Sports Digest: Maine Celtics beat Delaware, 149-100

BASKETBALL

The Maine Celtics set a franchise record for winning margin and set a team-record 26 3-pointers in a 149-100 NBA G League win over the Delaware Blue Coats at Portland Expo on Sunday.

Scottie Lindsey scored 26 of his career-best 32 points in the first half, helping Maine to a 79-55 lead. JD Davison added 20 points and six more Celtics finished the game in double figures as Maine improved to 6-1. His point total was six below the team record set against Greensboro on November 27, 2019.

GOLF

EUROPEAN TOUR: Rory McIlroy ended the year as Europe’s top-ranked golfer for the fourth time – and the first time since 2015 – despite Jon Rahm winning the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Spaniard’s two-shot win over England’s Tyrrell Hatton and Sweden’s Alex Noren was his third in six years at the Jumeirah Golf Estates.

But McIlroy finished the season at the top of the DP world rankings after Matt Fitzpatrick, his only rival for the Harry Vardon Trophy, was eliminated from the competition at the turn.

LPGA: Lydia Ko clinched top prize in women’s golf at $2 million with a win at the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.

Ko passed Leona Maguire of Ireland on the final round, taking control with a 7-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole and finishing at 2-70 for a two-shot win.

Ko picked up the points-based award for LPGA Player of the Year for the second time and she won the Vare Trophy for the lowest point average for the second year in a row.

PGA: Adam Svensson finished with a 6-under-64 to win the RSM Classic on St. Simons Island, Georgia for his first PGA Tour win.

Svensson, a 28-year-old Canadian, was caught in a four-way tie for the lead on the final stretch of the Seaside course when he poured in an 18-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole and then hit a tee shot up 10 feet on the par 3 17 for another birdie.

Brian Harman (65) and Sahith Theegala (66) missed birdie opportunities from about 25 feet at the closing hole.

ICE HOCKEY

NHL: Boone Jenner scored twice, Sean Kuraly scored from a man down and Daniil Tarasov saved 46 shots as the Columbus Blue Jackets handed the Florida Panthers their third straight loss.

TENNIS

ATP FINALS: Novak Djokovic clinched a record-breaking sixth ATP Finals title by defeating third-placed Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-3 in Turin, Italy.

Djokovic became the oldest champion at the prestigious year-end tournament and also earned the biggest payday in tennis history when he walked away with $4.7 million.

MOTOR RACE

FORMULA ONE: Max Verstappen won a record-breaking 15th race of the year at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates, ending one of the most dominant seasons in Formula 1 history.

Verstappen stayed ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez at the start and was never seriously challenged.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc held off the challenge from Perez on old tires to finish second and claim second in the championship standings.

TO SKI

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Overall World Cup winner Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States won a slalom event in Levi, Finland to win the two season-opening races.

Shiffrin drove the best time in both runs on the way to her 49th slalom victory.

With 76 World Cup victories in all disciplines, the four-time overall winner is only behind the great Swede Ingemar Stenmark (86) and compatriot Lindsey Vonn (82).


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