Rapinoe's team falls; Schmid stays with Sounders; Hossa gets No. 9
Former Jefferson High star Terrence Jones had a hand in the Houston Rockets 109-106 victory at New York on Thursday night.
Jones got his second NBA start, played 34 minutes and had eight rebounds and six points, with no turnovers. He was 2 of 5 from the field and the team was plus-9 while on the court. That was the second-best plus-minus mark among the 11 Rockets who saw action.
Jones got the playing time in part because center Omer Asik reportedly has asked to be traded, and Asik did not play. Asik had been starting alongside center Dwight Howard, but coach Kevin McHale recently began to try different lineups.
Houston is 6-4. New York fell to 3-5.
Rapinoe's team loses
Lyon, a French women's soccer team featuring Megan Rapinoe, U.S. national star from the University of Portland, bowed out of UEFA Women's Champions League play early, losing an aggregate-goal series against FFC Turbine Potsdam of Germany.
Schmid will return to Sounders
The Seattle Sounders have decided to keep Sigi Schmid as the only coach in their MLS history.
The Sounders recently lost to Portland in the MLS Western Conference semifinals, ending a late-season slide in which Seattle posted only one victory in its final 10 games.
Schmid, who has been with the Sounders for all five of their MLS seasons, already had a contract for 2014, with a performance-based option for 2015.
Hossa scores No. 9
Marian Hossa, former Portland Winterhawks star, notched his ninth goal of the NHL season to help the defending Stanley Cup champions win 5-4 in a home shootout over Phoenix on Thursday
The game came one night after the birth of Hossa's second daughter. The 34-year-old forward is one off Patrick Kane's team lead in goals and ranks fourth on the club in points (15).
Chicago leads the NHL Western Conference with a 13-2-4 (30 points) record.