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Cal send No. 17 Oregon to 2nd straight loss

EUGENE, Ore. — Different season, same result. Freshman guard Jordan Mathews scored a season-high 32 points, and California beat No. 17 Oregon 96-83 on Thursday night, defeating the Ducks for the 12th straight time. “Thirty-two points on the road for a freshman, that’s pretty good stuff,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. “He kept us...
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Adjustments 49ers Need To Make

While San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick aims to continue his postseason success with a much better performance than his last against Carolina, the Panthers’ Cam Newton won’t make too much of his playoff debut. Trying for an eighth straight victory that would send them to their third consecutive NFC championship game, Kaepernick and the visiting 49ers look to avenge...
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Saints-Seahawks Preview

The New Orleans Saints shook off the notion that they can’t win on the road in their playoff opener, though pulling off a victory at raucous CenturyLink Field in Saturday’s NFC divisional matchup with the Seattle Seahawks will be a more daunting task. The Seahawks will try to win a sixth straight home playoff contest and secure their...
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Blazers Topple Magic

PORTLAND, Ore. — The last time Nicolas Batum had a triple-double, it came because of a casually tossed buzzer-beating 3-pointer in a rout of San Antonio earlier this season. The Trail Blazers forward was embarrassed and said he never meant to disrespect the Spurs, so it didn’t count. This one counted. Batum had 14 points, 10...
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Nets Snap Warriors’ Streak At 10

NEW YORK — The Road Warriors’ run is finished. The Brooklyn Nets are suddenly the NBA’s hottest team. Joe Johnson scored 27 points in the Nets’ season-high fourth straight victory, a 102-98 win Wednesday night that snapped Golden State’s 10-game winning streak and prevented the first 7-0 road trip in NBA history.
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Saints-Seahawks Preview

The New Orleans Saints shook off the notion that they can’t win on the road in their playoff opener, though pulling off a victory at raucous CenturyLink Field in Saturday’s NFC divisional matchup with the Seattle Seahawks will be a more daunting task. The Seahawks will try to win a sixth straight home playoff contest and secure their...
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Kings Hold Off Trail Blazers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — One swish after another, Damian Lillard pulled Portland closer. One or two more, and he might’ve pulled off one of the NBA’s most improbable comebacks this season. DeMarcus Cousins tied a season-high with 35 points to go with 13 rebounds, Rudy Gayscored 32 points and the Sacramento Kings held off a furious rally by Lillard to beat...
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Seahawk’s Percy Harvin countdown begins

RENTON, Wash. — The countdown begins now on Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin‘s possible playoff appearance. Three days of practice before the final verdict comes in, probably after Thursday’s practice.  “He looked great in practice last week,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday on his 710 ESPN Seattle radio show. “But he’s got a lot of hard...
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Warriors-Nets Preview

With David Lee playing at an All-Star level and Stephen Curry providing some memorable moments, the Golden State Warriors are on the cusp of matching the franchise’s longest winning streak. The Brooklyn Nets are going for their longest run of the season, though they’ll have to do it without Deron Williams. The Warriors look to make it 11 in a row while the...
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Where they rank: Saints at Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks had the best defense in the NFL this year by almost every statistical measure. They ranked first in the league in yards allowed, points allowed, passing yards allowed and forced turnovers.  The New Orleans Saints, meanwhile, had the most balance in the league. They ranked fourth in the NFL in both offensive yards and...
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