Last Update on December 07, 2013 14:03 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- It was the usual suspects leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to another victory Friday night.
Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 25 as the Thunder beat New Orleans 109-95 to improve to 14-4. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) added 17 points and 13 rebounds in Oklahoma City's ninth straight win over the Pelicans.
Ryan Anderson had 18 points for the Pelicans, who raced out to an early double-digit lead before falling. New Orleans finished the game without Tyreke (ty-REEK') Evans because of a sprained left ankle suffered in the third quarter.
In other NBA action:
-- James Harden poured in 34 points while Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones each added double-doubles as Houston thumped Golden State 105-83 to end a two-game skid. Howard finished with 22 points and 18 rebounds, while Jones added 16 points and 10 boards.
-- Kris Humphries came off the bench to score a season-high 18 points and grab seven rebounds as the Celtics beat the Nuggets 106-98 in Boston. Jordan Crawford had 22 points and eight assists, and Avery Bradley chipped in 18 points to help the Celts improve to 9-12.
-- Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks each scored 19 points as the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat Sacramento 106-100. Steve Blake had 13 points and 10 assists for the Lakers, who outscored the Kings 25-13 in the final period.
-- Kyle Korver set the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer, and Al Horford scored 22 points in Atlanta's 108-89 pounding of Cleveland. Korver's 3 midway through the first quarter gave him at least one in a record-90th straight game.
-- Jeffery Taylor matched a career high with 20 points to lead six Charlotte players in double figures in a 105-88 win over Philadelphia. Kemba Walker added 18 points and a season-high 10 assists to the win.
-- New York put together its second straight blowout win since a nine-game losing streak as Carmelo Anthony provided 20 points and 11 rebounds to the Knicks' 121-83 laugher against Orlando. Andrea Bargnani (bahrn-YAH'-nee) and J.R. Smith each added 17 points for the Knicks, who posted the 38-point victory one night after a 30-point rout of Brooklyn.
-- Markieff (mahr-KEEF') Morris made his first 11 shots en route to a 25-point performance in the Suns' 106-97 victory against Toronto. Morris also grabbed 11 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe added 19 points as Phoenix dealt the Raptors their fifth consecutive loss.
-- Milwaukee downed Washington 109-105 in overtime behind Khris Middleton's career-high 29 points. John Henson had 19 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks, who had dropped 13 of 14 before preventing the Wizards from moving over the .500 mark for the first time since the end of the 2007-08 season.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles Lakers fans can circle Sunday on their calendar. That's when Kobe Bryant will make his season debut when the Lakers host Toronto.
The team posted a dramatic video on its Facebook page Friday indicating Bryant will be back Dec. 8.
Bryant hasn't played this season while recovering from surgery in April on a torn Achilles tendon. The Lakers are 10-9 without him.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA has fined Nuggets guard Nate Robinson $25,000 for criticizing the officials following Denver's 97-95 victory over the Knicks last week. Robinson's comments came after he drew a technical foul in the fourth quarter of the Nov. 29 game in Denver.
UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Yankees have lost two position players, landed an outfielder and kept a pitcher, all on Friday. Second baseman Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') and outfielder Curtis Granderson are leaving the Bronx, Carlos Beltran is returning to New York and Hiroki Kuroda (hih-ROH'-kee kuh-ROH'-dah) is staying put.
A person familiar with the negotiations says Cano has accepted a free-agent deal with the Seattle Mariners. ESPN reported earlier Friday that the contract was worth $240 million for 10 years.
Cano has missed only 14 out of 1,120 games since the start of the 2007 season. He's a career .309 hitter who has averaged 24 homers and 97 RBIs per 162-game season.
Cano's bat has been replaced by Beltran. Two people familiar with the deal say the former Mets outfielder accepted a three-year, $45 million contract. The 36-year-old Beltran is an eight-time All-Star who hit .296 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs for the Cardinals this year and added two homers and 15 RBIs in the postseason.
Another member of this year's Yankees is leaving as well, although he'll be just a few miles from the Bronx. A person familiar with the situation says the New York Mets and free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson have agreed to a four-year, $60 million contract.
Granderson missed much of last season due to wrist and hand injuries, batting .229 with seven homers and 15 RBIs in 61 games for the New York Yankees. But the three-time All-Star averaged 42 homers and 113 RBIs the previous two years in the Bronx, and led the American League with 119 ribbies in 2011.
The Yankees also said that pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (hih-ROH'-kee kuh-ROH'-duh) will be back for his third season with the team. The 38-year-old Kuroda got off to a strong start last season before fading down the stretch, finishing 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA in 32 starts covering 201 1/3 innings.
UNDATED (AP) -- Mike Napoli (NAP'-oh-lee) is staying with the reigning World Series champs, accepting a two-year, $32 million pact from the Boston Red Sox. Napoli hit .259 with 23 home runs and 92 RBIs this year, his first with the Red Sox.
He tweeted that "The beard is coming back to Boston!!! Couldn't be happier!!"
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros have added a veteran to their starting rotation by inking right-hander Scott Feldman to a three-year contract. Feldman was 12-12 with a 3.86 ERA in 30 combined starts for the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore last season. He pitched in the AL West for Texas from 2005-12 and earned a career-high 17 victories in 2009.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn has been given a new six-year contract worth $3.85 million annually. Athletic director Jay Jacobs made the announcement on the eve of the Tigers' SEC title game clash against Missouri.
Malzahn has led Auburn to an 11-1 season after taking over a team that won three games and lost all eight SEC contests in 2012.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Chris Peterson is leaving Boise State for a chance to run the Washington Huskies' football program.
