Sports Briefs: Nov. 18

November 18, 2012 

Raptors Celtics Basketball

Ex-Cat Rajon Rondo had 20 assists — four shy of his career high — in the Celtics' 107-89 victory over the Raptors.

MICHAEL DWYER — AP

NBA

Rondo gets 20 assists, inches closer to Magic's record streak

Jason Terry scored 20 points and Rajon Rondo tied his season high with 20 assists as host Boston beat Toronto 107-89 on Saturday. Rookie Jared Sullinger had his first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics.

Rondo appeared at full strength after sitting out the loss at Brooklyn on Thursday with a sprained right ankle. The former Kentucky star extended his streak of consecutive games with double-digit assists to 33. Rondo's streak is the third-longest in NBA history and puts him within four games of tying John Stockton. Magic Johnson holds the record at 46 consecutive games with 10 or more assists.

"Something I look forward to every game is just trying to make my teammates happy. And somehow I keep getting to 10," said Rondo, whose 20 assists were four short of his career high. "Tonight it was a collective team effort as far as assists."

Andrea Bargnani and John Lucas led Toronto with 15 points apiece.

Wall-less Wizards fall to 0-8

Al Jefferson scored 21 points, Gordon Haywood added 15 in his first game as a reserve this season, and the Utah Jazz kept the host Washington Wizards winless with an 83-76 victory Saturday night. The Jazz committed 19 turnovers but got away with it because they were playing the Wizards. Washington became only the second team in NBA history to start 0-8 in back-to-back seasons.

Jordan Crawford scored 20 points for the Wizards, who have yet to play this season with former Kentucky star John Wall (knee) or Nene (foot), although Nene has resumed practicing with the team. Washington Coach Randy Wittman made his first starting lineup change of the season, with Crawford and Jan Vesely on the floor at tipoff instead of Trevor Booker and rookie Bradley Beal.

O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and the Dallas Mavericks used a pair of 9-0 runs in the fourth quarter to defeat the host Cleveland Cavaliers 103-95. Kyrie Irving, who left the game briefly in the third quarter with a finger injury, led Cleveland with 26 points, but the Cavaliers lost their fifth straight game. Rookie Dion Waiters added 16 for Cleveland.

Mike Conley scored 20 points and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the host Charlotte Bobcats 94-87 for their eighth consecutive victory. Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who own the NBA's best record at 8-1. Byron Mullens scored 18 points for the Bobcats. Rookie and former UK standout Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 12 points and eight rebounds.

Rookie and former UK star Anthony Davis had 28 points and 11 rebounds, but the New Orleans Hornets lost to the host Milwaukee Bucks 117-113.

Manu Ginobili had 20 points and the host San Antonio Spurs set a season high for points in a 126-100 win over the Denver Nuggets.


Golf

Jimenez, Campbell tied in Hong Kong

Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain shot a 2-under 68 to share the third-round lead with New Zealand's Michael Campbell at the Hong Kong Open on Saturday. Campbell, looking for his first win in seven years, survived a scare during his round when he accidently knocked his ball off the tee at the 10th hole while taking a practice swing. However, the 2005 U.S. Open champion avoided a two-stroke penalty after a ruling that he had not addressed the ball and therefore was not in breach of the rules. Campbell shot a 69.

Defending champion Ian Poulter shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Adam Scott after three rounds of the Australian Masters. Poulter had five birdies on the front nine.

Henrik Stenson of Sweden closed in on a first European Tour win in three years, taking a three-shot lead into the final round of the South African Open despite George Coetzee shooting a course-record 63. Coetzee and Magnus Carlsson were three shots back.

U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi was steady after an early three-putt bogey and finished with a 3-under 69 that gave her a one-shot lead over Ai Miyazato in the Titleholders in Naples, Fla. So Yeon Ryu had a 68 and was two shots back.


UK Sports

Sunday is Senior Day for UK volleyball

The Kentucky volleyball team (17-10, 11-6 Southeastern Conference) plays Georgia (13-14, 7-10) on Sunday in the final regular-season home match of the season. UK seniors Ashley Frazier, Christine Hartmann and Stephanie Klefot will be honored before the 1:30 p.m. match.

The UK rifle team lost for the first time this year, falling to top-ranked TCU 4718-4693 Saturday.

UK's men's and women's swimming teams each finished second to host Tennessee at the Volunteer Invitational.


Tennis

Czechs one win from Davis Cup title

The host Czech Republic won the doubles Saturday to take a 2-1 lead over defending champion Spain in the Davis Cup final, moving one victory away from its first title as an independent nation. Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek rallied to beat Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 to take the edge going into Sunday's reverse singles. The sixth-ranked Berdych can clinch the best-of-five series in the first reverse singles Sunday against David Ferrer.


College soccer

Lindsey Wilson men, women advance

Lindsey Wilson's men's and women's soccer teams each won their first-round NAIA playoff matches Saturday at home. The women (16-4-1) beat Park (Mo.) 4-0, and the men (20-1) followed with a 7-2 victory over Point Park (Pa.) Philip Sandgren scored twice for the Blue Raiders.


The last word

CBS analyst Phil Simms said he didn't mean to start a controversy last week when he said New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was "not one of the elites." Simms said it wasn't meant to be a shot at Manning, a two-time Super Bowl champion:

"It makes headlines, but we're splitting hairs here. I get it asked all the time: 'Is so-and-so elite?' And I go, 'Oh my gosh, please, somebody stick a needle in my eye.' I'm just tired of answering it and hearing it."

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