Update on the latest sports
Blue Devils, Zags to square off in Maui
UNDATED (AP) – Top-ranked Duke plays No. 3 Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational championship game Wednesday.
The Blue Devils fought off a tough challenge by eighth-ranked Auburn as they saw a 17-point lead shrink to 61-56 before earning a 78-72 triumph over the Tigers.
R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish scored 18 points each for the 5-0 Blue Devils, while Marques Bolden delivered 11 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks.
Jared Harper had a team-high 22 points and Bryce Brown had 16 for Auburn, which slipped to 4-1.
The Bulldogs had an easier time with Arizona as Rui Hachimura scored 24 points and Zach Norvell Jr. added 20 in a 91-74 win against the Wildcats. The Zags trailed until a 15-2 run put them up 56-53.
Justin Coleman had 28 points for Arizona, which had three assists on 21 made field goals.
Arkansas suspends DBs for socializing with MSU spirit squad
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas defensive backs Ryan Pulley and Kamren Curl have been suspended for the season finale against Missouri for socializing with members of Mississippi State’s spirit squad.
Arkansas coach Chad Morris announced the decision earlier this week. Pulley and Curl were seen with the Mississippi State students before last Saturday’s 52-6 loss in Starkville. Morris called the actions “unacceptable” during his postgame remarks.
Arkansas’ secondary already was short-handed. Cornerback Jordon Curtis escaped serious injury after he was struck by a car while leaving practice Sunday.
Morris says Curtis was treated and released from a hospital, but he won’t play against Missouri. According to a police report, Curtis suffered a wound above his right eye after he was struck by a car in a pedestrian crosswalk near the Fred W. Smith Football Center. The driver was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian and driving too fast for conditions.
NFL-JULIO JONES-FAMILY SHOOTING
Sheriff: Julio Jones’ relatives wounded in Alabama shooting
(Information in the following story is from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews )
MAGNOLIA SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say four relatives of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones have been wounded in a shooting at an Alabama trailer park.
Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack says the cause of the Sunday shooting remains unclear. He says Jermain Dickerson, Tamarius Dickerson and Royald Jones confronted Jahlen Baker at gunpoint in Magnolia Springs. Mack says the Dickersons and Baker are brothers, and Royald Jones is a cousin. Mack says Julio Jones is either a cousin or uncle to the men.
He says Baker was shot in the abdomen and remains in critical condition. The other three were taken to a hospital and are in stable condition or have been released.
Mack says guns and marijuana were recovered at the scene. He says charges are pending, and the investigation is ongoing.
Vic Open on LPGA Tour next year, also on men’s European tour
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Golf Australia says the 2019 Vic Open, which features both men and women playing simultaneously, will be co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour.
The men’s portion of the tournament has already been announced to be on the European Tour next year.
Golf Australia said Wednesday the Vic Open will be held at 13th Beach Golf Links west of Melbourne from Feb. 7-10.
The Women’s Australian Open, which has been on the LPGA Tour for eight years, will now be part of a two-week Australian swing.
The 2019 Women’s Australian Open is scheduled for The Grange Golf Club in Adelaide from Feb. 14-17.