Fanfare-Colleges: 8 FTs in last 4.7 seconds pull 49ers back from dead
Richmond plays odds, loses to 49ers
NEW YORK — Pierria Henry felt as though he stood on the foul line for half an hour.
The Charlotte guard hit eight free throws in the 4.7 seconds to beat Richmond 68-63 in the opener of the Atlantic 10 Tournament at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Six were the result of three technical fouls.
Richmond led 63-60 with 4.7 seconds to go. The Spiders chose to foul to prevent Charlotte from attempting a tying 3-pointer. As Henry’s free throw swished through the net on the front end of a one-and-one, Richmond’s Derrick Williams and the 49ers’ Willie Clayton became entangled setting up for a potential rebound.
Williams shoved Clayton to the floor and drew a whistle. Because the play happened during a dead ball, by rule the foul was a technical.
Instead of needing to intentionally miss the second free throw to hope for a tip to tie the game, the 49ers found themselves with three more foul shots — plus possession — to try to take the lead. Henry made the second end of the one-and-one, then both his attempts for the technical went in to give Charlotte a 64-63 lead.
Richmond had to foul, and when Henry forced up a shot from near midcourt as he was being grabbed, the referees awarded him three free throws. Richmond’s coach was then called for two technicals and ejected.
Canes sign 2011 pick Keegan Lowe
RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes’ third-round selection in the 2011 NHL Draft, defenseman Keegan Lowe, has signed a three-year, entry-level deal. He will be available to the Hurricanes at the conclusion of his junior team’s run in the Western Hockey League playoffs.
At the NHL level, the deal will pay Lowe $610,000 in 2013-14, $660,000 in 2014-15 and $710,000 in 2015-16. At the American Hockey League level, he would be paid $67,500 per season, and the deal also includes a $235,000 signing bonus.
Lowe, 19, has 15 goals and 15 assists (30 points) in 63 games with the junior Edmonton Oil Kings this season. The 6-2, 200-pound Lowe is the son of six-time Stanley Cup champion Kevin Lowe of the Edmonton Oilers.
Heels host Miami in ACC series
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina, the nation’s top-ranked college baseball team, puts its 16-0 record on the line today when the Heels host No. 29 Miami in UNC’s first ACC home series of the season at 7 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium.
Game 2 will be Saturday at 6 p.m. and Game 3 Sunday at 1 p.m.
Falcons pick up Steven Jackson
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons have found their replacement for Michael Turner by agreeing to terms with free agent Steven Jackson on a three-year, $12 million deal.
The 29-year-old Jackson had 1,042 yards rushing and four touchdowns with the Rams last season. It was his eighth straight season with more than 1,000 yards rushing. Jackson has 10,135 yards rushing, the most of any active player. He set career highs with 1,528 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns with St. Louis in 2006.
Miyazato leads LPGA Founders Cup
PHOENIX — Ai Miyazato took dead aim, made another long graceful swing and smacked a 3-wood approach that settled 20 feet from the pin to set up an eagle.
The diminutive Japanese star was as fluid and efficient as ever, making it impossible to tell she was returning from a whiplash injury sustained in a five-vehicle crash in Thailand.
Comfortable in the heat as the temperature soared into the 90s in her offseason home, Miyazato shot a tournament-record 9-under 63 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead in the LPGA Founders Cup.
Spurs sweep Mavs in season series
SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan had 28 points and 19 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs escaped with a 92-91 victory over Dallas on Thursday night, sweeping their season series with the Mavericks for the first time in 15 years.
Gary Neal added 16 points and Kawhi Leonard had 12 for San Antonio, which has the Western Conference’s top record at 50-16.
Dirk Nowitzki had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Dallas, which had a four-game winning streak snapped. Darren Collison added 12 points and O.J.Mayo, Mike James, Brandan Wright and Vince Carter had 10 points apiece.
San Antonio last swept Dallas during the regular season in 1998, Duncan’s rookie season.
Kobe points finger at Dahntay Jones
LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant says former Duke star Dahntay Jones’ dangerous defense left him with a sprained left ankle, and the NBA agrees.
Bryant spent Thursday getting several hours of treatment on what he called the worst sprained ankle of his 17 NBA seasons, hoping to be healthy for tonight’s game at Indiana.
The fifth-leading scorer in NBA history was hurt when he landed on Jones’ foot with 4 seconds left after attempting a potential tying jumper in the Lakers’ 96-92 loss to the Hawks on Wednesday night. Jones slid underneath while Bryant hung in the air.
The NBA later said video replay confirmed Bryant was fouled. “After review at the league office, video replay confirmed that referees missed a foul call on Jones as he challenged Bryant’s shot and did not give him the opportunity to land cleanly back on the floor,” said the statement on the NBA’s web site. “Bryant should have been granted two free throws.”
Seahawks pick up pass rusher
RENTON, Wash. — The decision Cliff Avril ultimately faced was whether he’d be comfortable accepting a shorter deal with the Seattle Seahawks for the chance to play with a rising club that will likely go into next season as a Super Bowl contender.
Instead of letting his free agency drag on and seeing what else might be out there on the market, Avril left Detroit and jumped at what he felt was his best option. Avril and the Seahawks finalized their two-year deal on Thursday, adding another needed pass rusher along their defensive line and shoring up what coach Pete Carroll had said was Seattle’s biggest offseason need.
Chamique Holdsclaw enters plea
ATLANTA — Former WNBA player and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from an argument and shooting in November.
Holdsclaw was arrested after an argument in Atlanta with Tulsa Shock player Jennifer Lacy, who told police she was Holdsclaw’s ex-girlfriend. Authorities allege Holdsclaw broke Lacy’s car windows and fired at it. No one was injured.
Patriots quickly replace Wes Welker
FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with receiver Danny Amendola on a deal that would reportedly pay him $31 million over five years, moving quickly after the loss of five-time Pro Bowl selection Wes Welker.
Also Thursday, the Patriots announced the signing of running back Leon Washington, who has played seven seasons with the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks.