Memphis triumphs, keeping Washington winless on road
Zach Randolph had 24 points and 20 rebounds, Darrell Arthur added a career-high 22 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies kept the Washington Wizards winless on the road this season with a 107-93 victory Saturday night. Mike Conley and Tony Allen added 15 points each, Conley also had 12 assists, and Marc Gasol scored 14 points to help Memphis improve to 5-1 in its last six games. Former Kentucky star John Wall led the Wizards with 14 points and eight assists. Al Thornton, Trevor Booker and Cartier Martin each finished with 12 points, with all of Martin's coming in the fourth period. The loss was the fourth straight for the Wizards and left them 0-23 on the road.
Bulls 110, Pacers 89: Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Derrick Rose scored 20 points despite two stomach ulcers, and the Chicago Bulls beat the struggling Indiana Pacers at home. Luol Deng added 19 points after scoring 26 the previous night against Orlando, and the Bulls improved to 11-0 against Central teams while remaining the lone unbeaten team against its own division. They got a major scare, though, about 3 minutes into the fourth quarter when Taj Gibson had to be helped off after crashing to the court with a right ankle injury. He hit the back of teammate Ronnie Brewer's foot and landed awkwardly as Indiana's Danny Granger drove the lane.
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Timberwolves 103, Raptors 87: Kevin Love had his NBA-leading 42nd double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Minneota sent the visiting Raptors to their 11th straight loss. The Timberwolves, last in the NBA in defense, held Toronto to 33.7 percent shooting — the lowest this season for both sides. This is the fifth-longest losing streak in franchise history for the Raptors. Minnesota ended a six-game losing streak, holding Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan to a combined 7-for-35 shooting. Bargnani had 15 points and DeRozan finished with just six points while going 2-for-11.
Spurs 108, Rockets 95: Manu Ginobili scored 22 points, and the host Spurs became the NBA's first 40-game winner. Richard Jefferson added 18 points to help the Spurs win their 18th in a row at home. Luis Scola led the Rockets, who have lost four of six, with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Ex-Kentucky player Patrick Patterson scored eight points and had five rebounds in 20 minutes.
Cousins' 27 points, 10 boards lift Kings
After scoring 27 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings upset the host Los Angeles Lakers 100-95 on Friday night, rookie DeMarcus Cousins said, "I feel like I won a championship now." The win was the high point of the season for the young Kings, who have the NBA's third-worst record (11-33). The Kings jumped to a 20-point lead in the third quarter, then survived the Lakers' late rally for their first win over Los Angeles since December 2008. Cousins scored 22 points in the first half before finishing one point shy of his career high. Kobe Bryant passed Hakeem Olajuwon for eighth place on the NBA's career scoring list with 38 points.
Suspended Mayo blames 'energy drink'
Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo believes an "energy drink" he bought at a gas station contained the substance that led to his 10-game suspension. Mayo spoke about his suspension for the first time Saturday before the Grizzlies' game against the Washington Wizards, saying he didn't know the drink "had any bad substances in it." The NBA suspended Mayo on Thursday for testing positive for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which is on the league's list of banned performance-enhancing drugs.
■ The good news for the Miami Heat is the MRI taken on the bruised right wrist of guard Dwyane Wade came back negative Saturday, leaving his status as day-to-day. The not-so-good news is the Heat remain hobbled as they head into Sunday's nationally televised road game against the Oklahoma City Thunder as power forward Chris Bosh, who has missed the past four games, continues to recover from a sprained left ankle.
■ Marvin Williams of the Hawks was suspended two games and Shawne Williams of the Knicks one game for throwing punches Friday night. Both suspensions are without pay.
Track team closes meet with 4 winners
The Kentucky track and field team closed the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet at the Nutter Field House on Saturday with four individual victories and placed four others in the top five of their events. Sophomore Cally Macumber posted her first career victory in the women's 1-mile run with a personal-best time of 4:48.70. Senior Sharif Webb, competing in the men's 800 meters for the first time this season, won in 1:50.59. Freshman Julie Nunn picked up her first career win in the women's 400 meters with a time of 54.78. And Keenan Hall won his first long jump with a leap of 23-7.25.
Men's tennis team beats Boise State
The 12th-ranked UK men's tennis team won all four singles matches to beat No. 42 Boise State 4-1 in the first round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-off Weekend at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex on Saturday. Junior Eric Quigley, ranked second in the nation, started the scoring for Kentucky with a 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 62 Damian Hume. No. 39 Alex Musialek, Brad Cox and Anthony Rossi also won their singles matches.
Kentucky (5-0) advances to face No. 22 Wake Forest on Sunday at 2 p.m. for a spot in the National Indoor Championships in Seattle, Wash., Feb. 18-21. Wake Forest advanced with a 4-0 win against No. 30 Wisconsin.
Trafeh beats record-holder by 3 seconds
Mohamed Trafeh won the U.S. Half-Marathon championship Saturday, passing American record-holder Ryan Hall in the final mile to beat him by 3 seconds. Trafeh finished the 13.1-mile race in Houston in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 17 seconds. Hall's time of 1:02.20 was almost three minutes off the record he set here in 2007 (59:43).
Three-time Olympian Jen Rhines won the women's circuit, finishing in a personal best 1:11.14. Serena Burla finished second (1:11.38) for the second straight year.
The runners followed the 8-mile loop that will be used for the U.S. Olympic marathon trials next January, when the top three men and women will make the team for the 2012 London Games.
The last word
Fox's Howie Long, to Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji, upon learning that Raji sleeps in a hyperbaric chamber simulating a 13,000-foot altitude:
"So, you're a 320-pound Sherpa?"