Sports briefs: Dec. 9

December 9, 2012 

Spurs Bobcats Basketball

Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of Kentucky was checked by a trainer after hurting his back Saturday.



Ex-Cat Knight gets career-high 30 points in Pistons' victory

Former Kentucky standout Brandon Knight scored a career-high 30 points and the Detroit Pistons defeated the host Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in six days with a 104-97 win on Saturday night.

Another ex-Cat, Tayshaun Prince, scored 14 points while Jason Maxiell added 11 for the Pistons.

Danny Green scored 23 points and the San Antonio Spurs set a franchise record with 19 three-pointers to hand the host Charlotte Bobcats their seventh straight defeat, 132-102. Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 23 points. Former UK standout Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, appeared to tweak something in his lower back while battling for a rebound under the basket in the second quarter and was taken to the locker room. He returned in the third quarter and finished with eight points, five rebounds and six assists.

Jamal Crawford led a fourth-quarter rally with 13 of his 21 points, and the host Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 117-99, winning their fifth in a row while sending the Suns to their season-worst sixth straight loss. Crawford made all four of his free throws to extend his streak to 55 in a row since Nov. 3. Blake Griffin had 24 points and a career-best four steals.

Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, LeBron James finished with 24 points and seven assists, and the host Miami Heat snapped a two-game slide by topping the New Orleans Hornets 106-90. Miami took control by outscoring the Hornets 33-10 over the final 11 minutes of the first half. Ryan Anderson scored 24 for New Orleans.

Kevin Garnett scored 19 points, Jeff Green added 16, and the host Boston Celtics won the back end of a home-and-home with Philadelphia, beating the 76ers 92-79. Paul Pierce finished with 13 points and former UK standout Rajon Rondo had 11 assists and nine rebounds, one night after his first triple-double of the season. Rondo scored seven points. Thaddeus Young led Philadelphia with 22 points and Evan Turner scored 13.

David Lee had 24 points and 17 rebounds, Klay Thompson added 23 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the host Washington Wizards 101-97 for their third straight road win.


Source: Reds re-sign Ludwick

A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that free-agent outfielder Ryan Ludwick is returning to the Cincinnati Reds for a two-year contract worth $15 million. The person spoke Saturday under condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement about the agreement. The 34-year-old Ludwick hit .275 with 26 home runs and 80 RBI while helping Cincinnati win the NL Central. Ludwick declined a mutual option after the season, turning down a $5 million salary and instead receiving a $500,000 buyout.

A person familiar with the trade said the Phillies have acquired seven-time All-Star infielder Michael Young from the Rangers for two relief pitchers. Young agreed to waive his no-trade clause, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The Rangers also will pay a significant portion of Young's $16 million salary for 2013. The Phillies sent right-hander Josh Lindblom and minor-league righty Lisalverto Bonilla to the Rangers to get Young, who fills a void at third base.

Dawson: Bonds, Clemens not Hall-worthy

Hall of Famer Andre Dawson says Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and any other players associated with steroids should not be enshrined in Cooperstown. "I can't say how the voters are going to react in the years ahead but they wouldn't get my vote for the simple reason that the rules were broken," Dawson, a Miami Marlins special assistant, said last week at the baseball winter meetings in Nashville. "One of the criteria is integrity of the game and I think that was broken." Dawson said that based on conversations he has had with writers, he thinks Bonds eventually will get in but not this year. Dawson said he thinks writers may never vote in Clemens or Sammy Sosa, based on the little support they've given to Mark McGwire.


Perry, O'Hair have 2-shot lead

Franklin resident Kenny Perry and Sean O'Hair took a 2-stroke lead in the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Fla., on Saturday, birdieing the final six holes in better-ball play for an 11-under 61. Perry and O'Hair were 19 under overall, two strokes ahead of first-round leaders Davis Love III and Brandt Snedeker at Tiburon Golf Club. Love and Snedeker had a 65.

The 12 two-man teams will play a scramble Sunday. The winners will split $750,000.

Morten Orum Madsen made a late charge Saturday to match Tim Clark's 5-under 60 and grab a share of the first-round lead at the European Tour's rain-delayed season-opening Nelson Mandela Championship in South Africa. The tournament was reduced to a 36-hole event.

Shanshan Feng of China won the Dubai Ladies Masters by 5 strokes on Saturday after shooting a 3-under 69 to capture her second Ladies European Tour title. Dewi Claire Schreefel of the Netherlands (69) was next. American Cindy Lacrosse (72) was 10 strokes back.

Horse Racing

McPeek's Pure Fun gets Grade I win

Pure Fun rallied in the final quarter of a mile to win the $500,000 Hollywood Starlet by a length Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Pure Fun ran 11⁄16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:44.65 and paid $14.40, $6 and $10.60 at 6-1 odds. The 2-year-old chestnut filly was supplemented late to the race for $20,000 and earned her first Grade 1 win. It was Pure Fun's first start outside Kentucky and her first on a synthetic surface. The Ken McPeek-trained filly trailed all seven of her rivals approaching the stretch and quickly made up ground. Matt Shirer, McPeek's assistant, said Pure Fun would be pointed toward the Kentucky Oaks in May at Churchill Downs.

The last word

New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich, on whether he wears a protective cup:

"I think maybe I wore one when I was in peewee football. But not since. My mom made me wear one back then. I'm not even sure I had anything to protect, really."

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