Sports Update for Saturday, Jan. 4



Davis scores 46 against former team as Lakers beat Pelicans

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis isn’t having any sympathy when it comes to facing his former team.
The Lakers forward had 46 points and 13 rebounds as Los Angeles rolled to a 123-113 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
It was Davis’ fifth 40-point game this season and second straight against the team he played seven seasons for after he was the top overall pick in 2012.
“I felt like we force-fed him much less in this game. I thought he got most of it in flow. Diverse attack, free throws, the 3-point line, transition, rolls to the basket, post,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “He just scored in every way that you can, so it was definitely a different feel than last game.”
Davis said this felt more like a normal game compared to this season’s first meeting, when he scored 41 points in a Nov. 27 win at New Orleans.
“The first game in New Orleans was definitely a lot more emotional, not only going against my former team but playing in that arena again,” said Davis, who is tied for fifth in the league in scoring at 27.8 points per game. “Tonight, I think my teammates just gave me great opportunities and put me in great positions to score the basketball. I don’t think I did anything, especially I didn’t prepare any differently. Just came out and played basketball.”
Danny Green added 25 points and LeBron James had 17 points and 15 assists for the Lakers, who have won four straight following a season-high, four-game losing streak.
“I don’t think he had one play where it looked stressed,” James said of Davis. “He was efficient from the outset, hitting his jumpers in the low post. Made all, what, 13 of his free throws. Just another great performance.”

Clippers’ Paul George sits out because of tight hamstring

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul George won’t play for the Los Angeles Clippers against the Memphis Grizzlies because of left hamstring tightness.
The team ruled him out before Saturday’s day game at Staples Center. Coach Doc Rivers says it’s possible George could return Sunday against the New York Knicks in the second game of a back-to-back, also a day game. After that, the Clippers are idle until hosting Golden State next Friday.
George got hurt during a 126-112 win over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday. He finished with 12 points before leaving late in the second quarter and didn’t return.
Also sitting out Saturday was guard Patrick Beverley, who missed his third straight game with a sprained right wrist. Rivers said he is close to returning.
It’s been that kind of a season so far for the Clippers, who’ve had their full roster healthy and available for just one game. Injuries and load management, primarily involving Kawhi Leonard, have forced Rivers to juggle lineups, which has hampered developing team chemistry.
“I tell you why I think it hurts the most, the continuity that we need to be a champion, to me, is hard to work on or even have because you don’t have time (together),” Rivers said. “I’m not worried about it yet, but it is actually on my mind for sure.”

Dean scores 23, No. 10 UCLA holds off Arizona State 68-66

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arizona State took four hurried shots and had three offensive rebounds in a wild final 21 seconds against No. 10 UCLA to try to tie game. However, none of those shots fell.
UCLA withstood a furious comeback try by Arizona State in the final seconds for a 68-66 win on Friday night.
Japreece Dean scored 23 points, Lindsey Corsaro added 12 and UCLA (13-0, 2-0 Pac-12) remained undefeated and off to the best start in school history.
These Bruins were previously tied with the 1980-81 team with a 12-0 start.
UCLA coach Cori Close described those final seconds as “panic.”
Dean agreed.
“That was really nerve-wracking,” Dean said. “I don’t know how we can prep for that. We’ve just got to prepare for those rebounds, and I think we’ll learn from that.”
Robbi Ryan scored 17 points for Arizona State (10-4, 0-2). Ja’Tavia Tapley added 10 points.
Dean, who had a look of relief as a teammate helped her up off the court as the buzzer sounded, tied a career-high with five 3-pointers at Pauley Pavilion.
It was a back-and-forth game in which the Sun Devils pushed UCLA to the brink.
Arizona State coach Charli Turner Throne had called a timeout to diagram a play before the crazy finish. The final sequence didn’t go as planned.
“We got our opportunities,” she said. “… I thought we rushed some of those shots. I’m curious to watch it again.”

Cal State Fullerton beats Saint Katherine College 103-52

FULLERTON (AP) — Austen Awosika scored 18 points as Cal State Fullerton beat Saint Katherine College 103-52 on
Friday night. Davon Clare and Brandon Kamga added 16 points apiece for the Titans, while Daniel Venzant chipped in 15. Kamga also had nine rebounds for the Titans.
It was the first time this season Cal State Fullerton scored at least 100 points.
Cal State Fullerton (5-10) posted a season-high 22 assists. Meanwhile, the Firebirds’ 29.3 field goal percentage represented the worst mark by a Cal State Fullerton opponent this season.
Cal State Fullerton dominated the first half and led 51-18 at the break. The Titans’ 51 first-half points marked a season high for the team.
Abdul Mohamad had 11 points for the Firebirds of the NAIA. Austin Armstead added 11 points.
Cal State Fullerton, which snapped its four-game home losing streak, matches up against Hawaii at home on Thursday.


US men’s soccer team cancels plan to train in Qatar

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. men’s soccer team has canceled its plan to train in Doha, Qatar, from Jan. 5-25 “due to the developing situation in the region.”
The U.S. Soccer Federation announced the decision Friday, a day after a U.S. military air strike killed a top Iranian military commander.
Instead, the Americans will open their training camp on Monday at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, according to the USMNT twitter account. They will use a roster of players mostly from Major League Soccer ahead of an exhibition against Costa Rica on Feb. 1 in Carson, California.
The USSF said it hopes to train in the future at Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup.

Stanford’s Macario, Clemson’s Robinson are Hermann winners

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Stanford junior midfielder Catarina Macario and Clemson junior forward Robbie Robinson are the Hermann Trophy winners as the top college soccer players.
Presented Friday night by the Missouri Athletic Club, the awards were determined by voting by NCAA Division I coaches.
Macario is the fifth female player to repeat as the winner and the sixth two-time women’s winner overall. She led the nation and set a Stanford record with 32 goals last season.
Robinson led the nation in points with 45 and tied for the lead in goals with 18.