Sports briefs: Dec. 17

December 17, 2013 

NFL

Former UK standout Guy learning on the job for Jaguars

Former University of Kentucky star Winston Guy made his second straight start Sunday, and came up with a big play that kept the Jacksonville Jaguars in a game they eventually lost 27-20 to the Buffalo Bills. The second-year player sacked Buffalo quarterback EJ Manuel on a blitz. Guy, who finished second on the team with six tackles, showed off his impressive acceleration to track him down and deliver a hit from behind, The Florida Times-Union reported.

"It was a perfect call," Guy told the Jacksonville-based newspaper. "They slid the protection away from me. It was a momentum changer on that play. It gave the offense the opportunity to score and put us back in the game."

Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks recovered the fumble at the Jaguars' 45-yard line. The sack went for a loss of 10 yards.

"The most impressive thing is he was ball aware," Marks told the Times-Union. "He saw how EJ was holding the ball, and he got it out."

The Jaguars made the most of Guy's play, scoring a touchdown on the drive to tie the game 20-20 with 13:50 left to play.

"He sees things well," Jaguars cornerback Alan Ball said in the report. "We've always known that he's a hell of an athlete. Now, he's putting a different aspect to his game, in terms of reading things and not reacting so much. The more he progresses, he'll do really well."

Guy's second start due to injuries in the Jaguars' secondary, wasn't without its mistakes. His inexperience showed on a pair of Buffalo touchdowns, one where he didn't cover his zone properly and another when he bit on play action.

"I take responsibility for that play," Guy told the Times-Union. "We didn't get a rep like that in practice, so it was unexpected. My job is to get first to the flat and I bit up, letting the fullback get outside of me."

Jaguars Coach Gus Bradley didn't dwell on Guy's mistakes, though.

"You have to go through that growth," Bradley said. "He has the ability to make some big plays, but in four days of practice, we knew there could be some opportunities that we missed."

■ Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito will remain on the NFL's suspended list with pay for the rest of the season, including the playoffs, a source told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the bullying scandal that led to Incognito's suspension remains under investigation.

Coach Joe Philbin declined to comment, but the Dolphins released a one-sentence statement saying the team and Incognito had agreed to "maintain his suspension" during the investigation. Incognito's agent didn't respond to requests for comment.


NBA

Harrellson helps Pistons knock off Pacers

Former University of Kentucky star Josh Harrellson posted season-highs in rebounds (10) and minutes (16) in the Detroit Pistons' surprising 101-96 win at Indiana. It was the Pacers' first home loss of the season. Harrellson, who also had seven points and two blocked shots, got added playing time when Andre Drummond exited early in the first quarter with two fouls.

Josh Smith led Detroit with 30 points, and Greg Monroe had 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Pistons won for the second time in six games, ending a six-game skid in the series and a nine-game losing streak on the Pacers' home court.

Bradley Beal's driving layup with 6 seconds remaining lifted the Washington Wizards to a 102-101 win over the New York Knicks. The host Knicks didn't use one of their three remaining timeouts after Beal's basket. Carmelo Anthony took the inbounds pass, dribbled the up court and attempted a three-pointer that bounced off the rim as time expired.

Beal led the Wizards with 21 points, including their final seven as Washington erased a six-point fourth-quarter deficit. Martell Webster added 30 points and John Wall 20 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Wizards.

■ Boston Celtics Coach Brad Stevens suggested to forward Jared Sullinger that he might want to keep an eye on Kevin Love and try to learn whatever he could from the Timberwolves big man.

For one quarter, Sullinger schooled the Minnesota all-star. Sullinger had 15 points and six rebounds in the fourth, hitting a tie-breaking three-pointer with 2:22 left and the Celtics held on to beat the visiting Timberwolves 101-97. Sullinger, a second-year player who missed half of last season, had 24 points and 11 rebounds in all while adding a career-high five assists.

Joe Johnson made 10 three-pointers, most in the NBA this season, and scored a season-high 37 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 130-94 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.


High school basketball

Lafayette girls edge Boyle County

Lafayette, ranked fifth in the coaches' pre-season girls' basketball poll, overcame a 12-point first-quarter deficit and went on to defeat Boyle County 68-64 at Danville.

Lafayette outrebounded Boyle County 50-15. Kiara Dinkins led the way for the Generals with 22 points and seven rebounds. Ashanti Thomas had 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Sarah Cooley had 13 points and 10 boards.

The Rebels outscored the Generals 30-18 at the free-throw line. Marlee Smith was 9-for-12 at the line and finished with 21 points. Ten of Devin Conley's 17 points came on free throws.

■ Sophomore forward Sarah Price had 28 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots in Bath County's 74-68 victory at Rowan County. It was Bath County's first win at Rowan County since 2001.

■ Sophomore Sydney Anderson scored 14 points to lead Clark County (3-1) to a 59-43 victory against visiting Madison Central.


Baseball

Diamondbacks trade for closer Reed

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired closer Addison Reed from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for third base prospect Matt Davidson. Reed ranked fifth in the American League and seventh overall in the majors with 40 saves last season. In 68 appearances, he went 5-4 with a 3.79 ERA and had eight blown saves.

■ Free agent John Axford, who had 46 saves for Milwaukee in 2011 but has struggled the past two seasons, agreed on a contract with the Indians, pending a physical. If there are no issues, Axford will close for the Indians in 2014. Axford lost his closer's job last year with the Brewers and was traded to St. Louis in August. Axford had a 1.74 ERA in 13 games for the Cardinals.

■ The Kansas City Royals finalized a $30.25 million, four-year contract with veteran Omar Infante to become their primary second baseman. Infante hit .318 with 10 homers and 51 RBI in 118 games for Detroit last season.

■ The St. Louis Cardinals signed free-agent second baseman Mark Ellis. Ellis is a lifetime .265 hitter for three teams.


Major league soccer

Ex-Cat Gruenebaum traded to K.C.

The Columbus Crew traded goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum to Sporting Kansas City for a second-round draft pick in 2016 and also acquired goalkeeper Steve Clark from Seattle Sounders FC for a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft. Gruenebaum, who starred in college at Kentucky, played eight seasons with the Crew, posting a 26-31-21 record and a 1.29 goals-against average with 18 shutouts.


The last word

Rex Ryan's tenure as coach of the New York Jets could be in its final weeks. But he hasn't stopped believing he's the right man for the job. Ryan said Monday:

"Look, I'm a competent guy, even though I know that will be questioned a zillion times forward and backward, whatever, that's fine. But I know I'm a good football coach."

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