February 02, 2010|By From Sun staff and news services


Wizards can't hold lead, lose to Celtics, 99-88

Dealing with a three-game losing streak, and struggling against a troubled team, Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics turned to their defense to pull out a victory. The Washington Wizards thought the Celtics got some extra help from the referees. Garnett's 19 points led six Celtics in double figures, and Boston limited Washington to 2-for-18 shooting in the fourth quarter en route to a 99-88 victory over the host Wizards on Monday night. "You're playing against the Boston Celtics, so you're not going to get a lot of calls. KG's going to set illegal screens; they're not going to be called. That's just part of the game," Wizards center Brendan Haywood said. "You're going to go to the basket, and if it's not basically just a straight-up WWF body slam, you're not getting the call." Both teams took 36 foul shots. Washington was called for 24 personal fouls, one more than Boston. Wizards co-captain Antawn Jamison was whistled for five fouls in the fourth quarter alone on an all-around rough night that started with his left knee feeling badly during warm-ups. He scored only eight points - 13 below his average - and shot 2-for-17 on field goals, 0-for-9 in the second half. He made four of six free throws. The Wizards led by eight points late in the third quarter, but the Celtics used a 16-4 run capped by Rasheed Wallace's 16-foot fadeaway jumper to go up 86-82 midway through the fourth. Boston outscored Washington 25-10 in the final quarter, even though All-Star forward Paul Pierce sat out the period with what he said he thinks is a mild sprain to his left foot.

Men's college basketball

Terps' J. Williams named ACC Rookie of the Week

Maryland center Jordan Williams was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Rookie of the Week. Williams averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in a win against Miami and a loss to Clemson.

More honors: : Morgan State's Reggie Holmes (St. Frances) was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week, and teammate DeWayne Jackson (Bowie) earned Rookie of the Week. ... Bowie State sophomore center Travis Hyman (Old Mill) was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Newcomer of the Week.

Schedule: : Morgan State will play at Murray State at noon Feb. 20 on ESPNU in a BracketBusters game. Among the nontelevised matchups that day created from the pool of teams under consideration for BracketBusters games, Loyola will host New Hampshire at Towson will travel to Manhattan for a 2 p.m. game.

Women's college basketball

Morgan falls to N.C. A&T, misses chance to tie for 1st

Amber Calvin scored 20 points in leading host North Carolina A&T (8-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) over Morgan State (6-2), which got 16 points from Corin Adams. ... Sophomore forward Jynae Jordan made two free throws with 4.4 seconds remaining to seal a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory for visiting Saint Peter's (8-13, 4-6) over Loyola (9-12, 4-6).

Honor: : Frostburg State senior Brittany James (Milford Mill) was named Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Week.

More colleges

No. 1 Duke is foe in debut of Loyola's Ridley Complex

Loyola will celebrate the grand opening and dedication of The Reverend Harold Ridley, S.J., Athletic Complex on March 13, when its nationally ranked men's lacrosse team takes on preseason No. 1 Duke. Gates will open at 1 p.m; game time is 3 p.m. The Ridley Athletic Complex will be the home of the Greyhounds' NCAA Division I men's and women's lacrosse and soccer teams. It features a 6,000-seat grandstand, Sportexe Momentum synthetic turf field and a video scoreboard. Construction on the $62 million Ridley Athletic Complex began in spring 2006.

Women's lacrosse: : Maryland is ranked second in the Inside Lacrosse Women's Media Preseason Poll to Northwestern. Loyola is 14th and Towson 17th.

Et cetera

Moreno returns to United; Ovechkin top player in January

Major League Soccer's career goal leader Jaime Moreno, 36, has re-signed with D.C. United. Moreno broke the MLS goal mark in August 2007 and now has 131, along with 102 assists. He was the first player in league history with at least 100 goals and 100 assists. Last season, the Bolivian had nine goals and three assists in 24 MLS games, including 11 starts.

Capitals: : Left wing Alex Ovechkin was named the NHL's First Star for January after leading all scorers with 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 15 games in helping Washington go 13-2-0. Center Nicklas Backstrom was named Third Star of the Week.

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