Patterson, Parsons lead Rockets
Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson scored 20 points, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin scored 19 apiece and the Houston Rockets beat the visiting Utah Jazz 124-116 on Saturday night. It was Patterson's third straight game with 20 or more points.
Terrence Jones, who is playing for the Rockets' D-League affiliate, Rio Grande Valley, had 18 points and 19 rebounds in his second game with the team.
■ Dwyane Wade scored a season-high 34 points, LeBron James added 21 points and the Miami Heat rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the visiting Brooklyn Nets 102-89.
■ The Thunder recalled DeAndre Liggins from its D-League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers, on Saturday. He had three points and two rebounds in Oklahoma City's 100-79 victory at New Orleans. Liggins had averaged 11.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists in three games with Tulsa.
High school basketball
Epps scores 30 for Marion County girls
Makayla Epps, who has signed to play next season at Kentucky, scored 30 points in Marion County's 72-35 victory against Casey County. The Lady Knights, who were ranked No. 1 in the coaches' pre-season poll, also got 12 points from another UK signee, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers.
■ Gabby Bowie had 16 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots in host Sayre's 49-41 win against Model. Molly Manella added 14 points, nine rebounds, five steals and three assists for Sayre, and Mallie Cornett had 22 points and 14 rebounds for Model.
■ Ashanti Thomas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and Ken'yale Demus had 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists in Lafayette's 71-53 victory against visiting Tates Creek.
■ Garrett Appleman hit a three-pointer, his only points of the game, to give Pendleton County a 59-56 victory against visiting Clark County.
■ Oldham County outscored Lexington Christian by 10 in the fourth quarter in a 61-50 victory at Berea College. Matt Rose led the Colonels with 24 points, four rebounds and three assists. Conner Hicks had 18 points for the Eagles.
■ Trey Grundy had 18 points, three blocked shots and three steals in Henry Clay's 66-34 victory against Seven Hills (Ohio). Darien Tichenor added nine points, 16 rebounds and six blocks for the Blue Devils.
■ Kyle Skaggs scored 32 points and broke his school's career scoring record in Russell's 65-61 victory against Morgan County. Skaggs, who has 30 or more points in all three of Russell's games this season, has 1,908 career points.
Beckham, Galaxy win MLS championship
Landon Donovan scored the tiebreaking goal on a penalty kick in the 65th minute, and David Beckham left MLS as a two-time champion with the Los Angeles Galaxy's 3-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup on Saturday in Carson, Calif.
Omar Gonzalez tied it in the 61st minute with a long header for the Galaxy, who defended their title in a rematch of last season's championship game.
With a stirring second-half surge capped by Robbie Keane's goal on another penalty kick in injury time, Los Angeles won its fourth MLS Cup, tying D.C. United for the MLS record.
The Galaxy also gave an appropriate farewell to Beckham, the 37-year-old English midfielder who transformed the league and his team over six seasons in Los Angeles. Beckham will play elsewhere in the new year before eventually returning to MLS as a team owner, but he hasn't disclosed his immediate plans.
Lindsey Wilson women win NAIA title
The Lindsey Wilson women's soccer team won its third NAIA title with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory against Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) on Saturday night in Orange Beach, Ala.
Senior Mia Persson was named the championship's most valuable player, while junior Elizabet Madjarac was named offensive MVP and junior Renee Hurd was defensive MVP.
It was the first national championship for Lindsey Wilson since 2006. The Blue Raiders also won the title in 2004.
Smith guides Game On Dude to victory
Game On Dude won the $242,500 Native Diver Stakes by 11/4 lengths Saturday at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., rebounding from a poor performance in the Breeders' Cup Classic last month. Ridden for the first time by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, Game On Dude ran 11⁄8 miles on Cushion Track in 1:52.27.
Nonios was second, followed by defending champion Kettle Corn.
Trained by Bob Baffert, Game On Dude has 10 wins in 22 career starts and earnings of $3,132,158 for an ownership group that includes MLB executive Joe Torre. Game On Dude finished seventh as the favorite in the BC Classic on Nov. 3 at Santa Anita.
McDowell clings to 2-shot lead
Graeme McDowell rolled in two long putts early and kept bogeys off his card to keep the lead in the World Challenge on Saturday in Thousand Oaks, Calif. McDowell had a 4-under 68 for a two-shot lead over Keegan Bradley. Tiger Woods failed to birdie any of the five par 5s at Sherwood, though the tournament host and defending champion stayed in the hunt with enough birdies late in his round for a 69. He was five shots behind, along with Bo Van Pelt.
■ Bernhard Langer won the Nedbank Champions Challenge seniors tournament by two strokes despite closing with a 2-over 74 in Sun City, South Africa. Jay Haas was the runner-up.
Franklin takes 200; Cordes set s U.S. mark
Olympian Missy Franklin won the 200-yard backstroke for her third title and Kevin Cordes set an American record in winning the 200 breaststroke at the Winter Nationals on Saturday night in Austin, Texas.
Franklin, who finished second and third in her other races at the three-day meet, was timed in 1 minute, 49.18 seconds, just off the American record of 1:49.16 set by Elizabeth Pelton last year. Bonnie Brandon finished second in 1:51.49 and Kylie Stewart took third.
Cordes flirted with the American record in the morning preliminaries, and then blew it away by going 1:50.73 in the final. Olympian Clark Burckle took second in 1:51.20 and Mike Alexandrov, the former record holder, was third in 1:52.24.
Cordes set an American record in winning the 100 breast on Friday night, when he also beat the same two swimmers in the last major U.S. swim meet of the year at the University of Texas.
The last word
If Tony Stewart wants to run the Indianapolis 500 next season, Roger Penske will give him a car. Penske twice Friday night offered Stewart the chance to enter next year's race. Penske-owned cars have won the Indianapolis 500 15 different times. The Indy 500 is Stewart's favorite race, but he has not entered it since 2001. Penske said it would have to take some scheduling adjustments between IndyCar and NASCAR in order for Stewart to run the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and he's not sure the two series could work together to make it happen. Penske said:
"Like Republicans and Democrats, it's hard to get them on the same page."