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Young’s Late Three Helps Lakers Beat Spurs in OT

Young’s Late Three Helps Lakers Beat Spurs in OT

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young hit a monster three with 7.4 seconds remaining in overtime to help give the Lakers (7-16) a 112-110 win over San Antonio on Friday. Young finished with a game-high 29 points while Kobe Bryant added 22 points and nine rebounds.

"I'm so happy it ended up in my hands," Young said. "I wanted to shoot that bad, especially being on the floor watching Kobe and playing for the Lakers; nothing like those types of shots."

San Antonio (16-7) rallied from down 11 points in the fourth quarter to tie the game and send it into overtime, but Young's shot was too much to overcome. With the shot clock about to expire, and Manu Ginobili in his face, Young let go a 30-foot prayer that found the net for a 112-110 lead. The Spurs had a chance to tie but Ginobili's three-point attempt was off the mark and time expired before another they could get another shot off.

"The last 3, Manu was everything but inside his jersey, and he had to adjust his shot in the air and kind of shoot around Manu's hands, and it goes in," Duncan said. "If you put a team in a situation like that, things like that can happen. We put the blame on ourselves for the 48, 50 minutes before it gets to that point."

The Spurs also had a chance to win it in regulation, holding possession with less than two seconds remaining. However, Duncan missed a 17-foot, turn-around jumper that forced the extra session. Duncan finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds for San Antonio.

Bryant's 22 points leaves him eight shy of tying Michael Jordan for third on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

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Knicks Snap Skid with Win Over Boston

Knicks Snap Skid with Win Over Boston

Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images(BOSTON, Mass.) -- The New York Knicks finally snapped a 10-game losing streak on Friday night, defeating the Boston Celtics 101-95 on the road. It was the first win for New York (5-20) since beating Philadelphia back on Nov. 22 at Madison Square Garden.

"It's always hard when you're climbing uphill, then you get that one game like today. It's kind of like relief," Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said. "It gives you a chance to feel what winning a basketball game is like."

Anthony cause some headlines, before leading his team with 22 points, when rumors swirled that the forward would be willing to waive his no-trade clause if the right situation presented itself. The 30-year-old told reporters before the game that those were just rumors. Anthony shot 9-for-20 in the win, pulling down five rebounds and blocking three shots.

New York opened the game shooting well, holding a 26-19 lead after the first quarter, while their defense helped set the tone. The Knicks held Boston (7-14) to just 7-of-22 from three-point land and forced 17 total turnovers.

The win snapped the longest losing streak for the Knicks since 2005-06 when they also dropped 10 in a row.

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Alvarez Will Coach Wisconsin in Outback Bowl

Alvarez Will Coach Wisconsin in Outback Bowl

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Current Wisconsin director of athletics and former head coach Barry Alvarez will coach the football team when it takes on Auburn in the Outback Bowl Jan. 1, the school announced Thursday.Wisconsin was left without a coach for the Bowl game when head coach Gary Andersen decided Wednesday to leave the school and become Oregon State's head coach.Alvarez coached the Badgers from 1990-2005 during which he became the winningest coach in school history (118-74-4).“A number of the seniors met with me on Wednesday after our team meeting and asked if I would consider coaching the team,” Alvarez said. “I told them I would have to sleep on it. After thinking it over and meeting with some of the seniors again this morning I have decided to coach. I feel this gives our assistants an opportunity to concentrate on getting the team ready for a very good opponent in Auburn. My goal is to make sure our players, especially the seniors playing their last game, have a memorable experience and we do everything we can to prepare to win the game.”This isn't the first time Alvarez coached a Bowl game while serving as A.D. In 2013, he coached the Badgers in the Rose Bowl after former head coach Bret Bielema left to coach Arkansas. Alvarez and the Badgers lost that game to Stanford, 20-14.

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ESPN: Red Sox Trade for SP Wade Miley

ESPN: Red Sox Trade for SP Wade Miley

BananaStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- The Boston Red Sox traded pitchers Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, and an unnamed minor-leaguer to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for left-hander Wade Miley, according to ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes.

