Monday, October 31, 2016

NBA Recap: Phoenix Suns (98) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (116) - 10/31/2016

NBA Recap: Phoenix Suns (98) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (116) - Date: 10/31/2016 Chris Paul scored 24 points, Blake Griffin had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the winless Phoenix Suns 116-98 on Monday night. DeAndre Jordan added 19 points and 11 rebounds as the Clippers relied on their Big Three in improving to 3-0 this season. Brandon Knight had 18 points for the Suns (0-4), who gave Los Angeles a little scare on Halloween when they cut the lead to 56-55 in the third quarter. Sports Handicapping Software. The Clippers pulled away after that. Griffin scored 15 points in the first half, when Los Angeles built as much as a 13-point lead. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Clippers' defense was stout and forced the Suns into 14 first-half turnovers. Los Angeles closed with an 18 -3 run to lead 48-36 at halftime. Jordan entertained with an assortment of dunks and layups despite playing with a sprained right thumb that was wrapped in tape. Early in the first quarter, he grimaced and grabbed his thumb when he missed an alley-oop. But he remained in the game and never showed any signs of a problem afterward. Phoenix guard Devin Booker missed the game with a sprained toe. Four of the five Clippers starters had scored in double figures by the end of the third quarter. Los Angeles' offense has been slow to catch up with its defense early this season, but the Suns were no match on the defensive end as the Clippers got into a rhythm. Suns center Tyson Chandler fouled out with 7:51 left. Selections. TIP-INSSuns: Booker, third on the team in scoring, was a game-time decision. Beforehand, coach Earl Watson said: ''If he doesn't play, he's really in pain.'' Clippers: Jordan injured his thumb Sunday. He left the game but returned to play in a win against Utah. X-rays on the thumb were negative. Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said he would monitor the situation throughout the game. BACK-TO-BACKSBoth the Suns and Clippers were playing back-to-back games for the first time this season. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Suns hosted the Warriors on Sunday and lost 106-100. Best Sports Picks of the Day. The Clippers played an afternoon game Sunday followed by a night game. Rivers said he doesn't mind that kind of schedule. UP NEXTSuns: Return home Wednesday to host Portland. Phoenix won the season series 2-1 last year. Clippers: Host the Thunder on Wednesday. Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook is averaging 38.7 points per game. He scored 51 against the Suns.

NFL Recap: Minnesota Vikings (10) vs. Chicago Bears (20) - 10/31/2016

NFL Recap: Minnesota Vikings (10) vs. Chicago Bears (20) - Date: 10/31/2016 Jay Cutler threw for 252 yards and a touchdown after missing five games with a thumb injury, rookie Jordan Howard ran for a career-high 153 yards and a TD, and the Chicago Bears stunned the Minnesota Vikings 20-10 on Monday night. Winning Sports Handicappers. The Bears (2-6) sacked Sam Bradford five times while handing the NFC North-leading Vikings (5-2) their second straight loss. Cutler was on target in his return from a sprained right thumb. Howard easily surpassed his previous high of 118 yards. Alshon Jeffery got his first touchdown reception of the season, and Chicago outgained Minnesota 403 yards to 258. Cutler had not played since he exited against Philadelphia in the second game of the season. But with his future up in the air after coach John Fox wavered in his commitm ent to him as the starter, he made a triumphant return. Cutler completed 20 of 31 passes, including an 11-yard touchdown to Jeffery early in the third that made it 20-3. Whether he quieted fans who thought the Bears were better off with Brian Hoyer is another issue. But that became a moot point when Hoyer broke his left arm last week in a Thursday night loss at Green Bay. Howard had a 69-yard run, the longest for Chicago in seven years. Zach Miller added 88 yards receiving as the Bears stopped a three-game losing streak. Bradford, playing behind a porous line, had another rough game after getting sacked six times the previous week against Philadelphia. He was 23 of 37 for 228 yards. Matt Asiata ran for 42 yards with Jerick McKinnon sidelined by an ankle injury. With a sparse and quiet crowd looking on, the Bears led 13-3 at halftime. It was almost a bigger advantage, but Chicago settled for field goals on its first two trips inside the 20. Howard, a fifth-round draft pick, b roke off a 69-yard run to the 13 on Chicago's first possession. It was the longest rushing play for the Bears since Kahlil Bell's 72-yarder against Philadelphia on Nov. 22, 2009. But instead of a touchdown, the Bears got a field goal from Connor Barth. NFL Football Handicappers. They got another field goal early in the second after Xavier Rhodes broke up a pass to Jeffery in the end zone on third down at the 10. Chicago finally broke through midway through the second quarter when Howard scored on a 2-yard run to make it 13-0. Free Sports Picks Twitter. The Vikings drove to the Bears' 2 in the final minute of the half. But Akiem Hicks hit Bradford for a 10-yard sack on third down, leading to a 30-yard field goal by Blair Walsh. OFFICIAL INJUREDHead linesman Ed Walker was taken from the field on a cart after he slipped on the Soldier Field grass i n the first quarter. Walker was injured running down the Vikings' sideline as the Bears punted. His legs bucked, and he was tended to for several minutes by medical personnel before being placed on the cart. GO CUBS, GOVikings backup receiver and Chicago native Laquon Treadwell made it clear who he's rooting for in the World Series. He was wearing cleats showing an image of the Chicago Tribune with the headline ''Cubs Win!'' before the game. INJURIESVikings: G Alex Boone was being evaluated for a concussion. ... CB Captain Munnerlyn hurt his foot. ... SS Andrew Sendejo (ankle) sat out and Jayron Kearse started in his place. Bears: The Bears held out RG Kyle Long (strained triceps) and LG Josh Sitton (ankle). Free NFL Football Picks. Ted Larsen started at right guard and Eric Kush at left guard. UP NEXTVikings: Face division rival Detroit for the first time this season when they host the Lions on Sunday. Bears: Have a bye before visiting Tampa Bay on Nov. 13.---AP NFL website: http://www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

NBA Recap: Sacramento Kings (95) vs. Atlanta Hawks (106) - 10/31/2016

NBA Recap: Sacramento Kings (95) vs. Atlanta Hawks (106) - Date: 10/31/2016 Dwight Howard had 18 points, Kyle Korver and Dennis Schroder scored 17 points apiece, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Sacramento Kings 106-95 on Monday night for their first 3-0 start in five seasons. Every Atlanta starter scored in double figures, and the Hawks held Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins in check after he averaged 30 points in the Kings' first three games. He finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Rudy Gay scored 22 points for Sacramento (2-2), which led 81-79 after three quarters. Matt Barnes also scored 14 points, and Ben McLemore finished with 12. Howard went 8 for 20 from the line, but also contributed 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Paul Millsap added 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Atlanta made 29 of its 47 free-throw attempts, and Sacramento coach Dave Joeger pleaded to official Karl Lane at one point: ' 9;My man over here (the scorekeeper) is running out of lead! Ten fouls in one quarter?''The Kings started slowly, missing their first six shots. Atlanta scored 31 points in the second quarter - even though Howard missed 8 of 10 free throws in the period - and led 53-44 at halftime. Sacramento responded in the third, opening the period with a 22-7 run fueled largely by Gay and Cousins. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. The Kings led 83-81 in the fourth when Millsap made a foul shot and Kent Bazemore connected on a 3 to give the Hawks the lead. Korver helped Atlanta hold on with another 3 with about four minutes left. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. TIP-INSKings: Cousins became the Kings' career leader with 246 double-doubles. Chris Webber had 245. Only Howard (267) and Kevin Love (266) have more double-doubles in the NBA since 2011. Hawks: Atlanta has scored at least 53 points in the first half of all three games this season, and led each time. Hockey Handicappers. The Hawks, though, fell short of their previous offensive outputs as they averaged 109 points in wins over Washington and Philadelphia. HAWKS ON THE MOVEAtlanta made a couple of moves after learning forward Mike Scott will be unavailable for about four weeks as he prepares to undergo a platelet replacement procedure to alleviate pain in his left knee. He was limited in the preseason, and missed the first two regular-season games. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Hawks re-signed forward Ryan Kelly, who was in camp with team after playing three seasons with the Lakers, and waived center Edy Tavares. FAMILIAR FACEFormer Hawks forward Josh Smith attended the game. UP NEXTKings: Sacra mento heads south to face the Heat Tuesday night on the second stop of a five-game road trip that will span seven days. Hawks: The Lakers will make their lone visit to Philips Arena to face Atlanta on Wednesday.

