Girls' High school basketball
Top-ranked Marion Co. girls rout No. 3 Paul Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar, ranked No. 3 in the pre-season coaches' poll, hung with top-ranked Marion County for one quarter before the Lady Knights took over in a 78-44 victory in the Gateway Holiday Classic semifinals at Montgomery County.
With the score 15-all, Marion County scored the first eight points of the second quarter and pushed its lead to as many as 41 points. University of Kentucky signee Makayla Epps came close to a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and six steals. Eighth-grader Haeli Howard had 22 points. Lakeena Parks led the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
In the other semifinal matchup, No. 8 Madison Central defeated host Montgomery County 66-53. Ashton Feldhaus had 20 points and 16 rebounds, and Larryn Brooks had 22 points and six assists for Madison Central.
■ Gabby Bowie, the daughter of former University of Kentucky star Sam Bowie, had a triple-double in Sayre's 70-60 overtime loss to Scott in the Whitefield Academy Christmas Classic. Bowie had 26 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. Allyson Niece led the Lady Eagles with 25 points and six rebounds.
■ Octavia Wilson had 21 points and 11 rebounds in Lexington Catholic's 67-51 victory against Pendleton County in the Lady Colonel Holiday Classic at Bourbon County.
Boys' high school basketball
Peters scores 45 for West Jessamine
Daulton Peters went 18-for-30 from the field, including 4-for-6 from three-point range, and finished with 45 points in West Jessamine's 79-63 win against Boyd County in the Ashland Invitational Tournament. Peters also had eight rebounds and three steals.
■ Lafayette led by 11 with just under three minutes to play, but the Generals lost 70-68 to Edgewater (Fla.) in the Gateway Holiday Classic at Montgomery County. Jackson Davis had 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots for Lafayette.
■ Austin Crisp hit a three-foot shot from the baseline with one second left to give Fleming County a 59-57 victory against Franklin County in the Gateway Holiday Classic at Montgomery County. The Panthers led by 14 points near the end of the second quarter and 10 midway through the third before the Flyers rallied. Crisp was 9-for-9 from the free-throw line and finished with 29 points.
■ Quin Richardson and Trent Gilbert combined to go 19-for-20 from the free-throw line and Scott County defeated St. Rita of Cascia (Ill.) 71-60 in the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Richardson and Gilbert had 29 and 23 points, respectively.
■ Harlan County (12-1) started with a 14-0 run and went on to hold off Highlands 52-47 in the Pikeville Invitational Tournament. Tyler Miller led the way with 19 points and nine rebounds.
■ Ethan Rowe scored 40 points in host Pikeville's 89-88 overtime win against Middlesboro in the Pikeville Invitational Tournament.
Tyndall a winner in return to Morehead
Jerrold Brooks and Rashard McGill each scored 18 points, and Neil Watson finished with a double-double — 14 points and 11 assists — to help Southern Mississippi blow out Morehead State 94-58 Friday night. Daveon Boardingham chipped in 13 points and Norville Carey came off the bench and added 12 points and three steals for the Golden Eagles (9-4).
Southern Mississippi Coach Donnie Tyndall was back in Morehead, where he played for the Eagles (from 1990 to 1993) and compiled a 114-85 record as head coach the past six years.
■ Jordan Hulls scored 17 of his season-high 20 points in the first half, leading No. 5 Indiana past visiting Jacksonville 93-59.
■ Madisen Webb (Scott County) and Nicole Coffman (Casey County) both made four three-pointers and finished with 18 points in Transylvania's 74-52 victory against Oglethorpe (Ga.) in the Huntingdon Classic at Montgomery, Ala.
Davis scores 25 in Hornets' OT loss
Former University of Kentucky star Anthony Davis scored 25 points to go with nine rebounds and three blocked shots in the New Orleans Hornets' 104-97 overtime loss to the visiting Toronto Raptors on Friday night. DeMar DeRozan was 11-for-13 from the free-throw line and led Toronto with 30 points.
■ The Brooklyn Nets gave P.J. Carlesimo a victory in his debut and the Charlotte Bobcats a 17th straight loss, getting 26 points and 11 rebounds from Brook Lopez in a 97-81 rout. Keith Bogans was 3-for-3 from three-point range and finished with nine points, two rebounds and two assists for Brooklyn.
■ Will Bynum had 25 points and 10 assists, leading another spirited performance by the Detroit bench, and the Pistons beat the Miami Heat 109-99 despite 35 points by LeBron James. Miami was without Dwyane Wade, who was suspended for the game.
Lewis to start at QB for Browns
Thad Lewis will make his first career start against the NFL's top defense. Cleveland's third-string quarterback will start the season finale Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, filling in for injured quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy, who are both nursing sprained right shoulders.
Weeden and McCoy were not able to practice all week after being injured during the second half of a lopsided loss last week in Denver. Lewis took all the snaps with the first-team offense during practice, and the Browns signed free agent Josh Johnson earlier this week as added insurance in case Weeden and McCoy were still hurt.
Also, rookie running back Trent Richardson will not play against the Steelers because of a sprained ankle. He finished his first season as a pro 50 yards shy of 1,000.
■ Terrelle Pryor will make his first career start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders in their season finale in San Diego. Coach Dennis Allen announced Friday that he is picking Pryor to start Sunday's game in place of the injured Carson Palmer. Pryor and Matt Leinart had been splitting time in practice earlier this week but Allen decided to go with the younger Pryor.
■ Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is having surgery on his left foot and will be out at least until May. The Jaguars (2-13) placed Jones-Drew on injured reserve Friday, two days before the season finale at Tennessee.
Nadal won't play in Australian Open
Just when Rafael Nadal had recovered from a knee injury, a stomach virus has delayed his return to tennis by a couple of months. Nadal announced Friday he will miss next month's Australian Open and probably won't play again until the end of February. The Spaniard said he needs time to recover from the virus that already prevented him from coming back this week at Abu Dhabi.
Nadal has been sidelined since June with a knee injury, which forced him to miss the London Olympics and U.S. Open.
The last word
New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan on Friday vehemently defended his desire to stay with the struggling 6-9 team, saying a published report that he wanted to leave the job if the offense isn't upgraded in the off-season was "totally untrue." Ryan said:
"The fact is that this is the only team I want to coach, period. Has it been perfect? No. Would I like this player or that player? Sure. But I'm telling you, this is my team, these are my players. I don't want to coach somebody else's players. This is the only place I want to coach."