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Brewer Leads Rockets Past Raptors, 98-76

Brewer Leads Rockets Past Raptors, 98-76

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Rockets guard Corey Brewer had a season-high 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as Houston (37-18) defeated the Toronto Raptors (37-18) on Saturday night, 98-76.

Leading 56-52 with 3:41 to play in the third quarter, Houston went on a 12-1 run to close out the period. Rockets guard James Harden contributed 20 points, with 16 of them coming in the third quarter.

Forward Amir Johnson led the way for the Raptors with 27 points and five rebounds while guard Kyle Lowry had 11 points and four assists.

Up next for the Rockets, a Monday night home showdown against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Blue Jays Sign OF Chris Dickerson to Minor-League Contract

Blue Jays Sign OF Chris Dickerson to Minor-League Contract

Photos.com/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Chris Dickerson with an invitation to spring training, the club announced on Saturday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 32-year-old Dickerson appeared in 41 games with the Cleveland Indians last season, where he hit .244 with two home runs and six RBIs.

Dickerson was originally selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 16th round of the 2003 amateur draft. During his seven-year major league career (2008-2014) with the Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles and Indians, he has batted .257 with 17 homers and 66 RBIs in 355 regular season games. He also has scored 105 runs and has an OBP of .335.

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The Mets Won’t Push Back Matt Harvey’s Season Debut

The Mets Won’t Push Back Matt Harvey’s Season Debut

Norm Hall/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Back in December, Mets manager Terry Collins said ace starting pitcher Matt Harvey might not make his debut until the team's home opener on April 13th, but it looks as if plans may change.

According to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, Collins said that the current plan for Harvey is to start one of the team's first five games.  Harvey was expected to be on an innings limit this season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery last year, however, Collins says they are more inclined to give him five-inning starts instead of skipping his turn in the rotation.

Harvey will look to regain 2013 form in 2015, where he went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA, striking out 191 batters in 178.1 innings pitched.

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Westbrook Shines in Thunder Win Over Hornets

Westbrook Shines in Thunder Win Over Hornets

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE) -- Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 33 points in Oklahoma City's 110-103 win over the Hornets Saturday night.

Westbrook, who has been on a tear as of late, also added 10 assists and seven rebounds to his stat line.

With Kevin Durant resting a sore foot, the Thunder finally got a look at the team's new assets they acquired at the trade deadline. Backup point guard D.J. Augustin added 12 points off the bench and center Enes Kanter had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

"We feel confident with what we have as a unit, especially with the great pieces we have," Westbrook said. "Once we get everybody healthy and rolling we are going to be tough to beat. For now we have to come in every night and take care of business."

The Thunder are on a five-game win streak.

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(1) Kentucky Crushes Auburn, Improves to 27-0

(1) Kentucky Crushes Auburn, Improves to 27-0

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- Top-ranked Kentucky took care of business Saturday night defeating the Auburn Tigers, 110-75 to improve to 27-0 on the season.

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 19 points, which led six Kentucky players who reached double figures, and the Wildcats reached their highest scoring total since 2002, extending their best start ever.  Kentucky also matched the 1995-1996 team's school record of 27 straight victories.

"We cherish these moments," said Towns, who also grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked four shots. "Not every game is going to be like this. We executed, played great defense and also made a lot of shots."

Kentucky will look to improve to 28-0 on Wednesday February 25th when they meet Mississippi St.

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Anthony Davis exits game early in Pelicans’ win

Anthony Davis exits game early in Pelicans’ win

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- New Orleans Pelicans all-star Anthony Davis left the game early Saturday night in his team's 105-91 win over the Miami Heat.  Davis reaggravated his right shoulder in the first quarter of the game, and did not return.

Davis left with 3:07 left in the quarter, after he attempted a shot and made contact with Miami's Hassan Whiteside.  Davis missed two games earlier this month, as well as the All-Star Game because of the same shoulder issue.

Davis is fourth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 24.3 points per game.

 

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Kyle Busch Involved in Multi-Car Wreck at Daytona, Injures Right Leg

Kyle Busch Involved in Multi-Car Wreck at Daytona, Injures Right Leg

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- Kyle Busch was involved in a multi-car wreck on Saturday in the Xfinity Series at Daytona International Speedway and injured his right leg.

