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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Mario Chalmers had career highs with 10 3-pointers and 34 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 128-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

LeBron James had 20 points, seven assists, five steals and a pair of blocks for the Heat, who had a season-high point total. Miami, which hadn't topped 100 points in its previous four games, got a needed bounceback win after losing two straight and five of eight since Dec. 26.

Chris Bosh had 16 points, Mike Miller 12 and Dwyane Wade 11 for Miami, which shot 56 percent from the field and went 17 for 37 from beyond the arc. Chalmers tied Brian Shaw's franchise record for 3s and connected on 10-of-13 overall in breaking the previous record of nine 3s at Sleep Train Arena.

Isaiah Thomas made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 34 points for the Kings, who dropped their fourth straight game.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - J.J. Redick gave Orlando its first lead on a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left, Arron Afflalo tied his season high with 30 points, and the Magic snapped a 10-game skid.

The loss ended the Clippers' franchise-record 13-game, home-winning streak and provided them with a scare when All-Star guard Chris Paul went down holding his right knee with 54 seconds to go. Paul returned after a timeout and hit a 15-footer to draw his team within one with 33 seconds left.

But the Clippers turned the ball over on Jamal Crawford's offensive foul. Josh McRoberts found Nikola Vucevic open under the basket, and Vucevic dunked to extend Orlando's lead to 104-101 with 8 seconds left.

After a timeout, Crawford missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

Redick had 21 points for the injury-riddled Magic, who ended the franchise's longest skid since 2003-04.

Blake Griffin tied his season high with 30 points for the Clippers.


WASHINGTON (AP) - John Wall gave his teammates a lift with 14 points and four assists in his first game of the season, and the worst-in-NBA Wizards have their first winning streak.

Wall's playing time will be limited as he returns from a knee injury, but he appeared to have his old speed and explosiveness back while playing seven minutes in the first half and 15 in the second half.

No. 3 overall pick Bradley Beal, getting to play with Wall for the first time, scored 16 points for the Wizards, who are 6-28 but have strung together two wins in a row following their upset of Oklahoma City on Monday.

Jeff Teague scored 19 points, Al Horford had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Josh Smith added 11 points for the Hawks, who have lost five of six.


DALLAS (AP) - Shawn Marion scored a season-high 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 17 and the Mavericks won consecutive games for the first time in a month.

All five starters scored in double figures for Dallas, with Chris Kaman scoring eight straight points in the third quarter and finishing with 14. O.J. Mayo had 11 and Darren Collison 10.

The Grizzlies were ragged a night after a big overtime win against Southwest Division-leading San Antonio. Memphis shot 38 percent and Rudy Gay was the only starter in double figures. He led the Grizzlies with 12 points.

76ERS 107, ROCKETS 100

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jrue Holiday scored 30 points, Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 12 rebounds and the 76ers snapped a five-game losing streak.

Jason Richardson scored 16 points for the Sixers, who finally return home for a lengthy stint as they try to play their way back into the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Sixers opened a stretch of 12 home games in the next 13 and hope they can start to offset a miserable 2-6 road trip that stretched over the new year.

James Harden led the Rockets with 29 points and Chandler Parsons had 23. Jeremy Lin missed 11 of 13 shots for seven points.

Led by 24 points from Holiday, the Sixers built a 14-point lead in the third quarter, and found an offensive touch they've missed for most of the season.


CHICAGO (AP) - Luis Scola scored 22 points to help the Suns snap a five-game losing streak.

Michael Beasley added 20 points for Phoenix, which had lost 12 straight on the road and got its first win away from home since beating Cleveland on Nov. 27.

The Suns got the 2,000th win in franchise history, accomplishing the feat in their 3,599th game to become the fourth-fastest team to the reach the milestone.

Carlos Boozer had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Joakim Noah added 10 points and 13 boards for Chicago, which continued its inconsistent play at home with its fourth loss in the last six. The Bulls lost for just the second time in 13 games when both Boozer and Noah recorded double-doubles.

Chicago was whistled for four technical fouls, capped by coach Tom Thibodeau's penalty with 3:57 left in the fourth.


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Al Jefferson scored 10 of his 20 points in the third quarter, and Utah rallied for the win.

Detroit's Brandon Knight missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds that would have tied the game after the Pistons trailed by 13 points with 3:26 left.

Jefferson helped the Jazz outscore Detroit 25-11 in the third, powering them to their first lead after trailing by as many as 15 points.

Utah also put together a 17-3 run after Austin Daye's 3-pointer with 8:38 left gave the Pistons the lead for the last time.

Knight had 16 points and Greg Monroe scored 12 for the Pistons, who got a late lift from reserve Will Bynum, who scored 13 points.

