PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 29 points and the Trail Blazers trailed by as many as 23 points in the first half before rallying in the fourth quarter to beat the Charlotte Hornets 102-100 last night. Charlotte’s Gary Neal made a layup at the final buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime, but the refs reversed the call after a review.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera walked into his news conference and, before taking any questions, said “No, he’s not injured.” Rivera did his best yesterday to dispute published reports that two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Cam Newton was injured during Carolina’s 45-21 loss to Philadelphia on Monday night.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson receiver and Bronze Star Medal recipient Daniel Rodriguez earned the Armed Forces Merit Award from the Football Writers Association of America. Rodriguez is a senior who also plays special teams for the Tigers.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR’s season-ending championship race has sold out all of its grandstand seats. Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer says all premium seating has also been sold out for Sunday’s finale. Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman are the four drivers racing for the Sprint Cup championship.