NBA Recap: Denver Nuggets (102) vs. Toronto Raptors (105) - 10/31/2016

NBA Recap: Denver Nuggets (102) vs. Toronto Raptors (105) - Date: 10/31/2016 DeMar DeRozan had 33 points and Kyle Lowry made a couple key baskets late to finish with 29 points, helping the Toronto Raptors beat the Denver Nuggets 105-102 on Monday night. Danilo Gallinari, Will Barton and Emmanuel Mudiay each had 16 points for Denver, and Jusuf Nurkic added 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. DeRozan is the first Raptor ever to start a season with three straight 30-point games, and his run is one short of Mike James' stretch from 2006 for the longest run at any point in the season. Lowry hit a tiebreaking 14-footer with 1:36 remaining, then made it 105-102 with 45 seconds remaining on a driving layup. Wilson Chandler's 3-pointer with 8:49 left gave the Nuggets their first lead in over 34 minutes. Best Sports Handicappers Free Picks. The Raptors had the advanta ge from the 4:12 mark of the first quarter, leading by 19 at one point. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Nuggets pushed their edge to five before the Raptors clawed back, taking the lead for good on Lowry's jumper. Jonas Valanciunas' foul on Nurkic 15 seconds later sent the center to the line, but he could only make one of two, and the Raptors extended their lead the next time down the court on Lowry's layup. Gallinari's desperation 3-pointer as time expired hit the rim and bounced away. Gallinari had nine points in the third quarter, helping propel the Nuggets on a 9-0 run to pull within four points. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. The Raptors got nine of their own from DeRozan, including a 13-foot buzzer-beater, to give them an 88-84 edge heading into the fourth quarter. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. TIP INSNuggets: F Darrell Arthur (knee) and G Gary Harris (groin) missed their third straight games. ... Coming into Monday's game, Denver had won eight of its last 12 games in Toronto. Raptors: C Lucas Nogueira (ankle) did not dress for the game. ... Despite setting a franchise record with 17 wins over Western Conference opponents last season, Toronto was 0-2 against Denver. ... Sports Handicapping Sites. The Raptors are now 4-4 when playing on Halloween. BOARD PATROLThe Nuggets (59.5) and Raptors (51) entered as first and tied for third in average rebounds per game, but it was the Raptors who led the way on Monday, taking an 46-43 edge. HALLOWEEN HOMECOMINGDenver rookie Jamal Murray, who grew up about 70 miles from Toronto in Kitchener, Ontario, played his first professional game in Canada. After scrambl ing to secure over 100 tickets for friends and family, Murray scored his first NBA basket following a technical foul with 10:41 to go in the fourth quarter. He finished 0 for 4 from the field with two rebounds and two assists. DOWN AND OUTBarton went down with 30 seconds remaining in the third quarter after twisting his left ankle stepping on the foot of Toronto rookie Jakob Poeltl. Denver called a timeout and Barton eventually headed to the locker room visibly limping and did not return to the game. UP NEXTNuggets: Continue their five-game swing with a matchup against Minnesota, where Denver has won four straight. Raptors: Visit Washington in their first road game of the season. NBA Basketball Handicappers. Toronto has a seven-game win streak over the Wizards.

NBA Recap: Chicago Bulls (118) vs. Brooklyn Nets (88) - 10/31/2016

NBA Recap: Chicago Bulls (118) vs. Brooklyn Nets (88) - Date: 10/31/2016 Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, Dwyane Wade had 12 in the first road game of his career not played for Miami, and the Chicago Bulls improved to 3-0 by beating the Brooklyn Nets 118-88 on Monday night. Free Golf Picks. The Bulls had seven players in double figures, with Wade becoming the last of them when he left Bojan Bogdanovic behind with a crossover and was fouled on a drive to the basket in the fourth quarter. Nikola Mirotic had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Taj Gibson added 14 points and 11 boards for the Bulls. After home victories against Eastern Conference playoff teams Boston and Indiana to open the season, the Bulls easily handled their road opener, leading by as many as 33 points. Bogdanovic scored 15 points and Jeremy Lin had 14 for the Nets, who fell to 1-3. Butler made all five shots as the Bulls built an 18-point lead after one quarter that grew to 25 in the second. Chicago led 93-66 after three quarters, leaving the crowd with little to cheer in the fourth beyond Wade's smooth moves. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Nets' first three games had all been decided by single digits - they had actually outscored opponents 328-326 despite starting 1-2 - but they were never in this one after the opening minutes. Butler and Gibson were a combined 9 for 9 in the first quarter as the Bulls got a number of easy baskets while playing at the quicker pace they are using since adding Wade and Rajon Rondo to their backcourt. Best Sports Picks Today. The Nets, who entered averaging an NBA-high 37.3 3-point attempts per game, were 5 for 31 (16 percent) behind the arc. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. TIP-INSBulls: G Michael Carter-Williams injured his left knee in the first half and did not return. ... Handicapping Sports. The Bulls have won four straight in Brooklyn, tied with Miami for the longest current winning streak. Nets: Coach Kenny Atkinson said guard Randy Foye, who hasn't played yet because of a strained right hamstring, was ''progressing well.'' Also sidelined was backup guard Greivis Vasquez, who felt soreness in his right ankle Saturday at Milwaukee. Atkinson said he was day to day. ... NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Nets fell to 6-7 on Halloween. They haven't won on the holiday since beating the Bulls in 2007. LOPEZ LEDGERRobin Lopez improved to 8-6 against twin brother Brook. The two, who rarely speak when playing each other, didn't even acknowl edge each other in the moments before the opening tip. Brook stood with his back to Robin before beating him to win the jump. VALENTINE'S DAYRookie Denzel Valentine, the college player of the year last season at Michigan State, scored his first NBA points with a 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter after replacing Wade. BROOK'S BACK TO BACKSBrook Lopez, who has battled foot problems during his career, sat out Saturday in Milwaukee on the second night of a back-to-back but Atkinson was vague when asked about the plan. ''There's an overall plan and then on a game-to-game basis you might have to adjust that depending on a lot of things,'' he said. ''To get into specifics like that is a little difficult but we like the plan we put in place. Again, Brook's on board, we're on board.'' UP NEXTBulls: Visit Boston on Wednesday. The Bulls beat the Celtics 105-99 on Thursday at home in their season opener. Nets: Host Detroit on Wednesday in the second game of a four-game homestand.

NBA Preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 10/31/2016 - 10:35 PM EST

NBA Preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers - Date: 10/31/2016 Time: 10:30 P.M. EST Venue: STAPLES Center LOS ANGELES -- The health of center DeAndre Jordan was a major concern for the Los Angeles Clippers heading into Monday's matchup against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. Jordan suffered what was initially diagnosed as a sprained right thumb in the third quarter of Sunday's 88-75 win over the Utah Jazz. Jordan, who was in noticeable pain, went to the bench and was treated by a trainer before returning to play almost five minutes in the fourth quarter. He finished with seven points and 16 rebounds in 28 minutes. Jordan was examined more extensively Sunday night. Good Return on Investment. The Clippers said an X-ray was negative, meaning Jordan does not have any broken bones." I was worried because I saw the swelling in his hand," Clipp ers coach Doc Rivers said after the game. "When it's that quick, that's never a good thing. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. Then, he went back in and I started feeling a little bit better." The Clippers (2-0) have relied on Jordan, their defense, rebounding and key contributions from their bench to start the season well. Handicapper Directory. They limited the Jazz to 39.7 percent shooting and enjoyed a slight edge in rebounding (49-43), an area the Clippers were lax in last season." We've just got to continue to grow and continue to defend," said backup guard Austin Rivers, who delivered a game-high 19 points against the Jazz. Reserve forward-center Marreese Speights, who joined the Clippers as a free agent after three seasons with the Golden State Warriors, has come up with crucial play s in both of the team's victories. After scoring 15 points in the season-opening triumph over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, Speights drew four offensive fouls against Utah. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Suns (0-3) will continue charging toward a win. Sunday's 106-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors came on the heels of setbacks to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Sacramento Kings." The wins are going to come this season," said forward T. J. Warren, who had 26 points against the Warriors and has been one of the early surprises for the Suns. Warren is averaging a team-best 22 points per game with seven rebounds. He scored a career-high 30 against the Thunder." So we're not worried; we've just got to continue to play hard. My teammates are doing a good job of finding me and I just have to stay aggressive" Warren said. Sports Illustrated Picks. The Suns also have injury woes. Guard Devin Booker, who showed much promise last season by scoring 13.8 points per game in his rookie campaign, is nursing a sprained big toe. Booker got hurt in Friday's loss to the Thunder. He was bothered by the toe against Golden State, managing just seven points on 3-of-12 shooting." Devin's tough," Suns coach Earl Watson said. "But if you watch him, he's been limping around a lot. He has no excuses, but we need him to be efficient and he has to be healthy to be efficient." Eric Bledsoe, a former Clipper, is off to a solid start. Bledsoe is averaging 16 points and 5.7 assists per game. Phoenix's Tyson Chandler remains one of the NBA's top defensive centers, averaging 12.7 boards per game.

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NBA Preview: Sacramento Kings vs. Atlanta Hawks - 10/31/2016 - 7:35 PM EST

NBA Preview: Sacramento Kings vs. Atlanta Hawks - Date: 10/31/2016 Time: 07:30 P.M. EST Venue: Philips Arena ATLANTA -- The Sacramento Kings snapped a 15-game losing streak to Atlanta at home last season. Now they will try to end their losing ways on the road against the Hawks. Sports Monitor. The Kings, off to an encouraging 2-1 start under new coach Dave Joerger, start a tough five-game road swing Monday night at Atlanta, where they have dropped nine games in a row. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Kings won their opener at Phoenix, then split their first two games at their new home arena. Sacramento was down by 18 points in the second quarter Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but rallied for a 106-103 victory." I think there is a nice difference between being 2 -1 and 1-2 and how you feel about yourself, knowing you are going to play your next five in all kinds of different states around the union," Joerger said after the victory. "That's a better feeling getting on the plane." The Hawks improved to 2-0 with an easy 104-72 victory over the 76ers on Saturday in Philadelphia and are a tough team for the Kings to have to open their long road trip against. Sacramento hasn't won in Atlanta since March 3, 2006, but the Kings gave the Hawks a scare last November before falling 103-97. DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 12 rebounds in that game, then had 24 points and 16 rebounds as the Kings won 91-88 in January at Sacramento to snap their long overall losing streak to the Hawks. Cousins had 29 points and Rudy Gay scored 28 in the Kings' comeback victory over Minnesota." To me, Cousins and Rudy are one of the best one-two punches in the game," said veteran Matt Barnes, who played under Joerger last sea son at Memphis. Joerger has tightened up the Kings defensively and his offensive imprint is also apparent." There is still some times when we struggle, when we revert to playing isolation basketball," the coach said. "What happens is we try to dribble into crowds and then we end up with no play. It just takes time." The Kings are also without Darren Collison, leaving Ty Lawson as the team's only proven point guard. Collison was suspended by the NBA for the first eight games of the season after pleading guilty to domestic abuse. Sports Cappers. The Hawks have a new look this season as well with the addition of Dwight Howard in the middle and Dennis Schroder running the team instead of Jeff Teague. Howard had 19 rebounds in a victory over Washington in his home debut, but was limited by foul trouble in the easy victory in Philadelphia. Schroder had a career-best 11 assists against the 76ers. Pau l Millsap had a shortened training camp after a knee procedure, but he showed no ill effects in the Hawks' opening victories, averaging 22.5 points." He's played very, very well in the first two games," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. Millsap was also the key reason that the Hawks kept their winning streak alive against the Kings in Atlanta last season, scoring 23 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. He had to play just 27 minutes during the romp in Philadelphia." I feel pretty good," Millsap said. "We are looking at the now, but it's more about the later. Keeping me fresh, keeping my healthy through the course of the year. We talked about keeping my minutes low, so when I'm out I can put it all out there."