The 28-year-old Miley has pitched four seasons for the Diamondbacks, compiling a 38-35 record with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.323 WHIP.

Miley is expected to be slotted behind Clay Buchholz and Joe Kelly in the Sox starting rotation, and is under team control for the next three seasons.

Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks receive De La Rosa, 25, and the 24-year-old Webster. Both of whom were originally acquired by the Red Sox in the 2012 deal with the Dodgers that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto to Los Angeles.

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ESPN: Phillies Trade Rollins to Dodgers

ESPN: Phillies Trade Rollins to Dodgers

Mitchell Leff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Switch-hitting shortstop Jimmy Rollins was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.The Dodgers acquire Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies, the team he's played with for all 15 of his major league seasons. It is not yet known what the Phillies received in return. The 36-year-old Rollins replaces Hanley Ramirez, who signed with the Red Sox as a free agent.Rollins had a storied career in Philadelphia, winning the National League MVP in 2007 and helping the team win the World Series in 2008. He is the franchise's all-time leader in hits, at-bats and doubles.Rollins is in the final year of his contract and will make $11 million this season.Rollins played in 138 games for the Phillies last season, hitting .243 with 78 runs scored, 17 home runs, 55 RBIs and 28 stolen bases.

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Prosecutors Can Appeal Pistorius Culpable Homicide Conviction

Prosecutors Can Appeal Pistorius Culpable Homicide Conviction

Bryn Lennon/Getty Images(JOHANNESBURG) -- A South African judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors could appeal the culpable homicide ruling against Oscar Pistorius.

The double-amputee former Olympian was convicted of killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, when he fatally shot her through a bathroom door last February.

The judge ruled that Pistorius could be re-tried for murder after he was sentenced to a five year prison term for the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein will hear the case as to whether Pistorius could have foreseen killing someone when shooting through the door. 

If convicted of murder, Pistorius could face a minimum of 15 years in prison.

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Report: Cubs Sign Jon Lester

Report: Cubs Sign Jon Lester

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN DIEGO, Ca) -- The biggest pitching prize in baseball signed with the Chicago Cubs, Wednesday.

According to FoxSports.com and ESPN, Jon Lester has agreed to a 6 year, $155 million contract as part of a new look, new attitude club that hasn't won a World Series in over 100 years.

Lester joins new Chicago manager Joe Maddon, who recently came over from the Tampa Bay Rays, in what many are expecting to be an aggressive push towards contending in 2015.

The Cubs have also recently signed starting pitcher Jason Hammel, as well as catcher Miguel Montero.

"We have a nice ball club," Maddon said. "The pitching staff needed to be solidified, Jason Hammel helped do that. Now all of a sudden you get Jon Lester in there, beyond his pitching ability, what it does within the clubhouse among the other guys, when you talk about playoffs and World Series', it becomes more believable."

While the big name, high-priced acquisitions are capturing the headlines, the Cubs future is dependent upon the young talent the team has been developing. The list of players soon to join The Show include infielder Addison Russell, who the team acquired from the A's last season in the Jeff Samardzija deal, slugger Javier Baez, third basemen Kris Bryant and outfielder Jorge Soler.

"Primarily, I think every young Cub, sitting wherever they are sitting tonight, has a stronger believability in what we are doing next year," said Maddon to ESPN after the announcement of the Lester signing.

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Texans’ Clowney Undergoes Microfracture Surgery

Texans’ Clowney Undergoes Microfracture Surgery

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- The enormous hype that surrounded the top pick in 2014's NFL draft has fallen flat. Texan's defensive end Jadeveon Clowney underwent microfracture knee surgery Monday, according to a statement from the Houston Texans.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the recovery time for Clowney will be around nine months.  His return will likely be after the 2015 pre-season. 

It is possible he could start the season on the team's physically unable to perform list.

"We expect a full recovery," Texans general manager Rick Smith told ESPN.com's Tania Ganguli.

