BASKETBALL

Red Claws come up short down the stretch in Erie

Jalen Jones led the Maine Red Claws with 27 points and eight rebounds Tuesday, but they faltered late and fell to the Erie Bayhawks 101-98 at Erie, Pennsylvania.

The Bayhawks (5-11) opened the game by scoring the first 11 points and Maine answered with an 15-0 run capped by a pair of Demeterius Jackson baskets.

Jackson, on assignment from the Celtics, finished with 15 points and eight assists, and Abdel Nader added 16 points in only 23 minutes due to foul trouble.

The Red Claws (10-7) trailed 24-22 after one quarter and were even at 45 at halftime and tied at 72 after three quarters.

The game continued to be tight as it featured 11 ties and 18 lead changes, and Maine took the lead heading down the stretch on driving layup and foul by Jackson with 29 seconds to play in regulation, putting the Red Claws up 98-97.

Kalin Lucas answered with a layup with 9 seconds left to put Erie in the lead 99-98. Maine had a chance to win but Jones’ shot fell short and Nader’s 3-pointer at the buzzer hit the front iron.

AWARDS

AP MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: LeBron James, who ended 52 years of sports heartache by bringing Cleveland an NBA championship and used his superstar platform to address social causes, was chosen as The Associated Press 2016 Male Athlete of the Year, an award he won previously in 2013.

James collected 24 first-place votes, beating out a pair of Olympic legends: Michael Phelps (16) and Usain Bolt (9), the fastest men in water and on land who are not accustomed to finishing behind anyone.

SOCCER

MLS: FC Dallas signed free-agent midfielder Javier Morales, a three-time MLS All-Star who had 49 goals in 240 appearances with Real Salt Lake.

Morales is expected to be available when FC Dallas opens the season Feb. 23 in a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Arabe Unido of Panama.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Bob Bradley waited years for the chance to coach a team in one of Europe’s top soccer leagues.

When he finally got it, the job proved too big for him.

Bradley, a 58-year-old American, was fired as Swansea manager just 85 days after taking over.

Bradley won two of his 11 matches with his fate sealed a day after a 4-1 home loss to West Ham that left Swansea in the relegation zone. After taking training on Tuesday, Bradley later returned to the club’s training ground to be told he had been dismissed by Swansea’s American co-owners.

SKIING

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States earned her second career World Cup giant slalom win and went further ahead in the overall standings at Semmering, Austria.

Shiffrin held on to her first-run lead on the icy Panorama course to beat Tessa Worley of France by 0.78 seconds, and Manuela Moelgg of Italy by 1.09.

MEN’S WORLD CUP: Olympic champion Kjetil Jansrud extended his perfect start to the season in super-G, winning a World Cup race by a comfortable margin at Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy.

Jansrud became only the second man to win the first three super-G races of the season after Austrian great Hermann Maier, who accomplished the feat twice – in 1997-98 and 1999-2000.

– From staff and news report