Blazers fall, Heat win...Texas loses in Brown's farewell...Sankey leaving school...Hawks blank Kings

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Associated Press

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 1:04 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have handed the Portland Trail Blazers their third loss in five games since a 22-4 start. Tyreke (ty-REEK') Evans hit a 17-footer with 1.2 seconds left to give the Pelicans a 110-108 win over the Blazers. Damian Lillard finished with 29 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 for the Trail Blazers, who've dropped their last two games by a total of three points.

DENVER (AP) — LeBron James returned from a groin injury to score 26 points on his 29th birthday as Miami beat the Nuggets 97-94 in Denver to pull within one game of East-leading Indiana. Chris Bosh had 17 points and Ray Allen 13 in the Heat's ninth victory in 11 games. The Nuggets have dropped seven straight since a 14-9 start.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tenth-ranked Oregon ruined Mack Brown's final game as the Texas Longhorns' head coach. Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH'-tah) had 386 total yards and the Ducks completed an 11-2 season by ripping the Longhorns 30-7 in the Alamo Bowl at San Antonio. Mariota led all rushers with 133 yards on 15 carries and was 18 of 26 for 253 yards passing.

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington running back Bishop Sankey will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Sankey is coming off the finest season for a tailback in Washington history, rushing for 1,870 yards and 20 touchdowns in 13 games. He broke Corey Dillon's school record for yards rushing in a season.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are back atop the NHL's Western Conference standings by two points over Anaheim after Antti Raanta (AN'-tee RAHN'-tah) stopped 26 shots to lead a 1-0 win over Los Angeles. Brandon Saad (sahd) scored the only goal just 7:05 into the first period to support Raanta's first NHL shutout. Kings netminder Martin Jones made 29 saves in his second straight loss since opening his NHL career with eight consecutive wins.

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