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14 February 2017 Sports


PISTONS-BUCKS

Bucks beat Pistons 102-89 behind Monroe’s double-double

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Greg Monroe had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Michael Beasley added 23 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 102-89 on Monday night, winning their first home game since star forward Jabari Parker got hurt.

The Bucks led by 22 at one point and held a double-digit advantage for most of the second half. It was a confidence-building outing for a team adjusting to life again without Parker, the 20 point-a-game scorer who tore his left ACL last week for the second time in three seasons.

Beasley’s energy gave the Bucks a boost. Starting now with Parker out, the veteran sliced through traffic for layups and hit mid-range jumpers. Monroe, the active 6-foot-11 center, wheeled in the lane for baskets and boards.

Marcus Morris led Detroit with 26 points, while Andre Drummond added 21 points and 12 rebounds.

ARBITRATION

Jake Odorizzi, Michael Wacha go to arbitration

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jake Odorizzi of Tampa Bay and Michael Wacha of St. Louis have gone to salary arbitration and are among six first-time eligible starting pitchers who could get decisions Tuesday.

Odorizzi asked arbitrators Edna Francis, Margaret Brogan and James Oldham for a raise from $520,700 to $4.1 million. The Rays argued during Monday’s hearing that he should be paid $3,825,000.

Wacha asked arbitrators Dennis Archer, Gary Kendellen and Elizabeth Neumeier for a raise from $539,000 to $3.2 million, and St. Louis advocated for a $2,775,000 salary.

Lawyers for players and teams agreed the panels should withhold decisions for the pair along with cases involving Milwaukee’s Chase Anderson, Houston’s Collin McHugh, Toronto’s Marcus Stroman and Arizona’s Taijuan Walker until all had completed hearings.

The sides are on track for 16 hearings, the most since teams won 10 of 16 decisions in 1994.

PACKERS-ALLISON

Packers’ Allison pleads not guilty to marijuana charge

(Information in the following story is from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.com )

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers receiver Geronimo Allison has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

Allison’s attorney, Brian Maloney, entered the plea on his client’s behalf Monday. WLUK-TV reports Allison was not in court and was not required to be there.

The charge against Allison stems from a traffic stop in September in Manitowoc County. The next hearing is set for April 25.

Allison emerged in the last couple of weeks of the regular season with eight catches for 157 yards and a score while filling in when Randall Cobb was hurt. The undrafted rookie free agent out of Illinois played with a hamstring injury in the Packers’ 44-21 loss to Atlanta in the NFC championship game.

SPURS-PACERS

Spurs top Pacers for NBA-record 20th straight winning season

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points and the San Antonio Spurs clinched their NBA-record 20th consecutive winning season with a 110-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 10 of his 19 points during the final 6 1/2 minutes as the Spurs improved to 42-13 in the season following Tim Duncan’s retirement. They have had a winning record every season since 1997-98, when Duncan was a rookie, and broke a tie with the Utah Jazz, who had 19 straight winning seasons from 1985-2004.

Paul George scored 27 points and Myles Turner had 22 for the Pacers, who have lost four straight — three on their home court.

George’s 3-pointer with 21 seconds left cut it to 107-104, but the Spurs closed it out at the free-throw line.

NEBRASKA-ELLIOTT

Bob Elliott leaving Irish post to coach Nebraska’s safeties

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Bob Elliott is leaving his job as special assistant to the head coach at Notre Dame to coach safeties at Nebraska.

Cornhuskers coach Mike Riley on Monday announced the hiring of Elliott, who has 38 years of college coaching experience and spent the past five seasons on the Notre Dame staff.

Elliott coached safeties at Notre Dame in 2012-13 when Bob Diaco was the Irish defensive coordinator. Diaco was hired as Nebraska’s defensive coordinator last month.

Elliott coached Notre Dame’s outside linebackers in 2014. He was involved in player personnel decisions, analytics, defensive strategy, game planning and on-campus recruiting as Brian Kelly’s special assistant the past two years.

In addition to several stops as a position coach, Elliott has been defensive coordinator at San Diego State, Kansas State and Iowa.

NIT-EXPERIMENTAL RULES

NIT to have experimental rules similar to quarter-style play

This year’s NIT will experiment with rules, incorporating elements of playing four quarters while staying with a two-half format.

The NCAA announced Monday its rules panel has approved resetting team fouls to zero at the end of 10-minute segments in each half, as well as doing away with the 1-and-1 free throw in favor or two foul shots on many fouls.

Instead, teams will shoot two free throws after teams have reached four fouls during each 10-minute segment and three fouls during overtime. The fouls will reset at the 9:59 mark of each half.

The rules panel also approved resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds instead of going back to 30 when a team inbounds in its frontcourt after a foul.