Nets nip Raptors 137-136 in triple overtime in London
Travis Outlaw and the New Jersey Nets were up to the challenge of providing excitement for the NBA's European fans.
The Toronto Raptors more than did their part, too.
Outlaw scored the final eight points for New Jersey in a 137-136 triple-overtime win Saturday night that gave the Nets a sweep of their two games in London.
The game featured four missed buzzer-beaters and provided exactly the kind of thrilling finish league officials were looking for when they decided to bring regular-season games to Europe for the first time.
Outlaw made two free throws with 12.6 seconds remaining to put the Nets ahead for good, and Andrea Bargnani missed a jumper at the buzzer.
"Hats off to the NBA ... because I think it's a huge success," Nets Coach Avery Johnson said of the European experiment. "This is one of the best wins I've been a part of."
Brook Lopez had 34 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets but fouled out in the second overtime. Deron Williams added 21 points and 18 assists, and Sasha Vujacic had 25 points — including six three-pointers.
DeMar DeRozan had 30 points for Toronto. Bargnani led all scorers with 35 points, but also missed a potential winner with 2 seconds left in the first OT.
Wall gets double-double in Wizards' win
John Wall scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the host Washington Wizards to a 103-96 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday night. Kevin Love scored 20 points and had 21 rebounds for Minnesota, the third straight game with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds for the All-Star forward and his 11th of the season. It was Love's 50th double-double in a row, one game shy of tying the mark set by Moses Malone in 1978-79. Love leads the NBA with 59 this season.
Fisher expected to keep streak going
Lakers guard Derek Fisher is expected to play Sunday against San Antonio despite a sprained left elbow. Fisher was injured in a tussle for a rebound with Kwame Brown during the Lakers' win over Charlotte on Friday night. The five-time NBA champion point guard has played in 476 consecutive regular-season games, the NBA's longest active streak.
■ Celtics Coach Doc Rivers said Shaquille O'Neal's foot is still bothering him, pushing back his return to Boston's lineup. Rivers had hoped to have O'Neal play Wednesday at home against the Clippers. He has been out since Feb. 1, missing 12 games with soreness in his lower right leg and Achilles' tendon.
■ Magic center Dwight Howard was suspended for one game without pay for picking up his 16th technical foul of the season. He will serve the suspension Monday when the Magic are home against Portland. The penalty was announced Saturday.
■ The Grizzlies signed free agent Leon Powe on Saturday.
League, union take weekend break
The NFL and the players' union are using this weekend to assess their positions before resuming talks in front of a federal mediator on Monday — and then they will have until the end of Friday to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, thanks to two extensions of the old deal. It originally was to have expired last Thursday.
What will happen is still anyone's guess. A deal could be reached at any time. Talks could break off. The sides could agree to yet another extension.
"The fact that we're continuing this dialogue is a positive sign," Commissioner Roger Goodell said.
The extension until next Friday indicates neither side was quite ready to make the drastic move of shutting down a league that rakes in $9 billion a year and is more popular than ever.
Money, not surprisingly, is what is at the center of the standoff. The key issues all along have been:
■ How to divide revenues, including what cut team owners should get up front to help cover costs such as stadium construction and improvement.
■ A rookie wage scale.
■ The owners' push to expand the regular season from 16 games to 18 while reducing the pre-season by two games.
■ Benefits for retired players.
Sabbatini opens 5-shot Honda lead
Rory Sabbatini had another good round with his new putter Saturday, shooting a 4-under 66 to take a five-stroke lead in the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Sabbatini will go into the final round at 9-under 201.
Y.E. Yang, the 2009 winner, birdied the last two holes for a 67 and moved into a tie for second with Jerry Kelly (68). Gary Woodland shot a 68 and was fourth, six shots behind. Second-round leader Kyle Stanley had a 74 to drop seven strokes back.
Sabbatini made five birdies and had the lowest round for the second day in a row after tying the tournament course record with a 64 Friday.
Lee Westwood, who fell to No. 2 in the rankings this week behind Martin Kaymer, was tied for 30th at 4 over after a 75. Westwood must finish alone in third place or better to regain the top ranking next week.
Houston rallies past UK baseball team
Houston rallied for six runs in the seventh inning and came back to beat Kentucky 8-5 in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park on Saturday. Kentucky starter Alex Meyer (1-2) took a 2-1 lead into the seventh, but the Cougars (6-4) batted around against him and two UK relievers. Freshman Corey Littrell didn't record an out, allowing two hits, one walk and three runs. Chad Wright went 2-for-3 for the Wildcats, and Luke Maile hit his first home run of the season, a drive to left over the Crawford Boxes. UK (4-6) will play Utah on Sunday at noon Eastern.
■ Senior Meagan Aull and sophomore Kara Dill sparked the Kentucky softball team to a 9-5 win over Southern Illinois in the opening game of the Coach B Classic in Carbondale, Ill. Aull was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. Dill had career highs in hits and runs with three apiece. UK (12-3) had a season-high 13 hits. Freshman pitcher Ellen Weaver went the distance and struck out a career-high 10.
U.S. one win from Davis Cup quarters
The United States rode a doubles victory by twins Bob and Mike Bryan on Saturday to a 2-1 lead over Chile in the first round of the Davis Cup. The top-ranked Bryans defeated Jorge Aguilar and Nicolas Massu 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (4). The U.S. can reach the quarterfinals by winning one of Sunday's reverse singles. Andy Roddick, playing Davis Cup for the first time since 2009, can clinch it for the Americans when he opens against Paul Capdeville in Santiago, Chile.
The winner of the best-of-five series faces Spain, which eliminated Belgium 3-0.
The last word
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, on teammate Shaquille O'Neal, who has missed the last 12 games with various leg injuries:
"You know, when you've got a guy who has the miles he has, 38 years old, nobody's been fouled more than Shaq in the history of the game. He deserves to take some time to get himself ready."