Saturday, December 31, 2016

NCAAB Recap: San Diego (60) vs. Saint Marys CA (72) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: San Diego (60) vs. Saint Marys CA (72) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  MORAGA, Calif. (AP) Jock Landale scored 14 points and Tanner Krebs added 12 to help No. 20 Saint Mary's beat San Diego 72-60 on Saturday night. Krebs, a redshirt freshman from the Australian island of Tasmania, made all four of his 3-point shots for the Gaels (12-1, 2-0 WCC), who won their sixth straight game. Freshman Jordan Ford equaled his career-best with 12 points. Brett Bailey scored 19 points to lead the Toreros (7-7, 0-2). Down 9-2 less than 5 minutes into the game, the Gaels crept back, finally taking the lead for good at 22-19 on a 3-pointer by Krebs with 6:55 left in the first half. Krebs shot 3-for-3 from the 3-point arc in the half and his nine points keyed an 18-point first-half contribution by the Gaels' bench. Reserves shot 7-for-8 in the half while the starters were just 5-for-18 and totaled 15 points. BIG PICTURES an Diego: The five-game win streak the Toreros brought into WCC play is in the rear-view mirror now. At 0-2 in conference play, if San Diego has designs on bettering its 4-14 WCC mark of a year ago, now is the time to make a move. Saint Mary's: The Gaels' season is about to become a bit more challenging. After chewing up a series of mostly overmatched opponents so far, they are home against BYU - a perennial top-3 WCC finisher - on Thursday, then play three in a row on the road, including at early-season surprise San Francisco and conference favorite Gonzaga. UP NEXTSan Diego returns home to face Pacific (6-9, 0-2) next Thursday. NBA Handicappers. The teams split two games last season and Pacific holds a 4-3 series lead since joining the WCC in 2013-14. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Tigers lost 81-61 to No. 7 Gonzaga at home on Saturday . Saint Mary's faces BYU at home next Thursday. Sports Picks Free. The Cougars (11-4, 2-0) beat Loyola Marymount 81-76 on Saturday in their first true road game of the season. Saint Mary's and BYU have split four games the past two seasons, each holding serve at home

NBA Recap: Los Angeles Clippers (88) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (114) - 12/31/2016

NBA Recap: Los Angeles Clippers (88) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (114) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook had 17 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds for his NBA-best 16th triple-double of the season, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 114-88 victory over the depleted Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. Westbrook played just 28 minutes as Oklahoma City put away Los Angeles with a big first half. Enes Kanter had 23 points and eight rebounds, and Victor Oladipo added 15 points. Basketball Picks. The Clippers played without Chris Paul, who was sidelined by a hamstring injury, and Blake Griffin, who is recovering from right knee surgery. Brandon Bass and Marreese Speights each had 18 points, and Austin Rivers finished with 14 on 3-for-11 shooting. Oladipo and Kanter each had nine points in the first quarter as Oklahoma C ity jumped out to a 33-12 lead. Alex Abrines drilled a half-court shot at the halftime buzzer, giving the Thunder a 69-40 lead at the break. Free NBA Basketball Picks. TIP-INSClippers: C DeAndre Jordan finished with nine points and 11 rebounds. ... Los Angeles shot 41 percent (31 for 75) from the field. Sports Handicappers Rankings. Thunder: Abrines had 12 points, and Steven Adams scored 11. UP NEXTClippers: Host the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. Thunder: Travel to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks on Monday night.

NHL Recap: New York Rangers (6) vs. Colorado Avalanche (2) - 12/31/2016

NHL Recap: New York Rangers (6) vs. Colorado Avalanche (2) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  DENVER (AP) Chris Kreider got his second career hat trick, J. Todays Free Sports Picks. T. Miller added two goals and the New York Rangers beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 on Saturday night. Jimmy Vesey also scored, and Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello each had two assists for the Rangers, who have won three straight and nine of their last 12. Henrik Lundqvist returned after missing two games with the flu and stopped 25 shots. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The Rangers won their 12th road game in their last 16 tries, while the Avalanche dropped their 10th consecutive game at the Pepsi Center. Cody McLeod and Blake Comeau scored for Colorado, which has lost eight of nine. Calvin Pickard, starting in a fourth consec utive game in place of injured Semyon Varlamov, stopped 31 shots. Kreider scored twice in the first period and Miller put the Rangers ahead 3-2 9:30 into the second. Kreider deflected Stepan's shot 14:20 into the second for his third of the night and 15th of the season. It was the second consecutive hat trick for New York. Matt Puempel scored three power-play goals in a 6-3 win at Arizona on Thursday night. Best Sports Picks Service. The Avalanche got on the board early on with McLeod's goal 1:59 into the first. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. Tyson Barrie gathered Mikhail Grigorenko's faceoff win atop the circle and ripped a chance toward the net. McLeod tipped it through Lundqvist's legs for his first goal of the season. Kreider tied it 6:09 into the first after Stepan's backhand chance from the goal line deflected off him and Colorado defenseman Francois Beauchemin before going in. Kreider's second goal of the period was initially waved off, and Ryan McDonagh was awarded a goal when he hit the back of the net moments later. Video review, however, showed that Kreider's shot completely crossed the line. Miller and Vesey scored in the third for New York. NOTES: Kreider has scored seven goals in his past six games. ... Lundqvist passed Dominik Hasek for most NHL wins by a European-born goalie, good for 12th on the overall career list. ... Defenseman Nick Holden played against the Avs for the first time since they traded him to the Rangers on June 25 for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. ... Rick Nash (groin) participated in morning skate but missed his fifth consecutive game. ... Varlamov (groin) missed a fourth straight game for the Avalanche. UP NEXTRangers: Host Buffalo on Tuesday night. Avalanche: At Vancouver on Monday night.

NHL Recap: Florida Panthers (3) vs. Dallas Stars (1) - 12/31/2016

NHL Recap: Florida Panthers (3) vs. Dallas Stars (1) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  DALLAS (AP) Jaromir Jagr scored his 756th career goal and had an assist, helping the Florida Panthers end a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. Jagr, who passed Mark Messier for second on the career scoring list last week, gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead less than 17 minutes in. His seventh goal of the season chased goalie Antti Niemi as the Stars' season-best three-game winning streak ended. Florida goalie James Reimer, Roberto Luongo's backup, got his fifth win in his 15th appearance, stopping 35 of 36 shots, including all 19 in the third period. He beat Dallas twice with Toronto last season. Sports Betting Handicapping. The 44-year-old Jagr, in his 24th NHL season, capped a quick two-goal spurt on a pair of power plays. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The first came from former Dallas player Jussi Jokinen just six seconds after Jamie Benn was called for high-sticking.

NBA Recap: Phoenix Suns (86) vs. Utah Jazz (91) - 12/31/2016

NBA Recap: Phoenix Suns (86) vs. Utah Jazz (91) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Gordon Hayward added 18 points and nine rebounds in the Utah Jazz's 91-86 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night. Rodney Hood added 13 points to help the Jazz win their third straight and improve to 21-13. Devin Booker scored 18 of his 20 points in the first quarter for Phoenix, and Eric Bledsoe added 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Free Guaranteed Sports Picks. The Suns dropped to 10-24, scoring just one basket over the final 6:45. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The game featured 20 lead changes and eight ties, until Hayward tipped in a missed basket to put Utah ahead for good. Gobert followed with a pair of dunks to give the J azz an 89-84 lead with 1:46 left. Sports Handicapper Tracker. The Suns had a chance to force overtime in the final seconds, but Booker missed a 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining. Hayward grabbed the rebound and hit two free throws to seal it. Playing without starting point guard George Hill after a late first-quarter injury, the Jazz turned to their defense in the fourth quarter. Phoenix shot 7 of 22 from the field in the quarter and had 15 points. Utah charged out to a 63-54 lead early in the third quarter behind back-to-back baskets from Gobert and Shelvin Mack. Phoenix cut the deficit to one after Booker capped an 8-0 run with his first basket since the first quarter. But Hood quickly buried a pair of 3-pointers to stop the spurt. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Jazz built up a 76-68 lead with 1:41 left in the quarter when Raul N eto drove for a layup and then stole the ball from Tyler Ulis to set up a second layup less than a minute later. Hockey Handicappers. TIP-INSSuns: Booker scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting in the first quarter alone. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Jazz held him to two points on 1-of-9 shooting over the final three quarters. ... Phoenix has lost six straight in the series after getting swept 4-0 by Utah a year ago. Jazz: Gobert had his 23rd double-double of the season. He is the first Jazz player to average a double-double through the first 34 games of a season since Al Jefferson did in 2012-13. ... The Jazz shot 8 of 20 (40 percent) from 3-point range. HILL OUT AGAINHill went to the locker room with 0.6 seconds left in the first quarter after being elbowed in the face by Suns center Alex Len. Hill received stitches for a lower lip laceration and underwent concussion testing. He did not return in the second half. Hill has appeared in just 13 of 34 possible games because of injuries this season. He missed eight games with a sprained thumb and 13 games with a sprained toe. The veteran guard is averaging a career-best 19.1 points along with 4.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds. UP NEXTSuns: Monday they travel to Los Angeles to face the Clippers. Phoenix has lost six straight and nine of the last 10 on the road in the series. Jazz: Monday they travel to Brooklyn to face Nets. Utah will face former Jazz forward Trevor Booker for the first time this season after he signed with Brooklyn this summer following two seasons with the Jazz.