Clowney entered the league with enormous attention and promise for his ability to rush the passer. Since being drafted, his season has been injury-plagued. He suffered a concussion in an August practice with Denver. He then suffered a lateral meniscus tear in the season opener against the Washington Redskins.

"This guy's a football player. He wants to play football, he wants to be good. He was disappointed," Head Coach Bill O'Brien said via Twitter.

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Chicago Cubs Acquire Montero from Diamondbacks

Chicago Cubs Acquire Montero from Diamondbacks

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) -- The Chicago Cubs have made the latest move in the MLB offseason, trading for catcher Miguel Montero.

The Cubs traded two prospects to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday to acquire what many within baseball consider the top catcher at framing pitches.

"It really gives us a solid presence in the catching position," manager Joe Maddon said.

In addition, Chicago will assume most of the $40 million left on the remaining three years of Montero's contract.

"I want to say thank you to the Diamondbacks for 14 years in the organization. I made a lot of great friends and I’m going to miss them all. Excited for the next chapter in my career with a team with so much history and a bright future. See you soon Windy City!" Montero tweeted after the trade was announced.

Montero, 31, has struggled at the plate in recent years. Last season he batted .243 with an OBP of .329. The Cubs will hope he can return to his 2011 form when he was an All-Star, who batted .286 with 15 home runs and 88 RBI.

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Heisman Finalists Announced

Heisman Finalists Announced

Kelly Kline/Heisman Trophy Trust via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Three of college football's top players will soon travel to New York as part of the Heisman Trophy ceremony.

Alabama's Amari Cooper, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon and Oregon's Marcus Mariota were named finalists Monday for college football's top honor. 

Mariota is considered the favorite to win the award after leading a Ducks team to a 12-1 record and a Pac 12 title. He has completed 68.7% of his passes for 3,783 yards with 38 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions. Mariota also has run for 14 touchdowns.

Gordon, who broke the single-game rushing record against Nebraska with 408 yards, has totaled 2,336 yards on the ground and 26 touchdowns. The record was broken the following week by Oklahoma's Samaje Perine, who ran for 427 yards. If Gordon is able to run for 293 yards against Auburn in the Outback Bowl, he will eclipse Barry Sander's single-season record of 2,628 yards, set in 1988.  

Cooper led a rejuvenated Crimson Tide passing attack with 115 catches for 1,656 yards and 14 touchdowns, as Alabama captured the No.1 seed in college football's playoff.

The Heisman Trophy will be presented on December 13.

 

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Chiefs’ Berry Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Chiefs’ Berry Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Jason O. Watson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Kansas City Chiefs' safety Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma on Monday.

According to his doctor, Dr. Christopher Flowers, Berry will undergo treatment with the possibility of a full recovery.

"This is a diagnosis that is very treatable and potentially curable with standard chemotherapy approaches," Flowers said, through a statement released through the Chiefs. "The goal of Mr. Berry's treatment is to cure his lymphoma and we are beginning that treatment now."

After a Nov. 20 game against the Oakland Raiders, Berry, 25, began to experience discomfort in his chest. Tests discovered a large mass that was initially diagnosed as lymphoma. 

Hodgkins Lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops in the body's white blood cells, known as lymphocytes. The main difference between Hodgkins Lymphoma and non-Hodgkins Lymphoma is the determination of what abnormal cells are present, which a doctor can determine under a microscope. Other differences include age of those affected and treatment regimens.

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White Sox Land Samardzija and Robertson

White Sox Land Samardzija and Robertson

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO, Il) -- The Chicago White Sox brought their pots and pans to MLB's Hot Stove.

The White Sox traded for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija and signed free agent closer David Robertson to the up-and-coming team. Samardzija owned a 2.99 ERA last season as a member of both the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics.

Samardzija was acquired from the Athletics in exchange for infielder Marcus Semien and pitcher Chris Bassit, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Robertson, a free agent from the New York Yankees, signed with the White Sox for a four-year, $46 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

The White Sox will now boast a formidable rotation including ace Chris Sale, Samardzija, and 25-year-old left-hander Jose Quintana, who posted a 3.32 ERA last season. Robertson will resume his role as a closer to shore up a bullpen that put up a poor 4.28 ERA last season.

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Packers Stay Strong at Home Against Falcons

Packers Stay Strong at Home Against Falcons

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wi.) -- The Green Bay Packers maintained home dominance with a 43-37 victory over the Atlanta Falcons Monday night.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers continued his MVP-like season, completing 24 of 36 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns. 

The Packers also leaned on their running game to keep the Falcons off balance.  Eddie Lacy and James Starks each ran for a touchdown and combined for 148 yards on 23 carries. 

The Falcons fell behind early, surrendering a 24 point lead at halftime. Julio Jones helped lead an Atlanta rally, catching a career best 259 yards on 11 catches, including a 22-yard touchdown that contributed to a 20 point Falcons fourth quarter.

Green Bay (10-3) has won all seven of their home games so far this season, scoring at least 38 points in four of their last five games in Lambeau. Their final home game will be in week 17 against the Detroit Lions, who are one game behind the Packers in the NFC North at 9-4. 

 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/8/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/8/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: New Jersey Devils 2 (11-13-4, 26pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 1 (8-16-3, 19pts)

New York Rangers 4 (12-10-4, 28pts) - Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (18-6-3, 39pts) - OT

NBA: Atlanta Hawks 108 (14-6) - Indiana Pacers 92 (7-14)

Cleveland Cavaliers 110 (12-7) - Brooklyn Nets 88 (8-11)

Toronto Raptors 112 (16-5) - Denver Nuggets 107 (9-12) - OT

Washington Wizards 133 (14-6) - Boston Celtics 132 (7-12) - 2OT

Golden State Warriors 102 (18-2) - Minnesota Timberwolves 86 (4-16)

Top 25 College Basketball: (15) Butler 93 (8-1) - Kennesaw St. 51 (3-7)

(20) Miami 70 (9-1) - Savannah State 39 (3-7)

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Cardinals Place Andre Ellington on IR

Cardinals Place Andre Ellington on IR

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- The Arizona Cardinals have lost another offensive weapon.Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told reporters that running back Andre Ellington will have surgery Monday to repair a sports hernia. Ellington has been placed on the injured reserve.The news of Ellington's injury comes just weeks after the team lost starting quarterback Carson Palmer for the season with a torn ACL.Ellington played in 12 games this season, gaining 1,055 all-purpose yards while scoring five touchdowns.Second-year back Kerwynn Williams is expected to get the bulk of the carries with Ellington out.

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Senators Fire Paul MacLean

Senators Fire Paul MacLean

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Ottawa Senators fired head coach Paul MacLean Monday.The Senators made the announcement on the team's Twitter account. Assistant Dave Cameron was named the new head coach.

MacLean, who is just two seasons removed from winning the Jack Adams Award, which is given annually to the best coach of the year, led the Senators to an 11-11-5 record this year before being let go.

"We continue to be a big turnover team in our zone," Senators general manager Bryan Murray said during a news conference Monday. "Our goaltending has been, to say the least, outstanding most nights to give us a chance to win hockey games. The chances against our team are, some nights, atrocious. I think there's an obligation for a lot of people, the players included, to perform better than that. But the leader of the pack always is the coach."MacLean coached 238 regular season games during his four seasons with Ottawa, posting a 114-90-45 record.

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Jordan Spieth Breaks Tigers’ Record at Hero World Challenge

Jordan Spieth Breaks Tigers’ Record at Hero World Challenge

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(WINDERMERE, Fla.) -- Jordan Spieth broke two records as he cruised to victory in the Hero World Challenge on Sunday. The second-year pro shot a 6-under 66 in the final round to finish 10 strokes better than second place Henrik Stenson.

"Whether my emotions showed it or not I'm not sure, but inside we were really very pleased with the year and how it came to a close," Spieth said. "This caps off the best golfing year that I've ever had."

Already holding a seven-stroke lead, Spieth converted three straight birdies to open his round and led by 11 after the first nine holes.

