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Wednesday’s Sports Minute

Wednesday’s Sports Minute

GOLDEN STATE STAYS GOLDEN: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots over Miami Heat guard Shabazz Napier (13) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 25, in Miami. Golden State defeated the Heat 114-97. Photo: Associated Press/Lynne Sladky

A look at the sports headlines making news today, Wednesday, Nov. 26.

SIX STRAIGHT FOR WARRIORS

The Golden State Warriors own the NBA’s third-best record at 11-3 after rallying for their sixth consecutive win.

Stephen Curry poured in 40 points and Klay Thompson added 24 in a 114-97 win at Miami. Curry shot 8-for-11 from 3-point range for the Warriors, who scored 14 straight points to open a 107-95 lead with 2:50 to go.

The Heat led by 16 before the Warriors closed the first half on a 23-8 run. Golden State didn’t allow a field goal after James Ennis’ dunk with 9:11 left

Also in the NBA:

  • Jeff Teague had a game-high 28 points as Atlanta stormed past Washington 106-102. Mike Scott and Shelvin Mack came off the bench to score the Hawks first 16 points of the final period, sparking a 22-5 run that built a 14-point lead.
  • Ty Lawson scored 20 points, including a key jumper in the waning seconds of Denver’s 114-109 downing of Chicago. Arron Afflalo finished with 19 points and Danilo Gallinari had 15 in the Nuggets’ eighth straight win over the Bulls in Denver.
  • Milwaukee was a 98-86 winner against Detroit behind Brandon Knight’s 20 points and eight assists. O.J. Mayo had 17 points in his first start of the season, and Jabari Parker added 14 points and nine rebounds to help the Bucks avoid their first three-game skid since last season.
  • DeMarcus Cousins had a strong performance in Sacramento’s 99-89 win at New Orleans, delivering 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Omri Casspi also scored 22 in the Kings’ third consecutive victory.
  • NO CHANGE AMONG TOP 4

    There are no changes among the top four in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.

    Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State own the first four spots and head into a weekend when just about all the contenders are facing challenging rivals. The Crimson Tide host Auburn on Saturday, the Ducks are at Oregon State and the Seminoles entertain Florida while the Bulldogs visit Mississippi.

    TCU was fifth, Ohio State was sixth and Baylor seventh. The only team in the top eight to change was UCLA, which slipped into the eighth spot.

    There’s also good news for a couple of teams outside the so-called Group of Five conferences. Boise State and unbeaten Marshall have cracked the top-25, with the 23rd-rated Broncos sitting one spot ahead of the Thundering Herd. The highest-ranked team from outside the Big Five conferences is guaranteed one spot in the four New Year’s Bowls not featuring the CFP semifinalists.

    LaROCHE GETS WHITE SOX DEAL

    It was an encouraging day to be a Sox fan, whether they are red or white.

    The White Sox have added some pop to the line-up by agreeing with first baseman Adam LaRoche to a two-year, $25 million contract. LaRoche hit .259 with 26 homers and 92 RBIs in 140 games this year for NL East champion Washington. He joins a club that hit just 38 of its 155 home runs last season from the left side.

    LaRoche likely will be used as a designated hitter with Jose Abreu firmly entrenched at first after his rookie-of-the-year season.

    Meanwhile, the Red Sox have finalized their five-year deal with Pablo Sandoval. The third baseman gets a $3 million signing bonus payable by Jan. 15, $17 million in each of the first three seasons and $18 million apiece in 2018 and ’19. Boston has a $17 million option for 2020 with a $5 million buyout.

    Sandoval told Boston media he needed a new challenge after helping the Giants win three of the last five World Series.

    The Red Sox also agreed to a four-year, $88 million deal with infielder Hanley Ramirez, who hit .283 with 13 homers and 71 RBIs for the Dodgers last season.

    WILDCATS WIN AGAIN

    The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats have just completed an 11-day stretch in which they won all six games and appeared to improve with every minute.