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NBA Preview: Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets - 10/31/2016 - 7:35 PM EST

NBA Preview: Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets - Date: 10/31/2016 Time: 07:30 P.M. EST Venue: Barclays Center NEW YORK -- An underwhelming 42-40 non-playoff season led to a summer of drastic changes for the Chicago Bulls. Nine new players were added, highlighted by the additions of guards Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade. Naturally, questions about cohesion were a theme of preseason. Sports Handicapping Service Leads. Two games into the regular season, things are going well and the Bulls look to remain unbeaten Monday night when they visit the Brooklyn Nets." We've been practicing about 30 days straight," Rondo said. "The chemistry is coming along (but) it's early." Last season, the Bulls also won their first two games and began with a 22-12 record but wound up going 20-28 the rest of the way, prompting the trade of Derrick Rose to the N ew York Knicks and allowing Joakim Noah to sign with New York in free agency. NBA Basketball Handicappers. Those departures left Jimmy Butler as the main option and then came the signings of Rondo and Wade. Butler has 40 points in his first two games, Rondo has 22 assists and Wade has 36 points. Football Picks Today. Those three players might have more points and assists, but during Saturday's 118-101 win over Indiana, they saw some rest as Doug McDermott scored 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting while the Bulls collected 34 assists and shot 52 percent." It's good to see this early in the season," Wade said. "We have the format to how we need to play. It is about making sure we get to that (style of) game more times than not throughout the year." The Bulls will try to maintain their style (111.5 points per gam e, 118.4 offensive rating) against a team with low expectations but plenty of competiveness in their first three games. In the first three games, the Nets have nearly rallied from a 23-point deficit at Boston, held Indiana to 15 fourth-quarter points in a nine-point win and nearly came back at Milwaukee on Saturday before losing 110-108 on a John Henson tip-in at the buzzer." I told our guys to keep with it, stay with it," Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said. "I'm proud of our resiliency. I wish we would have shot a little bit better. Free NBA Basketball Picks. Turnovers hurt us. We had a lot of open looks, and at the end we had a chance to win the game." Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 points and hit a 3-pointer with 11.6 seconds remaining before Henson won it. Bogdanovic's 3-pointer was one of 11 in 35 attempts Brooklyn had Saturday. Profitable Sports Handicappers. The Nets have increased their reliance on 3-pointers by going 36 of 112 (32.1 percent). It is the second time in franchise history that Brooklyn has attempted at least 30 3-pointers in three straight games. Brook Lopez has been part of the increased emphasis on 3-pointers, as he is 1-of-6 this season and 4-of-37 for his career. Lopez was rested Saturday but he is expected to play Monday." I think we're just building him up," Atkinson said of resting Lopez. "We have a plan to increase his minutes, increase his playing time as the season goes on. I think it's a smart way to look at it. We're thinking long-term, big picture. Soon enough he'll be at his normal minutes." Lopez's return from not making the trip to Milwaukee will coincide with another meeting against twin brother Robin Lopez. It is the 14th meeting between the siblings and this is the fifth opposing team Robin has been with after spending time with Phoenix, New Orleans, Portland and New York. Robin Lopez's teams have won seven meetings against his twin. Robin has averaged 9.8 points while Brook Lopez has averaged 21 points. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Nets have lost three straight home meetings with the Bulls. Chicago also has won 13 of the last 18 regular-season meetings, including a 115-100 victory on Oct. 28, 2015, in Brooklyn. Monday will mark Wade's 39th regular-season meeting against the Nets. In his first 38 with the Miami Heat, the 12-time All-Star won 28 of those games. Wade has scored at least 30 points eight times against the Nets, including March 28 in Miami when he had 30 on 14-of-19 shooting. He also had 27 games with at least 20 points against the Nets, including both visits to Brooklyn last season when he totaled 55 points on 24 of 39 from the floor.

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NBA Preview: Denver Nuggets vs. Toronto Raptors - 10/31/2016 - 7:35 PM EST

NBA Preview: Denver Nuggets vs. Toronto Raptors - Date: 10/31/2016 Time: 07:30 P.M. EST Venue: Air Canada Centre TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors will look to close out its first homestand of the season on a winning note after dropping a 94-91 decision to the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. Inside Info. The Raptors (1-1) wrap up a three-game home stretch against the visiting Denver Nuggets (1-1) on Monday night at Air Canada Centre. The Nuggets begin a five-game road trip in Toronto after falling 115-113 to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday. Despite the home loss, there's good news on the horizon for the Nuggets. Both forward Darrell Arthur and guard Gary Harris could return from injury against the Raptors. Harris has missed the first two games with a groin injury." It's good to see him on the court ( Friday). And as is always the case, how does he feel the next day," coach Michael Malone told the Denver Post prior to Saturday's game. Arthur, meanwhile, has missed both games due to a knee injury." Gary is a guy that is one of the better young two-way players in the NBA," Malone said. "We are going to be really smart and prudent about his injury and not rush him back so when he does come back, we can have him for an extended stay." Facing the Raptors will mark the first NBA game north of the border for Canadian guard Jamal Murray. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The 19-year-old University of Kentucky product grew up 70 miles west of Toronto. Sports Handicapper Tracker. Through his first two games of the season, Murray has averaged 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists." It's very difficult, you've got to have s ome intellect going your way," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said of a young player like Murray adjusting to the NBA. "He's a very intelligent kid." He's going to be a nice young player, also, his speed with the basketball, his ability to shoot the ball -- once he understands the speed of the game, angles and personnel and understands the league after he goes through it a couple times -- he's going to be a really really effective player for Denver." The Raptors dropped both games against the Nuggets last season falling 106-105 at home in December and losing 112-93 at Denver in February." People looked at them last year and said, 'Well how did you lose to them twice?' They're a very talented, skilled team that I think is underrated just because they're so young," Casey said. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. Toronto opened its 22nd season with a 1 09-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday before falling to the Cavaliers. Following Monday's game, Toronto heads to Washington to play the Wizards on Wednesday before returning home to host the Miami Heat on Friday.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

NFL Recap: Philadelphia Eagles (23) vs. Dallas Cowboys (29) - 10/30/2016

NFL Recap: Philadelphia Eagles (23) vs. Dallas Cowboys (29) - Date: 10/30/2016 Dak Prescott won the rookie quarterback duel with Carson Wentz. Prescott rallied Dallas in the fourth quarter and threw a 5-yard pass to Jason Witten in overtime to give the Cowboys a 29-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. Prescott won his sixth straight game filling in for Tony Romo, the 10-year starter who is getting close to returning from a preseason back injury. And the 23-year-old recovered from a shaky start that included several poor throws, the worst an end zone interception to Jordan Hicks that cost Dallas points late in the first half. Dez Bryant caught a tying 22-yard touchdown pass with 3:04 left in regulation as Dallas (6-1) overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take a two-game lead over the Eagles (4-3) in the NFC East. Prescott finished 19 of 39 for 287 yards with two scores and the interception.'' He's come back before this year for us,'' coach Jason Garrett said, referring to a fourth-quarter rally in Washington and a comeback from a 14-0 deficit at San Francisco.'' He plays with the same mentality, the same demeanor, the same temperament regardless of what's happened before. Professional Handicappers. The best players I've been around were able to do that. He was outstanding at the end of this ballgame.'' Wentz had the Eagles in position for a win with another efficient performance, going 32 of 43 for 202 yards. But he couldn't move Philadelphia late in regulation with the game tied. NFL Football Handicappers. The Eagles never got the ball in overtime after Prescott led the 75-yard scoring drive.'' It's just those late-game learning situations,'' Went z said. ''We've got a young team and just to lose like that in the fourth quarter when we had our opportunities. We've just to learn and put them away if we can.'' On the winning play , Prescott started to his right before spinning back to his left and finding a wide-open Witten, who broke Ed ''Too Tall'' Jones' franchise record with his 204th start.'' A lot went through my mind,'' Prescott said. ''Like, this is my first touchdown throw to Witten. Sports Picks. This is the game-winner. Let's get it to him. A special moment.'' Bryant had four catches for 113 yards, including a 53-yarder to set up the first Dallas touchdown, in the 2014 All-Pro's return after missing three games with a hairline fracture in his right knee. Ezekiel Elliott's NFL rookie record of four straight games with at least 130 yards rushing end, but the NFL 9;s rushing leader played a big part on the winning drive with 18 yards rushing and a 10-yard catch that set up Witten's score. He finished with 96 yards on 22 carries and had another 52 yards receiving. Elliott also had two highlight plays in the first quarter on safety Rodney McLeod - first running through him on a 25-yard catch and hurdling over him on a 13-yard run during a drive to a field goal for a 10-3 lead. Prescott's TD pass to Witten tied Troy Aikman's rookie franchise record of nine scoring passes after Wentz broke Donovan McNabb's rookie mark of eight from 1999 with his ninth of the season, a 5-yarder to Jordan Matthews that put Philadelphia up 20-10 in the third quarter. Darren Sproles had a season-high 86 yards rushing on 15 carries for the Eagles. Matthews had 11 catches for 65 yards. ON SECOND THOUGHT: Caleb Sturgis' 55-yard field goal on the final play of the first half for a 13-10 Philadelphia lead came after officials put a second back on the clock following Wentz's quick sideline completion to Dorial Green-Beckham. Free NFL Football Picks. The play started with five seconds left, and replays showed officials made the right call. Sturgis had to make the kick twice after the Cowboys called timeout just before the first successful attempt. It was Sturgis' 16th straight make following a miss on his first attempt of the season. He got his 17th straight later - a 34-yarder in the fourth quarter. GAMBLING GARRETT: The Dallas coach with a conservative reputation went for it on fourth-and-1 in overtime when the Cowboys were in field goal range. Prescott got the first on a sneak. Garrett also gave the go-ahead for a fake punt that led to a 30-yard run by punter Chris Jones and a field goal to get the Cowboys within seven in the third quarter. INJURIES: Eagles OL Allen Barbre left in the first half with a hamstring injury and didn't return. ... Cowboys S Barry Church left with an arm injury in the second half and didn't return. ... Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne left with a groin injury late in the fourth quarter.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow Schuyler Dixon on Twitter at https://twitter.com/apschuyler

