Review Category : National Sports

Dwight Howard Scores 26 as Rockets Top Nuggets, 108-96

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Rockets guard James Harden had a triple-double while center Dwight Howard scored a team-high 26 points as Houston (18-5) defeated the Denver Nuggets (10-13) on Saturday night, 108-96.

Howard returned to the hardwood floor for the first time since a strained right knee sidelined him for the last 11 games. The eight-time NBA All-Star pulled down 13 rebounds, to surpass 10,000 for his career.

The Nuggets jumped out to a 40-26 lead with 8:06 left in the second quarter, but the Rockets went on a 28-9 run to close out the first half on top, 54-48.

Harden finished the game with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his third career triple-double.

Forward Alonzo Gee led the way for the Nuggets with 20 points.

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49ers Place Bowman, Dorsey on Season-Ending IR

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — The San Francisco 49ers placed linebacker NaVorro Bowman and nose tackle Glenn Dorsey on the season-ending injured reserve Saturday.

Bowman and Dorsey each hadn’t played a snap all season.

Bowman, who is recovering from a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee that he suffered in last season’s NFC Championship game, was actually activated to the 53 man roster Tuesday but never practiced.

Dorsey, who is coming back from a torn bicep which he suffered in training camp, was a limited participant in practice this week.

The 49ers have called-up cornerback Marcus Cromartie and guard Andrew Tiller from the practice squad to take Bowman and Dorsey’s roster spots.

San Francisco (7-6) will be in Seattle Sunday to take on the Seahawks (9-4).

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(3) Arizona Earns 28th Straight Home Win, Hammers Michigan

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) — Arizona shot 58 percent from the field as it hammered Michigan 80-53 Saturday.

Freshman Stanley Johnson scored 17 points and Gabe York added 15 for the No. 3 Wildcats (10-0), which have now won 28 straight home games.

Arizona hit the gas from the start and led Michigan by 11 at the half. It only got worse for the Wolverines as Arizona started the second half on an 11-0 run.

Michigan (6-4) was held to 35 percent shooting from the field and was outscored 42-16 in the paint.

“Today was our best performance of the season,” Arizona head coach Sean Miller said. “It was the combination of a very good defense, which we’ve shown to this point, but also a better offense, an improved offense.”

Arizona has now won 37 straight nonconference regular-season games.

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Warriors Earn Franchise-Record 15th Straight Win

iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — Stephen Curry scored 29 points and Klay Thompson added 25 to lead the Golden State Warriors past the Dallas Mavericks, 105-98 Saturday.

Golden State has now won a frachise-record 15 straight games.

The Warriors (20-2) raced to a 22 point lead by halftime. Monta Ellis cut the lead to seven with 56 seconds left when he drilled a long 3-pointer, but Dallas could only manage three more shots from there to help seal the deal for Golden State.

Ellis led Dallas (17-8) with 24 points.

The Warriors will look to make it 16 straight wins Sunday when they take on the Pelicans (11-11) in New Orleans.

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Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy

Kelly Kline/Heisman Trophy Trust via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota was named the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner on Saturday.

Mariota led the Ducks to a 12-1 season and one of the top spots in the college football playoff.

The junior quarterback finished with 2,534 points and completed 68.7% of his passes for 3,783 yards with 38 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions while leading the Ducks to a Pac-12 title.

Oregon will play the undefeated Florida State Seminoles on Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl.

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon finished in second with 1,250 total points after rushing for 2,336 yards and 26 touchdowns this year. Gordon also broke the short-held single-game rushing record this season with 408 yards against Nebraska. Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine would break that with 427 yards the following week.

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper finished in third with 1,023 points and pulled 115 catches for 1,656 yards with 14 touchdowns while being one of the main driving forces behind the Crimson Tide’s No. 1 spot in the College Football playoff.

Alabama will take on Ohio State on Jan. 1 in the Sugar Bowl.

