Tuesday, October 31, 2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Miami Ohio (28) vs. Ohio (45) - 10/31/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Miami Ohio (28) vs. Ohio (45) - Date: 10/31/2017 Nov 01, 2017 ATHENS, Ohio Nathan Rourke threw for three touchdowns and ran for three more, and Ohio pulled away to defeat rival Miami 45-28 on Tuesday night in the 94th Battle of the Bricks. Rourke completed 21 of 33 passes for 294 yards and ran 10 times for 54 yards as the Bobcats (7-2, 4-1 Mid-American Conference) improved to 11-2 in the rivalry game under Frank Solich after winning just 29 before his arrival. After the RedHawks (3-6, 2-3) tied the game at 28 on Billy Bahl's third touchdown pass to James Gardner late in the third quarter, Rourke quickly answered with an 11-yard TD pass to Jerri Marhefka. Brendan Cope also had a 40-yard receiving touchdown and Papi White a 14-yarder. Rouke scored on three short runs and set a school quarterback record of 16 rushing TDs this season. Sophomore Louie Zervos also kicked his 40th field goal. Gardner finished with 10 receptions for 166 yards, and Bahl went 28 of 51 for 350 yards, all career highs for both players. Quentin Polin had four solo tackles to set the Ohio career record with 207. ---More college football: http://collegefootball. ap. org and https://twitter. com/-Top25

NCAAF Game Recap: Bowling Green (44) vs. Kent (16) - 10/31/2017

NCAAF Game Recap: Bowling Green (44) vs. Kent (16) - Date: 10/31/2017 Oct 31, 2017 KENT, Ohio Jarret Doege threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, Andrew Clair surpassed 100 yards rushing for the fourth straight game and the two freshmen led Bowling Green to a 44-16 win over Kent State on Tuesday night. Doege went 14 of 18 for 174 yards, connecting with Datrin Guyton for a 36-yard TD and Teo Redding for a 7-yard score. Clair picked up 111 yards on eight carries, including a 3-yard touchdown to opening the scoring. He is the first back with four-straight 100 yard games for the Falcons (2-3, 2-7 Mid-American Conference) since 2013. Nate Locke led the defense with five tackles for loss, the first Bowling Green player to do that in seven years. The Falcons had four sacks, three interceptions and their nation-best 13th fumble recovery. George Bollas completed 16 of 35 passes for 140 yards and ran for 84 with a touchdown for the Golden Flashes (2-7, 1-4). Bowling Green won for the 60th time in the 85-game series. ---More college football: http://collegefootball. ap. org and https://twitter. com/-Top25

MLB Game Recap: Houston Astros (1) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (3) - 10/31/2017

MLB Game Recap: Houston Astros (1) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (3) - Date: 10/31/2017 Dodgers beat Astros 3-1, force World Series to Game 7 27m ago. 5 min read LOS ANGELES Joc Pederson sliced a drive over the left-field wall, pounded his chest and danced around the bases, taking as many twists and turns as this World Series itself. Of course, the Los Angeles Dodgers forced the Houston Astros to Game 7.Chris Taylor hit a tying double off Justin Verlander during a two-run rally in the sixth inning, Corey Seager followed with a go-ahead sacrifice fly and the Dodgers beat the Astros 3-1 on Tuesday night to push this dramatic Fall Classic to the ultimate game.Pederson homered in the seventh against Joe Musgrove, connecting off the right-hander for the second time in three games to make it a record 24 long balls hit in this Series. Pederson pranced all the way to the plate, pointing at the Dodgers' dugout and rubbing his thumbs and in dex fingers together to indicate what a money shot it was.Mired in a major slump earlier this season, Pederson was demoted to the minors - and teammates began offering to pay him for opposite-field home runs in an effort to get him to hit the ball the other way.''I kind of black out in a situation like that,'' said Pederson, who has three homers in the Series. ''I'm going to have to re-watch it to see what I did.'' Yu Darvish starts Wednesday for the Dodgers, trying to win their first title since 1988, and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will be ready in the bullpen. Lance McCullers Jr. goes for the Astros in the first World Series Game 7 ever at Dodger Stadium.''It's only fitting,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.Darvish was chased in the second inning of Game 2, when McCullers pitched Houston to a 5-3 victory.''Two incredible teams, trying to get to the finish line,'' Astros manager A. J. Hinch said.Two nights after a 13-12, 10-inning slugfest under the roof at Minute Maid Park, pitching dominated.George Springer's third-inning home run against starter Rich Hill had given a 1-0 lead to Verlander and the Astros, trying for the first championship in their 56-season history. On Halloween night, a championship for a team with orange in its colors seemed appropriate.But it served only to set up the 10th blown lead of the Series, the fifth by Houston, as Verlander fell to 9-1 with Houston.Dodgers relievers combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Brandon Morrow retired Alex Bregman on a grounder to strand the bases loaded in the fifth, winner Tony Watson got Marwin Gonzalez to fly out with two on and two outs in the sixth, and Kenta Maeda escaped two-on trouble in the seventh when third baseman Justin Turner gloved Jose Altuve's grounder and threw a one-hop throw that first baseman Cody Bellinger scooped just in time.After wasting a ninth-inning lead in Game 2 and losing Ga me 5, Kenley Jansen retired six straight batters for the save and ended by striking out 40-year-old pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran.This will be the third World Series Game 7 in four years. Profitable Handicappers. Ten of the last 12 teams that won Game 6 to force a seventh game also won the title, but the Dodgers lost the previous six World Series in which they trailed 3-2. Sport Handicapping. They have won just one of their six championships at home, in 1963.A heat wave over, the temperature dropped to 67 degrees at game time from 103 for last week's opener. Hockey Picks. The San Gabriel Mountains were occluded by heavy clouds.Los Angelenos with a laid-back reputation were more energetic and on their feet for two-strike counts against Astros batters, a wave in Pantone 294 - also known as Dodger blue. Stadium organist Dieter Ruehle greeted the Astros with ''Hotel California'' for the start of batting practice, but there was an un-LA-like drizzle in the middle innings.''We feed off the crowd, for sure,'' Taylor said. ''We feel we have a huge home-field advantage.'' Yuli Gurriel, who made a racist gesture toward Darvish in Game 3, was booed loudly during introductions and each time he batted,Verlander has 11 postseason wins but dropped to 0-4 in the Series with Detroit and Houston, which acquired him from the Tigers on Aug. 31 to win on nights like this.The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner, Verlander allowed just one baserunner before Austin Barnes singled leading off the sixth. Verlander bounced a pitch that hit Chase Utley on the front of his right foot, and Taylor sent a 97 mph fastball down the right-field line as Barnes came home. Seager followed with a sacrifice fly to the right-field warning track, a ball that likely would have landed in the pavilion in last week's hot air.Verlander prevented more damage when Turner fouled out and the right-hander fanned Bellinger, who struck out four times for the second time in the Series.Springer homered for the third straight game and fourth time in the Series, one shy of the record set by Reggie Jackson in 1977 and matched by Chase Utley in 2009. While it silenced the Dodger Stadium crowd, Astros fans erupted at a watch party in Minute Maid Park. Los Angeles has allowed home runs in all 14 of its postseason games.Brian McCann singled leading off the fifth and Gonzalez doubled past Turner and down the left-field line. Hill struck out Josh Reddick and Verlander, and Springer was intentionally walked to load the bases.Morrow relieved as the crowd booed Roberts' decision, and Hill slapped at four cups of liquid in the dugout, sending them spraying against the wall.''With Verlander on the mound, I felt that was going to be the game,'' Roberts said.Appearing in his sixth straight Series game, Morrow got Bregman to ground to shortstop on his second pitch.Watson walked Reddick leading off the seventh, Evan Gattis pinch hit for Verlander and Maeda relieved. Gattis bounced to shortstop, just beating Utley's throw from second to avoid a double play. Springer reached on an infield single that bounced off Seager's glove at shortstop and into left field, and Bregman's fly to deep center allowed pinch-runner Derek Fisher to tag up and advance to third, bringing up Altuve. Walking down the dugout steps after his groundout, Altuve slammed his helmet.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

NBA Game Recap: Oklahoma City Thunder (110) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (91) - 10/31/2017

NBA Game Recap: Oklahoma City Thunder (110) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (91) - Date: 10/31/2017 Oct 31, 2017 MILWAUKEE Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder were met with little resistance as they kept attacking the lane.When the reigning NBA MVP didn't take it to the hoop himself, he found Steven Adams in the paint for an easy bucket. Other times, Paul George got his hands on the ball for a 3.Too many options for the Oklahoma City, and not nearly enough defense for the Milwaukee Bucks in the Thunder's 110-91 win on Tuesday night.''Russ, Russ pushes the tempo,'' George said. ''Nobody can push him from the paint, and we're getting wide open looks.'' George scored 20 points, hitting 4 of 8 from 3-point range. Westbrook had 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, while Carmelo Anthony scored eight of his 17 points in the pivotal first quarter.Oklahoma City went from down four to a 20- 8 lead on George's jumper with 4:16 left in the first. It was essentially over from there, especially with the way Westbrook kept finding driving lanes.''We really moved the ball well and we generated high-quality shots,'' coach Billy Donovan said. ''We got a little bit lax and had a couple of possessions we needed to clean up but I thought for the most part the guys did a good job of attacking their defense.'' Adams finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jerami Grant added 17 points off the bench for the Thunder.Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting. But the NBA's scoring leader spent much of the first quarter on the bench with two fouls, and the Bucks struggled from the 3-point line, opening 1 of 14.No other Buck scored in double figures.The star-laden Thunder taught a lesson to the up-and-coming Bucks, who hope to contend in the Eastern Conference.''When we play the grown-ups, we've go t to be ready, and we weren't,'' Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. ''They played the grown-ups tonight.'' BOGGED DOWNOklahoma City prides itself on defense, with the Thunder came into the game averaging a league-high 11.5 steals. Football Tipsters. They were second in the league in forcing 19.7 turnovers a night.The Bucks coughed up the ball just 14 times but still came up well short. Khris Middleton (nine points, seven rebounds) struggled from the field, going 3 of 13 overall and missing all five 3-point attempts.Kidd said it will be up to Antetokounmpo's teammates to not try to force the ball to the star forward.''Every night (the defense does) not want me to get into the paint,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''I think I need to do a better job of getting into the paint and making plays for my teammates and for myself.'' STAT LINESGrant finished 5 of 9 from the floo r and scored 17 points for the first time since April 1, 2016. ... Milwaukee's Tony Snell had a team-high five assists, the first time that he had at least five since March 28, 2015.TIP-INSThunder: George, Anthony, Adams and Westbrook combined for 48 first-half points. Free Sports Picks Today. The quartet alone outscored the Bucks in the half, who trailed 60-42 at halftime. ... Among the star trio of Anthony, George and Westbrook, Anthony was the last to leave the floor for the night, playing until there were 6 minutes left in the game with the Thunder leading by 23.Bucks: The team had trouble getting anything going offensively with Antetokounmpo in foul trouble. Snell and Thon Maker hit back-to-back 3s late in the first half to end the 1-of-14 stretch. Milwaukee finished 9 of 30 for the night from behind the arc. ... C Greg Monroe's inside presence was missed. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. The veteran is out for at least another 12 days with a strained left calf. The 6-foot-11 Monroe helps open up the floor with his ability to score in the lane.UP NEXTThunder: Host the Boston Celtics on Friday.Bucks: Visit the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.---More NBA basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

