Wall scores career-high 38, but Wizards lose to Rockets
Former University of Kentucky star John Wall scored a career-high 38 points, but the Washington Wizards lost for the 12th time in 13 games. Houston's Kevin Martin scored 25 points, Samuel Dalembert added 20 and the Rockets broke away in the third quarter Monday to beat the Wizards 114-106 in Washington.
Wall, who was 13-for-22 from the field, entered the game making under 35 percent this season. Wall scored 18 of his points in the fourth quarter to keep the Wizards in the game.
"I know it's great to have those type of numbers, but it don't mean nothing if you don't have a win, so I just think I had a good game, but I didn't get the win," Wall said.
■ Ryan Anderson scored a career-high 30 points, extending his NBA lead with seven three-pointers, and the Orlando Magic beat the New York Knicks 102-93 to complete a perfect four-game road trip. Taking advantage of extra space as the Knicks focused on Dwight Howard, Anderson went 7-for-13 behind the arc and is now 40-for-93 for the season. Howard was in foul trouble and finished with eight points and 10 rebounds. Former Kentucky standout Josh Harrellson hit a pair of three-pointers and finished with eight points and two rebounds for the Knicks.
■ Russell Westbrook scored 26 points, hitting a pair of three-pointers in the final 91 seconds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder pull away from host Boston and beat the slumping Celtics 97-88. Kevin Durant scored 28 with seven rebounds for the Thunder, who won their seventh consecutive game. Rajon Rondo scored 12 points with nine rebounds and nine assists for Boston, which lost its fifth straight game for the first time in the New Big 3 era.
■ Rudy Gay scored 24 points and Mike Conley added 20 points and eight assists, leading the Memphis Grizzlies past visiting Chicago 102-86 and ending the Bulls' five-game winning streak. The Bulls played without leading scorer Derrick Rose, who missed his second game in the last four with a left toe sprain.
■ Blake Griffin had 23 points and 14 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the visiting New Jersey Nets 101-91 without injured point guard Chris Paul after blowing an 18-point lead. It was the third straight victory for the Clippers.
■ LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a three-game skid with an 84-77 victory at New Orleans. The Hornets were plagued by poor perimeter shooting, going 0-for-9 from three-point range, and turned the ball over 19 times.
■ Kyrie Irving scored 25 points and had seven assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 102-94 win at Charlotte. The Bobcats led 94-93 with less than two minutes to play, but the Cavaliers closed out the game by scoring the final nine points.
Central tailback Wales picks Louisville
Central running back Anthony Wales told the Courier-Journal that he committed to play at Louisville after making a visit to Kentucky this past weekend.
"I want to be the face of Louisville football," Wales told the newspaper. "Two weeks ago, I told Coach (Charlie) Strong and coach (Vance) Bedford I was pretty sure I wanted to go to Louisville but I had to see Kentucky and make sure it was the right place for me.
"I am just excited to get it over with and be a Cardinal."
Wales also considered Western Kentucky.
Gover, Pulaski Co. boys edge Mercer Co.
Pulaski County junior Taylor Gover scored 34 points and the Maroons hit 11 of 12 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter to get past visiting Mercer County 75-73. Pulaski County also got a double-double from Kody Johnson, who had 23 points and 10 rebounds.
■ McCreary Central junior Josh Gregory scored a career-high 37 points and had eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in an 82-73 victory against visiting Madison Southern.
■ Junior center Brandon Morris had 24 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in Estill County's 64-50 victory against visiting Model.
Franklin Co. girls squeak past Owen Co.
Franklin County junior Raven Timmons scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 42-40 victory against visiting Owen County.
■ Danville Christian's Katherine Raines posted the first triple-double in school history — 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals — in a 34-26 victory against Somerset Christian in the MLK Shootout in Harrodsburg. Raines also had four blocked shots.
■ Letcher Central's Kelah Eldridge hit five three-pointers and finished with 31 points in an 82-49 victory at home against Jenkins. Most of the Lady Cavaliers' offense came from eighth-grader Whitney Creech, who scored 28 points.
Red Sox add options for fifth starter
A source told The Associated Press that the Boston Red Sox and right-hander Vicente Padilla agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Padilla has a chance to compete for the fifth spot in the rotation.
Other candidates for that job are right-handers Aaron Cook and Justin Germano. The Red Sox announced on Sunday via Twitter that they had agreed with Cook and Germano to minor-league deals.
Padilla, 34, pitched in just nine games last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the last on May 13, before having season-ending surgery for a bulging disk in his neck. The 13-year veteran has a 140-90 record and a 4.31 ERA
Cook, a Kentucky native, was 3-10 with a 6.03 ERA in 17 starts and one relief appearance last season with Colorado. He has spent all 10 of his major-league seasons with the Rockies, going 72-68 with a 4.53 ERA.
King and Crusader wins Winkfield Stakes
King and Crusader rallied to beat Reserved Quality by three-quarters of a length on Monday, giving trainer Rick Dutrow a 1-2 finish in the $75,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct. Cornelio Velasquez was aboard as King and Crusader and got his third win in seven starts. The time was 1:11.72 over the fast track.
■ Norvsky ran down 7-10 favorite Jeranimo to win the $150,000 San Gabriel Stakes by 1½ lengths at Santa Anita. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Norvsky ran 11⁄8 miles on the turf in 1:11.78.
Front Row Motorsports hires Ragan
David Ragan finally found a job for the 2012 season — driving for Front Row Motorsports. Ragan will drive the No. 34 Ford and team with David Gilliland, who will drive the No. 38 Ford. The team said Monday that sponsorship for both cars is still to be completed.
Ragan was let go from Roush Fenway Racing when sponsorship from UPS was reduced and the organization scaled back to three full-time cars. He drove five full seasons in the Sprint Cup Series for Roush, but scored the only win of his career last July at Daytona. He finished a career-best 13th in the standings in 2008 but never improved. Over the last three seasons, Ragan combined for just 13 top-10 finishes.
The last word
The Washington Wizards have the NBA's worst record, and Coach Flip Saunders said some of his players are trying to be too flashy. Early in the third quarter of Monday's loss, center JaVale McGee had a breakaway. Instead of choosing simply to dunk, McGee, who finished second in the NBA's dunk contest last February, threw the ball against the backboard and stuffed it. Saunders couldn't hide his disdain for his fourth-year center's antics:
"That's unacceptable. Maybe I'm too old school. Save that for the All-Star game. We have some players that look for hig hlights instead of substance."