Morning Sports Update

Dec 25, 2013

Carmelo Anthony might not play on Christmas.
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More postseason honors for Jameis Winston. Florida State's freshman quarterback has been named The Associated Press national player of the year, in a runaway vote. He already won the Heisman Trophy.

Rashaad Reynolds returned two fumbles for touchdowns to lead Oregon State to a 38-23 win over Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl Tuesday. The Beavers set several records in handing Boise State its worst loss in two months.

Army has hired Jeff Monken as its football coach in hopes of changing its fortunes after suffering 12 straight losses to arch-rival Navy. Monken spent the last four seasons at Georgia Southern where he posted a 38-16 record and helped guide the program's transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision from the Football Championship Subdivision ranks. Monken will be officially introduced during a news conference Monday. He replaces Rich Ellerson, who was fired last week after his fifth straight loss to Navy.

San Francisco police say 30 people were arrested during the 49ers' final regular season game at Candlestick Park Monday night. The San Francisco Chronicle reported at least some were arrested on suspicion of stealing seats from the stadium. The Niners are moving to a new $1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara next season.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has upheld the 15-game suspension of Boston forward Shawn Thornton. Thornton appealed the ban last week after he was sanctioned for punching and injuring an unsuspecting opponent against Pittsburgh on Dec. 7. The NHL is in the midst of a three-day holiday layoff.

The Ducks are the hottest team in the league right now with a sizzling nine-game winning streak. The Ducks lead the NHL with 59 points in 39 games, sitting atop the Western Conference. Pittsburgh had won seven straight and 12 of 13 before Monday's loss to Ottawa. The Penguins lead the Eastern Conference with 55 points in 39 games.

In hot stove news, the Los Angeles Dodgers have bolstered their bullpen, making deals with J.P. Howell, Chris Perez and Jamey Wright.

And the NBA has five games on the slate today. The Brooklyn Nets get the holiday under way with a home game against the Chicago Bulls. Both teams are early season disappointments, sporting sub-.500 records. The 9-18 Knicks will be home against 22-5 Oklahoma City, with Carmelo Anthony a gametime decision.

The Heat are in L.A. to face the Lakers, and Spurs host the rockets, and the Clippers head to Oakland to play Golden State.