Busch got out of his car on his own power, but was taken away on a stretcher after crashing into the inside wall during the final laps of the race.

Busch was placed in a air cast before being taken away and was scheduled to start fourth in Sunday's Daytona 500, but Joe Gibbs Racing announced that he will not following the crash.

The crash comes on the same day that his oldest brother Kurt Busch lost his appeal of his indefinite suspension for his domestic abuse case with his ex-girlfriend.

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After Initial Reservations, Dan Haren Ready to Pitch for the Marlins

After Initial Reservations, Dan Haren Ready to Pitch for the Marlins

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(JUPITER, Fla.) -- Despite initially claiming he'd rather retire than play for the Miami Marlins, starting pitcher Dan Haren has reported to spring training and will pitch for the team this season.

Haren was part of the deal the Marlins made with the Los Angeles Dodgers that also netted them shortstop Dee Gordon. Haren preferred to play on the west coast, and seriously considered retirement as a result.

"The trade surprised me," Haren said. "My family had a tough time with it."

Marlins officials had even given up on the prospects of convincing Haren to join the team, but he decided that he wanted to come back for a 13th season.

"I wanted to make sure I was going to be 100 percent committed," he said. "I didn't want to give a halfhearted effort. Once I was committed in the offseason to putting in the work, I was ready to go for the year.

"I'm here, I'm happy to be here. I'm ready to get going."

Haren is 142-122 with a 3.77 ERA during his career.

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Report: Cavaliers Likely To Sign Kendrick Perkins

Report: Cavaliers Likely To Sign Kendrick Perkins

NBA via Oklahoma City Thunder(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- Days after being traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Utah Jazz, it appears Kendrick Perkins will settle in with a new team.

The Cleveland Cavaliers has "emerged as the frontrunners" to sign the 6'10" center, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Perkins, 30, is in the midst of a contractual buyout with the Jazz. He was traded to the Jazz, Thursday in a move that sent Enes Kanter from Utah to Oklahoma City.

After losing Anderson Varejao for the season to a torn Achilles tendon in December, the Cavaliers have been seeking size for their front court.

While Perkins is no longer the impat player that he once was when a member of the Boston Celtics, he is a still a powerful prescence in the locker room and provide an impact around the net.  Perkins is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game this season.

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Chargers Extend Left Tackle King Dunlap

Chargers Extend Left Tackle King Dunlap

San Diego Chargers/NFL(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) -- The San Diego Chargers have re-signed King Dunalp to a four-year contract.

Dunlap a seven-year veteran who was taken in the 7th round by the Philadelphia Eagles is scheduled to earn $28 million dollars over the course of the contract.

In 2013, the Chargers signed Dunlap to a two-year contract after he was allowed to leave the Eagles when Chip Kelly arrived in Philadelphia.

San Diego has reaped the rewards as Dunlap stated all 16 games in 2014 and played at a top level. According to Pro Football Focus, Dunlap allowed three sacks on 625 pass dropbacks and allowed 56 hurries on 1,078 passing plays. 

"King has been top notch the last few years for us at left tackle," quarterback Phillip Rivers said. "It's very well-deserved for him personally and a huge signing for our team."

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Chargers Reward Tackle King Dunlap with Four-Year Extension

Chargers Reward Tackle King Dunlap with Four-Year Extension

David Lee/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- After proving he was a better than most thought for the past two seasons, the San Diego Chargers have rewarded tackle King Dunlap with a four-year deal.

ESPN is reporting that the deal is worth $28 million.

"It's probably the best season I've had in a while," Dunlap said at the completion of the 2014 season. "It was good. Being healthy is my biggest thing. I feel like if I'm healthy, I'll work hard enough to where I'm somewhat successful. Staying healthy was huge."

Dunlap is a former seventh round pick who spent the first five seasons of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles. Once he was a free agent in 2013, not many teams showed much interest in him.

The Chargers wound up signing him to a two-year deal worth just $3.95 million. He exceeded expectations, and the hard work is finally paying off, literally.

According to Pro Football Focus, Dunlap gave up only three sacks on 625 passing plays this season.

