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Scoreboard Roundup - 12/22/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA:  Houston Rockets 110 (20-7) – Portland Trail Blazers 95 (22-7)

Charlotte Hornets 110 (9-19) – Denver Nuggets 82 (12-16)

Chicago Bulls 129 (18-9) – Toronto Raptors 120 (22-7)

Utah Jazz 97 (9-20) – Memphis Grizzlies 91 (21-7)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: Temple 77 (8-4) – (10) Kansas 52 (9-2)

(16) Notre Dame 91 (12-1) – Northern Illinois 66 (4-5)

(17) St. John’s 66 (10-1) – Long Beach State 49 (5-8)

(18) West Virginia 77 (11-1) – Wofford 44 (9-3)

(19) Oklahoma 85 (8-3) – Weber State 51 (4-6)

(21) Ohio State 93 (10-2) – Miami OH 55 (3-8)

(22) Baylor 70 (10-1) – Southern 66 (3-10)

(24) Colorado State 75 (12-0) – Charleston Southern 54 (5-5)

(25) TCU 80 (12-0) – Grambling State 39 (2-8)

NHL: Washington Capitals 2 (17-10-6; 40pts) – Ottawa Senators 1 (14-14-5; 34pts)

Nashville Predators 5 (22-8-2; 46pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 1 (14-16-3; 31pts)

Florida Panthers 4 (15-9-8; 38pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (22-6-5; 49pts)

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Pistons Waive F Josh Smith

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Pistons cut ties with forward Josh Smith on Monday. The 10-year NBA veteran had two years with at least $26 million remaining on his contract, according to ESPN.

In 28 games this season, Smith was averaging 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists while shooting 39 percent from the field. Last season, he shot 42 percent from the field.

“Our team has not performed the way we had expected throughout the first third of the season and adjustments need to be made in terms of our focus and direction,” said Pistons head coach and team president Stan Van Gundy in a statement.

“We are shifting priorities to aggressively develop our younger players while also expanding the roles of other players in the current rotation to improve performance and build for our future.  As we expand certain roles, others will be reduced.  In fairness to Josh, being a highly versatile 10-year veteran in this league, we feel it’s best to give him his freedom to move forward.  We have full respect for Josh as a player and a person.”

Smith was originally selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 17th overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft. During his career, he has averaged 15.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- The Chicago Bears will start Jay Cutler at quarterback for this Sunday’s season finale against the Minnesota Vikings, after Jimmy Clausen was ruled out with a concussion on Monday.

Clausen suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 20-14 loss to Detroit after being illegally struck in the head by Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, according to the team.

Clausen stayed in the game after displaying no signs of a concussion. It wasn’t until Sunday evening that he informed team doctors that he was experiencing symptoms.

David Fales will served as the number-two quarterback behind Cutler.

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the Boston Celtics dive further and further into their rebuilding effort, head coach Brad Stevens has denied any rumors that he will eventually leave the team for a college job.

“I’ve committed to being here,” Stevens told Paul Flannery of SB Nation. “I’ve already left a situation once and that was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to choose to do. This is something that as long as they want me to be here, this is what I want to be doing and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got."

As the team slips further into the standings, there have been whispers saying Stevens will jump ship back to the collegiate ranks -- specifically replacing Tom Cream at Indiana.

"I know it’s all specific to the rumor mills and the discussion of one spot," Stevens continued. "I think they’ve got a good coach who’s done a helluva job. He doesn’t deserve that speculation."

Stevens experienced tremendous success at Butler, which led him to being hired by the Celtics last season at the age of 36. He signed a six-year deal with the Celtics prior to the 2013-2014 season.

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Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Minnesota Twins and starting pitcher Phil Hughes enjoyed their first season together so much, the two sides have already decided to extend the relationship as the team has agreed on a three-year extension with Hughes worth $42 million.

Hughes' new deal will give him a $1.2 million annual raise from his previous deal. He originally had two years left on his deal worth $16 million.

The overall value of Hughes' deal is now for five years and will pay him $58 million. It is the largest deal ever the team has ever spent on a pitcher.

The 28-year-old Hughes spent the first seven seasons of his career with the New York Yankees where he was a highly touted pitching prospect. He never quite lived up to expectations, and was let go by the team following the 2013 season.

In his first season with the Twins in 2014, Hughes went 16-10 with 3.52 ERA in 32 starts. He also had an impressive K/BB ratio of 182/16 in 202.2 innings.

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