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Sports briefs: Jan. 23


Wall leads Wizards to upsetover Boston and Rondo

John Wall banked in a three-pointer with the shot clock running down in the game's final minute, and the Wizards rallied from a 16-point, first-quarter deficit to upset the Celtics 85-83 Saturday night in a battle of former Kentucky point guards. Wall's fast-break layup with 2:35 to play gave the host Wizards their first lead and, after the Celtics tied it, Wall made his team's only three-pointer of the game to put Washington ahead 84-81 with 58 seconds remaining. Kevin Garnett made a layup to pull Boston within one, and former Cat Rajon Rondo stole the ball from Wall to give Boston a chance to win it. But Paul Pierce missed an 18-footer in the final seconds, and the Celtics' five-game winning streak ended. Wall finished with 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and five turnovers; Rondo had 13 points, nine assists, two rebounds and four turnovers.

■ Wizards guard Kirk Hinrich sat out and will have an MRI on his sprained right elbow. Hinrich hyperextended the elbow in the fourth quarter of Friday's loss to Phoenix.

Heat 120, Raptors 103: LeBron James had 38 points and 11 rebounds, Mike Miller scored 22 of his 32 points in the second quarter, and shorthanded Miami ended a four-game slide. James Jones scored 15, and Eddie House added 13 for host Miami, which played without Dwyane Wade (migraine) and Chris Bosh (ankle).

Hawks 103, Bobcats 87: Joe Johnson scored 32 points, and undermanned but energized Atlanta bounced back from a humiliating defeat with a road win. Josh Smith added 16 points for the Hawks, who a night earlier scored 59 points at home against New Orleans.

■ Hawks Coach Larry Drew has suspended reserve forward Josh Powell for one game. Drew didn't allow Powell to travel to Charlotte for Saturday's game against the Bobcats but wouldn't say what he did during or after Friday's loss.


Cochran holds on to Champions lead

Russ Cochran shot a 7-under 65 to keep a two-stroke lead over defending champion Tom Watson after the second round of the Champions Tour's season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii. The 52-year-old Cochran, a Paducah native coming off a two-win season that broke a nearly 20-year drought, was in control for a second day, turning in another bogey-free round. The left-hander had seven birdies for a 17-under 127 total that matched Don Pooley's 36-hole record set in 2006.

Vegas, Woodland stay on top at Hope

Jhonattan Vegas birdied the final five holes Saturday to rejoin Gary Woodland atop the Bob Hope Classic leader board for the second straight day. Vegas shot a 6-under 66 on the La Quinta course in California to match Woodland at 24 under. Woodland had a 66 in postcard-perfect weather on the Palmer Private course in the PGA Tour's only five-day, four-course event. Vegas and Woodland are seeking their first PGA Tour victories, but the ideal Palm Springs conditions make near-perfection necessary. The leaders say they'll need to go 30 under to win.

Kaymer pulls away in Abu Dhabi

Defending champion Martin Kaymer extended his lead at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in the United Arab Emirates to five strokes over Rory McIlroy after shooting a 6-under 66 in the third round on Saturday. Kaymer, the 2010 PGA Championship winner, birdied three of his last four holes to total 18-under 198. McIlroy finished birdie-eagle for a 65 to move into second place. Four-time major winner Phil Mickelson was 3 under at the turn, only to make four bogeys on the back nine. He shot a 72 and trails the leader by 15 strokes.

Sports in the courts

Man gets 13 years in Walker robbery

A Chicago man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing former NBA and Kentucky star Antoine Walker at gunpoint at his home in 2007. Demorris Hill was tried late last year for the robbery, but the jury wasn't able to reach a unanimous verdict. Prosecutors had said they planned to retry him before he pleaded guilty Friday to one count of home invasion. Two other men also have been convicted in the robbery, and a third is awaiting trial. Hill is also charged in a similar robbery at the suburban Chicago home of Knicks center Eddy Curry.

Horse racing

Wilkinson wins Derby prep at Fair Grounds

Wilkinson beat Pants on Fire by a head Saturday in the $100,000 Lecomte Stakes, the Fair Grounds' first Kentucky Derby prep of the season. Wilkinson, trained by Neil Howard and ridden by Garrett Gomez, ran a mile and 40 yards in 1:40.97 and paid $8, $3.40 and $4.60 for his second victory in five starts. Owned by Ed Gaylord's Gaillardia Racing, the son of Lemon Drop Kid also won Dec. 10 at the New Orleans track.

"If the colt keeps doing well, I am sure we would like to (go on to the Louisiana Derby)," Howard told the Miami Herald after the race. "I'd say we are pointing to it."

Gomez picked up the ride because Wilkinson's regular jockey, Robby Albarado, is out with a heel injury, the newspaper reported.

College football

Utah hires Chow as coordinator

Norm Chow is returning to his alma mater as Utah's offensive coordinator. The 64-year-old was hired Saturday after spending the past three years in the same role at UCLA. He left after a 4-8 season, but the move comes as Utah is about to join the new Pac-12 Conference in 2011. UCLA will play at Utah on Nov. 12.

Chow was with Brigham Young when the Cougars won their only national championship in 1984, and he was coordinator at Southern California when the Trojans won national titles in 2003 and 2004. He left USC in 2005 to be offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans but was fired after three seasons. Rick Neuheisel brought Chow to UCLA in 2007. Earlier Saturday, former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Johnson replaced Chow on Neuheisel's staff.

■ Syracuse running back Delone Carter ran for a touchdown and was selected the offensive MVP in the East's 25-8 victory over the West on Saturday in the East-West Shrine Game. Carter finished with 54 yards on 11 carries, and Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor had the best passing day for the East, going 4-for-5 for 59 yards.


Tigers plan to retire Anderson's number

The Tigers will retire Sparky Anderson's No. 11 this year, one of several gestures the team is planning to honor the late manager. The Tigers also will wear a commemorative patch to honor the Hall of Fame manager who led them to the World Series title in 1984 and raise a flag with his name on it at their home opener. Anderson, who also won the World Series twice as Cincinnati's manager, died Nov. 4. The date for the number retirement has yet to be determined.

■ Astros right-hander Cesar Carrillo has been charged with trespassing after police say he was told to leave the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, Fla.

The last word

Padraig Harrington, disqualified Friday at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship for not replacing his ball after it had moved a fraction of an inch, showed a group of children at a golf clinic Saturday how to correctly mark the ball:

"(They) seemed to think marking your ball is all very easy, but obviously it isn't."