Leonard to face his former team...Jayhawks win their 28th straight Big 12 opener...Little demand for CFP tickets
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — For the first time in nearly a year, Kawhi (kuh-WY’) Leonard is about to play basketball in San Antonio. Leonard and the Toronto Raptors visit the Spurs tonight. The 2014 NBA Finals MVP will face his former team for the first time since being traded to Toronto along with Danny Green for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl. Leonard sat out all but nine games last season with a right quadriceps injury and upset fans by asking to be traded.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul George led Oklahoma City to a 107-100 victory over the Lakers last night in Los Angeles. George scored 37 points while getting booed whenever he touched the ball by Lakers fans still angry he didn’t choose their team in free agency. Russell Westbrook recorded his 115th career triple-double and 11th of the season. He had 14 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists despite 3-for-20 shooting.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The fifth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks have begun pursuit of their 15th consecutive Big 12 title by holding off No. 23 Oklahoma 70-63 in the conference opener for both teams. Dedric Lawson had 13 points and 15 rebounds, Devon Dotson added 16 points and fellow freshman Quentin Grimes had 14 for the 12-1 Jayhawks, who won their 28th consecutive conference opener. The last time Kansas lost its initial Big 12 game was against Oklahoma on Jan. 8, 1991.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma receiver Marquise Brown will skip his senior season and declare himself eligible for the NFL draft. He will leave as one of Oklahoma’s all-time great receivers. In two seasons, he caught 132 passes for 2,413 yards and 17 touchdowns. He leaves No. 6 in career yards receiving. Other players declaring for the draft include Washington safety Taylor Rapp, Florida linebacker Vosean Joseph and Michigan cornerback David Long.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Tickets for Monday night’s College Football Playoff title game between Alabama and Clemson have never been cheaper. The Crimson Tide and Tigers will be playing for the title for the third time in four years — in Santa Clara, California, thousands of miles away from both campuses. Demand is so low that tickets are available on the secondary market for just a fraction of the face-value price of $475.