Celtics assign Jackson to Red Claws ahead of Friday’s season opener

The Boston Celtics assigned point guard Demetrius Jackson to the Maine Red Claws in time for Maine’s NBA D-League opener Friday night in Oklahoma City.

Jackson, a second-round pick drafted 45th overall in June, played three seasons at Notre Dame before turning pro after his junior year.

After playing the Oklahoma City Blue Friday night, the Red Claws have two games in Texas – against Austin on Saturday and Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday – before returning to Maine. Their home opener is Nov. 18 at the Portland Expo against the expansion Long Island Nets.

 The Atlanta Hawks announced they are bringing an NBA D-League team to College Park, an inner suburb that is home to Atlanta’s massive airport.

The team will play at a 3,500-seat arena to be built adjacent to the Georgia International Convention Center. The cost of the project and how it will be funded were not revealed.

NBA: Dwyane Wade got a win in his return to Miami, with Jimmy Butler scoring 20 points and Rajon Rondo adding 16 points and 12 assists as the Chicago Bulls topped the Heat 98-95.

 Anthony Davis scored 32 points and hit a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left, and the New Orleans Pelicans got their first win after losing their first eight, beating the host Milwaukee Bucks 112-106.

 Stephen Curry scored 33 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the host Denver Nuggets 125-101 on a night Kevin Durant’s string of 72 straight regular-season games with at least 20 points ended.


PGA: Chris Kirk shot an 8-under 63 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the OHL Classic at Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Kirk had four birdies on each nine in his bogey-free round on Mayakoba’s El Camaleon course. The former University of Georgia player has two top-10 finishes in three starts in the new PGA Tour season.

LPGA: Carlota Ciganda birdied three of the last six holes for a 5-under 67 and a share of the lead with Sarah Jane Smith in the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Mexico City.

Ciganda had a bogey-free opening round Smith played the back nine in 5-under 31 after bogeying Nos. 8 and 9 to make the turn at even par.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Race to Dubai leader Henrik Stenson birdied three of the last four holes for a 3-under 69 and was a shot off the lead after one round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City, South Africa.

A victory for Stenson will see him clinch the Race to Dubai title ahead of Danny Willett and Rory McIlroy.


MLS: Seattle forward Jordan Morris was voted Major League Soccer’s rookie of the year after scoring 12 goals in his first professional season.

GREECE: The country is enlisting anti-terrorism police to investigate a suspected arson attack on a top referee’s home, which prompted the suspension of all league games.