Wednesday, December 25, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant isn't happy about spending Christmas Day on the sideline, unable to help the struggling Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant leads the NBA with a record 15 appearances on Christmas Day, but he's out an expected four to six weeks with a fracture in his left knee. Bryant is to watch from the bench when the Lakers host the streaking Miami Heat today.
HONOLULU (AP) — Patrick Holloway and Bryon Allen scored 15 points each as George Mason rallied to beat Saint Mary's 65-63 in the seventh-place game of the Diamond Head Classic. Johnny Williams added 14 points for the Patriots, who trailed the entire game until Allen's jumper with 2:42 remaining. James Walker III and Stephen Holt scored 14 points apiece for the Gaels and Brad Waldow scored 10 points.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jordan Lynch will make a run at history tomorrow night when he suits up for the final time for No. 24 Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl against Utah State. Lynch already owns the major college record for yards rushing for a quarterback with 1,881. With 119 yards to go, he can become the first player to rush for 2,000 yards and throw for 2,000. The San Diego game will be NIU's sixth straight bowl game.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — For an organization seeking to rebuild through the draft, the Oakland Raiders have struggled to find impact players in the first two drafts under general manager Reggie McKenzie. The Raiders have gotten only one starter from the last two grab bags. With the organization hampered by bad contracts from departed players that are still eating up salary cap space, the misses in the draft are more notable, a clear factor in another disappointing season in Oakland.