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Last Update on December 20, 2014 12:59 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- There was a triple-overtime thriller in the NBA. For Portland, that was great news. For San Antonio, it was the same old story.

Damian Lillard poured in a career-high 43, including 16 after regulation, and the Trail Blazers handed the Spurs their second straight defeat in triple overtime, 129-119. LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 16 rebounds for the Blazers, who've won four straight and improved to 21-6.

In other NBA:

-- Jimmy Butler scored 31 points, Nikola Mirotic (NEE'koh-luh MEER'-oh-tihch) added a season-best 27 and the Chicago Bulls snapped Memphis' six-game winning streak with a 103-97 victory. The Bulls defense held the Grizzlies to 39 percent shooting.

-- The Oklahoma Thunder nipped the L.A. Lakers 104-103 even without superstar Kevin Durant, who sat out with an ankle injury. Russell Westbrook picked up the slack with 34 points. Reggie Jackson added 25 for the Thunder. Kobe Bryant had a chance to win it at the end, but missed a 17-foot buzzer-beater. Bryant finished with nine points, but added eight rebounds and eight assists.

-- Jonas Valanciunas (YOH'-nahs vah-lahn-CHEW'-nahs) scored 17 points to lead a balanced offense as the Toronto Raptors beat Detroit 110-100. That's the Pistons 12th straight home loss, seven shy of the NBA record set by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks.

-- John Wall scored 20 points and added 10 assists, Nene scored 20 off the bench and the Washington Wizards rallied to beat the Miami Heat 105-103. The Wizards have won six in a row.

-- LeBron James scored 22 points and Mike Miller, making his first start of the season, added 21 on seven 3-pointers, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 95-91 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

-- Derrick Favors had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Gordon Hayward scored 20 to lead Utah to a 101-94 victory over Orlando. The Jazz have back-to-back victories the first time this season.

-- The Charlotte Hornets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 109-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Kemba Walker scored a season-high 30 points. Al Jefferson added 20 points and 12 rebounds.

-- Denver fought back after blowing a 16-point halftime lead to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-106. Nate Robinson scored 20 points off the bench to lead the Nuggets, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

-- Kelly Olynyk (OHL'-nihk) scored 21 points and the Boston Celtics began the post-Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh) era with a 114-98 win over Minnesota. One day after trading their star point guard to the Dallas Mavericks, the Celtics had six players score in double figures in their third straight victory.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Houston Rockets made a move to bolster their depth on the perimeter by obtaining veteran swing man Corey Brewer from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a three-team trade that also included the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Rockets sent shooting guard Troy Daniels, cash considerations and a pair of future second-round selections to Minnesota. The Timberwolves sent center Ronny Turiaf to the 76ers, who dealt guard Alexey Shved to the Rockets. Houston also sent to Philadelphia its own 2015 second-round draft pick and the rights to center Serhiy Lishchuk, a Ukraine native currently playing in Spain.


UNDATED (AP) -- Patrik Elias (EHL'-ee-ahsh) scored the only goal of the shootout to give goaltender Keith Kinkaid his first NHL win, and the New Jersey Devils snapped a five-game skid with a 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay.

In other hockey action:

-- Anders Lee knocked the puck over the goal line for a split-second in the second period, and the New York Islanders went on to a 2-1 victory over Detroit.

-- Winnipeg nipped Boston 2-1. Matthieu Perreault (peh-ROH') scored the go-ahead goal with 23 seconds left in the second period.

-- Mike Hoffman scored two goals and Erik Karlsson had two assists as the Ottawa Senators beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-2.

-- Dallas nipped Calgary 2-1. Jamie Benn scored one goal and assisted on the other Stars goal. The Flames have lost seven straight.


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is the third member of the team to be diagnosed with mumps. The Penguins issued a statement saying he tested positive for the virus and remains in isolation. Teammates Sidney Crosby and Beau Bennett were diagnosed with mumps in the last week.

In other hockey news:

-- Defenseman Robyn Regehr (reh-GEER') was placed on injured reserve by the Los Angeles Kings with an upper-body injury that is expected to sideline him at least two weeks.

-- Gordie Howe's family says the hockey great has made a "miraculous" improvement after he participated in a stem cell clinical trial. The 86-year-old Howe had a serious stroke in late October, but his family says his physical therapists have been "astonished" by his progress after undergoing a two-day, non-surgical stem cell treatment protocol.


UNDATED (AP) -- Third-ranked Arizona needed a second-half rally to beat UTEP 60-55. The Miners led briefly in the second half before Arizona took charge. The Wildcats are 12-0. Stanley Johnson led Arizona with 17 points.