He finished the tournament at 26-under par 262, breaking the tournament record of 266 set by Tiger Woods in 2007 and Davis Love III in 2000. His 10-stroke win broke another tournament record, largest margin of victory, also previously held by Woods.

"He's playing some pretty special golf right now," said Woods, who hosted the 18-man tournament.

Spieth moved into the Top-10 in the world rankings, sitting ninth, as he picked up his second win of the season.

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Galaxy Win MLS Cup, Donovan Retires a Champion

Galaxy Win MLS Cup, Donovan Retires a Champion

Victor Decolongon/Getty Images(CARSON, Calif.) -- Robbie Keane scored in the 111th minute to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-1 advantage and lift them to a victory over the New England Revolution in the MLS Cup Final.

The win marks the fifth straight MLS Cup for the Galaxy as well as the final professional game of American soccer icon Landon Donovan. 

After a scoreless first half, Los Angeles scored in the 52nd minute when Gyasi Zardes found the back of the net. Donovan had a chance to extend the lead a few moments later, but instead Keane kept possession and was unable to score again. 

The Revolution were fortunate to find an equalizer in the 72nd minute as Patrick Mullins fed Chris Tierney, who buried the ball past Jaime Penedo. Tierney had another opportunity to put his team ahead in overtime but his left-footed shot was saved by Penedo.

That opened the door for Keane's heroics.

It was the first Championship for the Galaxy since the 2012 season. Meanwhile, New England lost in the title game for the fifth time in franchise history.

Donovan ends his professional career as the leading scorer in US Men's National Team history with 57 goals, along with owning the most goals in MLS history at 136. He is a four-time MLS Cup champion and national team Player of the Year, as well as earning the MLS Most Valuable Player award in 2009.

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Rams Defeat Washington 24-0 for Second Straight Shutout

Rams Defeat Washington 24-0 for Second Straight Shutout

Leon Halip/Getty Images(LANDOVER, Md.) -- For the second straight week the St. Louis Rams shutout an opponent, the first time since 1945 that the Rams (6-7) have performed that feat. On Sunday, St. Louis beat the Washington Redskins 24-0, one week after trouncing Oakland 52-0.

After a scoreless first quarter, Shaun Hill connected with Jared Cook on a 35-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring. Despite a missed extra point, the defense prevented the Redskins (3-10) from doing anything productive on offense.

It wasn't until the third quarter that St. Louis began to put the game well out of reach. The Rams scored 18 points in the period, including another scoring catch from Cook and a 78-yard punt return to the house by Tavon Austin. Hill finished the game with 213 yards in the air and a pair of touchdown passes.

St. Louis' defense totaled seven sacks in the win and held the Redskins to just 27 rushing yards.

Washington's Colt McCoy was intercepted twice, completing 20-of-32 passes for 199 yards. Previously benched quarterback Robert Griffin, III made a late appearance and was 3-of-4 passing.

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Patriots Keep AFC’s Top Spot with Win over San Diego

Patriots Keep AFC’s Top Spot with Win over San Diego

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The New England Patriots scored 10 points in the fourth quarter while holding San Diego scoreless in the second half to come away with a 23-14 win on Sunday night. With the win, New England (10-3) keeps the top spot in the AFC as they hold the tie-breaker with Denver.

The deciding play came halfway through the fourth quarter when Julian Edelman caught a short pass from Tom Brady and ran an extra 55 yards to the end zone, extending the Patriots lead.

New England trailed 14-6 in the second quarter before a blocked punt and Rob Gronkowski's 10th touchdown catch of the year brought them within a point.

Gronkowski became the first tight end in NFL history with four seasons of double-digit touchdown catches. 

The Chargers (8-5) struggled to respond despite leading 14-13 at the half. It was a stark contrast from the first half when San Diego scored twice in a span of 2 minutes and 33 seconds. Quarterback Philip Rivers only threw for 189 yards and one touchdown, tossing a second half interception that halted a potential scoring drive. 

Brady finished the day with 317 passing yards and two touchdowns in the comeback win. New England also notched their 12th straight 10-win season.

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