National Sports Briefs: Howard powers Magic
WASHINGTON ó Dwight Howard had 26 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks, and Hedo Turkoglu added 20 points and a season-high 10 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Washington Wizards 105-90 on Thursday night.
Orlando has won eight of its last nine games and six in a row on the road.
Caron Butler scored 19 of his 25 points in the first half for Washington, and Antawn Jamison had 17 points and 12 rebounds. The Wizards are 2-11.
OTTAWA ó Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson scored in a shootout to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on monday night.
Spezza beat Vesa Toskala with a shot on Ottawa’s first attempt. Alfredsson also shot and scored on the Senators’ third attempt to give Ottawa its second straight win.
Alex Auld stopped Nikolai Kulemin and Lee Stempniak in the shootout after turning aside 25 shots during the game.
– BARRIE, Ontario ó Armand “Bep” Guidolin, who at 16 became the youngest player to skate in an NHL game and later coached Bobby Orr, has died. He was 82.
– SUNRISE, Fla. ó The Florida Panthers acquired center Nick Tarnasky from the Nashville Predators on Thursday for right wing Wade Belak.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. ó Tennis great Jimmy Connors has been charged with a misdemeanor for an altercation last week before a basketball game between UC Santa Barbara and top-ranked North Carolina.
Connors, an eight-time Grand Slam champion, was charged in Santa Barbara Superior Court with disrupting campus activities and refusing to leave a university facility.
His business manager, Karen Scott, says a man tried to pick a fight with Connors and his son before Friday night’s game and police asked him to leave. Scott says Connors was arrested after he said he wanted to wait for his son to finish watching the game.
Roger Clemens has been asked to end his involvement with a charity golf tournament he has hosted for four years as the fallout from the Mitchell Report continues to haunt the seven-time Cy Young award winner, the Daily News reported.
Clemens has denied using performance-enhancing drugs since he was identified in George Mitchell’s report on drug use in baseball.