Mad Ants 6-foot-6 forward Tony Mitchell won the NBA D-League Slam Dunk contest during halftime of Saturday’s D-League All-Star Game in Houston.
Mitchell, who defeated Idaho’s Josh Owens in the finals of the dunk contest, and Ants teammate Ron Howard played in the game. Their team, the Futures, lost to the Prospects, 139-125.
Mitchell had three rebounds, six assists and two points. Howard scored 16 points and added five assists.
Included in Mitchell’s dunk repertoire was a pass from Howard, who was sitting in the stands, and a backward dunk that netted him 10s from all the judges.
The Ants resume their season Friday when they play at Erie, Pa.
1st-time winner at Daytona
John Wes Townley won his first ARCA Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Townley nudged Bobby Gerhart out of the way with seven laps left and held off Kyle Larson down the stretch on the 2 1/2 -mile superspeedway.
Courtney Force raced to her first No. 1 qualifying position of the season at the NHRA Winternationals at Pomona, Calif. Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also will lead their categories into today’s eliminations at the NHRA Drag Racing Series season opener.
Red Wings put Franzen on IR
The Detroit Red Wings put forward Johan Franzen on injured reserve. Franzen had missed Detroit’s last two games with a hip injury.
US teen wins world slalom title
American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest women’s slalom world champion in 39 years on Saturday. At the age of 17 years, 340 days, Shiffrin beat all of her more experienced rivals in Schlamding, Austria, to earn the U.S. team its fourth gold and fifth medal overall at the worlds, more than any other nation. Shiffrin was third after the opening run but finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 39.85 seconds to beat Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria by 0.22 and Frida Hansdotter of Sweden by 0.26.
In Sao Paulo, Rafael Nadal outlasted 111th-ranked Martin Alund 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-1 at the Brazil Open to reach his second straight final after a long layoff to treat his left knee. Nadal next plays David Nalbandian, who defeated Simone Bolelli of Italy 6-3, 7-5.
In Rotterdam, Netherlands, Juan Martin del Potro and Julien Benneteau won their semifinals in straight sets and will play for the title of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. Del Potro beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-4. Benneteau then defeated fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-6 (2).
In Doha, Qatar, Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-2 to reach the Qatar Open final. Williams will play for the title against Victoria Azarenka, whom she will replace at the top of the new rankings Monday. Azarenka beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-3 in the other semifinal.
In San Jose, Calif., Tommy Haas reached his first final in six months, beating John Isner 6-3, 6-4, in the SAP Open semifinals. He will face the winner of the match between top-seeded Milos Raonic and third-seeded Sam Querrey.
World federation president resigns
The president of the international wrestling federation quit in the wake of the IOC’s decision to remove the sport from the 2020 Olympics. Raphael Martinetti’s resignation was announced at the FILA executive committee meeting in Phuket, Thailand.