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NBA roundup: Jazz sink 20 treys, rout Spurs
Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points, and the Utah Jazz made a franchise record 20 3-pointers in a 139-105 victory over the visiting San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Kyle Korver added 15 points off the bench in his first home game since Utah reacquired the veteran guard in a trade. The Jazz won for the third time in four games since dealing for Korver.
Alpine skiing: Shiffrin eyes record but says Schild is greatest
Mikaela Shiffrin will probably become the most prolific World Cup women's slalom winner in the coming weeks, but she said on Wednesday she would never consider herself the equal of the current record holder. Shiffrin has two slalom wins this season, taking her career tally to 34, one behind technically brilliant Austrian Marlies Schild.
Ex-Michigan State DE Robertson sentenced in assault case
Former Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty last month to sexually assaulting a female student. Robertson, 21, will spend at least three years and seven months in prison. He also must register as a sex offender.
Durant: Environment around LeBron is 'toxic'
Kevin Durant could become a free agent following the season, but it doesn't sound as if he sees himself as a fit with LeBron James. The Golden State Warriors star told Bleacher Report that it will be hard for the Los Angeles Lakers to sign players to be teammates of James because of the "toxic" environment that comes with the territory.
USA Gymnastics, reeling from abuse claims, files for bankruptcy
USA Gymnastics, the sport's governing body, filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, saying that it is staggering under the weight of lawsuits filed by hundreds of women who were sexually abused by former national team doctor Larry Nassar. The organization's chairwoman, Kathryn Carson, cited the lawsuits in the decision to seek protection from creditors in federal bankruptcy court in Indianapolis.
NCAA puts Oregon on two years' probation
Oregon received two years of probation after the NCAA found rules violations relating to the men's and women's basketball teams as well as the track and field program, the NCAA committee on infractions announced. The decision issued Wednesday said women's basketball coach Kelly Graves failed to "monitor and promote an atmosphere of compliance in his program." He must serve a two-game suspension this season. The team is 7-0 and currently ranked No. 3.
Serena confirmed for Australian Open return
Serena Williams will resume her quest for a record-equaling 24th grand slam title at the Australian Open in January after organizers on Wednesday confirmed her entry to the tournament she won for a seventh time on her last appearance in 2017. The 37-year-old American achieved her victory over sister Venus in the final two years ago while eight weeks pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia, who was born the following September.
NHL: Rangers still the NHL's most valuable team - Forbes
The New York Rangers are the most valuable National Hockey League franchise for a fourth consecutive year at more than double the league average, according to the annual list https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikeozanian/2018/12/05/the-nhls-most-valuable-teams/#1e991f9050e2 published by business magazine Forbes on Wednesday. The Rangers, who missed the playoffs last season, are worth $1.55 billion, up 3 percent from last year, Forbes said.
Football: XFL reboot names eight charter franchises
The XFL American football league signaled it was back in business on Wednesday, announcing eight charter franchises for its reboot that will kickoff in 2020 and a change of direction from its short-lived predecessor that folded 17 years ago. New York, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Washington, Tampa Bay and Seattle will try to find success where the 2001 XFL failed.
Kingsbury officially hired by USC
Kliff Kingsbury is now officially in charge of the Southern California offense. USC formally announced the hiring of Kingsbury on Wednesday. The former Texas Tech coach will serve as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
(With inputs from Reuters)
(With inputs from agencies.)