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Sports briefs for Wednesday

STATE

WESTBROOK CARRIES THUNDER PAST MAVS

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Russell Westbrook, playing parts of the first and third quarters, scored 19 points in 20 minutes to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 100-88 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night at the BOK Center.

Enes Kanter came off the bench to score 17 points and grab 11 rebounds before a sellout crowd, helping Oklahoma City treat a sellout crowd of 17,978.

John Jenkins, a free-agent signee, scored 26 points for Dallas on 11-of-18 shooting.

TTU’S SMITH NAMED LEGEND OF COACHING

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Texas Tech’s Tubby Smith will receive the John R. Wooden Award’s Legends of Coaching honor in April.

The annual award recognizes coaches who exemplify Wooden’s standards of coaching success and personal integrity.

Smith will receive the award at the ESPN College Basketball Awards show in Los Angeles on April 8.

He is 538-263 in 24 years as a head coach at Texas Tech, Minnesota, Kentucky, Georgia and Tulsa. He won a national championship at Kentucky in 1998, and has made four Elite Eight appearances, had nine Sweet 16 berths and posted 20 or more wins in 19 seasons while making 17 NCAA Tournament appearances.

NATIONAL

NBA EX ODOM FOUND UNCONSCIOUS IN NEV.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom was hospitalized after he was found unconscious Tuesday at a Nevada brothel, authorities said.

The 35-year-old former Los Angeles Laker and onetime member-by-marriage of the Kardashian family was in a Las Vegas hospital Tuesday night and there was no immediate word on his condition, officials said.

The emergency call came from Richard Hunter, media director for Dennis Hof, who owns the Love Ranch and other brothels in Nevada, the sheriff’s statement said.

Hof told the Times that Odom “wanted to get away from everybody, wanted to have fun.”

He said two women from the brothel found Odom unconscious in the afternoon after not seeing him since early in the morning.

Hof said Odom had been taking herbal Viagra and had drunk part of a bottle of cognac since arriving, but had no knowledge of his use of any other drugs.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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