Rushville Republican

July 3, 2014

Sports Briefs


Rushville Republican

---- — Christmas leads Fever in 77-70 win

ATLANTA (AP) — Karima Christmas scored 18 points to lead the Indiana Fever to a 77-70 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Tuesday night.

Sydney Carter added 11 points — all in the second half— against her former team and Indiana (7-9) won in Atlanta for the second time this season. Carter, who was briefly with the Dream last season, scored a career-high 14 points when the Fever won 82-77 in overtime in Atlanta on May 25.

Erika de Souza scored 23 points for the Dream (11-5), who lost for just the second time in nine home games this season. Atlanta leading scorer Angel McCoughtry added 17 points on 6-for-18 shooting.

The Dream were 0 for 13 on 3-point attempts.

Bucks hire Jason Kidd after Nets deal

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks hired Jason Kidd as coach on Tuesday after completing a deal with the Brooklyn Nets.

The Bucks sent the Nets two second-round picks for Kidd, who went 44-38 in his only season as Brooklyn coach.

Milwaukee fired Larry Drew on Monday after reaching the deal for Kidd. Drew went 15-67, the worst record in the league, in his only season guiding the Bucks.

“Jason is a determined leader, a tough-minded competitor and a great teammate,” Bucks owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry said in a statement.

Kidd became available after seeking greater power within the Nets, the organization he led to its greatest NBA success as a player. When that was denied, the team granted him permission to speak to other teams.

The Nets could move quickly to replace Kidd. General manager Billy King met with former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins on Monday and planned to talk to him again Tuesday.

Indians top Dodgers 10-3

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One pitch, two replays, three outs.

“I’ve seen triple plays, but none quite like that,” Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp said Tuesday night. “I guess there’s a first time for everything.”

The Cleveland Indians turned an unorthodox triple play that required a pair of video reviews, and David Murphy broke out of a 1-for-44 slump with three hits and two RBIs in a 10-3 victory over Los Angeles.

Lonnie Chisenhall started things off for Cleveland with a two-run homer against Josh Beckett (5-5). Nick Swisher and Yan Gomes also drove in two runs apiece for the Indians, held to one hit in back-to-back shutout losses to the Mariners and Dodgers.

The dormant Cleveland lineup finally came out of its shell - so much so that Justin Masterson was all smiles after one of his shortest outings this season.

“The offense was great and the bullpen was great,” Masterson said. “I think we as a team feel very fortunate. We hadn’t been hitting as well as we would have liked to the last few games. And to be able to put up runs like that, I think everyone was really excited.”

This was the Dodgers’ seventh attempt at their first four-game winning streak of the season. They haven’t won more than three in a row since a six-game stretch from Aug. 25 to Sept. 3 last season.

As a result, they got knocked back into second place in the NL West one night after overtaking San Francisco.