    The Wildcats were outstanding in a 92-44 rout of Texas-Arlington, shooting 57 percent from the field while holding the Mavericks to 27 percent. Davin Booker scored 19 points to set a career high for the second straight game. Booker hit seven of his eight shots, including five 3-pointers.

    Karl-Anthony Towns added 13 points and 11 boards to help the Wildcats stay perfect this season.

    In other top-25 action:

  • Kaleb Tarczewski scored 18 points and Gabe York added 15 to help third-ranked Arizona win its first close game of the season, a 72-68 triumph over Kansas State in the Maui Invitational semifinals. The 5-0 Wildcats shot 53 percent but led by just one entering the final minute.
  • Freshman Myles Turner had 25 points and 10 rebounds in leading seventh-ranked Texas to a 78-46 pounding of Saint Francis. Cam Ridley had 16 points to help the Longhorns get to 5-0 for the first time since 2009.
  • Eighth-ranked Virginia ripped Tennessee State 79-36 as Justin Anderson scored 20 points on 7 of 7 shooting. The Cavaliers scored 32 straight points during a 10:21 span bridging the two halves.
  • Villanova won the Legends Classic in Brooklyn as JayVaughn Pinkston had the go-ahead basket and game-saving block in the final minute to lift the 12th-ranked Wildcats past No. 19 Michigan 60-55. Tournament MVP Dylan Ennis led the Wildcats with 15 points, and Pinkston finished with eight points and nine rebounds.
  • No. 14 VCU beat Oregon 77-63 behind Melvin Johnson’s 19 points. The Rams scored the game’s first 12 points and bounced back from last night’s loss to Villanova to win the Legends Classic consolation game at Barclays Center.
  • DENVER BOOTS ITS KICKER AGAIN

    The Denver Broncos are changing kickers again, waiving rookie Brandon McManus and signing Connor Barth.

    McManus was 9 for 13 on field goal attempts, giving him a 69.2 percent conversion rate that ranked last among all kickers still on NFL rosters as of last weekend. Barth won a competition with 38-year-old Jay Feely but hasn’t kicked in an NFL game since 2012.

    PREDATORS KNOCK OFF KINGS

    The Nashville Predators continue to enjoy a great start under first-year coach Peter Laviolette, improving to 14-5-2 with a victory against the defending Stanley Cup champs.

    James Neal scored the lone shootout goal in the sixth round to send the Predators past Los Angeles 4-3. Nashville took a 3-2 when Ryan Ellis and Eric Nystrom scored 52 seconds apart late in the second period, but Drew Doughty forced overtime by tallying 38 seconds into the third period.

    Craig Smith also scored in the Predators’ eighth victory in 10 games.

    Elsewhere in the NHL:

  • Anaheim still leads the West by two points over Vancouver after Matt Beleskey provided a goal and an assist in the Ducks’ 3-2 victory over Calgary. Second-period goals by Corey Perry and Kyle Palmieri put the Ducks ahead 3-0.
  • Ryan Miller made 20 saves and Vancouver picked up its 15th win by blanking New Jersey 2-0. Alexandre Burrows and Shawn Matthias did the scoring to support Miller’s second shutout of the season and 31st of his career.
  • Bobby Ryan had the lone shootout goal to complete Ottawa’s comeback in a 3-2 triumph at St. Louis. The Blues led 2-1 until Alex Chiasson scored with 41 seconds left in regulation.
  • Tyler Seguin scored his league-leading 16th and 17th goals in the second period to give Dallas a 3-1 lead in a 3-2 verdict over Edmonton. The Stars won their third in a row and send the Oilers to their seventh straight loss.
  • Gabriel Landeskog scored twice and Daniel Briere provided the game-winner in overtime at Colorado rallied to beat Arizona 4-3. Calvin Pickard stopped all 25 shots he faced in relief of Reto Berra, who allowed the Coyotes to take a 3-0 lead after just 11 minutes.
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