Jones, Red Claws hold on to beat 87ers in Delaware

Jalen Jones scored 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting, and the Maine Red Claws held off the Delaware 87ers for a 95-91 victory on Wednesday night at Newark, Delaware.

The Red Claws (13-7) hit 10 of 16 3-pointers in the first quarter on the way to a game-high 21 point lead.

Delaware (10-9) crept back, cutting the lead to 93-91 on a Dionte Christmas 3-pointer with 1:28 left, but Maine’s Abdel Nader hit a 15-foot jumper to put it away.

Nader finished with 25 points, Marcus George-Hunt had 18 and Jason Calliste added 12 off the bench.


WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: Troy Terry scored on all three of his shootout attempts, the last in the seventh round to give the United States a 4-3 victory over Russia in the semifinals at Montreal.

The Americans will face Canada in the final Thursday night. Canada beat Sweden 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Terry scored the winner right after Russia’s Alexander Polunin hit the crossbar.

Boston College’s Colin White scored twice and Wisconsin’s Luke Kunin added a goal in regulation for the Americans.


LITTLE LEAGUE: Little League International announced mandatory criminal background checks for its volunteer coaches, new eligibility requirements for players and a host of new rules intended to increase the pace of play beginning this year.

Umpires will also be able to eject a player or manager determined to be stealing signs.

Leagues will now be required to conduct background checks of sex offender registries and other criminal records for coaches and others involved with teams.

The changes in eligibility rules come after a residency scandal cost Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West its 2014 national title. The rules remove a school report card as proof of residence, replacing it with a school enrollment form and documents from each of three residency categories.


WORLD CUP: The Alpine director of the U.S. ski team says Lindsey Vonn could make her return in Austria next week, two months after undergoing surgery on a broken arm.

Patrick Riml said that Vonn resumed training in Colorado this week and plans to travel to Europe at the weekend.

The four-time overall champion, who broke her right arm in a crash in November, hasn’t raced since February 2016.


ASB CLASSIC: Serena Williams lost her second-round match at Auckland, New Zealand, and the 22-time Grand Slam champion, frustrated by swirling winds, didn’t leave quietly.

“At least I can get out of these conditions,” No. 2-ranked Williams said after a 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4 loss to fellow American Madison Brengle.

HOPMAN CUP: Roger Federer found himself overmatched by a stronger-serving opponent, losing 7-6 (1), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4) to 19-year-old Alexander Zverev of Germany at Perth, Australia. Federer was playing in just his second match since returning from a six-month layoff because of a knee injury.

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL: Angelique Kerber closed out a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 win over wild card Ash Bartyto progress to a quarterfinal match against sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina.

CHENNAI OPEN: Top-seeded Marin Cilic was beaten in the second round of the tournament in India, losing to 117th-ranked Jozef Kovalik 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-5.

QATAR OPEN: Defending champ Novak Djokovic and top-seeded Andy Murray posted straight-set wins to reach the quarterfinals at Doha.

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