(Undated) — Here is the latest sports news: Maroney suing USA Gymnastics. Giants trade for Longoria. Manfred defends Marlins’ ownership. Orioles lose closer. Lakers stop Rockets 14-game winning streak.

>>Gold Medalist Maroney Sues USA Gymnastics, USOC

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(Los Angeles, CA) — Former Olympian McKayla Maroney is suing USA Gymnastics, alleging officials tried to mute her before she revealed last fall she was molested by the team’s doctor. It was part of a financial settlement necessary to pay for her psychological treatment. The agreement was signed a few months after team doctor Larry Nassar was publicly accused of sexual molestation.

>>Giants Acquire Third Baseman Longoria From Tampa

(San Francisco, CA) — The Giants are finally making their big splash. San Francisco has acquired third baseman Evan Longoria from the Rays for outfielder Denard Span, infield prospect Christian Arroyo and two minor-league pitchers. Giants Vice President of Baseball Operations Brian Sabean [[ SAY-bee-an ]] says the move fills an important need and completes one of the team’s offseason goals.

>>MLB’s Manfred Defends Marlins New Ownership Group

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(Miami, FL) — Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is defending the new ownership group of the Miami Marlins after trading away their stars. Speaking on ESPN Radio’s Dan Le Batard show, Manfred said they approved a well-funded group, led by former Yankees star Derek Jeter, that made numerous presentations about their commitment to winning baseball in South Florida long term.

>>O’s Britton Out At Least Four Months With Ruptured Achilles

(Baltimore, MD) — The Baltimore Orioles will likely begin next season without closer Zach Britton. He ruptured his Achilles tendon during a workout and is expected to be sidelined at least four months. Britton will have surgery today in California. He says he was just doing his regular running when it felt like something punched him in the leg.

>>Lakers End Rockets’ 14 Game Winning Streak

(Houston, TX) — The Rockets’ 14-game winning streak is over after a 122-116 loss to the Lakers in Houston. LA rookie Kyle Kuzma [[ KOOZ-mah ]] exploded for a career-high 38 points, including seven threes. James Harden dropped 51 points with nine dimes in the loss. It’s the first game the Rockets have lost when Harden scored 50 points or more. Houston still has the NBA’s best record at 25-and-5.



Toronto Raptors 129, Charlotte Hornets 111
Indiana Pacers 105, Atlanta Hawks 95
Sacramento Kings 104, Brooklyn Nets 99
Miami Heat 90, Boston Celtics 89
Oklahoma City Thunder 107, Utah Jazz 79
Chicago Bulls 112, Orlando Magic 94
Los Angeles Lakers 122, Houston Rockets 116
Dallas Mavericks 110, Detroit Pistons 93
Minnesota Timberwolves 112, Denver Nuggets 104
San Antonio Spurs 93, Portland Trail Blazers 91
LA Clippers 108, Phoenix Suns 95
Golden State Warriors 97, Memphis Grizzlies 84

Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Philadelphia Flyers 4, Detroit Red Wings 3
Calgary Flames 2, St. Louis Blues 1

College Football Bowl Games (CFP Rankings)
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 51, SMU Mustangs 10
(DXL Frisco Bowl at Frisco, TX)

Top-25 College Basketball (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
#3 Duke Blue Devils 104, Evansville Aces 40
Wofford Terriers 79, #4 (tie) North Carolina Tar Heels 75
#10 West Virginia Mountaineers 77, Coppin State Eagles 38
#18 Baylor Bears 80, Southern Jaguars 60
#20 Tennessee Volunteers 66, Furman Paladins 61
#22 (tie) Seton Hall Pirates 89, Wagner Seahawks 68
#24 Creighton Bluejays 116, South Carolina Upstate Spartans 62


>>THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

7:00 p.m. – Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers
7:00 p.m. – Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
8:00 p.m. – Boston Celtics at New York Knicks
9:00 p.m. – Memphis Grizzlies at Phoenix Suns
10:30 p.m. – San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz

7:00 p.m. – Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins
7:00 p.m. – Anaheim Ducks at New York Islanders
7:00 p.m. – New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils
7:00 p.m. – Winnipeg Jets at Boston Bruins
7:30 p.m. – Ottawa Senators at Tampa Bay Lightning
8:00 p.m. – Carolina Hurricanes at Nashville Predators
8:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars
9:00 p.m. – St. Louis Blues at Edmonton Oilers
10:30 p.m. – Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks
10:30 p.m. – Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings

College Football Bowl Games (CFP Rankings)
8:00 p.m. – Temple Owls at FIU Golden Panthers (Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl at St. Petersburg, FL)

Top-25 College Basketball (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
7:00 p.m. – #2 Michigan State Spartans host Long Beach State 49ers
9:00 p.m. – #9 Texas A&M Aggies host Buffalo Bulls
11:00 p.m. – #13 Kansas Jayhawks at Stanford Cardinal
10:00 p.m. – #15 Gonzaga Bulldogs at San Diego State Aztecs
6:00 p.m. – #16 Purdue Boilermakers host Tennessee State Tigers
9:00 p.m. – #19 Arizona Wildcats host Connecticut Huskies
7:00 p.m. – #22 (tie) Cincinnati Bearcats host Cleveland State Vikings
2:00 p.m. – #25 Florida State Seminoles host Souther Mississippi Golden Eagles