Sports briefs: Jan. 16

January 16, 2013 

College basketball

Wisconsin knocks off second-ranked Indiana

Ryan Evans had 13 points and seven rebounds, and Traevon Jackson added 11 points as Wisconsin upset No. 2 Indiana 64-59 on Tuesday night to take sole possession of the Big Ten lead.

The Badgers (13-4, 4-0) have won seven straight and beaten two top-15 opponents in four days. They now have 11 straight wins over the Hoosiers and five straight in Bloomington.

Cody Zeller scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half to lead Indiana (15-2, 3-1), which had a six-game winning streak and an 18-game home winning streak both end.

The Badgers took control early in the second half with runs of 7-0 and 9-0 and led by as much 51-41 with about 10 minutes to play. Indiana charged back with a 10-1 run to close to 52-51. But the Badgers closed it out with a 12-8 run to end the game.

Marshall Henderson's desperation heave beat the buzzer to force overtime, and Nick Williams' jumper put the Mississippi Rebels ahead to stay in rallying to beat host Vanderbilt 89-79 for their sixth straight win. The Rebels (14-2, 3-0) extended the Southeastern Conference's longest winning streak by winning in Memorial Gym for the first time since 2001, and they had to do it by rallying from 13 points with 8:39 left.

Aaron Ponder hit a three-pointer with 1.1 seconds left to give the Berea men a 69-66 win at Asbury on Tuesday night. Ponder, a Madison Southern graduate, finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. Seth Beckham (Lexington Catholic) led the Pirates with 19 points to go with five steals.

Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley each scored 16 points to lead the No. 3 Connecticut women to a 72-58 win over 15th-ranked Louisville at Hartford, Conn. Kelly Faris added 13 points and seven assists while Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 12 for the Huskies (15-1, 3-1 Big East). Hartley showed no ill effects of a sprained left ankle she suffered in the first half against Marquette on Saturday.

Shoni Schimmel scored 14 points to lead Louisville (14-4, 2-2).


NBA

Bledsoe scores season-high 19 points

Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 30 points, including 12 straight to start the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers looked just fine without Chris Paul in a 117-109 win over the struggling Rockets on Tuesday night at Houston.

The Clippers won their second game in a row despite missing their star point guard, who is day to day with a bruised right kneecap.

Former Kentucky standout Eric Bledsoe, starting in Paul's place for the second straight night, scored a season-high 19 points to go with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points, Eric Gordon added 19 and the New Orleans Hornets beat the host Philadelphia 76ers 111-99 on Tuesday night. Anthony Davis had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Hornets, who are still last in the Western Conference at 12-26 — including matching 6-13 records at home and on the road.


College football

Steelman switches from QB to receiver

Army quarterback Trent Steelman, a former Bowling Green High School standout, completed his career as the Black Knights' all-time leader for rushing touchdowns (45) and rushing yardage by a quarterback (3,320 yards). A four-year starter, Steelman is the only Army player to rush and pass for more than 2,000 yards.

But standing just 6 feet tall and hidden in Army's traditional run-heavy offense, Steelman garnered little attention from NFL scouts.

A month ago, Steelman made a position change to wide receiver. The early returns have been encouraging.

"I love it," he said. "I think it fits my skill set very well. I'm liking the position a lot."

Steelman is a member of the East Team for Saturday's 88th annual East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. On the second day of practice, Steelman made several difficult catches in heavy traffic, including a diving, full-extension grab while tiptoeing the sideline on a short out pattern.

"I'm just trying to get better every day," Steelman said. "Wide receiver is a new position for me, and although I've been training for about a month everything's still pretty new. I'm just hoping to learn and get better."


UK Sports

Gymnastics team 14th in rankings

Kentucky's gymnastics team climbed 11 spots to No. 14 in the first full in-season edition of the GymInfo rankings.

The poll is calculated by team score average, and the Cats (3-1, 1-0 SEC) are off to the best start in program history with a 195.325 average, as they went 195.125 in the opener and 195.525 against Auburn on Friday. Kentucky has never before topped 195 two straight weeks to begin the season.

Woodford County graduate Kayla Hartley is tied for the No. 17 national ranking in floor exercise with a 9.875 average. The junior has won on floor at both of UK's meets this season. Audrey Harrison is tied for No. 23 in the individual all-around rankings with a 39.125 average score. The junior had a season-high 39.2 last Friday in an all-around win at Auburn.

The Cats will begin their home portion of the 2013 schedule at 7 p.m. Friday with Excite Night at the Kentucky Classic. The event will be an SEC dual-meet between Kentucky and Arkansas, which is ranked ninth nationally.


High school basketball

Sayre's Bowie has triple-double in win

Gabby Bowie scored 13 points to go with 17 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in the Sayre girls' 42-39 victory against visiting Berea in the 11th Region All "A" Classic. Teammate Molly Manella added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Olivia Voskuhl had 26 points, 19 rebounds and five steals to lead No. 11 Notre Dame past No. 18 Sacred Heart 58-54. Haylee Smith also had a double-double for the Pandas with 13 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots. DaiJia Ruffin led the Vakyries with 26 points, 11 rebounds, seven steals and three assists.


Etc.

Ankle injury doesn't derail Serena

Serena Williams tumbled to the court and needed a medical timeout in the first set for treatment on her right ankle. Once she got up, it was all over for Edina Gallovits-Hall. Williams routed Gallovits-Hall 6-0, 6-0 in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday despite the scary sequence in the first part of the match.

Paul McGinley was chosen as Europe's Ryder Cup captain for 2014, ending a chaotic campaign marked by a late challenge from former captain Colin Montgomerie. McGinley, a 46-year-old Irishman, replaces Jose Maria Olazabal, whose team rallied to victory over the United States in October at Medinah, outside Chicago. Europe will defend the trophy at Gleneagles, Scotland.


The last word

It wasn't too long ago that Rajon Rondo was one of the NBA's up-and-coming ball-handlers, trying to show he belonged with veterans like Chris Paul, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash. Now the Celtics point guard is trying to prove to the youngsters that he can still play. Rondo said after recording his third triple-double of the season on Monday night in a 100-89 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats:

"I'm getting a little bit older and the younger guys are coming in, and I may have a mark on my back being an older guy, having made a couple of All-Star (games). I have a target on my back every night so I just want to go out and do what I do best: run the show and make some shots."

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