High School Basketball
Gilbert scores 34 for Scott Co.
Scott County standout Trent Gilbert scored 34 points, including four three-pointers, in a 70-58 victory against Eastern in the Woodford County Invitational on Friday night. Raekwon Long added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals, who were ranked third in the coaches' pre-season poll. Tony Martini had seven points, nine rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots.
■ Justin Sanders went 6-for-10 from three-point range and finished with 30 points, 11 rebounds and two assists in Sayre's 62-59 victory at home against Country Day. Quinn Pergande also had a double-double (16 points and 13 rebounds) for the Spartans.
■ Lexington Christian jumped out to a 20-9 lead through the first quarter and went on to defeat visiting Paris 64-48. Michael Young scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Drew Trimble had 15 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
■ Wes Noble scored a game-high 34 points in Breathitt County's 68-65 victory in double overtime against No. 25 Clay County at Leslie County. Trey Farmer scored 19 for the Tigers, and Tyler McDaniel had 13.
■ Camron Justice scored 21 points in No. 6 Knott County Central's 62-33 victory at Sheldon Clark.
■ Mason County senior center Shawn Johnson had 27 points and 17 rebounds in an 86-69 win over visiting Augusta in the US Bank Mike Murphy Classic.
■ Tereka Guyn scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in No. 13 Scott County's 73-70 loss to William Fleming (Va.) in the Crescom Beachball Holiday Invitational at Myrtle Beach, S.C. Audriana Christopher and Bailey Hawkins added 17 points each for the Cardinals.
Harrellson scores season-high 12 points
Kemba Walker scored 34 points and Al Jefferson led a fourth-quarter rally by the Charlotte Bobcats, who overtook the Detroit Pistons 116-106 on Friday night after trailing by as many as 20. Charlotte was down 14 after three quarters before dominating the fourth at Auburn Hills, Mich. Former Kentucky standout Josh Harrellson hit a pair of three-pointers and finished with a season-high 12 points for the Pistons. He also had four rebounds and two blocked shots.
■ Chris Bosh scored 25 points, Dwyane Wade added 20 and the Miami Heat put up a season high for points, rolling past the visiting Sacramento Kings 122-103 on Friday night. LeBron James had 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds while sitting out the fourth quarter for Miami, which has won four straight overall and 18 of its last 19 against the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento with 27 points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes.
■ Kyrie Irving made four free throws in the final 21.5 seconds of overtime and finished with 39 points while battling the flu, leading the host Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-111 win over the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks. Brandon Knight nearly had a triple-double with 17 points, a career-high 14 rebounds, and eight assists.
Orioles' Patton suspended for 25 games
Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Troy Patton was suspended for the first 25 games of next season after a positive test for a banned amphetamine. Patton told The Baltimore Sun that he took an Adderall pill four days before the season finished, trying to improve his short-term focus.
"I took one because I was stupid," Patton told the Sun. "It was the end of the season. It was just a stupid mistake."
"I don't have trouble focusing all the time, it just enhances focus in certain situations, and I was just tired, basically. I don't want to list that as an excuse. I know I took a banned substance. It was just a poor lapse in judgment," he said.
The 28-year-old left-hander, a veteran of five major-league seasons, was 2-0 with a 3.70 ERA this year in 56 relief appearances.
Patton started out in the Houston Astros' organization and went 5-2 with a 1.94 ERA in 15 starts for the Lexington Legends in 2005.
■ Kevin Youkilis is leaving the major leagues after an injury-plagued season and heading to Japan. The three-time All-Star agreed to a one-year contract with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League. A 34-year-old first baseman and third baseman, Youkilis will have a $4 million base salary and can earn $1 million in bonuses — including some based on walks, a provision not allowed in major-league contracts.
Youkilis hit just .219 with two homers and eight RBI over 28 games and 105 at-bats for the New York Yankees last season.
■ The Arizona Diamondbacks promoted Mark Grace to hitting coach of Class A Hillsboro, 16 months after the former All-Star left his broadcasting job following a second DUI arrest. Grace was a minor-league hitting instructor last season. He also served a four-month DUI sentence under a work-release program last spring.
■ Pitcher Chien-Ming Wang was among 10 players who agreed to minor-league contracts with the Cincinnati Reds and will report to big-league spring training camp. A 19-game winner with the New York Yankees in both 2006 and 2007, Wang spent most of this year at Triple-A for the Yankees and Blue Jays. The 33-year-old right-hander was 1-2 with a 7.67 ERA in six starts with Toronto.
■ The Orioles will not be signing free agent closer Grant Balfour. Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said that the club was not satisfied with the results of his physical examination. Baltimore and Balfour came to a reported two-year $15 million agreement with $1 million deferred on Tuesday pending results of the physical. Duquette said the team would not seek to restructure the agreement.
Gamecocks WR Byrd to miss bowl game
No. 8 South Carolina will be without second-leading receiver Damiere Byrd for the Capital One Bowl after the junior injured his knee at practice this week. The school said Friday that Byrd would have arthroscopic surgery in a day or two. The Gamecocks (10-2) will face No. 19 Wisconsin (9-3) at Orlando, Fla., on New Year's Day.
The 5-foot-9 Byrd had 33 catches for 575 yards and four touchdowns this fall. His 76-yard touchdown catch at Tennessee on Oct. 19 was the Gamecocks' longest scoring pass of the year.
■ Running back Melvin Gordon will return to Wisconsin for his junior season in 2014. The 1,400-yard rusher said in a statement released by the team Friday that he had room for growth, and that he hoped to get the 19th-ranked Badgers back to the Big Ten title game. He also cited a desire to complete his degree.
The last word
Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber is reminded of the hit to the jaw that ended his season every time he sends a tweet. Huber's latest Twitter avatar is a photo of the hit in Pittsburgh, replacing a photo of him getting upended during a game against Cleveland. Huber broke his jaw by the chin and suffered a cracked vertebra in his neck when he was hit by Terence Garvin during Antonio Brown's 67-yard punt return for a touchdown. Garvin wasn't penalized for the helmet-to-jaw hit, but was fined $25,000 by the NFL. Huber is taking the injury in good spirits:
"There's not really much I can do about it now. Me getting mad and stressed about it is only going to make it harder to get through. It's part of the game, I know — big hits. Unfortunately I got one of the big hits and I got hurt and I have to deal with it."