Sports briefs: April 14

April 14, 2013 

High school basketball Randle named co-MVP in Jordan Classic loss

Julius Randle and the Harrison twins teamed up with Andrew Wiggins on Saturday night, but it wasn't enough for a victory.

And it's still not clear if the four high school superstars will wear the same uniform next season at Kentucky.

Randle tallied 19 points and seven rebounds and was named co-MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, but his East team fell 102-98 to a West squad that included three more future Wildcats.

Wiggins and Randle combined for the game's best play — an over-the-shoulder pass from the former to the latter that ended with a thunderous alley-oop finish by Randle.

Wiggins, the only uncommitted player in the game and the No. 1 prospect in the class, had 19 points and five rebounds. He was 8-for-13 from the field.

The Toronto native was asked by an ESPN sideline reporter about a timeframe for his college announcement. He shrugged and said, "No clue." UK, North Carolina, Florida State and Kansas are the schools waiting on his decision.

Wiggins did say before the game that his criteria for selecting a college will be style of play, ability to win a title, and the relationship he has with his future teammates and coaches.

On Saturday, his teammates included UK signees Andrew and Aaron Harrison, who scored six points apiece. Andrew Harrison added a game-high eight assists to go with zero turnovers.

UK signee James Young was one of the top players for the West. The 6-foot-6 swingman had 10 points — on two three-pointers and two dunks — and tied a game high with three steals. UK commitment Dakari Johnson had eight points and four rebounds, and UK signee Marcus Lee scored six points.

Duke commitment Jabari Parker was co-MVP for the West with 16 points and seven rebounds.

■ University of Kentucky commitment Dominique Hawkins scored 14 points Saturday night, but the Kentucky All-Stars were defeated 106-98 in a game with the Ohio All-Stars at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky.

22ft Academy's MiKyle McIntosh scored 18 points and was named MVP for the Kentucky stars. Madison Central's Ken-Jah Bosley added 17 points for Kentucky.

Cincinnati signee Kevin Johnson scored 21 points for the Ohio squad and was named that team's MVP.

Hawkins will next play in Friday's Derby Festival Classic at Freedom Hall in Louisville. He will be joined in that game by fellow UK commitment Derek Willis.

In Saturday's girls game, UK signees Kyvin Goodin-Rogers and Makayla Epps teamed up to help deliver a 113-76 victory for Kentucky. Goodin-Rogers scored 10 points and Epps, a McDonald's All-American, added four points. Paul Dunbar's Kierra Muhammad scored 16 points and was named the Kentucky MVP. Bryan Station's Serena Sandusky added 17 points.


College football

Bridgewater sparks Red win over White

Teddy Bridgewater threw for two touchdowns and Dominique Brown ran for two short scores as the Red team trounced the White squad 34-7 in Louisville's spring scrimmage on Saturday.

A record 33,000 turned out at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, many still celebrating the national title brought home this week by Louisville's men's basketball team. Fans got to pose for pictures with the NCAA trophy before the game.

Bridgewater, last year's Big East offensive player of the year and a possible Heisman Trophy candidate, completed 16 of 20 attempts for 214 yards. Wide receiver DeVante Parker caught four passes for 102 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown.

Brown rushed for 79 yards on nine carries.

Saturday's crowd eclipsed the previous record of 25,000 in 2007.


Horse racing

Black Caviar wins 25th race in a row

Australian mare Black Caviar won the 25th consecutive race of her career, breaking out of a tight pack about 500 meters from the finish to win the 1,200-meter T.J. Smith Stakes by two lengths at Royal Randwick at Sydney. Black Caviar, with regular rider Luke Nolen aboard, went off at odds of about $1.15 to pay on a $1 wager. It was the 6-year-old sprinter's third win since coming back from an eight-month injury layoff in February and an Australian-record 15th Group One victory overall.

Mizdirection rallied to beat stablemate Schiaparelli by a half-length and win the $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes, improving to 5-0 on Santa Anita's downhill turf course for co-owner and sports talk host Jim Rome. Mizdirection won the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint in November at Santa Anita, and then won the Monrovia Stakes and the Buena Vista Stakes on the same turf course.


Minor-League baseball

Ford's homer sends Legends to 6-3 win

Fred Ford's three-run homer capped a four-run rally for Lexington in the bottom of the third inning, and the Legends went on to defeat the Greenville Drive 6-3 Saturday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

Greenville scored three times in the third to grab the lead.

The Legends answered in the bottom of the third. With one out, Raul Mondesi and Humberto Arteaga walked. Michael Antonio got an RBI single and Ford followed with a 400-foot blast off the scoreboard in right center field to give the Legends a 4-3 lead.


NBA

Celtics roll, lock up East's seventh seed

Courtney Lee scored 20 points and Jeff Green added 17 as the Boston Celtics cruised to a 120-88 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. The win locked up the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference for Boston, which never trailed in winning its eighth straight over Orlando. Magic rookie Doron Lamb played 25 minutes and scored in double figures for the second straight game. He had 11 points and two assists.

Chris Paul hit a free throw with 18.3 seconds left, and the Los Angeles Clippers edged the host Memphis Grizzlies 91-87 in a possible preview of a first-round playoff series.

With the win, the Clippers took the season series 3-1 for what could be a crucial tiebreaker giving Los Angeles home-court advantage in the post-season even though the teams now are tied at 54-26. That puts them both one-half game behind Denver for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.


College basketball

Vols' McRae to return for senior season

Tennessee guard Jordan McRae plans to return to school for his senior season rather than entering the NBA Draft.

McRae said, "I'm not ready for my experience at Tennessee to be over" in statement released Saturday. The 6-foot-5 guard had requested an evaluation from the NBA's undergraduate advisory committee.

McRae earned first-team all-Southeastern Conference honors this season and ranked fourth in the league with 15.7 points per game. In league competition, McRae scored 19.2 points per game.


The last word

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart's not-so-polite way of telling his pit crew that his car needed improvements during Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway:

"I don't know if you guys noticed this but we just got passed by (Dave) Blaney, (David) Reutimann and (David) Stremme."

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