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Sacramento Kings/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been selected to take the place of Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant at the 2015 All-Star Game, league commissioner Adam Silver announced Friday.

Cousins will make his first All-Star appearance and becomes the first King since 2004 to be selected as an All-Star.

"Honestly, I really didn't expect myself to make it," Cousins said. "I mean, the West was so tough this year and there are so many talented guys in the West. But the crazy thing is, me and Dame (Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard) were texting after the results came out and I was telling him, 'Man, you know you're going to make this team, like, it's nothing.' It's just kind of crazy how things worked out."

Cousins is fifth in the NBA in scoring (23.8 points per game) and third in rebounding (12.3 rebounds per game).

The NBA All-Star Game takes place at Madison Square Garden on Sunday Feb. 15.


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O's Sign Pearce to 1-Year Deal

Baltimore Orioles/MLB(BALTIMORE) -- Baltimore Orioles agreed with Steve Pearce on a one-year, $3.7 million deal Friday, avoiding salary arbitration.

The 32-year-old Pearce played in 102 games for the O's last season, hitting .293 with 21 home runs, 49 RBIs and a .373 on-base percentage.

Before the two sides came to a compromise, Pearce had asked for $5.4 million while the Orioles offered $2 million.

Alejandro De Aza, Zach Britton and Miguel Gonzalez are the three remaining Orioles in arbitration.


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Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Free-agent reliever Alexi Ogando agreed with the Boston Red Sox on a one-year contract Friday.

According to USA Today, Ogando will receive $1.5 million guaranteed, with incentives the deal could reach up to $3 million.

The 6-foot-4 Ogando has spent all five of his major league seasons with the Texas Rangers. During that time he has been used as a starter and a reliever.

The past couple of seasons Ogando has been dealing with right shoulder and elbow problems that last year limited him to pitching just 25 innings.

The 31-year-old Ogando has been effective when healthy. For his career he's pitched 406 innings, compiling a 28-16 record, 3.35 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 325 strikeouts. He made the All-Star team as a starter in 2011.

The Red Sox designated left-handed pitcher Drake Britton for assignment to make room for Ogando on the 40-man roster.


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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/30/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Philadelphia 76ers 103 (10-37) - Minnesota Timberwolves 94 (8-38)

Atlanta Hawks 105 (39-8) - Portland Trail Blazers 99 (32-15)

Cleveland Cavaliers 101 (28-20) - Sacramento Kings 90 (16-29)

Houston Rockets 93 (33-14) - Boston Celtics 87 (16-29)

Toronto Raptors 127 (32-15) - Brooklyn Nets 122 (18-28)

Dallas Mavericks 93 (31-17) - Miami Heat 72 (20-26) 

New Orleans Pelicans 108 (25-22) - Los Angeles Clippers 103 (31-15)

Utah Jazz 110 (17-30) - Golden State Warriors 100 (36-8)

Phoenix Suns 99 (28-20) - Chicago Bulls 93 (30-19)

NHL: St. Louis Blues 3  (31-13-4, 66pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 2  (17-25-6, 40pts) - Shootout

Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (28-13-8, 64pts) - New Jersey Devils 1 (18-22-9, 45pts) - Overtime

Colorado Avalanche 3 (21-18-11, 53pts) - Nashville Predators 0 (31-11-6, 68pts)

Vancouver Canucks 5 (27-17-3, 57pts) - Buffalo Sabres 2 (14-33-3, 31pts)

Chicago Blackhawks 4 (31-16-2, 64pts) - Anaheim Ducks 1 (32-12-6, 70pts)

Top 25 Men's Basketball: (6) Arizona 57 (20-2) - Oregon State 34 (14-7)


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Jason Merritt/Getty Images(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) -- Tiger Woods shot a professional worst 82 during second round play at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Friday.

Woods missed the cut and failed to break 80 for just the second time in his professional career.

"We all have days like this," Woods. "Unfortunately, mine was in a public forum, a public setting. We all have days like this. We take the good with the bad, and the thing is even on bad days like this, just keep fighting, because on the good days you've got to keep fighting, as well."

Woods had six bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogey Friday.

This was Woods' first event of 2015. He is expected to play at next week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.


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