Short Sport, February 22, 2013

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 February, 2013, 4:17am


Lakers win one for beloved ex-owner Buss

The Los Angeles Lakers won in their first game since their long-time owner Jerry Buss died, beating their mighty rivals the Boston Celtics 113-99 behind 24 points from Dwight Howard. Kobe Bryant finished with 16 points and seven assists as the Lakers celebrated their bittersweet victory over the Celtics, whom they have met 12 times in the NBA finals. "It was personally very important," Bryant said of the victory. "I know how much it meant to him [Buss] every time we played the Celtics so this was an important game." Buss, 79, died on Monday due to kidney failure. "On Monday we lost who we all know to be the greatest owner in sports," Bryant said. "He was a brilliant and incredible owner and an even better person with a great heart. We were all spoiled by his vision and his drive to win year after year. One thing we could always count on was the great Dr Jerry Buss looking over this franchise from his box." AFP


Patriots Dennard found guilty of assaulting cop

New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard faces up to six years in prison after he was found guilty of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest last year. Dennard, 23, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 11. He was charged with punching a policeman outside a bar in Lincoln, Nebraska, last April 21 just days before entering the 2012 NFL draft. Reuters


Sabres sack 16-year head coach Ruff

Lindy Ruff's long run as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres came to an end when the NHL team fired him after 16 years at the helm. The sacking followed a loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday that left the Sabres bottom of the Northeast Division. Ruff, who also played most in Buffalo, began coaching the Sabres in 1997-98 and was the longest-tenured coach in the league. Reuters