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Sports briefs: April 18

NBA

Pistons ride Knight's career high

Former Wildcat Brandon Knight had a career-high 28 points and seven assists, and the Detroit Pistons routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-77 on Tuesday night in one of the NBA's most lopsided games of the season.

Another ex-Cat, Tayshaun Prince, added 15 points for the Pistons and Jonas Jerebko scored 14. Detroit led 61-38 at halftime and scored the first 16 points of the third quarter. It was 100-50 after three.

Grizzlies 91, Timberwolves 84: Rudy Gay had 28 points and nine rebounds to help Memphis withstand a weak start to the fourth quarter and beat host Minnesota for the eighth straight time. J.J. Barea scored a season-high 28 points on 5-for-9 shooting from three-point range to go with eight assists and five rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Pacers 102, 76ers: Danny Granger scored 24 points, and Roy Hibbert had 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead visiting Indiana to its sixth straight win.

 Charlotte could earn the dubious distinction of becoming the worst team in NBA history. If Charlotte loses its six remaining games the Bobcats will finish with the worst winning percentage in league history (.106), a dubious honor that's currently held by the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who finished 9-73 (.110.)

 Hornets center Chris Kaman will miss New Orleans' final five games because of a bruised left tibia. The Hornets say the injury occurred during New Orleans' victory over Memphis on Sunday night.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Former Ashland coach dies

Bob Wright, who coached the Ashland Tomcats to the 1961 Sweet Sixteen basketball title, died Sunday night at the Pikeville Medical Center. He was 86.

Mr. Wright led Ashland to a 168-29 record from 1960 to '65, highlighted by the Tomcats' dominating run to the state title in 1961. They finished 36-1 that season. Ashland was state runner-up in 1962.

Mr. Wright played high school basketball at Elkhorn City, and played college ball at Marshall.

Funeral services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the old Millard High School in Pike County. Millard consolidated with Elkhorn City and Fed's Creek in 2002 to form East Ridge High School.

NHL

Blackhawks' Shaw suspended

Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Andrew Shaw has been suspended for three games for his hit on Phoenix goalie Mike Smith in Game 2 of their opening-round playoff series.

Smith was behind the net going after the puck when Shaw came skating in and his shoulder caught the goaltender in the head, knocking him to the ice. Smith was able to get up after about five minutes and stayed in the game.

Panthers 4, Devils 3: Brian Campbell scored on a second-period power play and Florida staged its greatest playoff comeback in franchise history, rallying from an early three-goal deficit to defeat host New Jersey. Sean Bergenheim, Jason Garrison and Mike Weaver also scored, and Scott Clemmensen made 19 saves after replacing Jose Theodore early in giving the Panthers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.

Predators 3, Red Wings 1: Kevin Klein scored a go-ahead goal 6:25 into the third period and Pekka Rinne made 40 saves, lifting Nashville to a win over host Detroit on Tuesday night and a 3-1 lead in the first-round Western Conference playoff series. The Predators can eliminate Detroit in Game 5 on Friday night in Nashville.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Another Irish transfer to Kansas

Notre Dame tight end Mike Ragone has signed a grant-in-aid form to complete his transfer to Kansas, where he will be reunited with former coach Charlie Weis. Ragone has completed his undergraduate degree and will be eligible to play for the Jayhawks immediately. He joins quarterback Dayne Crist and linebacker Anthony McDonald as former Irish players who will finish their college careers in Lawrence.

 University officials say Alabama's $30,000 BCS championship trophy, a crystal football, shattered after being knocked off its stand following the annual A-Day scrimmage on Saturday. A university spokesperson says the father of a current player accidentally toppled the trophy, which was on display in the athletic building. It's unclear whether the Waterford crystal trophy was insured.

 Arkansas backup linebacker Tyler Gilbert has been arrested and charged with aggravated residential burglary and theft of property for his role in an apartment break-in. Arkansas assistant head coach Taver Johnson said through spokesman Zack Higbee that Gilbert has been suspended indefinitely for the incident last Friday.

 A charity golf tournament that bears the name of fired Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino will be canceled. Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation officials announced Tuesday that after consulting with the Petrino family, foundation officials had no choice but to cancel the June 18 event, which was intended to benefit the hospital.

 An apparel company has recalled a handful of Texas A&M T-shirts touting the school's move to the Southeastern Conference after they were ridiculed online for having a botched map of the league. North Carolina, which does not have a team in the conference, is included and Missouri is not.

ETC.

Watson puts family ahead of tournament

Masters champion Bubba Watson has withdrawn from the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. Watson told tournament officials Tuesday that he needs to spend time with his family after the tournament in New Orleans next week, where he will defend his title. He says that would be three weeks away from his wife and newly adopted son.

Kim Clijsters will skip the French Open and clay-court season to focus on adapting to grass ahead of the London Olympics and Wimbledon. The Belgian is recovering much slower than expected after tearing a hip muscle during the Sony Ericsson Open in Florida last month.

 Linebacker Gary Guyton has signed with the Miami Dolphins after spending the past four seasons with New England. Guyton started 32 games for the Patriots and has career totals of 4 1-2 sacks, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

AUTO RACING

Obama salutes Tony Stewart

President Barack Obama praised NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart for "one of the most dramatic finishes that we have ever seen." Obama welcomed Stewart and other top NASCAR drivers to the White House to celebrate Stewart's come-from-behind championship, his third title. The president noted Stewart nearly wrote off the season during the summer but charged back to win five races in the post-season and edge Carl Edwards.

 IndyCar has placed Graham Rahal on probation for six races for his role in an accident with Marco Andretti. IndyCar race director Beaux Barfield says Rahal was both blocking and initiated avoidable contact on the 22nd lap of Sunday's race in Long Beach, Calif. Andretti ran into the back of Rahal's car, and the contact caused Andretti's car to briefly launch into the air and spin into a barrier.

The last word

Boston Marathon winner Wesley Korir, a resident of Louisville, said he likes running in the heat because it allows him to think more about strategy than speed. At one point the lead pack picked up its pace and left him behind before Heartbreak Hill.

"When they took off, I wish I had an opportunity to tell them, 'You guys are crazy.' I was not going to go with them. I thought about my daughter. I thought about my wife. I didn't want to go to the hospital. I wanted to go home."

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