Tuesday, December 31, 2019

NBA Game Recap: Dallas Mavericks (101) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (106) - 12/31/2019

NBA Game Recap: Dallas Mavericks (101) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (106) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019OKLAHOMA CITY Danilo Gallinari and Dennis Schroder each scored 20 points, Chris Paul hit the go-ahead basket with 40.9 seconds left and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final three minutes to beat the Dallas Mavericks 106-101 on Tuesday night. Paul scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and added eight rebounds and seven assists for the Thunder, who have won seven of their last eight games to move into seventh place in the NBA’s Western Conference standings. Sports Handicappers Rankings. The Thunder (18-15) are three games above .500 for the first time this season. Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 35 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, but he and Maxi Kleber each missed a potential tying 3-point attempt in the fin al seconds. Dallas played without usual starters Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr., who missed the game due to injuries. Dallas led by as many as 12 points in the first half thanks to 23 points by Doncic, who was listed as questionable to play after he suffered a left wrist sprain and back contusion after taking a hard fall on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.But the Thunder closed to within 51-50 by halftime and twice led by six points in the third quarter before Dallas took a 78-77 lead into the fourth quarter. Dallas led 99-92 after a 3-pointer by Doncic with 2:56 left, but Oklahoma City took a 102-101 lead when Paul hit a 17-foot jumper with 40.9 seconds left. Gallinari poked the ball away from Doncic at the other end, leading to two free throws by Schroder with 19.9 seconds left. After Kleber and Doncic both missed their 3-point attempts, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander sealed the win with two free throws with 2.9 seconds left. Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 19 poi nts and 10 rebounds. DALLAS STARTERS OUT One of the Mavericks’ usual starting guards, Hardaway, missed the game due to a left hamstring injury he suffered in the loss to the Lakers. Coach Rick Carlisle said before the game he doesn’t know when Hardaway will be ready to play again. Jalen Brunson replaced Hardaway in the starting lineup and scored seven points. Porzingis also missed the game due to right knee soreness. His absence was unexpected, as he had been listed in the starting lineups that were delivered to the media and scorers before the tipoff. Kleber started in place of Porzingis and played well, finishing with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Sports Handicapping Services. TIP-INS Mavericks: Dallas hit 15 of 51 3-point attempts, the 21st straight game in which the Mavericks have made at least 10 3-pointers. . Doncic’s 17 first-quarter points tied for the most by a Thunder opponent i n a quarter this season. D’Angelo Russell had 17 in a quarter for Golden State on Nov. 9.Thunder: Guard Hamidou Diallo played for the first time since hyperextending his right elbow on Nov. 22 against the Lakers. He scored four poits. ... Soccer Predictions. The Thunder won despite making only 6 of 27 3-point attempts ... Centers Steven Adams (10 points, 11 rebounds) and Nerlens Noel (12 points, 12 rebounds) each had a double-double. UP NEXT Mavericks: Start a season-long six-game homestand on Thursday against Brooklyn.Thunder: Begin a four-game road trip on Thursday at San Antonio.

NHL Game Recap: San Jose Sharks (0) vs. Detroit Red Wings (2) - 12/31/2019

NHL Game Recap: San Jose Sharks (0) vs. Detroit Red Wings (2) - Date: 12/31/2019 GAMETRACKERBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECLIVEBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSRed Wings snap 6-game skid with 2-0 win over SharksDETROIT Jonathan Bernier made 34 saves, Tyler Bertuzzi scored his 15th goal and the Detroit Red Wings beat the San Jose Sharks 2-0 Tuesday night to end a six-game losing streak.It was Bernier's first shutout of the season and 18th of his career. Filip Hronek also scored for Detroit, which had dropped all six games during its skid in regulation.Martin Jones stopped 21 shots for San Jose, which has lost 11 of its last 13 (2-9-2).Bernier's biggest save came on Logan Couture from the slot with a little more than six minutes left after a turnover deep in the Red Wings zone.Bertuzzi scored 3:15 into the second period when he tipped defenseman Madison Bowey's shot from the right point. It was the team-leading 15th goal for Bertuz zi, who will represent Detroit in the All-Star Game.Hronek scored into an empty net with 48.2 seconds left. It was the defenseman's eighth goal.NOTE: San Jose recalled F Joachim Blichfeld from AHL San Jose on Monday. ... Detroit F Andreas Athanasiou did not play and will miss two-to-three weeks with a lower-body injury. ... Free Sports Picks. The Red Wings recalled LW Givani Smith from AHL Grand Rapids. ... Detroit D Mike Green was a late scratch.NEXT UPSharks: Visit Pittsburgh on Thursday night.Red Wings: Visit Dallas on Friday night.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NHL Game Recap: Montreal Canadiens (1) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (3) - 12/31/2019

NHL Game Recap: Montreal Canadiens (1) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (3) - Date: 12/31/2019 GAMETRACKERBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECLIVEBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSHaula helps Hurricanes earn 3-1 win over MontrealRALEIGH, N. C. Erik Haula had a goal and an assist, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.Sebastian Aho also scored and Teuvo Teravainen had two assists for the Hurricanes (24-14-2), who won their second straight game after a three-game losing streak. Ryan Dzingel scored into an empty net.Max Domi scored for the seventh straight game for the Canadiens (18-16-6), who dropped their third straight and closed out a seven-game trip with a record of 3-4.Charlie Lindgren made 33 saves in his first start of the season for MontrealPetr Mrazek stopped 28 of 29 shots for the Hurricanes, including a save on a breakaway by Phillip Danault when the score was tied 1-1 in the first period.Ryan Po ehling appeared to tie the score at 2-2 for Montreal with 8:08 remaining in the third period, but a replay review after a challenge by the Hurricanes concluded that Danault interfered with Mrazek on the play.Haula opened the season with eight goals in his first 14 games before missing 19 of the next 21 due to injury. In five games since returning Dec. 21, he has three goals and six points, none bigger than his second-period score Tuesday.Carolina entered the game with the seventh-most points in the Eastern Conference and looking to build on Saturday's win over Washington. Free Sports Picks. The meeting with Montreal was the second game in a seven-game homestand that presents a critical opportunity to gain points in the standings near the midway point of the season.With the score tied 1-1, Haula parked in front of the net and converted a feed from Brett Pesce after Teravainen started a rush with a clever pass to Pesce. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. That was the only goal of the second period.Aho opened the scoring for the Hurricanes on a power play just 1:55 into the game when he batted the rebound of a Haula shot into the net. A replay review confirmed that the puck was below Aho's shoulder when he hit it, so the goal was allowed to stand.Domi evened the score at 1-1 later in the first when he poked the puck away from Teravainen in the Carolina zone and capitalized on the turnover by send a wrist shot from the slot high into the net on Mrazek's glove side.NOTES: Aho has scored 20 of his 23 goals since Nov. 1, more than any other NHL player during that span. ... Domi extended his point streak to eight games with his 12th goal of the season in the first period. He has seven goals and two assists in his last eight games. ... Sports Experts. Ter avainen has at least one assist in seven of his last eight games and has 33 assists this season.UP NEXTCanadiens: Begin a three-game homestand on Thursday against Tampa Bay.Hurricanes: Face Washington on Friday in the third game of a seven-game homestand.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NHL Game Recap: Tampa Bay Lightning (6) vs. Buffalo Sabres (4) - 12/31/2019

NHL Game Recap: Tampa Bay Lightning (6) vs. Buffalo Sabres (4) - Date: 12/31/2019 GAMETRACKERBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECLIVEBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSKillorn scores twice, Lightning come back to beat Sabres 6-4BUFFALO, N. Y. Alex Killorn scored two goals, Tyler Johnson had a goal and two assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning came back from a three-goal deficit to beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-4 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.Ondrej Palat and Anthony Cirelli each added a goal and an assist, Kevin Shattenkirk also scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 18 shots as the Lightning opened a four-game road trip with their 12th consecutive win against an Atlantic Division opponent.Conor Sheary had a goal and two assists, and Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist for Buffalo. Track Handicappers. The Sabres also got goals from Jack Eichel and Jimmy Ves ey in losing their fourth in a row. Linus Ullmark made 16 saves.Killorn's second goal of the game and 15th of the season gave the Lightning their first lead of the game 8:08 into the third period. Pat Maroon set up the go-ahead goal with a pass from behind the net. Killorn beat Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Dahlin to receive the puck in the high slot and sent a wrist shot past Ullmark.Shattenkirk got the tying goal less than two minutes earlier on a straightaway wrist shot that bounced off Johansson's skate and over Ullmark's glove. Cirelli scored into the empty net in the closing seconds.The Lightning scored twice in a span of 2:58 to get within a goal late in the second period.Killorn knocked in the rebound from Point's shot that bounced off the right post on a power play. Hockey Predictions. Then with about three minutes left in the period, Johnson received a long pass from Palat at the blu e line and scored on a partial breakaway.Eichel made an outstanding individual effort to score his first career shorthanded goal and give the Sabres a 4-1 lead midway through the second period.Buffalo's All-Star center blocked a shot from Shattenkirk before skating up the right wing and faking a shot from the circle to maneuver around Shattenkirk. Eichel moved the puck to his backhand and swept it past a sliding Vasilevskiy on the other side of the crease for his 25th of the season.The goal came with 38 seconds remaining on a Lightning power play that followed Buffalo's Jake McCabe receiving a penalty for instigating a fight with Tampa Bay's Mikhail Sergachev in response to a hit on Eichel.Sheary gave Buffalo the lead in the final minute of the first period. Curtis Lazar set up Sheaty for the one-timer from the right slot.Johansson made it 2-0 when he beat Vasilevskiy with a long wrist shot from the right wall in the early stages of the second period. Buffalo reg ained its two-goal lead later in the second when Johansson made a slick backhand pass to set up Vesey in front of the net, after Johnson fed Palat in the high slot for Tampa Bay's first goal seven minutes into the period.NOTES: The Lightning swept the four-game season series with the Sabres for the second time in four seasons. . Killorn played in his 553rd NHL game, passing Brad Richards for sixth-most in Lightning history. . Sabres F Dalton Smith made his NHL debut after being called up from the minors and signing a one-year contract on Monday. . Buffalo scratched F Evan Rodrigues to make room for Dalton in the lineup. Prior to Tuesday's game, TSN's Darren Dreger reported that Rodrigues has requested a trade. . Sabres D Marco Scandella returned after missing two games due to an illness. . Johnson's 16 assists against the Sabres are the most he has against any NHL team. . Sports Handicapping Monitor.&nbs p;The Lightning played their fifth of eight straight against Eastern Conference and fourth of six in a row against Atlantic Division foes.UP NEXTLightning: At Montreal on Thursday.Sabres: Host Edmonton on Thursday.

