National briefs: Bobcats beat Nuggets
CHARLOTTE ó Gerald Wallace had 25 points and 16 rebounds and the Charlotte Bobcats frustrated Carmelo Anthony and Denver in a 107-95 victory Tuesday night that snapped the Nuggets’ four-game winning streak.
Anthony, the NBA’s leading scorer, had 34 points and seven rebounds, but Wallace outplayed him down the stretch and a frustrated Anthony picked up a technical foul with just under a minute left to help seal Charlotte’s second straight win.
Stephen Jackson had 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Nazr Mohammed added 15 points for the Bobcats, who outscored Denver 20-8 over the final 6 minutes.
Celtics 98, Bucks 89
BOSTONó Rajon Rondo had 13 assists and nine rebounds and scored all of his 11 points in the fourth quarter on as the Boston Celtics pulled away to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 98-89 and win their eighth straight game.
Chad Ochocinco is donating dinero to the NFL yet again.
The Cincinnati Bengals receiver is being fined $30,000 for his latest stunt ó donning a poncho and sombrero after scoring a touchdown this weekend. The punishment was first reported by ESPN.com.
Ochocinco wore a gray poncho and black sombrero after catching a TD pass in Cincinnati’s 23-13 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
On his Twitter account, Ochocinco posted Tuesday: “Dear NFL League Office … being great means having fun n celebrating. I’ve written a letter of apology to yall.”
This fine comes about a month after Ochocinco was docked $20,000 and reprimanded by the NFL for pretending to bribe an official a dollar.
– NEW YORK ó Former Super Bowl star Plaxico Burress wants to get a break from prison, but prosecutors said Tuesday they will likely try to block his bid for work release because he hasn’t served enough time.
– ASHBURN, Va. ó The season is over for Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, who has not played since his concussion a month ago.
– PITTSBURGH ó With the Pittsburgh Steelers fast running out of games and his left knee still not healed, star safety Troy Polamalu isn’t certain if he will be back this season.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. ó Louisville is expected to hire Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong as its new football coach, according to a person with knowledge of the decision.Strong would replace Steve Kragthorpe, who was fired on Nov. 28 following three disappointing seasons.
PHILADELPHIA ó Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Claude Giroux scored two goals apiece, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Islanders 6-2 on Tuesday for their first win under new coach Peter Laviolette.
OREM, Utah ó An NBA Development League team will refund the ticket prices to the thousands of fans who went to a Utah Flash game and expected Michael Jordan to play in a charity exhibition at halftime.
A Jordan lookalike instead was introduced to face former Utah Jazz guard Bryon Russell in a promotional fiasco that will cost Flash owner Brandt Andersen.
Andersen said he made a legitimate offer, albeit a long shot, to get Jordan to the Flash’s home opener, but took it too far by sending the Jordan lookalike around town Monday and building a buzz that the event really was going to happen.
DALY, THE MOVIE
COOLUM, Australia ó Now that John Daly has his weight problem sorted out, he figures a movie about his up-and-down career ó and life ó might not be far behind.
Just before heading out to the revamped Hyatt Regency resort course for a practice round ahead of the Australian PGA, the slimmed-down Daly, who has lost 115 pounds, entertained an early morning news conference Tuesday with his cinematic plans based on a new book he would write himself.
He nominated “King of Queens” star Kevin James as the actor who might play him before his weight loss, and ahead of February’s lap-band surgery.
And who’d play the now-185 pound Daly?
“I just saw Matt Damon, how he swung a golf club, and I thought if I ever made a movie, I want him to be me,” Daly said. “The tough part is who would play me at 290 pounds. Now Kevin James, he’s my bud, but he’d be good.”
When asked what the main storyline might be, he said: “It would just be the life, it would be the whole thing. the guts of it all.”