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Friday’s Sports Minute

Friday’s Sports Minute

WARRIORS WIN AGAIN: Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut hangs on the rim after scoring against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 4, in Oakland, Calif. At right is New Orleans' Tyreke Evans (1). Photo: Associated Press/Ben Margot

A look at some of the big sports stories making news today, Friday, Dec. 5.

CLOWNEY DONE FOR SEASON

Jadeveon Clowney didn’t have much of a rookie season

The first player taken in last year’s NFL draft will have a second surgery on his right knee, ending his rookie season for the Houston Texans after just four games.

The outside linebacker was injured in Week 1 and had arthroscopic surgery Sept. 8. He has played three games since then, but has never completely recovered from the procedure and said last week that he’s still in a lot of pain.

WARRIORS WIN AGAIN

The Golden State Warriors continue to own the NBA’s best record after running their winning streak to 11 games.

Klay Thompson shot 5-for-8 from 3-point range while scoring a team-high 23 points in the Warriors’ 112-85 pounding of New Orleans. Stephen Curry finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors, who trailed by six before outscoring the Pelicans 31-12 in the second quarter.

Harrison Barnes added 15 points and nine boards to help Golden State improve to 16-2.

Also in the NBA:

  • Kyrie Irving poured in 37 points, including a huge layup with 10 seconds left in Cleveland’s 90-87 win over New York. LeBron James added 19 points and 12 assists to the Cavaliers’ fifth consecutive win.
  • Portland picked up its third straight win and improved to 15-4 as Damian Lillard contributed a team-high 23 points and eight rebounds in a 88-82 decision over Indiana. LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 18 points and 13 boards to the victory.
  • MARINERS SIGN CRUZ TO 4-YEAR DEAL

    The Seattle Mariners have signed slugger Nelson Cruz to a four-year deal, adding a needed right-handed power hitter to their lineup. Cruz led the major leagues with 40 home runs last season and had 108 RBIs for Baltimore, which signed him to an $8 million, one-year deal. He served a 50-game suspension in 2013 for violations of the major league drug agreement in relation to the sport’s Biogenesis investigation.

    WOODS STRUGGLES IN RETURN

    Tiger Woods returned to competitive golf on Thursday, but he forgot to bring his short game.

    Woods looked very rusty in his first competition in nearly four months, shooting a 5-over 77 in the first round of the World Challenge in Florida. Woods flubbed four chips, needed two shots to get out of a bunker on the par-5 seventh hole and didn’t have a birdie putt inside 20 feet until the 11th hole. He’s in last place in the 18-man field, 11 shots behind Jordan Spieth.

    Woods has missed most of the year because of back issues.

    SENS STAR OFFICIALLY RETIRES

    Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has officially retired. The 41-year-old Swedish forward made the announcement at Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre, the rink he called home for most of his 18 seasons in the NHL.

    The Senators have signed their longtime captain to a ceremonial one-day contract that will allow him to lace up his skates in his old stall and take part in pre-game warm-ups with his old team.

    BOXING HALL OF FAME

    Former heavyweight champ Riddick Bowe and popular lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini are among those who have been selected for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

    The induction ceremony will be held June 14 at the Hall of Fame in upstate New York.

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