Sports briefs | SCF men's basketball team wins, moves to 14-3

December 30, 2012 

Juco men's basketball: SCF rolls to 14-3

PALM BEACH -- Savad Garner scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the State College of Florida men's basketball team to an 88-76 victory over Community College of Rhode Island during a one-day classic at Palm Beach State.

Michael Sanchez had 14 points, Larry Keys added 13 points, and Anders Haas had 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Isaiah Williams came off the bench to pull down 15 rebounds in the second half.

SCF (14-3) trailed 45-44 at the half.

Prep girls basketball: Braden River wins in tourney

TAMPA -- Erica Glisson and Kelly Logan each had nine points to lead the Braden River Pirates girls basketball team to a 41-37 victory over the Wiregrass Ranch Bulls at the Jaguar Christmas Tournament at the Academy of Holy Names to bring their record to 12-4.

Tennis: Djokovic retains title in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Novak Djokovic retained his title at the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on Saturday by rallying past Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4.

The top-ranked Serb swept past David Ferrer in straight sets to reach the final, but he got a tough test from the 11th-ranked Almagro.

Almagro, a late replacement at the tournament for Rafael Nadal, rallied from 3-1 down in the tiebreaker to take the first set.

ELSEWHERE -- Australia beat Germany 3-0 in the Hopman Cup mixed team competition after Andrea Petkovic had to retire from her singles match with a right knee injury. Bernard Tomic had given Australia a 1-0 lead with by beating Bradenton resident Tommy Haas 7-6 (6), 3-6, 7-5, but Petkovic looked likely to force the series into a decisive mixed doubles when she won the first set 6-4 against 16-year old Ashleigh Barty. However, she called for treatment and was in tears as her right knee was bandaged. Spain clinched a 2-1 victory over South Africa after winning the mixed doubles 6-4, 6-7 (3), 10-8.

College hockey: BC coach sets NCAA career-wins mark

MINNEAPOLIS -- Boston College coach Jerry York became the NCAA hockey career victory leader, directing the top-ranked Eagles to a 5-2 win over Alabama-Huntsville in the Mariucci Classic.

The 67-year-old York is 925-558-95 in 41 seasons to move past former Michigan State coach Ron Mason for the record. In 19 seasons at Boston College, York is 458-223-61.

Junior hockey: Russia, Sweden earns wins at worlds

UFA, Russia -- Russia routed Germany 7-0 for its third straight victory at the junior ice hockey world championships.

Yaroslav Kosov scored a hat trick in the third period for the Russians.

Earlier, Viktor Arvidsson scored twice as Sweden beat Latvia 5-1 to secure a spot in the knockout round.

Sweden tops Group A with eight points from three games, while Latvia has no points.

Skiing: Pair share win in tight downhill race

BORMIO, Italy -- Hannes Reichelt of Austria and Dominik Paris of Italy shared a downhill victory in one of the closest races in skiing history, with the top four finishers separated by a mere two-hundredths of a second.

Paris took the early lead by clocking 1 minute, 58.62 seconds for his first career win and Reichelt matched him to give Austria its first speed win of the season.

Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway finished third, 0.01 seconds behind -- the smallest possible margin. Klaus Kroell of Austria was fourth, missing out on a podium finish despite being just 0.02 behind the winners.

ELSEWHERE -- Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia upset the favorites to win a World Cup night slalom in Semmering, Austria, for her first career victory.

Speedskating: Richardson, Davis win titles

KEARNS, Utah -- Heather Richardson dominated the U.S. Long Track Championships for the second day in a row, setting a national record in winning the 1,000 meters and wrapping up the sprint title. Olympian Shani Davis won the men's 1,000.

Her time of 1 minute, 13.52 seconds at the Utah Olympic Oval broke Olympian Chris Witty's old mark of 1:13.83 set in 2002.

Davis won the 1,000 in 1:08.57. Brian Hansen was second at 1:08.74, and Jonathan Garcia took third at 1:09.24.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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