Kings stumble without Cousins
Brandon Jennings scored 19 points, Monta Ellis had 17 points and 11 assists and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Sacramento Kings 98-85 on Wednesday night.
Ersan Ilyasova added 16 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored a season-high 17 points in his first start of the season for Milwaukee (11-9).
Tyreke Evans had 17 points in his return to Sacramento's lineup. The Kings were without center DeMarcus Cousins, suspended one game by the NBA earlier in the day striking Dallas' O.J. Mayo in the groin area in their road loss Monday night.
Warriors 97, Heat 95: Draymond Green made a layup with 0.9 seconds left to give Golden State a win over host Miami. Klay Thompson tied a season high with 27 points to lead the Warriors, who have won five straight. LeBron James led Miami with 31 points as he reached the 20-point mark for the 25th consecutive game, the longest current streak in the NBA.
Clippers 100, Bobcats 94: Chris Paul had 19 points and 10 assists as visiting Los Angeles beat Charlotte for their eighth straight win. Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes also scored 19 points for the Clippers, who maintained sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds for Charlotte.
Hawks 86, Magic 80: Josh Smith and Jeff Teague scored 16 points apiece, Al Horford added 13 points and 13 rebounds, and host Atlanta held off a late charge by Orlando for a victory. Arron Afflalo scored 16 points and J.J. Redick added 13 for the Magic, who were able to dig out of a huge first-half hole couldn't overcome 16 turnovers that led to 24 points.
Nets 94, Raptors 88: Joe Johnson scored 23 points, Andray Blatche had 14 points and nine rebounds and Brooklyn beat host Toronto, snapping a season-high five-game losing streak. Former Raptors Reggie Evans and Kris Humphries both had big games for the Nets. Evans had nine points and 11 rebounds, while Humphries scored 11 points, making nine of 10 free throws.
Pacers 96, Cavaliers 81: Paul George scored 27 points, and Indiana overcame a 16-point deficit to beat Cleveland at home. David West had 18 points and nine rebounds and George Hill added 17 points for the Pacers, who snapped a two-game skid.
Bulls 96, 76ers 89: Joakim Noah scored 21 points, Luol Deng added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Chicago won its fourth in a row on the road with a victory over Philadelphia.
Marco Belinelli had 16 points and Nate Robinson, starting in place of guard Kirk Hinrich, had 14 for Chicago.Ex-Cat Marquis Teague scored six points and had four assists in 20 minutes.
UCLA's Muhammad sleeker, faster
Even high-profile college basketball players are not impervious to the notorious "Freshman 15."
UCLA swingman Shabazz Muhammad said he weighed about 215 pounds in high school, but had ballooned to about 230 by the time he played his first game for the Bruins, on Nov. 19 against Georgetown.
"I was really out of shape," Muhammad said Tuesday.
Not so much anymore.
Muhammad said he has shed about 10 pounds in the last week through diet and exercise. His more sleek 6-foot-6 frame will be on public display when UCLA (6-3) plays host to Prairie View A&M (5-5) on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion.
■ Alabama center Carl Engstrom will miss the rest of the season with torn knee ligaments. Engstrom had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He was injured just three minutes into the Crimson Tide's game at No. 11 Cincinnati on Dec. 1.
■ Tennessee freshman guard Andraya Carter will undergo season-ending surgery on her right shoulder Thursday. Carter, who has averaged 5.3 points per game, hurt her shoulder Nov. 28 in an 88-81 overtime victory over Middle Tennessee. When she returned to action Dec. 2 in a 102-57 triumph over North Carolina, Carter aggravated the injury. The 5-foot-9 guard had injured the same shoulder late in her senior season at Buford (Ga.) High School.
Top-seeded Penn State leads Final Four
Oregon, Texas and Michigan know it will take a near-perfect effort to knock off top-seeded Penn State at this weekend's NCAA volleyball championships.
Still, no one is handing the Nittany Lions the title.
Michigan and Texas have lost matches to Penn State this year, but all three challengers are confident they can win it all.
Third-seeded Texas (27-4) will face unseeded Michigan (27-11) in Thursday night's first semifinal, with No. 5 Oregon (29-4) facing Penn State (33-2) in the other. Michigan and Oregon are making their first Final Four appearances; Texas is making its fourth in five years. Penn State doesn't have many flaws and is seeking its fifth national title in six years. The Nittany Lions have won 36 of 39 sets since losing to Nebraska on Oct. 28.
Clisters faces Venus in farewell match
Former No. 1 Kim Clijsters ended her career with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Venus Williams in a ceremonial farewell match in Belgium.
Clijsters retired after the U.S. Open but organized a match to thank her fans, 13,000 of whom turned up at Antwerp Sports Palace, including Crown Prince Phillipe and Princess Mathilde.
In the lighthearted encounter, Clijsters was destined to win, but shestill wowed the crowd with the play that made her famous before injuries led to her retirement at age 29.
Lochte wins gold in world championships
Olympic star Ryan Lochte won two gold medals Wednesday as the United States dominated the first day of the short-course world championships. The American posted a time of 1 minute, 41.92 seconds in the 200-meter freestyle event at the Sinan Erdem Dome. Paul Biedermann of Germany, the world record holder, finished second in 1:42.07, while Conor Dwyer of the United States was third in 1:43.78.
Lochte earned another gold in the 4x100 freestyle relay with teammates Anthony Ervin, James Feigen and Matt Grevers, finishing in 3:06.40. The Italians, who were fastest in the heats, won silver in 3:07.07, followed by Australia in 3:07.27.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
No mercy rule leads to 107-2 rout
An Indiana high school girls basketball team routed an opponent 107-2 this week, prompting an official with the state prep sports association to say he never wants to see anything so one-sided again.
Bloomington South coach Larry Winters told the Indianapolis Star there was no effort to embarrass Arlington or run up the score during Tuesday's game. He says he played all nine of his players and didn't stop shooting because "that would have been more embarrassing" to Arlington, whose only points came on a free throw in the second quarter and another in the third.
There is no "mercy rule" in Indiana that would end game early when the score gets out of hand.
The last word
Little kids weren't the only ones breaking out their No. 12 jerseys for Aaron Rodgers Day. Green Bay Packers offensive linemen Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, Jeff Saturday, Marshall Newhouse and tight end Ryan Taylor showed up for Wednesday's practice wearing Rodgers jerseys. Said the honoree:
"(I want) to thank my teammates for wearing my jersey for 20 minutes, and getting scared and taking it off."