NBA Recap: New York Knicks (122) vs. Houston Rockets (129) - 12/31/2016

NBA Recap: New York Knicks (122) vs. Houston Rockets (129) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  HOUSTON (AP) James Harden had 53 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds for his second straight triple-double, and the Houston Rockets beat the short-handed New York Knicks 129-122 on Saturday night. Harden set career highs for points and 3-pointers with nine, and matched his career best for assists. He passed his previous career best of 51 points on a 3 with 1:16 left, leading to a standing ovation. Sports Betting Handicapping. The Knicks got within three several times in the fourth quarter, with the last time coming on a layup by Joakim Noah with about four minutes left. Harden responded to Noah's basket with three free throws before dishing to Ryan Anderson for a 3-pointer that made it 119-111. Another 3 by Anderson with less than two minutes left extended the lead to 124- 113. Harden, who had 30 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in Friday night's 140-116 victory against the Clippers, completed his eighth triple-double this season when he grabbed his 10th rebound with about 10 minutes left in the third quarter. It was his 17th career triple-double and his fourth career 50-point game. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Knicks played without starters Kristaps Porzingis (sore Achilles tendon) and Courtney Lee (sore right wrist) due to injuries. Free Sports Picks Twitter. They lost another one at halftime when Carmelo Anthony was sidelined by a sore left knee. He had seven points in the first half. Anderson added 25 points for the Rockets, who have won four in a row. Brandon Jennings had a season-high 32 points for New York, which has dropped four straight. A 3-pointer by Harden extended Houston's lead to 18 points with about seven minutes left in the third. Jennings then had nine points in a 15-5 run that trimmed Houston's lead to 88-80 with less than four minutes remaining in the quarter. Harden made two foul shots in the final seconds to lift Houston to a 99-92 lead after three. HAPPY BIRTHDAYHouston coach Mike D'Antoni took a minute out of his pregame talk with reporters to wish his father Lewis D'Antoni a happy birthday. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The elder D'Antoni was celebrating his 103rd birthday on Saturday. Sports Handicapper Leaderboard. The coach was asked about the best lesson he had learned from his father.''Probably how to stay alive,'' he said with a chuckle. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. Then he got serious.''There 's just so many (lessons) ... just the way he approached life was remarkable,'' he said. TIP-INSKnicks: F Kyle O'Quinn sat out because of an illness. ... Willy Hernangomez received a flagrant 1 foul in the fourth quarter after elbowing Anderson in the stomach. ... Derrick Rose finished with 21 points. Rockets: G Patrick Beverley missed the game with pain in his right wrist. ... Friday and Saturday marked the first time Houston had played home games on consecutive days since February 2012. ... The Rockets have scored at least 66 points in the first half of the last four games. ... Eric Gordon added 15 points. UP NEXTKnicks: Host Orlando on Monday. Rockets: Host Washington on Monday.

NCAAF Recap: Ohio State (0) vs. Clemson (31) - 12/31/2016

NCAAF Recap: Ohio State (0) vs. Clemson (31) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016 GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Deshaun Watson ran for two touchdowns and threw another and No. 3 Clemson crushed No. 2 Ohio State 31-0 Saturday night in the Fiesta Bowl to set up a rematch with Alabama for the College Football Playoff national championship. World's Best Handicapper. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney had sold his team on making this a redemptive trip to the desert by winning at the site where they lost to Alabama in the national title game last season. With that taken care of, Clemson (13-1) now gets another crack at the top-ranked Crimson Tide in Tampa, Florida, on Jan. 9. The teams that started the season ranked Nos. 1 and 2 will most certainly ended it that way, too. In what figures to be Watson's final college game, he will try to lead Clemson to its first national title since 1 981. The junior and Heisman Trophy runner-up passed for 259 yards and ran for 57 against the Buckeyes (11-2), who could not keep Clemson's big and quick defensive line out of their backfield. Freshman Clelin Ferrell had a sack among his three tackles for loss and Clemson allowed only 215 yards and nine first downs. The Buckeyes were shut out for the first time since 1993 against Michigan and Urban Meyer had one of his teams held scoreless for the first time in 194 games as a head coach. Watson made it 24-0 with 2:06 left in the third quarter when he faked a pitch, cut through a hole and into the end zone from 7 yards out. He hopped through the back of the end zone and did a little dance in front of the Ohio State section. NCAAF College Football Handicappers. The rest was a formality. Much the way Alabama's defense suffocated Washington in the day's first semifinal, Clemson gave Ohio State no options. The Buckeyes came in averaging 258 yards rushing per game and finished with 88. J. T. Barrett threw for 127 yards and was intercepted twice. Soccer Picks. The sellout crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium of 71,279 had far more Ohio State scarlet than Clemson orange at kickoff, but by the halfway point in the fourth quarter Tigers fans mostly had the place to themselves. Free NCAAF College Football Picks. THE TAKEAWAYOhio State: In a rebuilding year with only six returning starters, the Buckeyes reached the playoff. Hard to call that a disappointment, but Ohio State's issues on the offensive line and limitations in the passing game were badly exposed by a Clemson defensive line that features a bunch of future NFL players. Expect some Penn State fans to again start asking why their team was picked for the playoff instead of the Big Ten champion Nittany Lions, who beat the Buckeyes in October. Clemson: The Tigers seemed to spend much of the season trying to explain why they were not running roughshod over opponents. Expectations were so high after last season ended with stinging 45-40 loss in a classic national championship game against Alabama. Sports Handicapper King. There were close calls for Clemson early in the season against Auburn and Troy and they needed some luck to beat North Carolina State in overtime. Watson was throwing more picks and an offense that welcomed back star receiver Mike Williams was not quite the unstoppable juggernaut so many expected. But the best Clemson was the Clemson that showed up in the desert. And that Clemson has always been the team best equipped to beat Alabama. UP NEXTOhio State: The immediate concern for the Buckeyes is figuring out which underclassmen will jump to the NFL. The most notab le players who have decisions to make in the next two weeks are: Barrett, who will be a fifth-year senior next season; H-back Curtis Samuel; linebacker Raekwon McMillan and defensive backs Malik Hooker and Gareon Conley. Clemson: Watson put on an all-time performance with 478 total yards against Alabama last season. This Tide defense is even better, but Clemson brings something new to the fight in Williams, who missed most of last season because of an injury. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior had six catches for 96 yards against Ohio State. ---Follow Ralph D. Russo at www. Twitter. com/ralphDrussoAP---More college football coverage: http://collegefootball. ap. org/

NCAAB Recap: Gonzaga (81) vs. Pacific (61) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Gonzaga (81) vs. Pacific (61) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) Jordan Mathews scored 16 points and No. 7 Gonzaga went on a big run in the second half to beat Pacific 81-61 on Saturday night. Gonzaga (14-0, 2-0 West Coast Conference) trailed by eight with 17:13 remaining before going on a 25-4 run in a 10-minute span. Mathews and Josh Perkins had two 3-pointers apiece during the spurt to help the Bulldogs continue their best start in school history. Perkins finished with nine points and Przemek Karnowski added 19 points, five rebounds and seven assists to offset a slow night from leading scorer Nigel Williams-Goss. Williams-Goss had nine points on 4-of-10 shooting. Jacob Lampkin had a career-high 18 points for Pacific. Sports Handicappers Rankings. The Tigers (6-9, 0-2) were seeking their first win against a Top 25 team since the 2 005 NCAA Tournament.

NCAAB Recap: Pepperdine (60) vs. Portland U (73) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Pepperdine (60) vs. Portland U (73) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Alec Wintering had 23 points, six rebounds and eight assists on Saturday night and Portland led the entire way in a 73-60 win over Pepperdine. Portland pulled away with a 14-4 run to lead 68-54 on Gabe Taylor's jumper with 2:38 left. Hockey Predictions. The Pilots (9-5, 2-0 West Coast Conference) led by as many as 11 before the break, but the Waves (4-10, 0-2) closed the deficit to 54-50 with eight minutes left. Jazz Johnson added 18 points and Taylor finished with 14 for the Pilots. Johnson made 4 of 8 from 3-point range and Portland went 10 for 22. Lamond Murray Jr. had 14 points to lead Pepperdine, which lost its ninth in a row after a 4-1 start to the season. Chris Reyes added 12 points and Jeremy Major scored 10. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. The Waves made only two of their first 18 shots and finished 19 of 62 (30.6 percent).

NHL Recap: Carolina Hurricanes (1) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (3) - 12/31/2016

NHL Recap: Carolina Hurricanes (1) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (3) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Brian Boyle and Jonathan Drouin scored first-period power-play goals, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 26 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Saturday night. Alex Killorn also scored for the Lightning, and Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman had two assists each. Carolina got a goal from Sebastian Aho, and Cam Ward stopped 22 shots. Free Sports Picks. The Hurricanes beat Chicago 3-2 on Friday night to extend their home point streak to 11 games (10-0-1). Carolina is 3-7-2 on the road over the same stretch. Free NHL Hockey Picks. Tampa Bay's third-ranked power play got the better of the Hurricanes' top-ranked short-handed unit in the first, converting tw o of three chances. After Boyle scored 7:35 into the first, Drouin made it 2-0 at 19:50, just 3 seconds after a 5-on-3 concluded. Carolina had allowed just eight goals on 86 short-handed situations entering the game. Leading Handicappers. The Hurricanes went 0 for 4 on the power play. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. Tampa Bay didn't get a power play after the first period. Boyle left in the second with a lower-body injury. Killorn and Aho traded goals in the second. Professional Handicappers. The Hurricanes made news before the game, signing equipment manager Jorge Alves to a professional tryout contract to be the backup goalie in place of Eddie Lack, who is ill. He played the final 7.6 seconds of the game. Alves, 37, has been one of Carolina's full-time equ ipment managers since the 2012-13 season and practices with the team on a regular basis. He had several short stints in the ECHL and Southern Professional Hockey League. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Hurricanes had Alves lead the team onto the ice for warmups, letting him skate around the Carolina zone in his No. 40 jersey by himself before joining him. Carolina, on its Twitter account, showed Alves sharpening skates and taping a stick while in uniform during the game. NOTES: Alves' mask features his fellow equipment managers. ... Bill Peters coached his 200th game with the Hurricanes. ... Tampa Bay RW Ryan Callahan (hip) had a limited on-ice workout. ... Hurricanes C Elias Lindholm (upper-body injury) didn't play. UP NEXTHurricanes: Host New Jersey Tuesday night. Lightning: Play Winnipeg Tuesday night in the fourth of a five-game homestand.

NBA Recap: Milwaukee Bucks (116) vs. Chicago Bulls (96) - 12/31/2016

NBA Recap: Milwaukee Bucks (116) vs. Chicago Bulls (96) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  CHICAGO (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 35 points, Jabari Parker added 27 and the Milwaukee Bucks used a huge fourth quarter to beat the Chicago Bulls 116-96 on Saturday night. Best Free Sports Picks. The Bucks outscored the Bulls 36-20 in the fourth to break open a tight game and come away with a lopsided win after dropping four of six. Antetokounmpo dazzled with an array of layups and dunks. He also had nine rebounds and seven assists in another strong all-around performance. Parker scored 18 in the second half. Malcolm Brogdon finished with 15 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. Greg Monroe scored 15, and the Bucks pulled away in the fourth quarter after pounding the Bulls on back-to-back nights two weeks ago. Chicago held out struggling point guard Rajon Rondo, hoping Mic hael Carter-Williams could provide a spark. But the Bulls lost for the eighth time in 11 games. Jimmy Butler scored 26 points for Chicago, and Robin Lopez added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Dwyane Wade had eight points on 3-of-13 shooting. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Bucks let an 11-point lead in the third quarter shrink to one early in the fourth, but put it away from there. Chicago closed to 80-79 on a 3 by Nikola Mirotic in the opening seconds of the quarter. But Milwaukee responded with a 10-0 run. Antetokounmpo started the decisive stretch by driving for a 3-point play and finished it with a free throw that bumped the lead to 90-79 with 8:33 remaining. Sports Betting Profit. TIP-INSBucks: G Matthew Dellavedova missed his second straight game because of a strained right hamstring. His status for Monday's matchup against Oklahoma City w as unclear. With Dellavedova out, Brogdon started his second game in a row. ... C Miles Plumlee sat out with a sprained right index finger. Bulls: Rondo was out of the lineup after being benched for poor play in Friday's loss at Indiana. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The four-time All-Star sat out the second half against the Pacers after struggling in a big way in the first two quarters. UP NEXTBucks: Host Oklahoma City on Monday. Bulls: Host Charlotte on Monday.

NHL Recap: New York Islanders (6) vs. Winnipeg Jets (2) - 12/31/2016

NHL Recap: New York Islanders (6) vs. Winnipeg Jets (2) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) John Tavares and Ryan Strome each had a goal and an assist to help the New York Islanders beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-2 on Saturday night. Nikolay Kulemin, Shane Prince, Anders Lee and Andrew Ladd also scored, Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson each had two assists, and Thomas Greiss made 32 saves. Free Pick. The Islanders have won four of their last five to get to .500 at 15-15-6. Shawn Matthias scored a short-handed goal and Nikolaj Ehlers had a power-play tally for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck allowed four goals on 15 shots and was replaced by Michael Hutchinson with 5:47 left in the second period. Hutchinson made seven stops in relief. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The Islanders had a 2-0 lead aft er the first period and were ahead 4-0 late in the second. Kulemin scored unassisted after his shot's rebound popped back to him at 6:54 of the first period. Josh Bailey stripped the puck from a Jets defender and sent a short pass up to Tavares at the front of the net for the team captain's high shot and 11th goal of the season at 12:25. Profitable Handicappers. The Islanders went up 3-0 at 2:26 after Strome skated behind Winnipeg's net with the puck and sent it out to Prince for his fifth of the season. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Jets had the game's first power play a few minutes later with Tavares in the penalty box for holding, but they couldn't get a shot on goal. Sports Handicapping Services. Ten seconds after another Winnipeg power play expired - with one shot on goal - Strome fired the puck through Helleybuyck's pads to make it 4-0 at 14:13. Helleybuyck was replaced by Hutchinson to cheers from the crowd. With Dustin Byfuglien in the box for roughing, defenseman Jacob Trouba passed the puck from behind the net to Matthias, who beat Greiss over the glove with 30 seconds left in the second. Winnipeg has been outscored 52-25 in the second period this season. Lee scored his 14th of the season with a redirection while he had only one hand on his stick at 8:38 of the third. Less than two minutes later, Ladd slapped in his eighth. Ehlers' 10th of the season came at 16:55 with Tavares off for hooking. UP NEXTIslanders: At Colorado on Friday night. Jets: Open three-game trip Tuesday night against Tampa Bay.

NHL Recap: Montreal Canadiens (3) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (4) - 12/31/2016

NHL Recap: Montreal Canadiens (3) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (4) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  PITTSBURGH (AP) Evgeni Malkin scored a power-play goal 1:54 into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory. Montreal was whistled for too many men on the ice 1:10 into OT, and then Malkin scored his 16th of the season. Conor Sheary tied it with 55 seconds left in the third period by scoring his ninth goal of the season. Patric Hornqvist and Phil Kessel also scored for the Penguins, who won for the fifth time in six games. Pittsburgh won 12 of 15 games in December, finishing with 12 wins in a calendar month for the fourth time in team history and the second under coach Mike Sullivan. Defenseman Kris Letang returned for Pittsburgh after missing seven games with a lower-body injury. Free Sports Picks Twitter. The Penguins won four of seven games without Letang, who assisted on the tying and winning goals. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 37 shots for Pittsburgh. He is 6-0-1 in his last seven games. Alexander Radulov, Paul Byron and Brian Flynn scored for the Canadiens, who have one win in their last five games. Montreal, on a season-high seven-game road trip, has seven wins in 17 road games this season. Carey Price made 37 saves for Montreal. Malkin finished with a goal and an assist to move ahead of Sidney Crosby for the NHL scoring lead with 43 points. Malkin scored seven goals and had 21 points in December. Crosby, who entered tied with Edmonton's Connor McDavid for the scoring lead, had his six-game point streak and season-high five-game point streak end. Crosby, with 26 goals in 32 games this season, led all players in the 2016 calendar year with 53 goals and 100 points in 76 games. Flynn gave Montreal a 3-2 lead 2:04 into the third period. His initial shot hit the post and kicked back out, hitting Penguins' D Chad Ruhwedel and Fleury before going into the net. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The lead stood until Sheary tied the game in the final minute for Pittsburgh. Fleury was pulled when Justin Schultz's shot hit Sheary in front and deflected behind Price. Schultz has seven goals and 19 points in his last 16 games. Radulov scored the only goal of the first period, but Pittsburgh jumped in front on goals from Hornqvist and Kessel in the first five minutes of the second period. Byron tied the game for the Canadiens on a deflection in the final minute of the second period. NOTES: Defenseman Olli Maatta returned for Pittsburgh after missing two games with an illness. ... Pittsburgh, with points in 11 straight home games, owns the league's best home record at 17-2-2. ... Canadiens D Shea Weber played in his 800th NHL game. Weber played 11 seasons i n Nashville before he was traded to Montreal in the summer. ... Goaltender Matt Murray, who led Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup in the spring, is week-to-week with a lower-body injury suffered Wednesday against Carolina. UP NEXTCanadiens: Continue their trip Tuesday at NashvillePenguins: Begin their bye week and will not play again until Sunday, Jan. 8 against Tampa Bay at home.

NCAAB Recap: Nevada (76) vs. Fresno State (77) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Nevada (76) vs. Fresno State (77) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  FRESNO, Calif. (AP) Jaron Hopkins made a slam dunk with 35 seconds left, and Paul Watson added two free throws as Fresno State pulled away to beat Nevada 77-76 on Saturday. After Hopkins stole the ball and made the go-ahead shot, Nevada's D. J. Fenner traveled with 13.4 seconds to play. Watson's free throws then stretched the Bulldogs' lead to 77-73. Marcus Marshall hit a 3 to pull Nevada to 77-76 with 6.3 left. Fresno State's Cullen Russo missed two free throws, but Marshall's deep 3-point attempt hit the backboard at the buzzer. Hopkins, Watson and Jahmel Taylor each scored 14 points for Fresno State (9-5, 1-1 Mountain West). Karachi Edo had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Marshall scored 26 points on 10-of-21 shooting and made five 3-pointers to lead Nevada (12-3, 1-1), which had its seven-game win streak snapped.

NCAAB Recap: Morehead State (77) vs. Tennessee-Martin (81) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Morehead State (77) vs. Tennessee-Martin (81) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) Matthew Butler had 31 points and scored a pair of baskets in the final minute of overtime to push UT Martin past Morehead State 81-77 on Saturday night. Butler's jumper with 59 seconds left tied it at 77 and his basket with 8 seconds left gave the Skyhawks a 79-77 lead. Javier Martinez added two free throws in the final second to cap the scoring. Jacolby Mobley added 23 points and Martinez finished with 17. UT Martin (11-6, 1-1 Ohio Valley) trailed for most of the second half before Mobley scored the final five points of the period to force overtime. Jordan Walker led the Eagles (4-10, 0-1) with a career-high 26. Sports Handicapper King. The freshman had a trio of consecutive 3-pointers to give Morehead State its largest lead at 56-46 with 9:07 left i n the second half. Xavier Moon added 18 points and DeJuan Marrero scored 13 for Morehead State.

NBA Recap: Cleveland Cavaliers (121) vs. Charlotte Hornets (109) - 12/31/2016

NBA Recap: Cleveland Cavaliers (121) vs. Charlotte Hornets (109) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  CHARLOTTE, N. C. (AP) LeBron James scored 17 of his 32 points in the first quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Charlotte Hornets 121-109 on Saturday night. Kevin Love added 28 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland, who played without Kyrie Irving after the point guard injured his right hamstring during Thursday's 124-118 victory over Boston. Jordan McRae had 20 points and Kay Felder finished with 13. James was 6 for 7 from the field in the first quarter, including a perfect 3 for 3 from beyond the arc. Love scored 15 points in the second, helping Cleveland to a 71-59 lead at the break. James was 12 for 25 from the field in 35 minutes. He also had nine assists and six rebounds. Kemba Walker scored 37 points for the Hornets, who had won five of six. Frank Kaminsky added 15 points and Nicolas Batum finished with 13 po ints and eight assists. Sports Handicapper Reviews. TIP-INSCavaliers: McRae, who got the start with Irving out of the lineup, was 8 for 12 from the field. ... NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Cavs' 71 first-half points were their third-most of the season. . Since James returned to Cleveland prior to the 2014-15 season, the Cavs are 9-1 against Charlotte. Hornets: Walker's 37-point effort marked his 31st game of 30 points or more. Picks and Parlays. The only Hornets player with more such games in team history is Glen Rice with 54. ... Charlotte went 20 for 23 at the free-throw line. ... Marco Belinelli missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left ankle. UP NEXTCavaliers: Return to Cleveland on Monday night to host the Pelicans in the first game of a two-game homestand. Hornets: Trav el to Chicago on Monday night to play the Bulls.

