Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) kneels on the floor beside teammate Derrick Favors (15) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Gobert left the game with a knee injury after Favors fell backward into his leg on the play. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — The Utah Jazz broke out of a slump that has been plaguing them during their current road trip.But it came at the cost of two of their starters — one possibly for an extended period.ADVERTISEMENT Ricky Rubio had 22 points, Donovan Mitchell added 17 points, nine assists and five rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the Boston Celtics 107-95 on Friday night.Jonas Jerebko and Rodney Hood also finished with 17 points for the Jazz, who snapped a four-game losing streak. It was Utah’s first victory in Boston since 2008, a span of nine games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk It took everything the Jazz had to make it to the end of the game.Jazz center Rudy Gobert left early in the first quarter with a left knee injury after teammate Derrick Favors fell backward into his leg. Gobert was able to walk off the court on his own power, but went straight to the locker room and did not return. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals The Celtics struggled from the field in the second quarter, shooting a combined 4 for 21.HAYWARD RETURN?Hayward is open to playing this season, but said it will depend on how fast he is able to heal and show progress as he works his way back.“My mind is open to that,” Hayward said of the possibility of returning to game action before season’s end. “I’m trying to get back as fast as I can. It all depends on how I heal, and taking it day-by-day, goal by goal. We’ll see what happens.”Wednesday marked a milestone in Hayward’s recovery process, when he was able to shed the walking boot he’s been using since his surgery in October. He continues to wear a protective brace.NO HARD FEELINGSSnyder said no one feels any animosity over Hayward’s decision to leave Utah.“I think everybody understands the decision that he made,” Snyder said. “So to see him get hurt, it was hard. I felt horrible for him. I think most of the guys on our team reached out. I know I did. … We hope that he’s back soon.”MORRIS UPDATEMarcus Morris (knee soreness) sat out his fourth straight game and won’t travel for the upcoming two-game trip. Morris has played in just 16 games this season while dealing with the injury and recently sought a second opinion on it. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “He’s had a little bit of a setback here, but it doesn’t sound like it’s going to be a long-term thing,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.UP NEXTJazz: Continue six-game trip Saturday at Cleveland.Celtics: Begin two-game trip Friday at Memphis.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Westbrook triple-double keys OKC in 3OT thriller vs 76ers The second quarter brought more injuries. First, Boston’s Daniel Theis left with a facial injury. Later, the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown caught Favors with an incidental elbow, leaving him bleeding from his left eye and Brown from his elbow. Favors received six stitches and did not return.“That’s a team win. Everybody stepped up,” Rubio said. “We know that we have a lot of players who can play, and they were ready.”Coach Quin Snyder said Favors passed the concussion protocol. Gobert will be evaluated Saturday.“This group’s got character and they are going to compete no matter what the circumstances and they did,” Snyder said.Boston got no closer than eight points in final quarter.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 33 points. Al Horford added 21 points and seven assists. Boston lost for the third time in five games.“I gotta give Utah credit, because they grinded the game and they made tough shot after tough shot,” Horford said. “They kind of, like, took the life out of you in a way.”Friday was the first meeting between the teams since Gordon Hayward left Utah in free agency last summer to join the Celtics. But Hayward could only watch as he continues to rehab from the broken left ankle he suffered in Boston’s season opener.Joe Johnson returned to game action for the first time since Oct. 30. He missed 21 straight games while dealing with a right wrist injury.TIP-INSJazz: G Raul Neto sat out his second straight game with a concussion.Celtics: It was Irving’s ninth game this season with 30 or more points. … Started the second quarter 0 for 14 from the field.TAKING CONTROLThe Jazz held a 46-39 lead at the half. They were led by Rubio and Hood, who scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, and shot a combined 10 for 13 from the field.The Jazz led by as many as 10 in the half and outscored the Celtics 25-13 in the second quarter. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments
“This is wonderful for him,” Notre Dame coach Kevin Rooney said. “Aaron has worked very hard in the classroom and on the football field. He’s a good football player, and he probably would have been a big-time recruit if he was just a little bigger.” Thomas is the first Notre Dame football player to sign with Harvard – which, as a member of the Ivy League, doesn’t grant athletic scholarships – since offensive lineman John Simic in 1985. “Of course, the biggest challenge is going to be balancing academics and football, but I’m ready,” Thomas said. “Notre Dame is tough but Harvard is going to be way tougher. I think I’m going to be all right.” This semester, Thomas has helped Notre Dame’s basketball team to the secondround of the Div.I-AA playoffs, in which it will play host to Thousand Oaks on Tuesday. Thomas said he plans to attend law school, but he’s not sure if he wants to be an attorney or a sports agent. “Sports is my passion, so being an agent is a way to stay close to sports without being a pro athlete,” Thomas said. “Plus, I’ve got so many friends that might play pro ball one day: my football teammates Sam DeMartinis, Charlie Carmichael and Shane Horton, plus Mike Stanton, who might play pro baseball. I have other friends at other schools, too, like (running backs) Milton Knox (Birmingham of Lake Balboa) and J.J. DiLuigi (Canyon).” Knox said such a deal sounds fine with him. “We were all hanging out, and Aaron said by the time he graduates from Harvard, he’ll still be a year older than me, so he’ll be my agent,” said Knox, a junior. “I told him I’d take it into consideration.” Knox, who set a Birmingham record with 2,347 yards rushing lastseason, said he’s narrowed his top-five college choices to UCLA, USC, Cal, Notre Dame and Florida State. UCLA and Florida State already have offered scholarships (along with outsider Mississippi), and the others are recruiting him heavily and are expected to offer soon. “Those are my top five, but I’m pretty wide-open right now. I think I’ll take some visits,” Knox said. Cal State Northridge guard Jonathan Heard provided a couple of spectacular highlights Wednesday in a 91-74 victory over visiting UCDavis, twice slam-dunking over 7-2 Michael Boone. “Have I ever dunked over a 7-2 guy before? No, but my adrenaline was really pumping,” said Heard, a 6-5 junior from Inglewood who is averaging 14.9 points. There isn’t a more enthusiastic public address announcer than CrespiHigh of Encino athletic director Dick Dornan. The community will miss Hart of Newhall’s passionate girls’ basketball coach Dave Munroe, who will retire after the season. Munroe has won 15 league titles in 18 seasons, and his teams have reached the section title game fivetimes (four over the past fiveyears), winning twice. Munroe is 380-122 overall, a winning percentage of .757. High-profile basketball transfer Keegan Hornbuckle of Campbell Hall of North Hollywood will face his former team when the Vikings play at Oaks Christian of Westlake Village at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Hornbuckle, a 6-6 sophomore who averages about 10 points and fiverebounds per game, has come on strong during the second half of the season, helping Campbell Hall (25-1) to 17 consecutive victories, all but three by 15 points or more. “Keegan has really stepped up for us. He’s going to be a heck of a player,” coach Terry Kelly said. The team’s other key transfer, high-scoring Dallas Rutherford from Hillcrest Christian of Granada Hills, continues to be bothered by a knee injury. He has played sporadically this season, sitting out the past fourgames, including the first-round playoff victory New Roads of SantaMonica on Friday. “Dallas just never has felt comfortable since coming back, and he keeps on getting the knee re-examined,” Kelly said. Robert Stock, who decided to forgo his senior season at Agoura High – and a possible million-dollar professional baseball contract as a high draft choice next summer – to attend USC a year early is getting playing time for the Trojans despite being just 17. Stock entered this past weekend with two saves in two appearances, and was batting .217 with one home run in 23 at-bats as a part-time catcher. He has also played errorless defense. “It was a good decision to come to USC,” he said. “I’m a much better baseball player because of it, and I’m a better person, too.” Gerry Gittelson’s column appears Sundays in the Daily News. email@example.com (661) 257-5218 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s a good opportunity to get the best education in the world,” Thomas said. “Just to play college football in general is a good opportunity, so I’m very excited.” Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 243-pounder, has nearly a 4.0 grade-point average, and scored 2,050 out of a possible 2,400 on the SAT. We have a Harvard man in our midst. Aaron Thomas, a defensive tackle from Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, has committed to play football at Harvard.