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Ex-Duke great Grant Hill retires from NBA at 40
LOS ANGELES — Seven-time NBA All-Star and former Duke great Grant Hill is retiring from the NBA after 19 seasons, ending an injury-plagued career that included an Olympic gold medal.
The Los Angeles Clippers announced the news on Saturday.
The 40-year-old forward averaged 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.2 steals during his NBA career that included stints with the Clippers, Detroit, Orlando and Phoenix.
Hill spent last season with the Clippers, appearing in 29 games.
Hill starred at Duke, where he helped the Blue Devils to national championships in 1991 and ’92. He also captained Duke’s 1994 NCAA runners-up.
He won a gold medal on the U.S. basketball team at the 1996 Atlanta Games and was named to the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, but didn’t play because of injury.
Riverside PF Jordan Jones to Shaw
RALEIGH — Riverside High School power forward Jordan Jones has signed a national letter of intent with Shaw University.
He was joined at the signing ceremony on Shaw’s campus by fellow signee Larry Richardson III of Garner High School.
“Larry and Jordan are two great in-state players that will definitely be an asset to our program both on and off the court,” Shaw coach Cleo Hill Jr. said. “ I think both of them are very athletic players and multi-dimensional.”
Jones is a 6-7, 185-pound forward who averaged 6.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game last season when he earned All-PAC-6 honorable mention.
NHL Playoff Roundup
BLACKHAWKS 2, KINGS 1 — Marian Hossa tipped in the tiebreaking goal in the second period, helping the host Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday in the opener of the Western Conference finals.
Patrick Sharp also scored and Corey Crawford made 21 saves for the Blackhawks, who generated just enough offense to improve to 7-1 at home in the playoffs. They also have won four in a row heading into Game 2 on Sunday.
Jonathan Quick stopped 34 shots, and Justin Williams scored for Los Angeles, which has won just one of seven road games in the playoffs. The defending Stanley Cup champions got center Jarret Stoll back from a suspected concussion, but their offensive funk continued.
BRUINS 3, PENGUINS 0 — David Krejci scored two more goals during his torrid postseason and the Boston Bruins shut down the host Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 in the opening game of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night.
Nathan Horton added an insurance goal in the third period and Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for the Bruins, who silenced Sidney Crosby and the rest of the NHL’s top-scoring team.
Pittsburgh came in averaging a league-high 4.27 goals in the playoffs but couldn’t solve Rask. The Penguins hit the post six times and seemed a little bit off following an eight-day break between rounds.
The Bruins were coming off a similar layoff but had no such issues. Krejci scored early, and the Bruins handed Pittsburgh its worst loss of the playoffs.
STARS 93, SPARKS 78 — Shenise Johnson scored 19 points, Danielle Robinson had 18 and the host San Antonio Silver Stars overcame a big game from Candace Parker in a victory over the Los Angeles Sparks. Jia Perkins added 14 points and Danielle Adams had 12 points for San Antonio (1-1), which was swept by Los Angeles in the opening round of last season’s playoffs.
LYNX 90, SUN 74 — Maya Moore scored 26 points and Seimone Augustus added 20 as the Minnesota Lynx opened the season with a victory over the visting Connecticut Sun.
Kara Lawson made five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points for the Sun (1-2), and reigning WNBA MVP Tina Charles had her third double-double in three games with 22 points and 10 rebounds.