NHL Recap: Washington Capitals (3) vs. Calgary Flames (1) - 10/30/2016

NHL Recap: Washington Capitals (3) vs. Calgary Flames (1) - Date: 10/30/2016 Marcus Johansson scored twice to lead the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night. Brett Connolly also scored for Washington, Jay beagle had two assists, and Braden Holtby stopped 21 shots. Mikael Backlund scored his first of the season for Calgary, and Brian Elliott had 26 saves while ending a three-game win streak. Connolly opened the scoring 2:01 into the game and Johansson redirected Alex Ovechkin's snap pass on the power play at 7:14 to double the lead and give the Capitals two goals on their first four shots. Backlund pulled the Flames within one with 6:16 remaining in the first as he whipped a shot inside the far post from near the boards. Neither team scored again until Johansson, who had three points in a win at Vancouver on Saturday night, added an empty-netter with 25 seconds left to give him five goals and a team-leading nine points. Backlund had one of Calgary's best chances to tie it in the third when the puck squirted out to him in front, but he he didn't get a good shot away and Holtby was able to smother it. Both goalies made some stellar saves in the second period. First, it was Holtby kicking out a pad to deny Micheal Ferland from 15 feet out. Elliott, was especially sharp during a power play. First he scrambled across to thwart Ovechkin at the side of the net. Shortly after, he threw up his glove to stab John Carlson's blast from the blue line. Another big glove stop for Elliott came in the first. Keeping the Flames within two goals, he snagged a hard shot from Nate Schmidt. Backlund socred just 11 seconds later. NOTES: The Capitals have outscored teams 11-4 in the first period this season. Best Sports Picks Today. They've also scored first in seven of their eight games. ... Free NHL Hockey Picks. The Flames play 11 of their next 15 games on the road. ... Ferland and Sam Bennett each had his four-game point streak snapped. UP NEXTCapitals: At Winnipeg on Tuesday night to completeb a four-game road trip. Flames: At Chicago on Tuesday night in the opener of a four-game trip.

NHL Recap: Ottawa Senators (2) vs. Edmonton Oilers (0) - 10/30/2016

NHL Recap: Ottawa Senators (2) vs. Edmonton Oilers (0) - Date: 10/30/2016 Craig Anderson returned following his wife's cancer diagnosis and made 37 saves for his second shutout in two starts, helping the Ottawa Senators beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 on Sunday night. Anderson left the team Thursday to be with his wife, Nicholle, but returned to start this game. Gambling Profit. Teammates took turns hugging Anderson after the final horn, and the 35-year-old goalie was crying on the ice after being named the game's first star. Mike Hoffman and Bobby Ryan scored for the Senators, who have won two of three. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Oilers ended a five-game winning streak. Cam Talbot made 20 saves. Edmonton had a great chance seven minutes into the second period, but Anderson made a bi g kick save on rookie Jesse Puljujarvi. Ottawa scored 12:18 into the middle frame when Tom Pyatt was rewarded for some hard work, sending a backhand pass from behind the net in front to Hoffman, who scored his first of the season. Hoffman hit a post with a power-play blast later in the period. Anderson made another huge save midway through the third, stopping Jordan Eberle from point-blank range. Anderson is in his 14th NHL season and seventh with the Senators. He also shut out Vancouver in his last start on Oct. 25. Ottawa put the game away with an empty-netter from Ryan with 32 seconds remaining. NOTES: This was the first of two meetings this season between the teams. Track Handicappers. The other is Jan. 8th in Ottawa. ... Anderson started Sunday because Andrew Hammond got a lower-body injury on Friday in Calgary. ... Edmonton is 7-2-0, its best start to the season since going 8-1-0 in 1985-86. UP NEXTSenators: Head home to face Carolina on Tuesday. Oilers: Begin a five-game trip in Toronto on Tuesday.

MLB Recap: Cleveland Indians (2) vs. Chicago Cubs (3) - 10/30/2016

MLB Recap: Cleveland Indians (2) vs. Chicago Cubs (3) - Date: 10/30/2016 They've waited 108 years for a championship. So with this World Series on the verge of slipping away, the Chicago Cubs could not wait any longer. Manager Joe Maddon summoned closer Aroldis Chapman from the bullpen in the seventh inning for the first eight-out save of his big league career, needing to hold off the Cleveland Indians in Game 5. As nervous fans fretted at Wrigley Field, Chapman fired his 100 mph heat and preserved the Cubs' 3-2 win Sunday night, cutting Cleveland's lead to 3-2. Best Free Sports Picks. The Cubs won a Series game at Wrigley for the first time since Game 6 in 1945.'' High anxiety,'' first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. ''A lot of deep breaths. Every pitch gets bigger and bigger as the game goes on. It's unbelievable. Great win here, we sent these fans off with a win, now we have to go to Cleveland and win.'' Now, the team that led the majors in wins this year will try to extend its season again Tuesday night when Chicago right-hander Jake Arrieta faces Josh Tomlin at Cleveland in Game 6. Chicago is trying to become the first club to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit since the 1985 Kansas City Royals and the first to do it by winning Games 6 and 7 on the road since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. Cleveland, in search of its first title since 1948, is in search of its third-ever title and has won the championship at home just once, in 1920. Chapman hadn't pitched in the seventh inning since 2012. He threw 42 pitches, 15 of them at least 100 mph. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The lefty struck out four and fanned Jose Ramirez, who had homered earlier, with 101 mph heat to end it. With the crowd at the Friendly Confines desperate for a win, Kris Bryant homered to start a three-run burst in the fourth off Trevor Bauer. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. That gave Jon Lester a 3-1 lead. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Indians nicked him for a run in the sixth, and Carl Edwards Jr. took over to begin the seventh with a 3-2 edge. Chapman came in with a runner on second and one out. He stranded the potential tying run at second base in the seventh and at third in the eighth, then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. Lester, the Game 1 loser, improved to 4-1 in Series play by allowing two runs and six hits. Ramirez homered in the second to put the Indians ahead. Cleveland closed within a run in the sixth when Rajai Davis singled, stole second scored on a two-out single by Francisco Lindor. Mike Napoli singled against Edwards leading off the seventh and took second on a passed ball by rookie catc her Willson Contreras, who had just replaced David Ross. Carlos Santana flied out, and Chapman came in to strike out Ramirez with a 100 mph pitch. He hit Brandon Guyer on the left leg and retired Roberto Perez on a groundout as fans screamed in relief. Sports Handicapping Monitor. Then in the eighth, Davis singled with one out on a hard grounder down the line that Rizzo stopped with a dive - Chapman took a few seconds before heading to cover first, leaving Rizzo with no one to throw to. Davis stole second, and after Jason Kipnis fouled out, swiped third standing up. Lindor, Cleveland's hottest hitter, took a 101 mph pitch at the knees for a called third strike, then stood in the batter's box for nearly 20 seconds in anger and frustration. Bauer, his pinkie seemingly healed from a cut sustained while playing with a toy drone during the AL Championship Series, dropped to 0-2 in the Series, giving up three runs and six hits in four innings. After a pair of relatively balmy autumn nights on the North Side, the temperature dropped to 50 degrees at game time and a 10 mph win added chill. Maddon wore a ski hat with a blue pompom rather than a baseball cap. Bryant, in a 1-for-15 slide, led off the fourth with a drive into the left-field bleachers, where a fan in the first row dropped it. Rizzo sent the next pitch off the ivy on the right-field wall for a double, admiring its flight before hustling, took third on Ben Zobrist's single and came home with the go-ahead run when Addison Russell reached out and topped a pitch down the third-base line for an infield single. Jason Heyward took a called third strike, slumping Javier Baez dropped a bunt down the third-base line for a single that loaded the bases and Ross, a 39-year-old making perhaps his final big league start, hit a sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead. CARBON COPYRoss allowed Santana's second-inning foul pop to glance off his gl ove and Rizzo batted the ball in the air with his bare hand, then gloved it. It was similar to Game 6 in 1980, when Philadelphia first baseman Pete Rose grabbed Frank White's foul pop after it nicked off catcher Bob Boone. WEB GEMCubs right fielder Heyward climbed the brick wall in the right-field corner, then reached back to catch Bauer's wind-blown foul fly. MOVING ONThis was the last game with the bullpens in foul territory at Wrigley, where new bullpens under the bleachers are to open next season. Zobrist had to climb the mound to catch Kipnis' seventh-inning fly. 

