Tahlequah Daily Press

January 31, 2014

Golden Eagles loss close one in OT at Nicholls State

State and national briefs

From staff and wire reports

— THIBODAUX, La. — Dantrell Thomas forced a turnover and made the game-winning free throws in the closing seconds of overtime to lift Nicholls State over Oral Roberts 73-72 Thursday night.

Jeremy Smith scored to give Nicholls State a 71-70 lead with 33 seconds remaining in overtime. Thomas then had a steal, but was called for a technical foul. Shawn Glover made both free throws to give Oral Roberts a 72-71 lead with 20 seconds to play. Brandon Conley fouled Thomas, who hit both free throws with 7 seconds left. Korey Billbury missed a potential game-winning jumper with 3 seconds left for Oral Roberts.

Thomas scored a career-high 28 points, made 15 of 18 free throw attempts, and had three steals to lead Nicholls State (9-8, 6-2 Southland). Smith finished with 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

Glover scored 26 points and Billbury added 11 to lead Oral Roberts (10-11, 4-4).



Hulbert to host hoops event

Hulbert’s home basketball games against Gore on Friday night will be a special night at Rider Fieldhouse. The games will benefit the Coaches vs. Cancer Foundation.

There will be a drawing for a La-A-Boy reclining chair at halftime of the boys game. All donations made during the game will be sent to the American Cancer Society.

T-shirts for the event can be purchased by contacting coach Towanna Scott at (918) 931-2750.



Michael Young to retire in Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas — Infielder Michael Young is retiring after a 13-year major league career, nearly all of it with the Texas Rangers.

The Rangers have scheduled a Friday afternoon news conference where the 37-year-old Young is to formally announce his retirement.

The seven-time All-Star retires with a .300 career average and as Texas’ hits leader with 2,230. He was the 2008 AL Gold Glove at shortstop.

In 12 seasons as a Rangers infielder and designated hitter, Young batted .301 with 415 doubles and 55 triples in 1,823 games and 7,399 at-bats, all franchise records. He also had 177 home runs and 984 RBI.

Young was traded to Philadelphia during the 2012 season, and split last year with the Phillies and Dodgers. He hit .279 with eight homers, 26 doubles and 45 RBIs. He is a free agent.

Overall, he had 185 homers and 1030 RBIs.



NBA names All-Star reserves

The Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets each had two players picked as reserves for the NBA All-Star game, while the Indiana Pacers had to settle for just Roy Hibbert despite the league’s best record.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard made it from the Trail Blazers, who have been among the Western Conference leaders all season.

Dwight Howard, who was passed late in fan voting for a starting spot, was chosen Thursday along with Houston teammate James Harden.

Old reliables Chris Paul, Tony Parker and Dirk Nowitzki round out the West reserves for the Feb. 16 game in New Orleans.

Nowitzki earned his 12th selection, tying him for sixth all-time with nine players.

“I have been a part of All-Star weekend every year since I have been in the league and not being there last year felt strange,” Nowitzki said in a statement. “The Dallas fan base has always been great to me and the Mavericks’ organization and the city deserves to be represented at the All-Star game.”

The rest of the East reserves are: Miami’s Chris Bosh, Washington’s John Wall, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson, Chicago’s Joakim Noah and Atlanta’s Paul Millsap.

Wall is the first Wizards All-Star since Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison were picked in 2008, the last time the game was in New Orleans.