NBA Game Recap: Golden State Warriors (113) vs. San Antonio Spurs (117) - 12/31/2019

NBA Game Recap: Golden State Warriors (113) vs. San Antonio Spurs (117) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019SAN ANTONIO DeMar DeRozan had 24 points and the San Antonio Spurs escaped with a 117-113 overtime victory over the short-handed Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.Dejounte Murray scored seven of his 15 points in overtime, and San Antonio won its eighth in 13 games. LaMarcus Aldridge added 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Patty Mills had 18 points.Alec Burks had 28 points and Glenn Robinson III added 25, including 15 in the first quarter, for Golden State.The Warriors - already without stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson long-term - were without starters D'Angelo Russell and Willie Cauley-Stein. Draymond Green had 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in 36 minutes.The teams traded the lead four times and were tied twice in the final 3 minutes of regulation.DeRozan's 17-footer with 17.1 seconds left gave San Antoni o a 100-98 lead, but Robinson tied it eight seconds later with a 21-footer set up by Green's shovel pass. Aldridge missed a 15-footer at the close of regulation.Golden State grabbed a 51-42 lead in the second quarter as San Antonio went scoreless for three minutes. Aldridge ended the drought with an off-balance, fadeaway 3-pointer as the shot clock expired.The Warriors were 12 for 27 on 3-pointers, including consecutive 3s to open the second half and stretch their advantage to 61-53 in the third quarter.TIP-INSWarriors: Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Russell, who injured his right shoulder in a collision with Dallas' Luca Doncic on Saturday, will be evaluated Wednesday. ... Golden State started its 16th different lineup in 35 games this season. ... Sports Handicapping Service Leads. The Warriors have had 99 players appear in at last one game since Jan. 1, 2010. ... Kerr clarified the status of Cauley-Stei n, who was listed as ''doubtful'' due to an undisclosed illness. ''Willie is not in San Antonio, so he's beyond doubtful,'' Kerr joked.Spurs: San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich and the Spurs closed the decade with 554 victories, the most by any coach and franchise in the league. Oklahoma City was second with 514 wins and Golden State third with 505. Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who previously coached in Boston, is second to Popovich with 493 victories.UP NEXTWarriors: At Minnesota on Thursday night.Spurs: Host Oklahoma City on Thursday night.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NHL Game Recap: Florida Panthers (1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (4) - 12/31/2019

NHL Game Recap: Florida Panthers (1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (4) - Date: 12/31/2019 anthers20-14-51FINAL4 CLB ColumbusCLBBlue Jackets18-14-8ML: -113CLB +1.5, O/U 6.5ML: -104 CBS Sports Home Fantasy NFL NCAA FB NBA NCAA BB MLB NHL Golf MMA WWE Boxing Soccer NASCAR XFL WNBA Big3 Horse Racing Tennis High School WSOP Olympics Women's WC Shop PBR Rugby PRCA Stubhub Play Golf

RECGAMETRACKERBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECLIVEBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSWerenski's hat trick lifts Blue Jackets over Panthers 4-1COLUMBUS, Ohio Zach Werenski got his first career hat trick, Elvis Merlikins stopped 36 shots in his first NHL start and the battered Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Tuesday night.Werenski and the Blue Jackets served up a rude homecoming f or Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who was making his first appearance in Columbus since leaving as a free agent last summer. Bobrovsky, who played in Columbus for seven seasons and won two Vezina Trophies, had 24 saves.Boone Jenner also scored for the Blue Jackets, who are missing 10 players to injuries and may have lost another, forward Alexander Texier, on Tuesday. Best Sports Handicappers in the World. Texier left the game with an upper-body injury in the first period and didn't return.Columbus won for the first time in three games, but extended its points streak to 11 games (7-0-4). Florida had a two-game win streak snapped.The game was a triumph and a relief for Merzlikins, who had played in 10 games this season, including four starts, and had yet to record a win. He got the start after regular goalie Joonas Korpisalo suffered a knee injury in the first round of a shootout on Sunday night.Colton Scevior ha d the lone goal for Florida, which outplayed Columbus for most of the night.Werenski got to Bobrovsky first at 4:54 of the first period, scoring off the draw with a slap shot from the top of the left circle that zoomed over the goalie's glove.Scevior tied it for the Panthers when he deflected a shot from the blue line by Anton Stralman 3:39 into the second.Jenner got his eighth goal of the season on a power play later in the second period, a shot from a crowded slot that got between Bobrovsky's pads. Todays Free Sports Picks. That made it 2-1 Columbus.Weresnski got his second of the night at 4:13 of the third period with a shot from the left circle that caught Bobrovsky out in front of the crease. Florida unsuccessfully challenged it, claiming goalie interference because Nick Foligno had contact with Bobrovsky. Werenski made it 4-1 with his third tally, another from the left circle.NOTES: Bobrovsky got a st anding ovation from the sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena during a first-period scoreboard tribute. ... Columbus F Nathan Gerbe played in his 400th NHL game.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: At Boston on Thursday night.Panthers: At Ottawa on Thursday night.---Follow Mitch Stacy on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mitchstacy---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NBA Game Recap: Cleveland Cavaliers (97) vs. Toronto Raptors (117) - 12/31/2019

NBA Game Recap: Cleveland Cavaliers (97) vs. Toronto Raptors (117) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019TORONTO Kyle Lowry scored 24 points, Terence Davis matched his career high with 19 and the Toronto Raptors finished 2019 on a winning note by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-97 on Tuesday night.Serge Ibaka had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 14 points in his first start with Toronto as the Raptors recorded their fifth straight home win over the Cavaliers.OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet each scored 12 points in the Raptors' second 20-point win over Cleveland this season. MLB Handicappers. The Cavaliers lost 133-113 at Toronto on Dec. 16.Toronto had lost three of four, but won for the 14th time in 19 home games. Free Picks Against the Spread. The Raptors went 9-7 in December, their b usiest month of the season.The Raptors are 13-1 when they lead through three quarters at home. Sports Handicapper Tracker. Toronto lost 98-97 to Oklahoma City on Sunday despite taking an 80-76 lead into the fourth.Collin Sexton scored 22 points and Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who had won four of five.Kevin Love returned to the starting lineup with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Cedi Osman scored 14 points for Cleveland.Hollis-Jefferson started in place of Anunoby, who shot 0 for 7 from 3-point range in Sunday's loss to Oklahoma City and had missed 17 of 19 from distance over his previous five games.The Raptors recorded an assist on nine of their 10 baskets in the opening quarter. Lowry fed Anunoby for a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to give Toronto a 27-25 lead after one. The lead changed 10 times in the opening quarter, but didn't change again the rest of the way.Lowr y scored 11 points in the second and Toronto used six 3-pointers to outscore Cleveland 32-18, taking a 59-43 lead at halftime. Cleveland shot 2 for 12 from 3-point range in the second.Lowry added 11 more in the third, going 3 of 5 from outside the arc. Toronto led 86-69 heading to the fourth.TIP-INSCavaliers: Love sat out Saturday's win at Minnesota because of a sore right hip. . Cleveland is 4-13 on the road. . The Cavs were 5-9 in December after going 3-12 in November.Raptors: Coach Nick Nurse said injured starters F Pascal Siakam (groin), C Marc Gasol (left hamstring) and G Norman Powell (left shoulder) are still ''a ways away'' from returning. All three were injured in a Dec. 18 win at Detroit. . F Patrick McCaw left early in the first quarter after injuring his left leg but returned in the second. . Toronto held a 15-2 edge in bench scoring at halftime.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host Charlotte on Thursday night.Raptors: Visit Miami on Thursday night.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA andhttps://twitter.com/-Sports

NBA Game Recap: Denver Nuggets (104) vs. Houston Rockets (130) - 12/31/2019

NBA Game Recap: Denver Nuggets (104) vs. Houston Rockets (130) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019HOUSTON James Harden scored 35 points after missing the last game with an injury to lead the Houston Rockets to a 130-104 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.The Rockets were back to full strength after Harden missed his first game of the season because of a sprained right toe in a loss to New Orleans on Sunday. Clint Capela (bruised heel) and Russell Westbrook (load management) also returned after sitting out on Sunday in the 127-112 defeat.Houston pushed a small lead to a big advantage with a 19-3 run to start the fourth quarter. Sports Handicapper Leaderboard. The Rockets were up by 17 when Harden scored five quick points, with a 3-pointer, to make it 118-96 with about 3 1/2 minutes left and end his night and that of most of Houston's starters.Nikola Jokic scored 21 points for the Nuggets, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.Westbrook had 28 points for his 11th straight games with 20 or more points, which is the longest streak by a Rockets player besides Harden since Yao Ming did it in 14 games in a row in 2006.The Nuggets used a 37-point third quarter to cut the lead to three entering the fourth, but the Rockets scored the first 12 points of the fourth to make it 104-89 with about 9 minutes left. Ben McLemore had two 3-pointers to power that spurt.Denver got its first points of the quarter on a 3 by Torrey Craig after that. Houston then scored the next seven points, capped by a 3 from Harden to stretch the lead to 111-92 midway through the period.The Rockets were up by 12 after a 3-pointer by Harden with about 7 minutes left in the third quarter. Jokic then scored four quick points to cut the lead to 78-70 midway through the quarter.Houston remained up by eight later in the third when Harden, who had six 3-pointers, mad e three free throws to push it to 86-75.The Rockets had pushed the lead to 10 with about 3 minutes left in the third before the Nuggets used an 11-4 run to cut the lead to 92-89 entering the fourth. Malik Beasley led the Nuggets in that stretch, scoring five points capped by a 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left.TIP-INSNuggets: Paul Millsap had 13 points and nine rebounds in his return after missing two games with a bruised left knee. ... Denver made 8 of 25 3-pointers. ... Monte Morris added 18 points off the bench.Rockets: Eric Gordon scored 12 points in his second game back after sitting out for about six weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery. ... Capela had 16 points and 10 rebounds after missing the last two games with his injury.UP NEXTNuggets: Visit Indiana on Friday night in the second game of a five-game trip.Rockets: Host 76ers on Friday night.

