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Sports briefs: NBA coach's early review of Nerlens Noel: 'He's just energy and an athlete'

Going into Monday night's game, former University of Kentucky star Nerlens Noel had averaged 7.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.57 blocks per game in his first seven NBA contests.

The Philadelphia 76ers' coach, Brett Brown, gave Philadelphia Daily News a review of Noel's performance so far.

Brown said the 76ers need Noel to "provide a reckless, kamikaze energy where he is a shot blocker, he is a rim runner, he is a chest bumper, he is passionate. That's what he is. He's just energy and an athlete right now. Hopefully that will be refined in the upcoming years, but let's just take what he currently is and maximize it."

One thing Brown suggested Noel needs to work on is his conditioning. Not a surprise considering he missed all of last season recovering from the ACL injury he suffered while at UK.

"We're trying to gauge his wind," Brown said. "He's not a high-minute player right now in regards to chunks of minutes. I believe he's a 4-minute guy, almost max, right now. He'll end up with 28 to 32, but I don't play him long stretches because I see his energy dwindle."

Daily News writer Bob Cooney also provided his own observations on Noel's game: "There isn't a shot taken in the lane when Noel is in the game that you don't expect him to come flying through the air with right arm cocked, ready to serve the ball in the other direction. But there are concerns, also. His rebounding, specifically in traffic, has been pretty much nonexistent. There has really been no offensive game to speak of."

Markieff Morris scored a career-high 30 points and Eric Bledsoe had a key steal and breakaway dunk in the closing minute to lift the Phoenix Suns to a 118-114 victory at Boston. Bledsoe finished with 15 points and seven assists.

Rajon Rondo fell one assist shy of a triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

■ Former UK standout James Young was back with the Boston Celtics on Monday after playing one game for the team's D-League affiliate. He had 21 points and six assists in the Maine Red Claws' win against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Sunday.

Young, who according to reports was initially hesitant to spend time in the D-League, said he saw the benefit of spending time with the Red Claws since he'd only played in two games with the Celtics so far this season.

"It's been a while," Young said of playing heavy minutes. "There probably will be (more D-League stints). I wouldn't mind going back for a few more games just to get better."

■ Los Angeles Lakers forward Ryan Kelly will be out for at least six weeks with a torn right hamstring. Kelly played only five minutes in the Lakers' blowout loss to Golden State on Sunday night. An ultrasound exam revealed the tear.

Men's College basketball

Miami knocks off eighth-ranked Gators

Angel Rodriguez scored 24 points, none bigger than those that came on a falling-down, hand-in-the-face three-pointer with 16 seconds remaining, and Miami overcame a 15-point deficit to upset No. 8 Florida 69-67 on Monday night.

The Hurricanes (2-0) scored 48 points in the second half as Rodriguez took over. The former Kansas State guard hit three consecutive three-pointers that helped Miami take the lead with 1:45 left. His free throw tied it with 1:13 remaining. But his fifth three of the game was the shot that ended Florida's school-record, 33-game winning streak at home.

■ Former Lexington Christian standout Taylor Barnette had 17 points, five rebounds and two assists in Belmont's 87-62 win at Lipscomb in Nashville.

Corban Collins scored 15 points and Marquel Willis, Kareem Storey and Anthony Elechi had 12 apiece as Morehead State defeated NAIA-level Cincinnati Christian 87-79.

Robert Johnson scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half, and James Blackmon Jr. scored all but two of his 19 in the second half, leading Indiana to an 83-64 victory over Texas Southern in Bloomington, Ind.

■ Pikeville's K.K. Simmons was named the Mid-South Conference's player of the week. He averaged 28.5 points, three rebounds and three assists in the Bears' first two conference games of the season. Simmons hit a school-record eight three-pointers and finished with 38 points in Saturday's win against Georgetown. He's averaging 24.0 points through five games.

■ Bellarmine's Jake Thelen (Covington Catholic) was the Great Lakes Valley Conference's player of the week. He averaged 18 points, 14.5 rebounds and four assists.

■ Eastern Kentucky's Corey Walden was the Ohio Valley Conference's co-player of the week.

Women's College basketballFields, Mountaineers escape upset bid

Former Calloway County star Averee Fields had 21 points, 15 rebounds and five assists to help No. 17 West Virginia hold off Seton Hall 89-87 in Huntington, W.Va. The Pirates' Bra'Shey Ali, a transfer from UK, had six points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.

Major League BaseballStanton agrees to record deal with Marlins

The Miami Marlins are no longer pinching pennies, and Giancarlo Stanton won't be, either.

Stanton agreed to terms with the team Monday on a 13-year,$325 million contract, Miami owner Jeffrey Loria said. It's the most lucrative deal for an American athlete and averages $25 million per season, or $154,321 per game.

The deal includes a no-trade clause, and Stanton can opt out after six years, Loria said.

"It's a landmark moment for the franchise and Giancarlo, and it's for the city and fans to rally around," Loria said.

Stanton's contract tops the 10-year, $292 million deal Miguel Cabrera agreed to with the Detroit Tigers in March. Alex Rodriguez signed the largest previous deal, a 10-year, $275 million contract with the Yankees before the 2008 season.

Stanton, who turned 25 on Nov. 8, is perhaps the game's most feared slugger. He has 154 career homers despite playing home games in spacious Marlins Park.

Women's college soccer

LCA grad Bertrand KIAC's top defender

Asbury sophomore Rachel Bertrand was named the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year. The former Lexington Christian standout helped the Eagles finish second in the KIAC Tournament. Asbury's Teryn Wright (West Jessamine) and Meredith Ury also made the All-Conference team.

Others on the All-Conference squad included Midway's Sara Fields (Woodford County) and Lorna Mason, and Brescia's Stacey DePriest.

■ The men's All-Conference team included Asbury's Garrett Davis (Woodford County), Adam Howard (West Jessamine) and Jesse Peterson of Nicholasville.

The last word

Sitting at home hours after tying his career-worst game with five interceptions, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning couldn't avoid watching the video of the frustrating loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Five interceptions in 45 passes. Manning said it was hard for him to turn the page Sunday night:

"Sometimes you don't always see it exactly how you thought you saw it on certain plays. You try to learn from it. It's hard to put it behind you. It kind of wakes you up and you start thinking about it at night also when you are trying to sleep."

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