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Kobe Bryant reaches 30000 points

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Kobe Bryant notched his 30,000th point on a short jump shot Wednesday night in New Orleans against the Hornets, the Huffington Post reported.
Bryant is just the fifth player in NBA history to reach the plateau, ESPN said.
"It's just a tremendous honor," Bryant told reporters, ESPN said. "I don't really know how else to put it. I've just been very, very fortunate."
Bryant scored 29 in the game. The Lakers defeated the Hornets 103-87.

Ben Revere traded to Phillies

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The Minnesota Twins traded outfielder Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday, MLB.Com reported.
The Twins received right-handed pitcher Vance Worley and another pitching prospect, the Pioneer Press said.
The move comes just six days after the Twins traded outfielder Denard Span to the Nationals, the Pioneer Press said.

Minnesota Wild goalie diagnosed with MS

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Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding contacted numerous teammates Wednesday to inform them of his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, the Pioneer Press said.
"I don't look at this like I've got to take a new path," said Harding, 28, drafted 10 years ago by the Wild and months off signing a new three-year contract, the Star Tribune reported. "This is a little bump in the road. I've had lots in life."
Multiple sclerosis is "an incurable autoimmune disease in which the body randomly attacks and eats away the protective lining of his nerves and causes them to scar. It causes problems with balance, fatigue and blurred vision. There are 25,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States every year," the Star Tribune said.
Harding hopes to keep moving forward and expects no sympathy.
"I feel good," Harding said. "I've been skating for a couple of weeks, three or four times a week. I still have a little bit of a way to go, but I'm definitely on track," he told the Pioneer Press.

B.J. Upton signs with Braves

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Outfielder B.J. Upton agreed to a five-year contract Wednesday with the Atlanta Braves, MLB.Com said.
The deal is worth $75.25 million, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Upton played for the Tampa Bay Rays organization since he was drafted second overall in the 2002 MLB draft, the Times said. Upton ranks second in Tampa Bay history in games (966), hits (910) and stolen bases (232).

Notre Dame tops AP poll

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For the first time since 1993, Notre Dame is atop the AP poll's college football rankings, the Chicago Daily Herald reported.
The Fighting Irish overtook Kansas State and Oregon in the rankings, who both lost on Saturday in upsets, the LA Times said.
The Irish are 11-0 for the first time since 1989, the Times reported. Alabama moved up to second in the rankings.

Vick goes down with injury in Eagles' loss

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The Philadelphia Eagles suffered a 38-23 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday as quarterback Michael Vick left the game with a concussion, USA Today said.
Vick went down following a sack in the second quarter, The Score said. Rookie Nick Foles replaced Vick.
Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns on the afternoon, The Score said. Dallas improved to 4-5 with the win.

New York Marathon cancelled

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Sunday's New York Marathon was cancelled Friday mayor Michael Bloomberg's office, the Huffington Post reported.
"The Marathon has been an integral part of New York City's life for 40 years and is an event tens of thousands of New Yorkers participate in and millions more watch," Bloomberg and New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg said in a joint statement, reported ESPN. "While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division."
Bloomberg had recently planned to proceed with the marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and the decision to cancel the marathon came after heavy scrutiny.

Giants defeat Cowboys to expand NFC East lead

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The New York Giants held on to beat the Dallas Cowboys 29-24 Sunday in Arlington.
Lawrence Tynes starred for New York, converting on all five of his field goal attempts, including two in the fourth quarter, the Associated Press said.
While Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo contributed a career-high 437 passing yards, he also threw four interceptions, accounting for two-thirds of Dallas' turnovers, The Sports Network said.
Dallas scored what appeared to be the game-winning touchdown with just 10 seconds remaining when receiver Dez Bryant caught a pass in the end zone, but the call was overturned when replay revealed Bryant's hand came down out of bounds, ESPN said.
The Giants now hold a two-and-a-half game lead in the NFC East at the halfway point of their season.

James Harden traded to Houston

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The Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to terms on a deal Saturday night with the Rockets to send guard James Harden to Houston.
The complete terms of the deal include Harden, Lazar Hayward, Daequan Cook and Cole Aldrich going to Houston with the Thunder receiving rookie Jeremy Lamb, Kevin Martin and three future draft picks, Yahoo Sports said.
The Thunder decided to trade the 2011-12 NBA Sixth Man of the year when contract talks broke down Harden would have become a free agent after the season.
"We wanted to sign James to an extension, but at the end of the day, these situations have to work for all those involved," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said to ESPN. "Our ownership group again showed their commitment to the organization with several significant offers."


Adrian Peterson ran for 153 yards and a touchdown Sunday to help the Minnesota Vikings take the division lead with a 21-14 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Minneapolis.
The Vikings defense held the Cardinals' offense to just two scores and cancelled out one of those in the second quarter when Minnesota safety Harrison Smith returned an interception for a touchdown, reported the Associated Press.
The Vikings needed every yard from Peterson today, as Christian Ponder struggled in the passing game. Ponder threw two interceptions in the game. He has turned the ball over seven times in the last three games, the Pioneer Press said.
Minnesota next faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night.

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