Thursday, October 18, 2018

NBA Game Recap: Los Angeles Lakers (119) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (128) - 10/18/2018

NBA Game Recap: Los Angeles Lakers (119) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (128) - Date: 10/18/2018 Oct 19, 2018PORTLAND, Ore. LeBron James opened with two thunderous dunks and had 26 points and 12 rebounds in his first game with the Los Angeles Lakers, but the Portland Trail Blazers prevailed 128-119 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.Damian Lillard had 28 points and Nik Stauskas came off the bench to score 24 for Portland, which won its 18th straight home opener to extend an NBA record.It was the Blazers' 16th straight victory over the Lakers.The opening festivities were tempered by the death this week of Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen. A ''Rip City'' baseball cap rested in Allen's courtside seat with a single rose.The enigmatic co-founder of Microsoft died Monday in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was 65. Gambling Profit. There was moment of silence before the game and tributes to Allen throughout the night.On the court, the focus was all on James. His monster dunks to start stunned the Moda Center crowd while Nike co-founder Phil Knight looked on from courtside seats.James signed a four-year, $153 million deal with the Lakers as a free agent in the offseason after winning three NBA championship rings and taking his team - Miami and Cleveland - to the NBA Finals for each of the last eight seasons.The four-time league MVP joined a revamped group that includes veterans Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley, as well as a young core of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and rookie Moe Wagner.While the Lakers made big changes in the offseason, the Trail Blazers returned all five starters from a team that finished third in the Western Conference last season - including the nucleus of Lillard, CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic.James' putback gave Los Angeles an early 25-15 lead. He played just under nine minutes in the opening quarter and led all scorers with 13 points.Portland closed the gap and pulled in front 46-40 on Stauskas' 3-pointer. Stauskas, who signed with the Blazers as a free agent this past summer, led all Blazers with 16 points in the opening half. Soccer Handicappers. The Blazers pushed the lead to 11 points at but led just 65-63 at the break.James had 18 points but collected a third foul with 6:04 left in the half.Kuzma's dunk got the Lakers within 79-78 with just more than four minutes left in the third quarter. Hart's 3-pointer - the Lakers' first of the game - put Los Angeles up 85-83. Game Fixing. The lead was short-lived, but Portland had just a 93-91 advantage going into the final quarter.Stauskas hit a 3-pointer that put Portland up 107-100 with 7:22 left . After it fell, he turned to the crowd and pounded his chest. McCollum's 3-pointer with 5:01 left put Portland up 114-104.Caldwell-Pope's 3-pointer with 30.7 seconds left got the Lakers within 124-118, but Stauskas made a pair of free throws and Los Angeles couldn't catch up.TIP INSLakers: Lakers coach Luke Walton said that Ball would continue to be on a playing-time restriction after having an offseason procedure on his knee. Ball played 20 minutes and scored seven points.Trail Blazers: With Maurice Harkless dealing with a knee injury that bothered him in the preseason, Blazers coach Terry Stotts started Jake Layman against the Lakers.HONORING ALLENOn the edge of the Blazers court was painted PGA with a Rose, and the Blazers had similar patches on their jerseys to honor Allen. Stotts talked before the game about all the people Allen had touched. ''Everybody talks about his philanthropy throughout the years, and what he's done. When people started wr iting about it, and listing all the things and all his accomplishments and the impact on millions and millions of people, and the environment, the earth and everything - it's hard to put into context, the magnitude,'' the coach said.ALL EYES ON USWith James joining the team, the Lakers are certainly dealing with greater scrutiny with a huge media contingent on hand for his debut.''We've talk about it, not to let it be a distraction. We're not going to let it influence what we're trying to do on this team,'' Walton said. ''In fact, we're trying to use it as something to grow a bond in our group. Our theme is to truly believe in the idea that it's just us, just us that are in here working, just us that are getting better.'' UP NEXTJames will make his Lakers home debut against the Houston Rockets on Saturday.The Blazers host the Spurs on Saturday.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports< /p>

