Thursday’s Sports Minute

Thursday’s Sports Minute

ON A ROLL: Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) celebrates with Marreese Speights during a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, Dec. 10,in Oakland, Calif. Photo: Associated Press/Ben Margot

Here is a look at some of the big sports news making headlines today, Thursday, Dec. 11.


It’s 14 in a row for the Golden State Warriors, and counting. The Warriors continued their team-record winning streak by holding off the Houston Rockets 105-93 despite a game-high 34-point performance by James Harden. Klay Thompson led five Warriors in double figures with 21.

Harrison Barnes and Stephen Curry chipped in 20 apiece for the Warriors, who own the NBA’s best record at 19-2. Houston fell to 16-5.

The Warriors latest win helped new coach Steve Kerr carve out a slice of NBA history. Kerr became the first rookie coach to win 19 of his first 21 games.

In other NBA action:

  • The Atlanta Hawks are on their longest winning streak in 17 years. The Hawks won their eighth in a row, breezing to a 95-79 win over Philadelphia. Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap each scored 17. DeMarre Carroll had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta, which is 15-6.
  • Andrew Wiggins had 23 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves stunned the Portland Trail Blazers with a 90-82 victory to end the Blazers’ five-game winning streak. Corey Brewer had 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals for the Timberwolves, who snapped a six-game losing streak.
  • Andre Miller threw a perfect lob pass to Bradley Beal, who made a layup at the buzzer to help the Washington Wizards win their seventh straight game, 91-89 at Orlando. The Wizards closed the game on a 7-0 run. John Wall led the Wizards with 21 points and 11 assists.
  • The Los Angeles Clippers held off the Indiana Pacers 103-96. Jamal Crawford scored 18 points and DeAndre Jordan grabbed a season-high 19 rebounds. The Pacers have lost six in a row.

    For a half, Columbia played the role of giant-killer. Then, Kentucky’s size, skill and savvy took over, but not before the top-ranked Wildcats were given a scare by the Lions from the Ivy League.

    Columbia scored the first 11 points, led 25-23 at halftime before Kentucky finally shook off its slow start to beat the pesky Lions 56-46. Kentucky is 10-0. Aaron Harrison led Kentucky with 14 and Willie Cauley-Stein added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

    Before it turned into a scare, the Columbia game was supposed to be a warm-up for Kentucky, which faces No. 21 North Carolina on Saturday.

    In other AP Top-25 hoops:

  • Frank Kaminsky scored 18 points and Sam Dekker added 17 as fifth-ranked Wisconsin continued its dominance over in-state rival Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an easy 93-54 victory. The Badgers have beaten the Panthers 22 straight times and lead the series 31-1.
  • Ninth-ranked Gonzaga beat Washington State 81-66. Przewek Karnowski led the ‘Zags with 22 points and eight rebounds. Byron Wesley added 20 points.
  • Tenth-ranked Kansas rallied past Georgetown 75-70 for its sixth straight victory in a sloppy game featuring 33 combined turnovers. Brannen Greene went 5 for 5 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 19.
  • Kam Williams scored a career-high 23 points, including 13 in a row for Ohio State in the first half in the 12th-ranked Buckeyes’ 97-43 victory over High Point.
  • Number-13 Utah held off Brigham Young 65-62 in the latest edition of the Holy War rivalry. Delon Wright had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the 7-1 Utes.
  • Dwayne Polee II hit a tying 3-pointer and JJ O’Brien made a go-ahead putback as No. 18 San Diego State rallied with a 19-10 closing run to edge Long Beach State 60-59.

    Mike Santorelli scored Toronto’s second shootout goal, and the Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1. James Reimer made 41 saves between the pipes for the Maple Leafs.

    In last night’s only other NHL game, Matt Beleskey scored his 14th goal and Frederik Andersen made 21 saves in the Anaheim Ducks’ fifth consecutive victory, 2-1 over Edmonton.


    The NHL has suspended Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella for two games for a hit to the head of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson.

    The ban was handed down by the league’s Department of Player Safety on Wednesday, one day after the Wild’s 5-4 home win over New York.


    Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton has been discharged from the hospital following a two-car crash on Tuesday that left the two-time Pro Bowl QB with two fractures in his lower back. Team spokesman Charlie Dayton says that Newton has gone home to recuperate with his family and that he is stiff and sore, but otherwise in good spirits.

    Newton is thankful to be alive after escaping a horrific-looking automobile accident without any life-threatening injuries.

    Newton has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay. Derek Anderson will start in his place.


    Houston has placed top overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney on the injured reserve two days after he had microfracture surgery on his right knee. The surgery was the second this season for the outside linebacker. The move ends a tough rookie year for the 21-year-old who had sports hernia surgery in the offseason and a concussion in training camp before injuring his knee in his first NFL game.

    In other NFL injury news:

  • The Arizona Cardinals will be without safety Tyrann Mathieu and right guard Paul Fanaika against the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night, but cornerback Antonio Cromartie will likely play. Mathieu has a broken thumb, Fanaika has a sprained ankle and Cromartie is getting over an ankle injury.
  • Jacksonville has placed running back Denard Robinson on injured reserve with a mid-foot sprain. Robinson hurt his right foot early in Sunday’s loss against Houston, but stayed in the game. Tests revealed an injury that takes six to eight weeks to heal.

    The Dodgers have acquired second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels and are working to obtain shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies in a remake of their middle infield.

    In a flurry of moves late Wednesday, the Dodgers dealt All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, right-hander Dan Haren, infielder Miguel Rojas and a player to be named or cash to the Miami Marlins as part of a seven-player trade for left-hander Andrew Heaney, right-hander Chris Hatcher, infielder Kike Hernandez and catcher Austin Barnes. The Dodgers then sent Heaney, considered one of baseball’s top pitching prospects, to the Angels for Kendrick.

    Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman wouldn’t say how close he is to finalizing a trade for Rollins or a $48 million, four-year contract with free-agent pitcher with Brandon McCarthy. The Dodgers also have been talking about dealing outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego.

    In other news from baseball’s winter meetings in San Diego:

  • The Chicago Cubs improved their rotation by coming to agreement on a multi-year contract with free agent Jon Lester. The six-year pact is worth $155 million and averages out to $25.8 million per season, second highest for a pitcher behind the deal Clayton Kershaw agreed to last year with the Dodgers. Lester began last season with the Red Sox but was traded mid-season to the Athletics. He finished with a career-best earned run average of 2.46, a record of 16-11 and 220 strikeouts.
  • Closer David Robertson and the Chicago White Sox have finalized a $46 million, four-year contract. The 29-year old right-hander gets $10 million next year, $11 million in 2016, $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018 under the deal. Robertson was 4-5 with a 3.08 ERA and 39 saves this year, when he took over as the New York Yankees’ closer following Mariano Rivera’s retirement.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league lefty Joely Rodriguez. The 29-year-old Bastardo went 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA this year with the Phillies.
  • Among free agents, Houston agreed to an $18.5 million, three-year contract with Luke Gregerson and a $12.5 million, two-year deal with Pat Neshek, according to people familiar with the negotiations.
  • Alex Rodriguez remains over the weight the New York Yankees want him to be at when he reports to spring training in two months. Rodriguez is coming off a season-long suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. The third baseman turns 40 in July.
  • Veteran broadcaster Dick Enberg, who turns 80 next month, won the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
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