Thursday, October 31, 2019

NFL Game Recap: San Francisco 49ers (28) vs. Arizona Cardinals (25) - 10/31/2019

NFL Game Recap: San Francisco 49ers (28) vs. Arizona Cardinals (25) - Date: 10/31/2019 Oct 31, 2019GLENDALE, Ariz. Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 317 yards and four touchdowns and the San Francisco 49ers reached the halfway point of their season undefeated, beating the Arizona Cardinals 28-25 on Thursday night. San Francisco (8-0) fell behind 7-0, but responded with three touchdowns - one as time expired in the second quarter after Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury called a timeout and gave the 49ers a second chance on fourth down - to take a 21-7 halftime lead. Free Picks for Today. The 49ers were in control until about five minutes left in the fourth quarter, when Andy Isabella caught a short pass and sprinted for an 88-yard touchdown to help the Cardinals pull to 28-25. But the 49ers were able to run out the clock on their ensuing offensive drive to end Arizona's come back. San Francisco's Emmanuel Sanders caught seven passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. Arizona (3-5-1) lost its second straight game. Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns. Sports Handicapper Leaderboard. The Cardinals came into the game without their top two running backs, David Johnson and Chase Edmonds, who were battling injuries. Kenyan Drake - who was acquired by the Cardinals on Monday in a trade with the Miami Dolphins - ran for 36s yard on the first play of the game and capped the opening drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. He finished with a team-high 110 yards rushing and 52 yards receiving. BAD TIMINGArizona looked as if was about to escape the first half trailing 14-7 after San Francisco's Jeff Wilson Jr. was stopped on fourth down just shy of the goal line with a few seconds remaining in the first half. But there was one major problem for the Cardinals: Ki ngsbury called a timeout just before the play began. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The 49ers converted on their second chance when Garoppolo hit Sanders for a 1-yard touchdown pass and a 21-7 lead. ROAD WARRIORSSan Francisco's off to an 8-0 start for the second time in franchise history. The Niners won 10 straight games to start the 1990 season. This year's streak has included five road wins. The 49ers have three straight home games starting with the Seahawks on Nov. 11. KITTLE SCAREThe 49ers got a scare early when star tight end George Kittle left the game after taking a helmet to the knee. But the third-year star quickly returned and responded with a 30-yard touchdown catch late in the first quarter to tie it at 7. INJURIES49ers: Defensive lineman Arik Armstead left in the first quarter with a throat injury but returned to the game. . . . Linebacker Kwon Alexander had a chest injury in the second half and didn't return. Cardinals: Defensive lineman Clinton McDonald left with what a ''stinger'' in the third quarter. UP NEXTSan Francisco returns home to face Seattle on Nov. 11 for a Monday night game. Arizona travels to Tampa Bay on Nov. 10. ---More NFL: https://apnews. com/NFL and https://twitter. com/-NFL

NCAAF Game Recap: West Virginia (14) vs. Baylor (17) - 10/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: West Virginia (14) vs. Baylor (17) - Date: 10/31/2019 Oct 31, 2019WACO, Texas Charlie Brewer threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns and John Mayers kicked a go-ahead 36-yard field goal to help No. 12 Baylor win its 10th game in a row, 17-14 over West Virginia on Thursday night. Baseball Handicappers. The Bears (8-0, 5-0 Big 12), who two seasons ago won only one game, are the league's only undefeated team - and one of eight remaining among FBS teams. Mayers' kick with 10:19 left broke a 14-all tie and put Baylor ahead to stay after a 13-play drive that took more than 6 minutes off the clock on an often frustrating night offensively for the Bears. West Virginia (3-5, 1-4) had eight quarterback sacks. With second-and-goal from the 1 late in the second quarter, Baylor was stuffed for no gain on three consecutive plays and had to settle for a 7-0 h alftime lead. Still, the Bears avoided what happened last Saturday, when while they had an open date the Big 12's other three ranked teams that did play lost. That included Oklahoma's loss at Kansas State that left Baylor alone atop the conference standings. After R. J. Sneed botched a punt return that was recovered at the Baylor 34, West Virginia couldn't get a first down. Casey Legg kicked the ball through the uprights on a 43-yard field goal attempt, but the Mountaineers were penalized for delay of game and had to try again. Nose tackle Bravvion Roy blocked Legg's 48-yard attempt with 3 1/2 minutes left. Sports Handicapper Picks. The Mountaineers had two big plays for their touchdowns. George Campbell had an 83-yard catch-and-run from Austin Kendall on the first play after a punt, and Winston Wright went 95 yards for the Mountaineers' first kickoff return for a touchdown in five years. Wright's return was on the ensuing kick after Brewer's 21-yard TD pass to Denzel Mims, who opened the second half by fumbling at the end of a 30-yard reception on his first catch since taking a hard hit early in the game. Both teams had a starting safety ejected after targeting calls. Josh Norwood, the leading tackler for West Virginia and with four consecutive games of at least 10 tackles, was flagged after the hit on Mims late in the first quarter. Baylor's Chris Miller got penalized for a play against Kendall in the final minute before halftime. Miller is subject to an automatic one-game suspension because it was his third targeting penalty this season. Winning Sports Handicappers. THE TAKEAWAYWest Virginia: The Mountaineers have lost four Big 12 games in a row for first-year coach Neal Brown since opening conference play with a win at Kansas. The Big 12's worst offense again struggled to get a nything done. With first-and-goal at the 10 on their first drive after halftime, Kendall was still calling out signals when the snap whiffed by his head. Kendall fell down, running back Leddie Brown couldn't get the rolling ball before defensive end James Lynch finally corralled it at the 37. Baylor: The Bears have moved up 10 spots in the Top 25 since first getting ranked at the start of October. They may not have been their sharpest playing on a Thursday night for so many to see in a nationally televised game, but Brewer and Co. got another victory. UP NEXTWest Virginia is home Nov. 9 to play Texas Tech. Baylor travels less than 100 miles north on Interstate 35 to play at TCU on Nov. 9. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/tag/Collegefootball and http://www. twitter. com/-Top25

NHL Game Recap: Calgary Flames (6) vs. Nashville Predators (5) - 10/31/2019

NHL Game Recap: Calgary Flames (6) vs. Nashville Predators (5) - Date: 10/31/2019 GAMETRACKERBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECLIVEBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSTkachuk's trickery sends Flames past Predators 6-5 in OTNASHVILLE, Tenn. Matthew Tkachuk tied the game in the final minute of regulation and scored the winning goal with just over a second left in overtime on a nifty shot between his legs, leading the Calgary Flames to a 6-5 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.Calgary rallied from a three-goal deficit and ended Nashville's four-game winning streak.On the winner, Tkachuk skated in front of the net against two Nashville defenders, let the puck slip between his legs and flipped a shot that beat Predators goalie Pekka Rinne high to the stick side with 1.4 seconds left in overtime.Derek Ryan, Rasmus Andersson, Elias Lindholm and Alan Quine also scored for the Flames. Calgary's David Rittich made 31 saves.Austin Watson scored twice, Calle Jarnrkok added two short-handed goals, and Nick Bonino scored for Nashville. Rinne made 21 saves.Quine's first goal tied it at 4 with 3:21 left in regulation before Watson put gave Nashville ahead 5-4 with a goal with 1:22 remaining.Tkachuk's scored off a rebound with 40 seconds remaining, tying the score at 5-all.Lindholm scored his team-leading ninth goal from close range, narrowing the gap to 4-3 of the third period.Nashville dominated the early action, taking the first 14 shots. Calgary didn't take its first shot until about six minutes remained in the first period.Bonino gave the Predators a 1-0 lead when he scored on a backhanded rebound at 5:33 of the first. It was his fourth straight goal for Nashville, including a hat trick in a 3-0 win over Chicago on Tuesday. He leads the Predators with seven goals.Watson scored at 10:15 of the first to give Nashville a 2-0 lead. Colton Sissons and Matt Irwin picked up assists.Watson had sign ed a three-year, $4.5 million contract extension earlier Thursday.Ryan scored on the Flames' second shot, a wrister from the bottom of the left faceoff circle, narrowing the deficit to 2-1 at 15:27 of the first.Calgary nearly tied it when Johnny Gaudreau's wrist shot bounced off the right post before Rinne smothered the rebound in the crease 18 minutes into the first.The Flames missed another chance to tie with a shot that also hit the post early in the second.Jarnkrok scored his first short-handed goal on a 2-on-1 breakaway after a Calgary turnover when he sent a wrist shot into the top side of the near post past Rittich, boosting Nashville's lead to 3-1 at 4:36 of the second period.Jarnkrok scored his second short-handed goal on another 2-on1 after a Flames turnover. He fired a wrist shot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle past Rittich for a 4-1 lead at 18:52 on the second.NOTES: LW Filip Forsberg, one of the Predators' top scorers, returned from a lower-body injury after missing the previous six games. ... Nashville RW Rocco Grimaldi played in his 100h NHL game.UP NEXTPredators: Host New York Rangers on Saturday.Flames: Visit Columbus on Saturday.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NBA Game Recap: Miami Heat (106) vs. Atlanta Hawks (97) - 10/31/2019