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Angels’ Josh Hamilton Could Miss More Time than Expected

Angels’ Josh Hamilton Could Miss More Time than Expected

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After originally being expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing shoulder surgery, it turns out that Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton could miss even more time than previously thought.

"It could be six to eight weeks, it could be as much as 12 weeks," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto told The Los Angeles Times. "He had a bone shaved down to create less friction in an arthritic shoulder. Until he gets on site and on the field, it's tough to determine how long it will take."

Prior to the start of the 2013 season, Hamilton signed a five-year, $125-million contract with the team. Despite the lofty contract, he has yet to live up to the deal.

"Surgery is always complicated," Manager Mike Scioscia told the paper. "We have to take it one step at a time and make sure he's ready to go before we start to project when he can do some of the things he used to do."

The 33-year-old Hamilton played in just 89 games last year and batted .263 with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs.

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Curry’s Double-Double Leads Warriors Over Spurs

Curry’s Double-Double Leads Warriors Over Spurs

NBA via Golden State Warriors(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- In the Warriors return from the All-Star break they proved that their league-leading record wasn't a fluke.  

Stephen Curry had 25 points and 11 assists, and Klay Thompson added 20 points in the Golden State Warriors 110-99 win over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, on Friday night.

The Warriors went ahead by 21 points entering the fourth quarter, which led to Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich resting his starters for the entire period.

Golden State entered Friday night with the best home record in the entire NBA at 23-2.  One of those two losses was to the Spurs back in November.

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Raptors Take Down the Hawks

Raptors Take Down the Hawks

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(ATLANTA) -- The Toronto Raptors proved they are a team to be reckoned with after a 105-80 beat down of the first place Hawks in Atlanta on Friday.

Lou Williams led all scorers with 26 points, hitting seven of 10 3-pointers, and DeMar DeRozan added another 21 for the Raptors. Toronto outscored Atlanta 28-13 in the third quarter to turn the game into a 23-point lead.

"We were scrambling," said DeRozan, who had three steals in the game. "We tried not to let them get anything easy. We didn't want to let them get going, get a rhythm. As long as we do that, we can live with the outcome."

Atlanta still holds a 5 1/2-game lead over Toronto in the Eastern Conference, however the Raptors won the season series over the Hawks; 3-1.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/20/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/20/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Orlando Magic 95 (18-39) - New Orleans Pelicans 84 (27-27)

Indiana Pacers 106 (22-33) - Philadelphia 76ers 95 (12-42)

Toronto Raptors 105 (37-17) - Atlanta Hawks 80 (43-12)

Detroit Pistons 100 (22-33) - Chicago Bulls 91 (34-21)

Miami Heat 111 (23-30) - New York Knicks 87 (10-44)

Cleveland Cavaliers 127 (34-22) - Washington Wizards 89 (33-22)

Minnesota Timberwolves 111 (12-42) - Phoenix Suns 109 (29-26)

NHL: New Jersey Devils 4 (23-26-9, 55pts) - Vancouver Canucks 2 (33-22-3, 69pts)

New York Rangers 3 (35-16-6, 76pts) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (17-38-4, 38pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 2 (21-29-7, 49pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (23-31-5, 51pts)

St. Louis Blues 5 (38-16-4, 80pts) - Boston Bruins 1 (28-21-9, 65pts)

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Raiders & Chargers Have a Plan to Share Stadium in Los Angeles

Raiders & Chargers Have a Plan to Share Stadium in Los Angeles

NFL(SAN DIEGO) -- The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers announced on Thursday that they have collaborated on building a stadium in Carson, California that they both would share if they relocate and move to California.

The stadium is privately financed and costs $1.7 billion and in a joint statement both teams said they have been working for many years in their home markets to find a solution.

"We are pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward reason: If we cannot find a permanent solution in our home markets, we have no alternative but to preserve other options to guarantee the future economic viability of our franchises," the teams said in the joint statement.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has appointed a nine member advisory group to come up with a recommendation for a stadium site.

"It's now abundantly clear that while we have been working here in San Diego to create a plan for a new stadium, the Chargers have for some time been making their own plans for moving to Los Angeles," Faulconer said in a statement Thursday night. "This would amount to abandoning generations of loyal Chargers fans. Despite this news, we are going to continue our efforts to develop a viable stadium solution."

