January 2, 2014 in Sports

In brief: DeRozan leads surging Raptors over Pacers

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

NBA: DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Kyle Lowry had 13 points and a season-high 14 assists and the Toronto Raptors extended their season-best winning streak to four games, beating the visiting Indiana Pacers 95-82 on Wednesday night.

Terrence Ross scored 18 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 13 points and nine rebounds as the Raptors (15-15) snapped Indiana’s five-game winning streak and improved to .500 after 30 games for the first time since Jan. 6, 2010.

Griffin powers Clippers: Blake Griffin scored 13 of his 31 points in the final 7:05 and Jared Dudley got 11 of his 20 points in the third quarter, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 112-85 victory over the visiting Charlotte Bobcats.

Sixers dump struggling Nuggets: Evan Turner scored 23 points and Thaddeus Young added 17, helping the visiting Philadelphia 76ers beat the slumping Denver Nuggets 114-102.

J.J. Hickson had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, who dropped their eighth game in a row.

Injury report: Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving only sustained a bruised knee against Indiana and is not expected to miss significant time.

Lakers guard Jordan Farmar will be out for at least four weeks with another tear in his left hamstring.

The Lakers are without Kobe Bryant, Xavier Henry and three point guards: Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Farmar.

Teen earns second win in trials

Speedskating: With a powerful finishing kick, 17-year-old Emery Lehman claimed a second race at the Sochi Olympics by knocking off Jonathan Kuck in a thrilling 10,000 meters at the U.S. speedskating trials at Kearns, Utah.

Lehman was about 4 seconds behind with three laps to go, but he turned on the speed and began closing the gap. As the bell rang for the final lap, Lehman surged into the lead from the inside lane.

Maria Lamb earned her third trip to the Olympics by winning the 5,000 meters. The 27-year-old Lamb overcame breathing issues and a severe migraine that sent her to a hospital emergency room two days earlier.

Thames scores 23 for Aztecs

College men’s basketball: Xavier Thames scored 23 points to help No. 21 San Diego State fend off Colorado State 71-61 at Fort Collins, Colo., for its 10th straight win.

The Aztecs (11-1, 1-0 Mountain West) dominated Colorado State (9-5, 0-1) in the paint, outscoring the Rams 40-16 from up close.

Taylor sparks Louisville victory

College women’s basketball: Asia Taylor scored 18 points and Shoni Schimmel had 15 to help No. 7 Louisville (14-1, 2-0) beat Temple (7-5, 1-1) 77-68 in an American Athletic Conference game at Philadelphia.

Federer sharp in opener

Tennis: Roger Federer showed shreds of Stefan Edberg’s influence as he got his 2014 season underway, advancing to the Brisbane International quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jarkko Nieminen.

Federer worked briefly with Edberg in the offseason and will again use the six-time major winner as a coach in Melbourne as he tries to end his Grand Slam drought at the Australian Open this month.

After a day of injury withdrawals in the women’s draw, No. 2-ranked Victoria Azarenka finished off the night session with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Casey Dellacqua.

Murray loses in second round: Third-seeded Andy Murray, playing in his first tournament since back surgery in late September, was upset by Florian Mayer of Germany 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Qatar Open at Doha, Qatar.

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal was also taken to three sets but emerged with a 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 win over Tobias Kamke of Germany, while second-seeded David Ferrer joined Murray in making an early exit after a 6-4, 7-5 loss to Daniel Brands of Germany.


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