Sports Digest: Mavericks release Thornwood grad Curry

2012-11-03T21:30:00Z 2012-11-08T23:36:04Z Sports Digest: Mavericks release Thornwood grad Curry
November 03, 2012 9:30 pm

Pro basketball

MAVERICKS RELEASE CURRY: The Eddy Curry era is over for the Dallas Mavericks after just two games.

The Mavericks announced Friday that they've waived the journeyman center, a 2001 Thornwood grad, and replaced him on the 15-man roster with free-agent center Troy Murphy.

In two games, Curry averaged 4.5 points and two rebounds in 12.5 minutes.

The Mavericks are the sixth team on Murphy's resume. Golden State took him 14th overall in the 2001 NBA Draft out of Notre Dame. He's donned the uniforms of the Warriors, Indiana, New Jersey, Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers before signing with Dallas.

WITHOUT DAVIS, HORNETS BEAT BULLS: Greivis Vasquez scored 18 points, and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Bulls 89-82 on Saturday night even though they were missing Anthony Davis.

Robin Lopez and Jason Smith scored 16 apiece, and the Hornets hit 20 of 23 free throws to get the win even though Davis was nursing a mild concussion.

Luol Deng had 19 points and eight rebounds for Chicago. Nate Robinson scored 15, and Marco Belinelli added 13 against his former team.

PACERS DEFENSE STYMIES KINGS IN 2OT: George Hill scored 18 points including the first four in the second overtime Saturday night, and that was all Indiana's staunch defense needed to close out a 106-98 double overtime victory over Sacramento.

Hill got help from David West, who had 18 points and 18 rebounds, and Paul George, who had 16 points and 17 rebounds.


Auto racing

HARVICK WINS AT TEXAS, NATIONWIDE TITLE CHASE TIED: Kevin Harvick led 127 laps and won the NASCAR Nationwide race at Texas for the fifth time Saturday night, while Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got even with Elliott Sadler for the season points lead with two races left.

Stenhouse fought a loose car much of the night, and managed a fourth-place finish to make up his six-point deficit to Sadler, who finished 11th. Stenhouse's six victories, two more than Sadler, give him the tiebreaker.

Sadler was sixth, only two spots behind Stenhouse, on the final restart with 18 laps left at the 1½-mile high-banked track. But he started sliding back, and lost the points lead after dropping out of the top 10 with three laps left.

The five Nationwide wins at Texas by Harvick matched Kyle Busch for the most.


Horse racing

9-1 SHOT FORT LARNED WINS BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC: Fort Larned, a 9-1 long shot, led all the way to win the $5 million Classic by a half-length on Saturday, capping a weekend of upsets at the Breeders' Cup.

Brian Hernandez Jr., aboard the winner, celebrated his 27th birthday with the biggest victory of his career. Game On Dude, the 7-5 favorite who was beaten in the closing strides a year ago at Churchill Downs, was seventh in the field of 12.

"Fort Larned just gave us the greatest birthday present ever," said Hernandez, who rides mostly in racing's minor leagues at Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs.

Fort Larned ran 1¼ miles in 2:00.11 in the showcase race of the two-day world championships at Santa Anita that was shown in prime time for the first time. Just four favorites won in the event's 15 races.

Fort Larned, a 4-year-old colt, paid $20.80 to win. Trainer Ian Wilkes had never won such a big race.

Bob Baffert went 0 for 9 on the weekend, with Game On Dude failing to deliver the Hall of Famer a first-ever win in North America's richest race. It was the end of a bummer year for Baffert, who survived a heart attack in March only to finish second in each of the Triple Crown races.

Mucho Macho Man was second and Flat Out, trained by Bill Mott, was third.


Men's basketball

SSC OPENS BY EXTENDING HOME WIN STREAK: South Suburban College won its 18th consecutive home game, routing visiting Harper College 94-67 Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

T.F. South graduate Mike Lee led SSC with 20 points, and Michael Harris (E.C. Central) had a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds for the NJCAA No. 6-ranked Bulldogs.

South Suburban will travel to Waubonsee Community College for a 7 p.m. game Tuesday.


Women's volleyball

VALPO RALLY FALLS SHORT: Valparaiso overcame a two-set deficit but couldn't pull out the victory over Horizon League leader Cleveland State, falling 20-25, 17-25, 25-11, 25-21, 11-15. Kelsey Victor (21 kills), Kelsey Berrington (43 assists) and Taylor Root (33 digs) led the Crusaders (18-11, 8-4). Morgan Beil added 12 kills.


Prep wrestling

IHSWCA ANNOUNCES DUAL INVITATIONAL FIELD: Defending state champion Perry Meridian headlines a list of 24 teams selected to participate in the first Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association State Duals Invitational.

The three-class tournament is scheduled for Dec. 22 at Westfield High School, just north of Indianapolis. The duals are an attempt to rekindle the excitement of a state championship event, featuring many of the best teams in Indiana, following the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s decision to end its state team tournament.

Teams were selected with the assistance of a computer program which ranks a team’s returning strengths, based on last year’s postseason results.

Perry Meridian, the IHSAA’s final dual meet tourney winner, will be joined by state semifinalists Indianapolis Cathedral and Evansville Mater Dei. The rest of the field includes Bloomington South, Center Grove, Elkhart Memorial, Franklin Community and Penn in Class 3A, Culver Academies Danville, Evansville Memorial, Heritage Hills, Jimtown, Muncie Southside, Southmont and Yorktown in 2A, and Adams Central, Bremen, Churubusco, Lewis Cass, Milan, Prairie Heights, South Adams and South Putnam in A.

Tourney brackets and first-round opponents are slated to be announced Dec. 15. Admission is $10.


Around the horn

Steve Nash has a small fracture in his left leg and will be out of the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup for at least another week. ... Lee Westwood shot an 11-under 61 on Saturday for a share of the third-round lead with Louis Oosthuizen in the HSBC Champions. ... Tom Lehman took the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and moved closer to becoming the first player to win the Champions Tour's season points title two straight years. ... South Korea's Lee Bo-mee shot an 8-under 64 to take a four-stroke lead after the second round of the Mizuno Classic.

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