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Sports Briefs December 7, 2010

| December 7, 2010 8:00 PM

Baseball

Former Seattle Mariners General Manager Pat Gillick is headed to the Hall of Fame after putting together three World Series championship teams in 27 years as a major league general manager. The Halls' doors were shut for George Steinbrenner and Marvin Miller, a pair of far more divisive figures.

Gillick received 13 votes from the 16-man Veterans Committee in totals announced Monday as the winter meetings began. Miller, the union head who revolutionized sports by gaining baseball players free agency and multimillion dollar salaries, got 11 - one shy of the necessary 75 percent.

Steinbrenner, who left an indelible imprint on baseball as the New York Yankees blustery and colorful owner from 1973 until his death in July, received fewer than eight.

Football

The Denver Broncos fired coach Josh McDaniels, whose nearly two-year stint was marred by the Spygate II videotape scandal, a series of personnel blunders and the franchise's worst skid in four decades.

• Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz has been named the Western Athletic Conference offensive player of the week.

The junior from Wahiawa accounted for six touchdowns in the Warriors' 59-21 win over UNLV on Saturday. Moniz threw for 380 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for two more scores.

The WAC also named Nevada's Dontay Moch as its defensive player of the week honors while Fresno State kicker Kevin Goessling was the special teams player of the week.

Top 25 Men

Duke (8-0) capped a tough two-week stretch by beating Michigan State and Butler, and that meant they again got all 65 first-place votes in the AP poll (see Scoreboard).

No. 5 Kansas St. 89, Alcorn St. 55:

At Manhattan, Kan., Jacob Pullen scored 24 points to lead Kansas State (8-1) over Alcorn State (0-7).

No. 21 Washington 94, Portland 72: Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points and Washington (6-2) held off Portland (7-3) in Seattle.

Hawks 80, Magic 74: Josh Smith had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Mike Bibby made a critical 3-pointer in the final minute and visiting Atlanta beat Orlando.

Knicks 121, Timberwolves 114: Amare Stoudemire scored 34 points to lead host New York to its fifth straight victory in beating Minnesota.

Pacers 124, Raptors 100: Brandon Rush scored a season-high 26 points to help lift host Indianapolis past Toronto.

Heat 88, Bucks 78: Dwyane Wade had 25 points and visiting Miami beat Milwaukee.

Bulls 99, Thunder 90: Carlos Boozer scored 29 points to help host Chicago over Oklahoma City.

Jazz 94, Grizzlies 85: At Salt Lake City, Deron Williams had 27 points to lead Utah over Memphis.

Clippers 98, Kings 91: Eric Gordon scored 29 points to lift Los Angeles over Sacramento.

Blue Jackets 3, Stars 2, SO: At Columbus, Ohio, rookie Kyle Wilson scored in the shootout help Columbus over Dallas.

Sharks 5, Red Wings 2: Logan Couture scored twice to lift visiting San Jose past Detroit.

Penguins 2, Devils 1: Sidney Crosby scored a goal and set up another, and host Pittsburgh beat New Jersey.

Thrashers 3, Predators 2, OT: Zach Bogosian scored 2:11 into overtime and host Atlanta beat Nashville.

Maple Leafs 5, Capitals 4, SO: Clarke MacArthur scored twice to lift visiting Toronto over Washington.

- The Associated Press

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