NHL Game Recap: Buffalo Sabres (1) vs. San Jose Sharks (5) - 10/18/2018

NHL Game Recap: Buffalo Sabres (1) vs. San Jose Sharks (5) - Date: 10/18/2018 / SAN JOSE, Calif. Logan Couture had his third career hat trick and the San Jose Sharks scored three times on the power play to beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on Thursday night in their first game back from a five-game road trip. Couture and Joonas Donskoi scored power-play goals 27 seconds apart in the first period following a double-minor against Kyle Okposo for high sticking. Couture added an even-strength goal in the third period off a feed from Evander Kane and capped the night with an empty-net goal. Joe Pavelski also scored on the power-play in the third, giving the Sharks three goals with the man advantage after having just two in the first six games. Martin Jones made 24 saves for the Sharks. Jake McCabe scored the lone goal for the Sabres, who fell to 1-2 on their five-game Western swing. Carter Hutton made 34 saves. Winning Picks. The Sharks have had a rough go on the power play early this season as they work on incorporating Erik Karlsson into the unit. San Jose converted just 2 of its first 21 chances with the man advantage before capitalizing early against the Sabres when Okposo was called for high-sticking Rourke Chartier. Late in the first power play, Karlsson's shot from just inside the boards deflected off Donskoi and into the net to give San Jose the lead and another chance with the man advantage. Money Cappers. The Sharks didn't take long to convert that one as Couture won an offensive zone draw and got the puck back from Brent Burns on top of the circle and beat Hutton for his second goal of the season. Soccer Handicappers. That was part of seven power-play chances in a penalty-filled first period that featured only 8:35 of even-strength play. The Sabres were unable to convert their three chances, generating just two shots on goal and one off a post by Casey Mittelstadt. Buffalo's best chance came in a flurry late in the period, but Jones made a key save and Couture blocked a shot by Marco Scandella when Jones was out of position. The Sabres got on the board early in the second when McCabe beat Jones with a shot from the circle that went through a screen. NOTES: Couture also had hat tricks against Vancouver in 2016 and the Islanders in 2017. ... Kane had two assists in his first game against the Sabres since being traded to the Sharks last February. ... San Jose last scored three power-play goals in a game on Dec. 21, 2017, vs. Vancouver. ... Sharks C Joe Thornton missed his fifth straight game with swelling in his surgically repaired right knee. UP NEXT:Buffalo: Visit Los Angeles on Saturday. San Jose: Host Islanders on Saturday.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https:/ /twitter.com/-Sports

NHL Game Recap: New York Islanders (7) vs. Los Angeles Kings (2) - 10/18/2018

NHL Game Recap: New York Islanders (7) vs. Los Angeles Kings (2) - Date: 10/18/2018 / LOS ANGELES Valtteri Filppula scored twice and the New York Islanders snapped a two-game road losing streak with a 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night. Filppula, Matt Martin, Leo Komarov and Andrew Ladd each had a goal in the third period as the Islanders had a season high in scoring. Casey Cizikas had a goal for the second straight game, and Josh Bailey scored on the power play. Robin Lehner made 28 saves for the Islanders, who were playing the second game of a back-to-back. Jonathan Quick made his first start for the Kings after missing five games because of a lower-body injury, but was pulled with 10:40 remaining after allowing six goals on 29 shots. Football Picks Today. Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter each scored on the power play, and Los Angeles los t its third straight game. Filppula made it 3-1 after Bailey's power-play goal put New York back in front 2-1 at 3:43 of the second period. After Carter made it 3-2 during a two-man advantage early in the third period, Filppula had a short-handed goal during a two-man break 46 seconds later to restore a two-goal lead, with Martin adding his goal a minute later, at 4:40. Komarov scored, sending Quick to the bench, and Andrew Ladd capped the barrage of goals at 11:34 against backup Jack Campbell. Best Sports Handicapping Services. The Islanders took a 1-0 lead at 4:05 of the first period on a goal by Cizikas. MLB Handicappers. Toffoli tied it at 1, redirecting Drew Doughty's shot from the blue line at 14:56 for the Kings' first power-play goal of the season. Los Angeles had started the season 0-for-22 on the power play and was the last team in the NHL to score with the man-advantage. Kings center Anze Kopitar did not play because of illness. It's the first time he missed a game since Jan. 18, 2017, and ended a streak of playing in 126 consecutive games. NOTES: Filppula, Ladd and Scott Mayfield each had three points. ... Islanders center Mathew Barzal had two assists, giving him six in six games. ... Kings forward Sheldon Rempal played 13:06 in his NHL debut. ... With Quick coming off injured reserve, goalie Peter Budaj was assigned to the Kings' AHL affiliate in a corresponding move. UP NEXTIslanders: Conclude their three-game road trip against the Sharks in San Jose on Saturday. Kings: Host the Buffalo Sabres in a Saturday matinee.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAF Game Recap: Stanford (20) vs. Arizona State (13) - 10/18/2018

