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Lakers avoid further embarrassment...Rubio almost ready...Tigers and Sanchez agree

Saturday - 12/15/2012, 3:19am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Lakers managed to snap their four-game losing streak, but they struggled to beat a team with the worst record in the NBA. Kobe Bryant's 30-points led Los Angeles in a 102-96 victory over the Wizards in Washington.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman says guard Ricky Rubio (ROO'-bee-oh) is "very close" to returning from torn left knee ligaments that have sidelined him since March. Adelman says Rubio might be ready on Saturday night in Dallas.

DETROIT (AP) -- A person familiar with the deal tells the AP the AL champion Tigers have reached agreement with pitcher Anibal Sanchez on an $80 million, five-year contract. The 28-year-old right-hander was a part of Detroit's four-man rotation that led the franchise to the World Series this year.

RUSTON, La. (AP) -- Skip Holtz wasn't without a head coaching job for long. He was introduced as Louisiana Tech's new coach Friday, less than two weeks after he was fired by South Florida.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) -- Mike Sanford is leaving his job assistant head coach for No. 18 Utah State to take over the football program at Indiana State. He replaces Trent Miles, who left after a third straight winning season to take the job at Georgia State on Nov. 30.

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