• Ellis leads Mavericks over Spurs 99-93

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    DALLAS (AP) — The star of Rajon Rondo's debut with the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night was Monta Ellis — the teammate whom the Mavericks hope helps Rondo form a lethal backcourt combination that will make them championship contenders. Ellis equaled his season high with 38 points, including 11 during the final four minutes, as the Mavericks rallied late to beat the depleted San Antonio Spurs 99-93. Ellis broke a 93-93 tie with a driving basket with 1:48 to play to give Dallas the lead for good. He hit 15-of-23 from the field and made four steals. The Spurs dropped their fourth straight, including three-overtime games on Wednesday and Friday. "I felt it," Ellis said of his late surge. "It's in my blood.

  • Dallas startups join forces for the better

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    When Nick Kennedy wanted to offer some special products to his private plane members, he turned to a fellow startup company in Dallas. Kennedy’s Rise, which plans to start scheduled flights from Dallas Love Field on Jan. 12, recently teamed up with Need, a year-old curated shopping website. Need will provide co-branded coffee, magazines and other exclusive products for Rise to give its members. “It gives us more ways to provide our members with a better travel experience,” Kennedy said. Rise initially will fly weekdays to Houston and weekend “Fun Flights” to Las Vegas and Vail, Colo., but it plans to expand to other regional cities. Leaders of local startup centers say they often see young companies helping ea

  • Increased drone use creates a buzz at Castle Rock shop

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    The buzzing noise coming from Santa's sleigh as it flies over Colorado this week won't be the reindeer kicking into high gear. It will be from drones that Santa will deliver to good children and adults this year. Since the state's first store specializing in hobbyist and commercial drone technology opened five weeks ago in Castle Rock, the gadgets have been flying out the door at a steady clip. Many will land under the tree. "This niche is huge," said Kerry Garrison, co-owner of Multicopter Warehouse. "The industry is calling 2014 the year of the drone. Last year, industry-wide, there were hundreds of units sold. This year, it's hundreds of thousands." Garrison worked for Josh Gilson's telecommunications company in Denv

  • Obama: No justification for murder of NYC police

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    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says he unconditionally condemns the murder of two police officers shot in broad daylight on Saturday in New York. Obama says there's no justification for the slayings. He says police offers risk their own safety to serve and protect their communities and that they deserve the public's respect and gratitude. Authorities say that before shooting the officers, the gunman announced online he planned to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. The gunman later killed himself. Obama is asking Americans to reject violence and harmful words. He's encouraging people instead to embrace words that heal, and to seek out prayer and sympathy for the victi

  • Canucks' Hansen collapses on bench, walks off

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    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canucks forward Jannik Hansen appeared to collapse on the bench after taking a hit during the second period of Vancouver's game against the Calgary Flames. The Canucks announced Saturday night that Hansen would not return to the game as a precaution. He walked down the tunnel to the dressing room on his own. Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman hit Hansen in the corner of the Calgary zone at 1:27 of the second, lowering his shoulder to deliver a body check. Hansen skated to the bench under his own power, but appeared to be winded. He then appeared to collapse moments later while sitting on the bench. His teammates shouted out for medical attention.

  • Rivers converts 2 fourth-and-longs, Chargers tie

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    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers threw a tying 11-yard touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd with 29 seconds left after completing a pair of fourth-and-longs, and the San Diego Chargers forced overtime against the San Francisco 49ers at 35-all Saturday night. Phil Dawson's 60-yard field goal attempt as regulation ended fell way short. Rivers converted fourth-and-8 and fourth-and-10 on the key final San Diego drive in regulation. Colin Kaepernick ran for a 90-yard touchdown in the third quarter before Rivers rallied his team with its playoff hopes hanging in the balance. Frank Gore had an early 52-yard touchdown run to get it started six days after a concussion, but his third-quarter chop block negated a 63-yard

  • Pouliot scores in debut, Pens beat Panthers 3-1

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    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Derrick Pouliot enjoyed one of the best days of his young life, playing a key role in another win for the surging Pittsburgh Penguins. The 20-year-old Pouliot scored in his NHL debut and Sidney Crosby ended his drought with a third-period goal for the Penguins during their 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. "It's incredible ... something you dream about," said Pouliot, selected No. 8 overall in the 2012 draft held at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center. "First NHL game, first goal ... it's very exciting." Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 45 shots to earn his fifth win in six games and 19th overall for the Eastern Conference leaders.

  • Gallagher helps Canadiens beat Senators, 4-1

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    MONTREAL (AP) — Brendan Gallagher helped the Montreal Canadiens cap a great homestand with another win. Gallagher scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period, Carey Price stopped 24 shots, and the Canadiens beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Saturday night. Brandon Prust, Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk also scored and Max Pacioretty had two assists for Montreal, which completed a 4-1-0 homestand after losing six of their previous seven (1-5-1). "That was big for us," Gallagher said. "When we started that home stretch things weren't going great for us, so it was good to be able to turn it around here, get some wins and get our confidence back. "Now we go on the road and we know what style of hockey we have

  • Michael Brown's family condemns shootings of NYC officers

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    The family of Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has released a statement condemning the shooting deaths of two New York City officers. The statement posted Saturday on Twitter by the Parks & Crump law firm says Brown's family rejects "any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement. It cannot be tolerated." It calls on citizens to "work together to bring peace to our communities." The brief statement concludes saying, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers' families during this incredibly difficult time." A Missouri grand jury refused to indict the white officer who shot Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.

