Here is the latest New England sports news from The Associated Press

December 8, 2012, 5:31 pm


BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Garnett scored 19 points, Jeff Green added 16, and the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 92-79 last night. Paul Pierce finished with 13 points and Rajon Rondo dished out 11 assists and collected nine rebounds, one night after his first triple-double of the season. Rondo had just seven points.

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — Longtime Connecticut sportscaster Arnold Dean has died at age 82. Brooklawn Funeral Home says Dean died yesterday at his home in Rocky Hill. Dean's career in sports broadcasting spans more than 60 years. He spent much of his career at WTIC-AM in Hartford, starting in 1965. The radio station says he began hosting "WTIC SportsTalk with Arnold Dean," in 1976. It was one of the earliest all-sports call-in shows.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Wes Welker is focusing on his next catch, not the eight he needs to do what no NFL player has done. The Patriots wide receiver would become the first player with five 100-catch seasons once he grabs those eight passes. His first chance comes Monday night when New England is home against the Houston Texans.

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston coach Kevin McHale has rejoined the Rockets after almost a month away from the team, and two weeks after the death of his daughter. McHale took a leave of absence November 10th to be with his family as his daughter's health worsened. Twenty-three-year-old Alexandra "Sasha" McHale died November 24th of complications from lupus.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Peabody (Massachusetts) Veterans Memorial High School student has come in second in the girls' race at the Foot Locker National High School Cross Country Championships in San Diego. Catarina Rocha finished today's race in 17 minutes, 29 seconds, four seconds behind Anna Rohrer of Mishawaka (Indiana) High.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Freshman Cameron Biedscheid had a career-high 17 points and No. 22 Notre Dame beat Brown 84-57 last night.Jack Cooley added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Fighting Irish. Matt Sullivan scored 18 for Brown. Sullivan was 4 for 8 from 3-point range.

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Brian Voelkel recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Vermont past Quinnipiac 53-46 yesterday in nonconference action. Trey Blue added 13 points off the bench for Vermont.

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Justin Burrell scored 19 points, Phil Beans added 18 and Holy Cross hit 10 3-pointers in a 67-56 win over Dartmouth yesterday. Burrell was 3 for 3 and Beans 4 for 6 from long range for the Crusaders, who never trailed and led 31-22 at halftime.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Christian Watford scored 21 points, Cody Zeller had 19 points and 19 rebounds, and Number 1 Indiana routed Central Connecticut State 100-69 yesterday. The Hoosiers dominated on both ends of the floor. They opened the game by making 15 of their first 21 shots and finished at 54.2 percent for the game.

BOSTON (AP) — Tyreek Duren hit a jump shot with 2 seconds left to boost La Salle over Northeastern 66-64 last night in a nonconference contest. The Explorers led 64-60 with just under 3 minutes left, but Northeastern's Zach Stahl hit two free throws and Quincy Ford hit a jumper to tie it at 64 with 1:19 left. Duren missed a jumper with 56 seconds left, then neither team got off a shot until Duren connected for the game-winner.

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Dyami Starks scored 25 points and Bryant used a strong first half to pull away early to beat Binghamton 78-56 today. Starks shot 9 of 14 from the floor, knocking down six 3-pointers for the Bulldogs, who have won five of their last six games. Alex Francis and Corey Maynard each scored 12 points. Maynard also had eight rebounds and five assists.

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Myrick Ferg posted a career-high 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead New Hampshire over Yale 64-56 today in a nonconference matchup. Patrick Konan had 14 points, and Chris Pelcher added 11 for New Hampshire, which shot 45 percent from the field and never trailed in the win.

BOSTON (AP) — Lonnie Jackson hit three 3-pointers in the second half, including a key one with 4:11 to play, and finished with 13 points to help Boston College pull out a 72-64 victory over St. Francis (New York) today. Patrick Heckmann paced the Eagles with 18 points, while Olivier Hanlan had 13 and Joe Rahon 12.

TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL:

Sacred Heart at Lafayette, 2 p.m.

Fairfield at Rider, 2 p.m.

Maine at Florida St., 4 p.m.

Hartford at Fairleigh Dickinson, 4 p.m.

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL:

Arizona St. at Boston College, 1 p.m.

Fairfield at Iowa St., 2 p.m.

Hartford at Dartmouth, 2 p.m.

Central Connecticut State at New Hampshire, 2 p.m.

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