Jan. 11 Sports Briefs

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AND STAR STAFF

Cowboys wrestlers drop dual meet 45-27 at Sidney

The Custer County District High School wrestling team recorded four victories on pins, but that wasn’t enough to beat Sidney in a dual meet on Tuesday.

The visiting Cowboys, who lost 45-27, got pins from Damian Leidholt at 120 pounds, Kon Speelmon at 152, Trey McAvoy at 175 and Tyler Harms at 205. Colten Derenburger won a 7-3  decision at 182 pounds.

The Cowboys forfeited at 103 and 138 pounds.

Custer County hosts the Cowboy Invitational this weekend. It starts at 9 a.m. Friday on five mats and continues at 9 a.m. Saturday with the third-place and championship matches scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

— by Star Staff

 

Butler stars as Timberwolves silence Thunder 104-88

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 26 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had eight assists for the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 104-88 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

Andrew Wiggins added 19 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 12 rebounds as Minnesota pulled away in the second half to win its third game in a row at home and 10th in its last 13 overall.

Oklahoma City has lost five of seven.

 

Hawks break 10-game losing streak by beating Nuggets

DENVER (AP) — Dennis Schroder had 19 points and 10 assists, Taurean Prince scored 16 and Atlanta beat Denver 110-97 on Wednesday to end a 10-game road losing streak.

Atlanta (11-30) has the worst record in the NBA and entered the night tied for the fewest road wins. The Hawks posted their fourth road victory this season.

Denver had won 11 of 13 home games since early November. Gary Harris had 25 points but was the only Nuggets player to shoot well from the field.

 

NBA: Kevin Durant surpasses 20,000 career points

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant became the 44th player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points, finishing with 40 as the Golden State Warriors had their five-game winning streak snapped along with a 12-game unbeaten stretch in the Clippers rivalry with a 125-106 loss.

Durant reached the milestone on a pull-up jumper from the left wing at the 1:41 mark of the second quarter. The Warriors announced his accomplishment on the main scoreboard and Durant received a standing ovation, shaking his head in acknowledgment while still very much in game mode.

By late in the fourth quarter, that crowd was making its way for the exits with the game out of reach.

The NBA Finals MVP returned from a three-game absence due to a strained right calf and scored 25 points in the first half against the Clippers — KD’s biggest half of the season and the exact number he needed for 20,000.

Durant, who had a four-point play during the second quarter on the way to 14 points in the period, is at 29 the second-youngest player behind LeBron James and first to reach the 20,000 mark as a member of the Warriors.

 

NFL: Seahawks fire offensive 

coordinator Darrell Bevell

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — What’s expected to be an offseason makeover for the Seattle Seahawks is starting with its coaching staff.

The Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and offensive line coach Tom Cable. Bevell was in charge of calling plays, while Cable was responsible for a run game and offensive line that failed to meet expectations.

It was a stunning sweep for head coach Pete Carroll, who has been immensely loyal to his assistants during his tenure.

Carroll’s only other significant firing was offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates following the 2010 season, Carroll’s first in Seattle. Most times when assistants have left, it’s because they’ve received promotions elsewhere.

 

MLB: Yankees take steps to protect fans from foul balls

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees are expanding netting to protect seats behind each dugout and for five sections past down both foul lines, a decision announced after several fans were injured last year.

A boy was struck on the head by a portion of Chris Carter’s broken bat at Yankee Stadium on May 25, and a fan sitting beyond the first-base dugout was hit by a 105 mph foul ball off the bat of Aaron Judge on July 25. A young girl was injured by a 105 mph foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier on Sept. 20 and was taken to a hospital.

Team officials said that green netting, designed to minimize visual impact, will rise 9 feet above each dugout, but the bottom 3 feet will be retractable and pulled up during batting practice to allow fan interaction with players. Beyond the dugouts, nets will rise to about 5½ feet above the wall, which is 8 feet above the field surface.

 

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