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In brief: Roy can’t carry Blazers past Cavs

Mon., Jan. 11, 2010

NBA: LeBron James had 41 points and 10 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers held off a fourth-quarter Portland rally to beat the Trail Blazers 106-94 on the road.

Shaquille O’Neal had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who won their sixth straight against the Blazers.

James, wearing one blue shoe and one orange shoe, was 8 for 8 from the floor for 20 points in the first quarter alone. He finished 13 of 19 from the field and made 12 of 14 free-throw attempts.

Brandon Roy scored 34 points for the Blazers, who trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half but rallied late, closing to 76-74 on two consecutive 3-pointers from Martell Webster and Andre Miller’s layup.

Lakers end skid, pound Bucks: Andrew Bynum had 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers led all the way in beating the visiting Milwaukee Bucks 95-77 to avoid their first three-game losing streak in nearly two years.

Shannon Brown added 19 points, Jordan Farmar scored 15 of his 17 in the second half, Kobe Bryant had 12 points on 4 of 21 shooting, and Derek Fisher 11 for the defending NBA champions.

Celtics ride Rondo’s triple-double past Raptors: Rajon Rondo had 22 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season, Rasheed Wallace scored a season-high 29 points and the Boston Celtics beat host Toronto 114-107 for their seventh straight win over the Raptors.

Toronto’s Chris Bosh fouled out with 31 points and 13 rebounds, with Andrea Bargnani adding 23 points.

Rhode Island pushes Temple to OT

College men: Juan Fernandez scored 18 points, including 3-pointers in overtime that gave the 21st-ranked Temple Owls the lead for good and provided a cushion in a 68-64 victory over Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I., that snapped the Rams’ eight-game winning streak.

Ryan Brooks, who had 16 points, hit a 3 just 10 seconds before Fernandez, giving the Owls (13-3, 2-0 Atlantic-10) the lead for good at 62-61 with 1:47 left.

Delroy James had a season-high 23 points for the Rams (12-2, 0-1).

Lady Vols rout Mississippi State

College women: Glory Johnson had a double-double at halftime and scored 10 points during a 19-7 game-turning run to lead the No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers to a surprisingly easy 75-48 win over Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. She had 12 points and 10 rebounds after playing all 20 minutes of the first half and finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds.

It was the fifth straight win for the Lady Vols (14-1, 2-0), who also got 16 from Angie Bjorklund (University HS) and extended their streak in the Southeastern Conference’s most lopsided series. The Bulldogs (11-5, 1-1) still haven’t beaten Tennessee, dropping to 0-31 since the teams began playing in 1986.

Roddick wins Brisbane title

Tennis: Top-seeded Andy Roddick survived a second-set collapse to win the Brisbane International title, beating defending champion Radek Stepanek, who double-faulted on match point in Brisbane, Australia.

The American’s 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7) victory capped his first tournament in nearly three months due to a season-ending knee injury in 2009.

Cilic retains Chennai Open title: Marin Cilic of Croatia retained the Chennai Open title, defeating Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) in the final in Chennai, India, for his first victory in five matches against the Swiss player.

The second-seeded Cilic repeated his feat of winning the ATP Tour’s season-opening event for the second successive year.

Lightning complete victory over Devils

Miscellany: Mike Smith made 33 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning finished off the New Jersey Devils 4-2 in Newark, N.J., in the completion of a game that was suspended two nights earlier because a lighting problem created a safety issue for the players.

Tampa Bay led 3-0 when play was suspended Friday night with 9:12 left in the second period.

Source: Heckert leaving Eagles for Browns: A person familiar with the hiring tells the Associated Press the Cleveland Browns have picked Philadelphia Eagles general manager Tom Heckert to be their new GM.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the details of Heckert’s contract have not been finalized. He could join the team as early as today.

Reds reach deal with Chapman, source says: A person familiar with the negotiations tells the Associated Press that Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman has agreed to a deal with the Cincinnati Reds.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract hadn’t been finalized. Yahoo Sports was the first to report the agreement.

With a 100 mph fastball, Chapman is considered by scouts to be among the top pitching prospects in the world.

Georgia LB Curran to enter draft: Georgia linebacker Rennie Curran is turning pro.

The 5-foot-11, 225-pound Curran led the Southeastern Conference with 130 tackles this past season and was named to the Associated Press All-SEC team.

Lizeroux wins slalom, Miller 14th: Julien Lizeroux has won a World Cup slalom on the Kuonisbaergli course, and Bode Miller was the top American in 14th at Adelboden, Switzerland.

The 30-year-old Frenchman had a combined time of 1 minute, 51.88 seconds, moving up from 12th place after the first run with a second run that was 0.92 seconds faster than any rival’s.

Americans take 2nd, 3rd in bobsled: U.S. pilots Steven Holcomb and John Napier claimed second and third place behind three-time Olympic champion Andre Lange of Germany in a four-man World Cup bobsled race in Koenigssee, Germany.

Lange finished in 1 minute, 37.07 seconds to beat World Cup leader Holcomb by 0.03 seconds for his second straight win. Napier crossed in 1:37.31 for third.

Vonn wins super-G: Lindsey Vonn won her third race in as many days, bolstering her overall World Cup lead with a victory in a super-G in Haus in Ennstal, Austria.

Vonn went down the Krummholz course in 1 minute, 26.69 seconds to beat Anja Paerson of Sweden by 0.53 seconds for her 28th World Cup victory and seventh in the discipline.

Burke retakes overall lead in biathlon World Cup: American Tim Burke has retaken the lead in the biathlon World Cup by finishing second to five-time Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway in a men’s mass start race in Oberhof, Germany.

Burke finished 1 minute, 2.9 seconds behind the Norwegian, who covered the 15 kilometers in 38:57.3 after one shooting error. Burke missed two targets.

Burke leads the standings with 329 points, three more than Evgeny Ustyugov of Russia.


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