NHL Recap: Columbus Blue Jackets (4) vs. Minnesota Wild (2) - 12/31/2016

NHL Recap: Columbus Blue Jackets (4) vs. Minnesota Wild (2) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Cam Atkinson scored twice and the Columbus Blue Jackets stretched their winning streak to 15 games by stopping Minnesota's 12-game run with a 4-2 victory over the Wild on Saturday night. Never in NHL history had two teams taken winning streaks that long into a game, and Sergei Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets made sure their party would stretch into the new year. Bobrovsky made 29 saves, yielding two or fewer goals for the 10th time during the run, and defensemen Jack Johnson and Seth Jones each had goals assisted by Brandon Saad in a frenetic second period sparked by consecutive fights. Jason Zucker reignited the arena with his breakaway flip past Bobrovsky just 24 seconds into the third period for the Wild after he raced past Jones, but that was as close as they came. Devan Dubnyk stopped 21 shots, surrender ing four goals for the second straight game after allowing three or fewer in his first 27 turns. Mikael Granlund had the first goal for the Wild, who also had a franchise record-tying eight-game home winning streak end. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. This was their first loss since Dec. 2 in overtime at Calgary and their first defeat in regulation since Nov. 29 at Vancouver. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Blue Jackets matched the second-longest winning streak in league history, trailing Pittsburgh's 17-game run in 1993. Sports Handicapping Service Leads. Their last loss was in overtime at Florida on Nov. 26, and their last defeat in regulation was Nov. 23 against Calgary. NHL Hockey Handicappers. Twelve of the 15 straight wins by Columbus have been in regulation. Best Free Sports Picks. This was the first time not only in the NHL but in any of the major North American sports leagues - including the NFL, MLB, NBA, MLS and WNBA - that two teams played with winning streaks of 12 games or longer, according to Elias Sports Bureau research. Wild coach Bruce Boudreau downplayed the significance of this midseason inter-conference matchup, wryly referring to it as simply Game 36, but Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella spoke of embracing the occasion as a way for the players to get fired up and have some fun before the January doldrums arrive. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The energy and intensity on the ice was indicative of a pair of teams with plenty of pride, a makeshift rivalry of sorts based solely on current streaks. The crowd was another overflow sello ut at Xcel Energy Center, a season-high 19,307 tickets sold, many of them well over face value on the secondary ticket market with the late-breaking demand. The Wild had the first prime scoring chance, when Zach Parise failed to cleanly connect with a one-time attempt from the right circle and Bobrovsky whirled around for a diving glove save on the doorstep of the goal line. Atkinson got loose on a breakaway after an errant pass by Wild defenseman Christian Folin in the neutral zone for a 1-0 edge a little later. Wild left wing Chris Stewart and Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson dropped their gloves in the second period, with Stewart flapping his arms to fire up the fans as he skated to the penalty box. Then Wild defenseman Matt Dumba and Blue Jackets left wing Matt Calvert followed with their own fight during the clock stoppage, each drawing a game misconduct ejection. The Blue Jackets needed only 76 seconds to push their lead to 3-0, with a wrist shot by Johnson and a tip in by Atkinson. With balanced scoring, strong goaltending, tight defense, good speed and accomplished coaching, there's plenty in common between these fellow expansion teams born in 2000. Each team was playing well long before December, and eight of the top nine players in plus-minus rating are scattered between the two sides. NOTES: Atkinson has nine goals and seven assists in the last 12 games. ... Columbus has won seven of the last 10 games against Minnesota. ... Until being outscored 3-1 by the Blue Jackets, the Wild owned a 44-22 advantage in the second period this season. UP NEXTColumbus returns home to face Edmonton on Tuesday. After that, the Blue Jackets play 11 straight games against Eastern Conference teams. Minnesota starts a three-game road swing at San Jose on Thursday. The Wild don't play at home again until Jan. 12 against Montreal.

NCAAB Recap: Southern Utah (93) vs. Northern Arizona (80) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Southern Utah (93) vs. Northern Arizona (80) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) Randy Onwuasor had 37 points and James McGee had 32, both career highs, and Southern Utah beat Northern Arizona 93-80 in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams on Saturday. McGee's 3-pointer with 4:58 left gave the Thunderbirds (3-11) a double-digit lead for good at 82-70. Las Vegas Handicappers. They extended to their largest lead at 89-74 and snapped a seven-game skid. Onwuasor made 7 of 11 from 3-point range and grabbed 12 rebounds. McGee made 6 of 8 from behind the arc and Southern Utah made 16 of 29. Southern Utah took the lead for good at 60-59 on Onwuasor's dunk with 12:23 left the second half. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. That sparked an 11-1 run which Onwuasor cap ped at 69-60 on a 3-pointer with 9:36 left. Jordyn Martin had 27 points and eight rebounds to lead the Lumberjacks (3-11). JoJo Anderson added 18 points, and Mike Green and Brooks DeBisschop scored 10 each.

NCAAB Recap: UL Lafayette (71) vs. Arkansas State (74) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: UL Lafayette (71) vs. Arkansas State (74) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) Rashad Lindsey scored a career-high 27 points and Donte Thomas hit a crucial free throw with 12 seconds left to lift Arkansas State to a 74-71 win over Louisiana Lafayette on Saturday night in the Sun Belt Conference opener for both teams. Leading Handicappers. Trailing by three, Justin Miller hit a pair of free throws for the Ragin' Cajuns to cut the deficit to 72-71 with 3:27 left. But from there Louisiana Lafayette went ice cold, going scoreless on its final seven possessions including 0-5 from the field and 0-2 at the line. Lindsey made a free throw to make it 73-71, and Thomas added the final point with 12 seconds left. Louisiana Lafayette still had a final shot to tie, but Bryce Washington missed from deep. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. Thomas finished with 12 points for Arkansas State (10-4, 1-0)Miller led the Louisiana Lafayette (10-4, 0-1) with 16 points.

NCAAB Recap: San Francisco (58) vs. Santa Clara (72) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: San Francisco (58) vs. Santa Clara (72) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) KJ Feagin scored 22 points on 8-for-12 shooting and Jared Brownridge scored 20 to lead Santa Clara to a 72-58 win over San Francisco on Saturday. Feagin was 4 for 5 from 3-point range and Santa Clara (7-8, 1-1) as a team was 50 percent from 3 on 13-for-26 shooting. Nate Kratch added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Broncos. Santa Clara seized a quick 9-2 lead in a little more than the first three minutes and never trailed. Feagin and Henrik Jadersten made back-to-back 3s and San Francisco led 38-24 not long before intermission. Matt McCarthy hit a jumper and a layup to help the Dons close to within 43-40 with 12:54 to play but couldn't get closer. Brownridge hit a layup and a 3 to push the lead to 53-43. Ronnie Boyce led San Francisco (11-4, 1-1) with 23 points and nine rebounds, Jordan Ratinho had 12 point s and McCarthy added 10 points and 10 boards.

NCAAB Recap: Colorado State (73) vs. Boise State (74) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Colorado State (73) vs. Boise State (74) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  BOISE, Idaho (AP) Chandler Hutchison dribbled the length of the floor, found an open crease at the 3-point line and buried a trey to lift Boise State to a dramatic 74-73 come-from-behind win over Colorado State in a Mountain West Conference battle Saturday night. Hutchison collected a steal and converted it into a layup with 1:05 left to tie the game at 71, but Colorado State regained the lead on Brandon Koelliker's fade-away jumper from the top of the key with five seconds left. Hutchison finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead Boise State (9-4, 2-0), with half his point total coming in the final four minutes of the game. Paris Austin finished with 18 pointsGian Clavell, who missed an open jumper in the final minute, and Emmanuel Omogbo each finished with 22 points for the Rams (9-6, 1-1). Soccer Tipsters. The pair combined to grab 16 rebounds.

NBA Recap: Memphis Grizzlies (112) vs. Sacramento Kings (98) - 12/31/2016

NBA Recap: Memphis Grizzlies (112) vs. Sacramento Kings (98) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Mike Conley had 22 points and eight rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies used a big third quarter to beat the Sacramento Kings 112-98 on Saturday. JaMychal Green made four of Memphis' 17 3-pointers and finished with 18 points. Zach Randolph and Vince Carter each scored 14, and Tony Allen and Troy Daniels had 11 points apiece. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Grizzlies went 17 for 35 from long range while avenging an earlier home loss to the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points, eight assists and five steals for Sacramento, which has dropped two in a row after winning a season-high four straight. A frustrated Cousins, who finished with just four rebounds, got called for his eighth technical this season in the third quarter. Matt Barnes made fi ve 3-pointers and scored 20 points for the Kings, and Anthony Tolliver and Darren Collison each had 16 points. Marc Gasol, Memphis' leading scorer, missed his first six shots and connected on two free throws late in the second quarter for his only points of the game. He departed with a tweaked ankle after getting tangled up with Cousins in the third, but the injury is not considered serious. Conley sparked the Grizzlies in the third, scoring 11 points. Memphis used 11 unanswered points to outscore the Kings 32-22 in the quarter and carried an 82-67 lead into the final period. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. TIP-INSGrizzlies: Green closed the third quarter with the final eight points for Memphis, including a pair of 3s. ... Memphis' four-game road trip ends Friday at Golden State. ... Professional Handicappers. The Grizzlies improved to 9-7 on the road. Kings: Former Grizzlies F Rudy Gay sat out for the eighth time in nine games with a hip flexor injury. ... NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Kings begin a seven-game homestand Wednesday against Miami. ... Reserve PG Ty Lawson left in the second quarter after taking a blow to the nose. UP NEXTGrizzlies: A rough West Coast trip continues for Memphis, which faces the Lakers on Tuesday night. Kings: Travel to Denver for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets, who are coached by former Kings head coach Michael Malone.