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Warriors Earn Franchise-Record 15th Straight Win

iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — Stephen Curry scored 29 points and Klay Thompson added 25 to lead the Golden State Warriors past the Dallas Mavericks, 105-98 Saturday.

Golden State has now won a frachise-record 15 straight games.

The Warriors (20-2) raced to a 22 point lead by halftime. Monta Ellis cut the lead to seven with 56 seconds left when he drilled a long 3-pointer, but Dallas could only manage three more shots from there to help seal the deal for Golden State.

Ellis led Dallas (17-8) with 24 points.

The Warriors will look to make it 16 straight wins Sunday when they take on the Pelicans (11-11) in New Orleans.

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Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy

Kelly Kline/Heisman Trophy Trust via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota was named the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner on Saturday.

Mariota led the Ducks to a 12-1 season and one of the top spots in the college football playoff.

The junior quarterback finished with 2,534 points and completed 68.7% of his passes for 3,783 yards with 38 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions while leading the Ducks to a Pac-12 title.

Oregon will play the undefeated Florida State Seminoles on Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl.

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon finished in second with 1,250 total points after rushing for 2,336 yards and 26 touchdowns this year. Gordon also broke the short-held single-game rushing record this season with 408 yards against Nebraska. Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine would break that with 427 yards the following week.

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper finished in third with 1,023 points and pulled 115 catches for 1,656 yards with 14 touchdowns while being one of the main driving forces behind the Crimson Tide’s No. 1 spot in the College Football playoff.

Alabama will take on Ohio State on Jan. 1 in the Sugar Bowl.

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Navy Makes It 13 Straight Over Army, 17-10

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(BALTMORE) — Keenan Reynolds led his team to a 17-10 victory over Army for the Midshipmen’s 13th straight victory over the Black Knights on Saturday.

Reynolds tossed a touchdown pass to Jamir Tillman in the first quarter to go along with a one-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to give them the lead for good.

Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo picked up his seventh win in the rivalry and became the winningest coach in the program’s history [56 wins], breaking a tie with George Welsh.

Army scored on an early punt block that was returned by Xavier Moss and had a chance when a field goal made it 17-10 with 1:51 remaining, but Navy recovered the on-side kick.

The Black Knights finished the season 4-8 under first year head coach Jeff Monken, who is a former Navy assistant.

Navy will now play on Dec. 23 in the Poinsettia Bowl against San Diego State.

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Red Sox Sign Justin Masterson

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BOSTON) — A familiar face will soon be re-joining the Boston Red Sox.

While it isn’t Jon Lester, who many hoped would return Fenway but instead signed with the Chicago Cubs, Thursday the Red Sox brought back Justin Masterson.

Masterson, 29, who was drafted by the Red Sox in 2006 and played with the team through 2009, signed with the team for one-year $9.5 million.

In 2009, the Red Sox traded Masterson to the Cleveland Indians as part of a package to acquire catcher, Victor Martinez.

Masterson began to struggle last year, posting a 5.88 ERA in 2014. The Indians traded Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals, but the Red Birds were unable to solve the mechanical issues that have begun to haunt the sinker baller.

The Red Sox will hope that a low-risk signing of a familiar face will provide a boost to a rotation that posted a 4.01 ERA in the 2013 season.

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Former NFL Player Sharper Indicted for Rape

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — Former New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings safety Darren Sharper was indicted Friday on multiple counts of rape in New Orleans.

Sharper, 39, is accused of two counts of aggravated rape for assaulting and impairing two women in September 2013 according to District attorney spokesman Christopher Bowman.

If convicted in Louisiana for aggravated rape, he could face life without parole.

Since Feb. 27, Sharper has been jailed in a California prison awaiting a hearing for charges that he drugged and raped two women in Los Angeles.

In all, Sharper faces charges and allegations in Arizona, Florida, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New Orleans for raping, drugging and/or sexually assaulting at least seven women.

Sharper had been an analyst at the NFL Network since 2010 after he retired, but was soon fired after the allegations surfaced.

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