In other Top-25 action:

-- Corey Walden scored 18 points to help Eastern Kentucky rout No. 18 Miami 72-44. The home loss drops the Hurricanes to 9-2.

-- D'Angelo Harrison scored 21 points and 20th-ranked St. John's overcame a 15-point halftime deficit to rally past Saint Mary's 53-47. St. John's is 9-1.


SALEM, Va. (AP) -- For the second straight year and fifth out of the last six, Wisconsin-Whitewater is king of Division III football.

Matt Behrendt threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns and Wisconsin-Whitewater continued its mastery of Mount Union in the NCAA Division III championship game, 43-34.

The Warhawks extended their winning streak to 32 games, the longest in the nation. They beat the Purple Raiders for the sixth time in the last seven meetings -- all in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Austin Dodge led Southern Oregon to its first NAIA football championship, throwing for 429 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-31 victory over Marian College.

Dodge, the NAIA Player of the Year, was 21 of 39 for the Raiders, who finished 13-2. Melvin Mason, Dylan Young and Ryan Retzlaff caught touchdown passes and Mason also ran for 56 yards and three scores.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The Dodgers have ended the Yankees' 15-year streak as Major League Baseball's biggest spenders.

The Dodgers finished with a record payroll of $257,283,410, according to final calculations made by Major League Baseball and obtained by The Associated Press. That is more than $20 million above the previous high, set by the Yankees last year.

For the first time since the current luxury tax began in 2003, the Yankees won't be paying the most. The luxury tax was put in place as a slowdown on spending by high-revenue teams, and teams pay based on the amount they are over the $189 million threshold.

The Dodgers have a tax bill of $26,621,125 due to the commissioner's office by Jan. 21.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Phillies and Dodgers have finalized the trade that sends All-Star shortstop Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles for pitchers Zach Eflin and Tom Windle.

Rollins is a three-time All-Star who hit .243 last season with 11 homers, 55 RBIs and 28 steals. The 36-year-old had started 14 consecutive openers for the Phillies and helped Philadelphia win the 2008 World Series title.

The 20-year old Elflin was 10-7 with a 3.80 ERA this year in 24 starts in Class A ball while the 22-year old Windle went 12-8 with a 4.26 ERA in 25 starts and one relief appearance this year in Class A action.

In other moves;

-- Kansas City has signed veteran outfielder Alex Rios (REE'-ohs) to an $11 million, one-year deal that includes a mutual option for the 2016 season. Rios will take over right field for departed free agent Nori Aoki (ay-OH'-kee). The 33-year-old Rios should provide more pop to a lineup that lacked home-run hitters last season. He hit.280 with four homers and 54 RBIs for Texas last season.

-- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Jake Peavy (PEE'-vee) has agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract to stay with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The 33-year-old right-hander helped Boston win the 2013 World Series. He was traded to San Francisco on July 26 and won another championship with the Giants this season.

-- The busy San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves for a group of prospects, a person with knowledge of the deal has told The Associated Press. The Padres already made two huge trades in recent days, acquiring slugger Matt Kemp from the Dodgers and former AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from Tampa Bay. Upton had 29 homers and 102 RBIs last season.

-- The Rays, Padres and Nationals have finalized an 11-player trade that sent 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from Tampa Bay to San Diego and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Washington to the Rays. Overall Tampa Bay acquired five players, San Diego four and Washington two.

-- In yet another move for the retooling Padres, San Diego obtained third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox for catcher Ryan Hanigan, who was acquired by the Padres in that 11-player trade.

-- The Yankees have acquired pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, outfielder Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German from the Miami Marlins on Friday for versatile Martin Prado (mar-TEEN' PRAH'-doh) and pitcher David Phelps. The right-handed Eovaldi throws at up to 98 mph and was 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA last season. Prado was obtained by the Yankees from Arizona at the July trade deadline and hit .316 with seven homers and 16 RBIs in 133 at-bats.

-- David Ross and the Chicago Cubs have agreed on a two-year contract worth $5 million, reuniting the catcher with frequent batterymate Jon Lester when they were in Boston the past two seasons.


IRVING, Texas (AP) -- All signs point to DeMarco Murray playing for Dallas against Indianapolis Sunday despite the NFL rushing leader's broken left hand. Murray was listed as questionable a few hours after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show that the team "should be able to count on" him playing.

The fourth-year back went through individual drills Wednesday before expanding his role in workouts Thursday and Friday. He says he will ultimately decide whether to play on Sunday.

In other NFL news:

-- Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he's confident quarterback Cam Newton will be able to start Sunday's game against Cleveland. He says he is waiting for final clearance from team physicians before officially naming Newton as his starter. The fourth-year quarterback suffered two lower back fractures in a two-vehicle accident a week and a half ago.

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