NCAAB Recap: Appalachian St (58) vs. Texas State (67) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Appalachian St (58) vs. Texas State (67) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) Kavin Gilder-Tilbury hit 7 of 9 from the floor for 21 points to lead Texas State to a 67-58 win over Appalachian State on Saturday to open Sun Belt Conference play for both teams. Gilder-Tilbury, who broke the 1,000 career-points barrier, now has 1,019 points. Nijal Pearson added 11 points and Ojai Black chipped in 10 while dishing out five assists for the Bobcats (8-5, 1-0). Sports Handicapper Records. Texas State made 25 of 51 field goal attempts while limiting the Mountaineers to 22-of-56 shooting. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Bobcats jumped out to an early lead and were ahead 35-19 at the break. Appalachian State closed to 50-48 at the 8:11 mark but Immanu el King drove for a layup as Texas State finished the game on a 17-10 run. Ronshad Shabazz hit 7 of 18 field goal attempts for 19 points and Griffin Kinney added 13 while grabbing 11 rebounds for the Mountaineers (5-7, 0-1).

NCAAB Recap: Coastal Carolina (69) vs. Texas Arlington (90) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Coastal Carolina (69) vs. Texas Arlington (90) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Kevin Hervey scored 16 points, leading six players into double figures as Texas-Arlington shot the lights out after halftime to defeat Coastal Carolina 90-69 in a Sun Belt Conference opener on Saturday. Soccer Tipsters. The Mavericks (11-3) broke a 35-all halftime tie on a 3-pointer from Jalen Jones, never trailed again, led by as many as 25 and made 57 percent of their shots in the second half. Besides Hervey, Erick Neal scored 13 points, Drew Charles 12, Kaelon Wilson 11 and Jorge Bilbao and Nathan Hawkins 10 each. Bilbao had a double-double with 10 rebounds as well and Neal notched a double-double with 11 of UTA's 18 assists. Neal and Charles each hit four 3-pointers as UTA won its 10th straight. Colton Ray-St Cyr led the Chanticleers, who were m aking their Sun Belt debut, with a career-high 22 points and Jaylen Shaw added 18. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. Texas Arlington turned 17 turnovers into 18 points and outscored the Chanticleers 30-18 in the paint.

NHL Preview: San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings - 12/31/2016 - 10:30 PM EST

NHL Preview: San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings - Date: 12/31/2016 Time: 10:30 PM EST Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA, 90015 LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings finally return home to Staples Center to face a familiar foe with the hope of breaking a three-game losing streak. After spending more than two weeks on the road during a nine-game trip that was split up by the holiday break, the San Jose Sharks come to Los Angeles to open a home-and-home series that concludes Tuesday at HP Pavilion. Best Bets of the Day. The Kings (17-15-4) are in an unaccustomed position as they start a stretch of eight home games in their next nine, outside the top eight playoff qualifiers in the Western Conference. Despite losing starting goaltender Jonathan Quick to injury during the season opener in San Jose, they have played well defensively, ranking third in the West in go als against (89) but are near the bottom of the league offensively. Only Jeff Carter (19 goals) has registered double digits in goals through 36 games and Los Angeles' floundering power play (ranked 22nd with a 15.4 percent conversion rate) has not produced in key situations. Free NHL Hockey Picks. Though the Kings started their trip well (3-2-1 in the first six games), they scored only four goals in losses to Dallas, Vancouver and Edmonton, picking up just one point in an overtime loss to the Stars. Sports Handicapper Leaderboard. Though the end of the trip did not end well, the Kings refused to use the length of the trip as the reason for their recent losing streak." I think that every team has a tough schedule," goalie Peter Budaj said. "We've had a tough schedule in December, but that's the way it goes. No point ing fingers, everybody has to expect more from each other and just keep battling and keep getting better and better." Getting back on track is a daunting task given their recent lack of success against the divisional rival Sharks. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Kings have dropped the first two games of the series and going back to last season they have lost eight of 10, including last season's five-game first-round playoff elimination. Basketball Handicappers. The Sharks (23-12-1) lead the Pacific Division and show little evidence that last season's long playoff run to the Stanley Cup Final has fatigued them. NHL Hockey Handicappers. Team leading scorer Brent Burns (14 goals, 20 assists) continues to be a dominant force from the blue. Joe Pavelski (12 goals) and Log an Couture (11 goals) are consistent offensive threats. San Jose is playing its best hockey of the season. Thursday's victory over Philadelphia was its fourth straight and eight in their last nine games." There's no secret to beating the Kings," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said after the last victory against Los Angeles. "No speeches are necessary. Martin Jones has been great in net every time." Jones is showing that last season's debut in San Jose was not fashioned because of having a Cup finalist in front of him. He is tied for second in wins (19) and his 2.08 goals-against average is sixth best for goalies starting at least 20 games. Jones is likely to be the starter after backup Aaron Dell faced the Flyers on Thursday. He has a sterling 9-2-1 record against his former team.

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NBA Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/31/2016 - 8:00 PM EST

NBA Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - Date: 12/31/2016 Time: 8:00 PM EST Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Okla. City, OK, 73102 OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook is known as a relentless competitor. Free Soccer Picks. The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard doesn't want to lose basketball games or a game of ping pong and will fight just as hard in both. Free NBA Basketball Picks. That competitive demeanor has put Westbrook in position to be on the verge of averaging a triple-double for the season. However, that same fiery attitude has led him to seek out battles with referees during games when he feels he has been wronged. Entering Saturday's contest with the Los Angeles Clippers, Westbrook leads the NBA with 10 technical fouls. He received two of them Thursday night in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. That led to an automatic ejection from the game and a frustrated player." Honestly, I don't know, man. Honestly, it's crazy to be ejected like that, especially when I didn't do nothing," Westbrook told ESPN.com. "It's just crazy, man. Especially for me, because I feel like I don't get the benefit of the doubt most of the time, especially throughout the game with refs." In Westbrook's estimation, he is being treating differently than other players in the NBA of his caliber when it comes to talking with of officials during games." I get so many techs just for talking," Westbrook said. "I can't even say nothing when I'm getting hammered every time I go to the damn basket throughout the games and previous games. Not tonight, but every night. I just d on't get reffed the same way as other people, and I don't appreciate it." The Clippers have had their own run-ins with refs this season. Coach Doc Rivers had to be led off the court early this season after being ejected from a game. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. Then Friday night in Houston, guard Austin Rivers was tossed from the game after bumping into a referee following a layup. Coach Rivers soon joined his son in the locker room when he was ejected after getting two technicals. MLB Handicappers. The Clippers come into Saturday's contest having lost five straight games, including Friday's 140-116 setback to the Houston Rockets. Already playing without the injured Blake Griffin, the Clippers have also had to compete without point guard Chris Paul during four of their last five outings. After missing three stra ight games, he scored 21 points in a loss to New Orleans Tuesday. Paul then sat out the game against Houston for precautionary reasons. According to Los Angeles coach Rivers, Paul could be back in the lineup Saturday in Oklahoma City." He may play," Rivers told mysanantonio.com. "We're just going to be very cautious with it. He didn't reinjure it or anything like that, but he did feel some fatigue, and that's enough. If it were a playoff game, he would play. But if there's fatigue, then that means to me more rest, and that's the route we're going." Whether Paul plays or not, the Clippers will have their hands full with a Thunder squad that historically plays some of their best ball at home on New Year's Eve. In the eight consecutive seasons Oklahoma City has hosted a game on the final day of the year, the team has racked up a 7-1 record.

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NHL Preview: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 12/31/2016 - 7:00 PM EST

NHL Preview: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - Date: 12/31/2016 Time: 7:00 PM EST Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL, 33602 TAMPA, Fla. -- Carolina enjoys a strong home-ice advantage. Sports Illustrated Picks. The road, however, has not been quite as kind. So the Hurricanes hope to jump on a jittery Tampa Bay Lightning team prone to falling behind in order to turn around some road woes. Carolina extended its home point streak to 11 games (10-0-1) and improved to 11-3-1 at PNC Arena this season after beat Chicago on Friday. Away from PNC, though, the Hurricanes have won just five of 20 games this season with a 5-9-6 record. With a trip to Tampa for a New Year's Eve meeting against the Lightning, Carolina hopes to carry over the home vibe at Amalie Arena." We are gaining confidence, we've done that the last little while and we are kind of firing on all cylinders at home," said center Jay McClement, who had the game-winning goal against Chicago on Friday. "We just need to continue to do that on the road." The task won't be easy for Carolina, which remains without defenseman Justin Faulk and then lost forward Elias Lindholm to an undisclosed upper-body injury during Friday's victory against the Blackhawks." That's where your depth comes in to play and you need guys to step in and fill in the holes," Carolina goaltender Cam Ward said. "Those are key injuries, guys that are very important to our hockey club but we have confidence in the guys that have to step in. Free NHL Hockey Picks. They work extremely hard off the ice take care of themselves and wait for an opportunity like this. Best Sports Picks Service. The Lightning are not one to feel s orry for another team dealing with injuries. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. Tampa Bay has now played more than a month without captain Steven Stamkos due to surgery for a partially torn meniscus and continues to deal with the loss of 2016 Vezina Trophy finalist goaltender Ben Bishop. In total the Lightning have endured 93 man games lost to injury on the season. Basketball Handicappers. That could be a factor in some of the Lightning's sloppy play over the past month, prone to falling behind, which Tampa Bay has done in allowing the opening goal of the game in 24-of-37 games this season." We can't go losing (at the start) of every game," said left wing Ondrej Palat, who has two goals in two games since returning from injury. "We need to do something about our starts." With Bishop out until at least the middle of J anuary, Tampa Bay will continue to rely on former first-round draft pick Andrei Vasilevskiy, who has started all four games since Bishop was lost on Dec. 20 with an undisclosed lower-body injury. While Vasilevskiy is 2-1-1 since assuming the No. 1 role -- all four games have come in a back-to-back situation -- his .884 save percentage and 3.09 goals against average need to improve to keep the Lightning in the playoff race." Right now it's been tough for me because I've struggled a bit the past couple of games," Vasilevskiy said. "The team has played well and I've just given up some stupid goals on my mistakes and that's why we lost a couple of games. But, things happen and I'll keep working."

