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Sports briefs: Dec. 30

NBA

Howard records 24 rebounds in Magic's win over Nets

Ryan Anderson scored 22 points, Dwight Howard had 16 points and 24 rebounds and the host Orlando Magic cruised to a 94-78 win over the New Jersey Nets on Thursday night.

Jason Richardson added 16 points for the Magic — including 15 in the first half — and J.J. Redick scored 15 points off the bench.

It was the 49th career 20-rebound game for Howard, who neared his career high of 26 rebounds.

Rookie forward MarShon Brooks led the Nets with 17 points. Deron Williams missed his first six shots and finished 2 of 12 from the field with only 10 points.

New Jersey cut Orlando's lead to seven points in the fourth quarter, but a balanced attack led by Hedo Turkoglu put the game away for the Magic. Turkoglu finished with 11 points, seven assists and six boards.

Rockets 105, Spurs 85: Kevin Martin scored 25 points, Luis Scola added 18 and Kyle Lowry had 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead host Houston over San Antonio. The Rockets took advantage of the Spurs' poor shooting at the start and built a big lead. DeJuan Blair scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for San Antonio, which shot 38 percent and went 2-for-17 from three-point range. Tim Duncan went 1-for-8 from the field and scored four points and Richard Jefferson went 2-for-10 and had five.

■ The Phoenix Suns signed former All-Star guard Michael Redd to a one-year contract. Redd averaged 20 points in 11 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks.

■ Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is engaged to longtime girlfriend Yvette Prieto, a Cuban-American model he's been dating for three years.

NFL

Roethlisberger plans to play

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he'll be on the field Sunday for Pittsburgh's regular-season finale against the Cleveland Browns as long as he can deal with the pain of his sprained left ankle. Roethlisberger, who sat out last Sunday's win over St. Louis to rest his ankle, practiced again Thursday. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians says he's much more confident in Roethlisberger's ability to play after he moved around better than he did during Wednesday's practice. The Steelers (11-4) can win the AFC North crown with a victory over Cleveland and a Cincinnati Bengals win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Tomlinson hints at retirement

Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson says Sunday's game at Miami could possibly be the last of his career if New York does not make the playoffs. Tomlinson, set to become a free agent, says Thursday that he will "wait and see" before deciding on whether to continue playing beyond this season, adding that he'll retire if the situation isn't right. Tomlinson enters the regular-season finale needing 35 yards rushing to pass Jerome Bettis for fifth on the NFL's career list.

Tom Brady participated in practice Thursday on a limited basis because of a left shoulder injury. The Patriots quarterback had missed Wednesday's session, but the team said his absence was not injury-related. Comcast SportsNet reported that same day that Brady had X-rays to check for a separated left shoulder and was told he was "all set." Patriots spokesman Stacey James said Thursday: "If there was an injury then it would be on the injury report."

■ The Raiders announced that Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers is sold out, marking the first time the club has gone an entire regular season without a television blackout since it returned to Oakland from Los Angeles in 1995.

TENNIS

Nadal to rest after Australian Open

Rafael Nadal plans to take several weeks off after the Australian Open to recover from a nagging shoulder injury. The second-ranked Nadal said Thursday the injury surfaced before the ATP World Tour Finals in November and that he was still "not 100 percent." Nadal is playing in this week's World Tennis Championships, a two-day exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. After competing at the Australian Open beginning Jan. 16, the 25-year-old Spaniard said he would take February off to rest and practice.

BASEBALL

White Sox, Danks agree to 5-year deal

The Chicago White Sox and starting pitcher John Danks have agreed on a five-year, $65 million contract through 2016. The deal was announced Thursday. A 15-game winner in 2010, Danks slumped last season and was 8-12 with a 4.33 ERA. "He's as durable as they come," White Sox General Manager Ken Williams said. "He wants the ball every time out and gives you everything that he's got."

SKIING

U.S. teen Shiffrin earns slalom medal

American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin used two attacking and error-free runs to became the youngest female on a World Cup slalom podium since Tamara McKinney in 1978. The 16-year-old Shiffrin finish third Thursday behind winner Marlies Schild of Austria and Tina Maze of Slovenia. Schild, one of Shiffrin's idols, won her fourth straight slalom race this season.

AUTO RACING

Kahne apologizes for breastfeeding tweet

NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne has apologized for comments he made on his Twitter account about public breastfeeding. According to multiple media reports, Kahne posted messages on his account that he saw a mother breastfeeding a child in a supermarket, calling it "nasty" and saying he didn't "feel like shopping any more or eating." After apparently deleting the offending posts from his Twitter feed, Kahne posted an apology on his Facebook page Wednesday, saying it wasn't his intention "to offend any mother who chooses to breastfeed her child, or, for that matter, anyone who supports breast feeding children. I want to make that clear."

The last word

Miami Heat star LeBron James, on Dwyane Wade's last-second shot to beat the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday:

"I guess that's why they pay him the big bucks."

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