Bobcats down Buckswithout Kidd-Gilchrist
Al Jefferson posted season highs with 23 points and 12 rebounds, and the Charlotte Bobcats handed the Milwaukee Bucks their 11th straight loss with a 92-76 victory on Friday night. Ex-Cat Brandon Knight scored 17 points for the Bucks (2-13), who have lost seven straight games on the road.
Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said Kidd-Gilchrist spent Thursday with his foot in a boot and that last year's No. 2 overall draft pick out of Kentucky wasn't able to participate in Friday morning's shootaround. Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.5 points and 5.4 rebounds.
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Jrue Holiday had 20 points and 13 assists in his first game as a visiting player against his former team, leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a 121-105 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. Former Wildcat Anthony Davis added 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Wesley Johnson scored 27 points, and Jordan Farmar led a fourth-quarter rally by the Los Angeles Lakers, who overcame a 10-point deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 106-102 on Friday night.
Former Wildcat Jodie Meeks scored 10 points for the Lakers while Josh Harrellson added four for the Pistons.
McIlroy climbs to second
Adam Scott held a two-shot advantage over Rory McIlroy as the tournament's star players moved to the top of the Australian Open leaderboard at Royal Sydney on Friday.
Scott shot 2-under-par 70 for a two-round total of 12-under 132. McIlroy, playing in the morning and avoiding the rain and storms that later hit the course, had a 65.
Scott and McIlroy will play together on Saturday in the third round.
"It was always going to be a day where you just had to hang on," Scott said of the tough conditions. "He (McIlroy) is one of the best players in the world so I'm going to have to bring my best game."
Australian Richard Green shot 66 and was three strokes behind Scott, who is trying to add the Australian Open to his Australian PGA and Australian Masters titles to become the second player after Robert Allenby in 2005 to capture the Triple Crown of Australian majors.
McIlroy felt lucky to have escaped the worsening conditions.
"The weather wasn't as bad as we thought it was going to be and the wind didn't pick up," he said. "So I knew we could take advantage of that, and the greens were a little bit softer as well."
Defending champion Peter Senior had an 81 Friday and did not make the cut.
Kevin Streelman, who played with Matt Kuchar on the American team at last week's World Cup, retired on the fourth hole due to an eye infection.
Charl Schwartzel and Morten Orum Madsen share the lead after two rounds at the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Defending champion Schwartzel shot a second straight 4-under 68 on Friday to join Madsen on 8-under 136 at Leopard Creek in northern South Africa.
Denmark's Madsen added a 71 to his opening-round 65 to stay on course for a second straight title. He overtook Schwartzel to win the South African Open on Sunday, the opening event on the tour's 2014 Race to Dubai.
England's Ross Fisher and another Dane, Soren Hansen, are tied for third and a shot behind the leaders heading into the weekend.
John Daly looked set to miss the cut in his second tournament back from elbow surgery after a 3-over 75.
Injuries force All-Star Lilly to retire
Ted Lilly would have loved to keep pitching — if his body would allow him to start every fifth day, and if he could stay off the disabled list.
Instead, the 37-year-old left-hander is retiring after 15 seasons because of further problems with his shoulder and back.
He went to winter ball in Venezuela this month with the hope his body would cooperate and he could find a major league job. But Lilly didn't feel right, and he made just one three-inning appearance during a 20-day stint in Valencia. He would have pitched again except he got food poisoning.
"It came to a point that, unfortunately, the reality set in where I was in terms of health and effectiveness," Lilly said by phone Friday. "Those combinations are what forced me to retire. If I felt I could still be productive and healthy, I would be playing, for sure. As of today, I don't think it's reasonable. I didn't believe I would be able to go out there and be productive and effective for a major league team and stay healthy to make 30 starts."
He returned home to California on Wednesday night, and looks forward to spending time with his wife and two young children.
A two-time All-Star, Lilly was 130-113 with a 4.14 ERA in parts of 15 major league seasons. He pitched for Montreal, Oakland, Toronto, the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Dodgers.
He expects to do coaching down the line, probably at the youth baseball level initially.
Free balls for Brazilian babies
The ball provider of the 2014 World Cup says it will give away footballs to all babies born in Brazil on Tuesday, the day it unveils the ball that will be used at next year's tournament.
Adidas says the give-away is part of a marketing campaign based on the notion that every Brazilian "is born with a football by its feet."
The World Cup ball is called Brazuca, an informal word often used to describe national pride in the South American nation.
Adidas said Friday that parents of every baby born on Tuesday will be entitled to redeem a ball next Friday and Saturday at specific locations in all 12 host cities. They will need to present the child's birth certificate as proof.
The last word
Australian racehorse Vote for Lust recently retired without a single win in 90 starts. Even jockey Glenn Boss — a three-time Melbourne Cup winner — could not get anything out of the luckless horse in a one-off outing. Boss attributed the horse's lack of competitiveness to his amiability, according to CNN:
"He likes the outing but he's sociable and just wants to stay in the pack with his mates. If he could have a beer and a steak sandwich, I reckon he would."