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NBA Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets - 12/31/2016 - 7:00 PM EST

NBA Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets - Date: 12/31/2016 Time: 7:00 PM EST Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N. C., 28202 LeBron James had plenty to celebrate in 2016, beginning with delivering Cleveland's first championship in 52 years. As he turned 32 on Friday and reflected on one of the more memorable years in his life, James has one goal for the new year: just keep it going. James' numbers are up compared to last season's championship. While the point difference is negligible (25.4 this season, 25.3 last season), he's within range of setting career highs in rebounding and assists. His overall shooting percentage is down, but his 3-point shooting is up drastically." It must be the wine drinking. Get better with age, I guess," James laughed. "I just feel great. I've conditioned myself and I'm having one of the best seasons of my career so far and I just want to try to continue to keep it going." James, however, does not believe in New Year's resolutions." I'm not a start-over guy on the first of the year, I just try to continue it. Keep it going," he said. "I'm not New Year's resolution guy, I don't say, 'let's get to a new start.' Let's just keep it going. My calendar doesn't stop. My hours continue to go and we want to continue to be as great as we can be even going into Jan. 1." The Cavs won eight of their last 10 entering Saturday's New Year's Eve visit to the Charlotte Hornets. Sports Handicapper Picks. They've already swept the two home games against Charlotte in Cleveland this season. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Hornets won five of six after their last loss to the Cavs triggered a four-game losing strea k. Kemba Walker became the fourth player in Hornets history to reach 7,000 points -- and the youngest to get there -- in Thursday's win against the Miami Heat. Walker reached 7,000 in 26 years, 235 days to eclipse Larry Johnson's old team mark of 26 years, 360 days. Walker remains fourth on the team's all-time scoring list behind Dell Curry, Gerald Wallace and Johnson." I guess that's pretty cool," Walker said. "I would've never thought that'd be me accomplishing milestones like that." Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving was forced out of the final minute of Thursday's win against the Boston Celtics with cramping in his right hamstring and calf. Irving, who like James played more than 40 minutes in the victory, did not need an IV or any medical treatment after the game and Coach Tyronn Lue was confident he'd be fine to play Saturday against the Hornets. Charlotte guard Marco Belinelli, however, missed his last three games with a sprained left ankle and remains questionable for Saturday. Good Return on Investment. The Cavs are the only team in the league with three players averaging at least 22 points. Cleveland is 9-1 when James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love each score at least 20 points. Love became the first player in Cavs history to score at least 30 points, grab at least 15 rebounds and make at least six 3-pointers in the win against Boston. Cleveland won eight of the last nine games in this series since James returned to Cleveland prior to the 2014-15 season. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Cavs beaten Charlotte by an average of 9.6 points in the eight wins.

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NBA Preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Sacramento Kings - 12/31/2016 - 5:00 PM EST

NBA Preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Sacramento Kings - Date: 12/31/2016 Time: 5:00 PM EST Venue: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA, 95814 SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Now that the holidays are just about over, the Sacramento Kings are finally coming home. Baseball Picks. The Memphis Grizzlies are heading out of town, hoping to find some stable footing during a week on the West Coast. From both places, both teams seem optimistic about where they're headed in 2017. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Kings and Grizzlies close out the calendar year with a matinee special at Golden 1 Center on Saturday in a game that Kings coach Dave Joerger told the Sacramento Bee was "the cherry on top" of a month-plus grind on the road. For the Grizzlies, the grind is just beginning. Sports Monitor. The road treated Sacramento well. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Kings (14-18) went from an afterthought to eighth place in the Western Conference and carved out their longest winning streak in 11 months while playing 12 out of 16 games on the road from Nov. 27 through Wednesday's 102-89 loss at Portland. Soccer Handicappers. That defeat ended the Kings' four-game roll. Now, with playoff aspirations in Sacramento percolating again, the Kings will play eight of their next nine games at home, including seven in a row beginning Jan. 4." We've been on the road a lot," Joerger told the Bee. "It's been three weeks since we've had a practice, let alone a good one." Their most recent game wasn't a good one. Sacramento allowed Portland to move at will offensively and fell behind 60-44 by halftime while allowing the Blazers to make eight 3-pointers and shoot 51.2 percent. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Kings also played for the seventh time in eight games without forward Rudy Gay, who aggravated a right hip flexor in a win Monday over Philadelphia. His status for Saturday is questionable. Guard Aaron Afflalo's status also is unclear because of an elbow sprain that kept him out two straight games." It's no reason to get down or get drained," Sacramento forward DeMarcus Cousins (29.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 35 minutes per game) told reporters. "Or to start thinking negative." The Grizzlies' broke out to a fast start under new coach Dave Fizdale, who replaced Joerger and guided Memphis (21-14) to an 18-9 mark in his first third of the season. But a 96-92 loss to the Kings at home on Dec. 16, two days a fter a 93-85 win over defending champion Cleveland, started the Grizzlies on a negative rut that has seen them lose five of eight. Now they play seven of their next nine on the road. Memphis is 8-7 on the road this season, 4-1 on the West Coast, and comes into Sacramento riding a 114-80 home rout of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. Memphis won despite playing its second straight game without starting point guard Mike Conley (left big toe), whose status for Saturday remains questionable. After the Kings, the Grizzlies have road games in Los Angeles against the Clippers and Lakers and in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors." We have some great teams we've got to play on the road, and we're looking forward to it," Memphis guard Troy Daniels told reporters after the Thunder win. "We know guys are coming back and there are fluctuations with the rotation every now and then. So it's very important for everybody to find their rhythm." C enter Marc Gasol is one Grizzly who hasn't struggled with that. Gasol leads the Grizzlies in scoring (20.1 points) and blocked shots (1.6), and is second in assists (4.2) and third in rebounding (6.2). He's played 33 of Memphis' 35 games after missing 30 games with a fractured bone in his foot last season.

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NCAAB Recap: Northern Colorado (73) vs. Portland State (59) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Northern Colorado (73) vs. Portland State (59) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Jordan Davis scored 19 points, DJ Miles 17 off the bench and Northern Colorado used a big run to start the second half and tough defense to defeat Portland State 73-59 on Saturday, snapping the Vikings' five-game win streak. Northern Colorado (6-7, 2-0 Big Sky) led 33-30 at halftime but started the second half 16-7. Portland State was held to its lowest score this season, shooting 24 of 66, for 36 percent. Free Golf Picks. The Vikings were 7 of 31 on 3-point tries. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. The Bears made 10 of 28 shots from distance, led by five from Miles. Jonah Radebaugh added 13 points with three 3-pointers and Northern Colorado shot 47 percent overal l (26-55). De'Sean Parsons scored 16 points and Calaen Robinson 15 for Portland State (8-5, 1-1). Robinson cut Northern Colorado's lead to 58-51 with a steal and spin move down the lane for a lay-in at 4:35 but Miles and Radebaugh hit back-to-back 3s.

NCAAB Recap: NC State (63) vs. Miami Florida (81) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: NC State (63) vs. Miami Florida (81) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Ja'Quan Newton scored 21 points as Miami defeated North Carolina State 81-63 in the ACC opener for both teams Saturday. Soccer Tipsters. The Hurricanes (11-2) expanded a nine-point lead at halftime to 61-43 on Ebuka Izundu's tip-in with 7:23 remaining in the second half. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Wolfpack (11-3) got no closer than 67-56 on Dennis Smith Jr.'s 3-pointer with 3:53 left. Davon Reed scored 20 points and Bruce Brown finished with 17 points for the Hurricanes. Miami's Kamari Murphy finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Smith scored 21 points to lead the Wolfpack. Baseball Picks. The vi ctory extended Miami's winning streak to seven while the loss snapped a six-game winning streak for North Carolina State. BIG PICTURENorth Carolina State: The Wolfpack avoided a larger first-half deficit because of their 3-point efficiency. North Carolina State shot 11 of 30 from the field but 4 of 9 from behind the arc. Miami: Under coach Jim Larranaga, the Hurricanes have reached the NCAA the previous two times they won their conference openers. UP NEXTNorth Carolina State: The Wolfpack open their home conference schedule against Virginia Tech on Wednesday. Miami: The Hurricanes begin their conference schedule at Syracuse on Wednesday.

NCAAB Recap: Jacksonville State (57) vs. Eastern Illinois (56) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Jacksonville State (57) vs. Eastern Illinois (56) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) Norbertas Giga had 15 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season, Christian Cunningham grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and Jacksonville State held off Eastern Illinois 57-56 on Saturday. Ray Crossland hit two free throws for Eastern Illinois with 9.5 seconds left to cut it to 56-55 and Malcolm Drumwright went 1 of 2 at the stripe to give Jacksonville State a two-point lead with 7.9 seconds left. Muusa Dama grabbed the rebound, Cornell Johnston went the length of the court and had a layup blocked just before the buzzer but a foul was called. He made the first of two free throws with 0.7 seconds left and his second attempt hit the front of the rim. Erik Durham added 14 points for Jacksonville State (9-7, 2-0 Ohio Valley) and Greg Tucker had 12. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. The Gamecocks were just 2 of 18 from 3-point range and 9 of 17 at the stripe. Johnston led Eastern Illinois (8-6, 0-1) with 13 points. Demetrius McReynolds and Dama added 10 points apiece. Dama also grabbed 15 rebounds to give him 33 in his last two games.

