National Sports Briefs
RICHMOND, Va. ó Chas McFarland had 20 points and 14 rebounds Friday night, and No. 10 Wake Forest overcame a lackluster performance in a 86-79 victory over Richmond.
The Demon Deacons (10-0) also got 21 points from Jeff Teague, including eight in a 17-6 run that allowed them to open a more comfortable 69-55 lead with 5:55 remaining.
Richmond (5-5) closed to within four twice in the final two minutes, the last at 78-74 with 1:35 left, but Teague scored on a drive and Al-Farouq Aminu followed with a dunk after a turnover to give the Demon Deacons an 82-74 lead and send fans streaming for the exits.
The Demon Deacons dominated the backboards in the first half, outrebounding Richmond 24-14, but Wake Forest led just 37-35 at the break after the Spiders scored the last six points.
No. 24 Marquette 94, Western Carolina 77
MILWAUKEE ó Lazar Hayward scored a career-high 27 points, providing the fireworks in a decisive run midway through the first half.
– INDIANAPOLIS ó Eric Gordon caused quite a stir before returning to Indianapolis.
He spent Friday trying to tamp it down.
Although the former Hoosiers player did not back off his contention that some college teammates used drugs last season, he also decided not to elaborate.
“I’m not going to discuss any issues that happened in the past,” the Los Angeles Clippers guard said Friday before playing the Pacers. “What happened in the past, happened in the past, and we’re going to move on from here.”
– CINCINNATI ó Police arrested Mississippi basketball coach Andy Kennedy after a cab driver said the coach punched him while calling him “bin Laden” and other racial insults.
Kennedy was charged with a first-degree misdemeanor count of assault, which would carry a maximum sentence of six months in jail.
NEWARK, N.J. ó Patrik Elias had two goals and two assists to help the surging New Jersey Devils beat the slumping Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Friday night.
Sabres 5, Kings 0
BUFFALO, N.Y. ó Ryan Miller made 40 saves for his third shutout of the season and 10th of his career, and Derek Roy had a goal and two assists for Buffalo.
Wild 4, Islanders 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. ó Colton Gillies scored his first NHL goal, helping Minnesota snap a six-game losing streak and extend New York’s losing streak to eight.
CHARLOTTE ó The former official who filed a $225 million racial discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against NASCAR is very pleased with her settlement and looking forward to moving on, her attorney said Friday.
Mauricia Grant reached a confidential settlement with NASCAR following 12 hours of mediation earlier this month in New York.
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