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Porter scores 26, Wizards hand Rockets 5th straight loss

Porter scores 26, Wizards hand Rockets 5th straight loss

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CLOSE Nike has released its 'City Edition' NBA uniforms but will they be a hit with fans? Check them out to see your team's newest look. USA TODAY SportsHouston Rockets guard James Harden (13) gestures on the court against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter at Capital One Arena.(Photo: Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets won 25 of their first 29 games to notch the NBA's best record, then quickly entered their worst tailspin in nearly five years.Otto Porter Jr. scored 26 points, Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 21 each, and the Washington Wizards beat the Rockets 121-103 Friday night for Houston's fifth straight loss. It's the longest skid for the Rockets since dropping seven straight from Jan. 9-19, 2013.NBA scoring leader James Harde

After 34 seasons, Frank Lenti out as Mount Carmel's head football coach; Jordan Lynch in

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Mount Carmel High School’s Frank Lenti — who led the Caravan for 34 years, totaling 374 victories and 11 state championships — is out as  football head coach, school officials announced in a news release Friday.Lenti will be replaced by former Mount Carmel and Northern Illinois University standout Jordan Lynch, school officials said in the release.School officials described Lenti’s departure as a mutual decision. But in a separate news release, Lenti said the decision was made by school officials.“While I had hoped to honor the commitment I had given the Mount Carmel football student-athletes and families that I would coach them thru (sic) their time at Mount Carmel, the administration has decided otherwise,” Lenti said in an emailed statement. “Contrary to what some may have heard
From wooden sleds in a Texas garage to the Winter Olympics for Nigeria

From wooden sleds in a Texas garage to the Winter Olympics for Nigeria

OLYMPICS
It will reach its culmination in February 2018 on a twisting ice track in South Korea, where she will cling on for dear life, reaching speeds of up to 90mph at the Winter Olympics. Follow @cnnsportThis is no Hollywood script, but the reality of the last four years for Nigeria's Seun Adigun -- a woman that has made a habit of striving to go where no others have gone before. As a child she dreamed of becoming the first woman to compete in the NBA. On the slopes of Pyeongchang next year the 30-year-old will drive the first African bobsled in the history of the Games.The former 100m hurdler could not have envisaged this day would come as she lined up alongside the world's best at London 2012. But, as she puts it: "Fear is really just another opportunity to learn.""This is beyond a dream com...
NBA games Thursday, scores, highlights: Celtics pull off epic comeback vs. Rockets

NBA games Thursday, scores, highlights: Celtics pull off epic comeback vs. Rockets

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It was a modest Thursday slate with five games on tap, but some of the league's best teams were in action. We've got all the scores, highlights and news from the night's action.NBA scores for Thursday, Dec. 28What a comeback!The Celtics trailed the Rockets by as many as 26 points, and the game looked to be getting out of hand. Slowly but surely, Boston chipped away at the lead, and ended up sealing the victory with an Al Horford basket and a couple of late offensive fouls on James Harden.Pass of the year?Can anyone explain how Shabazz Napier found C.J. McCollum in the corner with this pass?Nurkic schools EmbiidWatch out for that spin move, Joel. Jusuf Nurkic showed off some serious quickness for a 7-footer.Welcome back, Aaron GordonMissing seven of the last eight games with a calf injur...
Japan will reportedly use facial recognition for athletes, press at 2020 Summer Olympics

Japan will reportedly use facial recognition for athletes, press at 2020 Summer Olympics

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Look sharp. Facial recognition technology could be coming to the 2020 Tokyo OlympicsImage: AP/REX/ShutterstockBy Marcus Gilmer2017-12-28 18:54:24 UTCWhile the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea are just around the corner, attention is already turning to the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan as reports indicate that facial recognition will be used as a security measure at those games.Over the Christmas holiday, the Japan Times reported that sources confirmed the technology would be used to "streamline the entry of athletes, officials and journalists to the games venues."While spectators won't be subject to the recognition treatment, the number of people from the groups that will be screened with facial recognition could total anywhere between 300,000 and...
Novak Djokovic tennis comeback match, Mubadala World Tennis Championship, Abu Dhabi

