Rondo missed game after having surgical screws removed
Rajon Rondo had hoped to make it to the All-Star break in February before having screws removed from his surgically repaired right hand, but lingering discomfort forced the Boston Celtics point guard to have the procedure done this past weekend.
The former Eastern High School and University of Kentucky star was back at practice Tuesday after missing one game.
"It's a little sore, but nothing I can't play with," Rondo said at Tuesday's practice.
Rondo told ESPN he watched Saturday's game from home and joked that he "woke up really relaxed (from the surgery). They gave me some good stuff. And I watched the game later on that night."
Coach Brad Stevens said the latest procedure on Rondo went well.
"From everything I gather, it was a quick in-and-out, as far as getting into his hand, taking the screws out, and they anticipated him being back and full-go by today and he was," Stevens said. "No issues."
Celtics rookie James Young, a first-round pick out of UK, has been away from the team to deal with a family illness. He was expected to back in Boston on Tuesday night.
Miller back with Pelicans after child's birth
Former Mason County and UK star Darius Miller practiced with the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday for the first time since Nov. 4. Miller has missed the past three games while awaiting the birth of his daughter Nadia, who was born Thursday.
"I couldn't wait to get back," Miller said. "Obviously, I was having my time away with the family and enjoying it. It was a new experience for me. But I definitely missed the team and being with the team."
■ Georgetown College's women's team rolled over Midway College 94-59 Tuesday night and raised about $3,000 for the family of Lauren Hill, the terminally ill player for Mt. St. Joseph. Teonia McCune had a triple-double with 16 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. Devanny King scored her 1,000th point and then some as she poured in a team-high 21 points.
■ Shekinah Gibson scored 20 points and Khalilah Quigley added 16 points and eight rebounds as Pikeville's women's team overwhelmed visiting Alice Lloyd 109-75.
■ The University of the Cumberlands men's team routed visiting College of St. Joseph 91-57 as Xavier Owens led the way with 20 points, hitting eight of 10 shots. The winners hit 51 percent of their shots, while the losers hit only 23 percent.
Federer, Murray win in ATP Finals
Roger Federer made the most of Kei Nishikori's erratic play to secure a 6-3, 6-2 victory and move closer to a semifinal spot at the ATP Finals in London while Andy Murray of Britain posted his first victory to stay in contention at the elite tournament.
Federer, the most successful player at the year-end championship with six wins, would have progressed from Group B if Milos Raonic had beaten the home favorite, but the former Wimbledon champ won 6-3, 7-5 over the Canadian newcomer in a dour match that produced very little excitement.
3 Central Ky. players on All-Heartland team
Three players from Central Kentucky were named to the women's All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference First Team.
Lucinda Combs, a junior goalkeeper from Boyle County, was named the league's defensive MVP for anchoring a Rose-Hulman defense that ranked first in the HCAC. Senior forward Alyssa Kruse of Transylvania and sophomore forward Elaine Simpson of Hanover — both from Tates Creek — also made the first team.
Transylvania freshman midfielder Lindsey Sizemore from Woodford County was named to the All-HCAC second team and Transy sophomore defender Erin Koch from South Oldham earned honorable mention. Pioneers freshman defender Megan Wall made the all-sportsmanship team, as did Mount St. Joseph senior defender Hailey Gadd from Fort Thomas Highlands.
■ World Cup champion Germany said it will host the United States in an exhibition game in June. Germany beat the U.S. 1-0 in its final group stage match at the World Cup in July.
■ Julia Krass didn't listen to her ski coaches when they told her to give up soccer and concentrate on her Olympic freestyle skiing career full-time. Now, the 17-year-old high school senior is celebrating a New Hampshire state soccer title won by her Hanover High School on Sunday. Krass, who competed in the Sochi Games earlier this year, loved soccer too much to quit. She also likes being a part of a team, something she misses when on a solo freestyle skiing run. All part of being just "an average teenager" from time to time, she said.
■ Alex Smith of Union College was named Appalachian Athletic Conference player of the year. The sophomore from Jamaica scored 20 goals this season, 10 in conference games, and led the NAIA with eight game-winning goals.
Celebrity skier banned after fixed races
Pop violinist Vanessa-Mae was banned from competitive skiing for four years for taking part in races that were fixed to allow her to qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The findings by the International Ski Federation exposed as a sham what many fans thought was a feel-good celebrity Olympic story.
FIS also banned five race officials from Slovenia and Italy for between one and two years for their role in the scandal.
FIS said its hearing panel "found to its comfortable satisfaction" that the status of four women's giant slalom races were manipulated in January in Slovenia, a few weeks before the games. At the Sochi Games, the celebrity musician raced for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn, using the last name of her Thai father. She finished last of 67 racers in the two-run giant slalom.
Harness RacingBreeders Crown draws 156 entrants
The $5.8 million Breeders Crown drew 156 trotters and pacers for the season-ending championships, which return to the Meadowlands Racetrack after a four-year absence. Entries closed Tuesday for the 12 finals scheduled for Nov. 21 and 22. The Breeders Crown is harness racing's equivalent of the Breeders' Cup, and the outcomes help determine divisional champions and the Horse of the Year.
Notable entrants include defending Horse of the Year Bee A Magician in the $250,000 Mare Trot; European star Commander Crowe in the $500,000 Trot; and Nuncio, winner of the Yonkers Trot and the Kentucky Futurity, in the $500,000 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot.
Only 11 horses are allowed in each race. With overflow entries, seven of the Crowns will require elimination races Friday and Saturday. The other five advance directly to the finals.
The last word
The tiny British colony of Gibraltar — a rocky outcropping on the southern tip of Spain inhabited by about 30,000 people — is the newest and smallest member of the European soccer federation, and is sure to be overmatched when it plays World Cup champion Germany in a European Championship qualifier in Nuremberg on Friday. Some say Gibraltar, a Sunday league team just 18 month ago, will be lucky to hold Germany to single digits. It has only three professional players, two of them in low leagues. But there is a good side. Captain Roy Chipolina said:
"We have gone from 10 people watching us play to 35,000 people watching us play."