Thursday, September 20, 2018
Sports

Wizards cruise in grudge match

WASHINGTON — Former Florida standout Bradley Beal scored 13 of his 31 in the fourth quarter and the Wizards won their 14th straight at home with a 123-108 victory over the Celtics on Tuesday night.

John Wall added 27 points and Markieff Morris had 19 points and 11 rebounds as the Wizards never trailed while scoring their most points this season.

It came in a game they openly labeled a grudge match, even arriving at the Verizon Center in funeral-themed black clothing.

Isaiah Thomas had 25 points and 13 assists but shot 1-of-7 in the fourth quarter in Boston's third straight loss.

Former Gator Al Horford added 22 points and Jae Crowder had 17 for Celtics. Boston allowed the Wizards to shoot 57.8 percent from the floor, its worst field-goal percentage defense this season.

Upset at perceived dirty play by the Celtics in the teams' first two meetings, the Wizards arrived at the Verizon Center in an array of black attire.

On Jan. 11, the Celtics' 117-108 victory ended with Wall and Crowder trading verbal barbs that nearly escalated. Both were later fined.

There was only minor tension this time around as the Wizards controlled the game throughout.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21, Patty Mills added 18 off the bench and the visiting Spurs beat the Raptors 108-106 for their fifth straight victory. … Dwyane Wade scored 21, Jimmy Butler added 20 and the visiting Bulls beat the Magic 100-92 for their second straight victory. … Nerlens Noel scored 19, Richaun Holmes had 18 and the hsot 76ers beat the Clippers 121-110.

LEBRON CALLS FOR ACTION: LeBron James urged the Cavaliers' front office to do more after a 124-122 loss Monday night to the Pelicans, who were missing star forward Anthony Davis. "We're not better than last year, from a personnel standpoint," he said. "We're a top-heavy team. … I just hope we're not satisfied as an organization." Tuesday, James went on Twitter to explain that his comments weren't directed at Cavs general manager David Griffin or the coaching staff.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Grizzlies will own and run the NBA Development League's newest team starting with the 2017-18 season. … The Celtics have reached an agreement with General Electric to put the company's logo on the team's uniform. An announcement is scheduled for today.

Comments
Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia soon to surpass the mentor who once fired him

Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia soon to surpass the mentor who once fired him

TAMPA — After practice Monday, Hillsborough High School players formed a ragged line in the football fieldhouse. The man handing out the ice cream sandwiches kept making sure no one cut in line or got seconds before others got firsts."Yeah, a r...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
USF’s Randall St. Felix breaking out early, and more Bulls bits

USF’s Randall St. Felix breaking out early, and more Bulls bits

TAMPA — After admiring Randy Moss for years, it's not a coincidence that USF receiver Randall St. Felix's wears Moss' No. 84."I feel like he's the best receiver to ever touch a football," St. Felix said.It's obviously too early and too unf...
Updated: 27 minutes ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: When might Jameis Winston return under center?

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: When might Jameis Winston return under center?

Tom Jones joins Rick Stroud on today's podcast to discuss if and when Jameis Winston might regain his job as starting quarterback of the Bucs.Plus, they talk about what Tony Dungy, who is set to be inducted into the Bucs' Ring of Honor, has met ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
For unbeaten Mitchell, practice really does make perfect

For unbeaten Mitchell, practice really does make perfect

TRINITY — When you graduate one of the best players in school history, chances are it will be be tough going, at least early on, the next season.So far, Mitchell High's football team is defying the odds without the services of all-everything at...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Too soon? Fans find 2018 Red Sox division title banner in street

Too soon? Fans find 2018 Red Sox division title banner in street

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — The Boston Red Sox have not clinched this year's American League East division championship, but a banner marking the accomplishment has already been accidentally unveiled.Boston-area friends Louie Iacuzzi, James Amaral and...
Updated: 3 hours ago
USF up to No. 2 in AAC power rankings

USF up to No. 2 in AAC power rankings

Three schools remain unbeaten, led by UCF, which moved up to No. 16 in the Associated Press poll. USF beat a Power Five opponent for the second week in a row and Cincinnati is off to its best start since 2012. The biggest jump this week comes from Te...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Are these guys threatening to turn AL wild card into a race? Just ask the Rays

Are these guys threatening to turn AL wild card into a race? Just ask the Rays

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Rays still have got a long way to go and a short time to get there if they're gonna do what they say can't be done.If the Smokey and the Bandit paraphrase doesn't work for you, then let's try another theatrical reference....
Updated: 5 hours ago
After fleeing Hurricane Florence, East Carolina trying to keep routine in Orlando before USF game

After fleeing Hurricane Florence, East Carolina trying to keep routine in Orlando before USF game

There is nothing normal about the situation East Carolina's football team finds itself in after Hurricane Florence.The Pirates' last scheduled game (against Virginia Tech) was canceled. After evacuating campus a week ago, they remain sequestered in o...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Lightning falls to Hurricanes again in preseason

Lightning falls to Hurricanes again in preseason

The Lightning did not fare much better in its second preseason crack at the Hurricanes.In fact, it did worse.It lost 6-1 Wednesday in Raleigh, N.C.Carolina put a much more veteran team on the ice than it did Tuesday in winning Tampa Bay's preseason o...
Published: 09/19/18
Jameis Winston’s Uber ride will never be forgotten, and shouldn’t

Jameis Winston’s Uber ride will never be forgotten, and shouldn’t

Just when you thought it was fun to be a Bucs fan again. Just when you were blissfully under the spell of FitzMagic. Just when the Bucs were becoming the cool kids in the NFL with the latest greatest show on turf.Just as the good times have arrived, ...
Published: 09/19/18