B2 •The World • Tuesday, December 3,2013
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San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (21) celebrates with teammate Manu Ginobili (20) after he scored with less than a second remaining in the second half to beat Atlanta on Monday.
San Antonio edges Hawks THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan made a jumper with 0.4 seconds left to lift the San Antonio Spurs to a 102-100 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. Duncan finished with 23 points and 21 rebounds as San Antonio dominated the middle against the younger and more athletic Atlanta front court. Boris Diaw had 16 points and Tiago Splitter finished with 11. Atlanta had all five starters score in double figures. Jeff Teague had 19 points, Al Horford added 18 and DeMarre Carroll finished with 17. The Hawks trailed 98-94 when Paul Millsap made a 3pointer over Diaw with 17.5 seconds remaining. Manu Ginobili then made a pair of free throws for the Spurs, but Teague drained a 3 over Kawhi Leonard to tie it at 100
with 4.7 seconds left. Curling off a pick, Duncan drained a jumper near the free-throw line to put San Antonio ahead to stay. Pelicans 131, Bulls 128, 3OT: Jrue Holiday made a three-point play with 2.6 seconds remaining in the third overtime Monday night, giving the New Orleans Pelicans a victory over the Chicago Bulls. Holiday had 19 points and 12 assists for the Pelicans. He made an 18-footer with 3.9 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 103 and force overtime. Ryan Anderson had a career-high 36 points on 12of-20 shooting, including 7 for 11 on 3-pointers. Eric Gordon added 23 points for New Orleans (9-8). Luol Deng led the Bulls with 37 points and also had eight rebounds and seven assists. Jazz 109, Rockets 103: Marvin Williams scored five points in the final two minutes, Gordon Hayward broke
out of a shooting slump to score 29 points and Utah beat Houston to earn its first backto-back wins of the season. With Utah clinging to a 101-98 lead, Williams stole James Harden’s pass and raced down for a dunk with 2 minutes left. Williams then hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 59 seconds to go to boost the lead to 108-100. Rookie Trey Burke posted career highs of 21 points and six assists for Utah, which shot 54 percent and made 10 of 17 from beyond the arc. Harden had 15 of his season-best 37 points in the fourth quarter to keep the Rockets close. Wizards 98, Magic 80: Trevor Ariza scored 24 points, John Wall had 16 points and 13 assists, and Washington beat Orlando to get to .500 for the first time since it split its first four games of the 2009-10 season. Arron Afflalo scored 21 points for Orlando, and Victor Oladipo added 13 points and six rebounds.
NEW YORK (AP) — On a night usually dominated by news of players let loose, the Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics filled pitching needs with trades. Washington obtained right-hander Doug Fister from Detroit for infielder Steve Lombardozzi and lefthanders Robbie Ray and Ian Krol on Monday. Oakland acquired closer Jim Johnson from Baltimore for infielder Jemile Weeks and a player to be named. Fister was 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA last season for the AL Central champions, who last month traded slugging first baseman Prince Fielder to Texas for second baseman Ian Kinsler. “It gives us some flexibility for some other things we want to do,” Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said, insisting the trade wasn’t made to free money for a long-term deal for AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, who can leave after next season. Fister joins a talented Nationals rotation that already includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez. Oakland, which also
closed in on a $22 million, two-year contract with lefthander Scott Kazmir, is revamping after losing to the Tigers in the AL division series. The 30-year-old Johnson led the majors with 51 saves in 2012 and tied for the big league lead last season with 50. The two-time AL West champion A’s found their closer to replace All-Star Grant Balfour, who became a free agent after the season and is expected to command a multiyear deal. Meanwhile, 43 players became free agents at midnight EST when their teams failed to offer 2014 contracts, a group that included 2009 NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan (Miami) and St. Louis reliever John Axford. Clubs often use the socalled tender deadline as leverage to force agreements with players they won’t go to arbitration with. Among the players let loose were Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia, Boston righthander Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Kalish, Mets right-hander Jeremy Hefner, Yankees infielder Jayson Nix, Tampa Bay outfielder Sam
Fuld and Kansas City infielder Chris Getz. The Los Angeles Angels gained nearly $10 million of payroll flexibility, declining to offer contracts to pitchers Tommy Hanson, Jerome Williams and Juan Gutierrez along with third baseman Chris Nelson. With an excess of catching after reaching an agreement to sign Brian McCann, the New York Yankees traded Chris Stewart to Pittsburgh for a player to be named, and Stewart agreed to a $1 million, one-year deal with the Pirates. The Yankees also finalized a $5 million, twoyear contract with shortstop Brendan Ryan, who became their starter in September when Derek Jeter went back on the disabled list. Utilityman Willie Bloomquist agreed to return to Seattle pending a physical expected to take place later this week, a baseball official with knowledge of the deal said, also speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement wasn’t final. Catcher Dioner Navarro agreed to an $8 million, twoyear contract with Toronto that pays $3 million next year and $5 million in 2015.
