Long-distance shooting helps Red Claws to a win

Courtney Pigram scored 33 points, including seven 3-pointers, and the Maine Red Claws used an 18-3 run in the second quarter Saturday night to open a big lead on the way to a 103-81 victory against the Canton Charge at Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio.

Pigram was 7 of 11 from long range and 13 of 22 from the field.

Leading 21-20 after one quarter, the Red Claws (2-4) expanded their lead to 24 at one point in the second before pulling into halftime with a 53-33 lead.

Jamar Abrams had 19 points and Justin Brownlee finished with 17 for Maine. Anthony Kent had a team-high 12 rebounds, and Brownlee followed with 10. Tyc Snow had 10 assists.

Marcus Relphorde had 17 points and eight rebounds for Canton (3-3).


DUBAI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Top-ranked Luke Donald was on the verge of becoming the first golfer to win the European and American money titles after shooting a 6-under 66 in the third round to trail Alvaro Quiros by four strokes.

Rory McIlroy, who is tied for eighth, needs to win the tournament and Donald needs to finish outside the top nine for any chance of overtaking him for the European money title. Donald is in fourth place.

TEMPLETON SHOOTOUT: Keegan Bradley, the PGA champion, and Brendan Steele shot a 10-under 62 in better-ball play to take a one-stroke lead over Mark Calcavecchia and Nick Price at Naples, Fla.


SPANISH LEAGUE: Visiting Barcelona overcame conceding a goal after just 21 seconds to end Real Madrid’s 15-match winning run, 3-1.

ENGLISH LEAGUE: Manchester United delivered an emphatic response to its humiliating exit from the Champions League, rediscovering its scoring touch to thrash Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1 and move within two points of Manchester City, the league leader that will play Monday at Chelsea.

n American goalkeeper Brad Guzan made his first start in the Premier League, helping Aston Villa to a 2-1 win at Bolton.


GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Juliana Brooks scored 16 points to lead Berwick Academy (2-1) to a 51-24 victory against Concord (0-2) at Concord, Mass.


GRAND PRIX: Carolina Kostner of Italy won the singles title in the final at Quebec City. Akiko Suzuki of Japan won the silver and Alena Leonova of Russia took the bronze.

Patrick Chan of Canada won his second consecutive men’s title. Daisuke Takahashi of Japan finished second and Javier Fernandez of Spain was third.


BIATHLON: Emil Hegle Svendsen, a two-time Olympic champion, edged Tarjei Boe by 0.1 seconds in a World Cup 12.5-kilometer pursuit for a Norwegian 1-2 finish at Hochfilzen, Austria.

Darya Domracheva of Belarus defeated Olga Zaitseva by 0.3 seconds to win the women’s 10K pursuit in 29 minutes, 34.4 seconds.

SKI JUMPING: Norway upset the favored Austrians to win a World Cup team event at Harrachov, Czech Republic. Anders Bardal cleared 139.0 meters in the final jump to seal it with 997.3 points. Austria was 37.7 points behind in second and Slovenia was third.

CROSS COUNTRY: Norway’s Petter Northug and Marit Bjoergen won World Cup races at Davos, Switzerland.


UFC: Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones survived a challenging first round to choke out former champion Lyoto Machida at 4:26 of the second round in UFC 140 at Toronto.

The Brazilian didn’t tap out and toppled when referee John McCarthy stepped in and the champ finally let go of the standing guillotine choke.

— From news service reports