Curry upstages dad: Stephen Curry scored 40 points in three quarters and the Golden State Warriors defeated the host Charlotte Hornets 116-99 on Wednesday night to extend the best start in NBA history to 20-0.
On a night when the Hornets honored Curry’s father, Dell, the franchise’s career scoring leader, it was his oldest son who stole the spotlight by hitting 14 of 18 shots from the field and going 8-for-11 from three-point range.
▪ The Philadelphia 76ers suspended rookie Jahlil Okafor two games after the release of a second video provided details of his fight in Boston he hadn’t revealed to them. Coach Brett Brown said the organization wanted to show “tough love” toward Okafor.
▪ Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is out indefinitely after suffering a knee injury during practice. Gobert is the centerpiece of the No. 3 defense in the NBA. Gobert is averaging 2.6 block, 9.2 points and 10.9 rebounds.
Badgers upset Orange: Nigel Hayes had 15 points and 12 rebounds, converting a three-point play to break a tie in overtime, and visiting Wisconsin (5-3) beat No. 14 Syracuse 66-58 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Michael Gbinije led Syracuse (6-1) with 19 points.
▪ Wade Baldwin IV led seven Commodores in double figures with 20 points, and No. 16 Vanderbilt (6-1) routed visiting Detroit 102-52.
▪ Gavin Ware notched his third double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead host Mississippi State over Texas Southern 86-73.
▪ Tyler Harris had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Kareem Canty made two free throws with 11.7 seconds to help Auburn hold off visiting Coastal Carolina 81-78.
▪ Transylvania lost a high-scoring duel with visiting Indiana-Southeast 105-95. The Pioneers outscored the Grenadiers by six points in the second period, led by 20 second-half points from guard Alex Jones.
▪ Rob Gray Jr. scored 26 points off the bench as Houston (5-0) remained undefeated with a 93-78 win over visiting Murray State.
▪ Brent Arrington scored 10 points and Morehead State won its fourth straight with a 60-46 victory at Saint Louis. The Eagles (5-1) never trailed.
▪ In women’s action in South Bend, Ind., Madison Cable hit a go-ahead three and two free throws in the final minute to clinch it as third-ranked Notre Dame beat No. 10 Ohio State 75-72 despite missing two starters.
Ellis, Dodgers agree: Catcher A.J. Ellis, out of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, has agreed to a $4.5 million, one-year contract to return to the Dodgers, avoiding arbitration. The 34-year-old has spent his entire major league career with the Los Angeles, batting .241 with 35 homers and 178 RBI over parts of eight seasons.Ellis had a reduced role last season after L.A. acquired Yasmani Grandal, who had an All-Star season. Ellis played just 63 games, but improved his offensive stats over 2014 despite 102 fewer at-bats.
▪ The Seattle Mariners and free agent outfielder Nori Aoki have reached agreement on a contract for the 2016 season pending a physical. Aoki was limited to 93 games last season with San Francisco because of a broken right leg and a severe concussion in the second half. The Mariners also announced the signing of right-handed reliever Justin De Fratus to a one-year deal and completed the trade of Mark Trumbo and pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser to the Orioles in exchange for catcher Steve Clevenger.
▪ The Boston Red Sox have agreed on a two-year contract with free-agent outfielder Chris Young. The deal is worth $13 million. Young, 32, is a .235 hitter with 169 career home runs over parts of 10 seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics, Mets and Yankees.
Smith bound for Kentucky State: Former Louisville coach John L. Smith reportedly will be hired as the new coach at Division II Kentucky State in Frankfort. The school’s athletic director, William Head, said he had no comment on two reports. Smith has resigned from his job at Division II Fort Lewis College in Colorado. K-State would be the 67-year-old’s eighth head coaching stop since 1989, including a solid stint at U of L from 1998 to 2002. Smith also has coached at Idaho, Utah State, Michigan State, Weber State and Arkansas.
▪ Mark Richt, the former Miami quarterback, has reached a tentative agreement to be the Hurricanes’ next head coach. Richt spent the last 15 seasons as head coach at Georgia. The South Florida native will take over a Miami program that hasn’t won more than nine games in a season since 2003, and hasn’t won a bowl since 2006.
Big Ben cleared: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger should be able to move on from his concussion protocol soon enough. Roethlisberger got a normal practice workload in his first on-field action since suffering a concussion Sunday at Seattle.
▪ The Cleveland Browns will start Austin Davis at quarterback over Johnny Manziel against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Davis nearly guided the Browns to a win over Baltimore after replacing the injured Josh McCown in the fourth quarter.
▪ NFL owners have set a special meeting to deal with a possible relocation of teams to Los Angeles for Jan. 12-13 in Houston. Seeking more information from the cities hoping to retain their franchises – St. Louis, Oakland and San Diego – and without a clear consensus on approval of either of the stadium proposals for L.A., the owners essentially punted for five weeks.
Cats honored: The SEC’s annual volleyball community service team includes Kentucky’s Morgan Bergren. The senior setter has volunteered at various hospitals and charities in Central Kentucky. UK senior punter Landon Foster also has been selected to the community service team. Foster is a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, given to the nation’s top community servant.
The last word
Mickey Corcoran, who coached Bill Parcells in high school basketball and mentored him throughout his Hall of Fame coaching career, died Sunday at age 93. Corcoran once said of Parcells:
“Bill was a pain, but he was a competitor. Hoping to lift his spirits after a 2-point loss, I told him, ‘To stay so close was a moral victory.’ But turning to me, this 15-year-old player said: ‘Coach, there are no moral victories. Winning is all that counts.’ That’s when I knew Bill was different.”