Sports Briefs 3-28-14

KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer Published:

HOUSTON -- Philadelphia coach Brett Brown was grasping for positives after his team tied an NBA record for futility by dropping its 26th straight game on Thursday night.

"We still don't have the poorest record in the league," said Brown, whose Sixers have won one more game than league-worst Milwaukee. "When you look at the realities of where we ended up, it's not as painful and as shocking as it may seem to others."

Regardless of the Bucks' record, Philadelphia's winless stretch has been matched in NBA history only by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.

James Harden had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in three quarters for his second career triple-double to lead the Houston Rockets to the 120-98 win -- their fifth straight.

The 76ers (15-57) stuck around early before a big second-quarter run allowed the Rockets to pull away and roll to the win.

The 76ers can set the record for NBA ineptitude at home against Detroit on Saturday.

James Anderson led the Sixers with 30 points that included six 3-pointers.

• Football

Peko gets extension: Defensive tackle Domata Peko has agreed to a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2016 season.

Peko, a fourth-round pick in 2006, started all 16 games and a playoff loss to San Diego last season. He was second on the line with 72 tackles and had a career-high three sacks. He also was the lead blocker on short-yardage plays on offense.

Lions sign Ihedigbo: The Detroit Lions say they've signed a contract with free agent safety James Ihedigbo (ee-HEAD-ee-bo).

The Lions say they're withholding terms of the deal, but a person familiar with it say it's for two years. The person spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been announced.

Rice indicted: Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been indicted on a charge he assaulted his fiancee in an elevator at casino in Atlantic City, N.J.

Rice had been charged with simple assault after police said he knocked out Janay Palmer on Feb. 15 at the Revel Casino. But a grand jury indicted him Thursday on a more serious count of aggravated assault. It carries a three-to-five-year sentence.

Dolphins sign Moreno: Running back Knowshon Moreno has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Miami Dolphins, whose running game ranked 26th in the NFL last season.

• Golf

Perez, Lee lead: Phil Mickelson shot a 5-over 77 on Thursday in the Texas Open to fall nine strokes back during the suspended first round. The 77 was Lefty's highest score since a 78 in August in the PGA Championship.

Pat Perez and Danny Lee shot 4-under 68 to share the clubhouse lead and Andrew Loupe was 4 under with seven holes to play when darkness forced the suspension of play. The start was delayed 2 hours, 40 minutes because of fog, and 45 players were unable to finish the round.

Creamer overcomes wind: Paula Creamer easily overcame tricky morning wind conditions in the Kia Classic for a share of the first-round lead with Mariajo Uribe.

Creamer and Uribe shot 5-under 67 at Aviara to finish a stroke ahead of Cristie Kerr, Shanshan Feng, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Mi Hyang Lee.

• Elsewhere

Red Wings fall short: Max Pacioretty broke a third period tie, Tomas Plekanec scored twice and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 Thursday night in Detroit.

Tomas Tatar scored two goals for Detroit, Riley Sheahan a goal and an assist, and Johan Franzen also scored. Jimmy Howard stopped 19 shots.

Cueto to start for Reds: Johnny Cueto is set to start on opening day for the Cincinnati Reds for the third straight season.

First-year manager Bryan Price said Thursday that Cueto will pitch Monday at home against St. Louis. Tony Cingrani will pitch the second game.

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