Sports briefs: Jan. 15

January 15, 2013 

NBA

Rondo gets 3rd triple-double; Celtics win their sixth straight

Rajon Rondo scored 17 points with 12 assists and 10 rebounds on Monday night to lead the Boston Celtics to a 100-89 victory over the visiting Charlotte Bobcats. It was Rondo's third triple-double of the season and the 26th of his career, including playoffs.

Paul Pierce scored 19 and Avery Bradley added 16 for Boston, which won for a season-high sixth consecutive game. Kevin Garnett, who needed 13 points to tie Patrick Ewing for 16th on the NBA's career scoring list, was 2-for-11 from the field and scored just seven points to go with his 10 rebounds.

The Celtics scored 13 of the game's first 15 points and never trailed. Rondo was responsible for Boston's first 19 points, with five assists and seven points in the opening 6:17.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 10 points to go with eight rebounds for Charlotte.

■ Reserves Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes each scored 16 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers easily routed the visiting Memphis Grizzlies 99-73 with Chris Paul missing his first game this season because of a bruised right kneecap.

The matchup between two of the best teams in the West wasn't close much of the way. While Paul watched from the bench, the Grizzlies were without their leading scorer as Rudy Gay was excused for his grandmother's funeral in Baltimore.

Eric Bledsoe, starting for Paul, had 14 points, four assists, two steals and no turnovers.


Tennis

Murray wins 1st match as major winner

Playing his first Grand Slam match as a major winner, Andy Murray looked quite comfortable in his return to the Australian Open. Murray beat Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in the opening round at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.

Asked what it felt like to play after his triumph at the U.S. Open, where he became the first British man since 1936 to win a major title, the third-ranked Murray said: "I can try and focus on the second part of my career now."

The 25-year-old Murray seemed more at ease and relaxed than he has been in previous trips to the season's first major.

"It was a good start, nice to win in straight sets," he said. "It was the hottest day we've had for a while so the court was playing much quicker."

In early women's matches Tuesday, 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm upset No. 12-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-2, 6-0, and former No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki won the last six games to beat Sabine Lisicki of Germany 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Novak Djokovic started his bid for a third consecutive Australian title on Monday, posting a 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 win over Paul-Henri Mathieu.

"Hello, everybody, it's great to be back," he told the big crowd after his first match at Melbourne Park since his epic five-set win over Rafael Nadal in last year's finals. "I have great memories."


High school basketball

Owensboro Catholic's Greenwell sets national record with 17 threes

Becca Greenwell, who has signed to play at Duke, broke a national record by hitting 17 three-pointers in Owenboro Catholic's 99-35 victory against Whitesville Trinity.

Greenwell, who didn't attempt a two-point field goal, was 17-for-27 from the behind the arc to account for all 51 of her points, the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reported. Greenwell is rated as the sixth-best prospect in the country by ESPN.

"The fans kept me going by cheering for me," Greenwell told the Courier Journal. "I made my first six and decided to go (for the state record) after that."

Five players nationally had previously made 15 three-pointers in a game. The previous state record was held by Feds Creek's Claire Fuller, who made 13 against Elkhorn City in 1990.

Ken'yale Demus scored 17 points and Sarah Cooley had 10 points and 14 rebounds in Lafayette's 41-29 victory at Lexington Catholic. Octavia Wilson had 18 points for the Lady Knights.


College Football

Notre Dame running back entering draft

Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood announced Monday he is entering the NFL Draft, deciding against returning for a final year of eligibility. The 6-0, 215-pound senior, who did not play as a freshman, was second on the team this past season with 742 yards rushing on 114 carries, including 2 yards on four carries in a 42-14 loss to Alabama in the BCS title game. He sat out the first two games of the season after being suspended by Coach Brian Kelly for violating team rules.

Wood, who has a 1-year-old daughter, said it wasn't an easy decision. "I had to weigh many factors over the last month, but ultimately it came down to what I felt was the right decision that would most benefit my family," he said in a statement.


Baseball

A's add 2 years to Melvin's contract

Oakland Athletics Manager Bob Melvin, a Bay Area native, received a two-year contract extension Monday that takes him through the 2016 season after he led Oakland to a surprising AL West title last year. Oakland became the first team in major league history to win a division or pennant after trailing by five games with less than 10 to play, sweeping three games against Texas to win the division over the Rangers.

■ Reliever J.J. Putz agreed to a $13.5 million, two-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, a deal that adds a $7 million salary for 2014. The 35-year-old right-hander had 32 saves in 37 chances and a 2.82 ERA last year.


The last word

Former University of Kentucky standout DeAndre Liggins made the first start of his NBA career and had 11 points and nine rebounds, both career-highs, in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 87-83 victory Sunday night against the host Portland Trail Blazers. Liggins, always a hard worker, told The Oklahoman newspaper that the game was his greatest moment as a pro:

"It's a blessing. I played well today, but my thing is to get better every day and try to learn. I've still got a long way to go, working on my shooting. It's getting better, but it could be a lot better."

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