NBA Game Recap: Miami Heat (106) vs. Atlanta Hawks (97) - Date: 10/31/2019 Oct 31, 2019ATLANTA Kendrick Nunn scored a career-high 28 points to add to his record-setting start and Miami beat Atlanta 106-97 on Thursday night, giving the Heat two wins over the Hawks in three days.Nunn's 112 points are the highest total through the first five games for any undrafted player in NBA history. Connie Hawkins of the Phoenix Suns scored 105 points in his first five games of the 1969-70 season.Nunn, a 6-foot-2 guard from Oakland University in Michigan, scored 14 points in the third quarter. He began his career with 24 points against Memphis on Oct. 23, and he has kept shooting. He has scored at least 24 points three times in Miami's first five games.Another record-setting rookie, Tyler Herro, had 17 points. Herro scored 29 points off the bench in the Heat's 112-97 win over Atlanta on Tuesday night to set a franchise record for a rookie reserve.Jabari Parker led Atlanta with 23 points. DeAndre Bembry had 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.The Hawks were without point guard Trae Young, who sprained his right ankle on Tuesday night. He did not appear to be walking with a limp before the game.Miami held a lead of 18 points, but Atlanta made a late comeback attempt.Bembry's steal and basket cut Miami's lead to 94-88 midway through the final period. Following a timeout, Meyers Leonard sank two 3-pointers for Miami, followed by a Nunn layup, for a 102-88 lead. Leonard had 16 points.Rookie Cam Reddish had nine points in his fill-in start at point guard. Reddish joined De'Andre Hunter as rookie starters.Jimmy Butler, who had 21 points in his Heat debut on Tuesday night, scored only five points but added 11 assists and nine rebounds.TIP-INSHeat: F Justise Winslow (lower back stiffness) did not play. ... Sports Monitor. The Heat to ok the lead with a string of 3-pointers late in the opening period, including Bam Adebayo's fourth career 3 and first of the season. ... Coach Erik Spoelstra made a successful challenge of a charge call against Adebayo in the second period.Hawks: Playing behind Reddish, Tyrone Wallace helped spark a 10-1 run late in the first half. Wallace had six points in the second quarter and 12 overall in his second game after being claimed off waivers on Oct. 23. ... Track Handicappers. The Hawks transferred Brandon Goodwin from their new College Park G League franchise in metro Atlanta.UP NEXTThe Heat will play host to Houston on Sunday night.The Hawks continue a stretch of four straight home games when they face the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NHL Game Preview: Montreal Canadiens vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 10/31/2019 - 10:05 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Montreal Canadiens vs. Vegas Golden Knights - Date: 10/31/2019 The Montreal Canadiens and the Golden Knights will celebrate Halloween playing in Las Vegas on Thursday night, but for Vegas coach Gerard Gallant, it will feel a little more like Christmas.Three key players -- defenseman Nate Schmidt, right wing Alex Tuch and backup goaltender Malcolm Subban -- are all expected to return from injuries, finally giving the Golden Knights the roster Gallant envisioned heading into the season.Schmidt, who was injured when he banged knees with San Jose's Logan Couture in Vegas' 4-1, season-opening win, led the team in average time on ice (21:57) and was ninth in scoring with nine goals and 21 assists in 2018-19 despite missing 20 games with a PED suspension.Tuch, out since sustaining an upper-body injury when he crashed into the boards in a Sept. 27 preseason game with the Los Angeles Kings, was fourth on the team in scoring last season with 20 goals and 32 assists.Subban, who went 8-10-2 with a 2.93 goals-against as Marc-Andre Fleury's backup, sustained a lower-body injury in an Oct. 10 game at Arizona and has played just one period this season."Fortunately, we've gotten off to a decent start," Gallant said. "Eight-and-five (8-5-0) isn't great, but it isn't bad. We got through it, so hopefully we can stay healthy now." All three players returned to practice on Monday, the morning after Vegas defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-2. And although the team didn't officially activate them as of Wednesday, the Golden Knights did clear roster spots by assigning defensemen Jake Bischoff and Nicholas Hague, forward Nicolas Roy and goaltender Garret Sparks to Chicago of the AHL.The Golden Knights are expected to add the trio prior to the Thursday contest."I hope so, but they're not cleared yet," Gallant said with a smile after practice on Wednesday . "They skated today, they did really well today. Skate tomorrow, and when they tell me they're ready to go, the medical staff, then they'll be ready to go. As long as they clear them, I'll put them in the lineup." Schmidt, for one, was anxious to get back to action."Super awesome," he said when asked how it felt to be practicing with his team again. "Back with friends, it's really great. It is just good to feel back in the mix again." While the Golden Knights will be well-rested thanks to a three-day break, Montreal will be playing the second half of a back-to-back that started with a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night in Glendale, Ariz.Carey Price had 32 saves and Shea Weber had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, who won their second straight game. Free Guaranteed Sports Picks. The victory kicked off a three-game western road trip for Montrea l that concludes on Saturday at Dallas."It's definitely a road trip where you don't want to get back in the standings," Jonathan Drouin, who scored the final goal in the Wednesday night win, told NHL.com. "You don't want to get lost down there. For us, these points are important." Montreal, which improved to 3-1-2 on the road this season, swept the two meetings with Vegas last season and is 3-1-0 all-time against the Golden Knights. Sports Monitor. The Canadiens have won both meetings in Las Vegas, including a 4-3 overtime win last December when Phillip Danault scored a hat trick and Paul Byron potted the game-winner.--Field Level Media

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NBA Game Preview: Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 10/31/2019 - 9:35 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans - Date: 10/31/2019 Oct 30, 2019It's still early in the NBA season.That's what Denver guard Will Burton said after the Nuggets' first loss Tuesday night.It's also what the New Orleans Pelicans have been telling themselves after losing their first four games heading into a home matchup with the Nuggets on Thursday.After allowing an average of just 100.3 points in winning their first three games, the Nuggets gave up 60 in the first half and allowed nine players to score in double figures in a 109-106 home loss to Dallas."It's still really early in the season," Barton told the Denver Post. "We're still trying to figure things out. It just takes a little bit of time." Denver got off to slow starts offensively in its first three games, trailing at the end of the first quarter in each. But the defense kept the Nuggets in good position un til the offense came around.Then against the Mavericks, Denver started fine offensively, leading 31-27 after the first quarter and finishing with 61 first-half points.But it scored just 45 points in the second half, and its defense didn't hold up down the stretch."We never got defense into the game consistently enough," Nuggets coach Mike Malone said."We couldn't get stops when we needed (to)," forward Paul Millsap said. "(We had) too many layups, too many broken assignments. We just weren't disciplined enough." Denver hopes to finally play well offensively and defensively in the same game on Thursday after committing eight second-half turnovers against the Mavericks."(We need) a little bit more ball movement and a little bit more player movement," Millsap said. "We'll figure it out." It might take the Pelicans a while to figure out their issues after allowing an average of 128.3 points over their first four g ames.New Orleans was competitive in losing to the Raptors in overtime, and against the Mavericks and Rockets. But in Monday's home game against Golden State, it fell behind by 20 points in the second quarter and trailed by as many as 29 in a 134-123 loss."You look at the game, and you look at the score and you think, 'oh, it ended up being an 11-point game," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. "We were never in the game. We never had any chance at all to win, and I think that's the most disturbing thing to me." New Orleans scored 44 points in the fourth quarter and finished on a 24-6 run.Rookies Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker combined for 34 points and shot 15 of 22 from the field for the Pelicans."We just have so many new people," Hayes said. "I feel like just getting used to playing with each other, learning the defense, all that type of stuff will just help a lot more." Guard Jrue Holiday has missed the last two games because of a sprained knee, and center Derrick Favors sat out the game against Golden State because of knee soreness. Gentry said both would be game-time decisions.--Field Level Media

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NBA Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 10/31/2019 - 10:35 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers - Date: 10/31/2019 Oct 31, 2019Kawhi Leonard will try to lead his new team, the Los Angeles Clippers, to a win against one of his former teams, the visiting San Antonio Spurs, on Thursday night.After Leonard spent seven seasons in San Antonio, his relationship with the organization deteriorated, and he was traded in July 2018 to the Toronto Raptors in a deal that sent DeMar DeRozan to the Spurs.Leonard went on to lead the Raptors to their first NBA title last spring in a surprising six-game victory against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Hot Sports Handicappers. The Spurs, meanwhile, were eliminated in the first round by the Denver Nuggets.Leonard then signed with the Clippers in the offseason.In the first of their two head-to-head matchups last season, DeRozan delivered his first NBA triple-doubl e while leading the Spurs to a 125-107 victory in Leonard's return to San Antonio on Jan. 3.They met again on Feb. 22 in Toronto, and Leonard ripped the ball from DeRozan before scoring the go-ahead points on a dunk with 15 seconds left in the 120-117 win.The Clippers rested Leonard on Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City and faded in the second half of the 110-96 loss."Our goal is to have (Leonard) playing and being fresh all year, and we're doing that so far," Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters before the game against the Jazz.San Antonio is also being careful with the workload of Dejounte Murray, a first-round pick from 2016 who missed last season after tearing his ACL in the summer of 2018.Murray will sit out one of the two games in back-to-back situations this season -- the Spurs play at Golden State on Friday -- and will average about five minutes per quarter, at least through the first 10 games.Murray is averaging 14.7 points in 23 minutes through three games, but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he plans to stand firm on the medical staff's desire to limit Murray's exertion during the early part of this season."One game isn't that important to put him out there when the docs feel he shouldn't be," Popovich said after the win against Portland.San Antonio has been off since beating the visiting Portland Trail Blazers on Monday to improve to 3-0.Like the Clippers, the Spurs caught the Trail Blazers on the second night of back-to-back games, but it was Portland who had better legs down the stretch, cutting a 19-point deficit with 5:48 remaining to three with 40 seconds left. However, the Trail Blazers couldn't get any closer while falling 113-110.Two nights earlier, the Spurs were in a much tighter battle throughout the fourth quarter against the visiting Washington Wizards before hanging on for a 124-122 victory.The Clippers added more depth when shooting guard Rodney McGruder made his season debut against the Jazz after missing the first four games with an ankle injury. McGruder, who spent the past three seasons with the Miami Heat, missed all three field-goal attempts and went scoreless in 18 minutes.Lou Williams, getting a rare start, led Los Angeles with 24 points Wednesday.--Field Level Media

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NFL Game Preview: San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals - 10/31/2019 - 8:20 PM EST

