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AP Top Sports News At 11:44 p.m. EST

Lillard scores 43 as Blazers beat Spurs in 3 OT
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Damian Lillard scored a career-high 43 points, including 16 after regulation, and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the San Antonio Spurs their second straight defeat in triple overtime by rallying for a 129-119 victory Friday night....

Things to know about Friday's baseball news
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- There was a flurry of news around Major League Baseball on Friday as teams worked to retool before the holiday break. Here are some things to know about all the player moves and other changes:...

Rays, Padres, Nats complete 11-player trade involving Myers
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Rays, Padres and Nationals finalized an 11-player trade Friday that sent 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from Tampa Bay to San Diego and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Washington to the Rays....

Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from rebuilding Braves
ATLANTA (AP) -- With the focus firmly on the opening of their new stadium, the Atlanta Braves dealt away slugger Justin Upton and made it clear that contending next season is not their primary goal....

APNewsBreak: Dodgers end Yanks' payroll streak, owe most tax
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees' 15-year streak as Major League Baseball's biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax....

Rondo wants another title run in move to Dallas
DALLAS (AP) -- Rajon Rondo wants another ring and another parade and knew it probably wasn't happening anytime soon with the rebuilding Celtics....

St. Louis Rams 'Hands Up' players give back at holiday event
JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams players who did the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture treated residents of nearby Ferguson to some holiday cheer on Friday....

FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts....

Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps avoided jail time on Friday when a judge placed him on probation for pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge for the second time in 10 years. The punishment came with a warning....

Howe's family reports rapid improvement
DETROIT (AP) -- Gordie Howe's family says the hockey great has made a dramatic improvement after he participated in a stem cell clinical trial....

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