NCAAF Game Recap: Stanford (20) vs. Arizona State (13) - Date: 10/18/2018 Oct 19, 2018TEMPE, Ariz. K. J. Costello threw for 231 yards and a touchdown, and Stanford remained in the thick of the Pac-12 North Division race with a 20-13 win over Arizona State on Thursday night. Stanford (5-2, 3-1) needed a half to get its offense fully rolling off a bye week, held to a pair of field goals in the first half. The Cardinal put together a pair of impressive drives in the third quarter and had a 16-minute advantage in time of possession to tie No. 14 Washington atop the Pac-12 North. Arizona State (3-4, 1-3) was held to a field goal in the first half before Manny Wilkins scrambled for a 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to pull the Sun Devils within 20-13. Arizona State got the ball back at its own 16 -yard line with 2:20 left, but couldn't get off a final play from Stanford's 20 after a short gain. Wilkins threw f or 353 yards, but the Sun Devils turned it over three times, including one on a failed trick play, to lose for the fourth time in five games. Neither offense could gain much traction in the first half. Arizona State had a good drive going late, but failed on a trick play when receiver N'Keal Harry's pass off a reverse was intercepted at Stanford's 11. Best Free Sports Picks. The Cardinal appeared to have a touchdown when Cameron Scarlett turned a screen pass into a 59-yard score, but it was called back on a holding penalty. Jet Toner hit his second field goal of the half, from 31 yards, on the final play of the half to put Stanford up 6-3. Arizona State opened the second half with Brandon Ruiz's second field goal. Stanford opened by dominating the Sun Devils on a pair of long scoring drives to take control. Costello hit JJ Arcega-Whiteside on a 28-yard touchdown pass on the first drive, and Scarlett scored on a 1-yard dive to put the Cardinal up 20-6. Winning Sports Handicappers. THE TAKEAWAYStanford still has control of the Pac-12 North with an impressive road victory that prevented the Cardinal's first three-game losing streak in eight seasons under coach David Shaw. Sports Handicapping Sites. The Sun Devils now have win three of their final six to become bowl eligible in their first season under coach Herm Edwards. It won't be easy, with road games against USC, Oregon and Arizona still left. UP NEXTStanford hosts Washington State next Saturday. Arizona State plays at Southern California next Saturday. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter. com/-Top25

NHL Game Recap: Boston Bruins (2) vs. Edmonton Oilers (3) - 10/18/2018

NHL Game Recap: Boston Bruins (2) vs. Edmonton Oilers (3) - Date: 10/18/2018 / EDMONTON, Alberta Leon Draisiatl scored in overtime to give the Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in their home opener. Connor McDavid set up the winner at 37 seconds of the extra period, and Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored to help the Oilers win their third straight. David Krejci and David Pastrnak scored for Boston. MLB Handicappers. The Bruins have dropped two in a row. Boston opened the scoring midway through the second period following an Edmonton giveaway. Krejci was left alone at the side of the net for his first goal of the season. Free Predictions. The Oilers soon tied it on Yamamoto's first NHL goal. Off McDavid's assist, Nugent-Hopkins put Edmonton ahead on a power play 7:30 into the third period. Nugent-Hopkins has seven points in the last three games. Boston tied it with 8:34 to go when Brad Marchand fed it in front to Pastrnak for his eighth. Notes: Edmonton was the last of the NHL's 31 teams to have its home opener. Hot Sports Handicappers. The Oilers played their first four games on the road, including starting the season in Sweden. It is the latest Edmonton has ever had its home opener in a non-lockout season. ... Zdeno Chara played his 900th regular season game with the Bruins. The 41-year-old has played in 1,429 games over 21 NHL seasons. UP NEXTBruins: At Vancouver on Saturday night. Oilers: Host Nashville on Saturday night.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Boston Red Sox (4) vs. Houston Astros (1) - 10/18/2018

