Patriots' Belichick Thinks Workout Limits Are Causing More Injuries

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_f054f3b85b.jpgJim Rogash/Getty Images (ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- Over the years, there seems to be a rise in injuries around the NFL, and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick thinks the recently instituted offseason workouts and practice limits are the cause. Belichick was referring to the new rules negotiated in the NFL's CBA back in 2011.

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Lakers' Kobe Bryant Not Discouraged After Latest Injury

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_f9fe5c37e7.jpgDoug Pensinger/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- Even though he's dealing with yet another long-term injury, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is not letting it ruin his confidence or dampen his spirits. Bryant told reporters on Wednesday, "The spirits are fine, the focus is great. Just going to see what happens when I come back."

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Lions Place Tight End Brandon Pettigrew on IR

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_f40405c1ff.jpgScott Boehm/Getty Images (ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- The Detroit Lions will be without tight end Brandon Pettigrew for their final game of the season against the Minnesota Vikings, adding to their disappointing season. Pettigrew injured his ankle against the Baltimore Ravens back in Week 15. He was unable to practice or play last week against the New York Giants.

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Warriors Outlast Clippers 105-103 in Thriller

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_82dd76ead5.jpgGolden State Warriors/NBA (OAKLAND, Calif.) --  Raise your hand if you want to see a playoff series between these two teams. Klay Thompson blocked Chris Paul's shot attempt at the buzzer, and the Golden State Warriors held on for a thrilling 105-103 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Clippers forward Blake Griffin was ejected early in the fourth quarter after picking up his second technical foul.

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Harden Scores 28 as Rockets Blow by Spurs 111-98

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_a592404fbd.jpgRonald Martinez/Getty Images (SAN ANTONIO) --  James Harden scored 28 points to lead the Houston Rockets over the San Antonio Spurs 111-98 on Wednesday. Dwight Howard added 15 points and 20 rebounds for the Rockets, (19-11) who moved within 3 1/2 games of the Spurs in the Southwest Division. All five Houston starters scored in double figures, adding even more proof that the Rockets are capable of contending in the Western Conference.

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