CLOSE

Enquirer writers Shelby Dermer, John Snodgrass and Jon Richardson recap Friday night basketball action around Greater Cincinnati.,Shelby Dermer and John Snodgrass and Jon Richardson, Cincinnati Enquirer read more

Harris, one of the NBA's top first-quarter scorers, started slow but still ended up with 28 points and the Clippers overcame a sluggish opening to beat the Orlando Magic 106-96 on Sunday.,Los Angeles outscored the Magic by eight points in the second quarter and by 12 points in the second half.,Vucevic had 11 rebounds in the first quarter to help the Magic take a 28-18 lead, but they blew a double-digit first-half lead for the second consecutive game after falling at Minnesota on Friday night.,Orlando led 47-45 at halftime, and the Clippers took their first lead just under two minutes into the second half on Marcin Gortat's turnaround basket.,Clippers: The last time the Clippers lost to the Magic was a 98-90 decision at Orlando on Nov. 6, 2013.

— Oklahoma women's basketball fell for the first time in Big 12 play as Kansas State defeated the Sooners, 86-56, inside Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday.,OU was limited to a season-low .280 clip (14-of-50) from the field and finished 5-for-22 (.227) from deep, while K-State (10-4, 1-1 Big 12) finished with a .542 field goal percentage and was 11-of-23 (.478) from 3-point range.,OU fell down early to open the game, but brought the Kansas State advantage down to 15-13 late in the first quarter.,OU's 22 points in the first half were the fewest scored by the Sooners in a half this season.,The Wildcats won the battle in the paint, 36-12, and scored 32 points off of OU miscues.

Gortat had not played in the fourth quarter in the first 36 games of the season until the calendar turned, and he responded with his first double-double of the season when the Clippers extended their dominance of the Phoenix Suns with a 121-111 victory Friday night.,Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams scored 21 points apiece and four other Clippers finished in double figures as they won their third straight against the Suns this season and their 11th straight in the series.,Suns center Deandre Ayton had four points, tying a season low set in the first game against the Clippers on Nov. 28.,They entered the game averaging a league-high 52.4 Williams and Harrell have not started a game this season, and Beverley flip-flopped with Avery Bradley on Nov. 20.,All average at least 25 minutes a game, and Williams (18.2) and Harrell (15.7) are the Clippers' third- and fourth-leading scorers.

" read more

Carlmont 60, Reed-Sparks 59

The Scots handed Reed its first loss of the season in thrilling fashion in the first round of the Rail City Classic in Sparks, Nevada.,Sacred Heart Prep 70, Eagle River 39 read more

Goshen boys wins first track sectional since 1943 A little over a week after winning the Northern Lakes Conference boys track and field championship for the first time since 1977, the Goshen RedHawks snapped an even longer streak by capturing their first IHSAA sectional title since 1943.,Fairfield girls basketball moves on to semistate for first time The Falcons defeated Hamilton Heights, 40-21, in the championship for the program’s first-ever regional title.,Conner Graber of Northridge wins state wrestling title Raider senior Conner Graber rallied in the third period for a 9-8 win against Brownsburg senior Nathan Walton to win the 182-pound state wrestling championship at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.,NorthWood girls win seventh consecutive NLC crown Led by freshman Cybil Stillson, who was the individual medalist with a 78, the Panthers carded an impressive team total of 339 at Black Squirrel Golf Club to win a school-record seventh consecutive Northern Lakes Conference championship.,Concord boys swimming ends Northridge championship reign Concord was leading by a mere point heading into the final event — thee 400-yard freestyle relay — the Minutemen foursome of senior Garrett Roberts, senior Samuel Lower, junior Matthew Bond and junior Kallaghan Findley blazed their way to a first-place finish in a time of 3:10.28, which was only .32 off the sectional record.

Jerome made the first two free throws and then intentionally missed the third, to give Virginia an opportunity to grab an offensive rebound and possibly tie the game, but the Cavaliers’ Mamadi Diakite was whistled for a lane violation, giving Louisville possession.,Chris Robinson of the Virginia High School League acknowledged that crowd behavior at games was “probably leaning a little bit in the wrong direction.”,The third-division Irish soccer team Ballybrack FC forced a match to be called off by claiming that Spanish-born player Fernando LaFuente had been killed in a car crash on his way home from practice.,In response to LaFuente’s “death,” the Leinster Senior League postponed Ballybrack’s game with Arklow Town, a moment’s silence was held before other league matches and obituaries were placed in local newspapers.,Fox Sports Detroit television play-by-play announcer Mario Impemba and analyst Rod Allen lost their jobs because they got into a physical altercation after a Tigers game in Chicago — over a chair in the broadcast booth.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers looked just fine for 3 ½ quarters in their first game without LeBron James.,Bogdan Bogdanovic made a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Sacramento Kings rallied from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Los Angeles 117-116 on Thursday night.,De’Aaron Fox followed with two free throws for Sacramento, and Kyle Kuzma made one of two for Los Angeles with 4.6 left.,Kuzma had 34 points to help make up for James’ absence, and Lonzo Ball added 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.,COMEBACK KIDS

The Kings are the first team to win three consecutive home games when trailing by 15 points or more since San Antonio did it during the 2016-17 season. read more

JJ Redick had a game high 24 points, while teammate Ben Simmons recorded his fifth triple-double of the season with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists.,NCAA confirms failed drug test by Clemson DL

The NCAA has confirmed that Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence has been suspended for Saturday’s CFP semifinal game against Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl following a failed test for performance-enhancing drugs.,Sebastian Aho scored his team-leading 15th goal in the third period for the Hurricanes, who lost their third out of four games.,— The Penguins won for the ninth time in 13 games this month as Phil Kessel scored two power-play goals in a 5-2 victory against the Red Wings.,Blake Coleman scored twice, Damon Severson tallied 25 seconds into the game and Kyle Palmieri added his team-high 19th goal in New Jersey’s fourth victory in 19 road games. read more

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers lost LeBron James in the third quarter to a strained left groin then went out and beat the two-time defending champions without him Tuesday night, getting King James' 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before the injury in a surprising 127-101 rout of the Golden State Warriors.,Kuzma contributed 19 points with a pretty baseline 3 late, Ivica Zubac had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Rajon Rondo 15 points and 10 assists off the bench as the Lakers snapped an 11-game losing streak on the Warriors' home floor since a 118-115 overtime win Dec. 22, 2012.,HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 41 points and the Rockets beat the Thunder for their seventh win in the last eight games.,Harden has scored 30 points or more in a career-high seven games in a row, marking the first time a player has done that since Russell Westbrook had eight consecutive 30-point games in November 2016.,Joe Ingles chipped in 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists for the Jazz (17-18), who won for the fifth time in their last six home games while shooting 55 percent from the floor.