Bosox fire Cora...Clemson stuns Duke...Bucks coast...Jazz extend streak...Sid the Kid returns
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have fired manager Alex Cora amid Major League Baseball’s investigation into sign stealing. The Red Sox are under investigation for stealing signs in Cora’s first season as manager in 2018, when Boston won the World Series. Cora also was the bench coach for the 2017 Houston Astros team that was found to have stolen signs on its way to a World Series title.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Aamir Simms poured in a career-high 25 points in Clemson’s 79-72 upset of No. 3 Duke. It was the highest-profile upset for the Tigers since beating No. 1 North Carolina on their home court in February 2001. The Blue Devils led 62-59 with 6:40 remaining before Clemson took control with a 14-3 run, including eight points from Simms. Vernon Carey Jr. scored 20 points as the Blue Devils dropped to 15-2 with their first loss since a stunning home defeat to Stephen F. Austin in November.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) poured in 37 points in just 22 minutes before resting the entire fourth quarter of the Milwaukee Bucks’ 128-102 rout of the New York Knicks. Khris Middleton finished with 17 points and the Bucks led by as many as 35 before improving to a league-best 36-6. Milwaukee outscored New York 36-17 in the period to grab a 65-40 halftime lead.
NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Ingles matched his career high with 27 points as the Utah Jazz picked up their 10th straight win, 118-107 over the Nets in Brooklyn. Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) had 22 points and 18 rebounds for Utah, while Donovan Mitchell contributed 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter after missing the team’s previous game due to illness. Bojan (BOY’-ahn) Bogdanovic had 18 for the Jazz, who opened a 20-point lead and held off numerous Brooklyn rallies.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby returned from injury and delivered a goal and three assists in a 7-3 trouncing of the Minnesota Wild. Crosby needed less than eight minutes to pick up his first point since before Halloween when he assisted on Evgeni Malkin’s first goal of the night 7:57 into the game. He was playing for the first time since missing 28 games with an abdominal injury that required surgery.