EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 10, 2013

Sports in a minute

Christopher Smith
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — MELO THE MAN

Carmelo Anthony now tops the NBA’s scoring race and its most popular jerseys list.

Anthony took over the No. 1 spot on the league’s sales list, moving past MVP LeBron James and becoming the first Knicks player at the top since the first list was released in 2001-02.

Anthony was No. 4 last year on the list, which is based on sales at the NBA Store in New York and on NBAStore.com since last November. The reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week edged Kevin Durant in the scoring race after averaging 41.8 points last week.

Durant was third on the jersey sales list, followed by seven-time No. 1 Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose.

The Knicks remained first in team sales, followed by Miami and the Lakers.

BIG GAME ALERT

Andover and Central boys volleyball will square off today at Andover High.

The Golden Warriors posted 3-0 victories in both meetings against Central last year.

Defensive specialist Alec Dean, who had 14 kills in a win over Lincoln-Sudbury, leads Andover. The Raiders are led by Brian Adamopoulos who had 14 service points and 20 digs in a recent win over Lowell.

INSPIRATIONAL DAVIS

Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis was named American League Player of the Week after batting .455 (10 for 22) with three doubles, four homers, 17 RBIs and five runs in six games. He led major league hitters in RBIs and slugging percentage (1.136) and was second overall in total bases (25).

Davis was traded with Tommy Hunter from the Texas Rangers to the Orioles for current Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara in 2011.

Former Eagle-Tribune Red Sox writer Rob Bradford, now of WEEI.com, had an interesting story on how Uehara has been inspired by Davis’ start.

“The season he’s having so far has been an inspiration for me,” Uehara said in Bradford’s article through a translator.

RISH RESIGNS

“Jon Rish, the fill-in play-by-play voice and host for WEEI’s Red Sox broadcasts, resigned Monday after being asked to take a pay cut by parent company Entercom,” according to Chad Finn of Boston.com.

Rish told WEEI program director Jason Wolfe before the Red Sox’ home opener Monday. His last day is April 24.

“I didn’t want to tell Jason by phone,” Rish told Boston.com. “I wanted to tell him in person. He was speechless.”

Rish intends to become a software designer, according to the article.

TOPS ON TV

The Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics all are in action today.

The Red Sox play Baltimore at 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park on NESN. Ryan Dempster will start for the Red Sox.

The Bruins will play at the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. on NBCSN.

The Celtics are home against the Brooklyn Nets at 8 p.m. on CSNNE.