Petersen was 92-12 in his eight seasons at Boise, turning the Broncos into a national program with two Fiesta Bowl titles. They were 8-4 this season.
He replaces Steve Sarkisian (sahr-KEE'-zhehn), who left this week to become head coach at Southern Cal.
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Texans have begun their first head coaching search in seven years.
Gary Kubiak was let go less than 24 hours after his team was flagged 14 times for a franchise-record 177 yards in a 27-20 loss at Jacksonville. The Texans' team-record 11th consecutive loss dropped them to an NFL-worst 2-11.
Kubiak was hired in 2006 and led the team to back-to-back AFC South titles in 2011-2012, the highlights of his tenure as coach of his hometown NFL team. The dismissal comes one month after he collapsed on the field at halftime and suffered a mini-stroke.
The Texans said defensive coordinator Wade Phillips would serve as interim coach for the rest of the season.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- John Fox will coach the Denver Broncos from the sideline and not the booth upon his return Sunday five weeks after heart surgery. Withstanding two days of practice in temperatures around zero degrees this week helped convince Fox and his doctors that he'd be able to handle Sunday's forecast of snow and temperatures in the teens when the Broncos host the Tennessee Titans.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- The banged-up Cleveland Browns have named a starting quarterback for Sunday's game against New England.
Jason Campbell, who missed a game with a concussion, will start against the Patriots. Brandon Weeden, who replaced Campbell when he was injured, suffered a concussion as well in last week's loss to Jacksonville, leaving the team with two untried quarterbacks.
NEW YORK (AP) --Linebackers DeAndre Levy of Detroit, Sean Weatherspoon of Atlanta and Clay Matthews of Green Bay have all been fined $15,750 by the NFL for on-field incidents.
Levy was fined for a helmet-first hit on Packers tight end Ryan Taylor on Thanksgiving Day. He was penalized for unnecessary roughness. From the same game, Matthews was punished for a helmet hit.
Weatherspooon was docked for leading with his helmet and driving into the chest of Bills quarterback EJ Manuel.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MAC CHAMPIONSHIP
DETROIT (AP) -- Bowling Green has ended Northern Illinois' bid for a perfect season and a BCS bowl berth.
Matt Johnson threw four of his career-high five touchdown passes in the first half and the Falcons routed 16th-ranked Huskies 47-27 for the Mid-American Conference title.
Jordan Lynch ran for 126 yards and two TDs for the Huskies to break his own single-season record for yards rushing by a quarterback in major college football. But he didn't take advantage of an opportunity to impress Heisman Trophy voters.
It is Bowling Green's first MAC title in 21 years.
UNDATED (AP) -- The young Kentucky men's basketball team is still experiencing growing pains.
The third-ranked Wildcats had a comfortable 50-41 lead with 13 minutes remaining before No. 20 Baylor went on a 15-5 run to beat Kentucky 67-62.
Kenny Chery scored 18 points, including six in the go-ahead run.The Bears never trailed after Chery hit two free throws with six minutes to play.
Also in Top-25 college basketball:
-- Le'Bryan Nash had 16 points and Marcus Smart added 13 as ninth-rated Oklahoma State crushed South Carolina 79-52. The Cowboys led by as many as 26 points in the first half and held the Gamecocks to a season low in points.
-- Ryan Boatright scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack in 12th-ranked Connecticut's 95-68 romp over Miami. DeAndre Daniels and Omar Calhoun both added 16 points for the 9-0 Huskies, who have won 54 consecutive home games against non-conference opponents.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks were able to stretch their lead in the NHL's Western Conference despite suffering their third consecutive loss.
Nick Bonino and Kyle Palmieri scored shootout goals to lift Anaheim over the Hawks 3-2. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf scored in regulation, and Jonas Hiller stopped 23 shots as the Ducks bounced back from consecutive shootout losses.
Chicago's losing streak is its worst regular-season stretch since February 2012.
However, the Hawks own a two-point lead over San Jose and Anaheim after the Sharks blew a 2-0 lead in the last half of a 5-3 loss to the Hurricanes at Carolina. Elias Lindholm scored the game-winner with six minutes left after setting up third-period goals by Riley Nash and Jordan Staal.
Elsewhere on ice:
-- Johan Franzen scored Tomas Tatar (tah-TAHR') scored in the final 7:20 as Detroit downed New Jersey 3-1. Jonas Gustavsson needed to make just 10 saves to preserve the Red Wings' fifth victory in six games.
-- Maxime Talbot and P.A. Parenteau (PAR'-ehn-toh) scored 54 seconds apart late in the second period to give the Avalanche a 2-1 lead in a 3-2 win at Calgary. Nathan McKinnon scored the eventual game-winner and J.S. Giguere made 26 saves in Colorado's sixth victory in eight games.
-- Curtis McElhinney posted his first shutout in 34 months by making 20 saves in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 4-0 win over Minnesota. R.J. Umberger and Nick Foligno (foh-LEE'-noh) each had a goal and an assist for the Jackets, who have their first winning streak since late October.
-- Vancouver blew a 2-0 lead in the third period before beating Phoenix 3-2 on Chris Higgins's goal at 3:41 of overtime. Goals by Antoine Vermette and David Moss forced OT, but the Canucks managed to win for the fourth time in five games.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Temple University says it is cutting seven sports programs in 2014, including baseball, women's rowing and softball, among others. Nine coaches will lose their jobs. The university says the decision to cut the sports, which also include men's indoor and outdoor track and field, men's crew and men's gymnastics, was the result of the school's underfunded athletic department.
The last time Temple cut programs was in 1986, when it eliminated eight sports.
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