Joe Crawford scored 20 points and No. 20 Kentucky began the Billy Gillispie era with a 67-40 victory over Central Arkansas on Tuesday night in the opening round of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic. The Wildcats (1-0) advanced to the second round Wednesday night against Gardner-Webb, which defeated Alabama A&M 69-55.
Memphis forward Joey Dorsey was not in uniform for the third-ranked Tigers against Richmond on Tuesday night, missing a second straight game with a right shoulder sprain. Dorsey, Memphis’ only senior, was hurt during a scrimmage against Saint Louis on Oct. 27. He averaged 8.4 points and a team-high 9.4 rebounds last season.
The Ottawa Senators clearly entered this season determined to avoid a letdown after losing the Stanley Cup final. So far, they’ve got an NHL record and a team one, too, to show for their effort. Chris Phillips and Patrick Eaves scored goals 47 seconds apart early in the first period and Ottawa set a team record with its eighth straight win, a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday…
Ted Nolan won this one all by himself. Three nights after stepping aside on the New York Islanders bench to allow Al Arbour to coach his 1,500th game with the franchise, Nolan took back the reins and won just as the Hall of Famer did on Saturday — with clutch offense from Miroslav Satan. Satan snapped a tie with 8:48 left Tuesday night and Rick DiPietro made 28 saves to lift the Islanders to a 3-2…
Todd White scored the 100th goal of his career 1:34 into overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 2-1 victory over the slumping Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. Atlanta improved to 6-3 under interim coach Don Waddell, the team’s general manager. The Capitals lost their 10th in 12 games after starting the season with three straight victories.
Padres pitcher Greg Maddux won his record 17th Gold Glove while Boston first baseman Kevin Youkilis earned his first award Tuesday for fielding excellence. Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez won for the 13th time and outfielders Andruw Jones, Ichiro Suzuki and Torii Hunter added to their totals. The Colorado Rockies, who set a major league record for fielding percentage, did not have a winner.
Power-hitting outfielder Jose Guillen bought nearly $20,000 worth of steroids and human growth hormone from 2003-05, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday. Former major leaguers Matt Williams and Ismael Valdez also purchased performance-enhancing drugs, in 2002, from a Florida anti-aging clinic that was raided in February as part of an investigation by the Albany, N.Y., district attorney…
Pinch-hitting specialist Marlon Anderson is staying with the New York Mets, agreeing Tuesday to a $2.2 million, two-year contract. After he was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers in July, Anderson signed with the Mets for his second stint with the team. He batted .319 (22-for-69) in part-time duty for New York with three homers and 25 RBIs.
Pitcher Paul Byrd, whose admitted use of human growth hormone served as a backdrop to the end of Cleveland’s season, had his $7.5 million club option for 2008 picked up by the Indians on Tuesday. Before Game 7 the AL championship series in Boston, Byrd acknowledged taking HGH after the San Francisco Chronicle reported he spent nearly $25,000 on the banned drug and syringes from 2002-05.
Leandro Barbosa, Raja Bell and Shawn Marion led eight players in double figures with 16 points apiece and the Phoenix Suns continued their dominance of the Eastern Conference with a 115-83 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night. The Bobcats, who had been 2-0 for the first time in their four-year history, trailed by as many as 34 points against the Suns.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Rashad McCants left the game against the Orlando Magic in the first quarter Tuesday night after spraining his right ankle. McCants, the Wolves’ leading scorer this year with an average of 18 points, was hurt when he drove the baseline and was tangled up with two Magic players under the basket.
Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson was scratched from the game against Minnesota on Tuesday night after sustaining what the team called a “slight concussion” in practice. Nelson was hit in the head by an errant elbow during practice on Monday in Washington, and still had some headaches on Tuesday, so coach Stan Van Gundy decided to give him the night off.