Jerel McNeal scored 20 points to lead No. 11 Marquette to a 76-68 victory over IUPUI on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams. Marquette trailed 48-43 with 13 minutes left after IUPUI used a 17-2 run to erase a 10-point lead for the Golden Eagles shortly after halftime. Marquette responded with a 23-8 run over the next 9 minutes to seal the victory.
Tajuan Porter did his best to help No. 12 Oregon forget about Aaron Brooks. The sophomore point guard had 17 points and a career-high nine assists in the Ducks’ 100-70 season-opening win against Pepperdine in the World Vision International tournament on Saturday night. It was Oregon’s 16th straight season-opening win, the longest streak in the Pac-10 Conference.
Free-agent reliever J.C. Romero re-signed with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, agreeing to a three-year, $12 million contract. The Phillies have a club option for a fourth that could bring the total value of the contract to $16.75 million, assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “J.C. had an outstanding three months for us this year, particularly down the stretch,” Amaro said.
Colts receiver Marvin Harrison’s bruised left knee will keep him out of the team’s game in San Diego on Sunday night. Harrison didn’t make the trip to San Diego on Saturday. He participated in limited practice work this week and was previously listed as questionable for the game. Rookie receiver Anthony Gonzalez (dislocated left thumb) and offensive tackle Dan Federkeil (concussion) also did not…
The Boston Celtics won one for Doc Rivers and sent the New Jersey Nets a message in the process. Hours after attending the funeral of his father in Illinois, Rivers saw the new-look Celtics remain the NBA’s only undefeated team and personally show the Nets they are the team to beat in the Atlantic Division with an impressive 112-101 win on Saturday night.
Grant Hill isn’t used to being the bad guy. He inherited the role Saturday against his former team. The All-Star shrugged off relentless boos from his former fans for 14 points and eight rebounds as the Phoenix Suns beat the Orlando Magic 106-96 Saturday night. While the crowd focused on Hill, Leandro Barbosa scored a career-high 39 points and all five Suns starters cracked double figures to break…
Carmelo Anthony had 32 points and 10 rebounds to rally the Denver Nuggets to a 113-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night. Allen Iverson added 27 points and 10 assists, and Linas Kleiza scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for the Nuggets (4-3), who trailed by 25 in the first half.
For someone who thinks she needs to hit the ball farther, Paula Creamer has sure distanced herself from the pack in the Tournament of Champions. Seeking her second victory of the year and fourth in three LPGA Tour seasons, Creamer shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to increase her lead to six strokes in the event for tournament winners from 2004-07 and active Hall of Famers.
Se Ri Pak presided over a table of 10 at a Chinese restaurant in Las Vegas, ordering all the food and making sure everyone had enough to eat. When the fortune cookies arrived, she cracked hers open and read it slowly and softly in her halting English. “You will lose the small ones, but win the big treasure,” she said.
It took a while for the Ottawa Senators to solve Cristobal Huet, though they eventually did beat the Montreal Canadiens goalie for a pair of crucial late goals. Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Neil scored goals 1:40 apart in the third period to lead Ottawa to a 3-1 win over Montreal on Saturday. Huet, who stopped Alfredsson on a penalty shot in the second, came within 5:10 of recording his second…