Utah's Paul Millsap and Randy Foye each scored 17.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - George Hill scored 19 points, D.J. Augustin added a season-high 18 and Indiana earned its fourth straight win.

Lance Stephenson had 17 points and David West scored 14 to help the Central Division-leading Pacers, playing without leading scorer Paul George (illness), get their sixth win in seven games.

Ben Gordon scored 21 points for the Bobcats, and Kemba Walker had 16 on 5-for-9 shooting.

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Here's who has been linked to the Redskins' head coaching vacancy

Here's who has been linked to the Redskins' head coaching vacancy

The Redskins have a lot of decisions to make this upcoming offseason with both their front office and roster. Will they retain team president Bruce Allen? Is Dwayne Haskins guaranteed to be the team's Week 1 starter in 2020?

While there are a lot of uncertainties surrounding the future of the organization, one thing is for sure -- the Redskins will have a new head coach in 2020.

Will Washington go the young, hip coordinator route when choosing their next man in charge, or will the Burgundy and Gold prefer a coach who has plenty of experience?

As interim head coach Bill Callahan will almost certainly not retain the job, here are coaches that have been linked as his potential successor.

Reports surfaced Monday evening that the Redskins were interested in Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. He's been the anchor in orchestrating the Chiefs' dynamic offense behind quarterback Patrick Mahomes. If the Redskins value hiring a head coach that can unlock the potential in Haskins the organization believes he has, Bieniemy would be a solid hire.

Prior to the Redskins Week 14 loss to Green Bay, the Redskins became the latest team reportedly interested in Stanford's David Shaw. This is an interesting situation for Washington. Shaw has worked with Allen in the past, as both were in the Raiders organization in 2011. But as NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay reported, Allen's future is unclear. Whether the Redskins decide to pursue Shaw or not may have to do with what the organization decides to do with Allen first.

After Gruden was fired following Week 5, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was a name immediately linked to the Redskins. The Redskins' interest in Tomlin is real. But availability remains the question. At the time, Tomlin's Steelers were 1-4. Now, they're 8-5 and in the thick of things for an AFC playoff berth. If Washington is set on Tomlin, they'd have to acquire him via trade and sacrifice several draft picks or assets in the process, something the organization cannot really afford.

The Redskins could also pursue Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, someone they have targeted before. This past offseason, the Redskins attempted to sway Bowles to become the team's defensive coordinator, but Bowles opted for Tampa instead. As we know, the Redskins stayed put with Greg Manusky as defensive coordinator. Bowles turned down the Redskins once, but if he's offered the head coach job in Washington, the opportunity may be too good to pass up.

Should Washington want to go the route with someone full of experience, Mike McCarthy makes sense. The longtime Packers coach has experience with two Hall of Fame level quarterbacks, and after taking 2019 off, is seeking a return to football. He hasn't been specifically linked to the Redskins, but if they are the only team willing to give him another shot, it's hard to imagine him saying no.

Of course, the Redskins could always stay in-house and promote offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell. The 34-year-old is the latest young offensive mind that has come through the organization, the same team that has seen Sean McVay, Kyle Shanahan and Matt LaFleur all walk in and out of its doors without a head coaching job. Those three currently have a combined record of 28-9 in 2019.

O'Connell has taken over playcalling since Gruden was fired, and hasn't necessarily done enough to warrant the promotion. But if the Redskins fear losing another brilliant mind with many years of coaching ahead of him, they may pull the trigger.

There are many different directions the Redskins can go when choosing their next head coach, and none of them would be a surprise. But whoever ends up getting the gig will have their work cut out for them in terms of turning this franchise around.


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MLB Rumors: Angels have ‘expressed interest’ in Anthony Rendon

MLB Rumors: Angels have ‘expressed interest’ in Anthony Rendon

The Nationals aren’t expected to re-sign third baseman Anthony Rendon after they locked Stephen Strasburg into a seven-year, $245 million deal Monday, but their competition just got stiffer with the news that the Angels are interested in the two-time Silver Slugger.

The Angels’ main target appears to be Gerrit Cole but they could turn to Rendon if they’re outbid by a team like the New York Yankees or Los Angeles Dodgers. Rendon has also been connected to the Dodgers, Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies and is reportedly interested in signing a seven-year deal.

Nationals President Mike Rizzo said at a press conference Monday that “there’s ways to fit players in” when speaking about Rendon. His comments refuted an earlier statement made by principal owner Mark Lerner to NBC Sports Washington, to whom he said the Nationals “can really only afford to have one” of Strasburg or Rendon.

It’d be a surprising move if the Nationals did bring Rendon back, but everything remains possible at this point.