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Sportshorts for Monday, Jan. 14, 2013

Published: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 12:20 a.m. CDT


Sterling High hosts‘Crazy for a Cure’

Throughout the coming week, Sterling High School will have a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society called “Crazy for a Cure.”

A wall of honor will be at each sporting event at the high school during the week. Ribbons representing those who have battled cancer can be bought for $1.

There will also be dessert and gift basket raffles, as well as cookies for sale. Another highlight is the kiss the pig contest, in which the teacher who collects the most money will kiss a pig at halftime of the boys baskeball game Saturday.


Ailing Sharapova cruises at Aussie

Maria Sharapova showed no sign of discomfort as she dismantled fellow Russian Olga Puchkova 6-0, 6-0 to cruise into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.

Having pulled out of warm-up tournaments after suffering pain in her neck and collarbone, second seed Sharapova appeared desperate for competition but was given little of it in a 55-minute rout.

See Day 1 results in the scoreboard on B5.


Billick candidate for Eagles job

Former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick is among the candidates the Philadelphia Eagles have interviewed to fill their head-coaching vacancy, ESPN reported Sunday.

The interview reportedly took place last Monday.

Billick is one of eight candidates who have talked with the Eagles since Andy Reid was fired on Dec. 31 after a 4-12 season. One of those was Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, who said Saturday that he is staying with the Irish.


Suns snap skid, beat Bulls on Saturday

Luis Scola scored 22 points to help the Phoenix Suns snap a five-game losing streak and beat the Chicago Bulls 97-81 on Saturday in Chicago.

Phoenix had lost 12 straight on the road and got its first win away from home since beating Cleveland on Nov. 27.

Carlos Boozer had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Joakim Noah added 10 points and 13 boards for Chicago.


N.C. State beats top-ranked Duke

C.J. Leslie scored 25 points, and Richard Howell had 16 points and 18 rebounds as 20th-ranked North Carolina State knocked off top-ranked and previously unbeaten Duke 84-76 on Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.

N.C. State (14-2, 3-0 in the ACC) stretched its winning streak to 10 games, it’s longest in 24 years.


Kings trade enforcer Westgarth to Carolina

The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings traded popular enforcer Kevin Westgarth to the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Anthony Stewart. Additionally, the Kings will receive a fourth-round draft pick in 2013 and a sixth-rounder in 2014.

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