NBA Recap: Washington Wizards (103) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (112) - 10/30/2016

NBA Recap: Washington Wizards (103) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (112) - Date: 10/30/2016 Marc Gasol scored 20 points, including a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, then helped the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Washington Wizards 112-103 Sunday night. Gasol's 3 from 27 feet with 15.7 seconds left in regulation tied the score at 100-all. John Wall's 9-foot attempt at the horn was off, sending the game to an extra period. Gasol then connected on two more 3s in overtime as Memphis opened a 112-100 advantage to seal the win. Mike Conley had 24 points and 11 assists for the Grizzlies. Zach Randolph had 22 points, while Vince Carter added 18 while shooting 5 for 6 on 3s. John Wall led the Wizards with 22 points and 13 assists as all five Washington starters reached double figures. Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat had 14 points apiece, with Gortat also grabbing 12 rebounds. Otto Porter had 13 points, while Markieff Morris and Marcus Thornton added 11 each. Washington led 96-88 with just over 3 minutes left, but a flagrant foul on Wall led to a pair of free throws by Carter. On the ensuing possession, Conley connected from distance. Memphis could get no closer than one point on two occasions. And Wall's two free throws with 24 seconds left gave the Wizards a 100-97 lead. Gasol's 27-footer was the second of the game, but the 7-foot center had two more long-range shots as Memphis pulled away in overtime. Gasol had eight of the Grizzlies' 12 points in the extra period. Conely had the other four. It was turn-back-the-clock night in the first half for Memphis. First, Randolph came off the bench to connect on 5 of 7 shots. Winning Sports Handicappers. Then, Carter - the oldest player in the league - converted his first four 3-pointers. But the Wizards were getting to the rim to chip away at an early 15-point Memphis lead. Wall had 13 in t he half and Beal added 10 points. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. That allowed Washington to pull to 58-54 at the break, despite 15 points from Randolph and 13 each from Conley and Carter. Memphis connected on half of its 18 shots from outside the arc in the half. Memphis still held a 78-77 lead entering the fourth. In the fourth quarter, there were nine lead changes and three ties. Documented Handicappers. TIP-INSWizards: Wall had already reached 10 assists at halftime. .. Morris, who led Washington in scoring with 22 points in the opening loss at Atlanta had four points in the first half and ended with 11. ... Morris drew a technical in first quarter arguing a second quick foul with referee Scott Wall after several warnings. ... Wall got a technical in second quarter courtesy of Haywoode Workman. ... Washington go t off to a 2 for 13 start from the field. Grizzlies: F Jarrell Martin, in his second season out of LSU, got his first career start. ... Martin starting was part of a lineup shuffle for Memphis as coach David Fizdale looked for a better start. GUNNER GASOLGasol's four 3-pointers were a career-high. He had one in the first half before his trio down the stretch. Fizdale is encouraging his big men like Gasol and Randolph to take 3-pointers. UP NEXTWizards: Hosts Toronto on Wednesday night in its home opener to start a stretch of eight of 11 at home. Grizzlies: At Minnesota on Tuesday night. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Grizzlies defeated the Timberwolves 102-98 in the season opener.

NBA Recap: Dallas Mavericks (92) vs. Houston Rockets (93) - 10/30/2016

NBA Recap: Dallas Mavericks (92) vs. Houston Rockets (93) - Date: 10/30/2016 James Harden made a free throw with 0.1 seconds left, lifting the Houston Rockets over the Dallas Mavericks 93-92 in their home opener Sunday night. Harden had 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. He was fouled by Wesley Matthews on a driving layup at the buzzer with the game tied, then made the second of two free-throw attempts. After trailing by 10 entering the fourth quarter, Dallas tied it at 92 with a 3-pointer by Matthews with 4.1 seconds remaining. Matthews led Dallas with 25 points and J. J. Barea scored 18 points off the bench. In falling to the Rockets for the second time in three days, the Mavericks fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2011-12, the lockout-shortened season following their title. Dallas was without Dirk Nowitzki (illness, sore Achilles tendon) for a second straight game. Nowitzki participated in pregame warmups but was a late scratch. Houston got strong performances from offseason additions Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson and Nene in their home debuts. Gordon had 14 points, Anderson had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Nene had 11 points. Best Sports Picks Today. The Rockets capped the first and second quarters with points at the buzzer. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. To end the first, Corey Brewer hit a 3-pointer from 30 feet out. Harden ended the second quarter on a driving layup to put the Rockets up 63-53. Late in the third quarter, Houston's Trevor Ariza and Dallas' Salah Mejri received double-technical fouls after both players fell to the floor and were tangled for a few seconds. Ariza clinched his fists before he was restrained by players. Sports Handicapper Scams.  TIP-INSMavericks: Without Nowitzki, Dallas was frequently undersized but managed to hold their own in the rebounding category, with Houston edging the Mavericks 46-42. ... Starting in Nowitzki's place, Seth Curry played 23 minutes and scored no points on 0-for-3 shooting. ... Deron Williams had 12 points but struggled with his shot in the second half after colliding with Brewer on a hard foul in the third quarter that left Williams limping and holding his thigh. Rockets: Houston was plagued by 17 turnovers compared to just nine turnovers from Dallas. ... Sam Dekker scored nine points on 3-of-3 shooting from 3-point range. ... Houston outscored Dallas 15-4 in fast-break points, fueled heavily by timely steals and forced turnovers in transition. ... Clint Capela had 10 rebounds. UP NEXTMavericks: Visit Utah on Wednesday night. Rockets: Visit Cleveland on Tuesday for the first leg of a season-long five-game road trip.

NBA Recap: Los Angeles Lakers (96) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (113) - 10/30/2016

NBA Recap: Los Angeles Lakers (96) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (113) - Date: 10/30/2016 Russell Westbrook wasn't entirely pleased with his 51-point triple-double two nights earlier, so he adjusted his approach. Westbrook still scored 33 points as part of another triple-double, but he focused more on his role as a facilitator on Sunday. He had 16 assists to go with 12 rebounds, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-96 to remain undefeated. Westbrook took a career-high 44 shots against Phoenix on Friday, and he criticized himself for it afterward. Winning Sports Gambling. This time, he made 11 of 21 field goals.'' I thought we did a good job of running the offense, letting it work for us,'' he said. ''Getting better shots, easy shots, and it worked out for us.'' According to the Thunder, Westbrook joined Magic J ohnson, Jerry Lucas and Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history with two triple-doubles in the first three games of a season. He now averages 38.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 11.7 assists.'' He had a masterful game tonight - the way he was getting everyone involved, shooting when the shots were there and playmaking for teammates,'' Lakers coach Luke Walton said. ''When we were aggressive on him, he showed today why he's one of the top point guards in the world.'' The Thunder have won 20 straight regular-season games when Westbrook registers a triple-double. He clinched this one, the 39th of his career, in the third quarter.'' That's standard for him,'' Thunder center Steven Adams said. ''He's a freak.'' Victor Oladipo added 20 points for the Thunder. D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle each scored 20 points for the Lakers. Prof itable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Thunder led 58-46 at halftime, but the Lakers chipped away and pulled to 77-71 by the end of the third quarter. A putback dunk by Enes Kanter and a steal and dunk by Oladipo pushed Oklahoma City's lead to 10 in the first minute of the fourth. Track Handicappers. The Lakers tried to hang tough. Nick Young made a 3-pointer to trim Oklahoma City's lead to 95-91 with just under five minutes remaining. Adams scored in close, and Westbrook followed with a fast break dunk after a steal by Adams to put the Thunder back in control for good.'' The biggest part was we had Russ,'' Adams said. ''Russ did an amazing job of just controlling us as players, and then we got everything we wanted because he was scoring the basket, and obviously, they had to overhelp.'' TIP-INSLakers: Randle made 5 of 6 shots in the first half, while the rest of the team made 13 of 39. ... Los Angeles shot 5 for 18 on 3s in the first half and finished 7 for 32 for the game. ... Walton was denied his first road win as Lakers coach. NBA Basketball Handicappers. Thunder: Westbrook ranks second among active players behind LeBron James in triple doubles. James has 43. ... Oklahoma City had 17 assists on 23 baskets in the first half. ... Scored 34 points off 21 Lakers turnovers. STAT LINESWestbrook matched a career high with five made 3-pointers. He was 5 for 6 after making going 2 for 10 from beyond the arc against Phoenix. QUOTE OF THE NIGHTWestbrook, on upcoming road games against the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors: ''Honestly, it don't matter who we play in a back-to-back. We could play the Globetrotters, all I care. It don't matter. Our job - we're going to go out and play one game at a time and try to get a win.'' UP N EXTLakers travel to Indiana to play the Paul George and the Pacers on Tuesday. Free Guaranteed Sports Picks. Thunder head west to play the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, then face the Golden State Warriors and former teammate Kevin Durant on Thursday.---Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter (at)CliffBruntAP

NHL Recap: Los Angeles Kings (0) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (3) - 10/30/2016

NHL Recap: Los Angeles Kings (0) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (3) - Date: 10/30/2016 Corey Crawford made 32 saves, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa each had a power-play goal and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 on Sunday night. Artem Anisimov also scored to extend his career-best point streak to seven games. He has six goals and five assists during the run. Hockey Predictions. Toews got his first goal of the season - the Chicago captain had just three assists in the Blackhawks' first eight games. Hossa scored into an empty net with 1:10 remaining. Hossa was honored in a pregame ceremony for becoming the 44th player with 500 goals, a milestone he reached on Oct. 18. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The Blackhawks killed both of Los Angeles' power plays and for the first time in n ine games didn't allow a power-play goal. Crawford earned his 20th shutout, and the Kings were blanked for the second straight game. Los Angeles concluded a two-game Midwest swing after losing 1-0 in regulation at St. Louis on Saturday. Los Angeles' Peter Budaj made 26 saves. Crawford wasn't heavily tested in this one, but stopped Kyle Clifford point blank with 2:35 left following a turnover. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. Tyler Toffoli had two good chances in the third. Kings coach Darryl Sutter remained stuck on 599 wins. Sutter launched his coaching career with the Blackhawks following eight seasons with them as a forward and ranks 14th in NHL coaching victories and fifth among active coaches. Sutter has more than 100 wins with each of the four teams he's coached - Los Angeles, Chicago, San Jose and Calgary. Profitable NHL Hockey Handi cappers. The Blackhawks had four power-play chances in the first period and Toews connected on the first one at 6:54 to give Chicago a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. Documented Handicappers. Toews' wrist shot from the top of the right circle beat Budaj on the glove side while Kings defensemen Jake Muzzin and Tom Gilbert screened Budaj. Anisimov made it 2-0 from the left edge of the crease with 6:30 left in the second, set up after Hossa threaded a pass across the crease. Anisimov didn't quite handle the feed cleanly but controlled the puck with a quick move and chipped it over Budaj. NOTES: Hossa held his daughter Zoja while being honored and got a big reaction from the crowd when the 2-year-old pinched his nose and then waved while the scoreboard camera zoomed in. ... Los Angeles D Brayden McNabb, who suffered an upper body injury in Saturday's 1-0 loss in St. Louis, sat out S unday. Kings D Matt Greene, a healthy scratch since the second game of the season, was in the lineup. ... Blackhawks rookie D Gustav Forsling missed his second game with an upper body injury. ... Chicago rookie C Vincent Hinostroza, a scratch for the last four games, returned. ... Blackhawks F Andrew Desjardins, out since blocking a shot in Chicago's exhibition finale on Oct. 8, has resumed skating. UP NEXT:Kings: Host Anaheim on Tuesday to start a three-game homestand. Blackhawks: Host Calgary at the United Center for the second time in eight days.