MLB Game Recap: Boston Red Sox (4) vs. Houston Astros (1) - Date: 10/18/2018 Red Sox finish off Astros in 5 games, head to World Series2m ago 3 min read HOUSTON David Price put his postseason woes behind him, pitching the Boston Red Sox back into another World Series with a 4-1 victory over the defending champion Houston Astros on Thursday night.Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer as the Red Sox stunned Justin Verlander and the Astros in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series to win the best-of-seven set 4-1, a perfect 43rd birthday present for rookie manager Alex Cora. After dropping the opener at home, Boston took four straight - including three in a row at Minute Maid Park to improve to 5-0 on the road in these playoffs.Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and the 108-win Red Sox will try to bring Boston its fourth crown in 15 years when they open the World Series on Tuesday night at Fenway Park against the Los Angeles Dodgers or M ilwaukee Brewers. Free MMA Picks. The Red Sox were last in the World Series when they won it all in 2013.''We got four more wins. Profitable Handicappers. That was very, very special, absolutely. But we want more,'' Price said.Los Angeles has a 3-2 lead in the NLCS going into Game 6 on Friday night at Miller Park.Left fielder Andrew Benintendi caught a long fly for the last out - not nearly as dramatic as his game-saving diving grab the previous night. Even so, it set off an enthusiastic celebration for the Red Sox, who gathered to pose for pictures in the middle of the diamond.Despite leading the majors in wins during the regular season, the Red Sox were underdogs against a Houston team that defeated the Dodgers in last year's World Series and romped past Cleveland in the Division Series this month.But stars Jose Altuve, Car los Correa and the Astros hobbled to the finish in a humbling defeat. Still, no team has repeated as World Series champs since the New York Yankees won three straight from 1998-2000.Pitching on only three days' rest after Boston ace Chris Sale was ruled out while recovering from a stomach illness, Price struck out nine in six shutout innings of three-hit ball. Sports Handicap. The left-hander, who has had a rough time in Boston since signing a $217 million contract before the 2016 season, entered 0-9 with a 6.16 ERA in 11 career postseason starts.''It felt good. Honestly, it really started last night in the bullpen. Threw quite a few pitches to come in for the next hitter, found something out while doing that and kind of just carried that over to today,'' Price said.Price tipped his cap to a few hundred Red Sox fans assembled behind the Boston dugout while they cheered as he walked off the field f ollowing postgame interviews.Red Sox slugger J. D. Martinez hit an early homer off Verlander, and Price made the lead stand up into the late innings. Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his third save of the series.Martinez reached the World Series by beating the team that released him during spring training four years ago.''It's a little sweeter, obviously,'' he said. ''But it's one of the things where I'm past it, and I'm here because of my struggles and because of my pain that I went through there,'' he said.''To win 108 games in a season, you've got to have a complete team and I think that was on display this series. The whole playoffs, actually,'' he said.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NFL Game Recap: Denver Broncos (45) vs. Arizona Cardinals (10) - 10/18/2018