NHL Game Recap: Winnipeg Jets (2) vs. Minnesota Wild (1) - 10/31/2017

NHL Game Recap: Winnipeg Jets (2) vs. Minnesota Wild (1) - Date: 10/31/2017 Oct 31, 2017  ST. PAUL, Minn. Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves, and Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor scored for the Winnipeg Jets in a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. Ehlers scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season and Connor added his second for Winnipeg, which is 6-1-1 since an 0-2 start to the season. Rookie Luke Kunin scored his second goal of the season and goaltender Alex Stalock stopped 17 shots for Minnesota, which had won two in a row and three of its previous four games. Gambling Profit. The Wild were 0 for 5 on the power play. Hellebuyck continued his strong run in net for the Jets, who had made the move to acquire Steve Mason as the starting netminder in the offseason. While Mason has a 4.84 goals-against average and .872 save percentage in his four games, He llebuyck's numbers rank among the league's best. He entered the game sixth in the NHL in save percentage (.937). Hellebuyck (6-0-1) is the only goaltender in the NHL who has made at least five starts and is undefeated in regulation. Connor opened the scoring 7:10 into the first period. Mark Scheifele tipped defenseman Tyler Myers' shot from the point and the puck fell right to Connor. Sports Handicappers. The line of Connor, Scheifele and Blake Wheeler have accounted for five goals in the past two games. Ehlers took advantage of a mistake by Wild defenseman Matt Dumba in the third. Dumba tried a drop pass in the defensive zone to Mikael Granlund, but Ehlers was between them and quickly collected the loose puck, skated past Granlund and scored for a 2-0 lead. NOTES: Minnesota F Nino Niederreiter returned to the lineup after missing six games with a left high ankle sprain. He assisted on Kunin's goa l for his point in four games this year. . Winnipeg F Adam Lowry (upper-body injury) practiced with the team during Tuesday's morning skate and coach Paul Maurice left open the possibility he could return on Saturday against Montreal after missing seven games. . Sports Picks for Today. The Jets are 15 for 16 on the penalty kill in their last four games and 27 for 31 in past eight games after giving up four power-play goals in the first two games. UP NEXTJets: Return home against Dallas on Thursday. Wild: Two more games remain in their season-long, six-game homestand with Montreal on Thursday.

NBA Game Recap: Phoenix Suns (122) vs. Brooklyn Nets (114) - 10/31/2017

NBA Game Recap: Phoenix Suns (122) vs. Brooklyn Nets (114) - Date: 10/31/2017 Oct 31, 2017 NEW YORK Devin Booker scored 32 points, Mike James added 24 and the Phoenix Suns rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Brooklyn Nets 122-114 on Tuesday night.T. J. Warren scored 14 of his 20 points during the final period for the Suns, who squandered an 18-point lead in the third quarter when Brooklyn went on a 17-0 run. Phoenix seemed out of it after Ronda Hollis-Jefferson's basket gave Brooklyn a 106-98 lead with 6:35 left in the fourth.But the Suns, who lost a tough one at Portland on Saturday, quickly answered with a 24-8 run for their first win on their five-game road trip.D'Angelo Russell scored 33 points and Hollis-Jefferson had 21 for the Nets, who've lost three straight after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers last Wednesday at home.Warren and James combined on a 7-0 run that closed the lead to 106-101 with 6:15, for cing the Nets to call a timeout.After a miss by the Nets, Warren tipped in Booker's failed layup to initiate a 9-0 run capped by Dragan Bender's 3-pointer that gave the Suns a 116-108 lead with 2:03 left in the game.HONORING VICTIMSA moment of silence was held prior to the national anthem at Barclays Center after a man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center memorial, killing at least eight and seriously injuring 11.LATE ARRIVALThe Suns' bus to the arena was delayed by the terror incident, which happened two blocks away from their hotel.VERY IMPRESSEDWith Jeremy Lin out for the season, there hasn't been a shortage of guys willing to step up and provide leadership on the Nets. Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson graded Russell a ''B+ to an A'' for his on-court play. He entered Tuesday leading the team with 19.8 points per game while averaging 5.2 assists. Atkinson also lauded Rus sell, the second pick in the draft two years ago, for the way he's been able adapt to a new culture.''The leadership is going to come. I just think that's going to take time. Hockey Handicappers. Think of yourself at 22 years old, he's around veterans,'' Atkinson said. ''But I do think that something he's working on. I think it's my job to help him with it. With talent comes responsibility, so he does have responsibility to help lead this group.'' TIP-INSSuns: Phoenix played for the fourth straight year on Halloween, improving to 8-9 on the holiday.Nets: Brooklyn has lost five straight games played on Halloween, dropping to 6-8, including 5-5 at home.UP NEXTSuns: Visit Washington on Wednesday night.Nets: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night for the start of a five-game road trip.---More basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

NHL Game Recap: Arizona Coyotes (3) vs. Detroit Red Wings (5) - 10/31/2017

NHL Game Recap: Arizona Coyotes (3) vs. Detroit Red Wings (5) - Date: 10/31/2017 Oct 31, 2017  DETROIT Anthony Mantha scored his team-leading fifth goal and Dylan Larkin added a goal and an assist as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-3 on Tuesday night. Knowing the Coyotes (1-11-1) had played the night before in Philadelphia, where they won in overtime for their first victory of the season, the Red Wings applied the pressure early. Professional Handicappers. They fired the first eight shots on goal and scored twice before the game was three minutes old. Gustav Nyquist intercepted a clearing attempt by Arizona defenseman Alex Goligoski and threaded a shot through traffic that beat goalie Scott Wedgewood at 1:31 of the first period. Detroit made it 2-0 at 2:37 when Luke Glendening snapped a high wrist shot past Wedgewood on the blocker s ide. Sports Picks for Today. The Coyotes got on the board 11:36 into the second when Jason Demers took a feed from Clayton Keller and his point shot eluded a partially screened Jimmy Howard. But the Red Wings didn't allow the Coyotes a chance to start feeling good. Mantha made it 3-1 at 13:03, chipping a pass from Andreas Athanasiou behind Wedgewood. Detroit increased its advantage to 4-1 in the final minute of the second when Larkin's backhand pass deflected off the stick of Coyotes defenseman Luke Schenn and over Wedgewood's shoulder at 19:03. Sports Handicapper Records. The Coyotes capitalized early in the third when Nick Cousins lifted a backhand past Howard at the two-minute mark. They pulled within a goal at 16:43 when Keller's shot was redirected past Howard by Brendan Perlini. Darren Helm scored into an empty Coyotes net at 18: 34 to close out the scoring. NOTES: After wearing No. 40 in his debut Monday for the Coyotes, Wedgewood opted to switch to No. 31. ... D Niklas Hjalmarsson was out for the Coyotes with a lower-body injury sustained Monday at Philadelphia. . Detroit D Danny DeKeyser (sprained ankle) missed his 10th straight game. UP NEXTCoyotes: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, their first home game since Oct. 21. Red Wings: Begin a four-game road trip through Canada on Thursday at Ottawa, where they won 2-1 in a shootout on Oct. 7.---More NHL coverage: https://www.apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey

NHL Game Recap: Vegas Golden Knights (4) vs. New York Rangers (6) - 10/31/2017

NHL Game Recap: Vegas Golden Knights (4) vs. New York Rangers (6) - Date: 10/31/2017 Oct 31, 2017  NEW YORK Mika Zibanejad got the tiebreaking goal with 5:39 left and the New York Rangers scored four in the third period to rally for a 6-4 win over the expansion Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night. Jimmy Vesey, Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich and Michael Graber scored for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves. Zibanejad also had assists on the first two goals in the third, helping the Rangers win for the third time in seven games (3-2-2). Reilly Smith scored twice, Oscar Lindberg got a goal against his former team and David Perron converted a penalty shot for Vegas, which has lost consecutive games after winning five straight. Maxime Lagace, the fourth goalie used by the Golden Knights this season, stopped 32 shots in his first NHL start. Kreider pulled the Rangers to 4-3 with a power-play goal a s he took a pass from Zibanejad and beat Lagace from the left side for his third at 5:31 of the third. Buchnevich tied it nearly four minutes later, taking a pass from Zibanejad on the left side and putting it into the open net with Lagace out of position after moving forward in the crease. It gave Buchnevich a goal for the third straight game. Grabner added an empty-netter with 1:14 left to seal it. Sports Handicapping Monitor. Trailing 2-1 after a lackluster first period, the Rangers came out aggressively to start the second and tied the score at 1:29. Kevin Hayes' shot from the left side behind the net went off Rick Nash's skate to Zuccarello, who put it in for his third. Sports Handicapping Services. The Golden Knights went back ahead 3-2 at 7:06 as Smith scored on a backhand from the right side for his fourth of the season and second of the g ame. Lundqvist made a pair of sprawling saves on his back with about a minute left in the second, but Perron was hooked by Hayes and awarded a penalty shot. Perron deked and scored five-hole on Lundqvist for his fourth to put Vegas up by two. Vesey put the Rangers up 1-0 just 2:45 into the game as he got a pass from David Desharnais from the left side behind the net and fired it past Lagace. It came on the Rangers' first shot on goal. Free Sports Picks Twitter. The Golden Knights tied it as Lindberg scored at 5:22, backhanding the rebound of a shot by Alex Tuch past a sprawled Lundqvist for his fifth. Vegas took a 2-1 lead with 39 seconds left in the first when Colin Miller's point shot was deflected in front by Jonathan Marchessault and put in by Smith. NOTES: Rangers D Brady Skjei played in his 100th regular-season game. ... Zibanejad topped 200 career points and has at least one in four straight games (three goals, four assists). ... The Rangers have won six straight first meetings against expansion teams since losing the initial matchup at home to Anaheim on Oct. 19, 1993. ... Lundqvist earned his 408th win, moving past Glenn Hall for sole possession of ninth place on the NHL's career list. ... The teams conclude their season series Jan. 7 at Las Vegas. ... The Golden Knights, who have been active in trying to help the Las Vegas community heal from the mass shooting at the beginning of the month, were staying at a hotel in Battery Park in lower Manhattan near a terrorist attack earlier in the day. Just blocks away, a 29-year-old man from Uzbekistan drove a rented truck onto a bike path, killing at least eight people and seriously injuring 11 others. The team was delayed a little in leaving the area for Madison Square Garden, but arrived about 75 minutes before the start. ... Vegas placed G Oscar Dansk on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. G Dylan Ferguson was recalled from Kamloops of the Western Hockey League on an emergency basis to serve as Lagace's backup. Top goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) has not been cleared to resume skating, and backup Malcolm Subban (lower-body injury) is also out. UP NEXTGolden Knights: At Boston on Thursday night in the third of a six-game trip. Rangers: At Tampa Bay on Thursday night to open a two-game trip to Florida.---Follow Vin Cherwoo on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VinCherwoo---More NHL coverage: https://www.apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey

NBA Game Recap: Sacramento Kings (83) vs. Indiana Pacers (101) - 10/31/2017

NBA Game Recap: Sacramento Kings (83) vs. Indiana Pacers (101) - Date: 10/31/2017 Oct 31, 2017 INDIANOLIS Bojan Bogdanovic scored 17 points to lead a balanced Indiana offense and help the Pacers to a 101-83 rout of the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.The Pacers (4-3) scored the first nine points and built a 55-30 lead at the half.Indiana second-year forward Domantas Sabonis, coming off a personal-best 22 points and 12 rebounds on Sunday, had a double-double in the first half with 10 points and 12 rebounds. He finished with a career-high 16 rebounds in addition to 12 points and five assists.Rookie guard De'Aaron Fox led the Kings (1-6) off the bench with 18 points.TIP-INSKings: Five different players have led Sacramento in scoring in seven games. Sports Betting Handicapping. This was the third time Fox has had the most points. ... Football Picks. They've been outrebounded in each of their six losses, and by a combined 283-198.Pacers: Guard Victor Oladipo, acquired with Sabonis in an offseason trade that sent All-Star guard Paul George to Oklahoma City, had led his team in scoring in the previous six games. . Leading Handicappers. Third-year forward/center Myles Turner missed his sixth consecutive start due to a concussion and sore neck, but is close to returning after completing a normal practice workout on Tuesday.POINT SWITCHEach team has a starting point guard who used to suit up for the other side. Pacers point guard Darren Collison, in his second stint with Indiana, played the previous three seasons for the Kings. Indianapolis native and longtime Pacers fan favorite George Hill returned to face his hometown team, which traded the point guard to Utah in a three-team, offseason deal in 2016. Hill, who had played five seasons for the Pacers, signed with the Kings in the offseason and has averaged 9.8 points and 3.0 assists in five starts. Hill averaged a career-high 16.9 points for the Jazz last season.BOGDANOVIC TIMES TWOThey share the same, unusual, lengthy last name, but aren't related. Small forward Bojan Bogdanovic, who signed as a free agent with the Pacers for his fourth NBA season, is from Croatia. Kings rookie shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, three years younger at 25, is from Serbia.UP NEXTKings: Wednesday they travel to Boston, which hasn't lost at home to Sacramento since 2007.Pacers: Wednesday they travel to Cleveland to face the LeBron James.

NHL Game Preview: Vegas Golden Knights vs. New York Rangers - 10/31/2017 - 7:08 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Vegas Golden Knights vs. New York Rangers - Date: 10/31/2017 Time: 7:00 PM EDT Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, N. Y., 10001 NEW YORK -- When the Vegas Golden Knights take the ice at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, they likely will do so with their fourth starting goaltender of the season. When the New York Rangers take the same ice, they will do so in search of their fourth win of the season. Both the Knights and Rangers have had their struggles this season, but one has struggled with goaltending health while the other has struggled with playing consistently over a full game. Sports Picking Services. The Knights (8-2-0) took only their second loss Monday night, a 6-3 thumping at the hands of the New York Islanders in Brooklyn. Oscar Dansk, Vegas' third starting goaltender, sustained a lower-body injury in t he second period and did not return. Fourth-string goaltender Maxime Lagace looked overmatched, allowing four goals on 11 shots in relief. In less than a month, the expansion team has lost Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), Malcom Subban (lower body) and Dansk to injuries. Now it's possible that the 24-year-old Lagace will make his first NHL start at MSG against the Rangers. If Lagace doesn't start, it could be Dylan Ferguson, who is currently playing with Kamloops of the WHL, a junior hockey league. Not even coach Gerard Gallant knew the plan following the Knights' loss to the Islanders on Monday." I don't know -- seriously," Gallant said. "(General manager) George (McPhee) and (assistant general manager) Kelly (McCrimmon) are probably working on that right now. I don't know who's coming in, I really don't. I'll know in the near future." "You've got to be ready, that's your job," Lagace said to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "When I saw Oscar get hurt, I knew I was going in, and I tried to focus." It wasn't a perfect night. It wasn't the start I wanted. But I'll regroup and get ready for (Tuesday)." The Rangers (3-7-2), meanwhile, have yet to win consecutive games and are coming off another loss in which they allowed an early goal and could not recover. Free Sports Picks. The Canadiens jumped to a 3-0 lead Saturday in Montreal and outshot the Rangers 19-2 in the first period, although the Rangers made it a game before losing 5-4. At this point in the season, who is to blame for the poor start when the team had high expectations?"There is no excuse -- we were embarrassed there in the first," McDonagh said to the New York Post. "When someone questions your effort level and compete, it's not a good feeling. You want to prove it to yourself and prove it as a group that that's not what we're about, that's not acceptable, that's not who we are." Ondrej Pavelec was in net for a second straight game, as Rangers coach Alain Vigneault wanted to ride the hot hand after his strong game against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. But after Pavelec allowed five goals to the Canadiens, it is likely Henrik Lundqvist will be the starting goalie against the Knights. Lundqvist has fared poorly, with a 3.11 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage. As Lundqvist goes, so usually go the Rangers, and he hopes two games off help him find his form." My game is all about decisions," Lundqvist said to the New York Post. "I don't rely on size or speed. I rely on good decisions. So that's something I'm working on in practice and just need to bring it in games, all the time." I think you see a lot of games now in the league where there are blowouts and just different type of hockey right n ow. As a goalie, if you're not on top of it every night, you're not going to have good results. You really have to push yourself to play on top of things to have results. I think it keeps you very honest of where you're at with your game all the time." If Lundqvist doesn't make enough good decisions against a Knights team playing the second half of a back-to-back with a fourth-string goaltender, the Rangers may have more problems than they realized.

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NBA Game Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 10/31/2017 - 8:08 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Milwaukee Bucks - Date: 10/31/2017 Oct 31, 2017 MILWAUKEE -- The defending NBA Most Valuable Player and one of his top challengers will face off when Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to face Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night at the Bradley Center.Antetokounmpo has been dominant through Milwaukee's first six games this season, averaging a league-leading 34.7 points with 10.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.He scored 30 points or more in five of Milwaukee's six games this season. Antetokounmpo is the first player in NBA history to average at least 34 points, 10 rebounds and five assists through the first six games of a season.Antetokounmpo scored 33 points with 11 rebounds in the Bucks' 117-106 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. He set the tone early, scoring Milwaukee's first nine points over a three-minute stret ch."It was really important (to get off to a good start)," Antetokounmpo told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Usually in games like this, early games Sunday morning, you come out a little bit lazy. We've done that in the past. For me, personally, I just wanted to set a good tone, come out aggressive, play hard so everyone could see that and play hard and be aggressive." Westbrook is coming off a big game as well. He had 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists for his third triple-double of the season in a 101-69 thrashing of the Bulls on Saturday in Chicago.Even though Westbrook led the league with 42 triple-doubles last season en route to MVP honors, Thunder coach Billy Donovan cautions against taking the guard's talents for granted."His effort that he gives when he gets those triple-doubles, yeah, I don't look at it and say, 'Eh, it's just him being him,'" Donovan said. "I realize the amount of effort it takes and t he commitment it takes on his part to go out there and do that." Westbrook is just the third player in NBA history to record three triple-doubles in the first six games of a season."That's special. He's a special player," said Paul George, Westbrook's new teammate. "He's solidifying himself early as a Hall of Famer." Oklahoma City, wrapping up a three-game road trip but in the middle of a stretch of six road games in a seven-game stretch, comes to Milwaukee in good health. Baseball Picks. The Bucks, meanwhile, will have to go without center Greg Monroe, who is out for at least two weeks with an injured left calf.Monroe was bothered by the calf in training camp but appeared in all six of Milwaukee's games, averaging 6.8 points off the bench.John Henson filled Monroe's role Saturday, scoring 12 points with nine rebounds over 28 minutes. He will share time at center until Monroe returns."We're going to need (Henson) to step up, him and Thon (Maker) and D. J. (Wilson) and Giannis will all see some action at the five," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said.The Bucks (4-2) and Thunder (3-3) split their series last season.

