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Parker, Neal carry Spurs in overtime win

Tue., Dec. 11, 2012

NBA: Gary Neal scored 29 points and Tony Parker had a triple-double to lead the visiting San Antonio Spurs to a 134-126 overtime win against the Houston Rockets on Monday night.

Parker had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to complement Neal’s 7-of-10 performance from 3-point range.

Jeremy Lin had his best game since joining the Rockets, scoring a career high-tying 38 points.

• Heat top Hawks: LeBron James scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade had 26 and the host Miami Heat pulled away in the second half to beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-92, improving to 10-1 at home this season.

James and Wade made 21 of 29 shots for Miami, which shot 58 percent as a team.

• Blazers cruise past Raptors: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, J.J. Hickson finished a perfect 7 of 7 from the field and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the visiting Toronto Raptors 92-74.

Though Portland won comfortably, the team still missed all 20 of its 3-point attempts.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 20 points.

• Cavs’ Irving cleared to play: Back earlier than expected, Kyrie Irving was cleared to practice after missing 11 games with a broken left finger and the star point guard will likely play tonight when Cleveland hosts the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.

Gatti to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Boxing: Arturo “Thunder” Gatti didn’t live to see his finest day.

Gatti, who won world championships in two different weight classes, heads the class of 2013 to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The honor comes three years after his untimely death.

A native of Calabria, Italy, who was raised in Montreal, Gatti retired in 2007 with a record of 40-9 with 31 knockouts and was selected in his first year of eligibility. Gatti died three years ago in Brazil at age 37 under mysterious circumstances.

Also selected for induction were: Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill, a five-time world champion who won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics and defended his light heavyweight title 20 times over his two reigns; two-time light flyweight champion Myung-Woo Yuh of South Korea; lightweight Wesley Ramsey and middleweight Jeff Smith in the old-timer (posthumous) category; 19th century Irish boxer Joe Coburn in the pioneer category; referee Mills Lane; ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr.; manager Arturo “Cuyo” Hernandez; cartoonist Ted Carroll; and journalist Colin Hart.

Inductees were selected by the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians. Induction ceremonies will be held June 9 at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y.

Stanford still No. 1 in women’s basketball

College Basketball: Stanford remains No. 1 in the Associated Press women’s basketball poll, narrowly ahead of Connecticut.

The Cardinal had 22 first-place votes, while UConn received 16. Baylor got two.

Duke and Notre Dame remain fourth and fifth.

Beltran was 7-of-15 shooting and pulled down six rebounds.

NHL cancels games through Dec. 30

NHL: The NHL eliminated 16 more days from the regular-season schedule, and if a deal with the players’ association isn’t reached soon the whole season could be lost.

The league wiped out all games through Dec. 30 in its latest round of cancellations.

In all, the 526 lost games account for nearly 43 percent of the regular season that was scheduled to begin Oct. 11.


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