NBA: Denver 112, San Antonio 106

DENVER, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The Denver Nuggets got 28 points from Danilo Gallinari and 19 from Kenneth Faried in their 112-106 victory over visiting San Antonio Tuesday.
U.S. steams into basketball quarterfinals

U.S. steams into basketball quarterfinals

LONDON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- LeBron James scored the first seven points of a 42-point third period Monday that sent the United States to a 126-97 win over Argentina in the Olympics.

Xinjiang player cut for fake injury

XINJIANG, China, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Patrick Mills, former NBA player and backcourt leader for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, was cut from the team for faking an injury, officials say.

NBA: Portland 100, Houston 85

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points Sunday, sparking the Portland Trail Blazers to their eighth straight home win, 100-85 over Houston.
Shy kitten spends two days in engine

Shy kitten spends two days in engine

DESTIN, Fla., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A Florida man said it took two days, and help from firefighters, restaurants and volunteers, to coax a 4-week old kitten out of his car's engine compartment.

COL BKB: Saint Mary's 80, Davidson 68

MORAGA, Calif., March 24 (UPI) -- Patrick Mills had 23 points and 10 assists Monday to lead Saint Mary's to an 80-68 win over Davidson in the second round of the NIT.

COL BKB: Saint Mary's 68, Wash. St. 57

MORAGA, Calif., March 18 (UPI) -- Patrick Mills scored a game-high 27 points Tuesday, pushing Saint Mary's to a 68-57 win over Washington State in the first round of the NIT.

COL BKB: Gonzaga 69, Saint Mary's 62

SPOKANE, Wash., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Matt Bouldin powered No. 25 Gonzaga to a second-half outburst Thursday night that rallied the Bulldogs to a 69-62 win over 18th-ranked Saint Mary's.

COL BKB: St. Mary's 65, San Diego 42

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A 16-point, 11-rebound performance by Omar Samhan Thursday led No. 22 St. Mary's to its 15th consecutive victory -- 65-42 over San Diego.

COL BKB: Saint Mary's 96, Pepperdine 46

MORAGA, Calif., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Diamon Simpson had 24 points and Carlin Hughes had 16 points and eight assists for No. 25 Saint Mary's in a 96-46 rout of Pepperdine Saturday night.

COL BKB: Miami-Fla. 78, Saint Mary's 64

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., March 21 (UPI) -- Jack McClinton's 32 second-half points Friday led Miami of Florida past Saint Mary's 78-64 in a first-round NCAA Tournament contest in Little Rock, Ark.

COL BKB: Gonzaga 88, St. Mary's 76

SPOKANE, Wash., March 1 (UPI) -- Jeremy Pargo scored all of his 18 points in the second half Saturday to lead the Gonzaga Bulldogs to an 88-76 win over the 23rd-ranked Saint Mary's Gaels.

COL BKB: Kent State 65, Saint Mary's 57

MOROGA, Calif., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Junior guard Al Fisher racked up 28 points to give Kent State its first-ever season victory over a ranked team, No. 23 Saint Mary's-Calif., 65-57.

COL BKB: St. Mary's 100, Pepperdine 64

MALIBU, Calif., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Todd Golden and Carlin Hughes hit four three-pointers each Monday in a school-record performance that produced St. Mary's 100-64 cakewalk over Pepperdine.

COL BKB: St. Mary's 80, Loyola Marymt. 49

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Patrick Mills scored 17 first-half points and finished with 22 Saturday night to lead No. 21 St. Mary's-California past Loyola Marymount 80-49.
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Patrick Mills
USA's Kobe Bryant shakes hands with Australia's Patrick Mills after their game during Men's Basketball quarter finals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing on August 20, 2008. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Patrick "Patty" Mills (born 11 August 1988) is an Australian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. He is one of the first Indigenous Australians to play basketball in the NBA, and is one of the youngest players ever to suit up for the Australia national basketball team, the Boomers.

Mills' father is a Torres Strait Islander and his mother is an Aborigine from the Ynunga people of South Australia. He was first exposed to basketball as a four-year-old with The Shadows, an Indigenous Australian team that his parents established. Mills attended Marist College Canberra where he played a variety of sports in addition to basketball, such as Australian football and athletics. He served as ball boy for the Canberra Cannons of the NBL around 2000. During that time, his family developed a close relationship with Cannons player David Patrick, who would eventually play a key role in Mills' career.

At the age of 15, Mills was selected for the ACT U-18 squad to compete in the Australian National Championships. The following year, Mills accepted a full-time scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport, which had also developed three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson and current Milwaukee Bucks player Andrew Bogut, where he continued to develop as a player. He also made a strong impression at the 2005 Australian Olympic Youth Festival, an event considered to be a showcase for future elite sporting talents.

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