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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Lady Jays fall to Hickman

Second quarter proves pivotal

The Jefferson City Lady Jays lost their rhythm in the second quarter. And that’s when the Hickman Kewpies found theirs.

Pintos, Comets to meet for Linn Tournament title

After wins Wednesday

Jaden Barr’s basket with three second left Wednesday night lifted the California Pintos to a 52-50 win against the Blair Oaks Falcons at the Linn Tournament.

Lincoln women, men hosting Washburn tonight

The Lincoln men’s basketball team is back in action after an 11-day break while the Blue Tiger women continue a three-game homestand today against Washburn in a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association matchup.

Changes in Cuba mean changes for MLB

Fred Claire can see the day when Major League Baseball teams open academies for prospects in Cuba.

Chiefs face challenge against balanced Steelers

The Kansas City Chiefs’ hopes for a postseason berth go through a daunting matchup at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Steelers run defense to go against potent Chiefs

The numbers, at least by James Harrison’s impeccably high standards, aren’t good enough. Not by a long shot.

Pump fake an old standby tool in QB’s belt

Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers had first-and-goal at Carolina, poised to break open that September game in the third quarter.

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Gaines lone rookie CB in NFL to start every game

Defensive back E.J. Gaines slipped into St. Louis Rams training camp as an afterthought. Turns out, the sixth-round pick has been a steal.

Boys Basketball: Blair Oaks JV wins

The Blair Oaks Falcons defeated the California Pintos 57-56 in the Blair Oaks JV Tournament on Wednesdsay night.

Youth Basketball: St. Stanislaus girls win

The St. Stanislaus fifth-grade girls team defeated Immanuel Lutheran, 42-12, Saturday.