Sports briefs: Jan. 9

January 9, 2013 

College basketball

Louisville's Behanan sidelined up to 10 days with ankle sprain

Louisville sophomore forward Chane Behanan will miss up to 10 days with a left high ankle sprain sustained Monday in practice.

Cardinals Coach Rick Pitino said Tuesday that Behanan will miss Wednesday night's Big East Conference contest at Seton Hall and possibly four games overall. Behanan, averaging 11.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, won't make the trip to New Jersey.

Montrezl Harrell will replace Behanan in the starting lineup for the No. 3 Cardinals (13-1, 1-0). The 6-foot-8 freshman is averaging 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds and has made one start this season.

Jabari Brown had career-bests of 22 points and five three-pointers and Phil Pressey responded from a shaky first half with 11 points and 13 assists to lead Missouri in its Southeastern Conference debut at Columbia, Mo. Trevor Releford had a career-best 26 points for Alabama, which has lost six of eight.

Quinn Cook scored a career-high 27 points and No. 1 Duke held Clemson to 10 points in the first half of a 68-40 victory at Durham, N.C. Ryan Kelly added 12 points in the first half but sat out the second with what team officials said was a right leg injury.

Antonita Slaughter (Louisville Christian) drained a three-pointer to open overtime and finished the extra frame with six of her 10 points as the No. 15 Louisville women defeated visiting Rutgers 66-57. Shoni Schimmel set a season-high for the second straight game with 21 points, none bigger than a jumper with 6 seconds left in regulation to force a 52-all tie that carried into overtime.


NBA

Wall might make season debut Saturday

John Wall could be making his season debut Saturday for the Washington Wizards after months of rehabbing his injured left knee. Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said on his blog Tuesday that "it is possible but not quite certain, for the first time all season, that we could dress all of our players" for the game against the Atlanta Hawks. Wall has been recovering from a stress injury to his left knee cap and recently returned to practice. The former No. 1 overall pick out of Kentucky has been one of several players missing significant time for the Wizards, who dressed only nine for Monday night's upset of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

■ Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo said Tuesday he was joking with referee Rodney Mott when he bumped him in Saturday's game against the Atlanta Hawks, a move that got him suspended for Monday's game against the New York Knicks.

"Yeah, I thought Josh (Smith) flopped," Rondo told ESPN. "I told Rodney, his body size and what he weighs and look at me. There's no way I could have made him go into the stands off of contact. (Mott) laughed, threw the ball in, and we got back on defense."

Rondo said he talked to the league about the incident, but he didn't know why he was cited for failing to cooperate with the investigation. "I don't feel it was needed to have an investigation," Rondo told ESPN. "I know Rodney and that particular time on that play, I actually went up to him and I made a joke, he laughed. In the midst of it I guess I touched him."

■ Miami Heat Coach Eric Spoelstra commented Tuesday on the waiving of former Kentucky standout Josh Harrellson on Monday, the deadline for teams to release players with non-guaranteed contracts, otherwise those contracts would become guaranteed for the balance of the season. "A lot of it's more about our flexibility of the roster right now," Spoelstra told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "This is the business of the NBA, and less about Josh, because you like him, he fits with what we do."

Scott Skiles was out as the Milwaukee Bucks' head coach and the team said veteran assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season.


UK football

Reports: Cats add Ansley to staff

Several national coaching search websites reported on Tuesday night that Kentucky has hired former Tennessee cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley for the same position in Lexington.

UK cannot confirm the hire until the position has been officially closed, which was listed on the school's website as Wednesday, along with one other vacant assistant coaching spot.

Ansley, a former standout at Troy, was on the Vols' staff for one season before Derek Dooley was fired.


Horse racing

N.Y. court won't hear Dutrow's appeal

New York's top court refused Tuesday to hear another appeal by a Kentucky Derby-winning trainer on his 10-year ban from the sport for drug violations. The Court of Appeals in Albany, N.Y., without comment, denied Rick Dutrow Jr.'s request that the judges consider another appeal of the state Racing and Wagering Board's 2011 decision to ban him. Tuesday's decision appears to end the state appeals process for Dutrow. His ban from New York's Thoroughbred tracks had been stayed pending appeals.

Dutrow trained Big Brown to Derby and Preakness wins in 2008.


High school basketball

Henry Clay, Scott County boys win

Christen Cunningham (13 points), Gerrard Newby (12) and Darien Tichenor (11) led Henry Clay, ranked fourth in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, to a 69-34 victory at Sayre.

■ Scott County, tied for fourth in the ratings, got 22 points and five rebounds from Trent Gilbert in a 59-47 victory against visiting Woodford County. Eli Boggess had 17 points for the Yellowjackets.

Dillon Avare and Tanner Johnson both scored 12 points in Lexington Catholic's 74-44 win against visiting Lexington Christian.


Etc.

Judgment day for Bonds, Clemens, Sosa

There's a chance the podium under the chandeliers in the gold-and-ivory-colored Vanderbilt Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York will go unused Thursday. With the cloud of steroids shrouding the candidacies of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa, baseball writers might fail for only the second time in more than four decades to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame, rendering a news conference unnecessary. Results will be announced at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Dustin Johnson wins PGA Tour opener

Dustin Johnson ended a windy week with a wild ride Tuesday that carried him to the first win of the PGA Tour season. Despite hitting two drives into native areas that cost him three shots, Johnson never lost the lead at Kapalua in Hawaii. He closed with a 5-under 68 for a four-shot victory in the Tournament of Champions, though it was up for grabs with five holes remaining.

Redskins' RG3 to undergo knee surgery

Robert Griffin III will have surgery Wednesday on a torn ligament in his right knee — and to see if there's a second ligament that also needs to be repaired. Baylor Coach Art Briles confirmed to USA Today and The Associated Press on Tuesday night that the Washington Redskins rookie has a torn lateral collateral ligament.


The last word

PGA golfer Dustin Johnson hit driver on the 13th Tuesday at Kapalua in Hawaii and pulled it enough to land into a bunker and tumble into a native area of high grass, trees and plenty more. Playing partner Steve Stricker, who joined in the search, said:

"We found a shoe, some sunglasses, about five or six other balls. There might have been a guy living up in the tree."

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