Thursday, October 8
Leuer, Warren lead Suns to 102-98 win over Kings
PHOENIX (AP) — Jon Leuer and T.J. Warren scored 17 points each and the Phoenix Suns beat the Sacramento Kings 102-98 in a preseason game Wednesday night.
Brandon Knight scored 16 points and Eric Bledsoe added 13 for Phoenix, which was making its preseason debut.
Sacramento's Rudy Gay led all scorers with 30 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 15, all in the first half as the Kings took a 53-52 lead.
Leuer's' two free throws gave the Suns a 100-96 lead with 2:06 to go.
Ben McLemore scored on an alley-oop pass to pull the Kings within two and Sacramento had a chance to win in the closing seconds but Darren Collison's 3-point attempt from the right elbow fell well short.
ARIZONA-DEFENDING THE D
Rodriquez: Arizona's 3-3-5 defensive scheme not the problem
UNDATED (AP) -- Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez has heard it every time his defense stumbles, even back in his days at West Virginia: Scrap the 3-3-5 defense.
Even as the calls have become louder following two blowout losses, Rodriguez still has the same answer: Not going to happen.
The Wildcats may be reeling right now, but the system is just fine and they're sticking with it.
The 3-3-5 is a version of the better-known nickel defense teams run in passing situations. With the proliferation of spread offenses in college football, Rodriguez decided to have five defensive backs in all the time instead of subbing out, with three linebackers and three linemen.
US women's team beats Italy 79-66
ROME (AP) — Atlanta Dream star Angel McCoughtry scored 19 points to help the U.S. women's team beat Italy 79-66 on Wednesday night in the second game of the Americans' European tour.
Phoenix's Candice Dupree had 15 points and six rebounds, Chicago's Elena Delle Donne and Phoenix's Brittney Griner added 13 points each, and Los Angeles' Candace Parker had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Chiara Consolini led Italy with 16 points.
The Americans opened Sunday night in Spain with a 94-52 victory over Spanish League champion Uni Girona. They will face Dike Naples on Thursday night, and finish the tour Friday night at EuroLeague champion USK Prague.
Sharks forward Raffi Torres won't appeal 41-game suspension
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres will not appeal his 41-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg in a preseason game.
The NHLPA said Wednesday that Torres will not contest the longest suspension in NHL history for a hit on another player.
This marks the fifth and most significant suspension for Torres in his career. His previous longest ban had been a 21-game suspension — initially 25 games — for a high hit on Chicago's Marian Hossa in the first round of the playoffs in 2012 when he played for Arizona.
Torres was suspended for the final six games of the playoffs in 2013 with San Jose for a hit to the head against Los Angeles' Jarret Stoll. Torres was also suspended for two games in January 2012 and April 2011 for hits.