Khem Birch’s putback with 1.2 seconds left was the difference Friday night as the Sioux Falls Skyforce edged the Maine Red Claws 99-98 at Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Chris Babb led five Red Claws in double figures with 25 points and six rebounds. Tim Frazier and Omari Johnson each had 17 points, with Christian Watford adding 14 points and a team-high 11 boards.

Maine had an chance to win at the buzzer but Watford’s 3-point attempt rattled out.


MEN’S BASKETBALL: Eastern Nazarene (6-0) used a late 8-3 run to come from behind and defeat Colby 74-68 at the UMass-Boston tournament at Boston.

Chris Hudnut had a game- high 25 points and nine boards for the Mules (4-2). Ryan Jann added 14 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks, while Connor O’Neil tossed in 10 points.


PGA: Two-time former champion Greg Chalmers took a one-stroke lead at the Australian Open after a 5-under 66 while marquee attractions Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott weren’t far behind on a tough day for scoring at Sydney.

Chalmers had seven birdies in his second round to move to 5-under 137 after 36 holes.

Defending champion McIlroy played in difficult afternoon conditions at The Australian Golf Club and managed an up-and-down 69 to be in a group tied for second.

American Jordan Spieth (72) was in a group tied for sixth, two behind. Scott, who moved from potential cut to contention with a 66, was three strokes behind.

After two rounds, there were only 16 players under par.


IMPROVING: Three-time World Cup winner Pele’s condition has improved as he continues to receive treatment in the intensive care unit for a kidney problem, the former soccer player’s hospital said in Rio de Janeiro.

Pele, 74, was admitted to the Israelita Albert Einstein hospital four days ago after suffering a urinary tract infection.

U.S. NATIONAL TEAM: World Cup champion Germany said it will play the United States in an exhibition on June 10 in Cologne. Germany beat the U.S. 1-0 at the World Cup before going on to win the title in July.

ENGLAND: In the Premier League, Liverpool critics are turning their sights on Manager Brendan Rodgers.

After 12 matches in the league, Liverpool is in 12th place and without a win in four games. The team has won just one of its last eight matches and needs a victory in its final Champions League group game against FC Basel to qualify for the last 16.


FORMULA ONE: Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr. will pair with Max Verstappen for the Toro Rosso Formula One team in 2015. The 20-year-old, who is the son of former two-time world rally champion Carlos Sainz, became the youngest winner of the World Series by Renault 3.5 title this year.


DOPING: The Italian Olympic Committee’s anti-doping prosecutor has recommended bans for three of the four members of the country’s squad that won the silver medal in the 4×100-meter relay at the 2010 European Athletics Championships.

The prosecutor requested a 27-month ban for Simone Collio, 24 months for Maurizio Checcucci and eight months for Roberto Donati.

– From staff and news services