NCAAB Game Recap: Rider (37) vs. Wisconsin (65) - 12/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Rider (37) vs. Wisconsin (65) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said the Badgers started Tuesday’s game exactly the way Rider wanted them to: tentative.But their defense gave them time to get things figured out, and then the barrage again.The Badgers knocked down 13 3-pointers, two off their season high, and Nate Reuvers was dominant in the post - particularly in the second half - as Wisconsin shook off a slow start to beat Rider 65-37.“We did exactly what you’d want a team to do against that” defense, Gard said, adding the Badgers were standing around and failing to move the ball.The teams combined to shoot 2 for 22 over the first seven minutes of the game. While Wisconsin (8-5) eventually found its shooting touch, Rider (7-4) did not.The Broncs came into the game shooting 44% overall, including 32% from 3-point range.But their 11 first-half points w ere a season low both for the Broncs and a Wisconsin opponent. Rider shot 16.7% from the floor in the first half and made just five field goals while going 0 for 7 from behind the arc. All were also season lows for a Wisconsin opponent.Rider coach Kevin Baggett credited Wisconsin’s defense with harassing his shooters all night. But it wasn’t just the contested shots that weren’t falling. With less than 8 minutes to go, Tyrel Bladen executed a pick-and-roll that got him an open look at the rim that he missed. He grabbed the putback without much resistance but missed again from point-blank range.Frederick Scott and Dimencio Vaughn scored seven points apiece to lead Rider.“I thought we rushed shots when we had opportunities to make shots,” Baggett said. “I thought they were all sped up and rushed rather than taking their time.”Several Badgers had flourishes from behind the 3-point line. Brevin Pritzl hit all 3 of his while the Badgers w ere struggling to a 9-7 lead midway through the first half. Brad Davison then knocked down three straight to open the second half as Aleem Ford added a fourth, giving he Badgers more points in three minutes than Rider had in the first 20. Profitable Handicappers. That pushed Wisconsin’s lead to 34-16 as the game quickly got out of hand.Ford finished with 14 points, while Pritzl and Davison had 11 apiece.Reuvers, who led the Badgers with 15, credited Pritzl with keeping the offense afloat until the rest of the Badgers could figure things out.“He just gave us a good spark when everything was just bad,” Reuvers said.DEFENSE LOCKED INThe Badgers wrapped up their non-conference schedule with back-to-back dominant performances defensively. Wisconsin’s 68-48 win at Tennessee had been the Badgers’ season low for both points in a game as well as the first half (24) prior to Tuesday. Wisconsin i s now giving up 60.5 points a game, and Pritzl said the Badgers are in a great place defensively heading into the meat of their conference schedule. “Offensively we’ve been a work in progress through the season,” he said. “But we’re starting to click and figure out what each other’s strengths are.”BIG PICTURERider: It’s a tough task for any Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team to take on the Badgers, who are now 9-1 all-time against the MAAC. Shooting as poorly as Rider did to start the game snuffed out any chances of an upset.Wisconsin: Rider was a final nonconference tuneup for the Badgers before Big Ten play kicks in full-time. Life is going to get a lot tougher starting Friday with a trip to No. 5 Ohio State.UP NEXTRider: Hosts Siena on Sunday.Wisconsin: Travels to Ohio State on Friday.---More college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/-Top25ni

NCAAB Game Recap: Drake (72) vs. Bradley (80) - 12/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Drake (72) vs. Bradley (80) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019PEORIA, Ill. Darrell Brown had 19 points and eight assists as Bradley won its ninth consecutive home game, beating Drake 80-72 on Tuesday night.Nate Kennell had 16 points and nine rebounds for Bradley (10-4, 1-0 Missouri Valley Conference). Ville Tahvanainen added 13 points. Ja'Shon Henry had 10 points for the hosts.Liam Robbins had 21 points for the Bulldogs (10-4, 0-1). Jonah Jackson added 15 points. Roman Penn had 10 points and 12 assists.Bradley faces Northern Iowa on the road on Saturday. Drake matches up against Indiana State at home on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com

NHL Game Recap: Toronto Maple Leafs (4) vs. Minnesota Wild (1) - 12/31/2019

NHL Game Recap: Toronto Maple Leafs (4) vs. Minnesota Wild (1) - Date: 12/31/2019 GAMETRACKERBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECLIVEBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSMatthews, Nylander lead Maple Leafs to 4-1 win over WildST. PAUL, Minn. For the first time in four games, the Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t have to play catch-up.Auston Matthews and William Nylander each had a goal and an assist and Toronto beat Minnesota 4-1 Tuesday night.Alexander Kerfoot also scored, and John Tavares added an empty-net goal for Toronto, which got 26 saves from Frederik Andersen, who was named a first-time all-star on Monday.The Maple Leafs are 7-0-1 in their last eight games, and have won 13 of 18 games since Sheldon Keefe took over as coach.“I think we’re starting to have a really good feel of the way we want to play. We can still be better, but certainly I think the things he’s implemented have really translated well with the skill-set of ou r team, the type of players we have and his message,” Tavares said.“Whether we’re up in a game, down in a game, we believe we can beat anyone, and we believe we’re going to find a way to win in any situation,” Kerfoot said. “When you got that attitude and that belief, it can go a long way.”Toronto faced two-goal deficits in each of its past three games, yet rallied to beat Carolina and New Jersey, before losing in overtime to the New York Rangers.“We've handled all sorts of different situations. We're gaining experience from that, whether it's playing with a lead and scoring early, and then giving it up and having to find our way back or playing from behind and finding our way back, having a lead and then giving up goals in bunches and figuring that out,” Keefe said.Ryan Suter had a goal and Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves for Minnesota. Best Sports Picks of the D ay. The Wild, 10-4-3 at home, lost the first two games of a stretch in which they play 16 of 19 games at Xcel Energy Center.Minnesota scored once in each loss.“It's two games, so I don't want to get into that. We'll figure that out,” said captain Mikko Koivu, who returned to the lineup after missing 12 games with a lower-body injury.Coach Bruce Boudreau things Wild shooters need to keep it simple. "I think, personally, we try to make the difficult plays instead of the simple plays a lot of times. And it gets turned over.”Moments after a “Let’s Go Wild!” chant began to offset a loud “Go Leafs Go!” from fans supporting the visitors, Matthews completed a perfect tic-tac-toe passing play with Nylander and Mitchell Marner to make it 3-0 on the power-play midway through the second period.Matthews has eight goals and six assists in his last seven games. His 27 goals are second in the league; Boston’s Da vid Pastrnak has 29.Suter scored on the power play to get the Wild within 3-1 later in the second period. Andersen was screened by Koivu.Minnesota went 1 for 3 on the power play and is 4 for 37 in its last 14 games.Kerfoot scored off a pass from Tavares less than 6 minutes into the game for a 1-0 lead. Basketball Handicappers. Toronto made it 2-0 with 30.2 seconds left in the opening period when Matthews jammed at the puck at the right post before it trickled out to Nylander, who swept it in from inside the blue paint.Nylander has goals in four straight games and six in his past seven. He also has five assists in that seven-game span.NOTES: Toronto D Justin Holl signed a three-year contract extension with an average value of $2 million per season. Free Sports Picks. The Minnesota native has established career highs with 10 assists and 11 points in 39 games this season. . Minnesota has scored 41 second-period goals in its last 28 games, tops in the league since Nov. 2. . The Wild is 1-12-1 when trailing after two periods.UP NEXTMaple Leafs: At Winnipeg Jets on ThursdayWild: Host Winnipeg Jets on Saturday---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAB Game Recap: Boston College (49) vs. Duke (88) - 12/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Boston College (49) vs. Duke (88) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019DURHAM, N. C. Freshman Matthew Hurt scored 20 of his season-high 25 points before halftime and Tre Jones returned from a foot injury to help second-ranked Duke beat Boston College 88-49 on Tuesday night.Hurt made 10 of 16 shots and was 5 of 10 on 3-pointers to lead the Blue Devils, who shot nearly 52% and hit their last five shots of the first half as they blew the game open shortly before the break. Duke (12-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) also had little trouble clamping down with its defensive pressure on a BC offense that came in ranked among the least efficient attacks in the country.Jones had missed the past two games for the Blue Devils with what was described as a mild sprain of his left foot, but finished with a game-high 10 assists.CJ Felder scored 13 points for the Eagles (8-6, 2-1), who had won four straight games coming in to Cameron Indoor Stadium. But they never mounted much of a response to Duke’s defensive pressure that turned away driving lanes and forced BC to settle for tough looks.BC shot just 34% and made 3 of 18 3-pointers, including a six-minute stretch in the first half without a basket that helped Duke stretch out its lead. Hurt and the Blue Devils closed out the half in a flurry, ending when Jones found Hurt alone in the corner to bury a 3 just before the halftime horn.By that point, Hurt -- who held his release to mark the make -- had matched his season-high scoring output and outscored BC 20-19 in the opening half.BIG PICTUREBoston College: BC fell to Duke for the 13th time in 14 meetings and is 0-11 all-time in Cameron. It was also a rough return for Derryck Thornton, who started his college career with a year at Duke before transferring to USC and ultimately ending up at BC as a graduate transfer. He came in averaging a team-best 13.8 points but finished with six points on 3-for- 12 shooting while also leaving briefly in the first half with a right-leg injury.Duke: The Blue Devils had two positive developments in this one. First was the return of Jones, a welcome sign for a team that needs his on-floor leadership and on-ball defensive pressure. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. Then there was Hurt, who got plenty of time to set his feet and get comfortable on some of those lead-stretching shots. Football Tipsters. The result was Duke earning its 300th victory of the decade (dating to January 2010) and its 899th all-time victory at its famously hostile home arena.UP NEXTBoston College: The Eagles host No. 19 Virginia next Tuesday.Duke: The Blue Devils visit Miami on Saturday night.---More college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://www.twitter.com/-Top25---Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ aaronbeardap

