Heat Celebrate LeBron's Birthday With a 97-94 Win in Denver

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_a30990089e.jpgJim McIssac/Getty Images (DENVER) --  LeBron James poured in 26 points on his 29th birthday, and the Miami Heat edged the Denver Nuggets 97-94 on Monday night. James missed Saturday's win over Portland with a groin injury, but return to help Miami (24-7) deal Denver its seventh-straight loss. "Great road win," James said after the game. "Despite the injuries and despite the guys going out of the lineup today we had guys step up, and we need that."


Louisville Cardinals Dismiss Forward Chane Behanan

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_9c6d5dad0a.jpgChristian Petersen/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Louisville has dismissed junior forward Chane Behanan from the basketball program due to a violation of university policy, head coach Rick Pitino announced on Monday. "He just did not do the right thing over and over and over," Pitino said of Behanan. The 6-foot-6 Behanan was averaging 7.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in 12 games this season. He has not been kicked out of the school, so he could either transfer or try and play professionally.


Oregon Routs Texas in Mack Brown's Farewell

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_4010539609.jpgThearon W. Henderson/Getty Images (SAN ANTONIO) --  Marcus Mariota threw for 253 yards and a touchdown to lead No. 10 Oregon to a 30-7 victory over Texas in the Alamo Bowl. The Ducks (11-2) dominated from start to finish, but the win was overshadowed by Mack Brown coaching his final game for Texas. Brown resigned earlier this month after a rough season at the school.  He led the Longhorns (8-5) to a national championship in 2005, but the program has struggled ever since.


Scoreboard Roundup - 12/30/13

12-30-13 SBR A.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1388462745335Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- College Football – Alamo Bowl: (10) Oregon 30 (11-2) – Texas 7 (8-5)

National University Holiday Bowl:  Texas Tech 37 (8-5) - (14) Arizona State 23 (10-4)

Music City Bowl: Mississippi 25 (8-5) – Georgia Tech 17 (7-6)

Armed Forces Bowl: Navy 24 (9-4) – Middle Tennessee 6 (8-5)


Detroit Lions Fire Head Coach Jim Schwartz

12-30-13 Schwartz A.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1388444653234Leon Halip/Getty Images (ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- The Detroit Lions fired head coach Jim Schwartz on Monday. In five seasons roaming the sidelines in the Motor City, he compiled a record of 29-51. The Lions hired Schwartz in 2009 from the Tennessee Titans, where he was the defensive coordinator. He took over a team that went an NFL worst 0-16 the previous season.