Sports briefs for March 30, 2014

Posted March 30, 2014, at 5:45 p.m.

76ers’ 26-game skid ends with win over Pistons

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers turned down their dubious date with destiny Saturday night, beating the Detroit Pistons 123-98 to end an NBA-record-tying 26-game losing streak.

Guard Michael Carter-Williams and forward Thaddeus Young each scored 21 points and center Henry Sims added 16 for the 76ers (16-57), who built leads of 19 at halftime and 30 after three quarters in cruising to their first victory since Jan. 29.

In all, five players cracked double figures for Philadelphia, which shot 52.2 percent and limited Detroit to 38.8 percent shooting while forcing 18 turnovers. They also out-rebounded the Pistons 46-44 after getting hammered on the boards in three losses to Detroit earlier this season.

“I’m real happy for the players, and I’m real happy for the fans,” said coach Brett Brown, a former South Portland High School basketball star. “I thought there was an extra sense of urgency to follow through with a simple game plan.”

A defeat Saturday would have not only allowed the 76ers to break the league record they now share with the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers, it would have also established a mark for futility in the four major American sports. The NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers also dropped 26 in a row in 1976-77.

Fans go on rampage after Arizona basketball loss

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Basketball fans went on a rampage, lobbing bottles and firecrackers, outside the University of Arizona after the school’s team narrowly lost to the University of Wisconsin in an NCAA tournament game, police said on Sunday.

Tucson police in riot gear used pepper spray on the unruly crowd late on Saturday and arrested 15 people on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and unlawful assembly, a police statement said.

Three of those arrested suffered minor injuries, police said. Rioters threw bottles and other objects at police and their vehicles but no officers were hurt.

Police said hundreds of people filled the streets near the school after the game, but it was not clear how many were involved in the melee.

The Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Arizona Wildcats 64-63 in overtime at the National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s tournament game.

The university said in a statement the fans’ behavior was “disappointing.”

Orioles’ Machado opens season on DL

The Baltimore Orioles placed third baseman Manny Machado and outfielder Nolan Reimold on the 15-day disabled list before their season opener on Monday against the Boston Red Sox.

The Orioles also put Michael Almanzar and outfielder Francisco Peguero on the 15-day disabled list and right-hander Edgmer Escalona on the 60-day DL, and pitcher Mike Belfiore was designated for assignment.

The moves enabled the Orioles to add reliever Evan Meek and outfielder Delmon Young to the 40-man roster.

Machado had surgery to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee after he was injured while running the bases during a Sept. 24 game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Reimond is working his way back from neck surgery.

The 21-year-old Machado suffered a setback when scar tissue broke up. He is still rehabbing the knee, but the Orioles hope to have him back by the end of April.

Rays place 3 players on DL

The Tampa Rays placed three players on the 15-day disabled list, including starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (right elbow surgery), the team announced Sunday.

Reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo (right elbow surgery) and shortstop Tim Beckham (right knee surgery) were also placed on the DL.

The right-handed Hellickson settled his arbitration case for $3.67 million on Jan. 17. He went 12-10 with a 5.17 ERA last year.

Ravens RB Pierce on track for training camp

Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce said his surgically repaired rotator cuff is improving and he expects to be ready for training camp in July, according to the Baltimore Sun.

“Definitely by training camp,” Pierce told the newspaper Saturday night at a charity basketball game with teammates. “I think I’m right on schedule, honestly. I’m getting better, man. I’m doing rehab every day. I’m just grinding it out.”

Pierce, who had right shoulder surgery in January, averaged just 2.9 yards per carry last season following an impressive rookie year in which he averaged 4.9 yards per rush.

Pierce, 23, dealt with shoulder, hamstring, toe and knee injuries in 2013. He had 436 yards on 152 carries.

 

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