T25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SCHEDULE
No. 24 Utah routs No. 4 Oregon, ending Ducks’ CFP hopes
UNDATED (AP) — The Pac-12′s best hope for a spot in the College Football Playoff, No. 4 Oregon, has gone down to defeat, falling to No. 24 Utah, 38-7.
Britain Covey returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half, giving Utah 14 points in 27 seconds and a 28-0 lead. Tavion Thomas ran for 94 yards and three touchdowns for the Utes.
Utah wraps up a share of the Pac-12 South title and a spot in the conference championship game.
In other Top-25 action:
— Standout defensive tackle Jordan Davis scored his first career touchdown and No. 1 Georgia’s stout defense was again dominant in a 56-7 rout of Charleston Southern. The 6-foot-6, 340-pound Davis scored on a 1-yard plunge out of the Bulldogs’ jumbo package in the first quarter for the game’s first touchdown. Georgia improves to 11-0.
— Bryce Young passed for a school-record 559 yards and five touchdowns and No. 2 Alabama clinched a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game with a 42-35 victory over No. 21 Arkansas. The Crimson Tide won its 15th consecutive game against the Razorbacks, thanks largely to the Young-to-Jameson Williams deep connection that continues to be the ultimate offensive bailout.
— No. 3 Cincinnati rolled past SMU 48-14 to remain undefeated. Desmond Ridder threw three touchdown passes, ran for another score and even caught a TD pass for the Bearcats. Their home winning streak is now at 26 games.
— C.J. Stroud threw six touchdowns passes as No. 5 Ohio State blew out No. 7 Michigan State 56-7. The freshman threw for 432 yards in less than three quarters. He also became a front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, overshadowing Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker, who came in as the nation’s leading rusher. Walker gained just 25 yards.
— Jack Coan threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns in a little more than a half and No. 6 Notre Dame had two defensive touchdowns in winning its sixth straight game, 55-0 over Georgia Tech. The Fighting Irish improved to 10-1, reaching the 10-win level for the fifth straight season.
— Mike Sainristil made a one-handed catch in the end zone for a second-quarter touchdown, Hassan Haskins scored two TDs of his own, and No. 8 Michigan did its part to raise the stakes of next weekend’s showdown with Ohio State, routing Maryland 59-18.
— Dominating defense enabled ninth-ranked Oklahoma State to wrap up its first spot in the Big 12 championship game with a 23-0 victory over Texas Tech. The Cowboys have allowed only one offensive touchdown over their past four games.
— No. 10 Mississippi beat Vanderbilt, 31-17. Ole Miss never trailed, with Matt Corral throwing an 8-yard scoring pass to Jerrion Ealy in the opening minutes. Corral threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns in his home finale.
— No. 11 Baylor leaned on its defense in a 20-10 win over Kansas State. Blake Shapen threw for 137 yards in place of injured quarterback Gerry Bohanon, while Trestan Ebner ran for 86 yards and a touchdown.
— Caleb Williams passed for a touchdown and ran for another, Jalen Redmond returned a fumble for another score, and No. 12 Oklahoma beat Iowa State 28-21. Kennedy Brooks ran for 115 yards for Oklahoma, which solidified its chances of reaching the Big 12 title game and kept alive its slim College Football Playoff hopes.
—Clemson won its 13th straight over No. 13 Wake Forest, a 48-27 victory that prevented the Demon Deacons from winning the ACC Atlantic Division. Wake Forest can still advance to the ACC title game by beating Boston College next Saturday. Clemson remains in the hunt but will need Wake Forest and No. 25 North Carolina State to lose.
— Jaren Hall had 211 of his 312 yards passing in the first half, Jakob Robinson picked off two passes in the second half and No. 14 BYU beat Georgia Southern 34-17. Jaren Hall threw for 312 yards, Tyler Allgeier had 126 yards on 26 carries and Jakob Robinson picked off two passes to help the Cougars win their fourth straight game.
— No. 15 UTSA scored a wild 34-31 victory over UAB. Frank Harris threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Oscar Cardenas with three seconds left to rally the Roadrunners.
— Devon Achane and Isaiah Spiller combined for three touchdowns before halftime, and No. 16 Texas A&M cruised to a 52-3 win over Prairie View A&M.