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NBA Game Preview: Detroit Pistons vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 10/31/2017 - 10:38 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Detroit Pistons vs. Los Angeles Lakers - Date: 10/31/2017 Oct 31, 2017 LOS ANGELES -- The Detroit Pistons could be the biggest surprise through the first two weeks of the NBA season, and they will try to stay on a roll when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Tuesday night.The Pistons (5-2) are coming off back-to-back wins against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday and the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. What is Sports Handicapping. The Clippers were the last unbeaten team before Detroit rallied from 13 points down in the third quarter to win 95-87. Free Winning Sports Picks. The defending champion Warriors were up by 14 in the third quarter before losing to the Pistons 115-107."Two games versus two very good teams,' Detroit leading scorer Tobias Harris said. &quo t;The morale in the locker room is great right now. We're embracing each other. We're enjoying it. We're having fun, and that's the biggest thing. We're having fun as a team in here." Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy is certainly pleased with the success over the weekend, but he realizes there is considerable work ahead for an organization that hasn't won a playoff game since the 2007-08 season."It's great and I'm not downplaying it. Profitable Handicappers. These two wins are great," he said. "But it truly is two of 82 (games). We're seven games into an 82-game season, 75 to go. So you can be really happy and should be. ... And then (Monday) you've got to start getting yourself ready to play again." The Lakers (2-4) have dropped two straight since an impressive overtime win against the visiting Washington Wizards on Wednesday. They let a 17-point third-q uarter lead slip away in a 101-92 loss to the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center on Friday, and they never led in a 96-81 loss at the Utah Jazz on Saturday.Lakers coach Luke Walton told the Orange County Register after the Utah loss that he is trying to get his young team to play at a faster pace."We're better when we're out in transition and we're not bogged down against a half-court defense," Walton said. "Because we're playing so many young guys ... we've got to get out, let them make plays, where they can use some of their skills, some of their youth to their advantage." Lakers shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope should know Detroit's tendencies. He was drafted eighth overall by the Pistons in 2013 and spent the past four seasons with the organization. He signed a one-year, $18 million deal with the Lakers in July and moved into the starting lineup after serving a five-game suspension to start the season for a DUI arrest las t March.Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting in his debut against the New Orleans Pelicans on Oct. 22, but he has combined for 23 points on 8-for-29 shooting in the three games since.Pistons small forward Stanley Johnson cheered for the Lakers while growing up in Southern California and worked out with Kobe Bryant prior to the 2015 NBA Draft. He was skipped over by the Lakers at No. 2 and taken eighth overall by Detroit.Johnson had just one game with 15 or more points last season, but he has scored 15 in two of the past three, including Sunday against the Warriors.

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NBA Game Preview: Sacramento Kings vs. Indiana Pacers - 10/31/2017 - 7:08 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Sacramento Kings vs. Indiana Pacers - Date: 10/31/2017 Oct 31, 2017 INDIANAPOLIS -- Many basketball observers were outspoken in saying they didn't believe the Indiana Pacers got enough when they traded Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder.Heading into a Tuesday night game against the Sacramento Kings, however, the Pacers (3-3) certainly are pleased with what Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis are contributing.Sabonis and Oladipo are the two players Indiana received in exchange for George.Oladipo, who was named the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday after hitting a game-winning 3-pointer in a 97-94 victory over San Antonio on Sunday, has been the Pacers' leading scorer in each game.Oladipo yelled to the crowd, "This is my city," after hitting the 30-footer with 10.1 seconds left to put the host Pacers ahead of the Spurs for good. Oladipo, who averaged 28.7 points in the pas t three games, is producing 25.5 points a game overall this season.Sabonis has been starting in place of center Myles Turner, who will miss his sixth consecutive game Tuesday with a concussion and a sore neck. Sabonis is averaging 13 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He set a career high with 22 points on 9-for-9 shooting against the Spurs."He's been playing great basketball since he's been here," Pacers coach Nate McMillan said of Sabonis. "He's had to make an adjustment adapting to going from the second group to the first group. He spent most of his time in training camp building chemistry with that second group. He's starting to get a feel playing with the first group."I think he makes us better. He gets the ball moving. He makes good decisions. Defensively, he's been tough guarding (power forwards) and (centers) and rebounding for us." In the Pacers' three victories, Sabonis has made all 23 of his shot attempts."He&# 39;s another version of Myles (Turner) a little bit in the sense he can roll and he can pop," Pacers point guard Darren Collison said. "He does such a good job of getting to the spot in the pick-and-roll and trying to get a floater or a layup and reading the defense where he can set up and pop." Sabonis skipped practice Monday after playing with a head cold Sunday."The guy never said a word, just went out and played hard and had a near-perfect game," McMillan said.Sabonis is questionable for Tuesday night. Although McMillan said Turner won't play Tuesday night, it is possible Turner might return at Cleveland on Wednesday night.The Kings rested point guard George Hill, a former Pacer, and power forward Zach Randolph on Sunday in a 110-83 loss to the Washington Wizards to give their young players more of an opportunity to see action. It was the fourth consecutive loss for Sacramento (1-5)."We've got to be better at being ready to play at e ach position because we're going to have to overcome playing a team that has got a lot of experience and they were ready to play," Kings coach Dave Joerger told the Sacramento Bee.The Kings fell behind the Wizards 13-0 early and never threatened, trailing by as many as 37 points."You've got to be really dialed in and focused, ready to go from the jump," Joerger said. "Once they got on us, our young guys got a little frantic and then the wheels kind of came off. Different people react in different ways." It was the first start for rookie De'Aaron Fox, who was held to two points on 1-of-8 shooting. Fox is averaging a team-high 12.7 points. Bogdan Bogdanovic is next at 12.3 points. Sacramento has eight players averaging 9.2 points or more.

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NCAAF Game Preview: Memphis vs. Tulsa - 11/3/2017 - 8:00 PM EST

NCAAF Game Preview: Memphis vs. Tulsa - Date: 11/3/2017 Oct 30, 2017 No. 22 Memphis heads into the final month of the regular season facing the same dilemma it experienced just two years ago. In 2015, former coach Justin Fuente, after a successful stint with the Tigers, left to become head coach at Virginia Tech. Now, Memphis is dealing with more coaching rumors, this time with Tigers' frontman Mike Norvell, ahead of Friday's American Athletic Conference game at Tulsa. Norvell, a former assistant at Tulsa, picked up where Fuente left off, and has kept the Tigers playing at a high level. As a result, Norvell has become a hot prospect and this week emerged as a potential candidate to fill the opening at Florida. The Gators parted ways with Jim McElwain over the weekend. Norvell held a team meeting on Monday to discuss the rumors with his players. "Any time you have success throughout a season, individual players, co aches, the people nationally are going to talk about what you're doing, and that is a positive thing for our program," Norvell said at his Monday press conference. "But like I told the players this morning, we had a quick team meeting, there are no distractions. There are no distractions from anything on the outside, the only thing that matters to us is that every individual, player, coach, whatever, is 100 percent focused on being 1-0 this week. The only way we can get that done is by maximizing today. " Memphis (7-1, 4-1 AAC) has bounced back from its only loss of the season with four straight wins. The Tigers backed up a thrilling comeback win over Houston two weeks ago with a 56-26 rout of Tulane last week. Quarterback Riley Ferguson threw three touchdowns, and Memphis rushed for 259 yards and four scores in what Norvell called a complete performance. "We talked about the importance of starting fast, coming off of a couple of emotional wins w ith Navy and Houston," Norvell said. "Getting to come back home, I thought our guys prepared in a phenomenal way, I thought they had a real purpose. I could tell it even in pregame, the sense of urgency and the excitement they had to play in that game was pretty awesome. " Tulsa (2-7, 1-4 AAC) has struggled on the road, losing multiple close games, but has been a better team at home. The Golden Hurricane defeated Houston 45-17 in their last home game on Oct. 14, but were unable to build off that win and have dropped back-to-back games at Connecticut and at SMU last week. Golden Hurricane senior running back D'Angelo Brewer returned from injury and rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown against SMU. Tulsa took a 34-28 lead into the fourth quarter against the Mustangs. The Golden Hurricane had a chance to be up more, but receiver Justin Hobbs was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for high-stepping on his way to end zone on a 72-yard touchdown reception that was nullified by the penalty. Tulsa ended up having to settle for a field goal and was unable to hold the lead in the fourth quarter of another close defeat. Four of Tulsa's seven losses have come by less than seven points. "We've been in several of them," Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery said after the loss to SMU. "You can always point back to a handful of plays -- whether that's early in the game, right after half or there late. Little things make the difference. This is another one of those games that's tough to swallow. We've had three like this. This is the fourth. " Tulsa beat Memphis 59-30 last season, and Norvell believes the Golden Hurricane remain dangerous, especially at home. "They've been very competitive in just about every game," Norvell said. "They've played really well at home. " Norvell said, after holding the team meeting, his players were focused at Monday's practice. " ;I thought the kids had a phenomenal approach to coming out and working to get better," Norvell said. "That is our sole focus, we're not worried about anything else that's out there other than today, and the opportunity we have to go to work, and I thought our kids did a great job. " The game kicks off at 8 p. m. ET Friday at H. A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, Okla.

