Sports briefs: Dec. 9

December 9, 2013 

College basketball

No. 13 Oregon needs overtime to best Mississippi

Marshall Henderson scored a career-high 39 points, making three-pointers from nearly every corner of Tad Smith Coliseum.

It still wasn't enough to beat the Oregon Ducks on Sunday.

No. 13 Oregon outlasted Mississippi 115-105 in an entertaining overtime game that featured 15 lead changes, 14 ties and some ridiculous three-point shooting from the Rebels.

Mike Moser scored 24 points, Johnathan Loyd added 23 points and 15 assists and the Ducks made almost every shot they tossed toward the basket, matching Henderson shot for shot.

It's a good thing. They needed just about every single one of them. The Ducks (8-0) felt fortunate to leave Tad Smith Coliseum with a victory.

"They made it tough for us to put the game away," Moser said. "That's the best I've ever seen a shoot before in that short of a span."

Henderson made 11 of 27 shots from the field, including 10 of 23 from three-point range.

The final minute of regulation was wild, with Ole Miss hitting three difficult three-pointers in the last 40 seconds to climb out of an 86-80 hole. Henderson made two with a hand in his face and then Jarvis Summers nailed an off-balance 22-footer to tie it at 89 with 0.8 seconds left.

The Rebels even had a chance to win in regulation after Oregon threw its inbounds pass out of bounds, but Henderson's last gasp three-pointer clanged off the rim.

Ravonte Rice scored 22 points Sunday, when he and Illinois shot at a torrid pace on the way to routing Auburn 81-62 in Philips Arena.

The Illini (8-1) made a season-high 12 3-pointers on 23 attempts (52.2 percent) and shot 61.5 percent from the field (32 of 52). Illinois also held the SEC's leading scorer, Auburn's Chris Denson to eight points. He entered the game averaging 21.8, but made just three of seven shots Sunday.

Xavier Thames scored 19 points, and No. 24 San Diego State rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Washington 70-63. Winston Shepard added 17 points for the Aztecs (7-1), who won their sixth straight while playing for the fifth time in 11 days.

• Visiting Indiana started on a 21-2 run and held on for a 77-54 victory over the Morehead State women at Johnson Arena. Indiana (9-0) shot 39 percent from the floor (22-of-56), while Morehead State (4-7) hit just 30 percent (17-of-57).

Almesha Jones led the Eagles with 16 points, which tied her season-best scoring effort. It was also her eighth double-figure game of this season.


NBA

Report: Ex-Cats Patterson, Hayes traded

The Sacramento Kings are making another major move under new owner Vivek Ranadive in hopes of turning around the franchise's struggles.

The Kings have reached an agreement to acquire forward Rudy Gay from Toronto in a multiplayer trade, a person familiar with the deal said Sunday night. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade is still pending NBA approval, said the deal is expected to be official Monday after players pass physicals.

The Raptors will receive former Kentucky Wildcats Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes, along with John Salmons and Greivis Vasquez. The Kings also will acquire Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy.

Jordan Crawford scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics posted the most lopsided victory in the NBA this season, bursting out to another sizzling start and pouring it on from there to batter the New York Knicks 114-73 on Sunday.

Jared Sullinger added 21 for the Celtics, who jumped to leads of 12-0, 18-1 and 25-3 and improved their Atlantic Division-leading record to 10-12. Western Kentucky product Courtney Lee added 10 points.

Dwight Howard celebrated his 28th birthday in a big way, getting 20 points and 21 rebounds Sunday night to lead the Houston Rockets over the Orlando Magic 98-88.

James Harden scored 27 points and also had 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Rockets. Ex-Cat Terrence Jones contributed 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Glenn Davis scored 18 points in Orlando's fifth straight loss.


Golf

Johnson outlasts Woods in playoff

The storybook ending at Sherwood had every element a golf fan could want — Tiger Woods with a commanding lead before a record crowd, clutch shots that kept getting better with every hole and a finish no one saw coming.

Zach Johnson never looked the part of a winner until he was posing with the trophy.

Johnson was four shots behind with eight holes to play against the No. 1 player in the world. Tied for the lead on the 18th hole, Johnson quit on an 8-iron and hit into a hazard, and then went to the drop area figuring his only chance was to stuff it close to make bogey and hope Woods didn't save par from a bunker.

Johnson holed out from 58 yards for par, and won on the first extra hole when Woods missed a 5-foot par putt.

Thomas Bjorn had two eagles in his last nine holes, one brilliant and one a bit lucky, to finish with a 7-under 65 and win the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Sunday. Overnight leader Jamie Donaldson of Wales lost his three-shot advantage in a final-round 70 and tied for second with Sergio Garcia (65).

Miguel Angel Jimenez successfully defended his Hong Kong Open title Sunday to extend his record as the oldest winner in European Tour history. The Spaniard won at 49 years, 337 days to break the record he set last year at Hong Kong Golf Club, holing an 18-foot birdie on the first hole of a playoff with Thailand's Prom Meesawat and Wales' Stuart Manley.

Jaye Marie Green completed a runaway victory in the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament Sunday, finishing with a record 29-under 331 total for a 10-stroke margin.

The 19-year-old Green, from Boca Raton, closed with a 4-under 68 on LPGA International's Jones Course. She broke the event 90-hole mark of 18-under 342 set by Stacy Lewis in 2008.


Baseball

Red Sox sign Mujica

The Boston Red Sox have finalized a $9.5 million, two-year contract with right-handed reliever Edward Mujica.

Mujica had 37 saves and a career-best 2.78 ERA for St. Louis in 2013 and was selected an All-Star for the first time. But he lost his job as closer with a series of bad outings in September and pitched only two innings in the Cardinals' playoff run, which ended with a six-game World Series loss to Boston.

Chad Qualls is returning to the Houston Astros, his original team. The right-handed reliever agreed to a $6 million, two-year contract with a team option for 2016. Qualls went 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 66 games for the Miami Marlins this year and has made at least 50 appearances in nine straight seasons


Soccer

UCLA women win first national title

Kodi Lavrusky gave UCLA its first national title in program history on Sunday, scoring in the 97th minute to lift the Bruins past Florida State 1-0 in overtime in cold and rainy conditions.

It was the first title game decided in overtime since 2002.


The last word

The Kansas City Chiefs racked up a 45-10 win over Washington on Sunday. Said Chiefs offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz:

"You gotta fight complacency when you're up real big. I think we did a good job of that today."

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