The Rams are also interested in relocating their franchise to Los Angeles, according to multiple reports.

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Major League Baseball Announces Pace-of-Play Rule Changes

Major League Baseball Announces Pace-of-Play Rule Changes

Photos.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In an effort to help speed up the game, Major League Baseball on Friday announced pace-of-play rule changes for the upcoming 2015 season.

Back in September, Major League Baseball put together a pace-of-game committee after the average MLB game rose to a record average of 3 hours, 2 minutes in 2014.

In the new rules, managers must stay in the dugout during replay challenges, and batters must keep at least one foot in the batter's box during an at-bat, as well as a prompt return to play after TV commercial breaks and timed pitching changes.

"These changes represent a step forward in our efforts to streamline the pace of play," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "The most fundamental starting point for improving the pace of the average game involves getting into and out of breaks seamlessly. In addition, the batter's box rule will help speed up a basic action of the game."

Players/managers who violate the new rules will initially receive a warning, and "flagrant violators" are subject to fines that could reach $500.

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Adrian Peterson ‘Uneasy’ About Returning to the Vikings

Adrian Peterson ‘Uneasy’ About Returning to the Vikings

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- There has been recent talk about whether or not the Minnesota Vikings will be willing to bring back suspended running back Adrian Peterson. As it turns out, Peterson himself is "uneasy" about returning to the only NFL team he's only played for.

Peterson missed all but one game this past season after he was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child. He pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault back in November.

"It's hard to say (what my future will be)," Peterson said in an interview with ESPN. "I love Minnesota. There are people that have had my back, and supported me."

"Last year, with the things that took place, [I] had a lot of fans that supported me through everything. For the fans, I would definitely love to come back, but then again, it's a business. When it comes down to business, you can't get caught up in the loyalty to fans or to a team or anything like that. You know how it is in the NFL," he continued.

"I learned a lot through this process. I'm still uneasy, to be honest with you. I'm still uneasy about a lot of things that took place within the organization," Peterson added. "Of course those guys ultimately supported me, and I'm grateful for that. But ultimately, with me being able to be on the inside and see how cards were dealt, how things were worded, this, that and the other, it's about protecting your brand, your organization, what you have built."

"In the scheme of things, not one person counts over that. I get that," he concluded.

Peterson has 10,190 rushing yards in eight NFL seasons.

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Report: Heat’s Chris Bosh May Miss Rest of Season with Blood Clots in Lungs

Report: Heat’s Chris Bosh May Miss Rest of Season with Blood Clots in Lungs

NBA via Miami Heat(NEW YORK) -- Even though the Miami Heat are still riding high after their acquisition of Goran Dragic from the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, the Miami Herald reports that forward Chris Bosh may miss the rest of the season with blood clots in his lungs.

Bosh was recently admitted to a Miami-area hospital after meeting with a doctor regarding recent discomfort he was experiencing. Initial tests proved inconclusive, but the fear is that he has blood clots in his lungs and could be forced to miss the rest of the regular season and the playoffs.

According to Heat guard Dwayne Wade, the 30-year-old Bosh had not felt well since earlier in the All-Star break when the two vacationed together in Haiti.

A 12-year veteran, Bosh is in his fifth season as a member of the Heat.

During the offseason, Bosh signed a five-year, $118 million contract with the team. It is currently the largest guaranteed deal in the NBA.

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ESPN: Celtics Acquire Isaiah Thomas in Deal with Suns

ESPN: Celtics Acquire Isaiah Thomas in Deal with Suns

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The Boston Celtics acquired point guard Isaiah Thomas from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for guard Marcus Thornton and the Cleveland Cavaliers' 2016 first-round draft pick, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman.The Celtics general manager Danny Ainge targeted Thomas when the guard was a free agent over the summer, before the Suns signed him. Phoenix ended up giving Thomas a 4-year, $27 million contract that is worth less money each season.The 5-foot-9, 26-year-old Thomas is averaging 25.7 minutes, 15.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game this season.Meanwhile, the Celtics send Thornton and his $8.575 million expiring contract to Phoenix.The 27-year-old Thornton is averaging 16.4 minutes and 8.9 points per game this season while shooting 42% from 3-point range.

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