Celts cruise without Rondo, top Blazers 96-78
BOSTON (AP) — Jeff Green scored 19 points, Jason Terry added 17 and the Boston Celtics cruised to a comfortable win without Rajon Rondo, topping the Portland Trail Blazers 96-78 on Friday night.
Rondo served the first game of his two-game suspension for his role in a scuffle Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets. Courtney Lee started in his place and finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
The Celtics never trailed. They carried a 56-33 advantage into the break and took their biggest lead on a 22-foot jumper by Kevin Garnett that made it 65-38 with 8:26 left in the third quarter.
The Trail Blazers lost their fourth straight game and had just two scorers in double figures — LaMarcus Aldridge with 23 points and J.J. Hickson with 11.
NEW SEATTLE ARENA
Preliminary designs released for new Seattle arena
SEATTLE (AP) — Investor Chris Hansen has released preliminary design options for the exterior of a proposed NBA arena in Seattle.
The images were released on Friday. The city's design review board is expected to go over the preliminary plans on Dec. 11.
Three different designs for the exterior were revealed, including a preferred option consisting of a rectangular building with the look of a cruise-ship on the top and a large public plaza. The design firm Hansen is using on the project, 360 Architecture, writes that the preferred option emphasizes the "front-door" toward downtown Seattle and maximizes the footprint of the arena site, but may lack an "iconic presence."
Another option features an extreme oval shape encased in a glass exterior that gives a 360-degree view of the area surrounding the arena. The last option is a rectangular building with a roof line that looks like flowing waves.
All three options feature large public gathering areas.
No. 10 Kansas rallies to beat Oregon St. 84-78
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ben McLemore scored 21 points, Travis Releford added 20 and No. 10 Kansas held off repeated Oregon State rallies to beat the Beavers 84-78 on Friday night.
The Jayhawks (6-1) built an early 14-point lead only to see Oregon State tie the score at 37-all. Then, after Kansas pulled away for a 63-50 advantage early in the second half, Ahmad Starks led a 9-1 run to cut the deficit to 64-61.
Roberto Nelson sank two free throws for Oregon State (4-2) and Starks fed Devon Collier inside for a dunk that gave the Jayhawks an 80-77 lead. With 13.9 seconds left, McLemore calmly sank two free throws and with 8.5 ticks remaining, Kevin Young batted an Oregon State shot into the seats.
Withey finished with 17 points, five rebounds and three blocks.
Roberto Nelson had 17 points for Oregon State while Eric Moreland had five points and 16 rebounds.
CAL STATE FULLERTON-E WASHINGTON
Eastern Washington beats Cal State Fullerton 79-75
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Venky Jois scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Eastern Washington past Cal State Fullerton 79-75 on Friday night.
Jois was 10 of 14 from the field. Justin Crosgile also posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He was 4 of 8 from 3-point range.
Thomas Reuter scored 16 points, and Parker Kelly added 12 for the Eagles (2-5).
Though the Eagles had 19 turnovers, they shot 45.6 percent from the field for the game. The Titans shot 38 percent from the field for the game.
The Titans (3-3) led 46-39 at halftime in a game with 10 ties and eight lead changes.
Kwame Vaughn scored 22 points and D.J. Seeley scored 21 for the Titans. Sammy Yeager had nine rebounds.
The loss snapped Cal State Fullerton's three-game win streak.
Seattle's Bryant, Hill to be game-time decisions
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Run-stuffing defensive end Red Bryant and linebacker Leroy Hill will both be game-time decisions for the Seattle Seahawks entering Sunday's big NFC matchup at Chicago.
Coach Pete Carroll said Friday that Bryant was held out of practice for a third straight day with a foot injury. Hill went through a workout to test his sore ankle, but how the injury responds will determine if he plays against the Bears. Bryant and Hill are listed as questionable.
Seattle also will likely be down its nickel defensive back, Marcus Trufant, after he had a hamstring issue pop up late in Thursday's practice. Trufant is doubtful and Walter Thurmond would likely take his place. The Seahawks also pulled Sidney Rice from the end of Friday's practice with a sore calf, but Carroll said they think he is OK. Rice was also questionable.
Seattle's Leon Washington wants return record
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Leon Washington takes pride in owning a share of the NFL record for most career kickoff returns for a touchdown, especially considering the devastating broken leg he had to overcome before he could get there.
No disrespect to Cleveland's Josh Cribbs, but Washington wants to own the record himself.
Washington pulled even with Cribbs last week when the Seahawks return specialist busted free for a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Seattle's 24-21 loss to Miami. It was his first kickoff return for a touchdown in nearly two calendar years.
The Seahawks go to Chicago this week, but there won't be a matchup of two of the most dynamic kick returners in football — Washington and the Bears' Devin Hester — because Hester is out with a concussion.
Seattle signs RHP Kinney, non-tender Andino
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have agreed to one-year contracts with reliever Josh Kinney and newly acquired infielder Robert Andino.
The team announced the moves Friday night.
Kinney avoided arbitration with a split contract that pays him $700,000 in the majors and $200,000 in the minors. The right-hander was 0-3 with a 3.94 ERA and one save in 35 appearances for Seattle last season after making his debut in early July.
Andino was acquired in a trade with Baltimore on Nov. 20 for outfielder Trayvon Robinson. Andino briefly became a free agent Friday when the Mariners declined to tender him a contract for next season, but the team later announced the sides had agreed to a deal. Andino is expected to be a versatile backup in the infield.
Hogan leads Stanford past UCLA 27-24 to win Pac-12
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Hogan threw for 155 yards and a touchdown and ran for 47 yards and another score to help eighth-ranked Stanford beat No. 17 UCLA 27-24 in the Pac-12 championship game Friday night.
As a defender barreled into him, Hogan hurled a 26-yard tying touchdown to Drew Terrell on third-and-15 early in the fourth quarter. Jordan Williamson kicked his second field goal from 36 yards with 6:49 remaining for the go-ahead score to seal Stanford's first conference title since the 1999 season.
UCLA quarterback Brent Hundley almost brought the Bruins (9-4) back, but Ka'imi Fairbairn missed a 52-yard field goal wide left in closing moments for a disappointing loss.
The Cardinal (11-2) will play the winner of the Big Ten title game between Nebraska and Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.
T25-NICHOLLS ST-OREGON ST
Oregon State and Nicholls State play their opener
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State finally gets to play its opener.
The No. 16 Beavers will host Nicholls State on Saturday. The game was supposed to be played on Sept. 1, but it was postponed when Hurricane Isaac bore down on the Colonels' Thibodeaux, La., campus. Officials for both schools decided it would be best to reschedule the game out of concern for the athletes impacted by the storm.
Three months later, Oregon State is 8-3 overall and awaiting a bowl bid on Sunday. The Beavers are possibly headed to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 27, and representatives for that bowl will be in Corvallis for the game against the Colonels.
Pac-12 commissioner says league at 'optimal size'
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott says the conference is at an "optimal size" and is unlikely to expand in the foreseeable future.
While other leagues pursue further expansion, Scott said before Friday night's conference championship between No. 8 Stanford and No. 17 UCLA that members are happy with its current size — for now. He also said so-called 16-team "super conferences" would not force the league to expand.
The first year of the conference's $3 billion, 12-year contract with Fox and ESPN brought in more money and exposure than the league ever had. While a deal between the Pac-12 Networks and DirecTV is still in limbo, Scott said the conference has contracts with more than 50 distributors around the country, including four of the other top five carriers.