Women’s College Basketball
Wilkerson lifts Lions to victory
Paine College won its third game in a row as Janisha Wilkerson had another big night at the HEAL Complex on Thursday night.
Wilkerson had 23 points and 15 rebounds in the Lions’ 75-66 victory over Clark Atlanta. Wilkerson hit 7 of 15 from the field and all nine of her free-throw attempts.
Kayla Lewis added 14 points for Paine (11-13, 5-8 SIAC).
The Lions won the game at the free-throw line, hitting 18 of 24 shots. Clark Atlanta hit seven of 15.
Men’s College Basketball
Paine falls to Clark Atlanta
Paine College continues to search for its first Southern Intercollegiate Conference victory of the season after losing 80-63 to Clark Atlanta.
The Lions are 0-14 in conference play with four games left in the season. They are 2-20 overall.
Kaderious Compton led Paine with 17 points and eight rebounds.
North Carolina State says men’s basketball coach Mark Gottfried won’t return for a seventh season but will coach the rest of this season.
The school announced the decision Thursday, less than a day after the Wolfpack lost by 24 points to 10th-ranked rival North Carolina in the team’s sixth loss in a row as a once-promising season continues to unravel. N.C. State plays host to No. 25 Notre Dame on Saturday.
Gottfried has a 122-82 record with the Wolfpack, including NCAA Tournament trips in his first four years that included two Sweet 16 appearances.
Ducks forward is suspended
Anaheim Ducks forward Antoine Vermette has been suspended for 10 games for slashing a linesman in apparent anger after a faceoff.
The NHL announced the suspension Thursday.
Vermette slapped his stick against the back of linesman Shandor Alphonso’s legs after losing a faceoff to Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu during the third period of the Ducks’ 1-0 win Tuesday.
After a disciplinary conference call Wednesday, the NHL issued the automatic 10-game suspension under league rules for applying physical force to an official without intent to injure.
Cuevas is out in Argentina
In Buenos Aires, second-seeded Pablo Cuevas was knocked out of the Argentina Open’s second round, losing to Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6 (4).
Dolgopolov won their only previous tour-level meeting in 2014 in Buenos Aires.
Cuevas had reached the quarterfinals in the past two years.
No. 3-seeded David Ferrer was also eliminated in the second round, losing to Carlos Berlocq 6-4, 6-2.
Top-seeded Kei Nishikori reached the quarterfinals with a victory on Wednesday.
In Memphis, Nikoloz Basilashvili beat top-seeded Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (2), 6-3 to advance to the Memphis Open quarterfinals.
Basilashvili, ranked 67th in the world, allowed the 20th-ranked Karlovic just one break-point opportunity.
Basilashvili will face the winner of the match between Matthew Ebden and Taylor Fritz.
In other second-round action, fourth-seeded Steve Johnson beat fellow American Tim Smyczek 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Johnson lost the first set and fell behind 3-1 in the second set before rallying.
Johnson will face Mikhail Kukushkin, a 6-3, 6-0 winner over Darian King.