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Chris Paul has another hamstring issue...2 bowl games today...Shiffrin wins her 49th World Cup race

December 21, 2018

MIAMI (AP) — Chris Paul has another hamstring issue to deal with, and the Houston Rockets are bracing for another stint without their All-Star point guard. Paul will have an MRI in Houston today to determine the severity of the strain in his left hamstring, which he hurt last night during the second quarter of the Rockets’ 101-99 loss in Miami. A hamstring strain in his other leg late last season knocked him out of Games 6 and 7 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley expects to play against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in spite of a knee injury. Gurley didn’t practice yesterday as he dealt with inflammation in his knee that flared up in the 30-23 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday night. Gurley leads the NFL with 21 combined rushing and receiving touchdowns.

UNDATED (AP) — There two bowl games on the schedule today. Florida International University will try for a school-record ninth win when it takes on Toledo this afternoon in the Bahamas Bowl. Tonight, Brigham Young will be looking to close out a roller coaster season when it faces Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise. The Cougars returned to the AP Top 25 early in the season before dropping four of five games during one stretch. BYU finished the regular season with a 6-6 record.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan running back Karan (kah-RAHN’) Higdon is skipping the Peach Bowl. He said on Instagram that it’s in his best interests to miss the game to prepare to pursue an NFL career. Higdon, a senior, has rushed for 1,178 yards this season. The eighth-ranked Wolverines face 10th-ranked Florida in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 29. At least 20 college players are planning to skip bowl games this season and focus on preparations for the NFL draft.

COURCHEVEL, France (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin has won a giant slalom in France, her 49th career World Cup victory, as she continued her march to a third straight season-long overall title. The 23-year-old American has won six out of her 10 races this season and has more than double the points of her nearest rival, Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway.

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