Around the Nation (Dec. 26): Snowstorm postpones Bulls-Pacers game

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• BASKETBALL

Snowstorm postpones Bulls-Pacers game

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls has been postponed by a snowstorm that hit the Indianapolis area.

The Pacers announced the postponement Wednesday afternoon, a few hours before the scheduled tip-off. No date has been set for rescheduling the game.

Heat assign Pittman to NBA's D-League

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says the team has assigned center Dexter Pittman to the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA's Development League.

Spoelstra says the move will give the second-year player from Texas more time to develop.

Pittman has played in only four games this season for the Heat and is averaging 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.

Allen sits out, Miami does not fill roster spot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Miami Heat said guard Ray Allen will miss Wednesday night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats because of a sore right shoulder.

Allen injured the shoulder setting a screen on Kendrick Perkins in the second half of Tuesday night's win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Allen is averaging 11.7 points per game.

Chris Bosh is active despite getting poked in the eye during Tuesday night's game.

Love returns to lineup for Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves will have Kevin Love back in the starting lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Houston Rockets.

Love, averaging 19.6 points and 13.9 rebounds, returns after missing Sunday's game against New York with an eye injury.

Wolves coach Rick Adelman said Ricky Rubio could see his minutes increased as he continues his comeback from reconstructive knee surgery.

Rubio is averaging 4.5 assists while playing about 18 minutes per game.

"I think it's going to take him some time," Adelman said. "You just have to keep playing. His legs are going to get better. His conditioning is going to get better."

• TENNIS

Andy Murray no longer feeling pressure to win

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Andy Murray will experience a new sensation when he starts play at next month's Australian Open -- feeling like a Grand Slam champion.

The third-ranked Brit broke through at the U.S. Open in 2012, adding to his gold medal at the London Olympics.

Murray said Wednesday that "now I feel more relaxed and relieved."

Murray was promoting a winner-takes-all $250,000 exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi that serves as a warmup for the Australian Open, which runs Jan. 14-27.

Murray faces Janko Tispsarevic on Thursday in the opening match of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

That will be followed by David Ferrer taking on Tomas Berdych. Novak Djokovic and Nicolas Almagro, who replaced Rafael Nadal, are also in the field.

• HORSE RACING

Toscano voted first female Harness Trainer of Year

FREEHOLD, N.J. -- Linda Toscano has been voted harness racing's Trainer of the Year, becoming the first woman to win the award.

Toscano's stable earned a career-high $6.71 million in purses in 2012 and included three division champions. Chapter Seven was Horse of the Year, trotter of the year and best older trotter; Market Share was voted top 3-year-old male trotter; and Heston Blue Chip was best 3-year-old male pacer.

The 57-year-old Toscano says: "You work a lifetime and all of a sudden everything happens."

The award is voted on by members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association.

Parcells' Saratoga Snacks wins Big A's Alex Robb Stakes

NEW YORK -- Saratoga Snacks, owned by former NFL coach Bill Parcells, won the $73,500 Alex Robb Stakes for New York breds on Wednesday at Aqueduct.

The 3-year-old improved to 5 for 7 with his first stakes victory, leading all the way to beat Socialsaul by one length.

The victory aboard the 4-5 shot marked a successful comeback for jockey Ramon Dominguez, who missed a month with a badly bruised foot.

Dominguez will be the leading rider in New York for a fourth straight year despite the time lost to the injury.

The time was 1:45.21 for the 1 1-16 miles.

Saratoga Snacks, trained by Gary Sciacca, paid $3.70, $3.40 and $2.10. Socialsaul returned $9.80 and $2.70 as the longest price at 27-1, while Saginaw paid $2.10 to show.

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