Thursday’s Sports Minute

Thursday’s Sports Minute

WORLD CHAMPS: San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner and catcher Buster Posey celebrate after Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Kansas City, Mo. The Giants won 3-2 to win the series. Photo: Associated Press/David J. Phillip

In addition to the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, here is the latest sports headlines making news today, Thursday, Oct. 30.

Westbrook’s 38 not enough for Thunder

ussell Westbrook was the NBA’s top scorer last night, finishing with 38 points. It wasn’t enough to prevent the Oklahoma Thunder from dropping their NBA season opener.

LaMarcus Aldridge dropped in 27 points and Wesley Matthews added 22 on 8 of 12 shooting as the Trail Blazers whipped the Thunder 106-89 in Portland. Matthews hit five of his nine 3-point attempts, while the Thunder combined to shoot 2-for-16 from beyond the arc.

Nicolas Batum had 16 points, six assists and five rebounds for Portland.

Westbrook was the lone Oklahoma City player to score more than 14 as the team tries to overcome the absence of Kevin Durant. Westbrook went 15 of 16 from the line and had a team-high six assists.

Also in the NBA:

  • Chris Bosh had 26 points and 15 rebounds as the Miami Heat opened the post-LeBron James era with a 107-95 triumph over the visiting Wizards on Wednesday. Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points in the victory. Dwyane Wade added 21 points for Miami, 12 down the stretch after he briefly departed with a leg injury. Miami newcomer Luol Deng added 12 points.
  • Steve Kerr won his NBA coaching debut as Stephen Curry contributed 24 points and 10 rebounds to Golden State’s 95-77 victory at Sacramento. Klay Thompson finished with 19 points and Marreese Speights added 16 points to help the Warriors win without the injured David Lee and Brandon Rush.
  • Houston is 2-0 after Dwight Howard scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 104-93 victory at Utah, spoiling Quin Snyder’s NBA coaching debut. James Harden added 18 points and 10 assists, and Trevor Ariza had 20 points for the Rockets.
  • Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points in his Phoenix debut and Marcus Morris matched his career high with five 3-pointers to lead the Suns’ 119-99 dismantling of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Suns led by as many as 29, one night after the Lakers trailed by 27 midway through the fourth quarter of their season-opening loss to Houston.
  • Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds in his Chicago debut, and Taj Gibson delivered 22 points in the Bulls’ 104-80 laugher against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Derrick Rose scored 13 points and had five assists in 21 minutes after missing most of the last two seasons.
  • Lakers Randle likely done for season

    Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his broken right leg. He was injured in Tuesday night’s season-opening loss to Houston after colliding with two Rockets and landing awkwardly.

    The 19-year-old power forward was the SEC’s top freshman while helping Kentucky to reach the NCAA championship game last season.

    Romo questionable and Durant’s season ends

    Dallas owner Jerry Jones says quarterback Tony Romo’s status could be a game-time decision against Arizona on Sunday as he is coming off his third back injury in 18 months. Jones said on his radio show that Romo’s injury would not end his season.

    The Cowboys have put linebacker Justin Durant on season-ending injured reserve with a torn arm muscle suffered in Monday’s loss to Washington.


  • The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting cornerback Alan Ball on season-ending injured reserve with a bicep injury. He started 22 games for the Jaguars over the past two seasons, including seven this year.
  • Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict will miss at least two games after undergoing surgery to clean out his left knee. The Pro Bowl linebacker hurt the knee during Sunday’s win over Baltimore.
  • San Diego Chargers running back Donald Brown has been cleared to return to practice after missing three games with a concussion. Brown practiced Wednesday for the first time since being injured in a victory against the New York Jets on Oct. 5.
  • Wings rally to double up Caps

    Justin Abdelkader sparked the Detroit Red Wings’ 4-2 win over the Capitals in Washington.

    The Capitals led 2-1 in the third period until Abdelkader scored twice in a 6 1/2-minute span to put the Red Wings ahead to stay. He also assisted on Gustav Nyquist’s goal midway through the second period.

    Rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his first NHL goal for the Capitals, but Alex Ovechkin was held without a point for the fifth straight game.

    NHL suspends Rangers Moore

    The NHL has suspended Rangers defenseman John Moore for five games without pay for an illegal hit to the head of Minnesota forward Erik Haula in a game last night. Moore was assessed a match penalty when he delivered a shoulder to Haula’s head. Moore is considered a repeat offender.

    NCAA rules on Georgia running back

    The NCAA has rejected Georgia’s application for reinstatement of running back Todd Gurley after two games and has ruled he must sit out until Nov. 15. Gurley accepted more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period. Gurley missed the last two games while the school investigated allegations of improper benefits.

    The NCAA says Gurley must serve a four-game suspension and repay a portion of the money to a charity of his choice. He is also required to complete 40 hours of community service in order to be reinstated for the Nov. 15 home game against No. 4 Auburn.

    Georgia says it will appeal the ruling.