• This undated photo provided by May Barakat shows Harvard University senior Neil Alacha, who was among 32 U.S. students named Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, as a Rhodes Scholar to study at England’s University of Oxford. Inspired by his Syrian immigrant father, Alacha plans to pursue a master’s degree in modern Middle Eastern studies. He goes to Oxford in 2016, where he plans to widen his studies to examine whether Western notions of human rights are compatible with Islamic law. (May Barakat via AP)

    As Rhodes scholar, Harvard student to explore Syrian roots

    BOSTON (AP) — The honor of winning a Rhodes scholarship carries extra weight for Neil Alacha. It will help connect him to his Middle Eastern roots.

  • Brooklyn Nets guard Shane Larkin (0) tries to strip the ball from Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko (8) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Nets hold off Celtics 111-101 for home-and-home split

    NEW YORK (AP) — Brook Lopez had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Jarrett Jack scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston Celtics 111-101 on Sunday for a split of a home-and-home series.