December 28, 2008 in Sports

Roy has big night to lead Blazers past Raptors

From staff and wire reports
 
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Houston’s Yao Ming has his shot blocked by Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko.
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Brandon Roy had 32 points and nine assists, LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and nine rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Toronto Raptors 102-89 Saturday night in Portland.

Greg Oden broke out of a slump with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Travis Outlaw added 12 points for the Blazers.

Chris Bosh had 29 points and nine rebounds for Toronto, which had a two-game winning streak stopped.

Roy, who was 14 of 19 from the field, had 20 points in the second half, pushing the Blazers into the lead while the Raptors’ outside shooting faltered.

Rockets outlast Jazz: Ron Artest scored 10 of his 28 points in the second overtime and the Houston Rockets recovered from blowing a 16-point lead in the second half to beat the Utah Jazz 120-115 in Houston.

Spurs edge Memphis: Tony Parker scored 32 points, hitting two of San Antonio’s three baskets in the second overtime, and Michael Finley blocked Memphis’ last shot to send the Spurs to a 106-103 win in San Antonio.

Chicago’s Gordon sets mark: Ben Gordon made three 3-pointers in the first quarter against the Hawks at Atlanta to pass Scottie Pippen and become the Chicago Bulls’ career leader in 3-pointers. Pippen made 664 3-pointers in 856 games with the Bulls. Gordon, playing in his 346th game with the Bulls, began the night with 663 3-pointers. The Hawks defeated Chicago 129-117.

College basketball

WV stuns Buckeyes

Alex Ruoff scored 17 points, leading West Virginia and coach Bob Huggins to a 76-48 victory over No. 15 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.

Da’Sean Butler had 16 points for the Mountaineers (10-2), who handed Ohio State (9-1) its first defeat of the season.

Saint Mary’s wins again: Patty Mills scored 11 of his 17 points during a key run early in the second half and Saint Mary’s (11-1) won its eighth straight game with an 87-78 victory over San Jose State (5-4) at Moraga, Calif.

Auto racing

Allmendinger may sign

AJ Allmendinger signed up as a NASCAR Sprint Cup stand-in and ended up stealing the show.

Allmendinger’s business manager, Tara Ragan, said she expects Allmendinger to complete a deal to drive for Gillett Evernham Motorsports next season. Sources have confirmed an earlier ESPN report that Allmendinger is expected to replace Elliott Sadler in the No. 19 GEM Dodge in 2009. After his release from Red Bull Racing in late September, Allmendinger competed in the final five 2008 races for Gillett Evernham, posting an average finish of 16.4 over that stretch, compared with an average finish for Sadler of 31.8.

Mixed Martial Arts

Evans TKOs Griffin

Rashad Evans stopped Forrest Griffin to win the light heavyweight championship at UFC 92 in Las Vegas.

After two rounds of exchanging punches and kicks, Evans dropped Griffin to the mat in the third.

Evans landed multiple shots and a flailing Griffin was unable to defend himself. Evans landed a hard right that dazed Griffin, then continued to connect with punches and the fight was stopped at 2:46 of the third round.

In the co-main event, former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson knocked out Wanderlei Silva in the first round. In other action, former champion Frank Mir stopped Antonio Nogueira at 1:54 of the second round, earning a title shot against newly crowned heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.

NHL

Bruins win again

Blake Wheeler scored twice in the second period and Michael Ryder broke a tie with 6 minutes, 14 seconds left to help the Boston Bruins win their seventh straight game, 4-2 over the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C.

Chuck Kobasew added an empty-net goal for Eastern Conference-leading Boston.

Devils back on track: Travis Zajac had a goal and two assists for the New Jersey Devils, who broke out of a team-record scoreless drought and beat the New York Rangers 4-2 in New York.

The Devils were blanked in their previous two games and went seven periods without a goal.

Winter Sports

Skiers face tough course

The bottom section of the Stelvio course in Bormio, Italy, is so hard and icy that even Bode Miller is wondering if he has the stamina to ski it.

Miller said conditions this season are as challenging as he’s seen them.

“The top is bumpy, so you get tired, then the bottom is icy and dark and when it’s all in the shade like it is now you can’t see anything,” Miller said after placing 10th in the final training session ahead of today’s race.

Nearly every skier was bent over at the knees in exhaustion after finishing their training runs, with running times lasting more than 2 minutes.

Hedrick, Davis win speedskating events: Chad Hedrick edged rival Shani Davis in a 5,000-meter race after Davis had beaten him earlier in the 500 at the U.S. Long Track Speedskating National Championships at the Pettit National Ice Center in West Allis, Wis.


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