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MLB Game Preview: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 10/31/2017 - 8:20 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - Date: 10/31/2017 Astros aim to close out World Series behind Verlander 5h ago. 4 min read LOS ANGELES -- The Houston Astros can end one of the more entertaining World Series come Tuesday, while the Los Angeles Dodgers are in position to continue the fun.If the Astros' 7-6 Game 2 victory last week was an instant classic, Houston's 13-12 win in Game 5 on Sunday might have actually topped it. It put the Astros one game away from their first title in club history.In fact, the Astros had not even won a World Series game in their history before taking Game 2. Now they have two of the more memorable triumphs in the 113-year history of the Fall Classic.Nobody can be sure what will unfold in Game 6 on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, but the Astros are feeling confident sending Justin Verlander to the mound. Basketball Picks. The right-hander gave up three runs in six innings in a wild Game 2, but what signified the quality of his performance was the fact he allowed only two hits.The Dodgers will counter Tuesday with left-hander Rich Hill, who is about as fresh as possible after throwing just 60 pitches in four innings of Game 2. Both bullpens have been stretched thin, with Hill in position to help the cause if he can go deep Tuesday and force a Game 7 on Wednesday.For the Astros, it will be all about riding the momentum of their walk-off victory in Game 5 while looking to close out a championship Tuesday. What they won't concern themselves with is anything to do with a potential Game 7 on Wednesday."I think when you consume yourself with too much 'what-ifs' in the future, it will only complicate matters," Astros manager A. J. Hinch said. "So I'm going to proceed just trying to win Game 6. And if that means I have to use guys in a unique way, that&# 39;s fine. If the game warrants any decision to try to win the game, I think you have to try to win the game that you're playing that day and not concern yourself with a lot of unknowns." The Dodgers have no choice but to push for a Game 7 while brushing aside the heartbreak of the Game 5 defeat. After a crushing defeat in Game 2, they did not rebound quickly, losing Game 3 as well. Profitable Handicappers. The plus for the Dodgers as they attempt to rebound this time is that they will play the next game in front of a passionate crowd that will be over 50,000 strong."We obviously enjoy playing at home in front of our fans, and we've had a lot of success here this year," Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. "And I know that everyone is excited for (Tuesday) and excited for Game 6. And our fans are behind us a hundred percent and no one is counting us out. And we're going to be re ady to go, and they're going to be full of energy." Just how much energy is left to give for Game 6 is up for debate, especially in a series that has been physically and emotionally draining already. Sports Handicapping. The combined 25-run outburst Sunday was tied for the second largest in a World Series game, trailing only the 29 runs scored between the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies in 1993.And the 22 combined home runs already are the most for a single World Series. The seven-game 2002 World Series between the Anaheim Angels and the San Francisco Giants had the previous record of 21 home runs.While temperatures for Games 1 and 2 in Los Angeles were sizzling, with a 103-degree reading at the first pitch of Game 1, the forecast in southern California for the first pitch of Game 6 will be 65 degrees with a 15 percent chance of precipitation.Dodger Stadium is known for being a pitchers' park , especially at night when the air is cool, a fact Verlander referenced after Game 2."It's going to be a lot cooler here than it was for the first two games, and it might be a different ballgame than you've seen in the first five games," Turner said.If something is to slow the offensive onslaught, by the look of it, it won't be the pitching."I think we realize on the pitching side, both teams are at the very end of their rope when it comes to the season, when it comes to high-leverage situations, the intensity of their innings, and their mistakes are getting hit," Hinch said. "But the volume is certainly record-setting and certainly the intensity of the moments that are ending in home runs is hard to fathom." Also hard to fathom is a series like this not going the limit. But the Astros aren't about to apologize if they stop the show a day early on Tuesday night."We're not getting ahead of ourselves, we're trying to w in ballgame to ballgame," Houston catcher Brian McCann said. "So we're going to show up (Tuesday) and we're going to prepare for Game 6 and we're going to do our best to win that game. That's our mindset."

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NHL Game Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs. Minnesota Wild - 10/31/2017 - 8:08 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs. Minnesota Wild - Date: 10/31/2017 Time: 8:00 PM EDT Venue: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN, 55102 SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- If last weekend's NHL results are at all telling, the Halloween Night meeting between the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild could be a blowout. Both teams are coming off a home win against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. But where the Wild had to scratch and claw and come from behind to beat the Penguins 2-1 on Saturday night, the Jets had little trouble. Blake Wheeler's first-period hat trick was just the opening salvo in a 7-1 romp by the Jets. Sports Picks Free. The common denominator is solid goaltending, with both Minnesota's Devan Dubnyk and Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck hitting their stride in the waning days of October. Overall, Jets coach Paul Maurice likes the d efensive identity he is seeing from his young team." We're on our way, is the best way to put it, but we've got a lot of room for growth, with and without the puck," Maurice said. For Wheeler, the Minnesota native who always enjoys his homecomings versus the Wild, the hat trick was his first in nearly a decade. Wheeler, however, said that recent team success supersedes anything he is doing individually." It felt really good to get the win, that's it," Wheeler said. "We're going to score goals, we're going to make plays, but ultimately it's about the way we lead. With that comes scoring chances, and we're going to score on our fair share of them. It's all about getting two points, and I think we're all pushing in that direction." The Jets (5-3-2) earned at least a point in each of their past four games. Minnesota, in the midst of a six-game home stretch, has put together back-to-back wins for the first time this season. While injuries have been a big part of the story thus far for the Wild (4-3-2), Minnesota is getting healthier by the day. Mikael Granlund skated in the past two games after missing the previous five with a groin injury, and all indications are that Nino Niederreiter will be back in uniform against that Jets. He has missed six games with a high ankle sprain." The doctor told me it's going to take awhile before I don't feel anything, but it feels an awful lot better, and every day I step on the ice, it gets better and more comfortable, so that's a step in the right direction," Niederreiter said after the Wild's practice on Monday. "In practice, you still think about it, but as soon as you play a game, you don't have time to think about it." With offensive standouts such as Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle and Zach Parise on the shelf for much of October, the Wild have seen surprising players emerge in the attack. None has been more surprising than Chris Stewart. Stewart, who turned 31 on Monday, is in his second stint with the Wild and has skated for five different teams in 10 NHL seasons, but he leads Minnesota with six goals. Handicapper Return on Investment. This will be the fifth time in franchise history that the Wild have played a game on Halloween. Free Sports Handicappers. They are 2-1-1 entering the Tuesday tilt.

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NBA Game Preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Brooklyn Nets - 10/31/2017 - 7:38 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Brooklyn Nets - Date: 10/31/2017 Oct 31, 2017 NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets were curious how they would follow up their exciting win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.The two games since Spencer Dinwiddie hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 43 seconds remaining against Cleveland did not go well. Sports Handicapper Records. The Nets showed little energy in a blowout road loss Friday to the New York Knicks and then got run out of their own building in the third quarter Sunday by the Denver Nuggets.After two disappointing showings, the Nets will try to bounce back Tuesday night when they host the Phoenix Suns.Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson admitted he was concerned about a possible hangover from his team's 112-107 win over the Cavaliers that improved the Nets to 3-0 at home.His worries were justified.The Nets (3-4) shot 40.5 percent and were do minated inside during a 107-86 loss to the Knicks.Sunday might have been even worse. Sports Handicapper Scams. The Nets held a 14-point lead in the first half, gave up a 31-6 run in the third quarter by missing 14 of their first 16 shots and wound up with a 124-111 loss to the Nuggets."They made a run, and we called a couple of timeouts to try to get it back, but we just never responded," Atkinson said. "Then we kind of wilted, and obviously we needed better leadership at that time. But it's up to our young guys, too. It's on them to learn from this and get better from it. But we didn't respond at all." The Nets would like to correct their issues from the past two losses, especially with what lies ahead. After Tuesday, the Nets begin a five-game road trip, and they will play nine of their next 13 on the road.D'Angelo Russell did not play in the thrilling win over Clevel and because of a right knee injury, and he did not play well in the last two games. He averaged 23 points in the first four contests, but in his past two games, Russell has totaled 27 points, nine assists and eight turnovers on 9-of-22 shooting (1-of-8 from 3-point range)."I do think -- this is every NBA player, and other sports, too -- when you have a little injury, it takes a little time to get your rhythm, just get it back," Atkinson said. "And I'm sure he's searching for it. He'll get it back. He started the season really strong and, got dinged up a little. I think it's a question of rhythm." While Russell and the Nets look to regain their rhythm, they might be forced to find it without two of their better 3-point shooters.Quincy Acy, who leads the team at 52.4 percent from 3-point range, will miss his second consecutive game with a strained left groin. DeMarre Carroll, who is shooting 41.4 percent from behind the arc, sat out Sunday w ith a sore right ankle and is questionable for Tuesday.The Suns are off to an eventful 2-4 start, but things seem to have quieted since Earl Watson was fired after the team dropped its first three games. Phoenix lost its opening three games by a combined 92 points, and on Oct. 22, and Eric Bledsoe sent out a tweet that apparently expressed his frustrations.Bledsoe has not played since scoring four points on Oct. 21 as the team tries to trade him.The Suns won their first two games under interim coach Jay Triano, beating the Sacramento Kings and the Utah Jazz at home. Free Sports Picks of the Day. They opened a four-game trip Saturday with a 114-107 loss at Portland.Under Triano, Suns are allowing 105.7 points and holding opponents to 36.5 percent on 3-point attempts. In the first three games, the Suns gave up 128.7 points and allowed the opposition to make 50 percent of its 3-point shots."You never want to lose , but losing the right way is always better than what happened the first time," Phoenix's Devin Booker said. "So I see a lot of improvements." On Saturday, Booker scored 34 points on 11-of-19 shooting, and the Suns were within two points late before losing."We didn't finish our shots down the stretch, but we put ourselves in position to win a game on the road," Triano said. "I give our guys a lot of credit." Booker will be playing his first game since turning 21 on Monday. His 2,897 career points are the fourth most in NBA history before age 21. Only LeBron James (4,649), Kevin Durant (3,495) and Carmelo Anthony (3,283) scored more before turning 21.Brooklyn is 9-2 in the clubs' past 11 meetings. In Brooklyn's 126-98 home win on March 23, the Nets outscored the Suns 74-48 in the second half.

