James Torches Heat for 51 Points
LeBron James scored 51 points against his former club and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the host Miami Heat, 113-97, on Sunday night.
James had 19 points in the first quarter to help the Lakers open a big lead.
The 51 points were a season high for James, and the most he’s scored against Miami; he had 47 against the Heat twice.
His last shot was a 32-footer with 16 seconds left, capping the 13th 50-point game of his career -- including playoffs -- and he threw the ball skyward at midcourt when time expired.
Thompson ends in style
Lexi Thompson was the best this week, and Ariya Jutanugarn was the best all season. Neither left any doubt about that.
Thompson shot a 2-under 70 to finish at 18-under 270 and win the LPGA’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship by four strokes over Nelly Korda. The win makes this the sixth consecutive year that Thompson has won at least once, extending the longest such active streak on the LPGA Tour.
Charles Howell III made a 15-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff with Patrick Rodgers in the RSM Classic to end an 11-year victory drought.
The 39-year-old Howell dropped to his knees and buried his head in his hands, then tearfully embraced his wife and two children. He earned $1,152,000 and a return trip to his hometown of Augusta, Ga., in April to play in the Masters for the first time since 2012. After Rodgers sent a birdie attempt of 21 feet past the cup on the second extra hole, Howell’s putt died in the cup and capped a comeback in which he went bogey-double bogey on his first two holes to lose the lead he had held through the first three rounds.
Miles takes Kansas post
Les Miles walked confidently to the podium and slipped on a familiar white hat.
This one had “KU” embroidered across the front.
The quirky and energetic coach who led LSU to the 2007 national title, after building a consistent winner at Oklahoma State, is back in the Big 12. His task this time is to turn around a long-suffering program at Kansas, where years of losing have left fan apathy at historically high levels.
Miles signed a five-year contract that will pay him $2,775,000 annually with retention bonuses of $775,000 due in November 2020 and $500,000 in November 2022. The deal includes several other incentives in a sign that athletic director Jeff Long plans to invest heavily in the program.