Here’s a look at some of the latest sports headlines making news today, Friday, Dec. 26.
JAMES, CURRY LEAD ALL-STAR VOTE
Cleveland’s LeBron James and Stephen Curry of Golden State are the leading vote-getters in the first returns from NBA All-Star fan voting.
James has about 553,000 votes at the Eastern Conference frontcourt spot, where New York’s Carmelo Anthony ranks second and Chicago’s Pau Gasol is third. Washington’s John Wall tops East guards, and No. 2 is James’ former Miami teammate, Dwyane Wade.
Curry has more than 549,000 votes to lead second-place Kobe Bryant among West guards. New Orleans’ Anthony Davis has the most votes in the West frontcourt, followed by the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Memphis center Marc Gasol.
Voting runs through Jan. 19, and starters for the Feb. 15 game in New York will be announced Jan. 22.
In other NBA action:
CARDS STILL NOT SET AT QB FOR NINERS
Will it be Logan Thomas or Ryan Lindley under center when the Arizona Cardinals visit the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday?
The Cardinals practiced on Thursday amid media reports that coach Bruce Arians has changed his mind and decided to start Lindley at quarterback. Arians had said that Thomas would get his first NFL start against the 49ers but apparently didn’t like what he saw in Wednesday’s practice. Lindley worked with the No. 1 unit in the brief portion of Thursday’s practice.
Arians didn’t speak to the media on Thursday, and offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin would only say, “I guess we’ll see on Sunday.”
OFF DAY FOR BOWLS
The Bowl barrage took a break for Christmas but resumes Friday with three games on the schedule.
In the Heart of Dallas Bowl 8-4 Louisiana Tech meets 6-6 Illinois. Rutgers takes a 7-5 mark into the Quick Lane Bowl against 6-6 North Carolina. The St. Petersburg Bowl matches 9-3 Central Florida against North Carolina State, which is 7-5