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SCORESHEET: NFL great Christensen dies; Jones gets first NBA start


Former NFL star tight end Todd Christensen died Wednesday at age 57 near his home in Alpine, Utah, of complications from liver transplant surgery.

Christensen grew up in Eugene and attended Sheldon High, won two Super Bowls with the Raiders and made the NFL Pro Bowl five times.

He is a member of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and BYU Hall of Fame.

Christensen was a standout at BYU, after considering football options at Oregon and Oregon State, which recruited him to play linebacker and defensive end, respectively.

For the Cougars, he was all-Western Athletic Conference and honorable mention All-American, leading the team in receiving three times (1975-77). He played on four WAC championship teams.

The Dallas Cowboys picked him in the second round of the 1978 NFL draft, and he played 10 seasons in the NFL, with the New York Giants and Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders.

Christensen, who played at 6-3, 230 pounds as a pro, led the NFL in receptions in 1983 with 92, the most ever by a tight end. He was the Raiders' top receiver from 1982-86 and a special teams captain on the team that beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10 in Super Bowl SV.

He retired after the 1987 season as the Raiders' all-time leader in pass receiving and reception yardage.

Terrence Jones gets start for Rockets

Former Jefferson High basketball star Terrence Jones made his first NBA start Wednesday night for the Houston Rockets, who were without star guard James Harden (bruised foot).

The Rockets (5-4) went to overtime for the second game in a row and lost 123-117 on the road to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Jones, a second-year forward out of Kentucky, had 10 points and 11 rebounds in a career-high 37 minutes. He added three blocks and made 4 of 12 shots from the field, including 2 of 4 from 3-point range.

Jones started at power forward, with Dwight Howard (23 points, 15 rebounds) at center.