Dec. 6 Sports Briefs


Montana high school basketball team posts 102-0 shutout

GREAT FALLS (AP) — A northeastern Montana high school girls’ basketball team posted a 102-0 shutout of a short-handed opponent last weekend.

Brockton coach Terrence Johnson tells the Great Falls Tribune he usually has nine or 10 girls available, but due to several reasons, only suited up five Friday against the much taller and more experienced Froid-Medicine Lake team. Brockton’s roster included an eighth-grader.

Froid-Medicine Lake, with three players that are at least 6 feet tall, built a 59-0 halftime lead. The game clock ran continuously in the second half.

Coach Lance Brekke said he felt bad for the Brockton players and he doesn’t want to see something like that happen again. Johnson says his team holds no ill feelings toward their opponents. He says his girls did everything possible to score.

Wildlife disease occurrences spread in Montana

BILLINGS. (AP) — A fatal disease has been found in a deer in north central Montana, marking the second region to have an occurrence of chronic wasting disease since it first emerged in the state this fall.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said Tuesday that a mule deer tested positive for the disease after being shot Nov. 12, north of Chester near the Canadian border.

Chronic wasting disease already was present in surrounding states and provinces. It sickens deer, elk and moose, causing organ damage and death.

Four deer tested positive for infection this fall in south-central Montana — more than 250 miles (400 kilometers) from the latest case. State wildlife officials are planning to hold a special hunt in that area, which is around the town of Bridger, to gauge the disease’s prevalence.

McKay leads Central Michigan over Montana State 75-48

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Kevin McKay had 17 points as Central Michigan pulled away from Montana State 75-48 on Tuesday night for its sixth straight win.

McKay was 8 of 14 from the floor with six rebounds. Shawn Roundtree and Cecil Williams added 14 points apiece and David DiLeo chipped in 13, nailing 3 of 8 from distance, while grabbing nine rebounds. Williams had seven rebounds with three assists.

Central Michigan (7-1) had a 37-20 advantage at the half. Roundtree drilled a 3-pointer to start the second half and the Chippewas, whose only loss was to Michigan, pulled away to a 58-31 lead.

Harald Frey scored 12 points for Montana State (6-4), which was 17 of 59 from the floor (28 percent), including 1 of 16 from distance. The Bobcats’ leading scorer Tyler Hall was scoreless in 11 minutes.

Russia barred from Olympics, but athletes can compete

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian athletes will be allowed to stand on the medal podium at the Winter Olympics — just not with their anthem playing or their nation’s flag rising above them.

The International Olympic Committee barred Russia and its sports leaders from the upcoming games in South Korea after its lead investigator concluded members of the Russian government concocted a doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games that “caused unprecedented damage to Olympism and to sports.”

Not welcome in Pyeongchang next year will be any sign of the Russian Olympic Committee or any member of its sports ministry, which was responsible for what investigators concluded was a top-to-bottom scheme of “manipulation and cheating” to ensure Russians could dope at the Olympics on their home turf and not get caught.

The IOC punishment did leave room for many Russians to compete under the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia” or OAR. They would have to pass drug tests to prove they were clean and also did not benefit from the Sochi scheme.

Kaepernick receives Sports Illustrated’s Ali Legacy Award 

NEW YORK (AP) — Colin Kaepernick accepted Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award from Beyonce and promised that “with or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people.”

Beyonce thanked Kaepernick for his “personal sacrifice,” and 2016 Ali Award winner Kareem Abdul-Jabbar called Kaepernick a “worthy recipient” during a video tribute.

Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality and police brutality. The demonstration sparked a wave of protests by NFL players during the anthem that repeatedly have been denounced by President Donald Trump. Kaepernick parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers in March and hasn’t been signed by another team.

He spoke Tuesday about fulfilling Ali’s legacy, saying the boxing great and activist “mentored me without ever meeting me.”

Kaepernick skipped the red carpet prior to the show and was not available for questions. The show will be broadcast Friday night on NBC Sports Network.

Jeter says Marlins have made no decision on Stanton trade

MIAMI (AP) — New Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter says the team has made no decision regarding right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who is on the trading block following an MVP season.

The San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals are considered front-runners to acquire Stanton, with both teams offering a package of prospects. But the major league home run champion can veto any deal because his record $325 million, 13-year contract includes a no-trade clause.

“We will explore every option out there to make our organization better,” Jeter said Tuesday.