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Celtics deal Rondo to Mavericks

In multi-player trade

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title.

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Reading embraces ugly Christmas tree

Reading’s official Christmas tree has brought the city plenty of grief. Good grief.

A’s trade Norris to Padres

All-Star catcher

OAKLAND, Calif. — Two people with knowledge of the deal said the Oakland Athletics have traded All-Star catcher Derek Norris and minor league right-hander Seth Streich to the San Diego Padres for righties Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez along with an international signing bonus slot.

U.S. and Cuba share baseball ties

Love of the game

Despite deep political and ideological differences through the years, Cuba and the United States always have shared a love of baseball.

49ers’ Aldon Smith hopes to build off tough year

Aldon Smith might not have the intimidating and impressive sack numbers of past seasons in his abbreviated year, yet he judges his play by more than just flattening opposing quarterbacks.

Rays trade Myers

To Padres

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres acquired outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays late Wednesday.

Canada man finds woman for free trip around world

A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right.

Jaguars beat Titans

Blake Bortles revived a stagnant offense. Jordan Todman provided some cushion with a big run. And Sen’Derrick Marks sealed the victory with the most rewarding sack of his career.

‘Prison Houdini’ set to make his 1st legal escape

Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30 years ago.

Newseum to display items from Ferguson protests

The Newseum is displaying items from the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, as an extension of the Washington museum's exhibit about civil rights.

Mid-Missouri accidents hospitalize two

A Barnett teen was injured in a one-vehicle accident at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on Route T north of Missouri 135 in Morgan County.

Thursday's NBA Capsules

Games played on Dec. 18, 2014

NBA ROUNDUP: Anthony Davis had 30 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 99-90 win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

Thursday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Dec. 18, 2014

NHL ROUNDUP: Blake Comeau scored 2:24 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

Thursday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Dec. 18, 2014

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Mariya Moore scored 17 points and led the decisive second-half spurt that sent No. 10 Louisville over Grand Canyon 65-51 on Thursday night.

Thursday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Dec. 18, 2014

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Freshman point guard Tyus Jones scored 21 points, Justise Winslow hit two key baskets late in the game and No. 2 Duke responded to a tongue lashing by coach Mike Krzyzewski to beat defending national champion Connecticut 66-56 on Thursday night.

Executions, new death sentences continue to fall

Executions and new death sentences dropped to their lowest numbers in decades in 2014, an anti-death penalty group said in a new report.

Engine failure blamed for Boonville plane crash

A preliminary report says engine failure caused a small plane crash in central Missouri that killed a man from Kansas.

St. Louis budget plan would add officers

St. Louis city officials are proposing to spend $9.4 million to put more police officers on the street, hoping to stem a tide of rising violence in the city.

Missouri mayor resigns after mother's traffic stop

The mayor of a Missouri town has resigned after a police officer said the man threatened him while he was writing the mayor's mother a speeding ticket.

Nixon announces Missouri cattle summit next month

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is planning to hold a summit in Columbia to brainstorm ways to beef up the state's cattle industry.

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