LeBron James early leader in All-Star voting
NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James is the early vote-getter for the NBA All-Star game, edging Kevin Durant.
The Miami Heat star has 609,336 votes, while the Oklahoma City's Durant trails by about 2,000 votes in the first returns announced by the league on Thursday.
The Lakers' Kobe Bryant (501,215) and the Clippers' Chris Paul (393,313) pace the Western Conference backcourt players. The Heat's Dwyane Wade (396,279) is the East's top vote-getter in the backcourt, followed by the Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (365,712).
Paul George of the Indiana Pacers (489,335) and the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (424,211) are next in the Eastern Conference.
The Rockets' Dwight Howard (295,120) and the Clippers' Blake Griffin (292,925) lead the West frontcourt.
The All-Star game will be held in New Orleans Arena on Feb. 16.
OKLAHOMA-CLASS 6A FINALS
Jenks pulls away for Class 6A title over Union
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Cameron Booty rushed for 176 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Jenks recovered from an early deficit to defeat Union 38-22 in the Class 6A championship game on Thursday night.
Cooper Nunley also threw for 206 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns for the Trojans (14-0), who were led by Steven Parker's 164 receiving yards on five catches.
Union (11-3) had an early 7-0 lead after a 56-yard touchdown run by quarterback Mason Farquhar, who finished with 349 yards of total offense and accounted for two touchdowns.
It was the Redskins' only lead of the game, with Jenks scoring the next 21 points - including touchdown runs of 12 and 8 yards by Booty.
The Trojans led by as much as 24 points in the third quarter.
NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
Feild wins again in National Finals Rodeo
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Bareback rider Kaycee Feild won for the second consecutive round Thursday night in the National Finals Rodeo, scoring 83.5 points on Cool Water.
Feild, from Payson, Utah, remained atop the season standings with $186,881.
Seeking a third consecutive season title, Feild also leads the aggregate standings with 663 points for eight rides. He's trying to become the first rider to win three consecutive aggregate titles since Jack Ward Jr. in 1974-76. Feild has earned an event-best $66,506 in the first eight rounds.
Bobby Mote of Culver, Ore., fourth with a 78.5 on Full Baggage, is second in the standings at $161,794. Mote is 10th in the aggregate standings with 561.5 points for seven rides.
Kevin Durant's restaurant opens in Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Thunder forward Kevin Durant regularly dishes out assists. Now he's dishing out food.
Durant is a partial owner in Kd's Southern Cuisine, a contemporary new restaurant that opened this week in the lower Bricktown section of Oklahoma City. The 10,000-square-foot facility located along the Bricktown Canal features southern-style food staples like barbecue pork ribs, fried catfish, candied yams and collard greens.
Durant said in a statement to The Associated Press that he hopes the restaurant will help him leave his mark on Bricktown away from the basketball court. He says he enjoys seeing people smile and he hopes that customers will feel at home at the restaurant.
The restaurant was scheduled to open Monday, but it was pushed back to Wednesday because of the winter storm.
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