Sports briefs: Dec. 16

December 16, 2012 

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Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee, left, drove to the basket against Hawks small forward Josh Smith.



Players begin vote on dissolving union

NHL players will begin voting Sunday on whether they will grant the players' association's executive board the authority to dissolve the union because of the inability to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the league.

Two-thirds of the union's membership must vote in favor of allowing the executive board to file a "disclaimer of interest," a source told The Canadian Press on Saturday. Votes will be cast electronically over a five-day period that ends Thursday. If the measure passes, the 30-member executive board would have until Jan. 2 to file the disclaimer.

The union is taking steps toward breaking up even after the NHL started mounting a legal challenge against it.

On Friday, the NHL filed a class-action complaint which asked a federal court in New York to make a declaration on the legality of the lockout.

In the 43-page complaint, the league argued the players' association was only considering the "disclaimer of interest" to "extract more favorable terms and conditions of employment." The NHL also filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board.


James' scoring streak reaches 42 games

Heat 102, Wizards 72: LeBron James had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Miami never trailed on the way to beating Washington on Saturday night. Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade each scored 13 for Miami, which outscored Washington 29-10 in the third quarter to build a 33-point lead. James had 16 points alone in the third, ensuring he would finish with at least 20 points for the 26th straight regular-season game and 42nd consecutive game overall dating to last season.

Warriors 115, Hawks 93: David Lee had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Golden State completed an impressive road trip with a victory over Atlanta. Stephen Curry collected 18 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for Golden State, which went in front to stay in the second quarter. Harrison Barnes and Carl Landry each had 19 points. Festus Ezeli was out with a bruised right knee. Al Horford led Atlanta with 17 points. Lou Williams scored 16 and Ivan Johnson had 15 points and nine rebounds.


Loves lead Father-Son Challenge

Davis Love III and son Dru birdied five of the last six holes for a 12-under 60 in the Father-Son Challenge scramble event, giving them a one-stroke lead Saturday after the first round. Dru Love is an Alabama freshman after winning five Georgia state titles in high school.

Mark O'Meara and son Shaun, and Fred and Taylor Funk were a stroke back, and Larry Nelson, who won the last two Father-Sons in 2007-08 before the event went on a three-year hiatus, was two shots back with son Josh.

Charl Schwartzel shot an 8-under 64 Saturday to take a 10-stroke lead after three rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Championship and move to the brink of back-to-back titles. The South African birdied five of his first eight holes and then had four birdies in a row from No. 12 to sit at 21 under.

• India's Jeev Milkha Singh saved par on the final hole to earn a half-point and help Asia cut Europe's lead to one Saturday in the Royal Trophy. Down 31/2-11/2 on Friday after the opening foursomes, Asia won two fourball matches and halved the other two to cut Europe's lead to 41/2-31/2 entering the eight closing singles matches Sunday at The Empire Hotel and Country Club.

• Sweden's Daniel Chopra shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the rain-delayed Johor Open. Chopra had a 10-under 134 total in the Asian Tour event at rainy Horizon Hills.

• The Australian PGA golf tournament may not be moving from its home of the past 11 years after all. The PGA of Australia says it will consider a revised offer from the owner of the Palmer Coolum Resort to keep the event on the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane.


Phillies reach deal with setup man, starter

The bridge to Jonathan Papelbon could be a little smoother for the Philadelphia Phillies next year. The Phillies added a setup man and starter, agreeing to a $12 million, two-year contract with reliever Mike Adams and a one-year deal with lefty John Lannan.

Two people familiar with each deal said Saturday the contract was subject to a physical. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreements were not yet final. Adams is expected to fill the eighth-inning role for the Phillies. The 34-year-old right-hander was 5-3 with a 3.27 ERA last season for the Texas Rangers. The 28-year-old Lannan replaces Vance Worley in the starting rotation.

• A small Texas startup has sued former American League MVP Josh Hamilton over a "Play Hard, Pray Harder" clothing line sold by a company the slugger's wife helped launch. The federal lawsuit accuses North Carolina-based ScriptureArt of using a slogan already claimed by Dallas-based Play Hard Pray Harder LLC. Corporate filings show the Texas company formed in January.

High school basketball

Southwestern junior gets 1,000th point

Southwestern 86, Powell Co. 48: Justin Edwards reached his 1,000th career point in Southwestern's victory over Powell County. The junior forward scored seven points.

Belfry 80, Berwick (Penn.) 68: Senior center Tony Messer's double-double helped power Belfry past host Berwick, Penn., on Saturday night. Messer finished with 32 points and 17 rebounds.


Cumberland Co. 51, Campbellsville 40: Two Cumberland County players finished with double-doubles. Junior guard Allie Davidson had 12 points and 14 rebounds, while eighth-grader Ande Flatt had 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The last word

New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett applied for early entrance into the NBA Draft when he was a senior at Alief Taylor High School. When scouts projected he would not be taken until the second round, Bennett pulled his name out of consideration and went to college. He still likes to brag about his hoops prowess, though. Said teammate Domenik Hixon:

"I want to see if he can hit two three-pointers in a row, let alone the 40 or whatever the number he says he hit during his NBA workouts."

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