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STAY GOLDEN: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives against New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 14. Photo: Associated Press/Jonathan Bachman

Here’s a look at some of the big sports stories making headlines today, Monday, Dec. 15.

GREEN BAY GREAT DIES

A big part of the Green Bay Packers’ great teams in the 60’s has passed away. The team has confirmed that Fuzzy Thurston has died at the age of 80. He played on five Green Bay teams that won the NFL championship in the 60’s and was best known for his blocking on the Packers’ famed power sweep. He was also on the 1958 Baltimore Colts’ squad that beat the Giants in the NFL title game.

SWEET 16 FOR WARRIORS

The Golden State Warriors needed five extra minutes to extend their team-record winning streak to 16 games.

Stephen Curry scored eight of his 34 points in overtime to lead the Warriors past the Pelicans 128-122 in New Orleans. Klay Thompson contributed 29 points for the Warriors, whose franchise-long winning streak includes a club-record, 10 straight road victories. Andre Iguodala added a season-high 20 points to help Golden State improve to a league-best 21-2.

Checking out the rest of the NBA schedule:

  • John Wall had 16 points, eight assists, six rebounds and five steals to lead Washington’s 93-84 triumph over Utah. Bradley Beal dropped in 22 points and Paul Pierce had 15 in the Wizards’ fourth straight win.
  • Toronto still leads the East by a half-game over Washington after Kyle Lowry had 21 points and 11 assists in the Raptors’ 95-90 overtime win at New York. Terrence Ross added a season-high 22 points to help the Raptors overcome Carmelo Anthony’s 34 points and nine rebounds.
  • Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points and San Antonio rebounded from Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers by downing Denver 99-91. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili added 15 points apiece as the Spurs won without Tony Parker, who was out with an injured hamstring.
  • Chicago beat Miami 93-75 behind Mike Dunleavy’s 22 points. Dunleavy was shut out in the first half before scoring 19 points in the third quarter.
  • KINGS FIRE MALONE

    The Sacramento Kings have fired coach Michael Malone just 24 games into his second season with the team.

    A person with knowledge of the move confirmed the firing Sunday night on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced it yet. The firing was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

    Malone went 39-67 after being hired in June 2013 by new owner Vivek Ranadive. Sacramento is 11-13 this season and has lost seven of nine games since star center DeMarcus Cousins was sidelined with viral meningitis.

    Assistant coach Tyrone Corbin will take over as interim coach. Corbin went 112-146 in three-plus seasons as coach of the Utah Jazz and was not offered a contract after last season.

    CARDINALS STILL UNBEATEN

    Fourth-ranked Louisville is 9-0 after surviving a tougher-than-expected game against UNC Wilmington.

    The Cardinals blew most of an 18-point lead in the second half before holding off the Seahawks 68-57. UNCW trailed just 52-50 until Terry Rozier scored six of Louisville’s 10 points. Rozier and Montrezl Harrell each finished with 19 points, with Harrell also grabbing 17 rebounds.

    In other top-25 men’s basketball action:

  • Josh Hart and Darrun Hilliard each scored 20 points to lead No. 7 Villanova to an 85-62 win over Temple. The Wildcats are 10-0 for the second straight year and have won all three games against their Philadelphia rivals this season.
  • Georges Niang and Bryce Dejean-Jones each scored 18 points to lead No. 14 Iowa State to its fifth straight win, 88-76 over Southern. Monte Morris had 15 points and five assists for the 8-1 Cyclones.
  • Josh Richardson scored 18 of his 20 points after halftime and Tennessee rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit to beat No. 15 Butler 67-55. The Bulldogs led 37-25 early in the second half, but the Volunteers took charge and grabbed the lead for good with 6:15 left.
  • Nigel Williams-Goss and Darin Johnson hit 3-pointers in the final 1:16 to cap a big comeback in 17th-ranked Washington’s 81-77 win over Eastern Washington. Robert Upshaw led Washington with a career-high 21 points and added nine rebounds and six blocks.
  • POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN SHOOTING OF AUBURN PLAYER

    Police say they’ve arrested a 22-year-old man in the fatal shooting of Auburn football player Jakell Lenard Mitchell at an off-campus apartment early Sunday morning. Auburn Police Capt. Will Matthews issued an agency statement saying that Markale Deandra Hart of Camp Hill, Alabama, has been arrested on a felony warrant charging him with murder.

    Police also disclosed in the statement that Mitchell received multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.

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