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Last Update on November 26, 2014 06:04 GMT

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors own the NBA's third-best record at 11-3 after rallying for their sixth consecutive win.

Stephen (STEH'-fehn) 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 (teeg) 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 (af-LAH'-loh) 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.

NBA-INJURIES

UNDATED (AP) -- Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin will miss the next six to eight weeks after having surgery on his fractured right wrist.

He suffered the injury in a game against the New York Knicks last week.

Martin is averaging 20.4 points per game and is shooting 48 percent on 3-pointers this season. His loss is a big one for the rebuilding Timberwolves, who are also without point guard Ricky Rubio, center Nikola Pekovic and backup big man Ronny Turiaf because of injuries.

In other NBA injury news:

-- Wizards forward Nene (nuh-NAY') sat out Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks with plantar fasciitis (fah-SHEE'-eye-tihs) in his right foot and could also miss Wednesday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Nene left with six minutes remaining in the first quarter of the Wizards' win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. He is averaging 10.6 points and 4.7 rebounds this season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-CFP RANKING

UNDATED (AP) -- 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.

MLB-SIGNINGS

UNDATED (AP) -- 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 (ah-BRAY'-oo) 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.

MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the arrangements says free agent left-hander Jon Lester has plans to meet with the Giants next week.

San Francisco has need for a front-line starting pitcher and was expected to get busy in the free agent market after losing Pablo Sandoval to the Red Sox.

In other baseball news:

-- Rangers ace Yu Darvish has been cleared to start his offseason throwing program after missing the last seven weeks of the season because of inflammation in his right elbow. The team said Darvish is already going through his normal offseason training program and expects to start throwing in early December. He was 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA and 182 strikeouts over 144 1-3 innings in 22 starts last season.

-- The Reds hired former Arizona general manager Kevin Towers as a special assistant for player personnel. Towers spent the last four years as general manager of the Diamondbacks and was Padres GM before that.

-- The Minnesota Twins have announced three more assistants for new manager Paul Molitor, adding pitching coach Neil Allen, bullpen coach Eddie Guardado and bench coach Joe Vavra.

-- Longtime Giants third base coach Tim Flannery is retiring. The 57-year-old Flannery, 57, had been on Bruce Bochy's (BOH-cheez) coaching staff dating to their San Diego days and they moved to San Francisco together in 2007.

T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- 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.

-- Jared Nickens and Jake Layman scored 15 points apiece as Maryland upset No. 13 Iowa State 72-63 to win the CBE Classic title game. Dez Wells added 14 points and Melo Trimble scored 11 for the 5-0 Terrapins.

-- 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.

-- Trey Kell scored 15 points and 15th-ranked San Diego State moved into the Maui Invitational championship game by clobbering Pittsburgh 74-57. The Aztecs built a 15-point lead by halftime shot 58 percent from the floor to set up a marquee matchup against Arizona.

-- Sheldon McClellan scored a career-high 31 points and had 11 rebounds as No. 17 Miami nipped Charlotte 77-74. Manu Lecomte scored 18 points and Angel Rodriguez had 14 as the 6-0 Hurricanes shot a blazing 14 of 23 from 3-point range.

-- Reserve Geoffrey Groselle scored a career-high 15 points on 7 of 8 shooting as No. 23 Creighton cruised to a 75-53 romp over Eastern Illinois. Toby Hegner added 13 points for the 5-0 Bluejays, who led by as many as 33 points.

-- Bobby Portis scored 22 points and No. 25 Arkansas won its first game as a ranked team in seven years, beating previously ranked SMU 78-72. The Razorbacks are 4-0 for the first time in eight years.

NFL-BRONCOS

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- 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.

NFL-LIONS

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Detroit center Dominic Raiola (ray-OH'-lah) says he hasn't been fined by the NFL for his cut block during a kneel-down at the end of the Lions' loss to New England on Sunday.

Raiola says he didn't intentionally try to hurt anybody or try to do anything out of the ordinary, and he "would have gotten a FedEx letter" if he had. Raiola spoke with reporters Tuesday but tried to keep the focus on Thursday's game against Chicago.

Raiola later told the Detroit Free Press he took the action after the Patriots went for a late-game touchdown in the one-sided win instead of running out the clock.

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