  • Carolina activates Semin from IR

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have activated forward Alexander Semin from injured reserve. General manager Ron Francis announced the move Saturday night about an hour after the Hurricanes' 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Rangers. Semin missed five games with a lower-body injury and has one goal and five assists in 21 games. To make room for Semin, the Hurricanes sent forward Justin Shugg to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte.

  • Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

    Updated: 54 min ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said. Mersane Warria, 37, was charged with eight counts of murder in a bedside hearing at a hospital in the northern city of Cairns where she is recovering from stab wounds, Queensland state police said. Police were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries. When they got to the house, they found the bodies, along with Warria, who was suffering from stab wounds to the chest.

  • Gallinari leads Nuggets past Pacers, 76-73

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    DENVER (AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points, including a 3-pointer to spark a key fourth-quarter run, and the Denver Nuggets hung on to beat the Indiana Pacers 76-73 on Saturday night. Ty Lawson added 15 points and 10 assists for the Nuggets, who won games on successive nights after losing six of seven coming into the back-to-back set. David West had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pacers, who lost for the 10th time in 11 games. Indiana also dropped its sixth straight game in Denver. Both teams were held to season lows in scoring with Indiana hitting just 30.7 percent of its shots from the field and Denver making 36.6 percent. With 27.5 seconds remaining in the third quarter, C.J.

  • Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night. The three-time world heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson's disease, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition, said his spokesman, Bob Gunnell. "He went into the hospital this morning," Gunnell said in a phone interview. "He has a mild case of pneumonia and the prognosis is good." Gunnell declined to say where the 72-year-old Ali is hospitalized. He indicated that Ali's bout of pneumonia was caught quickly. "This all came about this morning," Gunnell said.

  • Aldridge leads Trail Blazers over Pelicans 114-88

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One night after it took Portland three overtimes to get a win, the Trail Blazers needed only three quarters to get past the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night. Portland led by 32 points heading into the fourth quarter and coasted to a 114-88 win over the Pelicans, picking up their 10th victory in the last 12 games. "We knew that they were probably going to talk a lot about us having a triple overtime game last night," Portland point guard Damian Lillard said. "We knew we had to be locked in and that we had to make sure we created our own energy regardless of what we went through (Friday) night." Forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 12 rebounds, giving him a two-night total of 59 points an

  • Korver leads Hawks over Houston 104-97

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    HOUSTON (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks won for the 12th time in 13 games on Saturday night, beating the Houston Rockets 104-97. The victory gave the Hawks 19 wins this season. They're not quite ready to celebrate their success though. "We've had a nice start to the season, but the season's only a couple of months old," Kyle Korver said. "We had a losing record last year. We made the playoffs last year but we won 38 games. So by no means are we like happy with ourselves. But I think we feel good about what we're building." Korver scored 22 points, including seven points late, to help the Hawks win on Saturday night. The game was tied with three minutes left before Atlanta used a 7-0 run to make it 97-90 with just under

  • A chance to breach divide for young in Cuba and US

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    HAVANA (AP) — Daniela Martinez long figured that someday she would leave the struggles of daily life in Cuba and join her uncle in the United States, but after the events of the last few days, the 18-year-old medical student thinks exile may not be her only choice. "He always tells me things are better there," Martinez said, gesturing with her chin toward the sea leading to Florida. Dangling her legs over the edge of the Malecon, the iconic concrete seawall where entertainment-starved young Havanans gather each evening, she said, "I think things are going to get better.

  • Claude Giroux helps Flyers beat Maple Leafs 7-4

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    TORONTO (AP) — Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and the Philadelphia needed a little time to get up full speed against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Giroux had two goals and two assists, Voracek added four assists to take the NHL scoring lead and the Flyers rallied to beat the Maple Leafs 7-4 on Saturday night. "I think we skated very well today. We were attacking, we were forechecking, we were backchecking," Voracek said. "How many shots did we have? 40? On the road it's tough to do, but because we were skating and aggressive with the puck that's why we scored so many goals." Voracek has 14 goals and 28 assists for 42 points in 32 games.

  • Tanguay scores 2 goals, Avalanche beat Sabres 5-1

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    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Calvin Pickard backstopped the Colorado Avalanche to their most complete victory of the season. The 22-year-old rookie keeps turning heads in the Avalanche dressing room, this time leading Colorado to a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. "He deserves a lot of credit," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "He competes hard out there. In the first he made three very good saves look pretty easy." Alex Tanguay scored a pair of goals to help Colorado snap its two-game skid. Afterward, he praised Pickard. "He's come here, he's battled and he's given us a chance every night to win," Tanguay said. "He's been nothing but spectacular." Colorado also got goals from Cody McLeod, John

  • Reaction to the fatal shootings of 2 NYC police officers

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Reaction to the fatal shooting of two New York City police officers on Saturday by a gunman who, according to authorities, announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. "They were, quite simply, assassinated — targeted for their uniform and for the responsibility they embraced to keep the people of this city safe." — New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton "We depend on our police to protect us against forces of criminality and evil. They are a foundation of our society, and when they are attacked, it is an attack on the very concept of decency.

  • Rinne picks up 21st win as Predators beat Wild 6-5 in OT

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mattias Ekholm scored his first goal of the season 1:45 into overtime, lifting Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators to a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Rinne made 22 saves for his NHL-leading 21st win. Ekholm circled from behind the net and flipped a pretty wrist shot past Niklas Backstrom. The nice move silenced the crowd, which just moments earlier erupted when Thomas Vanek sent the game to overtime with 48 seconds to play.