Sports

Sports briefs: Jan. 30

NBA

Grizzlies prevail in nail-biter

Grizzlies 103, 76ers 100: Marc Gasol scored a season-high 27 points and Rudy Gay had 26 to lead Memphis to a win over host Philadelphia on Monday night.

Jerryd Bayless scored a season-high 21 points to help the Grizzlies win without point guard Mike Conley, out with a sprained left ankle.

The Grizzlies rallied from 17 down to take control late in the fourth. Bayless missed a jumper, Gay grabbed the rebound and made it 101-100 on a bucket with 13.3 seconds left. Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young missed a short attempt in front of the basket and the Grizzlies grabbed the rebound.

Gay was fouled and made both free throws for a three-point cushion. Nick Young couldn't get the tying shot off at the buzzer for the Sixers.

Kings 96, Wizards 94: Isaiah Thomas made a floater with a second to play, capping a seesaw finish as Sacramento broke a four-game losing streak with a home win over Washington.

Thomas dribbled down the clock after the Wizards tied the game on Martell Webster's short jumper with 7.9 seconds to play, then drove down the middle and put the ball in with a soft touch from 9 feet.

John Wall had 19 points and six assists for the Wizards. Ex-Kentucky teammate DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points and four rebounds for the Kings.

Nets 97, Magic 77: Deron Williams had 20 points and nine assists, and Brooklyn beat Orlando for their eighth straight home victory. The Nets rebounded from their first two-game losing streak under P.J. Carlesimo, finishing off a four-game sweep of the Magic, who dropped their sixth straight.

Warriors 114, Raptors 102: David Lee had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 17 points before leaving with an injury, and Golden State beat Toronto on the road. Klay Thompson scored 19 points, Carl Landry had six of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and Andrew Bogut returned from an injury to also score 12 as the Warriors earned their first victory in four games against Eastern Conference opponents this month.

Coach Rick Adelman has returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves after spending three weeks with his ailing wife. He rejoins a club that lost nine of 11 games in his absence. Adelman ran practice on Monday and said he planned to be on the sideline against the Clippers on Wednesday night if all continued to progress with Mary Kay Adelman, who was being treated for an undisclosed condition.

Forward Sam Young was re-signed Monday by the Indiana Pacers, three weeks after being released by the club. Young, a four-year veteran, made the team out of training camp and appeared in 28 games before being waived on Jan. 6. He was averaging 3.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.


Baseball

Jeter returns to field

Derek Jeter worked out on a baseball field Monday for the first time since breaking his left ankle last October.

The 38-year-old New York Yankees captain fielded 55 grounders on the grass in front of the infield dirt at shortstop at the team's minor league complex. He also hit in a batting cage.

"Everything went well," Jeter said as he drove out of the complex.

The 13-time All-Star expects to start in New York's opener against Boston on April 1. This is the time of year Jeter usually starts his onfield pre-spring training routine.

Jeter broke the ankle lunging for a grounder in the AL championship series opener against Detroit on Oct. 13. He had surgery a week later, and the Yankees said recovery time would be four to five months.

Jeter has been walking on an underwater treadmill at the team's facility since early January.

Wearing Yankees shorts and a T-shirt with long sleeves, the shortstop walked from the clubhouse to the main field without a limp. Several team officials, including trainer Mark Littlefield, watched Jeter's workout.

Jeter, who spent 90 minutes at the complex, did not run — he may not until spring training starts in mid-February.


College football

Reps want to restore Penn St. scholarships

Two Pennsylvania congressmen want the NCAA to restore football scholarships taken away from Penn State, saying in a letter Monday those sanctions unfairly punish innocent student-athletes for the child sex abuse scandal involving retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

In the letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert, U.S. Reps. Charlie Dent and Glenn Thompson wrote that taking away up to 40 scholarships harmed players who had nothing to do with the scandal that engulfed the university in 2011.

A spokeswoman for college sports' governing body said the NCAA was looking into the letter. A Penn State spokesman declined comment. The NCAA sanctions limit Penn State's recruiting classes to no more than 15 signees a year for four years, starting with the 2013 class to be formally finalized next week. Most teams can sign 25.

Sanctions also include a four-year post-season ban that began for the 2012 season and a $60 million fine.

If his request to restore scholarships is denied, the congressmen asked Emmert to deduct from the fine an amount equal to 40 scholarships so the school can use it instead to supply access to academic programs.


The last word

Victoria Azarenka hunched forward in her seat and sobbed into her towel after a grueling win over Sloane Stephens to take the Australian Open women's title. Azarenka was told she did not look entirely happy in victory.

"It wasn't happy but inside it was happy. It was probably really scary tears of joy."

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