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East-leading Charge shut down Mad Ants

They took down one division leader on Thursday. But two in three nights was too much to ask for the Mad Ants.

The new D-League East Division pole sitter, Canton (18-11), took care of the Ants 90-85 in Canton, Ohio, outscoring the Mad Ants in every quarter but the last.

Kyle Gibson led a balanced attack for the Charge – six players scored in double figures – with 20 points.

The Ants (13-15) were their own worst enemy offensively, shooting just 38.7 percent (36 of 93) and making just 3 of 15 from beyond the three-point arc.

Tony Mitchell led the Ants with 23 points and eight rebounds, and Luke Harangody chalked up another double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds.


Ex-NL top rookie Williams dies at 64

In Somerset, N.J., Earl Williams, the 1971 National League Rookie of the Year with Atlanta, has died. He was 64. Williams died at home of acute myeloid leukemia. He also played for Baltimore, Montreal and Oakland.


Mavs coach fined for knocking refs

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing the officiating after Dallas’ loss to Golden State. With the Mavs trailing 98-97 on Thursday, Brandan Wright had the ball knocked away while going up for a shot and no foul was called. The Warriors went on to win 100-97 at home.


Auburn to remove poisoned oak trees

Officials at Auburn University have announced the iconic oak trees at Toomer’s Corner will be removed. University officials said in a statement that the trees are unlikely to survive despite efforts to save them after they were poisoned with a powerful herbicide. Harvey Updyke Jr. is accused of poisoning the trees and is scheduled to go to trial April 8.


Anti-gay slam gets 49er rehab, service

San Francisco cornerback Chris Culliver will begin sensitivity training and education immediately after the Super Bowl following his anti-gay remarks last week, then begin volunteer work with at-risk homosexual youth nationwide.


Chase Classic, sled event return

The Fifth Annual Bob Chase Frostbite Classic and Third Annual Silver Stick Sled Hockey Finals will be at the Lutheran Health SportsCenter next Saturday and Sunday. Games begin at 8:20 a.m. Saturday with the local Turnstone Flyers playing. On Sunday, games start at 6:40 a.m. with Turnstone. Sled hockey allows participants who have physical disabilities to play the game of ice hockey.


Fall hospitalizes halfpipe specialist

In Park City, Utah, Canadian halfpipe skier Simon d’Artois was flown to a hospital after falling hard on his head and shoulder. U.S. Grand Prix spokeswoman Krista Parry said d’Artois was awake and alert Saturday.


Nadal tamps down hype about return

Rafael Nadal says he’s not focused on winning his first match in eight months when he returns next week at the Chile Open. Nadal said that results aren’t as important for now as reaching “an acceptable level,” after a left knee injury forced him to take the longest break of his career.

Brazil upsets US in doubles match

In Jacksonville, Fla., Brazil’s doubles team of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares upset the top-ranked Mike and Bob Bryan 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and kept the United States from clinching the first-round Davis Cup match.


IPFW high-jumper ties own record

Led by Katy Moore tying her own school record in the high jump, the IPFW women’s track team claimed five wins in the Mastodon Invitational at IPFW. Moore cleared 5-foot-3 to win the event. It was the sixth time she has reached the height. Kaeleigh Porter won the throw with a toss of 48-1, and Kayle Zink was second at 47-9. In the 800, Kayla Boyes had a personal-best time of 2:23.32, and Julie Jeszenszky was second. The shot put was won by Rachel Dincoff with a 47-3 1/2 , and Zink was second. Andrea Bell won the 3,000-meter run in 10:32.