Red Claws top Long Island for fourth straight victory

The Maine Red Claws opened the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run to take control in a 123-104 victory over the Long Island Nets on Friday afternoon in New York.

Abdel Nader scored 32 points and added 10 rebounds and eight assists as Maine won its fourth straight game and improved to 9-3 on the road.

Maine came out of a 59-59 halftime tie to open an 82-72 lead in the second half, but Long Island (7-15) rallied to cut the deficit to 84-80 heading to the fourth quarter.

Marcus Georges-Hunt added 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Red Claws, while Coron Williams had 17 points, going 5 for 6 on 3-point attempts.


Chris McCullough had 23 points and 16 boards for the Nets.


PGA: Ryan Moore and Justin Thomas finished strong Friday and shared the second-round lead at the SBS Tournament of Championship in Kapalua, Hawaii.

Moore birdied four of his last five holes, ending with a lob wedge that settled a foot from the cup on the par-5 18th for a 6-under 67. He played in the same group with Thomas, who closed with two birdies for a 67.

They were at 12-under 134 and were one shot ahead of Patrick Reed (65) and Jimmy Walker (70).

As many as six players were tied for the lead at one point.



MAJOR LEAGUES: The Seattle Mariners acquired right-handed pitcher Yovani Gallardo along with cash considerations from Baltimore in exchange for outfielder Seth Smith.

Gallardo was 6-8 with a 5.32 ERA in 23 starts last season with the Orioles, but two seasons ago was 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA in 33 starts with Texas.

Smith had 16 home runs and a career-high 63 RBI in 137 games for Seattle last season.

 The Mariners also acquired outfielder Jarrod Dyson from the Royals for right-hander Nathan Karns.

 Geovany Soto, the NL Rookie of the Year with the Cubs in 2008, reportedly reached a minor league deal with the White Sox, meaning he could wind up catching left-handed reliever Giovanni Soto, whom the White Sox claimed off waivers from Oakland in November.


 Free-agent outfielder Travis Snider agreed to a minor league contract with the Rangers. Snider did not play in the majors last season.


BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL: Defending champion Milos Raonic made the most of Rafael Nadal’s mistake in the second set – a forehand sent just wide – and went on to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 quarterfinal win in Australia.

Raonic will play Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals. Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori will meet in the other match.

QATAR OPEN: Defending champion Novak Djokovic survived five match points to beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-3 and set up a final against top-ranked Andy Murray, who had far less trouble in his seventh straight victory against Tomas Berdych, a 6-3, 6-4 win at Doha.

HOPMAN CUP: France advanced to play the United States in the final after Richard Gasquet and Kristina Mladenovic beat Swiss teammates Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic 4-2, 4-2 in the deciding mixed doubles match at Perth, Australia.

SHENZHEN OPEN: Alison Riske got to the final at Shenzhen, China, for the second straight year by beating Camila Giorgi 6-3, 6-3. The eighth-seeded American will face Katerina Siniakova, who beat third-seeded Johanna Konta 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.

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