Novak Djokovic tennis comeback match, Mubadala World Tennis Championship, Abu Dhabi

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FORMER world No.1 Novak Djokovic will face Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in his comeback match in Abu Dhabi. Bautista Agut, ranked 20th, defeated young Russian Andrey Rublev 7-5 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.Djokovic has not played a match since shutting down his season following his quarter-final exit at Wimbledon because of an ongoing elbow injury. The former world No.1, who has slipped to 12th in the world rankings, should face a good test of his level against Bautista Agut, one of the grittiest competitors on tour.FinalThe other semi-final will pit fifth-ranked Dominic Thiem against Kevin Anderson, who secured a repeat of his US Open semi-final victory over Pablo Carreno Busta, beating the Spaniard 6-3 7-6 (7-2).Meanwhile, Andy Murray held his f
Nash scores two goals as surging Bruins beat Senators

Nash scores two goals as surging Bruins beat Senators

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Greg M. Cooper | USA TODAY Sports | BDNGreg M. Cooper | USA TODAY Sports | BDNBoston Bruins left wind Brad Marchand (63) is defended by Ottawa Senators center Derick Brassard (19) during the first period at TD Garden.Bruins captain Zdeno Chara didn’t hesitate when he was asked if Boston is beginning to believe it’s a top team.“We know we have a good hockey team with good players. If we play to our way with our strength, we are effective,” Chara said after the surging Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory.“It’s easy to get comfortable and complacent. It’s hard to play with that confidence every game,” he added. “It’s easy to lose it. We want to stay on top of that.”Riley Nash scored two goals, Kevan Miller got his first of the season and
NFL Mock Draft 2018: Examining Elite Prospects and Predictions for All 32 Teams

NFL Mock Draft 2018: Examining Elite Prospects and Predictions for All 32 Teams

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Chris Knight/Associated PressAs the 2017 NFL regular season winds down this week, 20 teams will be focusing on next year and the draft. The 12 playoff teams will have most of their attention on trying to win Super Bowl LII, but they are also busy behind the scenes evaluating the next wave of talent that will be joining the league. Looking at where every team stands right now and possible needs they will have, here is an early look at the first round of the 2018 NFL draft and what will happen as the player-evaluation process gets underway.             2018 NFL Mock Draft (Order Based on Current Record)1. Cleveland Browns: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA2. New York Giants: Sam Darnold, QB, USC3. Indianapolis Colts: Bradley Chubb, DE, Georgi...
Olympics in mind, South Korea deports 17 foreigners 'who could pose a terrorist menace'

Olympics in mind, South Korea deports 17 foreigners 'who could pose a terrorist menace'

OLYMPICS
South Korea says it has deported 17 foreigners as an antiterror measure ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in January."We have deported 17 foreigners who could potentially pose a terrorist menace to the Olympics," an immigration official told The Korea Times. "It was possible with the close cooperation and intelligence-sharing of spy agencies in 50 countries." The foreigners were from five different countries, including places in Southeast and Central Asia, the South Korean newspaper reported, citing the Korea Immigration Service. Those deported also allegedly belonged to international groups designated as terrorists as part of the country’s antiterror law, or were "on a wanted list shared by a network of intelligence agencies.”The official added that South Korea “mus
Independence Bowl score: Future of Florida State looks bright in blowout win

Independence Bowl score: Future of Florida State looks bright in blowout win

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For Florida State, 2017 was a blip. A hiccup. A season to forget for a program that should be a national power.The 42-13 win over Southern Miss in the Independence Bowl showed that a return to power should come sooner rather than later.Quarterback James Blackman completed 18 of his 26 passes for 233 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions and added 29 rushing yards in his first action after receiving first-team snaps in a camp-like setting for the first time in his career. That's important, because he wasn't supposed to be in this situation. Deondre Francois was the unquestioned starter all offseason, but injured his leg late in the season-opening loss to Alabama. Blackman was thrown into the fire, and was a deer in headlights behind a lackluster offensive line that was a big re...