Sports briefs: Nov. 20

November 20, 2012 

NBA

MKG solid in Bobcats' win

Bobcats 102, Bucks 98: Ramon Sessions scored nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left to seal the game, and host Charlotte beat Milwaukee.

The Bobcats trailed by 11 in the fourth quarter but battled back, going 16 of 16 from the free throw line down the stretch. Sessions' two free throws after Monta Ellis missed a three-point attempt sent the Bucks to their first road loss of the season and lifted the surprising Bobcats (5-4) back above .500.

Ellis scored 31 points for the Bucks (6-3).

Kemba Walker and Byron Mullens each scored 19 points for the Bobcats, while rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist turned in another solid effort with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Mike Dunleavy scored 16 points for Milwaukee. Brandon Jennings was held to 10 points on 5-of-18 shooting.

Pacers 96, Wizards 89: There were boos early and at the end for winless Washington, whicih dropped to a franchise-worst 0-9 with a home loss to Indiana.

Indiana's David West scored 13 of his season-best 30 points in the fourth quarter, and Roy Hibbert broke out of a slump with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Still without point guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, and starting center Nene — and no one seems to be sure when either injured player will make his season debut — the Wizards are the only team in the NBA without a victory. They started 0-8 a year ago, the club's previous worst opening to a season.

Hawks 81, Magic 72: Al Horford scored 15 points and Lou Williams added 14 to lead host Atlanta past Orlando.

Zaza Pachulia pulled down 10 rebounds in a reserve role for Atlanta, which has won two straight and three of four.

Glen Davis was the only player to score in double figures with 11 points for the Magic, who have lost two straight and seven of eight.

Orlando seemed to have given itself a break by ending the first quarter with a rare lead. The Magic had trailed after the first 12 minutes in seven of their first nine games, but they were outscored 24-12 in the third and were down 14 entering the fourth.


SWIMMING

Franklin weighs swimming for high school

In a year when she raced at the Olympics, Missy Franklin's greatest stress might come from deciding whether to compete for her high school team.

Fresh off her four gold medals in London, the 17-year-old is weighing if she should join the squad at Regis Jesuit outside Denver for her senior season. She's well aware of criticism asserting that her presence would unfairly deny other, non-Olympian swimmers of high school championships.

Franklin said Monday: "It's hard, because I feel like no matter what I do, it's going to be opposed in some way or form." But she says this with that effervescent smile that captivated fans as she won five medals, finding the humor and the perspective of the situation.


TENNIS

Former top doubles player retires

Former top-ranked doubles player Gisela Dulko of Argentina has retired from tennis, finishing her career with four singles titles and 17 in doubles. The 27-year-old Dulko said in a statement on her website that she was retiring because she no longer had "the same drive" and is not willing to make "the sacrifices" to compete on the WTA circuit.

Dulko rose to No. 1 in the doubles rankings following a win at the WTA Championships in 2010 with partner Flavia Pennetta of Italy. They were selected the WTA doubles team of the year in 2010.

Dulko married Argentine soccer player Fernando Gago last year in Buenos Aires. She finished with total prize money of $4.2 million.


The last word

Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney embraces the "not impressed" memes that have spawned from a photograph of her taken during the medal ceremony — where the favorite took silver, not gold. Maroney does say the expression was misinterpreted, though.

"It wasn't me being unimpressed, it was me being sad with myself. I've never fallen on that vault my whole life and so I'm going to be upset."

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