Thursday’s Sports in Brief

PRO FOOTBALL

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals went back to work Thursday amid media reports that coach Bruce Arians has changed his mind and decided to start Ryan Lindley at quarterback Sunday in the regular-season finale at San Francisco.

Arians does not talk to reporters on Thursday and offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin was not forthcoming about the reported quarterback switch.

“I guess we’ll see on Sunday,” Goodwin said.

Arians had said that rookie Logan Thomas would get his first NFL start against the 49ers but apparently didn’t like what he saw in Wednesday’s practice.

Lindley was working with the No. 1 unit in the brief portion of Thursday’s practice that was open to reporters.

Azcentral.com, which includes The Arizona Republic, first reported the quarterback switch.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

HONOLULU (AP) — Kethan Savage sparked a late rally and scored 12 points to lead George Washington to a 60-54 upset over No. 11 Wichita State in the final of the Diamond Head Classic on Thursday night.

The Colonials (9-3) won their first in-season tournament since they knocked off Michigan State and Maryland in the 2004 BB&T Classic.

They trailed 50-43 with just under 7 minutes remaining when Savage twice swatted away a pass down the court and recovered the ball for a layup. Yuta Watanabe put the Colonials ahead for good with a 3-pointer with 3:32 remaining.

The Shockers (10-2) made only one field goal over the last 6 minutes. Fred VanVleet led Wichita State with 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting. The Shockers shot 34 percent for the game.

PRO BASKETBALL

CHICAGO (AP) — Kobe Bryant sat out his second straight game to rest his sore body, missing the Los Angeles Lakers’ contest Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls.

Bryant also was sidelined Tuesday night when the Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors.

Bryant says his knees, Achilles tendons, feet and back are all sore. He cites “old age” and says he needs to “reset my body.”

He says it is unlikely he will play Friday night at Dallas.

The 36-year-old Bryant, in his 19th NBA season, entered Thursday third in the league in scoring at 24.6 points per game. He passed Michael Jordan for third place on the career scoring list Dec. 14 at Minnesota.

MIAMI (AP) — Cleveland coach David Blatt can relate to what Anderson Varejao is going through, because he also once went through the process of rehabilitating a torn Achilles.

“A tough injury,” Blatt said.

Tough would also describe the process that awaits the Cavaliers, who will be without their starting center and one of LeBron James’ closest confidants for the remainder of the season. Varejao was injured in Cleveland’s win over Minnesota on Tuesday night, falling to the court in obvious pain after positioning himself for a rebound in the third quarter.

And on Wednesday, the Cavs’ worst fears were officially confirmed.

NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland’s LeBron James and Stephen Curry of Golden State are the leading vote-getters in the first returns from NBA All-Star fan voting.

James had about 553,000 votes at the Eastern Conference frontcourt spot, where New York’s Carmelo Anthony ranked second and Chicago’s Pau Gasol was third in the results released Thursday. Washington’s John Wall topped East guards, and No. 2 was James’ former Miami teammate, Dwyane Wade.

Curry had more than 549,000 votes to lead second-place Kobe Bryant among West guards. New Orleans’ Anthony Davis had the most votes in the West frontcourt, followed by the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Memphis center Marc Gasol.

Voting runs through Jan. 19, and starters for the Feb. 15 game in New York will be announced Jan. 22.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

HONOLULU (AP) —Kethan Savage sparked a late rally and scored 12 points to lead George Washington to a 60-54 upset over No. 11 Wichita State in the final of the Diamond Head Classic on Thursday night.

The Colonials (9-3) won their first in-season tournament since they knocked off Michigan State and Maryland in 2004.

They trailed 50-43 with just under seven minutes remaining when Savage twice swatted away a pass down the court and recovered the ball for a layup. Yuta Watanabe put the Colonials ahead for good with a 3-pointer with 3:32 remaining.

The Shockers (10-2) scored only one field over the last six minutes of the game. Fred VanVleet led Wichita State with 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting. The Shockers shot 34 percent for the game.

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) —South Carolina junior running back Mike Davis said he’s leaving the Gamecocks for the NFL draft after the Independence Bowl on Saturday.

Davis announced his intentions to give up his final season Thursday after the Gamecocks’ practice in Shreveport, Louisiana, where they’ll take on Miami in Saturday’s bowl game.

Davis ran for 1,183 yards last year. He’s gained 927 yards so far this year and can join Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers as the only players in South Carolina history with multiple 1,000-yard seasons.

Davis said he wanted to finish his college career with a strong game against the Hurricanes. He said he enjoyed his time at South Carolina and will miss his teammates when he leaves school to train for the next spring’s draft.

SAILING

SYDNEY (AP) — American super maxi Comanche took the lead at the start line and was the first to leave Sydney Harbour in the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race Friday.

Comanche, launched in October and being tested for the first time in tough ocean race conditions, held a slender lead over seven-time and defending champion Wild Oats XI.

They are two of five super maxis in the 117-yacht fleet that will sail down the New South Wales coast and across Bass Strait to the island state of Tasmania, a total of 628 nautical miles.

Comanche, skippered by former America’s Cup yachtsman Ken Read, and the rest of the fleet were expected to face 30-knot southerly winds later Friday.

Wild Oats set the race record of 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes, 12 seconds in 2012.


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