National Sports Briefs: Whitney, Hurricanes give Maurice first win of season
RALEIGH ó Eric Staal broke a tie for Carolina with 4:09 left, and Ray Whitney scored twice to help give Paul Maurice his first victory in his second coaching stint with the Hurricanes, 3-1 over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.
Michael Leighton stopped Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin on a penalty shot with 1.2 seconds left in the second period, and finished with 38 saves.
TORONTO ó LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points, Steve Blake made a clutch 3-pointer with 8 seconds left, and the Portland Trail Blazers spoiled Toronto coach Jay Triano’s home debut with a 98-97 victory on Sunday.
Celtics 122, Pacers 117, OT
INDIANAPOLIS ó Ray Allen scored a season-high 35 points, and the Celtics pushed their winning streak to 12 straight ó their longest since 1986.
Knicks 104, Pistons 92
NEW YORK ó Chris Duhon had 25 points and nine assists, Quentin Richardson scored 23, and New York blew most of a 29-point lead before holding on to snap a three-game losing streak.
TULSA, Okla. ó Blake Griffin had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Willie Warren scored 14 points as No. 6 Oklahoma beat Tulsa 69-44 on Sunday.
Warren and Tony Crocker, who had 12 points, hit consecutive 3-pointers as the Sooners (8-0).
No. 11 Louisville 91, Ohio 56
LOUISVILLE, Ky. ó Power forward Earl Clark had 17 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high eight assists for the Cardinals in the Marques Maybin Classic.
No. 13 Michigan St. 75, Bradley 59
EAST LANSING, Mich. ó Chris Allen scored 19 points for Michigan State, which got its running game going late.
No. 19 Arizona St. 64, Nebraska 44
TEMPE, Ariz. ó James Harden had 20 points, nine rebounds and had six assists for the Sun Devils in the Pac 10-Big 12 series.
Florida St. 57, No. 23 Florida 55
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ó Ryan Reid scored four of his 13 points in the final 1:20 to lead Florida State to its third win in the intrastate rivalry.
ATLANTA ó The Atlanta Braves added catching depth by signing free agent David Ross to a two-year, $3 million deal.
Ross, a 31-year-old Georgia native, likely will replace Corky Miller as the primary backup to starter Brian McCann.
Ross is a career .222 hitter. He hit .231 in 52 games with Cincinnati last season before he was released Aug. 18.
– PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic ó Alex Rodriguez is switching sides.The New York Yankees star will play for the Dominican Republic in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, he said. t while playing at a charity golf tournament hosted by friend David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox.
LAS VEGAS ó Manny Pacquiao fought a lot bigger than he looked. Oscar De La Hoya simply looked old.
Pacquiao dominated his bigger and more famous opponent from the opening bell, giving De La Hoya a beating and closing his left eye before De La Hoya declined to come out of his corner after the eighth round.
The fight was so lopsided and De La Hoya looked so inept that it could spell the end for boxing’s richest and most marketable star.