan was rehired as head coach.
Marcus Foligno (fuh-LEE'-noh) scored the go-ahead goal and the Sabres improved to 5-15-1 by downing Toronto 3-1. Steve Ott had a goal and an assist to help Nolan win his first game behind the Sabres' bench since 1997.
Buffalo now has its first winning streak of the season.
Also on ice:
— Joe Thornton assisted on goals by Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau as San Jose earned their third straight win, downing Edmonton 3-1.
— Pittsburgh's three-game losing streak is over after James Neal and Brandon Sutter each had a goal and an assist to lead a 4-1 triumph against Nashville.
— Third-period goals by Jason Spezza (SPET'-suh), Jared Cowan and Bobby Ryan allowed Ottawa to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 win over Boston.
— Washington erased a 3-1 deficit in the third period before Nicklas Backstrom notched the lone shootout goal to lift the Capitals past Detroit 4-3.
— Ben Scrivens turned back 26 shots and Dwight King scored the game-winner with 6:52 left as Los Angeles blanked the Devils 2-0 in New Jersey.
— Chris Terry scored the winner in the shootout as Carolina topped Anaheim 3-2 to finish 4-0-1 on their five-game homestand.
— David Desharnais (day-ahr-NAY') scored the lone shootout goal in Montreal's 3-2 decision over Columbus.
— Minnesota blew a 2-0 lead in the third period before Charlie Coyle's goal with 8:22 left gave the Wild a 3-2 win over Florida.
— Dustin Byfuglien (BUHF'-lihn) had two power-play goals and Bryan Little scored the winner in the shootout to clinch Winnipeg's fourth straight win, a 3-2 verdict over Philadelphia.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus right wing Marian Gaborik (MEHR'-ee-uhn GAB'-ohr-ihk) will miss four to six weeks because of a sprained left knee. He was injured in the club's overtime loss at Boston on Thursday night.
Gaborik shares the team lead with five goals and has six assists in 17 games this season.
NASCAR-FORD ECOBOOST 400
Kenseth still battling
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Matt Kenseth has won the pole for Sunday's season-ending Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but it's probably too little, too late as he makes a last-ditch effort to win the championship.
Kenseth finished first in Friday's qualifying following a season-worst performance at Phoenix last weekend, a 23rd-place showing that left him 28 points behind Jimmie Johnson leading into the finale.
Johnson qualified seventh at Homestead and needs to finish 23rd or better to win his sixth title.
Kevin Harvick will start from the third row and is the only other driver mathematically eligible to win the title. He's 34 points behind Johnson.
Dolphins Martin meets with investigator
NEW YORK (AP) — Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin has met with the NFL counsel investigating the team's bullying scandal. Martin told reporters that were gathered outside lawyer Ted Wells' Manhattan office building that he doesn't intend to discuss the matter publicly.
The league is trying to gather information about the harassment Martin says he was subjected to by teammate Richie Incognito. Martin left the team two weeks ago and has been undergoing counseling for emotional issues. Incognito has been suspended and filed a grievance challenging it.
Bills lose Johnson
UNDATED (AP) — Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the New York Jets because of a groin injury. That means the Bills will play without their top two receivers against the Jets. Rookie Robert Woods was ruled out this week by coach Doug Marrone because of an injured ankle.
Meanwhile, Santonio Holmes will be back in the lineup for the Jets after missing five games with an injured hamstring. The Jets are also getting back tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., who is coming off a four-game suspension.
In other NFL news:
— Wide receiver Percy Harvin will likely make his long-awaited debut for the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings. Harvin is listed as probable to play after practicing all week with the team. He hasn't played since a hip issue this offseason required surgery in August.
— Raiders quarterback Tyrelle Pryor suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury and is questionable for Sunday's game against Houston. Undrafted rookie Matt McGloin took all the snaps at Friday practice and will start if Pryor can't go.
— Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder says he is ready to play against Seattle on Sunday. Coach Leslie Frazier isn't quite ready to go that far just yet. Frazier said he would wait until Saturday to see how Ponder's injured left shoulder feels before he decides on a starting quarterback against the Seahawks.
— Philadelphia starting safety Earl Wolff will miss Sunday's game against Washington with a knee injury.
McCormack passes away
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hall of Fame offensive lineman Mike McCormack has died at the age of 83. McCormack played, coached and held several executive positions in the NFL. He spent 12 seasons with the Cleveland Browns, helping the franchise win NFL championships in 1954 and 1955. He later coached the Eagles, Baltimore Colts and Seattle. He served as president and general manager of the Seahawks.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — No. 13 UCLA won Friday's lone top-25 college football game by outscoring a Pac 12 foe.
Myles Jack rushed for four touchdowns and Brett Hundley threw for two others as the Bruins downed Washington 41-31. UCLA rolled up over 200 rushing yards, with Paul Perkins carrying 21 times for a team-high 86 yards.
The Bruins are 8-2 overall, 5-2 in the conference.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-CALIFORNIA-PLAYERS ALTERCATION
Cal player suspended for attack on teammate
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California has suspended an unidentified football player for instigating a locker room altercation Nov. 1 that sent freshman running back Fabiano Hale to the hospital.
Coach Sonny Dykes has announced the player will be suspended indefinitely from all team activities, will attend counseling and must perform 25 hours of community service to be considered for reinstatement.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-QUARTERBACK BEATEN
Players fight, game canceled
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Virginia State officials say Saturday's championship football game against Winston-Salem State has been canceled following a fight between players from both teams.
Winston-Salem State spokeswoman Nancy Young said that school's starting quarterback Rudy Johnson was assaulted in the bathroom at the Anderson Conference Center on the Winston-Salem campus during a luncheon for both teams Friday.
Young says campus police are investigating.
Former world champ has surgery
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Formula One team Lotus says driver Kimi Raikkonen (KEE'-mee RAY'-koh-nehn) had successful back surgery and is recovering. The former world champion opted to have the surgery instead of driving the last two races of the year, the U.S. Grand Prix this weekend and the season finale in Brazil. Raikkonen is leaving Lotus to join Ferrari in 2014.
Karlsson, Stadler can sleep on lead
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Robert Karlsson and Kevin Stadler were the clubhouse leaders at the OHL Classic when second-round play was suspended because of darkness. Karlsson played 36 holes today, completing an 8-under 63 in the rain-delayed first round and adding a 67 in the afternoon for a 12-under total. Stadler birdied five of the last seven holes in the second round to pull even with Karlsson.
LPGA-LORENA OCHOA INVITATIONAL
Tie at the top
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — First-round leader Ponanong Phatlum of Thailand, Anna Nordqvist and So Yeon Ryu share the lead through two rounds of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Phatlum posted a 3-under 69 to get to 9-under par, while Nordqvist and Ryu shot 67's. One shot back are Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park and Gerina Piller.
SKI-WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
US teenager Shiffrin wins WCup slalom opener
LEVI, Finland (AP) — American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin has won the World Cup slalom opener by more than a second ahead of reigning Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany.
The 18-year-old slalom world champion raced seamlessly at the top of the hill in the second run and overcame a mistake near the end to clock a combined time of 1 minute, 55.07 seconds.
Hoefl-Riesch was second, 1.06 seconds behind, and last year's overall World Cup champion Tina Maze of Slovenia was third, 1.61 back.
Shiffrin had led by half a second after the first run.