NHL Recap: Tampa Bay Lightning (1) vs. New York Rangers (6) - 10/30/2016

NHL Recap: Tampa Bay Lightning (1) vs. New York Rangers (6) - Date: 10/30/2016 Michael Grabner scored three goals to lead the New York Rangers to a 6-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night. Rick Nash, Jimmy Vesey and J. Leading Handicappers. T. Miller also sacored to help the Rangers win for the fourth time in five games. Antti Raanta stopped 31 shots. Nash, Grabner and Vesey scored in a span of 2 minutes, 19 seconds midway through the second period to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead. Miller, who also had two assists, scored late in the second and Grabner added two more in the third to make it 6-0 with his third career hat trick. Kevin Hayes had three asissts. Steven Stamkos spoiled Raanta's shutout bid with about 3 1/2 minutes remaining, and Ben Bishop finished with 31 saves as the Lightning lost their third straight. After a scoreless first period in wh ich New York outshot Tampa Bay 16-10, the Rangers scored in a flurry in the second. Nash broke through at 4:45 with his fourth of the season. Nash was sprung for a semi-breakaway by Nick Holden's pass up the middle to start the sequence, and the New York winger snapped a shot which beat Bishop glove side. Grabner increased the lead with a one-timer off Brady Skjei's cross-ice feed as Miller screened Bishop at 6:42. On the play, Miller collided with with Bishop, which prompted Lightning coach Jon Cooper to use his coach's challenge in order to see if there was goaltender interference. However, the video review showed Miller was bumped into Bishop by Valtteri Filppula. Just 22 seconds later, Vesey scored his team-leading fifth of the season to push the advantage to 3-0. Miller extended the Rangers' lead with a tap-in with 1:50 left in the period. Grabner's breakaway goal midway through the third increased the lead to 5-0, and his tap-in off a pass from Haye s with 5:13 left capped his first hat trick since signing with the Rangers in the offseason. It was also his first since Feb. 13, 2011, while with the Islanders. All of New York's goals came at even strength. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Rangers were 0 for 5 on the power play, and Tampa Bay went 1 for 4. NOTES: Tampa Bay RW Ryan Callahan made his season debut. Callahan, a former Ranger, had missed the Lightning's first eight games as he recuperated from offseason surgery on a torn labral in his right hip. ... Nikita Kucherov also played after missing Tampa Bay's last game, a 3-1 loss to New Jersey on Saturday night, with an upper body injury sustained in the first period of the Lightning's 3-1 loss to the Canadiens in Montreal Thursday night. ... Prior to the game, Tampa Bay announced C Cory Conacher had been sent down to AHL Syracuse. Conacher had played in one NHL game this se ason, Saturday's loss at the Devils. ... Documented Handicappers. The Lightning scratched D Matt Taormina and RW J. NHL Hockey Handicappers. T. Brown. . Rangers LW Chris Kreider missed his fourth straight game with neck spasms. . New York scratched D Adam Clendening. UP NEXTLightning: At the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Rangers: Host St. Louis on Tuesday night.

NBA Recap: Golden State Warriors (106) vs. Phoenix Suns (100) - 10/30/2016

NBA Recap: Golden State Warriors (106) vs. Phoenix Suns (100) - Date: 10/30/2016 Kevin Durant scored 37 points, Stephen Curry added 28 and the Golden State Warriors held off the pesky Phoenix Suns 106-100 on Sunday. Best Sports Picks Today. The Warriors didn't seal the victory until Curry's two free throws with 12.9 seconds to play. Durant added a pair of free throws with seven seconds left to provide the final margin. Free NBA Basketball Picks. T. J. Warren scored 26 points and Eric Bledsoe had 21 for the winless Suns, who took the Thunder into overtime in Oklahoma City on Friday night. Tyson Chandler grabbed 18 rebounds for Phoenix. Leading Handicappers. The Suns led by as many as 13 in the first half. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Warriors finally took somewhat shaky control midway through the final quarter. Sports Handicapper Reviews. The game looked well in hand for the reigning Western Conference champs when Durant took a lob pass from Andre Iguodala, dunked and was fouled. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The three-point play put the Warriors up 102-94 - their biggest lead of the day - with 1:19 to play. But Phoenix got consecutive driving layups from Bledsoe, Warren and Jared Dudley to cut it to 102-100 with 14.8 seconds remaining. The Suns had to foul Curry, and arguably the best free throw shooter in the game made them both to put away Golden State's second victory after a loss in its home opener. The Suns used a 22-2 run to take the big early lead. Durant scored five points in the final 30 se conds of the first half to cut Phoenix's lead to 57-55 at the break. Phoenix's last lead was 84-83 on Alex Len's inside basket with 10:15 to playSUNS RUNPhoenix scored 16 straight points in what became that 22-2 run to lead 30-17 when Alex Len sank a pair of free throws with 38.4 seconds left in the first quarter. Six Suns scored in the run. TEENAGE FAREWELL,The Suns' Devin Booker had a rough day on the court on his 20th birthday, but he did some serious damage in the NBA as a teenager. Booker scored 1,078 points in 78 games as a teen. The only teens to score more are LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmello Anthony, Durant and Dwight Howard. Booker had six 30-point games as a teenager, one fewer than Durant. He missed six of his first seven shots Sunday and wound up 3-for-12 for seven points. TIP-INSWarriors: Curry drew his fourth foul with 7:51 left in the third quarter but didn't get his fifth until there was 3:22 to play. ... Golden State beat the Suns for the eighth straight time. ... Golden State swept the four-game series with the Suns two of the last three years. Suns: Warren has 56 points in his last two games. ... Rookie Marquese Chriss drew his third technical foul of the season. He had two and was tossed from the previous game at Oklahoma City. ... Booker was 0 for 6 from the field before sinking a 3 at the shot clock buzzer to tie it at 62. UP NEXTSuns: Play at the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. Warriors: Play at Portland on Tuesday night

NHL Recap: Toronto Maple Leafs (1) vs. New York Islanders (5) - 10/30/2016

NHL Recap: Toronto Maple Leafs (1) vs. New York Islanders (5) - Date: 10/30/2016 Brock Nelson and Shane Prince each had a goal and an assist, Thomas Greiss stopped 33 shots, and the New York Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 Sunday night. Sports Handicapping Services. Travis Hamonic, Casey Cizikas and Josh Bailey also scored, and Nikolay Kulemin, Nick Leddy and Dennis Seidenberg each had two assists to help the Islanders snap a two-game skid. Jake Gardiner scored for the Maple Leafs and Jhonas Enroth finished with 30 saves. NHL Hockey Handicappers. Toronto lost its sixth straight on the road (0-3-3). After Gardiner scored 50 seconds into the third to pull the Maple Leafs to 2-1, Prince and Nelson scored 2:39 apart to stretch new York's lead to three. Prince first took advantage of a strange b ounce of the puck to give the Islanders a 3-1 lead. Prince then forced a turnover and had the primary assist on Nelson's goal. Seidenberg had assists on both goals. Bailey capped the scoring in the final minute. Fixed Games. The Islanders honored former fan-favorite Matt Martin with a video tribute during a stoppage in the opening period. It was the first time Martin played against them since signing a four-year, $10 million deal with Toronto in the offseason. Martin played the first 438 games of his career with New York, and is 34th on the franchise's games played list. Hamonic got the Islanders off to a fast start, scoring 1:01 into the game. It was the eighth goal in the last five games for New York defensemen, who have nine goals and 10 assists on the season. Cizikas got his first of the season, burying a rebound of Cal Clutterbuck's shot at 7:22 of the first to make it 2-0. Kulemin, who replac ed Martin on the Islanders' fourth line, had assists on each of the first two goals. Free NHL Hockey Picks. Toronto rookie sensation Auston Matthews, the top pick in the 2016 NHL draft, registered four shots in his first career appearance against the Islanders. Martin and Andrew Ladd got into a skirmish near the end of the second period. Ladd, who signed a seven-year $38.5 million contract with the Islanders in the offseason, has just one assist in nine games. NOTES: The Islanders scratched C Mathew Barzal, G Jean-Francois Berube and RW Alan Quine. ... Jaroslav Halak backed up Greiss after he was reportedly put on the trade block. Halak's agent, Allan Walsh, voiced his displeasure on Twitter on Friday. ... Winning Sports Handicappers. The Islanders wore purple jerseys during warmups as part of the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer campaign. ... Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. Toronto scratched D Matt Hunwick (lower body), D Frank Corrando and C Peter Holland. ... Toronto has six rookies who have combined for 34 points in night games, which leads the league. ... Gardiner scored his first goal of the regular season and is three assists shy of 100 career assists. UP NEXTMaple Leafs: Host Edmonton on Tuesday night in the first NHL matchup between Matthews and the Oilers' Connor McDavid - the last two No. 1 draft picks. Islanders: Host Tampa Bay on Tuesday night in the teams' first meeting since the Lightning eliminated the Islanders in the Eastern Conference semifinals last spring.