NCAAB Game Recap: Georgetown (60) vs. Providence (76) - 12/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Georgetown (60) vs. Providence (76) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019PROVIDENCE, R. I. Alpha Diallo tied his season high with 20 points as Providence beat Georgetown 76-60 on Tuesday.Luwane Pipkins had 14 points for Providence (8-6, 1-0 Big East Conference). A. J. Reeves added 13 points. David Duke had 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the hosts.Providence dominated the first half and led 54-23 at the break. Both teams set season lows for scoring during the game. World's Best Handicapper. The Friars' 22 points in the second half were the lowest of the season for the hosts, while the 23 points in the first half for the Hoyas marked the fewest of the season for the visitors.Omer Yurtseven had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Hoyas (10-4, 0-1), whose six-game win streak ended with the loss. Free Sports Picks Today. Terrell Allen added 10 points. Jahvon Blair had 10 points.Providence takes on DePaul on the road on Saturday. Georgetown matches up against Seton Hall on the road on Friday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com

NCAAF Game Recap: Georgia State (17) vs. Wyoming (38) - 12/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: Georgia State (17) vs. Wyoming (38) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019TUCSON, Ariz. Xazavian Valladay ran for 204 yards and scored two touchdowns, quarterback Levi Williams accounted for four scores and Wyoming rolled over Georgia State 38-17 in the Arizona Bowl on Saturday. Wyoming (8-5) started slow before scoring two quick touchdowns late in the first quarter and early in the second. The Cowboys built a 14-point lead by halftime and racked up 524 total yards to win a bowl game after being left out of the postseason last year. Williams made his first career start after Tyler Vander Waal entered the transfer portal but remained with the team for bowl practices. The freshman was poised under the bowl spotlight, throwing for three touchdowns and running for another. Valladay had three catches for 91 yards and a touchdowns. Georgia State (7-6) jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter but had a hard time stoppin g the big-play Cowboys. The Panthers twice turned the ball over on downs deep in Wyoming's end in the second half. Dan Ellington, who played with a torn right ACL, threw for 156 yards and a TD, adding 70 yards and a score rushing. Free MMA Picks. The Panthers got off to a fast start, marching quickly for Ellington's 4-yard TD run and going up 10-0 after a field goal. Make Money Betting Sports. The Cowboys took over from there, scoring two touchdowns in less than two minutes. Williams threw an 18-yard TD to Austin Conway and, following an interception thrown by Ellington, he found Valladay on an 8-yard score to put Wyoming up 17-7. Early in the second quarter, Williams had an interception deep in Georgia State's end on an ill-advised back-foot throw. He made a similar throw just before halftime, but that one turned into a 51-yard touchdown when Ayden Eberhardt broke two tackles, weaved through Georgia State's secondary and broke another tackle diving into the end zone. Basketball Handicappers. The Cowboys led 24-10 at halftime. Williams and Valladay connected on a 63-yard pass to open the second half and Valladay scored on a 1-yard run the next play. Georgia State responded quickly, pulling within 31-17 when Ellington hit Cornelius McCoy on a 44-yard TD. Wyoming kept gouging the Panthers' defense, though. Valladay broke two tackles on a 62-yard run, setting up Williams' 6-yard TD run around the right end. THE TAKEAWAYEllington put in a valiant effort while playing injured, but Georgia State's defense gave up too many big-chunk plays. Wyoming had a huge offensive day to cap a disappointing finish - 1-3 over its final four regular season games. UP NEXTWyoming loses four starters to graduation on offense and five on defense. Williams is a freshman and Valladay is a sophomore, giving the Cowboys two key skill players coming back. Georgia State loses just two starters on offense and one on defense, so the Panthers should be in good shape to possibly set another school record for wins. ---More college football: https://apnews. com/Top25CollegeFootballPoll and https://apnews. com/Collegefootball and https://twitter. com/-Top25

NBA Game Recap: Los Angeles Clippers (105) vs. Sacramento Kings (87) - 12/31/2019

NBA Game Recap: Los Angeles Clippers (105) vs. Sacramento Kings (87) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019SACRAMENTO, Calif. Paul George had 21 points with season highs of 11 rebounds and nine assists to shake off a slow start, and the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers thumped the Sacramento Kings 105-87 on Tuesday.Kawhi Leonard scored 14 of his 24 points in the third quarter to help the Clippers to their 14th consecutive win in Sacramento dating to 2013. Ivica Zubac added eight points and 13 rebounds, and Maurice Harkless scored 12 points.The Clippers played without Patrick Beverley and sixth man Lou Williams. Beverely is nursing a sprained right wrist he injured during Saturday night's loss in Utah, while Williams missed the game because of personal reasons.Richaun Holmes had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento. What is Sports Handicapping. The Kings have lost eight straight.Three days after a 13-point loss to Utah, Los Angeles took control in the first half despite both George and Leonard struggling offensively. Hockey Picks. The All-Stars missed 17 of their first 24 shots combined.Both got going after the break.Leonard made five of seven shots in the third quarter, and George - who missed eight of his first nine shots beyond the arc - made a 3 to open the fourth. George added another 3-pointer later that put the Clippers ahead 103-86.Even with Leonard and George struggling most of the first half, the Clippers still built a big lead on the slumping Kings late in the second quarter. Landry Shamet's 3-pointer gave Los Angeles a 57-40 halftime lead.Leonard got going in the third and the Clippers went on a 9-2 run to extend their lead to 19. Montrezl Harrell tipped in an offensive rebound then made a pair of free throws that made it 85-66.TIP-INSClippers: Beverley was injured Saturday against Utah. Although X-rays taken on his wrist were negative, Beverley is expected to miss a handful of games.Kings: De'Aaron Fox had nine points and six assists after sitting out most of two games because of back spasms.UP NEXTClippers: Return to Los Angeles to play Detroit on Thursday.Kings: Host Memphis on Thursday. Sacramento has won two straight home games against the Grizzlies but was beaten 119-115 on Dec. 21 in Memphis.--More NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAB Game Recap: Miami Florida (73) vs. Clemson (68) - 12/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Miami Florida (73) vs. Clemson (68) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019CLEMSON, S. C. Chris Lykes scored 27 points and DJ Vasiljevic hit the tie-breaking 3-pointer with 59 seconds left in overtime as Miami rallied from 10-points down to win its fifth straight with a 73-68 victory over Clemson on Tuesday.The Hurricanes (9-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had to come back from trailing 55-45 with nine minutes left. Sports Free Picks. They still trailed 68-66 on Johnny Newman's inside bucket with 1:56 to play in the extra session.But Lykes hit two foul shots and, after a Clemson turnover, Vasiljevic drained the long-range bucket to put Miami ahead to stay.The Tigers (6-7) missed three 3-pointers down the stretch after Vasiljevic's go-ahead basket to start ACC play 0-3 for the second straight season.Vasiljevic hit a pair of clinching foul shots with 1.7 seconds to go.Lykes ended a point shy of his career high, with 18 against Clemson coming after halftime including several critical baskets.His driving, one-handed layup around Aamir Simms - Lykes at 5-foot-7 is 13 inches shorter than Simms - tied things at 62 with 49.1 seconds left.Clemson freshman Al-Amir Dawes was called for traveling on the next possession to give Miami a final chance in regulation. But Lykes' 3-pointer was off target and Sam Waardenburg's heave at the end missed.The Hurricanes trailed 55-45 after Simms' inside bucket with 8:55 to play.Miami came out firing - and hitting - after that. Kameron McGusty got things going with bucket and Lykes followed with a 3-pointer and another jumper.Moments later, Lykes hit another long-range shot to tie the game at 57 and set up the dramatic ending stretch.Vasiljevic and McGusty both had 15 points for Miami.Clemson has struggled to score this season and hasn't reached 70 points in its last eight games . But the Tigers came out hot, making seven of their first 14 shots to lead the Hurricanes 19-11.That's when Miami got going behind Vasiljevic, who had a three-point play and a long 3-pointer to start a 9-0 run that got his team the lead.Vasiljevic and Chris Lykes both made baskets in the final two minutes to send the game to the half tied at 26.Simms led the Tigers with 21 points.THE BIG PICTUREMiami: The Hurricanes showed plenty of guts in coming back on Clemson. Lykes is a dynamic force who should continue to push Miami in the ACC.Clemson: It's hard to see the Tigers even reaching their preseason spot of 11th in the ACC unless they find ways to score more consistently. Clemson missed six of eight shots in overtime.UP NEXTMiami returns home to play No. 2 Duke on Saturday.Clemson closes a five-game home stand when it faces North Carolina State on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25

NHL Game Recap: Anaheim Ducks (2) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (5) - 12/31/2019

