A look at the sports headlines making news today, Wednesday, Nov. 26.
SIX STRAIGHT FOR WARRIORS
The Golden State Warriors own the NBA’s third-best record at 11-3 after rallying for their sixth consecutive win.
Stephen Curry poured in 40 points and Klay Thompson added 24 in a 114-97 win at Miami. Curry shot 8-for-11 from 3-point range for the Warriors, who scored 14 straight points to open a 107-95 lead with 2:50 to go.
The Heat led by 16 before the Warriors closed the first half on a 23-8 run. Golden State didn’t allow a field goal after James Ennis’ dunk with 9:11 left
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NO CHANGE AMONG TOP 4
There are no changes among the top four in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.
Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State own the first four spots and head into a weekend when just about all the contenders are facing challenging rivals. The Crimson Tide host Auburn on Saturday, the Ducks are at Oregon State and the Seminoles entertain Florida while the Bulldogs visit Mississippi.
TCU was fifth, Ohio State was sixth and Baylor seventh. The only team in the top eight to change was UCLA, which slipped into the eighth spot.
There’s also good news for a couple of teams outside the so-called Group of Five conferences. Boise State and unbeaten Marshall have cracked the top-25, with the 23rd-rated Broncos sitting one spot ahead of the Thundering Herd. The highest-ranked team from outside the Big Five conferences is guaranteed one spot in the four New Year’s Bowls not featuring the CFP semifinalists.
LaROCHE GETS WHITE SOX DEAL
It was an encouraging day to be a Sox fan, whether they are red or white.
The White Sox have added some pop to the line-up by agreeing with first baseman Adam LaRoche to a two-year, $25 million contract. LaRoche hit .259 with 26 homers and 92 RBIs in 140 games this year for NL East champion Washington. He joins a club that hit just 38 of its 155 home runs last season from the left side.
LaRoche likely will be used as a designated hitter with Jose Abreu firmly entrenched at first after his rookie-of-the-year season.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox have finalized their five-year deal with Pablo Sandoval. The third baseman gets a $3 million signing bonus payable by Jan. 15, $17 million in each of the first three seasons and $18 million apiece in 2018 and ’19. Boston has a $17 million option for 2020 with a $5 million buyout.
Sandoval told Boston media he needed a new challenge after helping the Giants win three of the last five World Series.
The Red Sox also agreed to a four-year, $88 million deal with infielder Hanley Ramirez, who hit .283 with 13 homers and 71 RBIs for the Dodgers last season.
WILDCATS WIN AGAIN
The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats have just completed an 11-day stretch in which they won all six games and appeared to improve with every minute.
The Wildcats were outstanding in a 92-44 rout of Texas-Arlington, shooting 57 percent from the field while holding the Mavericks to 27 percent. Davin Booker scored 19 points to set a career high for the second straight game. Booker hit seven of his eight shots, including five 3-pointers.
Karl-Anthony Towns added 13 points and 11 boards to help the Wildcats stay perfect this season.
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DENVER BOOTS ITS KICKER AGAIN
The Denver Broncos are changing kickers again, waiving rookie Brandon McManus and signing Connor Barth.
McManus was 9 for 13 on field goal attempts, giving him a 69.2 percent conversion rate that ranked last among all kickers still on NFL rosters as of last weekend. Barth won a competition with 38-year-old Jay Feely but hasn’t kicked in an NFL game since 2012.
PREDATORS KNOCK OFF KINGS
The Nashville Predators continue to enjoy a great start under first-year coach Peter Laviolette, improving to 14-5-2 with a victory against the defending Stanley Cup champs.
James Neal scored the lone shootout goal in the sixth round to send the Predators past Los Angeles 4-3. Nashville took a 3-2 when Ryan Ellis and Eric Nystrom scored 52 seconds apart late in the second period, but Drew Doughty forced overtime by tallying 38 seconds into the third period.
Craig Smith also scored in the Predators’ eighth victory in 10 games.
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