Sports briefs: Lafayette girls and boys win at Dunbar

January 29, 2014 

Lafayette's girls, ninth in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, outscored No. 11 Paul Laurence Dunbar by 12 in the third quarter and 10 in the fourth in a 62-44 road victory. Dee Givens scored 25 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and had six steals for the Lady Generals, and Kiara Pankins added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Brooke Todd had 14 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocked shots for the host Lady Bulldogs.

■ No. 24 Clark County finished on a 12-2 run in a 73-72 win over visiting Lexington Catholic. Lexxus Graham scored 19 points and Sandra Skinner had 12 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. for the Lady Cardinals. Bailey Browning led the Lady Knights with 19 points and eight assists.

Trent Gilbert scored 20 points to go with five rebounds and five assists in No. 3 Scott County's 72-41 win over Franklin County. The Flyers were set to host, but one of the backboards was shattered on a dunk by Lorenzo McCaskell during pre-game warm-ups and the contest was moved to Western Hills. McCaskell led Franklin County with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Boys' highlights:

Jackson Davis scored 30 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, blocked three shots and got four steals in No. 11 Lafayette's 62-55 win at Paul Laurence Dunbar.

■ Sayre held visiting Burgin scoreless for the last 10:43 in a 63-16 victory. Quinn Pergande had 19 points, nine rebounds and four steals for the Spartans.

Jordan Green had 22 points, eight rebounds and three assists in No. 14 Henry Clay's 70-54 win at Harrison County. Trent Thompson led the Thorobreds with 18 points and 12 boards.

Nick Ruthsatz went 8-for-11 from three-point range and finished with a career-high 38 points in No. 6 Covington Catholic's 89-56 victory at home against Boone County.

■ No. 20 Southwestern had five players score in double figures, led by Hunter Cromer, in an 80-71 victory against visiting West Jessamine. Daulton Peters had 27 points, 11 rebounds and three assists for the Colts.

NBA

Davis hits 30-point mark, blocks 8 shots

Anthony Davis scored 30 points — his third 30-plus game this season — and added eight blocks and seven rebounds in the New Orleans Pelicans' 100-89 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. Davis was dominant at both ends of the floor as the Pelicans won their third straight. He injured his left hand in the final minutes, but got taped up during a timeout and stayed in. Davis has averaged 23.2 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.4 blocked shots in his past 12 games.

With New Orleans hosting this year's All-Star game, Pelicans Coach Monty Williams said Davis should be chosen as a reserve to the Western Conference team. The Pelicans monitored the young center's minutes last season to keep his confidence high, but they don't have the same restrictions on him now.

"This summer, I just told him, 'Look, I'm hands off now. I'm going to put you out there and now you've got to go,'" Williams said. "He just said, 'Coach I'm ready. Let me go.' I said, 'Well, you've got to condition yourself to play 35 minutes a night. That's a tough deal.' He hasn't backed down one bit."

Major League baseball

Chapman, Reds agree on 1-year deal

Closer Aroldis Chapman agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract Tuesday, leaving the Cincinnati Reds with only starting pitcher Homer Bailey left in arbitration. Chapman and the Reds split the difference on their arbitration figures. The club had offered $4.6 million while Chapman asked for $5.4 million.

The Reds were far apart with Bailey, who asked for $11.6 million and was offered $8.7 million. If they can't reach a deal, a hearing would be held next month.

■ Big-league pitchers might feel safer on the mound this season. Major League Baseball approved a protective cap for pitchers, hoping to reduce the damage from line drives to the head that have brought some terrifying scenes in the last few years. The heavier and bigger new hat was introduced Tuesday and will be available for testing during spring training on a voluntary basis. Major-leaguers and minor-leaguers won't be required to wear it — comfort is likely to be a primary concern.

"Obviously, it'd be a change," two-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers told the MLB Network. "I'm definitely not opposed to it."

"I think it'd take a lot of getting used to," he said. "You don't look very cool, I'll be honest."

The last word

At Furniture Row Racing's media session Tuesday, NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. was represented by a full-color, full-size cardboard stand-up. Why? Because Truex was on the Caribbean Island of Anguilla, vacationing with family and friends. Truex appeared at the press session via Skype, with palm trees and blue skies in the background — in sharp contrast to the severe winter weather approaching Charlotte. He seemed just as far removed from the media proceedings. He quipped:

"Honestly, I'm just worried about getting a sunburn."

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