BASKETBALL

Bad third quarter dooms Red Claws at Delaware

The Maine Red Claws went cold in the second half Tuesday night, falling to the Delaware 87ers 123-101 Tuesday night in Newark, Delaware.

The Claws, who have lost two straight, had a 58-53 lead at halftime, but shot 4 for 22 in the third quarter.

The 87ers (18-16), however, were hot in the third quarter, scoring 40 points – 12 points from Aaron Harrison.

Maine (22-14) scored 15 third-quarter points.

James Webb III led all scorers with 40 points and had 13 boards for Delaware.

Jalen Jones led the Red Claws with 28 points and 11 rebounds.

The NBA Development League is changing its name starting next season to the NBA Gatorade League, a deal that will include a rebranding that will affect the league logo, basketballs, jerseys, on-court signage and digital properties.

Long viewed as a proving and testing ground of sorts for the NBA, what has been known as the D-League will also get to take advantage of Gatorade’s Sports Science Institute.

SOCCER

MLS: Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey said the symptoms that eventually led him to being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat first surfaced last February but it wasn’t until late summer that it became serious enough to affect his ability to play.

Dempsey spoke to the media for the first time since he was diagnosed with the irregular heartbeat in August and his season was shut down. He was a spectator as the Sounders went on to win their first MLS Cup title and missed the beginning of World Cup qualifying for the United States.

“It was a heart issue. It’s something that’s difficult to kind of explain,” Dempsey said. “But at the same time I’m not feeling those things anymore and I’m happy to be back playing.”

The Philadelphia Union is creating a new position, off the pitch: chief tattoo officer.

With many players and staff new to Philadelphia, the Major League Soccer team says they could use help finding a good tattoo artist.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Two years after being humiliated by Barcelona in the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain turned the tables on the five-time champions with a relentless display of skill, energy and determination.

Angel Di Maria scored two superb goals and top scorer Edinson Cavani grabbed his 34th of a prolific season as PSG battered Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of their Round of 16 contest.

In another match, German side Borussia Dortmund missed several chances and a second-half penalty in a 1-0 defeat at Portuguese side Benfica.

MANCHESTER CITY: Reigning FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Carli Lloyd will sign a short-term contract to play for Manchester City.

Lloyd is expected to rejoin the Houston Dash of the NWSL in June.

FOOtBALL

NFL: The Los Angeles Chargers’ most expensive season ticket at tiny StubHub Center will cost $150 more per game than the Los Angeles Rams are charging for the best seat in their much bigger house.

AUTO RACING

NASCAR: One of Danica Patrick’s sponsors has stepped up to fill a sudden funding void created when Stewart-Haas Racing sued her primary backer for $31 million in a breach of contract suit.

Aspen Dental said it will be the lead sponsor for Patrick and debut on her car in the Feb. 26 season-opening Daytona 500.

– From staff and news reports