NBA Recap: San Antonio Spurs (106) vs. Miami Heat (99) - 10/30/2016

NBA Recap: San Antonio Spurs (106) vs. Miami Heat (99) - Date: 10/30/2016 Kawhi Leonard scored 14 of his 27 points in the final 6:04, doing so with a bandage under his right eye and helping the San Antonio Spurs hold off the Miami Heat 106-99 on Sunday night to remain unbeaten. Leonard left the game with 8:29 remaining to be tended to and returned for the final 6:48. Pau Gasol had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who wasted a 16-point first-half lead before recovering. Patty Mills added 18 for San Antonio, the first team to get to 4-0 in this young NBA season. Hassan Whiteside made his final seven shots and tied a career-high with 27 points for Miami, also grabbing 15 rebounds. Goran Dragic scored 25 points and Justise Winslow added 18 for the Heat. Down big early, Miami kept chipping away - getting within eight by halftime, one in the third and finally taking the lead back on a layup by Dragic right before Leonard returne d. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. They held that lead for 18 seconds. Leonard, who didn't seem bothered in the least by the bandage, found Mills for a 3-pointer on his first possession back in the game and then drove down a wide-open lane for a dunk on the next San Antonio trip. Just like that, the Spurs were back on top - and they wouldn't trail again. When the Spurs last visited on Feb. 9, both teams used 11 players. Of those 22, only seven were on the floor again for this matchup - four for the Spurs, three for the Heat. Unbeknownst to anyone at the time, that game was the last Chris Bosh has played for the Heat. He was diagnosed with a blood clot in Toronto two nights later, pulled out of All-Star weekend with what was called a calf strain, and thus started the trek toward where he is now - unable to get cleared to play because of his health issues and remaining part of the Heat in name onl y until he almost certainly gets waived in early 2017. But even with tons of change, the Spurs remain the Spurs.'' They still have all the San Antonio principles, even without an incredible Hall of Fame player like (Tim Duncan),'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''I think for any basketball aficionado, you absolutely respect and enjoy how San Antonio just finds a way to stay ahead of the curve, continue to reinvent and be incredibly efficient on both sides of the game.'' TIP-INSSpurs: Gregg Popovich's teams are now 13-13 in Miami, having won their last five visits. ... Leonard made his first five free throws before missing, ending his streak of 33 makes to start the season. ... LaMarcus Aldridge (rest) got the night off. ... Danny Green (left quad strain) was on the one-day trip for camaraderie's sake, Popovich said, though noted he isn't expected to play for a couple more weeks. Heat: Whiteside wore a sleeve to protect his stitched-up left elbow, which was cut in Friday's loss to Charlotte. ... Winslow missed his first five shots, airballing the last. He then made his next seven. ... Spoelstra said Josh Richardson (knee) is getting closer to his season debut, but hasn't gone through a full practice yet. SHORT NIGHT, LONG WEEKThe Spurs played at home on Saturday night, then landed in Miami at 2:30 a.m. - a tough turnaround for a 6 p.m. start against the Heat, even by NBA schedule standards. Good news for the Spurs: This trip is one of only two instances this season when they'll deal with such a long flight on a back-to-back. Bad news for the Spurs: The other is later this week. San Antonio plays Friday in Utah, then flies 1,100 miles to host the Clippers on Saturday. UP NEXTSpurs: San Antonio goes home to face Utah on Tuesday. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Spurs have won their last 10 at home against the Jazz. Heat: Miami's three-game homestand ends against Sacramento on Tuesday. Free Sports Handicappers. The Heat have won their last 14 at home against the Kings.

NFL Recap: Green Bay Packers (32) vs. Atlanta Falcons (33) - 10/30/2016

NFL Recap: Green Bay Packers (32) vs. Atlanta Falcons (33) - Date: 10/30/2016 Matt Ryan threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Sanu with 31 seconds remaining, rallying the Atlanta Falcons to a 33-32 victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Best Sports Picks of the Day. The Falcons (5-3) snapped a two-game losing streak, driving 75 yards for the winning score after Rodgers put the Packers (4-3) ahead with his fourth TD pass of the game. With Julio Jones shut down in the second half, Ryan turned to Sanu to bail out Atlanta. He caught five passes for 50 yards on the final possession, the last of them a touchdown pass in the back of the end zone after he got matched against linebacker Jake Ryan. Profitable NFL Football Handicappers. The Green Bay player didn& #39;t have a chance. Sanu raced past him and hauled in the pass right in front of the goalposts, the ball easily clearing Ryan's outstretched hands.'' It was just finishing,'' Sanu said. ''We didn't finish the last two weeks.'' Sanu had nine catches for 84 yards, both season highs in his first year with the Falcons. Atlanta needed every one of them, since Jones was held to three catches for 29 yards and targeted only once in the second half - a dropped pass on the final possession. But Jones helped Sanu get open on the winning play, drawing two defenders when they lined up on the same side of the field. Ryan was 28 of 35 for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Rodgers threw for 246 yards, teaming up with a bunch of unknown receivers as the banged-up Packers played without six starters. Linebacker Clay Matthews and receiver Randall Cobb were among those who couldn't go because of hamstring injuries. Sports Handicappers. Three Green Bay receivers - Geronimo Allison, Trevor Davis and Jeff Janis - hauled in their first career touchdowns. Allison, in fact, had just been promoted from the practice squad and never caught a pass in an NFL game. Ditto for Davis, a rookie who had mainly been used as a returner. NFL Football Handicappers. The Packers took a 32-26 lead after the Falcons were caught with too many men on the field, giving Green Bay a first down rather than having to go for a fourth-and-1. Rodgers went to Janis for a 7-yard touchdown with 3:58 remaining, followed by a 2-point conversion. It wasn't enough. Sanu's touchdown tied the game, and Matt Bryant booted through the winning extra point. Bryant had already become the Falcons career leading scorer, passing Morten Andersen, with a PAT after Atlanta's first TD. RODGERS RUNSRodgers was also Green Bay's leading rusher with a career-high 60 yards on six carries. He broke his previous best of 57 yards in 2012, and posted the highest rushing total by a Packers quarterback since Don Majkowski's 88-yard effort in 1990. INJURY REPORTThe Falcons lost tight end Jacob Tamme to a right shoulder injury on the opening possession. Expert Sports Picks. Tamme took a hit at the end of a 13-yard reception, knocking the ball loose though the officials ruled his knee was already down. He went off the field holding his right arm and never returned. UP NEXTPackers: Return home next Sunday to face the Indianapolis Colts (3-5), in what will be the only game played in Green Bay during the month of November. Free NFL Football Picks. They will play their next three games on the road. Falcons: Have only three days to prepare for a Thursday night game at Tampa Bay (3-4� 41;, which is coming off a 30-24 overtime loss to Oakland. This will be the second meeting between the NFC South rivals; the Buccaneers opened the season with a 31-24 victory in Atlanta.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry .

NBA Recap: Milwaukee Bucks (83) vs. Detroit Pistons (98) - 10/30/2016

NBA Recap: Milwaukee Bucks (83) vs. Detroit Pistons (98) - Date: 10/30/2016 Andre Drummond had 20 points and 23 rebounds, helping the Detroit Pistons cruise to a 98-83 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 21 points for the Pistons, who scored seven straight points in the final minute of the third quarter to build a 10-point lead. Drummond reached 20 rebounds for a second consecutive game, and this was his 10th career game with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. Handicappers Free Picks. Tobias Harris scored 16 points for Detroit, and Marcus Morris and Ish Smith added 11 each. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 17. Milwaukee never led in the second half. Detroit lost its opener at Toronto but has bounced back with double-digit victories at home over Orlando and Milwaukee.

NFL Recap: San Diego Chargers (19) vs. Denver Broncos (27) - 10/30/2016

NFL Recap: San Diego Chargers (19) vs. Denver Broncos (27) - Date: 10/30/2016 The Denver Broncos took turns picking off and pummeling Philip Rivers in a 27-19 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. But defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was taken to a hospital after getting knocked down during Brady Roby's 51-yard touchdown return in the second quarter, tempering their enthusiasm. San Diego running back Melvin Gordon was blocked into the 69-year-old assistant, who was strapped to a backboard and carted off the field. Point Shaving. The Broncos said Phillips was alert and had movement in his arms and legs when he arrived at the hospital via ambulance. With linebackers coach Reggie Herring taking over Denver's defensive calls for Phillips, the Broncos (6-2) had a goal-line stand in the closing minutes and picked off Rivers twice more in the second ha lf. Free NFL Football Picks. They only turned one of those takeaways into points, however, and that allowed the hard-luck Chargers (3-5) to stay in it until the end, forcing Denver to make two stands in the closing minutes. Safety Darian Stewart's takeaway gave Denver the ball at the San Diego 10, and Devontae Booker's 3-yard TD run made it 17-7. Safety T. J. Ward's interception set up his offense at the Chargers 7. But Booker, making his first career start after C. J. Anderson (knee) went on IR, fumbled at the San Diego 2 and linebacker Jatavis Brown recovered. Profitable Sports Handicappers. The Chargers capitalized with a 98-yard touchdown drive that ended with Travis Benjamin's one-handed TD grab. Shaq Barrett blocked Josh Lambo's extra point, keeping the score 17-13. Juwan Thompson, promoted from the practice squad Saturday, scored from the 1 to make it 24-13. But the Chargers got into the defensive act themselves when cornerback Casey Hayward returned a tipped pass from Trevor Siemian to Jordan Norwood 24 yards for a touchdown that made it 24-19. Antonio Gates' illegal pick negated a 2-point conversion catch by Gordon, and Jared Crick deflected Rivers' do-over pass, keeping it a five-point game. Profitable NFL Football Handicappers. The Chargers reached the Denver 2 with three minutes remaining but threw four consecutive incompletions without handing off to Gordon, who had 111 yards on 23 carries. San Diego's last gasp ended at midfield. Roby, starting in place of Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib (lower back), gave Denver a 10-7 lead with a 51-yard pick-6 in the second quarter. Rivers' pass went off receiver Tyrell Williams' hands and Roby spun around and plucked the ball out of the air. He quickly found the sideline, slipped past tackle Joe Barksdale and outraced Rivers into the end zone. DIDN'T COUNT: Roby's pick-6 came a few minutes after DeMarcus Ware's strip-sack was overturned on review even though it appeared he had his hand on the football as Rivers was about to release it. Linebacker Corey Nelson, making his first career start in place of Brandon Marshall (hamstring), scooped up the ball and returned it to the San Diego 22. Ware was making his first start since breaking his right forearm in Week 2. DAWDLING DENVER : A week after holding Houston to three-and-outs on its first two drives, Denver's dawdling defense again surrendered a touchdown on its first series. Sports Touts. That makes six times in eight games the Broncos have allowed a TD on an opponent's first drive. STREAK CONTINUES: After snapping a 10-game AFC West skid with a 21-13 win ove r Denver 17 days earlier, the Chargers lost for the eighth straight time on the road in the division.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

