December 12, 2011 in Sports

In brief: Racers jump to early lead, beat Tigers

 
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Murray State guard Donte Poole goes to the basket against Memphis guard Chris Crawford during first half Sunday.
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Men’s basketball: Donte Poole connected on a career-high six 3-pointers and scored 20 points as Murray State remained undefeated with a 76-72 victory over the No. 21 Memphis Tigers in Memphis, Tenn., on Sunday night.

The Racers (10-0) took control early then had to weather a late Memphis rally to hold on for the victory. Murray State was up 71-60 with just under 2 minutes left before Memphis (5-3) scored eight straight points to make it a one-possession game.

The Tigers trailed 73-72 with 14 seconds left. But Isaiah Canaan, who had 15 points, connected on two free throws with 7.9 seconds left and the Racers remained one of only nine teams in Division I still undefeated.

Will Barton led Memphis with 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting.

• Kansas’ Taylor has knee surgery: Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and could be out up to three weeks.

Taylor hurt the knee early last week but played through the injury in the 13th-ranked Jayhawks’ 78-67 victory over No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday.

Purdue loses on road to Central Michigan

Women’s basketball: Point guard Brandie Baker scored all 16 of her points in the second half and Central Michigan upset No. 12 Purdue 75-62 in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

The Chippewas (3-5) outscored the Boilermakers (7-3) 47-25 in the second half as they shot 14 for 24 from the field, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range.

• Hoyas hold off Colonials: Sugar Rodgers had 18 points and six steals to lead Georgetown (9-2) over George Washington, 59-50, for its eighth straight victory.

Tia Magee’s three-point play with 48.7 seconds left gave the Hoyas a 58-49 lead and finally some breathing room against the pesky Colonials (5-4).

North Carolina wins men’s soccer title

Soccer: Ben Speas lofted a 25-yard shot over goalkeeper Klay Davis midway through the second half to give North Carolina (22-2-2) a 1-0 victory over Charlotte in the NCAA championship in Hoover, Ala.

Speas worked the ball toward the middle just outside the Charlotte box and hit a left-footer that barely cleared the outstretched arm of Davis.

The unseeded 49ers (17-5-3) outshot the Tar Heels 14-3 in the second half, including a flurry of four shots in 41 seconds with less than five minutes left in regulation.

Sharp lifts Chicago over San Jose in OT

NHL: Patrick Sharp steered in a loose puck off a rebound at 4:26 of overtime to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Chicago.

Antti Niemi stopped Marian Hossa’s shot from the top of the right circle, but kicked the puck toward the goal line. Sharp swooped in to bury the rebound for his sixth goal in his last six games, helping Chicago improve to 4-0-1 in its last five.

• Rangers rout Panthers: Derek Stepan scored twice, including a pretty coast-to-coast goal just after the Rangers killed a penalty, and New York beat the visiting Florida Panthers 6-1.

• Hurricanes place Boucher on IR: The Carolina Hurricanes have placed backup goalie Brian Boucher on injured reserve and say center Jeff Skinner is out with an undisclosed injury.

The team also recalled forward former Spokane Chief Drayson Bowman from its AHL affiliate in Charlotte.

Templeton Shootout won by rookies

Golf: PGA champion Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele shot a 13-under 59 in scramble play to become the first PGA Tour rookies to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Fla.

Bradley and Steele took control with an eagle by Steele on No. 14 and a birdie on No. 15, finishing at 32-under 184 for a three-stroke victory over two teams.

Bradley and Steele had a chance at the tournament record of 34 under, but parred No. 16 and 18 coming in. Bradley and Steele shared $750,000 from the $3-million purse.

• McIlroy out of Thai tournament: Rory McIlroy says he is pulling out of next week’s Thailand Golf Championship as he continues to recover from the lingering effects of dengue fever which he believes he picked up while playing tournaments in South Korea and China.

Auburn suspends tailback Dyer

College football: Auburn tailback Mike Dyer has been suspended indefinitely for violating undisclosed team rules and won’t play in the Tigers’ bowl game.

Auburn confirmed the suspension of the first-team All-Southeastern Conference player and said he will miss the Chick-fil-A Bowl Dec. 31 against Virginia.

• Kuechly awarded Lott Trophy: Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly has won the Lott IMPACT Trophy.

The award honors on-field performance and personal character among defensive players.

• Iowa’s Parker to retire: Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker said that he’s retiring after 13 seasons with the Hawkeyes.

Parker, 70, said in a statement released by the school that he’s stepping down following Iowa’s matchup with Oklahoma in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 30.


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