Heat Fall to 2-13 Wizards, NFL Playoff Hopefuls Plagued With Injuries, Sox Get New Center Fielder

Dec 5, 2012

The defending champion Heat loss to the Wizards in Washington's 2nd win in 15 games
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Brooklyn was beaten by a division leader for the second straight game as Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook added 25 in Oklahoma City's 117-111 win over the Nets.

The Miami Heat had to figure their winning streak would come to an end one of these days. They couldn't have expected it to be stopped in Washington. The Wizards won for only the second time in 15 games, overcoming LeBron James' triple-double in a 105-101 win over the Heat, halting Miami's six-game winning streak.

The Knicks will play in Charlotte tonight and Boston will host the Timberwolves.

In the NFL it will be tough going for several of the playoff favorites in the final weeks of the regular season. Linebacker Brian Urlacher acknowledges he could miss the rest of the regular season because of a hamstring injury, meaning he might have played his last game with the Bears since his contract is up after the season. New England has placed receiver Julian Edelman on injured reserve with an unspecified foot injury suffered in Sunday's win over Miami. The Patriots signed Donte' Stallworth in his place. And the Pittsburgh Steelers, still in AFC playoff contention are optimistic Ben Roethlisberger's sprained right shoulder will be good enough to play for the first time in nearly a month. But it is still too early in the week to tell whether the star quarterback will be available against the Chargers.

In more off-season baseball action free-agent center fielder Shane Victorino and the Red Sox have worked out a three-year deal worth $39 million. Victorino stole a career-high 39 stolen bases last season but hit only .255 with 11 homers and 55 RBIs in time spent with the Phillies and Dodgers. And the World Series champion San Francisco Giants kept NL championship series MVP Marco Scutaro giving the second baseman a $20 million, three-year contract. 

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