NCAAB Recap: Weber State (84) vs. Montana (81) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Weber State (84) vs. Montana (81) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Jeremy Senglin drilled a step-back 3-pointer with a second left in overtime to lift Weber State to an 84-81 win at Montana in a Big Sky Conference battle Saturday. Walter Wright, who hit a free throw with :02 left in regulation to tie the game at 70-70 and force overtime, knotted the score at 81-81 with his layup. Sports Touts. The game was tied five times in overtime. Senglin hit 5 of 12 from deep to finish with 29 points, eight of them in the extra period, and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (7-6, 2-0). Kyndahl Hill added 15 points by converting 7 of 10 from the free-throw line. Wright finished with 25 points to lead Montana (6-9, 1-1) with Ahmaad Rorie adding 22 off the Grizzlies' bench. Montana shot 26 of 65 from the field and knocked down 10 of 17 shots from beyond the arc.

NCAAB Recap: BYU (81) vs. Loyola Marymount (76) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: BYU (81) vs. Loyola Marymount (76) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  LOS ANGELES (AP) T. J. Haws hit a 3-point basket with 28 seconds left and BYU rallied past Loyola Marymount 81-76 in a West Coast Conference game on Saturday. Haws tied his career high of 20 points as the Cougars (11-5, 2-0) rallied from 14 down at halftime. BYU still trailed 68-58 with nine minutes to play after LMU's Trevor Manuel scored. Sports Free Picks. The Lions (7-6, 0-2) missed their next four shots as BYU closed to 68-65 on Haws' 3-pointer. Eric Mika made three of four free throws and Nick Emery scored on a 3 to make it 76-73 with 2:40 remaining. After a timeout, Yoeli Childs grabbed a defensive rebound and Haws hit another 3 to tie the game at 76. Haws hit a third trey, boosting the Cougars ahead 79-76, their first lead of the game, and Childs blocked a 3-point try from Steven Haney. Emery scored 20 points and Childs 15 for BYU. Manuel led LMU with 16.

NCAAB Recap: UL Monroe (75) vs. Arkansas LR (79) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: UL Monroe (75) vs. Arkansas LR (79) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Kemy Osse drilled a 3-point jumper to give Arkansas-Little Rock the lead in overtime and the Trojans held off Louisiana Monroe for a 79-75 victory on Saturday. UALR (10-4, 1-0), opened defense of its Sun Belt Conference title with the win. ULM was ahead 52-42 midway in the second half, but the Trojans stormed back to take the lead. UALR had a 22-8 run capped by Osse's trey at the 3:46 mark to give the Trojans a 64-60 lead. Louisiana-Monroe's Sam McDaniel drilled a trey to tie the game at 67 with 39 seconds left which took it into the extra period. Maurius Hill had 18 points for the Trojans and Jalen Jackson was 6 of 11 from the floor for 14 points. UALR hit 50 percent from the floor while limiting the Warhawks to 24-of-59 shooting. Handicappers Watchdog.  ;Travis Munnings led ULM (6-8, 0-1) with 22 points and McDaniel added 20.

NCAAF Recap: Washington (7) vs. Alabama (24) - 12/31/2016

NCAAF Recap: Washington (7) vs. Alabama (24) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016 ATLANTA (AP) Alabama is heading back to the national championship game. Bo Scarbrough and another stifling performance by Nick Saban's defense made sure of that. Top Rated Sports Services. The top-ranked Crimson Tide scored 10 points off turnovers, including Ryan Anderson's interception return for a touchdown late in the first half, and Scarbrough's 68-yard TD run in the fourth quarter clinched a 24-7 victory over Washington in the Peach Bowl semifinal Saturday. Scarbrough finished with 180 yards and two scores, garnering MVP honors. Alabama (14-0) moves on to Tampa for a shot at its second straight title and fifth in the last eight years under Saban. The Tide will face either Ohio State or Clemson - who were meeting later Saturday at the Fiesta Bowl - in the Jan. 9 championship ga me. No. 4 Washington (12-2) reached the College Football Playoff with a remarkable turnaround season after struggling much of the last two decades - including an 0-12 debacle in 2008. But Jake Browning and the Huskies' balanced offense were no match for Alabama's top-ranked defense, even after an impressive drive gave them an early 7-0 edge. NCAAF College Football Handicappers. The Tide began to exert its dominance late in the first quarter when John Ross caught a screen pass, only to have the ball stripped away by Anthony Averett. Jonathan Allen recovered, giving Alabama possession at the Washington 40 and setting up Adam Griffith's 41-yard field goal for a 10-7 lead. Anderson made an even bigger defensive play with just over a minute to go in the half. With blitzing linebacker Reuben Foster bearing down on him, Browning desperately heaved a pass into the flats for Lavon Coleman. Anderson stepped in to pick it off, knocked Coleman over in the process and was off to the end zone on a 26-yard return that made it 17-7 at the half. For Alabama, it was the 11th defensive touchdown of the season. Nothing could have been more fitting. Any hopes of a Washington comeback were snuffed out by Scarbrough, a starter at most schools but a backup for the deep, talented Tide. On a simple running play to the left, he appeared to be stopped by two players just short of the line of scrimmage. But Scarbrough somehow managed to stay on his feet and - boom! - he was gone. Streaking down the field in front of the Alabama bench, he avoided another defender with a subtle deke, cut back toward the middle of the field at the Washington 30 and outran everyone to the end zone. Scarbrough also scored Alabama's first touchdown with a bruising, 18-yard run. ---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www. twitter. com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory. ap. org/content/paul-new berry . ---More AP college football: www. collegefootball. ap. org and https://twitter. com/AP-Top2 5

NCAAB Recap: Idaho State (63) vs. Montana State (80) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Idaho State (63) vs. Montana State (80) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) Harald Frey made three 3-pointers and scored a career-high 20 points, Quinton Everett added four 3s and 17 points, and Montana State beat Idaho State 80-63 on Saturday. Montana State made 11 of 22 from distance - with nine coming in a 40-27 first half - and shot 50 percent overall from the floor. Best Sports Picks Today. The Bobcats had a 25-point lead in the second half but went without a field goal for three-plus minutes until Frey's assist to Zach Green for a 76-58 lead. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. Tyler Hall scored 12 points for Montana State (6-9, 1-1 Big Sky) and Devonte Klines had 11 points for his first double-digit scoring game of his career. Ethan Telfair, brother o f former NBA player Sebastian, scored 16 points for Idaho State (2-12, 0-2) and Novak Topalovic scored 15 points with seven coming at the stripe. Hot Sports Handicappers. The Bengals were held to 17-of-46 shooting (37 percent), including 3 of 18 from distance.

NCAAB Recap: Temple (53) vs. Central Florida (77) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Temple (53) vs. Central Florida (77) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Tacko Fall and Matt Williams scored 17 points apiece and Central Florida set an American Athletic Conference defensive record in a 77-53 win on Saturday. Hot Sports Handicappers. The Knights led by 27 at the half, holding Temple to 11 points for the fewest points allowed in a half. Just three days before, Houston led UConn 36-12 at the half. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. Tanksley Efianayi added 12 points for Central Florida (11-3, 2-0) and Nick Banyard had 11 rebounds to go with seven points. Sports Touts. The Knights had a 53-31 rebounding advantage. NCAAB College B asketball Handicappers. Temple (9-6, 0-2), which was 2-2 against ranked opponents this season and handed West Virginia and Florida State their only losses, was just 4 of 29 in the first half, including 1 of 10 from 3-point range. Williams outscored the Owls with 14 points and the Knights had more points from the foul line, going 13 of 16, and had a 28-12 rebounding advantage. Free Pick. The Owls scored the first basket of the game before Central Florida reeled off the next 15. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. The teams traded baskets on four consecutive possessions before the Knights scored 10 straight.

NCAAB Recap: Wyoming (75) vs. UNLV (81) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Wyoming (75) vs. UNLV (81) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  LAS VEGAS (AP) Jovan Mooring scored 17 points and had seven assists as UNLV fended off Wyoming to earn an 81-75 win on Saturday. Christian Jones added 15 points and 10 rebounds while Tyrell Green and Jalen Poyser each had 14 points for the Rebels (8-7, 1-1 Mountain West). UNLV was outshot by Wyoming, 45 percent to 39.1 percent, but held a 24-16 advantage at the free-throw line, hit two more 3-pointers, and won the turnover battle. Justin James finished with 17 points and Hayden Dalton added 16 to lead the Cowboys (11-4, 1-1). Sport Handicapping. The Rebels never trailed in the second half but likewise never led by more than seven over the final 10 minutes. James hit a free throw, then put back a layup following his miss on the second attempt to cut it to 73-71 with 33 seconds left. But four free throws by Mooring and Uche Ofoegbu in the final 15 seconds iced it.

NCAAB Recap: Wright State (87) vs. Detroit U (70) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Wright State (87) vs. Detroit U (70) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  DETROIT (AP) Steven Davis scored 22 points and Wright State built a nine-point lead in the first half and cruised to an 87-72 win over Detroit Mercy Saturday afternoon to even its Horizon League record through two games. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The Raiders finished the 2016 portion of their schedule on a high note, shooting 55.8 percent from the field (29 of 52) and spreading out 21 assists. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Raiders, who connected on just 4 of 26 3-point attempts in a loss to Oakland in the conference opener, shot 12 of 21 from deep against the Titans. Justin Mitchell came off the bench for Wright State (10-5, 1-1) to spread around seven assists and Mike La Tulip added 1 4 points in relief. Corey Allen scored 23 points with Jaleel Hogan adding another 16. Detroit Mercy (2-12, 0-2) was 25 of 50 from the field, but converted just 7 of 20 from beyond the 3-point arc.

NCAAB Recap: Tennessee Tech (72) vs. SIU Edwardsville (66) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Tennessee Tech (72) vs. SIU Edwardsville (66) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) Kajon Mack scored a career-high 22 points and Tennessee Tech made five of six free throws in the final seconds to defeat SIU Edwardsville 72-66 in an Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams Saturday. Mack fought for an offensive rebound on a missed free throw by Stephaun Adams and was fouled with 35 seconds left. He made both to give the Golden Eagles (5-11) a 69-60 lead. Adams added two more from the line and Aleksa Jugovic added one as Tennessee Tech held off SIU Edwardsville (5-10). It was the Golden Eagles first win in Edwardsville since 2011. Jugovic finished with 15 points and Mason Ramsey added 10 for the Golden Eagles. Six-foot-8 freshman Micaiah Henry dunked for his only points to give Tennessee Tech a 32-30 halftime lead. Josh White scored the Cougars last five points for eight points off the ben ch. Jalen Henry led with 19 points and seven rebounds for the Cougars (5-10, 0-1).

NCAAB Recap: Wisc Milwaukee (53) vs. Cleveland State (62) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Wisc Milwaukee (53) vs. Cleveland State (62) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  CLEVELAND (AP) Demonte Flannigan had 18 points and nine rebounds, Terrell Hales made a steal in the final minute and Cleveland State beat Milwaukee 62-53 on Saturday. Flannigan was 9 of 13 from the field and Hales came up big in his only minute of play. Cleveland State led by 18 points with 6:58 left but Milwaukee rallied with a 17-5 spurt. Kasheem Thomas made 1 of 2 free throws with 33.5 seconds left to give the Vikings a 58-53 lead and Hales took it away under Milwaukee's basket, leading to Flannigan fast-break layup. NFL Handicappers. Thomas finished with 13 points for Cleveland State (5-9, 1-1 Horizon League) and Bobby Word had 12. Brock Stull hit his second 3-pointer of the game with 1:42 left to pull Milwaukee to 55-49. It was the closest the Panthers had been since the 1:45 mark of the first half. After Cleveland State hit two free throws to restore its six-point lead, Jeremiah Bell made Milwaukee's fifth straight field goal. Cleveland State turned it over on its next possession and Brett Prahl sank two free throws with 56.9 seconds left to get within four. Bryce Nze scored 14 points for Milwaukee (4-11, 0-2).

NCAAB Recap: Eastern Kentucky (48) vs. SE Missouri State (81) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Eastern Kentucky (48) vs. SE Missouri State (81) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) Denzel Mahoney and Jamaal Calvin scored 15 points apiece and Southeast Missouri routed Eastern Kentucky 81-48 in an Ohio Valley Conference opener on Saturday. Mahoney and Calvin each made three 3-pointers as the Redhawks shot 13 of 24 (54 percent) from long range. Antonius Cleveland added 14 points for Southeast Missouri (6-10, 1-0 Ohio Valley Conference). Jaylen Benton and Tahj Eaddy had 10 points apiece. Nick Mayo and DeAndre Dishman each scored 12 points for Eastern Kentucky (7-9, 0-1). Asante Gist made all four of his free-throw attempts and had five assists, but was 0-of-12 shooting from the field. Sports Free Picks. The Redhawks led 30-23 at halftime and had a 20-point lead with 11 minutes left and cruised from there. Southeast Missouri Stat e has won consecutive game since snapping a seven-game skid. It was the lowest scoring output this season for the Colonels, who have lost five of six.

NCAAB Recap: Belmont (82) vs. Austin Peay (77) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Belmont (82) vs. Austin Peay (77) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Taylor Barnette scored a career-high 28 points and Belmont held on down the stretch to beat Austin Peay 82-77 in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams on Saturday. Barnette finished 9 of 19 from the field and hit all seven of his free throws. Evan Bradds had 14 points and Amanze Egekeze added 12 for the Bruins (7-4, 1-0), with each contributing seven rebounds. Hot Sports Handicappers. The win was Belmont's 221st conference victory since 2006, the most in the NCAA during that time period. Josh Robinson finished with 27 points to lead the Governors (4-11, 0-1), who have lost eight of nine to Belmont. Kenny Jones added 18 points. Belmont led 73-62 with 4:42 remaining but the Governors chipped away. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. Two Jones' free throws made it 78-74 with 30 seconds to go, but Barnette answered with a pair of his own to push it back to six with six seconds left.

NCAAB Recap: Drexel (67) vs. James Madison (78) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Drexel (67) vs. James Madison (78) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) Jackson Kent scored a career-high 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting and James Madison defeated Drexel 78-67 on Saturday in a Colonial Athletic Association opener. Paulius Satkus added 14 points and Joey McLean 13 for the Dukes (3-11), who shot 61 percent in the second half and finished a season-best 55.6 percent (30 of 54) from the field. Miles Overton had 14 points off the bench for the Dragons (6-8), Sammy Mojica and Kurk Lee added 13 apiece and Rodney Williams had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Drexel had 21 turnovers that James Madison turned into 22 points and the Dragons were outscored 46-20 in the paint. Drexel was within seven with six minutes to go before Shakir Brown had a 3-point play and Satkus and Kent scored inside to push the lead to 14 less than a minute later and the Dragons never got closer than 11 the rest of t he way.

NCAAB Recap: North Dakota (90) vs. Sacramento State (82) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: North Dakota (90) vs. Sacramento State (82) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Cortez Seales scored seven of his 12 point in overtime as North Dakota dominated the extra period to beat Sacramento State 90-82 on Saturday. Seales hit a jumper, drilled a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left in overtime for an 85-80 lead and made two free throws in the final seconds to seal the win. North Dakota (6-6, 1-1 Big Sky Conference) dominated the first half, 52-31, but the Hornets ruled in the second period, 44-23. North Dakota led until Eric Stuteville hit two straight jumpers to give the Hornets a 70-69 lead with 2:01 left in regulation. Winning Sports Handicappers. They led 75-73 with 19 seconds left until North Dakota's Drick Bernstine hit a layup with two seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. Quinton Hooker was 9 of 14 from the fl oor and a perfect 10 of 10 from the free throw line for 31 points. Justin Strings led the Hornets with 26 points.

NCAAB Recap: Northern Kentucky (65) vs. Oakland (76) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Northern Kentucky (65) vs. Oakland (76) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) Martez Walker scored 21 points, Jalen Hayes had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Oakland beat Northern Kentucky 76-65 on Saturday. It was tied at 35 at halftime and Hayes made a basket at the 14:44 mark to give Oakland the first double-digit lead of the game for either team at 50-40. Handicapper Return on Investment. The Golden Grizzlies lead didn't drop below five points the rest of the way and their advantage hit 14 with 40 seconds left. Xavier Hill-Mais scored 10 of his 13 points in the first half for Oakland (12-3, 2-0 Horizon League). Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Golden Grizzlies were just 27 of 67 from the floor (40.3 percent), including 6 of 23 (26 p ercent) from distance. Carson Williams and Lavone Holland II scored 14 points apiece for Northern Kentucky (10-5, 1-1). Mason Faulkner had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Norse, who got to practice in the Detroit Pistons facility on Friday.

NCAAB Recap: Nebraska Omaha (70) vs. North Dakota State (82) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Nebraska Omaha (70) vs. North Dakota State (82) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  FARGO, N. D. (AP) Paul Miller scored 22 points, Dexter Werner had a double-double off the bench and North Dakota State defeated Omaha 82-70 on Saturday. Werner had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Bison (10-5, 2-0 Summit League), Carlin Dupree added 18 points and A. J. Jacobson 13 points. Miller and Jacobson had three 3s and six rebounds apiece. Miller had 12 points in the first half but his teammates combined to go 6 of 22 from the field and the Bison led just 29-28. Sports Handicapping Services. They were up two when Werner scored to start a 7-0 run. Jacobson knocked down a 3 and Dupree had a pair of free throws, making it 51-42 midway through the second half. After the Mavericks scored, Werner hit a jumper and Jacobson nailed another 3, making the lead 12. In the final m inute, Jacobson had his third trey and the Bison made all eight of their free throws. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Bison shot 56 percent in the second half and made 20 of 22 free throws. Marcus Tyus led Omaha (7-8, 0-2) with 18 points.

NCAAB Recap: Oral Roberts (91) vs. IPFW (102) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Oral Roberts (91) vs. IPFW (102) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) Bryson Scott scored 21 points, Mo Evans added 18, and the duo combined to make nine of IPFW's program record 20 3-pointers in a 102-91 victory over Oral Roberts on Saturday. Scott was 5 of 9 from distance and Evans went 4 for 8 as IPFW hit 20 of 35 - with makes from six different players. Evans made back-to-back 3s to put the Mastodons up 43-28 and he scored all of his points in the first half on 6-of-9 shooting. Fort Wayne had a 56-39 lead at halftime after shooting 56 percent from the floor. It was the ninth time this season that the `Dons reached the 50-point mark in a half. IPFW opened the second half on a 10-2 run - with John Konchar scoring all 10 for the `Dons. Konchar and Deangelo Stewart each added 16 points for Fort Wayne (11-4, 1-1 Summit League), which never trailed. Jalen Bradley made four 3s and scored 28 p oints and Albert Owens was 10-of-19 shooting for 26 points for Oral Roberts (4-12, 0-2).

NCAAB Recap: Coll Charleston (66) vs. Elon (54) - 12/31/2016

NCAAB Recap: Coll Charleston (66) vs. Elon (54) - Date: 12/31/2016 Dec 31, 2016  ELON, N. C. (AP) Jarrell Brantley scored a season-high 19 points with nine rebounds and Charleston beat Elon 66-54 on Saturday in a Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams. Brantley had 12 points in the first half to help Charleston build a 35-25 lead. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Cougars didn't allow a made field goal in the second half until the 13:32 mark as they opened on an 11-0 run - with scoring from five different players - for a 21-point lead. Joe Chealey added 10 points with six assists for Charleston (10-4). Freshman Chevez Goodwin scored eight points and set a career high with six rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Cougars made seven 3s in the first half but were just 1 of 10 in the second. Best Sports Picks Today. Tyler Seibring had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Dmitri Thompson added 13 and nine for Elon (8-6), which was just 3 of 20 from 3-point range.