Bledsoe outscores Davis 25-17 in Suns' win against Pelicans
Former University of Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe had 25 points, Gerald Green tied a career high with six three-pointers and the Phoenix Suns rallied to beat the Pelicans 104-98 on Tuesday night at New Orleans. Bledsoe also had five assists, four rebounds and three steals.
Trailing 60-50, the Suns scored 28 points in the last 6:23 of the third quarter to go ahead 78-69 and led the rest of the way. The Pelicans cut the deficit to 87-85 in the fourth, but Bledsoe finished them off with three driving layups.
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Eric Gordon led New Orleans with 20 points but had only six in the second half. Anthony Davis had a quiet first half before finishing with 17 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots.
■ LeBron James scored a season-high 35 points, Dwyane Wade had 20 and the Miami Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 104-95 for their first road victory in three tries this season. James also had a season-high eight rebounds and eight assists as Miami topped 100 points for the fifth straight game, extending their team-record run to begin the season. With a putback dunk at 2:31 of the first quarter, James became the fifth player in NBA history to score 10 points or more in 500 consecutive games.
■ Brook Lopez scored a game-high 27 points and the Brooklyn Nets ended their four-game losing streak to the Utah Jazz with a 104-88 victory Tuesday night at New York. Enes Kanter had 21 points and eight rebounds for Utah.
Cavs' Bennett still looking for 1st basket
Anthony Bennett, the first player taken in this year's NBA Draft, hasn't scored a field goal yet for the Cavaliers. Through four games, Cleveland's burly forward has missed each of his 15 shots from the field, including eight three-pointers. He appears lost with the ball in his hands, causing some to wonder if the Cavs made a mistake.
Cavs Coach Mike Brown said there are several reasons for Bennett's drought.
"He's probably pressing to a certain degree," Brown said after practice Tuesday. "So it's probably a little of that and a little bit of being on a big stage now in the regular season with it counting. There's probably some of where his opponents are looking at him and saying that they're going to come at him. They may not care that he's the No. 1 pick."
Riggs gets 29th career goal in home finale
Senior Tyler Riggs scored his fifth goal in the last three games and freshman Charlie Reymann added his second goal of the year in the Kentucky men's soccer team's 2-2 draw with Wright State on Wednesday night at the UK Soccer Complex. Riggs' goal, which came in the Cats' final home match, was the 29th of his career and he passed former UK great Riley O'Neill (2003-06) and moved into a tie for No. 2 all-time with Toby McComas (1993-96). Greg Kotzbauer (1991-93) owns the UK career record with 34. The Cats will wrap up the regular season with a match at No. 20 New Mexico at 7 p.m. Saturday.
■ Transylvania men's soccer upset top-seeded Earlham by winning on penalty kicks in the semifinals of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament at Richmond, Ind. The Pioneers and Quakers played to a 1-1 draw and neither team scored in two overtimes. Tied 2-2 on penalty kicks, Transylvania got a save by junior goalkeeper Taylor Nossokoff. Daniel Mudd put the Pioneers ahead 3-2 and Nossokoff stopped another shot before Max Robinson scored to finish off Earlham.
Ogwumike tops women's All-America list
Chiney Ogwumike received all 36 votes from a national media panel Tuesday, becoming the ninth player to be a unanimous selection on The Associated Press women's pre-season All-America team.
The Stanford forward was joined on the team by Baylor's Odyssey Sims, Maryland's Alyssa Thomas and Connecticut teammates Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart.
Louisville's Shoni Schimmel was among others receiving votes.
■ Noah Cottrill scored a game-high 27 points and Monty Wilson added 23 in Georgetown's 100-91 victory against visiting IU Southeast. Former Lafayette standout Dominique Hagans added 10 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals for the Tigers.
■ William Tolefree scored 26 points and St. Catharine defeated visiting St. Francis (Ind.) 86-82 in overtime in its season opener.
Lochte, tackled by fan, has torn MCL
Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has been sidelined after an encounter with an enthusiastic fan. The five-time Olympic champion tore his medial collateral ligament and sprained his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last weekend during a visit to Gainesville, Fla. A teenage girl ran at Lochte, who tried to catch her, but the two fell over in the process, his publicist said. Lochte hit his knee on a curb, while the girl was not hurt Sunday.
■ Lloyd McClendon was hired as manager of the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, taking over a rebuilding job that Eric Wedge walked away from. McClendon became the third manager hired by General Manager Jack Zduriencik. Wedge quit at the end of the Mariners' fourth straight losing season, citing differences with the front office on how to move forward with improving the team.
McClendon was the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001-05, going 336-446 during the Pirates' 20-year stretch of losing seasons. After Pittsburgh, McClendon settled into a stable role on Jim Leyland's staff in Detroit.
McClendon spent eight seasons in the majors as a player with Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cubs.
The last word
Ridiculed as an awkward high school kid, Cleveland Browns rookie offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey knows the pain of being bullied. But Gilkey, who has become an anti-bullying advocate, can't fathom the emotional suffering endured by Miami's Jonathan Martin as he was allegedly tormented by teammate Richie Incognito. Gilkey, who was forced to transfer in high school to escape harassment, said:
"It's one thing when you're a little kid and you go to your parents back at home. In the NFL, your familiarities are small and the likelihood of having family and friends near you and by you is very small, so being on your own essentially and having to constantly being scared or however you're going to be hazed or ridiculed or made fun of, it doesn't matter how old you are or how big you are, no one should have to go through that."