NHL Game Recap: Anaheim Ducks (2) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (5) - Date: 12/31/2019 GAMETRACKERBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECLIVEBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSMarchessault scores twice, Vegas tops Anaheim 5-2LAS VEGAS Jonathan Marchessault scored twice, and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Tuesday.Vegas closed out December with a 9-4-2 mark, and on a 13-6-3 run since Nov. 17, and remained in sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division.Since the Golden Knights entered the league for the 2017-18 season, the Ducks have gone 2-8-1 against them, including a 1-3-1 mark at T-Mobile Arena.Mark Stone, Alex Tuch and Reilly Smith also scored for the Golden Knights, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves and improved to 15-4-0 against Anaheim. Fleury, who was selected to play in his fifth All-Star Game, also earned his 455th win to take over sole possession of sixth place all time, passing Curtis Joseph.Korbinian Ho lzer and Jakob Silfverberg scored for the Ducks and John Gibson made 38 saves while dropping to 2-8-1 against Vegas.Holzer gave Anaheim the early lead when Golden Knights rookie Cody Glass had trouble clearing the puck out of his zone. Holzer's backhand made its way over Fleury's glove, making it 1-0 with his first goal of the season.The one-two scoring punch of Stone and Max Pacioretty didn't let the deficit last long, though, as the linemates teamed up once again to spark the Golden Knights.After Pacioretty forced Erik Gudbranson to turn it over in front of the net, Stone skated in and one-timed a perfect wrist shot over Gibson's glove. Stone and Pacioretty have been on the ice for 45 of Vegas' 128 goals this season - a 35 percent clip.Tuch's score might have been Vegas' strangest goal of the season. After a scrum in front of Gibson, the puck squirted loose behind him and Anaheim's Josh Manson appeared to think the play was whistled dead and tapped the puck straight over the goal line to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead late in the first period.Smith extended the lead late in the second period with an unassisted goal, when he gathered a loose puck, skated around Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm, shifted to his backhand and lifted his shot to make it 3-1.Marchessault scored his first goal on a penalty shot. After Silfverberg cut the lead to two, Marchessault netted his second goal with Gibson pulled.NOTES: These teams won't meet again until Feb. 23, when they'll conclude the season series at Honda Center. ... Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Ducks came into the game whistled for the second-most penalty minutes, at 12.2 per game, but were only rung up twice. ... Anaheim closes the decade with the fourth-best record in the Western Conference and the eighth-best mark in the NHL, at 426-266-94 since Jan. 1, 2010. ... Nate Schmidt earned his 100 th assist. ... Actor Christopher Lloyd, better known as Emmett ''Doc'' Brown from the ''Back to the Future'' movies, cranked the siren between the second and third periods.UP NEXTDucks: Visit Arizona on ThursdayGolden Knights: Host Philadelphia on Thursday.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAB Game Recap: Morgan State (82) vs. CS Northridge (93) - 12/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Morgan State (82) vs. CS Northridge (93) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019Lamine Diane had 34 points and 13 rebounds as Cal State Northridge got past Morgan State 93-82 on Tuesday.Diane was 11 of 21 from the field and 12 of 20 at the free-throw line in just his third game of the season due to being academically ineligible.Elijah Harkless scored a career-high 20 points and had seven rebounds for CSUN (4-11). Sports Experts. Terrell Gomez added 16 points, and Lance Coleman II had 13 points.The 93 points were a season best for CSUN, which also registered a season-high 20 assists.David Syfax Jr. had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Bears (6-9). Sherwyn Devonish added 14 points, and Isaiah Burke had 13 points.CSUN matches up against Saint Katherine College at home on Saturday. Morgan State plays Delaware State on the road on Saturday.---For more college bas ketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com

NCAAF Game Recap: Florida State (14) vs. Arizona State (20) - 12/31/2019

NCAAF Game Recap: Florida State (14) vs. Arizona State (20) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019EL Paso, Texas Willie Harts returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to lead Arizona State to a 20-14 victory against Florida State on Tuesday in the Sun Bowl. Harts, a freshman cornerback, halted a 14-0 surge by Florida State (6-7) and helped the Sun Devils (8-5) hang on for their fourth Sun Bowl victory, despite not scoring an offensive touchdown. James Blackman threw a 91-yard touchdown pass, the longest pass play in Sun Bowl history, to Tamorrion Terry to give Florida State its first lead, 14-9, in the third quarter. The Seminoles trailed 9-0 at halftime. Cristian Zendejas kicked a Sun Bowl record-tying four field goals for Arizona State, including a 34-yarder in the fourth quarter to cut the FSU lead to 14-12. Sports Handicapping Services. Then Blackman's fourth interception of the game was returned by Harts to put the Sun Devils ahead for good with 10:06 left in the fourth. Jayden Daniels was 12-for-28 passing for 198 yards to lead the Sun Devils. He also ran 36 yards and a 2-point conversion. Baseball Predictions. The first half was a comedy of errors for both offenses as the defenses stepped up in the absence of the teams' star rushers. Eno Benjamin of ASU and Cam Akers of FSU both sat out to protect their NFL draft stock. Florida State turned the ball over three times (two interceptions and a fumble) and had a field goal blocked, while Arizona State lost two fumbles. Cornerback Stanford Samuels also sat out for the Seminoles,Florida State played redshirt freshman Deonte Sheffield at running back, who finished with 87 yards on 18 carries. Arizona State had freshman Demetrious Flowers and sophomore A. J. Carter handle rushing duti es. Blackman finished 14 of 26 for 244 yards, with one TD. Terry had nine catches for 165 yards. By the end of the game, Arizona State was down three defensive starters - safety Cam Phillips didn't dress, while cornerbacks Jack Jones and Chase Lucas suffered injuries during the game. Sun Devils defensive lineman Jermayne Lole also missed a chunk of second half. Make Money Betting Sports. THE TAKEAWAYFlorida State: Posted consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1973-76, which was Bobby Bowden's first year as Seminoles coach. Florida State now transitions to coach Mike Norvell. Willie Taggart was fired in November and Odell Haggins held things down as interim coach. Arizona State: Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk chose not to play. Aiyuk finished eighth in the nation in receiving yards. UP NEXT:Florida State: The Seminoles play their first game under Norvell against West Virginia in Atlanta on Sep t. 5. Arizona State: The Sun Devils start next season against Northern Arizona.

NBA Game Recap: Philadelphia 76ers (97) vs. Indiana Pacers (115) - 12/31/2019

NBA Game Recap: Philadelphia 76ers (97) vs. Indiana Pacers (115) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019INDIANOLIS Domantas Sabonis had 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to lead the Indiana Pacers over the Philadelphia 76ers 115-97 Tuesday.T. J. Warren had 21 points and Myles Turner added 14 for the Pacers, who ended a three-game losing streak in the series and improved to 22-12 overall.Josh Richardson had 20 points and Ben Simmons had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who have lost three straight with a game remaining in a four-game road trip. Philadelphia dropped to 23-13.Philadelphia was without center Joel Embiid. Sports Handicap. The two-time All-Star, who leads the team 23.7 points and 12.4 rebounds per game, was out with a sore left knee.The Pacers used a big second quarter to put the game away, outscoring Philadelphia 38-16 in the period to take a 67-43 half time lead.Indiana guard Malcolm Brogdon returned to the starting lineup for the first time after missing the last three games with a sore left hamstring. He went to the bench in the first half with a sore lower back and didn't return.The Pacers went on a 15-2 run to start the second quarter and took a 46-29 lead with Warren's layup with 6:24 to go. Indiana went ahead by 26 points at one point. Doug McDermott scored to put the Pacers ahead 65-39 with 1:02 remaining in the quarter.Indiana led by 36 after another big run that came in the third quarter.Sabonis made a 3-pointer and two other baskets in a 14-2 spurt. He capped off the string with a layup on an alley-oop pass from Jeremy Lamb to make it 87-51 with 6:29 remaining in the third.TIP-INS76ers: Philadelphia shot just 20% (5 of 20) from the field in the second quarter. ... Richardson also finished with five assists. ... G Matisse Thybulle was out with a right knee sprain.Pacers: Reserve T. J. McConnell had 11 poin ts and 10 assists. ... Lamb had 13 points and six assists. ... Sports Illustrated Picks. Turner was 3 for 5 on 3-pointers.UP NEXT76ers: Visit Houston on Friday.Pacers: Host Denver on Thursday.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NBA Game Recap: Boston Celtics (109) vs. Charlotte Hornets (92) - 12/31/2019

NBA Game Recap: Boston Celtics (109) vs. Charlotte Hornets (92) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019CHARLOTTE, N. C. Jayson Tatum scored 24 points, Kemba Walker had 22 and Gordon Hayward added 21 as the Boston Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 109-92 Tuesday.Boston has won six of seven and improved to 23-8.PJ Washington led Charlotte with 15 points, and Miles Bridges had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Free Sports Betting Picks. The Hornets have lost six straight.Tatum hit five straight shots in the first quarter - including a trio of 3-pointers - and the Celtics overcame an early five-point deficit to lead 24-18 after the first quarter.Hayward scored 10 points in the second quarter as Boston stretched the lead to 14 before taking a 50-43 edge into halftime.Charlotte surged within four points late in the third quarter before the Celtics responded with a 16-6 spurt to make it 89 -75 with 9:55 left. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. They led by at least 10 the rest of the way.Walker, the Hornets franchise leader in scoring, was making his second appearance in Charlotte since he was sent to Boston in a sign-and-trade deal last July. Walker added four rebounds and seven assists.4Enes Kanter had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Boston.TIP-INSCeltics: One day after being named Eastern Conference player of the week, Jaylen Brown sat out with a sinus infection. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Brown is day-to-day. Brown averaged 27.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 62.2% from the field and 57.9% on 3-pointers in three games last week.Hornets: Charlotte is on its longest losing streak since dropping six straight from Nov. 3-17 during the 2017-18 season.UP NEXTCeltics: Host Atlanta on Friday.Hornets: Host Cleveland on Thursday.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https ://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAB Game Recap: Northern Iowa (70) vs. Illinois State (76) - 12/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Northern Iowa (70) vs. Illinois State (76) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019NORMAL, Ill. DJ Horne had a season-high 22 points as Illinois State topped Northern Iowa 76-70 on Tuesday in their first Missouri Valley Conference game of the season.Zach Copeland had 15 points for Illinois State (6-7, 1-0). Antonio Reeves added 13 points, and Jaycee Hillsman had 11 points.The Redbirds were in trouble after the first half, heading to the locker room at the half trailing 30-20. But the home team mounted a second-half rally to get back in it and ultimately earn the victory. Sports Handicapper Tracker. The Redbirds' 20 first-half points were a season low for the team.AJ Green had 23 points for the Panthers (11-2, 0-1), whose five-game win streak was broken. Austin Phyfe added 13 points and 12 rebounds.Green scored UNI's final seven points, capped by a 3-po inter with 57 seconds remaining before Illinois State made six free throws.Illinois State takes on Southern Illinois on the road on Saturday. Northern Iowa plays Bradley at home on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com