lengthy history of national prominence. He also inherits a roster stocked with solid talent by Kiffin and Orgeron, yet still laboring under the last of NCAA sanctions stemming from violations during Carroll’s era. Next season is USC’s last year of scholarship limitations, keeping the Trojans with just 75 scholarship players on their roster — 10 fewer than other schools. Freshman Max Browne, the top recruit in Kiffin’s last class, is a native of the Seattle suburbs. He was offered a scholarship at Washington by Sarkisian 3 1/2 years ago. “I think guys walked out of the meeting with a positive vibe and ready to go to work,” Browne said. “It’s something we’ve kind of got used to, the roller coaster we’ve been going through. Whoever is leading us, we’ll get behind him.” Many USC players went online to post mixed feelings about the move. “Words can’t explain how I’m feeling right now....just
lost a father. Way more than a coach,” tweeted USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams, who was named to the allPac-12 first team Monday. Orgeron recruited Williams out of his native Florida. “I’m on board Sark was very close to getting me to come with him to U Dub,” USC freshman tailback Justin Davis tweeted. Orgeron turned himself into a candidate for the fulltime job with an impressive revitalization of a program that had grown dour and stale when Haden fired Kiffin, who went 28-15, at the airport five games into the season. Orgeron’s tenure was highlighted by the Trojans’ stunning victory over No. 5 Stanford last month, but his groundswell of support for the full-time job dissipated last weekend when UCLA trounced USC. The Trojans also lost to rival Notre Dame under Orgeron, but won every other game. Orgeron said farewell to his players in an emotional team meeting earlier in the day.
UCLA running back/linebacker Myles Jack was named both the offensive and defensive freshman of the year. Graham led Arizona State to eight wins, including its first victory in a bowl since 2007, in his first season in the desert and topped that this season by getting the Sun Devils within a game of their first Rose Bowl since 1997. “I’m obviously extremely honored to receive that,” Graham said. “I can tell you, that’s an honor that’s reflective of our staff, coaching staff recognition. I’m very proud of our guys and what we’ve been able to accomplish.” A senior, Sutton joins Washington defensive tackle Steve Emtman (1990-91) as the only players to repeat as the conference player of the year after another superb season on Arizona State’s line.
Carey was an AllAmerican last season after leading the nation in rushing yards per game and was just as good this season to become Arizona’s first offensive player of the year. Despite teams gearing up to stop him, the junior ran for 1,716 yards and 18 touchdowns with a per-game average of 156. Jack started the season as a linebacker, but became a two-way player when UCLA’s coaches put him in at running back against Arizona on Nov. 9. He ran for 120 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown that sealed the game. Jack had 70 tackles and an interception as a linebacker and ran for 267 yards — with a 7.2 per-carry average — and seven touchdowns as a running back.
From Page B1 “Hopefully this time I don’t have to leave again to come back again,” Sarkisian said with a laugh. “Hopefully the fifth time is the charm.” Sarkisian is a Torrance native who has been an impressive recruiter in California, luring dozens of talented players to Seattle from high schools within a short drive of USC’s campus. During Monday’s team meeting, when Sarkisian asked which players he had recruited for either the Trojans or Huskies, more than half the room raised its hand. “He recognized all of us,” said USC offensive lineman Kevin Graf, who was recruited by Sarkisian. “He did a good job letting us know it’s going to be a family again. That’s important to him.” Sarkisian takes over one of college football’s crown jewel programs, a five-time AP national champion with a
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