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NHL Game Preview: Arizona Coyotes vs. Detroit Red Wings - 10/31/2017 - 7:38 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Arizona Coyotes vs. Detroit Red Wings - Date: 10/31/2017 Time: 7:30 PM EDT Venue: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI, 48201 DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings are ready for their youth to serve them, and they hope that the outcome of this reliance on the future doesn't turn out as sour as it has for the Arizona Coyotes, their opponent on Tuesday. Basketball Handicappers. Two years ago, the Coyotes made a commitment to youth, opting to go with younger players and even to get youthful in the front office, where John Chayka, then 26, was hired as general manager. On their roster, the Coyotes list a dozen players 25 or younger, including a pair of teenagers, and to say there are growing pains would be an understatement. Arizona comes to Detroit with a 1-10-1 record. Basketball Picks.&nbs p;The Coyotes, who finally won via a 4-3 overtime decision over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, haven't qualified for postseason play since reaching the Western Conference final in 2011-12." We're in a rut as an organization -- not (just) these (12) games, but for five or six years," Chayka told ESPN.com. "You're trying to build up pieces that are going to be game-changers. Sports Handicapper Records. That's how you win. It's not through mediocre talent or aged-out veterans." We've got a few (game-changers), and we have to wait for them to evolve." At the top of that list might be center Clayton Keller, who leads all NHL rookies in goals (eight) and points (12) but is also minus-10. Goaltending has been another sore spot for the Coyotes. Antti Raanta, acquired from the New York Rangers to be the No. 1 netminder, is on injured reserve with a lower body injury . Louis Domingue, Raanta's replacement, was placed on waivers Sunday after going 0-6 with a 4.33 goals-against average and a .856 save percentage. Scott Wedgewood, acquired from the New Jersey Devils on the weekend, made his Coyotes debut against the Flyers. Things also are going south in Detroit. A 3-2 shootout win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday ended the Red Wings' six-game losing skid. However, after opening the season with an impressive 4-1-0 record, including a 4-2 win over the Coyotes in Arizona on Oct. 12, Detroit is 1-5-1. Looking to find some cohesion within his club, Detroit coach Jeff Blashill indicated he planned to lock in his forward units for the next several games, assembling Dylan Larkin (age 21), Anthony Mantha (23) and Andreas Athanasiou (23) as a kid line among the Red Wings' top six forwards. That trio combined for a goal by Athanasiou in the win at Florida." Certainly with the three young guys together, it gives them a chance when they're going, they can play lots," Blashill said. "But they've also got to carry the line on their own a little bit as a group." I think they're ready for it, I think they're ready to be difference-makers in the league." Defenseman Danny DeKeyser, out the past nine games with a sprained ankle, won't be back in the Detroit lineup anytime soon. DeKeyser is being shut down for a week to allow his ankle to fully heal." As he was progressing, as we ramped up to more live battle level, and all of a sudden it started to hurt him more," Blashill said Monday. "We re-evaluated today and docs want to hold him out a week and then see where it's at right now." He'll stay off the ice for a week. Really, it's 10 days at least before he'd be available for a game, so 10 to 21 days is what it looks like right now."

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Monday, October 30, 2017

NBA Game Recap: Golden State Warriors (141) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (113) - 10/30/2017

NBA Game Recap: Golden State Warriors (141) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (113) - Date: 10/30/2017 Oct 31, 2017 LOS ANGELES Stephen Curry scored 31 points and Kevin Durant added 19 to help Golden State rout the Los Angeles Clippers 141-113 on Monday night for the Warriors' 11th consecutive win in the series.The Warriors (5-3) have not lost to the Clippers since Christmas Day in 2014.The Clippers (4-2) were the last team in the NBA to lose a game, but have now dropped two consecutive. Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points and Lou Williams added 17.Curry hit seven of his 11 three-point attempts, and added six assists and five rebounds.Draymond Green added 16 points for the Warriors while Klay Thompson had 15.The Warriors outrebounded the Clippers 46-35 and shot 58 percent on the night.The Warriors made their defensive strategy known early. Despite the Clippers often running their offense through Blake Griffin, he got off only three sh ots with 1:38 left in the first half. Every time he had the ball down low, the Warriors would quickly double-team him.Golden State, meanwhile, was shredding the Los Angeles defense. Gambling Profit. They connected on 61 percent of their shots in the first half and led 74-57 at the break.The Clippers pulled within nine to start the second half before Curry led Golden State to the easy win.TIP-INSWarriors: Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he supported Green after his forward was fined $25,000 for his part in a skirmish with Bullets guard Bradley Beal on Friday: ''He got attacked . I didn't agree with his punishment but all you can do as a team is accept it.'' Clippers: Had entered game holding opponents to a league-low 92.4 points per game and a 40.4 field goal percentage shooting (second). Coach Doc Rivers said the superb early defense starts with having DeAndre Jordan at center, but new starti ng guards Patrick Beverley and Austin Rivers have been tough on the perimeter: ''Defensively, that combination has been really good.'' UP NEXTWarriors: Stay on the road Thursday when the travel to San Antonio to meet the Spurs.Clippers: Scheduled to host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

NHL Game Recap: Toronto Maple Leafs (2) vs. San Jose Sharks (3) - 10/30/2017

NHL Game Recap: Toronto Maple Leafs (2) vs. San Jose Sharks (3) - Date: 10/30/2017 Oct 31, 2017  SAN JOSE, Calif. Rookie defenseman Tim Heed scored a tiebreaking goal on the power play early in the third period to spoil Patrick Marleau's return to San Jose by leading the Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night. Heed scored on a slap shot from just above the faceoff circle with 15:49 to play and assisted on Joe Pavelski's second-period goal to give the Sharks their 10th straight win over Toronto. Joel Ward added an empty-net goal for San Jose. Handicapper Return on Investment. This time it came with Marleau in a Maple Leafs sweater as he returned to the arena he called home for his first 19 seasons in the NHL. Marleau left as a free agent this summer to sign an $18.75 million, three-year contract with Toronto. Marleau finished with two shots on goal but didn't record a point as Martin Jones made 16 saves for San Jose to improve to 7-0 against the Maple Leafs. Jones has allowed just 10 goals in those starts. Auston Matthews scored in the first period and Nazem Kadri added a goal with 1:10 remaining to cut San Jose's lead to 3-2. Winning Sports Handicappers. The Maple Leafs have lost four of five and were held to only two shots on goal in a span of more than 31 minutes in the second and third periods. Frederik Andersen made 36 saves but had no chance on Heed's slapper that went into the top corner after Timo Meier had drawn a cross-checking penalty from Dominic Moore early in the period. Basketball Predictions. The night started with an emotional pregame ceremony for Marleau. The Sharks played a video tribute to Marleau and he received a loud ovation tha t lasted nearly 90 seconds from the fans, who chanted ''Pat-ty! Pat-ty!'' Players from both teams tapped their sticks in appreciation as the spotlight shined on Marleau and he waved to the crowd. The Sharks then controlled play for the first two periods but were unable to translate their 25-11 advantage in shots on goal to a lead on the scoreboard. The Maple Leafs struck first midway through the first period when Matthews beat Logan Couture to the rebound of a point shot from Nikita Zaitsev and knocked it into the open net for his ninth goal. San Jose tied it midway through the second when Pavelski deflected Heed's point shot past Andersen for his third goal. NOTES: Thornton got an assist on San Jose's first goal, giving him 1,399 points to move past Jari Kurri for sole possession of 20th place on the career list. ... Toronto forwards James Van Riemsdyk (lower body) and Matt Martin (upper body) returned to the lineup after missing one game each. UP NEXTMaple Leafs: Visit the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. Sharks: Host the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night.---More NHL coverage: https://www.apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey

NBA Game Recap: Dallas Mavericks (89) vs. Utah Jazz (104) - 10/30/2017

NBA Game Recap: Dallas Mavericks (89) vs. Utah Jazz (104) - Date: 10/30/2017 Oct 31, 2017 SALT LAKE CITY Rodney Hood was determined to find his groove after two fouls in the first quarter earned him an early seat on the bench. He found it in the third quarter when a quick floater jump-started a Utah Jazz comeback.Hood scored 15 of his season-high 25 points in the third quarter to help the Jazz rally to beat the Dallas Mavericks 104-89 on Monday night.''Just aggressiveness,'' Hood said. ''My teammates were telling me to be more aggressive. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. The early foul trouble kind of threw me out of rhythm. Being more in attack mode.''I knew I was going to get a chance to make an impact. ... I knew I was going to get into the flow.'' The Mavs hit nine of 14 3-pointers in the first half and the Jazz s truggled to defend their drive-and-kick action. But Utah came alive in the second half thanks to Hood and a 25-4 run to start the third quarter.The Jazz adjusted their defense in the second half and made things much more difficult for one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the league. Sports Betting Leads. The Mavericks were just 3 for 10 from behind the arc in the second half.''That's what they're really good at, drive-and-kick to generate 3s as good as anybody in the league,'' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ''The second half we did a good job of not over-helping. You've got to be able to guard your yard. When we do that and can defensive rebound, it gives us a chance to play offense in the flow of the game. When you're taking the ball out of the net, it's a lot harder.''We did a better job of staying in front. Just man-on-man and being focused on it. Best Free Sports Picks. Then Rudy's rim protection.'' Dallas climbed back within five late in the fourth quarter, but an 11-0 run highlighted by a pull-up Hood 3-pointer from the top of the arc put the game away. Hood had just five first-half points.''I'm not into moral victories about one good half played in an NBA game,'' Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. ''You've got to bring it for the whole game or you get beat.''The second half was not just bad, it was unbelievable.'' Ricky Rubio saw his shot begin to fall in the second half and finished with 20 points. Rudy Gobert added 17 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks and six assists.Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with a season-high 18 points and J. J. Barea added 17 off the bench, all in the first half.''We just got to figure things out,'' Mavs guard Devin Harris said. ''We got small things that turn into b ig things. Just have to play harder, smarter.''We have to trust each other. We're still trying to find out identity.'' TIP-INSMavericks: Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. played 17 minutes despite being listed as questionable with a left knee effusion. He was 1 for 7 for two points. ... Dallas began the night ranked No. 3 in the NBA with 12.9 made 3-pointers per game and No. 5 with a 37.8 percentage from behind the arc. ... The Jazz scored 33 points off 24 Mavs turnovers.Jazz: Snyder had his birthday on Monday. He turned 51. ... Rubio entered the game as the second Jazz player, joining Deron Williams, to post at least 90 points, 45 assists and 30 rebounds through their first six games with the organization.CLOSE BUT NO CALLThe Mavs came out as one of four teams to start the week with just one victory. Carlisle, however, likes the way they've lost.''We've played seven and I think we've had five that have been one possession games,'' Carli sle said before the game. ''This league is about tight games and thin margins for error. We've just got to do a few things better each game to put ourselves in a better position.''Rebounding has got to be better. Turn it over less. Make a few more shots. Pretty simple stuff, but it's the NBA, so it's hard. Teams are defending you. You're in tough places like this and so, it's hard work. But you've got to get it done.'' UP NEXTMavericks: Travel to face Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.Jazz: Host Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

