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James Harden scores 54 points, Rockets rout Magic 130-107

Dec. 13, 2019 10:35 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — James Harden found his 3-point shooting touch — again. Harden scored 54 points, matching the team record of 10 3-pointers he set in Houston's last game in the Rockets' 130-107 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night. “I just want to win,” Harden said simply....

NFL Notes: Meaty questions, deep cuts with Saints' Payton

Dec. 13, 2019 3:18 PM EST

Sean Payton responded to a grocery store butcher’s questioning of one of his play calls with a cutting retort about the quality of the meat behind the counter. The New Orleans Saints coach says he was really trying to be lighthearted about it, but also felt compelled to explain his decision to call for a...

Grammy-winner Anderson .Paak supports hometown arts center

Dec. 12, 2019 2:31 PM EST

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Rapper and singer Anderson .Paak is lending his support to an arts center facing closure in his Southern California hometown of Oxnard. The Grammy-winner visited the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center and urged his fans to donate to keep the city-owned facility open, the...

Sherman, Jenkins among 32 nominees for NFL Man Of Year award

Dec. 12, 2019 9:40 AM EST

Veteran defensive backs and team leaders Richard Sherman of San Francisco and Malcolm Jenkins of Philadelphia are among 32 nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. The award, now in its 50th year — it was named after the late Hall of Fame running back in 1999 — will be handed out in...

Bullied fan’s T-shirt design helps raise $950K for nonprofit

Dec. 11, 2019 3:21 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sales of a University of Tennessee T-shirt designed by a bullied fourth-grade boy in Florida have raised over $950,000 for an anti-bullying organization. The fourth-grader had designed his own University of Tennessee logo to put over an orange T-shirt for his school’s...

Cancer survivor, Luke Putney, on the healing power of music

Dec. 11, 2019 2:15 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Luke Putney’s prayers are simple these days. He prays for healing in his left hand so he can play guitar and bass again. He asks God to strengthen his body so he can be a blessing to other people. And he gives thanks for being able to use the bathroom. “Praise God...

University of Kentucky law school alum, wife give $20M

Dec. 11, 2019 4:31 AM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A University of Kentucky College of Law alumnus and his wife pledged $20 million to fund an endowment and a nonendowed gift for the school, which will officially be renamed for him. J. David Rosenberg, a 1974 graduate of the law school, and his wife, Dianne, made the gift commitment....

Natan Sharansky receives Israel's prestigious Genesis Prize

Dec. 10, 2019 11:43 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky has been awarded Israel's prestigious 2020 Genesis Prize for a lifetime of work promoting political and religious freedoms, organizers announced Tuesday. The $1 million award is granted each year to a person recognized for outstanding professional...

Ice bucket challenge inspiration Pete Frates dies at 34

Dec. 9, 2019 5:00 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Pete Frates, a former college baseball player whose battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped inspire the ALS ice bucket challenge that has raised more than $200 million worldwide, died Monday. He was 34. Frates died peacefully, surrounded by his family, they said in a statement....

Correction: Opioids-Sacklers-Tufts story

Dec. 9, 2019 2:52 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — In a story December 5, 2019, about Tufts University's decision to cut ties with the Sackler family, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by Tufts, erroneously reported that Richard Sackler is a current board member of Purdue Pharma. Richard Sackler left the board in July...