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Sunday, December 23, 2012

SUNDAY SPORTS

A Saturday night hockey staple is confident the NHL lockout will end soon. Hockey Night in Canada commentator Don Cherry tweeted that he's sure the labour dispute will end within the next few weeks, to look to the middle of January for the game to return. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players' association special counsel Steve Fehr spoke on the phone yesterday, but didn't make plans to meet face to face.

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Canadian Steve Nash was on the floor for 41 minutes in his first NBA game in almost two months, and he showed no signs of rust in the crucial moments. Nash finished with 12 points and nine assists while teammate Kobe Bryant had 34 points and 10 rebounds, as the L-A Lakers rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Golden State in overtime, 118-115.

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LeBron James scored 30 points and didn't get called for a personal foul for a sixth straight game in Miami's 105-89 win over Utah. James Harden did all his scoring in the first three quarters, finishing with 31 points, and Houston earned its third straight win by topping Memphis 121-96. Rudy Gay, the Grizzlies leading scorer, finished with a season-low six points.

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The Atlanta Falcons earned home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs. The Falcons clinched the Number-One seed, as Matt Ryan threw four touchdown passes in a 31-18 win over Detroit. The 13-2 Falcons pulled away with Ryan's fourth TD pass to wide-open tight end Michael Palmer in the fourth quarter. Matt Bryant's 20-yard field goal with 3:05 left that gave them a 15-point lead.

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In defeat, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson had a record-breaking night. Johnson surpassed Jerry Rice's single-season yards receiving record of 1,848. Johnson caught 11 passes for 225 yards. He now has 18-hundred-and-92 receiving yards with one game left in the season against Chicago next Sunday.

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A source says outfielder Raul Ibanez is returning to the Seattle Mariners. He's apparently agreed to a one-year contract. Ibanez hit .240 with 19 homers and 62 RBI's last season with the New York Yankees. Ibanez returns to the team he began his big league career with from 1996 to 2000, and then rejoined from 2004 to 2008.

© 2012 The Canadian Press

1 comment:

Kenny Powers said...

An outstanding season for Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson! Looking forward to Peterson's effort today against the Texans on CTV at noon.