Three Kansas girls signed letters of intent with NCAA Division I schools on Wednesday. Andover Central's Tiffany Bias signed with Oklahoma State, Heights' Kamisha Richard signed with New Orleans, and Concordia's Karly Buer signed with Missouri State.
* Newman made 1 of 20 three-point shots in its 77-58 exhibition loss to North Texas in Denton, Texas. Senior Terrell Northington scored 12 points for Newman and Justin Berry added 11.
* North Texas beat the Newman women 88-57 in an exhibition. The Jets trailed by eight at halftime but were outscored 44-21 after the break. Melanie Brockleman led Newman with 15 points.
* LeBron James scored 36 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Orlando Magic 102-93 on night in a rematch of the NBA Eastern Conference finals. The Magic's Dwight Howard, in foul trouble much of the night, scored 11.... Rajon Rondo had 14 points and 11 assists to help Boston beat Utah 105-86 and improve to 8-1, matching the start from their title-winning season two years ago.... Richard Jefferson scored 29 points and the San Antonio Spurs survived another game without the injured Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, beating Dallas 92-83.... Greg Oden had 18 points and 11 rebounds in three quarters, and Rudy Fernandez added 15 points in Portland's 107-84 win over Minnesota. The Blazers have won four in a row.... Rookie Brandon Jennings scored 14 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, and Andrew Bogut added 23 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee in a 108-102 win over Denver.
Never miss a local story.
Brent Hobson's goal in the 75th minute proved to be the game-winner as Friends defeated top seed McPherson 2-1 in the semifinals of the KCAC tournament. Brandon Rhodes also scored for the Falcons, who will play No. 2 seed Kansas Wesleyan in the conference championship match at 1 p.m. Saturday at Tabor.
Kansas beat Kansas State 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-23) in Lawrence to sweep the season series. Allison Mayfield had 16 kills for KU (14-11, 6-9 Big 12) and Karina Garlington added 13. Caitlyn Donahue had 13 kills for K-State (10-15, 4-11).
* Hutchinson will play Hillsborough (Fla.) in the opening round of the NJCAA tournament next Thursday in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Hutchinson (30-8) won the Region VI title and is the eighth seed in the 16-team tournament. The Dragons played Hillsborough twice in September in Tampa, Fla., winning a five-set match then losing in four sets two days later.
Tabor coach Mike Gottsch will resign following Saturday's season-ending game against Saint Mary, the school announced. Tabor is 0-9 this year, 3-26 in Gottsch's three seasons as coach.
* Former Heights lineman Jordan Bowersox, a center on the Sam Houston State team, has been named academic all-region by the College Sports Information Directors Association. Bowersox, a senior finance major, has a 3.73 grade-point average.
* Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez and his wife, October, posed in the nude for an anti-fur advertisement from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The newly released ad, which was photographed over the summer in Los Angeles, shows the couple sitting together on green turf for the group's "We'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign. The long-running PETA campaign has relied on star power in an attempt to persuade people not to wear furs or other clothing made from animal skins. "I've never done something like this before. I'm usually not a political person," said the former Kansas City Chiefs star. "The pictures I saw were pretty gruesome, pretty cruel. If done the right way, maybe. But done the way I saw it, it's definitely inhumane."
Chris Clark scored the deciding goal in the 11th round of the shootout, and backup goalie Semyon Varlamov came on in relief and carried the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 comeback NHL victory over the New York Islanders.Alexander Semin scored two regulation goals for the Capitals, who played their fourth straight game without top scorer Alex Ovechkin.... Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise each had a goal and an assist as New Jersey extended its winning streak to six games by beating Anaheim 3-1.... Detroit scored four times early in the first period and Niklas Kronwall had two power-play goals and an assist to lift the Red Wings past Columbus 9-1.... Randy Jones had a goal and an assist in his debut with Los Angeles, a 5-2 win over the Hurricanes that extended Carolina's winless streak to 13 (0-10-3).
Top-ranked Roger Federer lost to Julien Benneteau of France 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters, continuing his miserable run at the indoor event. The 15-time Grand Slam champion has never been further than the quarterfinals in seven appearances. Playing his last ATP event before retiring, Marat Safin treated the crowd at the Bercy arena to some terrific baseline winners, a fine touch at the net and strong first serves before bowing to U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
NASCAR has docked Kyle Busch 25 Nationwide points and fined crew chief Jason Ratcliff $5,000 after Busch's Toyota failed inspection before last week's race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Michael Phelps finished second in the 200-meter medley final at the short-course World Cup in Stockholm, struggling in the old-style swimsuit that will become standard next year. Phelps was more than two seconds behind South Africa's Darian Townsend, who won in 1:51.79. "I'm swimming OK," Phelps said. "I haven't practiced regularly." Earlier, Phelps failed to qualify for the 100 butterfly final. A total of nine world records were set in the World Cup by swimmers wearing suits soon to be banned, three by Jing Zhao of China. Jessica Hardy and Peter Marshall of the United States broke their own records. Hardy clocked 28.96 seconds in qualifying for the women's 50 breaststroke, while Marshall won the 50 backstroke final.