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Forward Smith set to join up with Rockets
(Reuters) - Josh Smith, who was recently released by Detroit, has agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets, the NBA reported on its website on Wednesday. Smith is less than halfway through a four-year, $54 million contract. While the Rockets have yet to announce their impending acquisition, Smith has expressed his excitement about teaming up with close friend Dwight Howard, a team mate from their youth days...
Cleveland's Varejao out for season
Cleveland Cavaliers centre Anderson Varejao, who was injured in the third quarter of Tuesday's game, will be out for the rest of the NBA season, the club said Wednesday. The 32-year-old Varejao suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Tuesday's 125-104 win over Minnesota.
Cavs lose Brazilian Varejao for season with Achilles tear
(Reuters) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without Anderson Varejao for the rest of season after the Brazilian center tore his left Achilles tendon the National Basketball Association team said on Wednesday. Varejao suffered the injury during Cleveland's victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday and an MRI confirmed the damage. The loss of the Brazilian is a major setback for the rejuvenated LeBron James-led Cavaliers, who are 17-10 this season...
Former world number two Steve Stricker has back surgery
(Reuters) - Steve Stricker, a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour, has undergone back surgery the American golfer said in a statement on Wednesday. Stricker had the procedure at a Wisconsin hospital on Tuesday after being hampered by a compressed nerve in his lower back that has caused problems in his hips and legs. "I'm very excited to get back to practising and competing in 2015 and expect to be 100 percent physically which really excites me...
Curry spices thing up with dazzling three-point prowess
By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Blessed with one of the purest shooting strokes in the National Basketball Association, Stephen Curry is on track to end his career as one of the best three-point shooters ever. A strong work ethic has helped the Golden State Warriors point guard hone his unique skills and at the age of 26 has scaled heights reached by very few with his astonishing ability to pour in three-pointers...
Manning leads NFL-high nine Broncos into Pro Bowl
New York (AFP) - Peyton Manning was named to his NFL-best 14th Pro Bowl to lead a league-best nine Denver Broncos players into the annual all-star game, the NFL announced.
Love conquers Wolves but Varejao hurt in Cavs win
Kevin Love scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against his former club as Cleveland ripped Minnesota 125-104, but an injury to Anderson Varejao dimmed any celebrations. Losing Varejao would be a major setback for the Cavaliers, who improved to 17-10 with their 12th win in 15 games. The team has started to come together after adding four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James and Love in a trade with Minnesota to a lineup that includes Australian guard Kyrie Irving...
Rose leads Bulls over Wizards
Derrick Rose scored 25 points and the Chicago Bulls stretched their win streak to four games with a 99-91 victory at Washington. Rose, the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player, hit 10-of-17 shots from the field against the Wizards and netted six points in a row to cap an 8-0 run that gave the Bulls a 94-87 lead. Chicago's 13-4 record in road games in the best in the Eastern Conference and their 19-9 overall mark ranks fourth behind Toronto, Atlanta and the Wizards, who fell to 19-8...
The Heat is on as LeBron returns to Miami
LeBron James plays in Miami for the first time since leaving the Heat for Cleveland when the Cavaliers visit Thursday to highlight five Christmas holiday NBA clashes being televised globally. The schedule opens with Washington at New York followed by Oklahoma City at defending NBA champion San Antonio before the latest episode in James' city-switching saga plays out in Miami, where he led the Heat to the past four NBA Finals and brought the city two NBA crowns...
Heat lose McRoberts after knee surgery
Miami forward Josh McRoberts has undergone successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee but will probably miss the remainder of the NBA season, the Heat said Tuesday. The move might allow Miami to have a salary cap exception under NBA rules that could make the Heat a top bidder for forward Josh Smith, who was dropped by Detroit and is now a free agent.
Peavy signs new deal with World Series champions
Veteran pitcher Jake Peavy, who helped San Francisco win the World Series for the third time in five seasons, has signed a two-year deal to remain with the Giants. The team announced Tuesday that the 33-year-old right-hander would remain in San Francisco, who obtained him from Boston in July just ahead of the Major League Baseball trade deadline. The deal, reportedly worth $20 million, comes after Peavy revived his fortunes in 2014 following only one win in 20 starts with the Red Sox...
Struggling coaches gird for Black Monday
By Larry Fine (Reuters) - Six teams head into Week 17 of the National Football League with a last chance to reach the Super Bowl tournament, while half a dozen head coaches may be facing their last game with axes poised to fall on Black Monday. Last year, five NFL head coaches were fired on the Monday following the league's regular season finale and there is no shortage of candidates for similar treatment this season...
Rookie Manziel to miss Browns' final game
Berea (United States) (AFP) - Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will miss Sunday's season finale against Baltimore because of a hamstring injury.
Kirkpatrick helps Bengals pick apart Manning's Broncos
Dre Kirkpatrick had two interceptions of quarterback Peyton Manning as the Cincinnati Bengals clinched a playoff spot with a 37-28 victory over the Denver Broncos on Monday. Jeremy Hill also ran for 147 yards and a touchdown as Cincinnati is headed to the National Football League postseason for the fourth straight year. "Regardless of what anyone is saying, this win meant more because it means the playoffs," said Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton...
Bengals punish sloppy Manning to clinch playoff spot
(Reuters) - The Cincinnati Bengals intercepted Peyton Manning four times to clinch a playoff berth with a big-play filled 37-28 victory over the Denver Broncos on Monday. Playing in pouring rain, the Bengals staged a fourth-quarter recovery after blowing a 13-point lead to earn a fourth straight trip to the post-season. "This one was big. We knew what we were up against... at home, playing on Monday Night in prime time," Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton told reporters...
Red-hot Butler shines as Bulls stomp Raptors
Jimmy Butler continued his torrid scoring streak on Monday by tallying 27 points and 11 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls overpowered the first place Toronto Raptors 129-120. Butler scored a career-high 35 points in a victory over New York on Thursday, then followed it up with a 31-point performance against Memphis. Derrick Rose scored 29 points, Pau Gasol engineered 14 points and nine rebounds and Aaron Brooks came off the bench to score 17 points for the Bulls, who have won six of their last seven NBA contests...
Details released of alleged rape by Florida State quarterback Winston
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A woman says she pleaded, "please stop, no," as Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston allegedly raped her, according to transcripts from a university hearing released on Monday by her attorneys after he was cleared in the proceeding. More than 200 pages of documents detail the female student's version of the December 2012 encounter with Winston, who last year won the Heisman Trophy...
Englishman Willett secures Masters berth via world ranking
(Reuters) - Englishman Danny Willett will be a big winner in the final world rankings of the year, to be issued next week, by narrowly punching his ticket to the 2015 Masters. Willett is among a dozen players not previously exempt for the season's opening major who will lock up invitations to Augusta National next April by finishing 2014 in the top 50. However, Willett cut it ever so close in earning his first invitation to the Masters and made his move by winning the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa on Dec...
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