NCAAB Game Recap: Temple (62) vs. Central Florida (58) - 12/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Temple (62) vs. Central Florida (58) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019ORLANDO, Fla. Quinton Rose had 16 points as Temple narrowly defeated Central Florida 62-58 on Tuesday in the first American Athletic Conference matchup of the season for both teams.Temple won its league opener for the first time since 2015-16, which was the same season the Owls last won at UCF.De'Vondre Perry had 11 points for Temple (9-3, 1-0 AAC). Nate Pierre-Louis added 3 points and 11 rebounds.Dre Fuller Jr. had 14 points for the Knights (9-4, 0-1). Ceasar DeJesus added 12 points and six assists, and Collin Smith had 10 points.Temple faces Tulsa on the road on Friday. Central Florida takes on Houston on the road on Friday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using dat a from LLC, https://www.stats.com

NCAAB Game Recap: George Washington (51) vs. Vermont (76) - 12/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: George Washington (51) vs. Vermont (76) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019BURLINGTON, Vt. Anthony Lamb had 23 points as Vermont easily defeated George Washington 76-51 on Tuesday.Stef Smith had 19 points for Vermont (9-5). Robin Duncan added 10 points and nine rebounds, and Everett Duncan had seven rebounds. Lamb hit 4 of 6 3-pointers, and added eight rebounds and three blocks.Vermont went on a 21-4 run in the first half to help build a 43-26 lead at the break.Maceo Jack had 12 points for the Colonials (6-7), which was held to 34% shooting. Amir Harris added 10 points and seven rebounds. Armel Potter, the Colonials' leading scorer coming into the matchup at 15 points per game, scored six points on 3-of-14 shooting.Vermont matches up against Dartmouth on the road on Thursday. George Washington plays Saint Bonaventure at home on Sunday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketbal l and http://twitter.com/-Top25---Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com

NHL Game Recap: New York Islanders (4) vs. Washington Capitals (3) - 12/31/2019

NHL Game Recap: New York Islanders (4) vs. Washington Capitals (3) - Date: 12/31/2019 GAMETRACKERBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECLIVEBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSCizikas, Varlamov lead Islanders to 4-3 win over CapitalsWASHINGTON Casey Cizikas scored twice for the first time this season and Tom Kuhnhackl had the go-ahead goal and the New York Islanders earned a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.Former Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped 36 shots in the victory, helping former Washington coach Barry Trotz remain perfect in three return trips to D. C. since coaching them to the 2018 Stanley Cup.Brock Nelson also scored in the first period for the Islanders, who won their second straight to close a three-game road trip.Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 14th and 15th goals for Washington, which lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.Tom Wilson also scored for the Capitals, and Braden Holtby made 18 saves.After giving back an early 2-0 lead and then trailing after Kuznetsov's second goal of the game, the Islanders retook the lead for good.After a Capitals turnover, Matt Martin looked into the attacking zone. He found Cizikas, who rifled a shot over Holtby's blocker side and inside the left post to tie it at 3-all at 4:47 of the second period.Kuhnhackl put the Islanders ahead a little more than eight minutes later, when he took Mathew Barzal's pass from behind the goal line and sent his shot over Holtby's shoulder.The Capitals had several promising opportunities to tie it late, but Varlamov made 18 saves in the third.NOTES: The Islanders are 22-1-2 this season when scoring at least three goals ... Cizikas' multi-goal game was the fourth of his career . Kuznetsov's first goal ended the Capitals' scoreless stretch against the Islanders in Washington at 2 hours, 13 minutes and 51 seconds. ... For Washington, Tom Wilson returned from a one-game l ayoff because of a lower-body injury.UP NEXTIslanders: Host New Jersey on Thursday.Capitals: Visit Carolina on Friday.---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NHL Game Recap: Boston Bruins (2) vs. New Jersey Devils (3) - 12/31/2019

NHL Game Recap: Boston Bruins (2) vs. New Jersey Devils (3) - Date: 12/31/2019 GAMETRACKERBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECLIVEBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSDevils slip past Bruins with 3-2 win in a shootoutNEWARK, N. J. Damon Severson scored in the sixth round of the shootout Tuesday to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.Severson beat Jaroslav Halak with a backhand and Mackenzie Blackwood clinched the win by stopping Patrice Bergeron.After the first eight shooters were stopped, Jack Hughes for New Jersey and Chris Wagner of Boston both scored in round 5 to set the stage for Severson.Blake Coleman and Jesper Bratt scored for the Devils in regulation and Blackwood stopped 28 shots as New Jersey earned its second straight win.Brad Marchand and Joakim Nordstrom scored for Boston and Jaroslav Halak stopped 42 shots. Free Sports Picks. The loss snapped the Bruins' winning streak at three but they did extend their points streak to eight games (4-0-4).The Bruins took advantage of an early opportunity when Devils defenseman P. K. Subban was whistled for interference 1:17 into the game.David Pastrnak unloaded a heavy shot from the left dot that Blackwood partially blocked. Marchand cleaned up the rebound in the crease at 2:03 for his 20th goal.That lone tally of the opening period extended Pastrnak's point scoring streak to eight games with three goals and 10 assists.Boston extended the lead to 2-0 at 4:27 of the second as Nordstrom jammed the puck past Blackwood in a goal-mouth scramble.Falling behind by two goals seemed to spark the Devils, who matched the Bruins chance for chance the rest of the period.The renewed energy paid off as Coleman, polishing off a give and go with Nikita Gusev, scored at 8:58 to cut the deficit to one.The Devils had several other good chances in the middle period, especially a shot by Sami Vat anen that rang off the post. Leading Handicappers. They continued to push hard into the third and it paid off.Bratt pulled New Jersey even at 13:11, deflecting Subban's wrist shot from the point to tie the score at 2-2.The Devils outshot the Bruins 19-5 in the third.Boston defenseman Matt Grzelcyk fired a shot off the crossbar, the best opportunity for either side in the overtime.NOTES: Injuries are piling up for the Bruins. D Connor Clifton (upper body) and C David Krejci (lower body) were scratched after suffering injuries in Sunday's 3-2 win over Buffalo. Sport Handicapping. They join D Charlie McAvoy (lower body), D Torey Krug (upper body) who are also out injured. . Boston D Zdeno Chara played in his 1,525th game and moved past Brendan Shanahan into 18th place on the career list. ... Devils D Will Butcher (lower body) returned after missing one game.UP NEXT:Bruins: Host Columbus on ThursdayDevils: At New York Islanders on Thursday---More NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NCAAB Game Recap: Hartford (68) vs. Bowling Green (81) - 12/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Hartford (68) vs. Bowling Green (81) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019BOWLING GREEN, Ohio Justin Turner had 22 points as Bowling Green defeated Hartford 81-68 on Tuesday by closing on a 14-5 run.Trey Diggs had 12 points for Bowling Green (9-4). Dylan Frye added 12 points, and Daeqwon Plowden had seven points and 10 rebounds.Frye was 4 for 8 from downtown to reach 211 for his career, closing in on the school record of 228.Malik Ellison had his third double-double in five games with career highs in points (21) and rebounds (14) for the Hawks (7-8). Hunter Marks added 13 points, and Traci Carter had 10 points and six assists.Bowling Green faces Kent State at home on Friday. Hartford matches up against New Hampshire at home on Saturday.---For more college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/-Top25---Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.a utomatedinsights.com/ap, using data from LLC, https://www.stats.com

NCAAB Game Recap: Georgia Tech (83) vs. Florida State (53) - 12/31/2019

NCAAB Game Recap: Georgia Tech (83) vs. Florida State (53) - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 31, 2019TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Devin Vassell scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds Tuesday, leading No. 18 Florida State past Georgia Tech 70-58 for its 15th straight home victory.Patrick Williams scored 12 points while Trent Forrest had eight points and six assists for Florida State (12-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).Michael Devoe scored 19 points, knocking down 6 of 8 three-point attempts. Moses Wright added 13 points and 10 rebounds, his fourth double-double of the season, for Georgia Tech (6-7, 1-2). But the Yellow Jackets were undone by 20 turnovers, one short of their season high.Vassell had eight points and Dominik Olejniczak added seven points in the second half for Florida State, which shot 53% from the floor after halftime to pull away.TAKEAWAYSGeorgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets managed just three bench points and wore out in the sec ond half against the deeper Seminoles.Florida State: The Seminoles won on their defensive strength, blocking nine shots and creating 11 steals.UP NEXTGeorgia Tech: at North Carolina on Saturday.Florida State: at Louisville on Saturday.

NBA Game Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors - 12/31/2019 - 7:05 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 30, 2019The Cleveland Cavaliers will face a different starting lineup when they visit the Toronto Raptors for the second time in 15 days Tuesday night.When the Raptors defeated the Cavaliers 133-113 on Dec. 16, their starting lineup included Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Norman Powell. All three are out indefinitely with injuries and will not face Cleveland this time.Siakam scored 33 points and Powell had 26 in that game against Cleveland.The Raptors are 3-3 without the trio after losing at home 98-97 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.The Cavaliers went on a season-high three-game winning streak after losing to the Raptors.The game in Toronto ends a three-game road trip for the Cavaliers, who split the first two games, losing to the Boston Celtics before beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 94-88 on Saturday despite committing 28 turnovers that led to 27 points.Cavaliers coach John Beilein said he had never won a game that way before. "Never. Ever. Ever," he said."A win is a win," forward Larry Nance Jr. said. "This one got a little bit ugly and we have to fix some things." Kevin Love did not play for the Cavaliers because of a right hip contusion."Our defense was everything to us (Saturday)," Beilein said. "If you look at the shooting stats, our contest rate was really high and we got there. Picks and Parlays. They missed a lot of shots, but I think we made them miss a lot of shots. Offensively, there was nothing pretty on both sides, but some days you rely on your defense." Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, who is from Brampton, Ontario, recorded his 16th double-double of the season Saturday with 12 points and 15 rebounds."He was relentless," Beilein said. "He was relentless in rebounding of fensively and, particularly, defensively. Protected the rim, had a couple of verticalities and he was the heart and soul of our team in many ways." The Raptors have dropped three of their past four games, including consecutive games at home and are 8-7 in December.The Raptors were limited to eight fastbreak points -- including two in the second half -- in the loss to the Thunder. Handicapper Return on Investment. The Raptors entered the game averaging an NBA-best 18.8 fastbreak points per game."Early on, I thought guys turned it over a little carelessly early, right when they checked in," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. "We kind of got that under control and I thought we had a lot of open shots in the first half we didn't make, and I thought we had a lot of open shots in the second half we didn't make, either. I thought we fought hard, so I am really proud of the guys for that." The Raptors were outscored 22-17 in the fourth quarter Sunday."Just didn't execute down the stretch," said Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, who scored 20 points Sunday to share the team high with Fred VanVleet. "They made a couple of shots; we made a couple of turnovers. It was a tough game. We did a good job on some defensive possessions and the ball bounced their way." The Raptors won three of four from the Cavaliers last season.--Field Level Media

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NBA Game Preview: Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/31/2019 - 8:05 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 30, 2019Luka Doncic had a phenomenal rookie season in Dallas. He's been even better in Season 2.Shai Gilgeous-Alexander got his NBA career off to a great start last season, as well, with the Los Angeles Clippers. Like Doncic, he has taken a big step forward in Year 2 -- but he's doing it with the Oklahoma City Thunder after an offseason trade.Tuesday night in Oklahoma City, two of the top second-year players in the NBA will meet when the Thunder play the Mavericks.Doncic played in his 100th NBA game in Sunday's loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles. And his first 100 games have been among the best first 100 any player has put together. His 28 games this season have been particularly impressive.After averaging 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists as a rookie, Doncic is averaging 28.8/9.5/9.0 this season."Honestly I didn't think it was going to be by that much," Doncic told the Dallas Morning News this week of his improvement. "But as long as we keep going like this, winning games, I wouldn't change anything. Like I've said from the beginning, we want to get into the playoffs. Sports Bettors Phone Leads. That's our goal." The Mavericks haven't made the playoffs since the 2015-16 season but are fifth in the Western Conference heading into Tuesday's game.No other player has made more 3-pointers during the first 100 games of a career than Doncic with his 250, and only one other player -- Oscar Robertson with 44 -- had more triple-doubles than Doncic's 17.Across the court, Gilgeous-Alexander has been a major piece in the Thunder's surprising 17-15 start.In Sunday's win at Toronto, Gilgeous-Alexander tied a career high with 32 points, the third time in five games he has reached the mark. He leads th e team with his 19.8-point scoring average."He's got it all," Thunder point guard Chris Paul told reporters of Gilgeous-Alexander. "Mid-range, finishes, shooting, and his defense -- his defensive intensity." The Thunder have won two consecutive games and six of their last seven.Oklahoma City is in the midst of a stretch of playing six of seven games away from home, with Tuesday's game being the lone home game during the two-week stint.The game is the first of three meetings between the teams this season.After wrapping up their three-game road trip in Oklahoma City, the Mavericks return home for their next six.The Mavericks could be without starter Tim Hardaway Jr., their third-leading scorer at 13.7 points per game, after he injured his left hamstring early in Sunday's loss.It could be worse for the Thunder, who could be without their Nos. 2 & 3 scorers against Dallas.Danilo Gallinari (18.0 ppg) has missed four consecutive games with left- ankle soreness while sixth man Dennis Schroder (18.4) is dealing with right ankle soreness.Schroder suffered the injury before Friday's game at Charlotte, but played in that game. But the injury kept him out of Sunday's game at Toronto.It's the 15th consecutive season, including the 12 since the team moved to Oklahoma City, that the Thunder franchise has hosted a New Year's Eve game.--Field Level Media

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NBA Game Preview: Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets - 12/31/2019 - 7:05 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets - Date: 12/31/2019 Dec 30, 2019Given their absentee list, the Houston Rockets had modest expectations while playing the second game of a back-to-back at New Orleans on Sunday. And, to an extent, they matched them.Missing their top three scorers -- James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Clint Capela -- the Rockets still managed a lead in the fourth quarter before succumbing to the suddenly resurgent Pelicans 127-112.Houston will host the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday at Toyota Center with its roster still in flux.Westbrook should return after his absence Sunday was mandated by rest. Harden (toe) and Capela (heel) remained questionable Monday, but Houston did welcome back Eric Gordon against New Orleans. He scored 20 points over 22 minutes in his first action since mid-November knee surgery."I'm really proud of the way they played and how they played and how they attacked," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "It was a lot closer game than the final score (indicated) but this was a learning space for me and the guys that played some significant minutes and played well." Harden is averaging 38.3 points and 7.5 assists. Westbrook is at 24.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game, while Capela averages 13.9 points and 14.4 rebounds.With Gordon in the fold, the Rockets are a step closer to resetting their backcourt rotation, one that features ample depth and versatility. Harden, Westbrook and Gordon are the anchors, with Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore providing support as bench gunners. Without Gordon, the Rockets lacked the perimeter shooting and defense that often makes them whole."I just want to continue to build from this," Gordon said."I feel pretty good. Over the past year and a half, probably a year, I've been playing a little bit off-balance just fighting through a little nagging injury. I don't ha ve to worry about that now." The Nuggets have been worry-free for most of this month, winning for the ninth time in 10 games Sunday against the Sacramento Kings -- and doing so without Gary Harris and Paul Millsap. Harris missed the game because of shin injury, while Millsap has been on the sideline for the past two games due to a knee injury.With depth as their ally, the Nuggets plugged Michael Porter Jr. and Jerami Grant into their starting lineup and kept rolling, with that duo totaling 37 points and eight rebounds."I was just wanting to blend with the starting group and do what I could on the court just to make their job easier and be a positive part of the team," Porter said of his first career start."We've got a really, really good team. Leading Handicappers. There are a lot of really good players that are playing a lot of minutes right now. So you've just got to be thankful when y ou're in the game and just try to play as hard as you can because you've got dudes that can back you up if you're tripping." With much of the league focused on the Lakers-Clippers rivalry, Denver has quietly ascended to second in the West and remains a shining example of how to balance egos with a talent glut.Porter is just one of several players logging limited minutes because of the abundance of talent on hand."Sacrifice and selfless, easy things to talk about," Nuggets coach Mike Malone said. "Much harder to live every day." --Field Level Media

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NHL Game Preview: Florida Panthers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 12/31/2019 - 7:08 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Florida Panthers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - Date: 12/31/2019 Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has a special New Year's Eve in mind.Bobrovsky on Tuesday will return to Columbus for the first time since leaving the Blue Jackets and signing a seven-year, $70 million contract with the Panthers in July.Bobrovsky beat the Blue Jackets 4-1 at Florida on Dec. 7. Sports Handicapping Services. The goaltender made 33 saves against his former team, which he led to a stunning first-round playoff upset over the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. It was the first and only playoff-series victory in Blue Jackets' history.Bobrovsky said it was "a different feeling" facing Columbus."It's kind of weird to face your former teammates," Bobrovsky said, "and them trying to score on you." Bobrovsky, who sports a 14-10-4 record, hasn't had a great season so far. His 3.26 goals-against average is up from last season's number (2.58) and up from the 2.06 he had in a career year for Columbus in 2016-2017. His save percentage has declined since his remarkable 2016-17 season, going from .931 to .921 to .913 to his current .898.Still, the Panthers have won two straight games. Baseball Predictions. They defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 on Saturday and the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 on Sunday.Winger Jonathan Huberdeau, who leads the Panthers in goals (16) and points (53), had two goals and two assists against the Canadiens."I had 160 tickets," Huberdeau said of the family members and friends who were at the BB&T Center to support him against Montreal on Sunday. "It was a lot of tickets. But it was fun. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. They' ve been so good to me." Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets -- who also lost star winger Artemi Panarin as a free agent to the New York Rangers -- enter Tuesday on a two-game skid. The Jackets lost 2-1 in overtime to the Washington Capitals on Friday and 3-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.Worse yet for the Blue Jackets, goalie Joonas Korpisalo -- who replaced Bobrovsky and had been considered Columbus' MVP this season -- suffered a knee injury Sunday. He is expected to miss several weeks of action.Columbus' new starting goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, a 25-year-old rookie from Latvia who has yet to win an NHL game.Merzlikins, who owns an 0-4-4 mark with a 3.41 GAA and an .889 save percentage, has told media members he wants to be left alone for a while."I just want to focus on my moment," said Merzlikins, who was Columbus' third-round pick in 2014. "I'm really sorry for 'Korpi.' He was playing amazing. It's just the bad luck of the sp ort." Columbus coach John Tortorella said he wanted to get more playing time for Merzlikins but had been unable to do so because of how hot Korpisalo (17-10-4, 2.49 GAA, .913 save percentage) had been.Now it will be left up to Merzlikins to try to slow down the Panthers, who rank second in the NHL with 3.55 goals per game. Florida's power play is tied for eighth (23.4 percent).Columbus ranks 27th on offense (2.59 goals per game) and its power play is ranked 22nd (16.9 percent).Defensively, however, Florida ranks 28th in goals allowed (3.34) and is tied for 22nd in penalty kill (78.6). Columbus ranks eighth in goals allowed (2.79) and tied for 15th in penalty kill (80.9).--Field Level Media

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NCAAF Game Preview: Ohio vs. Nevada - 1/3/2020 - 3:30 PM EST

NCAAF Game Preview: Ohio vs. Nevada - Date: 1/3/2020 Dec 31, 2019Nevada has a cloud of uncertainty hovering over it with three defensive players suspended for the game and another missing the first half heading into the Wolf Pack's game against Ohio on Friday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho. Nevada's defensive coaching staff is also in a state of flux with help from interim coaches Jody Sears, Josh Brown and former Nevada assistant John Landwehr, who will join the staff for the Potato Bowl. They will serve as replacements for the defensive coaches, including former defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, who were not retained by coach Jay Norvell, a decision announced earlier this month. "We're excited to have these high-quality coaches with us as we prepare for a really good Ohio team," Norvell told reporters recently. World's Best Handicappe r. The Bobcats (6-6) were listed 7. 5-point favorites at the beginning of the week (and up to 8 at some sportsbooks) partly because of the shift in personnel involving Nevada's defense. Nevada (7-5) will be without defensive backs Daniel Brown and Austin Arnold, and lineman Hausia Sekona (all of whom were suspended), and will also be without linebacker Gabriel Sewell for the first half. Those four were sanctioned by the Mountain West for their roles in the postgame melee that followed Nevada's 33-30 overtime loss to UNLV on Nov. 30. On top of that, sixth-year linebacker Lucas Weber is questionable for the bowl game. He has missed the second half of the season with a broken ankle. Fellow senior Jake Nelson, an offensive lineman, has also missed games because of injury and is hopeful to return Friday. "We both obviously want to do it, so we're just taking it day by day and we'll see how we feel when the day comes," Weber said. Ohio, on th e other hand, is riding a wave of momentum behind an efficient offense. Expert Sports Picks. The Bobcats were 4-6 overall and 3-3 in the Mid-American Conference before ending the season with a 66-24 victory at Bowling Green on Nov. 19 and a 52-3 dismantling of Akron on Nov. 26. The victory over the Zips clinched an 11th straight year of bowl eligibility for Ohio and a winning conference record for the fifth year in a row. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The 66 and 52 points are indicative of the offense's ability to produce, further evidenced by Ohio ranking fourth in the country and first among MAC teams with a 51. 6 percent third-down conversion rate (81 of 157). Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke will play in his 39th and final career game and make his 37th and final career start in the bowl. He owns a 23-13 record as a starting quarterback. Rourke is ranked first in program history with a career passing efficiency rating of 146. 9 and 192. 4 passing yards per game, second with 516 completions, 7,313 passing yards, and 60 career passing touchdowns. He ranks second in program history with 48 career rushing touchdowns and 6. 1 rushing yards per carry and ninth with 2,547 rushing yards. "You couldn't ask for a guy who is a better leader, who had great work ethic, who sets the pace for the rest of his teammates and a guy that's got talent," said veteran Ohio coach Frank Solich, who has taken the Bobcats to five straight bowls. --Field Level Media

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NHL Game Preview: San Jose Sharks vs. Detroit Red Wings - 12/31/2019 - 7:38 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: San Jose Sharks vs. Detroit Red Wings - Date: 12/31/2019 The Detroit Red Wings will try to snap a six-game losing streak Tuesday night when they host the visiting San Jose Sharks, who snapped a four-game skid on Saturday.San Jose cruised to a 6-1 home win over the Philadelphia Flyers one night after dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to Los Angeles. Sports Illustrated Picks. The Sharks had lost 10 of 11 games before their five-goal victory.The Sharks held a team meeting Saturday morning to discuss their problems."We had a good meeting and called each other on the carpets talking about the details and why we're struggling," Sharks coach Bob Boughner said.Timo Meier scored his first career hat trick."I thought today was one of our better efforts, but now we have to move on and keep improving," he said on the team's website.Meier, a fourth-year forward, increased his season total to 14 goals and 25 points. He's still behind his pace of last season, when he scored a career-best 30 goals and 66 points in 78 games. Meier had just two goals during the month before his hat trick against Philadelphia."I know I can do more," he said. "Same as our team; we have to take more steps." In the first meeting between San Jose and Detroit on Nov. 16, the Sharks won 4-3 in a shootout. Kevin Labanc was the standout that night, tallying a goal, two assists and the shootout winner.The Wings have three long losing streaks this season, including their current skid. Hot Sports Handicappers. They dropped one-goal decisions to Florida and Tampa Bay during the weekend.In their 2-1 loss to the Lightning on Sunday, the Wings had only 20 shots on goal."I thought our guys came out and we played hard, we battled, but we didn't have enough ," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "The ice got tilted the wrong way. I thought we lost momentum, and we just never got it back. We just couldn't get much going offensively." Goalie Jonathan Bernier kept the Wings in the game by making 37 saves."I thought Bernier was excellent -- he was our best player, gave us a chance to be in position to get either a point or two points," Blashill said. "He was the best player on the team." Robby Fabbri scored the only Detroit goal on Sunday against Tampa Bay when he redirected a Filip Hronek shot during the second period. Fabbri, acquired from St. Louis last month, has been one of the few sources of offense for the Wings.He has 10 goals, nine since joining the Wings. Professional Handicappers. The goal on Sunday was his first since Dec. 12 against the Winnipeg Jets."He's been really good for us," Bernier said on the team's website. "Obviously, he sees the ice well. He seems to be in good position all the time." The Wings (9-28-3), stumbling through one of the worst seasons in franchise history, won just three games in November and need one victory to match that win total for December.--Field Level Media

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NHL Game Preview: New York Rangers vs. Edmonton Oilers - 12/31/2019 - 9:08 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: New York Rangers vs. Edmonton Oilers - Date: 12/31/2019 Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl own the two highest point totals in the NHL but the Edmonton Oilers are slumping and threatening to completely undo a fast start.Edmonton hopes to get things headed in the right direction Tuesday night when it hosts the New York Rangers.The Oilers opened the season with five straight wins, the last being a 4-1 win at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 12 when McDavid scored the tiebreaking goal and Draisaitl scored twice. Edmonton's win in New York also was part of a 16-7-3 start through Nov. 24.Edmonton, however, is 4-10-1 in its last 15 games and has been held under three goals in 11 games while allowing at least four goals in nine games. One of those games was a 5-1 home loss to Calgary on Saturday night, when Edmonton fell behind 11 seconds in and allowed a goal within the first two minutes of each period."Our mindse t to defend, which was so strong coming out of training camp, has eroded and when you start chasing games as often as we've done, you don't look like a good team and that's exactly how we started the game," Oilers coach Dave Tippett said.McDavid scored Edmonton's lone goal and his 63 points are two more than Draisaitl. McDavid has three goals and 14 points in 13 games this month after getting 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) in 14 games last month. Draisaitl has six goals and 13 points in 13 games this month after compiling 23 points last month (four goals, 19 assists)."It's a confidence issue," McDavid said. "When things are going good and something bad happens, you bounce back right away. Now, it just seems when something bad happens we're just waiting for another bad thing to happen again. We've got to snap out of that." The Rangers head to Edmonton attempting to get a third straight win for the second time this season. New York's first three-game winning streak was from Nov. 23-27 and the Rangers are 7-6-4 in the 17 games since then.New York has scored 10 goals overall in its last two games and swept a back-to-back set against Carolina and Toronto after going 1-3-1 in its previous five games. Sports Picks Free. The Rangers followed up Friday's 5-3 home win over Carolina with a 5-4 overtime victory in Toronto where they blew a two-goal lead before Tony DeAngelo scored 51 seconds into overtime."There was a buy-in tonight," New York's Chris Kreider said. "Guys not necessarily felt their best after the schedule the way it was. It's never an excuse. Every team is dealing with their own stuff. For us to come in here on the road against a very good team, in a very hard building to play in, and come out with two points is big for us." Artemi Panarin had three assists Saturday and according to NHL Stat s and Information is the first Ranger with at least 50 points in the first 38 games of the season since Jaromir Jagr in 2006-07. He has 17 points (eight goals and nine assists) in his last 10 games. His 51 points are eighth in the NHL.Mika Zibanejad also is on a roll for the Rangers. He scored two power-play goals Friday, scored Saturday and has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in his last eight games. He has 19 points (11 goals and eight assists) since returning Nov. 27 from missing a month with an upper-body injury.--Field Level Media

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NHL Game Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres - 12/31/2019 - 7:08 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres - Date: 12/31/2019 The Tampa Bay Lightning have enjoyed their results at home in December, but the start of 2020 will see the Atlantic Division club taking their show on the road.Head coach Jon Cooper and his group of Bolts will begin a four-game road trip with a 7 p.m. ET puck drop on Tuesday night in Buffalo against the slumping Sabres in the teams' final meeting this season.Tampa Bay feasted on its home schedule in December by earning points in seven of 10 contests (6-3-1), but now it will have to have to maintain the momentum by playing in Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa and Carolina.The club's success within the division cannot be overlooked either.After starting the season 2-2-0 against its foes from the Atlantic, the team has won 11 straight, routinely gaining ground and inching up the standings as they chase leader Boston, second-place Toronto and down-state rival Florida, in third.Tampa Bay has been victorious in all three games against Buffalo, outscoring first-year head coach Ralph Krueger's squad 13-7 in a trio of regulation wins.The first two contests were in Stockholm as part of the NHL's Global Series early in November, allowing Swedish locals to see homegrown stars like Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman, who was named the league's First Star of the Week on Monday, and Buffalo's Rasmus Dahlin.The Lightning earned a pair of one-goal wins in regulation over the weekend, beating Montreal 5-4 -- despite being outshot 17-0 to start the game -- and Detroit 2-1.They earned their franchise-record 16th straight regular-season victory over the Red Wings -- the third-longest win streak over one opponent in NHL history.Sunday's win over Detroit also marked the return of Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn, who had missed the club's last 13 games with a lower-body injury."We've won a couple of now, but it's basically keeping us in the pack," Cooper said. "Everyone (in the conference is) playing well." Buffalo is looking to salvage one game in the season series and play better without high-scoring winger Jeff Skinner.Like last season, the Sabres started fast in the current campaign but began to fade before the calendar flipped the page on the new year.Now riding a three-game losing streak after Sunday's 3-2 loss in Boston, the club has only won once since the middle of December -- a 3-2 home win over Los Angeles -- and is 1-5-1 in its last seven matches.Worse still, Buffalo will have to grow accustomed to playing without the dynamic Skinner, who produced a team-best 40-goals wearing a Sabres sweater for the first time last season.The club announced on Saturday that Skinner, 27, will miss the next three to four weeks with an upper-body injury suffered Friday, sidelining the smooth-skating 10-year veteran while his teammates try to make up Atlantic ground.Skinne r's 11 goals in 39 games puts him fourth on the Buffalo roster, which is led by captain Jack Eichel (24 markers), Victor Olofsson (16) and Sam Reinhart (12).Though Skinner is without a tally in his last 11 games, Krueger said he saw improvements in the winger's game."It's definitely a setback as he was really feeling good of late, too, and it looked like he was on the verge of breaking out," Krueger said. "We all know he's streaky and we could've used that streakiness now." --Field Level Media

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