Red Claws set defensive records in win over Raptors

The Maine Red Claws opened the second half on a 9-0 run on the way to a 80-69 D-League win over Raptors 905 at Mississauga, Ontario, on Thursday.

Maine (11-7) trailed 44-37 at halftime but played stifling defense in the second half in holding the Raptors to 25 points in the final 24 minutes.

The point total was one of three defensive records set by the Red Claws in the game, along with the least points in a quarter (7) and least points in a half (25).

Jordan Mickey, on assignment from the Boston Celtics, led the offense with 20 points, Marcus Georges-Hunt tossed in 16 points, while Abdel Nader added 15 points and grabbed nine boards.


WORLD CUP: Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin used a spectacular final run to win a night race for her third World Cup triumph in three days at Semmering, Austria.

After winning two giant slaloms the previous days, Shiffrin continued her dominance in slalom by landing her 23th career win in the discipline.

 Alexis Pinturault joined Jean-Claude Killy with a French-record 18th World Cup victory at Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy.

Pinturault edged overall leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria by 0.34 seconds in the event, which combined the times from one super-G run and one slalom run.

Pinturault stood third behind Kilde and Hirscher after the super-G portion of the race and then had the fastest slalom run.


ENGAGED: Serena Williams announced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian, posting a poem on Reddit that she accepted the proposal of the social news website’s co-founder.

Williams’ agent, Jill Smoller, confirmed the engagement.

Ohanian wrote on his Facebook page, “She said yes.”

Williams, 35, has been dating Ohanian, 33, for over a year.

Williams in July won Wimbledon for the seventh time to tie Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles. In September she passed Roger Federer for most all-time Grand Slam match victories, winning her 308th in the U.S. Open.


NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. Coach Mike Sullivan said Murray is “week to week.”

Murray left Wednesday night’s comeback victory over Carolina after the second period. Marc-Andre Fleury came on in relief as the Penguins rallied for a 3-2 win.


CHINA: Argentine striker Carlos Tevez has signed to play for Shanghai Shenhua, becoming the latest in a procession of star players to join the Chinese Super League.

Shanghai Shenhua said it paid an $11 million transfer fee to Argentine club Boca Juniors. A source familiar with the negotiations said Tevez, 32, would be paid $40 million over two years.


AUTOPSY REPORT: The cause of death for former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam has been ruled as a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Salaam, 42, was found dead on Dec. 5 near the University of Colorado, where he was a star running back who was later selected in the first round of the 1995 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears.

The autopsy report noted Salaam struggled with depression.

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