NFL Game Preview: San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals - Date: 10/31/2019 Oct 30, 2019GLENDALE, Ariz. Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson remembers this version of the San Francisco 49ers. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The nine-year veteran broke into the NFL back in 2011 with Arizona and during his early years, the games against division rival San Francisco were always a difficult task. The Niners won 36 regular-season games from 2011-13 and made the Super Bowl in the 2012 season. ''To me, it resembles that same style of football,'' Peterson said. ''Building that team up front on both sides of the ball, taking their shots when they can and playing great defense. They have their personnel and they're playing some real good football. '' San Francisco (7-0) travels to face Arizona (3-4-1) on Thursday night and enters the ga me on quite a roll. The 49ers crushed the Carolina Panthers 51-13 on Sunday and have been plowing through their schedule with one of the league's best defenses. Arizona is coming off a 31-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. That dud ended a three-game winning streak for the Cardinals, who knocked off the Bengals, Falcons and Giants in consecutive weeks before the setback in New Orleans. Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray said that after Sunday's poor performance, the team is eager to get back on the field, especially at home. ''That should be fun. Wearing all black, Thursday night, real first prime-time game for us,'' Murray said. ''Just really trying to go out there and put on a show and protect home. '' CONDENSED SCHEDULEThe Niners took a different approach this week with a Thursday game. The coaches slept at the facility to get as much work on the game plan done as possible. For the players, sleep was the priori ty. San Francisco didn't practice Monday and then had a walkthrough on Tuesday under the stadium lights rather than the usual afternoon practice. ''I feel like sleep is so important on these quick turnarounds, so we wanted the guys to sleep in a little bit more than usual,'' coach Kyle Shanahan said. Soccer Handicappers. Then the team planned a quick practice Wednesday before flying to Arizona. RAGGED RUNNING GAMEArizona's three-game winning streak was built on a balanced offense, with the team leaning on the running back duo of David Johnson and Chase Edmonds. Now both players are injured and the Cardinals have had to adjust in a hurry. With Edmonds (hamstring) out and Johnson (ankle) questionable for Thursday's game, the Cardinals traded for Kenyan Drake on Monday, giving up a conditional sixth-round pick in 2020. Free Predictions.  The 25-year-old Drake joins Alfred Morris and Zach Zenner, who were signed last week because of injuries, in the running back rotation. He'll have to learn the offense in less than 72 hours to have an impact. ''It's actually funny - the longest-tenured running back here who is healthy has been here in six days,'' Drake said. ''We've all got a learning curve, but we're helping each other out. '' BOSA VS. MURRAYThis marks the first of what should be several meetings between the top two picks in the 2019 draft. Both teams are pleased with their choices with Murray off to a solid start in Arizona after being picked first and defensive end Nick Bosa dominating in San Francisco as the second pick. Bosa became the third rookie to get three sacks and an interception in a game last week against Carolina and now gets a tougher test chasing down the mobile Murray. ''I try to keep my eyes on my work, which is the offensi ve lineman, which helps me beat offensive linemen,'' Bosa said. ''But with a quarterback like this, you have to have eyes on the backfield and you have to know what his tendencies are when it comes to escaping so you can counter it. '' CAREFUL CARDINALSArizona has had no turnovers over the past four games, which is tied for the longest streak in franchise history. The ball security is remarkable considering the Cardinals are playing with a rookie quarterback and several young players at other skill positions. Murray has thrown four interceptions this year and the Cardinals haven't lost a fumble. The four turnovers through eight games are the fewest in the NFL. SHERMAN VS. FITZSan Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman and Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald have had plenty of meetings over the years as NFC West rivals. The two have faced off 14 times since Sherman entered the league with Seattle in 2011 and are often matched up against each other. Fitzgerald has 77 catches for 882 yards and three TDs in those games and the two have formed a close relationship over that time. ''I appreciate going against him the most,'' Sherman said. ''He always gives great challenges. '' --- Sports Writer Josh Dubow in Santa Clara, California, contributed to this story. ---More NFL: https://apnews. com/NFL and https://twitter. com/-NFL

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NHL Game Preview: Calgary Flames vs. Nashville Predators - 10/31/2019 - 8:05 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Calgary Flames vs. Nashville Predators - Date: 10/31/2019 The Nashville Predators made a big investment on Tuesday, and they did it in an area in which the club already excels -- defense.The Predators signed defenseman Roman Josi to an eight-year, $72.472 million contract that will keep the Swiss blueliner in the Music City through the 2027-28 season.Josi and the Predators host the Calgary Flames on Thursday in the first meeting of the season between the teams.If there is one aspect of the game that Nashville general manager David Poile focuses on frequently, it is securing the back end of his lineup -- starting with goaltender Pekka Rinne and moving out into the rear guard.Last Nov. 3, on Rinne's 36th birthday, Poile inked the Finnish netminder to a two-year, $10 million contract extension.Later that night against Boston, Rinne -- the franchise's record-holder for most wins and shutouts -- blanked Boston 1-0 in a 26-save performance.On Tuesday it was Josi who had his turn, as Poile and the organization made a sizable commitment to their captain."Roman Josi is one of the top defensemen in the National Hockey League and our team leader as captain," Poile said. "As he enters his prime, we look forward to Roman continuing to showcase his elite skills in Smashville and guiding our team in pursuit of the ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup." While Josi, 29, has been strong in his defensive responsibilities, he has been even better providing offense for the Central Division team.Josi's 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 12 games tied him for third among the NHL's defensemen entering Wednesday's games. Fellow blueliner Ryan Ellis (two goals, 11 assists) also has a baker's dozen.Nick Bonino scored all three goals for his third career hat trick, and Rinne posted 20 saves for his 57th career shutout in Tuesday night's 3-0 win over the Chicago B lackhawks.It was the Predators' season-high fourth straight victory, and Rinne recorded his second consecutive shutout.Calgary led 1-0 over the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N. C., on Tuesday, but the Flames couldn't make Elias Lindholm's eighth tally stand up.In fact, they gave up a pair of goals -- one on a marker that is an early Goal of the Year candidate -- in a 2-1 loss to the Metropolitan team.At 6-6-2 through 14 games, Calgary is treading water and on pace for an 82-point campaign, which would have the Flames solely concerned about next June's draft in Montreal.In the Carolina loss, Calgary failed to score a power-play goal for the first time in four games and managed just four third-period shots. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. The buzz afterward was all about Andrei Svechnikov's dazzling lacrosse-style goal that evened the game at 1.The Hurricanes' left winger placed hi s stick flat on the ice, scooped the puck onto the blade and wrapped the puck into the net past Calgary netminder David Rittich."They were skating better than us, they were all over us," Flames right winger Matthew Tkachuk said. "They took it to us and had all the momentum in the world, and (Svechnikov) scored an awesome goal there." --Field Level Media

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NBA Game Preview: Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks - 10/31/2019 - 7:05 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks - Date: 10/31/2019 Oct 30, 2019The Miami Heat will have their star in the lineup Thursday for their rematch with Atlanta, but the Hawks will be missing their elite player.Jimmy Butler, acquired as part of a sign-and-trade over the summer, made his Miami debut on Tuesday and led the Heat to a 112-97 win over Atlanta.Meanwhile, the Hawks lost point guard Trae Young, the NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Young injured his ankle on Tuesday and won't play when the teams get together again at Atlanta's State Farm Arena.Butler scored 12 points in the first quarter and finished with 21 in his first game with his new team, a debut that was put on hold due to the arrival of his newborn daughter."All good things," Butler said. "We won. Obviously, I'm a father, but I'm blessed beyond measure. I get to play basketball with some incredible guys, for an incredible organization. Life is good right now." Butler's late arrival allowed rookie Tyler Herro to get off to a great start. In his first game as a non-starter, he came off the bench to score a career-high 29. Goran Dragic, who has become the team's sixth man, scored 21 on Tuesday.Miami's Kendrick Nunn has made history in the first four games of his rookie season. He scored 17 on Tuesday, giving him 84 points, the most by any Miami player in his first four NBA games as a member of the Heat. Free Predictions. The previous best was 73 by Willie Burton to begin the 1990-91 season.Young was injured in the second quarter of Tuesday's game in Miami. He came down awkwardly on his right ankle and needed help getting off the court. He did not return and afterward was seen on crutches with his ankle wrapped. He will be re-evaluated on Monday."It's definitely something that they want me to sta y off it as much as possible right now, so not putting too much weight on it," Young said.That leaves the Hawks in trouble at point guard. Veteran backup Evan Turner missed Tuesday's game with pain in his left Achilles. If he can't go, that leaves Atlanta with rookies Cam Reddish and De'Andre Hunter or Tyrone Wallace, who the team claimed off waivers on Oct. 23."(Young has) got 80-something games under his belt," Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce said. "Cam's got four. Kevin (Huerter) is coming off injury and De'Andre's got four. So, we're going to miss anybody, at this stage in our career. Profitable Sports Handicappers. Trae's an elite player and he's our primary ball handler. Track Handicappers. Those other guys will be fine, we've just got to get them some games." Young's scor ing also will be missed. He is averaging 26.8 points, as well as 7.3 assists. More will be expected of John Collins, the third-year power forward. Collins is averaging 18.3 points and 9.3 rebounds. Collins scored 30 and made a career-high five 3-pointers against the Heat on Tuesday.This is the second of four games between the two clubs this year; they won't play again until Dec. 10 in Miami. The Hawks won three of their four meetings against the Heat last season, but Miami has won the past two games. Atlanta has a two-game winning streak on its home court.--Field Level Media

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NBA Game Recap: Phoenix Suns (121) vs. Golden State Warriors (110) - 10/30/2019

NBA Game Recap: Phoenix Suns (121) vs. Golden State Warriors (110) - Date: 10/30/2019 Oct 31, 2019SAN FRANCISCO In what has already been a rough start to the season for the Warriors, now Stephen Curry is down. A two-time MVP, Golden State's longest-tenured player and its oldest at age 31. Free Sports Picks. The heart and soul of his team.Curry broke his left hand and became the latest injured Warriors player when he fell hard in the third quarter of another embarrassing defeat by Golden State, 121-110 to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. A CT scan will determine whether Curry needs surgery, the Warriors said.''I just feel bad for him,'' Suns coach Monty Williams said. ''When these guys who are the faces of the league go down it's not good for the league, but especially someone like Steph, who's done so much to raise the level of e xcitement here in the Bay Area and throughout the league.'' Curry drove to his left defended by Kelly Oubre Jr. and with big man Aron Baynes standing solidly in the paint. Curry leapt with the ball then came down head first landing awkwardly on his hands to brace himself from the court, with Baynes crashing onto Curry's left hand. Curry grimaced in pain grabbing at his fingers then walked to the locker room with 8:31 left in the third quarter.''Aron Baynes came up after the game and just wanted to know how Steph was doing,'' coach Steve Kerr said. ''You could tell he felt really bad. It's just a random basketball play, so stuff happens.'' Baynes had 24 points, 12 rebounds seven assists and three blocked shots, Devin Booker scored 31 points as the Suns jumped out to a huge lead they never relinquished. Money Cappers. The Warriors have lost badly in their first two home games at sparkling new Chase Center.The ailing, undermanned Warriors welcomed back two players but still fell behind 39-11 shooting 4 for 17 as the Suns made 14 of their first 23 shots and 8 of 12 3-pointers.Curry had nine points on 3-for-11 shooting before getting hurt.Losing Curry for an extended period would be a huge blow for a young Warriors team.''Of course it hurts knowing that Steph Curry's down,'' said rookie Eric Paschall, who made his first career start and scored a team-high 20 points. ''... Sports Bettors Email Leads. That's a very, very valuable piece of our team but I feel like we're going to stay positive.'' Golden State is struggling to start the season with Kevin Durant's departure to Brooklyn and Klay Thompson out for perhaps the entire season recovering from July 2 surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.This was another rough one after an emb arrassing season opener in the first game at Chase Center, a 141-122 loss to the Clippers last Thursday that saw some fans leaving after the third quarter.Golden State returned home with a 1-2 record and amid a stretch with five games over seven days and two back-to-backs.The Warriors trailed 72-46 at halftime Wednesday after falling behind 70-37 at the break in Oklahoma City on Sunday.Golden State center Willie Cauley-Stein, who missed all of training camp with a sprain in his left foot, had 12 points and five rebounds in his Golden State debut. He checked in for the first time at the 8:23 mark of the first quarter.LGBTQ NIGHTThe Warriors held LGBTQ Night with a panel following the game featuring Golden State COO Rick Welts - the first openly gay NBA executive - WNBA and Olympic champion Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm and her partner, Megan Rapinoe, of the World Cup-winning U. S. women's soccer team.Kerr tried to connect with Rapinoe over the summer to have her speak to the World Cup basketball team he coached that went to China. It didn't work out but he hoped to get a few minutes with her Wednesday.''She's such an incredible athlete and advocate and Sue has been one of the best women's players in the game for a long time,'' Kerr said. ''I know Rick is close with both of them so it's important I think, especially on a night like tonight where we're celebrating the idea of being accepting of everyone, it's great to have them here.'' The women also spoke to members of the Warriors organization earlier in the day.Bird and the U. S. women's basketball team play at Stanford on Saturday.TIP-INSSuns: Phoenix beat Golden State for just the third time in the last 21 regular-season meetings. ... The Suns' 115-111 win at Golden State on March 10 this year snapped an 18-game losing streak to the Warriors and a 14-game road skid in the series. ... Suns assistant coach Willie Green spent th e past three years with the Warriors.Warriors: Kerr said F Kevon Looney, who missed his fourth straight game because of a right hamstring injury, is scheduled to be evaluated early next week by a team of specialists because of an ''on-going presence of a neuropathic condition in his body, which has a direct correlation to his recent injury.'' Looney is limited to controlled workouts with the training staff for now. ''He's frustrated and we're frustrated for him,'' Kerr said. ... Alec Burks, who missed all five preseason games and the first three of the regular season, also returned for the Warriors and scored seven points in his first game with Golden State. ... G Jacob Evans III sat out Wednesday after exiting Monday against the Pelicans in the first quarter with a left adductor strain.UP NEXTSuns: At Grizzlies on Saturday.Warriors: Host Spurs on Friday in the first of two games in two nights with Charlotte visiting Saturday night.-- -More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NBA Game Recap: Los Angeles Clippers (96) vs. Utah Jazz (110) - 10/30/2019

NBA Game Recap: Los Angeles Clippers (96) vs. Utah Jazz (110) - Date: 10/30/2019 Oct 31, 2019SALT LAKE CITY The Utah Jazz had to kick Mike Conley out of the gym Wednesday morning.Conley kept shooting until the coaching staff pleaded for him to ''save something for the game.'' Turns out, he had plenty left.Conley snapped an early season slump with 29 points and the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 110-96 on Wednesday night with Kawhi Leonard sitting out.''I just wanted to get back to who I am,'' Conley said. ''I hit one, hit two and could feel going. I felt the energy from the crowd and my teammates and said, yes, this is the game.'' Conley had 18 points in the third quarter as the Jazz scored 40 in the period and took a 90-71 lead. Utah (4-1) has won three in a row.Leonard missed the game for scheduled rest, though coach Doc Rivers has said his star forward has been healthy and energized. Best Sports Picks Today. The Clippers play the second half of a back-to-back Thursday against San Antonio in Los Angeles.Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points, Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 and Rudy Gobert 13. But, collectively, the Jazz were determined to get Conley on track.''Just trying to get Mike open,'' Gobert said. ''He did a great job reading the defense and making all the shots, driving the lane.'' Lou Williams paced the Clippers (3-2) with 24 points, 16 before halftime.The matchup of one of the league's top defenses against one of the top offenses lost some its luster without Leonard, but the Jazz showed how potent they could be with 55 percent shooting while holding their opponents below 100 points for the fifth straight game.''Our guys take pride on the defensive end,'' Utah coach Quin Snyder said. ''We were better on the ball, in pursuit of t he ball handlers and got some contests (in the third quarter).'' JaMychal Green, who had 23 points, led his fellow Clipper reserves in a fourth-quarter rally, cutting a 23-point edge to 99-89. Conley responded with a 3-pointer and a lob to Gobert for a dunk.''Second half, they made some tough shots,'' Patrick Beverly said. ''They made the shots that we wanted them to take.'' Conley struggled in his first four games with Utah after playing 12 years in Memphis, including a 1-for-16 shooting performance in the opener and an 0-for-7 outing in the last game. In recent days, he admitted it has taken more time than he expected to feel comfortable with the Jazz plays and terminology.''As much as I tried not to, I was pressing. I have to say some doubt crept in. It was consuming,'' Conley said.When Conley hit a 3-pointer and followed it with a tough layup high off the backboard in third quarter, he pumped his fist and yelled to the rafters. When Los Angeles called timeout, the entire Jazz bench leaped off the bench and ran onto the court to greet the point guard.''It's a big relief and I've really wanted to start playing like I'm used to. I hope this is the beginning of the positive Mike,'' Conley said.A few minutes later, Conley hit a high-arcing 3-pointer and motioned for the crowd to get louder. Cheers rang out and then turned into chants of ''Con-ley, Con-ley, Con-ley''.''I've never experienced that before in 13 years of playing basketball. It was special and I could tell the crowd was feeling like I was, just waiting and had a lot of energy built up,'' Conley said.After just nine made field goals in his first four games, Conley made 11 of 17 shots, including five 3-pointers, and had five assists with a season-low two turnovers.''Mike's a pretty calm guy but when he was screaming and yelling, once we saw that, we were f eeding of it,'' Mitchell said.The Jazz were hot from the start and led by 14 points early in the second quarter. Sports Cappers. The Clippers trimmed the advantage to 52-51 at halftime.TIP INSClippers: Williams, who has won the Sixth Man of the Year award a record three times, started the game. ''Lou has no problem starting or coming off the bench,'' Rivers said. ... LA had 20 turnovers. ... Rivers lamented not having Leonard and Paul George, who continues his rehabilitation: ''Having guys back at home. Fighting Predictions. That's a lot of points sitting out of the game for us.'' ... Rookie Terrance Mann scored the first points of his career and finished with four points and five assists.Jazz: Dante Exum is still inactive as he recovers from knee surgery. ... Utah had a season-high 13 steals. ... Gober t had two blocks and reached 900 rejections in his career.UP NEXTClippers host the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.Jazz visit Sacramento Kings on Friday night.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NBA Game Recap: Charlotte Hornets (118) vs. Sacramento Kings (111) - 10/30/2019

NBA Game Recap: Charlotte Hornets (118) vs. Sacramento Kings (111) - Date: 10/30/2019 Oct 31, 2019SACRAMENTO, Calif. P. J. Washington scored 23 points to lead seven Charlotte players in double figures and the Hornets rallied from 14 down to beat the winless Sacramento Kings 118-111 on Wednesday night.Terry Rozier had 22 points, six assists and five rebounds for Charlotte, which hadn't won since beating Chicago in the season-opener. Football Picks Today. The Hornets set a franchise-record with 23 3-pointers against the Bulls and had another big night beyond the arc against Sacramento, going 16 of 32.Cody Zeller added 12 points and 15 rebounds for Charlotte (2-3) while Malik Monk scored 18.Buddy Hield scored 23 points and Harrison Barnes had 22 for the Kings. Sacramento (0-5) is off to its worst start since 1990-91 when the Kings lost their first seven on t he way to a 25-57 record.The Hornets trailed 49-35 midway through the second quarter but closed within 66-61 at halftime, then took control in the third quarter. Rozier, Monk and Miles Bridges each made two 3-pointers, and Devonte Graham added a pair of free throws that made it 93-84.TIP-INSHornets: Nicolas Batum (broken middle finger) missed his third straight game after being hurt in the opener. Batum, who is expected to miss 3-4 weeks, has been able to practice while wearing a protective splint.Kings: De'Aaron Fox had 16 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. ... Sacramento's 14-point lead in the second quarter was its biggest of the season. Make Money Betting Sports. The Kings had not led by more than 11 in its first four games. ... Marvin Bagley III (right thumb fracture) and Harry Giles (left knee soreness) did not play.HOLMES EARNS STARTRichaun Holmes has been Sacramento's most active player this season, which led coach Luke Walton to start him for the first time this season in place of 7-foot center Dewayne Dedmon. It paid off, as Holmes scored 11 of his 17 points in the first half. Holmes also had seven rebounds.GOING DEEPThe Hornets made eight 3-pointers in the third quarter - one more than they had in the first half.WILD THINGCharlotte guard Dwayne Bacon attempted a cross-court pass that sailed three rows into the stands in the third quarter.UP NEXTHornets: Play at Golden State on Saturday. Charlotte lost both games against the Warriors last season.Kings: Host Utah on Friday. Sports Picking Services. The Jazz have won seven straight in Sacramento.--More NBA:?https://apnews.com/tag/NBA?and?https://twitter.com/-Sports

MLB Game Recap: Washington Nationals (6) vs. Houston Astros (2) - 10/30/2019

MLB Game Recap: Washington Nationals (6) vs. Houston Astros (2) - Date: 10/30/2019 Nationals top Astros in Game 7 to win 1st World Series titleHOUSTON Almost out of contention in May, champs in October.Howie Kendrick, Anthony Rendon and the Washington Nationals completed their amazing comeback journey - fittingly with one last late rally on the road.In Game 7 of the World Series, no less.Kendrick and Rendon homered in the seventh inning as the Nationals overcame a two-run deficit, rocking the Houston Astros 6-2 Wednesday night to win the first title in franchise history.With all eyes on Max Scherzer and his remarkable recovery after a painkilling injection, these Nationals truly embraced their shot in the only Series when the road team won every game.Even more against the odds: Juan Soto and Washington came from behind to win five elimination games this postseason, an unprecedented feat.''What a story,'' said Rya n Zimmerman, the Nationals' initial draft pick back in 2005.''I hope D. C.'s ready for us to come home!''World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg, new lefty Patrick Corbin and the Nats brought the first World Series championship to the nation's capital since ol' Walter Johnson delivered the crown for the Senators in 1924.This franchise started out as the Montreal Expos in 1969 when the major leagues expanded beyond the border, putting a team with tricolor caps at jaunty Jarry Park. Free Sports Picks Daily. They moved to D. C. in 2005, ending Washington's three-decade-plus wait for big league baseball after the Senators left town to become the Texas Rangers.But the incredible path these wild-card Nationals with the curly W logo took, well, no one could have imagined.''Resilient, relentless bunch of guys,'' manager Dave Martinez said. ''They fought all year long.& #39;' Having lost star slugger Bryce Harper to free agency and beset by bullpen woes, Washington plummeted to 19-31 in late May. It got so bad there was talk around town the Nationals might fire Martinez and trade away Scherzer.Instead, they stuck with the mantra that sprung up on T-shirts - Stay In The Fight.''That was out motto,'' Scherzer said.And months later they finished it, indeed.''Guess what? We stayed in the fight. We won the fight!'' Martinez shouted during the trophy celebration on the field.''We were down and out. We were 19-31. We didn't quit then, we weren't going to quit now,'' he said.For the 43,326 revved-up fans at Minute Maid Park, it was a combination of shock and disappointment. So close to seeing the Astros win their second title in three years, they watched their chance suddenly vanish as Houston fell apart.''I've got a group of heartbroken men in there that did everything they co uld to try to bring a World Series championship to this city. And we fell one win shy,'' Astros manager AJ Hinch said.''Let's be honest, there's 28 other teams that would love to have our misery today. We play to get here. We play to have an opportunity to win it all. And I just told our team, it's hard to put into words and remember all the good that happened because right now we feel as bad as you can possibly feel,'' he added.Washington kept pulling away after taking the lead, with Adam Eaton's two-run single in the ninth accounting for the final margin.Zack Greinke was in complete control until Rendon - a Houston prep and college star - hit a home run that cut Houston's lead to 2-1 in the seventh.When Soto followed with a one-out walk, manager AJ Hinch decided to make a move. He'd had ace starter Gerrit Cole warming up in the bullpen earlier, but this call was for Will Harris.Kendrick connected on the second pitch, slicing a drive that hit the screen attached to the right field foul pole. Just like that, everything had changed for the team in orange that led the majors in wins, and the ballpark fell silent.For Kendrick, another timely blow. At 36, playing on the oldest team in the majors, the journeyman earned the NL Championship Series MVP award against St. Louis after hitting the winning grand slam in the 10th inning of the deciding Game 5 in the Division Series at Dodger Stadium.Then again, this was nothing new for the Nationals.Washington rallied in the eighth to beat Milwaukee in the wild-card game and took the last two to beat Los Angeles in the NLDS, setting up a sweep of the Cardinals in the NLCS.Far away, a big crowd poured into Nationals Park for a watch party. Sports Handicapper King. That was the stadium where Houston hammered the Nats for three games last weekend, but their luck changed in Texas.''The way this ga me went is the way our whole season went,'' said Zimmerman, the last player left from the 2005 Nationals team that debuted in Washington.This World Series had lacked a lot of drama, aside from a volatile call of interference in Washington's Game 6 win that stoked heated debate across the sports world. Who knew rule 5.09(a)(11) could stir such passion?With Greinke and Scherzer grunting on every pitch, Game 7 was a classic duel from the start.Yuli Gurriel put the Astros ahead with a home run in the second and Carlos Correa added an RBI single off Scherzer that made it 2-0 in the fifth.Scherzer was done after the fifth, but he had done his job to keep it close. Only a few days earlier, the three-time Cy Young Award winner had been unable to lift his right arm because of nerve irritation near his neck.Daniel Hudson, released by the Angels in March, closed it out for the Nationals, who made Houston pay for stranding so many runners on base all game. Hudson struck out Michael Brantley for the last out, then threw his glove to start the celebration.For the Astros, who brought baseball into the Space Age with their far-out Astrodome and AstroTurf, and helped zoom the game into the galaxy of the Analytics Era, it was a startling end.Houston shares a spring training complex in Florida with the Nationals and reported to camp in February full of high hopes.The Astros breezed to the AL West title, edged Tampa Bay in a five-game ALDS and topped the Yankees in the ALCS. NHL Handicappers. They played through front-office fiasco, which led to the firing of an executive for a boorish rant at female reporters during a clubhouse celebration.UP NEXTThe Astros and Nationals start training side-by-side in a few months and open exhibition play with a World Series rematch on Feb. 22 at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. They met in their Grapefruit League opener this year and Scherzer gave up a home run to the first batter of the game.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NBA Game Recap: Houston Rockets (159) vs. Washington Wizards (158) - 10/30/2019

NBA Game Recap: Houston Rockets (159) vs. Washington Wizards (158) - Date: 10/30/2019 Oct 30, 2019WASHINGTON James Harden scored 59 points and made one of two free throws with 2.4 seconds to play to give the Houston Rockets a 159-158 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.Bradley Beal scored 46 points for Washington, hitting three throws with 8.1 seconds left to tie it at 158.Harden was 18 of 32 from the field, 6 of 14 from 3-point range, and made 17 of 18 free throws. He also had nine assists in 37 minutes.Russell Westbrook had had just three points in the first three quarters, then scored 14 in the fourth quarter and finished with his second triple-double of the season. He had 12 assists and 10 rebounds.Clint Capela added 21 points and 12 rebounds to help Houston improved to 3-1.Rui Hachimura had 23 points in his home debut for the Wizards, Davis Bertans added 21 and Washington shot 62.6% from the field. Sports Free Picks. The Wizards dropped to 1-3.Hachimura, the highest drafted Japanese-born player in NBA history, had lots of fans in his home debut, including Shinsuke Sugiyama, the Japanese ambassador to the U. S.Washington coach Scott Brooks coached Harden and Westbrook for three seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder and is intrigued to see what the two, who were reunited in the offseason, can do with Houston.''They're going to do wonderful things together,'' Brooks predicts.TIP-INSRockets: F P. J. Sports Handicapper Tracker. Tucker began the season with three games of at least 15 points. ''He's so important that he was a couple of minutes late for the plane, and I told the guys, `We're waiting for him. He's the only guy shooting the ball,''' coach Mike D'Antoni joked. ... G Austin Rivers was assessed a technical foul in the fourth quarter.Wizards: F Troy Brown had 14 points in his first game. Brown missed the first three games with a left calf injury. ... G C. J. Miles (left foot) has been assigned to the G League Capital City Go-Go on a rehab assignment. . F Admiral Schofield has also been sent to the Go-Go and G Justin Robinson has been recalled from the G League.UP NEXTRockets: At Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.Wizards: Host Minnesota on Saturday night.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NBA Game Recap: Portland Trail Blazers (102) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (99) - 10/30/2019

NBA Game Recap: Portland Trail Blazers (102) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (99) - Date: 10/30/2019 Oct 30, 2019OKLAHOMA CITY Damian Lillard had 23 points and 13 assists to help the Portland Trail Blazers hold off the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Wednesday night.Lillard made 4 of 15 shots the first three quarters, but he made three 3-pointers in an 86-second flurry in the fourth that turned a three-point deficit into a five-point lead. Baseball Predictions. The Trail Blazers led the rest of the way.C. J. McCollum scored 22 points and Kent Bazemore added 14 for the Trail Blazers.Chris Paul scored 21 points, Dennis Schroder scored 17 and Nerlens Noel added 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunder.It was a rematch of last season's first-round playoff series, which the Trail Blazers took in five games. Only three of the 10 players who started Game 5 started on Wednesday, largely because of roster turnover.Portland led 49-44 at halftime. Sports Handicapper Leaderboard. The Trail Blazers shot 38.1% in the first half while the Thunder shot 35%. Lillard made just 2 of 8 shots in the first half and scored seven points.A 3-pointer by Paul tied the game at 53 early in the third quarter, and then he made a jumper to put the Thunder ahead by two. Sports Picking Services. The Thunder took a 69-68 lead into the final period.Diallo grabbed three offensive rebounds on one possession before finally scoring to put the Thunder up 79-76, and Mike Muscala's layup on an assist from Paul put the Thunder up by five before the Trail Blazers rallied.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Held the Thunder to 27.8% shooting in the first quarter to take a 24-17 lead. ... C Hassan Whiteside left the game late in the second quart er after injuring his left knee. He later returned. He finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.Thunder: C Steven Adams sat out with a left knee contusion. Coach Billy Donovan said Adams will be re-evaluated on Thursday. ... Muscala made 2 of 9 shots and scored four points. ... G Hamidou Diallo had a career-high 10 rebounds to go with 12 points.UP NEXTThe Trail Blazers host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.The Thunder host the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NBA Game Recap: Detroit Pistons (113) vs. Toronto Raptors (125) - 10/30/2019

NBA Game Recap: Detroit Pistons (113) vs. Toronto Raptors (125) - Date: 10/30/2019 Oct 30, 2019TORONTO Raptors forward Pascal Siakam scored 30 points five times last season, when he played in 80 games.Thanks to a huge third quarter Wednesday night, Siakam already has an NBA-leading three 30-point performances in five games this season.Siakam finished with 30 points, including 19 in the third, and Fred VanVleet had 13 points and 11 assists as Toronto beat the Detroit Pistons 125-113 for its fourth victory in five games.Siakam made eight of 12 shots in the third, including three of four from 3-point range, as the defending NBA champions outscored Detroit 37-27 to take a 101-85 lead into the fourth.''I feel comfortable,'' Siakam said. ''The more I get in situations like that, the more comfortable I get. Just having the coach trust me to have the ball in my hands, and my teammates also, it feels good.' 9; Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Siakam is becoming ''a prime-time scorer.'' Siakam took half of Toronto's 24 shots in the third.''He wanted the ball every possession,'' Toronto guard Kyle Lowry said.Lowry scored 20 points, Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell each had 19 and OG Anonuby added 13 for the Raptors. Sports Handicapping Monitor. Toronto shot 59% from the field (51 for 86), its best mark of the season. Siakam finished 13 of 21, Ibaka went 9 for 15 and Powell was 7 for 10.''Our individual defense was lacking,'' Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. ''Whoever was out there, we weren't guarding them.'' Detroit also committed 20 turnovers, leading to 29 points for Toronto.''You can't survive that,'' Casey said.Andre Drummond had 21 points and 22 rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost three of four. Derrick Rose added 16 points an d 10 assists.Langston Galloway scored 17 points and Markieff Morris had 16 as Casey finished on the losing end of a Pistons-Raptors game for the first time in three seasons.Casey coached Toronto to four wins over Detroit during the 2017-18 season but was fired after the Raptors lost in the second round of the playoffs.After being chosen NBA Coach of the Year for his 59-win regular season with Toronto, Casey ended up being hired by the Pistons. Detroit won all three meetings with the Raptors last season, including a 106-104 victory north of the border last November in Casey's return to Toronto.Siakam scored nine points in the first as the Raptors led 37-28 after one.Morris scored nine points in the second but Lowry and Powell each had six for the Raptors, who led 64-58 at halftime.Siakam had seven straight points as Toronto outscored Detroit 15-4 over the first 4:11 of the second half, turning a six-point edge into a commanding 79-62 lead.TIP-INSPistons: G Reggie Jackson (lower back tightness) did not accompany the team to Toronto. ... F Sekou Doumbouya (concussion protocol) missed his fifth straight game. ... F Blake Griffin (hamstring and knee injuries) traveled with the team to Toronto and participated in the morning shootaround.Raptors: C Marc Gasol banged his left knee in a first-quarter collision but returned in the second. ... Anunoby made his first five shots.FAST AND FURIOUSToronto outscored Detroit 23-11 on fast-break points. It's the fourth time in five games Toronto has scored 20 or more fast-break points.20-20Drummond had 20 or more points and 20 or more rebounds in the same game for the second time this season and 34th time in his career.SPECIAL BONDLowry said he still shares a bond with Casey.''He's always going to be real special to me, no matter where he is or what part of life we're both in,'' Lowry said.MAKING HIS CASECasey hadn't been the losing coach in a meeting between the teams since a 102-101 Detroit win in Toronto on Feb. 12, 2017, when Stan Van Gundy coached the visitors.MILESTONE MOMENTThis was the 5,000th game in Pistons history. Sports Experts. They are 2,422-2,578 since their 1957 debut.UP NEXTPistons: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Friday.Raptors: At the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NHL Game Recap: Edmonton Oilers (4) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (1) - 10/30/2019

NHL Game Recap: Edmonton Oilers (4) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (1) - Date: 10/30/2019 GAMETRACKERBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECLIVEBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSDraisaitl, Oilers roll past Blue Jackets 4-1COLUMBUS, Ohio Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist, Mike Smith stopped 23 shots and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Wednesday night.James Neal and Jujhar Khaira also scored for the Oilers, who had dropped two in a row. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added two assists.Draisaitl's second goal, his team-leading 12th of the season, chased Joonas Korpisalo, who had his second lackluster outing in a row. He allowed four goals on Edmonton's first 12 shots before he was replaced by Elvis Merlikins, who finished with 19 saves.Zach Werenski scored for the Blue Jackets in their second consecutive loss after going 4-0-2 in the previous six games.Neal got his 11th goal when he snapped in a power-play shot from the left c ircle off a pass from Draisaitl 9:11 into the game. Late in the first period, Draisaitl beat Korpisalo from the right circle seconds after a power play ended.The Oilers opened a 3-0 lead 1:20 into the second when Khaira tapped home a rebound that trickled through Korpisalo's legs.Columbus got on the board on its first power play. Werenski converted a one-timer from the slot at 6:55 of the second.NOTES: Draisaitl has nine points in his past four games. He got his 200th assist on Neal's first-period goal. ... Smith started after Mikko Koskinen played Tuesday. ... Columbus D Markus Nutivaara returned after missing two games with a lower-body injury. ... Entering the game, both teams were 5-0-0 when scoring first. ... Korpisalo played in his 100th NHL game. ... Oilers F Riley Sheahan left the game. No reason was given. ... Werenski scored his 41st career regular-season goal to tie Rostislav Klesla for the most ever by a Blue Jackets defenseman.UP NEXTOilers: At Pittsburg h on Saturday.Blue Jackets: At St. Louis on Friday.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports---Follow Mitch Stacy on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mitchstacy

NBA Game Recap: Indiana Pacers (118) vs. Brooklyn Nets (108) - 10/30/2019

NBA Game Recap: Indiana Pacers (118) vs. Brooklyn Nets (108) - Date: 10/30/2019 Oct 30, 2019NEW YORK Domantas Sabonis scored 29 points, Jeremy Lamb added 25 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 118-108 on Wednesday night for their first victory on five games this season.Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points and 13 assists for Indiana.Kyrie Irving led Brooklyn with 28 points, Spencer Dinwiddie had 20 and Caris LeVert 15. Sports Picks for Today. The Nets have lost two in a row to fall to 1-3.The Pacers took their largest lead at 112-96 on Brogdan's 3-pointer with 4:43 remaining.Indiana took a 90-83 lead into the fourth quarter, with Sabonis and Lamb each scoring seven points in the third.TIP-INSPacers: Coach Nate McMillan vowed to continue using a frontcourt tandem of Myles Turner and Sabonis for the season. ''That's what we're going with. We signe d Domantas to an extension and these are the bigs we're going into the future with. Gambling Profit. This is something that we decided on giving this a look and a try this season.'' ... Victor Oladipo (right knee surgery rehab) and Edmond Sumner (sore right hand) were out for Indiana. ... Sports Picking Services. Turner sprained his right ankle at the 2:19 mark of the first quarter and was assisted to the locker room.Nets: Coach Kenny Atkinson briefly addressed ESPN's story on Irving's interactions with his teammates. ''I know all these elite players, not just Kyrie, are used to the scrutiny. It's just part of the business. I didn't feel the need to talk to him about it.'' ... Wilson Chandler (NBA suspension) and Kevin Durant (right Achilles rehab) were out for Brooklyn.GIANTS GREAT IN AT TENDANCETwo-time Super Bowl champion Justin Tuck sat courtside.UP NEXTPacers: Host Cleveland on Friday night.Nets: Host Houston on Friday night.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NBA Game Recap: Milwaukee Bucks (105) vs. Boston Celtics (116) - 10/30/2019

NBA Game Recap: Milwaukee Bucks (105) vs. Boston Celtics (116) - Date: 10/30/2019 Oct 30, 2019BOSTON Kemba Walker had 21 of his 32 points in the second half and the Boston Celtics rallied to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-105 on Wednesday night.Jayson Tatum added 25 points, Gordon Hayward had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Marcus Smart finished with 19 points and six assists.Milwaukee dominated in the first half, leading 19. But the Celtics responded in the third quarter, using a 26-7 run over the final 6:38 of the period to take an 80-76 edge into the fourth.Boston kept that momentum, beginning the final period with an 11-4 run to open a 91-80 lead.Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 26 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points and 14 rebounds, but the reigning MVP lost his composure late, first picking up a hard foul on Smart and then a technical foul in the final minute.The Celtics started Daniel Theis at center and the defens ive-minded Smart at guard with Jaylen Brown out with an illness and Enes Kanter sidelined for the third straight game with a bruised left knee.It did little to stop the much bigger Bucks front line from getting in the paint early on as Milwaukee sliced through Boston's interior and hit nine 3-pointers on their way to a 58-42 halftime lead.TIP-INSBucks: Antetokounmpo had his third straight double-double. ... Milwaukee had a 37-8 edge in bench scoring.Celtics: Walker, Tatum and Hayward were a combined 7 of 26 from the field in the first half.AIR MAILAntetokounmpo airballed a pair of free throws with 1:46 left in the second quarter, igniting a chorus of cheers from the home crowd.But Antetokounmpo, who entered the night shooting just 54 percent from the line, bounced back at the end of the half by connecting on all three of his free throw attempts after being fouled by Smart with one second to play.FIRST IMPRESSIONOne of the memories that still stands out for Celtics coach Brad Stevens about serving as Eastern Conference All-Star Game coach in 2017 is what Antetokounmpo - then a first-time All-Star - told him before the game.''I remember him telling me, `I'm going to play hard,''' Stevens recalled. ''I'm like, `You might be one of a few.' But that's the deal, right? He just plays really hard.'' Antetokounmpo finished with 30 points, six rebounds, three steals and a block that night.UP NEXTBucks: At Orlando on Friday night.Celtics: Host New York on Friday night.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NBA Game Recap: Minnesota Timberwolves (95) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (117) - 10/30/2019

NBA Game Recap: Minnesota Timberwolves (95) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (117) - Date: 10/30/2019 Oct 30, 2019PHILADELPHIA Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns got into a brawl that overshadowed a rout on the court.Embiid scored 19 points before he was ejected for fighting with Towns, and the Philadelphia 76ers cruised to a 117-95 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win to begin the season.The Sixers were leading 75-55 midway through the third quarter when Embiid and Towns went at it. Gambling Profit. The two big men have a history of talking trash to each other. After they got tangled under the basket, Embiid shoved Towns, who answered with a punch that missed as both men fell to the floor. Ben Simmons jumped in and forcefully held Towns down as other players and coaches ran onto the court to separate everyone.''I didn& #39;t throw any punches, so I shouldn't get suspended,'' Embiid said.Embiid and Towns were tossed after a video review.''We deemed the altercation a fight. Sports Bettors Email Leads. Therefore, by rule, they're both ejected,'' said Mark Ayotte, the officials' crew chief. ''I just saw them each lock arms. And that escalated to the fight.'' Embiid shadowboxed to the crowd's delight on his way back to the locker room. Fans responded with ''MVP!'' chants.''I was built for this city,'' Embiid said. ''The love they have for me, I can't thank them enough. I appreciate all the love. Football Predictions. That reaction was probably the loudest I ever heard them. That's what the city of Philadelphia is all about. You gotta come in here, you gotta fight , you gotta play hard, you gotta be gritty, you gotta be a Broad Street Bully. We're gonna keep on fighting and try to accomplish the goal we have set for us.'' Towns downplayed the fight.''It's a competitive game. As a team, we need to play better with our system. We didn't execute our game plan,'' he said. ''I'm disappointed in the (loss). I don't think we played our game. We were playing a different type of basketball. It wasn't what got us to 3-0. We can learn a lot from this game.'' Embiid said the fight ''happened out of nowhere,'' but added: ''I like to get in people's mind.'' Sixers coach Brett Brown said he's not concerned that Embiid will receive a suspension.''I don't see punches being thrown (by Embiid) and I don't believe he was the instigator,'' Brown said.Both teams entered 3-0. The Spurs, at 3-0, are the only other unbeaten team in t he NBA.Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points, Towns had 13 points and former Sixer Robert Covington had seven for the Timberwolves.Tobias Harris scored 18 points, Furkan Korkmaz had 17 off the bench and Simmons added 16 for Philadelphia. Al Horford grabbed 16 rebounds to go with 12 points.Minnesota led 11-9 midway through the first quarter before Harris hit a 3-pointer. Harris followed with a driving layup and Philadelphia led the rest of the way.Embiid punctuated a dominant first half with a 3 to put the Sixers up 63-42 going into the break.''It's competitive, we knew it was going to be that way,'' Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said.BACK TO AIThe Sixers haven't been 4-0 since Allen Iverson led them to the NBA Finals in the 2001-02 season.SIGHTINGSNew Phillies manager Joe Girardi sat courtside in the first half. ... Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders rang the bell and teammates Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery and several other players watched from a s uite.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Covington got some applause in pregame introductions. He was traded along with forward Dario Saric to Minnesota last year for Jimmy Butler. ... Towns shot 3 of 5 from 3-point range. ... Jeff Teague scored 15 points.76ers: Matisse Thybulle had three of his four steals in the first half and is the fifth rookie over the past 25 years with multiple steals in each of his first four games. ... G Trey Burke wasn't available because of illness. ... Embiid only played 20 minutes and still led the team in scoring. ... James Ennis had 11 rebounds in 18 minutes.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Visit Washington on Saturday76ers: Open a four-game trip at Portland on Saturday.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NHL Game Recap: Tampa Bay Lightning (7) vs. New Jersey Devils (6) - 10/30/2019

NHL Game Recap: Tampa Bay Lightning (7) vs. New Jersey Devils (6) - Date: 10/30/2019 GAMETRACKERBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECLIVEBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSJohnson lifts Lightning past Devils 7-6NEWARK, N. J. Tyler Johnson scored 1:16 into overtime and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied to beat the New Jersey Devils 7-6 on Wednesday night, avoiding their first three-game losing streak since late March 2018.Ondrej Palat scored twice for the banged-up Lightning, who surrendered a tying goal to Kyle Palmieri in the waning seconds. Alex Killorn, Brayden Point, Anthony Cirelli and Mathieu Joseph also scored, and Curtis McElhiney made 36 saves.Palmieri scored three goals and Jesper Bratt had two for the Devils. Sami Vatanen scored early in the third period for a 5-3 lead and Cory Schneider had 16 saves.Johnson's fourth of the season came from the inside of the right circle.It looked as if Tampa Bay was headed for a win in regulation when Palat broke a 5-all tie on a turnaround shot from the right circle with 3:57 left.But Palmieri forced overtime by scoring on a rebound with 7.4 seconds to play. It was his first hat trick with New Jersey and the second of his career.Palmieri, Bratt and Vatanen scored three straight goals to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead in the opening minute of the third period.Playing their second game in as many nights, the Lightning found a way to tie the game at 5. Cirelli deflected a shot by defenseman Jan Rutta past Schneider at 2:45. Joseph tied it at 7:45 when his centering pass deflected into the net off the skate and stick of Devils forward Taylor Hall.NOTES: The Lightning played without F Pat Maroon, who got hurt during Tuesday night's 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers. ... Baseball Handicappers. Tampa Bay called up Fs Cory Conacher and Alexander Volkov and D Luke Schenn from the minors earlier in the day. Only Con acher was not in the lineup. Volkov, a 2017 draft choice, made his NHL debut. ... Bratt was a healthy scratch in the Devils' last game, Friday night against Arizona. ... Palmieri's other hat trick was with Anaheim.UP NEXTLightning: Finish three-game New York-metropolitan area swing at Islanders on Friday.Devils: Host Flyers on Friday, ending six-game homestand.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NBA Game Recap: Chicago Bulls (111) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (117) - 10/30/2019

NBA Game Recap: Chicago Bulls (111) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (117) - Date: 10/30/2019 Oct 30, 2019CLEVELAND Kevin Love had 17 points and 20 rebounds, Tristan Thompson scored 23 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Chicago Bulls 117-111 on Wednesday night.Love's basket on a goaltending call on Lauri Markkanen gave Cleveland a 91-90 lead early in the tightly played fourth quarter. His jumper from the left wing put the Cavaliers ahead 110-106 with just under a minute to play.Collin Sexton, who sat most of the third quarter because of foul trouble, scored 10 points in the final eight minutes, including a dunk over Chicago center Wendell Carter Jr. following an assist from Love on Cleveland's next possession.Cleveland has split its first four games. Good Return on Investment. The Cavaliers started 0-6 last season and didn't get their second win until t heir 13th game.Sexton had 18 points, a day after the Cavaliers exercised his third-year contract option. Love and Thompson, who had 10 rebounds, have had double-doubles in each of Cleveland's four games.Markkanen and Zach LaVine each scored 16 points for Chicago, which has lost three straight. Carter and Otto Porter Jr. added 15 apiece.Cleveland's first-year coach John Beilein's goal to establish a homecourt advantage for his rebuilding team is off to a good start. MLB Handicappers. The Cavaliers won their home opener over Indiana and rallied to beat the Bulls.Chicago went on a 15-0 run to take a 21-11 lead in the first quarter, but Cleveland closed the deficit to 26-25. Free Picks Against the Spread. The Bulls pushed the lead back to double figures behind eight points from Markkanen. Cleveland cut into the lead again and the Bulls led 53-50 at halftime.Sexton picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter and sat out most of the period. Cleveland hit five 3-pointers, including three by Cedi Osman. Jordan Clarkson was fouled while making a 3-pointer from the corner and converted the free throw.Carter started and played 27 minutes. despite waking up in the morning with eye inflammation.TIP-INSBulls: F Chandler Hutchison (strained left hamstring), who is rehabilitating his injury with the G-League's Windy City Bulls, will rejoin the team Thursday in order to gauge his progress. ... C Cristiano Felicio was a healthy inactive for the fifth straight game. He is the only player on the roster not to play a minute this season.Cavaliers: Love tied a franchise record for rebounds in a half with 16 in the first two quarters. ... Rookie G Dylan Windler has increased his activity as he returns from a stress reaction in his lower left leg that occurred before training camp. Windler, taken with the 26th pick of the firs t round, is shooting and participating in on-court drills.UP NEXTBulls: Host Detroit on Friday. Chicago has only played once at home in its first five games this season.Cavaliers: Travel to Indiana on Friday. Cleveland beat the Pacers 110-99 in its home opener Saturday.

NBA Game Recap: New York Knicks (83) vs. Orlando Magic (95) - 10/30/2019

NBA Game Recap: New York Knicks (83) vs. Orlando Magic (95) - Date: 10/30/2019 Oct 30, 2019ORLANDO, Fla. Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 14 rebounds and the Orlando Magic rallied to beat the New York Knicks 95-83 on Wednesday night.Aaron Gordon scored 10 of his 15 points final 5:35 to help Orlando snap a two-game losing streak. Evan Fournier added 14 points, and Jonathan Isaac had 10.Julius Randle led New York with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Mitchell Robinson added 12 points, all in the first half, and Bobby Portis also had 12.Down 80-79 with just over eight minutes left, Orlando limited New York to one field goal and one free throw the rest of the wayGordon hit a 3-pointer to push Orlando's lead to 84-80 with 5:35 left and had another 3-pointer in the final two minutes.Orlando, the worst shooting team in the NBA entering the game, shot only 33.3 percent in the first half, but hit five straight shots to start the second hal f with an 11-0 run. Sports Handicapper Tracker. The Magic hit 13 of 20 shots in the quarter and surged to a 72-57 lead.New York responded with a 10-0 run to finish the period and, when Randle hit a jumper in the lane early in the fourth, the Knicks tied it 72. A 3-pointer from Portis gave New York an 80-79 lead with 8:05 left.Playing without top point guards Dennis Smith Jr. (personal reasons) and Elfrid Payton (hamstring), New York got an unexpected 12 points from Robinson in the first half, but not much else from his teammates. New York led 44-42 at the half.TIP INSKnicks: Marcus Morris had four blocked shots in the first half. ... Julius Randle has a double-double in every game this season.Magic: Orlando hasn't scored 100 points in a game this season.UP NEXT:Knicks: At Boston on Friday night.Magic: Host Milwaukee Friday night.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAF Game Preview: Boise State vs. San Jose State - 11/2/2019 - 10:30 PM EST

NCAAF Game Preview: Boise State vs. San Jose State - Date: 11/2/2019 Oct 30, 2019No. 21 Boise State lost its last game, then had a bye week to dissect the defeat. Sports Handicapper Tracker. The Broncos (6-1, 3-0 Mountain West) look to rebound from their Oct. 19 loss to BYU and get back on the winning track when they return to the field for a visit to San Jose State on Saturday night. Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said the collective attitude inside the program remained high despite the run at an unbeaten season being sidetracked in mid-October. "We didn't sulk. We didn't sit there and pout about what happened," Harsin said at a press conference. "We just used the week to our advantage and tried to look at all the things we need to improve at and get better. " The Broncos normally don't discuss injuries unless they are season-ending, so Harsin revealed nothing about whether true freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier (hip) would play against the Spartans. Bachmeier sustained the injury in an Oct. 12 win over Hawaii, interrupting a strong campaign in which he has passed for 1,547 yards and nine touchdowns with three interceptions. World's Best Handicapper. The offense wasn't nearly as efficient in the 28-25 loss to BYU that represented sophomore quarterback Chase Cord's first career start. Cord passed for 185 yards and two touchdowns and also was intercepted twice. Sports Handicapper Picks. The Broncos will be without one of their two top running backs in junior Robert Mahone, who sustained a lower-leg injury against BYU. Harsin said the injury isn't season-ending but otherwise declined to elaborate. The absence of Mahone (389 rushing yards, five scores) should increase t he workload of true freshman George Holani, who has rushed for 463 yards and one touchdown. San Jose State (4-4, 1-3) will be looking to post a program-boosting upset. However, the Spartans are 0-13 all-time against the Broncos. San Jose State is much improved over the last two seasons, when it was a combined 3-22. The Spartans haven't won six games in a season since 2015 (6-7) and haven't had a winning season since 2012 (11-2). San Jose State reached the . 500 mark last Saturday with a 34-29 victory at Army. The Spartans, who average 28. 4 points, are 4-1 when they score 30 or more. Senior quarterback Josh Love passed for 314 yards and three touchdowns against Army, but he wasn't satisfied with the offense settling for four field goals. "Obviously, we could've probably scored a couple of touchdowns in there where we kicked some field goals, but we were putting up points and the defense did their job, and we had to help them," Love told reporters . Love has been a big factor in San Jose State's improvement. He has passed for 2,355 yards and 15 touchdowns while being intercepted just three times in 293 attempts. "He is just outstanding," Spartans coach Brent Brennan told reporters. "His ability to distribute the ball to different people on the field makes our offense go. " The Spartans' defense has intercepted 13 passes, second nationally behind Oregon's 14. Sophomore cornerback Nehemiah Shelton, senior corner Brandon Ezell and junior safety Bobby Brown II share the team lead of three. "San Jose is around the ball," an impressed Harsin said of the interception prowess. "They catch the balls thrown to them, and I think they put teams in tough situations where they have to make some difficult throws. " San Jose senior linebacker Ethan Aguayo has a team-best 69 tackles despite missing three games due to an injury. Boise State's defense is led by elite junior pas s rusher Curtis Weaver, who has 9. 5 sacks this season and ranks third in school history with 30. He is two behind second-place Chris Wing (1994-96). --Field Level Media

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NCAAF Game Preview: Oregon vs. USC - 11/2/2019 - 8:00 PM EST

NCAAF Game Preview: Oregon vs. USC - Date: 11/2/2019 Oct 30, 2019Both No. 7 Oregon and USC remain in control of their respective Pac-12 divisions after late wins last week. Now, they meet Saturday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Oregon (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) won its seventh straight game and continued its best conference start since 2013 with a last-second field goal last Saturday vs. Washington State. The Ducks controlled the game much of the way, but fell behind 35-34 with a minute remaining. Sports Cappers. The Ducks moved the ball 53 yards on the subsequent possession to set up kicker Camden Lewis' 26-yard game-winning field goal, scoring the first Oregon victory over Washington State since 2014. "When you have a victory like that -- and over the past couple weeks, our team has found ways to win," Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said in his Monday news conf erence, alluding to comeback defeats of Cal and Washington in the previous weeks. "Somebody in that locker room, and sometimes an unexpected person, was going to have to step up and make plays. " While the outcome was not make-or-break for Oregon's prospects in the Pac-12 North -- the Ducks went into Week 9 with a three-game lead over the rest of the division, and head-to-head wins against Cal, Stanford and Washington -- the win keeps the team in the hunt for a College Football Playoff berth. Now in Oregon's way is USC, a team with designs not on a playoff invitation, but a surprise Pac-12 title and a potential Rose Bowl bid. The Trojans (5-3, 4-1) already hold a head-to-head win over the conference's only other playoff contender -- a 30-23 win over No. 9-ranked Utah on Sept. 20. USC won that game attacking the Utes secondary with deep passes to a talented wide receiving corps. Michael Pittman Jr. , who racked up 232 yards and what proved to be the decisive touchdown vs. Utah, scored another game winner last week at Colorado. His 37-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Kedon Slovis gave USC the 35-31 win in a game it trailed for about 42 minutes. The victory was USC's first on the road this season, and critical in maintaining its lead atop the South. "Every week is a championship game," Trojans coach Clay Helton said following Monday practice. "If you don't bring your A-game, you can get your butt beat. " So far, no opponent has been able to beat USC at the Coliseum. The Trojans are 4-0 at home after an Oct. 19 rout of Arizona. Oregon's the highest-ranked opponent to visit USC since Notre Dame came to the Coliseum ranked No. 3 last November. The Fighting Irish's 24-17 victory marked the Trojans' last home loss, and the second in a row after Cal snapped a streak that spanned three calendar years. "It's always fun when you're out there at home," USC lineb acker John Houston Jr. said after the 41-14 win over Arizona. Houston and the rest of the Trojans defense has not allowed more than 23 points at home this season, while giving up at least 28 in every road effort. This week, they try to maintain that home-field edge against a balanced Oregon offense that makes very few mistakes. Quarterback Justin Herbert has thrown for 21 touchdowns against just one interception -- although his streak of consecutive games with at least one scoring pass ended at 35 against Washington State. Basketball Predictions. That was a byproduct of the Ducks rushing well, though. CJ Verdell posted 257 yards with three touchdowns in the win. He'll be rejoined by Travis Dye, who left last week's game after taking a helmet-to-helmet shot. Cristobal said both running back Travis Dye and linebacker Troy Dye are cleared for Saturday's trip to USC. Hot Sports Handicappers. Troy Dye, Oregon's leading tackler, missed the Washington State game with a broken thumb. --Field Level Media

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NCAAF Game Preview: SMU vs. Memphis - 11/2/2019 - 7:30 PM EST

NCAAF Game Preview: SMU vs. Memphis - Date: 11/2/2019 Oct 30, 2019As the press release from Memphis' sports information department noted following the Tigers' 42-41 win at Tulsa last week, "Sometimes, a memorable season needs the assistance of a fortunate break. " Or in this case, a pulled 29-yard field goal as time expired. That Golden Hurricane miscue propelled the Tigers (7-1, 3-1 American Athletic Conference) into the surprising marquee game of Week 10 in college football. With ESPN's "GameDay" descending on Memphis for its pregame show and then sticking around to air the No. 24 Tigers' showdown with unbeaten and No. 15 SMU on Saturday night, the AAC West gets a rare crack at the national spotlight. Of course, the Mustangs (8-0, 4-0) have also absorbed a few smooches on the cheek from dame fortune. They have four wins by seven points or fewer, including a 34-31 nail-biter on Oct. 24 at a 3-5 Houston team that is looking forward to 2020 more than it's trying to win games in 2019. In any event, SMU has stamped itself as the favorite among six schools to win the Group of Five's berth in the Cotton Bowl, which would be a de facto home game for the Mustangs. But SMU has a tougher path to get there than other contenders with this game and a Nov. 23 trip to Navy remaining. SMU is doing it with offense. Prior to the Houston game, the Mustangs had scored at least 37 points in every game. They possess a wonderful blend of passing and running. They throwing for just over 300 yards per game with former Texas quarterback Shane Buechele pulling the trigger, and they are averaging 202. 8 yards per game on the ground behind senior Xavier Jones, who has rushed for 884 yards. "They find ways to win, and that's their deal this year," Houston coach Dana Holgorsen said. "They're in their second year in that system and they have a lot of sen iors and guys that have been doing the right stuff for them and it's showing. " Mustangs coach Sonny Dykes said his offense needs to compete at a much higher level than it did at Houston. However, Jones said he and his team simply did what they had to in order to stay undefeated. "It was an ugly game, but I'm really proud of my team for how we fought," he said. Memphis coach Mike Norvell felt much the same way after his team escaped Tulsa with a one-point win. The Tigers' defense was gashed for 584 yards and was on the field for a whopping 101 plays, but Memphis managed to stagger off with the win. "At the end of the day, you look up at the scoreboard, and being up by one is a great feeling," he said. Memphis freshman running back Kenneth Gainwell rushed for 149 yards and three scores at Tulsa for his sixth straight 100-yard game. Gainwell needs only 21 yards to hit the 1,000-yard mark for the year. --Field Level Media

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NCAAF Game Preview: Utah vs. Washington - 11/2/2019 - 4:00 PM EST

NCAAF Game Preview: Utah vs. Washington - Date: 11/2/2019 Oct 30, 2019Two weeks ago, Washington took a 35-31 home loss to then-No. 12 Oregon. After a bye week, the Huskies (5-3, 2-3 Pac-12) will play host to No. 9 Utah (7-1, 4-1) on Saturday in a rematch of last year's conference title game, which Washington won 10-3. "We got some good work done," Huskies coach Chris Petersen said of the bye. "I think guys appreciated last week just in terms of how it went, the time off, the practices we did. Got a chance more than anything to get rested up. . . . It was good, and on to a really good, really good Utah team. " The Utes are coming off a 35-0 victory against California, the first time they shut out a conference opponent since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. With quarterback Tyler Huntley hobbled by a lower left leg injury, the Utes turned to record-setting Zack Moss, who rushed for 115 yards and two touchdow ns. After becoming Utah's career leader in yards rushing two weeks ago, Moss increased his total to 33 rushing touchdowns and surpassed Del Rodgers, who set the previous mark of 31 from 1978-81. Moss also reached 100 yards rushing for the 15th time, breaking the school record he shared with Devontae Booker and John White IV. "It all feels really good, especially when it comes with winning," said Moss, who also had three catches for 89 yards. Moss said he drew inspiration from Huntley, who had been questionable to play. "It makes you want to go harder," Moss said. "I mean, the guy's a warrior. He worked so hard to get ready to play in this game. " Huntley threw for 214 yards and a touchdown on 11-of-17 passing in guiding the Utes to a 28-0 halftime lead. He sat out the second half. "The offensive line was more determined to protect him and keep the hits off him," Utes coach Kyle Whittingham said. "His toughness rubbed off on the rest of the team. " Just as tough was the defense, which held the Golden Bears to 33 yards of total offense in the first half. Best Sports Picks Today. The Utes have allowed only 10 points over their past 3 1/2 games, the lone touchdown coming in the final minute of a 52-7 victory at Oregon State. "We know what we're after," said Utes defensive back Terrell Burgess, who had a team-high six tackles against Cal. "We're just trying to make sure we make this season special. " One key Saturday could come on third down. Utah is allowing opponents to move the chains on just 26. 3 percent of third-down attempts, which ranks third in the nation and first in the Pac-12. Las Vegas Handicappers. The Huskies, who led the conference in third-down conversion percentage last season, are last in the Pac-12 this year -- and 106th nationally -- at 35. 4 percent. "We just have to hold each other accountable, and it starts with the leaders of the team," Washington senior center Nick Harris told the Seattle Times. "We've just got to make sure everybody's mind is still set (on winning). We have to have some pride and some dignity. "Even though (a Pac-12 title) might not be an option anymore, we've still got a lot of football to play. So we've got to hold each other accountable in that department, and we've just got to make sure we attack every week the same. " --Field Level Media

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