Sports briefs: Dec. 11

December 11, 2012 

NBA

Knight scores 22 in Pistons' loss

Evan Turner had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Jrue Holiday scored 25 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Detroit Pistons 104-97 on Monday night.

Thaddeus Young scored 20 points and Spencer Hawes had 15 for the Sixers.

Greg Monroe missed a tip with less than a minute left that came back to haunt Detroit. Holiday sank a 19-footer for a 100-95 lead and the Sixers stretched the lead from the free-throw line.

Monroe and Brandon Knight had 22 points apiece. Rodney Stuckey scored 19 for Detroit, and Tayshaun Prince finished with 16.

The Pistons were 0-8 when they came to Philadelphia last month and thumped the Sixers 94-76.

Warriors 104, Bobcats 96: Stephen Curry put on a show for his hometown fans Monday night, finishing with 27 points, seven assists and seven rebounds to lead surging Golden State to a win over struggling Charlotte.

Curry, who grew up in Charlotte and made a name for himself leading nearby Davidson College to the brink of the Final Four in 2008, shot 10 of 22 from the field and hit four three-pointers. It was his eighth straight 20-point game, a career best.

David Lee had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors (14-7), who have won seven of their past eight games.

Kemba Walker scored 24 points and Ex-Cat Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 17 to lead the Bobcats, who have lost eight straight since beginning the season 7-5.

Heat 101, Hawks 92: LeBron James scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade had 26 and Miami pulled away in the second half to beat Atlanta, improving to 10-1 at home this season. James (10-16) and Wade (11-13) made 21 of 29 shots for Miami, which shot 58 percent as a team. Josh Smith scored 22 points and Al Horford finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta.

• Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving has been cleared to practice after missing 10 games with a broken finger. Irving has been sidelined since breaking his left index finger in a Nov. 18 game against Philadelphia. The Cavs expect him to play Tuesday night, when Cleveland hosts the Los Angeles Lakers. Irving had been expected to miss four weeks with the injury.


NHL

Games canceled through Dec. 30

The NHL eliminated 16 more days from the regular-season schedule Monday, and if a deal with the players' association isn't reached soon the whole season could be lost.

The league wiped out all games through Dec. 30 in its latest round of cancellations.

Already, 422 regular-season games had been called off through Dec. 14 because of the lockout, and the latest cuts on Day 86 of the NHL shutdown claimed 104 more. The New Year's Day Winter Classic and the All-Star game were canceled earlier.

In all, the 526 lost games account for nearly 43 percent of the regular season that was scheduled to begin Oct. 11.


Boxing

Gatti makes International Hall of Fame

The late Arturo Gatti and five-time world champion Virgil Hill have been elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Gatti died three years ago in Brazil under mysterious circumstances. He won titles in two weight divisions. Hill won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics and defended his light heavyweight title 20 times.

Both were elected Monday in their first year of eligibility.

Elected from the modern category were two-time light flyweight champion Myung-Woo Yuh, referee Mills Lane, ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. and journalist Colin Hart.

Lightweight Wesley Ramsey and middleweight Jeff Smith joined the 2013 class from the posthumous category. Manager Arturo "Cuyo" Hernandez, cartoonist Ted Carroll and 19th century Irish boxer Joe Coburn made it in the pioneer division.

Induction ceremonies are June 9 in Canastota, N.Y.


UK sports

Stallworth earns SEC accolades

Kentucky women's basketball center DeNesha Stallworth was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week. Stallworth, a 6-foot-3 junior transfer, earned Kentucky's first weekly honor of the 2012-13 season after averaging team highs of 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists, while shooting .519 from the field (14-of-27) and .800 from the charity stripe (4-of-5) on the week.

Stallworth eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career, earning the milestone in just 79 games.

On the season, Stallworth is tied for the team lead in blocks (1.7 bpg), and ranks second in scoring (11.3 ppg), rebounds (5.4), assists (1.9 apg) and field goal percentage (.511).


Etc.

WNBA Draft live and in prime time

With Brittney Griner the top prize, the WNBA draft will be televised live in prime time for the first time. The league announced Monday the first round will air on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. EST on April 15.

Griner, the Baylor star, is among the big names in a draft class that also includes Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins. The Phoenix Mercury own the first pick.

• Athletic footwear and apparel giant Nike Inc. plans to expand its operations in Oregon and hire hundreds of workers but wants the government to promise that tax rules won't change, prompting a special session of the Legislature. Gov. John Kitzhaber said he'll call lawmakers together Friday in Salem to create a new law authorizing him to grant Nike's wish, and legislative leaders said they'll go along.


The last word

Against Longwood, the No. 15 Georgetown men's basketball team forced several turnovers in the first 4 minutes of the second half and pulled away, ultimately winning 89-53. The 30 turnovers were spread among seven Longwood players. Said Longwood Coach Mike Gillian:

"It's a team effort in the wrong direction."

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