NFL Game Recap: Denver Broncos (45) vs. Arizona Cardinals (10) - Date: 10/18/2018 Oct 18, 2018Emmanuel Sanders threw and caught touchdown passes, Denver returned two interceptions for first-quarter touchdowns and the Broncos snapped a four-game losing streak with a 45-10 rout of the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night. Profitable Sports Handicappers. Todd Davis returned rookie Josh Rosen's deflected pass for a touchdown on the second play of the game and Chris Harris Jr. took another back 53 yards for a score with 2:02 left in the quarter as the Broncos (3-4) opened a 21-3 lead. Rosen threw three interceptions and fumbled the ball away twice on a rough night that began badly for him and never got better. He limped off the field after he was sacked for the fifth time, on a fourth-and-16 play near the end of the game. Sports Handicapping. The Cardinals (1-6), down 35-3 at the half, fell to 0-4 at home for the first time since 1979. Case Keenum completed 14 of 21 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown with one interception for Denver. Phillip Lindsay rushed for 90 yards on 14 carries, including a 28-yard TD run. Rosen had called a time out after the game's first play. Then his pass was deflected by the outstretched hand of defensive end Derek Wolfe. The ball dropped into the hands of Davis, who ran it in from there. Arizona followed with a three-and-out and the Broncos quickly made it 14-0 with a six-play, 77-yard drive. Sanders took the ball on an end around and threw to a wide open Courtland Sutton 28 yards for the touchdown. Sports Picks Today. The receiver may have run the wrong route on Rosen's second ''pick six. '' In a third-and-one situation from the Arizona 46, Rosen passed but there was no one near the ball except Harris, who returned it 53 yards to make it 21-3. The Broncos made it 28-3 in the second quarter when Keenum found Harris wide open on a 64-yard TD play, the Denver receiver doing a front flip over the goal line. A pass interference play against Bene Benwikere in the end zone set up Royce Freeman's one-yard TD run that made it 35-3 with 21 seconds left in the half. The run capped a 15-play, 70-yard drive that used up 6:39. The Arizona fans booed as the team left the field for the half, while there were cheers from the sizable contingent of orange-clad Broncos supporters. FITZ SCORESThe Cardinals got their only touchdown in the third quarter, Rosen throwing four yards to Larry Fitzgerald for the score. Fitzgerald's first TD catch of the season came at the end of an 11-play, 63-yard drive that followed Patrick Peterson's interception. Fitzgerald's 111 career TDs tie him with Tony Gonzalez for seventh on the NFL's career l ist. INJURIESDenver lost two players to injury in the first half. Rookie punt returner DaeSean Hamilton left with a knee injury after Arizona's Brandon Williams rolled into his legs as he was waiting for the ball to make a fair catch. Williams was penalized for interfering on the play. Safety Darian Stewart left the game with a neck injury in the first quarter. Arizona tight end Ricky Seals-Jones, trying to run down Rosen's fumble, slammed his left forearm against an opponent's helmet and didn't return. UP NEXTBroncos: At Kansas City on Oct. 28. Cardinals: Host San Francisco on Oct. 28. ---More NFL: https://apnews. com/tag/NFL and https://twitter. com/-NFL

NCAAF Game Recap: Georgia State (35) vs. Arkansas State (51) - 10/18/2018

NCAAF Game Recap: Georgia State (35) vs. Arkansas State (51) - Date: 10/18/2018 Oct 18, 2018JONESBORO, Ark. Justice Hansen threw three touchdown passes and ran for two scores, helping Arkansas State beat Georgia State 51-35 on Thursday night. Hansen had four touchdowns in the first half - three passing, one rushing - to help Arkansas State build a 34-7 lead. He finished 17-of-28 passing for 257 yards and carried it 11 times for 76 yards. Hansen set a school record on the first drive of the game with his 68th career touchdown pass, moving past Ryan Aplin? (2009-12). Warren Wand's 91-yard kickoff return set up Hansen's 8-yard sneak for a 13-7 lead. Hansen followed a 33-yard sneak with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Adams Jr. to make it 20-7 at the end of the first quarter. Marcel Murray added 115 rushing yards and a touchdown for Arkansas State (4-3, 1-2 Sun Belt). Dan Ellington had 250 yards passing and three t ouchdowns for Georgia State (2-5, 1-2). Best Sports Picks of the Day. Tamir Jones' first catch of the season went for a 36-yard touchdown to tie it at 7. Ellington threw for his second touchdown, a 37-yarder to Cornelius McCoy, in the third quarter to pull to 34-14.