Sports Shorts

Peer advances in California

Shahar Peer, the 17th seed at the Indian Wells tennis tournament, advanced Saturday to the third round. She defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States, 6-2, 6-3. (Rami Hipsh)

Duke claims 18th ACC basketball crown

Kyle Singler scored 20 points and Jon Scheyer hit a critical 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to help No. 4 Duke beat Georgia Tech 65-61 in yesterday's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship game. Scheyer finished with 16 points for the top-seeded Blue Devils (29-5), who let an 11-point lead with six minutes to go slip all the way to one before Scheyer's big shot. Duke earned a league-record 18th tournament title, breaking a tie with rival North Carolina. In a tournament filled with upsets, it took a gritty effort from Duke's high-scoring "Big Three" to hold off a determined comeback from the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (22-12), who were trying to become the first team in tournament history to win four games in four days. (See IHT for coverage of the Kentucky-Miss. State game) (AP)

Ramat Hen looks to break home curse against Ramat Hasharon in hoops semis

Since moving to the Zisman Arena in Ramat Gan in 2004, Maccabi Ramat Hen has hosted Ramat Hasharon eight times - and lost every one of its women's basketball games. Tonight, after winning its semifinal opener on the road, would be a good time to end that dubious streak against the defending league champions. Dana Yahalomi will suit up for Ramat Hen, after missing the last game due to an injury. In the other best-of-five semifinal, Elitzur Ramle will host Maccabi Ashdod and hoping to take a 2-0 lead. However, it will likely have to do so without center Plenette Pierson, who averaged 23.4 ppg this season. (Arie Livnat).

Ahi Nazareth goes into administration

Maccabi Ahi Nazareth yesterday followed in Hapoel Ramat Gan's footsteps and went into administration. The budget control authority of the Israel Football Association informed Nazareth executives that they have until noon today to supply the name of a lawyer who would open a new bank account and manage the club's financial affairs. Once an account is opened, the authority would release through the association NIS 300,000, which the municipality would match to pay the player's January salaries. (Moshe Boker)

Tel Aviv wins volleyball final opener

Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Hapoel Mateh Asher three sets to one yesterday to take a 1-0 lead in their volleyball final series. Maccabi is now two wins short of its third consecutive double. (Rami Hipsh)

Shani Davis ends season with another win

Speed skater Shani Davis edged the Netherlands pair of Stefan Groothuis and Mark Tuitert yesterday to complete the season with another win in the 1,000 meters. The American, who clinched the overall World Cup title in the same race last week in Germany, captured gold in 1 minute, 8.89 seconds. The Olympic champion also clinched the overall season crown in the 1,500 meters two days earlier. (AP)