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Sixers rally over Rockets in overtime

Thu., Nov. 14, 2013

Philadelphia's James Anderson scored a career-high 36 points to lead the 76ers over Houston. (Associated Press)
Philadelphia's James Anderson scored a career-high 36 points to lead the 76ers over Houston. (Associated Press)

NBA: Tony Wroten had his first career triple-double, James Anderson scored a career-high 36 points and Spencer Hawes made the go-ahead basket with 34 seconds left in overtime to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the visiting Houston Rockets 123-117 Wednesday night.

Wroten had career highs with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in his first start for injured rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who was out due to a bruised left arch.

Jeremy Lin scored 34 points, making a career-best nine 3-pointers and Dwight Howard had 23 points and 15 rebounds for Houston.

• Jazz claim first win of season: Gordon Hayward had 27 points and 10 assists and Richard Jefferson added 22 points to help the Utah Jazz claim their first victory of the season, a 111-105 win over the New Orleans Pelicans in Salt Lake City.

Hayward scored 22 points in the second half and the Jazz erased a 16-point deficit to end their worst start in 39 years.

• Knee sidelines Celtics’ Sullinger: Celtics forward Jared Sullinger did not play against Charlotte because of a sore right knee which he injured in practice on Tuesday. Coach Brad Stevens said Sullinger is day-to-day after an MRI showed a bruised bone.

• Spurs stay unbeaten at home: Tony Parker had 16 points, leading six Spurs in double figures, and San Antonio strolled to a 92-79 win over the visiting Washington Wizards to remain undefeated at home.

Wild top Maple Leafs 3-2 in shootout

NHL: Zach Parise and Jason Pominville scored in the shootout, lifting the Wild to a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in St. Paul, Minn.

Parise tied the game late in the third period for Minnesota, which has been involved in three straight shootouts – winning two.

• Schenn leads Flyers over Penguins: Brayden Schenn scored two goals and backup goalie Ray Emery stopped 30 shots to lead the Philadelphia Flyers in a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins for their third straight victory.

Sidney Crosby scored his first in eight games for the Penguins.

• Sabres fire coach, GM: The Buffalo Sabres (4-15-1), off to the worst start in franchise history, fired coach Ron Rolston and general manager Darcy Regier. Sabres owner Terry Pegula hired former coach Ted Nolan to replace Rolston and Pat LaFontaine to take over as president of hockey operations.

Mexico moves closer to spot in World Cup

Soccer: Oribe Peralta scored twice and Mexico beat New Zealand 5-1 in the first leg of their intercontinental playoff in Mexico City to close in on a spot in the World Cup next year.

The second leg is Wednesday in Wellington, New Zealand.

Mexico scored only seven goals in 10 qualifying games, but broke through under new coach Miguel Herrera. Herrera, the team’s fourth coach in two months, used only players based in Mexico’s domestic league.

• Uruguay beats Jordan in qualifier: Uruguay moved closer to qualifying for the 2014 World Cup after beating Jordan 5-0 in Amman, Jordan, in the first leg of their intercontinental playoff.

• Dempsey, Johnson dropped from U.S. roster: Clint Dempsey (strained right calf) and Fabian Johnson (right ankle) have been dropped from the U.S. roster for exhibition games at Scotland (Friday) and Austria (Tuesday).

Northern Illinois routs Ball State

NCAA football: Jordan Lynch threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores to help No. 20 Northern Illinois (10-0, 6-0 Mid-American Conference) beat Ball State 48-27 in DeKalb, Ill.

The win preserved Northern Illinois’ hopes for a second straight BCS appearance. The loss ended the Cardinals’ (9-2, 6-1) seven-game winning streak and 11-game MAC run.

• Grambling faces punishment: The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced that Grambling will face financial penalties after forfeiting its road game against Jackson State on Oct. 19.

Young leads Ducks over Catamounts

Men’s basketball: Joseph Young scored 28 of his career-high 36 points in the second half to help No. 18 Oregon to a 107-83 rout over the Western Carolina Catamounts (2-1) in Eugene, Ore.

Mike Moser added 26 points and Elgin Cook had 16 for the Ducks (2-0).

McConnell named IOC sports director

Miscellany: Kit McConnell, who has served as head of the Rugby World Cup for 10 years, was appointed as the new sports director of the International Olympic Committee.

McConnell has overseen three Rugby World Cups in Australia, France and New Zealand. He leaves the post two years before the 2015 tournament in England.

Rugby sevens will be part of the Olympic program at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

• IOC president backs 4-year bans: New IOC president Thomas Bach has backed proposals to double bans for doping offenders from two years to four. Bach says the IOC athletes’ commission had even wanted a lifetime ban for serious doping offenders.

The World Anti-Doping Agency will vote on proposed changes this week at its conference in South Africa, with the lengthening of standard bans seen as the most obvious new deterrent.

• Oslo submits bid for 2022 Olympics: Oslo (Norway) submitted its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, saying it plans a low-budget games – with a projected $5.3 billion compared to the record $51 billion that Russia is spending on the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi – with the majority of competitions held in the city and the Alpine events in Lillehammer.

• Steroids not a deterrent to Byrd deal: Marlon Byrd’s steroids suspension two years ago didn’t stop the Philadelphia Phillies from giving the outfielder a big contract.

Byrd’s agreement calls for $8 million in each of the next two seasons and includes an $8 million team option for 2016. The option would become guaranteed if he has 1,100 at-bats in the next two seasons.

• Wildcats, Spartans matchup draws viewers: No. 2 Michigan State’s victory over top-ranked Kentucky was watched by more than 4 million people, making it the second most-viewed nonconference college basketball game on ESPN, behind No. 2 Tennessee’s win over No. 1 Memphis on Feb. 23, 2008, which averaged nearly 5.3 million viewers.


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