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All-Star Game will have 4 first-time starters

Stephen Curry, Kevin Love, Paul George and Kyrie Irving were voted NBA All-Stars Thursday, putting four first-time starters in the Feb. 16 game in New Orleans.

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All-Star Game will have 4 first-time starters

Stephen Curry, Kevin Love, Paul George and Kyrie Irving were voted All-Stars on Thursday, putting four first-time starters in the Feb. 16 game in New Orleans.

Kobe Bryant was elected by fans to his 16th All-Star Game, second-most in NBA history. Curry, perhaps the biggest snub last season, will join Bryant in the Western Conference backcourt. Love passed Dwight Howard in the final days of voting and will start in the frontcourt along with Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and the Clippers’ Blake Griffin.

LeBron James was the leading vote-getter with 1.4 million votes and Miami teammate Dwyane Wade was also voted in. George, who has led Indiana to the league’s best record, and New York’s Carmelo Anthony are the other East forwards, and Irving will start at guard.

Former Cougars star Klay Thompson, a starting guard for the Golden State Warriors, is among 28 players named by USA Basketball to choose from for the World Cup of Basketball this summer in Spain and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The roster is led by James, Anthony and Durant and coached by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.

LaMarcus Aldridge had a career-high 44 points and 13 rebounds as the host Portland Trail Blazers rallied for a 110-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Wesley Matthews added 24 points for the Blazers (32-11), who snapped a two-game losing streak coming off a 2-2 road trip. The Blazers have not lost three straight this season.

The New York Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani has a torn ligament in his left elbow and is out indefinitely.


Predators beat Canucks

Nick Spaling scored the go-ahead goal on a power play in the third period and the Nashville Predators defeated the host Vancouver Canucks 2-1.

Craig Smith also scored for Nashville, and Carter Hutton made 33 saves as the Predators picked up their fourth victory in the past five outings.

Chris Higgins scored for Vancouver, which got 24 stops from Roberto Luongo.

The Canucks, who still hold down the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference, had their two-game winning streak come to an end.


Brewers: No Garza deal yet

The Milwaukee Brewers denied reports that they have reached agreement with free-agent pitcher Matt Garza on a $52 million, four-year contract. The Brewers said negotiations are ongoing.

In other moves, the Tampa Bay Rays added closer Grant Balfour with a $12 million, two-year contract.

Infielder Joaquin Arias agreed to a $2.6 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants to avoid arbitration.

Former Mariners closer David Aardsma agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Cleveland Indians.

Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa will not have logos on their Hall of Fame plaques. The decision was announced by the Hall, which said Joe Torre’s plaque will have the logo of the New York Yankees.

Plaques for Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox will have Atlanta Braves logos, and Frank Thomas’ will have the logo of the Chicago White Sox.


Top scorer may miss Cup

Radamel Falcao, one of soccer’s top goal scorers, could miss this year’s World Cup after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while playing for Monaco in the French Cup. A 27-year-old Colombian who finished 11th in FIFA Player of the Year voting left the field on a stretcher.

Winter Olympics

No Vonn in Sochi

Lindsey Vonn won’t be at the Sochi Olympics to ski, and she won’t be there working for NBC, either.

Jim Bell, executive producer of Olympics coverage for NBC, said Vonn’s knee injury left her unable to travel to Russia. NBC had expressed interest in Vonn after the 2010 Olympic downhill champion announced this month she wouldn’t be able to seek gold again. Bell said a stateside role for Vonn is still being considered.


Elisabeth Goergl of Austria took advantage of an early start number to win a World Cup Super-G in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Overall World Cup leader Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany was second and Nicole Hosp of Austria third.

• The Tulsa Shock hired former Atlanta Dream coach Fred Williams as coach.

• Japanese figure skater Kanako Murakami led the women’s short program at the Four Continents tournament in Taipei, Taiwan. In ice dance, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States overwhelmed the competition in the free dance to win the gold medal by almost five points.

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