Mack's career-high 13 points help Hawks rally past Wizards
Hawks reserves Shelvin Mack (Bryan Station) and Mike Scott led a fourth-quarter surge on a night when starters were struggling, and Atlanta held on to beat the Wizards 106-102 in Washington on Tuesday.
Scott and Mack scored Atlanta's first 16 points of the final period, sparking a 22-5 run that built a 14-point lead before the Wizards hit a spate of three-pointers to make the final score close. Scott finished with 17 points in 23 minutes, and Mack had a career-high 13 in 19 for the Hawks, who have won six of eight.
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John Wall had 21 points and 13 assists for the Wizards, who committed a season-high 25 turnovers.
■ Brandon Knight had 20 points and eight assists to lead the host Milwaukee Bucks to a 98-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons. O.J. Mayo, making his first start of the season, added 17 points as Milwaukee (8-7) avoided its first three-game slide of the season. Rookie Jabari Parker had 14 points and nine rebounds.
■ DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals, leading the Sacramento Kings to a 99-89 victory in New Orleans. Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was held to 14 points. He also had nine rebounds and blocked two shots.
Reds hire former D-backs GM Towers
The Cincinnati Reds hired former Arizona general manager Kevin Towers as a special assistant for player personnel on Tuesday. Towers spent the last four years as Diamondbacks GM. He also was general manager of the Padres from 1996-2009.
He replaces Bob Miller, who spent nine seasons with the Reds, most recently as vice president and assistant GM to Walt Jocketty. Miller was hired by the Nationals as assistant GM.
The Reds also hired 31-year veteran Jeff Schugel as a special assistant for pro scouting. He was with the Braves last season.
■ The Chicago White Sox and first baseman Adam LaRoche have agreed to terms on a two-year, $25 million contract.
LaRoche is likely to see most of his time at designated hitter because Jose Abreu is entrenched at first and won the AL Rookie of the Year award. LaRoche gives Chicago needed power from the left side. He hit .259 with 26 homers and 92 RBI in 140 games last season for NL East champion Washington.
Hall of Famer Cheney dies at 98
The International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., reported that Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney, a member of the Hall and the first American woman to win the tournament now known as the Australian Open, has died at age 98.
She was inducted in 2004. In addition to her 1938 singles title at the Australian Championships, Ms. Cheney reached the semifinals at least once at each of the other three Grand Slam events and was ranked in the top 10 in the 1930s and 1940s.
According to the U.S. Tennis Association, Ms. Cheney won nearly 400 USTA national titles across various age groups.
Her mother, May Sutton Bundy, also was enshrined in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
■ Murray Oliver, a five-time All-Star who briefly coached the Minnesota North Stars, has died from a heart attack. He was 77.
Mr. Oliver, who died on Sunday, played for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and North Stars in a career that started in 1957 and ended in 1975. He scored 274 goals in 1,127 NHL games. He finished second in rookie of the year voting in 1960 after scoring 20 goals for the Red Wings.
Sports in the courts
One of Hernandez's murder trials delayed
A judge Tuesday granted a motion to indefinitely delay a double-murder trial for Aaron Hernandez scheduled for next May, although the former Patriots star still faces trial on another charge of murder early next year.
Hernandez was scheduled to begin trial May 28 for allegedly killing Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Prosecutors say Hernandez "stalked and ambushed" the victims after one of them bumped into Hernandez at a nightclub causing him to spill his drink on the night of July 16, 2012.
Hernandez has been held without bail in Massachusetts since June of 2013 for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a friend of Hernandez who was dating the sister of the former player's fiancée.
■ A federal judge denied an emergency motion filed by Roger Clemens in Brooklyn federal court in an attempt to avoid having to give his former trainer Brian McNamee nearly 1,000 emails that he says are covered under attorney-client privilege.
U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson called the filing "yet another eleventh-hour attempt by a recalcitrant and indefatigable defendant to delay the inevitable." The emails have been in dispute for more than two years in McNamee's defamation suit.
Couple suing league Mo'ne made famous
A New Jersey couple is suing the Philadelphia Little League organization that's the home of star pitcher Mo'ne Davis.
Anand and Sujata Kumar are suing the Taney Youth Baseball Association. The lawsuit filed last week says 73-year-old Anand Kumar was injured in May 2013 as the couple watched their grandson play. They say two players were tossing the ball when an errant throw struck Kumar in the eye, causing him long-term physical and emotional damage. They want $50,000 in damages.
■ A Delaware family court commissioner has granted NASCAR driver Kurt Busch's request to delay a hearing on a protection from abuse petition filed by his ex-girlfriend.
Busch's attorney asked for the delay in court papers filed last Friday, saying Busch is participating in a race car rally in Italy and that his return flight is Dec. 2, the same day as the scheduled hearing. The postponement was granted over the objections of an attorney for Patricia Driscoll, who said Driscoll wants a no-contact order entered as soon as possible.
The matter is separate from a criminal investigation by Dover police into Driscoll's allegations that Busch assaulted her inside his motorhome at Dover International Speedway in September.
■ A French tennis official has been banned for life by the Tennis Integrity Unit for several rule violations, including gambling. The TIU says Morgan Lamri's breaches in 2012 and 2013 involved attempts to influence the outcome of an event, to "facilitate any player not to use his or her best efforts" and to "wager or attempt to wager" on the outcome of a match. The 22-year-old has been an umpire on the futures and challenger tours. Lamri says he bet on matches he was not involved in.
Messi sets Champions mark with 74th goal
Barcelona's Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to shatter the Champions League goal-scoring record with his 74th in a 4-0 win over APOEL in Cyprus. The previous record of 71 had been set by former Real Madrid and Schalke striker Raul over the course of 142 matches. It was Messi's 91st match in Europe's top club competition.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 70 goals in the Champions League, gets his chance to catch Messi's record when the defending champions face Basel away on Wednesday.
The last word
New Boston Red Sox Pablo Sandoval said he is looking forward to seeing Panda hats next season at Fenway Park:
"It's a two-for-one deal. The Panda is with me. The Giants organization and fans gave me an opportunity to realize I'm the Panda. The Panda is with me, he came to Boston."