Knight's layup in final seconds lifts Pistons over Raptors
Former Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight converted a layup with 7.8 seconds left to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 91-90 victory over the visiting Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
Greg Monroe had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who won their second straight at home. Knight and Tayshaun Prince, another former Wildcat, each had 16 points.
Andrea Bargnani scored a season-best 34 points and Kyle Lowry added 19 for the Raptors, who have dropped three in a row.
■ Paul Pierce scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half, and the host Boston Celtics snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-100. Kevin Garnett had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics, who led by 14 in the second half and held on after the Thunder cut it to three points with under 2 minutes remaining. Former UK standout Rajon Rondo had 16 assists and eight rebounds for Boston. Kevin Durant scored 29 for Oklahoma City, and Russell Westbrook had 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
■ Brook Lopez had 26 points, including consecutive baskets during the game's decisive stretch, and the host Brooklyn Nets shut down the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter for an 86-76 victory. Brooklyn outscored Los Angeles 23-13 during a final period in which Chris Paul had no points, two assists and six fouls. Joe Johnson added 19 points for the Nets, who limited the Clippers to 29 points in the second half.
■ Al Horford had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the host Charlotte Bobcats 101-91 for their fourth consecutive victory. Horford was 13-for-17 from the field. The Bobcats got within six in the fourth quarter, but the rally fizzled from there. Charlotte rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist from UK had 11 points.
■ Jameer Nelson had 22 points, Arron Afflalo scored 19 and the host Orlando Magic rallied to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-104. Dion Waiters scored 25 points for Cleveland, which has lost seven of eight and faces Miami on Saturday.
Volleyball Cats win 20th, wait for NCAAs
The Kentucky volleyball team swept host Auburn 3-0 Friday to finish the regular season with 20 wins. UK (20-10, 14-6 Southeastern Conference) has had at least 20 wins in five of the last six seasons. Auburn fell to 17-13 overall, 8-12 in the SEC. Kentucky will find out Sunday whether it has earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the eighth consecutive season. The field of 64 will be announced Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.
McIlroy ties for Dubai lead after 67
Rory McIlroy shot a 5-under 67 Friday and was tied for the lead with Luke Donald and Marc Warren after two rounds of the season-ending Dubai World Championship. McIlroy, the top-ranked golfer, has already won the money titles on the European and PGA tours. He was one stroke in front at 11-under 133 with Donald (68) and 189th-ranked Warren (67). Sergio Garcia, playing for the first time since laser eye surgery, matched the course record with a 64 to leave him four shots behind. McIlroy's round could have been even better, but he missed several makeable putts on the front nine and an eagle putt roll past the hole at No. 14.
Several big names faltered, including fourth-ranked Lee Westwood (74). Two shots off the lead after the first round, Westwood bogeyed the 12th and 16th and then double-bogeyed the par-3 17th to fall eight shots off the lead. Padraig Harrington, also two shots back after the first round, was five behind after a 71.
Lockout wipes out NHL All-Star game
The NHL has called off all games through Dec. 14, plus the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend scheduled for Jan. 26-27 in Columbus, Ohio. The league made the announcement Friday, the 69th day of the NHL's lockout of its players. The new cancellations come as little surprise. The two sides had an unproductive negotiating session on Wednesday that produced no movement to break an impasse over splitting more than $3 billion in revenue and also player contracts. A total of 423 regular-season games have now been lost. That's more than 34 percent of the season.
Brazil fires Menezes as coach
The Brazil soccer federation fired Coach Mano Menezes on Friday, a controversial move that pleased many Brazilians who had been calling for his dismissal but worried others who believe the change comes too close to the 2014 World Cup. Federation director Andres Sanchez, who made it clear that he didn't agree with the decision to fire Menezes, said the decision was made by president Jose Maria Marin after a meeting in Sao Paulo on Friday. World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who is without a job, is one of the names touted to replace Menezes.
Camacho to be taken off life support
Hector "Macho" Camacho will be taken off life support, his mother said Friday night, indicating she would have doctors do that Saturday. It was a decision the former championship boxer's eldest son opposed. The boxer's mother, Maria Matias, told reporters outside the hospital where Camacho lay unconscious since being shot in the face that she had decided doctors should remove life support, but only after three of his sons arrived in Puerto Rico early Saturday and had a chance to see him a last time. "I lost my son three days ago. He's alive only because of a machine," Matias said. "My son is not alive. My son is only alive for the people who love him," she added. The three other sons were expected to arrive from the U.S. mainland around midnight Friday.
The last word
After Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns to beat the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Coach Mike Shanahan compared the rookie star to 1960s movie character Cool Hand Luke. Asked for his reaction, RG3 replied,
"He must be pretty cool. That was good, yeah. ... OK, I don't know who that is."