NHL Game Recap: Dallas Stars (2) vs. Vancouver Canucks (1) - 10/30/2017

NHL Game Recap: Dallas Stars (2) vs. Vancouver Canucks (1) - Date: 10/30/2017 Oct 31, 2017  VANCOUVER, British Columbia Alexander Radulov scored 2:28 into overtime and the Dallas Stars defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Monday night. Ben Bishop made 38 saves and Tyler Seguin had a second-period goal for Dallas, which improved to 3-1 on a five-game road trip that concludes Thursday in Winnipeg. Sam Gagner scored a power-play goal for the Canucks, who had won four straight. Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves after serving as the backup during the previous two games. Radulov won it in overtime when he carried the puck the length of the ice and fired a shot over Markstrom's blocker-side shoulder. Markstrom helped keep the first period scoreless when he made several impressive saves during a Stars power play midway through the period, including off a point-blank shot by Jamie Benn. Markstrom also stopped a short-handed breaka way by Gemel Smith in the waning seconds. Seguin opened the scoring in the second with Canucks forward Thomas Vanek in the penalty box for the second time in the first three minutes of the period. Seguin one-timed his seventh goal of the season with an Alex Ovechkin-like shot while down on one knee at 3:11. Sports Monitor. The goal broke Vancouver's streak of 14 consecutive penalties killed. Vancouver's unlikely leading goal scorer, Derek Dorsett, had a chance all alone in the slot against Bishop in the final minutes of the second, but couldn't convert. At the other end, Markstrom ended the period with another big save, this time off a 2-on-1 with Smith and Radulov. Sports Handicapping Software. The Canucks outshot Dallas 27-19 through two. Vancouver tied the game six minutes into the third while on the power play. After Markstrom chased down a puck to diffuse a short-handed breakaway, Vanek took a quick pass from Daniel Sedin in the slot at the other end and fired a hard shot that rebounded to Gagner. Picks and Parlays. The center netted his first goal with the Canucks at 13:51, sending the crowd into a frenzy. That ended a run of seven straight games without giving up a power-play goal for the Stars. NOTES: The Canucks were without rookie wing Brock Boeser, who injured his foot blocking a shot in a 6-2 win over Washington. Vancouver called up forwards Jayson Megna and Anton Rodin from Utica of the AHL. ... Dallas was without Martin Hanzal (lower body) and Stephen Johns (concussion). UP NEXTStars: At the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night. Canucks: Host the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.---More NHL coverage: https://www.apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey

NFL Game Recap: Denver Broncos (19) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (29) - 10/30/2017

NFL Game Recap: Denver Broncos (19) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (29) - Date: 10/30/2017 Oct 30, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Mo. Harrison Butker kicked five field goals, Marcus Peters returned a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the turnover-prone Denver Broncos 29-19 on Monday night. Alex Smith threw for 202 yards and a touchdown, most of it going to tight end Travis Kelce , who hauled in seven balls for 133 yards and the score. The Chiefs (6-2) also intercepted Trevor Siemian three times and hopped on two fumbles to beat Denver (3-4) for the fourth straight time. Siemian finished 19 of 36 for 198 yards and a touchdown, and has now thrown eight picks and only three TD passes in the past five games. The Broncos have lost all but one of them.

NBA Game Recap: Minnesota Timberwolves (125) vs. Miami Heat (122) - 10/30/2017

NBA Game Recap: Minnesota Timberwolves (125) vs. Miami Heat (122) - Date: 10/30/2017 Oct 30, 2017 MIAMI It's never been easy for Andrew Wiggins in Miami, and Monday was no exception.That's what made the win even sweeter.Jeff Teague scored 23 points, Wiggins scored 22 - 13 of them coming after halftime, including a pair of huge baskets late in regulation - and the Minnesota Timberwolves scored the first six points of overtime before holding on to beat the Miami Heat 125-122.''We have a lot of people who know how to win, know how to close out games,'' Wiggins said.That was evident. Best Sports Picks Today. The Timberwolves never trailed in the final 11 1/2 minutes, yet still needed to see Dion Waiters' 35-footer as time expired clang helplessly off the rim before they could escape.''We've got some guys on this team that can really play,'' Teague said. ''Down the stretch, Wig was huge.'' Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who got 16 from Jimmy Butler and 13 from Jamal Crawford.Waiters tied a career-high by scoring 33 for Miami, 14 of those coming in the fourth quarter including a layup that sent the game to overtime. But the Heat dropped their third straight - all at home.''It doesn't mean (anything) if we don't get the win,'' Waiters said.Kelly Olynyk scored 23 points and Goran Dragic added 18 for Miami - which was again without center Hassan Whiteside, out for a fifth consecutive game with a bruised left knee. Bam Adebayo started again in his place and had the best game of his rookie season, finishing with 13 points and 13 rebounds.''It was great to see,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of the rookie's stat line, which came against a star in Towns.Wiggins got to the line with 43 seconds left after missing a dunk on a play where Justise Winslow was called for a foul that left the Heat arguing otherwise - but replays suggested was indeed correct. He made both free throws to put Minnesota up by four, and the Heat would eventually get back within one on a 3-pointer by Waiters with 5.1 seconds left.Teague made a pair of free throws, and Miami's desperation heave from Waiters was off.''There's a lot of work for us to do defensively,'' Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said.Wiggins had both Minnesota baskets in the final 1:01 of regulation, a putback of his own miss and an emphatic dunk for a four-point lead. He's had some good scoring games against the Heat - at least 22 in four of seven contests - but he's earned it all. After shooting 7 for 23 Monday, he's now 46 for 125 (36.8 percent) against the Heat.He had a chance to put the Timberwolves up four again with 12 seconds left in regulation, but missed a layup. Winslow got the rebound for Miami and on the ensuing possession Waiters blew past Butler for a layup to tie it at 110.Minnesota scored the next six, and found a way from there.''We did things necessary to win at the end,'' Thibodeau said.TIP INSTimberwolves: Minnesota's first six 3-pointers came from six different players. ... Soccer Tipsters. Towns took only 11 shots from the floor, perhaps a bit of a surprise since Miami was without Whiteside. ... Picks and Parlays. The Timberwolves can get their first three-game winning streak since January with a win on Wednesday.Heat: Miami missed more free throws in the first quarter (three) than in its two previous games combined (two). ... Okaro White gave the Heat a big boost late in the third, scoring five points on a putback dunk and 3-pointer that cut Minnesota's six-point lead to one. ... Miami was col d from 3-point range again, shooting 7 for 27 from beyond the arc.DRAGIC'S STARTSDragic came out sizzling, and that's been a trend. He was 5 for 5 in the first quarter, the second time he's done that in the last three games. Dragic is shooting 20 for 29 (69 percent) in first quarters this season, and 16 for 20 (80 percent) in the opening periods of his last four games.FREE THROWSMinnesota was 32 for 35 from the line, a huge factor in the game. Miami was 17 for 25.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Visit New Orleans on Wednesday, the finale of a two-game trip.Heat: Host Chicago on Wednesday, ending a six-game homestand.

NBA Game Recap: Denver Nuggets (110) vs. New York Knicks (116) - 10/30/2017

NBA Game Recap: Denver Nuggets (110) vs. New York Knicks (116) - Date: 10/30/2017 Oct 30, 2017 NEW YORK A 23-point third quarter lead vanished in less than six minutes, before Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined to make sure that the deficit was short-lived.Porzingis scored a career-high 38 points and Hardaway Jr., who re-signed with New York the Knicks as a free agent for $71 million, scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter to help the Knicks beat the Denver Nuggets 116-110 on Monday night.The Knicks had taken their biggest lead of the game, 69-46, on Courtney Lee's layup with 10:38 left in the third quarter. However, the Nuggets responded by scoring the next 13 points to ignite a 27-2 run and they took their first lead, 73-71, on Wilson Chandler's free throws with 4:42 left in the third quarter. Best Bets of the Day. The Knicks committ ed 10 turnovers during that six-minute stretch.''We had a lot of turnovers. It was one of the worst quarters we've ever had,'' Porzingis said. ''But, we are going to learn from this game.'' The game was tied 77-77 when Doug McDermott's 3-pointer put the Knicks back in front for good with 1:09 left in the third.New York led 84-81 going into the final quarter. Will Barton brought the Nuggets to within one, 89-88, with 9:50 left in the game.But, Hardaway Jr. scored the Knicks' next 11 points, including three 3-pointers, and Porzingis' jumper with 5:35 left gave New York a 104-95 lead.''I made some big shots and I was happy about that,'' Hardaway Jr. said. ''They were contested, but once you see one go down and you start feeling yourself a little bit it helps my confidence and the team's confidence.'' Denver responded by scoring the next seven points and pulling within two on another pair of Chan dler free throws with 3:10 remaining.But, Jarrett Jack hit a long jumper and Lee added two free throws and the Knicks were able to hold on down the stretch.''Fourth quarter, too many mental breakdowns. Lack of discipline to give Tim Hardaway Jr. three straights 3's and he was the one guy we were supposed to be running off the line,'' said Nuggets' Head Coach Mike Malone. ''So, just poor game awareness.'' Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 28 points and Jamal Murray scored 20.Kyle O'Quinn added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks. Lee and Enes Kanter each had 12 points for the Knicks. McDermott finished with 11 and Jack finished with 10 assistsGary Harris scored 18 points, Emmanuel Mudlay had 15 and Barton added 13 for the Nuggets.TIP-INS:Nuggets: Denver had won the previous five meetings with the Knicks. New York's previous win in the series was a 109-93 victory at Madison Square Garden on November 16, 2014.Knicks: New York 's three-game winning streak is its longest since they won four in a row last season.SPENDING TIME IN THE GARDENMonday's tilt with the Nuggets marked the beginning of a five-game homestand for the Knicks.OH BROTHERSiblings Willy Hernangomez (Knicks) and Juancho Hernangomez (Nuggets) were on opposing sides Monday night. Willy got off the bench to play just over three minutes, while Juancho was inactive due to an illness and did not attend the game. ''I was really looking forward to seeing him,'' Willy said. ''But, he has mono and is being quarantined right now. Maybe for another few weeks.'' FOUL FRENZYThe Nuggets could not keep their hands to themselves in the second quarter, committing their fifth foul and putting the Knicks in the bonus at the 8:24 mark. New York went on to outscore Denver 30-18 in the 12-minute session.UP NEXT:Nuggets: Host Toronto on Wednesday. Number #1 Sports Ha ndicapping Service. The teams will play again in Toronto on March 27. Best Sports Handicappers in the World. The Raptors won both matchups last season.Knicks: Host Houston on Friday. The teams last met on New Year's Eve 2016, with the Rockets posting a 129-122 victory. They play again in Houston on November 25.