—Charlie Jones had a 100-yard kickoff return for No. 18 Iowa’s first touchdown as the Hawkeyes defeated Illinois 33-23. Iowa was trailing 10-0 in the first quarter when Jones took the kick in the right corner of the end zone and ran through a hole on the left side for the score.
— Braelon Allen rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns – including a tiebreaking 53-yarder with 3:50 remaining – to help No. 19 Wisconsin outlast Nebraska 35-28.
— No. 20 Pittsburgh claimed its second ACC’s Coastal Division title in four years with a 48-38 victory over Virginia. Kenny Pickett threw for 340 yards and four touchdowns — all to Jordan Addison — in his final game at Heinz Field.
— Levi Lewis threw for 166 yards and three touchdowns, Louisiana-Lafayette had five takeaways and seven sacks as the No. 22 Ragin’ Cajuns beat Liberty, 42-14.
— No. 25 North Carolina State beat Syracuse 41-17 to keep its hopes alive for an Atlantic Coast Conference championship. The Wolfpack scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in a matter of less than 3 1/2 minutes.
Big night for Bucks big man
UNDATED (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had another strong night with 32 points and 20 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Orlando Magic 117-108.
Bobby Portis had a season-high 24 points along with 15 rebounds to help the Bucks win their third straight and improve to 9-8.
The teams will meet again Monday night in Milwaukee.
In other NBA games:
— The Boston Celtics grabbed their seventh win in the past 10 games, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-105. Jayson Tatum scored 33 points, Dennis Schroder had 29.
— Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Spencer Dinwiddie each scored 16 points and hit two 3-pointers during a crucial late stretch and the Wizards rallied for a 103-100 victory over the Miami Heat. Bradley Beal had 21 points to help Washington split the home-and-home series with Miami and move a half-game above the Heat in the Southeast Division standings.
— Clint Capela had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Trae Young scored 19 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Charlotte Hornets 115-105. It was Atlanta’s fourth straight win.
— Damian Lillard scored a season-high 39 points to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 118-111. Portland improved to 8-1 at home and, at 9-8, is back above .500. Joel Embiid missed his seventh straight game for Philadelphia after entering the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
— The New York Knicks handed the Houston Rockets their 14th consecutive loss with a 106-99 victory. Alec Burks scored 17 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, Evan Fournier added 19 and All-Star Julius Randle had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
— The Indiana Pacers’ starters bounced back from being benched a night earlier to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 111-94. Yanked by coach Rick Carlisle midway through the third quarter of a loss at Charlotte, Indiana’s starters opened with 23 points in the first quarter for a 32-19 lead against the Pelicans.
— The Minnesota Timberwolves cruised to their third straight win with a 138-95 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies. D’Angelo Russell scored 28 points, Anthony Edwards added 23 and Karl-Anthony Towns 21.
— The Utah Jazz rolled the Sacramento Kings 123-105. Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points, while Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 14 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double.
Flames spoil opening of Islanders’ new arena
UNDATED (AP) — The Flames spoiled the Islanders’ debut of their new home arena next to Belmont Park, beating New York 5-2.
Andrew Mangiapane scored two power-play goals and Jacob Markstrom stopped 34 shots for Calgary. The Islanders were missing seven players, six due to COVID-19 protocols.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
— Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl scored again for Edmonton. The Oilers stars each had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
— The Pittsburgh Penguins beat Toronto 2-0, snapping the Maple Leafs’ five-game winning streak. Tristan Jarry made 26 saves for his second straight shutout, while Jake Guentzel and Jeff Carter scored for Pittsburgh.
— The Florida Panthers are now the fourth team in NHL history to start a season with 10 consecutive home wins. Frank Vatrano scored twice and Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves to help the Panthers remain perfect at home with a 5-4 victory against the Minnesota Wild.
— Derek Forbort had two goals to lead the Boston Bruins to their third straight victory, 5-2 over the Philadelphia Flyers. Philadelphia lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
— Seth Jarvis had a goal for the third straight game as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-4. Sebastian Aho and Derek Stepan each had a goal and an assist, while goalie Frederik Andersen had an assist to go along with his 38 saves.
— Mackenzie Blackwood stopped a penalty shot in the third period for one of his 31 saves, to help the Devils beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3. Yegor Sharangovich scored his second goal of the game in New Jersey’s four-goal third period.
— The Vegas Golden Knights beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. Vegas erased an early two-goal deficit, and Mattias Janmark scored the game winner in the third period.
— Roope Hintz scored two almost identical short-handed goals, the first for Dallas this season, and the Stars defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-1. Hintz became the first Dallas player to score two short-handed goals in a game.
— The Montreal Canadiens broke out for a four-goal second period and held on for a 6-3 win over Nashville. Matt Duchene scored a third-period hat trick for the Predators, but it wasn’t enough.
— Clayton Keller scored just seconds into overtime to give the Arizona Coyotes a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Ryan Dzingel scored his second goal in as many games for Arizona, and Scott Wedgewood had 33 saves.
— The Washington Capitals blanked the Sharks, 4-0, in San Jose. It was Ilya Samsonov’s second straight shutout. Conor Sheary and Alex Ovechkin each scored two goals.
Steelers Roethlisberger comes off COVID-19 list, will start
UNDATED (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will start against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night after being removed from the COVID-19 list.
Roethlisberger sat out last week’s 16-16 tie with Detroit after being symptomatic and testing positive. He participated virtually with the Steelers during the week.
In other NFL news:
— Los Angeles Chargers linebackers Joey Bosa and Drue Tranquill have been activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list. Both are expected to play Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
— The Baltimore Ravens have ruled out receiver Marquise Brown for Sunday’s game at Chicago with a thigh injury. The Ravens also added star quarterback Lamar Jackson to their injury report, saying he is questionable because of illness.
— New York Giants defensive back and leading tackler Logan Ryan will miss Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of COVID-19.
—The Tennessee Titans have put linebacker Bud Dupree on injured reserve with an abdominal injury.
T25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
No. 5 Villanova routs No. 17 Tennessee 71-53 in Tip-Off
UNDATED (AP) — Jermaine Samuels scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 5 Villanova eased to a 71-53 win over No. 17 Tennessee in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament in Connecticut.
Santiago Vescovi scored 23 points for Tennessee, which had opened the season with lopsided wins over Tennessee-Martin and East Tennessee. He was the only Volunteer to get to double figures.
In other Top 25 men’s basketball:
— No. 6 Purdue beat No. 18 North Carolina 93-84 Saturday in the first round of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament. Sasha Stefanovic scored 23 points and Jaden Ivey put up 22, while Trevion Williams added 20 for Purdue. The Boilermakers have scored at least 90 points in all four of its games this season.
— No. 8 Texas defeated San Jose State 79-45. Timmy Allen scored 17 points, and Tre Mitchell had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Longhorns.
— LJ Cryer scored 21 points, and No. 9 Baylor took control early in the second half of an 86-48 victory over Stanford.
— Tyrese Martin had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 23 UConn beat Binghamton 87-63.
Gooch takes 3-shot lead at Sea Island and goes for 1st win
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Talor Gooch is one round away from his first PGA Tour victory.
The former Oklahoma State player had two late birdies for a 67 that stretched his lead to three shots in the RSM Classic. Seamus Power of Ireland and Sebastian Munoz of Colombia were in second place, with Tom Hoge still in the mix.
Korda, Ko part of 4-way tie at LPGA with $1.5M at stake
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — The LPGA is poised for a blockbuster finish to the season. Nelly Korda and Jin Young Ko are part of a four-way tie for the lead in the CME Group Tour Championship.
At stake in the final round of the final tournament is $1.5 million to the winner. For the LPGA Tour’s best two players, Sunday will decide player of the year.
Korda rallied on the par 5s on the back nine. Ko made seven straight birdies on the front nine. They are tied for the lead with Nasa Hataoka of Japan and Celine Boutier of France.
CHINA-MISSING TENNIS STAR
Missing Chinese tennis star reappears in public in Beijing
BEIJING (AP) — Missing tennis star Peng Shuai has reappeared in public at a youth tournament in Beijing, according to photos released by the organizer, as the ruling Communist Party tried to quell fears about her while suppressing information after she accused a senior leader of sexual assault.
The posting by China Open management on the Weibo social media service made no mention of Peng’s disappearance or accusation she was sexually assaulted by a former Chinese leader. Peng was shown standing beside a court, waving and signing oversize commemorative tennis balls for children.
The ruling party appears to be trying to defuse alarm about Peng without acknowledging her disappearance. Comments on Chinese social media criticized the Women’s Tennis Association and others who spoke up about Peng.
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