Robinson Leads Boston College Past La Salle
Jerome Robinson scored a season-high 25 points to lead Boston College over La Salle, 82-61, on Sunday in the consolation game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Connecticut.
Nik Popovic had 18 points for the Eagles (4-1). Ky Bowman added 13 points with seven assists and Jordan Chatman 10. Deontae Hawkins had 10 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. All five Boston College starters scored in double digits for the second straight game.
Boston College outrebound La Salle 48-30.
B.J. Johnson led the Explorers (3-2) with 27 points, while Pookie Powell added 16. No other player scored more than six points.
Jared Terrell scored 25 points, Andre Berry added a career-high 20 points and Rhode Island used the second half to beat Holy Cross, 88-66, in Kingston, R.I. ... Kia Nurse scored 21 points to lead six UConn players in double figures as the top-ranked Huskies routed No. 15 Maryland, 97-72, in Hartford, Conn. The Huskies improved to 3-0, with every win coming by at least 25 points against Top 25 competition.
Gabby Williams had an unorthodox triple-double for the Huskies: The senior had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 turnovers. She also had five steals.
Costly miss for Thompson
Lexi Thompson won $1 million for the CME Race to the Globe and left so much more behind in the LPGA Tour’s final event in Naples, Fla.
Thompson was poised to win the CME Group Tour Championship and LPGA player of the year until she jabbed at a 2-foot par putt and missed it on the 18th hole at Tiburon Golf Club. That paved the way for Ariya Jutanugarn, who birdied her last two holes for a 5-under 67 and a one-shot victory. Although she lost the tournament, Thompson still won the CME Race to the Globe and the $1 million bonus.
Austin Cook was chased by proven PGA Tour winners all day at the RSM Classic.
Now the Arkansas player is one of them. The PGA Tour rookie held off veterans Brian Gay, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner and Brian Harman at the chilly, windy Sea Island Club’s Seaside Course. Cook closed with a 3-under 67 for a four-stroke victory over J.J. Spaun.
UCLA fires Mora
Jim Mora’s tenure at UCLA began with three years of enormous promise. It ended with the school abruptly firing the coach late in his sixth season -- and on his birthday, no less.
UCLA dismissed Mora with one game left in the regular season. Athletic director Dan Guerrero announced the shocking move one day after rival Southern California’s 28-23 victory over the Bruins (5-6, 3-5 Pac-12), who have lost six of nine while going winless on the road this season. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch will coach the Bruins in their regular-season home finale against California on Friday night.
Grigor Dimitrov’s talent took him to the brink of his biggest career win -- but he needed more than that to get over the line. The sixth-seeded Bulgarian claimed the title at the season-ending ATP Finals in London, prevailing on his fifth match point to beat David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the final.
The two 26-year-olds delivered the longest final since the tournament returned to a three-set format in 2008. Dimitrov won in 2 hours, 30 minutes, 15 seconds. ... Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz will miss another two to three weeks as he recovers from soreness in his right shoulder. The Sixers said Fultz’s return to action will be determined by how the shoulder responds to progressive basketball training and practices in the interim. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft will continue with physiotherapy as he returns from his soreness and scapular muscle imbalance. Fultz has played only four games this season. He is shooting 33 percent, 50 percent from the free-throw line and has not attempted a 3-point shot all season, all as a reserve.