NBA Recap: Utah Jazz (75) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (88) - 10/30/2016

NBA Recap: Utah Jazz (75) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (88) - Date: 10/30/2016 Austin Rivers scored 19 points, Blake Griffin added 18 and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the Utah Jazz 88-75 in their home opener Sunday. Jamal Crawford had 12 points, and DeAndre Jordan had 16 rebounds despite spraining his right thumb. George Hill led the Jazz with 18 points and reserve Dante Exum added 10. Joe Johnson, who had 29 points in his Utah debut, was held to seven points on 3-of-9 shooting. Sports Touts. The Clippers took the lead for good in the second quarter on Griffin's fast-break dunk. It was part of a 22-4 run over both halves that pushed their lead to 49-35. Six different Clippers contributed to the spurt, led by Griffin's seven points. Rivers scored six of the Clippers' first eight points in the fourth, extending their lead to 77-56. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The backup was 8 of 11 from the floor. Baseball Predictions. The Jazz never got a sustained run going in the second half. A pair of free throws by Exum drew them within eight late in the third, the closest they came in the half. Free NBA Basketball Picks. TIP-INSJazz: F Gordon Hayward, who averaged 28.3 point, 8.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists against the Clippers last season, sat out his third straight game with a broken finger on his left hand. Clippers: In the first quarter, Griffin (8,836) surpassed Corey Maggette (8,835) for fourth on the team's career scoring list. ... Winning Sports Gambling. They won their home opener for the fifth straight year. ... Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Clippers have won eight in a row at home, including the final seven games of last season. BABY GIRLGriffin's infant daughter attended her first regular-season game in the arms of girlfriend Brynn Cameron. The baby named Finley is the couple's second together. Their 3-year-old son, Ford, tagged after his mom and new sister carrying a small ball. It was a family affair, with Griffin's parents in town from Oklahoma and brother Taylor on hand. UP NEXTJazz: Off Monday before playing at San Antonio on Tuesday. Clippers: Host the Suns on Monday in the season's first back-to-back and second of three consecutive home games.

NHL Recap: Philadelphia Flyers (4) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (3) - 10/30/2016

NHL Recap: Philadelphia Flyers (4) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (3) - Date: 10/30/2016 Brandon Manning scored the tiebreaking short-handed goal early in the third period to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist, giving him points in a league-high nine straight games. Shayne Gostisbehere and Radko Gudas also scored for the Flyers. Wayne Simmonds had two assists, and Michal Neuvirth stopped 26 shots. Jeff Skinner had a goal and an assist for Carolina, and Justin Faulk and Viktor Stalberg also scored. Victor Rask, who has points in all seven games this season, added an assist. Cam Ward finished with 24 saves. Profitable Sports Handicappers. The Flyers snapped a two-game skid and beat the Hurricanes for the second time this season.

NHL Recap: Florida Panthers (5) vs. Detroit Red Wings (2) - 10/30/2016

NHL Recap: Florida Panthers (5) vs. Detroit Red Wings (2) - Date: 10/30/2016 Colton Sceviour scored three goals - one at even strength, one on the power play and one short-handed - for his first career hat trick and added an assist to lead the Florida Panthers to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. Vincent Trocheck had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Marchessault also scored for Florida. James Reimer made 34 saves. Dylan Larkin and Brendan Smith scored for Detroit, and Frans Nielsen had two assists. Peter Mrazek stopped six of the 10 shots before being replaced by Jimmy Howard in the second period. Howard finished with 13 saves. Florida scored three goals in the first period to take a 3-0 lead. Sceviour scored twice within 23 seconds for a two-goal lead. He scored a power-play goal at 6:09 when he tipped in Trocheck's cross-crease pass. Sceviour then put in a loose puck from in front at 6:32. Marchessault made it 3-0 with 2:32 left in the first when he tipped in a cross-ice pass from Denis Malgin to complete a 2-on-1 rush. It was Marchessault's sixth goal. Larkin's power-play goal put the Red Wings on the scoreboard at 2:36 of the second as he beat Reimer with a one-timer from the right circle for his third goal. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. Trocheck restored the three-goal margin 2:26 later on a snap shot from the inside edge of the left circle off the rush. It was Trocheck's fourth goal and chased Mrazek. Sceviour completed his hat trick with a short-handed goal with 3:35 left in the middle period, putting a loose puck into an open net with Howard out of position. It was his fifth goal this season, with four coming against Detroit. Smith scored a power-play goal with 9:57 left. It was his first goal. NOTES: Detroit LW Thomas Vanek, who missed his third game with a lower-body injury has been downgraded from d ay-to-day to week-to-week. ... Both teams were playing the second of back-to-back games after being shut out on Saturday. Florida lost 3-0 at Buffalo in the afternoon and the Red Wings 1-0 to Boston at home Saturday night. ... NHL Hockey Handicappers. This was the second game between the teams this season. Florida won 4-1 at home on Oct. 15. UP NEXTPanthers: Host Boston on Tuesday night. Red Wings: At Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

NHL Recap: Buffalo Sabres (3) vs. Winnipeg Jets (1) - 10/30/2016

NHL Recap: Buffalo Sabres (3) vs. Winnipeg Jets (1) - Date: 10/30/2016 Kyle Okposo scored twice to help the Buffalo Sabres beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Sunday. Brian Gionta also scored for Buffalo, and Robin Lehner made 37 saves. Nickolaj Ehlers scored for Winnipeg early in the third period. Okposo opened the scoring midway through the first period, regaining control of his own blocked shot and driving it over goalie Michael Hutchinson's shoulder. Brian Gionta made it 2-0 less than 2 minutes later, and Okposo beat Hutchinson again, this time high on his stick side, to make it 3-0 in the second. NOTES: The Jets and Sabres pulled off a major trade last season, but only two players involved were on the ice Sunday. Last February, the Jets got goalie Drew Stafford and Joel Armia, defenseman Tyler Myers and draft picks for forward Evander Kane, defenseman Zach Bogosian and goalie Jason Kasdorf. Stafford, Myers and Kane all sat out Sunday with injuries. UP NEXT:Sabres: At Minnesota on Tuesday night. Jets: Host Washington on Tuesday night.

NFL Recap: Kansas City Chiefs (30) vs. Indianapolis Colts (14) - 10/30/2016

NFL Recap: Kansas City Chiefs (30) vs. Indianapolis Colts (14) - Date: 10/30/2016 Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes in relief of the injured Alex Smith to help the Kansas City Chiefs hold off Indianapolis 30-14 on Sunday. It was a rough game for the Chiefs, who lost Smith twice after hits to the head and finished the game with Charcandrick West as their only healthy running back. Smith was checked for a concussion in the first half and cleared to return, which he did in the second quarter. He left again early in the third quarter after Clayton Geathers shoved Smith's head to the turf as the quarterback tried to slide underneath the tackle. Smith was then diagnosed with a concussion and did not return.'' You call it the way that you've practiced it and you go in and let them go and let them play,'' Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. Somehow, both quarterbacks kept the Chiefs' offense in sync. Foles' 14 -yard TD pass to Travis Kelce early in the second quarter made it 10-0. Smith made it 17-7 at halftime with a 13-yard TD pass to Jeremy Maclin, and after Smith's second departure, Foles hooked up with Tyreek Hill on a 34-yard scoring pass for a 24-7 lead. Sports Bettors Phone Leads. This time, the Chiefs (5-2) prevented Andrew Luck from pulling off another comeback - similar to the previous time these teams met in January 2014. Luck has three come-from-behind wins this season and tried to deliver another one Sunday. but never got close enough to make it a serious threat. Foles was 16 of 22 for 223 yards with no interceptions. Luck finished 19 of 35 with 210 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and one fumble lost for the Colts (3-5).'' I struggled,'' Luck said. ''I think every offensive player in the room felt like we let each other down.'' SOCIAL MEDIA CONCE RNThe social media traffic about the hits on Smith came from all corners. Some fans questioned whether Geathers intentionally drove Smith's head into the turf to knock him out of the game. Former Colts linebacker Gary Brackett wrote on Twitter that whoever cleared Smith to return should be fired, while the television announcers questioned the play call because of Smith's previous injury. Even Smith's wife, Elizabeth, piped in - questioning how many hits it takes to draw a flag. Smith took several hits to the head in last week's game that weren't called. NFL Football Handicappers. TROUBLE WITH TRAVISTravis Kelce exposed an old flaw in the Colts' defense, covering tight ends. Free Golf Picks. The Colts struggled with that all of last season, and Kelce took advantage again Sunday. He matched his season high with six reception s in the first half and finished with seven catches for 101 yards, both season highs. SLOW STARTAfter better starts each of the past two weeks, the Colts reverted to their old form against the Chiefs. Not only did they trail 17-7 at halftime, they were lucky it wasn't worse given that Kansas City had a 4 1/2-minute advantage in time of possession in the first half, settled for a 33-yard field goal and missed a 28-yarder. INJURY REPORTChiefs: In addition to Smith, starting running back Spencer Ware missed the second half with a concussion. Ware started in place of Jamaal Charles , who was inactive because of swelling in his surgically repaired knee. Left guard Parker Ehinger also left in the second half with a right knee injury and did not return. Colts: The Colts began the game without three starters and got hit even harder during the game. Pro Bowl cornerback Vontae Davis and right tackle Joe Reitz both left with concussions and did not return. Pro Bowl receiver T. Y. H ilton returned after hurting his hamstring, but struggled. And receiver Phillip Dorsett left with an undisclosed injury on the second to last play of the game.