NBA Game Recap: Philadelphia 76ers (115) vs. Houston Rockets (107) - 10/30/2017

NBA Game Recap: Philadelphia 76ers (115) vs. Houston Rockets (107) - Date: 10/30/2017 Oct 30, 2017 HOUSTON Ben Simmons had 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and Joel Embiid added 22 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 115-107 win over the Houston Rockets on Monday night.After losing 105-104 on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Eric Gordon in Philadelphia on Oct. 18, the 76ers snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Rockets, winning in Houston for the first time since Feb. 16, 2011.The Rockets missed nine of their last 10 shots, scoring just four points in the final 3:28 and dropped consecutive games for the first time this season.James Harden scored 29 points and Gordon had 25.Philadelphia led by as many as 14 points and entered the fourth quarter up 92-80. Houston's reserves rallied without Harden to cut the lead to five early in the fourth.Embiid, who played through a right hand contusion, gave Houst on's defense fits when he got the ball and was disruptive in the paint on the defensive end. Backup point guard T. J. McConnell frequently pressured Harden defensively for Philadelphia, adding 11 points and five assists off the bench.Philadelphia controlled the first quarter by putting up a season-high for points in a quarter, leading Houston 37-27 entering the second. Sports Monitor. The Rockets closed the gap in the second quarter, capped off by a fast-break dunk from Gordon following a steal off a bad pass from Simmons that cut Philadelphia's lead to two points.The 76ers led 58-56 at halftime.The Rockets were able to overcome an off shooting night by overwhelming Philadelphia at the free-throw line where they made 28 of 38 attempts, compared to just 17 of 24 for the 76ers.Former Rockets forward Robert Covington had four steals for the 76ers, adding five points and eight rebounds in 34 minutes.TIP-INS76er s: SG JJ Redick missed his third straight game with lower back tightness. ... PG Markelle Fultz (shoulder) missed his fourth straight game. Fultz is out indefinitely and will be reevaluated in three weeks, the 76ers said Sunday.Rockets: Nene entered the game questionable with left Achilles soreness but played 10 minutes in the game, getting seven points, three rebounds and a block off the bench. . After shooting 17-for-35 (48.5 percent) in a three-game road trip, PF Ryan Anderson shot 2-for-9 from beyond the arc.UP NEXT76ers: Host the Hawks on Wednesday night.Rockets: Visit the Knicks on Wednesday night.

NBA Game Recap: Charlotte Hornets (104) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (99) - 10/30/2017

NBA Game Recap: Charlotte Hornets (104) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (99) - Date: 10/30/2017 Oct 30, 2017 MEMPHIS, Tenn. Kemba Walker scored 27 points and keyed a fourth-quarter rally to erase a double-digit deficit as the Charlotte Hornets handed Memphis its first home loss of the season with a 104-99 win over the Grizzlies on Monday night.Jeremy Lamb added 17 points and rookie Malik Monk finished with 13 points.Memphis held a 10-point lead with just under 8 minutes left, but Walker re-entered the game and kick-started the Charlotte rally. Walker had nine points in the stretch, part of which included an 18-4 run by the Hornets.That rally put the Hornets ahead for good, although Memphis pulled within 102-99 in the closing seconds. Memphis couldn't catch Charlotte primarily because they made only 6 of 27 shots in the fourth, many of them coming in the closing minutes as the Grizzlies tried to stop the Hornets rally.Tyreke Evans led Memphis with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Mike Conley finished with 16. But Conley was a major part of a 34 percent shooting night for the Grizzlies missing 14 of his 18 shots in the game and all seven of his shots outside the arc.James Ennis III and Dylan Brooks scored 11 points apiece.Memphis, despite shooting under 40 percent through three quarters, built the lead to 13 - its larges of the night - and still maintained an 82-73 entering the fourth.TIP-INSHornets: Won their first road game this season. ... Monk had some fans in the stands. His hometown of Lepanto, Arkansas is about 40 miles from Memphis. ... Walker had a team-high six assists and has led the Hornets in assists in each game this season. . Dwight Howard had 2 points on 1 of 9 shooting. ... Howard had seven rebounds, the first time this season he has not reached double digits.Grizzlies: Memphis' last four home games have come against teams playing on the second night of a back-to-back. Charlotte defea ted Orlando at home Sunday night. ... Handicapper Directory. The game was Memphis' first of the season against an Eastern Conference team. ... Gasol was listed as questionable before the game with a bum left ankle, but played, finishing with 10 points. ... Sports Picks. The Grizzlies bench continued to dominate opponents, outscoring the Hornets reserves 51-39UP NEXTHORNETS: Entertain the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, the only home game in a six-game stretch.GRIZZLIES: Face the Orlando Magic at home on Wednesday.

NBA Game Recap: Orlando Magic (115) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (99) - 10/30/2017

NBA Game Recap: Orlando Magic (115) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (99) - Date: 10/30/2017 Oct 30, 2017 NEW ORLEANS Marreese Speights highlighted an 18-point performance by hitting five of his career-high six 3-pointers during a decisive 22-6 run, and the Orlando Magic soundly defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 115-99 on Monday night.Speights' second 3 of the game made it 87-83 in the final minute of the third quarter. He drained four more early in the fourth, after which Orlando led 106-89.Coming off a lopsided victory over Cleveland on Saturday, the Pelicans were unable to respond during the final seven minutes.Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier and Jonathon Simmons each scored 20 points for Orlando, which shot 50.6 percent (43 of 85) from the field and 47.1 percent (16 of 34) from 3-point range. Aaron Gordon added 17 points, helping the Magic bounce back from a loss at Charlotte a night earlier.Anthony Davis had 39 points and 10 reb ounds for New Orleans, but the Pelicans made only seven of their 28 3-point attempts, hitting only 3 of 18 from deep in the second half.DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points and 12 assists for the Pelicans, while Jrue Holiday scored 11 points.Speights, a 6-foot-10 power forward, hasn't been shy about shooting from distance, but had made only 3 of 9 attempts from deep in the Magic's first six games. But he was clearly confident in his shot in New Orleans, attempting 10, often without hesitation and from a couple feet behind the 3-point line a couple times.The Magic, who trailed 64-60 at halftime, opened the third quarter on a 12-2 run fueled by Vucevic's seven points on a layup, a 3 and a 17-footer.Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry called timeout, and New Orleans briefly regained the lead with a 10-2 spurt that included back-to-back left wing 3s by Dante Cunningham.But the Magic were the steadier team throughout the period, hitting 12 of 20 shots, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range.TIP-INSMagic: Scored the first eight points of the game and led 33-24 after the first quarter, when Fournier hit three 3s and scored 11 of his points. ... Orlando came in averaging 117.2 points and has reached 113 in all seven of its games.Pelicans: Cousins, who entered the night second in the NBA in turnovers with five per game, had two passes intercepted in the first 3:31 and finished with six turnovers. ... Top Rated Sports Services. The Pelicans were aiming for their first winning record since the last day of the 2014-15 season, which also was the last time they made the playoffs.UP NEXTMagic: Visit Memphis on Wednesday night for their third game in four nights.Pelicans: Host Minnesota on Wednesday night.---More NBA basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

NHL Game Recap: Los Angeles Kings (2) vs. St. Louis Blues (4) - 10/30/2017

NHL Game Recap: Los Angeles Kings (2) vs. St. Louis Blues (4) - Date: 10/30/2017 Oct 30, 2017  ST. LOUIS Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz each had a goal and an assist to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in a matchup between two of the NHL's top teams Monday night. Carl Gunnarsson scored the game-winner and Vladimir Sobotka added an empty-netter for the Blues, who improved to 10-2-1 to match the franchise's best start set in 1997. Jake Allen made 26 saves as St. Louis remained the only unbeaten team on home ice this season (5-0). Sports Picks Free. Tanner Pearson and Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, who had their three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 9-2-1. Jonathan Quick made 26 saves. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. Tarasenko and Schwartz cont inued their strong play against Los Angeles. Sports Cappers. Tarasenko has 14 points in 15 career games and Schwartz has six points in his last five games against the Kings. Tarasenko made it 1-0 Blues, breaking a five-game goal drought, at 7:25 of the second period. Schwartz picked off Derek Forbort's pass at center ice and found Tarasenko streaking in on the left side. Three minutes later, Schwartz cleaned up the rebound of Brayden Schenn's shot to make it 2-0. Allen robbed Pearson with a glove save after Pearson found himself alone in front with 7:52 left in the second. Pearson made good on his second chance, putting a backhand past Allen with 6:40 left in the second after he got behind Gunnarsson for a breakaway to cut the St. Louis lead to 2-1. Gunnarsson made up for the defensive lapse with his third goal of the season with 3:41 left in the second. The Kings unsuccessfully challenged the goal, claimin g Kyle Brodziak interfered with Quick. Brown deflected Drew Doughty's shot for a power-play goal 58 seconds later, cutting the St. Louis advantage to 3-2. It was Brown's 79th power-play goal, tying Charlie Simmer for seventh on the Kings' career list. NOTES: Doughty played in his 700th career game. . Schenn was selected by the Kings with the fifth pick in the 2009 draft. ... The Kings scratched D Oscar Fantenberg and C Nick Shore. . The Blues scratched RW Chris Thorburn, D Nate Prosser and G Ville Husso. UP NEXTKings: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. Blues: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.---More NHL coverage: https://www.apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey