College basketballMiami stuns No. 4 Duke 90-74
Angel Rodriguez scored 24 points and Miami shot 67 percent after halftime to upset No. 4 Duke 90-74 on Tuesday night, snapping the Blue Devils' 41-game home winning streak.
Manu Lecomte had a career-high 23 points for the Hurricanes (12-4, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who dominated the final 20 minutes with their pesky defense and attacking dribble penetration that the Blue Devils just couldn't defend.
Trailing 35-34 at the break, Miami shot 18-for-27 after halftime and hit six of nine three-pointers — a stunningly one-sided show starring a team that lost by 28 points at home to Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 19.
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Duke (14-2, 2-2) hadn't lost at Cameron Indoor Stadium since March 2012 and hadn't lost consecutive regular-season games since February 2009. But much like Sunday's loss at against North Carolina State, the Blue Devils were unable to slow a hot-shooting team nor keep up at their own offensive end.
The Blue Devils looked like they'd be playing to give Coach Mike Krzyzewski his 1,000th win this week against Louisville and Rick Pitino on Saturday. But Coach K is stuck on 997 wins after two surprising losses.
■ Josh Richardson scored 20 points and Tennessee withstood a furious Arkansas comeback to hang on for a 74-69 victory over the 19th-ranked Razorbacks in Knoxville.
After trailing by 13 points with under four minutes left, Arkansas (13-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) cut the margin to three and had a chance to tie the game when Anton Beard was fouled by Kevin Punter while attempting a three-pointer with 5.1 seconds remaining. But Beard missed all three of his ensuing free throws. Armani Moore clinched the victory by sinking two free throws with 3.7 seconds remaining.
■ Frank Mason III had 16 points and nine rebounds, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 14 points and ninth-ranked Kansas beat No. 24 Oklahoma State 67-57.
Report: Ex-Cat Miller to sign with Clippers
Former University of Kentucky standout Darius Miller is back in the NBA. Kentucky's 2008 Mr. Basketball from Mason County will sign a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a tweet by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on Tuesday afternoon.
Miller has been out of the league since he was released by the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 30.
Miller appeared in five games with one start this season, averaging 0.4 points and 0.2 rebounds in 8.6 minutes per game.
Miller was a 2012 second-round draft choice out of UK, where he won a national title with Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis.
Miller's career averages in two-plus season with New Orleans were 3.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in 102 games.
Miller will be trying to hang on with a Clippers team (25-13) currently in sixth place in the Western Conference.
■ John Wall broke yet another personal 0-for-forever streak, this one against an entire team, scoring 25 points with eight assists Tuesday night in a 101-93 win over the San Antonio Spurs that gave him his first taste of success against the reigning NBA champs. Wall had been 0-7 against the Spurs since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2010, and the Wizards as a whole had not beaten San Antonio since Nov. 12, 2005 — a streak of 17 games.
Wall has been bursting similar barriers all season: He had a 0-6 one-on-one history against Chris Paul before last month's win over the Los Angeles Clippers, and last week's victory over the Chicago Bulls ended a 0-5 mark of futility against Derrick Rose.
■ Mo Williams scored a career-high 52 points, most in the NBA this season, and the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 110-101 victory at Indiana.
High school basketball
LCA boys rally past West Jessamine
Lexington Christian turned a seven-point deficit with 3:42 to go into a 65-62 victory against West Jessamine in Nicholasville. Matt Rose had 25 points and five rebounds for the Eagles. Brooks Ely led the Colts with 21 points, and David McCorvey scored 13 points to go with nine rebounds and three steals.
■ Lexington Catholic, No. 15 in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, got 19 points from Tanner Johnson in a 54-46 victory at home against Lafayette. The Knights, who scored 21 points off 15 Generals turnovers, led by as many as 16 points. Jujuante Carpenter's 19 points for Lafayette included four three-pointers.
■ Hines Jones scored 16 points, including going 4-for-6 from three-point range, and Scott County defeated Woodford County 69-57 in Georgetown. Jamel Banks added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals.
■ Lexington Catholic hung in for a quarter and a half before visiting Lafayette pulled away for a 56-35 victory. Dee Givens went 11-for-16 from the field, including 4-for-5 from three-point range, and finished with 27 points, two assists, two blocks and three steals for the Lady Generals. Kiara Pankins added 14 points, five rebounds and two steals.
■ Dasia Kilbourne and Princess Stewart scored 24 and 22 points, respectively, in No. 11 Franklin County's 77-32 rout of visiting Frankfort. Kilbourne also had four rebounds and four assists, and Stewart added eight rebounds, five assists and four steals.
■ Krys McCune scored 25 points to go with 14 rebounds and four steals to help No. 19 Manual slip past No. 17 Mercy 67-65. Malerie Martin scored 32 points, including eight three-pointers, in the Jaguars' loss.
■ Menifee County outscored Sayre 21-17 in the fourth quarter and won 44-40 in Lexington. Ashton Woodard scored 18 points for the Lady Cats. Gabby Bowie had six points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Lady Spartans.
■ Chelsey Ford scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Woodford County's 73-46 win at home against Model.
Major League Baseball
Dunbar grad Ellis re-signs with Dodgers
Catcher A.J. Ellis and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a $4.25 million, one-year contract, a $700,000 raise.
Ellis hit a career-low .191 last season while playing in 93 games. The former Paul Laurence Dunbar standout spent time spent on the disabled list for knee surgery and a sprained ankle.
New general manager Farhan Zaidi recognized that Ellis is a leader on the club whose preparation and comfort level with the pitching staff is valuable. Ace Clayton Kershaw was vocal in his support of Ellis last season.
■ Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a minor league contract. Rodriguez, a former Lexington Legend who turns 36 Sunday, will attend big league spring training and compete for the fifth spot in the rotation. If he is added to the 40-man roster, he would get a one-year contract for $2 million.
Assault charges dismissed against Solo
A judge in Kirkland, Wash., on Tuesday dismissed domestic violence assault charges against soccer superstar Hope Solo, a week before the case was set for trial. Solo, a goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national soccer team and the Seattle Reign professional club, had been charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree assault stemming from an altercation with her half-sister and 17-year-old nephew at a party in June.
"I always had faith that once the facts of the case were presented, I would be cleared of all charges and I am so happy and relieved to finally have it all behind me," Solo said in a statement.
The last word
Dallas Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle on playing against the Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins:
"You've got to have the kitchen sink ready to throw at him."